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Take a look at the detailed descriptions below of the many programs, activities, and initiatives the Westpark PTA supports through your generous donations and volunteer efforts.
(Program Descriptions in alphabetical order.)
6th Grade Promotion
An elegant ceremony celebrating the promotion of Westpark 6th graders to 7th grade. The ceremony is held at Westpark and includes performances and presentations by the students. Volunteering information.
The ACE program is a high-quality district-wide program that provides opportunities for students in elementary school to participate in classes both fun and academic while staying in their school environment. These fee-based enrichment classes are coordinated by volunteers at each of the school sites and are taught by pre-approved professionals. Classes offered include art, chess, languages, sports, digital animation/filmmaking as well as homework help, math, and science classes. Volunteering information.
Additional School Support
PTA funds also go towards large-scale gifts to the school that impact learning and the overall student experience at Westpark. These include beginning-of-the-year funds to reimburse teachers for classroom supplies, grade-level fund accounts to be used towards across-the-grade activities (e.g., field trips, t-shirts), mobile laptop carts, iPads, Chromebooks, audio enhancement systems for each teacher/classroom, and an upgraded sound system for the multi purpose room.
Apex Fun Run
The Fun Run is a fundraiser jog-a-thon run by an external vendor – Apex. Kids participate in a rally to kick off a week of lessons about fitness, positive thinking, and the value of effort. After a week of gaining sponsors and the classroom lessons, the children participate in a run complete with warm ups, music, and inflatable tunnels. This event is the second largest fundraising effort for the PTA. Volunteering information.
Scholastic book fairs are held quarterly in the school library. Classes take turns shopping for books and other items for sale. The book fair also has some after school hours for kids and parents to shop. Proceeds from the sales go towards the purchase of new books for the library. Volunteering information.
Box Tops involves the clipping and turning in of “Box Tops” labels off of everyday products from the market. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. The proceeds from this effort goes towards fulfilling the PTA’s budget. Volunteering information.
The PTA hosts a small concession stand to sell treats and beverages at certain school events: movie night, the talent show, and the school musical. Any proceeds from these sales benefits the PTA. Volunteering information.
After gaining active consent from families, the PTA will compile, organize, and maintain a database of contact information (i.e., names, email addresses, grade, and teacher) for all Westpark families. However, only PTA members are able to access this database. This year, the directory will be online and password-protected. Volunteering information.
Family Lunch is a community-building event and provides the opportunity for parents to come have lunch with their child on an early release day. Parents are free to bring a picnic lunch, set up an E-Z UP/umbrella, mat, and/or chairs and stay for the duration of the school day until the school day ends. Volunteering information.
Grade Level and Classroom Gifts
Every year, the PTA gifts each teacher and each grade level with funds. Teachers are reimbursed for classroom supplies up to a pre-determined amount depending on the PTA budget. Grade levels are given funds in an account to use for grade-level t-shirts, field trips, etc.
A father/son evening of bonding and learning about physical development, personal care, and other issues surrounding young adulthood. This program is for 6th grade boys and a male parent/guardian only. Volunteering information.
The IPSF Ambassador is a conduit between IPSF and the PTA. Volunteering information.
IPSF Music Program
The Westpark PTA provides a year-end donation to IPSF to help support their programs, including the music program, which benefits our students.
Irvine Junior Games
Irvine Junior Games is a track-and-field competition between 4th – 8th graders from all IUSD schools. The event takes place in the spring at one of the local high schools. All students are welcome to participate, but must pay a small fee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Irvine Children’s Fund.
Kids Run the OC
KROC is a fitness event run in conjunction with the Orange County Marathon. Children in grades 2-6 can register to participate at the beginning of the calendar year. There are weekly training sessions after school where the number of miles the children run are tracked and recorded. At the end of the program, the children participate in a final mile run at the OC Fairgrounds, therefore finishing the same number of miles one would run if participating in a real marathon. Volunteering information.
An elegant evening between mothers and daughters of bonding and learning about physical development, personal care, and other issues surrounding young adulthood. This event is only for 5th grade girls and a female parent/guardian. Volunteering information.
Lunchtime Playground Activities
The Westpark PTA pays for Irvine Parks and Recreation teams to facilitate organized games for the kids to play during the lunch break for both upper and lower grades.
Math Field Day
Math Field Day is a math competition run by volunteers from the Orange County Math Council where teams of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students (4 per team) compete in various categories including logic, algebraic reasoning, geometry, mental math, and problem solving. Students need to compete as a team so teamwork is crucial. Schools from all over Orange County compete in this day-long competition. A Rubik’s cube competition is an optional additional competition during lunch. Westpark has always done very well.
Movie night is a fun event for the Westpark community. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, set them up on the field behind the school, and watch a family-friendly movie under the stars. The concession stand typically sells popcorn, candy, and glow-in-the-dark items. Volunteering information.
Open House Art Auction and Food Vendors
During Open House in the spring, the PTA holds an art auction where the teachers attach a small envelope to a specific work the students have created. Parents are encouraged to leave a donation “in exchange” for their child’s artwork. This is a fundraising opportunity for the PTA to support STEAM programs in the school. The PTA also arranges for food vendors to attend the event for the families and staff to patron and enjoy.Volunteering information.
Outdoor Education at the Pali Institute
6th grade students spend a few days in the mountains at the Pali Institute. The mission of the Pali Institute is to introduce experiential education to young people by providing progressive learning experiences that extend beyond classroom walls. Through their curriculum and professional outdoor staff, students experience the thrill of seeing, touching, and learning about the world around them. Families are charged a fee for students to participate. However, the PTA does provide scholarships, as needed.
The PTA funds the salary for the physical education coach at Westpark, as well as some PE equipment.
There are two picture days in the school year. Volunteer information.
Parents and kids are able to purchase popsicle punch cards (11 popsicles for $10). The popsicle cart is available every day after school. Punch cards can be purchased for $10 each. Please leave the payment in the PTA mailbox or in your child’s conduit. Be sure to indicate your child’s name and teacher for delivery. The popsicle cart is stocked and run by 6th grade parents (with reimbursement by the PTA). Funds from the sales go towards paying for the busses for outdoor education. Volunteering information.
PTA Executive Board Meeting
Monthly meeting attended by the PTA executive board. The agenda for these meetings can be found on the Calendar-Meeting Information page.
PTA Open/General Association Meeting
PTA Open or General Association meetings are open to the whole Westpark Elementary community. During these meetings PTA business is conducted (e.g., approving the annual budget, approving the calendar, electing the next executive board), and a speaker is scheduled (e.g., Principal, IUSD school board member, IUSD specialist). The meetings take place in the MPR at 6:30PM and free childcare is always available. The date and agenda for these meetings can be found on the Calendar-Meeting Information page.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a week-long, district-wide event involving various anti-drug demonstrations and activities. Volunteering information.
Reflections Art Contest
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: What Is Your Story? Students may choose one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Volunteering information. For more information about this year's contest, pleas see the Reflections page.
Information about room parents can be found on Volunteer-Room Parents page.
The school play is directed by the Westpark librarian, Ingrid Green. Auditions are held at the start of the calendar year, however, every student in grades 1-6 who submits the application form and pays the participation fee will receive a role. Rehearsals are held weekly after school until the performances, which are scheduled prior to spring break.
Spirit of Giving - Westpark Cares
The students in the Westpark Cares club vote on charitable organizations to support during the holiday season. They conduct research and prepare a presentation to share with each classroom. Students are then given the opportunity to donate money towards any or all of the causes. Students are also able to make a donation on behalf of another person and receive a certificate to gift to that individual.
Annually, the Westpark community is able to purchase Westpark t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. to support the school. Proceeds from these sales benefit the PTA. Spirit Wear can be purchased at the beginning of the year via THIS FORM or on the Support the PTA - Spirit Wear page. Volunteering information.
Square 1 Art
Students create individual art in their classrooms and parents have the opportunity to purchase items with this image printed upon it (e.g., mugs, t-shirts, stationary, phone covers). The PTA facilitates the artwork with teachers and art specialists, as well as distributing the order forms and products purchased. Proceeds from the sales benefit the PTA. Volunteering information.
Students audition to participate in the talent show or can choose to participate in grade-level performances. Performance can include instruments, dancing, comedy routines, singing, etc. The director of the talent show, Westpark librarian Ingrid Green, choreographs the grade-level performances and works to pair up students to enhance the overall performances. Mrs. Green also guides a group of Westpark staff in a surprise performance at the event.
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Each spring, the parents and students work together to show their appreciation for the entire staff of Westpark through decorations, daily treats in the teacher lounge, and daily tokens of appreciation from the students. Volunteering information.
Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day takes place on the Wednesday of Red Ribbon Week. Westpark students meet before school at a local park and, as a community, walk to school together in a show of solidarity and overall fitness. Volunteering information.
Welcome Back Picnic
The Welcome Back Picnic is an opportunity for the Westpark community to celebrate the start of a great new academic year. The PTA sponsors fun activities for the students and arranges for food vendors to be present. Families can get reconnected after summer break and students can get to know their new classmates in a casual and fun environment. Volunteering information.
The PTA Welcome Coffee is a time for Westpark parents to meet up after dropping their students off on the first day of school. No formal programming is scheduled, but there is food and drink, as well as PTA personnel on hand to answer any questions.
Worlds of Westpark Carnival
Our annual Worlds of Westpark (WOW) event highlights the vast array of cultures represented within our school’s student population, as well as celebrates the conclusion of a successful academic year. WOW hosts several family-friendly features, including carnival-type amusement for the students and their families, food trucks, and cultural demonstrations. The carnival aspect of the event includes diversions such as carnival/midway games, cotton candy, a game truck, and inflatables. The cultural demonstrations include cultural booths, where parents volunteer to showcase artifacts, traditions, games, activities, and/or “a taste” specific to their countries of ancestry; a fashion show where students can “model” traditional cultural attire; and performances, including dancing, instruments, and martial arts demonstrations. Volunteering information.
The annual Westpark yearbook is conceived by a student-led yearbook committee and executed by a volunteer parents. Parents are encouraged to submit photos of school events for the yearbook. A sales form to purchase yearbooks is distributed towards the end of the academic year. Volunteering information. To submit photos for the yearbook, please go to the Yearbook page.