Riverside County Family Newsletter

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of April 27, 2020

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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.


You can find the latest COVID-19 Updates from our Principal on our MVA Website.

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FREE Teaching Resources!
Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

VIRTUAL Community Connections! Events this week!

Virtual Student Arts Competition, “Art Connects” Launches For All Students In Riverside County

Academic Pentathlon (6th-8th Grade) - Zoom Meetings THIS WEEK!

Academic Decathlon (9th-12th Grade) - Zoom Meetings THIS WEEK!

Inspiring Parents

UPDATE! Placing Amazon (A-Punchout) Orders in the EOS

UPDATE! 2020 Virtual Graduation/Promotion - Survey closed.

Student Support: Growth Mindset

Parent Testing Resources Website

Academic Video Library

Online Subscription Package

Inspire Special Education Department Newsletter

Your Mission Vista Academy Team

Meet your Riverside County Family Liaisons!

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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 School At Home Website

A website that our school and partners developed for those that are currently homeschooling and those who find themselves thrust into homeschooling during this time.

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!

Riverside County Parent Resource Site

Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

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

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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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Hello Families,


We are so excited to announce that Community Connections Riverside is going VIRTUAL! This means all the fun of Community Connections is coming to our students' home computers!


Since you can't go to CC events, we will bring CC events to you! Let's get the Community Connected Again! Hope you can join!



Community Connection Workshop Information:


- You will log onto each Virtual Workshop using Zoom on the day and time of your workshop: ***The Zoom link and Password for these workshops will be sent to parents through email from your HST.***


- You do not have to sign-up.


- Each Virtual Workshop will last around 30 min.


- Most of the Virtual Workshops have items for the students to bring. We are hoping that we have chosen items that you will have around your house. If not, don't worry because students are more than welcome to come without items and just join in on the community fun.


- The teacher will make sure your computer is on mute unless they are asked to share. This way the teacher is the only one talking so everyone can hear the workshop.


- We would like to make sure that all our students attending follow these rules: Log in with their first name only and treat all the students and teachers with kindness.


- There may be a lot of students in each workshop. Therefore, the teacher may not be able to let all the students share or ask questions.


- Your student may come to one or all of the workshops that are offered.

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Academic Pentathlon (6th-8th Grade)

We are introducing a new program that is hopefully coming to schools in the 2020-2021 school year depending on the interest we get.


The Academic Pentathlon for 6th - 8th Graders

The theme for the 2020-2021 School Year: The Cold War


The students explore the topics of The Cold War and compete in March in a regional competition in Five Catagories: Science, Literature, Fine Arts, Social Science, and Mathematics.


A student does not need to be an expert in all five areas, instead, we are looking for students of all academic abilities to create a well-rounded team. The Pentathlon is about creating a team, and the coaches and teammates work together throughout the course. Please review the information below and complete the survey at the bottom of this email so we can gauge interest.




Informational Zoom Meetings for Parents and Students during the following times this week:









If this is something your child would be interested in, please complete the following survey:


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Academic Decathlon (9th-12th Grade)

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 review the information below and complete the survey at the bottom of this email so we can gauge interest.



Informational Zoom Meetings for Parents and Students during the following times this week:





If this is something your child would be interested in, please complete the following survey:


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“Art Connects” Launches For All Students In Riverside County

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ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT!

In an effort to help students channel their creativity during mandatory school closures due to COVID-19, the Riverside County Office of Education has launched a virtual student arts competition open to all students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade in Riverside County!


You will find all of the details here: https://www.rcoe.us/art-connects/


Winners will be announced in each grade level category approximately one week after the submission deadline for each week’s competition.


 1st place award: $75 gift card from RCOE Foundation, plaque, and certificate of

participation

 2nd place award: $50 gift card from RCOE Foundation, and certificate of participation

 3rd place award: $10 gift card from RCOE Foundation, and certificate of participation

 Honorable mention: Certificate of participation


“The roster of distinguished judges looking to support student artists includes Riverside County artists, poets, choreographers, actors, writers, educators, filmmakers, and musicians,” said Riverside County Arts Administrator, Louisa Higgins. “Judging criteria will include creativity/originality, connection to the weekly theme, artistic composition, and overall impression.”



Week Five (April 22-28):

o Medium: Media Arts

o Theme: Expressions of Connections

https://www.rcoe.us/art-connects/art-connects-week-five-media-arts/


Week Six (April 29 – May 5):

o Medium: Music

o Theme: Expressions of Hope

https://www.rcoe.us/art-connects/art-connects-week-six-music/


HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES

  • Go to the Art Connects web page and follow the directions to upload your submissions
  • Students will be asked to provide their name, school or district affiliation, and contact information in order to verify winners for any awards
  • After you submit your entry, you are encouraged to share your submission on social media with the hashtag #ArtConnectsRivCo and #HowIHomeschoolWithMissionVista
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Inspiring Parents - Math Fluency

The same holds true for math. A strong foundation for future math learning in fractions, decimals, percents, proportions, word problems, and algebra is built upon how well students know their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Join our magnificent math support team to learn their successful math strategies.


Wednesday, May 6th from 1pm to 2 pm at this link: http://bit.ly/InspiringLink


Questions? arlene@inspireschools.org

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Now Working! Ordering Amazon Items through EOS

Dear Families,


There is a new punch-out system for Amazon orders placed through the EOS! This system should help decrease turn-around time for Amazon orders. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below. As always, please reach out to your HST with any questions!


*Instead of choosing Amazon as the approved vendor, please select a-punchout as the approved vendor. Thank you!


Ordering Amazon Items through EOS

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2020 PROMOTION & GRADUATION UPDATE - WE'RE GOING VIRTUAL!

Hello, Families of 5th, 8th, and 12th-graders,


We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating our Graduation and Promotion virtually, through Zoom, on June 2nd. Please see the link below for all information. RSVPs were closed effective 4/24/20 so that the production company can have time to put our ceremonies together. We look forward to celebrating with you virtually!



Please reach out to your HST if you have any questions.

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Student Support: Growth Mindset

The Support Team is happy to announce the launch of a new addition to our site: Growth Mindset!


On this website Parents/Guardians will learn how to help students:


  • “Bounce back” by increasing their motivational effort
  • Embrace lifelong learning and the joy of incremental personal growth
  • Utilize resources without being defeated by the threat of failure
  • Learn by a mastery approach, embrace challenges and put in the effort to learn
  • View perceived task setbacks as a necessary part of the learning process
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The Parent Testing Resources website is complete and ready for you to check out! Here you can find information about the assessments that Inspire offers to its students. Inspire hopes to partner with parents to help students be as successful as possible. We hope you find the resources on this website helpful to increase your understanding of the assessments we give and empower you to prepare your child as they come upon these tests during their educational career.
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Did you know you have access to Inspire's Academic Video Library? These videos are available to support students in reading, math, and speech and can be accessed through the EOS!


Instructions to access Academic Video Library can be found here.

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OSP Department Office Hours!

OSP Office Hours (live support via Zoom): Every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- https://zoom.us/j/839367766


Have questions or need help with the OSP? The OSP Team is here to help!


Email: osp@inspireschools.org

Call: (619) 966-9528 ext 1325


Visit our OSP Handbook for additional information!

OSP ANNOUNCEMENTS

Head here for the most up to date information from the OSP Department regarding subscription processing and how to's!

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Inspire Special Education Department Newsletter!

Please enjoy our latest edition of our Inspire Cares Newsletter.


Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter February 2020


You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!

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Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaison 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 11 to 7 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 17 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 and a half 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!

Riverside County Parent Feedback

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

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