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Monday, May 18, 2020

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School News and Important Dates

We are committed to supporting you through this time. Our desire is to be respectful to our students and staff and recognize that we are all in a very difficult situation. During this time we will continue to offer learning opportunities and support:

  • Teachers will still be available to meet you virtually and will still be monitoring student progress
  • EOS orders will still be approved and processed
  • Curriculum and Technology orders will continue to be processed
  • CPA will still continue to offer learning opportunities for high school
  • HQT's will hold office hours for high school students and families
  • High school students, particularly seniors, are strongly encouraged to keep up with their school work and completion of assignments
  • A special website of open and free resources is available at this link
  • Support videos, lessons, and tools compiled by our intervention team are available here

Our Message To You

Dear Families,

This spring, you've faced unprecedented challenges, and you've risen to them with ingenuity, care, and excellence! Your commitment has kept your children safe, engaged, and connected. Here is a message to our amazing families from your Cabrillo Point Academy Leadership and Teachers

We miss you!

Student Lucas Shadid Receives U.S. Figure Skating Award

The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school; awards are given at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level based off a skater’s level of competitive achievement in high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that Lucas Shadid has been awarded the Platinum level Graduating Seniors Award.

Congratulations Lucas!

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Cabrillo Point Academy Virtual Talent Show

All ages encouraged to participate! Bring your talent to share! Sing, dance, play an instrument, recite a poem, show your sports skills, be creative. Please limit acts to 3 minutes and be family appropriate. Family acts are welcome!

RSVP Link:

Last day to sign up is Wednesday, May 20th.

Virtual Art Fair

It gives us great pleasure to introduce our First Annual Inspire Virtual Art Fair! Please click on the link below to access the Art Fair website to see the amazing art made by our very own Inspire students. Enjoy!

Inspire Virtual Art Fair 2019/2020

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Virtual Chat with the Family Liaisons

Join the South Schools (Mission Vista, Cabrillo Point, & Pacific Coast) Family Liaisons for a virtual homeschooling chat! A great opportunity to ask questions, gain insight, and support for your homeschool journey!

Please complete this RSVP and we will send a reminder of the event to your inbox! There is also an opportunity to submit a question to be addressed during the chat.

Want to talk about curriculum? Homeschooling philosophy? Learning styles? Out of the box ideas? We can't wait to connect with you!

Wednesday, May 27th at 2pm

Zoom Room:

Meeting ID: 976-0064-6288

Resource for Orange County Families

We wanted to share a list of mental health, financial and food resources surrounding Orange County in case you or someone you know may need them. As a school, we would really like to provide options for families that are struggling in this area. Please let us know if you are in need of more assistance. We are here for you all during these times, and will get through this together.

You may find the list of resources here.

New Resource Site For All Parents

We worked together to create a resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their children. Please share with anyone who you feel could benefit from the site!

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Academic Decathlon

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 pass on the informational Flyer and Interest Survey to all of your families.

2020_21-Academic Decathlon Interest Flyer (for 9th-12th Grade and an AG approved elective)

2020-2021 Academic Decathlon Syllabus

Academic Pentathlon and Academic Decathlon Google Interest Survey

Inspiring Parents Session- Math Fluency

Our magnificent math team engaged viewers with tips to help students learn how to build a strong math foundation by bolstering their essential math skills during our webcast on May 6th. Bonus: lots of math resources to check out and many are free.

Missed it? Sign up for the recording and resources by clicking this link:

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Rosetta Stone Foundations Webinars

Rosetta Stone Foundations Webinars -- The Rosetta Stone Training team is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars every Tuesday at 12:00 pm PST to support educators with their understanding of student programs, the blended learning model, and supporting home use. Please click here to register for their upcoming webinars.

Community Connections

We hope that you have taken advantage of the virtual workshops that the Community Connections team has been offering these past two months. They have been hearing some wonderful feedback and have listened! For the month of May, all the events have been placed on the Cabrillo Point Academy events calendar which are found on the Parent Resource website and the Cabrillo Point Academy website (they are the same calendar). Direct links are found here:

Cabrillo Point Academy website - event calendar

OC Parent Resource website - event page

First, filter for the Orange County only events. Then simply click on a virtual event you may be interested in and a pop-up will appear with a description of the event, supplies needed (if any), a RSVP link, and the teacher contact information (make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off for these websites). Click on the RSVP link to sign your child(ren) up for the workshop up until 2 hours before the start of the workshop. You will receive an email the day before or up until 2 hours before the start of the event with the Zoom link and password. For the safety of our families, we are asking that the camera is turned on, at least at the beginning while we are identifying that the attendees are all students.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the teacher in charge of the workshop or to Gina Garland, the Regional Community Coordinator:

High School

One More 8th Grade High School Transition Information Session

May 28 will be our last High School Transition Session. Join us with your questions!
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High School Counselor Support

May is Mental Health Matters Month

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Career Technical Education (CTE) Spotlight Information #3:

Did you know we offer Career and Technical Education? Ask your HST for more information.

We have programs in:

  • International Business

  • Agriscience

  • Game Design

  • Biotechnology

  • Entrepreneurship

  • And more!

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Submit forms before June 30th: Please have your student’s form submitted to the High School Counselor prior to June 30th. There will not be anyone available to sign the forms in the month of July.

  • Official Transcripts: If your student is taking courses in spring 2020, please remember that official transcripts need to be requested from the college to be sent, directly to Inspire, as soon as final grades are entered for the term.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. Here is just one option, NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support and Education.

Managing your Mental Health During Covid-19 Infographic

Student Support

As the 2019-2020 school year is quickly drawing to a close, the Intervention team wants to thank you for all of your support!

Many of you are wondering what online opportunities we will have during the summer.

  • Reading Horizons Discovery and Elevate will continue without interruption throughout the summer.

  • On August 1-3, the students will roll over for the 2020-2021 school year.

In an effort to provide the best, most cost-effective intervention, we will not be using Pathblazer next year.

  • Pathblazers for reading and math will end on June 22 for all students.

    • In August, we will provide the HSTs a survey to fill out, to place students in one of our new intervention options.

For students that qualify, we are excited to let you know that for the 2020-2021 school year we are offering for free:

  • Mathseeds TK-3rd grades

  • Mathletics K-10th grade

  • Reading Eggs TK-4th grade

  • EggsPress 2nd – 8th grade

Renaissance Learning is no longer offering English in a Flash for our Multilingual Learners. We are delighted to let you know that we will be able to offer:

  • BrainPop ELL - Free for EL students

For those interested, until June 15th, you can access Brainpop ELL for free off of our Intervention website

Special Education

Your student’s case manager will be contacting you if your child is due for an initial or triennial evaluation. Most of these assessments will not take place while schools are physically closed, as they require direct contact between students and staff. Instead, these assessments will occur once schools physically open. However, some types of speech assessments may be completed virtually. Your child’s case manager will contact you if your child is due for an assessment at this time.

If your child’s IEP includes extended school year (ESY), we will be offering ESY services this summer. Your child’s case manager will contact you in the next few weeks regarding your child’s service(s).

English Learners

English Learners Newsletter

Please read this resource to find a wealth of information about English Learners and the programs we offer to support our students.


Enrichment Ordering System: Amazon Punchout

We hope you are enjoying the ease in creating orders that the Amazon punchout system provides!

Need help placing your A-Punchout order? Please feel free to review these videos (also located in the Video menu in the EOS).

Please remember to request no more than 5 items per A-Punchout order!


Q. I forgot to add an item to my punchout order. Can I add it to the EOS order?

  1. We are unable to add items to existing EOS punchout orders. However, it’s easy to enter a new order request for additional items.

Q. I changed my mind about an item. Can I cancel it from my order? It hasn’t been processed, yet.

    1. Items can be cancelled from punchout orders prior to processing them, but please be aware that removing items will void the 7-day price guarantee from Amazon.

Q. Am I able to purchase educational magazines through the punchout system?

  1. Unfortunately, magazines have recurring billing associated with them and are not able to be purchased through the punchout system. It may be possible to purchase them directly from the publisher; please check with your HST to see if this might be possible.

Q. Can I purchase Kindle books through the punchout system?

  1. Kindle books are not able to be purchased through the punchout system. However, they CAN be purchased with your child’s enrichment funds. To do so, please enter an order request for approved product vendor Kindle. Please enter only one book per order!

Educational Tools

Coronavirus Education Kit by Home Science Tools

The Coronavirus Education Kit is an excellent educational tool to use in the classroom, at home, or even at work or community events.

This kit provides detailed, scientifically accurate information about viruses, epidemics, pandemics, explanations of contagion, immunity, and the role of treatments, isolation, and quarantine. Through 6 hands-on activities, students will gain an appreciation for virus transmission, better understand the importance of hygienic practices, and begin to understand the consequences and responses of spread through a community.

The Grade 7+ Kit Includes 6 Hands-On Activities:

1. Testing hand-washing techniques for the removal of simulated viruses and germs on hands; practicing proper hand hygiene

2. Exploring person-to-person virus transmission using simulated "germs"

3. Assessing the possibility of surface-to-person transmission

4. Demonstrating droplet-based transmission from a sneeze or cough

5. Finding the source of a virus outbreak in a fictitious scenario

6. Creating a potential solution that could be implemented in the fictitious community to protect citizens, prevent the spread of an infectious disease, and care for infected patients

This Coronavirus Education Kit comes with a 26-page, full-color Teachers Guide, a 15-page reproducible Lab Manual with detailed background information for students, and a 6-page reproducible Student Worksheet.

Use this pandemic lab kit to answer questions such as:

  • What is a pandemic?
  • What is an epidemic?
  • What is a virus vs. bacteria?
  • How are infectious diseases spread?
  • And more!

Price: $39.95

Grades 2-6 available here and Grades 7+ available here

I Can Statements

Cabrillo Point Academy's "I Can" statements are available online to help you plan your school year!

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Book It! Program is Open for Enrollment

BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.

Enroll today!

Virtual Tours of National Parks

Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque online.


Get up close and personal with parks through virtual tours. Learn more about the history of these legendary places and how essential their protection and preservation is in ensuring these sites are enjoyed for generations to come.

Visit to take your virtual tour of several amazing and historical national parks!

Homeschooling Advice

10 Ways to Mark The End of The Homeschool Year

"Schooling at home is something to celebrate, and when the end of the year arrives, it presents an opportunity for joyful recognition and reflection. Here are some ideas for ways to make it memorable and special for your family.

  1. Celebrate growth! Have everyone in the family make a list of some of the things they are glad they learned or ways they have grown over the past year. This exercise is especially helpful for parents, who may have overcome many challenges without realizing it. Compliment each other on your efforts and accomplishments.
  2. Reflect as a family. The school year may be over, but learning never stops. Together as a family, discuss the things you are most interested in learning over the summer and perhaps during the next year. How can you support each other’s goals and wishes? Show your child by example that adults are perpetual learners, too, and talk with them about what you’re most interested in exploring and learning."

Read the full article here.

Your Orange County Team

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Community and Connection

Join Our Orange County Facebook Community

We would love to see more families in our Facebook group! Follow this link to join the conversations, stay up-to-date with our virtual events, and to get more virtual resources.

Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.

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Instagram Page

If you are on instagram, we'd love to hear from you! Join our page, learn about our upcoming events and field trips, and tag us in your homeschooling photos!

Orange County Parent Resource Site

Have you visited Inspire's Orange County Parent Resource Site yet? If not, head on over to meet our regional team, stay current on school events, and find general school information. This website is a great resource and one you'll want to bookmark!

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 2, 6 and 8 years old, and I was previously a high school math teacher. Four years ago, our family chose the path of homeschooling and we have enjoyed it ever since! I am passionate about helping families navigate their way on their exciting homeschooling journey, and connecting individuals to build a community!

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 9 years old, and have homeschooled for the past five years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I enjoy planning and hosting activities and events and look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!


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