Santiago Charter Newsletter

Friday, August 26, 2022

Hello Santiago Families!

Happy Friday! We are off to a great start to the new school year, both students and staff are starting to get the hang of things!

VERY IMPORTANT: Please remind your students about the importance of ONLY crossing the street where there is an adult assisting with crossing. There have been many students crossing in between cars, and it is very dangerous. We need your help with this, and thank you in advance for supporting us!

As a reminder this newsletter will be delivered every week on Fridays, as well as a recorded phone call home each Sunday that will contain important reminders for the week. Please watch for these communications so you feel informed!

Back to School Night is Thursday, September 1st at 6:00 PM in the amphitheater here on campus! We will send home a formal letter on Monday, August 29th that explains the event, but you can also read below for more details. Families with Spanish speaking parents can join us in the Lecture Hall at 5:45 PM! We can't wait to see you!

Our first Hello Dance is coming up this Friday (9/2)! See details below.

If you have been having troubles finding our calendar, here it is, and here is our bell schedule!

:) Team Santiago

What's Happening This Week?


  • Monday, 8/29 - Expanded Learning Begins / Spirit Week starts / ODD DAY
  • Tuesday, 8/30 - EVEN DAY
  • Wednesday, 8/31 - College Shirt Day (students ARE allowed to wear college shirts on this day!) / Boys Soccer at El Sol Academy / ODD DAY
  • Thursday, 9/1 - Back To School Night 6:00 PM in amphitheater / EVEN DAY
  • Friday, 9/2 - Friday Modified Day (1: 35 Dismissal ) Hello Dance / ALL PERIOD DAY


  • Monday, 9/5 - Labor Day NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, 9/6 - Boys Soccer @ Community Roots Academy / EVEN DAY
  • Wednesday, 9/7 - College Shirt Day / ODD DAY
  • Thursday, 9/8 - EVEN DAY
  • Friday, 9/9 - Friday Modified Day (1:35 Dismissal) ODD DAY

Back to School Night, THURSDAY, 9/1

Back to School Night in middle school is an opportunity to do a "meet & greet" with your student's teachers. Due to space limitations, we do ask that families try to leave children at home. Students are not expected to attend.

Early next week, teachers will be sending home videos that explain their management plans, procedures, and expectations through email. Please look for these emails, and plan to watch the videos prior to coming to Back to School Night so that you can bring your questions for the teachers when you see them on Thursday. When you meet each of the teachers, they will share a little bit about themselves, their contact information, and be available to answer a few questions.

Here is what to expect:

  • 5:45- Spanish Information Session for our Spanish speaking families (MEETS IN LECTURE HALL)
  • 6:00- General Session (MEETS IN AMPHITHEATER)
  • 6:30- Back to School Night meetings begin with period 1. Parents and guests will move from class to class to meet each teacher.

Students will receive a hard copy of an information letter on Monday. This letter will give students an opportunity to write down their schedules so parents know which classrooms to visit each period. Please watch for this letter, or you can click here for a digital copy!

Finally, don't forget to stop by the library to check out our Book Fair!

Please let us know if you have questions!

Book Fair is Coming!

It's Book Fair time!

Please stop by the library from August 26-September 2 to discover new titles! We will also be open for parents to visit during Back to School Night. All purchases through the Book Fair benefit our school. Thank you for supporting our students!

For more information, please click HERE!

Hello Dance Details

The Hello Dance will be Friday, 9/2, immediately after school. The theme for this dance is "Aloha"! All students that purchase tickets will be allowed to wear a Hawaiian shirt with uniform bottoms on Friday.

The dance takes place immediately after school in the Cafeteria, with dismissal promptly at 3:00 PM.

Students will not be allowed to have cell phones or backpacks with them at the dance. They should leave their cell phones in their backpacks, and plan to bring some spending money if they would like to purchase a snack.

Permission slips will be available next week, and tickets will be on sale during lunch in the amphitheater. Permission slips will be available on Tuesday. Please carefully read the details on the permission slip so you are aware of details for this fun event.

Trimester 1 Parent Education Series is Coming Soon!

Exciting news! We are launching our first Parent Education Series of the 2022-2023 School Year. For Trimester ONE we are partnering with CalCPA to hold parent sessions on financial literacy. All are invited and welcome. The series will consist of three THURSDAY sessions in the end of October / beginning of November. Please share your thoughts in this survey to help us gain a better idea of session topics that you might be interested in.


Our PE department is looking for parent volunteers to help in the locker room . If you are interested in helping write names on PE uniforms and organizing the students and their lockers, please fill out the google form below.

Our wonderful PE teachers appreciate your help!

PE Volunteer form


Are you an artist looking for a way to showcase your talent? Consider participating in the PTSA's Reflections contest. The deadline will be 10/14. Students can drop submissions off in the office. The theme is "Show Your Voice".

Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Reflections '22-'23 Entry Form.pdf


The Expanded Learning Program is set to begin this coming Monday, August 29th, and will be available each day we have school until 6:00 PM. Students will meet the Expanded Learning Program (ELP) staff after school in the cafeteria. Parents, when you are ready to pick up your student, please head to the cafeteria where you will NEED TO HAVE YOUR ID to sign your student(s) out.

If you are already signed up, please be sure to check your email. A detailed letter was sent earlier this week that shared program expectations. If you did not receive it, please email Lauren Gonzales at

If you'd like to sign up now, here's the link to register!

Donations Needed!

Are you looking for a way to donate to Santiago? Well, look no more! Santiago's Expanded Learning Program (our after-school enrichment program) is in need of supplies, and would greatly appreciate any assistance you are able to give! This is the link to our Amazon Wish List, but we will willingly take any school supply or playground equipment donations from all vendors!

As always, thank you for supporting our school and our students!

Hello Dance Donations

Welcome Back ! We are holding our annual Hello Dance on Sept. 2nd and are hoping that parents might be able to help by donating some of the following items:

  • gift cards (to be used as prizes)
  • soda in cans
  • water bottles
  • individual single serve chip bags
  • individually wrapped candy

The theme is Hawaiian, so ......MAHALO !

Counseling Department Survey

The Santiago Counseling Team is in the process of planning the 2022-2023 School Year. Please CLICK HERE to complete a brief survey to help us gather information on the greatest needs of our students.

Do you know the role of a School Counselor in Middle School? Middle School Counselors support students in the areas of Academics, Social-Emotional Development, and College and Career Exploration. Check out this article for more information.


We welcome volunteers to our campus, but ask that you always enter through our school office. We will have you show ID and give you a visitor sticker so that your presence on campus is known to both students and staff.

Thank you in advance for adhering to our visitor policy so that we can ensure the safety of our students.

Santiago 2022-2023 Calendar

Please check this link frequently to keep up with weekly events on campus!


Everyday, Santanas are expected to follow the guidelines for our campus. For clarification of these expectations, please click here.

Health and Safety Guidelines & Resources

Please refer to the Orange Unified School District COVID Health and Safety Guidelines & Resources for the most up to date information about COVID protocols. This is the the place where you can find the MOST recent information regarding vaccinations, quarantine, and other resources. Thanks for your support.

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Santiago Charter Middle School

Orange County's 1st Charter School.

A public school, with a private school approach