News & Notes June 2, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 


Jun 2 -- Middle School Art Show

Jul 17-21 -- Camp Invention

August 16 -- First Day of 2017-18 Academic Year

From all of us here at The Academies, have a wonderful summer! 
SVA Students Featured at First Friday Art Hop 

Our middle school student's PBL, Issues of Our Time, is showing at the Art's Consortium (300 E. Oak St., Visalia) tonight as part of Visalia's First Friday Art Hop. The show will run through the end of June.

We are extremely proud of how hard these kids worked and how much ownership the took of their own learning.  It would be a huge compliment to them if you went and checked out their show!

Issues of Our Time consists of art pieces made by students, from Sycamore Valley Academy Charter School, responding to the main question, "How can we as artists respond to issues of our time?". Everyone is welcome to join us while the art pieces are on show. The show is free of charge so just stop by, give some feedback, and look at how Sycamore Valley Academy students found ways to represent society's problem through public art.


Parents, we want to hear from you! 

Each year we ask for your feedback about how well our school is meeting your child's needs and your expectations. Please set aside some time (about 10-15 minutes) to respond to our Parent Satisfaction Survey. Your responses are valuable to us, please take our survey by June 10.   Click here to access the anonymous survey. 

We truly value your input and are watching for your responses. We've only heard from a handful of you so far. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey today. Thank you! 
Blue Oak News

Welcome Blue Oak Families! Come and join us for a couple of hours at Roller Towne to celebrate the opening of our new school. Even "non-skaters" can take advantage of this great opportunity to get to meet other Blue Oak families before school starts.   June 11 4:30-6:30PM
Every student attending the Roller Towne party who has their paperwork completed will receive a free "I Love Blue Oak" t-shirt. (If yours isn't complete yet, no worries. Come that night, fill it out, and your child will still receive one!) Pass on the word: we have a few second grade spots left. If they want to sign up asap, they can also join our celebration. Can't wait to meet you all there!

Camp Invention Returns to SVA

Camp Invention is where BIG ideas become the next BIG thing and it is coming back to SVA!   During the week of July 17-21 (9:00a-3:30p) local educators will lead hands-on activities created especially for elementary school children. Time will be spent helping a mysterious scientist find energy to power robotic creatures and much more. Discounts are available, so register today! 


Use promo code Discover25 to save $25 (expires 3/20) and Discover15 to save $15 (expires 5/01). 

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Padilla at or Mrs. Padilla at

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

Next PTO Meeting

August (date TBD)
Round Table Pizza 
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
Parent Partnering

Summer Enrichment

Visiting LA or SF this  summer?  Consider visiting a museum. Admission is FREE to the LACMA in LA, SFMOMA in SF, Getty Villa (Malibu), and the Getty Center (LA).  

Artists students have studied this year include:  Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Dali, and ancient Greek and Roman artworks.
LACMA (LA):  Children 17 and under are free (and 1 free adult ticket with NexGen membership.)  Free to all guests 2nd Tuesday of every month.
SFMOMA (San Francisco): Free to students under age 18. 
Getty Center & Getty Villa:  Free admission for all +  parking fee 
Tickets are required for all museums.
Tips for visiting museums with kids:
1.   Set a time limit on visit. 
2.  Narrow your focus to certain areas or artists.
3.  Make connections with prior learning, books etc.
3.  Play "I Spy." Look at elements of art: line, color, shape, texture...
4.  Take advantage of outdoor exhibits.
5.  Check out museum education programs for kids.
Have Fun! 
Community Events

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