Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Dear New and Returning Families,

WOW! We cannot believe how fast the summer flew by. Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! There are many ways you can be part of the Ruth Asawa SOTA community. In partnership with administration and other parent/guardian leaders, we build community in a variety of ways. 

The PTSA volunteer leaders and committee chairs are serious when they say that just one hour or one day or any amount of your time is incredibly valuable to us! Oh, the things you can do...   

SAVE THE DATE! As a Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA member, you can be better connected with the school community and voice your opinion. Our first community meeting will be on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm. It’s a meet and greet style meeting: get to know the faces of Ruth Asawa SOTA and learn more about the many ways you can participate in our community.

STAY CONNECTED! We look forward to you seeing you this year. To learn more about the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA, including who we are, volunteer opportunities, advocacy, and more, please browse our website!

If you haven’t already, please join our online community group by sending an email to: asawasota-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, like us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter.  To learn more about how to join the PTSA, click HERE !

On behalf of the 2019-20 Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA Executive Board,

Liz Isaacs, PTSA President

Mom of Lisa, Technical Theater (2022) & Eli, Band Alum (2019)

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SCHEDULE

The first day of school will be a reverse schedule so students meet each of their teachers. All students are to report to their arts department at 8:00 AM. Signs will be posted at the front gate indicating which room to report to by department. Students unsure of where to report should come to the Main Office.

SCHEDULE

8AM - 9:10AM Arts Block: gather schedules + critical opening school documents

9:15 - 10:15 AM Period 1

10:20 - 11:20 AM Period 2

11:25 - 12:25 PM Period 3

12:25 - 1:05 PM LUNCH

1:05 - 2:05 PM Period 4

2:10 - 3:10 PM Period 5

  • Freshman students will participate in “CampFresh”, a 3-day orientation beginning Tuesday and ending on Friday. This will take place from 8:00-12:20 every day and is run by the 9th grade teaching team.

  • Student pictures will be taken on Thursday, 8/22 and Friday, 8/23 during Arts Block for 10/11/12th grades and on Friday morning for 9th graders.

  • Please do not bring any supplies on the first day of school! Students will receive syllabi and instructions on any required materials when they meet with their teachers.

  • Any student who needs to see a counselor about their schedule must fill out a form to request a counseling appointment in Main Office. Counselors will follow up and make appointments.

Welcome Back Coffee

Please join us on the First Day of School for our Welcome Back Coffee in the school library from 8-9AM. Come have a cup of coffee (or tea), enjoy a tasty treat and catch up with other Asawa SOTA families.

Spirit wear will be available for purchase and PTSA board members will be on hand to answer questions.
Enjoy the last few days of your summer!

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Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Our lovely teachers & staff are back at school this week getting ready for the upcoming school year. Today the PTSA welcomed them back with breakfast before their staff meeting. Coffee, tea and delicious baked goods. Yummy! And check out the cute little gifts our staff appreciation team put together. Adorable!

Sending BiG thanks to our volunteers, coffee makers, bakers & cooks. You all rock.

Back to School Night 2018

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night 2018 on Tuesday, October 9th.

Pick up a hard copy of your student's schedule, purchase some pizza from Student Gov, check out the Asawa SOTA merchandise, chat with board members from the Asawa SOTA PTSA, meet the PAC leaders and more in the quad from 5:30 to 6pm.

For the full schedule, please visit school loop. Back to School Night Schedule.

The PTSA is looking for a few volunteers to help with set up, clean up and more.  If you can help, sign up HERE.

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CongratulationS to the Class of 2018!

Just a quick note to say congratulations to the Class of 2018!  Yay.  Wishing you all the best on your next adventure.

And here are a few handy links for our recent graduates:

Asawa SOTA Alumni Directory Please don't forget to register for the Asawa SOTA Alumni directory at sfsota.org/alumni. Keep us posted on what you're up to so we can tell the world.
 
Graduation DVDs  Filmed exclusively for our community by filmmaker, photographer, and alumni parent, ROGER JONES (Elizabeth Jones/ IM 2015) at the Palace of Fine Arts on 6/6/18.  With presentations and performances from each of the arts departments at Asawa SOTA, plus featured guest, Albert Alarr, the 2018 class speaker, there's plenty to reminisce over... On sale for a limited time only for $35-.  DVDs will be mailed directly to your home in 2-3 weeks.  Click HERE to see a preview and to find the link to purchase online.
 
2018 Commemorative Glass  Each graduate received a glass at the senior luncheon.  Interested in getting one more?  You can purchase online and pick up on campus.  Email Janet Yieh for more information.

Remember to please stay in touch,
The Asawa SOTA PTSA

 

PTSA & SSC Meeting

Save the date & join us this coming Wednesday, March 21st for our monthly PTSA meeting to discuss next year's budget & priorities with Mr.Payne and the SSC. 

Please help us gauge attendance and rvsp (so we know how much food to provide).  We are ordering pizza this time. Yum!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Also!  The PTSA Board is also starting to plan for next school year.  If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out the nomination form.   There are all sorts of roles, big & small… so there is something for everyone.  If you have any questions about a particular role, please ask us!  Just email asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Breakfast

This year we are providing Staff Appreciation events year-round! Our February event will be to provide breakfast on Friday, February 23rd in the school library.

Click THIS LINK to sign up to help!

Breakfast will start promptly at 8:00 AM, so we need to be ready to rock and roll by then!  We will be preparing an oatmeal bar with fresh fruit.

Thanks so much, from the Asawa SOTA Staff Appreciation Team: Barb, Liz and Virginia. Please contact Liz Isaacs at appreciation@sfsota-ptsa.org if you have questions or need more information.

College Workshop Series

Please join us for our College Workshops. 

See the attached flyer for additional details and please RSVP to help us prepare. 

Thank you!

Audition Day - A BiG Thank You!

The first round of auditions were held this past Saturday, January 13th.   This event is made possible by ALL of the parent and student volunteers coming together to welcome auditioning students (over 400!) and their families, as well as to support staff and panelists.
 
A very BiG thank you to Paulette Cauthorn, Merrill Komai & Emily delReal in the main office, to Mia Waller & Alex Fortescue, our Audition Day co-chairs; to Liz Isaacs, our Staff Appreciation chair who coordinated all the food for our teachers, staff, and volunteers; and to Janet Yieh, our Merchandise co-chair for ordering and coordinating all the volunteer Ts!
 
Thanks also to those who donated refreshments for families who chose to wait on campus, and a special shout out to Monica Levavi for coordinating the complimentary coffee from Java Beach Café.  It was a LOT of delicious coffee and we went through every last drop. 

 

Audition Day - Volunteers Needed!

Calling All Ruth Asawa SOTA Parents!  Audition day is Saturday, January 13th. We need your help to make this day run smoothly for auditioning students, their families, and all the faculty and volunteers involved.   

Please join us, and remember, SOTA stands for:

Serving
Others at
The
Auditions!

Sign up HERE!

 

 

 

December Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks to everyone who chipped in and volunteered this past week at the Teacher & Staff Breakfast, the Small Ensembles Performance,  the Piano Concert, Beautification Day and today at the school tours! You all rock!

We still have lots of volunteering on the menu for this month.  Click any of the links below to sign up to volunteer.

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Sweeney Todd: The Theatre Department is looking for a few volunteers to support the performances of Sweeney Todd in the Studio Theatre on December 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th & 16th at 7:30pm.  Click HERE to sign up!

Bethlehem, PA: An Opera from Post-Apocalyptic America.  A unique evening of music from Asawa SOTA Vocal & Instrumental Music. Students from Vocal Music, Band and Orchestra present an original mash-up of two classics, Amahl & the Night Visitors (Gian Carlo Menotti) and The Magic Flute (Mozart).  Friday, Dec 15th & Sat, Dec 16th at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!   ***

Holiday Cookie Boxes:  Our long-standing tradition of giving gift boxes of cookies and candies to the Ruth Asawa SOTA staff and faculty is a treasured one. We amass donated items and then assemble the treat boxes to distribute to our much-appreciated community of teachers, staff, security guards, janitors, including the SF Academy! Click HERE to sign up.

Holiday Spectacular!  A fabulous all-arts-departments show featuring a live broadcast of the 1964 "Ted Sullyvan Holiday Spectacular" from NYC, with performances by IM, MT, CW, Dance, Vocal, WM & WD, Media, Tech and Theatre, with stunning gallery installations by A&D and Visual, and an exciting special prizes drawing at all three shows! Wed, Dec 20th @ 7:30pm, Thurs, Dec 21st @ 5pm and 8:30pm.   Click HERE to sign up at one of the shows.   ***

*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.

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To purchase tickets to one of the shows, please visit our main website: http://www.sfsota.org/sotashows/

 

November PTSA Mtg + Special Presentation on Mental Health Awareness

Please join the PTSA and the Wellness Center in the school library for a special presentation on Mental Health Awareness. The presentation will help families identify and better understand the early warning signs of mental illness and related behaviors in adolescents.

Presenters: National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), The Wellness Center Staff and a Student Panel.

Click HERE for the full agenda.    And help us out by filling out the quick RVSP!
 
Date: Wed, November 15th
Time: 7pm
Location:  School Library

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Volunteers Needed for Outreach! Sign up today.

SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the SFUSD Enrollment Fair at John O'Connell High School.  Students Welcome! Save the date, Saturday, October 14, 2017. Click HERE to sign up!

School Tours: School tours have been scheduled for October 16th, November 13th, and December 4th.  We are looking for a parents from each department to help guide the tours together with a few students.  Click HERE to sign up!

High School Information Fair at Urban H.S:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the High School Information Fair at Urban High School.  Students welcome! Click HERE to sign up!  Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

Questions?  Contact Anne Yanow, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator atvolunteer@sfsota.org

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PTSA September Meeting This Wed

Hello Ruth Asawa SOTA Community!

We’ve kicked of the year with a fabulous all-school picnic, had our Back to School Night, and now our first PTSA General Meeting is right around the corner.

Parent, Teachers, Students and Staff, this is your association and you are all welcome!  Please come and enjoy:

Hear from key members of our staff, such as our Principal, the Executive Director of FoSOTA, and others.

You will learn about the 35th Year Anniversary Celebration, meet your PTSA Board, find out about volunteer opportunities, get info about school communications, and get to know other parents.

And of course, participate in the business of the organization which for this meeting will include approving the PTSA budget. Click HERE for the full agenda.

Wed, September 27th @ 7pm in the School Library.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Beautification Day This Sat. Please Join Us.

Please join the Ruth Asawa SOTA Beautification Team and volunteers for the first Beautification Day for this school year. Meet other families and have fun.

We will meet in the quad; parents/guardians, teachers and students are welcome to join in, to help spruce up our favorite special high school campus. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

Projects will include the usual gardening and on-going painting projects, with a focus on the mysterious ROTC space: we will organize the gardening tools and supplies, and then move these items to a new spot (to be determined). This space will be used in the very near future for our ever growing Robotics Club, as they are planning a build for competition at the end of October.

Please contact David Fortescue or Rebecca Dickherber at beautification@sfsota-ptsa.org if you have any questions.

To sign up for a specific task, click this LINK.

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