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Monday, March 23, 2020

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School News and Important Dates

Events Canceled

In line with current recommendations, all school in-person events have been canceled for the months of March and April.

New Resource Site For All Parents

We worked together to create a resource site for our families and for parents who are now faced with homeschooling their children. Please share with anyone who you feel could benefit from the site!

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VIRTUAL COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Orange County Community Connections has now gone VIRTUAL! Find virtual workshops and sign up through the Community Connections newsletter.

Inspiring Parents

Coming up the first Wednesday in April, Inspiring Parents will focus on basic computer literacy. Learn how to organize the deluge of info you receive so you can find it when you need it. We will share more tips to help you work smarter, not harder. Parents and students are welcome to learn with us on April 1st, from 1-2 p.m. by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/InspiringLink


Don’t worry If you missed the Inspiring Parents webcast earlier this month which focused on writing. The first hour, we learned a simple to follow method to teach writing. The second hour zeroed in on middle and high school writing curriculum and toured a free website featuring a growing number of writing tutorials to support all grade levels through high school. Just sign up to request the recording at either of the links below.


Easy to Use Elementary Writing Strategy


http://bit.ly/Elementary_Writing_Strategy_Recording_Sign_Up


Middle to High School Writing Strategies


http://bit.ly/Middle_HighSchool_Writing_help_Recording_SignUp

8th Grade High School Transition Information Sessions

Free Audible Books

Free books on audible! No membership required. Go to stories.audible.com
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Join Our Orange County Facebook Community

We would love to see more families in our Facebook group! Follow this link to join the conversations, stay up-to-date with our virtual events, and to get more virtual resources.


Please note: There are three questions that need to be answered in order to join. The group is for currently enrolled families only.

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Special Education Parent Newsletter

This month's Parent Newsletter content includes:


  • Understanding the Special Education Processes
  • Homeschooling and State Testing
  • Using Notebooks in Instruction
  • Calming Strategies
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Imaginology *CANCELED*

Following the directive from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health, the OC Fair & Event Center has suspended all events. For this reason, Imaginology has been canceled.

You can read the full list of canceled events here.

If you missed the Bravewriter webcast

Julie Bogart, creator of BraveWriter shared techniques for how to incorporate writing across the curriculum and ways to make it fun.

If you missed the live webcast, click on 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.

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.

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.

Educational Tools

Curiosity Stream

We believe curiosity is the driving force that fuels our passion to learn, create, understand and explore!


Launched by media visionary John Hendricks, CuriosityStream is the award-winning destination for documentary series and features covering every topic from space exploration to adventure to the secret life of pets.


With thousands of titles, including exclusive originals, CuriosityStream delivers shows across the full spectrum of the non-fiction genre to demystify science, nature, history, technology, society, lifestyle and more.


Whether you want to explore Mars or travel back to ancient civilizations, CuriosityStream adds new binge-worthy films and series each week, empowering you to dive deep into your favorite subjects and explore new territory sure to entertain, enlighten and inspire.

Satisfy your thirst for knowledge anytime and anywhere with CuriosityStream, available to watch worldwide on all your screens.


Price: $2.99 per month/$19.99 per year

Curiosity Stream

Homeschooling Advice

Self-Discovery Journal Prompts for Homeschool Moms and Dads

"“Why aren’t you in school?” asks the cashier, the person at the museum, or any adult who sees my nine-year-old with me out of the house on a school day.


My daughter’s answer, “I homeschool,” is always followed by questions, some directed to her, others to me. People want to know why we homeschool, what we like about it, and almost always end the conversation with, “I could never do that; I’m not patient enough.”


It’s true, patience is a good skill to have when you homeschool or parent, but I certainly don’t always have it. And while my answers about homeschooling are often the same—upbeat and encouraging, the truth is some days I don’t love homeschooling. Some days I doubt myself. Some days I, too, wonder why we homeschool.


We all get out of rhythm. During these times it’s helpful for me to reflect and process my feelings. Setting aside even ten minutes to mind-dump in my journal helps me remember my reasons to homeschool. At times I gain insights about myself and become get re-inspired as a result of this introspection.


Journaling helps me make sense of my thoughts. It clears my head and helps me find the truth of what I’m feeling or thinking, which can easily get lost if I’m feeling tired, anxious, or overwhelmed.


We can buy a great curriculum, set up an ideal schedule, have all our notebooks and pencils at the ready and still feel like something is off. Homeschooling asks a lot of us. It’s important to take time to process how we’re feeling and how things are going.


Journaling isn’t just for the times when things feel hard though. It can be a great way to jumpstart planning, prepare for the questions you get from strangers and your well-meaning relatives, and process all you're experiencing as a homeschool parent.

There is no wrong way to journal. Simply grab something to write with, find a quiet place, and begin."


Read the rest of the article here.

Your Orange County Team

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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!


ladan@inspireschools.org

Shaemanique King - OC Family Liaison

I am a mom of four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 9 years old, and have homeschooled for the past five years. I consider my homeschooling style to be “eclectic” as I draw from many sources and philosophies. I enjoy planning and hosting activities and events and look forward to interacting with and supporting homeschooling families!


shaemanique@inspireschools.org

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