Welcome to the first Annual Creekside / Squaw Valley Prep "The Great Paint" Community Service Project!
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.)
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.
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.
Our middle school enrichment is an experiential learning program themed on outdoor adventure, environmental 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!
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.
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
Thank you to our amazing Sponsors and Supporters:
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Rickenbach Dev & Const.
Roger and Carol Dreyer
Kelly Brothers Painting
Tahoe City Lumber
Michael H. Kerrigan (OMD)
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.
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!
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.
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 LetterStudent WaiverSquaw WaiverNordic WaiverPTO 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.)