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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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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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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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Miss Wendel is a 6th grader with Cabrillo Point Academy. She is a gifted writer who recently entered a nationwide writing contest with the Wild Beauty Foundation. She was just notified that she has been selected as one of the Top 10 in the middle school category! One of the actors from the upcoming movie Black Beauty will read her story on one of the Wild Beauty Foundation's social media platforms!

Miss Wendel's HST, Melissa Hunnicutt, is extremely proud of her accomplishment! Let's all congratulate Miss Wendel!

Cabrillo Point Academy Literature Inspired Gingerbread House Contest

Cabrillo Point Academy will be hosting a fun Literature Inspired Gingerbread House contest! Students will create a gingerbread house inspired by a book they love (think tree house inspired by Magic Tree House, log cabin inspired by Little House in the Big Woods, etc)! Houses may be sculpted, assembled, etc... your students can really get creative!

Join us on Thursday, December 16th at 3:00 pm where students will share their creations! Winners will be notified later that day via email.

Students can display their gingerbread houses the next day for all to admire at our December park day! Please look at our Community Connections section below for details on our December park day.

To join our literature inspired gingerbread house contest, click here.

School Opportunities

Elementary Science Fair

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.

Student Entrepreneur Fair

We are so excited to host our Student Entrepreneur Fair on Friday, December 17th from 10:30am - 12:30pm at Tewinkle Park! Please come and invite your friends to shop for the holidays and to support our student entrepreneurs!

**** PLEASE NOTE: If your student is participating in our Student Entrepreneur Fair, please sign up using this form: Fair Participation Survey.

Do you have an interested student who has no idea where to begin?Join our Community Connections classes to learn about being an entrepreneur on Fridays at 1:00 pm on the dates noted below:

  • December 3rd
  • December 10th

Our Family Liaisons will be there to answer any questions you or your friends might have about homeschooling with Cabrillo AND we will also have a toy drive as noted in the flyer below!

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Beach Clean Up Service Project!

Calling all Cabrillo Point Academy students! Join us for a beach clean up as we help make a difference in our local community! Tuesday, November 30th from 10am to 12 noon.

We will meet at Huntington City Beach, 103 Pacific Coast Highway, in front of the Lifeguard Headquarters. The entrance for the parking lot is off of First Street and PCH. There is additional parking off of First Street and Atlanta Ave. This lot is metered parking.

We will provide gloves and trash bags for all participants.

Questions? Please contact Teri Villalobos at

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Parents on Course

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We are planning some great workshops for Parents on Course for Spring semester. We would love your input on the workshops you would like the school to host. Please complete the Parent Workshop Survey to ensure our planning will best meet the needs of our parent community! Thank you for your time and input!

Thank you for joining our previous Parents on Course Workshops! If you missed any of the workshops, recordings from earlier sessions are available on the Parents on Course webpage.

Community Connections

Park Day!

Our December Park Day will be held

Dec 17, 2021

Friday 10:30-12:30 p.m.

Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

The Entrepreneur Fair will be there as well for your shopping fun! Bring cash to shop for homemade goodies and items made by your Cabrillo Point Academy classmates.

Gingerbread Creation Display

Bring your Gingerbread Creation to display if you would like- Can’t wait to see what you all dream up.

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

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Park Day - Riverside & San Diego!

We are very excited to offer Park Days in December in SD and Riverside Counties!
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Virtual Clubs!

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

Below is a screenshot of our December calendar.. If you click on the tabs labeled with the clubs along the bottom, it will take you to the class description, materials list and Zoom Link.

If you have any questions, please contact your HST or Michelle Eschenburg

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Virtual Clubs This Week!

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HIgh School

South Schools College Tours

Click on the flyer below to access the zoom links.

****Please note: The University of San Diego tour is IN-PERSON not virtual.

Student Support/Interventions

Many students and teachers welcome the holiday season and the break it brings from instruction, testing, and homework after a busy fall. But the holidays can also bring anxiety and stress. Students feel the pressure just as much as adults, and some do not feel comfort and joy during the holidays.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) can support students and teachers alike through the holidays and the long winter break.

HERE is a great flyer to show all the resources our school has to offer to support your student's Mental Health. You can also go to our South Schools

Social Emotional Resources Site for more support.

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

Parents on Course SEL Meetings

Did you miss any of the SEL Parents on Course Parent Workshops? You can access the recordings here:

    • Supporting Student's Mental Health (English| Spanish) on Sep 14 and 15, 2021

    • Understanding Stress and How to Respond (Slide |Recording) on Oct 19, 2021

    • Strategies for Better Communication (Resources | Slide) on Nov 16, 2021

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Could your student benefit from an SEL lesson on appreciating differences? Does your student need some extra tools to help them realize they have something to offer? Then December’s Mindset Monday class is a great start! We will be reading “I’m Not Just a Scribble” as we work on the SEL competency, “Social Awareness”. We invite students to bring paper and crayons to class on Monday, December 6th 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 December’s MM.

Please sign up here!

SEL - Growth Mindset

Join Ms. Lindsey this week for 30 minutes as we learn how to Plan for Change! 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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Join Ms. Lindsey this week for 30 minutes for a discussion on What is Bullying! 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

District English Language Advisory Committee Meeting

Please join us on December 1 @ 12:00 for our District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting. We will be reviewing our LCAP goals and soliciting feedback. We will also be having a celebration ceremony for the English Learner students who reclassified as English Proficient.

Zoom Link:

Title 1 Parent Engagement Meeting

Title 1 Parent Engagement Meeting -Thursday, December 9 @ 12:00 pm

Join school leadership to learn about how Cabrillo Point Academy is working to engage parents in our school. We will share our Parent Engagement Plan and solicit feedback for how we can improve our plan to best serve our parent community. We would love to hear from you and hope you can join us!

Zoom Link:


Important: We are collecting parent input on what works best for our families during the upcoming CAASPP testing. Last year, most of our students tested remotely, this option is again available this year. Please let us know your thoughts by completing this survey.

Parent Input on SBAC testing 21-22

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.

The CAASPP offers an embedded Calculator tool to all students in grades 6-8 and High School, for calculator approved questions. It is NOT available for every question. Here is a video showing the calculator in action. The Calculator is automatically embedded in the test platform, you do not need to request it from your teacher.

Calculator (Grades 6–8 Only) Video

A calculator will be available to you on certain test questions. Select the calculator button in the upper right corner.

Calculator (High School) Video During testing, the graphing calculator will be available to you on certain test questions. When it is available, select the calculator button in the upper right corner.

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 Personal Independence & Competence for daily instruction. Please supply all students with the following when delivering instruction to enhance your students engagement in learning:

  • Independence is facilitated by an adult when necessary, but not excessively to promote dependence on prompts.

  • Student’s abilities to stay on task and work independently are assessed and goals and objectives are developed as appropriate (i.e. on task time, sequences multiple tasks)

  • What independent work, amount of work, and what the student should do following independent work are specified using visuals and choice whenever possible.


Homeschool Hub will be down over the Winter Break and will be accessible once again on January 3rd. Our staff, who work hard all year to serve our school, are also on break during this time, and we hope they enjoy their break, as well! We are grateful for your partnership with our school and wish you a happy holiday season!

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Field Trips and Events

Homeschool Hub Field Trips & Events (FTE)

Important change: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday break, we must adjust our January field trip previews schedule:

  • Field trips for January will be posted on Friday, December 3rd, at 10 am.
  • Booking for January field trips will begin the following Wednesday, December 8th, 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:

Academic Contests

Cabrillo Point Academy Science & Engineering Fair


We are excited to gather your feedback and interest level for our Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair. The qualifying student(s) will have the opportunity to advance to the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair!

We would like to offer this opportunity to our students in grades 6th - 12th. Once the interest level has been determined and the initial registration has been completed, we will send out the instructions for the different areas of projects. Click on the flyer to sign up!

We will also be having an Elementary Science Fair. Look for a flyer in the newsletter soon!

National History Day


We are excited to gather your feedback and interest level for participating in the National History Day (NHD). Each year NHD frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2021-2022 theme is Debate& Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic. Click on the flyer below to sign up!

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

Homeschooling With Dyslexia

Do you think your child has dyslexia? How do you know? And what do you do about? Can you “cure” it with homeschooling?

Those were all questions that I had about 5 years ago.

We started homeschooling Elisa during kindergarten and by the time she was in 3rd grade, I was pretty confident I had this homeschool thing down. She could read well, write well, knew all of her math facts. She was actually a couple years ahead of her grade level!

So, when it was time for Lindy to start kindergarten that year, I figured it would be a piece of cake. I knew she was smart and she had always been advanced for her age. She started walking at 9 months and had a giant vocabulary by 18 months. I figured she’d be like Elisa and practically teach herself and I would just be along for the ride.

Well, as it turned out….


To read the rest of the article click here

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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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High School

The Virtual Compassion Corner

Attention high school parents and students, Cabrillo Point Academy is excited to announce a new mental wellness program for high school students (grades 9-12), The Virtual Compassion Corner.

The Virtual Compassion Corner is designed for high school students to self refer for mental health support when they are having a difficult time in their life. They can meet with a counselor or a school psychologist virtually during school hours to discuss current life situations that may be impacting their overall functioning.

Students can complete the Virtual Compassion Corner form with the link here 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.

Attention High School Seniors!

Attention HS Seniors: Click on the Image to watch a quick 10 min video before you get started writing your College Application Essays and learn where you can get more help if you need it! Click here for the Slides to accompany the video.

High School Counselor Support


The UCR Bourns College of Engineering and the UCR MESA Program are providing free classes, webinars and clubs for students who are interested in STEAM and Engineering. For more information follow this link:

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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