by Rebecca Reichlin and Julie Jonas
Special to the Turnagain Times
Raffle ticket sales and the community potluck helped Keegan Messing, figure skater, and Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, snowboarder, to continue their competitions throughout the world. The winners for the raffle to benefit Keegan Messing were: Julie Pederson, Kelli Leonard, and Donnakazue Cooper who is Keegan’s proud grandmother! Lucky winners for the raffle to benefit FVCS were Susan Lindquist, Debra Croghan, and Barbara Crews. Thanks for your support!!
We have been getting many questions about what FVCS will be offering during the summer. Current Assistant Coordinator Kelly Bandoch will continue with us through the summer, and in addition to that role, she will be the head Summer Playground Leader. Kelly is a certified teacher, and has been long-term substitute teaching this whole school year, and just loves spending time with the kids! We will be hiring additional leaders for our summer programs. Summer Play-ground leaders provide a fun, creative, recreational youth summer program. They plan, organize and conduct all activities. They schedule field trips, obtain supplies and create parent correspondence and field trip permission forms. Minimum qualifications include college degree with education and early childhood classes, and previous recreational program /summer camp experiences are a plus. Alaska driver’s license and current CPR/First Aid required. The application deadline is Friday, May 18 by 5 p.m. Applications are available at the FVCS office. Please call 742-5317 for more information.
We are working on the age ranges we will be serving through Four Valleys Summer Playground. Additional in-door/outdoor recreational activities for elementary and junior high youth are being planned using your summer survey responses. For adults: Aerobics? Yoga? Stay tuned! The very popular Four Valleys Summer Soccer Program, Girdwood Science Camps and Fine Arts Camps have already begun registration. Spaces are still available but camps fill up each year. You can register online by going to www.fourvalleys.org to print the forms necessary to mail in payment and registration. You can also register in person at the FVCS office. Payment plans are available.
Girdwood Fine Arts Primary and Intermediate Camp students, ages 5-8 or 9-18, will be exploring a wide variety of media including stained glass, water color, sculpture, encaustics, and printmaking. New this year is an additional session for Primary artists; choose either morning or afternoon. A Drama/Video Production or Digital Photography Intensive for intermediate campers, ages 12-18 is offered as well. Camp fees range from $200-300.
Girdwood Primary Science Camp, M-F, July 16-20, 2007 is for children going into grades 1-3. Campers explore ecosystems from valley streams to alpine areas, wade through creeks to collect macro invertebrates, hike through wetlands, investigate predator-prey relationships, identify Girdwood birds and take the train to Whittier to hike Portage Pass. These and many other adventures await the lucky science campers! Camp fee is $200.
Intermediate Science Camp, June 8, & 10-15 is for youth going into grades 4-6. They will attend residential camp in Homer and Peterson Bay and explore diverse tidal pools, ecosystems in the coastal forest, animal tracking and natural history. And they will camp in a yurt and cook their own food! Visits and activities are at the Wynn Nature Center, Islands and Oceans Center and Pratt Museum. Round trip bus transportation to and from Homer is now included in the camp fee of $400.
Four Valleys Community School, Inc. is striving to provide a wide range of class opportunities, activities, and community enrichment year round.
Mark your calendars for the annual Volunteer Appre-ciation Barbecue Sunday, June 3. Stay tuned for exact times and location.
Our costs to provide these services have increased because of our liability insurance, 510 (c)3 status and staffing. Increases to class and camp prices reflect our increased costs. We endeavor to keep these increases minimal.
Mark your calendars for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue Sunday, June 3. Stay tuned for exact times and location. This is a family inclusive event. Four Valleys Community School, Inc. will hold a short, general business meeting to bid adieu to some of our Board Members, and welcome new ones; please be there to show your support for their service. Several Four Valleys Advisory Board positions are available. Program Chair and Public Relations Chair are open. Attendance at monthly board meetings, participation in several FVCS special events and completion of position duties are required. Work with a great group of people and serve your community. Join us! All local non-profit organizations support and participate in the Volunteer Barbecue. Please nominate someone you know who deserves to be recognized for his/her overall volunteer service to our community. Community Service Award nomination forms are available at the post office or at the FVCS office. Additional awards are given by the local non-profit organizations, to recognize those outstanding contributions made by volunteers within their organization. Let’s celebrate our accomplishments together and look forward to many more.
Girdwood Turnagain Lions Club and Four Valleys Community School, Inc. are sponsoring two $750 scholarships for graduating Four Valleys high school seniors. Criteria for the Four Valleys Community Service Scholarship are community service, leadership, evidence of personal growth and finalist interview. Applications include a biographical sketch, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and official transcript of classes, and are due by Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. at the FVCS office. All graduating high school seniors are encouraged to apply!
We are still in the midst of a great and busy spring quarter, even with all this talk of summer. Spaces are still available in classes such as:
Parenting: May Day, Mural painting with Barbara Lavallee, Butterfly
Cupcakes, and Men’s Hoops on Monday nights. Give us a call and sign up for one or more of your Community School’s offerings.