News & Notes - March 15, 2019
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Mar 20 -- SVA Tomato Garden Pick up 

Mar 25-29  --  BOA Scholastic Book Fair

Mar 26 -- Positive Parenting Workshop @ BOA

Mar 29 -- BOA PTO Grandparents and Goodies

Mar 29 -- SVA Jog-A-Thon &  Book Fair

Mar 30 -- SVA Beautification Day

Apr 6 -- SVA PTO Pew Pew & BBQ 

Apr 18 -- SVA Arts Fundraiser @ Cellar Door

May 15 --  BOA Open House

May 22 -- SVA Open House


Thank you, SVA PTO!

When students returned to school on Tuesday, they were surprised to see brand new climbing structures and other new equipment at recess! 

Several years ago, the 3rd and 4th classes of SVA approached the PTO for funds for a new play structure following their project-based learning unit about making change in our communities. This was the students' idea for improving our school.  PTO heard their request, and since then, PTO has been setting aside funds which were donated to the school for the installation of the new monkey bars, climbing rope, and parallel bars until enough was collected to complete the purchase and installation. These students are now in 7th and 8th grades and get to see the realization of their dream on our campus. Thanks to these CHANGEMAKERS, current and future SVA scholars will benefit from more play possibilities!

Congratulations to SVA Middle School  STEAM   Fair  participants!

Perry took second place in physics with his thermal diffusivity project.
Our two collaborative art projects from Oliva, Harper, Rylee, and Hana, and Hunter, Nekai, and Georgia tied for first place.  The ideas in them will be combined and incorporated into a new educational display about the solar system at Scicon.  The new display will be unveiled at the annual  Wildflower BBQ Sunday, April 14.
Blue Oak Clubs 

BOA Leadership Club 
The student leadership team has been making a difference at BOA, thanks to Mrs. Johnson! In just one month, they have spread kindness throughout the school and have taken over the BOA Buck Store at recess times.  These students have been learning about what it takes to be a good leader and make a positive impact on their peers and campus.

Code Club
Club is still going strong every Tuesday! Students are learning about looping steps and "if _____, then ____" pattern sequences. Thanks to the Grapes from California Foundation, the club will be purchasing enough items to have 12 build-your-own computers through Raspberry Pi in Code Club.

Book Club

Blue Oak Book Club is back in action, thanks to Liam C. from 3rd grade! Books are available near the snackers' area every recess!

St. Patrick's Day Parade 

Head downtown this Saturday morning to cheer on the SVA color guard and our combined SVA/BOA float! 

The parade begins at 10:00AM  on Main St. at Church and will travel west to Willis and head north, the parade will disband in front of the Vintage Press restaurant.

SVA Campus Beautification Day

Come join us on March 30th, 2019, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM to help Green Up SVA!  

Our Middle School is organizing this Beautification Day as part of their service-learning activities this year and coordinating with PTO to host this event.  

The current priorities for this work day include cleaning out and amending garden beds, removing stinging nettle, and more. 

Parents and students are encouraged to attend and lend a hand.   Bring a shovel, a bucket, gloves, and sturdy shoes. 
Sharing Food

Sharing food is not allowed at school. Many students have food allergies, food sensitivities, and/or dietary restrictions making sharing amongst students potentially hazardous.

  • Sharing snacks at recess or food items at lunch is always prohibited.
  • Send only the amount your child will eat. Please avoid sending large bags of chips, etc.
  • Please remind your child to enjoy their own food and avoid sharing. We will do the same!
SVA Track & Field 

Practice Schedule
M,Tu & Th: 3:45-5:00pm
W: 2:15- 3:30pm

Meet Schedule
3/19- CVC
3/22- St. Paul's 
3/28- McFarland 
3/29- Sequoia Union
4/02- Hanford

The track team is selling  Jamba   Juice  cards until March 22. They are  $10  a piece and gets you 6 purchases of buy one get one free with use of the card. All proceeds will benefit Athletics! 
Service Learning

In conjunction with their current PBL project and service learning opportunity, SVA's 3rd & 4th graders are invited to sing De Colores to open the annual Cesar Chavez Legacy March. Afterward, all are welcome to join the procession which commemorates Chavez' march to Sacramento, to the community celebration.

Our scholars have discussed the issues Mr. Chavez fought to change and the impact of his work. Each student entered an essay contest about Mr. Chavez' methods and impact. The winners of that contest will be celebrated and cash awards distributed at the event.

SVA PTO Pew Pew & BBQ Fundraiser

A day at the shooting range with gun safety training and instruction.  Two and a half hours of range time with unlimited shooting followed by a BBQ dinner. 100% of ticket sales benefit SVA PTO. 

Saturday, April 6
Tickets are $50
For more info contact
SVA Book Fair

Just click this link  and shop from the wishlist. SVA will receive an extra 50% credit on any purchase you make through the book fair link so your dollar goes even further!

Every online order placed by Wed March 27th will be entered into a drawing for a free book for your student at the book fair!

3/28 5:30-7:30 at SVA - Setup for the  book  fair. 4-6 volunteers needed.
3/29 8:00-4:00 at SVA - Staffing for the  book  fair. 1-2 volunteers needed per shift.
Follow SVA Art on Instagram  @growing_creativity
TACMO Job Openings 

The following job postings are now open on 

2019-20 Staffing-

Education Specialist  @ Blue Oak Academy

Enrichment Teacher: Spanish Language @ Blue Oak Academy

TACMO Summer Enrichment Programs

We plan to offer summer enrichment opportunities again this year in four one week sessions. Sessions will be open to students entering grades 1-5 in the fall. 

Stay tuned, much more info will be coming soon. 

Save these dates: 
  • Session 1: June 17-21
  • Session 2: June 24- 28
  • Session 3: July 8-14
  • Session 4: July 22-26
Our schools offer a convenient option for student breakfast and lunch. Meals are provided by through contract with Visalia Unified School District's Nutritional Services Division and are delivered daily to our cafeterias.

Breakfast - $ 1.25 per day    Lunch - $2.00 per day   Milk - $0.35 per carton

You can pay for lunches at school with cash or check,  or pay  online with the  service . An app is available so you can easily use this service on your smartphone. If you have not already done so, you will need  to register, create an account and  provide an ID number for each student .  Contact the front office of your school to obtain your child's student ID number.
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, April 8 Monday, April 8
6:00PM 6:00PM
Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center Mary's Vineyard Center
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.
1691 E. Noble Ave.

If you would like to share any ideas or add an agenda item for discussion at the   PTO  meeting please   email  it to at least one week prior to the meeting.  

Spanish translation available at meetings. 
¡Estamos muy contentos de compartir que ofrecemos traducción en español en nuestras reuniones!  ¡Hay que trabajar juntos!

Family Support
BOA Offers Parent Training Workshop 

All are welcome to attend this workshop hosted by Dana Stinson at Blue Oak Academy. 

In this workshop, Mrs. Stinson will teach families about TOOLBOX™, the social emotional curriculum used at Blue Oak Academy. TOOLBOX is a Kindergarten through 6th grade program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success. The foundation of TOOLBOX is 12 human capacities that reside within all of us. Through its simple and profound metaphor of Tools, TOOLBOX brings forward a set of skills and practices that help students access their own inner resilience at any time, in any context. 

Please contact if you have questions about this program or would like to sign up. 

Community Events

Encore Stages presents Twinderella the Musical, directed by Susan Burley and featuring several of our Blue Oak and Sycamore Valley students. 

March 13th-17th
Encore Theater
324 S N St ,  Tulare
SCICON Wildflower BBQ

SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival On Sunday, April 14, from 11:00AM until 4:00PM, the Friends of SCICON will be hosting the 59th Annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival. 

All students, families and the general public are invited to SCICON for this beautiful event. The wildflowers will be at their peak with hundreds of them in bloom. The SCICON staff will be on hand to lead wildflower hikes, bird watching hikes, and nature hikes. The museum, planetarium, observatory and Tree Nursery will be open all day. Natural resource agencies will  staff many different displays. Musical groups from local schools will provide live entertainment. There is no charge to attend for the day.

A delicious meal is provided by the Friends of SCICON with a traditional deep pit barbecue. Meal prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 & over) and $5 for children (12 years and under.) For more information, please call the SCICON office at (559) 539-2642. 
  Sign up today using promo code INNOVATE25 to save $25!
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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