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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 will include outdoor activities and field trips on the following dates:
 
April 20, April 27, May 18, May 25th, June 1st
We are actively looking for parent volunteers to help us coordinate or set up events or activities on May 4, May 11 and / or June 8th.



Upcoming activities:

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

May 4th - NO programming
May 11th - Still looking for programming
May 18th - Whitewater Rafting on the lower Truckee
May 25th - Donner Sumitt Volunteer Painting project with the USFS and Kelly Brothers Painting
June 1st - Rock Climbing and Wilderness First Aid with Tahoe Mountain School



    If you have skills, professional contacts, or services or want to volunteer and help us shape and enrich our program please contact carahunt (dot) 2016 (at) gmail.com. As soon as programming is confirmed it will be posted here and emailed to the Middle School parents 
     

    This semester 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 as we are a local school. And, if the activity is cancelled due to weather or provider emergency, you will be refunded for that event.

    What does your enrichment fee cover?  The PTO does not profit from enrichment fees.  We are  a non-profit organization and 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 and a small percentage for administration and planning.

    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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K-5 Spring 2017 Enrichment

Spring Enrichment for TK - 5th Grade begins April 21st Only $175 per child for participation in any or all of the Friday sessions 9am - 2pm at Rideout Community Center. Reserve your space today by paying online or bring a check to school made out to Creekside PTO. Read our flyer for more information about Spring enrichment structure spring 2017 creekside enrichment    
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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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Going for the Gold GALA

2nd Annual Creekside PTO Gala Fundraiser
Tainted Love ”The Best of The 80’s”
Friday, May, 12th

6:30pm – 11:30pm
Silent & Live Auction
 
$55 - Advance Purchase | Eventbrite
$65 - At the Door
 
Special “Open” Bar & Apps | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
 
Thank you to our amazing Sponsors and Supporters: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Rickenbach Dev & Const. Roger and Carol Dreyer Johansen Masonry Kelly Brothers Painting Plumas Bank Tahoe City Lumber Lawrence Realty Michael H. Kerrigan (OMD) Shaffer Paving Auld Dubliner Irish Pub

Creekside Charter is a California public school located in Olympic Valley, California. The Creekside Charter PTO is a California 501(c)(3) and donations are tax-deductible (Federal ID number: 83-0376312). Creekside Charter School is committed to nurturing the whole student by cultivating high academic achievement and strong social development 

All Proceeds go directly to the Non-Profit Creekside Charter PTO Learning and Enrichment Programs.

Sponsorship please contact Kirsten Clark-Rickenbach Email: kc.rickenbach@msn.com

Auction donations please contact Holly Colpitts Email: hbcolpitts@gmail.com

General questions please contact Jill Milne Email: jillsmilne@yahoo.com

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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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Thursday Pizza Program

FIRST SPRING PIZZA DAY STARTS THURSDAY, January 19th, 2017

Please bring your check for $140 made out to Creekside PTO to school for Thursdays beginning 01/19/2017 ! Pay Online HERE Fireside Pizza Company @Squaw provides the PTO an awesome discount for the Creekside school students and staff!  Includes:  Fresh Hot Cheese Pizza & Caesar Salad (GF available) Spring Semester $140 (All school Thursdays from January 19th through the first week of June) Special Thank you to Kim Kerrigan for making this program possible – and to Jen Ellis for leading this program forward.  
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Winter Enrichment

The winter season is approaching and we are gearing up for another winter - with that starts our Ski Enrichment program on  January 13th. The forms will be sent home this week in your child's backpack, and you can view or download them here: Intro Letter Student Waiver Squaw Waiver Nordic Waiver PTO Parent Waiver The program will be the same as last year: 6 Alpine days at Squaw, 3 Nordic days at the Tahoe Nordic Center, 2 ice skating days at HighCamp. (Ice Skating is new this year) Important:  We need payment and all four waivers sent back by December 15th in order to participate in the Ski Enrichment program. Please leave a check for $150.00 per child made out to Creekside PTO in the school office along with each of the four waivers found above. There is a box labeled PTO Winter Ski Enrichment in the office! If you prefer to pay online by credit card: click here! We are planning on having a quick ski enrichment meeting on Wednesday November 9th at 8:30 after drop off for any new families that have questions or concerns about the program.  Please read the Intro Letter for more information, and if you still have questions and can't make the meeting - don't hesitate to contact Kristen or Sarah (Their contact info is located in the Intro Letter.)
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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.