Recaps and Snowcaps
By Briana Sullivan
Four Valleys Community School
FVCS co-ed basketball camp wrapped up after six weeks of skill building and teamwork for grades 2-6. The next resident group of ball players are here! Practices were led by volunteer coaches Nate Williamson and Kyle Kelley. We could not host this team sport without the dedication of our volunteers who make this recreational program possible.
As Jan. quickly came to a halt, we teamed up with the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska to offer an “Ice Cream Matters” workshop for students in grades 3-4 and “Intro to Chromatography” for students in grades 5-8.
The ice cream group learned the definition of matter, its three states, and documented their procedure for making ice cream. Measuring ingredients and observing the changes from liquid to solid were likely as exciting as testing the results and communicating these to the class. Chromatography students learned how capillary action occurs in microgravity and how black ink divides into different colors through chromatography. They also saw how chromatography is involved in the coloration of plant life.
Another enrichment event invited our community as a whole when The Alaska Native Cultural night took place in early February, gathering families for learning to celebrate this rich and vibrant culture that is Alaska. Celebrating the traditional cultures of Alaska and engaging with their children in the communal space of the Girdwood K-8 School, parents helped bring the awareness in and outside of our school to the center of the night.
Activities like drumming and dancing with the Sleeping Lady Dancers and Singers and athletic skills with Native Youth Olympic athlete Stuart Towarak, (world record holder in the one-foot high kick) in the gym were highlights. Engaging discussion took place with politician, author, and professor William Hensley in the library as well as creating button bracelets with artist Angela Lot’oydaatlna Gonzalez, a Koyukon Athabascan who maintains the blog, Athabascan Woman. Special thanks to Girdwood K-8 educator Megan Nedwick for organizing the event and to the presenters for sharing their culture and talents.
The latter special enrichment events were free and sponsored by FVCS because we love hands-on learning and watching our youth grow into life-long learners. Programs such as these are made available through community donations and Pick.Click.Give. Thank you for supporting FVCS.
Alyeska Snow Classic
March 1-31 is the Alyeska Snow Classic. This split the pot fundraiser benefits FVCS and is a fun way to participate in winter and gambling. Find tickets at the Merc, local pop up sales, and at our office. Purchase five or more tickets for many guesses during the month of March. The measuring date is closing day at Alyeska Resort. Details are at alyeskasnowclassic.org.