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Monday, September 30, 2019
Quote of the Week
School News and Important Dates
2019 Entrepreneur Fair
Click HERE for available in-person workshops and information sessions taking place in Orange County.
UCI Fall Preview Day
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: https://apply.admissions.uci.edu/register/fallpreviewday2019
Mrs. Tegan Thacker, M.S., P.P.S.
High School Counselor
Serving Families in Orange County
Inspire Charter Schools
Inspirational Parent Symposium
We have one more upcoming picture day!
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
9 Truman Street, Irvine, 92620
This is not just a picture day!
Picking up items from the Lending Library
Inspire Summer Reading Challenge Winners!
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
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.
Orange County History Day - Natural History Day
To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit https://ocde.us/EducationalServices/STEMandHumanities/History/Pages/History-Day.aspx
If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
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
Find more details here.
Every Kid Outdoors
S.T.E.A.M. for Teens & Tweens
New Middle School Program - ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway
Academic Decathlon joining ChoicePlus Academy this Fall!
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:
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.
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!
ADVENTURE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
10am to 12pm
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!
Fall Adventure Day
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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
HIGH SCHOOL HANG OUTS
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
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.
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!
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.
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
Learn and Grow at the Discovery Science Cube in Santa Ana
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.
The Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival
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
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.
Orange County Inspire Team
"Wishing you and your families all the best for a happy and adventurous school year!"
~ The Orange County Inspire Team