FPCS Tidbits

December 4, 2020

Working together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success.

FPCS Families

Although this year has been difficult, we are grateful and thankful to our amazing families, students, and staff. Thank you for all you've done to help make Family Partnership what it is today!

Mark your calendar

Important upcoming dates:

  • 12/4 Parent Workshop @ 6 p.m. All About Acellus/Power Homeschool (info in this Tidbits)
  • 12/7 APC Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.
  • 12/9 Parent Workshop @ 6 p.m.: Teaching Math Facts and Multi-Digit Operations.
  • 12/11 Ox Academy Registration Deadline
  • 12/18 Grades Due in OLS
  • 12/21-1/1 Christmas Break/Offices Closed

The next APC board meeting is Monday, Dec. 7th

The Academic Policy Committee (APC) governs Family Partnership Charter School. The APC selects the Chief Administrator and oversees financial, legal and academic operations of the school to ensure the fulfillment of its mission.

Monday, December 7th, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m. is your next chance to get involved - you're a stakeholder in Family Partnership Charter School! Public comment may be emailed to any APC Board Member.

The meeting will be streamed live on YouTube


The APC Board is looking for 2 parents (3-year term) and 2 high school students (1-year term) to be seated June 2021. If interested, please email jutic@icloud.com for more information.

Register for Spring Enrichment classes now!

Looking for a way for your student to interact with their peers?

Virtual enrichment classes for the spring semester are on the website NOW! Even on Zoom, students are having a blast learning and doing activities together.

These classes fill up fast so check them out and sign your student up today!

Family Goodie bags & Library Sign Up

Have you picked up your goodie bag yet? We have a THANK YOU gift for each of our students and you won't want to miss the goodies inside. Stop by anytime (between 9am-3pm) to pick up your bag. Our doors are locked, just give us a call or knock on the door. First come, first served...when they're gone, they're gone.

Have you visited the new Library, yet? If you haven't, there's still time to sign-up...appointment slots are available. Here's the Library Sign-up link!

FPCS YouTube Channel

Did you know that Family Partnership has our own FPCS YouTube channel? Access our growing collection of videos to equip and support you as your child's teacher. We post all our recorded parent and college/career workshops. Check it out!!

Upcoming Parent Workshop Topics

Friday, December 4th at 6 p.m.: All About Acellus/Power Homeschool

One of our rockstar homeschooling moms is going to teach us all about Acellus/Power Homeschool! https://asdk12.zoom.us/j/3587141535?pwd=bHRWbWp0NjVVb2Z4dXo5TWRqRnQwZz09

Meeting ID: 358 714 1535

Passcode: homeschool

Wednesday, December 9th at 6 p.m.: Teaching Math Facts and Multi-Digit Operations.

We will be learning from Anchorage School District's Math Department Extraordinaire, Penny Williams, about Teaching Math Facts and Multi-Digit Operations. Penny has included some amazing articles for us to read about how kids acquire math knowledge and I am attaching them to this email for you to read before the workshop.

Meeting ID: 358 714 1535

Passcode: homeschool

If you can't make it to the live zoom parent workshops, you can access the recordings on our Youtube page. This is a wealth of information and FPCS is so excited for you all to use these workshops to be the very best homeschooling parents you can be.

Ox Academy

Ox Academy is our in-house online program that offers a full catalog of challenging core and elective classes where 9th-12th grade students can earn .5 semester credit. Cost is $115 per semester class and courses are taught by ASD homeschool teachers.

Registration Deadline is Friday, December 11. Contact your Sponsor Teacher to register!

Writing Workshop: Summary Writing

Laurie Matthews, FPCS's resident writing expert, has created the first in a series of videos in which she will be coaching homeschool parents to teach various writing strategies to homeschool students. The first video will empower you to begin working on summary paragraphs with all ages of students in any subject.

Summary writing is an excellent way to develop your child's writing skills! You can use this method to very easily incorporate writing into most subjects, and with any content. This video captures the Step Up to Writing curriculum's method including specific lessons and examples for 3rd-6th, middle school, and high school. Before starting the video, make sure to print the supporting PDF file just below this article.

Video I: Summary Writing

After you have watched the video and you are ready to start using the tools she has given you, you will can follow this schedule:

  • Day 1: This will take about 30 minutes. Using the examples which are the most appropriate for your child, introduce the burrito fold method and take your child through the pages in the PDF. Include a mini-lesson about how to correctly identify titles in the "Identify" section. This is part of the PDF, and is discussed in the video. Select one chapter of a book which your child has recently read (you should read it prior to this), or a news article which you will both read together. Only develop the topic sentence in this day.
  • Day 2: This will take about 15 minutes one on one, and then possibly 20-30 minutes for your child to write or type the first draft independently. Create the fact outline together. Go through the item which you are summarizing together and discuss the main aspects which need to be covered while you are creating the fact outline. Then send your child to write independently. Remind them that the topic sentence is the first sentence, and then each item in the fact outline turns into an interesting sentence or two.
  • Day 3: This will take about 10 minutes one on one. Have your child read their summary paragraph out loud to you. Follow along with the fact outline. When they are done, give specific praise praise praise!!! "Wow! I am so impressed by the way you took _____ fact and developed that sentence! " or "These words ________ that you used help me hear your voice in your writing. I love that!" These very specific responses are what your child needs to hear in order to continue to push themselves when writing. Don't take the first one of these to the final draft stage unless your child wants to.

The next time you pull this in as an assignment, you will only need to help them develop the burrito fold topic sentence and fact outline. You may need to do this every time, depending upon their age.

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