- Fall Festival TONIGHT, Party Train and more! 

October 28, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?  

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

Oct. 28 -- Fall Festival tonight, RAIN OR SHINE!

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

Today the SVA and BOA teams prepared  and submitted  our materials 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.  

Our Public Hearing will occur before the TCOE Board at their  November 9 meeting, and a decision from this Board at their  December 7 meeting.  Both of these meetings will occur at  3:00 PM, at the new TCOE building on Mooney (just south of Mooney Grove Park).  We want all of our supporters to show up for us again, as the purpose of a Public Hearing is to demonstrate the community's support for these charters.  We are working with our speakers to present multiple perspectives on our program so the TCOE Board can be informed of the value of our schools.

We 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!

See you tonight, RAIN OR SHINE! 

In the event of rain during tonight's festivities, Fall Festival activities will be moved indoors. If it's raining when you arrive, please enter through the cafeteria. 


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. 
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! 
Attention Bus Riders!  

If you would like to be receive Remind text message alerts when busses are running late, please text @cvang to 81010 or get the Remind app for your smart phone. 

When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Sycamore Valley Academy. 

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, 10/31 - Mini Turkey Corndogs
Tuesday, 11/1 - Turkey & Gravy
Wednesday, 11/2 - Chicken Burger
Thursday, 11/3 - Cheesy Chicken Burrito
Friday, 11/4 - Cheese Pizza

Click here to download the  November 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
TCOE Theater 

Holiday Home Tour

Redwood High School's Ranger Band & Color Guard presents Visalia's 12th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 3.  Tour homes around Visalia that are decked out for the holidays. 

Tickets to this fun and festive event are on sale now for $15 ($20 at the door), contact Claudia Van Groningen for more information and to buy tickets. 

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