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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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Quote of the Week

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School News and Important Dates

Photos Days

We have three more upcoming picture days!



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

10:30am - 1pm

Tri City Park

2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.

Placentia

Play at the park and do some fun “smile” activities

ID Card - $5

Digital Image Emailed to You - $5

Individual Portraits Only

Sign up here


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

10am-12pm

Beachpoint Church

17415 Magnolia Street

Fountain Valley

This is not just a picture day!

The full details and sign ups are here.


Friday, September 27, 2019

9:30am-12pm

Tustin Sports Park

12850 Robinson Drive

Tustin

Come get your photo taken and play with friends!

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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.

Orange County History Day - Natural History Day

Each year NHD frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.


To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit https://ocde.us/EducationalServices/STEMandHumanities/History/Pages/History-Day.aspx


If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz: chuck@inspireschools.org

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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 enrichment@inspireschools.org.
  • 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.
  • 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:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1phq3KJ9lR0BIaXmlzY8LuOnJLoELfH5_/view


2nd How To Video:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hrtsXA1_K0OoNmcfBRyWd7GiJdVGkW9e/view


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: OSP@inspireschools.org

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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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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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Back to School Beach Day at Corona Del Mar

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

3001 Ocean Blvd, Corona Del MarCA 92625


Kick off the school year and enjoy some fun in the sun with your Amazing Inspire Community!

Meet by Lifeguard Tower 3. There is an hourly fee for parking.


Sign ups and full details here

"Not" Back to School Beach Day at Huntington Beach

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Huntington Beach Pier- north, Huntington Beach CA 92646


Flying into a New School Year! Our "Not" Back to School Beach Day in Huntington Beach. Meet at the base of the pier on the north side. We will be watching a demo of kite flying. Bring your beach gear, lunch, and kite to fly and we will have a fun day meeting up with friends.


Sign ups and full details available here

Airplane Exploration Day

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

9:30-11:30am

Tri City Park, 2301 N Kraemer Blvd, Placentia, 92870


The science of flight activities

Paper airplane distance contest

Wooden airplanes

Stories and snacks

Bring the whole family!


Sign ups needed here

HIGH SCHOOL HANG OUTS

Wednesday, September 10, 2019

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Starbucks

1390 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, 92835


Come and meet some local high school students and make connections!

Help us to plan our future high school hangouts, buy yourself a coffee, and donuts will be served!


Sign ups and full details here

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

2pm to 3:30pm

Nook Coffee Bar- The LAB Anti-Mall

2930 Bristol St., B105 Costa Mesa, CA 92626


We can meet up and talk about the upcoming year’s events- there’s shopping and fun places to take pictures too- so bring a friend! Can’t wait to meet you!


Sign ups and full details here

Educational Tools

Anatomy Series by Julia Rothman

See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman’s whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you. These are a selection for the whole family!


Current Amazon prices: Nature Anatomy is $8.50, Farm Anatomy is $10.50 and Food Anatomy is $8.50.

Homeschooling Advice

Big and Little: How to Homeschool with Little Ones in the House

"I think this has to be one of the top ten questions asked in the homeschooling world. It comes it many forms, from a simple question to an exasperated what am I going to do?! So what do you do? How do you teach your older, school aged children when there are little ones around?


When my oldest son started kindergarten, I also had a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old in the house. That year wasn’t too hard since we are pretty lax when it comes to kindergarten around here. By the time he turned 6, I had 3 little ones and I have had a baby/toddler/preschooler in the house every year since. Even today, as we are about to embark on another school year, this time with 4 school-aged, I still have one little one, who I am sure will make her presence known on most days. So from some one who has been there, here are my tips on how to keep the school days running smoothly and the little ones happy."


Read the full blog post here.

Local Events

The Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival

You don't want to miss this fun family event! The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is in its 16th year! There were over 125 authors, more than 25 illustrators, dozens of storytellers and great family-oriented entertainers last year.


The Festival features over 135 exhibitors, featuring booksellers, education providers, literacy organizations and related vendors. More than 33,000 people attend the Festival each year.


When: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Where: 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Cost: FREE

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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!


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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Orange County Inspire Team

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


~ The Orange County Inspire Team

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 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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