STEAM Launch & Parent Info Session

You are invited to enjoy spaghetti dinner (prepared by one of our multi-talented teachers) at our STEAM and Parent Info Launch Wednesday, August 26 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
PrintWHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT
We’ll learn about where we’re headed this year academically and finanacially, and how little things you can do will help make this a fantastic year in our quest to make Short Avenue the best neighborhood school on the west side. In addition to learining about the new STEAM (Science, Technology,Engineering, Art and Math) focus and our efforts towards full implementation this year, we’ll explore Shopping for Short and have volunteer registration to help with events and activities.

Pavilions Vons ClubCardsPlease bring shopping rewards grocery cards (Ralphs, Vons/Pavilions, Food4Less, Fresh & Easy, Bristol Farms, etc) to register for no cost fundraisers including eScrip, Ralphs, Box Tops, eLabels and more. Can’t find your card?  No problem, we can still sign you up.

RAFFLE
We will also be raffling a $25 gift card for individuals who register for our no cost Shop for Short fundraisers and sign up for committees.

KID FREE ZONE
So that you can get the most out of our orientation, we request no children at this meeting.  If, however, you cannot make babysitting arrangements, we will have children supervised in a separate room watching a movie.

Congrats on a great first week!  We look forward to working together to provide the best learning experience for your children.

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, August 26
-STEAM & Parent Info Launch • 5:30-7:30pm

Monday, August 31
-Master Plan Instructional Program Options Meeting • 10am • Library

Wednesday, September 2
-FoSA Welcome Meeting • 6:00-7:00pm

Friday, September 4
-No School

Monday, September 7
-No School

Friday, September 11
-Morning Assembly • 8:00am

Monday, September 14
-No School

Wednesday, September 16
-Food Truck Fiesta • 5-8pm

Thursday, September 17
-Child ID Pictures

Monday, September 21
-SSC/ELAC Meeting
-Back-to-School Night 5:00-6:30pm new date

Wednesday, September 23
-No School

Friday, September 25
-Student Council Elections

Thursday, October 8
-Picture Day

Monday, October 12
-International Day

Why You Should Complete the Application for Meal Benefits (Even if you don’t qualify)

LAUSD_Meal_ApplicationMeal applications are now open for the 2015-2016 school year. The start of a new school year means a new Meal Benefits Application from LAUSD. Children from lower income families can qualify for free or reduced cost meals at school, which helps them get the nutrition they need to be able to learn.

What you may not know:

The percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced cost meals can determine how much federal funding our school receives.

There is a federal law called Title I, which funds primary and secondary education for low-income students. A school qualifies as a Title I school if a certain percentage of students qualify for free or reduced cost meals. I believe the minimum threshold to become a Title I school is if 40% of students qualify for meal benefits. A Title I school receives even more federal funds if a greater percentage of students qualify for benefits (60% or 65% as opposed to 40%).

At some schools in LAUSD, there are so few students who qualify for free or reduced cost meals that the meal application is mostly irrelevant. But for Title I schools, the meal application is vitally important since so much funding hinges on the number of students who qualify for benefits.

Even if you don’t qualify for benefits, it helps our school if you complete the application because the administration is looking to capture all students who do qualify which they will only know if 100% of the applications are completed. If you are positive you won’t qualify, there is a box at the top of the application that you can check to state that you are not applying for benefits. You can also now complete the application online at LAUSD’s Food Services Division web site.

WECOME BACK!

Welcome Back to SchoolWe are so excited! The 2015-2016 school year begins Tuesday, August 18 at 8am and student room designations will be posted in the front of the school and at the Moore Street /cafeteria gate.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 ~ K-6
–First day of instruction 8am – 1:20pm
–After school programs* 1:20pm – 6pm
–NEW TK/Kindergarten Orientation (for all TK/K parents) is 8:30am in the auditorium

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
English Learner Orientation Meeting for Parents of English Language Learner Kindergartners is Friday, August 14 at 10am in the library and Monday, August 17 at 9am and 2pm in the library.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION
*Register your child(ren) for after school programs (After-School All-Starts & Beyond the Bell Youth Services on Monday, August 17 from 8am – 11am & 3pm – 6pm.  Space is limited.

Celebrate Summer Wednesday at FTF

Join us for a mid-summer community celebration and enjoy a fantastic Food Truck Fiesta treat or dinner as Short Avenue hosts The Hurricane – Food That’s A Force Of Nature food truck, Phillyfornia and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on the front lawn of our school! A portion of food sales goes back to our school, so bring friends and neighbors.

T H E  T R U C K S

THE HURRICANE KITCHEN
Chef-driven, ecclectic restaurant quality gourmet food is what you can expect from The Hurricane – Food That’s A Force Of Nature local, seasonal and sustainable menu that includes a delicious grilled salmon with whiskey maple bbq sauce, fennel and greens. Get it on a bun or go protein style without it!

PHILLYFORNIA
Perfecting the way it’s originally made in Philadelphia, hot cheesesteaks with that cheese wiz is where you can get an authentic east coast meal from Phillyfornia along with warm melts, sliders, cheese fries and much more! Just the right comfort food your belly needs!

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS
Remember to leave room for dessert! Summer is back on a heat streak and it’s time to cool off with some amazing, handcrafted artisan ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams! With a variety of natural and one of a kind flavors that also include both frozen yogurt and sorbet, there are plenty of yummy options for everyone to satisfy your sweet tooth!

We hope to see you on Wednesday, July 15!2015FoodTruckFiestaJuly.indd

Box Top Contest Ends Friday!

BoxTopThe final Box Tops contest of the year ends this Friday, May 22. Please send Box Tops in with your children this week.
 
The classroom that collects the most Box Tops will earn an end-of-year popsicle party and bragging rights. Also, please note that we are not collecting Labels for Education and they will not count in the contest. 
Check out Short Avenue’s Box Top progress. Can you help us get to our $1,000 goal this year?

Scholastic Book Fair Opens Wednesday

Scholastic book fair under the seaThe Scholastic Book Fair, Short Avenue’s favorite literary fundraiser, kicks off Wednesday!  The Book Fair launches Wednesday morning, May 13 at 10:00am in the Library and will be open daily from 10:00am – 3:30pm.  The Fair will continue through the following midweek, May 13-20.  See the full Book Fair schedule with additional times here.
ACTIVITIES & FUN
We will have a K.I.S.S. (Kids Invite Someone Special) Event on Friday after school. Frozen ScholasticPlease help us with donations of food and organization.

We are also linking up with Food Truck Fiesta on Wednesday night, May 20, to give working parents a chance to participate too (pending approval for the FTF event).

ONLINE SHOPPING
If you are out of town or cannot make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our students by shopping online.  Whether relatives live near or far, what a great way to be an active part of your family’s school experience.

HELP US MEET OUR GOAL
We are ready to have a tremendous Book Fair and are working towards increasing our sales goal by 33% over last May’s goal!  Our May Book Fair goal is $6185.  With your help we can smash it out of the ball park!Fly_Guy Scholastic

VOLUNTEERS
If you would like to help out at our Fair, there are still many ways to assist, even if you can just stop by for an hour or less. Sign me up to help or donate baked goods.

Morning:      10:00 – 11:00 OPEN
Lunch:         11:40 – 1:00
After School   2:15 – 3:30
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Lunch:         11:40 – 1:00
After School   2:15 – 3:30
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After School   2:15 – 3:30
K.I.S.S Event after school
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Lunch:         11:40 – 1:00
After School   2:15 – 3:30
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After School   2:15 – 3:30 CLOSE
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