News & Notes January 26, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies?
Feb 1 -- Info Meeting @ SVA
Feb 1 -- School Tour @ SVA
Feb 2 -- School Tour @ Blue Oak
Feb 3 -- Chess Tournament
Feb 8 -- Info Meeting @ Blue Oak
Feb 12 -- Poetry & Prose Auditions
Feb 13 -- Info Meeting @ Annie R. Mitchell
Feb 21 -- Admissions Lotteries
Celebrating School Choice
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
by noon on February 21.
Would you like a sign for your yard? A poster for your business window or favorite local hangout? Contact Claudia Van Groningen by replying to this email.
Spread the word. Share, share, share!
A Message from Principal Phillips
Hello wonderful families of The Academies,
This week we've had so many great things going on at SVA. It is National School Choice Week, and it is not lost on us how nice it is to work at schools where 100% of our student body comes from families that have chosen our schools to educate their children. Our student population does not come to us because they live in a designated section of town, but rather because they come from families that have chosen to look at the educational options in our area and have come to The Academies because they believe in our
Mission and Vision.
This week, The Academies is also participating in
The Great Kindness Challenge
. Hundreds of Thousands of students across the world are united in saying that "Kindness Matters". We are collecting coins for hurricane relief, and all students have received The Great Kindness Challenge Checklist.
Every student is encouraged to check off as many items as possible in this week. Yesterday morning I had two students give me a picture of an "appreciation turtle" that is now hanging in my office. (Thank you Eva and Rylee).
I hope these good spirits have made their way home. I look forward to continuing to recognize the acts of kindness I see in our students everyday.
Poetry & Prose
Is your child a performer? Confident speaking in front of others? Would s/he like to be? If so,
Prose might be just the thing to try! This county-wide oral interpretation event is open to all SVA students, grades K-8.
Students may perform alone, in partners or a group.
Material may be read or memorized (memorized is pre
Selection may be a piece of poetry or prose.
Typical entries are 1 to 2 minutes.
Meaningful gestures and facial expressions are encouraged.
No costumes, props or character makeup is allowed.
SVA is limited in the number of students we may send to the county competition, so a
uditions will be held after school on Monday, February 12th.
Selected students will perform in front of an audience and judges at the Tulare County Office of Education on Thursday, March 22.
Sign up forms are available in the front office with Mrs. George and are due by Wednesday, February 7.
Tomato Garden Fundraiser
Please ask your family and friends to consider buying a
garden. This locally operated fundraiser will help our PTOs raise money to support our students.
Order forms go home with students on Tuesday, January 23.
Each tomato garden sells for $15
Buy now, plant later! Tomatoes will be delivered mid-March
Learn more about Gardens 4 Education and this local fundraiser:
Checks can be made payable to SVA PTO or BOA PTO.
Return your envelope, money, and order form to the office or your teacher by Friday, February 2.
Participation is optional and monetary donations in lieu of participating are always welcome!
SVA PTO Party Train
- PTO Ladies Night Against Humanity
- PTO Middle School Bros Night with Mr. Padilla
- PTO Pew Pew and BBQ II
- PTO K-4 Lunch with the principal
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!
The Girls and Boys Basketball season has begun!
Next game: Tuesday, January 30 vs. Sequoia.
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.
**NEW** Health Aide @ Blue Oak
Blue Oak Academy is seeking a Health Aide. Find info about this position on
. Apply by February 1.
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.
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NEW: Spanish translation available at meetings
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
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
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