News & Notes April 6, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

April 11 -- BOA Jog-a-thon

April 11 -- TCOE Math Super Bowl

April 15  --  TACMO Alumni Scholarship Deadline

APRIL 16-20 -- BOA Scholastic Book Fair

April 20 -- BOA Grandparents and Goodies 

April 27 -- BOA PTO Night @ Rawhide Game

May 5 -- BOA Campus Beautification Day

May 12 -- SVA PTO Spring Fundraiser

May 16 --  Blue Oak Open House

May 23 --  Sycamore Valley Open House

May 26 -- SVA Theater Presents Aladdin

The 2018-19 Academic Calendar is here!

We've got eggs! 

Mr. Rook's 3rd & 4th Grade science students are doing a nest watch. They checked nest boxes this week and discovered, finally, eggs! Mr. Rook installed the nest boxes around the Sycamore Valley campus over three years ago. Six of the 18 boxes have a total of 22 eggs in them right now. Once all the eggs are laid, the sparrows will incubate the eggs for two weeks. When the hatchlings emerge they will be blind, naked, and helpless.The students are learning data collection methods used in wildlife biology and other scientific fields and they are excited about their latest discovery! 

Cesar Chavez Essay Contest Winners

Sycamore Valley students participated the annual Cesar Chavez legacy celebration and essay contest last month. Contest winners were awarded cash prizes provided by Proteus. Two of our winners are pictured above with Cesar's son and granddaughter. 

Grades K-2 
1st Sebastian Montti
2nd Matthew Bravo
3rd Leila de Lemos

Grades 3-6 
1st Uriah Ibarra
2nd Dane Pennington
3rd Kaleb Henson

Grades 7-8
1st Sam Zurick 
2nd Zoe Townsend
3rd Cadence Spencer

Congratulations everyone! We have so many gifted writers and are proud of all who participated. 

Blue Oak Jog-a-Thon

Parents are encouraged to attend! 
Wednesday, April 11, 8:15-10:30 AM 

Kindergarten will run on the black top, 1 st & 2nd grades will run a larger track on the field (weather permitting). Water and prizes will be set up between the blacktop and the cafeteria.
Every student will get a free t-shirt when they turn in their goal sheets which went home this week.   In addition to their free t-shirt, each participant will receive a prize after they run! 
As of now, the forecast calls for rain the day before and the day after, but no rain on Wednesday.  Hopefully that holds true, but it does rain we will have an alternate plan in place.

SVA is Going the Superbowl...the Math Super Bowl! 

45th Annual Tulare County Office of Education Math Super Bowl 
April 11, 2018 
Visalia Convention Center 
Exhibit Hall 

Three teams will represent SVA at the event.  Cadence, Colby, Peytan, Holden, Dylan P., Perry, Seamus, Harper, Marcus, Easton, Hana, Kaity, Jillian, Christopher, and Jack D. will compete on their own, in their teams, and with teams of other Tulare County mathematicians in three events to prove their mathematical prowess.  Wish these mathletes luck and logic!

SVA Middle School TEDx Talks

SVA Middle School is presenting their version of TEDx Talks at Cafe 210 on Friday, May 25 from 5:30-9:30PM. T hroughout the year, students have been using the disciplines of Anthropology, Epidemiology, and History to examine literal and metaphorical diseases in response to the Driving Question "How Have Humans Intentionally and Unintentionally Influenced the Spread of Disease?".  Their work is culminating in TEDx style presentations which address "diseases" that exist here in Tulare County.

This show is not to be missed, as the Sycamore Valley middle school students never fail to impress their audience.

Part time Instructional Aide
The Academies Charters is seeking an Instructional Aide for Blue Oak Academy. Applications are currently being accepted through Edjon. View the posting here. 

Substitute Teachers
The Academies Charters have an experienced and dedicated teaching staff, but we are always looking to expand our sub list. 

Substitute Custodian
The Academies Charters is seeking a backup daytime custodian. F ingerprint clearance is required. 

If you or someone you know has the desire to be a substitute teacher at our amazing school, has a bachelor's degree, has passed the CBEST, and is willing to get a substitute credential and fingerprint clearance we would love to grow our team. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at

Yearbooks On Sale Now

There is one online store for both school's 

Use this link, and be sure to select which 
yearbook you want to order.

Orders will only be accepted online. The deadline to order is April 29

TACMO Alumni Scholarship

Attention: Sycamore Valley Academy alumni!

The Academies Charter Management Organization is pleased to announce The Academies Alumni Scholarship . To commemorate the first high school graduating class of Sycamore Valley Academy alumni, one $500 award will be granted to a qualifying applicant. This scholarship is a merit-based award for college-bound high school graduates who attended one of The Academies charter schools for all or part of their K-8 education. (In 2018, students who attended Sycamore Valley Academy in 2012-13 or later are eligible to apply.)

Application Requirements

High school senior graduating in the class of 2018
Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
Attended a K-8 school of The Academies for at least one year.
Entering an undergraduate program of study at an accredited institution in the Fall or Spring immediately following high school graduation.
Applicants must complete the current official electronic
The Academies Alumni Scholarship   Application form for the year of their high school graduation.
Applications must be complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Supporting documentation must be submitted by email according to the instructions in the application form.
The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018.

Campus Beautification Day @ Blue Oak, May 5!   

Blue Oak's new home is really coming together, thanks to the dedication, love, and hard work of many! 

Join us on Saturday, April 28 to help spruce up our space! 

We need at least one lead person for each of the projects below. If you have the expertise, tools, or even just an interest in any of these projects, please contact Claudia Van Groningen by email or stop by to see her in Room 8. If you know someone who has expertise in any of these areas who might not see this email, please share this opportunity with them! 

Beautification Day Activities
  • Tree, shrub, and flower planting
  • Paint removal from classroom windows (tentative)
  • Paint stencils/designs on interior of student restrooms
  • Gutter cleaning in front of school
  • Replace plexiglass in marquee
  • Repair baseball backstop and other sporting equipment as needed
  • Refurbish baseball field (to specs provided)
  • Refreshments for volunteers
Many hands make light work. 
Excellence or Bust Returns to Sycamore Valley

Save the date for our Open House events! 

Blue Oak Academy: Wednesday, May 16

Sycamore Valley Academy: Wednesday, May 23
SVA Theater Presents 

Saturday, May 26th
Rotary Theater
First show at 12:00PM
Second show at 3:45PM

Tickets are  $5 (children 3 and under are free)

Our story begins centuries ago, when the royalty of Agrabah spoke one language and the citizens another. Communication is impossible without translation... which is controlled by the evil vizier, Jafar. When the rebellious princess, Jazmin, and a delinquent street rat, Aladdin, meet in the marketplace, they find something special in one another. Together, they work to transcend the barriers between them and, with a little magic, help create a better future for themselves and for Agrabah.

School Logo Clothing from Land's End

School uniform items are available for The Academies from Land's End. LE offers high quality school uniforms that last and last, resisting pilling, shrinking, and fading. These are definitely items to hand down again and again. 

Adult sizes are available for staff and parents. In fact, you can order our logo on ANY item that can be embroidered from Land's End, not just school uniform items.   

Blue Oak's official Land's End school uniform site is up and running! Blue Oak's preferred school number is 900185364. Click here to link directly to the Blue Oak page. 

As always, Sycamore Valley logo clothing is also available from Land's End. SVA's preferred school number is 900149840. 

Check News & Notes often for special offers, sales, and $.01 logo deals from Land's End! 
Camp Invention Returns to SVA

This fun day camp will be back again this summer. Camp Invention will take place July 16-20 at SVA. Registration is open to all students of The Academies as well the public, so bring a friend!

SVA PTO Party Train

These " Party  Train" events are coming soon. Tickets will be are on sale at
  • PTO Pew Pew and BBQ II 
  • PTO K-4 Lunch with the principal

School Breakfast and Lunch 

Did you know that breakfast is available each school morning beginning at  7:45? It is!

You can pay for meals with cash or check (get an envelope in the school office) or online with our payment service You will need to register, create an account and provide an ID number for every student you're including. An app is available so you can easily use this service on your smartphone. If you need to access your student's ID number, please call your school's front office. 

School breakfast will be available at both schools before the school day begins. The cost for breakfast is $1.25.  The cost for lunch is $2.00. Applications for free or reduced price lunch will be sent home with your child on the first day of school. 

Menus are always available on our website.  Click here for the February menu

Family Support

Parent Partnering

It's no accident that our school community feels like an extended family. Rooted in our mission, we are truly "a collaborative community of educators and families working together to help our students grow." Parents, guardians, grandparents, and others are encouraged to come and share their talents or time with us. We encourage each family to make it a goal to give 30 volunteer hours each year. 
Volunteer in a Classroom
Our teachers need you! Parents and guardians, grandparents, and interested community members are encouraged to set up a regular time to volunteer in our classrooms! This extra help goes a long way! Volunteer time spent making copies, stuffing home folders, and sorting/filing leaves more time for teachers to prepare lessons and activities for our students.  This community support translates all of the amazing things that we do at our schools.   

Will you give an hour of your time to help support learning in your child's classroom? Contact your teacher to set up a time to lend a hand. Thanks in advance for your contribution! 

Award Assemblies  April 27

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
April 9 April 9
Round Table Pizza
Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center
Mary's Vineyard
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. 

NEW: Spanish translation available at meetings
Community Events
Coding Class for Kids 

There is a new computer programming (aka coding) class teaching MIT's SCRATCH program being offered at through Visalia Parks & Recreation Department.  The class is open to children ages 10 and up and will take place on Monday evenings in May at the Manual Hernandez Recreation Center.  The cost to attend is $30. 

Visalia Parks & Rec has some fantastic lego and science classes over the summer that are worth checking out! 

SCICON BBQ & Wildflower Festival 

Sunday, April 15, 2018 

On Sunday, April 15, from 11:00AM-4:00PM, the Friends of SCICON will be hosting the 58th 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. 

A delicious meal is provided by the Friends of SCICON with a traditional deep pit barbecue. There is no charge to attend for the day. 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. 

Directions to SCICON campus 

Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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