The PCA Scoop

Weekly Family Update

Week of November 16th, 2020

In This Week's Edition


✦ PCA Turkey Trot - November 10th-18th

✦ Notice of Public Hearing: 2020-2021 Budget Overview for Parents

✦ Art Contest hosted by San Diego Unified School District in association with San Diego Zoo Global

✦ High School Hangouts: November and December

✦ November and December Workshops

✦ Middle School Spelling Bee

✦ Discovery Day: November and December


✦ Spanish Speaking Families - Apartar Le Fecha

✦ Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

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

✦ Social-Emotional Support


✦ Using Your Curriculum and Course Outlines in High School

✦ Edgenuity Extras

✦ Scholarship Opportunities

✦ College Admissions Essay Bootcamp!

✦ Counseling Info. Sessions

✦ Important Dates for 2021 Graduates

PCA Happenings

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Art Contest hosted by San Diego Unified School District in association with San Diego Zoo Global

The Challenge

Nature itself is a work of art! SDUSD and San Diego Zoo Global are challenging you to capture “Nature in your Neighborhood” by featuring a plant or animal from where you live. Pieces can be done in any two- or three-dimensional visual arts media, whether watercolor, clay, photography, computer-generated art, mixed media, or something else.

Go for a walk, look out your window, or do a quick internet search to find a local plant or animal that you find beautiful (or interesting!), and create an original work of art featuring that species! If the species is endangered, even better.


Submission & Voting

Final artwork submission date: November 23rd

Winning artwork will be displayed at the San Diego Zoo during the month of January 2021.
Students will submit their artwork by November 23rd, then SDUSD will share copies of artwork with San Diego Zoo Global’s judging panel (no student contact info will be shared).

Encourage your friends and family to visit the San Diego Zoo website and vote until Monday, December 14, 2020.


The Prize

The top 3 artists in each age group (K-2, 3-5, and 6-12, based on fall 2020) will receive an annual membership to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park and 4, single-day passes. Winners will be announced on Thursday, December 17th, 2020!


High School Hangouts

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November and December Workshops

Below are the workshops coming up in November and December!

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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Spelling Bee Interest Survey

Click here to let us know your student is interested in participating the Middle School Spelling Bee!

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

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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 FORTH Grade


Nothing makes learning a new math concept better than introducing it through a game! Play a greater than/less than game to learn something new.

4.NBT.A.2: I can compare two larger numbers by using what I know about the values in each place. symbols to show the comparison.

4.NBT.A.2: I can compare two larger numbers and use the symbols >, = and < to show the comparison.

Geometry in 4th grade???? Yes, there is. But don’t stress…..learn about classifying angles in this fun video.

4.MD.C.5: I can understand concepts of angle measurement.

Use all sorts of household items and games to solidify your student’s understanding of fractions.

4.NF.A.1: I can recognize and generate equivalent fractions based on my knowledge of numerators and denominators.

4.NF.A.2: I can compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators by creating common denominators or numerators or by comparing them to a benchmark fraction like one-half.

Language Arts:

Fourth graders are really getting into higher level reading. Use this freebie from Teacher Pay Teachers to help with finding the main idea in a non-fiction text.

RI.4.2: I can figure out the main idea in informational texts.

RI.4.2: I can explain how the main idea in informational texts is supported by the details in the text.

We know that fourth graders have big opinions! Help them get those opinions in writing using a tool like this.

W.4.1: I can write to share my opinion on topics or texts and provide reasons and information to support that opinion.

W.4.1.A: I can write my opinion in an organized way that introduces my topic clearly, states my opinion, and groups related ideas together.

W.4.1.B: I can give reasons that are supported by facts and details when writing my opinion.

Listen to a 4th grade story here on youtube. Learn about the ocean and a little American history, while you read along to Stormalong.

RF.4.4: I can fluently read and understand books at my level well.

RF.4.4.A: I can read and understand fourth grade texts.

RF.4.4.B: I can read fourth grade books and poems aloud accurately, at the right speed and with expression.

Social-Emotional Support

Mindset Mondays is changing things up a bit this month. This month’s webinars will both be interactive, offering students a chance to ask questions and put into practice what they are learning. Please bring something to write and/or color with and wear something comfortable!

Mindset Monday November Topic: “Nagging Nerves”

DID YOU KNOW?? Researchers are finding that children and adolescents are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression during this time of COVID-19. Join Miss Joy and Miss Rachel on 11/9 and 11/16 for Mindset Mondays sessions where November's topic is Nagging Nerves: Tools For Anxiety. We will be helping students identify what anxiety feels like in our bodies and equipping them with tools to manage it.

Mindset Monday Webinar Dates/Times
Monday, November 9th - Part 1

Monday, November 16th - Part 2

10:00am - TK-5th grade

1:00pm - 6th-12th grade


Additional “Nagging Nerves” Resources

TK-5th Grade Resources:

6th-12th Grade:

  • Fight Flight Freeze – Anxiety Explained For Teens - Watch this video developed by Anxiety Canada to learn how anxiety keeps us alive, and how worries in your head affect what you feel in your body.

  • Social Anxiety Safety Behaviors Worksheet - In social situations, safety behaviors are subtle actions people take to avoid anxiety. For example, someone who is anxious about socializing at a party might focus on their phone to discourage others from approaching. Although safety behaviors provide temporary relief, they make anxiety worse in the long-run. The Social Anxiety Safety Behaviors worksheet teaches the basics of avoidance, and how safety behaviors fill the same role.

  • Worry Exploration Questions - When people worry, they tend to imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen. In reality, these worries may never come true. What could happen isn’t the same as what will happen. In the Worry Exploration Questions worksheet, students are asked to consider their worry versus reality.

  • Study tips for Anxiety - Study skills help to reduce test anxiety, improve focus, and increase motivation to do well on tests. Good study habits are important for all students, but they are particularly beneficial for those with test anxiety.

Zoom-Out Cards - Help your child shift perspective with these fun facts.

High School

Edgenuity Extras

Edgenuity HQTs are hosting November sessions for high school students! Please see the flyer. All students are welcome-your student does not have to be enrolled in Edgenuity to attend the sessions. Please RSVP for any sessions your student would like to attend. November Edgenuity Extras

Scholarship Opportunities

Here is a list of popular scholarship search engines or other pre-vetted scholarships.

College Admissions Essay Bootcamp!

College admissions deadlines are fast approaching, and we want to ensure you are using your Story2 account to help get your essays ready. Students get free, unlimited access to Story2’s essay-writing boot camps! The full schedule through November is available here. Sign up for as many as you need to get your essays completed!

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

Concurrent Enrollment: December 2

For those families who were unable to attend the UC/CSU Application Information session here are the slides and recording:

Link to presentation slides

Link to video recording (recorded 10.19.2020)

Important Dates for 2021 Graduates

UC Application- Due November 30

CSU Application- Due December 4

FAFSA- Application is open!

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