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Monday, April 29, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

OC Vendor Summer Camp List!

As Inspire parents, we understand how helpful it would be to have all of the county's summer camps listed in one place. We have started gathering flyers for summer camps/courses our vendors are holding and put them all in one place for you here! You can click on the link to go straight to the vendor's website.

Don't see your favorite summer camp listed? You can email us to reach out to the vendor, or ask the vendor to email their flyer to us: and
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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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Our New Online Subscription Package for 2019-2020!

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Testing Resources

Testing has arrived, and we are so proud of our students! Our wonderful teachers have compiled a list of resources and links to practice tests to help your student feel comfortable with the testing process.

CAST Resources

SBAC Resources

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2019 Homeschool Conference Information for Families

A message from our Parent Advocacy Team:

Hello everyone,

We are excited to share with you all the info about our local homeschool conferences/conventions and how Inspire makes them special for our families.

If you are interested in attending a conference/convention please make sure you read all the details here in this email and on the conference websites.

Reminder on limits for parent/chaperone conference passes:

Parent Educational Development Policy:

Inspire’s Instructional Fund Policy allows up to $350 of student funds to be used towards parent workshops relating to educating their child(ren) in the independent study model in one school year.

These requests must be approved by the teacher and enrichment staff as usual. Parental educational development cannot exceed $350.00 per family, per year, regardless of the number of enrolled students or the number of parents/guardians in the family.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

The Inspire Parent Advocacy Team

Important Information About Inspire's Enrichment Adventures

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Dear families,

Please remember to fill out the CHPA Membership form for your family and turn it in to your HST by May 1st. If you need more time because you aren’t going to see your HST this week, that’s fine, but please turn it in as soon as possible. We are hoping to conduct elections for board members in the next month or so.

CHPA is a nonprofit organization consisting of Inspire homeschool parents who support Inspire Charter Schools’ mission and vision of parent choice and personalized learning for each unique child. Some of the goals include involvement and volunteerism of parents and students, encouragement of teachers and students, community building, and outreach to homeschool students and families within and outside of ICS.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to Shannon Carpenter at

Thank you!

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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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.

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Brave Writer Webinar Series

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 for May and June. Free for everyone, but please email to join.

#1 April 3 - The Writer’s Jungle: A Survivor’s Guide to Writing with Kids Help! You have a child who hates writing. Or, your child is so prolific at writing, you’re afraid you aren’t helping her enough. Or, your child writes well, but the results are wooden and tedious to read. Or, your child as the best imagination ever, but punctuation, spelling, and mechanics are atrocious. Or, you’re afraid of writing yourself and have been avoiding it for, oh, the last (yes, you admit it) four years. Gulp! If you missed this session, you can hear the whole recording HERE.

#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.

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

The schedule for the Gold Rush field trip is as follows:

9:00: Arrival

10:00: Orientation

10:45: Overland Trail

11:30: Staking Claims

12:30: Mid-day Meal

1:30: Gold Mining

2:45: Archery

3:30: Free-time/Trading Post

5:30: Supper

6:00: Closing Ceremony

7:00: Departure

Stop By The Inspire Booth At This Upcoming OC Event

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Educational Tools

MEL Science Kits

What we believe in

The best way to learn science is to combine theory with a hands-on approach.

Real learning is understanding fundamental processes, rather than cramming yourself with isolated pieces of knowledge. Learning science is important even if you don’t plan to become a scientist. Performing experiments is a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones. Experiments are a great way to inspire curiosity and to engage kids into science.

We offer

MEL Chemistry subscription boxes. Safe experiments delivered to your door monthly.

MEL Chemistry VR Lessons.Chemistry lessons in virtual reality following a standard K-12 curriculum.

Price? $34.90 per month for a 9 or 12 month subscription

Can use funding? Yes

Consumable? Yes

Suitable for? Ages 9 to 14

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Vendor Spotlight: CrossFit Structured

CrossFit Structured provides an intense, fun, and challenging workout that anyone can enjoy! All the CrossFit classes can be scaled from the prescribed workout level, but we encourage you to push yourself. We don’t just start the clock and sit back and watch, we are right there with you every step of the way! We will always be correcting form, cheering you on and helping you reach your fitness goals and CrossFit goals.

Call us at (714) 738-1717 immediately to schedule your FREE CrossFit class and get a taste of what CrossFit is truly like! Bring a friend or family member and cheer each other on!

Address: 401 S. Richman Ave, Fullerton CA, 92832


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Homeschooling Advice

7 Ways to Declutter: A Decluttering Guide for Homeschoolers

"In October my family intentionally downsized to a smaller home and minimized our belongings. Decluttering and purging is challenging, especially when you homeschool. Like many homeschool families, our home is filled with books, art supplies, science kits, math manipulatives, curriculum, games and more games, toys, and paper (so much paper). And we need all these things!

I remember standing in our homeschool room, trying to picture where these things would live in our new home and realizing they couldn’t all come with us. It was time to sort. As I went through each drawer and shelf, I put things in piles. My children came in regularly and offered their opinions. We boxed up items to move, give away, sell, and recycle.

While I am a constant declutterer, a large purge like this was just what our home needed. I wish we’d done it sooner. Even if you aren't planning a big move, going through your homeschool supplies can add new life to your homeschool days."

Read the rest of the article here.

*If you decide to do some spring cleaning and decluttering of your homeschool curriculum and materials, feel free to drop off your non-consumables at our Lending Library in Costa Mesa!

Local Events

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Apollo 11 Special Exhibit Lands at the Nixon Library

The exhibit opens April 29, 2019, and runs through January 12, 2020.

On July 20, 1969, the eyes of the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Just minutes after landing they received a call from President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, with congratulations on behalf of the American people. Three days later, President Nixon personally greeted the three astronauts at the splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean, aboard the U.S.S. Hornet.

Museum-goers will take a thrill ride through the Space Race of the 1950s and 1960s, President Kennedy’s famous challenge to go to the moon, and the scientific and technological advancements that were developed —many in Southern California— to ensure success and survival on this inspirational mission.

The exhibit’s originally-created, 360-degree virtual reality experience will transport visitors to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, to see and hear Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.”

Where: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda

When: The exhibit opens April 29, 2019, and runs through January 12, 2020.

Tickets: You can purchase tickets to the museum through Enrichment and use student funding

Arts and Learning Conservatory Open House

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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

Newport Sea Base Open House

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Journeys to the Past

Join our In-House Field Trip on Tuesday (4/30) featuring Journeys to the Past, a unique program that takes students on a journey into the lifestyle of the California Indian.

Introducing our NEW interactive and educational events to motivate and teach students on a variety of subjects.

Everyone is welcome!

All prospective students and their families are invited to attend the first event free of charge. Please RSVP:

Current students and families are invited to attend regardless of the day you’re enrolled. If the event falls on a day that you are not enrolled at the academy, please RSVP:

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, park days, and community events in the group.

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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