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.

FoSA meetings are open to everyone and we value your ideas!

2018-19 Wednesday Meetings
September 5 @ 6:00pm
October 3 @ 6:00pm
November 7 @ 6:00pm
December 5 @ 6:00pm
January 9 @ 6:00pm
February 6 @ 6:00pm
March 6 @ 6:00pm
April 3 @ 6:00pm
May 1 @ 6:00pm (Elections)
June 6 @ 6:00pm

President – Manya Newman
Vice President – Betsy Drennan/Caitlin Taylor
Treasurer – Christina Grant-Lopez
Co-secretaries – Jessica Trockey/Jackie Neflas
Communication Director – Laura Madden

Contact us at FriendsofShortAvenue@gmail.com.

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

Board History


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