Summer of Learning

This summer, join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John Deasy in challenging local youth to participate in the Los Angeles Summer of Learning, a citywide effort to engage young people in hands-on learning. School stops for the summer, but learning never should.

Youth can explore, play and learn with dozens of organizations throughout the city and earn badges along the way. They can unlock exploratory challenges and make their own projects to add to their skills. They will showcase their work at an end of summer event in Los Angeles, into the next school year and beyond!

Los Angeles Summer of Learning integrates the principles of Connected Learning, a new learning approach that recognizes that learning today can and does take place anywhere and everywhere — in school, in the community, on the job and online — and that building on a learner’s interests is key to engagement.

Connected Learning safely leverages new technologies to help create connections between a learner’s academic, social and creative interests, making learning more powerful and more relevant to the connected world we live in today.

Every learner in Los Angeles can have access to these incredible opportunities and become workforce ready.

Connect with Los Angeles Summer of Learning on Facebook and Twitter.

ONE PEACE Art Exhibition ☮ Featuring Artwalk Collaborative Banners

Today and tomorrow our student artwork is on display and being auctioned off! You are invited to the ONE PEACE Art Exhibition at Bergamot Station featuring collaborative student artwork from our Being Green Art Walk.  Sunday is Family Day from 11am – 4pm with live music, an interactive, all-ages art project, food trucks and punch bowls.

70% of the proceeds from Short Avenue collaborative banners auction come back to us and will help fund our art projects!!  Pre-sale tickets are available now.

Banners for auction are: Ms. Granados’ Kindergarten, Ms. Robertson’s Kindergarten, Ms. Dedeaux’s 2nd Grade and Mr. Fast’s 3rd Grade.

One Peace Art Show


After-School All-Stars Join Our Team

After School All Stars

Short Avenue has selected an award winning after school program for students K-6 to complement our Beyond the Bell program. The After-School All-Stars is set to provide comprehensive fun and structured programming including academic support and activities ranging from leadership and service to health & fitness and visual & performing arts.

We will have informational meetings to learn more about them, answer your questions and get applications. The informational meetings will be the first week in August. You will be notified in late July of the exact dates.

Priority will be given to Kindergarten and First Grade (since they cannot attend BTB). Placement spots will be awarded through a lottery system and families will be notified in advance of August 12, the first day of the new school year.

We are pleased to be able to offer our students this opportunity.

Food Truck Fiesta Summer Continues

Short Avenue’s Family Fun Food Truck Fiesta on Wednesday, June 18th is proud to host Canvas Food Truck & Catering (organic, comfort food, 12-hour brisket, salmon wraps), Tokyo Doggie Style (Japanese style street food with asian inspired hot dogs & boba teas), and Pudding Truck (decadent, old-fashioned, stove-top pudding with toppings).

Menus: Canvas FoodTokyo Doggie Style, Pudding Truck

Food Truck Fiesta June 2014

Kinder Round-up

As parents and guardians of children entering kindergarten in mid August, it is a very exciting time as your child reaches yet another milestone.  To foster new friendships and ensure there is a smooth transition we invite you and your kindergarten-aged child(ren) to join other new kindergarteners for a playdate on Monday, June 9 at 11am in the kinder playground at Short Avenue.

It’s sure to be a great time to meet the new kindergarten teachers, other kinder parents and get contact info for playdates throughout the summer.

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Ballet Tickets for Short


The Los Angeles Ballet, through their partnership with Beyond the Bell, have generously sponsored ballet tickets for La Sylphide and Balanchine’s Serenade ballet for Short Avenue Elementary.  Families may pick them up in the front office from Mrs. Lares (310.397.4234). Tickets are limited.

The performance is Saturday, June 21 at 7:30pm in Royce Hall at UCLA. Royce Hall is located at 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Remember to allow additional time to park. Find directions to Royce Hall here.

You can read an LA Times review here.

We are grateful to the Los Angeles Ballet and Beyond the Bell for their generosity.

FoSA Yearend Potluck Celebration

Please join the Friends of Short Avenue as we celebrate the year’s accomplishments and enjoy each others’ company as well as look ahead to next year at the FoSA meeting on Wednesday, June 4 at 6pm.

Everyone is welcome.  We know many of you are outstanding cooks and bakers as we tasted your AMAZING foods on international day.  Please bring a dish of your choice for our potluck.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Jog-a-thon & Dolphin Café Friday

Our second annual school-wide all-day jog-a-thon fundraiser launches this Friday, May 23. This fun fitness activity for K-6, promotes healthy choices as all children strive for their personal best distance. Students set realistic lap goals based on age and development. Each student will receive a token of participation, with top fundraisers’ publicly recognized.

We encourage every family to participate in the jog-a-thon to the best of your ability.  Our goal is to raise $3,000+ to fund school programs, and with your help we can do it! If each family raises $10, we will achieve our goal!  Our success hinges on your involvement, so start asking your neighbors and families to sponsor you.  Please email Christina Ramstein if you are interested in volunteering for the Jog-a-thon.

This year we are holding a Dolphin Café benefiting the Stoessel family before the jog-a-thon.  Because this Dolphin Café is not hosted by a specific classroom, we are looking for generous volunteers from across the school to donate breakfast items and paper goods.

If you have any questions regarding the Dolphin Café, please contact Jamie Hazlitt at or 310-804-7084.