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Monday, December 9, 2019
Quote of the Week
School News and Important Dates
~From the Inspire Orange County team~
2019 Entrepreneur Fair
February 2020 Vendor Fair
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!
Mrs. Tegan Thacker, M.S., P.P.S.
High School Counselor
Serving Families in Orange County
Inspire Charter Schools
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
Field Trip Tip
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!
Field Trip Chaperones
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 234-1306.
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
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."
Orange County History Day - Natural History Day
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: email@example.com
California Homeschool Parent Association
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
- OC Cello Choir
- Die Gemütlichen Schuhplattler
- Island Inspirations
- L'il Dickens Carolers
- El Centro Cultural de Mexico
* Artists and programs subject to change.
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
Winter Fest OC
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.
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