LA App Challenge Celebrating Latino Heritage

Latino Heritage App hallengeDo you have an IDEA how to improve the lives of people living in LA?  

K- 12 students are challenged to create an idea for 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 winner selected 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.

Students are encouraged students to discuss their ideas with their families. Ms. Casilli, our librarian, will help students with online submissions.

Book Fair Opens Wednesday, 9/21

Scholastic Book FairOur Scholastic Book Fair launches Wednesday morning on September 21. Money earned from this Book Fair will go directly to the school Friends and Family library.  Look for the Book Fair flyer in your child’s homework folder.

There will be a golden ticket drawing to win books or posters. Every student will be given the opportunity to win a book and will receive one golden ticket. They must deposit the ticket into the collection container when they visit the Book Fair. Additionally, If students purchase books, they will get another golden ticket entry to win a book or poster.  You may enter daily. There will be 20 winners!

The Book Fair runs from Wednesday, September 21 through Friday, September 30. Students and teachers will preview the Fair on Tuesday, September 20. We are open during recess, lunch and after school daily, plus Wednesday evening September 21 during Food Truck Fiesta from

Morning shopping will be available during Coffee with the Principal at the Book Fair + tasty treats (8:15- 9:30am) on Thursday, September 22.

You can also shop our Book Fair online any time between now and October 4. 

Get the Book Fair app and shop the online fair directly from your device. You can also view book details, including age, grade and reading levels. Learn more.

Download it now:

Volunteer NowDo you have a spare hour to help us?  We could really use your assistance with our Scholastic Book Fair. Please contact us for more information or to volunteer.

Will you S h o p a r o o at the Book Fair too?  We have already earned $255+ simply by snapping pictures of receipts. Snap a picture of your Book Fair register receipt and help us earn twice!

Download the Shoparoo app now and earn an extra cash donation for Short when you submit your first receipt.

Donut Dolphin Cafe

Thank you to all the wonderful families and neighbors who enjoyed donuts and coffee while supporting our school this beautiful Friday morning.  We made $475 in 40 minutes to help our school with play ground equipment and much needed resources!  Looking forward to more Dolphin Cafes and deliciously  supporting our school.

Dolphin Cafe

Friday Family Fun at Shakey’s

We are going to have so much fun at our Shakey’s restaurant fundraiser Friday night from 6-9pm.  Catch-up with friends and family and support our school.  25% of your purchases will go to our school, plus we can Shoparoo all the receipts before we drop them in the container.  As a bonus, the class with the most participation will win ten minutes of free recess time!

Shakey's Pizza Parlor Restaurant Night

Back to School Night this Tuesday!

Join us for a fantastic Back to School Night Tuesday, August 30. Meet your new principal and teachers, sign up for communication emails and volunteer.  This is YOUR opportunity to be an important part of your school community: join FoSA, register for school committees, room parents and more!


TK Wait List Opportunity

Short Avenue Elementary engages children in fun, constructivist, project-based learning. There is still time to join our wonderful Transitional Kindergarten.  We are currently creating a dedicated TK class. Call 310.397.4234 for more info or to sign-up.

Short Avenue TK Waitlist Space Available