MOU Meeting for Families - Thurs, August 24th at 8:15am

Good Evening Asawa SOTA,

Please see below for a message from our principal regarding the MOU.

The PTSA will be hosting a meeting tomorrow in the school cafeteria at 8:15am (Thursday, August 24th) and Mr.Payne will be available to answer questions.  

We are currently working on focusing our efforts so our community can speak with one voice. More details to follow including Board of Education members' contact info and what we as a community can do to help.


Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community Members:

For many years, our school has been partnering with a non-profit organization called Friends of the School of the Arts (FOSOTA) to raise money for artists-in-residence who work with our instructors to enrich the learning for our students.

Whenever an SFUSD school partners with a non-profit, the school must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the SF Board of Education (BOE) must approve the MOU. At their first Board meeting of the new school year on August 22, the Board decided to postpone voting on the MOU with FOSOTA. The Board plans to discuss the issues associated with the MOU on September 5.

At this time, the artists-in-residence who work for FOSOTA will not be providing services pending Board approval of an MOU. While this does cause some disruption for planned arts instruction, I am confident that our department chairs and other Ruth Asawa SOTA teachers will continue to prioritize student learning in their arts’ disciplines. We hope this issue will be resolved between the SF Board of Education and FOSOTA in the near future and I will keep you updated.


Barnaby Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

Volunteers Needed!

The next two weeks are full of fabulous shows and a beautification day and we would LOVE your help.

Show - Media Nights - Thurs, Jan 12th & Friday, Jan 13th

Show - Brahms Requiem - Friday, Jan 13th

Beautification Day - Sat, Jan 14th

Show - World Music & Dance Festa Brasileira - Friday, Jan 20th & Sat, Jan 21st

Click any of the links above to sign up OR visit our volunteer page on our website to see where you can plug in.  Volunteer opportunities are updated weekly.

Thank you in advance!



PS.  Just a quick reminder.  Our monthly PTSA meeting is tonight, Wed Jan 11th at 7pm in the school library.




Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to our fabulous administrators, teachers and staff!!!  We appreciate all that you do for our students.

We would like to send a BiG thank you to all the parents who brought in yummy treats:  Barbara, Carol, Carrie, Christine, Cindy, Cristina, Dawn, Elizabeth, Ellen, Ellen, Emily, Esther, Frances, Heather, Janice, Jerry, Joanne, Karla, Kate, Kristine, Lydia, Maria, Mary, Morgan, Nancy, Naomi, Pamela, Paula, Sandra, Shellie, Sue & the PTSA.  They looked delicious!  We had ample to fill 150+ boxes. Yay.  Enough for all the staff at Asawa SOTA & The Academy.

More thank yous to all who volunteered to prep the labels, collect the goodies, wrap up and distribute those cute little boxes: Andy, Anne, Barb, Colleen, Ellen, Heather, Heidi, Janice, Joanne, Karyn, Kate, Kimberly, Kristie, Liz, Maria, Mia, Nan, Nancy, Sue & Suz.  Thank you!

And a special shout out to Liz Isaacs, for coordinating it all.

For those not able to participate today, you can check out the yumminess, fun and love in the little video clip.  Wishing you all a fabulous holiday season.

"Most Likely to Succeed" Film Screening Tonight at Asawa SOTA

Please join the Jose Ortega PTA & Asawa SOTA PTSA in conversation about re-imagining schools for the 21st century.

We are thrilled to host a screening of the Sundance-selected film "Most Likely to Succeed" this Monday evening (11/14) starting at 6pm!   There will be a post-film Q&A discussion w/a panel of bay area education & industry experts.

Watch the trailer on vimeo.

The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.  Proceeds to benefit both Jose Ortega Elementary School & Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts High School.  You can reserve your spot HERE and make a donation. 

And please help spread the word!