-Winter performances, party train, GREASE!, and more.

December 2, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?  

Happening NOW! - Party Train Fundraiser

Dec. 7 - TCOE Decision Hearing - 3:00PM

Dec. 10 -- SVA Musical 

Dec. 12 -- Applications for 2017-18 Available

Dec. 16 -- Winter Performances 

Dec. 16 -- Middle School Dance 

Dec. 19- Jan. 6 -- Winter Break *No School*

Charter Renewal Update

We're in the home stretch! Next Wednesday the TCOE board will issue their decision on both SVA's and BOA's charters. Please come on out to support our schools. Wednesday, December 7, 3:00PM at 6200 S. Mooney Blvd. See you there!
Are you planning to return to SVA next year? 

The admissions window for 2017-18 begins on December 12, 2016.  Due to this, it is time to re-enroll for the next school year. Continuing  students' seats will be preserved with the proper and timely completion  of this form. Preference in new admissions is given to the siblings of  currently enrolled students whenever possible. A sibling is defined as  a child living in the same home and sharing the same legal guardian.

Please check your child's backpack or folders for a green "Reenrollment Form" today.  You'll notice that this year's form includes our proposed new school, Blue Oak Academy.  While approval of both charters is not yet in hand, we expect that approvals will be secured in the near term (either via TCOE Wednesday or at the State Board).  Your completion of this form is required by December 12
, and will help us prepare for our lottery in February.  Please return the form to your child's teacher by the deadline! Download it here.

Admissions Window Opening Soon! 

December 12 will mark the beginning of our 2017-18 admissions cycle. Please spread the word about our excellent schools! Send this form to anyone who may be interested in enrolling at SVA or BOA. Thanks for your support! 

Here's a timeline of admissions events for your quick reference:
  • December 12 - applications available
  • January 10 - 6:00PM informational meeting
  • January 12 - 8:00AM school tour
  • January 23 - 6:00PM informational meeting
  • February 2 - 8:00AM  school tour
  • February 14 - 6:00PM informational meeting
  • February 15 @ noon - deadline to submit applications
  • February 15 @ 6:00PM - lottery
Winter Performances December 16

Each grade level has about 20 minutes of cafeteria time to impress family and friends!  Note: this is the last day before winter break and a minimum day with dismissal at 12:15

The schedule of performances will be as follows:

7th & 8th Grades
5th & 6th Grades
3rd & 4th Grades
1st & 2nd Grades

Middle School Field Trip
Our 7th and 8th grade students trekked to Fresno today to visit the Fresno Art Museum. Check out some pics from the day!

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! 
Holiday Crafts and Treats Party with Ms. Denham

Drop your child off at Ms. Denham's house for a crafty afternoon (and maybe even squeeze in a little afternoon alone time for your own crafts or shopping!) Buy your tickets here.

Sat, December 17, 2016
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Ladies Night! Cards Against Humanity

Ladies Night - Cards Against Humanity. Join the flippant fun (it's definitely not for the faint of heart!). Snacks will be provided. BYOB  
Sat, January 14, 2016

School policy regarding mobile devices and cameras remains in effect (they must be kept out of sight at all times).  Students may request to use their phone to call home, but prior approval is required as it is during all school events.  Staff will be acting as photographers at the dance. 

Students may wear any colors they wish and are not required to wear a collared shirt. All other dress code policies are in effect including skirt length, heel height, too baggy/too tight, etc. 
Knitting Club 

Knitting Club with  Mrs. Lewis is up and running ! The club is open to all 5th-8th grade students and meets in room 15 on Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30.  Contact Katrina Lewis for more information.  

GREASE is the Word!

Rotary Theater
December 10
330 S. Dollner
Two shows!  2PM & 6PM

Tickets will be on sale before and after school Wednesday - Friday next week. Tickets are $3.00 general admission and $5.00 reserved. 
Lost and Found

Please remember to check the lost and found regularly for your items. The next drop off at the rescue mission will occur on  December 16 , the last day before winter break. 

If your child's name is legibly written on an item, it will be taken to their classroom...if there's no name to be found it will be donated. 

Please check at home to be sure the items you have (like green SVA hoodies) belong to you. It's easy for students to mix them up at school. 

Leadership Visalia Visits SVA

Leadership Visalia, a program of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, visited our campus as part of their Education Day Session last month.  The Leadership Visalia program is offered as a service to participants and the broader Visalia community as an investment to ensure effective leadership in our workplaces, community organizations, and civic institutions. 

Principal Phillips took the group on a tour of our campus and showed off our curriculum and culture. Superintendent Dutton gave a presentation on public charter school funding. View the presentation here

The group was thoroughly impressed by our students' work and we were so proud to share our excellent programs with leaders in our community. 

SVA Students Give Back to their Community

We would like to give a shout out to SVA students Claire Johnson, Fayelynn Lewis, Polly Moore, Sierra Gleaton, Sofia Rasner, Ainsley Procnow, Caroline Johnson, and Lucy Maitland-Lewis for volunteering their time  to the community at Temple B'Nai David's Saucy September event. Thank you for representing your school well! 

At last month's meeting of the SVA Board of Directors, Board Members Harold Rollin and Toby Maitland-Lewis presented a check for $200 from Congregation B'nai David in honor of the SVA students who volunteered. Event organizers were impressed by our students and very grateful for their help that evening. We are so grateful for the gift from Congregation B'Nai David and their support of our school. 

 A few of our student volunteers ready to serve.

Kinder Dental Assessments

A free dental program will be offered for kindergarten students on December 13. Kindergarten students will receive a free dental exam and are eligible to receive free fluoride treatment. 
A dentist or registered dental hygienist will conduct an assessment of your child's teeth to decide which teeth need to be followed up and will then apply the fluoride.

If you wish your student to participate, you must sign and return the consent form linked below. 

Download the consent form in English

5 EASY Ways to Support Your School 
This Holiday Season
1. Give PTO Party Train Tickets
Many of the parties will be held in the spring, making party tickets a great holiday gift for anyone on your list. Purchase tickets here

2. Shop for Groceries and Shop Online with eScrip
eScrip has replaced the Save Mart SHARES program. Sign up here to register your phone number and/or your Save Mart Rewards Card with eScrip. Save Mart will donate 3% of your purchases to our school. 

By signing up for eScrip, you can also shop online and earn for your school at hundreds of retailers you already use. You DO NOT have to register a card to use eScrip online. Start your online shopping at shopping.escrip.com, sign in to shop and receive special offers and earn cash for SVA! 

3. Shop Online with Amazon Smile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Sycamore Valley Academy when you start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. 

Bookmark the link  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/37-1638700 
and support us every time you shop. 

4. Shop Online with Mixed Bag
Use this link to shop with Mixed Bag Designs for your holiday gifts, decor, and wrapping paper. SVA PTO will receive 40% of the purchase price of your items!

5. Collect Box Tops
Save those Box Tops from thousands of General Mills products and drop them off in the front office. Our school receives $0.10 per Box Top. It might not seem like much, but it adds up to hundreds of dollars a year in free money for our school! 

Lunch Menu

Monday, 12/5 - Beef and cheese rolled taco
Tuesday, 12/6 - Chile con carne
Wednesday, 12/7 - Breaded beef patty on a bun
Thursday, 12/8 - Teriyaki beef rice bowl
Friday, 12/9 - Pizza quesadilla

Click here to download the December Lunch Menu 

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

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, December 12

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

Parent Support
Welcome to our new Parent Support section. To help achieve the intended outcome for families articulated in our Strategic Plan, we will be offering a series of informational resources to help support you in the often challenging, yet infinitely rewarding task of parenting. 
Growth Mindset 

Staff and students at SVA receive explicit instruction and modeling of how to develop a growth mindset. Growth mindset is the core belief that abilities are malleable rather than fixed and is based on new insight on the structural, physical effects of learning on the brain (Dweck, 2006). 

In contrast, in a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intellect or aptitude, are simply fixed traits. They believe that talent or inherent ability alone creates success. When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. 

Understanding that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic and that all people share potential for learning and growth will help you support your children as they grapple with academic challenges. 

Jo Boaler, author of Mathematical Mindsets, is coming to Visalia next Monday. We encourage you to go hear her speak about how to encourage your child to love math. She shows that with the right teaching and messages we can all be good at math. This is sure to be an enriching experience for all parents and is a great opportunity to learn how to best support your child in their education. 
Community Events
Dr. Jo Boaler's  Mindset Revolution
Central Valley Parents Night: 
How to Encourage  Children to Love and Learn Maths

Parents, do you dread when your student has math homework? Have you  suffered from math trauma? Would you like to learn how to best help your  student succeed in math? If so, then join us for a FREE event Monday,  December 5 at the Visalia Fox Theatre with researcher and Stanford  Professor, Dr. Jo Boaler. 

Dr. Boaler has worked closely with Tulare County  teachers and schools to rethink how math is taught and to help create better  math classroom experiences. She will share her ideas about the best ways to  learn math through her engaging stories and videos.

Dr. Jo Boaler is a professor of mathematics Education at Stanford
University and co-founder of youcubed.org. She is the author of eight books  including What's Math Got To Do With It? (2015) and Mathematical  Mindsets (2016). She is recognized around the world for her outstanding  work and serves as an adviser to several Silicon Valley companies and is a  White House presenter on girls and STEM (Science, Technology,  Engineering, and Math). She draws on her extensive research with  thousands of students to work with teachers, parents, and caregivers on how  they can transform children's ideas and experiences through positive  growth mindsets. 

Visalia Fox Theater
308 W. Main St. 
December 5 6:30-8:00PM
FREE! (registration is
encouraged to reserve
your seat)
To register, 
contact Caroline Koontz
(559) 651-2130

This event will be translated in Spanish.

Dr. Boaler with SVA Staff earlier this year
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. 

Upcoming Events with Sequoia Riverlands Trust

December 3 - Blue Oak Ranch Preserve in Springville: This is an open day for families to come explore from 9:00AM-3:30PM. There will be a guest speaker (Archaeologist) or you can just explore. 

December 10- Kaweah Oaks Preserve: Open day at KOP but there will also be a highway clean-up and other volunteer opportunities.

December 17- 9:00AM Volunteer day at Kaweah Oaks Preserve.

December 19- 9:00AM All ages, self guided scavenger hunt at Kaweah Oaks Preserve. Small prizes for completing our educational scavenger hunt.

December 21- Blue Oak Ranch Preserve: Open exploration Day and a moss/lichen hike/talk.
Holocaust Education Center  FREE FILM NIGHT

Hidden Sorrows
Michelle Kelso 
Romania, 2005 (57 Min.)

Nazi Supremacy Targets-Gypsies
Friday December 10th @ 6:30 pm
115 E. Paseo Ave. Visalia
(559) 308-1333- RSVP

Spaghetti Dinner ($5) & Holocaust Books Available

This documentary chronicles the rarely told narratives of Gypsy survivors of Nazi persecution in Romania as they remember their experiences during WWII in the context of their lives today.

During WWII, Gypsies were slated alongside Jews and other populations for extermination. In each country occupied or allied with Nazi Germany, their fate was similar. Nearly 500,000 are supposed to have perished due to systematic extermination, forced marches, starvation, exposure, diseases, and abuses.

The Gypsies' experience critically altered their lives. Survivors share with viewers their shocking deportation from Romania to camps where they fought to survive by any means necessary. Hidden Sorrows reveals the continued struggle of Gypsies for equality in a society that views them as second-class citizens. It examines the present impoverishment of the survivors and their descendants as well as discrimination facing them daily.
UPHS Theater Featuring SVA Alumni

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