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Monday, January 13, 2020

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School News and Important Dates

Celebrate 100 Days of School

Join us for this fun celebration of 100 days of homeschooling! Sign ups will open on Wednesday at 8am here.
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February 2020 Vendor Fair

Do you know a great Inspire approved vendor? We are planning our February 2020 Vendor Fair, and would love to have them join us! Please ask them to fill in this form so that we can contact them.


Thank you!

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Inspiring Parents


Parents learned a bit during last Wednesday’s Inspiring Parents webcast which asked the questions: Am I Doing Enough? Am I Doing This Right?. The session was recorded. It helps a lot if you click on the link below which automatically collects your email into a spreadsheet which makes it easier to respond to the hundreds of requests for the link to the webcast recording and resources. http://bit.ly/InspiringParents_010820


Inspiring Parents meets the first Wednesday of each month from 1-2 where homeschooling parents can learn tips to grow their teaching toolkit. On February 5, we focus on writing.

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 www.icsinspirationstation.net 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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An Important Message About Field Trips

In an effort to give all families a fair booking opportunity, Orange County HST led public field trips that are listed in the Inspire Insider will now open for booking on Inspiration Station every Wednesday morning at 8am.

Inspire Planners Feedback

It may feel too soon, but Inspire is already planning their 2020-2021 school planners and we'd love to hear your thoughts on what you thought of this year's planners!

If you missed the Bravewriter webcast

Julie Bogart, creator of BraveWriter shared techniques for how to incorporate writing across the curriculum and ways to make it fun.

If you missed the live webcast, click on this link http://bit.ly/BraveLearnerFreeResources to add your email address and receive Writing Across the Curriculum, Writer's Jungle and High School Writing Help, as well as the Brave Learner Companion Guide.

Parent Testing Resources Website

The Parent Testing Resources website is complete and ready for you to check out! Here you can find information about the assessments that Inspire offers to its students. Inspire hopes to partner with parents to help students be as successful as possible. We hope you find the resources on this website helpful to increase your understanding of the assessments we give and empower you to prepare your child as they come upon these tests during their educational career.

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.

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 https://ocde.us/EducationalServices/STEMandHumanities/History/Pages/History-Day.aspx


If your child is interested in participating in this year's contest, please contact Chuck Glowacz: chuck@inspireschools.org

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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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Field Trips and Events

Click on the flyer to view the event!

All new field trips open on Wednesdays at 8am for ticket bookings.

Kindness Day Events

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

Below is the newsletter for January and the new one for February. We’re looking forward to seeing you as we continue to build relationships within our community. Please RSVP in the Field Trip and Events website.


January OC Community Connections Newsletter

February OC Community Connections Newsletter


We would like to ask that if you are unable to attend an event that you have RSVP’d for, please cancel your ticket and let the coordinator for that location know. It helps with supplies and planning. Thank you!


If you need any assistance, please reach out to the CC in that area or to our Regional Community Coordinator, Gina Garland: ggarland@inspireschools.org

Educational Tools

Epic App

Epic! is the world's leading online children's subscription book service offering immediate, on-demand access to over 35,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under. Epic!'s ever-expanding library also includes thousands of Read-to-Me books, Audiobooks, educational videos, and fun educational quizzes. Partnerships with leading publishers, including HarperCollins and National Geographic, bring age-appropriate, award-winning fiction and non-fiction books to your child's fingertips.


Full details here


A subscription is purchasable with funding. Please select "Product Order" and "Other Vendor."

Epic! Books For Kids

Homeschooling Advice

Are You Practicing Sustainable Homeschooling?

"If you’ve walked into a grocery store lately, you’ve seen items marked “sustainable.” They’re everywhere, it seems.


Even our Facebook feed is full of the concept of sustainability. We hear about “sustainable crops,” “sustainable housing,” “sustainable teas” and even “sustainable budgets and economies.”

All this has led me to think: What about sustainable homeschooling?


Now wait a minute, you say. Sustainable homeschooling? I’ve never heard of that before. But think about it.


The definition of sustainable is either:

  1. able to be maintained at a certain rate or level, or
  2. able to be upheld or defended.

And isn’t that what we all want for our homeschool?


We want to be able to work consistently, to accomplish tasks without burning out ourselves or our children. To do our job in the best way possible so that we can uphold and defend our values.


We all want sustainable homeschooling.


So whether you’re sitting around the fire this Christmas reminiscing about the year gone by, or planning for the year to come, here are four practical ideas for making your homeschooling sustainable."


Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Seaweed and Sea Creatures Walk

The 165+ species of seaweed in Orange County provide food and shelter for more than just flies. In myriad colors, designs and sizes, they form the base of the marine food chain. Join us for a Seaweeds & Sea Creatures Walk at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, January 18 at 10am and see who eats them, who lives in them, how they are important to the ecosystem….and why they are in your ice cream and lipstick. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day-use fee.


Find more information here.


When: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Where: Crystal Cover (Pelican Point Parking Lot #2), 8471 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, 92625

Cost: FREE, $15 Day Use Parking

Junior Ranger Day at the Bay

Come earn your Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate at Upper Newport Bay. Participants will go on a guided hike, complete a short service project, and take the junior ranger oath. Activities will be designed for learners in the 9-12 age range, but everyone is welcome.


Minors aged 16 and younger must have legal guardian present at all times. Rain will cancel the event.


Registration required here. For more information call (949) 923-2250 or email unbic@ocparks.com

Festival of Human Abilities

Celebrate the Creative Spirit of People with Disabilities

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its seventeenth annual Festival of Human Abilities, a celebration highlighting the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities.

This event will feature wheelchair dance, live music, sign language choirs, art demonstrations, and accessible SCUBA diving demonstrations. Participate in free classes led by people who have disabilities. Sign language interpreters will be present at all major shows, and an audio tour and a visitor guide in Braille are available for those who are blind.


When: January 25, 2020 – January 26, 2020

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Cost: Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.


Full details here.

Your Orange County Team

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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!


ladan@inspireschools.org

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!


shaemanique@inspireschools.org

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