Inspire Charter Schools

Riverside County Families

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Week of February 18th - 24th, 2019

Hello Riverside County!

Welcome back from a beautiful four day weekend! We hope you spent your time with the ones you love enjoying the things you love!

In this week's newsletter, we have a 'Curriculum Spotlight' on Tinker The Robot! Our 'Vendor Spotlight' features Futurelink! Make sure to read about both in this edition.

Also, be sure to check out Inspiration Station.

It is filled with so many amazing field trips designed by our HSTs and Liaisons just for you! Scroll through every so often so that you can see all that is being offered throughout Southern California!

Please reach out anytime and get to know us!

We are so happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through

learning about homeschool philosophy, curriculum, and the homeschool lifestyle!

Don't let yourself drown in worry or fear over homeschooling.

If you find yourself there, reach out!

We are hoping to connect with you soon!

Audrey & Candice

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Your Inspire Riverside County Team!

Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaison for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

Look how we've grown since August!

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Great News for Readers!

Inspire is excited to announce that we now offer Accelerated Reader for students in TK-12th grade! The cost for this program is just $20 per student in instructional funds and can be requested through your HST. Please note this program does not include books.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child selects a book rather than having one assigned to them and reads it at their own pace. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. They may also read articles of interest right on the screen. When finished, your child will take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) In addition, when an LP meeting comes up, you can easily print up the list of books that your child read and share it with your HST.

If you are interested in signing up for Accelerated Reader, please let your HST know. They will be happy to assist you.

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Barnes & Noble "My Favorite High School Teacher" Contest

Inspire Families! Want to publically recognize your amazing HST?!

High School Students can write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter about their favorite teacher!

The student whose teacher wins Teacher of the Year will win a $100 gift card to BNB. The teacher will receive both recognition and a prize.

Go to to enter between 2/14 & 3/14.

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Dear Inspire Parents,

Inspire Special Education Department is excited to share a new project with you – our Monthly Special Education Website and Newsletters. We hope that you find the information presented in our newsletter meaningful and applicable to your needs. We always welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover.

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter_February 2019

You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!


Anna Lindahl

Statewide Parent Outreach Coordinator

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph: (619) 627-9623


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Enrichment item returns!

Dear Inspire Families,

We are continuing to stock the Corona Lending Library and need your help! If you have any enrichment items, including curriculum, please let your teacher know as soon as possible.

Thank you for all of your help!

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Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The State of California requires all public schools to administer the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to students enrolled in 5th, 7th, and 9th grades. Inspire’s Physical Fitness Testing window is February 4, 2019, through March 21, 2019. We ask that parents bring their students to a test location and stay at the location during testing. Most students are finished in about an hour (test time may be a little more or less depending on the size of the location). For more information, head over here and for locations click here. Please reach out to your HST if you have any questions about your assigned testing location.
Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step by step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

Inspiration Station Booking REMINDERS!

Did you know that you can log into your account on Inspiration Station to view ALL of your field trip bookings?? Checking my account is a regular part of my "Field Trip Booking Routine". I check this by selecting My Account from the drop-down in the upper right-hand corner of the Inspiration Station site. Here you will find all of the field trips you have booked. I advise everyone to always double check the field trip you had just booked by checking the amount and names of the tickets purchased. It's a great time to also input the trip date, time, and host contact information into your planner.

Happy Planning!

Utilizing Enrichment Certificates for Service Orders

Please make sure to submit your service orders 2-4 weeks prior to the start of services to allow for sufficient time for your orders to be processed. Once you have your enrichment certificate and give it to your service vendor, that is when you can begin your services.
Shmoop Webinar for Parents!

Have a High Schooler? Want to learn more about Shmoop? Heres your chance to see how it works! Shmoop is UC approved for "a-g" credit.

High School!

Did you know that our counseling team hosts virtual information sessions throughout the year? Each session is recorded, and you can view them HERE!

Session recordings include:

  • The College Application Process
  • UC/CSU Application Process
  • Common Application Info Session

Make sure you head over to Inspire High School Resource Site for all things High School.

Every Kid in a Park!

Did you know? There is a federal public lands youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture.

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th-grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.

Every year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at This pass provides free access to national parks across the country.

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 4th grade school year, until August 31, 2019. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting

Facebook Live! at the Corona Lending Library

Candice and Audrey, your Riverside County Family Liaisons take you on a tour with Librarian Lisa at the Corona Lending Library!

Riverside County Library System EVENTS!

Make sure you're in the "know" for all the events happening at the Riverside County Libraries!

Head over to

This Week's Vendor Spotlight: Futurelink!

Futurelink, Inc. is a leading STEAM learning and technology training facility for ages 6 years and above. At Futurelink, we believe technology and STEAM literacy is the key to success for the future. We are incredibly excited to bring this groundbreaking vision to life. Our focus is to inspire and enable students to embrace the technology/STEAM revolution through our unique approach of bringing fun, excitement, and simplicity together. Our one of a kind indoor STEAM PlayZone is a perfect combination of education and fun where kids can explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math related hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations.

The workforce of the future will absolutely need to have proficiency in computer technologies and STEAM literacy to be successful. The S.T.E.A.M initiative is quickly becoming a critical factor for educators. We decided to create Futurelink to bring practical industry knowledge in a fun and exciting way for the next generation and help bridge industry with education.

This Week's Curriculum Spotlight: Tinker The Robot!

Have you considered utilizing a mobile workshop to spice up your tired science curriculum? Check out what Kay from Tinker The Robot has to say below! Also, be sure to catch her at the Murrieta vendor event for more information!

Are you and your child always looking for fun and adventure? Does the idea of going on a time-traveling quest intrigue you? Is your eyebrow raised? ;)

Then come by and check out Tinker the Robot at the Murrieta Vendor Fair or follow us on Facebook or send us an email ( or send us a note by carrier pigeon.

Not totally convinced yet? Well, Tinker the Robot was created by two engineers who love tinkering, hacking and dreaming up crazy inventions. Yes, we've built a remote control cookie oven. And now we want to share that love with you and your kids! We’ve created an Adventure in a Box where you and your kids will join Tinker on a journey while building prototypes and learning science and engineering! These kits will help your child make connections between their science experiments and real-world applications.

Teaching Tip of the Week: A list of tips to get you through the week.

As homeschool moms, we are not strangers to the difficulty of the task at hand. Most of the time it feels impossible to accomplish all that one would say is required in a day. So this week we leave you with a list meant to encourage and ignite hope for a glorious homeschool week!

-Start the day with eye contact and a smile. Whatever is going on, those little moments of one on one eye contact with a few words or even just a hug, go a long way to get your days moving in a positive direction.

- Turn on some music! Motivate with upbeat music or help your children focus with some classical music in the background. Music can be an excellent addition to your homeschool day!

- Take breaks! Go on walks, cook together, go for a drive or have a dance break!

-Take some time together as a family to plan out some of the things you want to do in your school year. Let the kids contribute their thoughts and ideas.

- If something isn't working, stop. Don't keep trying to force a system that doesn't work for your family. Don't be afraid to try a new curriculum or approach. All of it is a success if you are consistently pursuing rich education with your children. All of the successes and seemingly failures are a part of the beautiful story you are weaving together.

- Consider a simple co-op with friends. Each parent picks a topic they would like to teach. It can be something as simple as just reading books to the kids about what you are interested in. The more you try the easier it gets, and then you will find your self buried in a sea of amazing educational opportunities!

- If all else fails and you simply cannot think of getting involved in one more thing, then just surround yourself with books. If you spent your days cooking, cleaning, snuggling your kids and reading to them about every topic under the sun they will be filled up well and turn out just fine. ❤

Hopefully, this simple list has left you encouraged and motivated to keep going. If not, reach out! We can help give you ideas to re-ignite the flame inside you for homeschooling!


Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

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Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

Candice Zuniga

I am starting my eleventh year of homeschooling my big group! I have eight kids and six are enrolled in Inspire! I love to help families discover their perfect homeschool lifestyle based on the needs of each child and the family! We homeschool in a very eclectic and flexible way and always have. I desire to bring a deep understanding of the importance and enjoyment of home education to our awesome Riverside County Community of Homeschoolers! As always, reach out at any time for all your homeschool needs and concerns. I am always happy to help!

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 10 to 6 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 6 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Inspire Charter, 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!

We want to hear from you!

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We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling with Inspire

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

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