News & Notes - November 30, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies?   

Dec 4 --  SVA Spelling Bee

Dec 5 -- Can Tree Building @ Tulare Outlets

Dec 5 -- SVA PTO Skate Night & Tricky Tray

Dec 6 -- SVA School Tour (tell a friend!)

Dec 7 -- BOA School Tour (tell a friend!)

Dec 10 -- 2019-20 Applications Available

Dec 13 -- SVA High School Night

Dec 17 -- SVA Winter Performances

Dec 21 --  BOA Winter Performances


Let's Can Hunger Update

I am happy to report that SVA students raised $3200 for Food Link! 

Susan Manuel, Director of Food Link, came to campus today to personally thank our students for their hard work and contributions. Fifth grader Santi Casas presented Ms. Manuel with $330 cash which he withdrew from his own bank account to donate to this cause. She was moved to tears by Santi's generosity. Thank you to everyone who contributed! 

We will be building two trees at the Tulare Outlets using 1200 cans of food which will later feed the hungry of Tulare County. This event will take place next Thursday.  This opportunity is really special, and it will be memorable for your kiddos!

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this a success, so PLEASE consider volunteering your time to decorate the SVA canned food trees.  Send a note to Erika Chan reply if you're willing and able. 

Primary's Jingle Deals are Here
  • These special deals will run throughout the holiday season 
  • You can find the current deals each week, right here in News & Notes 
  • Remember to use your school's link every time you shop (click it below)
  • The cozy sale is still going on w/ 40% off Primary's coziest styles!

Shop NOW using the links below.

Read for Life

Did you know that there are children in our community who have no books at home? 

SVA's 5th & 6th grade team is partnering with  Read  for  Life  of Tulare County as part of their service learning to help solve this problem.  

Bring your new or gently used books to SVA and place them in the blue "Read for Life" tub located by the PTO mailbox and office. 

Read  for  Life  accepts all books geared toward the 0-8 age range. Their volunteers distribute thousands of books every year to children, families, and facilities around Tulare County.  Read  for  Life  is dedicated to breaking the cycle of illiteracy. 

Blue Oak families, you will also have a chance to give!  Keep an eye out for BOA's 1st & 2nd grade Read for Life book drive coming next month!  

For more information visit

SVA High School Night 

On Thursday, December 13 from 6:00-7:30PM, SVA will host a high school night for 8th graders and their families (7th graders welcome, too!).  Please come to speak with representatives of many of our local high school options including: VUSD Linked Learning, UPHS, VTEC, La Sierra, VCIS, ERCLC, and VUSD neighborhood schools.  

Since our graduates transition to many different schools, families are entirely responsible for applying, registering, and orienting students to their intended high school.   The teaching team and administration will help however we can if asked, but families must take the lead.  Come this evening to explore the local high school options or to make contact with representatives from your child's school of choice.

See you there! 

Operation Chromebook

The 5th & 6th Grade teaching team has been hard at work pounding the pavement to raise money for the purchase of Chromebooks for their students. So far, they are over halfway to their goal of $23,000! 

A HUGE thank you goes out to the donors who have already put a whole class set of Chromebooks into the hands of our kids: 

Ruiz 4 Kids (Ruiz Foods)
Erin Andersen
Toby Maitland-Lewis
Harold Rollin
Ruth Dutton
Jaime Baeza

Operation Chromebook will be up and running until the goal of acquiring two full class sets is met. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please contact Claudia Van Groningen or Erika Chan

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.
SVA PTO Skate Night & Tricky Tray Fundraiser

Click the image to buy in! 

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, December 10 Tuesday, December 10
6:00PM 6:00PM
Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center Mary's Vineyard Center
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. 
¡Estamos muy contentos de compartir que ofrecemos traducción en español en nuestras reuniones!  ¡Hay que trabajar juntos!

Family Support

Why Read 20 Minutes a Day?

Did you know that reading helps build student success? We're sure that you know this, but here is some more evidence to show that reading really does have a significant impact on a child's foundation in learning.

Let's break it down...

A child who reads 20 minutes per night reads 3,600 minutes per school year and is exposed to 1,800,000 words. Wow!

Initially, kids can't read for 20 minutes on their own, but early readers benefit from reading with a parent. The child can read a short book, then listen to a read-aloud or picture book with a parent. The blossoming reader can hear a fluent reader and build vocabulary.

Teachers in our 1st & 2nd grades are noticing greater academic growth in students who consistently read or are read to at home each night compared to those who do not. This is reason enough to make reading a regular part of your child's day.

("The Case for Reading 20 Minutes a Day." Fairhill School and Diagnostic Assessment Center , 27 June 2016)

Click the image to discover 20 books that make kids kinder! 
Community Events
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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