The PCA Scoop

Weekly Family Update

Week of January 25th, 2021

In This Week's Edition


✦ Spelling Bee Winner - Adelaide Homer

✦ The Great Kindness Challenge

✦ Virtual Book Fair

✦ February Workshops

✦ Discovery Day: January and February


✦ CAASPP Prep for FOURTH Graders!

✦ Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

✦ Enrichment Returns

✦ New Intervention Website

✦ OSP (Online Subscription Package) Help

✦ Dual Language Conference - Save the Date

✦ Writer's Workshop

✦ Social-Emotional Support: Mindset Mondays


✦ Art Read Aloud by High School Hangouts

✦ High School Hangouts (January and February)

✦ Edgenuity Spring Break Update

✦ Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

✦ Virtual College Fair

✦ Scholarship Opportunities

✦ UC Admissions

PCA Happenings

Spelling Bee Winner

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Congratulations to Adelaide Homer

Adelaide, who is in 7th grade, earned the top score of 28/30 on this year's spelling bee test! She will go on to represent PCA in the San Diego Union-Tribune regional Spelling Bee in March! Congratulations Adelaide!

The Great Kindness Challenge

Now more than ever we need to spread some LOVE! So, next week Pacific Coast Academy will take part in The Great Kindness Challenge.

Attached you will find some checklists and reflection opportunities to use with your children if you choose to join us in spreading kindness around like confetti!

If you choose to participate, please utilize this optional PCA Kindness Survey to share your photos and checklists. We can't wait to see how our students spread kindness, joy, and love to those around them.

For a little more information about The Great Kindness Challenge please visit

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Virtual Book Fair

Pacific Coast Academy invites you to shop our Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from February 1-14. Our Fair will feature a Virtual Fair walk-through so you and your kids can experience the magic of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet popular authors, and much more! All purchases will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss these two weeks of events, fun, and books.
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February Workshops

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Discovery Day

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Discovery Day is ready to kick off 2021 with more exciting activities! Although it is our hope that some Discovery Day events will be in-person in the future, we remain virtual for the time being.

What is Discovery Day?

  • FREE TK-8 educational, interactive, & hands-on virtual workshops led by PCA teachers.
  • Opportunity for students to make consistent connections with PCA teachers & peers in their general area.
  • Each Discovery Day community offers 4 virtual workshops & 1 class party during January & February.

What will students learn?

Students will experience a new learning theme each month. Check out our Jan/Feb Discovery Day Catalog for more details.

  • January: "Meet the Artists" - Learn about famous artists & create art pieces using their trademark styles! (See flyer)
  • February: "Food Science" - Enjoy some simple science activities that involve common food items! (See flyer)

How to Register:

We encourage families to register for a Discovery Day community based on your student's grade and nearest location in order to make connections with consistent teachers & peers in your area. However, families may register with another community if that works better for their schedules. Please refer to the Jan/Feb Schedule for a list of communities & mark your calendars.

January & February Registration
All NEW and RETURNING Discovery Day families who wish to start or continue with us in January & February need to complete this form for each student. Sign up HERE.

You can expect a teacher from your selected Discovery Day community to email you a Zoom link & list of materials approximately 1 week prior to the workshop and/or 1 day before the workshop. If you have not received a Discovery Day email before the workshop, please check your spam folder first and then contact your HST for assistance. If you register less than 48 hrs before the workshop, you may not receive the Zoom link & information in time. As a result, you can either wait for the next workshop or contact your HST for the information.

We hope to see you soon! Please reach out to your HST if you have questions.

Parent Resources

CAASPP Prep for FOURTH Graders!

Calling All FORTH Graders!

Join us for weekly, interactive, grade-level videos to help prepare for the CAASPP test this spring. We will be focusing on MATH! So have your student grab a pencil and paper and join one of our math intervention teachers for tips, tricks, and problem solving. Each week will be a different grade, so keep your eyes out for yours!

Click here for 4th grade video

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Enrichment Returns

You can view the downloadable image detailing how to complete enrichment returns HERE
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New Intervention Website

Here is the link to our NEW South Schools Intervention Website:

South Schools Intervention Website

You now have access to our highly anticipated Tier 1 Intervention Programs for Reading to replace our Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See Videos. In addition to that you will still see our ODI Math Videos, SEL/Growth Mindset Resources, and our Writer’s Workshop Video Lessons.

Please remember to update the link in your bookmarks!

OSP (Online Subscription Package) Help

Have an OSP related question or problem?

Please join our weekly office hours for live support - every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Or, you can email OSP Help!

Please be sure to provide the student’s name and/or district ID and a detailed explanation of the problem so that we may better assist you.
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Writer's Workshop

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Ms. Genieva’s Office Hours

Tuesdays: 10-11 and Thursdays: 1-2 Password: davidson

Social-Emotional Support

Mindset Monday February Topic: Fostering Friendship & Empathy

Save the Date for our next Mindset Monday

Topic: Fostering Friendship & Empathy

February 8th

10am TK-5

1pm 6-12th

ZOOM LINK Password: mindset

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High School Hangouts

Art Read Aloud by High School Hangouts

3 amazing high school students collaborated on a read aloud for our younger students for PCA's art month! Check it out!

Story: "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds

Read by PCA high school students: Amelia S., Bradyn B., and Ruth S.

"Ish" is an inspirational story about how art is about enjoying it and it does not need to be "perfect."

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Edgenuity Spring Break Update

In an effort to accommodate multiple school schedules, the South Schools Spring Break is scheduled in the Edgenuity pacing guide calendar for the following dates: March 29-April 5. Your actual Spring Break is: April 19-April 23. Please plan to work each day March 29-April 5. This will ensure that you will not need to login and do school work on your Break (April 29-April 23). Please reach out to Jolene with any questions @

Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

High School Students, Enter the Vans Custom Culture Design Contest and WIN $50,000 FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL’S ART PROGRAM!

Vans High School Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture High School is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around the specific themes, This year’s themes are: Hometown Pride and Head in the Clouds.

Register here:

Virtual College Fair

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors in partnership with the Common App are offering four College fairs this spring 2021.

TIP: Pay attention to the timezone and adjust accordingly.

Create an account and register here

Scholarship Opportunities

Here is a list of popular scholarship search engines or other pre-vetted scholarships.

UC Admissions

Students who wish to attend a UC must fulfill A-G requirements in order to be eligible for admission. For more information on A-G requirements visit the University of California Admissions page. Each UC campus provides a variety of virtual events where you can ask questions and engage with each school’s admissions department. You can find more information on virtual events at each campus via the following links:

For those students interested in attending a UC, be sure to fulfill your A-G requirements. If you’re not sure if you’ll meet the requirements, you can touch base with your academic counselor to design an educational path that will prepare you for UC eligibility.

Karmen & Rachel

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