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Monday, June 17, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Kindergarten Readiness Fun Fairs are Coming Up!

We have two wonderful Kindergarten Readiness Fun Fairs coming up in Orange County! Let your friends and family know!
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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.

Lending Library Summer Closure Dates

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Inspiring Parents is Back!

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Inspire is Switching to One Calendar!

Great news! Inspire has put a lot of thought into considering our academic calendars and have decided that Inspire will have ONE calendar for all students! In fact, we will never have multiple calendars again. This will be a positive change for our schools and will make many things much easier for everyone, particularly Teachers!

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More Updates to Our Online Subscription Package for 2019-2020!

We have more exciting news - the OSP options are getting even better!

Since our original announcement in April, we were able to add 2 previous options (Kids Discover Online and Prodigy) as well as 2 new options (Adventure Academy and Elephango).
You now have 25 options to choose from!

HIGHLIGHTS: 8 curriculum options and 17 educational apps and resources -- including a 24/7, live online tutoring subscription for all subjects!
Shmoop and Rosetta Stone® Foundations (Spanish, French, and German) are A-G approved curriculum options for high school

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: ABC Mouse, Discovery Education Streaming Plus with Science Techbook, and Vocabulary Spelling City

NEW: Adventure Academy, Beast Academy Online, Elephango, Rosetta Stone Foundations, Dreambox Learning, myON Reader & myON News w/Accelerated Reader, Typing Agent, and


This year’s OSP options are valued at more than $2,400 *
* value based on the retail value for the 5 most expensive subscriptions

Please visit our OSP Handbook for additional info and FAQ,

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Inspire's Summer Reading Challenge

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your child engaged and inspired? Inspire's summer reading challenge bingo activity is a great option! Students can be entered into a prize draw by returning their completed BINGO activity to the Lending Library or their HST by August 15th.

There are many sweet adventures to be had this summer, all in the pages of the nearest book.

Happy Summer Reading!

Special Education Newsletter

"Welcome to our May/June 2019 Newsletter!

Another successful school year is coming to an end! Reflecting on the past school year makes us realize how fortunate we are at Inspire Charter Schools. Our school has been successful due to the wonderful collaborative partnership between staff members, and families. We would like to thank all the parents for their involvement, dedication and continued support. Please be safe and well until we meet again in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!"

Read the rest of the newsletter here!

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OC Vendor Summer Camp List!

As Inspire parents, we understand how helpful it would be to have all of the county's summer camps listed in one place. We have started gathering flyers for summer camps/courses our vendors are holding and put them all in one place for you here! You can click on the link to go straight to the vendor's website.

Don't see your favorite summer camp listed? You can email us to reach out to the vendor, or ask the vendor to email their flyer to us: and
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Important Information About Inspire's Enrichment Adventures

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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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Inspire Summer Beach Days

Huntington Beach

Schools out for summer! Let's hang out at 'Inspire's Summer Beach Days'! We're meeting at Huntington Beach at the Brookhurst and Pacific Coast Highway (parking lot available) Beach. Parking is pad out of your pocket. Make sure to bring your picnic, towels, swimsuits, and beach toys! Look for us with the blue EZ up with an Inspire banner out by the water!

Tuesday, July 16th from 10 am to 2 pm

Huntington Beach, Brookhurst & PCH

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Crystal Cove

Keep the summer vibes going with another Inspire Summer Beach Day--We'll be hanging out in Crystal Cove for an afternoon of fun in the sun! Parking is $15 out of pocket, or free with the CA Explorer Pass, in the Los Trancos parking lot (on the inland side of PCH). Take the path that leads from the parking lot, through the tunnel under PCH, to the sands of the cove. You'll find us near the Historic District with the blue EZ Up with an Inspire banner. Make sure to bring your picnic, swimsuits, towels, and beach toys!

Tuesday, July 30th, 10 am - 2 pm

Crystal Cove, PCH and Los Trancos

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Park Days

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Field Trips

Educational Tools

Painless Series

Titles in Barron's extensive Painless Series cover a wide range of subjects as they are taught on middle school and high school levels. These books are written for students who find the subjects unusually difficult and confusing--or in many cases, just plain boring. Barron's Painless Series authors' main goal is to clear up students' confusion and perk up their interest by emphasizing the intriguing and often exciting ways in which they can put each subject to practical use. Most of these books take a light-hearted approach to their subjects, often employing humor, and always presenting fun-learning exercises that include puzzles, games, and challenging "Brain Tickler" problems to solve. This title defines algebraic terms, shows how to avoid pitfalls in calculation, presents painless methods for understanding and graphing equations, and makes problem-solving fun.

Price? Varies, from $4.47+

Covered by Inspire funds? Yes.

Consumable? No.

Vendor Spotlight

SunDog Therapy

SunDog Therapy offers recreational classes for children and teens (ages 8+) to learn about positive reinforcement dog training, pet care, canine communication, enrichment games, and making toys/treats for dogs. We provide opportunities to engage in fun activities with dogs that promote the health and wellbeing of both humans and animals. They are open to anyone to take (inclusive to individuals with and without disabilities) and are ideal for kids who love animals, or who want to gain more experience with animals in a friendly and supportive environment. The classes are led by an occupational therapist/dog trainer and will incorporate both educational and interactive experiences with dogs who are specially trained for animal assisted interventions. These classes are recreational and do not provide direct therapy, but participants can develop valuable skills such as social skills, executive functioning, self-regulation, motor coordination, and more.

Classes are held throughout the year. Summer classes are held in Tustin on Mondays 2:30-4:30pm starting June 24, and our half-day camp is 9:00am-12:00pm from July 29 to August 2. Contact if interested in signing up!

SunDog Therapy also provides occupational therapy services (not covered by instructional funds) and dog training with your own dog (for pet dogs, ESAs, therapy dogs, and some assistance dog work). Visit for more info.

Homeschooling Advice

Creating A Noticing Wall For Your Kid

"Most powerfully, though, the noticing wall has become another way for my daughter and me to connect. I get excited to look at the wall every day, and I think she does, too. I hope we’ll always find ways to write back and forth to each other about anything and everything, without judgment."

Read the full article here.

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Local Events

Science of Sailing Exhibit

Ocean Quest’s Science of Sailing showcases integrate ship models with artifacts and connects them to science concepts and hands-on activities. Areas of focus include the science of simple machines and how they incorporate design, navigation, and communication. Along the way, visitors will be introduced to the unique and historic elements related to the nautical history of the Newport Harbor.

Plus, join one of these three fun and exciting adventures and become a Navigator, an Engineer, or a First Mate!

Engineer Quest– Learn what it takes to build and sail a boat. Test your engineering skills as you learn about the various components of a sail boat, discover how a ship’s design can impact its load, and create and test your own sail.

Navigator Quest– Learn what it takes to be a ship’s navigator as you explore communication at sea. Discover how and why flags are used on ships and practice other ways to communicate while at sea, like Morse Code. Can you find your way only using a Compass?

First Mate Quest– Early learners can experience the Science of Sailing exhibit by exploring sails, learning about flags, and letting a compass guide them on their journey!

When: Until September 3, 2019

Where: Ocean Quest, 600 E. Bay Ave, Newport Beach

Price: Included with general admission

Fountain Valley's Summerfest

This four-day seasonal extravaganza serves up something for everyone: a big collection of carnival rides, a loud lineup of live music, a broad selection of food and drink options, and other fun attractions (like a car show and fireworks). June 20th’s Preview Night features $1 rides and karaoke with a live rock band.

View the full details here.

2018 Summerfest Promo Video

OC's Sunset Cinema Films: Zootopia at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

The annual Sunset Cinema film series returns, featuring 14 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Yorba Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 14 – September 13 around sunset. Friday, June 14 welcomes Zootopia (2016) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park.

Pack a picnic, blankets, and beach chairs and head to OC Parks Sunset Cinema. All movies are free to attend, with free parking beginning at 6 p.m. and show times starting around 8 p.m. after the sun has set. Food trucks will be serving on-site.

  • Event: Free
  • Parking: Free after 5 p.m.
  • Click this link for a complete list of Sunset Cinema film series events.
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Star Wars Day at Orange County Zoo

When: Saturday, June 22

10 am - 3 pm

OC Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road

Orange, CA 92869

Please see the flyer for details! For more information call (714) 973-6846 or visit

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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 will send 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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