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United in Support of Educational Excellence

Please know that the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We appreciate your partnership and will continue to update this site with the latest information regarding the status of IPSF programs or events. 

To Our Amazing Irvine Community:

The past few weeks have been a challenging time for all of us but I am grateful knowing that our strength as a community will give us the hope that we need to get through this together.

For over 20 years, it has been IPSF’s mission to enrich the educational experience of each child in every school by providing programs for our awesome students, raising funds for our incredible schools, and uniting the community in support of educational excellence. This much has not changed, and IPSF remains committed to being by your side thorough the weeks and months ahead. Because as a community united in support of our children, we can overcome anything!

IPSF works with partners throughout the year to ensure that your child has incredible educational opportunities at school, after school, during the summer, and now, while distance learning. Free resources and tools can be found below, and will continue to be updated. Whether you are looking for a school lunch, or a fun coding activity, or mental health and wellness resources for your loved ones, we’ve compiled resources to help support you through this turbulent time.

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Partnership in Action: Keeping Students Connected

Emergency Distance Learning has been a huge adjustment for students, teachers, and parents, but for many families, lack of access to technology and digital access creates an even greater challenge. Thanks to support from our partners at Google Fiber, we are helping to close the digital divide by providing more than 150 hotspots to families in need. Internet service, paired with chromebook access provided by the district, helps to create digital inclusion so that students are able to fully engage in distance learning opportunities during this challenging time. We are so fortunate to be a part of a community that continues to come together in support of educational excellence.

IPSF Updates

Summer Programs

Based on the current information that we have from our local partner agencies at this time, our summer classes and camps are planned to proceed as scheduled. Registration is now open and we are looking forward to an awesome summer with your child!

IPSF is sensitive to parent concerns and the anxiety this situation may cause for students and families. Please know that IPSF is working closely with local agencies to monitor the situation and has plans in place should modifications to our program be necessary to help protect the well-being of our students. We will always communicate any changes to all families enrolled in our program, and provide our community with accurate and timely information as this situation evolves.

Please be aware that as a small non-profit organization, we are only able to offer refunds before the deadline on May 22, with 50% refund available until May 27, so that we are able to secure appropriate staffing for your child’s summer experience. In the event that classes are cancelled by IPSF for any reason, full refunds will be issued to those registered. You may refer to the complete refund policies and deadlines on page 4 of the catalog.

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Parents Appreciating Teachers & Staff (PATS)

IPSF kicked off our annual PATS campaign recently to recognize the dedicated men and women of IUSD and raise funds for innovation grants that have the ability to transform student learning. I am happy to let you know that the PATS program will continue digitally! PATS can be purchased online, and your personalized message will be included on a digital certificate of appreciation and sent to the teachers or staff members of your choice via email. Irvine teachers and staff are working harder than ever to equip students with the tools, resources and support that are needed to get them through this time of Emergency Distance Learning (EDL), and your words of gratitude and appreciation can go a long way! And, by ordering PATS, you are also supporting our Innovative Grants Program and making additional funds available to grant teachers with extraordinary ideas to keep teaching and learning in Irvine at the cutting edge of educational excellence.

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IPSF Partner Resources

Many of our IPSF partners  are offering free resources for parents to support educational excellence at home.

Galileo Anywhere!

Our partners at Galileo are offering a variety of activities you can do with your kids each day. Ignite your child’s inner innovator by adding Camp Galileo Anywhere to your daily schedule. They’ll have new activities weekly so keep checking back for more fun for the whole family!

 

Genius Online STEM Learning

Our partners at are BrainStorm STEM Education are providing awesome STEM activities free through its Genius Online STEM Learning portal. Students can practice their skills through a wide selection of science, engineering and technology apps including Minecraft, Scratch, and much more!

The Young Americans

Get ready to dance with The Young Americans! Get your body moving with these video warm up routines led by YA cast members.

 

Broadcom Foundation 

To make virtual learning a bit easier, Broadcom Foundation is gathering quality sources of online STEM education content from trusted partners who will help you keep your kids busy, engaged and inspire them to find and follow their passions in STEM.

 


Additional IUSD Resources

Our district has compiled a list of resources for everything from how to talk to your child about COVID-19, to tips for managing screen time, and amazing online learning tools.

Learning Resources       Calming the COVID-19 Chaos

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RSS Latest News from IUSD

  • Resources to Support Distance Learning March 28, 2020
    As Emergency Distance Learning opportunities continue through May 1, IUSD is committed to supporting students and parents.  This article provides information and resources you may find helpful. 
  • IUSD’s 13th Annual ACE Day Celebrates Classified Employees March 27, 2020
    Last week as part of IUSD’s 13th Annual ACE Day, IUSD Board members and administrators shadowed custodians, maintenance workers, clerks and other classified employees to learn more about their jobs and responsibilities.  Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) Day was established in 2007 by the California Schools Employee Association (CSEA). This day was created in order to […]
  • MathCounts Competition 2020 March 27, 2020
    Recently, several IUSD middle school students participated in the MathCounts Regional Competition at the University Of California, Irvine.  The MathCounts Competition was created by The MathCounts Foundation which is a non-profit that tries to encourage students from across the nation and in grades 6-8 to engage in extracurricular math programs. 
  • IUSD Meals and Links to Resources for Families March 20, 2020
    Education is an essential service.  During the closure of IUSD schools and facilities, the District will continue to provide free breakfasts and lunches to any IUSD student who needs them.  Read this article to learn more and for additional community resources for families impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.  

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Irvine Public Schools Foundation continues to closely monitor the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), following guidelines from our local agencies including the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), and Orange County Health Care Agency. We continue to work in partnership with the school district and follow their lead. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the District will continue to update our community. To view that latest updates, please visit IUSD’s COVID-19 website at: https://iusd.org/covid-19-resource-page.

Keeping our Community Healthy

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, COVID-19 has not been found to be spreading in Orange County, so there are no additional precautions recommended for residents to take. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Stay home except for essential needs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

Additional Resources

For questions about COVID-19 and related medical guidance; federal, state and county health guidelines; travel advisories; health screenings at U.S. ports of entry; quarantines and other government agency related questions, visit:

IPSF is proud to be your partner in educational excellence. If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact us using the link below. Thank you and be well!

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