News & Notes January 12, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

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

Jan 18 -- SVA Basketball @ St. Paul's

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

Jan 23 - Feb 2 -- Tomato Garden Fundraiser

Feb 3 -- Chess Tournament

Feb 12 -- Poetry & Prose Auditions

Feb 12 -- PTO Meetings

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. 

Keep your eye out for another email coming soon with everything you need to know and share about admissions at The Academies. Share, share, share! 

Local Author Visits The Academies

Cheryl Smith Spano and her furry companion, Wiggles, visited 1st/2nd grade classrooms at Blue Oak Academy and Sycamore Valley Academy this week to kick off their spring PBL unit.  Students are beginning a project in which they will be writing "small moment" stories, picking one to publish that will be shared at a school and at our county  author 's fair.  Cheryl shared how her personal experiences influence her narrative writing to help inspire the students who will be writing about their own lives in this project.
KSVA TV Channel 20

The KSVA TV Channel 20 crew cover New Year's resolutions at SVA. Enjoy!


Tomato Garden Fundraiser

SVA and BOA PTO Tomato Garden fundraisers will run January 23 - February 2. More information and order forms are coming soon! 

Chess Club Tournament 

Chess Club will be participating in our first tournament on Saturday, February 3 in Fresno.  If your child is interested in participating, please email Mrs. Rasner at

Jog-a-Thon Sponsorship Opportunity 

Are you a local business owner who supports children?  Do you know one?   Please help by spreading the word and consider becoming an event sponsor.  Business sponsorships are due 2/16.  

Sycamore Valley's Jog-a-Thon will be held on March 7 .  

Blue Oak's Jog-a-Thon info is coming soon!

SVA Basketball

Girls and Boys Basketball Teams have their opening game away at St. Paul's on Thursday, January 18
. The JV game will begin at 3:30PM. 
Varsity will play immediately following the end of JV games at a tentative 4:15PM start time! 

Teams are excited to play St.Pauls for the first time in a Non-League Game!!!

View the team calendar for the complete schedule. 

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
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

UPHS Enrollment Information Nights

Spring info meetings for University Prep High School will be held on the COS campus in room Yokut 9 on the following dates: 
  • Thursday, February 8, 6pm-7pm i
  • Thursday, February 22, 6pm-7pm
  • Thursday, March 8, 6pm-7pm
  • Thursday, March 22, 6pm-7pm
Don't Miss Noises Off! 
Starring The Academies' own Shauna Dolin and Jennifer Hamilton

How to attend

What: "Noises Off", a comedy/farce

When: Jan 12 and 13 at 7:30PM and January 14 at 2:00PM

Where: Tulare Community Auditorim on the campus of Tulare Union High School

Tickets: $40 for the opening night Gala on the 12th, with hor-d'oeuvres and desserts catered by the Tulare Adult School Culinary Arts program, and $25 for both remaining performances.  Purchase online  here   or call the Encore Theatre box office at 686-1300.

Information: 686-1300 or

Read the VTD article about the production here.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Don't miss the screening of this documentary film followed by discussion of the issues of families and the internet, sponsored by the Fresno Pacific University School of Education and including faculty members.
Free | Seating limited  | Click here to register
February 24

Fresno Pacific University - Visalia Campus

245 N. Plaza Drive
VisaliaCA  93291
Phone: 559-302-4100
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
The Academies CMO| 559.622-3236 |