News & Notes A ugust 9, 2017
What's Happening at The Academies? 

Aug 10 -- 
SVA New Student Orientation & Middle School Orientation

Aug 11 -- 
Blue Oak Orientation & Grand Opening

August 16 -- First Day of 2017-18 Academic Year

Orientation Information 

To help you and your child get acquainted with our unique program, our campuses and our staff, we will host an Orientation Night for each of The Academies Charter Schools. 

Orientation is recommended for families new to our schools, families who joined us mid year or were otherwise unable to attend Orientation previously, and anyone else who wants to meet new staff or ask questions before the first day of school. After School Program staff will be available to answer your questions and complete registration. 

Sycamore Valley 
New Student Orientation 
SVA Cafeteria
August 10

**New this year** 
MANDATORY Middle School Orientation
Immediately following New Student Orientation
August 10

Blue Oak 
BOA Cafeteria
August 11
5:30-6:30 - Orientation
6:30-7:30 - Meet and Greet with author Gary Soto
7:30-8:00 - PTO Planning Chat with SVA PTO Leaders

Heads up!

Your child will receive a first day packet of paperwork.  Return the next day or 
Friday.  Classes may have incentives to motivate, so don't be surprised if your kid harrasses you about it.  Call the school office if you have questions or need assistance filling out your paperwork.
You've Got Mail

Postcards went out last week to inform you of your student's teacher.  If you have not yet received a postcard and you're anxious to know who will be your partner in education this year, you may contact the office assistant at your child's school.  

Joy George at Sycamore Valley Academy - 622-3236
Lupita Sanchez Blue Oak Academy - 730-7422

Uniform Dress Code Policy

At The Academies, we support a school uniform policy in order to level the playing field for all of our  students. Our school uniform policy helps to provide an academic environment where children feel equal,  and are not distracted or offended by what others wear. It is the parent or guardian's responsibility to be  sure that the student is wearing the official school uniform. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. 

SHIRTS must be free of designs, logos, or embellishments. Shirts must have a collar. The following necklines are permitted: button-down, polo, Peter Pan, turtleneck. No t-shirts allowed, and no other colors of shirt are allowed. No strapless, spaghetti strap, low-cut, or cut off tops are allowed. The following solid colors are permitted:

● Green (SVA)
● Blue (BOA)
● White
● Brown
● Khaki
● Black
● Gray

SWEATERS, SWEATSHIRTS, COATS, JACKETS must be free of designs, logos, or embellishments. The following solid  colors are permitted:

● Green (SVA)
● Blue (BOA)
● White
● Brown
● Khaki
● Black
● Gray
● Denim

No other colors are permitted.

PANTS, SHORTS, SKORTS, or SKIRTS must fit the student appropriately (not be excessively large or excessively  tight), and be free of designs, logos, or embellishments. Shorts, and skorts must have an inseam of 6 inches or longer. Skirts must be no more than 4 inches from the top of the knee. The following solid colors are permitted:

● Green (SVA)
● Blue (BOA)
● White
● Brown
● Khaki
● Black
● Gray
● Denim

Tights/leggings, ties, shoes and headwear may be different colors.

SHOES must be simple and generally free of designs or embellishments. Tennis shoes, boots, dress flats (i.e.  Mary Janes), and sandals (with backs) are permitted. No light-up sneakers, flip-flops, jellies, or wheelies. Any  type of shoes without a back/heel strap are not allowed. Shoes and boots may not have heels higher than 1".

HATS may be worn outside only and may have sports teams, college/school logos or story characters (super hero, Star Wars, Pokemon, etc.). Must be mostly solid color and free of large brand logos and  embellishments (rhinestones, studs, etc.).

Spirit Day Every Friday!
Students may wear any school shirt to show their pride in The Academies (SVA or BOA). Examples include I love  SVA, I love Blue Oak, Jog-a-Thon, Mathletics, SVA Basketball, or shirts that have been decorated at home to show school  spirit. Students are not required to wear a spirit shirt on Fridays; if they choose not to do so, the regular  uniform is required.

Spirit gear is on sale in your school's office. Tees are $10 and hoodies are $20. 

Questions? Please contact your school office. 

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Wonder where you're supposed to go? See our handy maps below! 

Gates will open at 7:35 AM. Students are not allowed on campus prior to that time. Once a student  arrives at school, he/she may not leave campus before dismissal unless a parent or guardian signs the  student out at the front office. 

Parents must wait outside the gates for students after school. Due to safety concerns, students will  not be released to a vehicle. Parents must park their vehicle and come to the gate to receive their  student. Upon dismissal, teachers will escort students to the exit gate areas. Fifteen minutes after dismissal , students remaining on campus will be checked into the after-school program.
If it is necessary to park across the street for drop-off or pick-up,  parents must park their vehicle and escort their student across the street where  there is a crosswalk. Jaywalking is prohibited by law and is unsafe for our kiddoes.
Parents are asked to observe safe driving habits in the school zone. Please do not double-park, park in  fire lanes or park in handicapped parking spaces (unless you display a handicapped marker/license).

Detailed info about drop off and pick up procedures is in our family handbook! Click here to download BOA's or to download SVA's

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! 

School Breakfast and Lunch 

We are happy to announce that we are now serving breakfast! 

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. 

You can pay for lunches with cash, check  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. 

Menus are always available on our website.  Click here for the August menu
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. 

Returning families, please note that we are changing our billing and payment system. At the end of this month, your Jackrabbit account will no longer be active. Please pay any outstanding fees by July 31. Thank you! 

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.

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

Sycamore Valley Bus Signup 

For the convenience of our families, SVA has contracted with Visalia Unified School District (VUSD)to provide bus transportation to the SVA campus. 

SVA and The Academies Board of Directors have chosen to invest in transportation service in order to ensure equitable community access to our school. 

Seats on the buses are limited and are assigned on a first come, first served basis. In the event that there are more rider applications than available seats, preference will be given first to students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch. Second priority will be given to students who will ride the bus daily. Remaining seats will be filled based on the order applications were received.

ALL bus riders and their parents must attend a MANDATORY transportation meeting during our Back to School Night. More details will be shared in News & Notes as the date approaches. 

Families in need of transportation to SVA may submit a 2017-18 Transportation Request Form by clicking here.

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 PTO Meeting

August 15
Round Table Pizza 
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 
The Academies CMO| 559.622-3236 |