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Monday, May 11, 2020

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School News and Important Dates

We are committed to supporting you through this time. Our desire is to be respectful to our students and staff and recognize that we are all in a very difficult situation. During this time we will continue to offer learning opportunities and support:

  • Teachers will still be available to meet you virtually and will still be monitoring student progress
  • EOS orders will still be approved and processed
  • Curriculum and Technology orders will continue to be processed
  • CPA will still continue to offer learning opportunities for high school
  • HQT's will hold office hours for high school students and families
  • High school students, particularly seniors, are strongly encouraged to keep up with their school work and completion of assignments
  • A special website of open and free resources is available at this link
  • Support videos, lessons, and tools compiled by our intervention team are available here

Our Message To You

Dear Families,

This spring, you've faced unprecedented challenges, and you've risen to them with ingenuity, care, and excellence! Your commitment has kept your children safe, engaged, and connected. Here is a message to our amazing families from your Cabrillo Point Academy Leadership and Teachers

We miss you!

Student Lucas Shadid Receives U.S. Figure Skating Award

The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school; awards are given at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level based off a skater’s level of competitive achievement in high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that Lucas Shadid has been awarded the Platinum level Graduating Seniors Award.

Congratulations Lucas!

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Virtual Art Fair

It gives us great pleasure to introduce our First Annual Inspire Virtual Art Fair! Please click on the link below to access the Art Fair website to see the amazing art made by our very own Inspire students. Enjoy!

Inspire Virtual Art Fair 2019/2020

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Virtual Chat with the Family Liaisons

Resource for Orange County Families

We wanted to share a list of mental health, financial and food resources surrounding Orange County in case you or someone you know may need them. As a school, we would really like to provide options for families that are struggling in this area. Please let us know if you are in need of more assistance. We are here for you all during these times, and will get through this together.

You may find the list of resources here.

New Resource Site For All Parents

We worked together to create a resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their children. Please share with anyone who you feel could benefit from the site!

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Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon Theme for the 2020-2021 School Year is:

The Cold War

Exploring the history of the Cold War, the Space Race and Astronomy, Reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, and exploring the Art and Music of the Cold War Era are just some of the exciting themes discussed in the AG approved elective.

High School students of all abilities are needed to form a team that then compete at a regional level to then have the opportunity to move to the state competition in Sacramento in March.

A student does not need to be an expert in all ten areas, instead, we are looking for students of all academic abilities to create a well-rounded team. The Decathlon is about creating a team, and the coaches and teammates work together throughout the course.

Please pass on the informational Flyer and Interest Survey to all of your families.

2020_21-Academic Decathlon Interest Flyer (for 9th-12th Grade and an AG approved elective)

2020-2021 Academic Decathlon Syllabus

Academic Pentathlon and Academic Decathlon Google Interest Survey

Inspiring Parents Session- Math Fluency

Our magnificent math team engaged viewers with tips to help students learn how to build a strong math foundation by bolstering their essential math skills during our webcast on May 6th. Bonus: lots of math resources to check out and many are free.

Missed it? Sign up for the recording and resources by clicking this link:

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Rosetta Stone Foundations Webinars

Rosetta Stone Foundations Webinars -- The Rosetta Stone Training team is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars every Tuesday at 12:00 pm PST to support educators with their understanding of student programs, the blended learning model, and supporting home use. Please click here to register for their upcoming webinars.

Community Connections

We hope that you have taken advantage of the virtual workshops that the Community Connections team has been offering these past two months. They have been hearing some wonderful feedback and have listened! For the month of May, all the events have been placed on the Cabrillo Point Academy events calendar which are found on the Parent Resource website and the Cabrillo Point Academy website (they are the same calendar). Direct links are found here:

Cabrillo Point Academy website - event calendar

OC Parent Resource website - event page

First, filter for the Orange County only events. Then simply click on a virtual event you may be interested in and a pop-up will appear with a description of the event, supplies needed (if any), a RSVP link, and the teacher contact information (make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for these websites). Click on the RSVP link to sign your child(ren) up for the workshop up until 2 hours before the start of the workshop. You will receive an email the day before or up until 2 hours before the start of the event with the Zoom link and password. For the safety of our families, we are asking that the camera is turned on, at least at the beginning while we are identifying that the attendees are all students.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the teacher in charge of the workshop or to Gina Garland, the Regional Community Coordinator:

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High School

8th Grade High School Transition Information Sessions

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High School Counselor Support

May is Mental Health Matters Month

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Career Technical Education (CTE) Spotlight Information #2:

Community Colleges offer programs like Ecological Restoration, Marine Science Technician, or Computer Graphics where students can earn an industry recognized certificate and become employable without going into debt! These are just a few examples from 1 of the 114 California Community Colleges.

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Submit forms before June 30th: Please have your student’s form submitted to the High School Counselor prior to June 30th. There will not be anyone available to sign the forms in the month of July.

  • Official Transcripts: If your student is taking courses in spring 2020, please remember that official transcripts need to be requested from the college to be sent directly to Inspire as soon as final grades are entered for the term.

  • How do students turn in their Concurrent Enrollment forms now that community colleges are closed? (Orange County)

Managing your Mental Health During Covid-19 Infographic

Student Support

Open to Parents/Guardians: Intervention Support Website

All students now have access to our recorded outstanding direct instruction (ODI) classes on our Intervention Website! Parents/Guardians can sit with their students and watch as our teachers guide them through the lessons.

  • Reading videos focus on: beginning phonics, decoding, blending and Reading & Comprehension classes

  • Math Videos focus on: foundation skills, operations, multiplication and division, factors, multiples and fractions, expressions and algebra.

  • Office hours will be posted soon on the Intervention Website!

Special Education

Your student’s case manager will be contacting you if your child is due for an initial or triennial evaluation. Most of these assessments will not take place while schools are physically closed, as they require direct contact between students and staff. Instead, these assessments will occur once schools physically open. However, some types of speech assessments may be completed virtually. Your child’s case manager will contact you if your child is due for an assessment at this time.

If your child’s IEP includes extended school year (ESY), we will be offering ESY services this summer. Your child’s case manager will contact you in the next few weeks regarding your child’s service(s).

English Learners

English Learners Newsletter

Please read this resource to find a wealth of information about English Learners and the programs we offer to support our students.


Enrichment Ordering System: Amazon Punchout

We hope you are enjoying the ease in creating orders that the Amazon punchout system provides!

Need help placing your A-Punchout order? Please feel free to review these videos (also located in the Video menu in the EOS).

Please remember to request no more than 5 items per A-Punchout order!


Q. I forgot to add an item to my punchout order. Can I add it to the EOS order?

  1. We are unable to add items to existing EOS punchout orders. However, it’s easy to enter a new order request for additional items.

Q. I changed my mind about an item. Can I cancel it from my order? It hasn’t been processed, yet.

    1. Items can be cancelled from punchout orders prior to processing them, but please be aware that removing items will void the 7-day price guarantee from Amazon.

Q. Am I able to purchase educational magazines through the punchout system?

  1. Unfortunately, magazines have recurring billing associated with them and are not able to be purchased through the punchout system. It may be possible to purchase them directly from the publisher; please check with your HST to see if this might be possible.

Q. Can I purchase Kindle books through the punchout system?

  1. Kindle books are not able to be purchased through the punchout system. However, they CAN be purchased with your child’s enrichment funds. To do so, please enter an order request for approved product vendor Kindle. Please enter only one book per order!

Educational Tools

I Can Statements

Cabrillo Point Academy's "I Can" statements are available online to help you plan your school year!

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Illustory "Create Your Own Story" Contest Kit

"It's time for the 6th Annual RRC Summer Book Contest 2020! Our theme is "Adventure Story." This is the correct item you need to purchase to write a story and enter the contest. You will receive free shipping on it too! Simply make a note in the ORDER COMMENTS BOX that states "Book Contest," and we will adjust shipping for that item only. If ordering by phone, tell us and we will do that for you at that time.

This kit includes: instructions with your kit tracking number (you need this to enter); 18 story pages; a cover page; and 10 washable markers. Once you mail your completed pages to Lulu Jr., you will receive a hardcover version of your book in 2-3 weeks. Be sure to follow all rules and requirements for the contest. Note the checklist and the judging criteria we use available on our web site. Official launch for the contest is May 1. The deadline to enter is September 1st.

Winners will be announced November 10th. One kit per author only. Email with any questions at or call us at 888-841-3456 and ask for Ruth or Sara.

View the Contest Rules or download and print a Printer Friendly Version."

Illusory Contest Kit is available here.

Price: $14.99

Book It! Program is Open for Enrollment

BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.

Enroll today!

Virtual Tours of National Parks

Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque online.


Get up close and personal with parks through virtual tours. Learn more about the history of these legendary places and how essential their protection and preservation is in ensuring these sites are enjoyed for generations to come.

Visit to take your virtual tour of several amazing and historical national parks!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Spring Carnival

On May 17, enjoy a one-of-a-kind celebration of spring from the comfort of your home with Segerstrom's first virtual Spring Carnival! Create some fun at home with our DIY crafts, and how-to videos made just for you. Our FREE resources are entirely digital so that play can happen anywhere!

In the days leading up to the carnival, join us for our series of #SpringItOn pre-carnival challenges.

Read all the details here.

Virtual Spring Faire at the Environmental Nature Center

Join the fun at our 15th Annual Spring Faire! Virtually visit the ENC’s Butterfly House to learn about butterflies and their host and nectar plants. Embark on a virtual “Craft Crawl” and “Story Walk” with Girl Scout Troop 2800, who will teach us several fun pollinator themed crafts throughout the day. Decorate yourself in your best Spring Themed costume or face paint, post your photo on Instagram and tag it #2020ENCSpringFaire for a chance to win awesome prizes! Learn how to prepare delicious, sustainable food from chefs at local restaurants. Play virtual nature games, and watch performances around the virtual “Fire Circle Stage”. The ENC Nature Preschool teachers will teach mini lessons and give insight into how our students learn through collaborative creative activities.

Full details here.

Homeschooling Advice

What to do when you don't know what to do

"I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been myself lately. Motivation to do anything has been hard to come by. I make plans and can’t follow through. Things have a way of getting to me.

Homeschooling and writing – two things that I truly enjoy – have all but fallen to the wayside.

See, I have always homeschooled my kids. I have even written books on homeschooling. But this uncertainty, this insecurity around us, is novel. All my energy, it seems, goes to just staying afloat mentally. Financially, we’re fine. My husband is an essential worker; these are no small blessings. And yet…

The current situation has turned me into part worry wart, part reactionary. It is only in this last week that I realized I cannot continue in this way. Who knows when this will end?

So here are five things I am choosing to do instead:"

Read the rest of the article here.

Your Orange County Team

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Community and Connection

Join Our Orange County Facebook Community

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.

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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!

Orange County Parent Resource Site

Have you visited Inspire's Orange County Parent Resource Site yet? If not, head on over to meet our regional team, stay current on school events, and find general school information. This website is a great resource and one you'll want to bookmark!

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 2, 6 and 8 years old, and I was previously a high school math teacher. Four years ago, our family chose the path of homeschooling and we have enjoyed it ever since! I am passionate about helping families navigate their way on their exciting homeschooling journey, and connecting individuals to build a community!

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!


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