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Monday, March 18, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

LP 7 and Spring Break

Learning Period 7 ends on March 21st. Spring Break begins on March 22nd, and school will resume on Monday, April 1, 2019. We hope you enjoy the break!
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Meet Our Orange County Family Liaisons

We would love to meet you! We are holding a coffee chat and we hope to see you there!
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Meet Our High School Success Coordinator

We know parents have lots of questions about the various high school options, so we have set up an in-person High School Info Session with Liz Palmiter, our High School Success Coordinator! We hope to see you there!
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College & Career Fair

Orange County will be hosting a College & Career Fair on April 16, from 12:30-2:30pm at Urban Workshop. We will have local colleges available to talk to students and parents. There will also be representatives from different professions and trades available to share their experiences with students. This is a great place to have all your high school questions answered!

If you are planning on attending, please fill in the short form below the flyer. Thank you!

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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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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.

Instructional Funds cannot be used as payment for this event, only credit card payments will be accepted. When buying your ticket, please select credit card from the payment options and not the student fund option. Contact your HST for the link.

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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 info session!

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 at the end of the year to sign for 2019-2020.

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Testing Resources

Testing dates are nearly upon us! Our wonderful teachers have complied a list of resources and links to practice tests to help your student feel comfortable with the testing process.

CAST Resources

SBAC Resources

À la Carte OSP Subscription Options

We’re excited to begin offering our remaining available OSP subscriptions à la carte! Families may begin submitting requests via the À la Carte OSP Subscription Order Request Form.

The available subscriptions and prorated cost (Instructional Funds only) are listed on the order request form. All subscriptions are valid through September 1, 2019 (unless otherwise noted) and are subject to availability.

Funds will be manually deducted from the student’s Enrichment account and the subscriptions created within 1-2 weeks of the request submission.

If you have any further questions, please contact the OSP Team --

OSP Subscription Survey

Please fill out this survey to help us better plan for next year's Online Subscription Package (OSP) offerings. Even if you opted out, we would like to hear from you too! Thank you for your time and consideration!

More High School Info Sessions

Amy Edwards, Inspire teacher and homeschooling parent, held an amazing High School Information Session on Friday. If you were not able to attend, here are the upcoming dates in which she will hosting more sessions.

If you have a student approaching the High School years, or have a friend that is considering options for High School, this would be a great place to start! Everyone is invited!

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Special Education Newsletter- March 2019

From our wonderful department of Special Education:

"Spring is just around the corner! We can definitely see a difference in our students this time of year. We have a long stretch of instruction without interruption and consequently, it is also the time when students want to be outside and having fun. Please encourage your child to continue to work to his/her fullest potential, even when the weather is calling them outside. We are excited for them to “show what they know,” as the school year begins to wind down. Thank you for all your daily hard work and please let us know how we can assist you."

Read the full newsletter here.

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Coolest Projects at Discovery Cube OC

Coolest Projects is a world-leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, change makers, and entrepreneurs! The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders ages 7 to 17.

Do you have an idea for a creative tech project you’d like to showcase? Register now to participate in the coolest event in North America happening at the Cube on March 23, 2019!

In addition, adults and kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free event at the Cube to support hundreds of young innovators and celebrate them in their accomplishments. Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers, leading educational technology experts, and get the chance to join a global community of digital makers.

*Activities, times and dates subject to change without notice.

Click here for more information.

Last Call for Imaginology Entries

Imaginology at the OC Fair and Event Center is a huge STEAM event that families and schools love! This year, it will be on Friday April 12th to Sunday April 14th and Inspire will be there! At Imaginology, kids and their families will not only see a world of wonder, but can participate in a wide range of fun and educational hands-on activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration.

Did you know that Imaginology holds competitions for children that have a $50 cash reward? This is the time for your child's creativity to shine!

There are 19 different project divisions, and they are:

Fiber Art


Upcycle It

Cardboard Engineering

Wood & Metal Arts

Digital Art

Make It With Clay



Read & Draw



Manipulated Photography



Lights, Camera, Action


3D-Printed Art

The full details are available here. The project registration deadline is March 22nd, so start thinking about what you might be interested in building!

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Imaginology Project Build Session

Your student's project build session will include materials and assistance with Imaginology project registration. There are only a few spots left! Click on the flyers to reserve your student's spot!

Field Trips

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

Park Days

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Educational Tools

Scrabble Twist

Today we have a fun learning tool that you can play at home, in the car, anywhere! Scrabble Twist is the mobile game of Scrabble, that has you can play alone or with up to eight players! At only $10.79 on Amazon, it comes with three modes. Party mode is a knockout round in which everyone gets 15 seconds to bank a word and pass the Scrabble Twist game unit. Turbo mode offers a head-head-to-head challenge for 2 to 8 players: each player must bank words to score as many points as possible in 60 seconds. In Solo mode, a player can practice their word-spotting skills in a 60-second time frame.

Cost: $10.79 on Amazon here and requires 3 AA batteries

Can we use funding? Yes, but this is non-consumable item.

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Vendor Spotlight: Palette Station

Palette Station provides affordable, flexible and high quality art enrichment for kids while addressing the needs and challenges of today's busy young families. Their unique curriculum, low student-to-teacher ratio, and professional instruction develop foundational artistic skills while also encouraging individual student creativity.

They provide in-studio classes, "on-campus" programs for public, private and homeschool educational institutions, summer and holiday camp programs, and scouting badge fulfillment.

Our spacious studio provides a unique venue for custom art-themed birthday parties and events.

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Homeschooling Advice

The Secret of the Nature Notebook

'Give each child his or her own nature notebook, and get one for yourself too. Susan Schaeffer Macaulay put it this way:

“If possible, it is good for the teacher (or parent) to keep a nature notebook, too; it is a life we live together” (For the Children’s Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, p. 135).

Then whenever you go outside to do nature study, make an entry or two in your notebooks.'

Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Vendor Fair at the American Academy of Strategic Education

One of our wonderful Preferred Vendors is having a Vendor Fair! Check out all of the details in the flyer. You can also talk to them about their Inspire funded drop off programs!
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Apprentice of the Wild programs with Chris Morasky!

This program offers children the opportunity to have fun learning the skills of our ancestors from someone who’s lived the Old Ways. It’s a beautiful way to bring balance to their technology-driven lives, understand the difference between their needs and wants, and gain the self-confidence that comes from meeting those needs directly.

This is a mentoring program. We will make fires by rubbing sticks together, learn edible and medicinal plants, move silently, feel the natural rhythm of the land, and discover ancient wisdom as we “seek what they sought.”

This class is taught with love, compassion, non-violent communication (NVC) methods, and the inherent principles of living a life in Harmony with the Earth.

I’ll be drawing from over 30 years teaching experience to offer a day that’s specific to the interests and uniqueness of the students.

Here is a partial list of experiences children may have:
Nature immersion games
Sensory awareness, expanded vision
Silent walking and stalking
Tracking and reading animal sign
Safe use of knives and knife sharpening
Edible and medicinal plants
Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill
Preparing char cloth
Preparing tinder
Types of fires for warmth, signalling, cooking and the making of tools
Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and coal burning
Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing
Shelter location based on topography
Water purification using primitive methods
Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc.
Digging sticks and rabbit sticks
Primitive hygiene (making soap, toothbrush and comb)
Paiute deadfall trap, quail trap and springpole snare
Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion)
Useful knots
Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
Accessing intuition
Traditional and modern stories
Wilderness ethics

Age 5-16 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Adults are welcome to join us at no cost.

For more info and to register, go to

Time: 11am to 3pm
First class is April 27. Meets every Saturday.
7 classes
Inspire Charter funds welcome, sign up here and put in your order.

For more info and to register, go to

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with over 30 years experience teaching Stone Age skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. This program is a rare and unique opportunity to experience living "with" nature from someone who has actually done it. Chris has lived most of the past 20+ years in the wilderness and small communities of British Columbia, Idaho and Utah. He lived in a tipi for 6 years, homesteaded along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states and led totally Stone Age expeditions into the wilderness of Idaho and Oregon. His teachers include Lakota, Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow, Blackfeet and Serri tribesmen, many wilderness skills experts and life itself. Chris’ workshops focus on awakening instincts, ancient skills and deep nature connection as doorways to understand more fully who we are, why we're here, and where we’re headed.

Stonyfield Free Park Day

Stonyfield Organic is teaming up with the various cities and non-toxic neighborhoods for a Field Day celebrating parks becoming organic! As part of the StonyFIELDS Initiative, they are working with communities like Costa Mesa to make fields and parks healthier for all by replacing toxic pesticides with organic alternatives

Join them for their FREE park day for organic yogurt, live music, eco-crafts, and more information on making your favorite parks healthier places to play!

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10am to 1pm

TeWinkle Park, 970 Arlington Dr, Costa Mesa

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Turtle Rock Nature Center

The Turtle Rock Nature Center is located at the base of the San Joaquin Hills in the City of Irvine, and serves as a community resource for environmental interest and concern. The five-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment. Visitors can explore the nature center at their leisure, taking a self-guided trail walk during regular operating hours. Trails may be closed due to inclement weather.

Nature Trail
Winding through the nature preserve is a paved trail that displays native Southern Californian habitats, including riparian, desert and woodlands. Frequent visitors to our nature preserve trail include local birds who enjoy swimming in our pond, lizards who bask in the sun on our rocks, and rabbits who disappear into the desert brush.

Native Plant Garden

Designed and completed by Eagle Scout Nathaniel Pinckney, the native plant garden features some common plant species native to Orange County. Visit the garden for a chance to learn about the importance of local plant species and to get information on how to plant natives in your own backyard.

The labyrinth – a circular, winding rock path – was designed and completed by Eagle Scout Michael Nakahara, Troop 606.There are as many ways to walk the labyrinth as there are individuals. It represents our passage through time and experience. Like the journey of life, no time or effort is wasted. Every step takes us closer to our goal.

Turtle Rock Nature Center

1 Sunnyhill Drive
Irvine, CA 92603(link is external)

Phone: 949-724-6738

The 11th Annual World Dance Celebration

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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!

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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