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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 April 24, 2017

American Canyon Eagle April 26, 2017


Plan your summer at the Family Festival on April 29

Plan to join us on Saturday for NVUSD’s second Family Festival, a day of information, activities, entertainment and fun, with a purpose! Dozens of District and community groups are 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 all day by KVYN radio, NVUSD performing arts programs and more. Our food service partner, Sodexo, is offering 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 VERY close to the Vine Trail, which crosses Jefferson at Pueblo, and the Napa County Bicycle Coalition is providing a Bike Valet area). Can’t bike? Then walk, ride the VINE or carpool.


‘Love is All You Need?’ screening Thursday night

High school students can see the award-winning film “Love is All You Need?” for free this week, and parents are welcome to accompany them for just $10.

The film addresses intolerance and discrimination via a story where the social norm of sexual preference is reversed: Homosexuality is mainstream and heterosexuality is taboo. It was shown to audiences at the 2016 Napa Film Festival and took home Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards.


Many community groups, including NVUSD, NCOE, the Film Festival, Village: Napa and Aldea Family Services, among others, are sponsors of the screening. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the screening will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion featuring writer/director K. Rocco Shields and actors from the film.


It happens at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Theater, 2277 College Way in Napa. RSVP for tickets, both free and paid, at nvff.org; click on Box Office and scroll to the bottom.


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. Visit www.nvusd.org/summer, our webpage 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.


Bike to School Day is May 11!

All students are invited to bike, walk, scoot or skate to school on Thursday, May 11, 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 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 www.ncoe.org.