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Monday, March 18, 2019
Quote of the Week
School News and Important Dates
LP 7 and Spring Break
Meet Our Orange County Family Liaisons
Meet Our High School Success Coordinator
College & Career Fair
If you are planning on attending, please fill in the short form below the flyer. Thank you!
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.
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.
Preferred Vendor Info Sessions
Invite Your Friends To Our Info 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 at the end of the year to sign for 2019-2020.
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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org
OSP Subscription Survey
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!
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.
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
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:
Wood & Metal Arts
Make It With Clay
Read & Draw
Lights, Camera, Action
The full details are available here. The project registration deadline is March 22nd, so start thinking about what you might be interested in building!
Imaginology Project Build Session
Cost: $10.79 on Amazon here and requires 3 AA batteries
Can we use funding? Yes, but this is non-consumable item.
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.
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.
Vendor Fair at the American Academy of Strategic Education
Apprentice of the Wild programs with Chris Morasky!
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
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)
Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
Traditional and modern stories
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 http://wisdomkeepers.us/los-angeles/
APPRENTICE OF THE WILD: COSTA MESA SATURDAYS!
Time: 11am to 3pm
First class is April 27. Meets every Saturday.
Inspire Charter funds welcome, sign up here and put in your order.
For more info and to register, go to http://wisdomkeepers.us/los-angeles/
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
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
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.
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)