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Monday, July 8, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Join Inspiring Parents - Monday Live @ 5!

New to homeschooling? Or maybe you want to hear from other homeschoolers to learn some tips? Join us each Monday for Inspiring Parents - Live @ 5 in July and August by clicking on this Zoom Link:

Want reminders, webinar recordings and resources? Sign up here:

Check out our first two Live @ 5 recordings. On July 1st we shared practical advice for homeschooling parents who are just starting out. On July 8th we explored learning styles, multiple intelligences and tips for setting up a learning co-op. Next Monday, July 15th, we will learn about the I Can statements which provides grade level guides to facilitate your child's learning and we will talk some more about co-ops. We always share Inspire News at the beginning of each webinar. "See" you Monday Live @ 5!

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Dear families,

We have exciting news! Membership for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to join the California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA). This is Inspire’s new, non-profit Parent Organization!

If you join before July 19th you will be able to also participate in the elections for the 2019-2020 Statewide Executive Board officers and 10 Regional Community Councils. You will also be able to nominate yourself or someone else for the positions. Read the FAQ’s below to find out more. Elections will be held at the end of July so we want to make sure everyone has a chance to join now!


The CHPA Founders

Kindergarten Readiness Fun Fair This Saturday!

If you missed the last Kindergarten Readiness Fair, you have another opportunity to attend. Come out this Saturday, July 13th, to learn more about your options!
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Catalina Marine Science Camp

Inspire families can learn together in this unique Island ecosystem, just a ferry ride away. Details are being finalized for upcoming Catalina Marine Science Camps for the upcoming school year.

If you want to join the interest list so you will receive email updates as they become available then click on this link to provide info on a Google Form:

Type in any questions you may have about this trip at the bottom of the form.

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Teachers Save 15% at Target!

From July 13-20, teachers can save up to 15% on select classroom supplies, and women's and men's clothing! From the Target website-

Does the discount apply to teachers who work in daycare centers, early childhood learning centers, home schools and more?

Yes, we want to ensure all teachers get the opportunity to use this coupon.

What type of documentation is needed to verify my qualification?

If further identification is required, we can take any document that ties your name and/or email address to an educational system. Eligible guests who are not able to validate online can visit their local Target store and present their ID to the cashier for assistance.

How will I get my coupon?

You will receive your coupon at the email address you entered on the verification form. Please make sure you check your email settings to ensure you can receive emails from third parties.

Are there any exclusions?

Electronics, backpacks, lunch bags, trial & travel size items, swim, sleepwear, Fan Central, clearance, items sold & shipped by Target+TM Partners and Levi’s Red Tab are excluded.

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Do you know a fantastic Inspire vendor? Please let them know we would love to have them at our Back-to-School event in August! They just need to fill in this form. Thank you!
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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.

High School Info Session

Join HST Amy Edwards for a live virtual info session this Friday, July 12th, at 10am! She will do a short presentation about Inspire's HS program & course requirements and then open it up to questions live!

Join the info session at

For more info and questions, contact Amy Edwards at

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Inspire is Switching to One Calendar!

Great news! Inspire has put a lot of thought into considering our academic calendars and have decided that Inspire will have ONE calendar for all students! In fact, we will never have multiple calendars again. This will be a positive change for our schools and will make many things much easier for everyone, particularly Teachers!

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Learn All About Our Online Subscription Package for 2019-2020!

If you are still deciding which Online Subscriptions would suit your family, be sure to check out Inspire's OSP Handbook! If you have any additional questions, please email our wonderful OSP team here:

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Inspire's Summer Reading Challenge

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your child engaged and inspired? Inspire's summer reading challenge bingo activity is a great option! Students can be entered into a prize draw by returning their completed BINGO activity to the Lending Library or their HST by August 15th.

There are many sweet adventures to be had this summer, all in the pages of the nearest book.

Happy Summer Reading!

Special Education Newsletter

"Welcome to our May/June 2019 Newsletter!

Another successful school year is coming to an end! Reflecting on the past school year makes us realize how fortunate we are at Inspire Charter Schools. Our school has been successful due to the wonderful collaborative partnership between staff members, and families. We would like to thank all the parents for their involvement, dedication and continued support. Please be safe and well until we meet again in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!"

Read the rest of the newsletter here!

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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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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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Inspire Summer Beach Days

Huntington Beach

School's out for summer! Let's hang out at 'Inspire's Summer Beach Days'! We're meeting at Huntington Beach at the Brookhurst and Pacific Coast Highway (parking lot available) Beach. Parking is paid out of your pocket. Make sure to bring your picnic, towels, swimsuits, and beach toys! Look for us with the blue EZ up with an Inspire banner out by the water!

Tuesday, July 16th from 10 am to 2 pm

Huntington Beach, Brookhurst & PCH

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Crystal Cove

Keep the summer vibes going with another Inspire Summer Beach Day--We'll be hanging out in Crystal Cove for an afternoon of fun in the sun! Parking is $15 out of pocket, or free with the CA Explorer Pass, in the Los Trancos parking lot (on the inland side of PCH). Take the path that leads from the parking lot, through the tunnel under PCH, to the sands of the cove. You'll find us near the Historic District with the blue EZ Up with an Inspire banner. Make sure to bring your picnic, swimsuits, towels, and beach toys!

Tuesday, July 30th, 10 am - 2 pm

Crystal Cove, PCH and Los Trancos

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Park Days

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Field Trips

Educational Tools

Growth Mindset Videos: 10 TEDTalks to Share With Your Students and Children

"Looking for a fabulous resource for igniting discussion about having a growth mindset with your kids? Look no further! These 10 TEDTalks are guaranteed to inspire children at school or home to reach their goals despite any difficulties or obstacles they may encounter.

I admit it, TEDTalks might just be my all-time favourite, free learning resource! But what is not to love??! Here we have ten fantastic growth mindset videos exploring important mindset themes such as stamina, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, reaching for the impossible, overcoming procrastination, striving to achieve your goals, and more, available at just the touch of a button! Love!"

View all the videos here

Homeschooling Advice

How Can We Keep Children Safe Online This Summer

"As parents, we’re tasked with the incredibly important role as the protector, advisor, and overall mentor of our children. With summer learning right around the corner, now is a great time to sit down and talk with our children about online safety and how to stay safe.

Computers and the internet are both deeply woven into our society. As it plays a role in almost every facet of society — from the social scene, education, employment, and entertainment, there is no escaping it. So, how do you explain internet safety to a child?"

Learn some useful tips from the article here!

Local Events

2019 OC Fair

Barns full of animals? Check! Zany and delish food? Check! Concerts under the stars? Check! Midway games and rides? Check! Blue ribbon winners? Check! Acres of shopping? Check! Something called Brew Hee Haw? Check! Check! Check!

Come on out and watch your mama pet a llama, soar up high on La Grande Wheel and dare your friends to try the newest bacon-wrapped, deep-fried, sugar-coated concoction. Don't forget to check out the best in visual art, woodworking, jam-making and more. It's all here at your OC Fair!

General Information

The 2019 OC Fair runs July 12 through Aug. 11.

OC Fair Hours:

Wednesday-Friday: Noon – Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Pacific Amphitheatre Box Office Hours:

Open Wednesday-Sunday. Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Single-Day Admission Prices

General (13-59) – $12
Senior (60+) – $7
Youth (6-12) – $7
Children 5 and younger are free

General (13–59) – $14
Senior (60+) – $7
Youth (6–12) – $7
Children 5 and younger are free

Super Pass

General (13-59) – $40
Senior (60+) – $33
Youth (6-12) – $33

Includes admission to all 23 days of the Fair.

Find more details here.

Community Days at Crystal Cove Conservancy

Every Wednesday from 10am-4pm beginning June 19 through August 28, step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.

Stop by the Education Commons and let the serene surroundings stimulate your inner artist.

Create watercolor masterpieces and your very own charm to take home, using sea glass taken directly from the beach. Also learn about the unique history of Crystal Cove through a guided tour of the historic district, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Event is free to the public.

July 10 Schedule:

10am – 4pm: Watercolor, Origami, and Historic Games

10:30 – 4pm: Sea Glass Wrapping

11 – 11:30am: BINGO!

1:15 – 2pm: Historic District Tour

Find more information here.

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! Current parents do not need to re-enroll, your HST will send you a Master Agreement to sign for 2019-2020.

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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Virtual Info Sessions

Learn more about Inspire from the comfort of your home! Join one of our virtual info sessions and have your questions answered!

Next info session is Today, July 8 at 5pm. Join the session at

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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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