SVA's College Day, SCICON Photos, Parents & Pastries

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

Sept. 12 -- PTO Meeting 

Sept. 13 -- SVA College Day & TCOE College Night

Sept. 16 -- Parents and Pastries 

Sept. 16 -- Mixed Bag fundraiser ends

Sept. 23 -- Student Council Elections

Sept. 27 -- Charter Decision Hearing 

Oct. 28 -- Fall Festival *SAVE THE DATE*

Hello SVA families,

This week, I have been attending Project Based Learning (PBL) training so that I may better support all of the wonderful learning happening in our classes.  As I went through the training, I loved the feeling of knowing that what the trainer was preaching about is what SVA is already doing, and doing well.  We are at the forefront of innovation in education, a model of what is good for student learning.  I was so proud to be a member of the SVA family as the instructor used videos featuring our school to illustrate what successful PBL looks like to educators from our region.  SVA and how we can impact student success were well represented.  You can watch the videos below. 

Much Love, 

Damien Phillips

Check out the TCOE PBL videos featuring SVA here: 

Tuesday, September 13

The first ever SVA College Day will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Students will participate in college-themed classroom activities and are invited to come to school wearing their favorite college spirit gear
Our goal is to create a college-going culture among students in Tulare County, and to inspire and support first-generation students in their pursuit of a college education.
Student Council Elections are Coming Soon

  • Applications will be available to students next week. 
  • Campaigns will run September 19-23. 
  • Election Day is September 23.  
Please Plan to Attend our Charter Decision Hearing 

Mark your calendars! On the evening of September 27, the VUSD Board is scheduled to  announce their decision regarding approval of Sycamore Valley Academy's renewal charter and Blue Oak Academy's founding charter. 
We want to pack that board room again, so please plan to join us for this important event. We will meet right outside the front doors of VUSD's District Office, 5000 W. Cypress, time TBA. 

Mixed Bag Fundraiser

The first PTO fundraiser of the year kicked off on Monday, August 29 and runs through Friday, September 16. Look for information packets that came home with your child on Monday. Take note, there's no sales tax on your purchases. 

We're hoping for 100% participation to make this a huge success! 

Order online here, be sure our fundraiser ID 359238 is showing at the top of the page. Share the link to order with friends and family too!

Parents & Pastries

Enjoy coffee, milk, and pastries while getting to know other SVA parents. In the cafeteria, before school on Friday, September 16. 

A Peek at Sixth Grade's SCICON Trip

Lunch Menu
Monday, 9/12 - Pepperoni Pizza
Tuesday, 9/13 - Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce
Wednesday, 9/14 - Hanburger
Thursday, 9/15 - Chicken Taquitos 
Friday, 9/16 - Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Click here to download the September Lunch Menu 
Substitute Teachers Needed

Sycamore Valley Academy has an experienced and dedicated teaching staff, but our substitute list is short.  

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 expand our team.  

If you are interested please email Shauna Dolin at [email protected]org
Next PTO Meeting

Monday, September 12

Round Table Pizza
4035 S. Mooney Blvd. 

The race is on! 

From now through Election Day on November 8, 2016 we will share information and ideas for engaging your children in conversation about the upcoming elections. 

We encourage you to start the conversation, to get involved, and to exercise your right to vote.  

Community Events

Tulare County

September 13, 2016 (5:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
Visalia Convention Center 

Meet representatives from over 90 colleges, universities and specialty schools, to learn more about their campuses and educational programs. Attend valuable informational seminars on:
  • College and University Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Writing College Admission Essays
  • Spanish Language Sessions

Check out this local theater offering, starring SVA's own Shauna Dolin and Jennifer Hamilton! 
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