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Monday, January 10th, 2022
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Second Semester - Monday, January 10, 2022
Great job on completing first semester! Second semester begins Monday, January 10th. Let's keep the momentum rolling!
Cabrillo Point Academy - Still Enrolling!
Do you know of a family that is considering homeschooling? Cabrillo Point Academy is still enrolling for students in TK-8.
Please note: High school enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year has closed.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining our school for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete an enrollment interest form here ... https://form.jotform.com/211198665922160
Coffee Chat With Your Family Liaisons
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Next Monday, January 17th, our nation will be observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. Our school and many other government offices will be closed. This day has been set aside to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and social activist, who advanced civil rights in America through peaceful protest. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his tireless efforts.
As your family enjoys this day off, we thought you might like to observe the holiday by having your students engage in some of the following Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities:
- I have a Dream Speech: https://youtu.be/_yOBncaiito
- MLK day of service: MLK Day | AmeriCorps
- Civil Rights Worksheets - Dr. Martin Luther King Biography | K12Reader.com
- Civil Rights Word Search Worksheets - Word Search Puzzle | K12Reader.com
- Virtual field trip Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
- For K-2 FREE Printable Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page (123homeschool4me.com)
- I have a dream printable ihaveadreamtoo.pdf
Let's Celebrate the Lunar New Year!
Chuc Mung Nam Noi Happy New Year in Vietnamese
새해 복 많이 받으세요 Saehae bok mani badeuseyo Happy New Year in Korean
新年快乐 Xin Nin Kuai Le /sun nin fai lok Happy New Year in Mandarin/ Cantonese
Selamat Tahun Baru Cina Happy New Year in Indonesian or Malay
This year, the Lunar New Year begins on February 1, 2022. Instead of being based on the solar calendar, the lunar new year is based on the cycles of the moon.
- 28 Children’s Books to Celebrate Lunar New Year.
- Which animal of the Chinese zodiac are you like?
- If you live in China, you might celebrate by cleaning house, eating dumplings, exchanging red envelopes, or another of these ways. Here is a short video overview of Chinese New Year customs (the narrator mispronounces nian though!)
- Take a look at these ways to celebrate the lunar new year, including calligraphy, scroll painting and games.
- In Vietnam, lunar new year is called Tet. It is an important time to spend with family and eat special foods like chung cake, dried fruits and seeds and pickled onions. Parties full of traditional dishes are the main Tet activity. From the last day of the year, family members unite to enjoy “Tất Niên” Meal (the last meal of a Lunar New Year) to share experiences gained through the year. The parties are also time to review family traditions, show respect to elders and strengthen relationships.
- In Korea, lunar new year is called Seollal. It is a three day long celebration involving eating together, honoring ancestors and elders, and playing games. Here are some fun crafts to do to celebrate lunar new year and learn about Korean culture.
- Lunar new year is not a national holiday in Japan, but it is still celebrated in many ways including cleaning house to get rid of bad luck, eating and giving rice cakes and red envelopes of money given as gifts.
Parents on Course
Parents, you will not want to miss these engaging workshops hosted by Ivan Alba !
Math Makes Sense Foundation- Plot and Progression of number concepts K-Algebra w/ Ivan Alba
January 12 @ 2:00-5:00
Parents will learn a straight-forward continuum of math concepts from kindergarten to middle school that will focus everyone onto the most important mathematical ideas for success in algebra. Regardless of the grade level, each person will see how important teaching algebraically is in order to prepare students for higher mathematics in high school.
Math Makes Sense - Rational Numbers from Grade 3-Middle School w/Ivan Alba
January 19 @ 2:00-5:00
In this hands-on session, participants will engage in deep learning of how fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios work interdependently to strengthen student number sense. Through a problem-based approach, each participant will learn innovative ways to build the concepts necessary to maximize learning in this domain. Because students have such difficulty in this area, special emphasis will be placed on visual models and connections to whole-number concepts without reverting to tricks and mnemonics. Participants will walk away with focused and usable strategies for students to compute fluently with rational numbers.
Please visit our Parents on Course webpage in the Beehively Parent website for a monthly calendar of events and Zoom Links to Access!
Mark your calendars for our next park day – Jan 21, 2022 10:30-12:30
We will have fun math games and a make & take game to go home with.
Please fill out the Liability Jotform before attending if you can. https://form.jotform.com/212575773155158
Below is a screenshot of our JANUARY calendar. PLEASE USE LINK to enter our updated CLUB HUB and Virtual Club calendar to see what is upcoming.
If you have any questions, please contact your HST or Michelle Eschenburg email@example.com
High School (and Middle School) Hangouts!
We are offering monthly hangouts for our middle and high schoolers where they can interact with Cabrillo, PCA, and MVA students. We are hosting Hangouts every 2nd Monday for middle and 2nd Wednesday for high school. Please feel free to share this flyer with your students who are interested in joining in January!
MS/HS Book Club
We are offering a book club this semester! Students will be reading Artemis Fowl and meeting monthly to discuss. Please share this flyer for any interested students.
Semester 2 College Tours
We are organizing college tours for semester 2. Please see the flyer to share with interested students. We will be updating throughout the semester.
Free Creative Writing Workshop and Publishing Opportunity
Calling all Orange County fiction writers! The Santa Ana Literary Association will be publishing an anthology of animal-themed fictional short stories in the winter of 2022.
Guidelines for submissions:
1. You must be a resident of Orange County.
2. Your story must have an animal (any you choose) as one of its protagonists.
3. Your story must contain elements of sci-fi (speculative, dystopian, cyberpunk, etc.) or surrealism (magical realism, slipstream, absurdism, bizarro, etc.).
4. Stories must run between 1,000 and 10,000 words. No micro or flash fiction, please.
5. You must be willing to workshop and revise your submitted story if accepted for publication, as well as read and workshop the stories of other contributors. This publishing opportunity is also meant to be a learning experience.
6. Stories that have been previously published are ineligible for consideration.
Submissions are open now and will close on February 28. All accepted pieces will be workshopped during the months of March, April, and possibly May. Workshops will be led by J. Martin Strangeweather. Mr. Strangeweather holds MFA degrees in English and Creative Writing from UC Irvine. Each contributor will be paid $100 upon publication of the anthology, plus a free copy. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to help support the Santa Ana Public Library.
Please send your short story (along with a short bio) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Campus’ Virtual Events
Students who wish to attend 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.
SEL Mindset Monday
Happy New Year SEL friends! Please join us for January’s Mindset Monday as we read the picture book, “It’s Okay to Be Different” and participate in activities surrounding diversity, appreciating differences and each student’s unique qualities to enrich the SEL competency, “Social Awareness”. We invite students to bring paper and crayons to class on Monday, January 10th from 10:00-10:45am.
CPA’s MM meets the 1st Monday of each month (unless there is a holiday, in which case we meet the 2nd Monday) from 10:00 to 10:45am. Do you want to attend but need an afternoon time slot? Please email email@example.com For January’s MM, please sign up here!
Writing Office Hours
Do you have questions about writing?
We have answers!
Writing Office Hours with Ms. Davidson
Tuesdays from 11:00 - 12:00
Students can sign up for an appointment at
SEL - Growth Mindset
Join Ms. Lindsey this week for 30 minutes to discuss How to Better Understand Someone's Viewpoints! Socialize with other students to build social skills, communication skills and make new friends. No registration required. Join using this link.
Join Ms. Lindsey this week for 30 minutes for a discussion on How to Stand Up to Bullies! Socialize with other students to build social skills, communication skills and make new friends. No registration required. Join using this link.
ELPAC testing begins in February. If your student receives an overall score of 4 on the ELPAC they are eligible to be redesignated English Proficient! Below are some great resources to help your student pass the ELPAC test.
ELPAC Writing Videos with Genieva Davidson Lesson #24.
ELPAC Practice Test and Scoring Guide- Your child will be able to look at examples of answers that will give a passing score.
ELPAC Task Types- This will help your child know what to expect on the ELPAC
Please join us tomorrow (Tuesday 1/11/22) at 1:00 for the Parent University session covering the tools and supports available to your student for the upcoming CAASPP testing. Parent University Link
Physical Fitness Test - Grades 5, 7, and 9 - locations are filling up fast please let your HST your preference for location and time.
Universal Tools and Designated supports spotlight: Tools that are available to help your child on the upcoming CAASPP test. CAASPP testing is the statewide assessment given to all public school students. Subjects assessed are Math and ELA to students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 and Science in grades 5, 8 and once in high school.
CAASPP Testing Resource - Please share this resource with your student.
Digital Notepad Video
This tool can be used to take notes on any of the questions or passages you may be working on. This resource is automatically available to all students taking the SBAC and CAST.
Reminder: In order for a student to be set up for success, the student needs to be provided with appropriate opportunities for Student Communication during daily instruction. Please supply all students with the following when delivering instruction to enhance your students engagement in learning:
Student has appropriate expressive systems to initiate, request, state needs, protest and make choices .
Student has appropriate expressive systems to initiate, request, state needs, protest and make choices
Communication system is used across the school day and in a variety of environments
In an effort to help keep Homeschool Hub order turnaround times as low as possible for our families, our school will begin using a Lakeshore Punchout account on January 24, 2022. This will extend a Cabrillo Point Academy school account to each of our students, which can only be accessed through the Hub. Here's how it will work:
You will need to select or enter your shipping address when you begin creating your orders
The Hub will redirect you to Lakeshore's site
You can then place requested items in a cart and checkout
Lakeshore's site will redirect you back to the Hub, and orders will be added to your student's Pending Approval folder
Your HST will need to review and approve any orders for their students
There is no guarantee that requested items will be approved by the school
Items can be deleted, but not added to orders
Unlike Amazon, there is no limit to the number of items that can be requested per order
Lending Library - Reopening January 25th!
Our library doors will open once again on Tuesday, January 25th! More information will be coming soon!
Please note that effective January 24th, our library hours will change to Tuesday - Thursday, from 10AM - 3PM.
Field Trips and Events
Booking for February field trips opens Wednesday, January 12th, at 10 am.
Reminder: Masks are required for all indoor field trips, regardless of the venue’s mask policy. Masks are not required for outdoor field trips unless the venue requires them.
Have questions? Need help? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our office hours.
Please note, we have an adjusted our office hours for 2022 and added new Zoom links!
Virtual Field Trips
Top 10 Educational Days When You Don’t Want to Homeschool
Do you ever wake up and simply not want to homeschool? I know I do. I wake up and want to toss my lesson plans in the air. I want a change of pace. Yet I don’t want to neglect my children’s education.
Instead I compromise and choose one of these ten educational days when I don’t want to homeschool.
Fun Educational Days for Homeschoolers
1. Reading Day
Reading days are simple. Spend the day curled up with a good book. Each member of the family can curl up in the living room with sleeping bags, pillows, and books. You can also spend the day curled up reading aloud to your children.
Brew up coffee and fix some hot cocoa. Enjoy a relaxing day with your children. And don’t feel guilty! Reading days encourage both the skill and a love of reading in your children.
2. Home Economics Day
Home economics days are flexible and change according to your needs. Is family descending upon you tomorrow? Spend the day scrubbing down the house.
These are also great days to spend in the kitchen baking Valentine’s Day cookies with your children. Other options are to spend the day knitting, sewing, fixing up the lawn, or painting a child’s room.
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Welcome New Families!
Virtual 21/22 Homeschool Orientation Sessions
Virtual Compassion Corner
Students complete the Virtual Compassion Corner form (CPA) to notify a counselor they are seeking help. Once the form is submitted, the student receives a confirmation notice and email that contain an appointment link. They can choose to set up a 20 minute phone call or zoom meeting during school hours. If the student does not sign up immediately, we will reach out to the student directly and check in.
Ask A Scientist - Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF)
Ask a Scientist / Engineer - We're here to guide you!
"Ask a Scientist/Engineer" is an opportunity for students to meet virtually with scientists and engineers to ask questions and get answers about their projects.
Need help with -
· SRC and Registration?
· Project Design?
· Data Collection?
· Data Analysis and Presentation?
· Presenting Your Project to Judges?
Sign up for one of our sessions.
Ask A Scientist/Engineer Schedule:
- Saturday, January 8, 2022
- Saturday, January 22, 2022
- Saturday, February 5, 2022
All sessions on Saturday from 4 PM to 5 PM via Zoom
Open to students Grades 6 through 12
Please note: Students need to register by Thursday for each session you want to attend.
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Cabrillo Point Academy Family Liaisons
Yvonne Kahlen - OC Family Liaison
Maria Ramirez - OC Special Programs Family Liaison
Hi, I am a Mother of 4 sons, and grandma of 3 little ones. I learned about homeschooling about 5 years ago and I loved the whole concept. I homeschooled my youngest son and he loved it! I wish I had known this way of teaching when my other sons were little. I love helping families to thrive, and be successful! I am here to help you in any way I can.
Hola, Mi nombre es Maria y soy madre de 4 hijos varones,y abuela de 3 pequeños. Hace 5 años aprendí de este concepto de Estudiar en casa y me encantó. He educado en casa al más joven de mis hijos y a él también le gusto la idea! Me hubiera encantado saber de esta manera de educar cuando mis otros hijos eran pequeños. Me encanta ayudar a que las familias sean exitosas y aquí estoy para lo que necesiten.