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.
We celebrated Junior-Senior Kidnap in mid-October! The decades-long annual tradition features the Juniors dressing up the Seniors in costumes and whisking them away off-campus for a day of fun and hijinks.
Food+Folks+Fun = A "One Crystal" Tradition: You can't beat a beautiful fall afternoon on the Mansion back lawn! Middle School students, parents, faculty, and pets recently enjoyed the annual Food, Folks & Fun...
Over 40 CSUS community members gathered on a recent Saturday morning at Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica for the California Coastal Cleanup Day. Armed with gloves, buckets, and trash pickers, the Crystal crew scoured the beaches and filled trash bags with litter. The spectacular ocean views were an added benefit! Photos courtesy of Joy Feng.
Crystal's 2018 Alumni Reunion hosted members of classes from graduation years ending in 3s and 8s for a tropical beach party in June (see photos). Among the 160 celebrants, the Class of 1978 was the most spirited, taking over the dance floor after dinner to show that nothing has slowed them down for their 40th Reunion. The Class of 1988 had the largest turnout among all class years, with 25 members celebrating their 30th Reunion.
The annual Fine Arts Festival included two days full of phenomenal dance, instrumental and vocal music, acting and visual art displays throughout the Upper School campus. More photos on Vidigami (school login only).
A sell-out crowd of parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends were "Welcomed Aboard" the Middle School campus cruise ship to set sail for an island adventure. We christened Expansion Hall on its inaugural Gryphon Gala voyage to kick off the party with tropical treats, silent auctions...
The CSUS Asian Culture Club's biggest event of the year, the Lunar New Year Banquet, attracted close to 400 guests who browsed festively decorated booths, tasted delicious multicultural cuisines, enjoyed performances ranging from a Bollywood Dance to K-pop video to Chinese musical performances and more.
On February 26th, we celebrated our 8th Annual Snow Day! A tradition launched by Amy Richards, Snow Day is a surprise day off from school for students (see middle schoolers’ reaction). For this Snow Day, students were whisked off of both campuses to Dave & Busters for lots of games, magic, food, prizes, and fun.