- Charter Petition Update, Fall Festival, Party Train and more! 

October 21, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?  

Oct. 19 - Nov. 2 -- Party Train Fundraiser

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*

Dec. 10 -- SVA Musical *Save the Date*

Charter Petition Update

The SVA and BOA teams are preparing to appeal the VUSD Board's decisions on the SVA and BOA charters to the Tulare County Office of Education. We hope for an impartial and fair application of the law to our petitions, and continue to feel confident our documents exceed the legal requirements for their approval.  We will keep our community posted as we move through this process, but would like to share with you that at this time, we are tentatively planning on our Public Hearing to occur before the TCOE Board at their November 9 meeting, and a decision from this Board at their December 7 meeting.  More detail on these meetings will come in future News & Notes updates.   While our situation represents a detour from the ideal process, we also want our community to know that we submitted our documents to VUSD on a timeline that allowed for County appeal (should we need it), so this extra step in our process is not expected to impact us negatively-- neither SVA's ability to continue to operate without interruption, nor BOA's ability to open next fall.

It is clear our relationship with Visalia Unified is changing as they will no longer be SVA's authorizer once the current charter term expires (June 30, 2016). Despite that significant change, we continue to desire authentic partnership with VUSD for several services, most notably our facility, and we know that our ability to work together in a fair and professional manner directly affects students' lives. We believe there are future opportunities for partnership in which Visalia Unified can demonstrate its support for our programs, even if the events of recent weeks have revealed challenges in their authorization process.  

For example, we have the following contracts with VUSD that are not dependent on their authorization of our charters, and we are eager to sort out which of these can remain in place in the future, and for which of these (if any) we may need to find a new service provider. 
  • Nutritional Services (school lunches and after school program snacks)
  • Transportation (busing from our 6 locations within Visalia)
  • Assessment Department support (Language Assessment for English Learners, data management support for student achievement data)
  • Health Aide/nurse
  • BTSA (new teacher mentoring/credentialing support)
  • Powerschool (Student Information System) 
  • CALPADS/CBEDS reporting 
  • SVA facility (accessed through Prop 39 request)
  • BOA facility (not already in place- seeking space, to be accessed through Prop 39 request)
We plan to keep our community updated via News & Notes regarding  our process for County Office appeal and  how the facilities discussions unfold in the coming weeks.  Please continue to read our updates and ask staff if you have any questions!  Thank you again for watching this story and supporting us as we move forward!

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Check those backpacks, order forms will be sent home with your child today. Click here for answers to many of your questions about picture day. Download the order form here
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How can we teach others about different places in the world?...ask a first or second grader at SVA!

The 1st & 2nd grade fall project "Around the World" was launched with a captivating classroom visit from anthropology professor, Dr. Marla Prochnow. She challenged the students to become cultural anthropologists. Her amazing artifacts and information were inspiring!

Dr. Prochnow shares an artifact

Students then spent two weeks learning how to infer from artifacts and about  cultural universals  or things that are common to ALL people and cultures. To explore this idea further, SVA friends and families who are from other countries or who have lived abroad were invited to share artifacts and field student questions. 

Ms. George shares the culture of Barbados

The students were thrilled to visit with presenters from 20 countries at the first ever World Culture Share Fair. The event was a chance for students to learn from experts about different cultures as well as touch incredible, authentic artifacts!  In the coming weeks first and second graders will research and create their own "suitcase" of artifacts from the country of their choice. 

Students enjoyed learning about Japanese culture with  Pete & Kaye van Gilluwe

Mr. Kaviani engaged students with Iranian artifacts

Mr. Corbett shared the culture of Sierra Leone

A huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who came out to share their cultures with our students.  
When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Sycamore Valley Academy. 

Party Train

Hop on the Party Train and support your school! From stargazing with Mr. Phillips to a bluegrass fest with the Johnsons, there's a party for everyone of every age and interest. Spread the word, and invite your friends and family to join the fun! 

View all of the parties and  p urchase tickets to the parties of your liking by   clicking here

Sycamore Valley Academy families and staff have donated their homes, time, and money in order to offer these wonderful opportunities. 

All proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting academic and enrichment activities and to create meaningful, nurturing opportunities for all. 

Ticket sales may also be accessed through our website at www.sycamorevalleyacademy.org/pto

This year the SVA PTO budgeted thousands of dollars for computers, field trips, school supplies, electives, sports, and other activities. 

Thank you for your continued support! 

Skip the Lines
You can skip the rush for tickets and get straight to the fun on Friday night.  PTO will be pre-selling ticket bundles and Quesadilla Gorilla certificates on the blacktop everyday after school next week, October 24-28. They will accept cash or credit/debit cards. Treat tickets and certificates like cash. 

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. 

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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. 

Lost and Found

Please be sure to check the rack for your child's belongings. We will be donating all items remaining after the Fall Festival to the Visalia Rescue Mission. 

Grease is the Word!

We have confirmed with the  Rotary Theater  our official show date: December 10 !  The theater class will perform two shows:  one matinee  and one evening  show. More details will be provided as the date  approaches

Ms. Chan will be holding  a "poodle skirt" making workshop within the next few weeks. If you have any extra felt lying around, please send it in.  Or, if you would like to donate felt and/ or help with the workshop, please email echan@sycamorevalleyacademy.org for more details. Thank you to those who have been sending in felt, leather jackets, jeans, scarves, etc. We already have quite the costume inventory!

Lunch Menu

Monday, 10/24 - Pepperoni Pizza
Tuesday, 10/25 - Spaghetti w/meat sauce
Wednesday, 10/26 - Hamburger
Thursday, 10/27 - Chicken Taquitos
Friday, 10/28 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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. 

Family Services is Hiring! 

If you or someone you know is looking for employment, check out the offerings currently available from Family Services of Tulare County.  View all job postings here.
Community Events
Food Link's Food Day

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.

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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