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Monday, August 19, 2019

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

~ The Orange County Inspire Team

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School News and Important Dates

Back to School Adventure Day!

Join us as we kick off the school year with a Back to School Adventure Day! There will be fun activities, meet and greets with teachers, local vendors, school IDs, and more!

When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: TWO locations

Dinosaur Park - 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

TeWinkle Park - 970 Arlington Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Do you know a fantastic Inspire vendor? Please let them know we would love to have them at our Back to School Adventure Day! They just need to fill in this form. Thank you!
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Fall School Photos are available at both Back to School events!

Dinosaur Park School Pictures Information (25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, 92653) Thursday, August 29 from 10am-12pm and enjoy the lasting memory of a school photo.

Sign up for a specific time slot and pay ahead to make the process quick and easy.

Last-minute additions are always welcome.

TeWinkle Park School Pictures Information (970 Arlington Dr, Costa Mesa, 92626) Thursday, August 29 from 10am-12pm and enjoy the lasting memory of a school photo.

There is no need to sign up for a specific time slot. Last-minute additions are always welcome.

TeWinkle Park Picture Pricing

Tips for a great school photo:

* Bright colors are recommended. It's a good idea to avoid white, busy patterns, and logos.

* Glasses can be worn but let the photographer know if you would like your child photographed with or without glasses.

* Siblings are always welcome to picture day. 1 group photo is free of charge if at least one student package has been purchased. Each child requires a separate order of a package for individual photos.

Prints and ID cards will be delivered via USPS mail.

We look forward to seeing you!

Tustin Picture Day

If you are unable to attend our Back to School event, we have another Picture Day coming up!
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Coffee and Conversation with your Family Liaisons

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Join Inspiring Parents Tonight!

Click the link below to join Inspiring Parents_Live @ 5 each Monday in August:

Need recordings from past Inspiring Parents ranging from advice about homeschooling, curriculum, Online Subscription Package, co-ops, homeschooling middle-high school, and more? Sign up here to receive recordings and resources:

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

Introducing the ALL NEW Community Connections for Orange County! We are thrilled to help families build community within the OC area. Please see this CC Newsletter for all the activities taking place for September. September 2019 CC Newsletter for OC And reach out to any of our wonderful Community Coordinators with any questions you may have.

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Curriculum at the Lending Library

Curriculum items checked out of the Lending Library System will now be available for the entire school year rather than the normal 90 day period. Any curriculum items checked out will be due at the end of the school year in June. All other materials will remain due in 90 days.

California Homeschool Parent Association

Member Elections are coming up for our first Executive Board and 10 Regional Community Councils

  • Executive Board Nomination Form click Here
  • Regional Community Council Nomination Form click Here

Join our CHPA Facebook Group Today!

Heart of Homeschooling

Parent Education Program

Meets once a month in a large forum, in a smaller home group, or individually in your own home. Grow and learn together, share ideas and become stronger and more solid in your vision of homeschooling for your family.

September through May! Watch for more information coming soon!

  • Grow - Cultivate your homeschool heart, create a Mission Statement

  • Learn - History of education, homeschooling, public school, & charters

  • Discover - Teaching style, learning styles, and homeschool methods

  • Connect - Community Connections, CHPA, Clubs, Committees, & Co-ops

  • Cultivate - Mentorship & Apprenticeship, make a plan for you & kids

  • Fertilize - Invest in yourself. Choose one area to work on and grow

  • Seasons - Study child development, family seasons, High school, & IEP’s

  • Droughts & Storms - Make a plan for when this happens. Be ready!

  • Sowing Seeds - Create a family service plan to give back to others

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Enrichment Ordering Information

We hope the following reminders about ordering, dates, guidelines, etc will help you on your homeschooling journey!

Enrichment Ordering Information

  • Our systems are optimized for CHROME browser. If you don’t have it, you can download it to both your computer and your phone easily.
  • Your login information will be the same for each of the ordering sites: Field Trips and Events, Enrichment Ordering System and Lending Library.
  • Missing funds and/or students questions can be directed to
  • If your password isn’t working on any of the platforms listed above, simply hit “Forgot Password?” and check your email to get your new one.
  • Remember that all services requested must begin on or AFTER August 20th, the first day of school.
  • Our Enrichment Staff works quickly but are also processing thousands of orders. Have patience and expect a 4 - 6 week wait depending on your requests.

View EOS tutorials:

1st How To Video:

2nd How To Video:

Here are the links for each site:

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.

Online Subscription Package 2019-2020

If you are still deciding which Online Subscriptions would suit your family, be sure to check out Inspire's OSP Handbook! If you have any additional questions, please email our wonderful OSP team here:

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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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Field Trips

Educational Tools

Deep Look Series on YouTube

Watch science and nature videos up close (really, really close). Twice a month, get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. DEEP LOOK is a ultra-HD (4K) short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios.

Stream the video below with finding real sand crabs at the beach for an educational homeschooling adventure!

For Pacific Mole Crabs It's Dig or Die | Deep Look

Homeschooling Advice

5 Simple Steps to Plan a Year of Homeschool Unit Studies

"Unit studies can be a really fun part of your homeschool, but as a new homeschooling mom it can be really intimidating to plan one out. What do you study? What should you read? How do you do it without a curriculum laying it out for you?

Thankfully, the process really isn’t as scary as it seems. With the simple tips in this post you’ll be able to plan unit studies like a pro, and you’ll be well on your way with your back to homeschool prep!"

Read the full article here.

Local Events

Smores with a Ranger at Crystal Cove State Park

State Parks, Campgrounds and S’mores are a summertime tradition. Come down to the Berns Amphitheater at Crystal Cove State Park on Friday August 23 from 7-8pm to Chat and Snack with a Ranger and learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the park. Bring your S’more fixings and we’ll have the fire pit lit. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) $5 sunset rate.

When: August 23, 2019 from 7pm-8pm

Where: Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground)

Cost: $5 sunset rate

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 has sent 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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