February 22, 2019

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.

Thank You Jeff & Sharon Samuels: LEGO League Sponsors 2018-19

We are thrilled to have a Sponsor for our 2018-19 First LEGO League Teams! Thank you to Girdwood locals Jeff & Sharon Samuels for funding this opportunity for local kids!  This Sponsorship of $1500 will allow us to purchase the LEGO kits, pay all registration fees and tournament costs, purchase team t-shirts, as well as cover all other program costs and supplies.

Four Valleys Community School has other sponsorships available. You can sponsor our Nordic Ski Club, Cross Country Running program, and After School Arts program. All your donations stay local and are used to support programs for local kids. For more information, please contact cmcdermott@fourvalleys.org.

Thank you again, Jeff and Sharon Samuels!

Ski & Sports Swap 2018: Get Your Gear Ready to Sell!

Ski & Sports Swap 2018 will be held Saturday September 29th!

Benefiting Community Education in Girdwood

Yellowing leaves and cool nights means that winter is heading quickly to Southcentral Alaska. Here in Girdwood one way we embrace the change of the seasons by sorting through last seasons sports equipment to make way for the next seasons gear. In a ski town this also means replacing used ski and boarding gear that has been outgrown or unused, and putting that equipment back on the local market via the FVCS Ski & Sports Swap held each fall at the Alyeska Daylodge.  This event is a fundraiser for Four Valleys Community School, and a great annual community gathering.

As you sort through your gear this fall and prepare for the winter, put some things aside for the Ski & Sports Swap. Control sheets and tags are available at the FVCS office now, and will be available at the Girdwood Post Office beginning September 14th.

Want to sell gear, buy gear &/or volunteer? You can do it all! See details for each below.

SELL YOUR GEAR and bring your high quality used sporting equipment to the Alyeska Daylodge from 9am-11am day of sale. Be ahead of the game and tag and prepare your Control Sheet before Saturday 9/29. Tags and control sheets are available at the FVCS office NOW & the Girdwood Post Office beginning September 14th.

Be sure to review our SKI SWAP TIPS.

The Ski & Sports Swap is a fundraiser for FVCS and 25% of sale goes to help support our community education programs.

BUY GEAR! The sale at the Alyeska Daylodge goes from 12-4p.  Gear includes alpine ski & snowboard setups, bikes, Nordic ski gear, tennis rackets, baseball gloves, snowshoes, ice skates, and so much more. Our local ski shop Powderhound will be there with last years equipment at great prices. If it is a sport that can be done in Girdwood, there will be some gear for sale!

Volunteers! We need YOU! Can you volunteer to work a few hours during the setup, the day of, or helping clean-up? Sign up here to volunteer!

Glacier Valley Quilters

The Glacier Valley Quilters is a group that have been meeting for years to create both community projects and individual creations. If you are creatively incline, or want to improve your skills while also creating community connections this may be the group for you.

Meets each Wednesday beginning September 26th until January 9th from 10a-4p. Come for the entire time, or as you can.

Register for Glacier Valley Quilters here, or register for a 10x Punch Pass instead.

On Your Mark Runners! Cross Country Running For Grades 1-6th

Our Cross Country Running program is a fitness program for our local kids to explore routes and trails around the Girdwood School, and enjoy the last weeks of warmer weather. Kids will experience running varying distances and challenges, and we invite everyone of 1st to 6th grade ages to participate. We believe strongly in providing a safe, yet exciting, venue for runners to enjoy nature, while also having the opportunity to reflect and challenge themselves. Hour long sessions will be held twice a week after school. Runners will be split up according to their speed. Runners are expected to attend all practices, wear proper running shoes plus hat and gloves if needed, and be prepared to run in the rain. Bring a change of clothes to change into afterwards, plus a water-bottle and snack to eat right after school.

An optional Jamboree is held Saturday September 22nd at Service High School from 9am-Noon.

We need parent volunteers to run with the kids each week. Please let us know your availability! Call Melanee Stiassny at 907-231-4913.

Special Comic Book & Graphic Novel Making Class For Kids Ages 10-18

Join Girdwood Fine Arts Camp for this special week long intensive focused on writing and drawing graphic novels and comics. For 4 hours a day students will work with experienced comic and writing professionals (class is 10a-4p daily with a one hour lunch). Students will be introduced to drawing techniques including character design, perspective and thumbnailing from media professionals. For ages 10-18. 
The class will be led by visiting artist John G. John, a Cleveland based cartoonist known for his work on the Lake Eerie Monster, will be accompanied by Anchorage based journalist Julia O’Malley and cartoonist Lee Post.
Julia will teach writing alongside John, taking what she knows about breaking down complex stories and finding what is important and compelling, and translating it to plotting graphic fiction. Lee will share his unique style of character design and other drawing tricks, many of which he has honed through other teaching artist gigs.
Held at the Girdwood Community Room
Mon- Fri, August 6-10 from 10am-3pm
Cost: $250

Summer Programs for Kids & Adults Open Now

Check out our Summer Program Guide 2018!  Registration is open now, and camps are filling up. Keep your kids active and engaged all summer long!  We offer everything from Wilderness Survival Camp, to Summer Playground programs for little ones, to Outdoor Soccer. And don’t forget about Girdwood Fine Arts Camp. For adults we have a Water Safety Series taught by a local expert. Educate, engage and enrich yourself with Four Valleys Community School!

Alyeska Snow Classic Winner 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Alyeska Snow Classic winner Christi Davidson! Her guess of 2.76 feet was the only correct guess. Her split the pot winnings will be $1600. Thank you all who supported us by purchasing tickets! The Alyeska Snow Classic is a split the pot fundraiser Four Valleys Community School. Proceeds are used to fund our scholarship programs, support our active and learning opportunities, and sponsor community events. We love Girdwood, Bird, Indian and Portage and cannot wait to create even more programs for our community!

Four Valleys Community School Board of Directors Seat

If you believe in strengthening community and life-long learning, Four Valley Community School is looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and further our mission of providing community education to the residents of Girdwood, Bird, Indian and Portage. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a month  and are interested in exploring this opportunity, e-mail Catherine at cmcdermott@fourvalleys.org.

Please come to our next Board meeting on Thursday May 3rd so that you can meet the FVCS Board, see how our meetings are run and ask questions. This is our last meeting until September. Please join us from 7-9p at the Girdwood K-8 School this Thursday May 3rd!

Jacob Charnon Recieves 2018 Senior Service Scholarship

Congratulations to Jacob Charnon, this year’s recipient of a $1000 Senior Service Scholarship from a partnership between Four Valleys Community School and Girdwood Turnagain Arm Lions Club.  Jacob received this scholarship in recognition of his outstanding service to our community, academic achievements, and leadership skills. Jacob has a history of local community service including volunteering for community cleanups, food drives, and the FVCS sports swap. Although an avid skier, Jacob will be leaving the mountains for the University of California Davis where he plans to study engineering.  Go Aggies!

Each spring, Four Valleys Community School and the Girdwood Turnagain Arm Lions Club partner to offer two $1000 community service-centered scholarships to graduating seniors living in Bird, Indian, Portage and Girdwood.

For those looking to expand their community service experience in preparation of applying for this scholarship in future years, please contact FVCS, the Turnagain Arm Lions Club, or any of the many worthy community non-profit organizations in the four valleys area for service opportunities.