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Monday, June 3, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

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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Our 2019 Promotion and Graduation Ceremony is TODAY!

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Kindergarten Graduation is TOMORROW!

As we have so many wonderful families attending the graduation, we are holding two ceremonies to accommodate everyone. We are so excited to see your students graduate!


If you are unsure which time you are registered for, or if you haven't signed up yet, please contact sherry@inspireschools.org. Thank you!

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End of the School Year Picnic

Can you believe we are already talking about the end of the year? Please join us and other Inspire families for our end of year picnic!
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Senior Grad Night

We would like to invite all Inspire Seniors to Inspire’s Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure on June 11, 2019! Your ticket includes access to Grad Nite festivities like dance parties and California Adventure rides and attractions from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Please note! We recently received an update that instructional funds can now be used for Grad Nite tickets. If you have already paid out of pocket, the Enrichment Team will be contacting you.

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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

TutorMe


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: shaemanique@inspireschools.org and ladan@inspireschools.org.
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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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Park Days

Field Trips

Educational Tools

Big Life Kids' Podcasts

In a previous newsletter, we told you about the wonderful Big Life journal, that aims to help children create a growth mindset. When children become stuck in negative self-talk or can’t push through their fear of failure, it’s hard to know how to help them. The Big Life Journal team creates engaging resources that help kids develop a growth and resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.


On May 29, they released their kids' podcasts! Click here to start listening!

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Vendor Spotlight

The Arts Project of Orange County

The Arts Project of Orange County is located in San Clemente. We are an ALL THINGS ARTS space with classes in singing, acting, dance (ages 3 and up), art, musical theatre productions, as well as private music lessons in vocal, guitar, piano, and drums. We also offer many themed camps throughout the summer.


www.theartsprojectoc.com

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Homeschooling Advice

8 Ways to Say No to Pointless Busy Work in Your Homeschool

If you’ve ever doubted yourself as a homeschooler, you’re not alone. No matter how many years we homeschool, doubt can get loud. Seeds of doubt plant germinate and sprout when our kids struggle, when we’re tired, when our kids say they are bored, or when learning stagnates. When worry rears its head, our inclination might be to turn to a quick fix or busy work to quiet our fears.


What is busy work? Busy work is anything we tell ourselves is good for our child knowing full well deep inside it’s a way to keep kids occupied or put a bandaid on whatever is going on.

Busy work often appears in the form of


  • worksheets you’ll never look at or use
  • excessive practice and problems
  • crafts
  • online learning games
  • educational television
  • flashcards, and workbooks

While all of these things can be wonderful learning tools if used as such, they can also be pointless. They can be busy work.


Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

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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The Irish Fair in Irvine

The Great Park will turn a festive shade of green for the 46th edition of this big Celtic party. The weekend-long celebration will include all types of Irish-inspired activities and entertainment. Fair hours are 11 am-7 pm (June 15) and 10 am-7 pm (June 16).


For full details, click here.

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Upcoming Events at American Academy for Strategic Education

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!


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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