News & Notes - December 4, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies?   

Dec 17 -- SVA Winter Performances

Dec 19 -- SVA Band Winter Performance

Dec 21 --  BOA Winter Performances

Dec 24 - Jan 11 -- *NO SCHOOL* Winter Break

Jan 17 -- SVA School Tour

Jan 18 -- BOA School Tour


It's Time to Apply for 2019-20 Admission!

Please join us in spreading the word about our excellent schools. Be sure you share this link to our *new* electronic application with anyone who might be interested in attending Sycamore or Blue Oak next year.  The printable form is also available for download here.  

Invite your friends and family to attend an informational meeting at either site on February 11 at 6:00PM or to take a school tour (reservations required, see schedule below). Tours begin at 8:00AM.

SVA School Tours
BOA School Tours
January 17, 2019
January 18, 2019
January 31, 2019
February 1, 2019
February 14, 2019
February 15, 2019



Superintendent Position

The TACMO Superintendent job posting is now open on  Here's the link.

SVA Band Winter Performance
December 19
SVA Cafeteria


We are partnering with local business Twice Upon A Time for their Bows-4-Books fundraiser. Each bow is $5.00 and proceeds from sales go toward purchasing books for your school.

Bows are selling like hotcakes right now at SVA and BOA. Stop by the front office to purchase your very own school spirit bow. Makes a great stocking stuffer! 

Operation Chromebook Update

The 5th & 6th Grade teaching team has been hard at work this year raising money for the purchase of Chromebooks for their students. 

Thanks to many generous community members, the team has exceeded their goal of $23,000 and will be able to provide Chromebooks for additional classrooms! 

A HUGE thank you goes out to the donors who are putting technology directly into the hands of our kids: 

The Belay Foundation
Ruiz 4 Kids (Ruiz Foods)
Erin Andersen
Toby Maitland-Lewis
O'Neill Louchard
Harold Rollin
Ruth Dutton
Jaime Baeza
Lost & Found

Parents, please collect items from the lost and found by the end of next week. All items remaining after Friday, December 21 will be donated to the Visalia Rescue Mission. 

Read for Life

Did you know that there are children in our community who have no books at home? SVA's 5th & 6th grade and Blue Oak's 1st & 2nd grade teams are partnering with Read for Life of Tulare County to help solve this problem.  

Bring your new or gently used books to school and place them in the blue " Read  for  Life " tub. This is located by the PTO mailbox and office at SVA and in room 2 at Blue Oak. 

Read for Life accepts all books geared toward the 0-7 age range. Their volunteers distribute thousands of books every year to children, families, and facilities around Tulare County. Read for Life is dedicated to breaking the cycle of illiteracy. For more information visit

For more information visit

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.

Safety First! 

Please pay special attention to safety during pick up and drop off times at our campuses. Obey all traffic laws at all times and be aware of pedestrians and other drivers, please! 
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, January 14 Tuesday, January 15
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

Why Read 20 Minutes a Day?

Did you know that reading helps build student success? We're sure that you know this, but here is some more evidence to show that reading really does have a significant impact on a child's foundation in learning.

Let's break it down...

A child who reads 20 minutes per night reads 3,600 minutes per school year and is exposed to 1,800,000 words. Wow!

Initially, kids can't read for 20 minutes on their own, but early readers benefit from reading with a parent. The child can read a short book, then listen to a read-aloud or picture book with a parent. The blossoming reader can hear a fluent reader and build vocabulary.

Teachers in our 1st & 2nd grades are noticing greater academic growth in students who consistently read or are read to at home each night compared to those who do not. This is reason enough to make reading a regular part of your child's day.

("The Case for Reading 20 Minutes a Day." Fairhill School and Diagnostic Assessment Center , 27 June 2016)

Click the image to discover 20 books that make kids kinder! 
Community Events
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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