Happy Birthday Rooftop School! Last Friday’s all-school celebration was a day to remember! I want to thank our 6th grade students for organizing a party for 700 members of our community. The day featured the performance of “On the Rooftop,” an original opera created by the students under the guidance of Mr. Weiss, Ms. Contreras, Teaching Artists Andi Wong and Lua Hadar and Composer Candace Forest of the SF Opera. Through telling the story of the first day of school 40 years ago, our students honored Rooftop’s founding teachers and their enduring vision of a school that embraces learning as an active process. We were honored to have three of the original seven founding teachers, Ernie Baumgarten, Gus Kearney and Bob Beckstrom, as well as two of their first students, Sherrie and Janine Young at the celebration. The guests shared stories of Rooftop’s early days and when asked if they could sum up the spirit of our school in one word, they all agreed that “Rooftop is Family.” The celebration ended with the entire community singing, “Open the Door,” a song that has been sung at Rooftop morning circle for 40 years!

The birthday celebration was one of many Culminating Event performances this past week, including Mr. Mattson’s and Ms. Kastner’s 3rd Grade study of poetry and jazz with Dr. Anthony Brown and former SF Poet Laureate Devora Major and our 5th Grade’s original play, “Jabuti the Tortiose” created by the students with Teaching Artist Laura Lowry of StageWrite. Three Blue Bear After School bands rocked out last Friday at Mayeda Media Night, raising money for our PE program, and today is another exciting day with morning Opera performances by Mrs. Toupin and Ms. Cruz’ classes, and our After School Chorus at tonight’s PTA meeting. Next Wednesday, Ms. Smith and Ms. Vaughn’s class will perform their mini opera, “Mama Don’t Allow.” Our days are rich with rewarding, joyful learning experiences that build our students’ abilities in communication, collaboration and creativity.

I encourage you all to come to tomorrow evening’s Open House where your children and their teachers can share the vibrant, engaging learning that happens every day at Rooftop School.

Tiffany Kendall-Obayashi
Rooftop School Assistant Principal
(415) 695-5691