News & Notes September 7, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Sept 8 -- SVA PTO Parents and Pastries

Sept 11 --
SVA PTO Meeting 
and BOA PTO Meeting

SVA PTO Mixed Bag Fundraiser

From August 28th through September 16th, we're selling tote bags, accessories, kitchenware & more through a Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser!
Order forms went home today with your students! 
  • Online Ordering is available!
  • Out of town friends & family can order online at
  • Remind them to enter the STUDENT NAME (as the seller) during checkout so that your student gets credit for the sale.
  • Online orders ship directly to the supporter (anywhere in the USA) & shipping is free on any order of $75 or more.
Questions? Contact: JENNIFER DENHAM (559-730-6207) or by email at

Mrs. Cazarez's Room has a Google Site! 

Welcome to Can Too in Room 2, a special place where students CAN and students DO! The students and Mrs. Cazarez will be using this webpage as a tool to share their learning throughout the year! Please use the links at the top to learn more about the classroom. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Cazarez at

A Message from Principal Stinson

Dear Blue Oak Families,

We appreciate the overwhelming support you have shown our school. Joining the PTO and attending Back to School Night helps us all to stay connected and work together to create the  best environment for our students! We want to announce our school mascot voted by our staff: We are officially the BLUE OAK INNOVATORS!! The definition of innovate is to "do something new". Besides opening a new school, what a perfect image of the vision for our school and students! We are innovating education as we create an environment customized to serve all. We're so glad you are a part of this journey with us!

Our first "official" Blue Oak PTO meeting will be Monday, Sept. 11th, 6:00pm at Round Table (Mary's Vineyard). We will be finalizing our preparation for our first fundraiser, Mixed Bags!

*If you need any financial assistance with uniforms, please contact Mrs. Stinson

With Gratitude, 

Mrs. Stinson

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!

Thank You, SVA PTO! 

Sycamore Valley students and teachers are so grateful for the donation of technology for our classrooms! Thanks to you, we have the most robust tech setup in our history, including 1:1 Chromebooks in Middle School! 

Road Construction on 280

Sycamore Valley parents, you may have noticed signs indicating a road closure on Avenue 280 beginning next week. Please note that the scheduled closure is on 280 from Road 68 to Road 60. The closure is not expected to impede access to SVA from the east, but may cause minor delays as westbound through traffic is detoured at Road 68.

School Breakfast and Lunch 

Did you know that breakfast is available each school morning beginning at  7:35? 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 September menu

School Supplies

No school supplies are required! All necessary classroom supplies are provided for our students at The Academies. 

If you'd like to contribute helpful items to your child's classroom, the following materials are always welcome gifts! 

Hand Sanitizer
Baby wipes for cleaning hands
Lysol Sanitizing Wipes
Paper Towel Rolls
Low Odor Whiteboard Markers (EXPO)
Whiteboard wipes/cleaner
Dixon Ticonderoga pencils
Target/Wal-mart gift cards for later purchases

Keep an eye out for "Helping Hands" from your teacher! 
After School Program Information 

To sign up for any of The Academies after school program options, please complete this online form, and one of our program staff will be in touch with you soon. 

Our program fees are on a sliding scale based on income and family size. Fee reduction is available to families who qualify upon request and verification. You must complete the application for Free and Reduced Lunch to qualify (will be sent home on the first day of school).


We offer a 20% discount on fees paid in advance. You can pay in advance in two ways:

1. If you know you will need care on specific days or a specific number of days per week, sign  up for the flat fee plan that suits your needs and set up automatic monthly payments from your  checking account. View all Flat Fee Plans on our websites. To sign up for flat rate plans please fill out this form, attach a voided check, and return to ASP staff. 

2. If you will need only occasional drop-in care, make a deposit to your account and your fees  will be deducted at the discounted rate. See daily program fees on our websites. 

If you have questions about our programs at any time, please email or call the school office to leave a message for the After School Program Coordinator, Elyse Reveles.

Sycamore Valley Academy Office- (559) 622-3236
Blue Oak Academy Office- (559) 730-7422

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

September 11
Round Table Pizza 
Packwood Creek Center
4035 S. Mooney Blvd.

Next BOA PTO Meeting

September 11
Round Table Pizza
Mary's Vineyard
1691 E. Noble Ave.
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