The PCA Scoop

Weekly Family Update

Week of October 26th, 2020

In This Week's Edition


✦ Thanksgiving Card Exchange

✦ Family Feedback Survey

✦ High School Hangouts with Celebrity Top Chef Brian Malarkey

✦ October and November Workshops

✦ Middle School Spelling Bee

✦ Discovery Day: November and December


✦ Enrichment

✦ Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

✦ Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week First Grade

✦ Social-Emotional Support


✦ High School Hangouts

✦ Progress Reports

✦ Collegewise Virtual College Fair - October 26

✦ National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society

✦ California State University College Nights

✦ Counseling Info. Sessions

✦ Story 2: Riverside County

✦ College Fairs

✦ Salie Mae Event

PCA Happenings

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Click Here to Complete our Family Feedback Survey

We'd love to hear feedback from our families! Please take a moment to complete this short survey about HST relationships and LP meetings.

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OCTOBER and November Workshops

Below are the workshops coming up through November!

All workshops are separated by grade level, be sure to sign up for the correct grade.

Don't miss out, sign up today!

TK - 2nd Grade

3rd - 5th Grade

Middle School Workshops

High School Workshops

Middle School Spelling Bee

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Discovery Day

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2020 Discovery Day Destinations

November - Zoopendous Day! (Animal studies)

December - Winter Wonder STEM

How does it work?

  • Families are encouraged to register their students for a Discovery Day community based on their student's grade and nearest location. This will allow students to connect with the same teachers & peers in their area when it is safe to meet in-person! However, families may register with another community if that works better for their schedules.
  • Students who attend the same Discovery Day community's workshops at least 3 times during November & December will be invited to a special virtual class party in January!
  • Please review the Discovery Day Schedule (Nov- Dec) for a list of DD communities & their dates/times.
  • Register your student for a Discovery Day community - RSVP HERE. Please complete one form per student.

Please complete this registration form at least 48 hrs prior to the start of the first workshop you wish to attend. If you do not register in a timely manner, you may not receive the Zoom link & information in time. As a result, you will need to wait for the next workshop.

After your registration is complete, Google forms will send you an email copy of your request. Please mark the dates on your calendar. 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.

Parent Resources

Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

s your child in the 5th grade or higher?

Did your child score in the red on the STAR360?

Would your child benefit from small group instruction?

If you answered yes to those questions, your child may be eligible for Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI) in math or reading.

ODI is a live, on-line, small group program offered by our Student Services department.

In reading, we will focus on comprehension and vocabulary development strategies and skills. In math, classes include multiplication up through multi-step problems. The commitment is for 4 weeks, 2 times per week for 45 minutes per class. Classes are conducted on Mondays - Thursdays. ODI is free for enrolled, eligible students.

Reach out to your HST today!

Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week First Grade


Play a less than/more than game. Get creative with the counters….I’m thinking candy corn! Click here for game instructions.

I can use different strategies for addition to solve word problems (within 20.)

I can use different strategies for subtraction to solve word problems (within 20.)

Integrate math and art (they really do go together great) with some addition art projects. Directions here.

I can use addition facts I know well to help me solve problems where there are more than two numbers (associative.)

Or take a break and watch a Math Facts Youtube Video

I can add facts within 20.

Language Arts:

Make spelling words fun, and a little messy. Instead of writing words on paper, spray some shaving cream on a window or mirror and let your child write their words there.

I can use sight words and spelling patterns to help me spell words correctly.

There are free resources on websites like Teachers Pay Teachers to help your child become a voracious reader. Try reading across the genres to create a well rounded reader.

I can read and understand first grade books.

Listen to a silly and not too spooky read aloud on YouTube called, Creepy Pair of Underwear.

I can read aloud like a teacher.

Also, did you know that our school has a website with videos and tools all linked and prerecorded if your student is having trouble in math, reading, or writing?

Click Here To Access Your School's Intervention Page

Social-Emotional Support

We loved talking with students at our “Show and Tell” last week!

Do you have a student on your roster who could benefit from building their resilience? Did they miss our webinars and follow-up groups last Monday? The recordings and slides have been posted on our Mindset Monday page.

Resources for next month’s topic, “nagging Nerves”, will be posted on Monday, November 2nd. Please encourage any students who struggle with worry and anxiety to check out the resources once posted and to mark their calendars for November’s webinar.

What: Nagging Nerves (Webinar for students on handling worry and anxiety)


Monday,November 9th

10:00am- TK-5th gradeK

1:00pm- 6th-12th grade

TK-5th Grade Resources:

6th-12th Grade Resources:

High School

High School Hangouts Update - October is College Month!

Friday, Oct 30th @ 10:30 am

Zoom in for a virtual tour of Palomar Campus with our very own Palomar tour guide where you will learn about some amazing opportunities that you can take part in both in High School and after you graduate!

See Flyer for more details


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Progress Reports

It's hard to believe we are almost halfway through the semester! Progress reports will be sent the last week of October. Now is the time to reach out to your HST if you have any concerns with your student's progress.

Collegewise Virtual College Fair

StriveScan is hosting a virtual college fair on Monday, October 26 from 4-7:45. Featuring 200 colleges from 39 states and 9 countries! Collegewise.

National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society

Emails were sent to eligible students. It is a great way to meet others, help the community with service projects, and stay focused on keeping grades up. Deadline to submit your application and letter of recommendation is Oct 16th . Ask your HST for more info.

California State University College Nights

The CSU Chancellor’s Office and all 23 campuses are excited to provide an alternative to in-person college fairs. Each campus will present a short live session to provide a campus overview, information about the admission process and a question and answer portion. If you are not able to attend, all sessions will be recorded. ​​

​​Registration will remain open, but each session will close at the maximum of 3000 attendees. Make sure you log on to the sessions early. All sessions will be recorded and available on this site.

Please use the links below to register for the live sessions you would like to attend. Pre-registration is required to attend.​​​

Interested in attending? REGISTER HERE

Counseling Info. Sessions

Counseling Info. Sessions: Please join us for the following information sessions. All sessions will be offered at 11am and 5pm, here: Counseling Webinar Link

Financial Aid: November 4

Concurrent Enrollment: December 2

Story 2: Riverside County

Riverside County Office of Ed has added an additional Story 2 online personal statement boot camp support session on Thursday November 5 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Students can register using the following links:

Ø Thursday, November 5 -

College Fairs

The Western Association of College Admissions Counseling (WACAC) are hosting open college fairs and students can register by visiting Students can attend any event regardless of location listed.

Salie Mae Event

Sallie Mae is hosting a virtual Paying for College 101: Free $ First on Tuesday, October 27 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 28 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Your students can join the event on YouTube Live:

Karmen & Rachel

We are your San Diego Family Liaisons.

Please let us know how we can help you! /