v. Community Experience

Being a student or parent at SVA is more than just an educational experience, but allows you to be part of a large thriving community.

Parent Life at SVA:

SVA not only fosters a sense of community for our students but also for our parents and caregivers! By engaging and empowering our parents to actively engage in their child's journey at SVA we invigorate the academic success of our students.


Playing an active role in your child's school, classroom and events enables children to improve their academic performance; develop healthy and constructive relationships with their parents, teachers, and counselors that helps builds up their confidence!

Student Life at SVA:

At Silicon Valley Academy we work hard to create a community all year long. We allow students to express their thoughts and ideas, build relationships, and practice collaboration. This helps to grow and maintain a feeling of emotional safety at school and in the classroom. Our teachers and staff take every opportunity to model kindness such as saying salaam to students as they begin their day.

At the start of the day, students kindergarten through 8th grade begin with a morning assembly where they recite the morning dua, Surah al-Fatiha, hear a brief piece of Islamic advice followed by announcements and upcoming events.

REGULAR DAILY SCHEDULE:

School begins at 8:30am

School dismissal at 3:00pm

All students need to arrive no earlier than 8:00am to assure proper supervision. At 8:20am, kindergarten through middle school students will participate in a morning assembly, reciting the morning dua, surah al Fatiha and listening to important announcements. Late arrivals create over stressed & anxious students. Please plan for delays on the roads etc. so that the students arrive on time 8:20am daily. Dismissal time is between 3:00pm-3:15pm daily. It is strongly recommended that parents arrive between 2:50pm-3:00pm and wait for their child in the front porch area until dismissal time. As we all know it is safer and easier for an adult to wait a few minutes than for a child. This also lets your child know that they are worth waiting for! All kindergarten through 8th grade students must be picked up by their parent/guardian from their classrooms unless they have a signed dismissal consent form allowing them to wait outside for their parent/guardian. All arrangements for your child to be picked-up MUST be made in advance. The office will not be held responsible to relay messages regarding pick-up arrangements during the school day. If someone other than the parent will be taking a child home, the office and/or teacher must be notified by the parent in writing in the morning and that individual will be required to show a photo I.D. to the teacher before the child will be allowed to leave with them. Parents who are chronically late in picking up their child, will be scheduled to meet with administration, as this creates an unfair & unsafe situation for students and staff alike.

EXTENDED CARE:

Extended care is available daily until 5:30pm. Extended Care is $8/child/hour if the office is notified by 9:00am the day extended care is needed. At 3:15pm, any student who has not been picked up and does not have a signed dismissal consent form will be taken to extended care and the parent will be charged $15/child/hour.

MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE:

School begins at 8:30am

School dismissal at 12:00pm noon

At 12:15pm, any student who has not been picked up will be taken to extended care and the parent will be charged $15/child/hour. Extended care is available daily until 5:30pm. Extended care is $8/hour/child if the office is notified by 9:00am the day extended care is needed.

RAMADAN SCHEDULE:

School begins at 8:30am

School dismissal at 1:45pm

At 2:00pm, any student who has not been picked up will be taken to extended care and the parent will be charged $15/child/hour. Extended care is available daily until 5:30pm. Extended care is $8/hour/child if the office is notified by 9:00am the day extended care is needed.

Parent & school communication:

We want our parents and teachers to be involved and committed to the healthy community and culture that we've set at SVA. Staying up to date about events is easy with SVA's Academic Calendar, that includes holidays, staff development days, parent teacher conferences and school wide events. This calendar can be found in the bottom of our News & Events section. You may also download our academic calendar to your personal one by going to one of the following links:

ADD TO GOOGLE CALENDAR or
ADD TO APPLE iCAL

Google Classroom -

Silicon Valley Academy uses Google Classroom as a tool to update parents regarding their child’s units of study, assignments, and classroom announcements. Google Classroom is part of G Suite for Education. Use of Google Classroom is at the discretion of the classroom teacher(s) and will only be used when appropriate for the student’s grade level and learning objective. Guardians are encouraged to use their child’s login information to monitor their activities within G Suite.

As a guardian, you may also receive a summary of your child’s activity. You can set the frequency of these emails by logging into classroom.google.com. In addition to receiving summaries, guardians are highly encouraged to use their child’s login information to access all classroom activities for their child(ren).

Silicon Valley Academy’s G Suite for Education domain is different from a personal Google account and is NOT open to the public. It is a safe and secure “self-contained” cloud-based system that is unique to our domain. Features typically available to personal Google accounts like video chat, personal profiles and social networking will NOT be accessible to our students. G Suite for Education runs on an Internet domain purchased and owned by Silicon Valley Academy and is intended for educational use only. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes and advertising is disabled. Access to and use of G Suite for Education is considered a privilege and is at the discretion of Silicon Valley Academy. Silicon Valley Academy maintains the right to immediately withdraw access and use of G Suite for Education when there is reason to believe violations of law or school policies have occurred. If a parent would like to opt out of G Suite for Education, they simply have to sign in and activate their child’s account. Next, send us an email indicating you do not wish to participate and SVA will suspend your child’s account.

Parent Teacher Conferences:

SVA’s academic year is divided into two semesters. Kindergarten through 8th grade students will receive 4 academic and behavioral reports during the year from teachers.

KG-5th Grade:

November 4-5, 2019: First Semester Progress Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

January 27, 2020: First Semester Report Cards

April 1-2, 2020: Second Semester Progress Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

June 12, 2020: Second Semester Report Cards

6th-8th Grade:

November 4-5, 2019: First Quarter Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

January 27, 2020: Second Quarter Report Cards with First Semester Averages

April 1-2, 2020: Third Quarter Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

June 12, 2020: Fourth Quarter Report Cards with Second Semester Averages

Parent Code of Conduct:

Communication between parents, teachers and administration is imperative to the education of all children. This communication should be based on respect, trust, and professionalism.

SVA staff always has only the best of intentions in mind for their students. As experienced educators, parents must trust that the staff will always act in the best interest of the students. SVA has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of harassment, hostility, intimidation, threats, and/or violence both verbal and/or physical towards its staff members, students, parents and other members of the SVA community, including its neighbors. SVA reserves the right to deny access to its school property and any school wide sponsored activities/events whether on campus or off campus to anyone who is deemed an unsafe person/threat to SVA, its staff members, students, parents and other members of its community, including its neighbors. Moreover, SVA reserves the right to terminate enrollment of any student(s) whose parent(s)/guardian(s) do not abide by SVA’s Parent Code of Conduct.

Monthly Parent Classroom Tours:

In an effort to keep parents informed about their child's education and learning, SVA hosts monthly classroom tours. All parents are invited to visit their child on the last Friday of every month. Parents will receive a personal tour from their child. The tour will include ‘walking the walls’, going over the different charts processed in the classroom such as Pictorials, Cognitive Content Dictionary, Poetry, Process Grids, etc. Students will also share individual projects, portfolios, and learning logs as well as team tasks and team projects. The classroom teacher is there to help guide the students along their tour. Please keep in mind that it is not a time for parent/teacher conference. If a parent has a specific question in regard to his/her child, please make an appointment for a later time.

Parent Volunteering & Participation:

We value our parents’ support! Our staff works very hard to ensure the school runs smoothly, and parents’ participation is strongly needed. We encourage every parent to get involved, by volunteering at least 30 hours, 15 hours per semester, per family, during the year, so your children receive the most benefit. Parents must allocate a minimum of 8 of the 15 volunteer hours every semester to PTA (Parent Teacher Association) sponsored tasks or events. The remaining hours per semester may go towards other SVA volunteer tasks created by teachers or other staff members. Do note that volunteer hours do not carry over between semesters or years.


Click here for our Parent Portal application to help track your hours!

We respect and honor that not everyone is able to have this option and because of that we have developed a convenient option to let parents “pay out” so we are able outsource help for our events making them a success for your children! Two checks, each in the amount of $300 and post-dated for January 13, 2020 and June 12, 2020, need to be turned in at the time of enrollment to cover volunteer time. These checks will only be cashed if a parent does not complete 15 volunteer hours per semester. We can accommodate most schedules; just let PTA, a teacher or administration know when you can help. Do keep in mind that if you’ll be volunteering in a classroom, no siblings are allowed.

It is the parent’s enthusiasm and encouragement that helps students reach their highest potential.


Parent Teacher Association:

At SVA, we have a Parent Teacher Association that consist of dedicated parents and teachers who assist with projects that have been designated by SVA Staff and Administration. The PTA provides positive support to SVA Staff and Administration through various designated projects, which have been approved and deemed most beneficial for SVA students’ learning.

Parent Coordinators will be assigned every year by Administration and PTA Coordinators in September for specific projects needed during the year. The projects will be determined through a process of parent suggestions with prioritizing and approval by SVA staff and administration/site director. The parent coordinators will be given a description of the tasks and activities for their project. The coordinators will need to follow these procedures to ensure efficient & successful results:

1. Recruit parent volunteers to work as a committee to accomplish the given project.
2. Work directly with SVA staff and/or administrator who is assigned to the project.
3. Get prior approval for any expenses that will be involved for the project before purchases.
4. Provide assigned SVA staff and/or administrator with regular updates.

Drop Off & Pick-Ups:

Please respect our neighbors and follow all speed limits as you drive up to the school, park your car legally, and do not drive up and park in areas labeled “No Parking” or “Handicapped”. SVA's parking lot is located in the back of the school near the soccer field. Please park legally and do not park in a spot designated to another school. A drop-off and pick-up area is also located in the back of the school. Do not park your car in the drop off zone. The drop off zone is meant only for dropping off students. Never drive and park on the “black top” where the basketball court is. Regardless if students are present or not, the blacktop is NOT a parking lot!

All Pre-Kindergarten students must be signed in and out by the parent/guardian daily, or those authorized by the parent/guardian on their Admission Application. (Students cannot sign a Pre-K student in and out.) All other students, kindergarten through 8th grade, must be picked up from their classrooms. If someone other than the parent will be picking up a child KG-8th grade, the office and/or teacher must be notified by the parent in writing in the morning- that individual will be required to show a photo I.D. to the teacher before the child will be allowed to leave with them.

Dismissal Consent Form - Students between 4th-8th grade may have their parent/guardian fill out a Dismissal Consent Form allowing them to be dismissed from the classroom without a parent and wait outside respectfully to be picked up or walk home. Students who have a Dismissal Consent Form must wait respectfully on the benches to be picked up. Students may not wait in the classrooms, hallways, parking lots, blacktop, forest or field, nor can they play with balls or climb trees by the benches. Silicon Valley Academy administration and staff will not be held liable for the safety and security of students after 3:00pm if they have a signed Dismissal Consent Form. Furthermore, students with a Dismissal Consent Form who do not sit on the designated benches respectfully will be sent to extended care where the legal guardian must pay a fee of $15 an hour and the privilege of waiting outside will be revoked.

Tardiness:

Students may be dropped off starting at 8:00am. Morning assembly for KG-8th grade students is at 8:20am. Class starts promptly at 8:30am. Please make sure to come on time. Tardiness is not acceptable as it hinders the learning of your child. When students arrive late, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the lesson. Students may also feel awkward arriving to the classroom when everyone else is settled. Furthermore, when students arrive late, it disrupts the entire class and the teacher.

SVA’s doors/gates will be locked starting at 8:30am. Students who arrive after 8:30am are considered tardy and must be signed in by their parent/guardian in the front office. There will be a tardy binder in the office for parents/guardians to fill out. A meeting with administration will be set for students who are habitually tardy.

Early Dismissal:

Parents should schedule all appointments such as doctor, dentist appointments and such after school. Parents/guardians need to contact the office to let SVA know if a child will be picked up early and the reasons for the early dismissal. Furthermore, students who are picked up early must be signed out in the office by the parent/guardian.

Uniforms:

Uniforms can help in students focus on the things that matter most in school rather than their clothing. We encourage our young people to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside instead of what they're wearing on the outside. And most importantly, a uniform means students don't have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn't so important.

Uniforms are required for students from Kindergarten through fifth grade. We do not require our middle schoolers to wear uniforms because we like to encourage them to practice wearing clothing that is modest and as close to sunnah as possible. We do not require hijaab for girls, however, we encourage it and it is welcome.

Please check handbook for what to purchase for uniforms.

Please make sure students are arriving at school in their proper uniform daily. Uniforms may be purchased from Merry Mart or through the LANDSEND catalog and the school will receive ‘cash’ back. However, parents are welcome to purchase uniforms from any store they choose.

In addition to proper uniform, it is expected that all students arrive to school with clean white socks and good clean hygiene with hair properly groomed daily. This is sunnah of the Prophet pbuh, and it is the obligation of parents to instill this virtue of cleanliness in their children daily inshaAllah. We look forward to your cooperation in this matter. Working together, all children can have a very successful year inshaAllah!

KG-5th Boys:

Navy blue pants (no jeans, no matter the color)

Plain dark green or plain white collared shirts (no T-shirts)

Closed toed shoes proper for PE

KG-5th Girls:

‘Belair’ jumper dress

Plain white, dark blue or dark green leggings or tights

Plain dark green or plain white shirt

OR

Navy blue pants (no jeans, no matter the color)

Plain dark green or plain white collared shirts (no T-shirts)

Closed toed shoes proper for PE

Scarf for prayer for 2nd-5th grade girls

Middle School Boys:

Respectful clothing according to Sunnah guidelines

No tight fitting or transparent pants or shirts

Pants must be worn at the waist, no baggy pants

No inappropriate images or logos on shirts

Absolutely no jeans are allowed, no matter the color

Shorts may be worn, but must come below the kneecap

Closed toed shoes proper for PE

Middle School Girl:

Respectful clothing according to Sunnah guidelines

Long sleeve shirts, loose pants, or long skirts with no revealing slits

Clothing should never be transparent or tight fitting

A scarf is strongly recommended

No inappropriate images or logos on shirts

Absolutely no jeans are allowed, no matter the color

Closed toed shoes proper for PE

Scarf for prayer for 6th-8th grade girls