New friends, new school
During the month of July, UpValley Family Centers together with Calistoga Joint Unified School District, coordinated a Summer Bridge Program for incoming kindergarten students and their parents, to get prepared for the coming school year. Summer Bridge was created as a transition program to help children without preschool experience get acquainted with school life, before the school year starts. This summer, the program was opened to all incoming kindergarten students because of the large numbers of young children staying at home during the pandemic. With 32 children registered, this year's Summer Bridge program was the largest cohort in over a decade!
Students were grouped into two classrooms with kindergarten teachers from Calistoga Elementary who will teach in the fall, and they attended class four half-days a week for four weeks. Parents attended weekly parent-only sessions led by UpValley Family Centers, where they had question/answer sessions with school officials, toured the campus, received helpful parenting tips from accredited Triple P practitioners, and met other parents.
The top three highlights of this year's program: 1) kinders making new friends and having fun learning together, 2) students and teachers forming bonds, 3) parents having their own dedicated time to build relationships with one another as they begin this new journey.
This program is supported with generous funding from Auction Napa Valley/Napa Valley Vintners, S.H. Cowell Foundation, Trinchero Family Estates, and individual donors.
Back to School Family Celebration
Save the date! Our annual Calistoga Back to School Family Celebration is happening on Friday, August 27 from 4-7pm on Berry Field at Calistoga Elementary School. This outdoor community event, hosted by UpValley Family Centers and Calistoga Joint Unified School District, will feature kids' activities, entertainment, a host of informational resources, and a free meal. You won't want to miss it!
Our Back to School event is sponsored by: Pacific Gas & Electric Company, The Doctors Company, Anonymous Supporting Sponsor, The Cave Company, Damian Maldonado Memorial Foundation, The Joel Toller Team, Jones Family Vineyards, and Westamerica Bank. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Alisa Barksdale at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 965-5010.