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Monday, January 25, 2021

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Information and Updates

Spelling Bee Champions

Congratulations to the champions of the 2021 Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee--It was a lively competition that lasted 49 rounds! We are so proud of all the students who studied diligently to compete in this event and we are excited to watch the eligible champions advance to the county level competition! Meet our champions below.
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Sarah, an 8th grader at Cabrillo Point Academy, is the winner of the 2021 Spelling Bee! Her favorite word from the study list is Carabinieri, which was difficult to learn at first but after memorizing how it was supposed to be spelled it became her favorite! Some advice Sarah would offer to students who would like to compete in future spelling bees is that "age doesn’t matter. Know what your goal is and keep looking forward. As long as you study hard, be willing to ask for help, and keep your eyes on the title of first place, I believe you can, with a little determination, see results. Like Harry Golden said, 'The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.' "


Audrey is a 7th grade student and one of our champion spellers in the 2021 Spelling Bee. Her favorite word from the study list is Salzkammergut, which is as fun to say as it is to spell! One piece of advice Audrey would offer to students who would like to compete in future spelling bees is to "read lots of books!"


Lexie is one of our youngest student champions in the 2021 Spelling Bee. Her favorite word from the study list is unprepossessing, and her whole family now knows this word! Some advice Lexie would offer to students who would like to compete in future spelling bees is to "pace yourself when studying, research the pronunciation of difficult words, and most of all have fun!"

A Month of Science in January

This is the last week for Cabrillo Point Academy's science month! Please take advantage of our last science experiment as well as the other opportunities we will post to engage your student!
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This Week's Science Experiment: Spaghetti and Marshmallow Tower

What is better than eating spaghetti or marshmallows? Building a tower with them! Challenge your student to build a structure that will handle the greatest load. What affects the strength and stability of your tower? How high can you make your tower? Can you increase the weight your tower will hold? Grab some spaghetti and marshmallows and let's find out!

Click on the button below to read about the NASA experiment! Read all about the standards being met or go down to content research. Follow the directions and have fun! For some added fun, watch this short Ted Talk about this activity here.

Please be sure to take pictures and share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages! We LOVE to see our students learning and having fun!

Smithsonian Science Education Center: Game Center

The Smithsonian is offering free STEM games and simulations online or for download! Their games are designed with clear learning objectives, vetted by their team of curriculum experts, and are used by students around the world! Games are divided into various grade levels.

Join the game center fun here.

An Hour of Code: Free Coding Lessons for All Ages!

Is you budding scientist interested in coding? Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages. Sort by grade level and find exciting coding opportunities. Does your student want more? Click on "Go beyond an hour" at the top of the page and find additional coding classes!

Join the coding fun here.

Kicking Off a Month of History in February!

Cabrillo Point Academy is excited to feature a month of history learning in February. Join us as we take a classical approach to highlight some important events and people in history. We'll also include some engaging activities and resources to encourage young historians. We look forward to taking a trip back in time with you all!
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The Great Kindness Challenge

Get ready for the Great Kindness Challenge next week from January 25 - 29, 2021!

The need for kindness and unity is greater than ever. The Great Kindness Challenge, starting next week, provides a very timely opportunity for all of us to come together in kindness and compassion. We are so grateful to YOU for recognizing the importance of kindness as a unifying force.

Your HST will be providing further details this week!

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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, January 27th at 7pm. RSVP is not required.
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Scholarship Opportunity for Middle Schoolers

Your students still have a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward higher education!

To qualify to win:

1) Students must complete at least three digital lessons in the FutureSmart course.

2) Students then submit a short essay on the impact that FutureSmart has made on their lives by January 29th.

Get details here.

Community Connections

Awesome clubs are going on this week. Have you found out which club your HST is teaching? If not, be sure to ask and join in if it’s something you like. There is no commitment, just a great time of learning while building community. This week we have Reading Clubs, a Puppy Club (last week), a Nature Club, Art Clubs for older and younger students, a Drama Club (last week), a Writing Club, a Heroes in History Club (last week), a Math Game Club, and a High School Hangout Club. There is something for everyone! A few new ones will be starting up next week to replace the ones that are ending.

If you have not received an email from your HST with the Club Hub information and link, please reach out to them and request it. You can also find the link in the Family Resource website.

For information on how to navigate Club Hub, please click on the button below.

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

High School

Spring Courses: At this time, your student should have access to all spring courses and should be working in them every day. If you have any concerns about curriculum or course access, reach out to your HST right away.

Edgenuity: In an effort to accommodate multiple school schedules, the South Schools Spring Break is scheduled in the Edgenuity pacing guide calendar for the following dates: March 29-April 5. Your actual Spring Break is: April 19-April 23. Please plan to work each day March 29-April 5. This will ensure that you will not need to login and do school work on your Break (April 29-April 23). Please reach out to Jolene with any questions @

High School Students, Enter the Vans Custom Culture Design Contest and WIN $50,000 FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL’S ART PROGRAM! Vans High School Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture High School is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around the specific themes, This year’s themes are: Hometown Pride and Head in the Clouds. Register here:

High School Counselor Support

CTE Spotlight:

Did you know that Community Colleges offer courses and programs that prepare learners for employment in specific industries? Demand for workers is high and the pay is competitive!

Here are some programs offered by Fullerton College:

Virtual College Fairs:

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors in partnership with the Common App are offering four College fairs this spring 2021.

TIP: Pay attention to the timezone and adjust accordingly.

Create an account and register here

Student Support/Interventions

Calling All Fourth Graders!

Join us for weekly, interactive, grade-level videos to help prepare for the CAASPP test this spring. We will be focusing on MATH! So have your student grab a pencil and paper and join one of our math intervention teachers for tips, tricks, and problem solving. Each week will be a different grade, so keep your eyes out for yours!

Click here for 4th grade video

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Here is the link to our NEW South Schools Intervention Website:

South Schools Intervention Website

You now have access to our highly anticipated Tier 1 Intervention Programs for Reading. In addition to that you will still see our ODI Math Videos, SEL/Growth Mindset Resources, and our Writer’s Workshop Video Lessons.

Please remember to update the link in your bookmarks!

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Ms. Genieva’s Office Hours

Tuesdays: 10-11 and Thursdays: 1-2 Password: davidson
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Social Emotional Support

Save the Date for our next Mindset Monday

Topic: Fostering Friendship & Empathy

February 8th

10am TK-5

1pm 6-12th

ZOOM LINK Password: mindset

English Learners

ELPAC Test Preparation Workshops

The ELPAC test will begin in February. In order to help your child be successful on the ELPAC test our ELD teachers Sarah Lucey and Allison Gaddis will be offering test preparation workshops for our English Learner students. Please see dates and times below.


1/28 @ 1pm - Join here


1/27 @ 1pm - Join here


1/27 @ 11am - Join here


1/28 @ 11am - Join here

We hope your child will join our ELD teachers for a test preparation workshop!


If you have items to return to the school, please click on the graphic below for details!

Parent Resources

Student/Teacher IDs

Parent, teacher, and student ID’s are available once again until the end of February. Our photographer has offered to provide ID cards for $6 each. It is about a 2-week turnaround. If you need it rushed, the cost is $20.

HERE is the link to the survey order form.

Please contact Michelle McCoy if you have any questions!


Virtual Field Trips

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

Additional Resources & Opportunities

Touch-Type Read & Spell

Did you know that as part of your Online Subscription Package (OSP) you have access to a typing, reading and spelling program for your student? In a world of keyboards and computers, typing is an exceptionally useful skill. Touch-Type Read & Spell is a web based, easy-to-follow program that is highly effective in teaching your students how to type AND improve their reading and spelling! Great for TK-8 grade learners!

Access Touch-Type Read & Spell here.

Every Kid Outdoors Through National Park Services

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.

Get free access for 5th graders here.

Homeschooling Advice


"Hello, all! I am pulling this article out of the archives and dusting it off because the past year-plus has been such a challenging season. In this post, I talk about why you should start your day with the easiest thing. It might sound too simple, or like a cheat, but often the very best ideas are the simplest ones. And your daily read-aloud is the most important part of your homeschool day. So, if you’re struggling with re-entry, give yourself some grace and start your day with the easiest thing. Your kids might surprise the heck out of you with what transpires when you close those book covers!


Let’s face it- it can be really challenging to transition from the holidays back to a homeschool routine.

And this year? Yikes, you guys.

This homeschool year has been our most challenging one yet, and I know I’m not alone. To be honest, our family never even had an official first day of school. We didn’t have our traditional #notbacktoschool day, nor did we have a traditional start. I didn’t take photos of my children at the beginning of the year, marking their new grade levels, as I have in previous years.

And, if we’re being super-duper honest, we haven’t had a traditional year. Not even close."

Read the rest of the article here.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy at Home Experiments!

Can't get enough of the at home science experiments? Do you want to engage your student even more? Join Bill Nye the Science Guy for some fun at home experiments!

Find the experiments here.

Join the Mission to Mars Student Challenge!

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is using the upcoming Mars Rover landing as a teachable moment for students! They will be leading students in designing and building a mission to Mars with a guided education plan and resources from NASA, join in live stream Q&As with experts, and share student work with a worldwide audience. The challenge culminates on February 18, when students can land their missions along with the Perseverance Mars rover! This opportunity is appropriate for all grades K-12th and includes a guided 5-week education plan for elementary, middle, and high school students with standards-aligned STEM lessons and activities from NASA. Plans are flexible with your schedule and can be completed in whole or in part or in any sequence.

Pre-register to join here.

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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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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