- Admissions, Basketball, Party Train, and more!
January 13, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA? 

Jan 16 -- Holiday * NO SCHOOL*

Jan 23 -- Staff Development * NO SCHOOL*

Jan 23 - Admissions Info Night

Jan 24 - Basketball Three Rivers @ SVA

Jan 17 - Feb 2 -- Tomato Garden Fundraiser

Feb 15 -- 2017-18 Admissions Lottery

BlueOakAcademy.org is up and running! 
Go check it out!
Charter Update

Things are moving forward and in a positive direction as we prepare to open our new school this fall. Superintendent Dutton, Board Chair Berglund and Board Vice Chair Rollin met with VUSD CFO Nathan Hernandez this week to discuss facility use agreements for both SVA and BOA. The meeting went well and we expect to be able to make an announcement about the future of our facilities in the coming weeks. Stay tuned. 

Admissions Window is Now Open! 

Please spread the word about our excellent schools! Forward this email or print and share the  one-page application with anyone who may be interested in enrolling at SVA or BOA. You can also print and share our poster shown below! 

Thanks for your support! 

Be an Ambassador for The Academies

Think your school is doing great things? Put the word on the street! Be an Ambassador for The Academies. 
  • Parent and student voices are the most powerful voice to spread the word about our schools -85% of respondents to our Interest Form stated that they heard about us from friends or family. 
How can you help spread the word? Here are 5 things you can do over the winter break:
  • Start a conversation 
    •  at a holiday party, at church, at the park, at the post office! 
    • "Sally is doing great! She loves her teacher and her school is great because..."
  • Read our Fast Facts so you will be prepared to answer common questions
  • Print our one page application and carry it with you to give to all of those folks you speak with. 
  • Forward our News & Notes emails to friends who might be interested
  • Share, post, re-post, tweet, and re-tweet your little heart out. Look for some great shareable FB posts coming soon! 
Want to do more? Contact us to become part of our Ambassadors Street Team! We have several outreach events scheduled in the coming months and would love to have more parent ambassadors attend to share their experiences. Spanish speaking families are especially encouraged to join us at these events!
Tomato Garden Fundraiser 

Spring is coming and our tomato garden fundraiser is here! 
January 17-February 3

Please ask family and friends to consider purchasing a tomato garden or purchasing one as a donation to our SVA garden or another community garden. PTO will make arrangements for all donated plants to be planted! 

Each tomato garden sells for $15 and our PTO will receive $8 from each garden purchased! 
The money raised will go toward field trips, technology and other projects that directly benefit our students. 
Tomato Gardens will be delivered in mid-March
For more information about this local fundraise, including planting tips for your Tomato Garden, visit the Gardens4Education website. 

Contact Cristina Johnson for more info or to help distribute Tomato Gardens in March. 
SVA Theater

If you missed the SVA Theater Department's performance of "
Grease," or want to see it again, you can purchase a  DVD for only $5! 

The  DVD is professionally produced, with a menu of scenes and a photo gallery. This is a wonderful keepsake of SVA's first real theater performance. 

Email  echan@sycamorevalleyacademy.org to order your copy. Checks can be made payable to SVA with the memo, " Grease  DVD." Discs will be delivered to students in the coming week.

There is a limited supply, so hurry and order yours. 

Thanks for your support!


It's that time of year again! Miss Yado and the Bennetts continue to grow and improve our program each year.  This year we have more players than ever before. 

It's sure to be an exciting season.  All are encouraged to stick around on game days to cheer on our Explorers. Home games begin at 3:30PM. Full schedule listed below. 

If you'd like to help out with the team or at the snackbar, please contact team parent Cristina Johnson.

2017 Basketball Schedule

1/24 - Three Rivers @ SVA
1/26 - @ George McCann
1/31 - Ivanhoe @ SVA
2/2 - @ CVC
2/7 - @ Oak Grove
2/9 -  Sequoia Union @ SVA
2/16 - Valley Life @ SVA
2/21 - Willow Glen @ SVA
2/28 - @ Valley Life
3/2 - @ Sequoia Union
Funding our Future

Our annual community fundraising campaign is on now!  Please help support our excellent option in public education and the outstanding enrichment programs we provide. Your donation is fully tax deductible and your support is critical to our success.

Every dollar you give supports student learning.

Party Train! 

It's not too late to grab your tickets to upcoming party train events. Tickets to each event are limited, so buy now! 

Click here to see a complete list of parties happening now through spring. 

Up Next: 

Kid's Event: Saturday, January 28, 10AM-3PM  - K-4 Lunch Party at the Principal's House  Students and families will have a myriad of options to choose from including a dance party, organized activities. Lunch included.

Family Event: Saturday, February 11, 11AM-2PM - 3rd & 4th Grade Fun & Games   Calling all 3rd and 4th grade students and families to participate in fun and games! Board games and snacks will be provided.

Kid's Event: Saturday, February 25, 11AM-1PM -  Wanna be a Video Star? 
Come out and join Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Cazarez for a groovy, dance-tastic event and pizza lunch! All K-8th graders are welcome.

NOTE: The January 27th Child Development event has been cancelled.

Lunch Menu

Tuesday, 1/17 - Chicken Soft Taco
Wednesday, 1/18 - Cheeseburger Sliders
Thursday, 1/19 - Mac & Cheese w/ Cowboy Bread
Friday 1/20 - Bean and Cheese Burrito

Click here to download the January lunch menu.
For more information about lunch at SVA, visit our website

New Postings Coming Soon

Keep an eye out for 2017-18 job postings coming soon! Check out edjoin.org beginning this afternoon (1/13) for the first of the BOA postings. 

Substitute Teachers Needed

Sycamore Valley Academy has a 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

Sycamore Valley Academy Aide Subs minimum requirements are a high school diploma and fingerprint clearance. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at  sdolin@sycamorevalleyacademy.org

Next PTO Meeting

Monday, February 13 

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
Parent Support

Welcome to our new Parent Support section.  To help achieve the intended outcome for families articulated in our Strategic Plan, we will be offering a series of informational resources  to help support you in the often challenging, yet infinitely rewarding task of parenting. 
High School Prep! 

Our middle school students listened intently as VUSD representatives spoke to them about the rigors and requirements of high school on Tuesday morning. 

These wide-eyed youngsters learned that they will soon be considered young adults and will take on greater responsibility for their education than ever before. 

Presenters went over requirements for high school graduation and for preparation for entry into universities in the UC and CSU systems upon graduation. District staff also spoke to students about the importance of maintaining good study habits and told them about resources available to students at District high schools. 

Parents, ask your middle school student about what they learned. Do they have concerns about academic and social pressures of high school? Do they see a connection between the Habits of a Scholar they are developing here and their future as a young adult in high school? How will these Habits help them face the challenge and rigor of high school? 

Community Events

Children's Art Classes

Arts Visalia, a local nonprofit organization, is holding children's art classes this spring. 

Arts Visalia offers classes for both adults and children in their on-site classroom. Classes are designed for both beginners and more advanced students to explore their creativity, expand their technical skills and learn at their own pace. Small class sizes provide a hands-on experience that encourages artistic engagement with instructors and fellow students.

To enroll your child, please fill out the enrollment form and return it to Arts Visalia. Class sizes are limited with enrollment on a first-come first-served basis. To guarantee a place in a class, tuition must be paid at the time of enrollment. 

Arts Visalia
214 East Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 739-0905

  Download more information and registration forms here. 

High School Summer Science Program

The College of Chemistry and the Berkeley Global Science Institute present SciTech, a program for rising high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the problems facing the world, learning about the relevance of science and technology in addressing such problems, and being inspired to pursue careers in science and technology that will ensure their contribution to positively impact the world.

Please visit their website for more information or click here for their brochure. 

To Apply:

SciTech is now accepting applications! For more information about the application process, please click   here . They will be accepting applications until April 30, 2017.
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