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Monday, March 2, 2020

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School News and Important Dates

Daylight Saving Time - March 8th

Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead this Saturday night!
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Read Across America Event This Thursday!

You could not, would not, want to miss a celebration as fun as this!

Join us for Dr. Seuss Read Across America park day filled with fun art and STEM activities geared towards grades TK-3! Although all are welcomed!

Sign up here:

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Pi Day Celebration!

Come join us to celebrate the number Pi. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and participate in crafts, book readings, and educational activities all centered around Pi!

Inspiring Parents this Wednesday

Students struggle with writing. Parents want help.

This Wednesday, March 4, there are back-to-back writing webcasts. From 1 to 2pm, we feature a simple to use writing strategy for elementary students. Click on this link to learn from former writing trainer and HST, Elvira Burlingame:

Then stick around from 2 to 3pm, to get middle to high school writing help from our Student Support Services writing expert, Genieva Davidson and creator of super helpful writing tutorials.

Genieva treated Inspiring Parents in February to an in-depth tour of our school’s writing support site which is a treasure trove of resources. She talked about her tutorial videos and featured some of the site’s highlights. Missed it? Sign up to receive the recording link and resources:

8th Grade High School Transition Information Sessions

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We also have three in-person 8th Grade HS Transition Information Sessions coming up. You can sign up by clicking on the links below!

Field Trip Bookings

When booking field trips, please ensure that you book tickets for all of your children, and all chaperones that will be attending.

If tickets for all family members are not booked, your student ticket may be cancelled and you will be unable to attend the field trip.

Test Preparation Workshops

As you all know, the upcoming state tests are vital for the continued viability of our school. Test-taking is a skill set that entails its own unique strategies and skills that can be learned and taught. While we know that so many of the amazing things our homeschool students do are outside the scope of a simple test, we also want to equip our students with skills and strategies to be successful in a variety of areas including that of taking a test. We would love to have your child join us for a 2-hour or 3-hour drop-off test preparation workshop!

Please sign up using the sign-up links below. Registration is in on a first-come, first-serve basis and spaces are limited.

Registration Links- Please only sign up for one workshop per student.

March 10th- 3rd and 4th Grade- Costa Mesa

March 17- 3rd and 4th Grade - Costa Mesa

March 24- 5th and 6th Grade- Costa Mesa

March 31- 5th and 6th Grade- Costa Mesa

April 14- 7th and 8th Grade- Costa Mesa

April 21- 7th and 8th Grade- Costa Mesa

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PFT Sign Ups

If your child is in grade 5, 7 or 9, please reach out to your HST and sign them up for one of the upcoming Physical Fitness Tests in Orange County.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Membership

You are invited to participate as an active voice in the educational programs of Emergent Bilinguals by becoming a member of the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).

As a member of ELAC, you will:

● learn more about the programs offered to Emergent Bilinguals.

● participate in the school’s needs assessment.

● advise the Director and school staff on positive and effective strategies for teaching Emergent Bilinguals.

● provide valuable input on ways to support Emergent Bilinguals.

Our next ELAC meeting is on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 6:00 pm.

Please fill out this survey to let us know if you will be attending.

College and Career Fair 2020

Sign up now here!
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Starry Night- Prom 2020

You're Invited...

Join us for hors d'oeuvres, desserts, interactive art, raffle prizes, all-night photo booth, and rooftop dancing under the stars! High School Inspire students grades 9-12 are eligible to attend and may invite a non-Inspire guest (age 14-20) to join them at this event, so grab a friend and dance the night away at the historic Riverside Art Museum in downtown Riverside. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours early!

Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Avenue

Riverside, CA

Friday, April 24th, 7-11 pm

There are a limited number of tickets for this event.

Ticket Price: $100 each

This event is not eligible for Instructional Funds use.

Purchase your tickets HERE

2020 Prom Details

Questions? Summer Davidson

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Grad Night 2020

We would like to invite you to celebrate your accomplishments with your fellow grads and other high school seniors from all over the country at Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure on June 12, 2020!

Please visit this link for all the details: Grad Night 2020

For more information on Grad Nite, please email

***11th graders who are graduating early are allowed to attend Grad Nite!***

Congratulations on this exciting accomplishment! We hope you will be able to join us in the celebration!

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CAASPP Testing

Each year, the State of California requires public schools to reach a 95% participation rate for state standardized testing (CAASPP testing, sometimes also referred to as SBAC testing). If a school has less than 95% of its students participate, they are at risk of losing their charter and WASC accreditation. We are not asking our parents to change their homeschool style or “buy-in” to Common Core State Standards. However, we do need your support in ensuring that our students are in attendance at testing and that they do the best they can. Your participation in helping us meet the minimum 95% requirement is one important way you can aid in safeguarding the survival of our charter. Our school is penalized on our performance levels in math and language arts when we do not meet the 95%.

A second way you can help is to make sure your students are familiar with the testing platform. This will give them the best advantage to show what they know. Please utilize this resource of How to Take a Practice Test and Check-Out Designated Supports to walk them through how to navigate the testing portal. We know our homeschool students are smart and we need to make sure they do their best during state testing to demonstrate that our programs are working. Even if a student scores below grade level, our school can benefit academically when students show growth from year to year.

Inspire Charter Services’ Testing Department has created a series of presentations in response to questions and concerns received from our homeschooling families about state standardized testing. I hope you will find these videos, along with the additional supporting resources and articles, to be helpful in alleviating any fears or anxieties your family may be facing with regards to testing. Please take the time to review these Parent Testing Videos and Resources to see if you feel any would be beneficial for your family. We would also appreciate it if you could complete this Parent Testing Video Survey and give us your feedback.

We appreciate the opportunity you have given us to partner with you in your homeschooling journey. We look forward to many more years of supporting the homeschool community and their unique styles of education

Orange County Mobile Lending Library Locations

Please note, the PFT locations are for returns only.
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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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Special Education Parent Newsletter

This month's Parent Newsletter content includes:

  • Understanding the Special Education Processes
  • Homeschooling and State Testing
  • Using Notebooks in Instruction
  • Calming Strategies
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Enter Imaginology's Student Competitions!

Imaginology at the OC Fair and Event Center is a huge STEAM event that families and schools love! This year, it will be on Friday April 17th to Sunday April 19th and Inspire will be there! At Imaginology, kids and their families will not only see a world of wonder, but can participate in a wide range of fun and educational hands-on activities designed to inspire and encourage academic and career exploration.

Did you know that Imaginology holds competitions for children that have a $50 cash reward? This is the time for your child's creativity to shine!

There are 19 different project divisions, and they are:

Fiber Art


Upcycle It

Cardboard Engineering

Wood & Metal Arts

Digital Art

Make It With Clay



Read & Draw



Manipulated Photography



Lights, Camera, Action


3D-Printed Art

The project registration deadline is March 27th, so start thinking about what you might be interested in building and stay tuned for more information about how to submit your projects!

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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.

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.

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 February and March. We’re excited about hosting some fun Test Prep Parties in March, so check out the ones closest to you and help your child(ren) feel prepared for testing (grades 3rd – 8th). Also, we’re hoping to have as many families as possible fill out >>> THIS <<< short survey about Community Connections, will you please help us out and take 5 minutes of your time to fill it out? Thank you!

February OC Community Connections Newsletter

March 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 Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all.

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Price: Currently $23.15 on Amazon here

Homeschooling Advice


"If you homeschool, you already know homeschooling is hard. If you’re thinking about homeschooling and think it’s not, let me warn you…it is. You’re trying to make the decision whether or not you should take the plunge and make this huge life change of homeschooling. Or you’re trying to figure out if it’s worth it to keep going.

Mama, I don’t have all the answers. But I do know many many reasons why this gig is hard. I made a big list of them and about 95% of these I have experienced firsthand.

But for every single reason that it’s hard, I’ll let you know why I believe it’s worth it anyway. Homeschooling it hard, but it’s a worthy cause. One that I strongly believe we will not regret. I find so much peace there–in the surety I won’t regret this decision.

If you’re on the edge of throwing in the homeschooling towel, I HEAR YOU!! I’ve been there and it’s a tough spot. My hope is that by reading through this massive list, you’ll find the things that are making homeschooling so hard for you and keep going anyway–because it’s worth the work."

Read the rest of the article here.

Local Events

Family Hike at Laguna Beach

Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5-mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve, we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation naturalist volunteers. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right). All ages; children under 18 must be accompanied by adult.

Minimum Age: 12. For questions, call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri; 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3.

Full details and online reservations required here.

Jamboree at the Discovery Cube

Parenting OC returns to the Discovery Cube for its 14th Anniversary Edition of the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event. The free event will take place on March 14th, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This is the fifth year Discovery Cube partners with Parenting OC to host the summer-fun planning extravaganza.

“We are excited to once again partner with Discovery Cube OC and the Cube team to present this event,” said Parenting OC publisher Randall Tierney. “There simply is not better venue for the kind of enrichment and fun learning opportunities that we bring to the Jamboree.”

This year, Jamboree will have special guests, games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information.

Where: Discovery Cube, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

When: Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Price: Included with entry to the Cube.

Your Orange County Team

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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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