News & Notes - September 21, 2018
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Sept 29 -- BOA Beautification Day

Oct 8 -- Staff Development * NO SCHOOL*

Oct 10 -- BOA Picture Day

Oct 17 -- BOA Makeup Picture Day

Oct 18-19 -- SVA Picture Days 

Oct Oct 26 -- Fall Festival SAVE THE DATE!

Professional Development for BOA Teachers 

Teachers at Blue Oak Academy enjoyed two days of training with language arts master teacher Nancy Fetzer  on September 17th and 18th.  Mrs. Fetzer taught BOA teachers a variety of strategies to help emerging and developing readers and writers. Teachers are excited to add many of the techniques she shared to their toolboxes of teaching skills. Above, Mrs.  Fetzer  works with kindergarten students from Mrs. Weeaks' room.

Fun phonics fact:  Did you know there are 44 individual sounds made from 26 letters in the English language? There are 222 different spellings for those 44 sounds!

Big News! 

It has been a long time coming and we are so happy to announce that t he SVA Library is now open! Many hours of time, loads of staff energy, and a whole lot of love have gone into this library; not to mention the generous gift of the Reniers family which provided the books. Join us in celebrating the opening of this wonderful resource for our students. If you see our resident librarian, Amanda Harris, please give her a pat on the back! 

Blue Oak Beautification Day 

Volunteers needed! 

Come on out to help spruce up our space on Saturday, September 29 @ 8:00AM. We will be completing a variety of small projects to make a BIG impact on our campus. Bring your paintbrush, shovel, rake, wheelbarrow or other tools and come lend a hand! 

Projects Include:
  • Install exterior bulletin board 
  • Plant shrubs and flowers
  • Mulch planters
  • Paint interior of student restrooms
  • Plot baseball diamond and soccer field
  • Repair basketball goals
  • Install sign holders

Contact Claudia Van Groningen for more information or to sign up for a specific project.

SVA 5th/6th PBL Launch
Josh McDonnell, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Tulare (and former City of Visalia Planner), came to the 5/6 wing to launch the Trimester 1 PBL, "Youville." He discussed how an urban planner develops a city, and the strategies for placement of schools, parks, churches, neighborhoods, roads, and commercial spaces. Each student received a color-coded map of Visalia to use as a reference. Students will use what they know about ancient civilizations and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to create their own civilizations as they seek to answer the Essential Question: How do people's needs impact the development of a civilization?

Thank you, Josh, for taking the time out of your busy schedule and "sharing your gifts" with our students!

BOA 1st/2nd PBL Launch
This week, BOA launched their first PBL project of the year. College of the Sequoias Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Marla Prochnow, challenged our students to become cultural anthropologists by teaching them how to think like an anthropologist. She brought in artifacts from around the world and had students ponder what these artifacts were made from and what their use may be.
In the next few weeks, students will continue to explore deeper by visiting with several presenters from around the world, and learning through reading and listening to find out how to answer their driving question:  How can we teach others about different places in the world? Students will have the choice of project presentation (a book, a suitcase, or a travel brochure) and they will be able to share with YOU how we can teach others about different places in the world. The 1st/2nd grade team is looking forward to the learning that will come through this project!

Thank you, Marla, for visiting and "sharing your gifts" with our students! 

Middle School Service Learning

Our SVA 7th & 8th graders provided a service to the community at Burris Park in Hanford for Senior Day. Students visited, played games, and even danced with their new senior citizen friends. 

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


Primary School Spirit SALE

For two weeks only, new and existing customers get 20% off plus we get 10% back for our schools! 

Sale ends October 1!

Kids clothes with n o logos, slogans, or sequins...hooray! Primary has leggings, sweaters, jammies and more, all on sale just in time for fall weather. 

Look for the catalog in your child's home folder on Monday! 

Use your school's unique link every time you shop for uniforms, pajamas, play clothes, and more:

Use codes SYCAMOREWEEK or BLUEOAKWEEK at checkout. 
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.

Parents & Pastries

Both SVA and BOA had incredible turnouts for Parents & Pastries. Thank you all for taking time out of your day to build community with us! A big thank you also for our PTO volunteers for bringing us all together! 

Fall Festival

The  Fall   Festival  is rapidly approaching! This is a wonderful family event put on by the both SVA PTO and BOA PTO. It will be held on  Friday, October 265:00-8:30PM

Contact Melodi Flynn (SVA) or  Leslie Archer (BOA) at if you would like to help out! 

Thank you in advance!
Next SVA PTO Meeting
Next BOA PTO Meeting

Monday, October 8 Tuesday, October 9
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

Attention, SVA and BOA parents!  


You're invited to join us for a one-hour parenting class with Fresno Pacific University's Director of Restorative Strategies, Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith, M.S.  


Deepen your understanding of The Academies' approach to discipline and leave with practical parenting tools to help you support your scholar!

Community Events

Fun for the whole family.
Come support UPHS in their biggest fundraiser 
of the year!

Saturday, September 29th
12:00-4: 00PM  

COS Campus 
Yokut Quad off of Woodland Ave.
Know of a community event you'd like to share? Email information and images to Claudia Van Groningen
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