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Monday, September 30, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

2019 Entrepreneur Fair

Save the date for the most wonderful event of the year!
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Calling All High School Seniors

Are you a graduating from high school this year and attending a 2 or 4-year college next year? You can get help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application opens on October 1.

Financial Aid Workshops

Click HERE for available in-person workshops and information sessions taking place in Orange County.

UCI Fall Preview Day

A Message from your High School Counselor:

Come see all that UCI has to offer! Engage with UCI staff and students, tour our lush campus, learn more about our renowned academic programs and comprehensive student services, and get answers to your questions about the admissions process. Register here:

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Tegan Thacker, M.S., P.P.S.
High School Counselor
Serving Families in Orange County
Inspire Charter Schools
Ph. 714-794-2060
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Inspirational Parent Symposium

Click on the flyer to sign up to this amazing event!

Picture Days

We have one more upcoming picture day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


9 Truman Street, Irvine, 92620

This is not just a picture day!

The full details and sign ups are here.

Picking up items from the Lending Library

Just a reminder: once you receive the “Ready for Pick Up” email on an ordered item, you will have 15 days to pick up your items. If you have not picked up your items, they will be put back into the Lending Library system for another family to check out. For more information, feel free to visit the FAQ section of the Lending Library website.

Inspire Summer Reading Challenge Winners!

We are happy to announce that the winners for the Inspire Summer Reading Challenge have been drawn! If your student is a winner you will receive an email that has any information you will need. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Inspire Summer Reading Challenge!
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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to share the first issue of the Special Education Newsletter for this school year. We hope you find the information presented in this newsletter, and all future newsletters, meaningful and helpful in providing enriching information to help support you with your child's education. We always welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover. Have a great start to the 2019-2020 school year!

September 2019 Issue Includes:

  • Introduction to the InspireCares Website
  • What to Expect With Interim IEPs
  • Transition Corner
  • How to Use Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom
  • Helping Your Child Focus and Five Ways to Beat Back-To-School Jitters
  • 27 Beloved Rhyming Book Recommendations
  • Helping Your Child with Autism Get the Most out of Digital Media
  • The Importance of State Testing

I CAN Statements

I CAN statements are family friendly guides that can be used to help your family and ensure your students are on track for their grade level. All learning objectives for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies are provided, written in family-friendly language. I CAN statements help make grade level learning targets clear for families and they address the standards students of the same grade level learn in all public schools.

I CAN statements are conveniently provided at the front Inspire's parent and student planners and can also be found here!

Curriculum at the Lending Library

Curriculum items checked out of the Lending Library System will now be available for the entire school year rather than the normal 90 day period. Any curriculum items checked out will be due at the end of the school year in June. All other materials will remain due in 90 days.

Wild & Free Conference

Wild + Free One Day

The Crossing | Costa Mesa, CA | April 30, 2020

Announcing a one-day Wild + Free event at The Crossing venue in Costa Mesa, CA on Thursday, April 30th! Join 1,000 charter school members for a full day of insight, inspiration, and encouragement with Wild + Free.

This beautiful gathering will feature main-stage keynotes, guest musicians, and surprises throughout the day. We may not all homeschool the same way, but we're not alone. We have each other, and we're in this together.

Ticket orders may be placed through the EOS and are non-refundable.

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Orange County History Day - Natural History Day

Each year 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 theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History. 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.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit

If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz:

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California Homeschool Parent Association

California Homeschool Parent Association Election Update:

We are in the middle of the CHPA Executive Board elections. This is Inspire’s first state-wide PTO! The deadline to vote is 9/30 so don’t wait to be involved! If you are not a member, you can become one anytime here We will be doing the Regional Community Council elections in October. Here’s a link to the Election Form to vote for the Executive Board. But first be sure to check out the Executive Board bios on the CHPA Website.

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Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program and Community

Are you looking for ways to connect with other homeschooling parents and get the support you long for? How about learning how to strengthen your own homeschooling experience and personal growth? Join the Heart of Homeschooling Community today! Inspire’s NEW Parent Education Program. All are welcome from homeschooling parents, friends, and Inspire staff! Please make sure to sign up if you are joining us so I can send you important updates.

The Heart of Homeschooling begins the last week of September and continues monthly through the end of May with weekly Homeschooling Habit mini-lessons as well! You can watch the webinars live or watch the recordings...whatever works best for you and your schedule. Find out more on the Heart of Homeschooling Website and also join the Heart of Homeschooling Facebook Group.

Looking for a way to earn college credit? You can earn 2 credits per semester or 4 credits for the year through Fresno Pacific University by completing the Heart of Homeschool course. Click here to learn more. (Fees for credit apply).

If you have a heart to serve and help others, please consider signing up to be a Home Group Leader/Host. We about 500 parents signed up already, so we need Hosts in all regions statewide! We still need Hosts specifically in the following areas: Amador, Azusa, Bakersfield, Burbank, El Dorado County, Elk Grove/Galt, Fresno (4+), Kern (5+), Kings, Los Angeles (10+), Madera, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Murrietta, Orange County (5+), Placer County, Riverside (12+), Sacramento (2+), San Bernardino (5+), San Diego (5+), San Luis Obispo (2+), Santa Barbara (2+), Tulare, Tehachapi, and Ventura.

Email if you have any questions.

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Non-Consumable Item Returns

Do you have enrichment items that you are looking to return this year? You can drop off the non-consumables you no longer want or need to our Costa Mesa Lending Library.

Please note, non-consumables do not need to be returned until you withdraw from our school, so this is purely voluntary.

Here is the Enrichment Return Item Form that you need to fill in with your return.

2020 Coastal Arts & Poetry Contest - Now Open for Entries

California students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their original artwork and poetry to this annual coastal and marine themed contest. This is a fun opportunity for your student to showcase their creativity!

Find more details here.

Every Kid Outdoors

Every Kid Outdoors, formerly Every Kid in a Park, seeks to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors and inspire them to become our future environmental stewards ready to protect and preserve these natural and historic treasures for many years to come. The program gives every U.S. fourth grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed lands and waters. For more information and to download a pass for your fourth grader, visit

S.T.E.A.M. for Teens & Tweens

New Middle School Program - ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway

You asked and we answered! Many families have expressed a desire for Middle School courses with live online classes and instructor support. That program is here, and it is called ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway. This program will offer 4-core classes with Bridgeway Academy instructors offering support, weekly live online classes, office hours, and more. Special Bundle Course pricing exclusively for Inspire Students is available. More details and pricing can be found in our ChoicePlus Bridge Flier or our 19-20 TK-8 Curriculum Options Flier.

Academic Decathlon joining ChoicePlus Academy this Fall!

We’re so excited to welcome Academic Decathlon to CPA. Days and times of class meetings will be on the upcoming Fall 2019-20 CPA Course Catalog! See Academic Decathlon flyer for more information!
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Field Trips

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Community Connections: park days, high school hangouts and more!

Our September “Adventures in Flight” month is behind us and now we can look forward to “Adventures in the Great Outdoors” for October. Be sure to check out the monthly newsletter to see what else is happening in and around your area. Here is the newsletter for October:

October OC Community Connections Newsletter

Please RSVP to all events, whether they are free or not, through the Field Trips & Events section in Inspiration Station so the Community Coordinators can plan and have enough supplies prepared. The newsletter has direct links, but they can also be found directly in the Field Trip & Events tab in our own Community Connections section. If a link is not “live” yet, you can check back on Monday’s at 8:00 a.m. when all CC events are published.

If you would like to know what is going on in other regions or simply want more information about Community Connections, you can find this information in our CC Parent Website where all our newsletters and events throughout the state are found.

If you need any assistance, please reach out to your local Community Coordinator (contact info found in newsletters). We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

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Kids' Fishing Adventure

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

10am to 12pm

Mile Square Park

16801 Euclid St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Parking is $3- enter off of Euclid and Warner

You can park for free on the street.

Bring your own fishing pole or make one with us.

We will have fun with friends in the great outdoors!

Sign ups required here


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

10am to 12pm

Adventure Playground

1 Beech Tree Ln., Irvine 92612

Come have an adventure at Adventure Playground! Climb, cool off with water machines, structures, and dirt!

High School: Join friends, play games, and take part in a team photo scavenger hunt!

Sign ups required here

Fall Adventure Day

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

9:30am -11:30am

Tri City Park

2301 N Kraemer Blvd,

Placentia, CA 92870

Come join us to kick-off fall with some fun outdoor activities!

  • Paint a pumpkin

  • Fall Leaves Stem activity

  • Seed spitting

  • Leaf shading

Sign ups required here


Calling All High School Students!

October 25: Brainy Actz Escape Room

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$25 p/person including snacks

17981 Sky Park Circle

Building 39

Irvine 92614

Get your strategy on! Work in teams to unlock the mystery. Experience the thrill of conquering the challenge and eat a meal together..

We have room for 60 teens from North and South OC, so don’t be shy.

Sign ups required here

Educational Tools

RightStart Fraction Puzzle

The wooden Fraction Puzzle (11.7" by 11.7") is a great way to learn fractions. The set includes one wooden Fraction Puzzle, one Fraction Chart sheet, used as a control chart, and instructions. Great for all ages!

Price: $38.50

Available on the RightStart Math website here

Homeschooling Advice

How to Turn a Gloomy Day into a Cozy Reading Party

It’s fun to spend bright summer days outside exploring nature or running around the park. What do you do on gloomy, rainy days though? Those gray days when you’re trapped inside? You create a cozy reading atmosphere and turn gloomy afternoons into beautiful memories of a cozy reading atmosphere.

Light a Fire

Gloomy rainy days tend to be cold due to the damp chill in the air. So light a fire in the fireplace to help create a cozy reading atmosphere. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can turn up the heat. Or play one of those YouTube fireplace videos on your television to at least simulate the sounds and look of a fire.

Just remember to keep the room warm. Your kids will adore staying warm on cozy reading days when the weather outside is abysmal.

Sleeping Bags, Pillows, and Blankets

Grab a big pile of sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets and drag them into the living room. Pile the pillows into comfortable nests. Toss blankets over chairs to make tents.

Encourage the kids to curl up in sleeping bags on the floor. The idea is to be comfortable and warm while it’s pouring outside.

Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Science Showtime at Golden West College in Huntington Beach

Welcome to Science Showtime

Many of us remember the dreadful days of chemistry, biology and, dare I say it, physics! Well, the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach and Golden West College have teamed to try to not only demystify science but to maybe, just maybe – help kids like it.

For the 11th consecutive year, Huntington Beach Rotary and GWC will host Science Showtime, a free event that is open to the public to get grade-school kids (and their families) interested in science with the hopes that someday those impressionable minds will consider careers using math and science. And this is definitely no boring textbook snooze-fest.

Guests will have access to interactive exhibits, including attractions such as collecting DNA, make slime to take home, take a hand-washing challenge, use a microscope, control a robot, read to a dog, look at your own cells, turn pennies into silver and gold, generate electricity, play math bingo, physics fun, create colored fire, see fluorescent minerals, play with our creepy crawlers, touch a skeleton, learn about your bones, plus much more…..

When: Friday, October 4, 2019

Time: 5pm - 8pm

Where: Golden West College Math And Science Center

15744 Goldenest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Cost: FREE

Learn and Grow at the Discovery Science Cube in Santa Ana

Learn & Grow Expo is a FREE FAMILY EVENT at Discovery Cube OC, where families can find over 60 exhibitors focusing on all aspects of healthy living. There will be free health screenings, nutrition and fitness demonstrations, and lots of family fun, including the exciting Bubble-Dash obstacle course competition.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time: 10am - 3pm

Where: 2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Cost: Event included with admission to the Cube.

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The Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival

You don't want to miss this fun family event! The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is in its 16th year! There were over 125 authors, more than 25 illustrators, dozens of storytellers and great family-oriented entertainers last year.

The Festival features over 135 exhibitors, featuring booksellers, education providers, literacy organizations and related vendors. More than 33,000 people attend the Festival each year.

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Where: 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Cost: FREE

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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 Information Sessions!

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 year is open here now!

Below you'll find some of our upcoming Information Sessions! To view our complete list of Information Sessions, please click here.

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Orange County Inspire Team

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"Wishing you and your families all the best for a happy and adventurous school year!"

~ The Orange County Inspire Team

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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