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Weekly Family Update

Week of January 18th, 2021

In This Week's Edition


✦ Kids Inventors' Day

✦ Star 360 Celebration Scavenger Hunt Winners

✦ The Great Kindness Challenge

✦ January Workshop

✦ Discovery Day: January and February


✦ CAASPP Prep for Third Graders!

✦ Enrichment Returns

✦ New Intervention Website

✦ OSP (Online Subscription Package) Help

✦ Dual Language Conference - Save the Date

✦ Writer's Workshop

✦ Social-Emotional Support: Mindset Mondays


✦ High School Hangouts

✦ Edgenuity Spring Break Update

✦ Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

✦ Spring Courses

✦ Virtual College Fair

✦ Scholarship Opportunities

✦ UC Admissions

PCA Happenings

Kids Inventors' Day - January 17th

PCA has some talented Kid Inventors! Take a look at what was created by PCA students this month!

Star 360 Celebration Scavenger Hunt Winners

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The Great Kindness Challenge

Please mark your calendars for January 25th-January 29th for PCA's 3rd Annual Great Kindness Challenge.

"The need for kindness and unity is greater than ever. The Great Kindness Challenge, starting next week, provides a very timely opportunity for all of us to come together in kindness and compassion. We are so grateful to YOU for recognizing the importance of kindness as a unifying force."

Look for all the details in an email from your HST this week!

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January Workshop for 3rd - 5th Grade

Discovery Day

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Discovery Day is ready to kick off 2021 with more exciting activities! Although it is our hope that some Discovery Day events will be in-person in the future, we remain virtual for the time being.

What is Discovery Day?

  • FREE TK-8 educational, interactive, & hands-on virtual workshops led by PCA teachers.
  • Opportunity for students to make consistent connections with PCA teachers & peers in their general area.
  • Each Discovery Day community offers 4 virtual workshops & 1 class party during January & February.

What will students learn?

Students will experience a new learning theme each month. Check out our Jan/Feb Discovery Day Catalog for more details.

  • January: "Meet the Artists" - Learn about famous artists & create art pieces using their trademark styles! (See flyer)
  • February: "Food Science" - Enjoy some simple science activities that involve common food items! (See flyer)

How to Register:

We encourage families to register for a Discovery Day community based on your student's grade and nearest location in order to make connections with consistent teachers & peers in your area. However, families may register with another community if that works better for their schedules. Please refer to the Jan/Feb Schedule for a list of communities & mark your calendars.

January & February Registration
All NEW and RETURNING Discovery Day families who wish to start or continue with us in January & February need to complete this form for each student. Sign up HERE.

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 and/or 1 day before the workshop. If you have not received a Discovery Day email before the workshop, please check your spam folder first and then contact your HST for assistance. If you register less than 48 hrs before the workshop, you may not receive the Zoom link & information in time. As a result, you can either wait for the next workshop or contact your HST for the information.

December Registration

If you are new to Discovery Day and want to join us now for the remainder of December's Winter Wonder STEM, please use the December Discovery Day sign up form as well. If you are already enrolled, there is no need to sign up again for December. However, please be sure to complete the January & February form above if you would like to continue with us after winter break.

We hope to see you soon! Please reach out to your HST if you have questions.

Parent Resources

CAASPP Prep for Third Graders!

Calling All Third Graders!

Join us for weekly, interactive, grade-level videos to help prepare for the CAASPP test this spring. We will be focusing on MATH! So have your student grab a pencil and paper and join one of our math intervention teachers for tips, tricks, and problem solving. Each week will be a different grade, so keep your eyes out for yours!

Click here for 3rd grade video

Enrichment Returns

You can view the downloadable image detailing how to complete enrichment returns HERE
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New Intervention Website

Here is the link to our NEW South Schools Intervention Website:

South Schools Intervention Website

You now have access to our highly anticipated Tier 1 Intervention Programs for Reading to replace our Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can See Videos. In addition to that you will still see our ODI Math Videos, SEL/Growth Mindset Resources, and our Writer’s Workshop Video Lessons.

Please remember to update the link in your bookmarks!

OSP (Online Subscription Package) Help

Have an OSP related question or problem?

Please join our weekly office hours for live support - every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Or, you can email OSP Help!

Please be sure to provide the student’s name and/or district ID and a detailed explanation of the problem so that we may better assist you.
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Writer's Workshop

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Office Hours

Tuesdays: 10-11

Thursdays: 1-2 Password: davidson

For Teachers, Parents and Students of PCA, MVA, CPA

Social-Emotional Support

Mindset Monday January Topic: Motivation


Here’s the Links to the Recordings

if you missed last week’s meetings:

K-5 Lesson Video Recording

6-12 Lesson Video Recording

High School

High School Hangouts

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Edgenuity Spring Break Update

In an effort to accommodate multiple school schedules, the South Schools Spring Break is scheduled in the Edgenuity pacing guide calendar for the following dates: March 29-April 5. Your actual Spring Break is: April 19-April 23. Please plan to work each day March 29-April 5. This will ensure that you will not need to login and do school work on your Break (April 29-April 23). Please reach out to Jolene with any questions @

Vans Custom Culture Design Contest

High School Students, Enter the Vans Custom Culture Design Contest and WIN $50,000 FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL’S ART PROGRAM!

Vans High School Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture High School is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around the specific themes, This year’s themes are: Hometown Pride and Head in the Clouds.

Register here:

Spring Courses

Spring Courses: At this time, your student should have access to all spring courses and should be working in them every day. If you have any concerns about curriculum or course access, reach out to your HST right away.

Virtual College Fair

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors in partnership with the Common App are offering four College fairs this spring 2021.

TIP: Pay attention to the timezone and adjust accordingly.

Create an account and register here

Scholarship Opportunities

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

UC Admissions

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. 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.

Karmen & Rachel

We are your San Diego Family Liaisons.

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