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Monday, April 22, 2019

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School News and Important Dates


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Mark Your Calendars: Preferred Vendor and Curriculum Showcase!

Who are Inspire's Orange County Preferred Vendors and what do they offer? Which curriculum might work best for your family? These are questions we know many of our wonderful families have, so we are organizing a showcase for you next month! Mark your calendars now!
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Important Information About Inspire's Enrichment Adventures

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Julie Bogart's Inspiring Talk Recorded Here!

If you missed the incredible Julie Bogart's talk on April 3, don't worry! You can listen to the full two hour talk here!

Exciting news Brave Writer fans! For those of you who were not able to make it to Julie Bogart’s Inspiring Talk in Orange County or Long Beach, here’s your chance. EVERYONE can learn from her engaging wit and wisdom during Inspire’s Brave Writer webinar series. First Wednesday of the month from 1-2pm. Free for everyone, but email to RSVP to make sure we have room for all.

Sign up for one or both sessions and walk away with tips and tricks to enchant your child’s writing journey. Learn it now and take writing outdoors to change up your routine. Or learn how to make writing more fun even if it’s at the kitchen table.

#2 May 1 – Writing Across the Curriculum. Writers like to write about what they find interesting. Writing Across the Curriculum teaches you how to develop your students’ abilities to hone skills in writing across the curriculum, narrowing their chosen subjects and determine subtopics.

#3 June 5 - Help for High School is a self-directed writing program for teens that both teaches rhetorical thinking in writing, as well as the academic essay formats for high school and college. Teens work independently of their parents, however models of completed assignments and rubrics for feedback are included, as well.

Inspire Charter Schools Prom 2019

We anticipate a fun-filled evening of dinner, dancing, dessert, snacks, raffles and prizes, formal photos, and an all-night photo booth for students to enjoy.

High School Inspire students grades 9-12 are eligible to attend and

may invite up to two (ages 14 - 20) non-Inspire guests to join them at this event, so grab a friend and dance the night away at the historic Mission Inn Hotel in downtown Riverside.

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today.

Questions? Summer Davidson

Thursday, May 16th from 7 - 11 pm

Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

3649 Mission Inn Avenue

Riverside, CA

Head HERE for more information

Registration & Payment

This event is not eligible for use of instructional funds.

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2019 Promotion and Graduation Ceremony

Please save the date for our 2019 promotion and graduation ceremony! We will have many more details coming soon!

5th, 8th and 12th grade families should complete this RSVP form here.

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Kindergarten Graduation

We are so excited to see all of our little Kindergartners graduate! Please make sure you RSVP by May 17th, 2019!

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End of the School Year Picnic

Can you believe we are already talking about the end of the year? Please join us and other Inspire families for our end of year picnic!

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Preferred Vendor Info Sessions

Do you have questions about our Preferred Vendors? Want to learn more about your options for our 2019-2020 school year? Our wonderful team is holding Preferred Vendor Info Sessions throughout the next few months! Simply join from your computer here:
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Invite Your Friends To Our Info Sessions

Have a friend who asks about Inspire's amazing team and benefits? Do your friends ask you about homeschooling? We'd love to meet them at one of our upcoming info session!

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 year is open here now! Current parents do not need to re-enroll, your HST will send you a Master Agreement at the end of the year to sign for 2019-2020.

Here are this week's info sessions!

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Senior Grad Night

We would like to invite all Inspire Seniors to Inspire’s Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure on June 11, 2019! Your ticket includes access to Grad Nite festivities like dance parties and California Adventure rides and attractions from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Please note! We recently received an update that instructional funds can now be used for Grad Nite tickets. If you have already paid out of pocket, the Enrichment Team will be contacting you.

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Testing Resources

Testing dates are nearly upon us! Our wonderful teachers have complied a list of resources and links to practice tests to help your student feel comfortable with the testing process.

CAST Resources

SBAC Resources

More High School Info Sessions

Amy Edwards, Inspire teacher and homeschooling parent, held an amazing High School Information Session on Friday. If you were not able to attend, here are the upcoming dates in which she will hosting more sessions.

If you have a student approaching the High School years, or have a friend that is considering options for High School, this would be a great place to start! Everyone is invited!

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Special Education Newsletter- April 2019

From our wonderful department of Special Education:

"Spring is just around the corner! We can definitely see a difference in our students this time of year. We have a long stretch of instruction without interruption and consequently, it is also the time when students want to be outside and having fun. Please encourage your child to continue to work to his/her fullest potential, even when the weather is calling them outside. We are excited for them to “show what they know,” as the school year begins to wind down. Thank you for all your daily hard work and please let us know how we can assist you."

Read the full newsletter here.

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Field Trips

Stop By The Inspire Booth At These Upcoming OC Events

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Educational Tools

The World Game

The World Game is an ultimate geography card game! Learn about the continents, flags, Location, capital cities and basic facts of every country in the world, while having fun with your friends.

A truly fun and educational game for all ages. It is an amazing present for youngsters, passionate travelers and friends you love.

The more you play, the more you know.

  • COMPLETE GEOGRAPHY CARD GAME – Find the strongest fact about the country and win.
  • FAMILY BOARD GAME – All 194 international recognised countries included. Can be used as flash cards.
  • FOR KIDS AND ADULTS – For all stages of knowledge, for families and kids ages 4 years and up. Perfect as a GIFT.
  • FLAGS, CAPITALS & LOCATION - Show the country on the map, recognise the flag or name the capital city.
  • FUN AND EDUCATIONAL - Geography trivia game. The more you play the more you know. Travel and play with friends.

Price? $25.99 on Amazon here

Can use funding? Yes

Consumable? No, will need to return once you leave Inspire

Vendor Spotlight: Film School 4 Teens

Film School 4 Teens (FS4T) is an online, self-paced VIDEO curriculum that teaches the ART of filmmaking from start to finish. If you love movies, this course will help you understand how the magic happens and how you can make amazing movies using the equipment you have. This class is perfect for students age 12-18. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a smartphone to complete the coursework. The course contains over 70 fun and fascinating videos and you also receive a colorful 100 page workbook to guide you through it.

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FS4T also teaches Film History and Film Analysis by studying several modern classic films and discussing them to develop critical thinking skills about what we’re watching.

As a final project, students create a short film of their own which they can enter into film festivals or start a YouTube channel.

• 18 section course, 3-5 hours per week.

• Eligible for High School Elective Credit

​• Complete with companion workbook and answer guide

• Perfect for Individuals or Groups

• No Special Equipment Needed
​• Self-paced

To learn more, visit or call 623-221-0913 to speak with a curriculum specialist.

For a course overview video, visit /

Homeschooling Advice

4 ways to dip your feet into unschooling this summer

"It’s officially that time of year when planning for next year’s curriculum is more fun than completing this year’s. Every spring, it’s like clockwork. Allergies and the last-few-weeks-doldrums hit right about the same time.

Right along with those two annoying old friends, though, also come the predictable questions on homeschooling message boards and Facebook groups everywhere:

“Can I homeschool this year?” “What is unschooling? How exactly do I do it?”

So I thought I’d write a blog post about unschooling. I tackle this topic in great detail on my blog and have even written a book (afflink) on our family’s personal brand of unschooling, so I won’t go into details about us here.

Instead, I want to suggest ways you can unschool this upcoming summer, to dip your feet into a relaxed homeschooling style.

My hope is that if you are considering changing styles or even if you’re brand new to homeschooling, you will come away refreshed, excited and inspired. Let’s get right to it."

Read the rest of the post here.

Local Events

CAAST Fun Day!

Come and join one of Inspire's Preferred Vendors, CAAST School of Dance & Theatre, for a fun, hands-on day for children! There will be Chinese art and robotics demonstrations, and even more fun! The team will available to discuss drop-off options using Inspire funding.

Confirmed vendors:

Usborne Books

Discovery Toys

Home Learning Company

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Mom's Day Off at Seashore Academy

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America's Family Pet Expo

America’s Family Pet Expo is the largest pet and pet product expo. Exhibits include retailers, groomers, hobbyist, rescue organizations, breeders and pet experts. Great show of dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, small and large animals, plus top notch entertainment and attractions.

When: Friday, April 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: OC Fair & Event Center

How much: $16 (pre-show sale online only), $18 general admission, $14 seniors (60+), $11 children (ages 6-12), free for kids 5 and younger. Active and retired military members are free with valid ID. Parking is $9.

More info: Visit, email or call 800-999-7295

Newport Beach Film Festival

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

When: April 25 to May 2

Where: Various theaters in Newport Beach
TIckets: Available here

Arts & Learning Conservatory Open House

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Parents' Night Out

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Newport Sea Base Open House

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The 11th Annual World Dance Celebration

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Community and Connection

Facebook Page

Did you know we have an Orange County Facebook page? We have new parents in the group who would love to hear from you! We also advertise our field trips here, and upload the newsletter there every week.

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!

Orange County Parent Resource Site

Have you visited Inspire's Orange County Parent Resource Site yet? If not, head on over to meet our regional team, stay current on school events, and find general school information. This website is a great resource and one you'll want to bookmark!

Ladan Rashidi - OC Family Liaison

I have three children who are 2, 6 and 8 years old, and I was previously a high school math teacher. Four years ago, our family chose the path of homeschooling and we have enjoyed it ever since! I am passionate about helping families navigate their way on their exciting homeschooling journey, and connecting individuals to build a community!

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 8 years to 6 months, and have homeschooled for the past four years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I have a background in Project Management Support and enjoy planning and hosting activities and events. I look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!


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