News & Notes May 18, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

May 23 --  Sycamore Valley Open House

May 26 -- SVA Theater Presents Aladdin

May 29 -- Planing Mill Pizza Night

June 5 -- SVA Talent Show

June 6 -- 8th Grade Graduation

June 8 -- Last Day of School *MINIMUM DAY*

Sing and Support SVA together!

On Friday, May 25th the SVA PTO would like to invite all SVA families and friends to join us at morning line up. Together we will  sing the SVA Alma Mater and show that together we are SVA strong. Download the lyrics and have your child help you practice. Can't wait to hear you all!  
SVA's 1st & 2nd Grade Heroes PBL Event

SVA Middle School PBL Culminating Event
SVA Middle School presents PIES, TED style talks at Cafe 210 on Friday, May 25 from 6:00-9:30PM. T hroughout the year,  students have been using the disciplines of Anthropology, Epidemiology, and History to examine literal and metaphorical diseases in response to the Driving Question "How Have Humans Intentionally and Unintentionally Influenced the Spread of Disease?".  Their work is culminating in TEDx style presentations which address "diseases" that exist here in Tulare County.

This show is not to be missed, as the Sycamore Valley middle school students never fail to impress their audience.

PIES Schedule

SVA Open House is May 23!

Join us to see the amazing growth our scholars have achieved this year. 

Plan to spend the evening with us 6:00-8:00PM. 
  • Classroom visitation
  • 5th & 6th grade PBL culminating event
  • Tacos Galacticos tacos, drinks, and churros. *NEW* vegetarian option available
  • Representative from ACT available 6:30-8 to answer your questions about upcoming Comprehensive Sexual Health Education for grades 5-8.

SVA's Young Naturalists at  Dry Creek Preserve 

Today, SVA students are on service trip to Dry Creek Preserve. They are participating in a native plant restoration project. Dry Creek Preserve is a 152 acre former gravel quarry located just northwest of Lemon Cove. This nature preserve, now fully restored, is the first example of an ecologically-based aggregate mine reclamation in Tulare County. It is also home to the Sequoia Riverlands Trust native plant nursery and demonstration garden that shows the public how to beautifully landscape with native plants to reduce the use of precious resources. 

2018-19 Classroom Placement Request

As we engage in the process of putting classes together, we use numerous factors to ensure balanced classes. These factors include academic needs, gender, and social relationships and behaviors. In addition, we know that you, as parents/guardians, have information about your child that can be helpful to us as we prepare class rosters.
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 25, 2018.
Teachers will create classroom rosters first, since they know the students best. Then, the administration will review rosters with these requests in mind and determine if any changes will be made.
While you may note a teacher preference, placement in a specific teacher's classroom cannot be guaranteed. Multiple factors are considered in student placement; parent requests are one factor among many.
Parents will be informed of class placement in August.

SVA Theater Presents Aladdin

Encore Theater
324 South N St.
Tulare, CA 93274

Tickets are  $5 (children 3 and under are free)

Our story begins centuries ago, when the royalty of Agrabah spoke one language and the citizens another. Communication is impossible without translation... which is controlled by the evil vizier, Jafar. When the rebellious princess, Jazmin, and a delinquent street rat, Aladdin, meet in the marketplace, they find something special in one another. Together, they work to transcend the barriers between them and, with a little magic, help create a better future for themselves and for Agrabah.

Planing Mill Pizza Night Fundraiser

Join the Blue Oak PTO for pizza and good times at Planing Mill Artisan Pizzeria Tuesday, May 29, 5-9PM. 

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

LCAP Survey

It's that time again! Please take a moment to fill out our community survey for LCAP input. LCAP is part of the Local Control Funding Formula, which allows local districts greater autonomy over their state funding allocation within 8 goals determined by the state. 

SVA Parent Survey

BOA Parent Survey

Keep your eye out for our annual Parent Satisfaction Survey coming next month! 

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 current menu

Summer Programming

TACMO Summer Enrichment Program

We are excited to announce that we will offer an in-house summer enrichment program!*

Who: SVA and BOA students entering grades 1-4 in 2018-19**

What: Weekly "camps" with different enrichment subjects

When: 6 weeks of summer June 18th - August 3rd (no class the week of the July 4th holiday)

Where: Blue Oak Academy 

Why:  To provide our community with a safe, accessible learning environment during the summer by offering an enriching summer camp experience with  extended opportunities for students to practice skills, increase  exposure to the arts, e xpand cultural awareness, and experience 21st century skill learning opportunities. 

Registration is first come first served.  
Seats are filling fast!! 

Click the links below to register. 

Session 1 --  Ms. Chan's Summer Theater registration link  (a few spots remaining)

Session 2 --  Foodie Kids Cooking registration link (waitlisted)

Session 3 --  Spanish Immersion registration link  (almost full)

*Minimum enrollment must be met to provide this opportunity. Under-enrolled sessions will be cancelled two weeks prior to the session. 

** NOTE: Summer Enrichment is provided by TACMO and is not part of the academic year. Participation is voluntary. Many services provided during the academic year will not be provided during the Summer Enrichment Program. There will be no school administrator or school nurse on duty. Students who are involved in behavioral incidents in the last month of school will not be allowed to attend the Summer Enrichment Program. Site Principals and specialist staff will use their discretion to protect the safety of all children when communicating behavioral concerns to the Program Director. 

Program Director: Claudia Van Groningen
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!

Summer Sports-Writing Camp

The San Joaquin Valley Writing, based at Fresno State, is excited to announce summer programs for students and educators focused on writing. Please visit their website ( for additional information. 

Play sports and play with words during this one-week camp at Fresno State designed for 5th -through 8th-grade students! Participants will engage in outdoor and indoor activities that support descriptive action writing. Students also will explore sports through poetry and narrative writing.

Students Entering Grades 5-8
July 9-13
Fresno State University
Family Support

Voter Support

On June 5th, voters will have the opportunity to choose from several candidates running for office who will make decisions that directly impact the state's education environment, including Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI). 

  • Vote-by-mail began May 7.
  • The deadline to register to vote is May 21. En  espaƱol
  • The deadline to submit a vote-by-mail application is May 29 for this Primary Election.
  • Deadline to vote-by-mail/mail your ballot is June 5.
  • The primary election takes place June 5, 2018.
  • Find your polling place here.       

Your vote matters to our charter public school and students, and to schools and families like ours across the state!

Award Assemblies May 25

Have your voice heard!

Mark your calendar for this school year's last SVA PTO meeting! Even if you were not able to make any meetings this year, please attend the last one.

In this important meeting the SVA PTO will vote on previously nominated officers for next year, discuss next year's PTO budget, and more.

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
August August
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.  Spanish translation available at meetings

Community Events

Scott Smith Invitational Golf Tournament

Join the fun at this golf tournament in memory of fireman Mr.  Scott   Smith, the grandfather of one of our own students here at SVA. Download the registration form here. 

The 7th Annual
Scott Smith Memorial Invitational 

Hosted by Visalia Firefigthers & Kings County Firefighters Association,
Friday, May 18th, 2018
Registration 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Shotgun Start 10:00 am

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