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.
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.)
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.
The 2016 Enrichment Sierra Nevada Trip is coming up! We have decided to do a two-night overnight trip with a one-night option for TK/K and 1st grade.
The dates are November 4th-6th. The cost of this trip is $176.00 for kids staying 2 nights and $88.00 for Chaperones and kids staying one night. Please download the packet of information and forms that need to be filled out, below.
Payments and forms need to be back to the PTO by October 6th.