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TheGreatPaint

 


THE GREAT PAINT


Welcome to the first Annual Creekside / Squaw Valley Prep "The Great Paint" Community Service Project!



WHAT
June 8, 2018 from 9am - 1pm - We will be helping the US Forest Service restore the natural beauty of Donner Summit by painting over the graffiti on the EXTERIOR of the train tunnels. (Don't worry, the impressive interior art is preserved, only the exteriors of the sheds that disturb the natural landscape are removed each year.)

HOW
Just sign your child up! 9am - 1pm on Donner Summit June 8th. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE. Then.... Show up! If you are an an adult and willing to either chaperone kids to help keep us safe up there - OR just bring a snack or beverage to share with the volunteers - please put it in the notes.

WHY?
Our kids and our school benefit greatly from donations and discounts from the parents and professional community around us, as well as the benefits of the incredible natural landscape and environment we use as our playground. The Creekside / Squaw Valley Prep enrichment program gives the kids the opportunity to RECEIVE (education, activity, skills, and entertainment from this community) but also the opportunity to participate and GIVE BACK to the community and environment that takes care of us. It is very difficult to find meaningful, hands-on projects that really make a difference that are appropriate to this age group and we are very lucky to have this opportunity, thanks to the trust of the USFS and the generosity of Kelly Brothers Painting.

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2017/18 Yearbooks on Sale NOW

Reserve your copy of the 2017/2018 yearbook today! The cost is $20 per book and payable online at http://creeksidepto.org/product/yearbook-2018/. The deadline for ordering is 5/25 and only reserved books will be ordered. If you have photos from the year, please submit by grade/activity at the link HERE.    
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Middle School Enrichment

 
Our middle school enrichment is an experiential learning program themed on outdoor adventureenvironmental stewardship and local community service.  We offer field trips and activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, as well as instruction in 3D arts, laboratory and natural science. We have offered focused hands on classes that have covered a range of topics and activities such as Hip Hop Dance, Wilderness First Aid and French Cooking! Each semester's offerings vary depending on availability of programming....
 
Spring 2018 Programming
Next up! June 8th - "The Great Paint" - Final enrichment of the 2017 | 2018 Year. This is free, a community service project & closing party.

April 20th - Tahoe Treetop Adventures - Zip Line, Ropes Course, team building and leadership activities at the Tahoe Vista Location. Just $35 per child
April 27th - Shirley Canyon Hike, yoga and orienteering with the Tahoe Treetop Adventures Staff (meet at Creekside 9:30 am!) $35

May 4th - NO programming
May 11th - Kayaking from Tahoe Vista with Tahoe Adventure Company. $55
May 18th - Whitewater Rafting on the lower Truckee with Truckee Whitewater Adventures. $55
May 25th - No programming
June 1st - Rock Climbing and Wilderness First Aid with Tahoe Mountain School $75
June 8th - Donner Summit Volunteer Painting project with the USFS and Kelly Brothers Painting. FREE and Lunch provided!

Sign Up Here!

     


    What does your enrichment fee cover?  Your enrichment fees go directly to pay activity expenses.  Although we rely heavily on parent and community volunteers in order to keep costs down, our expenses do include equipment and facility rentals, professional services, instructor and activity fees.
    For Spring 2018 only, we are offering the option to pay only for the activities you sign up for.   We are partnering with more local companies (adventure and outdoor activity providers) to ensure a more professional and reliable experience.  Hiring professional guides and companies may increase the per-day cost significantly, but you only have to pay for the activities you plan to attend.  All of our vendors are offering us significant discounts to their normal costs to the public. And, if the activity is cancelled due to weather or provider emergency, you will be refunded for that event.

    If you want your child to attend one or more of these enrichment activities but cannot afford the cost of the class or program, please contact Creekside PTO President Melissa Panico to request a scholarship.  A portion of our PTO funds is always used to subsidize PTO sponsored activities for families in need and no child will be turned away due to financial hardship.  We do also offer trades for those who volunteer to lead or chaperone our activities.
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Class SouperBowl Basket Donations and Tickets

Creekside's 19th annual Souperbowl is Thursday, April 6, 2017
3:30-6:30 at OVL
SouperBowl Tickets $25 per adult. (Students & staff are free) Purchase your tickets online.
Dinner of soup and salad will be provided
Please see the class donation links below to sign up for donations.
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IT’s SOUPERBOWL TIME! – Thursday, April 6, 2017

Creekside's 19th annual Souperbowl is Thursday, April 6, 2017
3:30-6:30 at OVL
SouperBowl Tickets $25 per adult. (Students & staff are free) Purchase your tickets online.
Dinner of soup and salad will be provided
A little history…..The Souper Bowl is a longstanding tradition at Creekside. The founders of Creekside Charter school began this event 19 years ago. The idea was to bring Creekside students and the greater Tahoe community together by sharing soup. To foster environmental stewardship, have the kids actively involved and add some color, the kids painted their own ceramic bowls for use at the event. Not only do Creekside families attend, including student and staff families, but also various members of our greater community. It has also been a great time for perspective families to get an idea of what Creekside is about. Souperbowl also served as a showcase for the amazing PTO run enrichment program. The kids put on a musical performance practiced in music class and the décor is student artwork created in art class. For added fun, the teachers also surprise us with a musical number! Souperbowl was Creekside’s biggest fundariser in years past. This fundraiser grew over the years, raising less than $10,000 in the first few years, and growing to raise over $25,000 in the last 5 years. Last year, PTO transitioned to an adult fundraiser and the focus of Souperbowl changed to a community rather than a fundraising event. Souperbowl 2017 will be held Thursday, April 6 from 3:30 - 6:00. We are excited to provide a great meal, student performances, teacher performances, beautiful ceramic bowls, kids raffle, family basket raffle, and camaraderie. As always, each student in grades K - 8 will paint a bowl to be picked up at Souperbowl. Please send in a contribution of $10 per bowl for your child you paint. Every child will paint a bowl, but we ask that you please make this contribution to cover bowl and paint expense if you can. All School bowl painting day is Tuesday, March 7. Please send in your cash or check, along with this form, or pay online on or before Tuesday. If you have more than one child, please indicate name and amount on the form. Thank you!
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Save Mart Shares

SaveMart Shares new partnership with eScrip is a fabulous, improved donation plan - our school can earn up to 3% of qualified purchases with no annual limit! They recently revamped the program, so even if you registered your card last year, PLEASE take a moment to re-register your card or we may not be earning the money.   And, there are two older accounts still listed on the escrip page that may not be directing the money appropriately (legacy from our school's leadership and location changes). Once you have a Save Mart Shares card, you will also need  Escrip and register:  escrip.com/savemart Make sure to select our school's current account -  500138772 (Creekside Charter School PTO).
Anyone can participate if their card is registered to our school.  Enlist grandparents, business partners, friends and neighbors if you can. This is a multistep process - if you can't figure out how to register, please email carahunt.2016@gmail.com with your SaveMart Shares number, your email address, phone number and zip code - and I will register your card for you.
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Fundraising

The Creekside PTO coordinates several fundraising activities throughout the year to help fund enrichment activities, specific school initiatives, and donate the the Creekside CCM general fund as needed. Obviously, major fundraising events such as the Spring Gala! and annual giving campaigns are very important and bring in the bulk of our funds - but there are some simple, ongoing ways to help the school raise funds that do not cost our parents or community sponsors a dime!   April Update!   There are 2 months left in the Classroom Challenge and 1st grade is IN THE LEAD.  1st Grade is in the lead with 1540 points!    Their significant contribution with Truckee Tahoe Propane Receipts has already earned the school over $1,000 !    Please don't toss your propane receipts away, we could still earn another 1K donation from Truckee Tahoe Propane.  Don't use much propane? Ask an employer or local businesses you patronize if they will give you the receipts! (The bulk of those receipts came from a parent who got them from her employer....)   Please read below for new point structure beginning this month and updated ways to earn your child's class even more points! Box Tops - There's an APP for that !     If you use a smart phone - use the "Box Top App for Education!" - improved way to increase the money we can earn from box tops...   Search for Creekside PTO (School ID 958378) PO Box 2891 Olympic Valley, CA 96146.   NEW - Special bonus of 50 points for your child's class if you send in proof that you have downloaded the APP!   You can use your phone to scan the receipt instead of clipping and saving.   Click here for more information on how to Click, Scan and Earn!  Here are the points per class as of April 1st: 1st Grade - 1540 points 6th Grade - 950 points 4th Grade - 800 points 5th Grade - 650 points 3rd Grade - 400 points 2nd Grade - 350 points TK/K - 350 points 7/8th  - 280 points   SaveMart Shares - If you shop at Save Mart, sign up for a Save Mart Rewards Card.  Once you have a rewards card, you need to register your Savemart Shares card with Escrip, designating Creekside PTO as the beneficiary.  It takes a few minutes to set this up - but once you do, every time you shop at Savemart, Creekside will get 3% of the money you are already spending!  Your child's class gets 50 bonus points if you send in proof that your SaveMart Shares card is registered with the new eSCRIP program! Amazon Smile - Click the big amazon logo from our PTO home page or type smile.amazon.com and  designate Creekside PTO Inc. as the beneficiary of qualified Amazon purchases! Use smile.amazon.com EVERY time you shop to make sure we get the credit from the money you are already spending.  Bring proof of SMILE enrollment to school for a 50 point bonus! Used Printer Inkjet and Toner Cartridges - Click here for a list of cartridges that we can recycle for $!  Each qualifying cartridge is worth anywhere from 60 cents to $9.00.  Ask your friends, family and business partners if they use any of these cartridges and help them recycle their empties.  (PLEASE check the list of acceptable cartridges - before sending  them in with your child - almost half of the cartridges turned in do not qualify for the Funding Factory drive.)  The class will get ten points for each QUALIFYING cartridge sent in. AmeriGas or Tahoe Truckee Propane Receipts - Simply send the last page of any propane bill dated August 2016 or sooner (The page has "Community/School Days Receipt" printed on it). Your child knows where to turn it in - and we will do the rest.   You can also collect receipts from any friend, business, or family member that is a customer of Truckee Tahoe Propane!  We get 2 cents per gallon of all receipts turned in up to $2000!  Help us reach that $2,000 goal!   Ten points per receipt!  Box Tops - Click here  for a list of participating products.  Just tear off the box top and send it in with your child!  50 bonus points for proof you have downloaded the app, and one point every clipped box top submitted!!!!   If you have any questions, please email carahunt.2016 at gmail dot com      
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Creekside Students Attend Monterey Bay Teen Leadership Summit

Three teams (ten students, pictured above) from Squaw Valley’s Creekside Charter School were selected to participate in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Teen Leadership Summit October 22-23rd, 2016. This conference educates, inspires, and empowers students to become conservation leaders in their own communities. The children from Creekside were one of only two middle school groups selected to participate. Most of the attendees were from high schools across California. The students attended sessions including project management, planning and goal setting, as well as completing hands-on projects, and collaborating with other student teams from as far away as Texas. Inspirational keynote speakers included 25-year old eco-activist Erin Schrode, Co-founder of Turning Green, and David Dennis, Co-Founder of Ventana Surfboards & Supplies - an ecologically sound company transforming trash into functional art, such as hand crafted surf-boards and accessories. After this training, the students are expected to plan and execute a conservation project within their own communities during the academic year, and present their results back to the conference organizers using social media. It is no surprise so many young conservation leaders would come from Creekside Charter school, physically located on the grounds of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, an internationally renowned outdoor recreation area.  Not only does the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort support many local non-profits, including our own Creekside Cooperative Charter School, they were the first major resort community to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles and install free electric car changing stations. (You can learn more about Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows commendable history of community giving and environmental stewardship on their website.) Along with all the other teams at the summit, our Creekside teams are now tasked with planning and executing their own measurable conservation project and we can't wait to see what they launch in our community.