June 20, 2019

Summer Classes For Adults: SUP, Kayak, Yoga, Hunter Ed, Circuit Training and more…..

Summer brings the opportunity to try out new sports, as well as get into shape for summer activities. FVCS has plenty of classes for adults, because this community is full of lifelong learners that love trying out new adventures. Full listing is here in our e-mail newsletter. If you don’t already receive our newsletters, please sign up!

Bike Safety Rally


Bike Safety Rally tomorrow after school from 3-4pm.  Each participant will get helmet checked, seat height adjusted, and brakes checked. This is a optional and free event being sponsored by FVCS, Girdwood Rotary, Girdwood Fire Department &  Powderhound. Held at the Girdwood K-8 School playground. 

It’s Official! Alyeska Snow Classic Reading Announcement: 2.68

It is official!

The measurement at our snow stake on Mt. Alyeska was taken yesterday, April 21st. The measurement was 2.68.

Winner(s) will be determined and notified this week. Thank you to all who submitted Alyeska Snow Classic guesses and for supporting Four Valleys Community School!

FVCS Is Hiring For Summer Positions! Applicaiton Period Is NOW

Four Valleys Community School Positions

We have 2-3 positions open for our 2019 Summer Program team;  Summer Playground Assistant and Adventure Camp Coordinator.  We are also hiring for a Assistant Soccer Coach and this position (for the right person) can be combined with the Adventure Camp Coordinator listed previously.

Applications are being accepted NOW and application period is open until positions are filled.

To apply, please apply for position(s) by filling out the  FVCS Application, and returning it along with a Letter of Introduction and Resume.

Return applications to cmcdermott@fourvalleys.org, or by mail to PO Box 790, Girdwood, AK 99587.

Four Valleys Community School is an equal opportunity employer.

2019 Summer Program for Kids Now Open For Registration

Our Summer 2019 Programs for kids are now open for registration! Core programs include Outdoor Soccer, Summer Playground and Adventure Camps (12 to choose from!). Register early to guarantee space. We have scholarships, financial aid, and payment plans available.

Community Service Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors Application Period is OPEN! Due Friday April 5th

Community Service Scholarship Packet 2019 (follow link to download application)

The application period is now OPEN for this scholarship aimed at graduating high-school seniors and awarded each spring. Four Valleys Community School partners with Girdwood Turnagain Arm Lion’s Club to provide two $1000.00 scholarships for graduating seniors. Applicants interview with a small committee.

Our 2018 recipient was Jacob Charnon who is attending UC Davis. 2017 recipients were Logan Sewall and Jimmy Milne. The 2016 Senior Service Scholarship recipients were Dylan Charnon and Maya Daniel.  Our 2015 recipients were Gwen Quigley, Sarah Bartholomew, Preston Epley, and Annika Flynn.  The 2014 Scholarship recipient was Kyle Milne. Kyle was a 2014 graduate of  South Anchorage High School and a resident of Girdwood. He is currently attending University of Alaska Fairbanks. He wrote, “I can honestly say that my college experience has allowed me to grow both academically and personally…Thank you so much for giving me the gift of higher education”

Applications are due to the Four Valleys Community School office no later than Friday April 5th.

Hip Hop Dance Classes

In this series of dance classes our instructor, Erin McHenry (see bio bottom of this page), will teach the fundamentals of hip-hop, jazz (& street jazz) with a little bit of acrobatics thrown in too. Each class will be tailored for the specific age group, including age-appropriate music. We’re so excited to offer these fun dance classes right here in Girdwood! 

Scholarships and financial aid for these classes are available thanks to a grant from the Atwood Foundation to bring dance to Girdwood kids!  Give our office a call at 742-5317 or print-out the Program Scholarship Application and return to the FVCS office.

One-Day Introductory Classes: 
Try them out for $10! 
Tuesday, March 5th

We are offering several one-day introductory classes for only $10!  Students can enroll in this class to see if it’s a good fit.  Follow the links below to register:

One-Day Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance for Grades K-3: 3:30-4:30pm

One-Day Introduction to Hip Hop Dance for Grades 4-6: 4:30-5:30pm

One-Day Intro to Hip Hop and Freestyle Dance for Grades 7-12: 5:30-6:30pm

8-Week Session of Hip Hop and Freestyle Dance

Mondays, March 25th-May 13th

Cost: $120

Follow the links below for specific class information and registration:

Hip Hop and Freestyle Dance for Grades K-3: 3:30-4:30pm

Hip Hop and Freestyle Dance for Grades 4-6: 4:30-5:30pm

Hip Hop and Freestyle Dance for Grades 7-12: 5:30-6:30pm

About Our Instuctor:

 Erin McHenry is currently a student at University of Alaska Anchorage. She has been a dancer since she was four, dancing with Barbara’s School of Dance for 14 years where she is no longer a student  and has since become an instructor. She also danced with Drift Gallery Dance Studio. Her areas of dance interest include tap, acrobatics, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and many different forms of hip-hop (breaking, popping, locking, etc). She is a very involved teacher, and excited to come to Girdwood to meet new kids who are ready to learn to dance!

Pick.Click.Give LOCAL

There are SIX Girdwood based non-profits who are part of the 2019 Pick.Click.Give program, including Four Valleys Community School. We are proud to part of a collaboration of non-profit organizations who serve our community. When you file for your 2019 PFD and designate Pick.Click.Give funds please remember your local non-profits who serve our community.

Four Valleys Community School (that’s us!)

Girdwood Fine Arts Camp

Girdwood Health Clinic

Girdwood Nordic Ski Club

Glacier City Radio KEUL

Alyeska Might Mites Ski Racing Program

Donor Spotlight: Girdwood Forest Fair

Did you know that the Girdwood Forest Fair is our community’s largest philanthropist?  Each year a volunteer committee of dedicated Forest Fair locals pulls off three days of art, music and community and donates the profits to local non-profits including the Four Valleys Community School. Their generous donation helps to fund our scholarship and financial aid programs for both kids and adults who would like to take our classes, but need a little extra help to do so. Ask around, you will find that the Girdwood Forest Fair quietly funds many local non-profits who serve Girdwood. They are community in action! Thank you Girdwood Forest Fair Committee!

Girdwood K-8 School Culture Night Tuesday February 5th from 6-7:45p

Girdwood K-8 School staff is putting together an Alaska Culture Night on Tuesday February 5th at the Girdwood K-8 School. The idea behind this event is to share and celebrate the rich Alaska Native culture that exists both within and outside of our school. There will be drumming and dancing, an Native Youth Olympic athlete who holds the World Record in the 1 foot high kick, a professor and author sharing a book about his life and publications, and art and crafts to be made and to view. This is a free event that has been coordinated by educators at the Girdwood K-8 School, and proudly sponsored by Four Valleys Community School.

Held Tuesday February 5th from 6-7:45p at the Girdwood K-8 School.