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February 12, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?

Feb 15 -- Holiday, No School

Feb 17  
-- 2016-17 Admission Lottery

March 10-11 -- Parent Teacher Conferences, No School

March 13 -- PTO Roller Towne Family Fun

Full-time Teacher 2016-17
SVA is looking for a talented teacher to join our staff next year. Here's a link to the posting on EdJoin. Pass it on! 

Substitute Teachers and Instructional Aides 
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] 
Excellence or Bust! 

SVA will be hosting an event especially for educators on April 1 and April 8. 

Leaders in education will visit our school to learn about our programs and instructional practices. 

If you are an educator, download the invitation here. Feel free to share with other educators in the community.
Pennies for Patients
February 8-26

SVA Student Council has organized school-wide participation in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign. 

Students across the country are collecting spare change during the campaign. Proceeds help fund blood cancer research and provide treatment for patients. 

Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. 

Send your loose change to your child's classroom starting Monday!
Sweaters and Coats

Parents, please write your child's name inside their jackets. 

Encourage your children to keep track of their own items at school. 

Have your children check for their name before taking items home. 

Please check for names in the items that have been brought home to be sure they are yours. 
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
DE Logo
DE Session - Feb 16-26
Destination: Back to the Future

Travel back in time, and forward too. Each day, Explorers will find themselves in a different time, learning about the language, clothes, food, and fun of the era. 
DE Staff
Conference Care Available 

Parent teacher conferences will be held on March 10-11, there is no school on those days. SVA After School Programs is offering care for SVA students during conferencesPre-registration is required by March 6 in order to participate.  

Students will participate in crafts, structured play, reading, projects, and will watch a movie.  Care is offered from 7:30-5:30. Students may also attend for a half day (7:30-12:30 or 12:30-5:30).  The fee for a full day is $12.  The fee for a half day is $6.  Food is not provided; students should bring their own snacks and lunch.  SVA dress code is not required, but reasonable standards of dress are expected.

Thursday March 10
CAMP OUT - Make a ranger vest, learn about local species, go on a nature walk.  Bring a sleeping bag (optional) to enjoy story time, a movie, and s'mores. 

Friday March 11
BACKWARDS ST. PATTY'S - Find a *three* leaf clover, look for a rainbow at the end of the pot of gold, and get a high five if you *don't* wear green!

Pre-registration is required by March 6 in order to participate.  Families already registered with after school programs can enroll through the event registration tab in their customer portal.  (Access your portal here.)  Families who have not yet registered must first do so by clicking on "Sign Up for Programs" at the ASP Program page of the SVA website.  Once you have registered, you will receive an email explaining how to access your portal.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Explorers Basketball

SVA Basketball still needs volunteer referees! 
We need 2-4 referees for all home games. 

Explorer Basketball Home Schedule
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]
Jog-a-Thon Coming Soon!

Attention Parents! Business sponsors are needed for the 20
16 SVA PTO Jog-a-Thon. 

PTO has expanded sponsorship opportunities this year. Sponsors will be recognized on event signage (Silver level $50 and up) and event t-shirts (Gold-Diamond level, $250-$750). Please help us make this event the huge success it was last year. 

Use this letter to reach out to your contacts in the community. 

Student pledge forms will be sent home on April 11 for parent and family Jog-a-Thon sponsorships. 
Next PTO Meeting

March 14, 6:00PM

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

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. 
Community Events
CAG Parent Workshop

California Association for the Gifted is hosting a parent workshop at their annual conference on February 26 in Palm Springs. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information. 

SVA alumnus, Sarah Matthews, plays the part of a Shark! 

Remaining Show dates: February 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 & 20 

For tickets, call (559) 686-1300
Sycamore Valley Academy | 559.622.3236 | [email protected]
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