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Monday, November 4, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

College Apps Workshops and World of Work Wednesdays

College Application workshops THIS WEEK!

World of Work Wednesdays! - We need your help!

November is National Career Awareness Month

World of Work Wednesdays are 1-hour, virtual events where a panel of professionals take questions, interview-style from me, the School Counselor. Questions will be pre-released to those who participate in the panel.

We hope to have 2-3 professionals, within the same field, on each panel and hope to hold multiple events throughout the school year. That way, we can present on various career fields!

If you are interested in participating in a panel, complete this survey, and I will contact you.

If you know someone who would be a great person to share their career with our community, share this survey with them, and I will reach out!

Let's build a partnership for the success of our students!

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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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Parents' Night Out

Come and meet your Family Liaisons on Wednesday!

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

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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!
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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.

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!

Notification of Mental Health Services

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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).

Facebook Group- Important!

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 of the Facebook group. Please help us by checking your Message Requests folder on Facebook and confirming your enrollment. We are starting to remove members who do not reply. Thank you for your understanding!

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!

Community Connections is excited for November and celebrating “Adventures 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:

November OC Community Connections Newsletter

The December newsletter will be coming out next week. 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

Mind Benders- Deductive Thinking Skills

This is our best-selling deductive thinking puzzles series that develops the logic, reading comprehension, and mental organization skills vital to achieving higher grades and top test scores in all subjects. These award-winning, fun puzzles are also great for developing real-life, problem-solving skills!

Students learn to carefully analyze each Mind Benders® story and its clues, identifying logical associations between people, places, and things. The key is to make sure you get all the information out of each clue, by starting with the most obvious associations, then deducing the less obvious associations until everything finally fits together.

Books and software both include step-by-step instructions and detailed answers. Puzzles increase in difficulty as you progress. The software also includes many other features that allow students to play and learn with little or no teacher time required.

Additional Software Features:
- Multi-user login
- Helpful in-game hints
- Answer check without showing solutions
- Saves student progress
- Printable student scores (Win only)
- Completion award certificate

Grade levels: TK through 12

Price: Varies. View all prices and sample pages at

Homeschooling Advice

5 homeschool reminders from a former classroom teacher

"I was chatting with a friend last week about all the things she felt bad about not accomplishing, six weeks into the new school year. Like me, she homeschools. Like me, she struggles to feel a sense of progress and success.

My kids are still not in a routine.

I haven’t lesson planned on Saturdays like I thought I would.

I haven’t graded their math work for two weeks.

As she spoke, it occurred to me that she was beating herself up for things that, when I was teaching in a classroom, we all accepted was just a part of teaching.

When I shared this with her, she was stunned. Having never wanted to teach prior to homeschooling her children, she had no idea that other moms, much less other teachers, might struggle with the same thing.

Sometimes, we can be a little too focused on what happens in a traditional classroom.

For example, when my family first started homeschooling, I made the mistake of trying to replicate the very same school experience that was not working for my boys, because it was what I knew. (Ya’ll, I even rang a little bell when it was time to start or break for recess.)

While it’s important for us to lean into what is more flexible and different about homeschooling, I believe there are also some things we can learn from teachers who somehow manage a classroom of thirty smelly, sweet little ones without losing their minds."

Read the full post here.

Local Events

Autumn Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

Delve into the arts, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s eighteenth annual Autumn Festival. Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian-American cultures.

When: November 16-17, 2019

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific

Cost: Free with admission

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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