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Monday, February 10, 2020

Quote of the Week

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School News and Important Dates

Over 35 Vendors Next Week!

We hope to see all of our families at next week's Vendor Fair! Full details and sign ups here.



SunDog Therapy

Usborne Books

Miss crady the Math Lady

WM Music Lessons

WM Tutoring Services

Tinker the Robot

Russ Miura’s Subfighter Jiu Jitsu Academy

American Academy of Strategic Education

Buzzy Mae Music Academy

A Tree of Knowledge

Bright bosses ALOHA Mind Math/Reading/Writing

Money Munchkids

Homeschool Campus OC, Inc.,

DBA: World Class Educators

Cadenza Music Academy

Innate Math

BookShark

Innate Math

MoxieBox Art

Dance All You Can

Tutoring Club of Newport/Mesa

Best in Class Education Center

Discovery Toys

Elite Soccer League

Tinker the Robot

Russian School of Music Irvine, llc

Brain Builders STEM Education

Discovery of Learning

Real Life Spanish

Tinker the Robot

Craft and Light Creative Arts Studio

The Madden House

Teaching Writing to Homeschoolers

Hernandez Studio Productions

Karate For All

Urban Workshop

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Parents' Night Out

Join us for an evening of coffee and conversation!
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PFT Sign Ups

If your child is in grade 5, 7 or 9, please reach out to your HST and sign them up for one of the upcoming Physical Fitness Tests in Orange County.

OCPL Fine Free Library Days

Between February 14 and February 29, Orange County Public Libraries are waiving fines on any overdue books!


Please note, this does not apply to lost books. The fee on a lost book would need to be paid.

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Starry Night- Prom 2020

Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA


Friday, April 24th, 7-11 pm


There are a limited number of tickets for this event. Tickets are on sale now!


Ticket Sale Schedule:

February 1st through February 14th ------------------$90

February 15th through March 31st --------------------$100

This event is not eligible for Instructional Funds use.


Join us for hors d'oeuvres, desserts, interactive art, raffle prizes, all-night photo booth, and rooftop dancing under the stars! High School Inspire students grades 9-12 are eligible to attend and may invite a non-Inspire guest (age 14-19) to join them at this event, so grab a friend and dance the night away at the historic Riverside Art Museum in downtown Riverside. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours early! (Tickets go on sale February 1st)


Purchase your tickets HERE:
https://www.icsinspirationstation.net/#/fieldtrip/all/01adfc09-e3ed-4336-9a40-8dbaa12964c3


Prom Details:
https://www.smore.com/qm297


Questions? Summer Davidson summer@inspireschools.org

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Join Inspiring Parents This Wednesday

Our featured guest speaker and Student Services writing specialist, Genieva Davidson, provided a close up tour of the Writing Interventions website she developed. If your student is working at grade level, or above, then in your mind, change the title of this website to Writing Resources because everyone can benefit from the treasure trove of free lessons and how-to videos found here.


Missed the live webcast? Sign up here to receive the February 5th recording link via email.


Click this link to view the clickable topics which will transport you to the free writing resources and how-to video web page. On the site, you can scroll down to view the grade level and resources you need.


Inspiring Parents meets the first Wednesday of each month from 1-2 p.m.


In March, we will focus on Elementary Writing Strategies from 1-2 p.m. and Middle to High School Writing Strategies from 2-3 p.m. Bookmark this link to join the online session each month. Come and grow your teaching toolkit with us!

Costa Mesa Mobile Lending Library Locations

Return your items to our librarians at the following locations!

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CAASPP Testing

Each year, the State of California requires public schools to reach a 95% participation rate for state standardized testing (CAASPP testing, sometimes also referred to as SBAC testing). If a school has less than 95% of its students participate, they are at risk of losing their charter and WASC accreditation. We are not asking our parents to change their homeschool style or “buy-in” to Common Core State Standards. However, we do need your support in ensuring that our students are in attendance at testing and that they do the best they can. Your participation in helping us meet the minimum 95% requirement is one important way you can aid in safeguarding the survival of our charter. Our school is penalized on our performance levels in math and language arts when we do not meet the 95%.


A second way you can help is to make sure your students are familiar with the testing platform. This will give them the best advantage to show what they know. Please utilize this resource of How to Take a Practice Test and Check-Out Designated Supports to walk them through how to navigate the testing portal. We know our homeschool students are smart and we need to make sure they do their best during state testing to demonstrate that our programs are working. Even if a student scores below grade level, our school can benefit academically when students show growth from year to year.


Inspire Charter Services’ Testing Department has created a series of presentations in response to questions and concerns received from our homeschooling families about state standardized testing. I hope you will find these videos, along with the additional supporting resources and articles, to be helpful in alleviating any fears or anxieties your family may be facing with regards to testing. Please take the time to review these Parent Testing Videos and Resources to see if you feel any would be beneficial for your family. We would also appreciate it if you could complete this Parent Testing Video Survey and give us your feedback.


We appreciate the opportunity you have given us to partner with you in your homeschooling journey. We look forward to many more years of supporting the homeschool community and their unique styles of education

Field Trip Tip

It can be difficult to remember the dates and times of field trips we've booked, but you can find all the details on Inspiration Station by following these steps:


1. Log in to www.icsinspirationstation.net and you will see “Hi (your name)” on the top right, with a little drop down arrow next to it. *Tip: if you're on your phone, just turn it horizontally and this will show.

2. Press the arrow and it will offer the option of viewing “My Account.”

3. Click on "My Account" and it will list all of the field trips you have signed up for. This includes all the links to the pages where you signed up, so you can find the lead teacher's name, email address and phone number!

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An Important Message About Field Trips

In an effort to give all families a fair booking opportunity, Orange County HST led public field trips that are listed in the Inspire Insider will now open for booking on Inspiration Station every Wednesday morning at 8am.

Inspire Planners Feedback

It may feel too soon, but Inspire is already planning their 2020-2021 school planners and we'd love to hear your thoughts on what you thought of this year's planners!

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Special Education Parent Newsletter

January Greetings!


As we start off 2020, we are excited to share with you the January Special Education with Care newsletter! In this newsletter, you'll find some great information on:



  • Extended School Year
  • Academic Crafts
  • Going Back to School After the Holidays
  • Positive Reinforcement

If you missed the Bravewriter webcast

Julie Bogart, creator of BraveWriter shared techniques for how to incorporate writing across the curriculum and ways to make it fun.

If you missed the live webcast, click on this link http://bit.ly/BraveLearnerFreeResources to add your email address and receive Writing Across the Curriculum, Writer's Jungle and High School Writing Help, as well as the Brave Learner Companion Guide.

Parent Testing Resources Website

The Parent Testing Resources website is complete and ready for you to check out! Here you can find information about the assessments that Inspire offers to its students. Inspire hopes to partner with parents to help students be as successful as possible. We hope you find the resources on this website helpful to increase your understanding of the assessments we give and empower you to prepare your child as they come upon these tests during their educational career.

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.

Orange County History Day - Natural History Day

Each year NHD frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.


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: chuck@inspireschools.org

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Field Trips and Events

Click on the flyer to view the event!

All new field trips open on Wednesdays at 8am for ticket bookings.

Community Connections: park days, high school hangouts and more!

Below is the newsletter for February and March. Although there are some fun events planned for both months, be sure to check out your nearest Test Prep Party going on in March. Also, If you have attended a Community Connections event, will you please take the time to fill out THIS survey? We would appreciate your feedback. Lastly, you may bring any non-consumable Enrichment item you need to return to the mobile Lending Library. They will be at select Community Connections events that are happening at parks throughout the county, but for returns only at this time.


February OC Community Connections Newsletter

March OC Community Connections Newsletter


We would like to ask that if you are unable to attend an event that you have RSVP’d for, please cancel your ticket and inform the coordinator for that location. It helps with supplies and planning. Thank you!


If you need any assistance, please reach out to the CC in that area or to our Regional Community Coordinator, Gina Garland: ggarland@inspireschools.org

Educational Tools

Right Start Math Games Kit

Math Card Games Kit children have fun while learning or reinforcing math skills. Kit includes everything needed to play math games: Math Card Games book by Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D., instructional DVD, six special decks of cards, two laminated fraction charts and an AL Abacus Standard. Includes chapters on numeration, addition, subtraction, clocks, money, multiplication, division, and fractions. Supplements any math curriculum.


The Math Card Games book has 300 card games providing practice in learning concepts and the facts. Chapters on:



  • Number Sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Money
  • Clocks
  • Fractions


The games become progressively harder within each chapter. Use with any math program. Also excellent for remedial work.


Why games are important, tips on playing the games, description of the six special decks of cards, and some practical considerations are discussed in the Introduction.



Price: Currently on sale for $64.50.

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Homeschooling Advice

3 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Read-Aloud Routine

"Everyone knows that reading aloud is one of the most important things parents can do for their children. As parents, we have the best of intentions, but sometimes our reading aloud routine can get thrown off course.


  • Maybe your children have been under the weather.
  • Maybe your homeschool routine is in a rut.
  • Maybe the kids are cranky.
  • Maybe you are all lacking motivation.

Whatever the reason, please know that you are not alone. No one is immune to bumps in the homeschooling road. Those bumps are inevitable and are part of the journey. When it comes to reading aloud, it is important to remember that consistency is key.


Just as you model kindness and manners day in and day out, you must model a love of reading. If your goal is to raise lifelong readers, you must try to read aloud to your children every single day. If you find that you are lacking a read-aloud rhythm, it can be helpful to take a moment to regroup and get back on track.


When things are off-course, scheduling can help you to get back in a habit. Here are some tips to rejuvenate your read-aloud routine."


Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Irvine Park Railroad's 24th Anniversary

To celebrate our 24th year of business and to show our appreciation to all our loyal customers… we’re rolling back to our original 1996 prices!


The cost is $2.00 per ticket; this price is valid during the Anniversary Celebration weekend only. Coupons, discounts, and any other promotions are not valid on the Anniversary Celebration dates.


February 29 – March 1, 2020
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


ENTRANCE TO THE CELEBRATION IS FREE

Activity tickets are $2.00 each
Tickets are only valid during the Anniversary Celebration


IRVINE REGIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
Weekdays $3.00 per vehicle
Weekends $5.00 per vehicle
Holidays $7.00 per vehicle
Please see Event Parking for details

The Revolution - Living History in Huntington Beach Central Park

"The British are coming! The Huntington Beach Historical Society is proud to host this reenactment of the American Revolution in Huntington Beach Central Park, behind the library, on the site of our annual Civil War Days reenactment. Come experience the founding of our nation with some of the country's finest living history presenters. As always these events are absolutely free to the public."


When: February 15th & 16th, 2020

Where: Huntington Beach Central Park

Cost: Free!


Find more details here.

Girls in Ocean Science Conference

Middle school-aged young women with a love for science, or even just a growing interest, are invited to attend this conference that features workshops led by prominent female scientists. It’s a great opportunity to get first-hand information about careers in fields related to marine ecology, oceanography, and conservation. Registration is required for this conference, which lasts from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.


Where: Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point


When: Middle School Conference: February 15, 2020 and High School Conference: March 21, 2020


Price: General: $60.00
Members: $50.00

*Members receive $10.00 off by typing “gios” before your member number
EX: gios1234567


Please note that the Ocean Institute does not accept purchase orders or certificates.

For additional information or assistance regarding registration please contact us at girlsinoceanscience@oceaninstitute.org.


Buy tickets here

Your Orange County Team

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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!


ladan@inspireschools.org

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!


shaemanique@inspireschools.org

Feedback

We would like this newsletter to best reflect the needs of our community! If you have any suggestions or input, please complete this survey. We appreciate your feedback!

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