July 9, 2020

FVCS COVID-19 Operations Notice and New Risk Waiver

Dear FVCS Families and Staff,

 This is a Notice to FVCS Families Regarding Summer Camps, Events & Sports and COVID-19

Four Valleys Community School (FVCS) is dedicated to the continuation of our various summer programs for the physical and mental well-being of our FVCS families. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are mindful of the risks associated with allowing these events to take place and want to take necessary steps to create as safe an environment as possible for campers, coaches, participants, volunteers, staff, and spectators. For this reason, we are implementing some additional requirements when summer camps, events, sports and activities resume.

We are reviewing the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to create standards and expectations to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. We will implement safety measures during summer camps, soccer practices, and FVCS events that will make these activities safer for everyone.

These measures include requiring participants to sign in as they arrive at each camp, event and practice, to submit to a temperature check, and to respond to a set of COVID-19 related screening questions. Additionally, FVCS asks that students arrive dressed appropriately for the activity, bring their own individual water bottle and food if needed, and come with a cloth face covering that can be worn when not engaged in vigorous activity.

Each family must consider the risks of participation that now exist and make a decision that is best for their family. It is important to independently review the resources available on the prevention and risks associated with COVID-19, including the website for the CDC. Participants and parents alike should be aware that there are certain people who are more vulnerable to becoming very sick if they contract COVID-19, including people over the age of 65, people with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised. If you or your child fall within this group of “vulnerable individuals,” attention should be given to whether participation in certain sports and related activities makes sense.

FVCS encourages any concerned family member to seek additional guidance from a health care provider. In the event a vulnerable individual requests a reasonable accommodation in order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, such requests shall be considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Alaska law.

Due to the risks associated with attending FVCS camps, events and playing sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, FVCS will require each family of a camper, as well as anyone participating in a camp, soccer or FVCS event, sign an acknowledgement of the risks and a waiver of liability. This form is designed to assess certain risk factors, highlight the dangers of participating in sports, and ask that each participant not hold FVCS liable for any harm that may result if you or your child contracts COVID-19. It is important to carefully review FVCS Participant Waiver 2020 including COVID19 Language (1) before you sign, as you will be giving up important legal rights.

We strive to continue our summer programs and events to the fullest extent practical and intend to take responsible measures to promote the safety of all participants, coaches, staff, volunteers and supporting families. As this situation continues to evolve, and may be subject to changing mandates and guidance, FVCS will try to provide updates to programs as they become available on the FVCS webpage (www.fourvalleys.org).

Thank you,

Four Valleys Community School

 

Girdwood Run for Women Info

This SATURDAY in honor of the many Girwood, Bird, Indan and Portage women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, Four Valleys Community School will be hosting an very unofficial Run for Women location in Girdwood to start from on Saturday June 20, 2020!
Let’s create a sea of PINK here in Girdwood! This is a fun event and is open to ANYONE who would like to run in support of women who have had/have/are battling breast cancer and any type of cancer. This is a run NOT JUST for Women, but for anyone who would like to get out and show support. 
Game Plan:
  1. Register for the run and be on the GIRDWOOD GALS-FOUR VALLEYS COMMUNITY SCHOOL team.
  2. Put it on your calendar – THIS Saturday June 20th
  3.  Read and sign this COVID-19 Risk Waiver. Read it, print it, sign it and bring it with you to turn in when you check-in.
  4. Meet at 9:00am (outside the Alyeska Daylodge) for a Zumba warm up with Jen Wellner (thanks Jen!) and picture. Please wear a mask or buff, and stay at least 6 feet apart from others.
  5. 9:30am we start! (with staggered start and social distancing guidelines applied).
  6. WEAR PINK AND SEND THIS EMAIL TO OTHERS TO JOIN IN!
You can walk it or run it, turn around part way……the idea is to get outside and move your body, be healthy, distantly surrounded by AMAZING Girdwood, Bird, Indian and Portage people.  Or, you can do it virtually too….join our team, do it on your own and be involved at a distance.  We will not be doing official times (or anything official, really) other than gather together with a spirit of support and community for those locals who have/had/do battle with breast cancer and hopefully raise a little money to provide  mammograms.
WE HAVE A TEAM:

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.

Four Valleys Community School Annoucement

With the Anchorage School District making the decision to keep schools closed for another week and suspending all rentals in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, FVCS must cancel all classes and programs for the Week of March 16, 2020 and very probably beyond. We are working to open registration for our Summer Programs in the next few days, and look forward to more providing recreational and educational classes in the future. Thank you for your continued support.

Alyeska Snow Classic Ticket Sales Begin March 1st!

ALYESKA SNOW CLASSIC 2020: It is dumping snow in Girdwood, and Alyeska Snow Classic ticket sales will begin March 1, 2020! Guess how much snow will accumulate at the 1096 ft level of Mt. Alyeska on the last day of the 2020 ski season. Guess correctly, and you could split the pot! Pop-up shops will be held all of March. Tickets/guess $5.00 each. Get a fantastic Alyeska Snow Classic cup when you purchase 6 tickets. Ticket sales benefit Four Valleys Community School.

Pick.Click.Give & Support FVCS

Please support Four Valleys Community School via Pick.Click.Give when you file for your PFD this year!  Your funds will stay here in Girdwood to support our programs. This past year we offered over 180 classes, events and programs specifically tailored for Girdwood residents. Your donations allow us to offer many extra free and low cost events that enrich our community, as well as give us the boost we need to develop new programs too. Thank you for your support!

FVCS Nordic Ski Club Gear & Registration

Four Valleys Nordic Ski Club starts soon! There is snow on the ground, and we cannot wait to ski!  FVCS Nordic Ski Club for Grades 1-6th and Kinderski with Coach Ari will begin Monday January 27th. For those signed up for our program, we have gear to loan and will distribute gear after-school on Wednesday January 8th.

New gear has been provided by a generous donation from Sherry & Bob Dugan, as well as a grant from the Anchorage Ski Educational Foundation.

Donations and our outstanding volunteer coaches make this program happen!

Register online: www.fourvalleys.org.