News & Notes March 24, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Mar 25 -- Cesar Chavez Celebration

Mar 30 -- TCOE Math Super Bowl

Mar 31 -- Track Meet @ Sequoia Union

Apr 10 -17 -- Spring Break *NO SCHOOL*

Apr 28 -- Excellence or Bust

May 5 -- SVA Theater Presents Peter Pan 

May 20 -- PTO Spring Fundraiser 

Welcome BOA Families

We are overjoyed to welcome our new Blue Oak Academy families to our organization. We are so glad you are here! 

We have included you in our weekly email newsletter so that you can get plugged in to the community. If this is your first issue of News & Notes, have a look around! This weekly email is a great resource for you to stay in the know about what's happening at your school. You'll have fingertip access to calendars, community events, weekly lunch menus, and so much more! 

Have something to share? It's simple, just reply to this email. 

Celebrating Cesar Chavez

Our 3rd & 4th graders participate in the Cesar Chavez annual legacy celebration on Saturday, March 25. They will play    De Colores    on their ukuleles at COS to start the nonpartisan celebration of Cesar  Chavez   's birthday. Students are raising awareness of the event with the goal of increased attendance at the celebration. 

Beginning at 9:00AM, revelers will gather at COS in the circle drive. At 10:00AM, a walk will begin to the Whittman Center (315 Pearl St, Visalia, CA 93291) where the celebration will continue. All are invited to attend this community event.   Download the event flyer for more information.  

All SVA teachers have been given information about an essay contest for the event. Essays will be graded by the 3rd & 4th grade teachers and valuable prizes will be awarded to the winners in two categories (K-2 and 3-8). Winners will be announced at the Whittman Center on the day of the event. 

Poetry & Prose 

Our SVA poets all received Superior ratings at TCOE's Poetry  and  Prose  event this week. Cadance Spencer's original work Whole moved one judge to tears. 

Congratulations go out to:  
  • Cadence Spencer 
  • Shellby Lara
  • Hana Dussan
  • Santiago and Samuel Casas 
  • Rebekah Cantelmi and Zoe Silva
  • Grace Tovar and Nayely Reyes

Track & Field 

The SVA track team has gotten off and running!  They did really well at their first meet at CVC.  Many of our SVA kids placed and others got their best times.  

Wish our track team good luck at next week's meets: Tuesday  at the King's Invitational and Friday  at Sequoia Union.  Many, many thanks to Coach Andrew Ontiveros and his team of exceptional volunteers! We are truly lucky to have such dedication to our kids!

Jog-A-Thon Awards Week

This year's jog-a-thon brought in about $10,000 for SVA PTO.  Well done! That money goes directly to student enrichment like technology, TCOE ERS resources, sports, clubs and field trips! Top lap runners from each class dressed up their teachers in silly outfits, and 19 lucky raffle winners got to ride in a limo to go bowling with Mr. Benton on Wednesday

Many, many thanks to all of the volunteers who made the jog-a-thon possible! 
Save the Date!

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

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 (5th grade and up): Saturday, March 25, 10AM-1:30PM
Spring Sewing with Mrs. Padilla.  Celebrate the first week of Spring by sewing and decorating your very own Tote Bag. Fabric, fabric decorations, sewing materials, and lunch provided!

Adult Event: Saturday, April 1, 7-10PM 
Craft Beer Tasting Party hosted by The Van Groningens and The Sommers. A curated selection of beers for sampling including an IPA blind taste test featuring Pliny the Elder. Decide for yourself if it lives up to the hype. Salty snacks will be served. 

Family Event: Saturday, April 1, 8AM-5PM
Tidepool Scavenger Hunt led by Principal Phillips. Principal Phillips will not only drive your son or daughter to the coast and feed them snacks, but he has designed a Morro Bay Tide Pool Treasure hunt. Don't miss out on this special opportunity your child will never forget! Everyone will meet at Mr. Phillips' house where they will load up in a van and RV and head out to the tide pools by Morro Bay. Students will have a scavenger hunt, some lunch, unstructured play, then head back home.

Mixed Bag Online Fundraiser

The Mixed Bag spring fundraiser is online only this year! click the link to shop and support SVA PTO. 

Lunch Menu

Monday 3/27 - Pepperoni Pizza
Tuesday 3/28 - Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce
Wednesday 3/29 - Hamburger w/ Potato Wedges
Thursday 3/30 - Chicken Taquitos w/ Savory Beans
Friday 3/31 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For more information about school lunch, visit our website. 

New Postings Are Here!
Our 2017-18 job postings are now on  and linked through our websites. 

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

Monday, April 24
Round Table Pizza 
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
Community Events

SCICON Barbecue & Wildflower Festival 

Sunday, April 9, 2017 

SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower FestivalOn Sunday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the Friends of SCICON will be hosting the 57th Annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival. All students, families and the general public are invited to SCICON for this beautiful event.

The wildflowers will be at their peak with hundreds of them in bloom. The SCICON staff will be on hand to lead wildflower hikes, bird watching hikes, and nature hikes. The museum, planetarium, observatory and Tree Nursery will be open all day. Natural resource agencies will staff many different displays. Musical groups from local schools will provide live entertainment.

A delicious meal is provided by the Friends of SCICON with a traditional deep pit barbecue. There is no charge to attend for the day. Meal prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 & over) and $5 for children (12 years and under.) For more information, please call the SCICON office at (559) 539-2642. 

Visalia Firefighters Association Golf Tournament 

Visalia Firefighters Association is hosting it's annual Scott Smith Memorial Golf Tournament on  May 19. The late Captain Smith was grandfather to one of our students. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit Visalia Rescue Mission.  Entry fee is $100. 

For more information and to download the entry form,  click here.  

Visalia Swim Club 

VSC is a year round competitive swim program for children of all ages. The club swims at the centrally located College of the Sequoias pool five days a week, so it's easy to find a practice schedule that works for your family. 

Several of our students swim with this team! For more information about the team contact Marcella Hogg (559) 471-5159 or ask our own Mrs. Poggione about her experience with the team.  

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

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