Mission Vista Academy

Family Newsletter - Week of January 11th, 2021

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

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1. Spring Virtual Clubs begin January 13th!

3. School closed on Monday, January 18th, in observance of MLK Jr.

2. Next ELAC meeting is Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5 pm.

What's inside:

  1. 2020/21 School Calendar
  2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No school and FREE RESOURCES!
  3. Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
  4. The Heart of Homeschooling - Ringing in the New Year!
  5. Homeschooling Teaching Tips
  6. MVA Spelling Bee Information
  7. NEW! Family Liaison Office Hours Thursdays, 10 am - 11 am
  8. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS! Spring Virtual Club Hub Info!
  9. Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter
  10. Multilingual Learners
  11. MVA High School
  12. Student Support - FREE Writer's Workshop & 7th Grade ~ Grade Level Tips
  13. SEL Mindset Mondays
  14. FREE Teaching Resources - Free National Parks Pass & Freebie Teaching Site
  15. TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Webinars
  16. 2020/21 OSP (Online Subscription Package)
  17. MVA apparel Show off your school spirit!
  18. Check It Out! Mission Vista Academy Social Media
  19. School Resource Websites to Bookmark
  20. Your Mission Vista Academy Team
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2020/21 School Calendar

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We are Mission Vista Academy Proud!

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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our team and students will be taking the day off on Monday 18th.

Looking for inspiration on this VERY SPECIAL DAY?

Please visit the sites below for free reading/worksheets and curriculum to help solidify your Martin Luther King Jr. studies!

Super Teacher Worksheets

Teachers Pay Teachers

Martin Luther King Timeline and Activity

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New Year’s Day has come and gone, and it's the perfect time to focus on new beginnings and goals for the rest of the school year! While we dust off our pencils and slowly start working back into a routine after a long winter break, it's fun to think of what this NEW year could hold for our students.

Sometimes the idea of a fresh new start (like the New Year) can help you remember your passion and reason for homeschooling. This new year, take time to write down some of the reasons why you decided to school at home in the first place. Give yourself and your student(s) time to slip back into your day to day routine, all while remembering that this CRAZY, amazing journey is well worth it.

2021 is full of possibilities and can bring new life into your homeschool routine. Whether you want to switch up your teaching style or simply bring in new activities or curriculum... now is the time to keep your student(s) motivated and encouraged to end this school year with a BANG!

So here's to a wonderful year full of imagination, exploring, and most importantly... learning alongside the ones we cherish most! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~Andrea, MVA Family Liaison

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Homeschooling Teaching Tips

We LOVE using lapbooks in our studies. It helps keep all the information together in one spot and the children are able to refer back to one spot when wanting to look up a subject.

Lapbooks are more than just notebooks with collections of worksheets, they are diagrams, minute books, and other paper manipulatives customized to emphasize the subject of the lapbook. Lapbooks can be made for all subjects, Math, Science, History, Language Arts. A helpful starting point is Pinterest or Teachers Pay Teachers. That is where we begin many of our projects, so many ideas - so little time!

Show us your lapbook creations on Social Media! We'd love to see them!

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3rd Annual Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee!

We are so excited to announce our 3rd Annual Mission Vista Qualifying Spelling Bee! The Bee will be held in February 2021 and is open to all Mission Vista students in the 4th-8th grade.

The qualifying student will have the opportunity to advance to the County Spelling Bee in March, where the winner is then advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

If your child is interested in competing at our qualifying bee, please email courtney.bostock@missionvistaacademy.org and a list of study words will be sent to you via email.

Thank you for your interest! Please reach out to your HST with any questions.

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Your Family Liaisons will be offering weekly office hours on Thursdays, from 10 -11 AM. This is a time each week when you can drop in to ask questions and is open to all parents and teachers at MVA. This is an opportunity to chat about anything homeschooling. Here are just a few things that could be discussed during this time:

  • Schedules, Routines, and Rhythms
  • Curriculum
  • Schooling Multiple Children
  • How to Navigate our Enrichment Ordering System (EOS)
  • Resistant Learners
  • Getting Organized
  • Resources

New Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84272589947

What if you can't make it during our office hours? No problem at all; your Family Liaisons are available Monday through Friday, so don't hesitate to call or email us:

Andrea Hart-

email: andrea.hart@missionvistaacademy.org

phone: (951) 378-6144

Audrey Everson-

email: audrey.everson@missionvistaacademy.org

phone: (951) 541-4809

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MVA Virtual Clubs!

Light those fires this week by introducing your students to new ideas and concepts offered up by our amazing homeschool teachers.

Come join the fun as we explore and learn together! More information and club schedules will be emailed to you by your HST on Mondays.

There is no need to preregister your students; just show up. Make sure to check out the details regarding each club, so you know whether to gather any needed supplies. However, we have been reassured that if you do not have those supplies on hand; your student can still attend and will still be able to learn and enjoy.

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

Spring Virtual Clubs!

Hello Mission Vista Academy Families,

We are jumping for joy to get our NEW Spring Club Hub out to you! We know you will find clubs that your children will enjoy as we come back from break. Our Clubs will be starting back up on January 13th. The clubs will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We are bringing back some of the students' favorites and offering new ones as well. Our Spring Clubs are amazing, and you will not want to miss out.

The clubs are all taught by our very own fabulous Mission Vista Teachers. You can come to one club or all the clubs. There are grade recommendations on some of the clubs, but please have your child come to the clubs they would benefit from and enjoy. If your 4th grader is working on writing a Thesis Statement, please have them join the Thesis Club. If your 2nd grader is working on beginning reading skills, please have them come to the Beginning Reading Club. Our teachers will be teaching Reading and Writing in a fun, interactive way.

Here are a few activities that will be offered in our Spring Club just to get our students excited!

Does your child want to dissect a cow eye or a frog, sew a monster wallet or a cuddly kitty, learn sports sign language, dive into a new novel with friends, cook bunny waffles, make snow dough, make edible cells, erupt rainbow volcanos, make a hydraulic powered machine, do an egg drop, explore landforms and geography around the world, and so much more? Then the Spring Clubs are just for them!

Our NEW Spring Club Hub has a short "How To" video embedded at that top. It is best to view the Spring Club Hub on a computer, but you can view it on a phone as well.

Club hub link will come to families through their HST via email (for student safety since it includes club zoom links).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email stacy.beasley@missionvistaacademy.org.

We can't wait to "see" you all at our clubs in January.

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Share your Mission Vista Virtual Club photos with us!

We love seeing what your students are learning! Our virtual clubs are the perfect place to inspire imagination, fun, and trying new things! Share your Virtual Club photos with us on the Mission Vista Facebook Group, or use #mvavirtualclubs on Instagram! Can't wait to see what your students have learned, created, or baked!
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Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter

Special Education Department is pleased to announce the launch of our Special Education department newsletter! Our goal with this dynamic newsletter is to bring you information on special education practices and various resources to better serve your students' needs.

We want to ensure that the content we create and deliver this school year is beneficial to you. Please share your ideas and requests for content with me directly. Our team will be monitoring your feedback to make sure we are providing resources on various topics.

We hope you enjoy the Newsletter!

MVA Special Education Department Parent Newsletter_December 2020

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Multilingual Learners

Hi MVA Families!

My name is Lisa Mesa, and I am your ML Coordinator. This is my 23rd year in education, five of those in the charter realm. I have a Master’s in Multicultural Education and am a second language learner myself. My first language is Albanian :) I remember the difficulty of going to school as a kindergartener and knowing no English. I can relate and aim to make your acquisition of English as easy as possible. Your HST is your first point of contact for questions, but please also feel free to contact me at any time.

Lisa Mesa


January ELAC Meeting

Our next ELAC meeting is Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 5 pm.

Zoom link:


Agenda topics:

1. How to take an ELPAC Practice Test

2. Review various Online Resources

3. State Seal of Biliteracy

***We will have a gift card raffle for attendees!***

What is ELAC?

The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs.

Questions? Contact Lisa Mesa at lisa.mesa@missionvistaacademy.org


19 de enero a las 5 pm

Únete a nosotros en Zoom:


¿Qué es ELAC?

El Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de Inglés (ELAC) hace recomendaciones sobre programas para estudiantes con necesidades de un segundo idioma.

En la agenda:

1. Cómo tomar una prueba de práctica de ELPAC

2. Revise varios recursos en línea

3. Sello estatal de alfabetización bilingüe

¡Tendremos una rifa de tarjetas de regalo para los que asistan!

Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Lisa Mesa en lisa.mesa@missionvistaacademy.org

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High School

MVA High School

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

Does your student want to attend a UC school?

Students who wish to attend a UC must fulfill A-G requirements in order to be eligible for admission. For more information on A-G requirements visit the University of California Admissions page or reach out to your student's counselor.

Each UC campus provides a variety of virtual events where you can ask questions and engage with each school’s admissions department. You can find more information on virtual events at each campus via the following links:

For those students interested in attending a UC, be sure to fulfill your A-G requirements. If you’re not sure if you’ll meet the requirements, you can touch base with your academic counselor to design an educational path that will prepare you for UC eligibility.

Scholarship Info

Here is a list of popular scholarship search engines or other pre-vetted scholarships.

Counseling Information Sessions

Our MVA counseling department hosted an information session on the concurrent enrollment process.

Below you will find information about the UC and CSU Application Processes:

MVA High School Counselor - Holly Burke

Is your high school student struggling with their classes? Do they want to discuss how a schedule change will impact their post-high school plans or do they want to get a head start on planning for college/career? If so, I’m here to help. Please remind your high school families that I am available for individual appointments. They can request a meeting by emailing me at: holly.burke@missionvistaacademy.org

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Student Support

Writer's Workshop with Office Hours!

These writer's workshop videos are there for parents and teachers to use starting wherever you would like! If you need advice as to where to begin, feel free to email our amazing writing teacher at writersworkshop@pacificcoastacademy.org.

Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you and your student can join in the office hours to go over items! Again, you can email to ask questions or get help etc.

Here is the link to access the recorded writing workshop videos:


Office Hours:

Tuesdays: 10-11

Thursdays: 1-2


Password: davidson

Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps

This Week: 7th Grade


What 7th grader isn't a gamer? So play a game to learn to and practice adding/subtracting integers.

7.NS.1: I can add and subtract rational numbers. I can show addition and subtraction on horizontal and vertical number line diagrams.

7.NS.1c: I can subtract rational numbers. I can show that the distance between two rational numbers on a number line is the absolute value of their difference. I can apply what I've learned to real-world situations.

7.NS.1d: I can add and subtract rational numbers by applying the properties I have learned

Use Khan Academy to help learn about scale drawings of shapes. Then get out a pencil and paper or a whiteboard or your favorite drawing tools, and be creative!

7.G.1: I can use scale drawings of geometric shapes to solve problems. I can figure out actual lengths using scale drawings. I can create a scale drawing of a different size than one I am given.

7.G.2: I can draw geometric shapes when given information about the shape. I can draw triangles when I am given information about their angles or sides. I can realize when the shape drawn will be a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.

Did you know that you can help your 7th grader learn about probability and statistics through hands-on, real-life activities? Click here to see how!

7.SP.1: I can discuss the purpose of using statistics. I can understand how generalizations can be made using random and representative samples.

7.SP.2: I can make inferences about data using random samples. I can use samples to estimate or make predictions.

7.SP.6: I can approximate the probability of a chance event happening and make predictions about chance events.

7.SP.7: I can make and use probability models. I can compare models to actual probabilities and explain any major differences.

7.SP.7a: I can create and use a uniform probability model to figure out the probability of events.


Integrate alliteration, writing, and creativity with the help of this freebie video that shows you how!

RL.7.4: I can tell you the meaning of words and phrases that I have read. I can explain figurative and connotative meanings. I can evaluate how rhymes and alliteration affect pieces of literature.

W.7.3d: I can show action and events in my story using descriptive language, exact words/phrases, and sensory language.

A great way to develop speech/public speaking skills is to ask your HST if you can give an oral report at your next LP meeting. Maybe it’ll be on your favorite book, animal, or food. That part’s up to you!

SL.7.4: I can deliver an oral report to present my claims and findings. I can clearly focus, organize, and support my ideas with facts and details. I can speak at a good pace, at a reasonable volume, and I can use appropriate eye contact.

SL.7.4a: I can deliver an oral argument that supports a claim, organizes evidence clearly and logically, states counterarguments, uses transitions and contains a conclusion.

SL.7.5: I can use multimedia components and visuals to make the claims and main points in my presentation clear

Here is a week of free lessons on Greek and Latin root words. A fun idea might be to introduce this concept while reading/watching the Percy Jackson books, or while learning about Greek mythology in social studies.

L.7.4b: I can use Greek or Latin root words and affixes as clues to determine what a word means

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Mindset Mondays

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January Mindset Monday class will focus on MOTIVATION

Let’s start 2021 on the right foot!

Check out our Growth Mindset SEL Website

For more information!

January 11th

TK - 5th at 10 am

6 - 12th at 1 pm


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Free Teaching Resources

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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!

National Park Service- Free access for 5th graders


For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, national forests and grasslands, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed public lands and waters for free!

How It Works

Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year!

With this voucher, 5th graders and their families will have free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

National Park Service Website


Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

FUNBRAIN'S new site makes it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for. They have created a unique landing page for each grade, Pre-K through 8, so kids can find the content that’s right for them. Each game, book, and video is tagged with key subject areas and skills, such as Addition, Fractions, Vowel Sounds, and Shapes.

Educators and parents can feel confident that children will enjoy a fun and safe experience both at school and at home.


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TK-8 Curriculum Showcase Recordings

Over the summer, our South Schools' Family Liaisons joined together to bring our families 'Themed Curriculum Weeks!' Each week had its theme: All-In-One Curriculum, Math, Language Arts, History, Science, and Subscription Boxes. Your Liaisons kicked off each week with a webinar highlighting popular curriculum choices. Additionally, throughout each themed week, webinars were scheduled with curriculum companies to share more about their products. If you missed any of these or want to check them out again, visit our special Webinar Newsletter.


Curriculum showcases hosted by the South Schools' Family Liaisons, during which they share about popular curriculum options and subject-specific curriculum webinars offered by the providers.

Additionally, you will find links to the following:

✦ 20/21 Online Subscription Package Webinars

✦ The High School Curriculum Roadshow

MVA Webinar Showcase Newsletter

Click here to view all the webinar recordings!

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2020/21 Online Subscription Package

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There is no need to opt-in or opt-out this year; all students will receive subscriptions based on their grade level.

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

*Additional subscription options are available via OSP A LA CARTE.


The OSP Handbook is your one-stop-shop for all information regarding the OSP. The handbook includes detailed information as well as updates & answers to our most frequently asked questions. Please be sure to visit the OSP Handbook before contacting us.


Overview page - provides general information

Announcements page - provides up-to-date important/need-to-know information

General FAQ - provides answers to FAQ about the OSP in general (NOT subscription specific)

OSP Subscriptions - provides more detailed information regarding the OSP (packaged) subscriptions

A LA CARTE Subscriptions - provides more detailed information regarding the A LA CARTE subscriptions

Webinars - provides links to the webinars available for each subscription


If you need additional help, please consider joining our weekly office hours. Every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/96453949454

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Wanna show off your school spirit? Purchase your very own Mission Vista T-shirt, sweatshirt, tote bags, and MUCH more!

Visit the Mission Vista website for the full list of school apparel and other goodies now!

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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!

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

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

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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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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

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.

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 18 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!

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 learn more about what your 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!)