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Monday, December 7, 2020

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Information and Updates

Cabrillo Point Academy Literature Inspired Gingerbread House

Cabrillo Point Academy will be hosting a fun Literature Inspired Gingerbread House event next week! Students will create a gingerbread house inspired by a book they love (think tree house inspired by Magic Tree House, log cabin inspired by Little House in the Big Woods, etc)! Houses may be drawn, sculpted, assembled, etc... your students can really get creative!

Join us on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm! Adding to the fun, we'll be holding the event early in the evening. So feel free to dress in cozy pajamas and have your mugs of hot cocoa or other warm winter treats as students share their creations! RSVP is not required.

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Elementary Science Fair

Would your budding scientist or engineer like to participate in Cabrillo Point Academy's 2021 Elementary Science Fair? We invite students in grades K-5th to participate in this fun and educational opportunity! Please complete the interest form below to receive more details.
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Cabrillo Point Academy Science & Engineering Fair Information Sessions

Is your 6th-12th grade student interested in the Cabrillo Point Academy Science & Engineering Fair but doesn't know where to start? Does your student need additional resources? Then please join your Family Liaisons for one of our information sessions on December 2nd at 2:00 pm or December 9th at 10:00. RSVP is not required.
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Kicking Off a Month of Science in January

We are excited to have a month of science learning at Cabrillo Point Academy in January! Beginning next month we will promote a science experiment every week for our students as outlined in the flyer below. We encourage our students in K - 5th and 6th - 12th to sign up for our CPA Science & Engineering Fairs! Both will take place on February 12th. Qualifying students in 6th - 12th will be able to go on to compete in the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair!
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Coffee and Conversation with your Family Liaisons

We hope you will join us for an evening of coffee and conversation on Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm. RSVP is not required.
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Graduation and Promotion

Dear 5th, 8th, and 12th Grade Families,

At the end of the school year, Cabrillo Point Academy will host a virtual Promotion & Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of our 5th and 8th-grade students who are promoting to the next grade and our high school graduates!

The ceremony is planned for the third week of May and will be a virtual ceremony.

Please click here to indicate if your student will participate in the Promotion & Graduation Ceremony. We would love it if you complete the survey whether you plan to attend or not, as there is an option to select "Will Not Attend." This will help us to plan for the number of students who would like to participate.

Thank you! This is going to be an amazing celebration!

Community Connections

There are no clubs meeting this week due to teacher meetings. Next week is our last week of clubs for the semester, but don’t worry, a new club schedule for Spring will be available. We are thrilled with what we will be offering...some new and some tried and true. Be on the lookout for an email from your teacher next week with the new schedule.

→ Please be aware that there are new Zoom links for the clubs. The old ones in the Club Hub have been replaced with the new ones. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Be sure to check out the Community Connections section in the Cabrillo Point Academy Family Resource Website (log-in required) where you will find a How-to video and the Club Hub with all the virtual clubs we offer each week, You can always reach out to your Homeschool Teacher (HST) who has all the information to pass on to you as well.

Please use the hashtag #cpavirtualclubs to tag your photos on social media because we all LOVE seeing what your kids are doing in the clubs!

If you have any questions, please contact your HST or Gina Garland:

High School

Spring Courses are Here! Please see the Course Catalog for CPA and Edgenuity!

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.

Student Services

From Your Intervention Team: Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week Sixth Grade


Watch these fun and interactive Math Antics videos to learn/reinforce perimeter and area.

6.G.A.1: I can put together and take apart shapes to help me find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals and polygons.

6.G.A.1: I can apply what I know about taking apart and putting together shapes to find the area of objects or places in real world situations.

Use the videos you just watched to practice length, width, area, and perimeter. Just print this sheet and grab a piece of graphing paper.

6.NS.C.6.C: I can find and place ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.

6.G.A.3: I can draw polygons in the coordinate plane when I am given the coordinates for the vertices.

Another 6th grade skill, and one of the most challenging, is surface are. Use this fun surface area project to integrate art, engineering, creativity, and math!

6.G.A.4: I can represent and figure out the surface area of a three dimensional shape by using nets made up of rectangles and triangles.

6.G.A.4: I can apply my skills involving finding surface area with nets in real-world and mathematical problems.

Language Arts:

Making inferences and using what you know to figure out more advanced texts is a big part of middle school. Our kids are starting to be exposed to more difficult texts, but may not know the meaning of all the new vocabulary. Use this free activity from teachers pay teachers to make inferences.

RI.6.1: I can refer to the text to support my thoughts and draw inferences about a piece of informational text

RI.6.4: I can figure out the meanings of words and phrases in a piece of informational text by thinking about how they are used.

Do you have a reluctant writer? Sixth graders should be starting to develop a variety of writing skills with more breadth and depth. But they don’t always want to! Try these 7 fun writing activities to get your student writing!

W.6.1.D: I can establish and maintain a formal style in presenting my written arguments

W.6.3.A: I can organize my writing so that the sequence of events occurs naturally and logically.

W.6.3.D: I can use very specific words and phrases, descriptive details and sensory language to express experiences and events in my stories

W.6.6: I can use technology to interact and collaborate with others

What 6th grader doesn’t love watching YouTube? Check out this YouTuber and how he introduces parts of speech like nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives.

L.6.3: I can write, speak, read and listen by using my knowledge of the English language.

L.6.1.A: I can make sure that pronouns are used correctly in sentences (as subjects, as objects or as possessives).

L.6.1.B: I can use intensive pronouns correctly (myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves and themselves).

L.6.1.C: I can recognize and correct when pronouns shift inappropriately in number and person.

L.6.1.D: I can recognize and correct vague pronouns (those with unclear antecedents - the words they are referring to).

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Social-Emotional Support

Check out our Growth Mindset SEL Website

Last Month’s Topic: “Nagging Nerves”

If you missed either of our classes on worry and anxiety last month please feel free to check out these recorded summaries:

“Nagging Nerves” Video Session - TK-5th
“Nagging Nerves” Video Session - 6th-12th

Our Topic for December is Mindfulness:

Your body is your MIND?

Mindset Monday Webinar Dates/Times:

Monday, December 14th

10:00am - TK-5th grade

1:00pm - 6th-12th grade


English Learners

Join Lisa Mesa for a training on Strategies to help your English Learner on December 10 @ 3:00 PM. The strategy we will learn this week will be on Graphic Organizers and Thinking Maps. Zoom Link

Training Schedule

Academic Contests - Updates & Deadlines

National History Day Contest

The deadline for interest has been extended until December 17th. Please sign up if your student is interested.

Each year National History Day (NHD) frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2020-2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.

Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee

It's not too late to sign your student up for our Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee for students in grades 6th - 8th. The deadline is December 15th. The qualifying student will have the opportunity to advance to the County Spelling Bee. The winner at the county level will have the opportunity to advance to the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

If your student middle school student is interested in participating, click on the flyer to complete the survey. Once you have signed up and registered, a list of study words will be sent to you via email.

Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair

We are excited to offer your student a chance to participate in our Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair! Qualifying students will have opportunity to advance to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair! We would like to offer this opportunity to our students in grades 6th - 12th.

Click on the flyer to sign up! The deadline is December 17th!

Virtual Field Trips

We are bringing field trips to you... virtually! Click on the flyers to sign up!

Unique Educational Opportunity

We're kicking off Science Month at Cabrillo Point Academy a little early! Join two Nobel Prize winners Wednesday, December 16th at 9:00 am as they discuss the science behind their discoveries, their current research, how they achieved world-class research results and the significance of their Nobel Prizes for women and youth who have a passion for science. You will need to RSVP and can submit questions for the participants. RSVP here.

Background: On October 6, 2020, UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez won a Nobel Prize in Physics for her discovery of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. The next day, UC Berkeley Professor Jennifer Doudna won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful genome editing breakthrough that allows scientists to rewrite DNA in any organism, including human cells. Hosted by UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter, a distinguished scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Homeschooling Advice

One of the Best Things I Did as a Homeschool Mom

"Most Thursday evenings you could find us all in the family room, seated comfortably, and focused on the old white, tall hamper turned upside-down. That was the makeshift podium our kids used for their weekly oral presentations.

Fondly known as “Oral Presentation Night,” and documented on our oversized monthly calendar as “OPN,” it was something we all came to look forward to.

The hamper would get emptied of its dirty contents and placed upside-down on the family room floor. Whoever wanted to go first went first.

The rules were easy. Come prepared to give a talk on something of interest and bring a visual of some sort. Each presentation was followed by applause (of course!) and then by a Q and A, so the speaker had to be knowledgeable about their topic.

We would occasionally offer a helpful tip, something they could work on for next time. The presentations were never negatively critiqued.

All ages participated, from the preschooler to the college student returning home from college on break. (Not because he had to, but because it was fun.) My husband and I did not participate, although I think I did once, prior to a speaking engagement.

The topics were usually easy for the kids to come up with since they were avid readers and most had broad interests."

Read the rest of the article here.

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Homeschooling Resources

Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

Is 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!

2020-2021 Online Subscription Package

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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Student/Teacher IDs

Student/Teacher ID cards are now $20 per ID because bulk ordering prices can no longer be fulfilled. Fill out THIS survey to pay and upload a headshot. You may direct all your questions to the photographer, Michelle McCoy:

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These previously recorded webinars are available to view. Join us as we present a showcase of popular (school approved and secular) curriculum to our community. Families also have the opportunity to learn more about some popular curriculum options directly from the vendors!

School Calendar

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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

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 9 years old, and have homeschooled for the past five years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I enjoy planning and hosting activities and events and look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!

Yvonne Kahlen - OC Family Liaison

I have been a homeschooling mom for sixteen years. I have three children ranging in age from 16 to 21. I homeschooled my two oldest from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My youngest is currently a junior 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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