News & Notes March 16, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

March 26 - April 2 -- Spring Break *NO SCHOOL*

April 3 -- Tomato Gardens Arrive

April 11 -- BOA Jog-a-thon

APRIL 16-20 -- BOA Scholastic Book Fair

April 20 -- BOA Grandparents and Goodies 

April 27 -- BOA PTO Night @ Rawhide Game

May 12 -- SVA PTO Spring Fundraiser

May 16 --  Blue Oak open house

The 2018-19 Academic Calendar is here!

We're in the St. Patrick's Day Parade!

Tomorrow morning, TACMO schools will be participating for the first time ever in the Visalia St. Patty's Parade. We are "finding our gifts" and "letting our freak flags fly"! 

Float riders should be dressed in their "gifts" costume and walkers should wear their school spirit shirt with St. Patty's Day flair!  Green, gold, and rainbow attire is encouraged. Flags and/or balloons will be provided for walkers/marchers. 

Come on out to watch the parade and see what we have created for the first ever TACMO parade float. 

A permission slip/waiver is required for all participants

Yearbooks On Sale Now

There is one online store for both school's 

Use this link, and be sure to select which 
yearbook you want to order.

Orders will only be accepted online. The deadline to order is April 29

A Message From VP Benton

Hey Folks!

Allan here at the SVA Vice Principal's desk. I've had a couple posts in a row that have been pretty academic and thick, so today I just wanted to pass along a simple message of love.

At SVA, we love your kiddos. We love their whole being, faults and flaws included. We love these little humans that will soon enough be in charge of our world. Our hope is that we are able to show you that love through our interactions with, and attention to your scholar. We hope that you feel welcomed as parents and family to be part of this schooling experience with us. We hope to join together to work towards the best outcomes for your child, academically and as a whole human being.

Please know that my door is always open and that I very much appreciate communication from parents, whether it be comments, concerns or compliments. It is through that open communication that we are best able to find the right paths to work with each scholar. I invite you to continue to be part of this experience with your children. You are most welcome here.

Let's have a great last week before Spring Break!


SVA Jog-a-Thon

SVA's jog-a-thon was a huge success! Thank you to all who donated raffle prizes, snacks, and to those who invested their time and energy to making this event happen! 

Next week is prize week! 

Blue Oak's Jog-a-Thon is coming up on April 11!

School Logo Clothing from Land's End

School uniform items are available for The Academies from Land's End. LE offers high quality school uniforms that last and last, resisting pilling, shrinking, and fading. These are definitely items to hand down again and again. 

Adult sizes are available for staff and parents. In fact, you can order our logo on ANY item that can be embroidered from Land's End, not just school uniform items.   

Blue Oak's official Land's End school uniform site is up and running! Blue Oak's preferred school number is 900185364. Click here to link directly to the Blue Oak page. 

As always, Sycamore Valley logo clothing is also available from Land's End. SVA's preferred school number is 900149840. 

Check News & Notes often for special offers, sales, and $.01 logo deals from Land's End! 

Substitute Custodian
The Academies Charters is seeking a backup daytime custodian. F ingerprint clearance is required. 

Substitute Teachers
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. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at

Cesar Chavez Legacy Celebration

This community event is the SVA 3rd and 4th grade annual Service Learning Project.  The 3rd and 4th grade students and current 5th graders (who participated last year) will be singing de Colores at COS to start the march and celebration.

Proteus is sponsoring an essay contest for K-2, 3-6, and 7-12Download the flyer here.  Essay contest winners will be announced at the Wittman Center at the conclusion of the march.  All are welcome. 


Camp Invention Returns to SVA

This fun day camp will be back again this summer. Camp Invention will take place July 16-20 at SVA. Registration is open to all students of The Academies as well the public, so bring a friend!

SVA PTO Party Train

These " Party  Train" events are coming soon. Tickets will be are on sale at

  • 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

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 February menu

Family Support

Parent Partnering

It's no accident that our school community feels like an extended family. Rooted in our mission, we are truly "a collaborative community of educators and families working together to help our students grow." Parents, guardians, grandparents, and others are encouraged to come and share their talents or time with us. We encourage each family to make it a goal to give 30 volunteer hours each year. 
Volunteer in a Classroom
Our teachers need you! Parents and guardians, grandparents, and interested community members are encouraged to set up a regular time to volunteer in our classrooms! This extra help goes a long way! Volunteer time spent making copies, stuffing home folders, and sorting/filing leaves more time for teachers to prepare lessons and activities for our students.  This community support translates all of the amazing things that we do at our schools.   

Will you give an hour of your time to help support learning in your child's classroom? Contact your teacher to set up a time to lend a hand. Thanks in advance for your contribution! 

Award Assemblies March 22 (BOA) and February 23 (SVA)

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
April 9 April 9
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  Thursday, March 22, 6pm-7pm.
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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