CoSA Communique

A Monthly Newsletter from Coronado School of the Arts

Welcome to Coronado School of the Arts -August 2020

Greetings Coronado School of the Arts! Welcome to all of our new students and families, and to those of you who are returning, welcome back! On behalf of the CoSA team, we look forward to an action packed year of learning, growing, and loving the arts with you. While the start of this school year may look, sound, and feel unlike anything we've done before here at CoSA, our dedicated staff of teachers, artists, and coaches have been working hard to plan rich and meaningful experiences for you regardless of which conservatory you call home.

For those of you who don't know me, I am Catherine Burling, an Assistant Principal at Coronado High School and the new Director of Coronado School of the Arts. This is my third year in Coronado, and I am incredibly excited to be overseeing the CoSA program.

Our return to learning for the Fall will be via distance learning due to COVID-19. As with the rest of your school day, CoSA lessons and activities will be delivered via the CUSD Bridge Program during that time. (see the link below for details on CUSD Bridge)

The 2020-21 school year marks an exciting milestone for CoSA. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary! Exciting events and opportunities to get involved are being planned throughout the year. In addition, this year we are launching a re-brand of our program. As some of you may have already noticed, part of this process is the new logo you will be seeing on CoSA communications moving forward. Stay tuned for more information.

We realize that a great deal of uncertainty about the new school year has many of you on edge. I believe I can speak for the entire CoSA staff in saying that we understand what it feels like not knowing what to expect, but we are going to be there by your side as you adjust to our new way of doing things in the time of COVID. We will be tackling new ways to teach, learn, and produce art for the time being, and you may find this more challenging than you are used to. Never forget, though, no matter what the world throws at us...there will be art.

I can't wait to see all of you in action very soon!

Catherine Burling

Assistant Principal and Director of Coronado School of the Arts

"Crises need Creativity. Art and Cultural work are essential for responding to disasters--whether they be natural, technological, human-made, or all of the above." from US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)--Art Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide.

August 2020

Aug 24 Student Schedules available on Synergy ParentVue

Aug 24 New Student Orientation

Aug 24-25-26 Textbook and Technology Pick up, check your email for appointment

Aug 27 First Day of school for CHS

Aug 31 Full CoSA Schedule Begins

Aug 31 CoSA Foundation Start With Art, Freshmen Families

Aug 31 CoSA Foundation Givebutter Virtual Fundraiser kick-off

Sept 1 CoSA Foundation Start With Art, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Families


CHS Bridge (Distance Learning) Handbook

CoSA 2020-21 Student & Parent Handbooks

Need a Device for Distance Learning? Click Here to request a CUSD Learning Device


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How do I know my schedule?

Starting at 8 am on Monday, August 24th you may go to parent or student VUE in Synergy. Click on the content block below to go to the CUSD web page for instructions on how to access.


In the handbook you will find everything you need to know about CoSA including: your CoSA conservatory schedule, Contact Info, Expectations, Causes for Probation, Absence Reporting and other useful links. If you have any questions please contact the CoSA office.

Classical and Contemporary Dance

Digital Arts - Animation, Graphic Design, Filmmaking, Game Design

Instrumental Music

Musical Theatre & Drama

Theatre Production Design & Management

Visual Art


Topic: CHS/CoSA New Student Orientation for New Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Time: Aug 24, 2020, 01:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 6911 2400

Passcode: Islander

Topic: CHS/CoSA Freshman Orientation

Time: Aug 24, 2020, 12:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 7923 9625

Passcode: Islanders

Apply to become a CoSA Ambassador

Our Ambassadors are a talented group of courteous, helpful and knowledgeable students who act as leaders and role models for CoSA. If you are interested in joining, please submit this application by Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 PM. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed.

CHS First Day of School is Thursday, August 27

CoSA First Full Day is Monday, August 31

CoSA Foundation presents: Start With Art, Freshmen Families

CoSA Foundation Virtual Fundraiser

CoSA Foundation Presents: Start With Art, Sophomore, Junior & Senior Families

Communication & Useful Links

  • Teachers consistently use PowerSchool to communicate with students and parents. You’re strongly encouraged to check PowerSchool on a regular basis in order to monitor student progress and celebrate successes. Please email teachers through PowerSchool. PowerSchool and Parent Vue System Log In Instructions
  • You will receive a weekly CHS Principal Update email with a link to the CHS Smore Newsletter. Please take time to read through this important information and reminders. We are committed to providing you with pertinent and timely information throughout the year. NOTE: If you do not receive this weekly email, please contact
  • Please familiarize yourself with the CoSA website to stay up to date on everything happening at CoSA. Links to the monthly CoSA Communique are updated regularly.
  • Superintendent Mueller sends regular updates and you can check the CUSD website for news and information


Dear CoSA Parents and Supporters,

We are excited to welcome you and your student artist to the 25th year of CoSA! As you know, CoSA has the highest admission standards and the most exacting expectations of its continuing students. Offering such a high-caliber program, with its breadth of instruction and resources, requires financial support from all our partners – especially the families of CoSA students.

We are currently living through a time unlike anything any of us has experienced. There is much uncertainty and even fear about what our collective future holds. We stand confident, however, in the future of Coronado School of the Arts, in our faith in our students and their abilities, and in the strength of the program we have nurtured and continue to provide at CoSA.

A large portion of CoSA’s funding comes from the Coronado Unified School District, various grants, and other public funding sources. But, with more and more need in the community, those funds are dwindling, and it is increasingly important that our parents and families support CoSA. Without parent contributions, CoSA cannot continue to offer these amazing programs.

To that end, we create a unique account for each student which is part of our larger Parent Fund. We suggest an annual donation of $2,000 per student. Payment options are available; many of our families commit to a monthly contribution over 10 or 12 months. Another option is to inquire about a matching contribution from your employer – this can make a big difference! All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our goal is 100% participation, at some level, from all the CoSA families. You can make a one-time donation or set up recurring monthly contributions on our secure website: CoSAFoundation.Org/Parents.

To further assist each family in making its suggested annual donation, we will once again be sponsoring a fundraiser using Givebutter. This fundraiser gives each student and their family an opportunity to reach out to extended family, and friends through an effortless, secure, online platform. We had a tremendous response using this fundraiser last year and all funds raised via Givebutter will be applied to a student’s Parent Fund account.

Once again, welcome back! We look forward to working with you throughout your student’s CoSA journey! Should you have any questions, please contact the CoSA Foundation Executive Administrator, Beth Connelly, at 858.337.2567 or

The Officers, Directors, and Staff

Coronado School of the Arts Foundation

Beth Connelly

Executive Administrator

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