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Monday, June 21, 2021
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Orange County Science & Engineering Fair Free Summer Sessions - 2 THIS WEEK!
The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) is hosting FREE , virtual summer workshops for students to get a head start on their science/engineering fair programs and projects. (For students who will be in grades 6th - 12th this Fall.)
Wed. June 23, 2021, 11 am-12 Noon (Beginner)
Sat. June 26, 2021, 10-11am (Advanced)
Sat. July 10, 2021, 10-11am (Beginner)
Sat. Sept. 25, 2021,10-11am (Beginner)
Beginning this Fall students can sign up for one of the FREE OCSEF workshops - "How to Pick a Science/Engineering Project Topic."
Summer Reading Challenge 2021 - Reading Colors Your World! June 12 – July 31
Celebrate 50 days of reading this summer! Sign up for your virtual log at ocpl.beanstack.org or download the free Beanstack app.
You can set up one account and add all the readers in your family!
Make reading a habit and log each day you spend some time reading. Log 20 or more days during the program and you’ll be entered into an opportunity drawing for a gift card courtesy of the Friends of the Libraries. Complete activities to gain virtual badges.
Enjoy our digital services or visit your local branch for curbside pickup or Grab & Go to check out and collect special summer giveaways.
Follow OC Public Libraries on Facebook and Instagram for crafts, cooking, and other fun projects to complete at home, and join us on Zoom for Virtual Events.
Find more information at ocpl.org
Fun Summer Activities!
Huey's Heroes Reading Program
If you’re up for a little drive to a neighboring county, here is a fun activity!
Huey’s Heroes Reading Program was designed to help readers of all ages improve their reading skills, while sharing those skills with animals in a shelter. Participants can use the program to learn the fundamental basics of reading (early stage readers), increase their ability to read to a non-judgmental listener (elementary readers), and/or share their love of reading (advanced readers) with an animal that longs for and benefits from companionship. Find out more here.
Find Summer Camps and Classes for Kids
Learn Cooking Skills
In-House Curriculum Offerings
2021-2022 Online Subscription Package
All students will receive the following subscriptions based on their grade level…
6th - 8th grade
9th - 12th grade
MobyMax is an adaptive curriculum that allows you to create an individualized education plan for each student. MobyMax can also be used to supplement an existing curriculum and provide additional learning opportunities and resources for your students.
BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. offer more than 1,000 short animated movies, quizzes and other related materials, covering science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, arts, music, and more!
Shmoop is a comprehensive curriculum option for high school offering a wide variety of core and elective course options.
TutorMe is an online-based, 24/7 live tutoring service that covers multiple subjects such as English, math, science, history, foreign language and more! Students will receive up to 12 hours of live, online tutoring per month. In addition, TutorMe offers a writing lab feature for those needing help with essay writing.
Additional subscriptions will be available via A LA CARTE.
Stay tuned for the new OSP Handbook links where you will be able to find additional information and answers to our frequently asked questions.
Click on the flyer below for additional details!
Reminder: Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) accounts will be down over the summer until ordering opens again on July 15th.
Important upcoming Enrichment dates and information can be found here!
Returning library materials? Please keep in mind:
Parents should still have access to their old library system accounts. By logging into your account, you should be able to see which items are checked out to your child(ren).
If you are unable to access your old library account, please feel free to call the school and speak with a Library Specialist, who can check to see if any items are still checked out to your family.
There is no need to separate enrichment and library materials when returning them to the library.
There is no need to add library materials to students’ inventory sheets when returning them to the library. Each library item has an asset tag on it, which our librarians will use to check it in.
Thank you very much for your help with getting those items returned!
Returning enrichment materials? Please follow the instructions detailed below by clicking on the graphic. Thank you for your help!
Virtual Field Trips
Below, please find some links to butterfly coloring pages and activities:
25 Free Printable Butterfly Coloring pages.
More Free Printable Butterfly Coloring pages.
National Geographic Kids Monarch Butterfly mini study.
The Life of a Butterfly Word Search activity.
Museum of Ventura County Virtual Learning Module: the Monarch Butterfly.
Summer Homeschooling Advice
3 Ways to Connect with Your Middle Schoolers
Something has changed around here lately, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Overnight it seems my older two children have grown up. And the trajectory of my mom life has changed completely. Where, in 2019, I was mostly concerned with having time to myself, now most of my worry revolves around what my middle schoolers are doing.
“Are they making good decisions?” I wonder, realizing the old ways of talking to them no longer work. They tend to talk to each other a lot more than they talk to their father and me and when they do, the conversation is short and to the point.
I spend so much time with them around, but still feel like we don’t share the same world. Of course, I anticipated this change; I even welcome it. But part of me is a little miffed that I have lost my position as Head Queen in their minds and that they don’t hang on my every word as the youngest still does. (Less so, lately but hey, I’ll take what I can get.)
What is a mom to do? Maybe you’re in a similar place? Follow along then as I share three ways to connect with your middle schoolers.
Read the rest of the article here.
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Resources and Opportunities
7 FAMILY-FRIENDLY ORANGE COUNTY TIDE POOLS
The Aquarium of the Pacific is Fully Open!
The Discovery Cube is Open!
Make a Bird Feeder
DIY Chalk Bombs
Virtual Field Trips
Below, please find some links to Coral Reef coloring pages and activities:
Sea Turtle and Coral Reef coloring page.
Coral Reef Community coloring page.
Coral Reef Food Web activity.
Who's who on the Reef activity.
Word Search activity.
9 Free Space Virtual Field Trips You Need To Take
Math Catch-Up Classes
Catch up on all things fractions!
If you missed the live classes please click on the links below to watch the videos. These classes are designed for students 5th grade and up.
WRITER'S WORKSHOP OFFICE HOURS VIDEOS
Did you miss some of the writer's workshop hours? We now have writer's workshop videos for parents and teachers to use wherever you would like! If you need advice as to where to begin, feel free to email our amazing writing teacher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access the recorded writing workshop videos HERE
Social Emotional Support
We also have the recordings from all the Mindset Monday classes we have had this school year...Summer would be a great opportunity to watch these recordings to learn about practical tools and activities on a variety of social/emotional topics like Emotional Agility, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, Resilience, and much much more!
High School Counselor Support
2021 Engineering Showcase
The UCR Bourns College of Engineering and the UCR MESA Program invites all area kids, families and prospective students to an engaging and informative virtual event, our 2021 Engineering Showcase! Formerly the "Engineering Family Night," the event is an opportunity to inform you all about the college and the exciting things we do. It's a chance to learn about the engineering profession and what it takes to be an engineer. The event is free! Please see attached flyer for registration information or follow this link: https://2021bcoeshowcase.eventbrite.com
ACADEMIC DECATHLON (9TH-12TH GRADE) AND PENTATHLON (6TH-8TH GRADE)
Thank you to all who were able to attend the information session for the Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon information sessions. Below are the links to the Parent and Student info sessions that were held. It was great to see the enthusiasm for new students and parents wanting to learn about the programs.
The Interest survey is also a great way for families to get a preview of the material over the summer and have a "jump-start" for the school year as we send information over the summer. We have an amazing response so far, and the program is continuing to grow - which is great news. For all of the schools, there is a response of 74 families in just three weeks.
If you have any information please contact me at email@example.com or your local area coach.
I Can Statements
Community and Connection
Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.