Riverside County Family Newsletter

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of January 6th, 2020

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What's Inside!

  • Welcome Back! LP 4 ends on January 24th.
  • Science Fair - Local fairs - This Friday, January 10th in Corona & Murrieta!
  • Inspiring Parents - virtual homeschooling session - get info inside!
  • History Day - Registration Forms Due THIS WEEK!
  • Lending Libraries going mobile this month!
  • Check out info on the Parent Testing Resources Website!
  • Did you know you have access to Inspire's academic video library? Get info inside.
  • Field Trip tip!

Happy New Year!

What a fantastic season to take a break and move slowly through the days enjoying time with family and friends. We hope you did just that this holiday season. Now, jump back into Learning Period 4 with gusto! What do you have planned? Winter-themed unit studies? Field trips to local venues? Aim for activities that bring joy to your homeschool day, not stress. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, reach out and talk to us. We want to help!

Please reach out anytime and get to know us!

We love supporting homeschool families and look forward to getting to know you.

We are so happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through

learning about homeschool philosophy, curriculum, and the homeschool lifestyle.

Don't let yourself drown in worry or fear over homeschooling.

If you find yourself there, reach out!

We hope to connect with you soon,

Audrey & Candice

Riverside County Parent Resource Site

Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

Enrolled with Inspire Charter? Join us on Facebook for lively discussion and homeschool support.

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Inspire students, families, and staff members have incredible stories.

Head over to our website to read a few of them and share your story with us.

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Upcoming Field Trips! Set Your Alarms!

The following Field Trips are available for booking on Wednesday, January 8th at 8 am.
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Inspire Riverside County Hosted Field Trips & Community Events!

Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step-by-step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

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Come out and support fellow Inspire Students at the local area fairs! An excellent opportunity to explore science projects with your students - maybe even spark an interest in your budding young scientist!

Friday, January 10th

The Draft Sports Complex

1560 E. 6th St. #102, Corona

10 am

Murrieta Public Library

8 Town Square, Murrieta

12:30 pm

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Wednesday, January 8th from 1 - 2 pm

Am I Doing Enough? Am I Doing This Right?

Big questions that Inspiring Parents will begin tackling THIS Wednesday, January 8th. You will come away with the expected milestones for your kindergarten – high school child. It is empowering to know the norms for school-age children which leads to compassion and patience with yourself and your child. Brew a cup of tea, put your feet up, and click this link to join us this Wednesday from 1-2. http://bit.ly/InspiringLink

Did you miss December’s Inspiring Parents webcast? We learned how to homeschool in a more harmonious way by shifting from an adult power relationship: “DO it because I said so!” to “Let’s work together.” Aaron Eden, from the Alliance of Self-Directed Education, shared proven successful strategies that work during times of high pressure like the holidays as well as throughout the year. Click this link to watch the December recording. http://bit.ly/InspiringParents_120419
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History Day! Registration Forms Due THIS WEEK!

Dear Inspire Families,

Inspire Charter Schools-Riverside will be participating in History Day and we would love for your 4th-12th graders to participate!

When: February 7, 2020 9am-12pm

Where: East Hills Community Church, 20660 Orange Terrace Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92508.

I Don’t Know How to Do History Day!

We can help! We have workshops once a month in the Zoom Room to check in with your student and see how they are doing. We can offer assistance and ideas to help your student show their best work. These workshops are not mandatory to participate in History Day but will be an excellent support for students.

Workshop Schedule:

    • Wed. October 16 @ 9am (Topic Check)
      • Click HERE for the slides from this workshop
    • Wed. Nov. 6 @ 9am
      • Click HERE for the slides from this workshop
    • Wed. Dec. 4 @ 9am
      • Click HERE for the slides from this workshop
    • Wed. Jan 8 @ 9am (Registration Forms Due!)

Other Office Hours:

Our English and Social Science Content Specialists hold office hours each week and your student can drop in via Zoom to ask questions and get help. The schedule and links can be found HERE.

M, T, Th: 2:00-3:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4131127327

W: 12:00-1:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4131127327

F: 10:00-11:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4131127327

M: 12:00-1:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4094090824

T, TH, F: 10:00-11:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4094090824

W: 2:00-3:00 - https://zoom.us/j/4094090824

We held an introductory meeting to give an overview. You can find the slide presentation here. There are links to a multitude of resources in this slide presentation, as well as the rulebook and themebook.

How Can My Student Participate?

Please complete the Interest Survey if your student wants to participate. We will add you to our mailing list for workshops and information. We will send out the registration forms via this mailing list, as well. Registration Forms are due Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Helpful Links:

All of this information is also on our Riverside County Parent Resource Site. Click the History Day Link on the Events Calendar page.

Please reach out to Summer Davidson (summer@inspireschools.org) or Jen Rushing (jrushing@inspireschools.org) with questions!

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Community Connections!

Let The Adventure Begin! Community Connections is bringing Riverside County amazing events and activities that will create community and enhance the Adventure of Learning.

Community Connection Opportunities Will Include:

*Thematic Adventure Days (Western Theme, Astronomy Theme, Color Run, Earth Day and Much More)

*Teacher-Led Field Trips

*Middle School and High School Event and Field Trips

*Special Events (Picture Days, Science Fairs, Community Service Projects and Much More)

Let's Connect!

Parents will join the fun for all events and field trips and will be able to use this time to connect with other homeschooling families.

Come Join the Community!

Our events are just a click away!

Check back frequently to see all the added events we are bringing to your community!

Riverside County Community Connections Newsletter

Riverside County Community Connections Parent Site

Share your Community Connection event ideas with us!

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Wild & Free Conference

Wild + Free One Day

The Crossing | Costa Mesa, CA | April 30, 2020

Announcing a one-day Wild + Free event at The Crossing venue in Costa Mesa, CA on Thursday, April 30th! Join 1,000 charter school members for a full day of insight, inspiration, and encouragement with Wild + Free.

This beautiful gathering will feature main-stage keynotes, guest musicians, and surprises throughout the day. We may not all homeschool the same way, but we're not alone. We have each other, and we're in this together.

Ticket orders may be placed through the EOS and are non-refundable. Please select "Product Order" and "Other Vendor."

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Lending Libraries Going Mobile in January 2020

We have some important changes to our lending library system coming in January 2020. We will be moving to a mobile lending library system. Please see the letter from our administration regarding these changes. We are excited about this change and the access this will bring to more of our families.
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Field Trip Tip!

It can be difficult to remember the dates and times of field trips we've booked, but you can find all the details on Inspiration Station by following these steps:

1. Log in to www.icsinspirationstation.net and you will see “Hi (your name)” on the top right, with a little drop-down arrow next to it. *Tip: if you're on your phone, just turn it horizontally and this will show.

2. Press the arrow and it will offer the option of viewing “My Account.”

3. Click on "My Account" and it will list all of the field trips you have signed up for. This includes all the links to the pages where you signed up, so you can find the lead teacher's name, email address, and phone number!

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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.
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Inspire Planners Feedback

Are you using your Inspire planner? What is something you'd like to see included next year?

Give us your feedback in this survey and your ideas may be printed in the 20-21 school planners!

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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.

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OSP Department Office Hours!

OSP Office Hours (live support via Zoom): Every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm -- https://zoom.us/j/839367766

Note: Main Program students who start with Inspire on/before November 30, 2019 may opt-out of the OSP and receive an additional $400 in Instructional Funds in lieu of the Online Subscription Package.

The $400 opt-out funds will be added to student's accounts in the Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) on February 1, 2020 for students who opt-out. Students must submit their opt-out preference in order to receive the $400 in additional funds on February 1st.

Students enrolled in a package offering with an approved vendor are not eligible to receive the opt-out funds if they decide to opt-out. Please refer to the Vendor Package page for more information.

Students who enroll late and start with Inspire on/after December 1, 2019 are not eligible to receive the opt-out funds if they decide to opt-out.

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Head here for the most up to date information from the OSP Department regarding subscription processing and how to's!

OSP Webinars!

Check out all the recorded OSP webinars!

All OSP webinars are recorded and uploaded to the OSP Handbook: OSP Recorded Webinars

Head over to the OSP Handbook for all information regarding options and instructions.

Questions? Please contact our OSP Team: osp@inspireschools.org

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Please enjoy our latest edition of our Inspire Cares Monthly Newsletter.

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter October 2019

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

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Riverside County Library System EVENTS!

Make sure you're in the "know" for all the events happening at the Riverside County Libraries!

Head over to http://rivlib.info/website/events

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Your Inspire Riverside County Team!

Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaison for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Candice Zuniga

I am starting my twelfth year of homeschooling my big group! I have eight kids and six are enrolled in Inspire! I love to help families discover their perfect homeschool lifestyle based on the needs of each child and the family! We homeschool in a very eclectic and flexible way and always have. I desire to bring a deep understanding of the importance and enjoyment of home education to our awesome Riverside County Community of Homeschoolers! As always, reach out at any time for all your homeschool needs and concerns. I am always happy to help!

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 11 to 7 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Inspire Charter, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling with Inspire

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

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