June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Summer Program Update

FVCS COVID-19 Update!
Four Valleys Community School is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and is actively working on a mitigation plan for our summer programs that follow the changing city, state and facility mandates. In general our current plan is to run Summer Adventure Camps in July and August, and move the Outdoor Soccer program to August. We will not be running the Summer Playground program at all this summer. Girdwood Fine Arts Camp will be making final decisions on that program the last week of June.
We will continually monitor the situation and our action plan will evolve as necessary to ensure we respond quickly and appropriately to new information as it comes available. Keeping campers and staff safe this summer is our highest priority.
Specific summer program dates and registration updates will be posted on our home page, www.fourvalleys.org and via our electronic newsletter as soon as they are finalized. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unpredictable time!

Alyeska Snow Classic Official Reading 2020

Check out the reading of the Alyeska Snow Stake!  This year’s reading is 1 foot plus over last year’s reading of 2.68! A cold spring combined with a good snow pack mid- mountain means the snow hasn’t reduced too much until only very recently.

Thank you to Reid B and Eric T who where our official stake readers this year, and to Alyeska Resort for working with us to make sure we could access the snow stake to take the official measurement on the planned day.

The Alyeska Snow Classic is a annual fundraiser for Four Valleys Community School, and is a split-the-pot contest to see who can guess the measurement of snow at our snow stake on Mt. Alyeska. All funds raised support Four Valleys Community School community education mission.

We will be going through all the tickets soon to determine winner(s)! Thank you to all who sold tickets, bought tickets, and made your best guess. We hope you win!

Stumpy’s Early Winter Trail Challenge & Community History Project

Here’s the Challenge!
Print out a copy of this cool Stumpy’s Early Winter Trail System Map that was hand-drawn by Stumpy Faulker himself!
  • Print out and use the map to seek out the individual place names and locales along the Stumpy’s Early Winter Trails system.
  •  If you find a wooden place name, take a photograph of the sign and/ or with a member of your search standing with the sign.
  • Take a photograph of the surrounding area and/or with your search party.
  • Submit any knowledge you have of WHO or WHY the places listed on the map got their names in by any contributing information on the Stumpy’s Early Winter Trail Community History Project (or click blue button below). Share the survey with any long time Girdwood local who might remember some information to add. Bonus points if you fill out the survey for an elder because they are shy of technology!
  • Post your pictures on the Four Valleys Community School Facebook page or email cmcdermott@fourvalleys.org and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate from The Ice Cream Shop. Drawing to take place on May 14th.
  • For more details, view the full project information here.

FVCS Summer Programs Open for Waitlist Registration

Waitlist registration is now open for our FVCS Summer Programs. What does this mean? Because the future of our summer session is up in the air, and because we do not not know when (or if) we will be able to operate our summer programs, we are taking sign-ups on a WAITLIST basis. You will be able to see dates and pricing information, and sign up as “Waitlisted” with no financial commitment into different classes. The advantage of signing up as “Waitlisted” allows FVCS to contact Waitlisted students directly when we are able to open up for regular registration.
Fingers crossed that the Corvid-19 crisis will allow life to get back to some version of normal in the near future. Until then, we are working hard to keep FVCS viable and remain positive about the future. Thank you for your flexibility and patience, as well as your support.
As always, all summer programs are based in Girdwood.  View all the FVCS Summer Programs here.