August 18, 2019

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.

FREE After School Science Enrichment Events Thursday January 24th Sponsored by FVCS & Our Donors!

These free enrichment events are sponsored by Four Valleys Community School because we love hands-on learning and watching our youth grow into life-long learners.
We couldn’t do it without donations from Pick.Click.Give, support from Girdwood Board of Supervisors, funds from donors like the Girdwood Forest Fair Committee and individual donors (listed below). Thank you for supporting community education in Girdwood!
2018 Donors: Rorie Hammel, Mike Edgington & Kalie Harrison, Lin Hinderman, Jerry & Carol Fox, Chloe Wurr, Sarah Haynes-Cronk, Linda & James Stinson, Jeff & Sharon Samuels, Jonnie & William Lazarus, The Libby Group, Pat & Betsy Preis, Justin Persons, Rainbo, Josh Meister, Brian & Barbra Shore, John Weddelton, Robyn Kenny, Sally Randich, Ambler Stephenson, Shane Patrick, Alex Fletcher/Spoonline, Tyson & Cedar Ruckle, Girdwood Chapel, Oona & Odin Whitman, Carl Propes, Susan Carse, Brian & Misty Pekar, Mark & Julie Jonas, Carolyn Seramur, & Pieter Vander Hoek.
Thursday January 24th from 3:30-5pm
To register follow these links!

Four Valleys Community School Nordic Ski Club for Kids

There is snow on the valley floor here in Girdwood, and the New Nordic Trail is groomed and ready for skiers!  The FVCS Nordic Ski Club program starts January 28th. For now we have snow. Depending on conditions, our program will be a combination of dry-land training and (hopefully) Nordic skiing for kids Grades 1-6th. Get your skiing legs under you while you are young! We will get the kids out playing fun games, drills and exploration on cross country skis right here in our beautiful valley.

Register HERE.Once you register, you are eligible to borrow gear over the Winter Break. Gear check-out will be Wednesday December 19th from 3:15p-4:30p in the Girdwood K-8 School gym.

Can you volunteer to ski with a group and coach? Please let Head Coach Karen Loso know via text or e-mail (contact below).
Bring your own skis, boots and poles (see equipment note below). We have a very limited amount of loaner equipment, contact the FVCS office 742-5317 if you are in need of gear. Equipment note: All skiers will need classic, fish scale skis, Nordic bindings and boots. Poles optional for Grades 1-2.
Location may vary each week. Meet at Moose Meadows first class. We are going to have fun with this and get the kids outside and active, if not on skis than in shoes!

Snack note: Parents need to sign-up for a snack or hot drink for one of our practice meets. Please contact Kari Hendrich (link below) to sign-up for your date.

Other questions? Please contact Head Coach Karen Loso

907-529-9371 or Kari Hendrich 907-350-5750

Earthquake Break: Build Your Own Gingerbread House

Join FVCS staff this “earthquake” break and come build and design a gingerbread house. FVCS will provide each participant with their own kit. Participants in grade 1 and below need a parent chaperone during this class. 

Cost $10. Held at the Girdwood Community Room. To register:

Thank You 2018 Pick.Click.Give Donors!

This week Four Valleys Community School received a check of $3900 from donations via Pick.Click.Give donors. We are grateful for the contributions of locals who value community education, and the programs that we offer locally. We exist today because of people like you who support us and choose to give a part of their Permanent Fund Dividend to help us keep on doing what we do best:  providing enriching opportunities for the residents of Girdwood, Indian, Bird & Portage. Thank you for your support!

To join in supporting FVCS through Pick.Click.Give, select us when you file for your 2019 Permanent Fund Dividend. It is an easy and great way to “share the wealth” through charitable giving, and your funds will stay right here in Girdwood to support our community education programs.

Apply for your PFD from January 1 to March 31st, 2019 and select “Four Valleys Community School” in the drop down menu. To learn more, go to

FREE Family Fun Night November 7th: Brain Science Through the Art of Juggling!

Free family fun! Mr. Mag is returning to the Girdwood K-8 School! Your child may remember him from last year when he taught all of us new and challenging juggling skills and activities. Mag is an engaging, inspirational, and FUN educator. He is coming to share his knowledge about brain science and learning through the art of juggling. He is magic with kids–capturing their attention with his big personality, encouraging manner, and goofy-yet-genius teaching methods.

Mag will be working with individual grades during the day, and then we will be having a Family Fun Night from 6-7:30p in the Girdwood School Gym. Wear your gym shoes, and get ready to laugh and learn with your family. All ages, all family members, and all fun!
Sponsored by Four Valleys Community School and the Girdwood K-8 PTA.

“New Kid” Performance by University of Alaska Students

The Girdwood K-8 School had the University of Alaska come down to Girdwood to present a play that addresses acceptance, anti-bullying, immigration, racism, tolerance, conflict resolution, and social emotional learning. FVCS is proud to be a co-fund this event along with the Girdwood K-8 School and the Girdwood School PTA.  Your donations help us to sponsor these important enriching events for our local school and youth. Thank you!

Donor Spotlight: The Libby Group

We want to say a big “Thank You” to our friends at The Libby Group who came down to Girdwood to support us with a donation and a friendly game of dodge ball with 20 middle-schoolers!  The Libby Group is a dental office in Anchorage who believes in community outreach in support of healthy and active lifestyles. We are thrilled they chose Four Valleys Community School to support through a cash donation, and their contribution will be used to make some much needed equipment purchases for  youth programs!

An additional “Thank You” to Alex at Spoonline and Spike at Chair 5 for donating some lovely finger foods and pizza for our donor event. We really appreciate the local support we receive from engaged businesses like theirs!

Donor Spotlight: Alyeska Resort

For our first ever Donor Spotlight, we want to highlight local business the Alyeska Resort. For years the Alyeska Resort has been hosting Four Valleys Community School each fall for our Ski & Sports Swap. We are grateful for the on-going support that allows us to make a difference in Girdwood, Bird, Indian and Portage, one community education program at a time.

In addition to hosting the Ski & Sports Swap Alyeska Resort allows FVCS to teach local kids to swim in their swimming pool, sell our Alyeska Snow Classic tickets each spring at the Sitzmark and other Resort locations, hike and use Resort trails for our summer adventure camps, and was a sponsor of our Alyeska Junior Ski Patrol program for several years. We thank you for investing in community education, and laying a foundation of support that allows us to provide classes, events, programs and scholarships for our local community.