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Monday, October 28, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

End of Learning Period 2

Learning Period 2 ends on November 1st. Attendance and work samples are due this Friday!
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Julie Bogart is Back!

Click this link for access to the Writing Across the Curriculum webcast.

Click the link below to access prior recording links for Writer’s Jungle and Help for High School Writing:


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Inspirational Parent Symposium

Click on the flyer to sign up to this amazing event that now has an additional guest speaker!

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 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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Field Trip Chaperones

When signing up for field trips please remember to add at least one chaperone. Inspire will cover the cost of one adult chaperone for every two enrolled Inspire students attending an Inspire teacher-led field trip (up to 3 adult chaperones for 5+ enrolled Inspire students). Following is the breakdown:

1-2 Inspire Students Attending = 1 Free Adult Chaperone

3-4 Inspire Students Attending = 2 Free Adult Chaperones

5+ Inspire Students Attending = 3 Free Adult Chaperones

Additional chaperones not covered may pay out of pocket at the time of booking (subject to availability by each field trip).

Parents' Night Out

Come and meet your Family Liaisons on November 6th!

We kindly ask that children be left at home for this event. Thank you for understanding.

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Facebook Group

If you are a member of our Inspire Orange County Facebook group, you will be receiving a message in your Message Requests folder on Facebook from Ladan or Shae asking to confirm your enrollment with the Inspire. We have currently messaged all members whose Facebook first names begin with letters A through R. Please help us by checking your Message Requests folder on Facebook, in order to stay in the group. Thank you!

Save the date: 2019 Entrepreneur Fair

Save the date for the most wonderful event of the year!
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Every Kid Outdoors

Every Kid Outdoors, formerly Every Kid in a Park, seeks to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors and inspire them to become our future environmental stewards ready to protect and preserve these natural and historic treasures for many years to come. The program gives every U.S. fourth grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed lands and waters. For more information and to download a pass for your fourth grader, visit

Picking up items from the Lending Library

Just a reminder: once you receive the “Ready for Pick Up” email on an ordered item, you will have 15 days to pick up your items. If you have not picked up your items, they will be put back into the Lending Library system for another family to check out. For more information, feel free to visit the FAQ section of the Lending Library website.

New Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to offer a program for the ASD community including adults and children on the autism spectrum as well as their families, friends and caregivers. This program encourages individuals to explore, reflect and learn in an environment that is comfortable for them.

General admission rates apply during ASD Accessibility Hour. Attendees are welcome to arrive before 4 p.m. on ASD Hour afternoon dates and stay after 9 a.m. on ASD Accessibility Hour morning dates.

Friday, December 27 -8 a.m. - 9 a.m.*
Tuesday, April 28 -4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, June 19 -8 a.m. - 9 a.m

Reservations are required for this event. To reserve your spot for ASD Accessibility Hour, please contact our Bookings Department or (949) 234-1306.

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Now that school has been in full swing for a few weeks, we are excited to share with you our second issue of the Special Education Newsletter! We've worked hard on gathering resources and hope that you find this issue meaningful and helpful in your special education journey with your student. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover in the future. Enjoy!

The October 2019 issue includes:

  • Introduction to Transition
  • How to Teach Your Child to Use the Library
  • Using Multi-sensory Instruction
  • Following Directions

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.

Wild & Free Conference

Wild + Free One Day

The Crossing | Costa Mesa, CA | April 30, 2020

Announcing a one-day Wild + Free event at The Crossing venue in Costa Mesa, CA on Thursday, April 30th! Join 1,000 charter school members for a full day of insight, inspiration, and encouragement with Wild + Free.

This beautiful gathering will feature main-stage keynotes, guest musicians, and surprises throughout the day. We may not all homeschool the same way, but we're not alone. We have each other, and we're in this together.

Ticket orders may be placed through the EOS and are non-refundable. Please select "Product Order" and "Other Vendor."

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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

If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz:

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Join The Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program this month to LEARN about the history of education and homeschooling. We will also explore the history of charter schools & look at how educational decisions & cultural changes have influenced your family choices today. Every month we have a webinar and group discussions covering an essential Homeschooling topic. Also, every Tuesday we spotlight a Healthy Homeschooling Habit to discuss and investigate on our Facebook Group. Check out our website HERE to learn more. Scroll to the bottom to join the program.

Click here to view the Statewide Executive Board New Officers!

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2020 Coastal Arts & Poetry Contest - Now Open for Entries

California students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their original artwork and poetry to this annual coastal and marine themed contest. This is a fun opportunity for your student to showcase their creativity!

Find more details here.

Park Days

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Field Trips and Events

Click on the flyer to book tickets!

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

October is “Adventures in the Great Outdoors” so join us for a lot of fun outdoor activities this month. The November Newsletter is hot-off the press so be sure to sign-up for an “Adventure in Gratitude” including a state-wide event called IMPACT DAY. Be sure to sign-up for each event in the Field Trip and Events page or simply click the links in the newsletters:

October OC Community Connections Newsletter

November OC Community Connections Newsletter

If you would like to know what is going on in other regions or simply want more information about Community Connections, you can find this information in our CC Parent Website where all our newsletters and events throughout the state are found.

If you need any assistance, please reach out to your local Community Coordinator (contact info found in newsletters). We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

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S.T.E.A.M. for Teens & Tweens

Educational Tools

Figures in Motion

Does your child love history and crave meaningful hands-on activities? Do you need to motivate a creative or reluctant learner to discover the wonder of history?

Engage your child with articulated paper figures of the great men and women of history! Unlike paper dolls, these figures move! They are easy to assemble and are designed to supplement any history curriculum or stand alone with biographies.

Color, cut, and assemble using the award-winning Famous Figures series of activity books. Then, act out the stories of history or tell about the past with your historical creations. Makes learning history fun and memorable for your child!

Designed for ages 6 through 12. Go to for more information.

Homeschooling Advice

Homeschooling is a Socialization Benefit Not a Drawback

“I sure hope my friend is here,” mydaughter said from the backseat of the car, as we pulled up to one of our favorite breakfast places. One might assume she hoped to see another little girl, but the person she eagerly awaited talking to was not a child, but our favorite waitress, Tanya.

Tanya is in her late thirties and has a son who is twelve. She works most days at the family restaurant and we always look forward to her bright smile and her energetic nature. She and Tanya talk as we order our meal, as we eat, and then, just before we leave, Tanya hands over a handful of lollipops to my smiling daughter.

“Thank you!” she beams.

“Thank you, honey, for brightening my day,” Tanya replies.

Some may think it’s strange for a seven-year-old to befriend an adult, but for our daughter, friendship has no age restrictions. She is very friendly and will consider anyone she knows well a friend, whether they’re two years old or seventy-two years old.

This freedom to socialize in the real world, with various age groups, is one of our favorite things about homeschooling. It’s funny because so often a major critique from many outside the homeschool realm is the lack of socialization that homeschool children are presumed to experience."

Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Pumpkin Launch at Cal State Fullerton

Come launch your engineering dreams at our 12th Annual Pumpkin Launch. Join Discovery Cube and Cal State University, Fullerton at Cal State Fullerton’s athletic field for a day of flight, engineering, and pumpkin-smashing hijinks on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

What is Pumpkin Launch? Pumpkin Launch is a free-community event for students and families to participate in a fun-filled STEM festival at a university campus. Contestants use the principles of STEM to build trebuchet machines that send pumpkins high in the sky and towards targets that line the field. The team with the highest score wins the Pumpkin Launch trophy! It isn’t all about cheering on the stem-topped soarers, though. The FREE Event provides hands-on activities for students and families to design and build their own launching devices, test their machines and enjoy some mini competition. Plus, enjoy some of OC’s best food trucks, have a bite and keep your energy up.

Find more information here.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Cal State Fullerton’s athletic field

800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831

Cost: FREE

Orange County Inspire Team

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"Wishing you and your families all the best for a happy and adventurous school year!"

~ The Orange County Inspire Team

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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