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Monday, September 9, 2019

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School News and Important Dates

Photos Days

We have three more upcoming picture days!

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

Sign up here

Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Beachpoint Church

17415 Magnolia Street

Fountain Valley

This is not just a picture day!

The full details and sign ups are here.

Friday, September 27, 2019


Tustin Sports Park

12850 Robinson Drive


Come get your photo taken and play with friends!

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Forms to be Completed

Your teacher will have sent you a media release form and an annual household income form. If you have not already, please complete both and send them back. Thank you!

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.
  • 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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Parents' Night Out at Philz Coffee

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Park Days

Please click on the flyer to let the teacher know if you're bringing a Lego model!

Field Trips

Click on the flyers to sign up to field trips!

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

We are excited to finally get the Community Connections (CC) events and trips off and running this month. Please be sure to check out our monthly newsletters to see what is happening in and around your area. Here are the newsletters for September and October with all events listed:

September OC Community Connections Newsletter

October OC Community Connections Newsletter

Please note that families need to RSVP to all events, whether they are free or not, through the Field Trips & Events section in Inspiration Station. The newsletters have direct links, but they can also be found directly in the Field Trip & Events tab in our own Community Connections section. If a link is not “live” yet, that means it is not published yet. You can check back on Monday’s at 8:00 a.m. when all CC events are published.

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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"Not" Back to School Beach Day at Huntington Beach

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Huntington Beach Pier- north, Huntington Beach CA 92646

Flying into a New School Year! Our "Not" Back to School Beach Day in Huntington Beach. Meet at the base of the pier on the north side. We will be watching a demo of kite flying. Bring your beach gear, lunch, and kite to fly and we will have a fun day meeting up with friends.

Sign ups and full details available here

Airplane Exploration Day

Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Tri City Park, 2301 N Kraemer Blvd, Placentia, 92870

The science of flight activities

Paper airplane distance contest

Wooden airplanes

Stories and snacks

Bring the whole family!

Sign ups needed here


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

3:00pm - 4:30pm


1390 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, 92835

Come and meet some local high school students and make connections!

Help us to plan our future high school hangouts, buy yourself a coffee, and donuts will be served!

Sign ups and full details here


2pm to 3:30pm

Nook Coffee Bar- The LAB Anti-Mall

2930 Bristol St., B105 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We can meet up and talk about the upcoming year’s events- there’s shopping and fun places to take pictures too- so bring a friend! Can’t wait to meet you!

Sign ups and full details here

Educational Tools

Telling Time Teaching Clock and Time Game by Owlconic

Kids learn to tell the time with this specially designed analog kids wall clock that lets them see what time it is using colored numbers. With each quarter broken down into a specific color, it’s easier than ever for kids to remember and retain where each minute is. Telling time on the timepiece is easy and fun and teaching children is a breeze thanks to helpful references like “o’clock,” “quarter past,” “half past,” and “quarter to.”

Children get all the information they need on this educational clock. For kids to learn time efficiently this design had to be easy to understand, labeling each quarter with a different color would provide an easy way for your child to quickly create an association between the numbers and where they are. Each hand is also labeled in order to avoid any possible confusion, every minute is represented on the clock, meaning children will always be able to see the exact time.

The Owlconic Time Game is also available. The game helps kids understand time using hands-on learning. Giving children the opportunity to make sense of their day, for example the times when they do daily activities in their routine.The are lots of different ways to use the 128-piece game set to play a variety of time based games. The set is fully adjustable for all learning abilities and gives kids lots of ways to explore time.

Telling Time Teaching Clock is currently available on Amazon for $24.97.

Time Game is currently available on Amazon for $23.47

Homeschooling Advice

2 Truths to Set Your Homeschool Free

"Truth #1: You Can’t Teach Your Children Everything They Need to Know.

This is a freeing truth because it relieves you of the burden to do so. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, we tend to think there some imaginary line out there that represents the amount of information your child needs in order to succeed in the real word. This just isn’t true. There are not enough hours in the day, or days in the year to teach them everything.

There will be gaps. World history is too vast and complicated to fit neatly into your homeschool years. Even if you teach chronologically and follow the timeline perfectly, it just won’t fit. This sets us free to stop trying. Stop trying to fit it all in starting at the age of five. Because what happens in our desire to cover everything is that we end up covering a lot, but without much depth. You’ll have to stick to summaries and move on quickly if you want to cover as much as possible.

Instead, follow your children’s interests and learn about the things that are most important to you and your family. Dig deep into the well of learning because it is in those deeper waters that we often discover hidden treasure. A scope and sequence is still a helpful tool, but remember that what matters more than what you teach, is how you teach it."

Read the full blog post here.

Local Events

Learn and Grow at the Discovery Science Cube in Santa Ana

Learn & Grow Expo is a FREE FAMILY EVENT at Discovery Cube OC, where families can find over 60 exhibitors focusing on all aspects of healthy living. There will be free health screenings, nutrition and fitness demonstrations, and lots of family fun, including the exciting Bubble-Dash obstacle course competition.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time: 10am - 3pm

Where: 2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Cost: Event included with admission to the Cube.

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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!

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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