About Us

Friends of Short Avenue (FoSA) are dedicated to providing enrichment opportunities that strengthen and support academic growth, inspire creative and aesthetic understanding, and integrate technology and engineering experiences in cultivating the whole child at Short Avenue Elementary School.  We harness volunteer potential and manage fundraisers and programs in our effort to maximize student potential.

More than 30 years of research show that children do better when their parents and families are involved both at home and at school. Meaningful parental involvement is an integral part of student achievement in school. Children tend to achieve more regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents’ education level. Grades are higher. Test scores rise. Self-esteem grows. Schools improve.

The FoSA board of directors act as gentle stewards for Short Avenue Elementary School. They strive to enhance your child(ren)’s educational and social experience in addition to your family’s elementary school experience through fundraising and meaningful community events and activities. The Board of Directors continually seeks to improve their organization, Friends of Short Avenue, to leave it better than before their term in office.

2017 – 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Starting July 1, 2017
Avril Lipsky – President
Tasha Dellagatta – Vice President
Betsy Drennan/Caitlin Taylor
 – Co-secretaries
Kathy Lewis/Leanne Wright  – Co-treasurers

Marie Trapnell – Teacher Liaison (non-voting)
Alicia Casilli – Community Liaison (Board Member Emeritus)

Alice Tomljenovic – Secretarial Director
Alicia Casilli
 – Fundraising & Social Media Director / Web Administrator
Olma Leon/Felicia Lopez – Multicultural Outreach Co-directors
Leanne Wright  – Finance Director
Tasha Dellagatta – Room Parent Director

Marie Trapnell – Teacher Liaison (non-voting)

Join our mailing list to be up-to-date on school events and activities.

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Email us at FriendsofShortAvenue@gmail.com.

Click here to view accomplishments for our community.

We are a volunteer-operated, fully insured, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Board History


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