October 27, 2020

FVCS Board of Directors 2020-21

Our volunteer leadership represents the greater Girdwood community with the depth of local knowledge and the skills needed to oversee Four Valleys Community School. As an entity, the board has all the legal duties of a nonprofit board and is responsible for setting policies, overseeing staff, developing program and awarding scholarships.

Members serve two-year terms on various committees and hold specific board positions. New board members are selected by the current board and elected to serve specific board positions.

Welcome to new members, and welcome back to returning members. Thank you for your work to bring community education to the greater Girdwood area via Four Valleys Community School!

40th Anniversary Art Auction: Artists Wanted!

Did you know Four Valleys Community School has been serving our community for forty years? To celebrate we intended on hosting an online art auction culminating with a community celebration, but things have changed due to Covid precautions.  We are still holding our art auction, but the dates have been pushed to the month of November.  Please help by donating your original artwork!  All ages welcome. Artworks need to be received by mid-October.  If you have any questions, please call or email Ashley Wade at 907-382-7773 or awade@fourvalleys.org.

FVCS Annual Meeting: Thursday, Oct 1st, 6:30pm

Join us for our annual Board of Directors meeting.  The Zoom link to join this meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81690092052. Zoom in and join us!

FVCS Annual Ski & Sports Swap Virtual All October!

BACKGROUND: Since Four Valleys Community School cannot hold an in-person Ski & Sports Swap this year (thanks, Covid!), we are going VIRTUAL! This will be a no host self-supported swap; we ask that sellers donate anywhere from 20-100% of your sales to back FVCS. 

HOW DOES THIS WORK? Join our FVCS Girdwood Ski & Sports Swap Facebook page, and during the entire month of October post your gear to SELL. You can also post gear that you are looking to BUY to see if anyone in our community has the sizes and type of gear you seek. You make the connection, close the deal, host the transaction, and then make a donation back to FVCS. We suggest between 20-100% of the gear price. Your donations will be on an honor system, and we appreciate any support. We will be using the GiveButter platform to accept your donations, but you can also do it the old fashioned way and send us a check to PO Box 790, Girdwood, AK 99587. 

SPEAKING OF DONATIONS: We know we are not the lone ranger, but this has been a really tough year for Four Valleys Community School. In our 40th year of providing community education to the greater Girdwood community we were forced to shut down for 4 months. As winter darkness closes in on the Girdwood valley, the role of FVCS is very important to the social, mental and physical health of this community.  We are proud to be a legacy non-profit with the community of Girdwood being the very DNA that created us, and we plan on serving Girdwood for now and forever, despite present day challenges.  Your donations allow us to continue to show up for Girdwood, offering classes, programs and events for all ages. Thank you very much for the support of our program. Please consider a donation of between 20-100% of your gear sales, recycle gear back into our community, support FVCS programs, and share the stoke. You can also just plain old donate some funds to us too. Every dime will be used to bring more programs, classes and events to Girdwood. Thank you ALL.
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FVCS Fall Program Update

First, a heartfelt thank you to all Girdwood, Bird, Indian and Portage residents for your support of Four Valleys Community School. We have been serving our community for 40 years, and look forward to many more. Like all of you, we have been severely impacted by Covid, but we are not going to let it get in the way of providing recreational, educational and cultural activities for our community. This fall we will offer programs both online and in person for people of all ages, and we need your help to make it happen. 

What’s Next for FVCS: Now that the weather has changed, and we are solidly into cooler and very wet rainforest conditions, we hope to begin to offer small group indoor programs in addition to online programing. When and IF school begins in mid-October, we will offer small group gym-based opportunities from the Girdwood K-8 School. We will also use additional buildings and locations such as the Girdwood Chapel, Challenge Alaska, and Meadows Community Center (Our Lady of the Snows) to run programs. We are working to develop programs now. Here is where we need your help (see below)! 

Volunteer and Paid Instructors Wanted: As it gets darker and colder, we are concerned about the social, mental and physical health of our community. Connection during times of social distancing is especially important. You can help serve the greater good of Girdwood by sharing your time and talent with others. Do you have an idea for a class that you could offer?  Do you have a skill, talent or interest to share? We are looking for online and small in-person programs that are of local interest and reflect the unique lifestyle of our community. It might be a simple Halloween craft for kids, or a complex cooking project. Pumpkin carving? Slideshow of a great trip or cool experience you could share? Healthy living? Ski conditioning? Garden winterizing tips? Let us know your area of interest, and FVCS staff will help you pull a class offering together. Please email cmcdermott@fourvalleys.org with your idea. Let’s make this happen for our community!

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.