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Monday, March 25, 2019
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School News and Important Dates
College & Career Fair
If you are planning on attending, please fill in the short form below the flyer. Thank you!
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.
We are so excited to see all of our little Kindergartners graduate! Please make sure you RSVP by May 17th, 2019!
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!
Preferred Vendor Info Sessions
Invite Your Friends To Our Info 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 at the end of the year to sign for 2019-2020.
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 beginning April 3 from 1-2. Free for everyone, but please RSVP for the April 3rd webinar to ensure we have Zoom room capacity for all: https://tinyurl.com/BraveWriterRSVP-April3
Sign up for one, two, or all three sessions and walk away with tips and tricks to enchant your child’s writing journey. Learn it now and take writing outdoors to change up your routine. Or learn how to make writing more fun even if it’s at the kitchen table.
#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!
#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.
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.
À la Carte OSP Subscription Options
We’re excited to begin offering our remaining available OSP subscriptions à la carte! Families may begin submitting requests via the À la Carte OSP Subscription Order Request Form.
The available subscriptions and prorated cost (Instructional Funds only) are listed on the order request form. All subscriptions are valid through September 1, 2019 (unless otherwise noted) and are subject to availability.
Funds will be manually deducted from the student’s Enrichment account and the subscriptions created within 1-2 weeks of the request submission.
If you have any further questions, please contact the OSP Team -- firstname.lastname@example.org
OSP Subscription Survey
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!
Special Education Newsletter- March 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.
Stop By The Inspire Booth At These Upcoming Free OC Events
OC Summer Camp and Activities Fair
The Orange County Register and OC Family magazine will play host to the ninth annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair on Saturday, April 7 at The Market Place in Irvine.
The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include family-friendly activities, live performances, games, giveaways and more than 40 exhibitors, including local camps. The Anaheim Ducks’ Power Players are scheduled to appear at the fair.
Invention + play + experimentation = learning
Have you ever wondered how math can help you cook … or what causes a rainbow … or how baby chicks know when to hatch? Set a course for full STEAM ahead to OC Fair’s Imaginology, April 12-14, 2019, where science, technology, engineering, art and math come alive in the most fun and exciting ways.
Hours: Friday, April 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission is free. Parking is free on Friday; $9 on Saturday & Sunday.
Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!
Check out the selection on Amazon here, or pick one up at your local library!
Vendor Spotlight: Celebration Education
Celebration Education is a one-stop for all your educational needs. Like schools in Finland, Celebration Education uses themes for grades K-6. Reading, writing, math, social studies, art, and STEM are all integrated into weekly hands-on activities and projects. For grades 7-12, schoolwork is customized for each student, based on the classes they're taking, their interests, and their skill level.
The students and teachers at Celebration Education's Santa Ana location are a close-knit community, where all are respected and individuals are respected. Inspire students may take one class to one day of class each week, or students can join the Preferred Vendor program to get two days of class each week. Celebration Education also offers theme-related field trips, special events, and at-home activities, so students can use Celebration Education as a full learner-centered curriculum. For more about Celebration Education, visit CelebrationEducation.com.
For the Homeschool Mom Who Never Wanted to be a Teacher
There is no shame in admitting that you have no idea where to start, or your child’s latest inability to progress in math has you losing sleep. In fact, looking for ways to partner with other moms often has the immediate effect of making you feel a lot less alone.
Asking for help is not failing. I think it’s the secret to truly owning your homeschool experience."
Read the rest of the article here.
Stonyfield Free Park Day
Join them for their FREE park day for organic yogurt, live music, eco-crafts, and more information on making your favorite parks healthier places to play!
Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10am to 1pm
TeWinkle Park, 970 Arlington Dr, Costa Mesa
Crafty Kids Sunday
Come join us for a fun themed craft project anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.!
Crafty Kids Sunday features FREE craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom.
All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 2 to 10 years old. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 923-2290
Website: Click here
Apprentice of the Wild programs with Chris Morasky!
This is a mentoring program. We will make fires by rubbing sticks together, learn edible and medicinal plants, move silently, feel the natural rhythm of the land, and discover ancient wisdom as we “seek what they sought.”
This class is taught with love, compassion, non-violent communication (NVC) methods, and the inherent principles of living a life in Harmony with the Earth.
I’ll be drawing from over 30 years teaching experience to offer a day that’s specific to the interests and uniqueness of the students.
Here is a partial list of experiences children may have:
Nature immersion games
Sensory awareness, expanded vision
Silent walking and stalking
Tracking and reading animal sign
Safe use of knives and knife sharpening
Edible and medicinal plants
Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill
Preparing char cloth
Types of fires for warmth, signalling, cooking and the making of tools
Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and coal burning
Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing
Shelter location based on topography
Water purification using primitive methods
Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc.
Digging sticks and rabbit sticks
Primitive hygiene (making soap, toothbrush and comb)
Paiute deadfall trap, quail trap and springpole snare
Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion)
Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
Traditional and modern stories
Age 5-16 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Adults are welcome to join us at no cost.
For more info and to register, go to http://wisdomkeepers.us/los-angeles/
APPRENTICE OF THE WILD: COSTA MESA SATURDAYS!
Time: 11am to 3pm
First class is April 27. Meets every Saturday.
Inspire Charter funds welcome, sign up here and put in your order.
For more info and to register, go to http://wisdomkeepers.us/los-angeles/
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with over 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. This program is a rare and unique opportunity to experience living "with" nature from someone who has actually done it. Chris has lived most of the past 20+ years in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah. He lived in a tipi for 6 years, homesteaded along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states and led totally Stone Age expeditions into the wilderness of Idaho and Oregon. His teachers include Lakota, Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow, Blackfeet and Serri tribesmen, many wilderness skills experts and life itself. Chris’ workshops focus on awakening instincts, ancient skills and deep nature connection as doorways to understand more fully who we are, why we're here, and where we’re headed.
Turtle Rock Nature Center
The Turtle Rock Nature Center is located at the base of the San Joaquin Hills in the City of Irvine, and serves as a community resource for environmental interest and concern. The five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment. Visitors can explore the nature center at their leisure, taking a self-guided trail walk during regular operating hours. Trails may be closed due to inclement weather.
Winding through the nature preserve is a paved trail that displays native Southern Californian habitats, including riparian, desert and woodlands. Frequent visitors to our nature preserve trail include local birds who enjoy swimming in our pond, lizards who bask in the sun on our rocks, and rabbits who disappear into the desert brush.
Native Plant Garden
Designed and completed by Eagle Scout Nathaniel Pinckney, the native plant garden features some common plant species native to Orange County. Visit the garden for a chance to learn about the importance of local plant species and to get information on how to plant natives in your own backyard.
The labyrinth – a circular, winding rock path – was designed and completed by Eagle Scout Michael Nakahara, Troop 606.There are as many ways to walk the labyrinth as there are individuals. It represents our passage through time and experience. Like the journey of life, no time or effort is wasted. Every step takes us closer to our goal.
Turtle Rock Nature Center
1 Sunnyhill Drive
Irvine, CA 92603(link is external)