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.

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Seamless Summer Sites 2023

The Grass Valley School District will be hosting the Seamless Summer Program this summer at 5 sites in Nevada County. The program offers free breakfast and lunch depending on the site, for all children 18 years or younger.

Madelyn Helling Library

980 Helling Way

Nevada City, Ca 95959

M-F June 19 -August 11(Closed July 4)                            

Lunch only 12 noon

Grass Valley Library – Royce Branch

207 Mill Street

Grass Valley, Ca 95945

M-F June 19 – August 11(Closed July 4)                           

Lunch only 12 noon

Bright Futures for Youth

Union Hill Elementary School

10879 Bartlett Dr

Grass Valley, CA 95945

M-F June 19 – July 28 (Closed July 4 & 5)                                

Breakfast 9 – 9:30am  Lunch 12 – 12:30pm

Bright Futures for Youth

Deer Creek Elementary School

805 Lindley Ave

Nevada City, Ca 95949

M-F June 26 – July 28 (Closed July 4 & 5)                             

Breakfast 9 – 9:30am  Lunch 12 – 12:30pm

Margaret Scotten Elementary School

10821 Squirrel Creek Road

Grass Valley, Ca 95945

M – F June 20 – July 14 (Closed July 4)                             

Breakfast 9:50 – 10:45am Lunch 11:15 – 12:45pm

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.

Scam Alert-Urgent Message to Parents

On behalf of Scott W. Lay, NCSOS Superintendent

                       Chris Espedal, NCSOS Director of School Safety

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office has received word from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) that a scam has been reported on several occasions in Nevada County.  Reports of FALSE kidnappings were reported to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, by parents, on November 28 and 29th.  Parents received calls from an unknown number, advising them that the caller has their children.  The caller then inquired “how much money the children were worth” and directed parents to pay.  The caller provides no detailed information regarding the children’s names, ages, school attended, or a specific amount of money requested.

The scare that this situation poses, as well as the high potential for scamming people out of money is of the utmost concern.  PLEASE notify the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office or local law enforcement agency if you receive a call of this nature.  NCSO is working on these cases in collaboration with the FBI.  This scam has been reported across several states.  

A free app, “LIFE 360” is available for downloading on all cell phones.  This application is a two-way tracking app. Students find this app to be minimally invasive as not only can their parents see where they are, but they can see where their parents are.  This application may provide some reassurance for parents if they receive these types of calls from scammers.

Stay safe and healthy!

Chris Espedal
Director of School Safety
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office

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.

Family Resource Centers – Grass Valley and Penn Valley


Yep, you’re hearing that right! We have combined the newsletters for GV and PV. Quick reminder, the FRC’s in Nevada County remain open during the summer months! Come check us out or give us a call.

This month we have a lot of information packed into one newsletter, so please reach out if you have any questions or want to know more details! We’ve got a full line up with family fun nights, health & wellness, and community perks galore!

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