School starts tomorrow! And the kids are excited. The PTO looks forward to another great year supporting academic and extracurricular programs and bringing our community together for our kids. Don’t forget to sign up for Pizza Thursdays and Fall Enrichment through the PTO website. As always, there are limitless opportunities for parents to get involved with the school and the PTO. We are excited to see everyone!
THE GREAT PAINT
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….
IMPORTANT UPDATE Sept 9th, 2018:
We need advance signups for the Fall 2018 field trips – even if you have paid for the whole semester – we still need to know if your child plans to attend that specific day. Several of our vendors require us to pay them in advance and give us headcount so they can provide adequate staffing and it is important for safety reasons that we are given enough notice to plan staff and parent volunteers to accommodate the number of kids attending.
Each trip requires different information – for example, for climbing, we need your child’s weight and preference for Via Feratta versus Donner Summit.
The deadline to sign up for the climbing day was Sept 7th – but I’ve talked to more than a half-dozen parents who say their child(ren) are hoping to go – but I still don’t see your names on the signup sheet! Noticing that – I have extended the signup deadline until EOD, Tuesday September 11th. This is a FIRM deadline for both the Via Feratta or the Donner Summitt Rock Climbing – as we need to give those vendors accurate counts and we need to pay them in advance.
Signups and Details for each trip:
COMPLETE September 14th Hike at Donner Summit with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.
Drop-in just $35 Details and signup sheet here
September 21st Mountain Biking skills & ride appropriate for all levels
Drop-in just $35 Details and signup sheet here
September 28th Kayaking from Commons Beach Tahoe City 9:30am – 1:30 pm
Drop in $50 – Details and signup sheet here
TRIP IS FULL – CONTACT CARA FOR WAITING LIST OR ADULT PARTICIPANT REQUEST October 5th Climbing (Via Feratta OR Donner Summit)
Drop in $75 – Details and signup sheet here
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:
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.)