The PCA Scoop

Weekly Family Update

Week of October 12th, 2020

In This Week's Edition


✦ PCA Workshops: October

✦ Student and Teacher IDs

✦ Discovery Day Info


✦ OSP Help

✦ Let’s Make Math and Reading Intervention Fun!

✦ Student Services

✦ Social-Emotional Support - Resilience 101

✦ English Learners


✦ Talleres virtuales en Español

✦ Junta de Padres Multilingüe - ELAC y DELAC


✦ High School Hangouts

✦ So-Cal Drone Film Festival

✦ California State University College Nights

✦ High School Counseling Information Session: University of California

✦ Counseling Info. Sessions

✦ University of California - College Information Sessions

PCA Happenings


Click HERE to see all of the workshops scheduled for October.

Below are the workshops coming up for the next couple weeks.

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

6th - 8th Grade

High School

Student and Teacher IDs $5 Each

PCA offers student and teacher ID services. Your ID order can be completed online with a PayPal or Venmo account, but you will also need to email a picture to Be sure to include your mailing address and the student's name and grade along with the picture. If ordering a teacher ID, include your name and "Teacher."

Discovery Day

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Fall Semester Discovery Day Destinations

October - No Bones about It! (Human Body study)

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 Sept & Oct will be invited to a special virtual class party!
  • Please review the Discovery Day Schedule (Sept - Oct) 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.

We hope to see you soon! Please reach out to your HST if you have questions.

Parent Resources

OSP Help

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.

Let’s Make Math and Reading Intervention Fun!

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

But besides that, there are tons of fun games that you can order with funds or make yourself when your child is struggling.

This week let’s focus on your 3rd - 5th grader:


For a fun division math game that can be ordered with funds click here.

Or click here for a free hands on division activity with fall manipulatives.

Language Arts:

For a FREE fun Thanksgiving themed Main Idea activity click here

For a FREE fun Fall Story Writing click here

Check out these fun games that focus on Main Idea and can be ordered with funds

Comprehension Game Trio- Main Idea

What is The Main Idea - Secret Decoder

Main Idea Board Game

Student Services

Click here for videos, tutorials, ideas, and more for all parents and their students.

Does your student need math intervention?

Step 1: Make sure they are using an evidence based curriculum (Math U See, Right Start Math, Touch Math, Teaching Textbooks, or CLICK HERE for many more adopted curriculums). Work in this curriculum daily for one hour minimum.

Step 2: Use your instructional planning amounts for a twice weekly tutor.

Step 3: What else can I suggest? Try the free programs included in the OSP. Or add OSP a la carte programs like My Math Academy, Shmoop, or Prodigy.

Step 4: If you’ve tried this for 6-10 weeks and your student is still struggling, let’s schedule a Student Study Team appointment with our school success coordinator and see what other options are available.

Social-Emotional Support

Resilience 101

October’s topic focuses on helping students cultivate resilience when facing difficult life circumstances. Please check out this month’s resources on our Mindset Monday page, utilize the tools at home and then mark your calendar for October 12th!

What: October’s Webinar: Resilience 101


Monday, October 12th

10:00am- TK-5th grade

1:00pm- 6th-12th grade



Password: mindset


Password: mindset

English Learners

From our EL Coordinator for 2020/21

My name is Maria Kirkbride and I will be the School Support Director overseeing the EL program for Pacific Coast Academy for the 20/21 school year. I have had the pleasure to work in charter schools for 20 years in a range of positions I look forward to getting to know you and supporting your child with English acquisition. It is such a gift to be multi-lingual! As we progress through the school year I will be reaching out to all of you about joining our English Learner Advisory Committee. I hope you will consider joining me in building a community of English Learner parents that will be a voice in how our school can best serve and support our students.

19/20 ELPAC Scores are available under testing on your Parent Portal! If your student was unable to complete the test due to COVID school closure, there may be an opportunity to complete the ELPAC this fall.

Initial ELPAC- If your child is slated to take the Initial ELPAC based on your Home Language Survey responses, your HST will be in contact about test administration. At this time, the Initial ELPAC will be administered virtually.

Reclassification- from English Learner (EL) to Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) -If your child has an overall score of 4 on the ELPAC and no more than one 2 in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking he/she could be considered for Reclassification and exited out of the EL program. If your child qualifies, your HST will contact you with more details within the next 2 weeks.

ELD Instruction If your child is classified as EL, they are required to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of ELD (English Language Development) instruction everyday. Brainpop EL is available for free to all of our EL students. Contact your HST for more information on how to enroll your child.

Curriculum Recommendations for our EL Students -

Reading Eggs & Eggspress PreK - 8th Grade

Wonders 2nd - 6th grade

Study Sync 6th - 12th grade

BrainPOP ELL - K-12th grade

ELD Instruction for High School Elective Credit- Your child can now receive high school elective credit for the following ELD support classes. See here for courses and class descriptions.


Talleres virtuales en Español

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Junta de Padres Multilingüe - ELAC y DELAC

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High School

High School Hangouts

We are pleased to introduce our new High School Hangouts community led by PCA teachers!

What is High School Hangouts?

  • FREE High School Workshops (45-60 min) that help high schoolers to connect with their peers. We also focus on college and career readiness.

  • All workshops are virtual, but we hope to have in-person events as soon as we can!

  • Opportunity for students to take an active role in planning for their future.

  • The High School Hangouts community will meet twice per month on Fridays at 10:30 am.

What will students accomplish?

High School students will learn about goal setting, college and career opportunities, leadership, service, internships, STEM, the arts, and more! They will also be invited to help with planning high school social functions such as prom and other meetups. All HS students and their parents are invited to give their input on what they would like PCA's High school Hangouts to offer by completing the High School Interest Survey!

Fall Semester High School Hangouts Series

September - Envision your Future - Join the HS Hangouts' Welcome session and Create Visions though Dream Boards

October - College Planning - Talk with experts about college planning and take a virtual tour of a local campus (Palomar)

November - I am in High School, Now what? Learn about awesome electives that can jump start your career while in high school!

December - San Diego STEM - Tap into some amazing opportunities and attend a hands-on STEM event

How does it work?

  • High School Students and/or parents may register for a series of workshops each month. See our first High School Hangouts' workshop flyer here!

  • Register for our first monthly workshop series - Establishing Goals 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. Please mark the dates on your calendar! You can expect a HS Hangout teacher to email you a Zoom link & list of materials approximately 1 week prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing your high schooler!

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High School Hangouts Update - October is College Month!

Friday, Oct 16th @ 10:30 am

Join us for a college applications and preparation talk including what to expect for UC/Cal State applications with our PCA college counselor expert, Elske Thomas. She will share tips and tricks for college applications and planning.

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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So-Cal Drone Film Festival

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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

High School Counseling Information Session: UC/CSU

THIS WEDNESDAY! Applications: October 14 Get an overview of both applications and tips to help you stand out.

11am and 5pm

Counseling Webinar Link

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

UC/CSU Applications: October 14

Financial Aid: November 4

Concurrent Enrollment: December 2

University of California - College Information Sessions

UC for Everyone: UC Wants U! (Saturday, Oct. 24) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT


  • Welcome and Message

  • Making families' dreams come true: Current students and parents share their experiences at UC

  • Moving In and moving up UC: Building your community at UC

  • The UC faculty perspective

Students, parents, UC faculty and staff will share their experiences and insight on opportunities and options for students in the African-American, Native American, and ChicanX/LatinX communities on our campuses. The session will end with a live Q&A. This session is intended for students and their parents interested in learning about how UC campus's academic and affinity resource centers support and strengthen the history, culture and well-being of students of color. Register now for October 24

Karmen & Rachel

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