May 21, 2021
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their mask guidance to indicate that vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks in most environments, the CDC and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have not relaxed their face covering requirements for schools.
 
Please remember that all students, staff, and campus visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings while on campus and at school events.
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE REMINDERS
Dismissal Time
Please note that, now that conservatory instruction has ended, dismissal will be at 1:45 p.m. each afternoon from Monday, May 24 - Friday, June 4. Please plan accordingly.
 
Memorial Day Holiday
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the school will be closed on Monday, May 31. To make up for this instructional time, Friday, June 4 will be a synchronous Blue Day (Blocks 1-3) with hybrid/in-person students in Cohort A attending class on campus. Hybrid/in-person students in Cohort B and all virtual students will attend classes that day via remote instruction.
 
Finals Week (Virtual for All Students)
In light of spring semester final exams, Monday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 8 will be virtual days, during which all students will join their classes remotely from home, regardless of learning academy. Hybrid/in-person students in Cohort A will not report to campus on those two days. The last day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, June 8.
MIDDLE SCHOOL MEMORIES VIDEO
Attention middle school families: Grab some snacks and tune in to YouTube TONIGHT, Friday, May 21, to view the Middle School Memories video! We hope you enjoy the memories submitted by middle school students, advice from OCSA high school students, and special messages from teachers. Post a photo of your viewing party using #OCSAMSMemories to be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card.
YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION
Yearbook distribution for students in grades 7-11 will take place next week, Monday, May 24 - Thursday, May 27. Students may pick up their yearbooks in DMS 101 before school (7:45-8:15 a.m.), during lunch (11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.), or after school (2-4 p.m.). Virtual students, please come to campus to pick up your copies after school from 2-4 p.m. Seniors should have received their yearbooks during the Senior Item Distribution Day earlier today, Friday, May 21.
 
We hope you enjoy this tangible, forever memory of this unprecedented and historic school year!
MIDDLE SCHOOL MOVIE NIGHT
Great news, middle school families! The first in-person, socially distanced event for students in grades 7 and 8 is scheduled for Thursday, May 27. The middle school student council representatives have planned a movie night to watch Dolittle in the DMS quad from 7-9:30 p.m. Parents are welcome, but not required to attend. To RSVP, please click here before Tuesday, May 25, as space is limited. See you there!
VCA SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED
Returning parents/guardians, if you have not yet done so, please remember to submit your mandatory Voluntary Contribution Agreement (VCA) form for the 2021- 2022 school year. The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, June 1. Click here to submit your agreement and make a pledge.
 
We recognize that each family has a unique financial situation; however, our goal is 100% participation at whatever level is possible from each family. Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education.
 
For more information and to review the Annual Parent Meeting recording for your child’s conservatory, please click here.
TEXTBOOK/CHROMEBOOK RETURN
Textbook and Chromebook device return is coming up in June and will take place in DMS 120 on the following days. Students must return these items prior to leaving for summer break.

  • Thursday, June 3: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Hybrid/In-Person Students, Cohort B)
  • Friday, June 4: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Hybrid/In-Person Students, Cohort A)
  • Tuesday, June 8: 12-5 p.m. (All Students)
  • Wednesday, June 9: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (All Students)

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
JUNIOR ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Hey juniors! Stop by 10th Street on Thursday, June 3 from 2-4 p.m. for the end-of-year Ice Cream Social, hosted by the junior reps. It will be a fun afternoon of music, games, and, of course, free ice cream! We hope you enjoy this cool way to close out the year.
2021-2022 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Attention rising juniors: Applications are now available for the 2021-2022 Professional Mentorship Program and are due by Friday, June 18. OCSA’s Professional Mentorship Program provides an invaluable opportunity for students to gain exposure to real-world career paths, receive hands-on experience, and make a connection with a business professional during their junior year.
 
Please click here to apply! Upon completion of the application, all efforts will be made to match students with an OCSA Board member, alumni, current or alumni parent, or other professional from the OCSA community. Mentors will share their experiences, help explore career options, and give advice about college and/or professional development after high school. The program gives students an opportunity to “test-drive” a career of interest, receive valuable information about the realities associated with a chosen profession, and benefit from the guidance of a caring adult outside the family and school structure. 
 
Please note that OCSA will work diligently to pair as many students as possible with a professional mentor, however, there is no guarantee that all students will be matched.
VIRTUAL SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT
As a reminder, our Virtual Senior Awards Night, hosted via livestream, will be held this coming Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m.! OCSA will honor members of the Class of 2021 through academic distinctions, teacher awards for academic excellence, scholarships, and more. The celebration will also include slides featuring the names of those being recognized by OCSA’s academic honor societies, as well as our Seal of Biliteracy recipients.
 
In the past, Senior Awards Night has been an invitation-only event due to physical space limitations; however, because the event will be virtual, all seniors and their families are invited and encouraged to watch and celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2021. To tune in on the evening of the event, please visit www.ocsarts.net/SeniorAwards.
GRAD NIGHT TICKETS AVAILABLE
Seniors, tickets are still available for Grad Night on Tuesday, June 8! This exclusive event will feature a live drive-in concert starring seniors from the Popular Music Conservatory, followed by a big-screen showing of High School Musical 3: Senior Year
 
Grad Night will take place at the Mess Hall at Flight in Tustin from 5:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $50 and available for purchase through MySchoolBucks until Monday, May 31.
 
Important Note: All previously purchased Disneyland Grad Night tickets will be refunded, so interested seniors will need to repurchase their tickets on MySchoolBucks in order to attend. Grad Night tickets are per person and not per car. CDC guidelines will be enforced. Be sure to check out the @mel.dana.senioreps Instagram page for more details.
THE PERFECT END-OF-YEAR GIFT
Celebrate your student with a gift that will last for years to come! Personalized brick pavers are now on sale for a limited time only as part of OCSA’s Leave Your Legacy Gifting Opportunity.
 
Designing a custom paver is a great way to congratulate your student for all they have accomplished or to honor their favorite teacher. Students and staff will be able to see your words of support and celebration every day when you engrave a brick for the Walk of Fame, located right in the heart of the OCSA campus.
 
Visit www.ocsarts.net/LeaveYourLegacy to place your order today. Act fast – sales will close on Monday, May 31. Please contact Anna Belmer, Development Manager, at anna.belmer@ocsarts.net with any questions.
VIRTUAL SEASON FINALE COMING UP
Our Virtual Season Finale is only two weeks away! We can’t wait for you to join us on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the conclusion of another memorable school year with an evening of spectacular presentations by the talented students of all 16 arts conservatories.
 
Don’t forget to reserve your tickets, available on the OCSA Box Office. Attendance is free, however, a suggested tax-deductible donation of $30 per household is greatly appreciated. Get excited and be sure to spread the word!
YOU’RE INVITED TO GALA 2021
OCSA’s highly anticipated fundraising event, Gala 2021: Re-Boots & Bling, is coming up next month! You have the opportunity to join us in person on Saturday, June 26 at Giracci Vineyards and Farms in Silverado Canyon. Individual tickets, as well as a limited number of table sponsorships for eight guests, are currently available for purchase. Please visit www.ocsarts.net/Gala for more information on how to attend!
 
You can also help make the event a success by donating an auction item, valued at $150 or more! A list of suggested donation items is available on our website. All donated items will contribute to the event's Silent and Live Auctions, which directly benefit our arts conservatories. Click here to donate an item now, and please reach out to Director of Special Events Jamie Schofield at jamie.schofield@ocsarts.net with any questions about auction donations.
CSARTS ACADEMY EARLY BIRD DEADLINE
Now is the perfect time to register your student for fun, engaging, and rewarding summer classes through CSArts Academy! Early bird pricing ends this coming Monday, May 24. Don’t miss out on special discounts on registration fees! To register now, please click here.

Whether you are interested in a five-week camp or one-week intensive, painting or music, in-person or online instruction, CSArts Academy’s incredible catalog of courses truly contains something for everyone. Click here to browse our digital brochure, and be sure to spread the word to family and friends who may be interested in this unique and educational summertime experience!
2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR
As a reminder, the following 2021-2022 school calendar documents are currently available to view: 
 
List of Important Dates (Season Premiere and Season Finale Added)
 
Please note that some schoolwide events are still in the process of being scheduled and may result in additional minor adjustments to the calendar or list of important dates. We will continue to keep all families informed as dates are added or adjusted.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
AP Testing: Monday, May 3 - Thursday, June 10

Prom (12th Grade): Saturday, May 22

Non Student/Teacher Day (No School): Friday, May 28

Memorial Day (School Closed): Monday, May 31

Virtual Season Finale: Saturday, June 5

2nd Semester Final Exams: Monday, June 7 - Tuesday, June 8

Last Day of School: Tuesday, June 8

Teacher Planning Day (No School): Wednesday, June 9

Class of 2021 Graduation: Thursday, June 10

Gala 2021: Saturday, June 26
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
For more information, please visit www.ocsarts.net/BoxOffice.