- No School Monday, Pre-Order Dinner for Fall Festival

September 30, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?  

Oct. 3 -- NO SCHOOL  

Oct. 6 -- VUSD Special Board Meeting for SVA/BOA Charters

Oct. 10 -- PTO Meeting 

Oct. 11 -- VUSD Board Decision Hearing

Oct. 27 -- Picture Day Grades K-6

Oct. 28 -- Picture Day Grades 7-8

Oct. 28 -- Fall Festival *SAVE THE DATE*

Staff Development Day -- NO SCHOOL

Please Plan to Attend Our Charter Hearings

On Thursday, October 6 at 6:00PM, in a special meeting, the VUSD Board will review and discuss approval of the charter for Blue Oak Academy and renewal of Sycamore Valley Academy's charter. Our charters are the sole agenda item this evening and VUSD staff will be sharing their recommendation regarding how their Board should vote - to approve or deny these charter petitions.   The VUSD Board will not vote on the charters October 6, but may engage our staff if they have any questions regarding our petitions.   The decision hearing for both charters will occur at a regular meeting of the VUSD Board on Tuesday, October 11. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00PM. 

California Education Code Section 47605(b) limits the reasons a District can deny a charter petition. Read the full text of the law here: 

In reviewing petitions for the establishment of charter schools pursuant to this section, the chartering authority shall be guided by the intent of the Legislature that charter schools are and should become an integral part of the California educational system and that the establishment of charter schools should be encouraged. The governing board of the school district shall grant a charter for the operation of a school under this part if it is satisfied that granting the charter is consistent with sound educational practice. The governing board of the school district shall not deny a petition for the establishment of a charter school unless it makes written factual findings, specific to the particular petition, setting forth specific facts to support one or more of the following findings:
(1)  The charter school presents an unsound educational program for the pupils to be enrolled in the charter school.

(2)  The petitioners are demonstrably unlikely to successfully implement the program set forth in the petition.

(3)  The petition does not contain the number of signatures required by subdivision (a).  [This is met with either 50% of projected year 1 student enrollment represented by parent signatures OR 50% of projected year 1 teaching staff represented in teacher signatures.]

(4)  The petition does not contain an affirmation of each of the conditions described in subdivision (d).

(5)  The petition does not contain reasonably comprehensive descriptions of [the 15 required elements, elements A-O].

(6)  The petition does not contain a declaration of whether or not the charter school shall be deemed the exclusive public employer of the employees of the charter school for purposes of Chapter 10.7 (comme
ncing with Section 3540) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

Superintendent Dutton is confident that neither Sycamore Valley Academy nor Blue Oak Academy can be accurately described by the above findings.

We want to pack that board room again, so please plan to join us for these importa nt events. We will meet right outside the front doors of VUSD's District Office, 5000 W. Cypress, 15 minutes prior to the start of these meetings.

Thursday, October 6 @ 6:00PM
Meet outside 5000 W. Cypress @ 5:45PM
Hear VUSD staff recommendations   and their Board's discussion.
Tuesday, October 11 @ 7:00PM 
Meet outside 5000 W. Cypress @ 6:45PM
Hear the VUSD Board's decision 
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 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. 
Order SVA Hoodies NOW! **Deadline Extended**

We're taking advance orders for SVA sweatshirts. Please print the order form  attached here and return it with payment to your child's teacher or the front office  by Tuesday, October 4

Orders of in-stock items will be sent home with students by Friday, October 7. Backordered items will be sent home the week of October 24-28. 

Hard copies of the order form were sent home with students this week. 

Check out our awesome new grey zip hoodies available in sizes Youth S - Adult XL

 Green pullover hoodies are available in all sizes 
Youth XS-Adult XL 

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.

Lunch Menu

Monday, 10/3 - NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday, 10/4 - Orange Chicken Rice Bowl
Wednesday, 10/5 - Cheese Enchilada
Thursday, 10/6 - Tostada Boat
Friday, 8/12 - Cheese Breadsticks

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 our substitute list is short.  

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 expand our team.  

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

Next PTO Meeting

Monday, October 10

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

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