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January 29, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?

Feb 5  
-- PTO Fundraiser Ends

Feb 8 -- Pennies for Patients Begins

Feb 8 -- PTO Meeting

Feb 12 -- Student Council's Twin Day 

Feb 15 -- Holiday, No School

Feb 17  
-- 2016-17 Admission Lottery

New Immunization Law

Effective January 1, 2016, a new law prohibiting exemption from immunization requirements for personal beliefs went into effect. 

If your family is affected by this change please read the letter from Tulare County Health & Human Services linked here.  

For more information you may contact Tulare County Public Health at (559) 687-5725 or visit
Substitute Teachers and Instructional Aides Wanted

We pay substitute teachers $116/day. 
Substitute Instructional Aides earn $10.30-14.42/hr (depending on education & experience). Must have Tulare County fingerprint clearance. For more information on qualifications and requirements, contact [email protected] Pass it on! 
PBL Kickoff

Trimester two projects are launching all over campus. 

Grades 1 & 2 had a surprise visit from Amelia Earhart (aka Mrs. Andrews) last week to kick off their Hero project. 

This week grades 3 & 4 hosted CB Thompson, owner of the downtown game shop GameQore to launch their California Missions board game project. 

CB Thompson of GameQore

Next week, grades 5 & 6 will begin their math project by serving meals at the Visalia Rescue Mission and will begin to answer their guiding question: "How can we use what we're learning about fractions, ratios, and conversions to make a positive impact on our community?" 
 SVA Board of Directors recognizes Todd Oto for his service and welcomes Melanie Stringer as the new VUSD representative. 
The Police Experience
The Police Experience
UPHS Fundraiser Event

The Police Experience is performing an all-ages show at Visalia's Cellar Door on Saturday, February 6 to benefit UPHS. 

UPHS is charter high school on the COS campus which is home to many SVA alumns. 

"The most authentic Police tribute band in the world", is fronted by one of our own SVA family, Mr. Rasner! 

Advance tickets are $15 ($20 at the door). Contact Mrs. Rasner [email protected] for more info or to purchase tickets. 
Explorers Basketball

SVA Basketball still needs volunteer referees! 

We need 2-4 referees for all home games. If you can help out at one or more games, your help will be greatly appreciated! Sorry, no high school students may referee in this league. 

Explorer Basketball Home Schedule

February 4 - 3:30 - 4:30
February 16 - 3:30 - 5:30
March 3 - 3:30 - 4:30
March 8 - 3:30 - 5:30
March 10 - 3:30 - 4:30

Please contact Jessica Bennett ASAP if you can help out! [email protected]
Tell One Person 

The admissions period is a time to reach out to our community, to
increase access to our option by increasing awareness of our option.
Please commit to telling one person about SVA, and encourage them to apply to join us.  

Here are a few easy ways to spread the word about SVA:
1.  Please forward the email you received two weeks ago with the subject line "Special Announcement - 2016-17 Admissions" to anyone you know who may be interested in our excellent option for education. 

2. Invite someone to attend an informational meeting or take a campus tour. Info meetings will be held at 6PM in the cafeteria on Jan. 25, and Feb. 16. Tours will be held at 8AM on Feb. 4, and Feb 11. Call ahead to reserve a spot on the tour. Spanish translation is available for all tours and info meetings. 

3. Post about us on social media.  Share a link to our website's admissions page via social media. Here's that link: SVA Admissions. Share a post from Ms. Dutton or another staff member, or write your own post about our awesome school. #SVArocks

4. Print the application, linked here, and hand it to someone you know. 

5. Just talk. By telling others about the positive experience your family has had at SVA, you can help others in our community who value education gain access to this option. Share a story about a moment when you were grateful for SVA, share your child's success, or - better yet, ask your child to tell someone why they love SVA. 

Tomato Garden
January 26-February 12

Art Supplies Needed! 

Ms. Bennett is collecting old CDs, scrapbook paper and yarn for upcoming projects. If you'd like to contribute materials, please send them to your child's classroom teacher. 

Thank you!
Next PTO Meeting

February 8, 6:00PM

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

You've seen how Sycamore Valley Academy ranked against other districts in the county on 2014-15 CAASPP scores, now take a look at how we stacked up against other VUSD schools. 
Check out the table below to see how SVA compares to the best of VUSD. 

Way to go SVA! 

This table compares achievement in like grade levels at top performing VUSD schools. 
DE Logo
Current DE Session - Jan 11-29
Destination: Under the Sea
Head underwater to enjoy the sights and scenery of the sea, both factual and fictional. Watch out for sharks! 

Next DE Session - Feb 1-12
Destination: Music Makers
Music surrounds us throughout our day, whether it is made by musicians or the beat of our hearts. Listen to music and make your own in this DE session. Feel the rhythm! 
Foggy Day Schedules

SVA will operate as usual on foggy days, but students arriving late with a written or phone excuse will not be penalized for being tardy. 

Bus transportation is provided through VUSD and all "foggy day plan" schedules will be decided by the district transportation office. Foggy day plans are announced through news media and is posted on the district's website

For more information on foggy day plans at SVA download this PDF
Honoring Student Achievement

We accept nominations for student recognition on an ongoing basis, so be sure to let us know when something great happens! If you would like to nominate a student for their extra curricular accomplishments, complete this form
Scholar Fund Campaign 

Many thanks to those who have made a contribution. Your support is so meaningful! 

No amount is too small to make a difference for our school. Click here to donate online now

Thank you for helping make SVA the school of choice in Visalia! 
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