Back-to-School Night 🏫 Tuesday August 29

Join us for an exciting Back-to-School Night Tuesday, August 29 starting at 5:30. Meet your principal, Ms. Reynolds, and teachers, sign up for communication emails and volunteer.  This is YOUR opportunity to be an important part of our AMAZING school community: register for school committees, room parents, learn about Shop for Short fundraisers and more!

Parents who are engaged in their child(ren)’s education, have children who do better in school.  Learn how you can have more fun, be more connected and what is in store for this year.


Neighborhood Food Truck Celebration 😋🌭 🍔🍟

Kicking off a brand new school year, Short Avenue is hosting three fabulous food trucks + a live concert featuring the Del Rey Community Jazz Band on Wednesday, August 16 starting at 5pm on the front lawn.

Truck line up offers returning favorite The Greasy Weiner (offering award-winning hand-made hotdogs made from locally source ingredients, sausage, burgers and specialty fries), and newcomers, soon-to-be favorites, Mandoline Grill (offering fresh, crisp vegan and carnivore-friendly bánh mì sandwiches, and mother’s famous bún thịt nướng noodle bowls) and Churro Stix, tantalizing you with gourmet churros. Churro Stix is revolutionizing the art of churro-making and will be the next go-to dessert place.

Relax with new and old friends, let the children play, and enjoy a tasty picnic style meal with savory and sweet treats on a warm August evening. That’s Short Avenue’s Food Truck Fiesta, the third Wednesday of the month during day light savings times.Neighborhood Food Truck Fiesta

🍉Back-to-School Picnic Fun 🌭


Back to School PicnicAre you ready for some fun?

Join us for our Back-to-School  Potluck Picnic Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 til noon at Culver Alexander West Park on Wade Street. Look for the happy families near the blue canopy.

Please bring food/beverages and/or plates/cups/napkins to share as we welcome new and returning families and friends.  Remember blankets, sunscreen, hats and lawns toys.  We can hardly wait to see you!

Summer Reading Challenge 📚Win $10k for Short Ave 📖

Reading just 15 minutes a day could earn $10,000 for our Library! Won’t you help us out?
Funny Chapter books for kids
Libraries throughout Los Angeles have summer reading programs where kids (and adults) can earn prizes. LAUSD is offering a summer reading challenge which fits hand-in-hand with the libraries’ reading programs. It is win-win all around!

If your family is up for the challenge of reading just 15 minutes a day, or 100 minutes a week, you can nominate OUR SCHOOL to WIN $10,000 for the library.  Each student’s log submitted = one nomination.  If you have two children reading, that counts as two nominations. The more students who read, the more nominations we can get for Short Avenue and win! Remember to track your time on a reading log.

LAUSD Summer Reading Challenge •  Read 15min/day • Win $10,000 for our school library • Details

Did you know there is an LAUSD Library partnership offering your child a card that never has a late fee?  Look for the student success library card enrollment form in your school packet in August.LAUSD Summer Reading Challenge


If you have any questions, please ask Ms. Casilli, our awesome librarian, who is organizing our Short Avenue Reading efforts. Happy Reading (and logging)!

Short Avenue Kids playing with STEM toys

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.