Mission Vista Academy

Family Newsletter - Week of December 7th, 2020

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

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What's inside:

  1. Gingerbread House Show Off!
  2. 2020/21 School Calendar
  3. Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
  4. Enrichment Update
  5. MVA Spelling Bee Information
  6. NEW! Family Liaison Office Hours Thursdays, 3 pm - 4 pm
  7. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS! Virtual Clubs Info!!
  8. Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter
  9. Multilingual Learners
  10. MVA High School
  11. FREEBIE! National Gallery of Art
  12. FREE National Park Service access for 5th graders
  13. SEL Mindset Mondays
  14. FREE Teaching Resources - Grade Level Reading Suggestions
  15. Intervention Site - Grade level tips on fun ways to fill the learning gaps
  16. TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Webinars
  17. 2020/21 OSP (Online Subscription Package)
  18. MVA apparel Show off your school spirit!
  19. Check It Out! Mission Vista Academy Social Media
  20. School Resource Websites to Bookmark
  21. Your Mission Vista Academy Team
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Hello Mission Vista Families,

We are excited about our Literature Inspired Gingerbread "House" Event!

Let's create gingerbread houses that represent our favorite books. Is your book in outer space, on an island, under the sea, on a boat or in a forest? Get creative and build a gingerbread "house" that features your book's setting and characters. Then come show off your creation at our Zoom event on Thursday, December 17th at 11:00.

We will have secret judges that will pick the most creative gingerbread "house". Please bring your gingerbread "house" and the book that inspired your creation to our Zoom event.

If you have any questions, please reach out to stacy.beasley@missionvistaacademy.org.

Have fun reading and creating.

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2020/21 School Calendar

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We are Mission Vista Academy Proud!

Working Together - Mission Vista Academy

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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Enrichment Returns or Exchanges

Families should not contact vendors directly to facilitate a return or exchange; the school should be notified and will handle all requests directly. If there is a problem with an Enrichment order and an item has arrived damaged or is defective, please contact your teacher.

If an item is no longer needed or wanted, it may be returned to the school but cannot be returned to the vendor for a refund. Please do not contact vendors directly to request a return or exchange. Thank you!

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3rd Annual Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee!

We are so excited to announce our 3rd Annual Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee! The Bee will be held in February 2021 and is open to all Mission Vista students who are in 4th-8th grade.

The qualifying student will have the opportunity to advance to the County Spelling Bee in March, where the winner is then advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

If your child is interested in competing at our qualifying bee, please email courtney.bostock@missionvistaacademy.org. and a list of study words will be sent to you via email.

Thank you for your interest! Please reach out to your HST with any questions.

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NEW ZOOM LINK! Family Liaison Office Hours

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Your Family Liaisons will be offering weekly office hours on Thursdays, from 3-4 pm. 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/81723088078

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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MVA Virtual Clubs!

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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

MVA Virtual Clubs Info Session Recording!

Our MVA Community Connections Coordinator, Stacy Beasley, held an info session to help us learn more about Mission Vista's Virtual Clubs. In case you missed it, you can find the recording here.

Share your Mission Vista Virtual Club photos with us!

We love seeing what your students are learning! Our virtual clubs are the perfect place to inspire imagination, fun, and trying new things! Share your Virtual Club photos with us on the Mission Vista Facebook Group, or use #mvavirtualclubs on Instagram! Can't wait to see what your students have learned, created, or baked!
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Nobody Has More Fun Than Our MVA Families....

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Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter

Special Education Department is pleased to announce the launch of 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_November 2020

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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


January ELAC Meeting

Our next ELAC meeting is Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5 pm.

Zoom link:


Agenda topics:

1. How to take an ELPAC Practice Test

2. Review various Online Resources

3. State Seal of Biliteracy

***We will have a gift card raffle for attendees!***

What is ELAC?

The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs.

Questions? Contact Lisa Mesa at lisa.mesa@missionvistaacademy.org


19 de enero a las 5 pm

Únete a nosotros en Zoom:


¿Qué es ELAC?

El Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de Inglés (ELAC) hace recomendaciones sobre programas para estudiantes con necesidades de un segundo idioma.

En la agenda:

1. Cómo tomar una prueba de práctica de ELPAC

2. Revise varios recursos en línea

3. Sello estatal de alfabetización bilingüe

¡Tendremos una rifa de tarjetas de regalo para los que asistan!

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Lisa Mesa en lisa.mesa@missionvistaacademy.org

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High School

MVA High School Curriculum Roadshow Slides

Hello High School Parents!

Check out the Mission Vista Academy High School Curriculum Roadshow presentation and recording in case you missed it!

Presentation Slides with Links

South Schools' High School Adopted Curriculum 2020/21

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

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

ADD RECORDING INFO HERE (Once we receive it from Holly)

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

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

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Teaching Critical Thinking through Art with the National Gallery of Art

Based on the National Gallery of Art’s popular Art Around the Corner professional development program for teachers in Washington, D.C., this five-part, self-paced online course provides everything you need to begin creating a culture of critical thinking and collaboration for any student, subject, or grade level. You do not need an art background or museum access to successfully integrate the “Artful Thinking” course materials into your teaching.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to use Artful Thinking Routines to strengthen thinking.
  • How to facilitate meaningful conversations in your home using art for both artful learning and artful teaching.
  • How to help learners of all levels develop more discerning descriptions, evidence-based reasoning, and meaningful questioning habits.
  • Key strategies for using content information to push original thinking deeper.
  • Exciting, immersive activities for any type of learner.
  • How to use learning resources from the National Gallery of Art, including downloadable Artful Thinking lesson plans.

Check out this amazing online resources here: National Gallery of Art

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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

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Check out our Growth Mindset SEL Website

Last Month’s Topic: “Nagging Nerves”

If your students wanted to attend but missed either of our classes on worry and anxiety last month, please feel free to view these recorded summaries:

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

Mark your calendars to attend our next Mindset Monday:

Our Topic for December is Mindfulness - Your body is PRESENT....is your MIND?

Monday, December 14th

10:00am - TK-5th grade

1:00pm - 6th-12th grade


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Free Teaching Resources

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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!

This Week's School at Home Website Spotlight - Grade Level Reading Suggestions

Each week we will highlight one of the amazing resources offered on our School At Home website.

This week we are taking a peek at the resources offered for selecting books appropriate for your child's grade and/or reading level, as well as other resources that support their reading.

Here, you will find the following resources:

  • The CA Department of Education Reading Lists
  • Accessing ReadWorks, a free option for families! ReadWorks is a helpful resource for families with students in grades K-12. Through this site, students can highlight, annotate, and complete assignments online. Teachers can access progress reports & automatic grading. You can also easily print any of their content and curriculum to share with your students.
  • Scholastic books, lesson plans, and other ideas
  • Read-A-Loud Revivals amazing booklist
  • Additional K-12 reading suggestions
  • Spanish children stories, where you can read in English or Spanish
  • Reading lists by grade level

All of these resources are located in one location, making it easier for you! Just click here to check it out.

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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, online, 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: Fifth Grade


Learning to multiply larger multi-digit numbers can seem like a tedious task. Take the monotony out of it and make it a fun game!

5.NBT.B.5: I can easily multiply larger whole numbers.

If you’ve made it to 5th grade without watching Khan Academy, that is amazing, but it’s time to change that. Here is a great one on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

5.NF.A.1: I can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

Have you ever thought of using your instructional planning amounts to buy board games? Here is a list of games that use mathematical reasoning, multi-step problems, real-world problems, and more.

Language Arts:

What could be more fun than gathering a few friends or family members (maybe through zoom) and putting on a play? Practice reading 5th-grade texts and put on a show with this Rapunzel Reader's Theater freebie.

RF.5.4.A: I can read and understand fifth-grade texts.

RF.5.4.B: I can read fifth-grade books and poems aloud accurately, at the right speed, and with expression.

RL.5.10: I can read and understand fifth-grade stories, plays, and poems independently.

Is your 5th grader having trouble figuring out what is the main idea? Let them hear it from another perspective with this youtube video.

RI.5.2: I can determine two or more main ideas in informational texts.

RI.5.2: I can explain how the main ideas in informational texts are supported by the details in the text.

Do you want to get your 5th grader hooked on reading? Or maybe they already are, and they just need some new ideas for great books. Check out this list of books for your student.

RF.5.4: I can fluently read and understand books at my level well.

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

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TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Recordings

Over the summer, 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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2020/21 Online Subscription Package

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There is no need to opt-in or opt-out this year; all students will receive subscriptions based on their grade level.

TK-4th grade: MobyMax, BrainPOP/BrainPOP Jr., and Touch-type Read & Spell

5-8th grade: MobyMax, Grammarly, and Touch-type Read & Spell

9-12th grade: Shmoop

*Additional subscription options are available via OSP A LA CARTE.


The OSP Handbook is your one-stop-shop for all information regarding the OSP. The handbook includes detailed information as well as updates & answers to our most frequently asked questions. Please be sure to visit the OSP Handbook before contacting us.


Overview page - provides general information

Announcements page - provides up-to-date important/need-to-know information

General FAQ - provides answers to FAQ about the OSP in general (NOT subscription specific)

OSP Subscriptions - provides more detailed information regarding the OSP (packaged) subscriptions

A LA CARTE Subscriptions - provides more detailed information regarding the A LA CARTE subscriptions

Webinars - provides links to the webinars available for each subscription


If you need additional help, please consider joining our weekly office hours. Every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/96453949454

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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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Welcome to the NEW Mission Vista Academy Facebook group! This is the official Facebook group for families currently enrolled in Mission Vista Academy. We are here to build a community of support and share helpful resources, ideas, and inspiration with each other. Feel free to ask questions about homeschooling, secular curriculum, vendors, field trips, events, and more.

We are here to encourage and support you on this exciting adventure! Let's build a strong community of homeschool families!

Feel free to follow Mission Vista Academy's Instagram Page.

*Access to this page is granted after enrollment has been verified.

Contact us! Your Mission Vista Academy Family Liaisons!

Andrea Hart andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 378-6144

Audrey Everson audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 541-4809

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School 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!

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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!)