News & Notes May 26, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

May 26 -- Lost & Found Donation Day


Jun 1 -- 8th Grade Graduation

Jun 1 -- Middle School Dance


Get 'Em Before They're Gone for Good!

All items left in Lost & Found after Open House will be donated on Friday, May 26. TODAY!! 

Parents, we want to hear from you! 

Each year we ask for your feedback about how well our school is meeting your child's needs and your expectations. Please set aside some time (about 10-15 minutes) to respond to our Parent Satisfaction Survey. Your responses are valuable to us, please take our survey by June 10.   Click here to access the anonymous survey. 

We truly value your input and are watching for your responses. We've only heard from a handful of you so far. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey today. Thank you! 
Blue Oak News
All Blue Oak Academy admitted and enrolled students and families are invited to Roller Towne for a meet and greet with teachers, staff, and fellow Blue Oak families! More info coming soon. Save the date: June 11 4:30-6:30PM
Found Object Art

The Annual SVA Found Object Art Contest was held on May 24. Check out some of these creative entries!

Outdoor Explorers

SVA's naturalist elective class, Outdoor Explorers, went on their much-anticipated culminating field trip last weekend. The group left Friday on their hike of the Middle Fork Trail in Sequoia National Park. The Explorers camped at Mehrten Creek for the night before returning to pizza and showers on Saturday. 

SVA Yearbook Delivery

Yearbooks will be distributed to students next week. Watch your classroom newsletters for more details. 

SVA would like to send a very special thank you out to CJ Hopper Photography for the fantastic staff and student portraits that fill our yearbook pages and for their ongoing support of our school. Merci beaucoup! 

Visit the CJ Hopper website to check out more of Christina's beautiful work. 

8th Grade Graduation  

The 4th annual Sycamore Valley Academy 8th Grade Graduation will take place at the Wyndham Hotel on June 1 at 6:00PM. 


Boys: Collared shirts are required for graduation, but may be changed before the dance. 

Girls: NO heels over 1", bare midriffs, cleavage, spaghetti straps, strapless, excessively tight, excessively short, or otherwise inappropriate dress. If you are in doubt, bring your dress to school and get it approved by Mr. Benton or Mr. Phillips. We do not want to have to send you home. 

Middle School Dance

The year-end Middle School Dance will take place following the graduation ceremony (8-11PM). 

If you have questions about these events, contact

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

#MyClimateHero Student Art Contest

The Amplifier Foundation is sponsoring a student art contest for pre-K through college students. They are seeking student art which graphically depicts heroes working to address climate security and environmental protection. The deadline to enter is June 1. Get all the details here. 

4 age group winners will be awarded scholarship prizes. 50 youth artists will be publicly announced on 
June 4th for the group art exhibition, and have  their art made available as high-resolution  downloads on the 
Amplifier Foundation Website!

Provide your Input on our Community Survey

California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires schools to solicit stakeholder input in developing their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP). Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey.

Lunch Menu

Monday 5/29 - NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday 5/30 - Chicken Soft Taco
Wednesday 5/31 - Cheeseburger Sliders
Thursday 6/1 - Macaroni & Cheese
Friday 6/2 - Bean & Cheese Burrito

For more information about school lunch, visit our website. 

Mixed Bag Online Fundraiser

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

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

August (date TBD)
Round Table Pizza 
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
Community Events

Summer Science in Davis

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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