Water Safety Day

On May 16, 2024, Nevada Union High School hosted a successful Water Safety Day during lunch, with a great turnout. Students had the opportunity to engage with first responders and learn about the dangers of the local rivers. The event featured presentations from the Nevada County Consolidated Swift Water Rescue, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol Unit & Boat, the North San Juan Fire Department, and Yuba Net. Chris Espedal, the Director of Facilities and School Safety for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, supported these efforts along with NCSOS Health Services Coordinator Stephanie Razcowski, R.N.. The initiative aimed to raise awareness about the hazards of river conditions, including cold temperatures, rapid flows, underwater obstructions, and unpredictable water levels due to ongoing repairs at Spaulding Lake. The key message to the community was to “Stay out, Stay alive.”

Latino Family Festival 2023

The Family Resource Centers and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools (NCSOS) are sponsoring the 2nd annual Latino Family Festival on Thursday, September 14th from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of Latinx cultures at Condon Park in Grass Valley. Connecting local families to community partners is one of the many reasons why we are sponsoring the festival. Over 40 local agencies will be participating in the festival to share with families about health services, wellness opportunities, social services, education, art and much more. Bilingual staff will be in attendance to allow families full access to the information available. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, or purchase some tacos from El Barrio, and enjoy some Latino DJ music, dancing, and face painting.

Latino Family Festival Flyer

Seamless Summer Sites 2024

The Grass Valley School District will be hosting the Seamless Summer Program this summer at 2 sites in Nevada County. The program offers free lunch, for all children 18 years or younger.

Madelyn Helling Library

980 Helling Way

Nevada City, Ca 95959

M-F June 17 -August 9 (Closed July 4)                            

Lunch only 12 PM – 1 PM

Grass Valley Library – Royce Branch

207 Mill Street

Grass Valley, Ca 95945

M-F June 17 – August 9 (Closed July 4)                           

Lunch only 12 PM – 1 PM

SUMMER ART INSTITUTE for Nevada County Educators

BE THE SPARK! Ignite Your Core Through the Arts

SAVE THE DATE — NCSOS will be hosting a Summer Arts Institute for Nevada County classroom teachers entitled: BE THE SPARK – Ignite Your CORE Through Arts Integration!  The desired outcomes of the institute are to inspire & empower teachers to integrate the arts with ease into their core curriculum and build their confidence to do so. 

The intention is for teachers to experience arts integration workshops and to leave with practical ideas to do so, no matter their grade or content area. Please be a part of building the capacity of our county teachers to engage the creativity and curiosity of their students which promotes academic achievement and social emotional well-being. 

The institute will be held Tuesday, June 13 at Nevada City School of the Arts. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration opens May 1.

Family Resource Centers – Grass Valley and Penn Valley August Happenings

Hello Penn Valley and Grass Valley communities. SCHOOL IS ALMOST BACK IN SESSION! This newsletter is geared to help you and your family get prepared for school! There is a lot of love for our youth & family here in Nevada County. The Public Health Department has us covered and wants to see your kids for their required school immunizations. Century 21 offices are opening up their doors for a FREE BBQ and backpack give-away with extra prizes! There are options for FREE tutoring via the Family Resource Centers. Check out the latest FRC newsletter for more information.

Family Resource Centers – Grass Valley and Penn Valley July Happenings


This July we’ve partnered up with public health teams to bring four GLORIOUS opportunities to receive FREE health care! Open up our newsletter to view dates and times. If you need help navigating anything, please call us at 530-273-4059. The libraries are still running the reading programs and are excited to see so many youth coming through the doors for books; KEEP ON READIN’ ON! *August- library raffle prizes, continue to use your reading logs.

PENN VALLEY ART DAY! Laurie DeMartini takes us through a painting session exploring art through geometric shapes. Check out the newsletter for details.

The Penn Valley FRC office will be closed for two weeks in July (7/13-7/28) EXCEPTION- PLAYGROUPS ARE STILL HAPPENING PER USUAL! We apologize for the inconvenience, however, the Grass Valley FRC would love to meet your needs in the meantime! We hope you’re finding way to cool off.