Inspiring San Diego

Weekly Newsletter with Karmen & Rachel

Week of May 18th, 2020

In This Week's Edition


✦ Student Spotlight - Quade

✦ San Diego Community Resources

✦ Virtual Chat with South Schools' Family Liaisons - May 27 @ 2pm

✦ Virtual Museum of Art

✦ Pen Pal Project Waitlist


✦ Explore HS "ChoicePlus" Options - Thursdays in May @ 1pm


✦ Virtual Workshops


Free Educational Classes and Programs for Kids at Home!

✦ San Diego Zoo Kids Corner

✦ Bored of Boredom

✦ Lakeshore

✦ Children's Museum of Manhattan

✦ Crayola Create & Learn at Home

✦ We Are Knitters

✦ Thames & Kosmos Science at Home


✦ Lending Library Update

✦ Inspiring Parents Webcast

✦ Free Parent Resource Site

✦ Academic Video Library

✦ California Homeschool Parent Association


Student Spotlight

Quade - National Who Was ? Bee Finalist

With the help of our educational specialist, Hollie Prussack, Quade made it his 5th grade "passion project" to be the first National Who Was ? Bee Champion! Quade was selected as one of the National Finalists in April 2020. He would have competed in New York on May 4th, but due to COVID, the championship bee has been moved to Fall 2020.

Quade had the idea to make short movies about The Who Was? book characters, acting out what he thought their responses would be to COVID-19. We used the of him as Albert Einstein, to tell him he is a finalist.

The video released on April 20, has been viewed hundreds of times in multiple countries. It has been received as an encouraging piece of optimism in a challenging time. It has been an exciting time for Quade. He has received some personal letters from the book authors and Random House Editors. This included a letter from the author of Who Was Albert Einstein? (Mr. Jess Brallier of NY) and The Who Was? series creator Jane O'Connor. He is so excited and grateful for the opportunities to communicate directly with some of his favorite authors, and send his own book ideas and passions with Random House.

The publicity managers for The Who Was Bee have forwarded Quade to multiple media outlets, including The Today Show. It is likely you will be seeing some of Quade on local and national media in the next 6-9 months. We hope that he will continue to reflect well upon the homeschool community and Inspire family of schools.

You can view Quade's video here.

Awesome job Quade! Good luck with the finals!

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San Diego Community Resources

During this time of uncertainty, transition and change, we want to make sure that our families have what they need. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services, housing assistance, food services, or financial assistance please take a look at this resource or pass it along for help and guidance in San Diego.

San Diego Community Resources

Please share with families who may be in need.


Click on the flyer to connect to the Zoom meetings.


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San Diego Zoo Kids Corner

Learn about animals and their lifestyles!

The San Diego Zoo is bringing the Zoo to you, through San Diego Zoo Kids Corner! In each episode, you'll be taken on a fun and wild adventure to learn more about animals and their lifestyles. Every week, Dr. Zoolittle, Roberta the Zebra, and a cast of cool characters will be sharing stories, jokes, poems, songs, and interesting facts about wildlife. They will also show you their favorite magic tricks, cook yummy treats, lead you through science experiments, and demonstrate how to make special crafts. Make sure to catch all 16 episodes!

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Bored of Boredom

Started by a group of Los Angeles high school kids who were "bored of being bored," Bored of Boredom offers a unique selection of daily classes taught by the founders themselves. Available classes run the gamut from subjects like WWI history, Comic Book Making, and introduction to HTML, and have a run time of 45 minutes. They also offer one-on-one virtual tutoring sessions by request.


If you're in need of some daily structure with an academic bent, Lakeshore has a huge selection of free, printable resources for kids of all ages. Lakeshore is one of my go-to stores for educational games and toys, and their printables will not disappoint—we've enjoyed a leaf etching activity and a money match-up game.

Children's Museum of Manhattan

The new CMOM at Home features daily activities for kids that are easy and fun to do at home. Each day of the week has a theme, like Magical Monday and Artsy Thursday, and activities of all different types are pegged to these themes. While many of the projects are designed for little kids to do alongside a parent, older kids may enjoy doing them independently

Crayola Create & Learn at Home

Crayola has put together an At-Home Creative Hub full of DIY craft projects you can do with your kids. There are step-by-step instructions for how to make cool projects like Paper Bag Stars and Paper Plate Llamas, and pretty much everything can be done with stuff you likely already have sitting around your house. They also have printable coloring pages for both kids and adults, in case you just need a soothing activity for everyone in the family.

We Are Knitters Knitting Classes

The popular We Are Knitters brand of kits has launched a series of knitting classes designed just for kids. Hosted by children's knitting teacher Miss Alexandra Mpassy, the weekly classes teach step-by-step knitting basics, adding a new technique every week. The short videos are charming and easy to follow and will turn your crafty kid into a master knitter in no time. Plus, knitting is good for small motor skills and counting.

Thames & Kosmos Science at Home

Thames & Kosmos, the company behind lots of popular at-home science kits, has introduced a new Science at Home portal. Filled with downloadable instructions for DIY science experiments, as well as fun instructional videos, Science at Home offers lots of resources for kids who are missing out on time in the school science lab.


Lending Library Update

Great News! The PCA Lending Library in Poway will be opening for limited days and hours to allow families to drop off materials they no longer need. we finally got our schedule down and below it the updated doc outlining our availability and process for returns. Below is the schedule:

PCA Lending Library

13915 Danielson St #101, Poway CA 92064

Mon & Wed
12 pm - 4 pm

Tues & Thursday

8 pm -12 pm


10am - 2 pm

In addition to this, return labels via UPS will be an option for families that cannot attend in-person locations/hours. Families can use the ICS Return Survey for returns via UPS.

We are also working on a process for curbside pick-up of ordered LL items. We will let you know as soon as we have a plan and process in place.

Missed Inspiring Parents? Sign up for the recording

Our magnificent math team engaged viewers with tips to help students learn how to build a strong math foundation by bolstering their essential math skills during our webcast on May 6th. Bonus: lots of math resources to check out and many are free. Missed it? Sign up for the recording and resources by clicking this link:

Free Parent Resource Site

PCA, CPA and Mission Vista worked together to create this resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with educating their own children at home. Enjoy!

Please feel free to share this resource with anyone who needs it!

Academic Video Library

Did you know you have access to Inspire's academic video library? These videos are available to support students in reading, math, and speech and can be accessed through the EOS!

Instructions to access Academic Video Library can be found here.

California Homeschool Parent Association

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. CHPA strives to enhance and support the homeschool experience of each child, develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent involvement, and increase options and improve the environment at Inspire Charter Schools through volunteer and financial support.

Here are ways to get connected -

The Facebook page link is here and the website is here.

Find your home group location and get connected to families in your community today!

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Karmen & Rachel

We are your San Diego Family Liaisons.

Please let us know how we can help you! /