News & Notes December 14, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Dec 15 -- 
Winter Performances

Dec 15 -- SVA Middle School Dance

Dec 15 -- **Minimum Day, 12:15 Dismissal**

Dec 18 - Jan 5 -- **NO SCHOOL Winter Break**

Jan 15 -- **NO SCHOOL - MLK Holiday**

Jan 22 -- **NO SCHOOL - Staff Development**

Dismissal will be at 12:15PM
Friday, December 15

No hot lunch service on minimum days breakfast will be served.
Minimum Day Care

If you need after school care, our after school program will be open until 5:45PM at both schools. 

There is no need to pre-register, just make sure your child and their teacher know the plan! 

Minimum Day Care fees:

12:15-3:30PM - $7.50


3:30- 5:45PM - $10.00

A message from Superintendent Dutton

Dear Friends,  

I am so proud of what The Academies has accomplished in such a short period of time. As we approach the midway point in our sixth year at Sycamore Valley and the first year of Blue Oak Academy, I am grateful for the hard work and support that has brought us to where we are today! 

Our end-of-year giving campaign is underway and we are asking all of our friends and families to contribute to our Scholar Fund. Keep your eye out for our mailer, or click the donate button at the bottom of this email. 

Thank you for helping us build our programs. Our schools would not be the successful institutions they are without your support.  

With gratitude,  

Ruth A. Dutton

Apply NOW for 2018-19! 

Spread the word! The admissions window for 2018-19 is now open! 

Now is the time for you to share our fabulous school with your friends and neighbors. Applying is easy! Just turn in our one-page application by noon on February 21. 

SVA Spelling Bee

Can you spell parenthetical?  What about labyrinthine?  Methuselah? Merengue?  Those were just some of the words students spelled CORRECTLY in SVA's Annual School Spelling Bee on Wednesday.  Twenty-four fourth through eighth graders competed for two spots to represent Sycamore Valley Academy at the Tulare County Spelling Championship on February 21, 2018.  

After eight rounds of words, seventh grader Harper Dutton emerged as this year's Spelling Champion, correctly spelling "acacias" as the final word of the competition.  Also representing SVA at the TCOE Championship will be
Aanchal  Singh.  The two alternates are Lucy Maitland-Lewis and Galilea Hernandez-Diaz.  

Congratulations to all of the students who participated this year!

Holiday Shopping? 

Remember to start your holiday shopping from and select The Academies Charter Management Organization as your charity. Our schools will receive a portion of your qualifying purchases. 

We've already received $341 dollars from Amazon so far. Help us increase these donations by choosing  The Academies Charter Management Organization as your charity at 

Need help getting signed up or switching your charity? Click here. 

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 January menu

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

Substitute Teachers Needed
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. 

Substitute Instructional Aides Needed 
The Academies Aide Subs minimum requirements are a high school diploma and fingerprint clearance. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
January 8 January 8
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Community Events

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