Springs Charter Schools Superintendent Responds to Query by Pacific Justice Institute

Earlier this week I was reading articles on the Pacific Justice Institute  and various Fox News channels, reporting that Springs Charter Schools have been removing Christian books from shelves, including Hiding Place a book written by Corrie ten Boom.

After doing a lot of research several parents that have children in the charter school advise that the statements made by Pacific Justice Institute and various news organizations are false. Some parents are using Christian text books in their curriculum and advise that the book, Hiding Place is still on the shelves as well as books written by CS Lewis, Tolkien and tons and tons of Christian authors.  See all the comments for yourself on the Springs Charter public facebook page.

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In a letter to the parents and media, the Springs Charter Schools Superintendent, Kathleen Hermsmeyer Responds to Query by Pacific Justice Institute


TEMECULA, CA, September 24, 2014 – Kathleen Hermsmeyer, Superintendent of Springs Charter Schools, released the following statement regarding an August 22nd query by the Pacific Justice Institute:

“On August 22, Michael Peffer of the Pacific Justice Institute contacted my office at Springs Charter Schools about a conversation that had occurred last summer between a parent of a Springs Charter Schools student and an employee of Springs Charter School, neither of whom were identified. The conversation took place in the Springs Resource Library, which is a warehouse for textbooks we use in our school programs (it is not actually a library, in fact, we have since renamed it the Curriculum Warehouse to eliminate any confusion). Due to the fact that our schools are independent study charter schools, we do not maintain traditional lending libraries. According to the letter, the unidentified Springs employee told the unidentified parent that he/she was instructed to “remove all books with a Christian message, authored by Christians, or published by a Christian publishing company.”

At Springs Charter Schools, we’re pleased to welcome families of a variety of religious backgrounds, including many Christians, and do not discriminate against or disparage anyone because of their religious beliefs. We can and do provide educational novels with religious perspectives, including Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. However, like every other public school in the State of California, we cannot legally maintain religious textbooks on our warehouse shelves for distribution to our families. Donated items are made available to our families at no cost. Any and all donated items are not incorporated onto the shelves of our Curriculum Warehouse. The only materials we maintain on the shelves of our Curriculum Warehouse are items we have purchased ourselves in accordance with the laws of our State

Springs Charter Schools are tuition-free, public schools of choice serving more than 6,000 California school children and their parents. Many Springs parents choose to homeschool full-time, while others choose two to five days per week of a blended model that includes classroom instruction with home study. Springs serves students with 14 student centers in the Counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles. Springs Charter Schools’ administrative offices are located at 43466 Business Park Drive, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 252-8800. Website:www.springscharterschools.org.

After extensive research and reading the feedback from various parents with children at Springs Charter School. it’s our opinion  that the articles on Fox and Pacific Justice websites are false.

Inland SoCal Moms | Things To Do In Menifee

Recently when I asked my husband what there was to do in Menifee, his response was “nothing”. Which seems to be what most of our friends and neighbors seem to believe as well. But with a little digging I found that there was plenty to do, whether you wanted a free experience or you didn’t mind shelling out a few bucks.   Some of the things to do are not technically in Menifee but are so close you might as well consider it!

Here are just things to do in the city of Menifee.

Visit the Library! Visit the Library! I cannot say this enough times. It is AMAZING what is available for FREE to our entire community. We have two libraries!


Photo Credit: Riverside County Library

Sun City Library –  Located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. Sun City Library has FREE WIFI, several family storytimes and you can read to a therapy dog on the first and third Thursday of every month. There is something for every age group including Yoga and Meditation for the not so young and Anime Club for the teens. There is so much more to do that I couldn’t list it all.

Paloma Valley Library  – Located on the Paloma High School Campus at 31375 Bradley Rd.   The Paloma Libary has preschool story times, family game night, a chess club and elementary and middle school tutoring. ALL ARE FREE!

Menifee Valley Flyers – Even if you don’t have an RC plane, you can still learn how to fly one. Menifee Valley Flyers has a field located off Menifee Rd. in between McCall and Simpson. The cost for membership is $25 dollars plus the cost of insurance. There are instructors that can teach you to fly or you can bring your own plane. They also have flights over Heritage Lake 3-4 times a year and night flying too!

Menifee Lakes Country Club  –  Menifee Lakes Country Club  is open to the public and has lessons that are available for adults and for children as well. In the summer there are clinics for students at a discounted rate. Menifee Lakes Country Club has a practice range, a 27 hole golf course and a grill and cocktail lounge where they have karaoke and live music.

California Golf and Art  – California Golf and Art is an 18 hole, 72 par championship course in Sun City, CA. Located at 26583 Cherry Hills Blvd. SCGA’s “Youth on the Course” Participating Facility (which apparently means $1-5 dollar course fees for SCGA youth members!)

Menifee Parks - Take your kids to the park. Fly a kite, swing a swing. For just a moment remember life through the eyes of your child. Wheatfield Park is our family favorite because in addition to the play structures and basketball and baseball courts there are also tennis and racquetball courts. If you don’t have a kid, take your dog to a dog park, we have two. Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? Menifee seems to have two of everything! Aldergate park is located on Menifee Rd. and the other dog park is E. L. Pete Peterson Park on Murrieta Rd., Menifee has many parks and if you take a look at the city of Menifee website you will be able to view them all.

Chinese Bistro – Have you ever eaten inside of a train? Chinese Bistro is located off HWY 74. My kids enjoyed the atmosphere and I was pleased to be eating authentic Chinese food on real china. Not Styrofoam. It was delicious and a unique experience for the whole family.  This is a great place for train enthusiasts!


Things to do in Redlands with Kids

Redlands is quickly growing as a destination for entertainment in the Inland Empire. From old traditions and glimpses of the past to new places to explore, there is a wide variety of activities for children in Redlands.

Photo Credit: Skytown Indoor Trampoline Park

Photo Credit: Skytown Indoor Trampoline Park

Skytown Trampoline Park 

Skytown has several trampoline areas including a foam pit, dodgeball court and a balance beam. It requires everyone to sign a waiver and children under 18 must have it signed by a parent (available on website). Special events include Toddler Time on Thursday mornings when everyone has to abide by more gentle bounce rules and ‘Kosmic Kingdom’ Friday and Saturday nights with jumping to music and lights.


‘The Y Circus’ is the destination to learn how to juggle, ride a unicycle, swing on the trapeze, make balloon animals and other circus performer skills. The circus was founded in 1929 and started giving performances several years later.  Every May the gymnasium of the YMCA hosts performances for the group, which has had students and alumni go on to perform internationally.
Formerly Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom, the park has been resurrected into a water park with extra features to provide fun for the whole family. Water park amenities include a lazy river, giant slides, wave pool and a kiddy pool. Splash Kingdom also has go karts, an arcade and other attractions and a sports bar upstairs. Season passes and family discounts are available.

San Bernardino County Museum

The San Bernardino County Museum is home  to large collections of land birds, sea birds and their eggs on the top floor, including a California Condor. The basement has local mammal and reptile life displayed as well as bison and a polar bear and a large geological collection. There is also a locomotive, mining equipment and gardens. The museum rotates exhibits with local focus and has regular family events.

Braken Bird Farm

The farm breeds and sells hundreds of bird species, bird care supplies and food. The farm is free to stroll through and includes a variety of animals outside including camels and cows. The bird farm houses an aviary with free-flying birds in it for visitors. Leave with some wild bird seed to feed backyard birds.

AK Smiley Public Library Young Reader’s room

The Young Reader’s Room in A.K. Smiley Public Library has computers, books, and puzzles to occupy children. The library hosts several half-hour storytime including evening preschoolers and Chinese and Spanish. There are two ‘tiny tots’ storytimes on Thursday mornings.

Empire Bowl

The bowling alley has a small arcade and a diner and has open bowling daily with couch seating by the lanes. Thursday and Saturday nights they have a family special for up to five people and includes shoes and a pitcher of soda, and Saturday mornings the bowling alley hosts three juniors’ leagues. There is also a small bowling shop on the premises.

Inland SoCal Moms | Encouragement for Moms – Chauffeur

I used to feel bad for those moms who were their kids’ personal chauffeur. I could never understand why someone would do that to themselves…until it happened to me.


For years I avoided having my kids on any elite or travel team for sports. In fact, when my son was going to try out a few years ago, I broke down and cried to my husband at the thought of weekly travel games and practice three times a week. I could handle taking him five minutes down the street for practice and games, but 30 minutes to an hour away, forget about it. Besides, he had his heart set on Teen Bible Quizzing and that was only a monthly commitment. Of course it seemed the wiser choice.

Little did I know the weekly practices for quizzing would be an hour away and quiz meets would range from San Diego to Fresno to Prescott, AZ. Add to this my daughter’s monthly Children’s Bible Quizzing and her new found passion for being in dance productions which requires practice on Saturdays. Did I mention my husband works retail so he can’t get Saturdays off? I had become that chauffeur I never wanted to be.

By Friday I had already dreaded the trip to San Diego at 7 a.m. the next day, leaving Noah’s Quiz meet at lunch to rush Becca home for dance, go to a dinner social, and then driving to the other side of town to pick up my son from my brother’s house because luckily he works in San Diego and could bring Noah back up north since I had to leave the meet early. I thought of the back pain I’d have to endure, how exhausted I would be, and how cranky the kids would be after a busy day.
“What have I gotten myself into?” I sighed as I fell asleep Friday night.

My negative thoughts began again when the alarm went off at 5:45 a.m.

“I’m too tired for this!” I thought, rubbing my eyes. But then I remembered, I went to bed at 8:45 p.m. Even with frequent bathroom trips in the night, I had gotten over eight hours sleep.

I put off waking up the girl as long as possible. I dreaded the thought of her crankiness, so I made her breakfast and woke her fifteen minutes before we had to leave. By the time we walked out the door, she was giddy about her brother’s offer to read to her in the car.

“This is going well,” I thought, sipping my coffee on the drive down. “It’s going too well.” Disaster was undoubtedly around the corner.

Amazingly enough, the day continued without a disaster. In fact, when I got over myself and my busy schedule, it turned out to be a blessed day. I had the opportunity to watch my son put to use all he had learned, as well as display a good attitude when he answered questions incorrectly. To see him smile whether he was right or wrong blessed my heart as we have been working on that for years.

Then the blessing of singing along with my daughter on our ride home came, along with watching her in her first “real” dance role. It wasn’t a dozen young girls running aimlessly around the room, but six young ladies working on a choreographed dance. All I could think of as she danced was how fast she is growing up – and I almost missed it. Not because I wasn’t there, but because of my attitude.

It seems like yesterday that they were just babies, yet in four short years my son will be driving. Then the pressure will be off me, but I will be missing out. I’ll miss out on them telling me about their day on the way home from class, I’ll miss watching them excel in their activities, and frankly, miss just being with them.

I never wanted to be that mom that complains of driving her kids everywhere, so I’ve decided I will no longer complain. I’ll continue to rack up 100 miles in one day, 300 over a weekend. I’ll plan and arrange drop off, pick up, and call on extra support from my family and friends to make it work. I’ll cherish the talks and activities, the silliness and the craziness. And at the end of a long Saturday, I’ll ice my back, put up my feet, and be grateful for the time I have with my kiddos, even when it’s in the car driving from here to there.