Mission Vista Academy

Family Newsletter - Week of January 25th, 2021

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

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In This Week's Edition:


» Meet our superstar student, Elizabeth Starkey


» Spring Virtual Clubs

» MVA 20/21 Pen Pal Program

» MVA's GREAT Kindness Challenge


» 20/21 School Calendar

» Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter

» English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting

» Enrichment Returns

» New Intervention Website

» Writer's Workshop

» Mindset Mondays


» Department Contact info

» Spring Courses Reminder

» Edgenuity Info

» Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

» Does your student want to attend a UC school?

» Scholarship Info

» Counselor Information Sessions


» Family Liaison Office Hours

» Ringing in the New Year!

» Homeschooling Teaching Tips

» Free Teaching Resources

» Curriculum Showcase Webinar Recordings


» Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

» MVA Apparel

» MVA Resource Websites

» Your Mission Vista Academy Team

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Ninth-grader Elizabeth Starkey has written and published a novel! Her book is very entertaining and makes you not want to stop reading. You can check out her amazing work here. We're very proud of you, Elizabeth! ~ Mrs. Villasenor
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MVA SPRING Virtual Clubs!

Light those fires this week by introducing your students to new ideas and concepts offered up by our amazing homeschool teachers.

Come join the fun as we explore and learn together! More information and club schedules will be emailed to you by your HST on Mondays.

There is no need to preregister your students; just show up. Make sure to check out the details regarding each club, so you know whether to gather any needed supplies. However, we have been reassured that if you do not have those supplies on hand; your student can still attend and will still be able to learn and enjoy.

Questions? Reach out to the MVA Community Connections Coordinator at stacy.beasley@missionvistaacademy.org or your HST

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MVA 20/21 Pen Pal Program

Welcome to the Mission Vista Academy Pen Pal Program!

This program is open to the students enrolled in Mission Vista Academy. There are many benefits to having a pen pal and we hope you can see that too! Not only does it help kids be social and make new friends, but it helps with literacy and grammar. Waiting each month for their letter is exciting and fun but also helps teach patience. Finally, learning how to address an envelope and send it off will teach them a life skill that will be used forever!

How It Works:

This program is open to any Mission Vista Academy student. You need to sign up and be willing to commit! The students will be required to write one letter per month throughout the school year. Please be patient, especially during the holidays and breaks. Students are not required to work during these times.

Most importantly, you need to be active. This is a free program but you need to be committed. We need to be sure we aren’t letting anyone down because that’s just not nice and not fun! Can you imagine running out to your mailbox every day for a month, waiting on a letter, and then never receiving one? That’s just really sad and hurtful, so please:

Do Not Sign Up If You Cannot Commit.

Students will be put into one of four writing levels. The students will be paired with another student from that level, and ideally the same grade level. This can sometimes be a little difficult so your student may be placed with someone a grade higher or lower.

Level requirements are just general guidelines but strongly encouraged. Rules are a must. If we become aware of a failure to meet these, you may be asked to withdraw from the pen pal program.


  • Level 1: Drawings Only: TK, Early Kinder, Special Needs

  • Level 2: Drawing/Craft and 1-5 sentences: Kinder - 2nd Graders

  • Level 3: 2-3 Paragraphs, Drawing/Craft Optional: 2nd - 5th Graders

  • Level 4: 3-5 Paragraphs, Drawing/Craft Optional: 6th - 10th Graders


  1. Must write one letter per month

  2. Must address the envelope themselves (Parents can help if necessary)

  3. Mail out the letter (Parents: teach them how to mail a letter at home and/or at the post office)

  4. Must be appropriate and polite (Parents: please proofread before mailing)

  5. Get creative with your letters!

Parents will receive an email with the contact info of the other parent the student has been matched up with. It will be up to you to exchange mailing addresses. Parents will be in charge of making sure their student is sticking to the program and not letting other students down. Again, please read your student’s letters to be sure they are appropriate before mailing them out!

Print out MVA Voluntary Activity Waiver HERE (you will be asked to upload a waiver when signing up for Pen Pal Program)

Sign up here!

If your pen pal hasn’t written their monthly letter, please let us know and we will try to help!

Worst Case Scenario: We assign you a new buddy if it is possible.

Happy Homeschooling,

Audrey & Andrea

Audrey Everson


Andrea Hart


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Mission Vista's 1st Annual Great Kindness Challenge

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Hello Mission Vista Families,

Now more than ever we need to spread some LOVE! So, next week Mission Vista Academy will take part in The Great Kindness Challenge. Attached you will find some awesome 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 MVA Survey to share your photos and checklists. I 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 https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/ or watch this short video.

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2020/21 School Calendar

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Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter

Special Education Department is pleased to share our Special Education department newsletter! Our goal with this dynamic newsletter is to bring you information on special education practices and various resources to better serve your students' needs.

We want to ensure that the content we create and deliver this school year is beneficial to you. Please share your ideas and requests for content with me directly. Our team will be monitoring your feedback to make sure we are providing resources on various topics.

We hope you enjoy the Newsletter!

MVA Special Education Department Parent Newsletter_January 2021

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Multilingual Learners

Hi MVA Families!

My name is Lisa Mesa, and I am your ML Coordinator. This is my 23rd year in education, five of those in the charter realm. I have a Master’s in Multicultural Education and am a second language learner myself. My first language is Albanian :) I remember the difficulty of going to school as a kindergartener and knowing no English. I can relate and aim to make your acquisition of English as easy as possible. Your HST is your first point of contact for questions, but please also feel free to contact me at any time.

Lisa Mesa


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Enrichment Returns

Here are a few simple steps to return items to the school:
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New Intervention Site

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!

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Writer's Workshop

FREE Pre-recorded videos with LIVE Office Hours!

These writer's workshop videos are there for parents and teachers to use starting wherever you would like! If you need advice as to where to begin, feel free to email our amazing writing teacher at writersworkshop@pacificcoastacademy.org.

Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you and your student can join in the office hours to go over items! Again, you can email to ask questions or get help, etc.

Access the recorded writing workshop videos HERE

Office Hours (for extra assistance):

Tuesdays: 10 - 11 am

Thursdays: 1 - 2 pm


Password: davidson

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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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MVA High School

High School Questions?

Have questions about High School? Reach out to your Mission Vista Academy High School Success Coordinator, Summer Davidson at summer.davidson@missionvistaacademy.org

MVA High School Counselor - Holly Burke

Is your high school student struggling with their classes? Do they want to discuss how a schedule change will impact their post-high school plans or do they want to get a head start on planning for college/career? If so, I’m here to help. Please remind your high school families that I am available for individual appointments. They can request a meeting by emailing me at: holly.burke@missionvistaacademy.org

Spring Courses

At this time, your student should have access to all spring courses and should be working in them every day. If you have any concerns about curriculum or course access, reach out to your HST right away.


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 @ jolene.ericsson@cabrillopointacademy.org

High School Students: Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

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: https://customculture.vans.com/

Does your student want to attend a UC school?

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 or reach out to your student's counselor.

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.

Scholarship Info

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

Counseling Information Sessions

Our MVA counseling department hosted an information session on the concurrent enrollment process.

Below you will find information about the UC and CSU Application Processes:

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Sharing the Homeschool Heart


Your Family Liaisons will be offering weekly office hours on Thursdays, from 10 -11 AM. This is a time each week when you can drop in to ask questions and is open to all parents and teachers at MVA. This is an opportunity to chat about anything homeschooling. Here are just a few things that could be discussed during this time:

  • Schedules, Routines, and Rhythms
  • Curriculum
  • Schooling Multiple Children
  • How to Navigate our Enrichment Ordering System (EOS)
  • Resistant Learners
  • Getting Organized
  • Resources

New Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84272589947

What if you can't make it during our office hours? No problem at all; your Family Liaisons are available Monday through Friday, so don't hesitate to call or email us:

Andrea Hart-

email: andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org

phone: (951) 378-6144

Audrey Everson-

email: audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org

phone: (951) 541-4809

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New Year’s Day has come and gone, and it's the perfect time to focus on new beginnings and goals for the rest of the school year! While we dust off our pencils and slowly start working back into a routine after a long winter break, it's fun to think of what this NEW year could hold for our students.

Sometimes the idea of a fresh new start (like the New Year) can help you remember your passion and reason for homeschooling. This new year, take time to write down some of the reasons why you decided to school at home in the first place. Give yourself and your student(s) time to slip back into your day to day routine, all while remembering that this CRAZY, amazing journey is well worth it.

2021 is full of possibilities and can bring new life into your homeschool routine. Whether you want to switch up your teaching style or simply bring in new activities or curriculum... now is the time to keep your student(s) motivated and encouraged to end this school year with a BANG!

So here's to a wonderful year full of imagination, exploring, and most importantly... learning alongside the ones we cherish most! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~Andrea, MVA Family Liaison

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Homeschooling Teaching Tip!

Plan a fun day devoted to educational gameplay! There are so many options out there you will have no lack of material to use. Surprise your kids with a game day and show them how much fun you can have while learning. Some personal favorites include board games, dice games, and card games.

Hooligan (click on the title for directions on how to play) is probably our number one favorite game to play. In this game, all you need are six dice, a pencil, and a pad of paper. It is easy and fun and can get a little loud with all the shouting and cheering each other on. You can have one of the younger ones who is practicing adding large numbers be your scorekeeper.

Here are some fun and educational games you can find on Amazon:

Silly Sentences: Silly sentences is for your younger ones beginning to recognize words. It can be a fun way to help them build sentences and begin working on expressing their thoughts through writing!

Bananagrams: Another household favorite, Bananagrams is a great way to practice spelling for all ages!

Scrambled States of America This game is so much fun and does a great job teaching the players about all 50 states!

We also love Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, Qwirkle, Mancala, Rubik's Cube, Dominoes, Skip Bo, Farkle, Uno, Apples to Apples, American History Memory Game, Settlers of Catan, and so much more!

This is just a small sampling of what you can do. Google search educational gameplay, and you will find many family gameplay ideas to explore!

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Free Teaching Resources

Mission Vista's School at Home Website

Mission Vista worked together with others to create this resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their own children. Feel free to share this site!

Please reach out to your Family Liaisons or your HST at any time. We're here for you!

National Park Service- Free access for 5th graders

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, national forests and grasslands, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed public lands and waters for free!

How It Works

Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year!

With this voucher, 5th graders and their families will have free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

National Park Service Website

FREE- High Quality Literacy Instructional Videos from Mister Messinger

Are you a students struggling to write an essay, read an article or take notes? Are you a parent trying to help your child navigate the complexities of online learning? Are you a teacher looking to support ALL your learners with high quality literacy videos? If so, then this is the resource for you!

As a classroom teacher myself, I create high quality white board animation videos to help students tackle any speaking, reading, writing and listening task. My videos are completely FREE because I wanted to help ALL learners succeed in the new era of digital learning.

In my videos, I don't just tell you what to do, I show you. I walk you through each skills by stating the purpose, explaining the process, modeling the skill and then giving you questions to review, revise and edit your work! In this channel, you will find research-based, classroom-tested, student approved literacy skills for equitable education! I have found that these videos helpful to differentiate the learning for ALL students.- Mister Messinger

View videos here

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TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Recordings

Our South Schools' Family Liaisons joined together to bring our families 'Themed Curriculum Weeks!' Each week had its theme: All-In-One Curriculum, Math, Language Arts, History, Science, and Subscription Boxes. Your Liaisons kicked off each week with a webinar highlighting popular curriculum choices. Additionally, throughout each themed week, webinars were scheduled with curriculum companies to share more about their products. If you missed any of these or want to check them out again, visit our special Webinar Newsletter.


Curriculum showcases hosted by the South Schools' Family Liaisons, during which they share about popular curriculum options and subject-specific curriculum webinars offered by the providers.

Additionally, you will find links to the following:

✦ 20/21 Online Subscription Package Webinars

✦ The High School Curriculum Roadshow

MVA Webinar Showcase Newsletter

Click here to view all the webinar recordings!

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We are Mission Vista Academy Proud!

Our Mission

The mission of Mission Vista Academy is to develop the individual gifts of students in Riverside County and adjacent counties to become critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and innovative leaders prepared for academic and real-life achievement in the 21st Century. The mission will be accomplished through quality, personalized, standards-based education, which could include online coursework, offline textbook work, and unique hands-on and experiential learning experiences facilitated in partnership with students, parents, staff, and community.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

At Mission Vista Academy, we have goals for our students that are known as Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs). SLOs are a part of our school culture: they reflect our school vision, the College and Career Readiness Standards, and the education of the whole child.

Mission Vista Students Are:

Navigators of the Digital World – Navigators of the digital world who are proficient in the use of technology, media, and online resources.

Self-Directed – Self-directed and motivated students who are able to set attainable goals to achieve academic success.

Personalized Learners – Personalized learners who are able to thrive in the style of education that best fits their individual needs.

Independent Critical Thinkers – Independent critical thinkers who have the ability to problem-solve, take ownership, and apply their knowledge to a variety of problems.

Responsible Citizens – Responsible citizens who demonstrate integrity and respect while actively seeking knowledge of local and global issues.

Effective Communicators – Effective communicators who can thoughtfully articulate their thinking with confidence while collaborating with peers.

Thank you for partnering with us to achieve our goals!

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Wanna show off your school spirit? Purchase your very own Mission Vista T-shirt, sweatshirt, tote bags, and MUCH more!

Visit the Mission Vista website for the full list of school apparel and other goodies now!

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MVA Resource Websites to Bookmark!

Mission Vista Academy School Website

Mission Vista Academy Facebook Group - Enrolled with Mission Vista Academy? Join us on Facebook for a lively discussion and homeschool support.

mission_vista_academy - Follow Mission Vista Academy on Instagram!

Online Subscription Package Handbook - If you need additional help, please consider joining our weekly office hours. Every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/94816292813

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We are here for you!

Your Mission Vista Academy Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaisons for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Mission Vista Academy Family Liaisons

Andrea Hart

Hello! My name is Andrea Hart, and I am a homeschooling momma of two beautiful girls. Thanks to Mission Vista Academy, we have been homeschooling for 2 years and absolutely love the freedom and new learning experiences that it provides us daily. Homeschooling has changed our lives for the better, and I can’t wait to help other families learn, grow, and navigate through this extraordinary journey. I'm here to help encourage, guide, and answer any question you may have! I can’t wait to connect with you.

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 12 to 8 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 18 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 8 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Mission Vista Academy, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling

and learn more about what your homeschool lifestyle looks like!

Mission Vista Academy Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County and San Bernardino County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

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Fully Accredited for Grades TK-9 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

(As each year we add another grade level in high school, we anticipate full accreditation of grades TK-12 by 2023. Go MVA!)