Community Connections -

January Newsletter - Fresno/Clovis

Happy New Year!

Welcome year 2020! We are so excited to be a part of this new year with you! We hope you had a wonderful winter break and look forward to spending time TOGETHER soon! Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.


Cancellation of Fieldtrips/Events:

In order to keep positive relationships with vendors, and also for us to plan events with the correct number of supplies, please be careful to sign up for trips/events that you will likely be able to attend. We understand that illnesses can make plans change at the last minute. We definitely understand that. You are able to cancel, when you know in advance, on your own in the FTE up until the closing date. You can really help us out by paying careful attention to that date in the FTE and canceling prior to that date if you need to. We use this date to give vendors final numbers, and also to purchase and provide enough materials. If we find out after that date, supplies have been purchased and vendors have been notified/paid, and it does not allow us to replace your spot or issue refunds. We are getting quite a few cancellations a couple of days before events. We understand that this is all new, and we are figuring it out with you. No worries. If we could minimize this with open communication that would be great. Also, please make sure that you register for each and every trip and event.Thank you for understanding. See you on an adventure soon!


*Please remember CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event & field trip.

Live links are provided within this newsletter!

Many events in this newsletter have live links to take you directly to the spot within Inspiration Station where you can secure your spot. You may also choose to log into Inspiration Station yourself, click on "Field Trip" then "Central Valley" then the "Community Connections" tab. You can even use the search bar to put in key words like "Fresno" or the title of an event to make finding it easier.
CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event and field trip.

January EVENTS!

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Winter Wonderland

WHERE: Northpark Community Church

WHEN: Tuesday, January 14th from 10am-12:30pm


Are you wanting to make connections with Inspire families, have your children interact with grade level peers, and participate in enriching activities???


Join us at Northpark Community Church for "Winter Wonderland" thematic fun!

Tuesday, January 14th from 10am - 12:30pm

We will begin with an all group assembly, break into grade level activities for TK-12th graders, and come back together at the end of the day for recess. Feel free to bring snacks/waters to enjoy during recess time outside (no nuts please). If you have any questions, please reach out to Kristen Karr (kristenk@inspireschools.org).


*CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event and field trip.

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Young Aviator's Club Park Day

Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 9:30pm

84 North Sunnyside Avenue

Clovis, CA

Join us at Sierra Bicentennial Park in Clovis to play and spend some time learning about aviation! Once a month throughout the year we will explore more about geography, flying, aeronautics and more! (If it rains, we will postpone to the next week the 22nd).
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Herndon Fit Body Boot Camp

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 11am-12pm

6797 N Milburn Ave Suite 105

Calling all middle and high school students...join us at Herndon Fit Body Boot Camp for an hour long exercise and nutrition session. This is an exciting way to spruce up your PE time and get yourself in shape in the new year. There will be several stations and qualified instructors at each station to be sure everything is done correctly. The owner of this studio has an amazing story of recovery that was only possible because of his already healthy life style.


This event will be from 11:00-12:00 on January 16th. Come ready to sweat!


I can't wait to join you for this fun workout!


*CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event and field trip.

Price and registration info coming soon for Boot Camp!

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Read & Graft

Tuesday, Jan. 21st, 12:30pm

944 East Perrin Avenue

Fresno, CA

WHEN Tuesday,Jan.21st, 12:30 - 2:00


WHERE 944 East Perrin Avenue Fresno,CA Large Meeting Room


MORE INFORMATION Join us for a wonderful read aloud story and a time to craft together afterward! We will read the book.... feel and discuss the book.... and then create something meaningful! This is geared towards K-4th grade; however, older kids are more then welcome!


Parents/chaperons need to stay on site


It is FREE!


Please contact Shelly Elrod with any any questions you may have at michellee@inspireschools.org

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Innoved Class!

Give your students an introduction to tomorrow’s careers at InnovEd!


Your students will have an opportunity to explore various STEM concepts in a hands-on and engaging manner.

Depending on the age of the students, the topics may include robotics, Computer Aided Design principles, and engineering solutions to various challenges.


Duration: 2 hours of hands-on activities from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Cost per student:: $45 All materials and equipment are provided by InnovEd

*All students will take home their creations!


There will be three different group options to choose from, so please sign up your student for the appropriate group.

Group A: 1st - 3rd Grade (Vibrating Bug)

Group B: 4th - 6th Grade (Motorized Propeller Car)


Chaperone/Adults will not be participating but must stay in the lobby for the duration of the trip.

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MetalMark Climbing

WHERE: MetalMark Climbing & Fitness (4042 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93726)

WHEN: Tuesday, January 28th from 10am - 12pm


Come climb with us at MetalMark Climbing & Fitness on Tuesday, January 28th from 10am - 12pm. All students are welcome to join in the fun! The towering walls and boulder terrain will have climbers of all levels looking for their next challenge. The students will have 2 hours to climb as much as they' d like with the staff members. They will gear up our group, help the students up the wall and give them climbing advice. There will be one staff member to belay every 6 students. The student fee for this event is $25. **At this time, we are only opening this event for student climbers - if more space becomes available then parents will have the opportunity to participate as well for a fee of $30. Parents must remain on site during this event. Everyone in attendance must sign the online waiver.

*CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event and field trip.

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Sanger Depot Museum Tour

Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 10am-12pm

1770 7th Street

Sanger, CA

Welcome to the Sanger Depot Museum, where the rich history of Sanger, California comes to life from its boomtown beginnings to its growth into the city known as “the Nation’s Christmas Tree City”. The Sanger Depot Museum is actually the Sanger Railroad Depot, once the hub of the town’s growth. Built-in 1887 the Sanger Railroad Depot sat beside the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran between Fresno and Porterville, California. Among the cargo that passed through this depot was grain, citrus and lots of lumber brought down from the mountains by Sanger’s booming lumber operation.


Come explore the museum with a FREE private tour for Inspire Charter School. While this event is free, we expect a waitlist, so please make sure that you can attend BEFORE signing up out of respect for other families who would love to attend.

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Black Holes at the Planetarium

Thursday, Jan. 30th, 10:30-11:30am

5320 North Maple Avenue

Fresno, CA

Black Holes lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons, unseen voids with the energy of a million suns. They can devour entire stars, and once in their grasp, nothing, not even light, can escape. Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of Black Holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one?


Come join us at the Downing Planetarium. on January 30th at 10:30. This field trip is for grades 6-12. The show begins promptly at 10:30 so be sure you are on time.


*CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event and field trip.

February Events

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Inspire Spelling Bee

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 10:30am

1155 N Fowler Ave Suite 200, Clovis, CA 93611

Details coming soon!
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Physical Fitness Practice Day

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 10:30am-12pm

855 North Clovis Avenue

Clovis, CA

Come join us at Dry Creek Park from 10:30-12 on Wednesday, February 12th to practice the PFT tests. We will have a chance to go through all the stations and do a run/walk so you can get an idea of pacing for the actual day! We will have music and prizes to celebrate our learning and our victories. Feel free to bring a sack lunch to enjoy with other families once you have gone through all the areas of testing. Make your 2019 PFT test the best it can be!


This event will be open to all grade levels. Grades 5, 7 and 9 are required to take the PFT test.


*CC Events are not drop-off nor are the CC staff responsible for supervising students at these events. Parents are responsible for providing supervision of their children for every Community Connection activity, event and field trip.

High School Only!

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Your CC Coordinators:


Fresno Thursday- Jenn Falco

Fresno Tuesday - Shelly Elrod

Clovis Tuesday - Kristen Karr

Clovis Wednesday - Jenny Plumb

Looking forward to a year full of the adventure of learning!