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Monday, July 15, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Join Inspiring Parents Tonight!

New to homeschooling? Or maybe you want to hear from other homeschoolers to learn some tips? Join us each Monday for Inspiring Parents - Live @ 5 in July and August by clicking on this Zoom Link:

Want reminders, webinar recordings and resources? Sign up here:

Check out our first two Live @ 5 recordings. On July 1st we shared practical advice for homeschooling parents who are just starting out. On July 8th we explored learning styles, multiple intelligences and tips for setting up a learning co-op. Today, July 15th, we will learn about the I Can statements which provides grade level guides to facilitate your child's learning and we will talk some more about co-ops. We always share Inspire News at the beginning of each webinar. "See" you Monday Live @ 5!

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California Homeschool Parent Association

Dear families,

We have exciting news! Membership for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to join the California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA). This is Inspire’s new, non-profit Parent Organization!

If you join before July 19th you will be able to also participate in the elections for the 2019-2020 Statewide Executive Board officers and 10 Regional Community Councils. You will also be able to nominate yourself or someone else for the positions. Read the FAQ’s below to find out more. Elections will be held at the end of July so we want to make sure everyone has a chance to join now!


The CHPA Founders

High School Forums

The Inspire high school leadership team will be hosting two open forums on the following dates. Please join us as we discuss our instructional program, including our new course outlines. We look forward to seeing you in the Zoom meeting and answering all of your high school questions!

Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:00 AM
High School Forum with the High School Leadership Team

Brief overview of High School changes for 2019-2020 and live Q&A

Link to Join Zoom Meeting:

Thursday, July 25, 2019 07:00 PM

High School Forum with the High School Leadership Team

Brief overview of High School changes for 2019-2020 and live Q&A

Link to Join Zoom Meeting:


Kathryn Fagundo

Senior High School Director

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph. 714.694.3899

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 1 - 2 week wait depending on your requests.

View EOS tutorials:

1st How To Video:

2nd How To Video:

Here are the links for each site:

Catalina Marine Science Camp

Inspire families can learn together in this unique Island ecosystem, just a ferry ride away. Details are being finalized for upcoming Catalina Marine Science Camps for the upcoming school year.

If you want to join the interest list so you will receive email updates as they become available then click on this link to provide info on a Google Form:

Type in any questions you may have about this trip at the bottom of the form.

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Teachers Save 15% at Target!

From July 13-20, teachers can save up to 15% on select classroom supplies, and women's and men's clothing! From the Target website-

Does the discount apply to teachers who work in daycare centers, early childhood learning centers, home schools and more?

Yes, we want to ensure all teachers get the opportunity to use this coupon.

What type of documentation is needed to verify my qualification?

If further identification is required, we can take any document that ties your name and/or email address to an educational system. Eligible guests who are not able to validate online can visit their local Target store and present their ID to the cashier for assistance.

How will I get my coupon?

You will receive your coupon at the email address you entered on the verification form. Please make sure you check your email settings to ensure you can receive emails from third parties.

Are there any exclusions?

Electronics, backpacks, lunch bags, trial & travel size items, swim, sleepwear, Fan Central, clearance, items sold & shipped by Target+TM Partners and Levi’s Red Tab are excluded.

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Do you know a fantastic Inspire vendor? Please let them know we would love to have them at our Back-to-School event in August! They just need to fill in this form. Thank you!
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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.

Kindergarten Readiness Info Session

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2019-2020 School Planners

Inspire is excited to announce we will be providing school planners again this year! You will receive the following from your Inspire Homeschool Teacher (HST) at your first in-person meeting of the school year:

- One planner per student
- One parent planner per family

We listened to the feedback we received last year and did our best to incorporate the specific customizations families requested! Take a look at these new features:

Student Planner Features Include:
- I CAN Checklists for grades TK-8 for Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies
- Full size High School planner
- Uniform weekday matrix layout for grades 1-12
- Field trip log
- Book log
- Stickers

Parent Planner Features Include:
- Full size planner
- Multiple boxes on each day of the week with space to write your students’ names to help organize assignments by student
- Learning Period dates
- Note pages
- Field trip log
- Book log
- Stickers

2019-2020 School Calendar

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Online Subscription Package Webinars

We're excited to start offering webinars for our Online Subscription Package (OSP) options beginning next week! Following is the schedule -- additional webinars will be announced next week. NOTE: Some webinars require the attendees to register prior to the webinar - please refer to the additional information below.

WEEK OF JULY 15th-19th:

Tuesday, July 16th @ 10:00 am - Vocabulary Spelling City

All attendees must register before at:

Thursday, July 18th @ 10:00 am - Dreambox

Zoom Link:

WEEK OF JULY 22nd-26th

Tuesday, July 23rd @ 12:30 pm - ABC Mouse

All attendees must register before at:

Tuesday, July 23rd @ 2:00 pm - Adventure Academy

All attendees must register before at:

Friday, July 26th @ 10:00am - MathSeeds

Zoom Link:

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More OSP Info

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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Inspire's Summer Reading Challenge

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your child engaged and inspired? Inspire's summer reading challenge bingo activity is a great option! Students can be entered into a prize draw by returning their completed BINGO activity to the Lending Library or their HST by August 15th.

There are many sweet adventures to be had this summer, all in the pages of the nearest book.

Happy Summer Reading!

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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Special Education Zoom Forum

In an effort to provide further support and clarification to our families of students with special needs, Inspire leadership will host a Zoom Forum on Friday, July 19th at 3:00pm. Please see the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Time: July 19, 2019 03:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Or Dial by Phone:
Meeting ID: 889 929 011

Questions? Please contact Erika Vanderspek - Dean of Academics
(858) 312-5408 office
(858) 361-7078 cell

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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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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Inspire Summer Beach Days

Huntington Beach

School's out for summer! Let's hang out at 'Inspire's Summer Beach Days'! We're meeting at Huntington Beach at the Brookhurst and Pacific Coast Highway (parking lot available) Beach. Parking is paid out of your pocket. Make sure to bring your picnic, towels, swimsuits, and beach toys! Look for us with the blue EZ up with an Inspire banner out by the water!

Tuesday, July 16th from 10 am to 2 pm

Huntington Beach, Brookhurst & PCH

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Crystal Cove

Keep the summer vibes going with another Inspire Summer Beach Day--We'll be hanging out in Crystal Cove for an afternoon of fun in the sun! Parking is $15 out of pocket, or free with the CA Explorer Pass, in the Los Trancos parking lot (on the inland side of PCH). Take the path that leads from the parking lot, through the tunnel under PCH, to the sands of the cove. You'll find us near the Historic District with the blue EZ Up with an Inspire banner. Make sure to bring your picnic, swimsuits, towels, and beach toys!

Tuesday, July 30th, 10 am - 2 pm

Crystal Cove, PCH and Los Trancos

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Park Days

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Field Trips

Educational Tools

Educational Insights Fraction Formula Game

  • It's a race to "1"! Students draw fraction cards and drop the matching cylinders into their tubes to get as close to "1" as possible, without going over.
  • Includes 4 cylinders, 52 fraction cards, 52 fraction tiles, 20 scoring cards, and a multilingual teacher's guide.
  • Fraction tiles double as a math manipulative.
  • For 2–4 players.
  • Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Price: Currently $16.49 on Amazon

Able to purchase with funds: Yes

Homeschooling Advice

A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart

A Gracious Space is designed to offer support, encouragement, and guidance to home educators who take on the daunting challenge to educate their children themselves. Daily readings are provided to give you support and encouragement in your homeschool adventure. These 50 essays are designed to offer you new ways to think about homeschooling, comfort for when you run up against your limitations, and energy for tackling your highest aspirations! Each day's reading includes a quote from a parent or notable individual, as well as a sustaining thought to take with you through the day. These essays originally appeared on the Brave Writer Facebook page and blog, shared hundreds of times. Julie Bogart, creator of Brave Writer, shares insight gleaned from working with thousands of families over 15 years and her own homeschooling experiences (five kids, 17 years).

Price: Usually $9.95, but currently, the fall edition is on sale for $5.97

Able to purchase with funds: Yes

Local Events

2019 OC Fair

Barns full of animals? Check! Zany and delish food? Check! Concerts under the stars? Check! Midway games and rides? Check! Blue ribbon winners? Check! Acres of shopping? Check! Check! Check!

Come on out and watch your mama pet a llama, soar up high on La Grande Wheel and dare your friends to try the newest bacon-wrapped, deep-fried, sugar-coated concoction. Don't forget to check out the best in visual art, woodworking, jam-making and more. It's all here at your OC Fair!

*Children can earn 3 free ride tickets if they read two books! Find the rules and summary form here!

General Information

The 2019 OC Fair runs July 12 through Aug. 11.

OC Fair Hours:

Wednesday-Friday: Noon – Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Pacific Amphitheatre Box Office Hours:

Open Wednesday-Sunday. Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Single-Day Admission Prices

General (13-59) – $12
Senior (60+) – $7
Youth (6-12) – $7
Children 5 and younger are free

General (13–59) – $14
Senior (60+) – $7
Youth (6–12) – $7
Children 5 and younger are free

Super Pass

General (13-59) – $40
Senior (60+) – $33
Youth (6-12) – $33

Includes admission to all 23 days of the Fair.

Find more details here.

Community Days at Crystal Cove Conservancy

Every Wednesday from 10am-4pm beginning June 19 through August 28, step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.

Stop by the Education Commons and let the serene surroundings stimulate your inner artist.

Create watercolor masterpieces and your very own charm to take home, using sea glass taken directly from the beach. Also learn about the unique history of Crystal Cove through a guided tour of the historic district, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Event is free to the public.

July 10 Schedule:

10am – 4pm: Watercolor, Origami, and Historic Games

10:30 – 4pm: Sea Glass Wrapping

11 – 11:30am: BINGO!

1:15 – 2pm: Historic District Tour

Find more information here.

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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Virtual Info Sessions

Learn more about Inspire from the comfort of your home! Join one of our virtual info sessions and have your questions answered!

Next info session is Today, July 8 at 5pm. Join the session at

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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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