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Monday, August 26, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Back to School Adventure Day - Thursday!

Join us as we kick off the school year with a Back to School Adventure Day! There will be fun activities, meet and greets with teachers, local vendors, school IDs, and more!

When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: TWO locations

Dinosaur Park - 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

TeWinkle Park - 970 Arlington Dr. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Photos Days

We have four more upcoming picture days!

Friday, August 30, 2019

10am - 12pm

Serrano Creek Park

25101 Serrano Rd

Lake Forest

Sign up here:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

10:30am - 1pm

Tri City Park

2301 N. Kraemer Blvd.


Play at the park and do some fun “smile” activities

ID Card - $5

Digital Image Emailed to You - $5

Individual Portraits Only

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


17415 Magnolia Street

Fountain Valley

Come get your school picture taken, get a student ID card, and meet new friends.

Friday, September 27, 2019


Tustin Sports Park

12850 Robinson Drive


Come get your photo taken and play with friends!

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Kindergarten Readiness Information Session

Join us for a Kindergarten Information Session here:
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Join Inspiring Parents Tonight!

Inspiring Parents this Monday_Live @ 5 offers homeschool advice to help juggle homeschooling multiple age siblings, organizing your homeschool space and life. Click or bookmark this Zoom link to join us -

Need recordings from past Inspiring Parents ranging from advice about homeschooling, curriculum, Online Subscription Package, co-ops, homeschooling middle-high school, and more? Sign up here to receive recordings and resources:

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

Introducing the ALL NEW Community Connections for Orange County! We are thrilled to help families build community within the OC area. Please see this CC Newsletter for all the activities taking place for September. September 2019 CC Newsletter for OC And reach out to any of our wonderful Community Coordinators with any questions you may have.

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Curriculum at the Lending Library

Curriculum items checked out of the Lending Library System will now be available for the entire school year rather than the normal 90 day period. Any curriculum items checked out will be due at the end of the school year in June. All other materials will remain due in 90 days.

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

Member Elections are coming up for our first Executive Board and 10 Regional Community Councils

  • Executive Board Nomination Form click Here
  • Regional Community Council Nomination Form click Here

Join our CHPA Facebook Group Today!

Heart of Homeschooling

Parent Education Program

Meets once a month in a large forum, in a smaller home group, or individually in your own home. Grow and learn together, share ideas and become stronger and more solid in your vision of homeschooling for your family.

September through May! Watch for more information coming soon!

  • Grow - Cultivate your homeschool heart, create a Mission Statement

  • Learn - History of education, homeschooling, public school, & charters

  • Discover - Teaching style, learning styles, and homeschool methods

  • Connect - Community Connections, CHPA, Clubs, Committees, & Co-ops

  • Cultivate - Mentorship & Apprenticeship, make a plan for you & kids

  • Fertilize - Invest in yourself. Choose one area to work on and grow

  • Seasons - Study child development, family seasons, High school, & IEP’s

  • Droughts & Storms - Make a plan for when this happens. Be ready!

  • Sowing Seeds - Create a family service plan to give back to others

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Enrichment Ordering Information

We hope the following reminders about ordering, dates, guidelines, etc will help you on your homeschooling journey!

Enrichment Ordering Information

  • Our systems are optimized for CHROME browser. If you don’t have it, you can download it to both your computer and your phone easily.
  • Your login information will be the same for each of the ordering sites: Field Trips and Events, Enrichment Ordering System and Lending Library.
  • Missing funds and/or students questions can be directed to
  • If your password isn’t working on any of the platforms listed above, simply hit “Forgot Password?” and check your email to get your new one.
  • Remember that all services requested must begin on or AFTER August 20th, the first day of school.
  • Our Enrichment Staff works quickly but are also processing thousands of orders. Have patience and expect a 4 - 6 week wait depending on your requests.

View EOS tutorials:

1st How To Video:

2nd How To Video:

Here are the links for each site:

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.

Online Subscription Package 2019-2020

If you are still deciding which Online Subscriptions would suit your family, be sure to check out Inspire's OSP Handbook! If you have any additional questions, please email our wonderful OSP team here:

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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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Field Trips

Educational Tools

Starting Line Stories by Jac Kris Publishing

Grandpa left a bag on the table and it started moving.... what's inside? Let your child decide! Starting Line Stories comes in two grade levels: Levels 3-5 and Levels 6-8. They contain fun story starters and writing prompts for children to what their imagination brings. Each story has a space above for students to draw an accompanying picture.

This book is a stand alone program and does not require any other materials.

View levels 3-5 sample here.

View levels 6-8 sample here.

Price: $15.99 each or $28.99 for one of each grade level.

Able to use funds: Yes.

Consumable: Yes.

Homeschooling Advice

Back to Gameschool: A Game for Every Subject

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of play. I truly believe that homeschooling can be almost all fun and games. Does that mean our homeschool is all sunshine and roses? Not even close! But I do think homeschooling can be more fun than we think.

Play has the power to transform a homeschool. And, guess what? Science has shown that play is good for all of us, not just our kiddos!

Today, I’d like to share some of my back to gameschool tips with you.

Read the full article here.

Local Events

The Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival

You don't want to miss this fun family event! The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is in its 16th year! There were over 125 authors, more than 25 illustrators, dozens of storytellers and great family-oriented entertainers last year.

The Festival features over 135 exhibitors, featuring booksellers, education providers, literacy organizations and related vendors. More than 33,000 people attend the Festival each year.

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Time: 9.30am - 4pm

Where: 2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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!

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 year is open here now! Current parents do not need to re-enroll, your HST has sent 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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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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