Riverside County Family Newsletter

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of December 2nd, 2019

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What's Inside!

  • It's time to sign up for the Entrepreneur Fair! (Sign up by December 2nd)
  • History Day - Get all the info you need inside this newsletter!
  • This week's events around Riverside County
  • Wild + Free One Day Conference info

Welcome back!

We hope you enjoyed your much-deserved break. Now that it's December and another break is upon us, jump back in and get to work! Spend the next two weeks digging into the last bit of what you've planned and then rest. It is a whirlwind season filled with so many fantastic homeschool possibilities, and we want you to live it to the fullest!

A good tip for the busy season is to create spaces where creativity can flourish! Don't let the extra commitments create an environment where it feels like the basics can't get done. Use it to your advantage! Set up a card table filled with seasonally themed books, stickers, and crafts. Encourage your kids to make cards, gifts, decorations, and anything related to the holidays and changing of the seasons. This will give them so many opportunities to think outside of the box and build their creative skills. Encourage them to write poems, stories, and songs that align with the way your family celebrates the holidays, season, and new year! So many excellent language arts lessons can be found within the simple pages of a holiday card or story.

Another excellent way to practice math skills in an out-of-the-box way is in the kitchen! 'Tis the season for extra cooking and baking! Don't let it make you feel like you can't fit in all the extras...use the time in the kitchen as an excellent gateway to fractions and budgeting!

Please reach out anytime and get to know us! We love supporting homeschool families and look forward to getting to know you.

We are so happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through

learning about homeschool philosophy, curriculum, and the homeschool lifestyle.

Don't let yourself drown in worry or fear over homeschooling.

If you find yourself there, reach out!

We hope to connect with you soon,

Audrey & Candice

Riverside County Parent Resource Site

Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

Enrolled with Inspire Charter? Join us on Facebook for lively discussion and homeschool support.

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Inspire students, families, and staff members have incredible stories.

Head over to our website to read a few of them and share your story with us.

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Look at what's happening this week!

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Upcoming Field Trips! Set Your Alarms!

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Inspire Riverside County Hosted Field Trips & Community Events!

Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step-by-step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

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Inspiring Parents Webinar!

Parents and teachers are invited to join Inspiring Parents for tips and tricks to help you expand your teaching toolkit from writing, computer literacy, study skills to math fluency. The Wednesday after Thanksgiving Break we focus on Surviving Homeschooling Through the Holidays and will follow up the first Wednesday of the month through the end of the year with different topics.

Wednesday, December 4 at 1-2 pm


If you missed the November 7 Writing Across the Curriculum, then click this link http://bit.ly/BraveLearnerFreeResources to add your email address and receive Writing Across the Curriculum, Writer's Jungle and High School Writing Help, as well as the Brave Learner Companion Guide.

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Community Connections!

Let The Adventure Begin! Community Connections is bringing Riverside County amazing events and activities that will create community and enhance the Adventure of Learning.

Community Connection Opportunities Will Include:

*Thematic Adventure Days (Western Theme, Astronomy Theme, Color Run, Earth Day and Much More)

*Teacher-Led Field Trips

*Middle School and High School Event and Field Trips

*Special Events (Picture Days, Science Fairs, Community Service Projects and Much More)

Let's Connect!

Parents will join the fun for all events and field trips and will be able to use this time to connect with other homeschooling families.

Come Join the Community!

Our events are just a click away!

Check back frequently to see all the added events we are bringing to your community!

Riverside County Community Connections Newsletter

Riverside County Community Connections Parent Site

Share your Community Connection event ideas with us!

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CLICK HERE for Participant Guidelines

We are so happy you are interested in participating in our upcoming Entrepreneur Fair in early December! Be sure to sign up below by December 2nd!

Would your student like to participate?

Hello, Inspire Families!

We are so excited about the Entrepreneur Fair that is coming to Riverside County on December 13th. This was a huge success last year, and we can’t wait to see what our students do this year! If you are interested in participating, please check out the information below and then sign up using Entrepreneur Fair 2019 Sign-Ups by December 2nd.

We would like to provide you with some guidelines as you consider participating:

  1. All creations must be from student entrepreneurs (No retail items, please.)
  2. If you are bringing a food item, please list all ingredients at your booth and/or on the packaging.
  3. Items that pose a danger to anyone will not be allowed on site.
  4. Instructional funds cannot be used to purchase materials for creating your wares.
  5. You will be responsible for providing your own “booth” at the event. This can be an EZ-Up, table, or another way to define your space. Even a blanket can define space! Please keep your space to no larger than 12 x 12. On the day of the event, we will direct you to your site for the day.
  6. Be creative! Make a sign with prices and/or label each of your items.
  7. Plan ahead! Bring enough cash to make the change for your customers.
  8. Part of being an entrepreneur is marketing, so you may want to create your own marketing email or flyer (or use the one provided) to share with your family and friends to invite them to come shop.
  9. All proceeds are yours to keep. After all, you are the entrepreneur.

Please RSVP by December 2nd!

Entrepreneur Fair 2019 Sign-Ups

Participants RSVP by December 2nd!

Click here if you would like to participate in this year's Entrepreneur Fair!

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History Day!

Dear Inspire Families,

Inspire Charter Schools-Riverside will be participating in History Day and we would love for your 4th-12th graders to participate!

When: February 7, 2020 9am-12pm

Where: East Hills Community Church, 20660 Orange Terrace Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92508.

I Don’t Know How to Do History Day!

We can help! We have workshops once a month in the Zoom Room to check in with your student and see how they are doing. We can offer assistance and ideas to help your student show their best work. These workshops are not mandatory to participate in History Day but will be an excellent support for students.

Workshop Schedule:

    • Wed. October 16 @ 9am (Topic Check)
      • Click HERE for the slides from this workshop
    • Wed. Nov. 6 @ 9am
      • Click HERE for the slides from this workshop
    • Wed. Dec. 4 @ 9am
    • Wed. Jan 8 @ 9am (Registration Forms Due!)

Other Office Hours:

Our English and Social Science Content Specialists hold office hours each week and your student can drop in via Zoom to ask questions and get help. The schedule and links can be found HERE.

M, T, Th: 2:00-3:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4131127327

W: 12:00-1:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4131127327

F: 10:00-11:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4131127327

M: 12:00-1:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4094090824

T, TH, F: 10:00-11:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4094090824

W: 2:00-3:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4094090824

We held an introductory meeting to give an overview. You can find the slide presentation here. There are links to a multitude of resources in this slide presentation, as well as the rulebook and themebook.

How Can My Student Participate?

Please complete the Interest Survey if your student wants to participate. We will add you to our mailing list for workshops and information. We will send out the registration forms via this mailing list, as well. Registration Forms are due Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Helpful Links:

All of this information is also on our Riverside County Parent Resource Site. Click the History Day Link on the Events Calendar page.

Please reach out to Summer Davidson (summer@inspireschools.org) or Jen Rushing (jrushing@inspireschools.org) with questions!

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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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Lending Libraries Going Mobile in January 2020

We have some important changes to our lending library system coming in January 2020. We will be moving to a mobile lending library system. Please see the letter from our administration regarding these changes. We are excited about this change and the access this will bring to more of our families.
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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 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!

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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.
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Inspire Planners Feedback

Are you using your Inspire planner? What is something you'd like to see included next year?

Give us your feedback in this survey and your ideas may be printed in the 20-21 school planners!

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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.

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Dear Families,

We have exciting news! Membership for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to join the California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA). This is Inspire’s new, non-profit Parent Organization!


The CHPA Founders

CHPA Statewide Executive Board Elections!

A BIG thank you to all who ran, helped, and participated in our first elections.

ANNOUNCING 2019-2020

The Statewide Executive Board!












President: Carina Hoyt

Vice-President: Stefanie Muhlhauser

Treasurer: Kristina Lee

Secretary: Chastity Cervantez

Regional Committee Chair Nominees: Marisa Estrada


CHPA Newsletter

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OSP Department Office Hours!

OSP Office Hours (live support via Zoom): Every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- https://zoom.us/j/839367766

Note: Main Program students who start with Inspire on/before November 30, 2019 may opt-out of the OSP and receive an additional $400 in Instructional Funds in lieu of the Online Subscription Package.

The $400 opt-out funds will be added to student's accounts in the Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) on February 1, 2020 for students who opt-out. Students must submit their opt-out preference in order to receive the $400 in additional funds on February 1st.

Students enrolled in a package offering with an approved vendor are not eligible to receive the opt-out funds if they decide to opt-out. Please refer to the Vendor Package page for more information.

Students who enroll late and start with Inspire on/after December 1, 2019 are not eligible to receive the opt-out funds if they decide to opt-out.

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Head here for the most up to date information from the OSP Department regarding subscription processing and how to's!

OSP Webinars!

Check out all the recorded OSP webinars!

All OSP webinars are recorded and uploaded to the OSP Handbook: OSP Recorded Webinars

Head over to the OSP Handbook for all information regarding options and instructions.

Questions? Please contact our OSP Team: osp@inspireschools.org

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Please enjoy our latest edition of our Inspire Cares Monthly Newsletter.

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter October 2019

You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!

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Riverside County Library System EVENTS!

Make sure you're in the "know" for all the events happening at the Riverside County Libraries!

Head over to http://rivlib.info/website/events

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Your Inspire Riverside County Team!

Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaison for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Candice Zuniga

I am starting my twelfth year of homeschooling my big group! I have eight kids and six are enrolled in Inspire! I love to help families discover their perfect homeschool lifestyle based on the needs of each child and the family! We homeschool in a very eclectic and flexible way and always have. I desire to bring a deep understanding of the importance and enjoyment of home education to our awesome Riverside County Community of Homeschoolers! As always, reach out at any time for all your homeschool needs and concerns. I am always happy to help!

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 11 to 7 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Inspire Charter, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling with Inspire

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

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