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Monday, January 25, 2021
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Spelling Bee Champions
A Month of Science in January
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
Join the game center fun here.
An Hour of Code: Free Coding Lessons for All Ages!
Join the coding fun here.
Kicking Off a Month of History in February!
The Great Kindness Challenge
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!
Coffee and Conversation With Your Family Liaisons!
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.
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: email@example.com
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://customculture.vans.com/
High School Counselor Support
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
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!
Here is the link to our NEW 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!
Social Emotional Support
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!
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
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
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.
WHY YOU SHOULD START YOUR DAY WITH THE EASIEST THING
"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!
RE-ENTRY CAN BE DIFFICULT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, BUT THIS YEAR IS ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING.
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.
Bill Nye the Science Guy at Home Experiments!
Find the experiments here.
Join the Mission to Mars Student Challenge!
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
***NEW MEETING LINK: https://zoom.us/j/94816292813
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.
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!
I Can Statements
Community and Connection
Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.