Crystal 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 Crystal to support the Crystal 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 Crystal 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 Crystal 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. Crystal is 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 Reunionheld 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.
The Asian Culture Club led a virtual celebration of the Year of the Ox, including wonderful performances and interactive activities like cooking demos that helped us not miss the traditional banquet quite so much. Thanks to all the club members, performers, and volunteers who made this New Year very bright indeed!
Social-distancing and hybrid learning didn’t dampen the spirit of Lip Sync. Many classes found innovative ways to use video graphics, incorporate at-home classmates via Zoom, and spread across campuses for effective choreography, which even included drone shots from above.
February 1st was Crystal’s “Snow Day” for the 2020-21 school year and most closely resembled what a real snow day looks like for students who live with bad weather. Students and PAC members took the day off from classes, slept in, and indulged in whatever fun activities they chose at home. Click on to read more.
Sophomore Kaiya B ‘23 was featured in a San Mateo Daily Journal article about her weekly jazz concerts for residents of assisted living homes across the nation. Kaiya has organized and played in over 100 virtual concerts since summer 2020...
In January 2021, The Crystal community came together virtually for the annual MLK celebration, which included students, PAC members, and families learning about the history and legacy of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Each year students in both divisions can invite two adults to join them for a day of classes at Crystal. It's our version of Willy Wonka with a lot less sugar and a lot more learning! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends...
June 1 and 2 marked Crystal Springs Uplands School's historic Drive-In 8th and 12th grade graduation ceremonies. After months of distance learning and fears that we would not be able to celebrate our graduates at all, the school was thrilled...
One of our largest events of the year is the Annual Lunar New Year Banquet and Show which, in February 2020, brought the entire Crystal community together on the Upper School campus, for a grand celebration of the Year of the Rat.
Music in the Mansion (fka "Great Performances") is an annual concert featuring student musicians who showcase their talents, usually with different classical pieces, on various instruments such as guitar, cello, viola, piano, flute, oboe, and the guzheng.
Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.