The PCA Scoop

Weekly Family Update

Week of October 19th, 2020

In This Week's Edition


✦ Thanksgiving Card Exchange

✦ High School Hangouts with Celebrity Top Chef Brian Malarkey

✦ PCA Workshops: October 19-30

✦ Discovery Day: November and December


✦ Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week TK and K

✦ Student Services

✦ Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

✦ Social-Emotional Support - Resilience 101

✦ English Learners


✦ High School Hangouts

✦ Progress Reports

✦ Collegewise Virtual College Fair - October 26

✦ National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society

✦ California State University College Nights

✦ High School Counseling Information Session: University of California

✦ Counseling Info. Sessions

✦ University of California - College Information Sessions

PCA Happenings

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Click HERE to see all of the workshops scheduled for October.

Below are the workshops coming up for the next couple weeks.

All workshops are separated by grade level, be sure to sign up for the correct grade.

Don't miss out, sign up today!

TK - 2nd Grade

3rd - 5th Grade

6th - 8th Grade

High School

Discovery Day

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2020 Discovery Day Destinations

November - Zoopendous Day! (Animal studies)

December - Winter Wonder STEM

How does it work?

  • Families are encouraged to register their students for a Discovery Day community based on their student's grade and nearest location. This will allow students to connect with the same teachers & peers in their area when it is safe to meet in-person! However, families may register with another community if that works better for their schedules.
  • Students who attend the same Discovery Day community's workshops at least 3 times during November & December will be invited to a special virtual class party in January!
  • Please review the Discovery Day Schedule (Nov- Dec) for a list of DD communities & their dates/times.
  • Register your student for a Discovery Day community - RSVP HERE. Please complete one form per student.

Please complete this registration form at least 48 hrs prior to the start of the first workshop you wish to attend. If you do not register in a timely manner, you may not receive the Zoom link & information in time. As a result, you will need to wait for the next workshop.

After your registration is complete, Google forms will send you an email copy of your request. Please mark the dates on your calendar. You can expect a teacher from your selected Discovery Day community to email you a Zoom link & list of materials approximately 1 week prior to the workshop.

Parent Resources

Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week TK and K


Counting and Number order for TK and K students:

Play a game of hopscotch! Get outside, the weather is beautiful.

K.CC.A.1: I can count to 100 by ones and tens

Keep on moving! This time, watch a counting exercise video.

Bring art, reading, and counting all together by making this Pumpkin Counting Book.

K.CC.A.3: I can write numbers from 0 to 20.

Language Arts:

For the little ones, the number one way to learn to read is by being read to!

RF.K.1: I can show that I know how books should be read.

When you’re done reading, try some cute Pumpkin Letter Recognition Flashcards.

Boogie down to the letter sounds in this fun video.

RF.K.1.D: I can name all of my upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.

Also, did you know that our school has a website with videos and tools all linked and prerecorded if your student is having trouble in math, reading, or writing?

Click Here To Access Your School's Intervention Page

Student Services

Click here for videos, tutorials, ideas, and more for all parents and their students.

Does your student need math intervention?

Step 1: Make sure they are using an evidence based curriculum (Math U See, Right Start Math, Touch Math, Teaching Textbooks, or CLICK HERE for many more adopted curriculums). Work in this curriculum daily for one hour minimum.

Step 2: Use your instructional planning amounts for a twice weekly tutor.

Step 3: What else can I suggest? Try the free programs included in the OSP. Or add OSP a la carte programs like My Math Academy, Shmoop, or Prodigy.

Step 4: If you’ve tried this for 6-10 weeks and your student is still struggling, let’s schedule a Student Study Team appointment with our school success coordinator and see what other options are available.

Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

Is your child in the 5th grade or higher?

Did your child score in the red on the reading STAR360?

Would your child benefit from small group instruction?

If you answer yes to those questions, your child may be eligible for Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI).

ODI is a live, on-line, small group reading program offered by our Student Services department that focuses on comprehension and vocabulary development strategies and skills. The commitment is for 4 weeks, 2 times per week for 45 minutes per class. Classes are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. ODI is free for enrolled, eligible students.

Reach out to your HST today!

Social-Emotional Support

Resilience 101

October’s topic focuses on helping students cultivate resilience when facing difficult life circumstances. Please check out this month’s resources on our Mindset Monday page, utilize the tools at home and then mark your calendar for October 12th!

TK-5th Grade Resources:

6th-12th Grade Resources:

English Learners

From our EL Coordinator for 2020/21

My name is Maria Kirkbride and I will be the School Support Director overseeing the EL program for Pacific Coast Academy for the 20/21 school year. I have had the pleasure to work in charter schools for 20 years in a range of positions I look forward to getting to know you and supporting your child with English acquisition. It is such a gift to be multi-lingual! As we progress through the school year I will be reaching out to all of you about joining our English Learner Advisory Committee. I hope you will consider joining me in building a community of English Learner parents that will be a voice in how our school can best serve and support our students.

19/20 ELPAC Scores are available under testing on your Parent Portal! If your student was unable to complete the test due to COVID school closure, there may be an opportunity to complete the ELPAC this fall.

Initial ELPAC- If your child is slated to take the Initial ELPAC based on your Home Language Survey responses, your HST will be in contact about test administration. At this time, the Initial ELPAC will be administered virtually.

Reclassification- from English Learner (EL) to Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) -If your child has an overall score of 4 on the ELPAC and no more than one 2 in the four domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking he/she could be considered for Reclassification and exited out of the EL program. If your child qualifies, your HST will contact you with more details within the next 2 weeks.

ELD Instruction If your child is classified as EL, they are required to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of ELD (English Language Development) instruction everyday. Brainpop EL is available for free to all of our EL students. Contact your HST for more information on how to enroll your child.

Curriculum Recommendations for our EL Students -

Reading Eggs & Eggspress PreK - 8th Grade

Wonders 2nd - 6th grade

Study Sync 6th - 12th grade

BrainPOP ELL - K-12th grade

ELD Instruction for High School Elective Credit- Your child can now receive high school elective credit for the following ELD support classes. See here for courses and class descriptions.

High School

High School Hangouts Update - October is College Month!

Friday, Oct 30th @ 10:30 am

Zoom in for a virtual tour of Palomar Campus with our very own Palomar tour guide where you will learn about some amazing opportunities that you can take part in both in High School and after you graduate!

See Flyer for more details


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Progress Reports

It's hard to believe we are almost halfway through the semester! Progress reports will be sent the last week of October. Now is the time to reach out to your HST if you have any concerns with your student's progress.

Collegewise Virtual College Fair

StriveScan is hosting a virtual college fair on Monday, October 26 from 4-7:45. Featuring 200 colleges from 39 states and 9 countries! Collegewise.

National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society

Emails were sent to eligible students. It is a great way to meet others, help the community with service projects, and stay focused on keeping grades up. Deadline to submit your application and letter of recommendation is Oct 16th . Ask your HST for more info.

California State University College Nights

The CSU Chancellor’s Office and all 23 campuses are excited to provide an alternative to in-person college fairs. Each campus will present a short live session to provide a campus overview, information about the admission process and a question and answer portion. If you are not able to attend, all sessions will be recorded. ​​

​​Registration will remain open, but each session will close at the maximum of 3000 attendees. Make sure you log on to the sessions early. All sessions will be recorded and available on this site.

Please use the links below to register for the live sessions you would like to attend. Pre-registration is required to attend.​​​

Interested in attending? REGISTER HERE

Counseling Info. Sessions

Counseling Info. Sessions: Please join us for the following information sessions. All sessions will be offered at 11am and 5pm, here: Counseling Webinar Link

Financial Aid: November 4

Concurrent Enrollment: December 2

University of California - College Information Sessions

UC for Everyone: UC Wants U! (Saturday, Oct. 24) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT


  • Welcome and Message

  • Making families' dreams come true: Current students and parents share their experiences at UC

  • Moving In and moving up UC: Building your community at UC

  • The UC faculty perspective

Students, parents, UC faculty and staff will share their experiences and insight on opportunities and options for students in the African-American, Native American, and ChicanX/LatinX communities on our campuses. The session will end with a live Q&A. This session is intended for students and their parents interested in learning about how UC campus's academic and affinity resource centers support and strengthen the history, culture and well-being of students of color. Register now for October 24

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