Central Scoop

Bringing Central Inspire Families Together

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!

January 15, 2019

We hope this edition of the Scoop will bring you opportunities that enrich your homeschool journey!

Enrichment Updates

  1. WOW! Even after the Winter Break, order processing continues to be a 1 day turn around
  2. Certain Tech Items* will now be available to purchase DIRECTLY through the Enrichment Ordering System without ordering through the Tech department
  3. Tablets and Kindle Fire Readers- If the one you select does not include a case, the Enrichment department will order a case for the device.
  4. Printers-Educational Quality-Not to exceed $300

*All Computers and Apple Products (including iPads) must continue to be ordered through the Tech Store.

Coming Soon! Physical Fitness Testing

PFT Testing is for 5th, 7th, and 9th-grade students. The PFT includes a BMI screening, a one-mile run/walk, curl-ups, push-ups, trunk lift, and sit and reach or shoulder stretch.

Physical Fitness Testing will be offered in several locations throughout Inspire Central.

Clovis- Friday, March 8th

Clovis- Friday, March 15th

Kingsburg- Thursday, March 7th

Merced-Friday, March 8th

Oakhurst- Tuesday, March 12th

Salinas- Tuesday, February 12th

A Note From the Lending Library Specialists

Hello, Inspire Families!

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a restful break and are recharged for the new year. A friendly reminder that if you checked out any items from the day of the Grand Opening they are now due. If you would like to recheck your items out for an additional 90 days please email us with the items you would like to recheck out. You can also come into the library with the items and we can recheck them out for you as well.

We also have a few events coming up. Please check out the flyers below. If you would like to sign up please do so at https://inspirationstation.org/. Spots are limited, hurry and sign up today!

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Lending Library Specialists- Fresno

A Note from our Family Liaisons

Inspire Clubs are a fun way to make friends and learn something new! We invite you to check them out!
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Facebook- Inspire Central

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Family Liaisons

High School

Semester 1 Ends January 24

All coursework must be completed by 1/24/2019.

If your child is struggling to keep up, please reach out to your HST to see about making a completion plan.

Inspire does not offer partial credit for classes.

Financial Aid Info Session

Counseling Info Session

Topic- Financial Aid

Wednesday, January 23rd at 12 pm

Click Here for the Zoom LInk

Students, Parents, and Teachers are all welcome!

Recording and slides will be posted on the HS Website.

Vendor Spotlight

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Central Valley Homeschool Convention- July 11-13 in Fresno, CA


The Central Valley Homeschool Convention will be held in Fresno this summer. Inspire Enrichment Specialists will be on site during the conference so that you may use your educational funding to purchase curriculum and materials right on the spot.

Instructional funds may be used to pay for Inspire Parents to attend this conference.*

*A maximum $350 per family can be used each year towards Parent Educational Development relating to educating your child/ren in the Independent Study Format.

Inspire LOVE Community Service Project

We are excited to invite you to join Inspire as we show foster kids some love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. We are planning to make, fill, and donate “journey bags” to a local foster care agency. These bags, which are simple to sew and fill, will be given to foster kids to keep as their very own.

You can participate by sewing bags, donating items to fill the bags, or coming to the packing party.

Details and sewing instructions can be found here.
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Great News for Readers - Inspire Now Offers Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child selects a book rather than having one assigned to them and reads it at their own pace. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. They may also read articles of interest right on the screen. When finished, your child will take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) In addition, when an LP meeting comes up, you can easily print up the list of books that your child read, and share it with your HST.

The AR program keeps track of all the books your child takes quizzes on and provides motivators like points or filling a sunflower with color. Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value. AR points are based on the difficulty and length of the book (number of words). There are over 140,000 AR quizzes available. With the AR Program, you can create reading goals for your child.

Visit the AR Bookfind Website to check out the types of books they have have quizzes for.

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Acting Classes with Professional Actors

Is your student an actor or possibly just looking for ways to build self confidence? Then this amazing acting class may be perfect for them!!

The Kids Acting Class' Winter Session-Venice, CA, is starting back up!

Inspire students have traveled long distances to attend these classes, so even though Venice is a long drive from the counties we serve in Inspire Central, we are bringing the information to you!

During our, just completed, Fall session young actors from far and wide worked with guest teacher Lexi Ainsworth (2017 Emmy Award-winning actress and former homeschooler) and guest teacher Amy Lord (actress, playwright, theatrical agent) to broaden their theatrical skills!!

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Moments from our Winter Session