From the Principal

I'd like to begin by welcoming everyone to the 2017-2018 school year!  My name is Chrissy Harman, and as many of you know I am the new principal here at Nicolas Valley Elementary School.  I have been in the Temecula Valley Unified School District since 2001.  I taught at Temecula Elementary, Vail Elementary, and Alamos Elementary Schools.  I was an administrator at Susan LaVorgna Elementary and Alamos Elementary prior to coming here to Nicolas.  On a personal note, I have two boys of my own.  One is a Freshman at Chaparral High School- Go Pumas!  My oldest is off to college this year at Cal. State Monterrey Bay- Go Otters!  I am looking forward to meeting everyone at one of the many events here at Nicolas.  I know we are going to have a great year!


As has been past practice, we will not be making any class changes for two weeks.  Please continue to be positive with your student even though s/he may have gotten a teacher that is not preferred.  Attend Back to School Night and listen to what the teacher has to say: be open minded.  Many times our students end up loving the teacher that has been assigned.  If you are still unhappy after the two week period, please contact the front office to set up a time to meet with me.  I am happy to discuss each situation individually. Please keep in mind this is not a time to make teacher requests, it is to address specific concerns.


I am ready and willing to address any questions or concerns you may have.  My number one priority is getting into classrooms with students and teacher as much as possible.  I am also in meetings at various times of day, both on and off campus, and unavailable.  I don't want to waste anybody's time, if you should just show up to the office.  Feel free to leave me a message at 695-7180 or better yet email me at  I am able to check my email anywhere, anytime, and will make every effort to get back to you within 24 hours.


I can't wait to meet everyone bright and early on the our first day back to school, Wednesday, August 16!


Chrissy Harman






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On Monday, August 21, all of America will experience a solar eclipse.  Some areas will witness a total eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun); other regions will witness a partial eclipse.  Southern California will experience a 62% eclipse, with the moon beginning to cover the sun at 9:05 am, reaching maximum coverage at 10:21 am, and then moving away from the sun at 11:45 am.

This is the first total solar eclipse visible in the US in 38 years.  While this is an exciting learning opportunity, according to the American Astronomical Society<>* and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, looking at the sun during an eclipse without adequate eye protection can cause permanent damage to the retina.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special solar eclipse glasses.  Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.  If you choose to purchase eclipse glasses for your child, go to this NASA website<>, for a list of reputable vendors and to make sure your eclipse glasses are safe.

Please also talk with your children and make sure they understand that looking at the sun during the eclipse without adequate eye protection can cause permanent damage to their eyes.  Teachers and administrators will also be reinforcing this with students over the course of the next two days, and on Monday. 


As a precautionary measure, all TVUSD schools will be on an inclement weather schedule/rainy day schedule, keeping students inside, on Monday, August 21 during the eclipse period.    Schools may allow students to view the eclipse online, either in classrooms or the MPR.  Some teachers may have students go outside and watch the eclipse using pinhole eclipse viewers.  If you have questions about what your child’s school or teacher has planned, please feel free to contact the school office or your child’s teacher.


For Elementary Students:  Elementary schools will be on an inclement weather schedule/rainy day schedule, keeping students inside, on Monday, August 21 from 9:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  At 11:30 a.m., students will be escorted to their lunch areas for their regularly scheduled lunch.  Elementary students eat lunch for the first 20 minutes of their lunch period and play afterward.  They will be supervised and under cover for the last 15 minutes of the eclipse, which concludes at 11:45 a.m.

For Secondary Students:  Secondary schools will be on an inclement weather schedule/rainy day schedule, keeping students inside, on Monday, August 21 from 9:05 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  The MPR and other indoor spaces on campus will be open for students to access during their break and lunch periods that fall within the eclipse time frame. Some teachers also typically open their classrooms for students to stay in during their break and lunch.  Students will still have access to move about the campus for passing periods and to access indoor spaces for their break and lunch period.  

For more information, see the attached eye safety guidelines or go to the following websites:

§ NASA: Eclipse 2017<>

§ American Astronomical Society: Solar Eclipse Across America<>

§ American Astronomical Society: Eye Safety<>

§ American Academy of Ophthalmology:  Eye Safety<>

  *   PBS Learning Media: Solar Eclipses<>

  *   TIME will stream the eclipse starting at 12 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 on<>, along with its Facebook <> and YouTube<> pages.

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