-Charter Approval, Introducing BOA, Admissions, and more! 

December 9, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?  

Happening NOW! - Party Train Fundraiser

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*

Funding our Future

Our annual community fundraising campaign is on now!  Please help support our excellent option in public education and the outstanding enrichment programs we provide. Your donation is fully tax deductible and your support is critical to our success. 

Students at SVA are receiving much  more  than students at neighborhood schools...

more PBL,
more enrichment,
more field trips,
more staff in classrooms,
more differentiated instruction...

...and to continue to provide  more  for students, we rely on contributions from you

Every dollar you give supports student learning. 

Charter Renewal Update

The Tulare County Office of Education voted unanimously this week to approve the charters for both Sycamore Valley Academy and Blue Oak Academy!  
We are excited about the board's decision and are looking forward to a bright future in partnership with TCOE. 
If you or someone you know is interested in attending one of our schools, please spread the word and share the interest form linked here in English and linked here in Espanol

Introducing Blue Oak Academy

We are thrilled to be able to serve more students by opening our new school this fall! 

Fast Facts About BOA
  • K-8, site-based charter school. Opening K-2 and adding grades over time.
  • Opening in the fall of 2017, proposed location in north central Visalia
  • Replication of Sycamore Valley Academy, both of which are to be managed by a 501c3 Charter Management Organization ("CMO"), The Academies.

Enrollment Projections for Blue Oak Academy

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 which will open for grades K-2 in the fall. 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 Opens Monday! 

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


GREASE is the Word!

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

Tickets are on sale now! 

$3.00 general admission 
$5.00 reserved seating
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

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

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! 

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.  
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. 

Dress Code Reminder

Please take a moment to look over our dress code policy. Some common infractions we are seeing frequently include blue shirts and jackets with patterns or in colors other than those approved in the dress code shown below. Thanks for your support in this matter. 

SVA Uniform Dress Visual Reference Guide

Foggy Day Schedules

Since our transportation is contracted through VUSD, our school busses are on the same Foggy Day Plan schedule as the District. 

Updates on foggy days can be obtained from these sources: 
  • TV channels 24, 26, 30, and 47
  • Radio stations KMJ and KJUG
  • (559) 730-7594

Please familiarize yourself with the following foggy day plans:
  • Plan A - Bus and classes on regular schedule
  • Plan B - Busses delayed 2 hours, classes start on time (if change is made, announcement will be at 8:30AM)
  • Plan C - Morning busses cancelled, classes start on time. 
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

Lunch Menu

Monday, 12/12 - Pepperoni Pizza
Tuesday, 12/13 - Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce
Wednesday, 12/14 -Hamburger
Thursday, 12/15 - Chicken Taquitos
Friday, 12/16 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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.  

Substitute Instructional Aides Needed

Sycamore Valley Academy Aide Subs minimum requirements are a high school diploma and fingerprint clearance. 

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. 

Recommended reading: Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler,  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck and Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. 
Community Events
Upcoming Events with Sequoia Riverlands Trust

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

University Preparatory Theater (UPT) Presents
A 12th Night featuring UPHS actors/actresses, our Folklorico Dance class, and a live band.

Performance Dates
Thursday, December 15
th   at 7pm
Friday, December 16th at 7pm
Saturday, December 17th at 1:30pm and 7pm

The Enchanted Playhouse
307 E. Main Street Visalia

Get Tickets from tix4upt.com

Feature Headline

The  Visalia  Singer's Showcase is an exciting new community-driven project designed to help talented young  singers get the experience, exposure, and expertise needed for a successful career in the performing arts.

There's NO COST to enroll. Scholarships are donated by supportive sponsors in the local community. Space is limited, so enroll today!

An Orientation & Demonstration Event is coming up on December 17  at CafĂ© 210 in Downtown  Visalia

For more information, please call (559) 372-7686 or visit our website at  www.visaliasingershowcase.com. You can also find us on Facebook.  

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