Riverside County Family Newsletter
Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling
Week of March 23, 2020
Current Updates From Our School Administration
Hello Wonderful Families,
Staying healthy is priority number one! As a school, we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what we can do to help keep everyone healthy.
Below is a letter from our principal with the most recent update from our South Family of Schools. Please read the attachment and reach out with any questions you may have.
- FREE Teaching Resources!
- Our Goals: Mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
- A FREE ONLINE Homeschool Conference by Brave Writer - get all the info!
- Stories That Inspire!
- LCAP Survey for Parents & Students
- Weekly Testing Tip
High School Orientation & Info Sessions - Virtual Meetings!
- Grad Night Information for Seniors
- 2020 Graduation Save the Date
- Inspiring Parents - Basic Computer Skills
- Field Trip Tip!
- Parent Testing Resources Website
- Academic Video Library
- Online Subscription Package
- Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter
- Your Mission Vista Academy Team
Hello Amazing Families!
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
Please reach out to your Family Liaison or your HST at any time. We're here for you!
A website that our school and partners developed for those that are currently homeschooling and those who find themselves thrust into homeschooling during this time.
Your child's education is a top priority for you. That's why you homeschool! You can do this, and we have lots of free resources to help. Visit our Intervention Website. Here you will find tons of FREE teaching videos and resources.
Don’t let the name of this website make you think it is just for students that struggle…it’s definitely just a resource for great teaching!
Whether you are looking for some tips in Early Literacy, Math, Writing, or even Speech, you will find some help!
Enrolled with Inspire Charter? Join us on Facebook for lively discussion and homeschool support.
We Are Mission Vista Academy Proud!
Working Together - Mission Vista Academy
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!
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to "attend" a homeschool conference - right from your home! Homeschool conferences are a great resource for veteran homeschoolers as well as a great source for those who are thinking about homeschooling or just want to be encouraged.
Join Susan Wise Bauer and me all week for an at home FREE online conference (starts TODAY) for homeschoolers and "suddenly-at-home" schoolers! Details here: Homebound Online Conference
- March 23 - 27, 2020
- Daily Story Telling with Jim Weiss
- Daily Read Aloud with Melissa Wiley (her book, The Prairie Thief)
- Writing inspiration from poet Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
- And TWO evening webinars per night
Monday March 23
Josh MacNeill (Neurologic) 7:00 PM EDT
Brain Breaks: Relieving stress, preparing the brain to learn
Julie Bogart (Brave Writer) 8:30 PM EDT
Home, not School: Creating the Context for Learning and Life
Tuesday March 24
Charnaie Gordon (from HereWeeRead) 7:00 PM EDT
Same, Same, But Different: Diversity in children’s literature
Susan Wise Bauer (Well Trained Mind) 8:30 PM EDT
Homeschooling Real Children, Good Kids, and Odd Kids Out
Wednesday March 25
Kate Snow (Kate Snow Homeschool Math) 7:00 PM EDT
How to Teach Math Facts That Stick
Julie Bogart (Brave Writer) 8:30 PM EDT
Word Play: Creating a Reading and Writing Rich Life!
Thursday March 26
Rita Cevasco (Rooted in Language) 7:00 PM EDT
Foundations in Reading: Help Your Child Build Skills and Progress
Susan Wise Bauer (Well Trained Mind) 8:30 PM EDT
What Is History and Why Do We Study It?
Friday March 27
Ainsley Arment (Wild + Free) 7:00 PM EDT
Reclaiming Wonder in Our Children's Education
Susan Wise Bauer + Julie Bogart 8:30 PM EDT
Q&A and Conversation with YOU!
How to Attend
- Go to our website and register for EACH webinar you'd like to attend.
- Webinars are hosted on Zoom, a webinar platform.
- You will receive email notifications to remind you when the webinars will start.
- All sessions can hold 3000 live attendees. If you miss it live, it will be shared on replay later in the week.
- There is no charge for attending!
Note: If you log on at the right time and after two minutes did not get in, exit the app and try again. There will be a lot of traffic right at the start of the webinars but it will lighten up within 5 minutes.
Each year we will ask our families to complete a survey related to the District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) which identifies goals, measurements, and actions planned by our school to improve student outcomes.
An important part of our LCAP is the input gathered from our school stakeholders. Equally important is input and involvement from parents. Attached is a letter explaining our LCAP and links for both you and your student(s) in grades 4-12 to provide your feedback. We want to encourage your input into the LCAP survey as it is an essential piece of our LCAP report and charter.
Please take a few moments to provide input to this important process by clicking on the survey links below according to the school you are enrolled in.
Thank you for providing feedback on our 2019-2020 LCAP progress to meet the eight state priorities and assisting the school’s stakeholders to develop new goals for the 2020-2023 LCAP.
Testing Tips: Typing Skills
Hello Wonderful Families,
Each week we will have different topics so you and your students can become a little more familiar with testing. Whether it’s a weekly math test, the Star 360 or state testing- these tips can help prepare your child and help them feel more comfortable with testing.
Volume 6 - March 23, 2020
Testing Tips: Click HERE
High School Orientation & Info Sessions
Riverside County High School Orientation & Info Sessions
- Meet the Team
- High School Basics
- 8th Grade Transition
- Graduation Requirements
- Typical Schedules
- Curriculum Options
- Concurrent Enrollment
- Q & A
March 26th @ 6 pm
March 31st @ 9 am
April 1st @ 7 pm
Zoom Room: https://zoom.us/j/147675072
Grad Nite 2020!
Hello, Graduating Seniors!
We would like to invite you to celebrate your accomplishments with your fellow grads and other high school seniors from all over the country at Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure on June 12, 2020!
Please visit this link for all the details: Grad Night 2020
For more information on Grad Nite, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
***11th graders who are graduating early are allowed to attend Grad Nite!***
Congratulations on this exciting accomplishment! We hope you will be able to join us in the celebration!
2020 Graduation & Promotion
Dear 5th, 8th, and 12th Grade Families,
It has been a tremendous school year, and our Promotion & Graduation Ceremonies are right around the corner!
Here are the details for the ceremonies in our area:
Location: Sandals Church Hunter Park, 150 Palmyrita Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
Date: June 2, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM - 5th & 8th Grade Promotion / 2:00 PM -12th Grade Graduation
Please click here to indicate if your student will participate in the Promotion & Graduation Ceremony. RSVPs are due by April 2. We would love it if you can complete the survey whether you plan to attend or not, as there is an option to select "Will Not Attend" and you have the option to specify where you would like your student’s promotion certificate or diploma to be mailed. If you have more than one 5th, 8th, or 12th-grade student, please complete this form once for each student.
We are excited to celebrate our students' accomplishments with you!
This Month's Topic: Basic Computer Literacy
Coming up the first Wednesday in April, Inspiring Parents will focus on basic computer literacy. Learn how to organize the deluge of info you receive so you can find it when you need it. We will share more tips to help you work smarter, not harder. Parents and students are welcome to learn with us on April 1st, from 1-2 p.m. by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/InspiringLink
Don’t worry If you missed the Inspiring Parents webcast earlier this month which focused on writing. The first hour, we learned a simple to follow method to teach writing. The second hour zeroed in on middle and high school writing curriculum and toured a free website featuring a growing number of writing tutorials to support all grade levels through high school. Just sign up to request the recording at either of the links below.
Easy to Use Elementary Writing Strategy
Middle to High School Writing Strategies
Field Trip Tip!
1. Log in to www.icsinspirationstation.net and you will see “Hi (your name)” on the top right, with a little drop-down arrow next to it. *Tip: if you're on your phone, just turn it horizontally and this will show.
2. Press the arrow and it will offer the option of viewing “My Account.”
3. Click on "My Account" and it will list all of the field trips you have signed up for. This includes all the links to the pages where you signed up, so you can find the lead teacher's name, email address, and phone number!
Want a step-by-step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!
Parent Testing Resources Website
Academic Video Library
Instructions to access Academic Video Library can be found here.
OSP Department Office Hours!
OSP Office Hours (live support via Zoom): Every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- https://zoom.us/j/839367766
Have questions or need help with the OSP? The OSP Team is here to help!
Call: (619) 966-9528 ext 1325
Head here for the most up to date information from the OSP Department regarding subscription processing and how to's!
Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!
Please enjoy our latest edition of our Inspire Cares Monthly Newsletter.
You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!
Your Riverside County Team!
Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 11 to 7 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 17 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 and a half 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!
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and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!
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