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Monday, June 24, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Lending Library Summer Closure Dates

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Inspiring Parents is Back!

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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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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.

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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More Updates to Our Online Subscription Package for 2019-2020!

We have more exciting news - the OSP options are getting even better!

Since our original announcement in April, we were able to add 2 previous options (Kids Discover Online and Prodigy) as well as 2 new options (Adventure Academy and Elephango).
You now have 25 options to choose from!

HIGHLIGHTS: 8 curriculum options and 17 educational apps and resources -- including a 24/7, live online tutoring subscription for all subjects!
Shmoop and Rosetta Stone® Foundations (Spanish, French, and German) are A-G approved curriculum options for high school

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: ABC Mouse, Discovery Education Streaming Plus with Science Techbook, and Vocabulary Spelling City

NEW: Adventure Academy, Beast Academy Online, Elephango, Rosetta Stone Foundations, Dreambox Learning, myON Reader & myON News w/Accelerated Reader, Typing Agent, and


This year’s OSP options are valued at more than $2,400 *
* value based on the retail value for the 5 most expensive subscriptions

Please visit our OSP Handbook for additional info and FAQ,

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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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Important Information About Inspire's Enrichment Adventures

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

Schools 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 pad 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

Bird and Bug Bingo by Christine Berrie

Bird Bingo

This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 species of birds from around the world. Spot all kinds of birds—from the robin to the puffin and the kookaburra to the splendid fairywren—mark them off on your card and bingo! Contains 64 superbly illustrated bird tokens, one board, 12 bingo cards, and brightly colored counters for you to mark up your card, as well as a leaflet containing basic information and a few quirky traits for all of the birds featured.

Bug Bingo

This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 species of bugs from around the world. Identify all kinds of insects – from the Giant Hawker Dragonfly to the Kissing Bug and the Orchid Bee to the Sacred Scarab – mark them off on your card and bingo!

Bug Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game as players learn the names and colorings of both favorite species like the Honey Bee and more exotic bugs like the Vampire Moth.

Contains 64 superbly illustrated bug tokens, one board, 12 bingo cards and brightly colored counters for you to mark up your card, as well as a leaflet containing basic information and a few quirky traits for all of the bugs featured.

These are great games for the whole family!

Price? Bird Bingo is currently $13.93 on Amazon, and Bug Bingo is currently $21.01 on Amazon

Covered by Inspire funds? Yes.

Consumable? No.

Vendor Spotlight

Art Steps (Three locations)

In 1999, Hilary Key, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, learned to effectively teach classical, fine art drawing and painting skills to children in the Los Angeles area using world-class curriculum and methodology developed by Ed and Sher Warren. She approached the Warrens about partnering to form a new studio, bringing these teaching techniques to Orange County, and Art Steps was born.

At Art Steps, we provide:

  • A solid foundation in realistic, classical drawing and painting skills
  • A cheerful, caring studio community where people feel at ease
  • Step-by-step guidance and mentorship, inspiring students at every level to enjoy working toward their individual artistic goals
  • Helpful resources, encouraging artists to thrive!

Each of our talented teachers, carefully hand-chosen by our Director for a kind, warm personality, strong classical artistic painting skills, and enthusiasm for working children, either has a fine art degree such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, or is currently working toward one. Every teacher participates in 40 hours of hands-on, project-based artwork training with our Director, plus another 20+ hours in the classroom with an experienced teacher, to ensure consistent excellence in instruction.

Locations: Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills and Yorba Linda

Check out Art Steps' student masterpieces here, and sign up for a free trial class here! You can also contact email them:

Homeschooling Advice

There are no educational emergencies

"Your child can’t read—and she’s 9.

Your child won’t handwrite, and when he does, it’s illegible.

You forgot to teach state history that year your oldest was in 4th grade because of the newborn.

You finally got the diagnosis: ADHD. She’s 16. What about college?

My friend Stephanie Hoffmann Elms loves to share a favorite saying of one of her friends: “There are no educational emergencies.” The first time I heard it, the phrase went off like an alarm in my heart. What if that were true?"

Read the full post by Julie Bogart here.

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Local Events

OC's Sunset Cinema Films: Zootopia at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

The annual Sunset Cinema film series returns, featuring 14 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 14 – September 13 around sunset.

Friday, June 28 welcomes Thor PG-13 (2011) at Craig Regional Park, 3300 State College Blvd, Fullerton.

Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site.

  • Event: Free
  • Parking: Free after 5 p.m.
  • Click this link for a complete list of Sunset Cinema film series events.
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Science of Sailing Exhibit

Ocean Quest’s Science of Sailing showcases integrate ship models with artifacts and connects them to science concepts and hands-on activities. Areas of focus include the science of simple machines and how they incorporate design, navigation, and communication. Along the way, visitors will be introduced to the unique and historic elements related to the nautical history of the Newport Harbor.

Plus, join one of these three fun and exciting adventures and become a Navigator, an Engineer, or a First Mate!

Engineer Quest– Learn what it takes to build and sail a boat. Test your engineering skills as you learn about the various components of a sail boat, discover how a ship’s design can impact its load, and create and test your own sail.

Navigator Quest– Learn what it takes to be a ship’s navigator as you explore communication at sea. Discover how and why flags are used on ships and practice other ways to communicate while at sea, like Morse Code. Can you find your way only using a Compass?

First Mate Quest– Early learners can experience the Science of Sailing exhibit by exploring sails, learning about flags, and letting a compass guide them on their journey!

When: Until September 3, 2019

Where: Ocean Quest, 600 E. Bay Ave, Newport Beach

Price: Included with general admission

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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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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