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Monday, October 7, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

2019 Entrepreneur Fair

Save the date for the most wonderful event of the year!
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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.

UCI Fall Preview Day

A Message from your High School Counselor:

Come see all that UCI has to offer! Engage with UCI staff and students, tour our lush campus, learn more about our renowned academic programs and comprehensive student services, and get answers to your questions about the admissions process. Register here:

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Tegan Thacker, M.S., P.P.S.
High School Counselor
Serving Families in Orange County
Inspire Charter Schools
Ph. 714-794-2060
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Inspirational Parent Symposium

Click on the flyer to sign up to this amazing event!

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.

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

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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Kids' Fishing Adventure

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

10am to 12pm

Mile Square Park

16801 Euclid St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Parking is $3- enter off of Euclid and Warner

You can park for free on the street.

Bring your own fishing pole or make one with us.

We will have fun with friends in the great outdoors!

Sign ups required here


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

10am to 12pm

Adventure Playground

1 Beech Tree Ln., Irvine 92612

Come have an adventure at Adventure Playground! Climb, cool off with water machines, structures, and dirt!

High School: Join friends, play games, and take part in a team photo scavenger hunt!

Sign ups required here

Fall Adventure Day

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

9:30am -11:30am

Tri City Park

2301 N Kraemer Blvd,

Placentia, CA 92870

Come join us to kick-off fall with some fun outdoor activities!

  • Paint a pumpkin

  • Fall Leaves Stem activity

  • Seed spitting

  • Leaf shading

Sign ups required here


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

Educational Tools

Ladybug Land with live larva

See ladybug larvae transform into friendly ladybugs!

Now you can observe every fascinating stage of ladybug metamorphosis with our see-through, domed Ladybug Land.

Your Ladybug Land Includes:

  • Beautiful diorama style habitat
  • Ladybug Land Instruction Guide
  • Built-in magnifying lid for up-close ladybug observation
  • Water reservoir “volcano” keeps thirsty ladybugs happy
  • Tube of 10 to 13 ladybug larvae
  • Dropper

Cost: $27.99 at

Consumable? Partially

Homeschooling Advice

100 Stem Projects for Kids and Teens of All Kinds

"STEM. It seems like that acronym is everywhere and people are all about it. Super-hyped.

I’m not a big fan of the buzzword, but I adore the building blocks of the concept.

100 STEM Activities for Kids & Teens of All Kinds is a comprehensive, annotated list of most of the STEM content here at Blog, She Wrote.

Plus, I’ve curated some great content from other bloggers where noted.

The activities are broken into categories for easier reference. It’s time to get started!"

Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Irvine Global Village Festival

To celebrate 18 years of community fun, the 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival will be one of the largest ones yet! The now two-day festival incorporates the best of Irvine's historic fall festival to offer more food, art, and music throughout an entire weekend at the Great Park. Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, interactive activities, seek-a-treat, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy local and global cuisine, an artisan's marketplace, music, art, and exhibits, all while attending Orange County's premier festival.

Full details here.

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Fire Department Open House

Take a look at the fire trucks, an ambulance, and learn about fire safety!

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time: 10am-1pm

Where: Various locations across OC. See flyer below for participating locations.

Cost: Free

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Fountain Valley Fire Department Annual Open House

Come join us and take a tour of the fire station, take a look at the fire trucks, an ambulance, and learn about fire safety and participate in a “Hands on CPR” demonstration. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” Everyone can enjoy a hot dog, learn how to use a fire extinguisher safely and the Sweet Life Truck will have great desserts.

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time: 10am-2pm

Where: 17737 Bushard, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Cost: Free

More details here.

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Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional Park

OC Parks invites families to explore the prehistoric history of Orange County with Prehistoric OC at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park on Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During this free, family-friendly event, Prehistoric OC will present fun and educational activities and information to the public about Orange County’s rich history and prehistory with activities, fossils, and artifacts. This annual event welcomes all to learn about local natural and cultural resources every year.

Families can also enjoy various activities including free educational entertainment including volcano demonstrations by the Cal State Fullerton Geology Club, crafts in the Junior Scientist Camp, an Ice Age interactive live show, a giant dinosaur obstacle course and vehicles from the Jurassic Park Motor Pool. Clark Regional Park’s Interpretive Center and fishbowl fossil prep lab will also be open to the public to view real artifacts and fossils from Orange County.

Prehistoric OC coincides with California Archaeology Month, the American Institute for Archaeology’s National Archaeology Day on October 19, and The National Park Services’ National Fossil Day on October 16. Join us to celebrate the scientific and cultural history of Orange County at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park this October.

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019: 10am-2pm

Where: Clark Regional Park, 8800 Rosecrans Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90621

Cost: Free

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

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!

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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