News & Notes October 13, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Oct 17 -- SVA Kinder Field Trip

Oct 19 -- SVA XC Meet @ Reedley College

Oct 27 -- 
Fall Festival!

Nov 2 -- 
SVA Picture Day

Nov 8 -- 5th Grade SCICON Field Trip

Nov 10 -- Holiday *NO SCHOOL*

Nov 16 - 17 -- Conferences *NO SCHOOL*

Nov 20 - 24 -- Fall Break *NO SCHOOL*

A Message from Principal Stinson

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress;
working together is success. ~Henry Ford .

As I reflect on the opening of Blue Oak Academy, I am awed by the process, efforts, and new learnings occurring constantly. As we are heading into the fall season, we are clearly making progress; systems are becoming more and more routinized, the campus is continually being upgraded, and most importantly, we are working together so that students are growing and learning! Thank you for doing your part to make this success possible!

Our 1st/ 2nd grade students will be visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium on October 20 for Blue Oak's first ever field trip. Please remember to contact your teacher about volunteering. You can help by becoming a supervising or supporting chaperone. If you would like to be a supervising chaperone, you will need to get fingerprint clearance. These can be done in Visalia at any LiveScan location, such as the Sheriff's Office. You may receive an "in-kind" tax receipt for your expense if desired.

With Gratitude, 

Dana Stinson

Congratulations to The Academies' Students of Character! 

Our Students of Character will be featured Saturday, October 21 in the Visalia Times-Delta in the 2 page color insert for CHARACTER COUNTS! Week.

Sycamore Valley - Rita Rasner 

Blue Oak -Joseph Zurek

SVA's Shania Rojas is a Pillar Winner and will receive a $125 award based on her  Kids of Character nomination for CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. Look for her interview in the Visalia Times-Delta! 


This week's episode of KSVA TV News includes a PTO update and an interview with Mr. Phillips. 

Check it out on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to their channel. 

KSVA TV Season 1, Episode 3
KSVA TV Season 1, Episode 3

Expanding Your Horizons

Mrs. Lewis and Ms. de Lemos will take a group of girls to TCOE's  Expanding Your Horizons This optional 11/4 event is for girls in 4th-10th grade in order to inspire them to consider education and careers in STEM fields.  All classes heard about the event in class, and interested girls should be bringing required forms home today. Forms are due back to Mrs. Lewis or Ms. Delemos by Friday, September 29.

SVA is Going to Cyberquest!

This year Ms. Chan will be taking students from grades 4-8 to CyberQuest. This TCOE contest, integrates 21st Century research and critical thinking skills with oral and electronic presentations. This year's CyberQuest will happen on Saturday, December 2 from 8:00AM- 3:30PM. We are looking for high-energy parent volunteers to help with this endeavor. Please contact Ms. Chan if you are interested in volunteering: Thanks!


Plan to show off your costumes at the Fall Festival! NO costumes are allowed at school on Halloween! 

NO candy in lunches, please! 

Save the Date for the Fall Festival 

October 27
On the Blue Oak Campus

Sycamore Valley and Blue Oak are joining forces to bring you the best Fall Festival yet! The event is always a great time. 

Kevin V "Master Griller", Lumpia Hut, & Tacos Galacticos

Carnival Games, including the famous Chicken Poop Bingo 
Cake w alk & pumpkin walk
Silly String War Zone
Face Painter & Balloon Twister

Live music
Costume Parade & Contest
Teacher Pie Toss
(2) Bounce Houses for the kiddos & (1) for the littles

Volunteers make this event a huge success every year. Follow this link to for a complete list of the available places to volunteer & donate. The best shifts go quickly, so hurry up! 

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 October menu

At checkout, manually enter the promotion code: LOGO & PIN: 5782
The code/pin are valid only October 16-23

Substitute Custodian Needed  
The Academies Charters is seeking a backup daytime custodian. F ingerprint clearance is required. 

Substitute Teachers Needed
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. 

Substitute Instructional Aides Needed 
The Academies Aide Subs minimum requirements are a high school diploma and fingerprint clearance. 

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at

Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting
November 13 November 13
Round Table Pizza
Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center
Mary's Vineyard
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.
1691 E. Noble Ave.

Community Events
Quaker Oaks Farm 5th annual  Harvest Festival TOMORROW!
Bring the family out on Saturday, October 14 from 10-5 to enjoy music, food, free pony rides and children's activities, farm fresh produce, crafts and Wukchumni cultural activities.  
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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