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Education Matters

Education Matters is our monthly column published in the Napa Valley Register and American Canyon Eagle. The fourth Tuesday and Thursday of each month, we discuss a topic of interest to students, parents and the greater community. 



Napa Valley Register June 27, 2017

American Canyon Eagle June 29, 2017


Summer opportunities on our website


We all know how important it is to have a break from school, but there’s no reason that break has to be boring! Visit our webpage, www.nvusd.org/summer, devoted solely to summer 2017 opportunities, not only those offered by NVUSD but a great list of community offerings, as well, from ACE summer camps to Yountville Parks and Rec!  


Free meals for children in Napa, AmCan over the summer


When children don’t get enough to eat, they can’t grow and develop properly: physically, mentally or emotionally. There are several sites in Napa and American Canyon this summer where children can get free lunch. At nearly all of the sites, an adult must accompany the children, and at some sites, the adult can purchase a meal, as well.


The Napa sites include Phillips Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Clubhouse on Pueblo Avenue and the NVLA Clubhouse on Kilburn Avenue.


In American Canyon, the Boys & Girls Clubhouse on Donaldson Way serves lunch.

In addition, several community programs provide year-round services, including the Salvation Army, The Table, and the Food Bank in Napa; Harvest Freewill Baptist Church in American Canyon; and the St. Helena Community Pantry in St. Helena, which serves our Yountville community.


For all the details, visit the Summer Opportunities for Students page, then select Free Summer Meal Programs for Children.


We’ve got construction going on!


Many NVUSD schools are undergoing construction this summer, as we work to implement our Facilities Master Plan. The largest, most visible projects are at El Centro Elementary School in north Napa, Snow Elementary School in southwest Napa, West Park Elementary School in west Napa, and Valley Oak High School, near Napa High School.


Almost all construction activities are contained on the school sites, but please be careful around construction zones for vehicles and workers. For more information about the NVUSD Facilities Master Plan, visit www.nvusd.org/fmp.


Important dates for next school year


Calendars for the 2017-2018 school year are available at www.nvusd.org/studentcalendars, in both English and Spanish. Note that not all schools have exactly the same calendar, but they are all on our Calendars page. Generally, though, these important dates apply to all schools:


Aug. 16—First day of school

Oct. 2 through Nov. 30—Open Enrollment period

Nov. 20-24—Thanksgiving break

Dec. 18—Jan. 5—Winter break

March 26-30—Spring break

June 7—Last day of school


Incoming Seventh graders need Tdap vaccine


California law requires that students entering 7th grade show proof of having received the Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, or a physician’s statement that says receiving the vaccine would detrimental to the student’s health.


See your child’s health care provider for the vaccine, or call Napa County Public Health at (707) 253-4270 to make an appointment.