October 17, 2019

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.

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 karenbemben@yahoo.com or Kari Hendrich 907-350-5750 hendrichkari@gmail.com