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Monday, December 9, 2019

Quote of the Week

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School News and Important Dates

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~From the Inspire Orange County team~

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Orange County 2020 Spelling Bee

Sign up here today!

Final sign up date: Friday, January 3, 2020.

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Orange County 2020 Science Fair

Sign up here today!

Final sign up date: Friday, January 24, 2020.

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2019 Entrepreneur Fair

Please tell your friends and family to join us at the Entrepreneur Fair this Wednesday!
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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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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.

A Message from our High School Counselor

World of Work Wednesdays! - We need your help!

November is National Career Awareness Month

World of Work Wednesdays are 1-hour, virtual events where a panel of professionals take questions, interview-style from me, the School Counselor. Questions will be pre-released to those who participate in the panel.

We hope to have 2-3 professionals, within the same field, on each panel and hope to hold multiple events throughout the school year. That way, we can present on various career fields!

If you are interested in participating in a panel, complete this survey, and I will contact you.

If you know someone who would be a great person to share their career with our community, share this survey with them, and I will reach out!

Let's build a partnership for the success of our students!

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

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 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.

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!

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 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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Field Trip Chaperones

When signing up for field trips please remember to add at least one chaperone. Inspire will cover the cost of one adult chaperone for every two enrolled Inspire students attending an Inspire teacher-led field trip (up to 3 adult chaperones for 5+ enrolled Inspire students). Following is the breakdown:

1-2 Inspire Students Attending = 1 Free Adult Chaperone

3-4 Inspire Students Attending = 2 Free Adult Chaperones

5+ Inspire Students Attending = 3 Free Adult Chaperones

Additional chaperones not covered may pay out of pocket at the time of booking (subject to availability by each field trip).

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

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.*

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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Now that school has been in full swing for a few weeks, we are excited to share with you our second issue of the Special Education Newsletter! We've worked hard on gathering resources and hope that you find this issue meaningful and helpful in your special education journey with your student. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions on topics to cover in the future. Enjoy!

The October 2019 issue includes:

  • Introduction to Transition
  • How to Teach Your Child to Use the Library
  • Using Multi-sensory Instruction
  • Following Directions

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.

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

Field Trips and Events

Click on the flyer to view the event!

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

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

Below is the newsletter for December and the new one for JANUARY. You won’t want to miss out on these awesome events. Please RSVP in the Field Trip and Events website.

December OC Community Connections Newsletter

January 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:

Educational Tools

The Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie

Connecting deeply with our kids can be difficult in our busy, technology-driven lives. Reading aloud offers us a chance to be fully present with our children. It also increases our kids’ academic success, inspires compassion, and fortifies them with the inner strength they need to face life’s challenges. As Sarah Mackenzie has found with her own six children, reading aloud long after kids are able to read to themselves can deepen relationships in a powerful way.

Founder of the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, Sarah knows first-hand how reading can change a child’s life. In The Read-Aloud Family, she offers the inspiration and age-appropriate book lists you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, Sarah details practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family—it has the power to change the world.

Price and full details here

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Homeschooling Advice

10 tips to help you survive a busy homeschool season

This fall was bonkers, you guys. In early October, I wrote an article about how this fall was our busiest season yet. I shared our family’s plan for thriving- rather than merely surviving- the busy season.

I am happy to report that we are on the other side of the chaos… and we [mostly] enjoyed our crazy-busy fall. We are, however, looking forward to a slow holiday season.

Unlike the last few months, our winter schedule has plenty of white space and we are going to relish the margin.

With the holidays- and the holiday madness- on the near horizon, I thought it would be helpful to share my top 10 tips to help with a busy homeschool season.

These are the tips and tricks that saved our homeschool bacon these past few months. If you have a wild holiday season on the docket, these ideas may work for you!

Read the rest of the post here.

Local Events

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3rd Annual Holidays Around The World

Watch the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza transform into a winter wonderland! Enjoy live performances that showcase traditions from around the world, including Mexican ballet folklorico, Indian Bollywood dance, German holiday folk dances, Chinese lion dance, and more. The festive family fun doesn't stop there—take a ride on our Holiday Express train, create your own seasonal craft, and experience our special snowfall on the plaza!


  • Costa Mesa High School Jazz Band
  • South Coast Chinese Cultural Center
  • Orange County School of the Arts
  • Bollywood Deewane
  • Kaiser Elementary
  • Reverb Tap Company
  • Upstream
  • OC Cello Choir
  • Die Gemütlichen Schuhplattler
  • Island Inspirations
  • L'il Dickens Carolers
  • El Centro Cultural de Mexico

  • * Artists and programs subject to change.

Give Back
Segerstrom Center will be hosting a drive for new and unused personal care items at Holidays Around the World, including shampoo, deodorant, heating packs, sunscreen and moisturizers, first aid kits, etc. Donations will benefit the residents at The Link transitional housing shelter in Santa Ana, which is operated by Mercy House. The Link is a 200-bed shelter for families, women, children, and unhoused adults. The donated items will be collected on both days of Holidays Around the World and delivered to The Link in time for the new year.

Running time (approximate): 5 hours and 30 minutes

When: December 14, 2019 at 11:00 am and December 15, 2019 at 11:00am

Where: Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa

Price: Free

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Winter Fest OC

Winter Fest OC, Southern California’s largest winter experience, returns to the Orange County Fair & Event Center December 19th through January 5th. With a record-breaking attendance in 2018 and Winter Fest OC going into its 5th year, the 2019/2020 season is anticipated to be the most magical year ever!

Featuring ice tubing down an 9 lane, 150 foot mountain, massive snow play and slide area with separate areas for toddlers and kids with fresh snow blown in daily, ice skating on SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink under the stars in the middle of Winter Fest OC, nightly Christmas tree lighting celebration with a parade of the Winter Fest OC characters, fireworks and snow flurries, plus a not to be missed experience with Santa and his reindeer flying over the fairgrounds through Christmas Eve, an all new Alpine Village with a new light maze and new wintery attractions, over 20 carnival rides and attractions, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

Winter Fest OC Information

When: Dec 19, 2019 through Jan 5, 2020

Where: OC Fair & Event Center on 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626

Price: Ticket prices stat at $8

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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