News & Notes - May 17, 2019
What's Happening at The Academies? 

May 17 -- BOA PTO Rawhide Night

May 22 --  SVA Open House

May 31 - Jun 1 -- SVA Theater Shows

Jun 6 -- SVA 8th Grade Graduation

Jun 7 -- BOA PTO Color Run

Jun 7 -- Last Day of School * MINIMUM DAY*

Download the  2018-19 Academic Calendar
BOA PTO Night at Rawhide Stadium

May 17 *TONIGHT*

Be sure you make it to the game in time to see Mrs. Stinson throw out the first pitch!
Annual Stakeholder Survey

We are asking for your input about our schools through our Annual Stakeholder Survey. Please select a link below to complete the survey online in English or Spanish. Plan to spend about 7-9 minutes providing your feedback.

The state of California requires all districts and charter schools to write a "Local Control Accountability Plan," or "LCAP," to describe how the school will use its funding to improve services in eight state priority areas. For each of these eight priorities, we are asking you, our stakeholders, to share feedback to help us allocate resources to improve services to our students. 

We know your time is valuable and thank you in advance for taking part in this critical process.

Current Job Postings

Science Teacher @ Blue Oak

Last Chance to Buy SVA PTO Fireworks Vouchers!

SVA PTO is co-hosting a fireworks booth this summer!

Please purchase $10 pre-sale vouchers from your student and encourage them to sell vouchers to friends and neighbors this weekend.

Vouchers are redeemable at the TNT fireworks booth in the WinCo parking lot July 1-4, 2019.

All orders due Monday!!
The 7th Annual SVA Talent Show will take place on  Tuesday, June 4th!  
Did you know?
The Academies After School Programs

The Academies CMO/home office is the office of the nonprofit 501c3 organization which operates Sycamore Valley Academy and Blue Oak Academy. Our principal work at the CMO office is in providing administrative, fiscal, and organizational management support of our two excellent public charter schools, so school site administrators and staff can keep their focus on students and learning.
As part of the work of supporting the schools of The Academies and as a service to the community, the CMO runs an after-school program at both sites. The Academies After School Program is a privately funded, fee based program. We offer a sliding fee scale for families with demonstrated financial need. Our nonprofit team decided to provide this service to meet an important need for families who choose to attend our schools.

The Academies After School Program is an enrichment program designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment during after school hours. The program provides fun physical activities, engaging themed learning, and supervised homework time. Participation is entirely optional and not necessary for student achievement in the school day.

Our program has been revamped over the the last couple of years under the leadership of Program Coordinator Elyse Reveles and Operations Director Claudia Van Groningen. Beginning last summer, The Academies After School Program began offering summer enrichment day camps. These camps not only provide a familiar and affordable option for summer child care, but also provide rich, meaningful programming for participants. Teachers and aide staff are provided the opportunity to share their personal passions such as cooking, Legos, and Harry Potter while enjoying the benefit of of summer employment. It's a win-win for staff and families!

Staff of our schools enjoy a discounted rate for their children to attend both the daily programs and our summer day camps as a benefit of employment with The Academies. This is just one little way we show the love to our staff family.
Student Placement Requests for 2019-20

If you would like to provide information that we should consider during the formation of class rosters, please complete this form and return it to your school’s Front Office no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.

 TACMO Summer Enrichment Programs

As a service to our community, our home office non-profit organization (TACMO) will 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. All summer programs take place at Blue Oak Academy. 

We are extending drop off and pickup times this year with our programs running from 7:30AM-4:00PM.  The fee for each session is just $150! 


Session Dates & Details

Session 1: June 17-21
Mrs. Gates-Wai - All about pets - Learn about pets with fun educational activities, including games, crafts, guest speakers, and more!

Session 2: June 24- 28
Mr. Enriquez - Stop Motion Lego Animations- Students will develop their narrative and storyboard, and then shoot their videos using iPads over the course of a week. The session culminates in a film festival at the end of the week.

Session 3: July 8-14
Mrs. Cazarez - Foodie Kids Cooking - Back By Popular Demand! Mrs. C cooks up new fun and delicious recipes with more hands on cooking activities for your kiddos in this yummy week. 

Session 4: July 22-26
Mrs. Padilla - Let's Go Camping! - The Padillas will create a fun filled week of camp themed crafts and books, outdoor games, s'mores, and more!
BOA PTO Color Run

Blue Oak PTO is excited to launch the Blue Oak Color Run! Everyone is invited
to participate or come out to watch watch the fun. This event is part of a program that engages the entire student body in part of a fitness initiative with the goal of instilling a lifelong habit of healthy living in our students.

The Color Run will be held on the last day of school- June 7, 2019.

There will be 4-5 color stations using washable tempura paints. Participants are welcome to run or walk the course. A shirt and glasses will be provided for the participants.

PTO asks that you send your student with an old pair of shoes that day
and bring a towel for the car ride home.

This is a HUGE thank you from the PTO to all of the Blue Oak faculty, students, and families for their hard work throughout the year.
8th Grade Graduation
WHO: Event open to ticketed guests only (the ticket order link was sent directly to families of graduates).

WHAT: Recognizing our graduates as they promote to high school. Event details will be sent directly to families of graduates.

WHEN: Thursday, June 6
6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30PM).

WHERE: Odd Fellows Hall (116 S. Court St.).
Middle School Dance
Celebrate the end of the year at the annual end of year middle school dance. This year's theme is "candyland"!

The dance will take place after graduation on June 6, 8-11PM.

Please note: space in the hall is limited during graduation, 7th graders should plan to arrive at 8PM for the dance.

Odd Fellows Hall
116 S. Court St.
June 6
BOA Spirit Days

Friday, May 31: Hawaiian Day
Friday, June 7: Free Dress Day
SVA Spirit Days

Friday, May 31: College Day
Friday, June 7: Free Dress Day
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
Monday, August 19
Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.
Next BOA PTO Meeting
Monday, August 19
Round Table Pizza
Mary's Vineyard Center
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
Dress Code Reminder
A quick reminder going into the spring trimester, please refresh yourself on our dress code policy and expectations. You can view the easy to ready 1-page guide here for SVA and here for BOA .

Our biggest issues are with items that are out of color range, have brand name logos, there is a special wash on or holes in jeans, and students wearing tights/leggings. For the most part, these issues are minimal and rare. That said, the more you can help us out at home, the less we need to address your student about these items at school, allowing us to stay focused on education.

The purpose of the dress code is to level the playing field for all and to keep our focus at school on learning. Thank you for your help with this! We are also happy to help make sure that you have dress code compliant cloths for your students. If you need help with this, please do contact our school offices and ask for Mr. Benton or Mrs. Stinson.
Community Events
Scott Smith Invitational Golf Tournament

Hosted by Visalia Firefighters Association

Friday, May 31st, 2019 • Registration 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Shotgun Start 10:00 am
Format: Scramble & Callaway Scoring
Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club •
3018 Ridge Creek Drive, Dinuba, CA 93618 • (559) 591-2254

Entry Fee $120.00 per Player
(Deadline May 20th, 2019)

Includes Green Fee with Cart, Range Balls for warm-up,
Tee Prizes and Build Your Own Burger Bar lunch.

Summer Reading Program
This exceptional program is offered by California State University, Fresno, Division of Continuing and Global Education and taught by the Institute of Reading Development.

By the end of the program, Student will:
  • Double reading speed
  • Improve comprehension in fiction and nonfiction
  • Learn to read and study middle-school level textbooks
  • Learn effective note-taking skills
  • Read a great novel
  • Be ready for the first day of school!
Summer classes fill up quickly - enroll today to secure a spot. 
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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