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Monday, January 14, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Orange County Vendor Fair

We can't tell you how excited we are about our upcoming Vendor Fair! We are bringing you a great mix of vendors from across Orange County! There will be giveaways, hands-on activities, presentations, a food truck, and best of all, our enrichment team will be onsite to allow you to shop for products and take them home on the day! This is a day not to be missed!


Where: Living Spring Church, 9851 Bixby Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841

When: Friday, January 18th, 2019

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Inspire South's New Website

Have you seen our brand new website? We hope you love it as much as we do! Just click on the photo below to check out the site!

High School Info Session

Our wonderful High School team is holding an info session next week to discuss financial aid.


When: Thursday, January 23rd

Time: 12pm

Link: https://zoom.us/j/980194073


If you can't make it, you can view past sessions here.

Special Education Newsletter

Dear Inspire Parents,


Inspire Special Education Department is excited to share a new project with you – our Monthly Special Education Website and Newsletters. We hope that you find the information presented in our newsletter meaningful and applicable to your needs. We always welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover.


You can find our December newsletter here.


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


Sincerely,


Anna Lindahl

Statewide Parent Outreach Coordinator

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph: (619) 627-9623

E: annalindahl@inspireschools.org

How To Cancel Field Trip Tickets

As long as the event is still open (the venue has not been paid) parents can cancel tickets through Inspiration Station!


Just log in to your account, and on the top right, you will see a small drop down arrow next to your email address. Click the arrow and select "My Account." There you will see all the field trips you have signed up, and are able to cancel a single ticket, or all of your family's tickets. We have attached a screenshot below to show this.


Please note: once payment has been made to the venue, we are unable to cancel tickets and refund your account.

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Learning Period 5

This Learning Period does not end until January 25!
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Field Trips

There are many incredible field trip opportunities! Click on the flyers to go straight to the booking page.

Park Days

A great way to connect with other families is by attending our park days! We have so much fun planned for you, click on the event flyers below to find out what's in store!


Thursday, January 31: Sweet Shade Community Park, Irvine. Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

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Educational Tools

Math Tree Blocks

These versatile blocks make math a fun activity! This set contains 66 rustic blocks cut from tree limbs in sizes from 1 cm to 12 cm, a stand with cm ruler (hewn from wood) 2 number dice, and about 90 activity cards. A few other cards included in the set offer tips for use, a materials list, and NCTM standards supported by the activities in this set. There are three levels of activity cards level 1 is appropriate for PK/K, level 2 for 1st/2nd, and level 3 for 3rd/4th. Some activities require items found around your home, such as a plastic bucket, plastic cups, paper plates, colored sticky dots (like you would use for marking items in a garage sale), chart paper, bucket balance, etc. Adaptation of the activities can make them usable for multiple age groups with practice in the areas of measurement, data analysis & probability, geometry, algebra, and number & operations. Some activities include finding similar weights of the blocks, playing a matching game, measuring blocks, and find a missing number. Some activities may seem simplistic, but all work to instill math or pre-math concepts. Cut from tree limbs, these blocks aren't uniform in width, but the thickness or height is the unit of measure.


Price? $59.95 from the Rainbow Resource Center (link here)

Can I use student funds? Yes! This is a non-consumable item and will be returned when the student leaves Inspire.

Local Events

GameSchoolCon

Inspire is so excited to be attending 2019's GameSchoolCon in Irvine! Board games, role playing games, active games, and video games are all fantastic ways to learn! GameSchoolCon is a full weekend of family fun and where you get to learn what GameSchooling is all about. You can borrow games from GameSchoolCon's extensive Board Game Library and a dedicated Gamerunner will join you at your table and teach you and your friends to play! Meet game designers at the demo tables, browse the vendor hall, step into a VR universe, support local artists at the Homegrown Artists Alley, or roll for initiative in the Role Playing Game Room... There's plenty to do for little kids, teens, and parents, too!


Our Enrichment Team will also be attending, so families can make purchases at the event!


When: February 1 to February 3, 2019

Where: Wyndham Irvine - OC Airport Hotel​, 17941 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

Tickets: Prices vary. You can view ticket prices here and use student funding to purchase tickets!

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Laguna Beach Music Festival

"Art inspires art" is the 2019 theme for the Laguna Beach Music Festival. This annual multi-day celebration features outstanding classical and contemporary concerts in intimate spaces, community outreach programs and dynamic special events.

The 17th annual Festival will be held February 6-10, 2019, in Laguna Beach featuring pianist Joyce Yang as Festival Artistic Director, in collaboration with other artists.

For tickets or more information:
Philharmonic Society of Orange County | (949) 553-2422 | PhilharmonicSociety.org
Laguna Playhouse | (949) 497-2787 | LagunaPlayhouse.com

Volunteer at Oak Canyon Nature Center's Roots and Shoots

Like nature? Need community service hours? Grab your jeans and head down to OCNC! Come join us for 1.5 hours a week as we maintain trails and keep Oak Canyon looking good! Possible activities include: trail clearing, stream maintenance, non-native plant removal, and habitat restoration. All work materials provided. Groups should make reservations with nature center staff in advance.

When: Saturdays, 1pm to 2:30pm

Where: Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim
Ages: 12 & up
Bring: A good attitude, any forms you need filled out, and a guardian to sign waiver.

Homeschooling Advice

6 Ways To Banish The Homeschooling Blues

"For many of us, February marks the middle of our homeschooling year. Halfway through, and spirits begin to sag. In many locations, winter clouds hover overhead, preventing little bodies from releasing stores of unused energy.

It’s enough to make a homeschooling parent feel a little….under the weather.

So this month is the perfect time to shake things up in your schoolroom and bring some freshness to the learning experience.

Here are six ways to help you do just that."

Read the rest of the article here.

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. Please note: There are three short questions to answer in order to join the group.

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 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 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!


shaemanique@inspireschools.org

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