Riverside County

Delivering the Heart of Homeschooling

Week of September 9, 2019

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Week of September 9, 2019

Hello Riverside County!

Remember to join us at our Riverside Vendor Event this week! Are you stopping by? We hope so! Remember that your HST'S and local Family Liaisons will be there to answer all of your homeschool questions as well! We will also have a photographer there to take school photos and student ID's! It is another full week of homeschool fun and we want you to live this homeschool life to it's fullest!

Please show us how you homeschool by using the hashtags #AdventuresWithInspire and #HowIHomeschoolWithInspire on social media.

It's fun to see what you are all doing and experiencing!

In this week's newsletter, we spotlight Inspire's

Online Subscription Package option - Tynker!

Also included are "How to" videos for navigating the Enrichment Ordering System,

and membership information for Inspire's new, non-profit

Parent Organization - California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA).

Please reach out anytime and get to know us!

We are so happy to answer all of your questions and guide you through

learning about homeschool philosophy, curriculum, and the homeschool lifestyle!

Don't let yourself drown in worry or fear over homeschooling.

If you find yourself there, reach out!

We hope to connect with you soon,

Audrey & Candice

The Adventure of Learning with Inspire Charter School!

Enrollment for the 2019/20 school year is open but LIMITED SPOTS are available!

Click HERE to enroll!

Stories That Inspire!

Inspire students, families, and staff members have incredible stories.

Head over to our website to read a few of them and share your story with us.

Inspire's 2019 Back to School Vendor Events!

It's time! Inspire Charter Schools 2019 Riverside County Back to School Fall Vendor Events are here! Our events will showcase many of the wonderful Inspire vendors that offer enrichment services to our families!

Inspire approved vendors from all over Riverside County from various educational avenues will be showcasing their enrichment services and be able to answer questions regarding their specialties! Inspire's Enrichment Department will be ready onsite for enrichment product purchases - SAME DAY! We look forward to an adventurous year with you!

We have two events, one covering the Riverside/surrounding areas and the other for the Temecula Valley area:

Riverside Area Fall Vendor Event:
Friday, September 13, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm
The Grove Community Church, Riverside, CA.

Temecula Valley Fall Vendor Event:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm
Pins & Pockets Banquet Hall, Lake Elsinore, CA.

A photographer will be onsite for your Back to School school pictures! Educational funds can not be used for photos. The photographer will have order forms at the event. No RSVP needed for the photographer; pictures are first come, first serve.

Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many of our wonderful families will be in attendance! We can't wait to see you!

Questions? Please feel free to contact Audrey Everson at audreye@inspireschools.org or Candice Zuniga at candicez@inspireschools.org.

Riverside (and surrounding area)

Temecula Valley (and surrounding area)

Inspire Families RSVP HERE

Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many of our wonderful families will be in attendance for the Riverside and Temecula Valley Events! We can't wait to see you!

Desert Area Vendor Fair

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Say Cheese!!

Looking for an opportunity to get your child's Back to School photos taken? Here are the upcoming Picture Days for Riverside County! More details to come for each Picture Day. Here are the dates and locations to put in your calendar!

***Please Note: October 8th is BACK at Citrus Park in Corona***

  • September 13th Riverside Area Vendor Event, The Grove Community Church, Riverside
  • September 19th (FULL) Temecula Methodist Church
  • September 25th Temecula Valley Vendor Event, Pins N' Pockets, Lake Elsinore
  • October 2nd Audie Murphy Sports Park, Menifee
  • October 3rd McSweeny Park, Hemet
  • October 8th Citrus Park, Corona
  • October 10th Arlington Sports Park, Riverside
  • October 24th Desert Area Vendor Fair, JPL Church, Palm Desert
  • October 30th Orange Terrace Park, Riverside
  • November 5th Ronald Reagan Sports Park, Temecula

There will be detailed info for each date in the Community Connections Newsletter, the Riverside County Newsletter, and on the ”Events” page of the Riverside County Facebook page.

The picture days at the Vendor Events are first-come, first-serve. The photographers will be there during the entire event. There's no RSVP for the photographer.

Our fantastic Community Connections Coordinators host all the other picture days! These events all have RSVPs linked through Inspiration Station. Some are still in the planning stages. Our team wanted to share with you all the dates. As soon as there is an RSVP - that will be linked and you can RSVP.

Questions? Reach out to your Family Liaisons:

Audrey Everson

(951) 541-4809 or audreye@inspireschools.org

Candice Zuniga

(714) 797-1209 or candicez@inspireschools.org

Sharing the Homeschool Heart...Testing and Assessments

I have a love-hate relationship with test scores. Testing to me in a traditional sense is useless. I don't believe it benefits the learner most of the time. Believe it or not, though, I LOVE State Testing and the Star 360! Surprised? I love seeing the results. I know that test results can be stressful and anxiety-producing for many families - they don't have to be though. I believe testing can be a useful tool to give you a clear pulse on your own personal homeschool lifestyle. Often it produces sincere satisfaction and validation that what you are doing in your home, for your kids, in regards to education, is working well for your family!

This week, I poured over the results of my children's star 360 test. They were almost exactly what I expected. Please do not be fooled into thinking that all of my children scored perfectly well. I have some who lag behind in certain subjects, some who are right on track, and some who score well above their grade level. Taking a look at the results and being able to compare them with what my assessment of their progress is, is very helpful for me. I don't tend to be discouraged by the results that show they are behind because I have spent so many years watching the progress of my older kids and seeing the enormous growth happen in certain years where their brains were ready to take their knowledge and education to the new level. In those years, they exceeded expectations and jumped up into the above-average category. Those same kids, who are now scoring above-average and in grade levels higher than what they're in, were the same little ones who scored way below their grade level many years ago. I share all this to give you hope and encouragement for your little ones who might not quite meet the standard you had hoped.

Little ones take time. They take extra special attention to detail to know exactly what to give them and when. Their schooling time is unique. One five-year-old may be ready to read and wants more phonics instruction and language arts assignments that build their reading skills and writing skills. On the other hand, another five-year-old may not be ready for that until they're 8 or 9. That's just the beauty of the way the human brain works. Seeing the differences in your students early on and accepting them, is key to successful progress. Learning to let go of expectations and understand each student as an individual will aid you in your confidence in your plans for homeschooling. Learn about their strengths and weaknesses, teach them in a way that meets their individual needs.

It's as if each student has an empty bucket that fills over the course of their adolescence and learning years. Some students' buckets fill very quickly, as though you turned on the faucet and allowed the bucket to fill rapidly spilling over almost instantly. Other students' buckets fill at a drip by drip pace one little piece of information after one small piece of information at a time, until they're full to the brim. That filling process could happen over 10 years. It's our job as homeschool parents to recognize which kind of bucket our students have, and begin accommodating their learning needs based on that. Knowing this early on takes away a lot of pressure from both you and your kids. Experiencing a lifestyle of lifelong learning with your student where together you fill the buckets drip by drip, can produce very successful well-rounded student. The only thing that gets in the way of that is the fear and worry you have of not doing enough or not being enough. That's comparison. Don't get stuck in the comparison game. The comparison will kill the homeschool vibe you've created. Just don't go there!

Keep pressing on homeschool warriors. You're in the fight for the education that best suits your child and their development. Use the tools you have at hand without being afraid. Rise and soar above the fear. You can do this! Remember, we're here for you. Reach out if you need help with a plan to fight hard for the best education you can create for your kiddos. You've got this!


A Night Out to Inspire with Candice and Audrey

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Join your Riverside County Family Liaisons at Panera in Riverside for "A Night Out to Inspire". This monthly event is for homeschool parents (or prospective homeschool parents) to ask questions, gain insight and support for their own personal homeschool journey!

It all happens on Thursday, September 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Panera Bread
3560 Riverside Plaza Dr. #410

Riverside, CA.

***We kindly ask for children to be left at home for this event***

Questions? Please feel free to contact:

Audrey at (951) 541-4809
or Candice at (714) 797-1209

or email:

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Community Connections!

Let The Adventure Begin: We are excited to announce that the NEW Community Connections is launching the first week of September in Riverside County. Community Connections is bringing Riverside County amazing events and activities that will create community and enhance the Adventure in Learning.

Community Connection Opportunities Will Include:

*Thematic Adventure Days (Western Theme, Astronomy Theme, Color Run, Earth Day and Much More)

*Teacher-Led Field Trips

*Middle School and High School Event and Field Trips

*Special Events (Picture Days, Science Fairs, Community Service Projects and Much More)

Let's Connect!

Parents will join the fun for all events and field trips and will be able to use this time to connect with other homeschooling families.

Come Join the Community!

Our events are just a click away!

Click over to our Community Connections Smore to find all the Community Connections Events in your area coming up in September.

Check back frequently to see all the added events we are bringing to your community!

Click here : Community Connection Events and Field Trip Schedule

See you all soon!

Share your Community Connection event ideas with us!

CLICK HERE for Participant Guidelines

We are so happy you are interested in participating in our upcoming Entrepreneur Fair in early December! Exact dates and details will be coming out soon along with a sign-up survey, but we would like to provide you with some guidelines for now.

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Dear Families,

We have exciting news! Membership for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to join the California Homeschool Parent Association (CHPA). This is Inspire’s new, non-profit Parent Organization!

(If you previously filled out the paper form to opt-in, we would be so grateful if you would also take a moment to complete the new online membership form below as we added some information. Thank you!)


The CHPA Founders


Thank you for being a member of the California Homeschool Parent Association!

We are so excited to have our first Election of the Statewide Executive Board. Elections for the Regional Community Councils will take place after this election.

Voting is now open for the Statewide Executive Board! Head here to vote! Deadline for voting is September 30th.

Regional Community Council elections will be in October.

Interested? Fill out our interest survey!

Heart of Homeschooling Parent Education Program

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Head here for the most up to date information from the OSP Department regarding subscription processing and how to's!


The OSP Portal is now available in the EOS!

* All students who opt-in to the OSP will receive 5 subscriptions (this includes students who sign up for a vendor package)

* Over 25 subscriptions to choose from

* Newly added subscriptions: GradeSlam (online tutoring vendor) and Minecraft Education Edition

* OSP A La Carte - families may purchase individual subscriptions for a discounted price (a la carte pricing is only available within the OSP Portal)

* Families may opt-in at any time (there is NO deadline for opting in this year)

* Subscriptions begin processing on 8/15 for those who opt-in early -- just in time for the start of the school year!

* Opt-in/out instructions, as well as OSP A La Carte instructions, are available on our OSP Handbook

* Instructional video coming soon!

NOTE: We are aware of a few hiccups with the launch of the OSP Portal today; we're sorry for any frustrations this may have caused our families. We are working quickly to get those issues fixed ASAP!

QUESTIONS? Please email the OSP Team -- osp@inspireschools.org

Head over to the OSP Handbook for all information regarding options and instructions.


We hope you and your students greatly benefit from the wonderful subscription options available this year through the OSP.


We're excited to offer webinars for our Online Subscription Package (OSP) options!

All OSP webinars are recorded and uploaded to the OSP Handbook: OSP Recorded Webinars

Head over to the OSP Handbook for all information regarding options and instructions.

Questions? Please contact our OSP Team: osp@inspireschools.org

This Week's OSP (Online Subscription Package) SPOTLIGHT: Tynker

The 2019-2020 Online Subscription Package (OSP) options are finalized, and we’re spotlighting every option - every week!

This week we spotlight Tynker!

"Tynker is a complete learning system that enables everyone from beginners to advanced programmers to code with intuitive, interest-based activities. Tynker's self-paced courses let kids experiment with visual blocks before progressing to intermediate programming and even languages like JavaScript and Python."

If you opt into Tynker you will receive:

  • A parent account as well as a student account for each student who opts in
  • Everything your child needs to learn computer programming the fun way
    • 23 Programming Courses
    • 11 iPad Courses
    • Minecraft Java Edition server
    • 2000+ coding activities
    • Advanced Minecraft modding
    • Daily coding missions
    • Exclusive access to new features
    • 5x faster skills mastery
    • Monthly skill assessment


Q: Will my Tynker account from the 2019-2020 OSP roll-over if I opt my student in again?

A: Yes, your student's account will roll-over and their progress on Tynker will be saved.

Watch a video about Tynker HERE

For more details on this OSP option and all the other OSP subscriptions, head over to the OSP Handbook.

Have a question regarding the Online Subscription Package? Email osp@inspireschools.org

Enrichment Ordering System (EOS) "How to..." Videos

Hi Inspire families!

It's that time of year! Your funds have arrived, and you're ready to order - but maybe you need some assistance inputting those orders. Here are some helpful videos to assist you with getting to know the EOS and how to input your orders.

1st "How to" Video...Account Navigation

2nd "How to" Video...Product Order Request

Please feel free to reach out to your Family Liaisons or HST for assistance; we are here to help!

Audrey Everson (951) 541-4809 or audreye@inspireschools.org

Candice Zuniga (714) 797-1209 or candicez@inspireschools.org

This Week's Inspire Riverside County Events!

Inspire Riverside County Hosted Field Trips & Events!

Field Trip Booking Tutorial

Want a step by step tutorial for booking your next field trip tickets on Inspiration Station? Watch this tutorial!

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Inspire Special Education Department Monthly Newsletter!

Dear Inspire Parents,

Another successful school year has come to an end! Reflecting on the past school year makes us realize how fortunate we are at Inspire Charter Schools. Our school has been successful due to the wonderful collaborative partnership between staff members, and families. We would like to thank all the parents for their involvement, dedication and continued support. Please be safe and well until we meet again in the fall. Have a wonderful summer!

Inspire Special Education Department Parent and Teacher Newsletter May/June 2019

You can also access our Inspire Cares website to support you in your homeschooling journey and view all of our newsletters!


Anna Lindahl

Statewide Parent Outreach Coordinator

Inspire Charter Schools

Ph: (619) 627-9623

E: annalindahl@inspireschools.org

Inspire Charter Resources

Natural History Club!

We're excited to announce the all new Natural History Club. This club is designed for all members of the family to explore nature together. We hope to gather at least once a month for nature outings, guest speakers, nature lessons, and FUN! If you are interested in getting more information or joining this club, please complete the interest survey HERE and Glenna Heustis will send you information about becoming a member of this fantastic club.

Want to get an idea of what this club entails? View this recording of our first meeting.

Questions? Contact:

Glenna Heustis at glennah@inspireschools.org

New Middle School Program - ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway

BRIDGEWAY is teaming up with INSPIRE to offer Inspire Students a Live Online Middle School Bundle for all core subjects in the fall bridgewayacademy.com/inspire. This program will offer 4-core classes with Bridgeway Academy instructors offering support, weekly live online classes, office hours, and more.

Spaces will be limited!

More details and pricing can be found in our ChoicePlus Bridge Flier or our 19-20 TK-8 Curriculum Options Flier.

Want to learn more about ChoicePlus Bridge powered by Bridgeway? View an informational session HERE.

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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Enrichment item returns!

Dear Inspire Families,

Do you have enrichment items that you are looking to return this year? You can return items to a Lending Library or to your HST. 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 for your convenience.

Riverside County Library System EVENTS!

Make sure you're in the "know" for all the events happening at the Riverside County Libraries!

Head over to http://rivlib.info/website/events


Your go-to spot for homeschool help!

Riverside County Facebook Group

Join us on Facebook for lively discussion and homeschool support.

Riverside County Parent Feedback

Our goal is to provide you with the best homeschool program in Riverside County...so we want your feedback! If you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please let us know!

Your Inspire Riverside County Team!

Your Riverside County Homeschool Teachers and Family Liaisons are always here for you! Reach out to your HST or Family Liaison for support, advice, and connections with the homeschool community around you!

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Look how we've grown since last August!

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Candice Zuniga

I am starting my twelfth year of homeschooling my big group! I have eight kids and six are enrolled in Inspire! I love to help families discover their perfect homeschool lifestyle based on the needs of each child and the family! We homeschool in a very eclectic and flexible way and always have. I desire to bring a deep understanding of the importance and enjoyment of home education to our awesome Riverside County Community of Homeschoolers! As always, reach out at any time for all your homeschool needs and concerns. I am always happy to help!

Audrey Everson

Hi everyone! I am a mom of 3 awesome kids ranging in age from 11 to 7 years old. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 16 years. Having homeschooled our children over the last 7 years in 3 different states, I've found homeschooling here in California, especially with Inspire Charter, has been a great fit for our homeschool journey. I am grateful for our ability to homeschool so freely and I aspire to assist other families with their own homeschool adventures!

We want to hear from you!

What do you want to hear more about? Drop us an email!

We'd love to answer all of your questions in regards to homeschooling with Inspire

and what the homeschool lifestyle looks like!

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