News & Notes - August 27, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Sept 3 -- Labor Day **NO SCHOOL**

Sept 4-21 --  PTO Mixed Bag Fundraiser

Sept 7 -- SVA PTO Parents & Pastries

Sept 21 -- BOA PTO Parents & Pastries

Oct 26 -- Fall Festival SAVE THE DATE!


If you have not done so already, please return the completed packet of paperwork your child brought home on the first day of school. They are past due! 

Purchase With Purpose 

Shop for back to school supplies at and Amazon donates to The Academies Charter Management Organization.

Parents & Pastries 

Enjoy coffee, milk, and pastries in the cafeteria before school begins while getting to know other parents at your school at this PTO event. 

Sycamore Valley Academy
September 7

Blue Oak Academy
September 21

School Uniform Fundraiser

Welcome to the best, easiest fundraiser ever! Shop Primary's premium colorful basics for kids without logos, slogans or sequins (perfect for meeting our school uniform dress code standards!), while earning money for our school! Use your school's unique link every time you shop for uniforms, pajamas, play clothes, and more:

When you use the links, 10% of that sale goes directly back to our school. Cha-ching! Plus, new customers get 20% off their first order with codes: SYCAMORE or BLUE OAK.

Want to add your school logo? Pick up some official crest patches in your school office next month!  

A Friendly Reminder from our School LVN 

If your child requires medication while on campus, it is important that at the beginning of each school year, a new Medication in School Form is filled out for each medication, by your child's Doctor and faxed or handed into our Health Office. 

Without this form, we can not give any medications and instead you will be required to come give them to your child. The form is attached here for your convenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you, 
Nurse Jenn

Reminder: No Birthday Treats

Our schools have a no-treat policy for birthday celebrations. Classroom parties are limited and will be arranged by your teacher.Please do not send candy, cupcakes, popsicles, etc. to school for birthdays. Instead, we encourage you to donate a book in your child's honor to their classroom library.
After School Program  Registration Now Open

We offer affordable, enriching after school care for our students as a service to our community. Our program fees are on a sliding scale based on income. Please read the registration form carefully to learn about our billing and payment options. 

Please use this form to register your child for The Academies After School Programs.

Please complete the registration form even if you have been registered in prior years. 

Thank you! 
Pick Up & Drop Off Procedures

We designed these procedures with student safety as our top priority. Please study the maps below and follow the procedures outlined for your school.  
  • Always pull forward in drop off lanes before allowing your child to exit your vehicle. 
  • Use crosswalks when crossing streets. 
  • Maintain parking lot speeds under 5 MPH. 
  • Always wait with your child until gates are opened at 7:35AM. 
  • Turn off engine when waiting to pick up your child. 

If you have questions about pick up and drop off procedures, please call your school office. 


Uniform Dress Code Reminder
Our schools have a uniform dress code, emphasizing our school colors and de-emphasizing designs and branding that are distracting and divisive within the student body.
Clothing that meets our dress code standards may be purchased at any store, however French Toast and Lands' End offer the option to have an SVA or Blue Oak Crest embroidered on many compliant clothing items. Isn't that awesome?

PLEASE NOTE: Our dress code is always in effect for outerwear (jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, etc) too. Finding solid color outerwear styles free of logos and embellishments can be a challenge. We encourage you to purchase outerwear from the school uniform sites of Land's End or French Toast. 

SVA Uniform Dress Visual Reference Guide

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.

Current Job Openings: 

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

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

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
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, September 10 Monday, September 10
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.  

NEW: Spanish translation available at meetings 

Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
The Academies CMO| 559.622-3236 |