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Monday, October 21, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

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 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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Field Trip Chaperones

When signing up for field trips please remember to add at least one chaperone. Inspire will cover the cost of one adult chaperone for every two enrolled Inspire students attending an Inspire teacher-led field trip (up to 3 adult chaperones for 5+ enrolled Inspire students). Following is the breakdown:

1-2 Inspire Students Attending = 1 Free Adult Chaperone

3-4 Inspire Students Attending = 2 Free Adult Chaperones

5+ Inspire Students Attending = 3 Free Adult Chaperones

Additional chaperones not covered may pay out of pocket at the time of booking (subject to availability by each field trip).

Parents' Night Out

Come and meet your Family Liaisons on November 6th!

We kindly ask that children be left at home for this event. Thank you for understanding.

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Facebook Group

If you are a member of our Inspire Orange County Facebook group, you will be receiving a message in your Message Requests folder on Facebook from Ladan or Shae asking to confirm your enrollment with the Inspire. We have currently messaged all members whose Facebook first names begin with letters A through L. Please help us by checking your Message Requests folder on Facebook, in order to stay in the group. Thank you!

Inspirational Parent Symposium

Click on the flyer to sign up to this amazing event that now has an additional guest speaker!

Save the date: 2019 Entrepreneur Fair

Save the date for the most wonderful event of the year!
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Every Kid Outdoors

Every Kid Outdoors, formerly Every Kid in a Park, seeks to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors and inspire them to become our future environmental stewards ready to protect and preserve these natural and historic treasures for many years to come. The program gives every U.S. fourth grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed lands and waters. For more information and to download a pass for your fourth grader, visit

Calling All High School Seniors

Are you a graduating from high school this year and attending a 2 or 4-year college next year? You can get help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application opened on October 1.

Financial Aid Workshops

Click HERE for available in-person workshops and information sessions taking place in Orange County.

Kids Eat/Stay For Free in San Diego in October

Activate unlimited recess vibes and unbelievable family savings with Kids Free San Diego—where kids eat, stay and play for free all October long. With more than 100 deals at popular attractions, hotels and restaurants, and special savings on awesome activities, it’s the perfect time to take a sunny getaway to San Diego and activate smile mode for the whole family.

Full details here.

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Picking up items from the Lending Library

Just a reminder: once you receive the “Ready for Pick Up” email on an ordered item, you will have 15 days to pick up your items. If you have not picked up your items, they will be put back into the Lending Library system for another family to check out. For more information, feel free to visit the FAQ section of the Lending Library website.

New Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to offer a program for the ASD community including adults and children on the autism spectrum as well as their families, friends and caregivers. This program encourages individuals to explore, reflect and learn in an environment that is comfortable for them.

General admission rates apply during ASD Accessibility Hour. Attendees are welcome to arrive before 4 p.m. on ASD Hour afternoon dates and stay after 9 a.m. on ASD Accessibility Hour morning dates.

Friday, December 27 -8 a.m. - 9 a.m.*
Tuesday, April 28 -4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, June 19 -8 a.m. - 9 a.m

Reservations are required for this event. To reserve your spot for ASD Accessibility Hour, please contact our Bookings Department or (949) 234-1306.

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to share the first issue of the Special Education Newsletter for this school year. We hope you find the information presented in this newsletter, and all future newsletters, meaningful and helpful in providing enriching information to help support you with your child's education. We always welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover. Have a great start to the 2019-2020 school year!

September 2019 Issue Includes:

  • Introduction to the InspireCares Website
  • What to Expect With Interim IEPs
  • Transition Corner
  • How to Use Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom
  • Helping Your Child Focus and Five Ways to Beat Back-To-School Jitters
  • 27 Beloved Rhyming Book Recommendations
  • Helping Your Child with Autism Get the Most out of Digital Media
  • The Importance of State Testing

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.

I CAN Statements

I CAN statements are family friendly guides that can be used to help your family and ensure your students are on track for their grade level. All learning objectives for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies are provided, written in family-friendly language. I CAN statements help make grade level learning targets clear for families and they address the standards students of the same grade level learn in all public schools.

I CAN statements are conveniently provided at the front Inspire's parent and student planners and can also be found here!

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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Orange County History Day - Natural History Day

Each year NHD frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for its broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The theme for 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History. The theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding and an opportunity to develop perspective and understanding rather than merely being able to cite facts and figures. Through participation in this program, students in grades 4-12 become amateur historians on their journey to discover the significance of their chosen historical topic.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, please visit

If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz:

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Join The Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program this month to LEARN about the history of education and homeschooling. We will also explore the history of charter schools & look at how educational decisions & cultural changes have influenced your family choices today. Every month we have a webinar and group discussions covering an essential Homeschooling topic. Also, every Tuesday we spotlight a Healthy Homeschooling Habit to discuss and investigate on our Facebook Group. Check out our website HERE to learn more. Scroll to the bottom to join the program.

Click here to view the Statewide Executive Board New Officers!

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Non-Consumable Item Returns

Do you have enrichment items that you are looking to return this year? You can drop off the non-consumables you no longer want or need to our Costa Mesa Lending Library.

Please note, non-consumables do not need to be returned until you withdraw from our school, so this is purely voluntary.

Here is the Enrichment Return Item Form that you need to fill in with your return.

2020 Coastal Arts & Poetry Contest - Now Open for Entries

California students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their original artwork and poetry to this annual coastal and marine themed contest. This is a fun opportunity for your student to showcase their creativity!

Find more details here.

Field Trips and Events

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Community Connections: park days, high school hangouts and more!

October is “Adventures in the Great Outdoors” so join us for a lot of fun outdoor activities this month. The November Newsletter is hot-off the press so be sure to sign-up for an “Adventure in Gratitude” including a state-wide event called IMPACT DAY. Be sure to sign-up for each event in the Field Trip and Events page or simply click the links in the newsletters:

October OC Community Connections Newsletter

November OC Community Connections Newsletter

If you would like to know what is going on in other regions or simply want more information about Community Connections, you can find this information in our CC Parent Website where all our newsletters and events throughout the state are found.

If you need any assistance, please reach out to your local Community Coordinator (contact info found in newsletters). We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

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Calling All High School Students!

October 25: Brainy Actz Escape Room

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$25 p/person including snacks

17981 Sky Park Circle

Building 39

Irvine 92614

Get your strategy on! Work in teams to unlock the mystery. Experience the thrill of conquering the challenge and eat a meal together..

We have room for 60 teens from North and South OC, so don’t be shy.

Sign ups required here

S.T.E.A.M. for Teens & Tweens

Educational Tools

Super Magnetic Putty

Made with micron-sized iron-based particles distributed throughout, the astonishing moldable magnetic putty takes on the properties of a magnet itself when placed in close contact with the included Neodymium Iron Boron magnet.

Put it near the magnet and within five seconds, the putty will stretch itself out to reach the magnet almost as if it were alive. Press the magnet into it and the whole piece of putty becomes magnetic, able to lift tacks and paperclips on its own after charging in a magnetic field.

It's perfect for science-loving kids, or for any adult that loves intelligent play! Use the magnet to do the "snake charmer" trick. Or leave the magnet on your ball of putty and watch it engulf that magnet in about an hour! What can you do with it? The possibilities are endless!

Available at uncommon

Thinking putty vs Magnet

Homeschooling Advice

How to know if you're doing enough

Several months ago I asked Simple Homeschool readers to tell me their main homeschooling concern. I received hundreds of replies, but was stunned to find that over 75% of them were more or less the same:

  • “I just wish I knew I was doing enough.”
  • “I feel like I’m not doing enough.”
  • “How do I know if I’m doing enough?”

All of us have different families and different children, but the same insecurities. I know, because they sometimes keep me up at night, too.

And so I thought that at the beginning of a new homeschool year, we should take a peek at this word, how it haunts us, and what we can do to break free.

Read the full article here

Local Events

For almost 100 years, the Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade has brought our community together to create an annual parade & festival, enjoyed by nearly 50,000 attendees each year.

Since 1924, Halloween has held special magic for the people of Anaheim. A nighttime pageant of ghosts, goblins, jack-o’-lanterns, and witches stretching a mile and a half through the darkened streets of downtown, the annual Anaheim Halloween Parade has become a Southern California family favorite.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Where: Downtown Anaheim, 205 Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805

Cost: Free

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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!

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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Orange County Inspire Team

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"Wishing you and your families all the best for a happy and adventurous school year!"

~ The Orange County Inspire Team

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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