- Thank you for your support 

October 14, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?  

Oct. 19 -- Party Train Fundraiser Begins

Oct. 27 -- Picture Day Grades K-6

Oct. 28 -- Picture Day Grades 7-8

Oct. 28 -- Fall Festival

Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day *NO SCHOOL*

Nov. 17-18 -- Conferences *NO SCHOOL*

Nov. 21-25 -- Fall Break *NO SCHOOL*

Thank you for the support 

It has been a busy and intense time the last couple of weeks for our community.  Although it has been hectic, the stress of this time has been lightened by the support of so many earnest and wonderful people.  We have an incredible school community here, and our staff has been inspired by the support of our families and friends.  You have encouraged us, and you have spoken out to draw attention to the situation.  The silver lining of this experience has clearly been that, when the chips were down, the depth of our relationships became very apparent.  

Thank you to all who have lended their energy for our cause.  Thank you for packing the VUSD board room three times, and to all of those who spoke on our behalf, including 3 of our scholars, alumni Kole Devereaux and current students Polly Moore and Zoe Mishler: your voices mattered.  We are inspired by the way you exemplified the SVA mission and vision statements.

Please continue to have faith in the process.  We are confident that these schools will not only exist, but that they will do great work in our community and be a part of making Visalia a more viable, thriving place to live.  We know firsthand the power of what we provide because we see how our scholars grow and evolve over time and we know their well-being has a ripple effect on our families and community.  We are eager to increase access to this model of education while continually improving our program.  

Please also know that during this time, our Superintendent and Board are attending to the details and will protect what we have, while our instructional and support staff continue to attend to serving children.  We will not be distracted or detoured from our mission or our vision, and we know that: 

"Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today."  -Gabriela Mistral

Our eyes are on our scholars.  We have a vision to realize and we will get there.  Thank you for your support.  Every word, every hug, every fist bump, and every repost has made a difference.  We will get there, and we will keep you posted along the way.

Enjoy a restful weekend!

Stay Connected

  If you haven't yet liked us on Facebook, now is a great time. You can view the videos of the VUSD Board Meetings and stay up to date on the latest developments. Click the button! 

Order forms will be sent home with your child next week. 
We're Focused Schoolwide on Math

Several of our teachers have been part of an excellent training series this year with Stanford Professor and mathematics education superstar Jo Boaler. They have been sharing what they've learned with the rest of the staff through collaborative Math Meetings, developing our whole staff to teach math in exciting ways which align with the latest brain research about how we learn.  Check out  this Scientific American article on the latest in math education  in the US. 

This three minute video on number sense offers a look at how we strive to teach math at SVA.  

Jo Boaler will be speaking at the Visalia Fox Theater on  December 5  from  6:30-8:00PM. The presentation, Help Children Love and Learn Maths, is geared toward parents . The event is free, but you must pre-register.  We'll keep you posted on how to register when that information becomes available. 

Please sign up to help make the Fall Fest a success. 

Here's a link to sign up to help in the Fall Festival such as cupcake & cake donations for the cake walk, flats of water and cans of caffeine free sodas donations, bounce house monitor volunteering, and drink sales table volunteering. Otherwise, contact your child's room parent and ask about volunteering a 1/2 hour to their class booth.  http://signup.com/go/4hSvzc  

Other events for the evening include: 
  • Haunted House
  • Costume Parade and Contest
  • Carnival Booths
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Silly String War Zone
  • SVA Belongs to Me tile painting in the cafeteria with Ms. deLemos ($10, cash only)
Quesadilla Gorilla is Coming to Fall Festival! 

PLEASE pre-order your quesadillas through the PTO by clicking   here.  

We are so excited to have this fabulous foodie favorite serving up their hearty homemade fare at this year's PTO Fall Festival!

This popular downtown restaurant occupies the space under the stairs of the Fox Theater.  For more than two years now, Quesadilla Gorilla has been wowing its customers with its gourmet quesadillas. If you haven't tried it yet, you are in for a treat!

We need to guarantee sales of a minimum of 100 'dillas, so please pre-order today. Contact Melodi Flynn for more info. 

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/living/foo
PLEASE pre-order your quesadillas through the PTO by clicking here. 
Quesadilla Gorilla will offer four customer favorites at the Fall Festival: 

1.) Evan Boling : cilantro lime chicken with bacon and fresh jalapeƱos 

2.) The Classic : house chile verde with whole black beans and Spanish style rice

3.) Where's the Beef?! : shredded beef with grilled fajita veggies and whole black beans 

4.) Atomic Veggie : fresh pico de gallo, whole black beans and grilled fajita veggies. 

All quesadillas come with your choice to two delicious homemade sauces. 

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/living/foo
PLEASE pre-order your quesadillas through the PTO by clicking  here. 
Fall Festival Haunted House Help Needed

Are you crafty? Creative? Artistic? Will you help design props for the haunted house at Fall Festival on October 28? Do you have props or decorations to share? 

If you'd like to help make this year's haunted house come alive, contact Felicia Wilcox, fwilcox@sycamorevalleyacademy.org or text 559-754-4182.

SVA Hoodies & Tees On Sale at Fall Festival

If you did not place an advance order for your SVA sweatshirt, you're in luck! We still have stock in most sizes and will be selling them at the Fall Festival. 

**Due to space constraints in the office, we won't be selling shirts through the front desk until construction of our new building has been completed. Thank you for your understanding.**

If you placed an order for backordered items, they will be sent home the week of October 24-28. 

Lunch Menu

Monday, 10/17 - Beef and Cheese Rolled Taco
Tuesday, 10/18 - Chile con Carne
Wednesday, 10/19 - Breaded Beef Patty on a Bun
Thursday, 10/20 - Teriyaki Beef Rice Bowl
Friday, 10/14 - Pizza Quesadilla 

Click here to download the  October Lunch Menu

For more information on lunch at SVA, please visit our website

Substitute Teachers Needed

Sycamore Valley Academy has a 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.  

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at  sdolin@sycamorevalleyacademy.org

Next PTO Meeting

Monday, November 14

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

Community Events
AAUW Book Sale

The American Association of University Women's book sale is happening at the Sequoia Mall now through October 17.  All proceeds go toward local scholarships and educational programs.  Books in all genres are $2-$3.

LA Youth Orchestra in Visalia

In honor of YOLA's 10th anniversary, 80 of the program's most advanced students, will tour as an orchestra for the first time. They will kick off the tour in Los Angeles and then travel across California, visiting Visalia and Fresno, culminating in the historic Paramount Theatre in Oakland. 
The 45-minute educational concert will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak and involve a narrative and video component that will illuminate the transformative power of music and community - and pay homage to YOLA's rich ten year history.
The Visalia performance will take place at the LJ Williams Theater on October 27, 7-8PM. 

Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for high school students, children 13 and under are admitted free. Buy your tickets here. 
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