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Enrichment Day | Grades 1-8

Monday, February 15

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Westwood Training Center, 1 Liberty, Irvine, CA 92620

Come have fun with IPSF! Enrichment Day provides students with an educational and fun outlet to explore new topics or learn a new skill. Skilled instructors will guide students through a morning of in-person, hands-on discovery in a variety of engaging and fun subjects that may not be offered in their regular classroom. Unleash your inner maker with our creativity workshop, embark on a robotics adventure, discover a passion for public speaking through magic, or sew your own handmade fashion – there are exciting options for all interests!

Student and staff health and safety is our priority; IPSF adheres to all local, state, and federal health guidelines. Each three-hour workshop will be limited to a maximum of 10 students, with social distancing in place during class and breaks. Please see our IPSF Enrichment Day Safe Practices below for additional details.

Monday, February 15, 2021 is an IUSD holiday – SCHOOL WILL NOT BE IN SESSION!

Registration opens January 18.

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Preview Enrichment Workshops

All workshops will be held 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15. View complete class descriptions and register at www.ipsfacademy.org.


STEAM + Creativity Workshop | Grade 1-2

This workshop is designed to offer engaging, hands-on learning experiences of age-appropriate STEAM concepts. Students will complete two fun, hands-on STEAM projects. Our Super Tower STEAM Challenge incorporates engineering and NGSS concepts such as balance and stability. The second project will explore students’ creativity when they create their own Upcycled Robot. Our small class sizes allow for individual instruction, and all materials are included.


YOUNG EINSTEINS: Robots & Rocketry | Grades 1-2

The Young Einsteins: Robots & Rocketry workshop lets students explore STEM concepts through playful projects and activities. In this course, students will begin by learning how to build and program robots to solve fun and engaging challenges. Then, students will design, build, and launch awesome air-powered rockets capable of reaching epic heights. These amazing hands-on experiences provide an intuitive and visual learning platform for young learners that provide a perfect stepping-stone into STEM.


Jr. Magicians and Chess | Grades 2-3

This workshop uses magic to teach students public speaking skills and confidence. Learn new magic tricks and routines and practice performing them in front of the class. Students learn card tricks, coin tricks, ball tricks, and more! In addition to magic, students will also participate in a unique chess program using story-based curriculum. Lessons are tailored to the skill level of the students. In addition to all safety measures in place on Enrichment Day, chess boards will be setup in the middle of the table and only one player will approach the board at a time during gameplay.


Fashion Design & Sewing | Grades 2-4

Start with a lesson on the sewing machines, including performing a basic straight stitch and sewing a seam allowance. Students can select their fabrics and then prep them for sewing their own creation such as a sleeping mask, pencil pouch, or face mask. Students will leave with a finished project to take home!


ROBOTICS ACADEMY: Robo Rescue & BattleBots | Grades 3-5

Students will begin by designing, building, and programming a Rescue Robot to save a cat from a tree, extinguish a fire, fix a car, and deliver a patient to the hospital in this exciting hands-on and future focused class! Then, students will create awesome mega-machines to battle head-to-head against other bots. This engaging workshop is perfect for all levels and allows students to build valuable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills while having lots of fun!

STEAM + Creativity Workshop | Grades 3-5

This workshop is designed to offer engaging, hands-on learning experiences of age-appropriate STEAM concepts. Students will complete two fun, hands-on STEAM projects. Upper grade students will imagine, design, and build a Super Tower to withstand various challenges. Can you build a tall tower that will withstand an earthquake? The second project will explore students’ creativity as they imagine, design, and build an Upcycled Robot. What will your robot do? Students will think of a specific purpose for their robot and build it using recycled materials. Our small class sizes allow for individual instruction, and all materials are included.


Techno Fun Zone | Grades 3-5

Enter the Techno Fun Zone as you use the immense energy of our star the Sun to power up your very own Solar Powered Buggy. You control this amazing invention with the wave of your hand.  Use the power of electricity to wire your very own exciting circuit project and much more.  This is the Ultimate STEAM Techno Fun Zone!


ROBOTICS ACADEMY: Mission to Mars & BattleBots | Grades 6-8

Embark on a Mission to Mars in this exciting and engaging Robotics adventure. Students will build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots to retrieve ice and geologic samples, rescue a rover, and even build a complete Mars habitat. Utilizing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) framework, this workshop teaches kids truly valuable fundamentals in engineering and programming. Students will finish the workshop by putting their new skills to the test in an epic BattleBots tournament!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I create an account, log in and register?

  1. Log in or create an account by selecting “CREATE AN ACCOUNT” located in the top right corner of the page. For existing users, the email address used to create the account is your login.
  2. Update your student’s profile information. Don’t forget to update your student’s grade level to ensure that the appropriate classes display.
  3. Once registration is open, select Enrichment Events, 2020-2021 Late Winter, and ‘IPSF’ school to see a list of available classes.
  4. Click “Add to Cart” to select a class and proceed to payment page.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email once payment has been processed.
If you have any trouble logging in or updating your student’s profile, please email ipsfacademy@ipsf.net or call 949.812.7225 for assistance. Please do not create a new parent or student profile if you have used this system to register in the past.

Is Enrichment Day open to all students?

Students must attend an IUSD school to participate. All academic models are eligible for in-person Enrichment Day.

Are scholarships available?

Financial support is available to families demonstrating financial need. The scholarship form with more information on requirements and how to apply can be found under “Important Documents”. Applications must be received by February 3.


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Is a virtual learning option available for Enrichment Day?

Enrichment Day is offered in-person only, unfortunately we are not able to offer an online version of this experience.

What is the deadline to register?

The deadline to register for workshops is February 7, however enrollment will close once a class has been filled.

IPSF Enrichment Day Safe Practices

Irvine Publics Schools Foundation (IPSF) follows all local, state, and federal health guidelines to keep staff and students safe and healthy. IPSF requires parents to acknowledge student COVID-19 health statement at program sign-in. Routine hand washing and surface cleaning throughout the day. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available in each classroom and any shared items will be wiped down regularly.

What safety policies and procedures are in place?

IPSF Policies & Procedures for Enrichment Day 2/15/21

  • Smaller class sizes to accommodate social distancing (No more than 10 students per class/80 per program)
  • Students will remain with their same group throughout the day
  • Conduct visual wellness checks of all students upon arrival
  • Temperature checks upon student arrival using no-touch thermometers
  • Routine handwashing and surface cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer and tissues available in all classrooms
  • Limiting shared materials, to the extent feasible
  • Sanitizing any shared materials after each use
  • Signage will be posted, reminding all participants to wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands
  • Surface cleaning done at the end of each class
  • Mandatory face coverings such as a mask for all staff, instructors, students, parents, and any other adults on campus. A Health Care Provider’s note will be required for anyone requesting a waiver to this policy per the Orange County Health Care Agency Director
  • Masks will be made available for those who forget to bring them to Enrichment Day
  • Outdoor time (if applicable) will be staggered so that classes do not co-mingle
  • To the extent feasible, social distancing and limited interactions during drop-off and pick-up
  • Non-essential visitors will not be allowed on campus

What happens if a student becomes ill during Enrichment Day?

Should a student become ill during the course of the day, or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, (this includes a fever of 100.4 or above, vomiting for any reason, uncharacteristic lethargy, excessive coughing, or any medically related ailment that the Director deems concerning) parents will be called immediately and the student will be isolated and cared for until parents arrive. If a student is seriously ill, emergency services will be called.

Should a staff member become ill during the day, they will be isolated until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility.

Additional measures:

  • Areas that have been used by students and staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be closed off until cleaning and disinfection can occur.
  • Sick staff members and students are not allowed to return to any IPSF program until they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including at least 3 days with no fever, symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have elapsed since symptoms first appeared.
  • Should a COVID case arise, the IPSF liaison will coordinate the documentation and tracking of possible exposure, in order to notify local health officials, IUSD, staff and families in a prompt and responsible manner.

Are masks required?

Face coverings are required for all teachers, students, and parents. A doctor’s note is needed for waiver to this requirement per the Orange County Health Care Agency Director.

Students will be permitted to remove their masks only to eat or drink when distanced at least six feet from other students and staff.

How large will groups be?

Students will be in groups of 10 or less and will stay in the same cohort throughout the day. Snack time will be staggered and distanced so there is no co-mingling of students.

Is there a recess break?

An outdoor recess period will be staff observed and directed. Children may bring an optional morning snack and a labeled reusable water bottle. Snacks will be eaten with appropriate social distancing guidelines observed. Snack sharing is not permitted. Toys from home are not allowed.