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Monday, January 3rd, 2022

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Quote of the Week

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Information and Updates

Cabrillo Point Academy - Still Enrolling!

Do you know of a family that is considering homeschooling? Cabrillo Point Academy is still enrolling!

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 ...

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End of Learning Period Four This Friday

Just a friendly reminder that the end of LP 4 is this Friday, January 7th and attendance and work samples are due. Please let your HST or Family Liaisons know if you have any questions.
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Coffee Chat With Your Family Liaisons

Do you have questions about homeschooling? Would you like to connect with other homeschooling parents? We hope you will join your Family Liaisons for an evening of coffee and conversation on Wednesday, January 19th at 7pm. RSVP is not required.
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School Opportunities

Literature Inspired Gingerbread House Contest

Our students had so much fun at our Literature Inspired Gingerbread House Contest! Click on the button below to see all of their amazing creations and the books that inspired their Gingerbread Houses!

Elementary Science Fair - Last Week to Sign Up!

Would your budding scientist or engineer like to participate in Cabrillo Point Academy's 2022 Elementary Science Fair? We invite students in grades TK-5th to participate in this fun and educational opportunity! Please click on the flyer below to complete the interest form and receive more details.

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.

Register in this link

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.

Parents on Course

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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!

Community Connections

Park Day!

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.

Newport Beach

Anaheim Hills

Laguna Niguel

Please fill out the Liability Jotform before attending if you can.

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Virtual Clubs!

CPA Community Connections Virtual Club Calendar 21-22-click here

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

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High School

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:

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.

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.

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Student Support/Interventions

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 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

Attention 4th & 5th graders:

Join Ms. Lindsey this week for 30 minutes to discuss How to Recognize Different Viewpoints! Socialize with other students to build social skills, communication skills and make new friends. No registration required. Join using this link.

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Attention 6th, 7th & 8th graders:

Join Ms. Lindsey this week for 30 minutes for a discussion on How to be an Upstander! Socialize with other students to build social skills, communication skills and make new friends. No registration required. Join using this link.

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English Learners

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 online test prep practice

ELPAC Task Types- This will help your child know what to expect on the ELPAC

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Curious to know more about our Parent Engagement Plan? Check out the slides from the Parent Engagement meeting held on December 9.
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Physical Fitness Test (PFT): All students enrolled in a California Public school in grades 5, 7 and 9 need to take the PFT. Please be on the lookout for an email from you HST with detail and the link to the survey letting them know when/where you’d like your student to participate. At Cabrillo Point Academy we do our best to make this a fun and social experience. Locations fill up quickly so be sure to respond to your HST as soon as you can. Exact parks we are using will be listed on the email from your HST.

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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.

Text-to-Speech Video (not reading passages)

Text is read aloud to the student via embedded text-to-speech technology. Students are able to control the speed as well as raise or lower the volume of the voice via a volume control. Items read aloud may include: directions and questions. This support will not read the paragraphs. This support is available to ALL students, but MUST be entered by the HST. It will not automatically be accessible. Please reach out to your HST if you’d like your student to have this support.

CAASPP Embedded Designated Supports

How to Take an SBAC Practice Test and Check out a Designated Support

Special Education

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 account will function similarly to the Amazon Punchout account. Please see some facts about Lakeshore Punchout below:

  • 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 - Open Soon!

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

Homeschool Hub Field Trips & Events (FTE)

Important change: Due to the Winter break, we must adjust our February field trip previews schedule.

Field trips for February will be posted on Friday, January 7th, at 10 am.

Booking for February field trips will begin the following Wednesday, January 12th, at 10 am.


  • 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 or join our daily office hours:

Virtual Field Trips

We are bringing field trips to you... virtually! Click on the flyer below to sign up for each field trip!

Homeschooling Advice

12 Tips for Homeschooling Your Kids

Whether you’re navigating short- or long-term e-learning or transitioning to homeschooling, it’s important to find a groove in your new routine. For most parents, that means balancing work, meal planning, handling household duties – and now teaching. You may even be a college student trying to stay on top of your own studies as well.

While this may seem a bit overwhelming at first, remember that it’s all manageable. In fact, extended e-learning shares many similarities with homeschooling. Whether your kids are finishing their first year of preschool or their last year of high school, we’ve compiled some ideas on how to homeschool that can help them keep stay on track.

Here are twelve tips for homeschooling to help you stay on track and keep your schedule running smoothly:

1. Create Your Own Schedule

One of the best parts about homeschooling is that you don’t have to be confined to a specific routine. Be flexible and you’ll soon figure out a schedule that works best for your family. Feel free to plan around your mealtimes, work schedule or even your kid’s favorite TV program.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Cabrillo Rockstar Students!

Welcome New Families!

Are you a new family with Cabrillo Point Academy? Welcome! We are so excited to have you with us! To help you start your homeschooling journey with us please take a look at our Welcome Spotlight by clicking on the button below. Our spotlight contains a lot of wonderful information to orient you to our school and assist you as you embark on your homeschool voyage.

Virtual 21/22 Homeschool Orientation Sessions

Would you like more details on how to homeschool with Cabrillo Point Academy? Please consider joining your Family Liaisons at one of our Homeschool Orientation sessions! Find details on the flyer below. No RSVP required. Join here.
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Sign Up for our Cabrillo Community Newsletter!

Did your student miss out on some of the amazing school opportunities highlighted in our weekly newsletter? Then consider signing up to have our Cabrillo Community newsletter delivered right to your inbox! Signing up is easy--see graphic below!
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Cabrillo Point Academy Spirit Wear

We are so excited to share out our Cabrillo Point Academy spirit wear store! You can see the store HERE


Curriculum Spotlight

Please take a look at our Cabrillo Point Academy Curriculum Spotlight which highlights many popular curriculum choices for the 2021/2022 school year! Check out webinars, presentations, summaries and links to many different curriculum offerings by clicking on the button below.

2021-2022 Online Subscription Package

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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 Liaisons

Yvonne Kahlen - OC Family Liaison

I have been a homeschooling mom for seventeen years. I have three children ranging in age from 17 to 22. I homeschooled my two oldest from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My youngest is currently a senior in high school at Cabrillo Point Academy 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!

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.


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