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Monday, November 4, 2019
Quote of the Week
School News and Important Dates
College Apps Workshops and World of Work Wednesdays
College Application workshops THIS WEEK!
- Wednesday, Nov 6: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Thursday, Nov 7: The UC and CSU Application Workshop
- Common Application Workshop- Coming Soon!
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!
Julie Bogart is Back!
Parents' Night Out
We kindly ask that children be left at home for this event. Thank you for understanding.
Inspirational Parent Symposium
Parent Testing Resources Website
Notification of Mental Health Services
Field Trip Tip
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!
Field Trip Chaperones
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!
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
Every Kid Outdoors
Picking up items from the Lending Library
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 234-1306.
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
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."
Orange County History Day - Natural History Day
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: email@example.com
California Homeschool Parent Association
2020 Coastal Arts & Poetry Contest - Now Open for Entries
Find more details here.
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:
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.
S.T.E.A.M. for Teens & Tweens
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 https://www.criticalthinking.com/mind-benders.html
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.
Autumn Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific
When: November 16-17, 2019
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific
Cost: Free with admission
Orange County Inspire Team
"Wishing you and your families all the best for a happy and adventurous school year!"
~ The Orange County Inspire Team