Celebrate Latino Heritage LA App Challenge


LHMLADo you have an idea how to improve the lives of people living in LA?  K- 12 students are challenged to create a brand new mobile app that improves the lives of Los Angeles residents. It gives students the opportunity to identify a problem in their community and create a solution using technology. This challenge engages students in STEM principles, encouraging them to delve into the world of innovative technology.

Consider the following questions to help you find the best challenge solution:
1. What issue is your app addressing?
2. Why is the issue important to you and the lives of residents in Los Angeles?
3. How will your app address the issue?
4. How does your app celebrate your talent and history?

Your application can include sketches, demos, screenshots, and/or videos, though not necessary.

There will be three categories of submission: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Each category will be judged separately. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place recipient chosen from each category.

First place winners will receive support from LHLA partners to develop their app and receive a savings bond.  Submit your idea(s) before the deadline on October 31.

Friday Movie Night

Join us for a fun night at the movies this Friday in the Short Avenue auditorium. Children are welcome to bring a snuggly blanket and wear PJs. We will have a raffle for a goodie bag and there will be tasty pizza, candy, popcorn, cookies and drinks as usual.movie night october 2015

Soles4Soles Shoe Drive

Now is a great time to go through your closet and put those hardly worn or ill-fitting shoes to good use.  What kind of shoes are acceptable? Athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, just as long as they are new or gently worn. Learn more.

ShoeDrive Flier

Live Jazz & Food Truck Night

Enjoy LIVE JAZZ featuring the Del Rey Community Jazz Band and tasty dinner at Food Truck Fiesta as we host Romolo’s Italian Food Truck, Go Fusion N Grill and the Pudding Truck Wednesday, September 16 at 5pm.   There will be a variety of satisfying, tasty and delicious foods. Join us for a fun night and enjoy some of the best hot dogs, burgers, specialty fries, wraps, sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas, vegetarian and vegan options as well as amazing handcrafted pudding for dessert! C’mon out!

Food Truck Fiesta

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.
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 learning 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, 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.

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.

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.


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

Tuesday, September 15
-Back-to-School Night 5:00-6:30pm

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

Thursday, September 17
-Child ID Pictures

Monday, September 21
-SSC/ELAC Meeting

Wednesday, September 23
-No School

Friday, September 25
-Student Council Elections

Saturday, September 26
Beautification Day • 8:00am – 12:00pm

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.


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