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Monday, February 1, 2021

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Information and Updates

Star360 Testing

If your student hasn't already completed their Star360 testing, please get it done by this Friday, February 5th! We NEED 95% student participation to renew our charter! Thank you!
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End of Learning Period Five This Friday

Just a friendly reminder that the end of LP 5 is this Friday and attendance and work samples are due. Please let your HST or Family Liaisons know if you have any questions.

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Spelling Bee Champions

Congratulations to the champions of the 2021 Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee--It was a lively competition that lasted 49 rounds! We are so proud of all the students who studied diligently to compete in this event and we are excited to watch the eligible champions advance to the county level competition! Meet our champions below.
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Sarah, an 8th grader at Cabrillo Point Academy, is the winner of the 2021 Spelling Bee! Her favorite word from the study list is Carabinieri, which was difficult to learn at first but after memorizing how it was supposed to be spelled it became her favorite! Some advice Sarah would offer to students who would like to compete in future spelling bees is that "age doesn’t matter. Know what your goal is and keep looking forward. As long as you study hard, be willing to ask for help, and keep your eyes on the title of first place, I believe you can, with a little determination, see results. Like Harry Golden said, 'The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.' "


Audrey is a 7th grade student and one of our champion spellers in the 2021 Spelling Bee. Her favorite word from the study list is Salzkammergut, which is as fun to say as it is to spell! One piece of advice Audrey would offer to students who would like to compete in future spelling bees is to "read lots of books!"


Lexie is one of our youngest student champions in the 2021 Spelling Bee. Her favorite word from the study list is unprepossessing, and her whole family now knows this word! Some advice Lexie would offer to students who would like to compete in future spelling bees is to "pace yourself when studying, research the pronunciation of difficult words, and most of all have fun!"

Kicking Off a Month of History in February!

Cabrillo Point Academy is excited to feature a month of history learning in February. Join us as we take a classical approach to highlight some important events and people in history. We'll also include some engaging activities and resources to encourage young historians. We look forward to taking a trip back in time with you all!
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The Modern Age: 1800's - Present

This week we are looking at The Modern Age of history. It's likely that you know someone who has lived through some of the important times and events that have shaped our world today. We have the unique opportunity to hear stories and first-hand accounts of modern historical events and gain a perspective that may not be captured in history books. This week, consider discussing recent historical events (ex: Technological Advancements, America's Space Program, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.). What lessons can be learned from the past and how can we apply them to our future?

Below are some resources with engaging and educational activities for kids! Click on the images to visit the websites.

Cabrillo Point Academy Spirit Wear

We are so excited to share out our Cabrillo Point Academy spirit wear store! You can see the store HERE

Flat Travelers Project

Are you looking for a creative way to engage your student? Do you have a Flat Stanley fan in your home? If so, this event is for you!

Join us in learning about new places and the art of writing letters, all while making new friends with this exciting project!

Details and the sign-up survey can be found here.

Community Connections

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Awesome clubs are going on this week. Have you found out which club your HST is teaching? If not, be sure to ask and join in if it’s something you like. There is no commitment, just a great time of learning while building community. This week we have some of the usuals: Reading Clubs, Cooking Club (starting a 3-week culinary trip through Italy), Nature Club (scavenger hunt), Art Clubs for older and younger students, a Writing Club for middle school, a Math Game Club for 4th - 6th grade (this week the focus is on volume and cubic units through a fun solve the mystery picture), and a High School Hangout Club. And some new ones added this week: Fitness Club (this week is yoga), Writing Club for 2nd - 3rd grade (guided writing on friendship), and an Exploring Geography Club starting out in Japan! There is something for everyone!

If you have not received an email from your HST with the Club Hub information and link, please reach out to them and request it. You can also find the link in the Family Resource website.

For information on how to navigate Club Hub, please click on the button below.

If you have any questions, please contact your HST or Gina Garland:

High School

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.

Edgenuity: 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 Contest: Here's a quick update on the Vans Custom Culture Design Contest. We have registered Cabrillo Point Academy as a participating school. Vans will pick 250 schools to compete in the contest. If Cabrillo Point Academy is selected to compete, a box of 5 pairs of shoes will be sent to our school. Student's will need to design around the competition themes: Hometown Pride & Head in the Clouds. The best pair of shoes in each theme will be submitted to Vans (one design per theme). If your student is interested in participating, please download the Official Vans Shoe Design Template using the link below. Once your student has completed their Vans Shoe Design, please use the second link below to submit their designs. The deadline for submission is February 12th. Whether Cabrillo Point Academy gets chosen or not, Cabrillo Point Academy will showcase our winners in each category in our newsletter.

Download your Van's Shoe Design Template here (if you are unable to download, please email: Submit your Vans shoes Designs here.

High School Counselor Support

February 19 & 20 - Annual Black College Expo is Now Virtual! $5 Registration fee

Over 10 million in Scholarships available!

BIG Opportunities:

  • Get Accepted to colleges on The Spot

  • College Application Fees Waived

  • Receive Scholarships on the Spot

  • Informative Seminars and Workshops

  • Experts will help you with FAFSA

  • $1,000 Cash & Prize Giveaways

  • Career and Internship opportunities ..upload your resume

Click here to register

Student Support/Interventions

Calling All Fifth 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 5th grade video

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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. 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!

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Social Emotional Support

Save the Date for our next Mindset Monday

Topic: Fostering Friendship & Empathy

February 8th

10am TK-5

1pm 6-12th

ZOOM LINK Password: mindset


The Enrichment Ordering System will be down while school is not in session over the President's Day holiday and School Recess, and it will be accessible once again on February 22nd. Our staff, who work hard all year to serve our school, are also on break during this time, and we hope they enjoy their break, as well! We are grateful for your partnership with our school and we hope that you enjoy the holiday break!

Important upcoming Enrichment dates and information can be found here!

If you have items to return to the school, please click on the graphic below for details!

Parent Resources

Student/Teacher IDs

Parent, teacher, and student ID’s are available once again until the end of February. Our photographer has offered to provide ID cards for $6 each. It is about a 2-week turnaround. If you need it rushed, the cost is $20.

HERE is the link to the survey order form.

Please contact Michelle McCoy if you have any questions!


Virtual Field Trips

We are bringing field trips to you... virtually! Click on the flyers to sign up!

Homeschooling Advice

5 Wonderful Homeschool Secrets No One Will Tell You

When people find out I am homeschooling my children, they say certain things. Well-intentioned comments like:

Wow, I could never do that!

What do you do all day?

I’m not sure I could spend that much time with my kids.

You must have so much patience.

I get these comments from everyone, from my close friends to the old fellow at the farm stand who inquires, puzzled, “No school today?”

And the truth is, while I don’t mind the comments, I never really know what to say.

And I find that I’m not always honest. I shrug my shoulders and make a joke, or laugh, anything to change the conversation.

I’m rarely honest about homeschooling to the non-homeschoolers.

Today, I’m coming clean. I’m sharing 5 wonderful homeschool secrets that no one shares.


I love homeschooling. I truly do. And that’s not to say that it’s easy, or that it’s fun all the time, or that I don’t worry, or that I feel 100% confident 24/7, but I love homeschooling. When we stumbled into homeschooling, I wondered if I would like it. I feared that one or both of us would hate it. I never considered that I might completely fall in love.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Additional Resources & Opportunities

Touch-Type Read & Spell

Did you know that as part of your Online Subscription Package (OSP) you have access to a typing, reading and spelling program for your student? In a world of keyboards and computers, typing is an exceptionally useful skill. Touch-Type Read & Spell is a web based, easy-to-follow program that is highly effective in teaching your students how to type AND improve their reading and spelling! Great for TK-8 grade learners!

Access Touch-Type Read & Spell here.

Every Kid Outdoors Through National Park Services

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.

Get free access for 5th graders here.

Smithsonian Science Education Center: Game Center

The Smithsonian is offering free STEM games and simulations online or for download! Their games are designed with clear learning objectives, vetted by their team of curriculum experts, and are used by students around the world! Games are divided into various grade levels.

Join the game center fun here.

An Hour of Code: Free Coding Lessons for All Ages!

Is you budding scientist interested in coding? Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages. Sort by grade level and find exciting coding opportunities. Does your student want more? Click on "Go beyond an hour" at the top of the page and find additional coding classes!

Join the coding fun here.

Writer's Workshop Office Hours

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Ms. Genieva’s Office Hours

Tuesdays: 10-11 and Thursdays: 1-2 Password: davidson

2020-2021 Online Subscription Package

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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These previously recorded webinars are available to view. Join us as we present a showcase of popular (school approved and secular) curriculum to our community. Families also have the opportunity to learn more about some popular curriculum options directly from the vendors!

School Calendar

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Educational Tools

I Can Statements

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Community and Connection

Facebook Page

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.

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!

Cabrillo Point Academy Family Liaison

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!

Yvonne Kahlen - OC Family Liaison

I have been a homeschooling mom for sixteen years. I have three children ranging in age from 16 to 21. I homeschooled my two oldest from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My youngest is currently a junior in high school and taking college courses concurrently. I am passionate about homeschooling and love that you can tailor your curriculum to your child’s learning style. I am excited to work with other homeschooling parents and look forward to meeting you at an event soon! Happy schooling!


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