News & Notes - October 26, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies?
Oct 26 -- Fall Festival
Oct 31 -- Silly Socks Day @ BOA
Nov 2 -- SVA Theater presents: One Acts
Nov 8-9 -- Conferences *NO SCHOOL*
Nov 12 -- Holiday *NO SCHOOL*
Nov 19-23 --
Fall Break *NO SCHOOL*
Dec 4 --
SVA Spelling Bee
A Message from Principal Benton
Hey SVA Family,
Allan here at the Principal desk. I thought I would share a little about what I do and what my intentions are when I work with your scholars in my capacity as Principal.
While I do often see students because of a problematic behavior that has occurred, it is also my practice to visit with and check in with scholars proactively, whether or not there has been any problem. I make it my goal to learn as many of the student's names as I can, and am typically pretty close to 100% by the later part of the year (it's the whole new crew of Kinders that always gets me! LOL). I try to have positive contact with as many students as possible, every single day, as part of building the school community and also as a preventative measure against potential future behaviors. It is my intention to make our scholars feel seen, known, and appreciated.
When I have the opportunity to advise or counsel students, my guiding principle is to help students "find their gifts," and then find ways to use them effectively. I ask scholars tons of questions about what they enjoy doing in and out of school, what things they are good at, and with what things with which they struggle most. It is my belief that finding success, happiness, and joy in life lies in finding a person's passion and exploring their love for something. Combining this along with using natural abilities, aptitudes, and gifts is key! My purpose is to help students begin to realize their passions, recognize their abilities, and make connections between those things and the needs that they see in the world around them. People who feel that they can positively affect their community through the use of their talents and abilities are happy people!
My other goal is for students here to always feel that they have a safe place with a safe adult to come to when needing support. Our students can trust that they will get an ear ready to listen fully and completely and a person to walk with them through the struggle until some resolution is found to make things right. I want our scholars to feel comfortable to walk into my open door with their struggles and to trust that they will be addressed with the seriousness and respect they deserve.
I want all of our scholars to feel self-respect and dignity. I want them to feel valued and worthwhile. My work with your student is in an effort to help produce these feelings inside them and give them the strength and ability to make great choices on their own.
My door is always open to parents as well! If you ever have questions or concerns regarding your scholar, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Thanks so much!!!
Please Disregard Letter from VUSD
You may have received a letter in the mail from Visalia Unified School District regarding an assessment of social and emotional health. Please disregard this letter, this screening is not being administered at either or our schools. Our students will not be a part of this survey, but were included in the mailing because we contract with
for our student information system, Powerschool, where the District created their mailing list, but did not omit our students.
There will be no school on conference days, November 8-9. Our After School Program is offering
care from 7:30AM-4:30PM.
The days will include special activities, crafts, and fun!
Meals and snacks will NOT be served, so please be sure to send food for the day with your child.
Sign up using the form linked on the After School page of our websites.
Half Day: $12.50 each 4.5 hour session (7:30AM-12:00PM
Full Day: $25 (7:30-4:30)
WILL be charged the half day rate if you leave your child in Conference Care only during your scheduled conference time.
Families who purchased the Unlimited Flat Rate Plan for after school care incur no additional charge for these days, but please do complete the sign up form if you plan for your child to attend so that we can plan staffing accordingly.
| Silly Socks Day at Blue Oak
How to Read Your Child's Report Card
We are nearing the end of Trimester 1 and teachers are gearing up for conferences and report cards. Please take a few minutes to prepare for your conference by reading this document:
How to Read Your Child's Trimester Report Card
. This handy guide will help you better understand and interpret your child's scores.
Blue Oak 1st & 2nd Grade PBL
Our Blue Oak 1st and 2nd graders have been learning about cultures and countries around the world.
Students have had visitors in class from at least 12 different countries (Chile, Germany, Switzerland, Ecuador, Pakistan, Indonesia, Croatia, Russia, Czech Republic, Colombia, and Mexico), thanks to Mrs. Folk who works directly with foreign exchange students.
Students have thinking like anthropologists while working on making artifacts that represent the countries they have researched. Their culminating event is coming up on Friday, November 2 2:15-3:15PM. Everyone is invited to come learn about cultures of the world from our Blue Oak scholars.
SVA Middle School Field Trip
Middle school students went to Dry Creek Preserve yesterday. They worked alongside Sequoia Riverlands Trust's conservation employees to apply what they have been learning about in class on the topics of watersheds, land use, and water quality. They made observations of the riverbed and surrounding land, planted native plants, and performed a battery of water quality tests at the quarry pond.
2018-19 Basketball Tryouts
Girls: October 29th & 30th 3:45- 5:00PM
Boys: November 1st & 2nd 3:45-5:00PM
Open to students in 5th-8th grades only.
Game and practice dates TBD
SVA Theater Presents
An Evening of Theatrical Performances
This trimester, SVA's Introduction to Theater class was given the opportunity to create unique one-act plays based on their choice of Greek Myth, Fable, or Tall Tale.
The students have worked tirelessly creating their scripts, blocking their shows, and creating their own sets and props. We are excited to share this amazing (FREE!) evening with our family and friends and we look forward to seeing you!
Friday, November 2
SVA's newest club, Anime Club played
ire this week
. Tama-ire is a Japanese game in which players work together to throw balls into a basket atop a pole. If you are interested in joining Anime Club, contact Lindsay Lockman.
Shop and earn money for your school!
So far, we've raised over $200 for our schools from just a handful of orders! Please check out Primary and help support our schools! Use the links below to shop online.
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)
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,
online with the myschoolbucks.com
. 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
Next BOA PTO Meeting
|Monday, November 5
||Tuesday, November 13
|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
it to email@example.com 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!
Affordable Home Internet Access
If you or someone you know is in need of affordable internet access at home, please take advantage of and/or share this opportunity. Access to online learning resources at home will help support your child's learning.
Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Candidate Forum
Candidates Craig Wheaton and Tim Hire will respond to questions posed by a panel of educators including retired Superintendent Dr. Robert Aguilar, Dr. Alfonso Gamino (Superintendent of Woodlake Unified), a VUSD Principal and SVA's own Principal, Allan Benton.
All panelists will provide questions and candidates will provided equal time to each answer.
Time will be allowed at the end of the debate for teachers to ask open questions to each candidate.
October 30, 2018
Outside Creek School
6452 Rd 164
Visalia, CA 93292
Several SVA students will be appearing in the Theater Arts Alliance production of The Nutcracker.
November 24 @ 2:00PM and 7:00PM
$22.50 for adults
$17.00 for Seniors (65+)
$12.50 for students.
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