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Monday, July 19, 2021

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Explorers on Course Elementary Academy --- Exiting News!

Hello Families,

Explorers on Course Elementary Academy two important updates!

1) We will now be offering Kindergarten classes! Explorers on Course will now be serving students in grades K-5.

2) Many of you had asked to enroll in one subject only and we have worked to make this an option for our families. We will be offering the option of enrolling your child in just Language Arts or Math. There will be very limited spots for this option, and priority enrollment will be given to students who are enrolled in both subjects.

Please complete the ENROLLMENT FORM to enroll in the Explorers on Course Program. Please note that you do not need to complete the enrollment form again if you have already completed it.

We will be offering two opportunities for families to learn more about Explorers on Course:

1) Our Explorers on Course lead teacher will be at Cabrillo Point Academy's Park Day at Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo (24932 Veteran's Way, Mission Viejo) on July 21 from 10:00 am-11:00 am. She will have samples of the curriculum being used in Explorers on Course, and also be available to answer questions.

2) Explorers on Course Zoom Information session will be offered on Friday, July 23 @ 11:00 am. Zoom Link

A few key points about Explorers on Course Elementary Academy:

  • Explorers teachers will offer live, virtual, direct instruction in the areas of Foundational Reading Skills (grade KN and 1), Literary Analysis and Writing (grades 2-5), and Mathematics (grades KN-5).
  • Our credentialed Explorers on Course teachers will provide engaging, collaborative live lessons in each subject area for 40 minutes, 2 days per week.
  • The cost is $200 for the school year
  • Students in the program must purchase and follow the designated curriculum: Mathematics (Grades KN-5) Singapore Dimensions, Reading Foundations (Grades KN and 1) Lively Letters, and Literary Analysis and Writing (Grade 2-5) Blackbird and Company. Please place curriculum orders using your planning amounts in July.
  • Explorers on Course teachers will provide a detailed lesson plan for parents to follow on alternate days which will be necessary for students to be successful in the classes.
  • Teachers will also have scheduled office hours to support parents in implementing the designated curriculum
  • Students will attend either the AM (9:00 am - 10:30 am) or PM (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) session on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Live instruction will begin on September 14.

We hope to serve and support your child in our new Elementary Academy!

Curriculum Spotlight

Please take a look at our Cabrillo Point Academy Curriculum Spotlight which highlights many popular curriculum choices for the 2021/2022 school year! Check out webinars, presentations, summaries and links to many different curriculum offerings by clicking on the button below.

Park Days!

Please come join us on Wednesdays for one or all of our Park Days in July! No RSVP is required.

For the July 21st Park Day, look for me on the benches near the playground. I'll be wearing my Cabrillo Point Academy t-shirt! I hope to see you there!

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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 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

Fun Summer Activities!

We are so excited to bring you some fun summer activity ideas! Check out the resources below to keep your student engaged during the summer months.

Please note: Cabrillo Point Academy is not affiliated with any of these resources. Also remember that planning amounts may not be used for classes and activities during the summer break.

The Sawdust Art Festival is Open!

Do you have an art lover in your family? Then why not visit the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach! Individual, funky, creative, unique, inspiring and magical – Sawdust Art Festival is home to more than a thousand local artists. To learn more and purchase tickets click here.

Check Out Wildlife Refuges

Lace up your boots, pack a bottle of bug spray, and play naturalist for the day at one of the nation's wildlife refuges. These are public lands and waters set aside to conserve animals and plants. You can hike through lush forests, swim in pristine rivers and lakes, and identify hundreds of native species (including endangered ones). With more than 150 million acres to explore across the country, getting into the wild is easier than you might think; visit to find one near you.

Participate in Community Park Activities

Community parks offer an endless array of free and low-cost summer camps and activities-including swimming, sports leagues, improv, arts and crafts, music, archery, tennis lessons, and nature programs. Contact your local park or check out the National Recreation and Park Association website for more information.

Stanton Movies Under the Stars!

The city of Stanton is hosting free outdoor movie nights every Friday in July starting at 8:00 pm. Check out the flyer below to see which movie is playing on which date. You must pre-register to attend. Click on the flyer below to pre-register!


Enrichment ordering for supplies for the 21-22 school year opened July 15! We are excited to announce our ordering system has a new website and a new name. It is called Homeschool Hub, and it can be accessed by visiting

Please be sure to read through our school’s Enrichment Guidelines from Homeschool Hub before entering order requests for your students. Please also make note of the following:

  • Currently, only product orders are available in the Homeschool Hub.
  • Vendors and service orders will be available August 2nd in the Homeschool Hub.
  • New students will have their orders placed beginning 8/2/2021.
  • Amazon orders will be available on July 15th, and Amazon Punchout orders will be available the week of July 19th.

Student Support/Interventions

Stop Summer Slide

We have been adding many resources for Writing, Math, and Reading to our South Schools Intervention Website

**Please bookmark and use it as a resource to prevent the summer slide.**

Virtual Field Trips

We are bringing field trips to you... virtually! Click on the picture below and explore!
Come explore Washington, DC! Watch this 27 minute behind-the-scenes video to learn about the White House, the Supreme Court, monuments, memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian and more! Join the virtual field trip here.

Below, please find some links to Washington, DC coloring pages and activities:

Washington, DC Free Coloring pages.

More Washington, DC Coloring pages.

Free Printable Washington, DC Word Search activities.

Washington, DC Fun Facts for Kids information.

National Geographic Kids Washington, DC Unit Study.

Local Events

Orange County has city sponsored free events: outdoor Summer Concerts, Movies or Shakespeare in the Park! Click on your city to see which fun outdoor activities are happening near you! Access the fun here.

National Night Out

Join Stanton's first responders for a night under the stars to connect with them and enjoy a wonderful family movie! August 6, 2021 @ 6 pm at Stanton Central Park.
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Summer Homeschooling Advice

How to Create a Homeschool Schedule for Teens

As your homeschoolers reach the teen years, they start to exert more independence. They’ll have more activities outside of your home, including social events, extra-curricular activities, and co-op classes. Juggle these with more rigorous studies, and the need to adjust your homeschool routine is inevitable. That’s why you need to start creating a homeschool schedule for teens that can be flexible, yet check off all the boxes for their academic, emotional and social needs.

Following are all the tips you will need to create a manageable homeschooling schedule for your middle and high schoolers.

Plan in Advance

To start, you’ll want to have as much planning done as possible before the school year starts. Talk with your students about what their goals and expectations should be for the semester, and how they would like to accomplish those goals. From there, you should get a basic structural plan together of what the school year is going to look like.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Charting the Course with Cabrillo Point Academy!

We are so excited to share with you the amazing things coming to Cabrillo Point Academy!! Please stay tuned. We'll provide more details soon!
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Orange County Science & Engineering Fair Free Summer Sessions

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.)

Sat. Sept. 25, 2021,10-11am (Beginner)

Click HERE for the signup link! (Please use Yvonne Kahlen for teacher and for teacher's email.)

Beginning this Fall students can sign up for one of the FREE OCSEF workshops - "How to Pick a Science/Engineering Project Topic."

Resources and Opportunities

We are so excited to bring you some fun summer activity ideas! Check out the resources below to keep your student engaged during the summer months. Please remember that planning amounts may not be used for classes and activities during the summer break.

The San Diego Zoo - Reservations No Longer Required!

Do you have a student who is an animal lover? Why not visit the San Diego Zoo! Enjoy over 12,000 animals with more than 650 species and subspecies. Go on a tour or just walk the zoo. There's sure to be something for everyone!

To learn more and purchase tickets click here.

Camp Discovery at the Discovery Cube!

Discovery Cube is proud to bring you a range of virtual and in-person camps for summer 2021.

Participate in one of our interactive half-day Zoom camps through Camp Discovery at Home, where you can have fun learning about animals, dinosaurs, space, or all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Also, back by popular demand, our Code Constructors camp is a virtual full-week camp that will get you thinking like a programmer as you learn to code.

Or join us for a full-day of science fun at Discovery Cube Orange County as you get hands-on learning about animals, dinosaurs, space, or all things STEAM. To ensure camper and counselor safety, all on-site camps will have limited capacity. Classes are filling up quickly!

To register and pay for your student for either in-person or virtual camps, click here.

Mega Bubblefest and Laser Show at the Discovery Cube!

Orange County’s number one family-friendly event is back. Come see the amazing Mega Bubblefest Laser Show, a 40-minute production featuring world-famous bubble artists Deni Yang. The show combines music, lasers, and bubble artistry sure to make your kids laugh with delight and bring YOUR inner-child out! Who doesn’t LOVE bubbles?

Come to see the show but stay for the festival filled with tons of interactive experiences like the large bubble drum stations, bubble exhibits, science demonstrations, and so much more. Not to mention the award winning exhibits inside the science center!

Bubblefest is sure to be a highlight of your family’s summer break – don’t miss this annual sell-out event! **Please note: the Discovery Cube offers discounted rates for this event for groups of 15 or more!

To register and pay for your student/family, click here.


If you're heading to our local beaches this summer, consider exploring some of the lively tide pools while you're there! Take a look at this list of 7 amazing and family friendly tide pools in Orange County.

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering teaches compassion and responsibility, and it also keeps kids busy on slow summer days. Little ones can clean up parks, collect canned goods, visit a nursing home, and more.

Paint Outside

When painting outside, there's no need to worry about making a mess. Just use washable paint and the medium of your choice, whether it's construction paper, cardboard, or blocks. You can also create outdoor artwork with sidewalk chalk.

Virtual Field Trips

We are bringing field trips to you... virtually! Click on the resources below and explore!
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The History of Disneyland!

Take a trip back in time and introduce your student to Walt Disney! Below you will find videos that will give you an exclusive behind the dreams look at the creation of Disneyland Park as told by Walt and today's Imagineers. Learn how your favorite attractions, such as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, went from dreams, to sketches, to reality!

Please enjoy the free resources and videos below!

An animated Biography of the inspiring Walt Disney: Video

The History of Disneyland (1955-2018): Rides and Attractions: Video

Disneyland Resort: Imagineering the Magic: Video

Famous Americans Research: Walt Disney

Animation Art Lesson - Walt Disney

Who Was Walt Disney

Student Support/Interventions

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.

Class 1: Comparing/Converting/Simplifying Fractions

Class 2: Adding and subtracting fractions

Class 3: Multiplying and dividing fractions

Class 4: All four operations with fractions


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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

Access the recorded writing workshop videos HERE

Social Emotional Support

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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:


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!

Cabrillo Point Academy Spirit Wear

We are so excited to share out our Cabrillo Point Academy spirit wear store! You can see the store HERE

School Calendar

Educational Tools

I Can Statements

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Community and Connection

Facebook Page

We would love to see more families in our Facebook group! Follow this link to join the conversations, stay up-to-date with our virtual events, and to get more virtual resources.

Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.

Instagram Page

If you are on instagram, we'd love to hear from you! Join our page, learn about our upcoming events and field trips, and tag us in your homeschooling photos!

Cabrillo Point Academy Family Liaison

Yvonne Kahlen - OC Family Liaison

I have been a homeschooling mom for seventeen years. I have three children ranging in age from 17 to 22. I homeschooled my two oldest from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My youngest is currently a senior in high school and taking college courses concurrently. I am passionate about homeschooling and love that you can tailor your curriculum to your child’s learning style. I am excited to work with other homeschooling parents and look forward to meeting you at an event soon! Happy schooling!


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