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Monday, May 20, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

This Thursday: Preferred Vendor and Curriculum Showcase!

Who are Inspire's Orange County Preferred Vendors and what do they offer? Which curriculum might work best for your family? These are questions we know many of our wonderful families have, so join us this week!
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Parent Testimonials for Curriculum

If you love any of the curriculum listed below, please let us know why by clicking on this link.
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Join us for the ABCs of the California Healthy Youth Act

Dear Inspire Families,

Please join us for the ABCs of the California Healthy Youth Act. We will be hosting two info sessions to discuss the California Ed Code, your parental right to excuse your child from this instruction, and the curriculum we will be using at Inspire Charter Schools.

Dates, times and Zoom Meeting links:

Info Session One: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 9:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting


Info Session Two: May 24, 2019, 9:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

Thank you!

Celia Ewing

Director of Curriculum

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph. 619-738-4704

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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Our Online Subscription Package for 2019-2020 has one more addition!

Our dedicated OSP team were able to add one more subscription to the OSP package for next year- Elephango!

If you want to learn all about each subscription, click 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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Let's Thank Our Awesome Teachers!

We want to take a moment to thank our awesome teachers for all they do to help our families customize their educational experiences! We appreciate you all!

Important Information About Inspire's Enrichment Adventures

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2019 Homeschool Conference Information for Families

A message from our Parent Advocacy Team:

Hello everyone,

We are excited to share with you all the info about our local homeschool conferences/conventions and how Inspire makes them special for our families.

If you are interested in attending a conference/convention please make sure you read all the details here in this email and on the conference websites.

Reminder on limits for parent/chaperone conference passes:

Parent Educational Development Policy:

Inspire’s Instructional Fund Policy allows up to $350 of student funds to be used towards parent workshops relating to educating their child(ren) in the independent study model in one school year.

These requests must be approved by the teacher and enrichment staff as usual. Parental educational development cannot exceed $350.00 per family, per year, regardless of the number of enrolled students or the number of parents/guardians in the family.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

The Inspire Parent Advocacy Team

Kindergarten Graduation

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 haven't signed up yet, please contact
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2019 Promotion and Graduation Ceremony

Please save the date for our 2019 promotion and graduation ceremony! We will have many more details coming soon!

5th, 8th and 12th grade families should complete this RSVP form here.

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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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Preferred Vendor Info Sessions

Do you have questions about our Preferred Vendors? Want to learn more about your options for our 2019-2020 school year? Our wonderful team is holding Preferred Vendor Info Sessions throughout the next few months! Simply join from your computer here:
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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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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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Field Trips

Educational Tools

Story Pirate Podcasts

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. We don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land; We’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories.

Story Pirates is a media company founded in 2004 to celebrate the words and ideas of kids. It all started in a Harlem school auditorium when a group of friends put on an absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids. Since then, we’ve launched a hit radio show, the #1 podcast for kids and families, a live tour which performs from coast to coast, and a critically acclaimed middle-grade book series from Random House. Our first book, “Stuck in the Stone Age,” debuted in the Spring of 2018, and our second book, “Digging up Danger,” was released January, 2019. Our debut album, “Nothing Is Impossible,” won the Family Choice Award and the National Parenting Product Award. The Story Pirates are proud to be a leading advocate for arts education. Through Story Pirates Changemakers, our partner non-profit, the Pirates provide life-changing literacy and creative writing programs in New York and Los Angeles to thousands of kids in Title I schools and homeless shelters. You can find the Story Pirates podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

Visit their website here

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Vendor Spotlight

WM Music Lessons

WM Music Lessons provides quality guitar, piano, ukulele, voice, violin, and art lessons to students in the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange County areas.

WM Music Lessons is not just a music school, but a welcoming environment where we cultivate relationships with our students and want to see them blossom in their individual musical gifts and talents.

WM Music Lessons offers private one on one guitar, piano, ukulele, voice, violin, drum and art lessons.

Families can come to our locations in:



•La Habra

We also offer in home music lessons.

For more information, visit

WM Music Lessons is an approved vendor for Inspire Charter Schools.

Homeschooling Advice

Tips for Homeschooling Teens

"Homeschooling teens is different than homeschooling younger students. They are becoming adults and crave more control and independence, yet they still need accountability.

I have graduated one student and I'm currently schooling two high school students. Following are some tips for homeschooling teens that have worked well in my home."

Read the full article here!

Local Events

61 Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

This OC tradition is ripe with “berry” fun attractions, from cute strawberry-themed contests to Friday evening’s giant strawberry shortcake cake cutting ceremony and Saturday morning’s cheery parade. The old-fashioned amusements also include carnival rides, live performances, games, and of course, the strawberries.

Dates: May 24 - 27, 2019

Time: 1 pm-10 pm Friday; 10 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday; 10 am-9 pm Monday.

Address: The Festival is held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove, CA.

Cost: Free!

For more information, click here.

Monarch Butterfly Day @ Milesquare Regional Park

OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at these magnificent creatures at the tenth annual Monarch Butterfly Day!

The free event takes place in the Forest Shelter near parking lot C. Children can learn how to plant their very own butterfly garden. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure.

Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.

Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting and a balloon artist. Food will be available for purchase.

Event and parking are free. Recommended for ages four to 12. Remember to bring your cameras!

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: Free

Find more information here!

Upcoming Events at American Academy for Strategic Education

Apollo 11 Special Exhibit Lands at the Nixon Library

The exhibit opens April 29, 2019, and runs through January 12, 2020.

On July 20, 1969, the eyes of the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Just minutes after landing they received a call from President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, with congratulations on behalf of the American people. Three days later, President Nixon personally greeted the three astronauts at the splashdown site in the Pacific Ocean, aboard the U.S.S. Hornet.

Museum-goers will take a thrill ride through the Space Race of the 1950s and 1960s, President Kennedy’s famous challenge to go to the moon, and the scientific and technological advancements that were developed —many in Southern California— to ensure success and survival on this inspirational mission.

The exhibit’s originally-created, 360-degree virtual reality experience will transport visitors to the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, to see and hear Neil Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind.”

Where: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda

When: The exhibit opens April 29, 2019, and runs through January 12, 2020.

Tickets: You can purchase tickets to the museum through Enrichment and use student funding

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Community and Connection

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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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