CSUS Alumni events, held throughout the year, offer our alumni the opportunity to renew friendships and explore ways to stay connected with Crystal. Some events are an annual cocktail party, regional events, and the popular Alumni Networking Event. Past networking events focused on "Food, Wine, and Sustainability" and Entrepreneurship.
The Gryphon Gala is the Parent Association's annual community-wide auction fundraiser that brings together parents, students, staff and friends of CSUS to support the CSUS Recruitment and Retention Fund. Past themes have included 50s Great Gatsby,The Crystals (Oscar-themed awards event), and Crystal Seas & Island Breeze (tropical). The Gala is a CSUS tradition and a great way to get involved whether volunteering or showing support by attending the event.
Crystal Springs Uplands School takes pride in making connections and contributing meaningfully to the world that surrounds us. In addition to grade-level service learning days, there are school-wide opportunities to help the community at large. From Rebuilding Together to Habitat for Humanity to Family Community Service days, there are ample service opportunities for students and their families.
Family and Friends of current students are invited to attend a normal day of classes. While many families invite a grandparent, aunt or uncle to visit, some parents take the opportunity to see a typical day in action. There are no special performances or meetings, and families are asked to RSVP for this event.
Royal “Doc” Ingersoll was a member of the CSUS faculty for 21 years. He was an extraordinary teacher, mentor and coach as well as a passionate golfer. This tournament honors his commitment to education, both in athletics and academics, and allows the school to enhance the educational experience for all students.
Once a year, the Parent Association organizes a Parent/Child Night for all Middle School students and their parents. Based upon a theme, this event offers Middle School families a chance to enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment.
Parents are invited to many other events throughout the year including Homecoming, Food, Folks & Fun, theater productions, musical concerts, Family & Friends Day, Lunar New Year, Diwali Celebration, Fine Arts Festival and Commencement.
The Senior Luncheon is organized by parents of the junior class to serve a special luncheon for seniors and their parents in May (following the awards assembly). Seniors are also given a commemorative gift.
Parents are invited to attend the Common Ground Speaker Series which is presented by a coalition of Bay Area schools that have joined together to enhance parent education in our communities. Its goal is to bring nationally recognized speakers to our school communities. CSUS was a founding member of the Common Ground group, which is supported by our Parent Association.
The Spring Luncheon chairs oversee the theme and execution of the PA's traditional May Luncheon coinciding with the final Parent Association meeting of the school year.
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Popular fine arts events are held throughout the year and include Great Performances, the Middle School and Upper School drama productions and musicals, Winter Concert, and the Fine Arts Festival. Through the Gryphon Club, the Athletics department hosts the Doc Ingersoll Memorial Golf Tournament each fall.
The Gryphon Gala is the major fundraiser sponsored by the Parent Association that directly benefits the school's incredible faculty, staff, and students. Grandparents and special friendsare invited each year to Family & Friends Day to join students in classrooms.
Alumni return each year for the Alumni Reunion held in the Uplands Mansion, but they can also join former faculty and other alumni at gatherings in the SF Bay Area, and periodically at regional events across the U.S.
At the start of school, the Upper School Clubs Fair hosted over 60 student-led clubs - each vying for members with colorful poster displays and a lot of snack offerings. Student clubs run the gamut, from science/tech, service and philanthropy, performing and visual arts, diversity and social issues, writing and media, and much more.
The circus was in town for one night only at the Middle School for the annual Gryphon Gala in early March. The decked-out crowd sported whimsical circus-themed costumes, and were just as dazzling as the jugglers, stilt walkers, tarot card and palm readers, and other acts during the Silent Auction and cocktails.
The Women Driving Change Club held the school's first student-led conference in February, bringing together students, teachers and parents from all over the Bay Area for a day of workshops, panels, and presentations on intersectional feminism. The keynote speaker and session speaker, Jerin Arifa, a notable activist and changemaker...
Middle School students welcomed friends and family to campus in February to experience a regular school day with classes, recess, and lunch. Guests participated in interactive lessons and enjoyed the beautiful weather and vistas of the Belmont campus. One guest was eager "to go back to Middle School" after a fun-filled, but also stimulating day!
The annual Lunar New Year Banquet brought our Crystal community together on the Upper School campus as we celebrated the Year of the Pig. Delicious food and dazzling student performances were the main attraction. The evening was a celebration of the rich cultural identities found in our community and a reminder of how lucky we are to have these varied perspectives.
We celebrated Family & Friends Day on January 28 at the Upper School by sharing classes, exploring the campus, and breaking bread with guests from a few generations shadowing students during a regular school day. View photos