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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. 

Education Matters: Preparing for summer and the school year beyond

Napa Valley Register -- April 24, 2018

American Canyon Eagle -- April 26, 2018

Plan your summer at the Family Festival on April 28

Plan to join us on Saturday for NVUSD’s annual Family Festival, a day of information, activities, entertainment and fun, with a purpose. Dozens of District and community groups will be on hand to share resources and information about services and programs available for families. In particular, we’ll feature a wide variety of summer programs available for students and kids, so you can get a head start on planning your family’s summer months.

Entertainment is provided by KVYN radio, NVUSD performing arts programs and more. Our food service staff are offering nutritious, tasty, low-cost food and drinks, though you are welcome to bring food from home and enjoy it on our lovely campus. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle to fill at the Environmental Education Coalition Water Bar. You’ll have a great time!

The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the District Education Center, 2425 Jefferson St. in Napa. We encourage families to ride bikes to the event. We are close to the Vine Trail, which crosses Jefferson at Pueblo. The Napa County Bicycle Coalition is providing a Bike Valet area. If you can ride a bike, then walk, ride the VINE or carpool.

More on planning your child’s summer

We all know how important it is to have a break from school, but there’s no reason that break has to be boring. See our webpage devoted solely to Summer 2018 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.

Take the LCAP survey online through May 10

Each year, we ask our families to tell us how we are doing in welcoming and taking advantage of their involvement and engagement in our schools, and how we are doing in accomplishing our goals. It’s part of our Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP, which is our annual roadmap to budgeting for our academic and supportive programs.

The survey is available online, in both English and Spanish. There are also hard copies available at the school sites, though we strongly prefer respondents use the online option.

We will close the survey on Thursday, May 10. Thank you for your time and input!

Bike to School Day is May 10

All students are invited to bike, walk, scoot or skate to school on Thursday, May 10, on national Bike to School Day, which is also Bike to Work Day.

Each participating school will have a Welcome Table to pick up some fun freebies and enter in a raffle to win great prizes. The NVUSD Ed Center will staff an Energizer Station where the Vine Trail crosses Jefferson Street in Napa, just north of Napa High.

The event is coordinated by the Napa County Office of Education Safe Routes to School program, and sponsored by local and national partners, including the Napa County Bicycle Coalition. You can find out more at

New kindergartener or 7th grader next fall?

Remember to register your 5-year-old incoming kindergarten student now. Visit your neighborhood elementary school to register and officially enroll at NVUSD. If your child turns 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, they are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.

If your student is starting 7th grade in the fall, they will need a Tdap (pertussis) booster vaccination. More information.