Mission Vista Academy

Family Newsletter - Week of August 17, 2020

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

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What's inside:

  1. Current Updates From Our School Administration
  2. 2020/21 School Calendar
  3. Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
  4. Sharing the Homeschool Heart: Encouragement for the Homeschool Parent
  5. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS! Virtual Ice Cream Social ~ Spirit Week ~ Virtual Clubs
  6. TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Virtual Roadshow It's Science Week!
  7. Curriculum Company Webinars ~ Find all the previous webinar recordings!
  8. Mission Vista Academy Superstar!
  9. NEW Mission Vista Academy Facebook Group!
  10. MVA High School Curriculum Roadshow Slides
  11. 2020/21 OSP (Online Subscription Package)
  12. FREEBIE! Vooks.com
  13. Hello from MVA Leadership and Staff
  14. School Resource Websites to Bookmark
  15. FREE Teaching Resources
  16. Your Mission Vista Academy Team
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Current Updates From Our School Administration

Hello Wonderful Families,
Staying healthy is priority number one! As a school, we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what we can do to help keep everyone healthy.

Please see the school reopening update from our school administration in response to Governor Newsom's order issued on July 17th. This letter was emailed school-wide by our Principal.

Please feel free to reach out to your HST or Family Liaisons with any questions.

Audrey Everson audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 541-4809

Robi Frederick robi.frederick@missionvistaacademy.org (760) 455-0343

Andrea Hart andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 378-6144

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2020/21 School Calendar

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We are Mission Vista Academy Proud!

Working Together - Mission Vista Academy

Our Mission

The mission of Mission Vista Academy is to develop the individual gifts of students in Riverside County and adjacent counties to become critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and innovative leaders prepared for academic and real-life achievement in the 21st Century. The mission will be accomplished through quality, personalized, standards-based education, which could include online coursework, offline textbook work, and unique hands-on and experiential learning experiences facilitated in partnership with students, parents, staff, and community.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

At Mission Vista Academy, we have goals for our students that are known as Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs). SLOs are a part of our school culture: they reflect our school vision, the College and Career Readiness Standards, and the education of the whole child.

Mission Vista Students Are:

Navigators of the Digital World – Navigators of the digital world who are proficient in the use of technology, media, and online resources.

Self-Directed – Self-directed and motivated students who are able to set attainable goals to achieve academic success.

Personalized Learners – Personalized learners who are able to thrive in the style of education that best fits their individual needs.

Independent Critical Thinkers – Independent critical thinkers who have the ability to problem-solve, take ownership, and apply their knowledge to a variety of problems.

Responsible Citizens – Responsible citizens who demonstrate integrity and respect while actively seeking knowledge of local and global issues.

Effective Communicators – Effective communicators who can thoughtfully articulate their thinking with confidence while collaborating with peers.

Thank you for partnering with us to achieve our goals!

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Sharing the Homeschool Heart

Moving from one “season” to another, from summer break into the 2020/2021 school year, I wonder, how was your summer? Was it filled with times of rest, exploration, joy, adventure, and sunshine, as summers often are? Or was it a little different this year? Did you find, as I did, that it was not as clear cut when the last school year ended and summer began? Maybe there was not that definable moment or celebration that often welcomes the end of the year break. We entered this summer in the darkness of a pandemic, and it made it difficult for many of us to have a “normal summer.” We are now transitioning again, but we must remember that we have a choice about how we start this new “season.” I think of the Charlotte Mason quote,

“Of two things, we must take heed. In the first place, we must not let any better-than-my-neighbor notions get into our heads; and in the next, we must make it our business, as much as in us lies, to bring beauty to places where it is not.”

May we all enter this school year by bringing goodness and beauty into our homeschools, our neighborhoods, and our communities. “How?” you might be asking. Well, make a plan to celebrate the start of the school year. Do something special to mark the first day. Make it filled with the joy and happiness that your children will remember. Celebrate the end of your first week of school, spreading excitement and acknowledging how proud you are of them. Take time, this first week back, to encourage a new homeschool parent or one that is having a difficult time adjusting to the new school year. Do something special for someone you know who seems a bit down from the chaos of the world, which seems never-ending. Mark your first week of school, side by side, with your family, bringing goodness and beauty into your community. Practice those writing skills by writing letters to an isolated senior, living in a care facility, or do something special for one of those families who is trying to figure out how to do “school at home” while their actual school is closed. These things will be good for your soul and those around you. They will demonstrate those things that are not teachable from a textbook. They will make for a wonderful start to the school year. And who knows, maybe some of them will become new traditions. Wishing you a beautiful start to your school year!

~ Robi Frederick, Family Liaison and MVA parent

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Encouragement, which came from the comments left on a Facebook post titled,

“Dear Homeschool Parent, From Veteran Homeschool Parent”:

"Be patient with yourself! It’s ok to change your schedule or flow multiple times in a year. It’s ok to stop a curriculum mid-year if it just is not working for you and your child. Make homeschool enjoyable. Have fun!"

~ Breaha, MVA parent

"The first year may be tough while you try to find a good routine and curriculum.....but keep the FAITH! It WILL get easier for both teacher and student(s) once you find a good routine and curriculum that works for everyone."

~ Andrea, Family Liaison and MVA parent

"Don't be hard on yourself. You will NOT "ruin" your kids. Kids are constantly learning. You will find your groove. Celebrate ALL successes, and most importantly have fun. If something isn't working, it's okay to try something else, you don't have to "force" it."

~ Missie, MVA parent

"Now is your chance to let your kids fuel their passions. It doesn't have to look like "school" for them to learn. If something isn't working, it's okay to be honest and say, "Hey, this doesn't seem to be working. Let's try this another way."

~ Mercedes, MVA parent

1) For me, getting up earlier than my kids is a huge help. Having a few minutes to breathe and focus on the day ahead makes a world of difference.

2) Having things prepared ahead of time (like the week before or sometimes the night before) makes the day run so much smoother.

3) Having a daily schedule also helps us...it is calming knowing what is next.

4) Remembering that we don't have to follow a traditional schedule to learn...learning can happen anytime, even some evenings and weekend days.

5) Embracing that we all have bad days and that sometimes we need to put aside some of the work to calm down, connect with one another, and squeeze in some extra cuddle time.

6) Keeping in mind that we homeschool to be flexible, to learn in different ways, to connect with the world around us...It's important to remind yourself of your "Why" on a regular basis.

7) Often, simple is better....try not to overload your schedule, quality over quantity, you do not need all the fancy stuff to homeschool well.

8) Though you don't have to love every moment and everything, you should be able to identify the joy in your homeschooling days (at least most of them!).

9) Just as we say about life is precious, don't waste it by sweating the small stuff or being too serious....find moments in your day to laugh and smile...it's contagious!

~ Robi, Family Liaison and MVA parent

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Back to School ~Virtual~ Ice Cream Social!

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First Day of School Celebration!

We would like to kick off the 2020-21 school year with a "Virtual" Ice Cream Social and a School Spirit Week Event.

Please join us for our "Virtual" Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 17th at 11:00 am.

You will receive the Zoom Link from your HST.

Here is the scoop on what to bring to the "Virtual" Ice Cream Social.

(If you do not want to make the ice cream virtually, you can bring already made ice cream or a snack to enjoy. )

- One Gallon Ziplock Bag

- Two Quart sized Ziplock Bags

- Two Tablespoons of Sugar

- One Cup of Half and Half or for a dairy-free option: One CUp of Almond Milk

- 1/2 Cup of Rock Salt

"Add-ins" if you would like: cut up strawberries, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, etc.

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

MVA Spirit Week!

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Show off your school spirit!

Use the hashtag #MVA2020spiritweek when you participate in our BACK TO SCHOOL Spirit Week! Share your photos on Mission Vista Academy's Facebook Group or on Instagram!

Mission Vista Academy Facebook Group

Mission Vista Academy Instagram Page

Monday, August 17th is Crazy Hair or Crazy Hat Day!

Tuesday, August 18th is Sports Day!

Wednesday, August 19th is Pajama Day!

Thursday, August 20th is Hawaiian Day!

Friday, August 21st is Make your own Mission Vista Academy T-Shirt Day!

We can't wait to see our awesome students!

MVA Virtual Clubs!

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Come join the fun as we explore and learn together! More information and club schedules will be launching Monday, August 24th. Clubs start on August 31st.

Questions? Reach out to the MVA Community Connections Coordinator at stacy.beasley@missionvistaacademy.org

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Join the MVA Community Connections Coordinator, Stacy Beasley, to learn more about Mission Vista's Virtual Clubs! The info session will be Live on Wednesday, August 26th, at 10 am. We will be sure to record it if you are unable to attend Live.

Wednesday, August 26th at 10 am


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It's Science Week!

TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Virtual Roadshow

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The South Schools' Family Liaisons are joining together to bring our families 'Themed Curriculum Weeks!' Each week has its theme; All-In-One Curriculum, Math, Language Arts, History, Science, and Subscription Boxes. You can find the dates and links in the flyer above for these.

Throughout each themed week, we are scheduling webinars with curriculum companies to share more about their product. Check out the schedule below - we are adding more every week!

Join us each week as we present a showcase of popular (school approved and secular) curriculum to our community!

NEWLY ADDED: South Schools' Adopted Curriculum Options Webinars! Also a quick video of an overview of the options! See Below.

Curriculum Company Webinars!

We are excited to announce that as part of our themed curriculum weeks this summer, our families will have the opportunity to learn more about some popular curriculum options directly from the vendors! Check back weekly as we add more webinars and instructions on how to sign up to attend!
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Mission Vista Students Are the BEST!

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Do you have a student who has achieved an award or received public recognition? We would love to share their great accomplishment with the entire school on the Mission Vista Academy social media platforms and in the Family Newsletter.

Please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your HST (Homeschool Teacher) or Family Liaison.
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Mission Vista Academy Facebook Group!

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Mission Vista Academy's NEW Facebook Group!

Welcome to the NEW Mission Vista Academy Facebook group! This is the official Facebook group for families currently enrolled in Mission Vista Academy. We are here to build a community of support and share helpful resources, ideas, and inspiration with each other. Feel free to ask questions about homeschooling, secular curriculum, vendors, field trips, events, and more.

We are here to encourage and support you on this exciting adventure! Let's build a strong community of homeschool families!

Feel free to follow Mission Vista Academy's Instagram Page.

*Access to this page is granted after enrollment has been verified.

Contact us! Your Mission Vista Academy Family Liaisons!

Audrey Everson audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 541-4809

Robi Frederick robi.frederick@missionvistaacademy.org (760) 455-0343

Andrea Hart andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org (951) 378-6144

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MVA High School Curriculum Roadshow Slides

Hello High School Parents!

Check out the Mission Vista Academy Curriculum Roadshow presentation and recording in case you missed it!

Presentation Slides with Links

South Schools' High School Adopted Curriculum 2020/21

Have questions about High School? Reach out to your Riverside County High School Success Coordinator, Summer Davidson at summer.davidson@missionvistaacademy.org

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2020/21 Online Subscription Package Offerings!

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We’d like to introduce the all-new Online Subscription Package for the 20/21 school year. There is no need to opt-in or opt-out this year; all students will receive subscriptions based on their grade level. Additional subscription options are available via OSP A LA CARTE.

TK-4th grade: MobyMax, BrainPOP/BrainPOP Jr., and Touch-type Read & Spell

5-8th grade: MobyMax, Grammarly, and Touch-type Read & Spell

9-12th grade: Shmoop

August 10 - OSP A LA CARTE ordering will be available in the Enrichment Ordering System (EOS). Click here for instructions on the new ordering process this year.

OSP A LA CARTE order will begin processing on August 31st (with the exception of A LA CARTE Shmoop requests for grades 6-8 -- Shmoop subscriptions will begin processing on August 17th).

August 17 - MobyMax and Shmoop subscriptions will begin processing for all enrolled students with signed Master Agreements. Confirmation emails with detailed instructions will be sent once the subscription has been set-up/activated; please be sure to check your spam folder or contact your HST for assistance.

NOTE: Students with incomplete Master Agreements and/or late-enrolling students can expect to receive access within 5 business days of their signed Master Agreement. Sorry, we are not able to expedite or process individual subscriptions sooner than the usual processing days/times.

August 31 - All remaining OSP grade-level subscriptions (BrainPOP, Grammarly, and Touch-type Read & Spell) and OSP A LA CARTE order requests will begin processing.

Please visit our OSP Handbook for more detailed information as well as updates & answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you need assistance, please contact your Homeschool Teacher (HST).

Have a question? Check out the OSP Handbook

General FAQ

A LA CARTE Subscriptions

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FREEBIE! Vooks.com

Here is a great resource for the younger kiddos, https://www.vooks.com/!

The site animates high-interest stories and highlights the words as it reads. The best part is they’re offering a free YEAR to teachers and homeschool families! Sign up before this awesome resource isn’t free anymore.

Sign up HERE to get your free year!

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Hello MVA Families,

Please enjoy this message from your MVA leadership and teachers!

We Miss You!
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School Resource Websites to Bookmark!

Mission Vista Academy School Website

Mission Vista Academy Facebook Group - Enrolled with Mission Vista Academy? Join us on Facebook for a lively discussion and homeschool support.

mission_vista_academy - Follow Mission Vista Academy on Instagram!

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Free Teaching Resources

Mission Vista's School at Home Website

Mission Vista worked together with others to create this resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their own children. Feel free to share this site!

Please reach out to your Family Liaisons or your HST at any time. We're here for you!

Mission Vista's Intervention Website

Your child's education is a top priority for you. That's why you homeschool! You can do this, and we have lots of free resources to help. Visit our Intervention Website. Here you will find tons of FREE teaching videos and resources.

Don’t let the name of this website make you think it is just for students that struggle…it’s definitely just a resource for great teaching!

Whether you are looking for some tips in Early Literacy, Math, Writing, or even Speech, you will find some help!

We have added our fabulous Online Direct Instruction (ODI) recordings! Make sure to check it out with your student!

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We are here for you!

Your Mission Vista Academy Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaisons for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Mission Vista Academy Family Liaisons

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 12 to 8 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 17 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 8 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Mission Vista Academy, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

Robi Frederick

Hi there! I am a mom of two girls, 10 and 11 years old, and have been homeschooling from the start. I am also the wife of a very supportive hubby of almost 14 years. We are raising our children in the Coachella Valley and excited to see how the homeschooling community has grown in our area, as well as the resources. I am very grateful that I have this opportunity to homeschool my children. I love to help and encourage families and assist in building our homeschooling resources in the Desert Area.

Andrea Hart

Hello! My name is Andrea Hart, and I am a homeschooling momma of two beautiful girls. Thanks to Mission Vista Academy, we have been homeschooling for 2 years and absolutely love the freedom and new learning experiences that it provides us daily. Homeschooling has changed our lives for the better, and I can’t wait to help other families learn, grow, and navigate through this extraordinary journey. I'm here to help encourage, guide, and answer any question you may have! I can’t wait to connect with you.

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

Mission Vista Academy Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County and San Bernardino County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

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Fully Accredited for Grades TK-9 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

(As each year we add another grade level in high school, we anticipate full accreditation of grades TK-12 by 2023. Go MVA!)