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Monday, November 30, 2020

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Information and Updates

Cabrillo Point Academy Turkey Trot Results

The Turkey Trot results are in and...


Teachers: 1990 total minutes

Families: 2015 total minutes

Congratulations to our Most Creative Turkey Attire Winners:

3rd place ($15 gift card to Amazon): Harada family

2nd place ($20 gift card to Amazon): Abigail

1st place ($25 gift card to Amazon): Mila

We are so THANKFUL for your families!! Please enjoy the slide show below.

Cabrillo Point Academy Literature Inspired Gingerbread House

Cabrillo Point Academy will be hosting a fun Literature Inspired Gingerbread House event next month! Students will create a gingerbread house inspired by a book they love (think tree house inspired by Magic Tree House, log cabin inspired by Little House in the Big Woods, etc)! Houses may be drawn, sculpted, assembled, etc... your students can really get creative!

Join us on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm! Adding to the fun, we'll be holding the event early in the evening. So feel free to dress in cozy pajamas and have your mugs of hot cocoa or other warm winter treats as students share their creations! RSVP is not required.

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Cabrillo Point Academy Science & Engineering Fair Information Sessions

Is your student interested in the Cabrillo Point Academy Science & Engineering Fair but doesn't know where to start? Does your student need additional resources? Then please join your Family Liaisons for one of our information sessions on December 2nd at 2:00 pm or December 9th at 10:00. RSVP is not required.
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Coffee and Conversation with your Family Liaisons

We hope you will join us for an evening of coffee and conversation on Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm. RSVP is not required.
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Community Connections

The Community Connection Virtual Club team welcomes you back from Thanksgiving break. We’re ready to have some more FUN this week with 12 awesome clubs, are you? Be sure to check out the Club Hub for the schedule and for materials you may need, but here are a few highlights for the week:

→ LEGO Challenge this week is building a bridge design

→ Creative Writing for MS students is a focus on POETRY

→ go on a hike for Nature Club to the Redwood Grove before Friday and find the mystery message left by the Nature Club teachers (see Club Hub for more details)

→ Create a candy cane ornament or garland with yarn during Art Club for MS

→ Create gingerbread friends during Book Club for 2nd graders

→ Check out the Science of Snow during Science Club for TK - 5th grade

→ Join in on a 3-week series focussed on options for after High School (resources will be made available to families once the series is over)

>>>>>> and much more!!!

***Please be aware that new Zoom room links for all clubs have been added to the Club Hub (both versions), please use these new links when joining the virtual clubs from now on. Thank you.

Be sure to check out the Community Connections section in the Cabrillo Point Academy Family Resource Website (log-in required) where you will find a How-to video and the Club Hub with all the virtual clubs we offer on all the other weeks of the month, You can always reach out to your Homeschool Teacher (HST) who has all the information to pass on to you as well.

Please use the hashtag #cpavirtualclubs to tag your photos on social media because we all LOVE seeing what your kids are doing in the clubs!

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

High School

Spring Courses are Here! Please see the Course Catalog for CPA and Edgenuity!

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.

Important Dates for 2021 Graduates:

UC Application- Due November 30

CSU Application- Due December 4

FAFSA- Application is open!

Student Services

Grade Level Tips on Fun Ways to Fill the Learning Gaps This Week Fifth Grade


Learning to multiply larger multi-digit numbers can seem like a tedious task. Take the monotony out of it and make it a fun game!

5.NBT.B.5: I can easily multiply larger whole numbers.

If you’ve made it to 5th grade without watching Khan Academy, that is amazing, but it’s time to change that. Here is a great one on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

5.NF.A.1: I can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators

Have you ever thought of using your instructional planning amounts to buy board games? Here is a list of games that use mathematical reasoning, multi step problems, real world problems, and more.

Language Arts:

What could be more fun than gathering a few friends or family members (maybe through zoom) and putting on a play. Practice reading 5th grade texts and put on a show with this Rapunzel Reader's Theater freebie.

RF.5.4.A: I can read and understand fifth grade texts.

RF.5.4.B: I can read fifth grade books and poems aloud accurately, at the right speed and with expression.

RL.5.10: I can read and understand fifth grade stories, plays and poems independently.

Is your 5th grader having trouble figuring out what is the main idea? Let them hear it from another perspective with this youtube video.

RI.5.2: I can determine two or more main ideas in informational texts.

RI.5.2: I can explain how the main ideas in informational texts are supported by the details in the text.

Do you want to get your 5th grader hooked on reading? Or maybe they already are, and they just need some new ideas for great books. Check out this list of books for your student.

RF.5.4: I can fluently read and understand books at my level well.

Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI)

Is your child in the 5th grade or higher?

Did your child score in the red on the STAR360?

Would your child benefit from small group instruction?

If you answered yes to those questions, your child may be eligible for Outstanding Direct Instruction (ODI) in math or reading.

ODI is a live, on-line, small group program offered by our Student Services department. In reading, we will focus on comprehension and vocabulary development strategies and skills. In math, classes include multiplication up through multi-step problems. The commitment is for 4 weeks, 2 times per week for 45 minutes per class. Classes are conducted on Mondays - Thursdays. ODI is free for enrolled, eligible students.

Reach out to your HST today!

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Social-Emotional Support

We loved seeing students at PART 1 of our interactive class last week. Whether you attended last week or not we look forward to seeing you this week at PART 2 of “Nagging Nerves”.

Mindset Monday November Topic: “Nagging Nerves”

If you missed either of our classes on worry and anxiety this month please feel free to check out these recorded summaries:

“Nagging Nerves” Video Session - TK-5th
“Nagging Nerves” Video Session - 6th-12th

Additional “Nagging Nerves” Resources

TK-5th Grade Resources:

6th-12th Grade:

  • Fight Flight Freeze – Anxiety Explained For Teens - Watch this video developed by Anxiety Canada to learn how anxiety keeps us alive, and how worries in your head affect what you feel in your body.

  • Social Anxiety Safety Behaviors Worksheet - In social situations, safety behaviors are subtle actions people take to avoid anxiety. For example, someone who is anxious about socializing at a party might focus on their phone to discourage others from approaching. Although safety behaviors provide temporary relief, they make anxiety worse in the long-run. The Social Anxiety Safety Behaviors worksheet teaches the basics of avoidance, and how safety behaviors fill the same role.

  • Worry Exploration Questions - When people worry, they tend to imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen. In reality, these worries may never come true. What could happen isn’t the same as what will happen. In the Worry Exploration Questions worksheet, students are asked to consider their worry versus reality.

  • Study tips for Anxiety - Study skills help to reduce test anxiety, improve focus, and increase motivation to do well on tests. Good study habits are important for all students, but they are particularly beneficial for those with test anxiety.

  • Zoom-Out Cards - Help your child shift perspective with these fun facts.

English Learners

Please join our District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting on December 3 at 5:00pm.

The District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs. The purpose of the ELAC is to provide parents of English Learners opportunities to learn more about the programs offered to their children, Participate in the school’s needs assessment of students, parents, and teachers and provide input in the most effective ways to support full participation of English Learners in all school activities.

Academic Contests - Updates & Deadlines

National History Day Contest

This is the last week to sign your student up for the National History Day contest! Our survey closes December 4th. Please sign up if your student is interested.

Each year National History Day (NHD) frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2020-2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.

Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee

It's not too late to sign your student up for our Cabrillo Point Academy Spelling Bee for students in grades 6th - 8th. The deadline is December 15th. The qualifying student will have the opportunity to advance to the County Spelling Bee. The winner at the county level will have the opportunity to advance to the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

If your student middle school student is interested in participating, click on the flyer to complete the survey. Once you have signed up and registered, a list of study words will be sent to you via email.

Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair

We are excited to offer your student a chance to participate in our Cabrillo Point Academy Science Fair! Qualifying students will have opportunity to advance to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair! We would like to offer this opportunity to our students in grades 6th - 12th.

Click on the flyer to sign up! The deadline is December 17th!

Virtual Field Trips

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

Homeschooling Advice

Ten Ways to Show Our Teens We Like Them

Hi! I’m Wendy, and I’ve survived homeschooling teens! I have two adult homeschool graduates and am currently homeschooling my youngest child–my 17-year-old daughter. I’d like to talk with you today about 10 ways to show our teens we like them.

Whether they admit it or not, our teens probably know that we love them, but do they know that we like them? There’s a big difference! Most teens feel like we “owe” it to them to love them since they’re our children. However, I’ve found that many of them don’t feel like we (parents in general) like them all that much. The truth is that sometimes they’re not very likable! As I was bringing up my teens (who are now adults), I realized it made a huge difference for them to know that I liked them just because of who they are!

Years ago, before my son graduated from our homeschool, he asked me: “Mom, why don’t you like me just like I am? Why do you want me to be someone I’m not?!”

I was shocked. I had no idea that he thought I didn’t like him! Of course I always wanted him to do his best, to work hard, to be diligent and kind and well-mannered and helpful and… As I went down this list in my mind, it began to dawn on my why he had that idea. In my efforts to bring out the best in him, I’d made him feel like he wasn’t living up to my standards. I’d made him feel like he should be somebody else. I’d made him feel like I didn’t like him.

Teens often struggle with liking themselves, so it’s important for them to feel like we like them! I don’t mean to say that we should never correct them or give constructive criticism. We don’t need to give them the idea that they’re perfect. We can all stand to improve in some areas, to learn more, to be kinder and more helpful to others, and so on. But we do need to show them we like them even though they aren’t perfect.

So the question is: how we can accomplish this? What can we do or say to help our teens (and younger children too) know that we really do like them just as they are? Here are some ideas to get you started!

  1. Point out the good in your teen as often as possible. Try to notice when your teen does things well. If he takes out the trash without being told, or remembers to get his school work done without being reminded, be sure to notice and tell him how much you appreciate it. Whatever he or she does well, point it out. Even if you have to search hard to find something at first, keep at it! (NOTE: Be sure you don’t brag on your child for something he or she really didn’t do very well. This needs to be sincere. Otherwise, your teen will know that you really didn’t mean it, and he/she won’t respect you or believe you.)

Read the rest of the article here.

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Homeschooling Resources

CSUF Virtual Tutoring * Tutoría virtual CSUF

The College of Education at California State University, Fullerton has created a free virtual tutoring program for 1st-12th grade. This tutoring program includes math, science, language arts and social studies. In addition, the program has tutors who can tutor students who are taking high school Spanish or French, and students who are participating in dual immersion programs. Please use this link to sign up for a date, time and subject area:

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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Student/Teacher IDs

Student/Teacher ID cards are now $20 per ID because bulk ordering prices can no longer be fulfilled. Fill out THIS survey to pay and upload a headshot. You may direct all your questions to the photographer, Michelle McCoy:

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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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