Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of August 5th 2019

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Hello Riverside County!

What a great start to August! Inspire's Beach Days and Splash Pad Park Days have been a hit! What a joy it is to meet so many of the parents we bond with over the phone and in emails! We are so happy when you come out to hang out and build community with us. Just a few more weeks until school officially starts! Soak up the sun, head to the beach, enjoy the slow pace of summer for a few more weeks. You deserve the break!

Share with us on social media what you're planning for this upcoming year!

Use the hashtag #HowIHomeschoolWithInspire

In this week's newsletter, we spotlight Inspire's

Online Subscription Package option Mango Languages - Also included are "How to" videos for navigating the Enrichment Ordering System, membership information for Inspire's new, non-profit Parent Organization - California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA)

and upcoming virtual info sessions for all!

Please reach out anytime and get to know us!

We are so happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through

learning about homeschool philosophy, curriculum, and the homeschool lifestyle!

Don't let yourself drown in worry or fear over homeschooling.

If you find yourself there, reach out!

We hope to connect with you soon,

Audrey & Candice

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Don't be a stranger...

Summer break is here! We want to keep in contact with all of our amazing Inspire families this summer. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly Riverside County Newsletter. You can do this by scrolling to the bottom of this newsletter and selecting the "Follow Riverside County" orange button. After entering your email at the prompts, you will receive a "confirmation" email from Smore. Follow the directions in that email to ensure your name and email are on that

mailing list for Riverside County's weekly newsletter!

This is the way to continue to receive the newsletter every week.

Other ways to stay connected:

Facebook - Join our Inspire Charter Riverside County Facebook Page!

Instagram - Follow Inspire Charter Riverside County on Instagram! @inspire_homeschoolcommunity_ie

Make sure to use the hashtag #HowIHomeschoolWithInspire

to share what you are doing this summer!

Contact us! Your Riverside County Family Liaisons!

Audrey Everson (951) 541-4809 or audreye@inspireschools.org

Candice Zuniga (714) 797-1209 or candicez@inspireschools.org

The Adventure of Learning with Inspire Charter School!

Enrollment for the 2019/20 school year is OPEN!

Click HERE to enroll!

Sharing The Homeschool Heart...Reflections on worry and the homeschool parent.

This summer, I have been able to reflect a lot on the last 11 years of homeschooling. I remember all the fears I have every time I talk to one of you and listen to what's on your heart. Everyone's homeschool path is different, and my experiences aren't going to be yours, but I feel like I should share some of my thoughts from this part of the journey. Starting out, I didn't know what I was doing. My kids didn't fit into the boxes I needed them to, and it made homeschooling very hard. After about two and a half years, I began to see that jumping outside of the box made the most sense. It's where we thrived; it's where we found the most joy; it's where we made strides toward success. Jumping outside the box and not worrying about what people thought about us, or what their opinions were about how to homeschool, or how my second grader wasn't like the rest of the second graders in the public school down the street; we were able to find freedom and joy in our daily routine. And even more so now, I see the fruits of our out-of-the-box education and our willingness to be uncomfortable and not fit the mold. I had to choose individual paths for each of my kids because they were individuals. My oldest struggled in different ways that her peers weren't typically struggling with within the classroom. I knew in my gut that it would just take time and all the pieces would fit into the puzzle correctly for her at just the right moment. I was completely right. I just had to be comfortable on her schedule. Now she's thriving in classroom settings and does well in school; she loves to write and read.

The two things that I stressed most about during the first seven years of homeschooling were whether or not my oldest would write and read well. She writes and reads so well it makes me laugh every time I think about it. The exact thing I would stress about day in and day out for years is what she loves to do the most now at 15 years old. It's such a good lesson for me because while I believed in what I was doing, I still let fear linger there for many years.

I beg you to learn from my mistakes and save yourself so many precious moments of worry that are unnecessary. Providing a loving, vibrant, education-filled environment in an eclectic way can get you to the results that you desire for your kids. I promise! Your dedication to their education via being with them, making eye contact with them, dialoguing all day with them, and just generally being interested in what interests them builds the best foundation for education. You spend their childhood growing up with them feeding into their lives and learning more about them so that you can provide opportunities where they will thrive. That's parenthood, and that's also home education. And all those little parts that seem to not work well for them at one point will eventually work well when you've laid the necessary foundations. When you're there for support regularly, every single piece does fall into place. Some children may not be excellent writers, that's okay! Some children may wait to be terrific writers, and it pops out when they're 14, and you had no idea! This journey is so rewarding and staying confident and listening to your gut will produce the results you're hoping for; stick with it, weary homeschool warriors!

~ Candice

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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 previously filled out the paper form to opt-in, we would be so grateful if you would also take a moment to complete the new online membership form below as we added some information. Thank you!)


The CHPA Founders

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Community Connections!

Adventure Awaits!

We are excited to announce the new Community Connections Team! Community Coordinators (CCs) throughout the state will plan exciting events and activities to encourage and facilitate connections, inspire community, and enhance the Adventure of Learning!

Community Connection Opportunities Will Include:

• Thematic Park Days

• Teacher-Led Field Trips

• Special Events (Picture Day, Spelling Bee, Art and Science Fairs,

Community Service Projects, and Much More!)

• Events for All Ages and Interests

Let’s Connect!

Parents will join in the fun for all events and field trips and will be able to use this time to connect with other homeschooling families. Families will be informed of planned events through a regional newsletter. We look forward to launching these events starting in September. Watch out for specific event details coming in early August.

Share your Community Connection event ideas with us!

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Inspiring Parents Live @ 5 is BACK!

All homeschool parents are welcome! Join us weekly to learn about curriculum choices, homeschooling ideas, and much more!

Mondays in July & August - NEXT: Monday, August 5th @ 5 pm

Topic for the August 5th - Online Subscription Package!

Use this link to join us!


Questions? Contact Arlene at arlene@inspireschools.org

Want to receive the recordings of previous Inspiring Parents webinar recording links and resources? As well as let you know about upcoming webinars? Head over HERE!

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The OSP Portal is now available in the EOS!

* All students who opt-in to the OSP will receive 5 subscriptions (this includes students who sign up for a vendor package)

* Over 25 subscriptions to choose from

* Newly added subscriptions: GradeSlam (online tutoring vendor) and Minecraft Education Edition

* OSP A La Carte - families may purchase individual subscriptions for a discounted price (a la carte pricing is only available within the OSP Portal)

* Families may opt-in at any time (there is NO deadline for opting in this year)

* Subscriptions begin processing on 8/15 for those who opt-in early -- just in time for the start of the school year!

* Opt-in/out instructions, as well as OSP A La Carte instructions, are available on our OSP Handbook

* Instructional video coming soon!

NOTE: We are aware of a few hiccups with the launch of the OSP Portal today; we're sorry for any frustrations this may have caused our families. We are working quickly to get those issues fixed ASAP!

QUESTIONS? Please email the OSP Team -- osp@inspireschools.org

We hope you and your students greatly benefit from the wonderful subscription options available this year through the OSP.


Hello Inspire Families,

We're excited to offer webinars for our Online Subscription Package (OSP) options!

NOTE: Some webinars require the attendees to register prior to the webinar - please refer to the additional information below.

OSP Webinars: Round 3

Following is the schedule for next week, August 5th - August 9th

Additional webinars will be announced next week. All OSP webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the OSP Handbook: OSP Recorded Webinars

WEEK OF August 5th - 9th:

  • August 5th (Mon) @ 5:00pm - Live @ 5 - OSP - Hosted by the OSP team, we will go over all aspects of the OSP!
      • Webinar link: TBA
  • August 6th (Tues) @ 8:00am - Discovery Education (Techbook and Streaming Plus)
  • August 6th (Tues) @ 10:00am - Lesson Planet
    • Webinar link TBA
    • Lesson Planet is offering a free pilot through the OSP, it will be free to try for any Inspire family. Please attend the webinar for more information!
  • August 7th (Weds) @ 9:00am - Grammarly

Questions? Please contact our OSP Team: osp@inspireschools.org

This Week's OSP (Online Subscription Package) SPOTLIGHT: Mango Languages

"A fun-infused way to learn a new language. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English."

By opting into Mango Languages you will receive:

  • A parent account where you oversee your student
    • Mango grades the work for you!
    • Access to the progress your student is making
  • A student account for every student that opts in
  • Access to the 70+ language courses that Mango offers


Q: Can Mango Languages be approved for HS credit or as an "A-G" class?

A: In order to take any world language course for general credit, a student must show proficiency in all world language standards. Mango Languages is a wonderful supplementary option but needs to be offered with a standardized curriculum or used alongside world language maps for college and career-high school credit. Inspire does not have an "A-G" approved option for all languages, so the student will need to take the course with an approved "A-G" provider, and may use Mango Languages to supplement the course.

Head over HERE to see more about Mango Languages!

For more details on this OSP option and all the other OSP subscriptions, head over to the OSP Handbook.

Have a question regarding the Online Subscription Package? Email osp@inspireschools.org

Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) "How to..." Videos

Hi Inspire families!

It's that time of year! Your funds have arrived, and you're ready to order - but maybe you need some assistance inputting those orders. Here are some helpful videos to assist you with getting to know the EOS and how to input your orders.

1st "How to" Video...Account Navigation

2nd "How to" Video...Product Order Request

Please feel free to reach out to your Family Liaisons or HST for assistance; we are here to help!

Audrey Everson (951) 541-4809 or audreye@inspireschools.org

Candice Zuniga (714) 797-1209 or candicez@inspireschools.org


Inspire's Summer Reading Challenge!

This summer, curl up with a good book and play a game of Inspire Bingo for a chance to win prizes!

Each 5 in a row earns a chance to win prizes in our drawing. Return your completed Bingo sheet to the Lending Library by August 15th to submit your entries. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

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!

TK - 5th Grade Bingo Sheet

6th - 12th Grade Bingo Sheet


Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step by step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Dear Inspire Parents,

Another successful school year has come 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!

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter May/June 2019

You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!


Anna Lindahl

Statewide Parent Outreach Coordinator

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph: (619) 627-9623

E: annalindahl@inspireschools.org

Inspire Charter Resources

Natural History Club!

We're excited to announce the all new Natural History Club. This club is designed for all members of the family to explore nature together. We hope to gather at least once a month for nature outings, guest speakers, nature lessons, and FUN! If you are interested in getting more information or joining this club, please complete the interest survey HERE and Glenna Heustis will send you information about the first meet up in August.

Questions? Contact:

Glenna Heustis at glennah@inspireschools.org

New Middle School Program - ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway

BRIDGEWAY is teaming up with INSPIRE to offer Inspire Students a Live Online Middle School Bundle for all core subjects in the fall bridgewayacademy.com/inspire. This program will offer 4-core classes with Bridgeway Academy instructors offering support, weekly live online classes, office hours, and more.

Spaces will be limited!

More details and pricing can be found in our ChoicePlus Bridge Flier or our 19-20 TK-8 Curriculum Options Flier.

Want to learn more about ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway? View an informational session HERE.

High School Info Session Recordings

Want to know what high school looks like with Inspire? Amy Edwards, an Inspire teacher, Teacher Trainer for High School, and Homeschool Mom shares her expertise in this recorded High School Info Session! In her Virtual Info Sessions, she covers:

What are California's high school grad requirements?

What makes Inspire unique?
~Program & Curriculum options
~Online classes, live classes, vendors, parent-created & led curriculum, community college classes, and MORE!

On the first slide is a link to the recorded video. You can find the slide show HERE (Select "View" and "Present" and then click "Here" on the first slide to view the recording.)

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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Enrichment item returns!

Dear Inspire Families,

Do you have enrichment items that you are looking to return this year? You can return items to a Lending Library or to your HST. 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 for your convenience.

Riverside County Library System EVENTS!

Make sure you're in the "know" for all the events happening at the Riverside County Libraries!

Head over to http://rivlib.info/website/events


Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

Join us on Facebook for lively discussion and homeschool support.

Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

Your Inspire Riverside County Team!

Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaison for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Candice Zuniga

I am starting my eleventh year of homeschooling my big group! I have eight kids and six are enrolled in Inspire! I love to help families discover their perfect homeschool lifestyle based on the needs of each child and the family! We homeschool in a very eclectic and flexible way and always have. I desire to bring a deep understanding of the importance and enjoyment of home education to our awesome Riverside County Community of Homeschoolers! As always, reach out at any time for all your homeschool needs and concerns. I am always happy to help!

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 11 to 6 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Inspire Charter, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling with Inspire

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

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