The Wonder & Magic of TK

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This week a dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers converged in a quiet classroom at Short Avenue Elementary to begin the work of creating a unique transitional kindergarten (TK) learning oasis. Amidst drilling, painting, building, sanding, sewing, sawing, hammering, repainting, staging, organizing, designing, hanging, cleaning, styling and perfecting the details, emerged a warm, inviting, creative play and work space for the littlest students.

Thoughtfully hand-selected educational resources were carefully integrated into this enchanting environment, creating pockets of experiential learning and discovery from a kinetic magnet ball run wall, to the eco-friendly meditative painting station and zen garden to the Montessori sandpaper letters and squishy sand. The charm of the room is captured in delightful details like a row of perfectly spaced beautiful cobalt blue glass bottles atop a cabinet with swag of playful elephant pennants.

We are showcasing the new culture of TK at Short Avenue on Friday, June 23 from 9-11am for incoming TK children and families. Stop by and let us know your favorite part. See what the buzz is all about.

Many thanks to the Pedagogical Institute, a non-profit organization supporting children by mentoring teachers, who selected Short Avenue to receive this momentous award.

International Art Award Winner 2nd Grader Jasmine De Baris

We are bursting with pride for Short Avenue third grader, Jasmine De Baris who was honored with a silver medal in the 28th Annual Children’s Art Competition presented by the Mokichi Okada Association Museum of Art in Japan at our morning assembly on Friday, June 5. She earned her medal in the international competition for her work entitled, Mother’s Beach, which she created last year as a second grader. Ron Kato, Executive Director, MOA Wellness  presented the silver medal award to Jasmine and  Len Nguyen, Senior Field Deputy, City of Los Angeles presented her with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Los Angeles.

The MOA Museum of Art Children’s Painting Exhibition is Japan’s most prestigious children’s art competition. In Japan, nearly 40% of  all elementary schools participate. Jasmine’s artwork was selected from over 500,000 submissions.

Kinder Roundup June 3

Get reKindergarten Roundup Short Avenueady for a fabulous and fun Kinder Roundup Saturday, June 3 from 10am til noon.  2017-2018 enrolling kindergartners and their families are invited to experience a delightful kindergarten day, see engaging classrooms and meet our charming teachers. There will be fun activities and entertainment for the children and kid-friendly snacks and drinks. It’s a great time to make new friends, schedule summer play dates, and get questions answered. You can even pick up an enrollment packet and start filling it out.

I can’t say enough good things about this school. The teachers are the cream of the crop. My son is learning, he’s happy, he’s challenged, and he’s loved.

Potluck Celebration At Short

YOU’RE INVITED to celebrate a glorious year. Mark your calendar for Monday, June 5 from 6:15 – 8:00pm.

Join us as we celebrate a wonderful year of progress, growth and community spirit at our final FoSA meeting this year. Please bring a favorite dish to share.

We will say farewell to Alicia (5 years), Olma (2 years), Felicia (2 years) & Alice (2 years) and welcome in new members: Avril, Betsy, Caitlin & Kathy, and returning members Tasha and Leanne.Potluck Celebration




Short Ave Students Win Bilingualism ✢ Bilteracy Awards


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Congratulations to Short Avenue Elementary school fifth grade students, Millie Escolero, Nicholas Welch, and Johnny Rodriguez, for winning a certificate of achievement in Latin at the 4th Annual “Celebrating Bilingualism and Biliteracy Awards”, presented by School Board President Steve Zimmer.  This recognition is granted annually to students in the Venice complex who demonstrate excellence in English and other languages.   

Amici Gratulatum!

Celebrating Bilingualism LAUSD Annual Award

Congratulations to Short Avenue 5th Graders, Johnny Rodriguez, Millie Escolero and Nicholas Welch who were selected to receive certificates of achievements in World Language Excellence for Latin at the 2017 Celebrating Bilingualism and Bilteracy Awards.


Silent Auction Reprisal

In case you missed it the first time around, our Silent Auction Fire Sale has a few utterly amazing items you can still snag. Please send an email to us with your highest bid.

S I L E N T   A U C T I O N   2 0 1 7American Girl Lea Clark donated by Mattel
American Girl Doll of the Year Lea Clark & Book

$185 Value
Lea Clark Doll is the Winner of the 2016 Approved Award from Parents Choice and Winner of the 2016 Toy of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine Bid Now

Breastfeeding Class Gift Certificate
Value $75Head First Doula Silent Auction Short Avenue
Headfirst Doula Services supporting families from pregnancy to parenthood is offering a breastfeeding class. No expiration.

Crystal Energy Earrings (2 pair)
$75 value

Coach K Got Games CampCoack K Got Games Camp
Value $335
Got Game Sports believes in building confidence through competition and is the premier provider for physical and mental fitness in the fields of PE, after school enrichment, camps, private training and events. Attitude is everything with Got Games, and students stay engaged by strong mentors who feed the imagination.

Financial Planning and Wealth ManagementGerber Kawasak
Comprehensive financial planning consultation. Value $500                    Buy it Now $150
Gerber Kawasaki Wealth Management, a new generation of financial advisors, is a wealth and investment management firm, specializing in helping individuals and families build their assets, manage their investments and provide confidence for their family’s financial future. This offering is for a financial planning consultation.  GKWM will review your current financial situation, identify and prioritize goals and develop a personalized financial plan.

Galileo Summer CampCamp Galileo
Gift Certificate for one awesome week
Value $400                                      Buy it Now $350
Galileo believes that summer camp should be crazy fun and profoundly enriching at the same time. That’s why innovation is at the core of everything they do. South LA Camp locations: Playa del Rey, Culver City, Manhattan Beach, etc.

Ice Skating Lessons ice skating
Gift Certificate for two (2) exciting twenty minute private lessons with Barbara Pomykalski   Value $60
Barbara has 28 years of competitive and recreational coaching with children, teens and adults. She is a PSA-rated Registered Freestyle and Certified Group Coach.  Lessons taught at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Certificate good for instruction.  Skate rental and admission paid to facility.  Expires July 15, 2017

OTE | On the Edge Dance StudioOTE Dance | On The Edge Dance
Gift Certificates (5) for amazing Dance Classes
Value $90                                      Buy it Now $75
Give the gift of dance. OTE Dance Studio is a creative, welcoming and non-competitive dance studio. OTE offers high quality dance classes and training for all levels and experience .  Over 40 classes are offered including Dance studio, Kids Dance Studio, Dance Technique, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Krump and more.  Expires 9/30/17

Performing Arts Workshop: Summer Camp

4 Gift Certificates for Musical Theater Summer Camp Dollars Tuition
Value $100                 Buy it Now $80
Voted BEST camp Performing Arts Workshopin LA Parent Magazine in three categories. Kids will love spending their days in any PAW’s award-winning camps, including: Musical Theater, Guitar, Film making, State F/X Makeup, Magic, Rock the Mic, or Photography! For kids ages 5-15, from rehearsal to performance, it is the ultimate “Arts” experience. Good for Summer 2017 at any camp location (WLA, El Segundo, etc.).  $100 towards regular tuition of all PAW 1 & 2 week camps.  Space 4

Rita’s Italian Ice | Ice Custard HappinessRitasLogo
Gift Certificates 8 @ $3.50
Rita’s offers a great selection of tasty  treats that are sure to satisfy guests of all ages, from famous Italian Ice to Classic Old Fashioned Custard as well as specialty creations. Located in Culver Crossroads Shopping Center on Sepulveda in Culver City.

See’s CandySeeslogo
GC One pound (2) $20-26 value
Who can resist the most delicious chocolates & candy treats? Surprise someone today.

Sunset Ranch | Horseback RidingSunset Ranch
4 Gift Certificates for 1 free hour ride each
Value: $50 each                                    Buy it Now  $45
Take a one hour guided tour through the hills of Griffith Park. From this 5,000 acre park in the heart of Los Angeles you will see the famous HOLLYWOOD sign, Griffith Observatory and Downtown Los Angeles.

Studio U Private Pilates Reformer ClassStudio U
Gift Certificate Value $85                                    Buy It Now  $70
Professional certified instructor Valerie Idiart will emphasize core strength and flexibility using spring resistance and the body’s own weight to create a natural strength training resistance within the body. Proper alignment improves posture and increases stamina. Studio U is located at 760 Washington Blvd in Marina del Rey.

The Learning Pathlogo_the_learning_path
Gift Certificate for One Month unlimited Tuition in Summer Intensive Program (Math or Reading/Writing plus Registration)   Value $595           Buy it Now  $275
The Learning Path helps students excel in Math, Reading, Writing, and in Life. They create tailored, individualized lesson plans that help students master the fundamentals for learning anything, teaching children to teach themselves, and giving students a joy for learning. This certificate entitles the bearer to one month of unlimited tuition in our Summer Intensive Program between June 1 and August 31, 2015. When school resumes, you can transfer into our regular program in September free of charge (no registration fee) at only $295 per month. The Learning Path is located on Abbott Kinney.

The Stevens Institute FacialGrant Stevens MD Manland
2 Gift Certificates for amazing Marina Men’s Facial
Value $150 each                                   Buy It Now $125
Enjoy the luxury of a premium facial at The Institute: A Medical Day Spa. You are invited to enjoy a sanctuary of health and wellness blending beauty and advanced medical technology to deliver the highest quality of care and aesthetics results. Custom facials will exfoliate, deep cleanse, hydrate, soothe and protect. By using enzymes, AHA’s and technologically advanced tools, cosmologist’s encourage the skin to generate new collagen at deeper levels. Steven’s Institute uses clinical strength products to help each client achieve the healthy, youthful skin they are want. Expires June 20, 2017

Tiny Printstinyprints
Gift Certificate     Value $50                                     Buy It Now $40
One $50 gift certificate from Tiny Prints.  Personalized Birth Announcements, Business Cards, Party Invitations And More!   Tiny Prints, knows that personalized birth announcementsbirthday party invitationsbaby shower invitationsthank you cards and holiday cards offer thoughtful ways to share your special celebrations with family and friends throughout the year. That’s why Tiny Prints proudly offers a wide selection of exclusive designs delivered with the best customer service you can find online or in stores no matter the occasion.  From fun photo cardsreligious invitationsaddress labels and more, Tiny Prints has everything you need to add a stylish touch to all of your festivities.