March 11, 2016
SVA News & Notes
What's Happening at SVA?

March 13 -- PTO Roller Towne Family Fun

March 14 -- PTO Meeting

March 21-28 -- Spring Break, No School
Roller Towne Family Fun! 

Dust off those wheels and come out for some family fun on Sunday, March 13, 10AM-NOON. 

The cost is $4.00 per person. 

"SVA Belongs to Me" tiles will be available to paint at Roller Towne. These tiles will be installed on campus for all future Explorers to see! 

Lost and Found Cleanup

Parents, please collect your child's belongings from the lost and found by Friday, March 18. 

Everything left behind at the end of the day on 3/18 will be donated to Visalia Rescue Mission. 
Admissions Info

We have a few seats remaining in our new middle school class next year. If you know someone who is looking for an alternative to the large middle school experience, please share our application for 2016-17 admission, linked here.
Provide your Input on our LCAP Survey

California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) requires schools to solicit stakeholder input in developing their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP). Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey linked here
Action Alert: Proposed Ballot Initiative Aims to Shut Down Charter Schools

Have you heard that an anti-charter group is trying to gather enough signatures to put an initiative on the ballot in November that would close every single charter in California? 

Join us in asking California to support its charter schools and not let a few angry people close great public schools. 

Take one minute to sign this petition

Join the Facebook group "Save California's Charter Schools" 
Action Alert: Support $20 Million for Charter School Start-Up Funding in the State Budget
Governor Jerry Brown's 2016-17 proposed budget includes $20 million in funding for Charter School Startup Grants to support operational startup costs for charter schools opening in 2016 and 2017. These vital funds will help offset some of the loss of federal funding previously available for this purpose.
For nearly 20 years, California has received federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program funding. Over the last five years, California's grant has been approximately $60 million per year. Unfortunately, during the most recent application cycle for the grant, California was not selected to receive this critical funding in a competition that strongly favored newly eligible states.
Out of the 784 charter schools that opened in the last eight years, 421 charter schools, or nearly 54% percent received start-up funding through PCSGP. The loss of start-up funding would create a significant chilling effect on the charter school sector. The $20 million one-time allocation is a modest, but necessary stop-gap measure to maintain a robust growth trajectory in the charter school sector.
Help us ensure that charter school momentum continues in California.Act now to send a letter in support of charter school start-up funding!
Unwrapping the Gift

 This month's Unwrapping the Gift features Barry Sommer, one of SVA's founders. It's sure to be a great talk about parenting gifted children. 
Art Block

Third and fourth grades are working on weaving dream catchers. Check out Mr. Hum's class in action!

PS: Thanks for your donations
of CDs and yarn! 

Awards Assembly March 31
Property Reminder

At SVA, we make every effort to maintain a safe, healthy, and equitable learning environment for our students. 

We provide necessary school supplies (pencils, markers, etc.) for student use.
Please do not allow your child to bring items to school that are not part of the education program, unless specifically requested by the teacher

Cell phones may be brought to school for use AFTER school. Phones must remain turned off (not on vibrate or silent) and may not be used during school hours. If a cell phone is visible during school hours, it will be confiscated. 

SVA is not responsible for loss or damage of personal items brought to school. 

Please help us spread the word that SVA is seeking highly qualified individuals to fill several positions. Share the SVA Staff Recruitment Brochure with anyone who might be a match for our organization. 

With growth on the horizon, Ms. Dutton's dual role of Principal/Superintendent will be divided. Ms. Dutton will become a full time Superintendent, and SVA will gain a new full time Principal beginning July 1. If you know someone who might be the perfect candidate to fill this role at SVA, please send them our way. 

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] 
DE Logo
Current DE Session - 
Feb 29-March 18

Destination: Food for All

Explore the food we eat every day and the nutrition inside it that powers us. Acknowledge that everyone must eat, but that not everyone can. This session culminates with a spring food drive and arrangements to participate at Food Link over the spring break. 
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
Lunch Menu

Monday - 3/14 Rib-B-Q Sandwich
Tuesday - 3/15 Penne & White Sauce
Wednesday - 3/16 Cheese Enchilada
Thursday - 3/17 Chicken Drummies
Friday - 3/18 Pizza Pocket with Cheese

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

Jog-a-Thon Coming Soon!

Attention Parents! Business sponsors are needed for the 2016 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. 

Tomato Garden Fundraiser Update

SVA PTO sold 340 tomato gardens, bringing in over $2500 dollars for our school! 

Delivery of Tomato Gardens will be March 30, please plan to pick up your orders that afternoon or the following morning at the very latest. Plants will not be allowed on the bus. 

Volunteers are needed to help organize plants on Thursday  afternoon. Please contact Cristina Johnson if you can help out. [email protected]

Thank you to all who supported this fundraiser!
Community Events
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.
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