News & Notes - March 1, 2019
What's Happening at The Academies? 
Mar 2 -- SVA Middle School Science Symposium

Mar 5 -- SVA Basketball vs. Sequoia Union

Mar 25-29  --  BOA Scholastic Book Fair

Mar 29 -- BOA PTO Grandparents and Goodies

Mar 29 -- SVA Jog-A-Thon

Mar 29 -- SVA Usborne Book Fair


Middle School Environmental Science Symposium

SVA Middle School students will present their findings on environmental problems and solutions as examined by data science at their spring PBL event this weekend. 

Please come out to one of four sessions and see the amazing work our scholars have done. Our middle school scholars never fail to impress. F riends, family, and community members are welcome to join!

Saturday, March 2 


Oddfellows Hall
116 S. Court St. 
Downtown Visalia

Conference Care  

There will be no school on conference days, March 7-8. Our After School Program is offering  care from 7:30AM-4:30PM.  The days will include special activities, crafts, and fun!  Meals and snacks will NOT be served, so please be sure to send food for the day with your child. 

Sign up using  , which is also linked on the After School page of our websites. 

Half Day: $12.50 for up to 4.4 hours*
Full Day: $25 for 4.5 or more hours*

*    You may indicate whether your child will attend full or half days but we will charge based on time in and time out. 

You  WILL be charged the half day rate if you leave your child only during your scheduled conference time. 

Families who purchased the Unlimited Flat Rate Plan for after school care incur no additional charge for these days, but please do sign up if you plan for your child to attend so that we can plan staffing accordingly. 

This Week in Middle School 

This Thursday, SVA middle school took a field trip to Fresno.  They brought together their studies of art in context and environmental issues by analyzing the work of Bryan David Griffith at the Fresno Art Museum. Then they were introduced to university life on a Fresno State tour by our own CSUF alums, Mr. Padilla and Miss Romero.

Admissions Update

Thank you so much to all of those in our community who have been helping spread the word about our amazing schools

Our annual admissions lottery was held last week. It's always a joyful and emotional experience for both our staff and prospective families.

If you or someone you know are on the waitlist, please don't lose heart.

There's a lot of time between now and the end of next school year! We call families from the list generated at the lottery until the last day of school in 2019! 

Stay  committed and stay in touch. The best way in is to be  prepared to say "yes" to that phone call. Many of our  students have come in through the waitlist.

Continue to hold high expectations of your learner and your school and continue to be an active parent advocate.
Big Beak by Milo Pennington

TCOE Best in Show Exhibit

Several SVA students' artworks were selected for the  TCOE   Best  in  Show  Exhibition at the county office! Congratulations to our artists: Jordan, Dane, Gilbert, Milo, Ian, Nekai, Kaity, Rylee, and Marcus!! 

You can see the show any time during business hours throughout the month of March or attend the The  Best  in  Show  Open House, it's free and open to the public: 

Wednesday, March 6 
6200 S. Mooney

Contribute to the SVA Yearbook! 
SVA Yearbook would love your photos to add to the 2018-19 yearbook.  

Sometimes photo resources for the yearbook team are limited and we can use all the help we can get. Please  click here and upload any of your photos about school activities and events from this year such as fall festival and theater shows.  Thank you!!!

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From the SVA Yearbook team:  Olivia, Mia, Ben, Gilbert, Austraya, Bella, Sadie, & Annalysia

SVA Book Fair

WISHLIST: Have you been looking for a way to donate to the SVA School Library or your child's classroom library? SVA staff are compiling a list of titles we would love to have available to our students from our Usborne Online Book Fair. 

Just click this link and shop from the wishlist. SVA will receive an extra 50% credit on any purchase you make through the book fair link so your dollar goes even further!
Thanks for your help and commitment to giving our students the resources they need and deserve!

HELP NEEDEDSVA PTO and our Usborne representative are requesting some assistance with setup and staffing the  fair . Please message the PTO Facebook page if you can help - many of the usual helpers are already engaged for the Jog-A-Thon on the same day, so now is your chance to jump in and help if you haven't before!

3/28 5:30-7:30 at SVA - Setup for the  book  fair. 4-6 volunteers needed.
3/29 8:00-4:00 at SVA - Staffing for the  book  fair. 1-2 volunteers needed per shift.
TACMO Job Openings 

The following job postings are now open on 

2019-20 Staffing-

Education Specialist  @ Blue Oak Academy

SVA Basketball 


March 5: 
Home vs. Sequoia Union  at 3:30 and 4:15

Come on out to support your SVA Explorers
BOA Spirit Days
Friday, Mar. 29: Character Day
Friday, Apr. 26: Decades Day
Friday, May 31: Hawaiian Day
Friday, June 7: Free Dress Day
SVA Spirit Days
Friday, Mar. 29: Twin Day
Friday, Apr. 26: Decades Day
Friday, May 31: College Day
Friday, June 7: Free Dress Day

TACMO Summer Enrichment Programs

We plan to offer summer enrichment opportunities again this year in four one week sessions. Sessions will be open to students entering grades 1-5 in the fall. 

Stay tuned, much more info will be coming soon. 

Save these dates: 
  • Session 1: June 17-21
  • Session 2: June 24- 28
  • Session 3: July 8-14
  • Session 4: July 22-26

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.
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, March 11 Monday, March 11
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

Have you " Marie Kondo'd" your morning routine?

In my first year at SVA and after many years working with children with special needs, I've found some amazing strategies that have helped our students-- and my own family-- "Marie Kondo" our life.  Organizing and minimizing clutter is a growing trend, and Marie Kondo is the tiny Japanese organizational guru, aka Tidying Consultant, who teaches families strategies to de-clutter their lives and "choose joy" using her trademarked KonMari method.

While Kondo's method focuses on tidying up your home, the purpose of her work is to help others find joy in their lives once they clear away the clutter. As busy families we can apply this principle to our routines, to eliminate clutter and streamline processes so we can find joy-- and peace-- in our daily lives. To bring joyful life balance for adults and success in school for kids, we can organize our daily routines.  When we arrive at work feeling out of sorts due to a rough morning, the day already feels challenging. For children, this feeling is equally true and can have a huge impact on behavior and learning throughout the school day.

Kondo's method begins with committing yourself to tidying up. If you find your morning routine doesn't exactly "spark joy" and you haven't yet done so already, consider picking one or two organizational strategies that might work for your family and commit to trying them out. You don't have to change everything all at once to see positive change.

Endless resources are available on the web or in print to help you find and customize strategies for your family's needs. I will share a few things here that have worked for my family over the years.

School Clothes Cubbies: Pick all 5 days of clothes over the weekend and stack them by day in hanging cubbies to eliminate decision making --and arguments-- from your mornings.

Visual Checklists: Whether you use printed lists, a whiteboard, or another tool, always ensure your child has a role in marking their assigned tasks as done. Try this for their morning bathroom routine or for afterschool time.  

Everything in Its Place: Creating a specific place for jackets, shoes, and backpacks for each child also reduces morning chaos. In the morning our kiddos can always find their items, and when they come home they know where to put them!

Plan Ahead: Try spending some weekend time creating pre-packed lunches and healthy snacks to get in front of needs you know your family will have. Planning ahead for your weeknight dinners helps to take one less daily decision off your plate too.

At the Academies, our teachers use routines and organizational tools to help teach our students independence and self-monitoring through the day. Introducing these strategies at home can help make your mornings run easier. Remember, change doesn't have to happen all at once, but one item a week or month can be added to your daily routine to reduce stress and help your family find joy.

Happy organizing!!!
Heather Rocha
SVA Vice Principal
Community Events

UPHS PSO Family Game Night
"A night for the whole family"
Friday, March 8, 2019
Gateway Church
1100 S. Sowell Street Visalia, CA 93277
Food, Fun, Games, and Entertainment!

Encore Stages presents Twinderella the Musical, directed by Susan Burley and featuring several of our Blue Oak and Sycamore Valley students. 

March 13th-17th
Encore Theater
324 S N St ,  Tulare

Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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