Thank you to all our volunteers.

As the PTSA board starts getting ready for the upcoming school year, we wanted to take one last opportunity to say thank you to all our amazing volunteers this past year.  It’s an endless list. Too many to list them all here, but a super warm and fuzzy thank you to anyone and everyone who helped out at any of the shows, meetings, principal chats, field trips, events, audition days, and more.

We would like to do a special shout out to our outgoing parents that made the super duper awesome volunteer list.   A big round of applause and thank you goes out to:

Sue Schechter, PTSA president
Joe Kelly, PTSA treasurer
Shellie Wiener, PTSA membership
Alan Geist, former PTSA treasurer
Paula Dinnell, Audition Days
Nancy Murphy, Audition Days
Nancy Roeser, former PTSA membership & Volunteer
Michael Schumann, Photographer & Volunteer
Asa Williams, World Music & Dance Auction
Ellen Cox, Beautification & Gardening
Kate Stacy, MT Parent Liaison & ITW Volunteer Coordinator
Lili Gaudreau, Tech Parent Liaison & former Parent Liaison Lead
Sandra Spence, Creative Writing Parent Liaison
Marcia & Paul Marinko, Guitar Parent Liaisons
Natalie Simotas, former Classical Voice Parent Liaison
Janet Tarlov,  Classical Voice Parent Liaison
Wynne Bamberg, Jazz Vocal Parent Liaison

Thank you for all your efforts & please come back to visit with us soon!  

For those of you that are continuing or joining us this next school year, please let us know if you are interested in volunteering.  There are a wide range of opportunities.   You can sign up on our website and we will reach out to you shortly!

Save the Date for the Asawa SOTA Picnic!

Please join the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts community as we kick off the 2017-2018 school year and our 35th anniversary year long celebration with a school wide picnic on Saturday, August 26th from 12pm to 3pm.  This picnic kicks off a year of celebration, marking the 35th Anniversary of the School of the Arts, renamed Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2010, after Ruth Asawa, artist, educator and passionate arts advocate.

The afternoon will be filled with delicious food, fun entertainment, exciting activities and wonderful community building.  Please help us gauge attendance with your RSVP on Eventbrite.  Click HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Questions?  Please email us at

Get Your Music On . . . All Summer!

We hope your summer is off to a great start and that you can join us at one (or all) of the IM House Concerts which will directly support the Orchestra and Band's Fall 2017 Retreat.  

  • French Horns & More - Sunday, June 11th
  • Jazz Combo - Saturday, July 8th
  • Eclectic Music Mix - Sunday, August 13th

Please click HERE to get a few more details and to sign up.  If you already signed up at the Band & Orchestra concert this past May, we already have your contract information and you will receive a confirmation shortly.


SOTa "Class of 2017" Glass - A Few Extra Available for Purchase

Thanks to all who helped and donated items to the Senior Luncheon today!  And a special shout out to Kate Stacy & Nancy Murphy for coordinating. 

All students received a Special "SOTA "Class of 2017" glass and there are few extra available if anyone would like to purchase.  You can pick them up right after the graduation tomorrow or in the main office on Friday morning.  CLICK HERE to purchase online.

Any questions, please contact us at  If you would prefer to pay with cash, please email the quantity and when you would prefer to pick up (after graduation or at school Friday morning).

Thank you!

May PTSA Mtg & Celebration

Please join us for our last PTSA meeting of the year!  This coming Wednesday, May 10th at 7pm in the cafeteria.  We will be celebrating the year and all our fabulous volunteers. 

To help us gauge attendance, please RVSP HERE.

New families welcome to attend.

Volunteer Opportunities!

We have lots of fabulous upcoming shows and we will need volunteers to help with ticket sales, ushering and concessions.  See our volunteer page for links to sign up!  Links updated weekly!

We also have the AP Exams coming up, the first two weeks of May.  We need help proctoring each of those exams, so please consider signing up for a shift.  Click HERE!

All volunteer opportunities are also posted on our school loop page.

April PTSA Meeting This Wed

Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting this coming Wednesday, April 12th at 7pm in the school library.  See the flyer for details!  And help us gauge attendance so we know how much food to order. RVSP HERE!  Thank you!

Our College Workshop Series begins This Thursday! Please join us.

Please join us for Part 1 of our College Workshop Series: College Planning 101.  All grade levels welcome to attend.

Mr. Ben Rombro, Head Counselor and Ms. Beth Alberts, College Counselor will provide an overview of the college application process and what support the school can provide, including a timeline and tips for getting a handle on the college process.

Transcripts will be available for all Junior students/families.

All workshops are free of charge.  Asawa SOTA and Asawa SOTA PTSA do not endorse any of these services.  We provide these workshops as an educational opportunity for our students and families. 

Coordinated by the Asawa SOTA PTSA.

Questions?  Please contact Nancy Buffum

PTSA & SSC Community Mtg - Wed, March 8th

Save the date & join us next Wednesday, March 8th for our monthly PTSA meeting to discuss next year's budget & priorities with Mr.Payne and the SSC.  See the attached flyer for details.  

Please help us gauge attendance and rvsp (so we know how much food to provide).

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.  More details to follow in the upcoming weeks.  But if you have any questions about a particular role, please ask us!  Just email

PTSA & Wellness Meeting This Wed at 7pm!

The PTSA is really looking forward to the special presentation on “Providing Safe & Welcoming Spaces at Home & School for LGBTQ & Gender Expansive Youth" at our meeting this coming Wednesday (Feb 8th @ 7pm).  Hoping you will join us.  See the flyer below for details.

And please help us gauge attendance, so we know how much food to order.  Click HERE!   As a special treat to help celebrate Lunar New Year, we will be ordering some Chinese food and have a few other special treats.  Yum!

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.




January PTSA Meeting

Happy New Year! Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting.  This coming Wednesday, January 11th starting at 7pm in the school library.

We will have two special presentations on community service.  See the flyer for more details. 

Yummy nibbles and drinks will be provided.  Students encouraged to attend.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Today is Giving Tuesday! • Let’s Hit 100% This School Year!

Thank you to all the families and friends who have contributed towards reaching our fundraising goal as a community. In only 107 days, since the school year began, you've raised 49.85% of the goal of 100% participation across all of the departments. Your generosity and commitment have helped support more than 19 on-campus events, 7 off-site events, and almost 80 artists-in-residence who mentor, train, and teach more than 600 students, across 17 strands of arts instruction.

There are always handfuls of students collaborating, putting on small performances, organizing workshops, competitions, and so many extra-curricular activities, many of which have been supported by your donations to the Annual Fund, and managed by the Friends of School of the Arts Foundation (FoSOTA).

Today, and until the end of the year, help us reach our 100% mark, through a variety of retailers and organizations: AmazonSmile, Sports Basement, Schoola, Community Thrift, or just by making a one-time or monthly pledge directly to FoSOTA.

Giving also includes volunteering!  If you are looking for way to volunteer at Asawa SOTA, please check out our volunteering page on the PTSA website.  Opportunities to volunteer are updated often!

We’ve got 178 days to go until the end of the school year and at least 63 performances scheduled, and most likely a lot of great surprises before May 26.  So let’s do this!

Thank you for your support!