News & Notes October 6, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Oct 9 -- Staff Development *NO SCHOOL*

Oct 9 -- PTO Meetings & Sutter's Fort Meeting

Oct 10 -- BOA Make-up Picture Day

Nov 2 -- 
SVA Picture Day

Nov 8 -- 5th Grade SCICON Field Trip


From our busy SVA journalists, comes the Episode 2 of KSVA TV News! The entire work is student produced from concept to editing. As Ms. Chan said, she just "opens the classroom and the kids do the rest."

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

KSVA TV Channel 20 Season 1, Episode 2
KSVA TV Channel 20 Season 1, Episode 2
SVA Kindergarten Apple Festival

The Academies After School Program

Miss Sarah and friends sow seeds for the ASP garden at SVA

Miss Jen entertains a crowd

Sutter's Fort Field Trip for Grades 3 & 4

Live like a pioneer and learn California history first hand! Candle making, butter churning, a real live hoe down and so much more! This field trip is not to be missed, but it takes a whole village to make it happen. Parents of 3rd and 4th graders, please plan to attend the first Sutter's Fort Informational Meeting on Monday, October 9,   7-8 PM at the Round Table pizza on Mooney Blvd. (next to Target).  

Download a parent informational page that will answer many questions you may have about the trip to Sutter's Fort.

At this meeting the 3/4 team will be discussing trip logistics, making plans for costumes, and parent teams will be formed. 

The meeting will begin immediately following the PTO meeting that night.  PTO will be discussing and finalizing plans for the Fall Festival.  If you haven't had a chance to attend a PTO meeting this year, this would be a great time to start.
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!

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! 

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

Now Hiring! 

BOA Instructional Aide (deadline 10/11)

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
October 9
October 9
Round Table Pizza
Round Table Pizza
Packwood Creek Center
Mary's Vineyard
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.
1691 E. Noble Ave.

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