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.

Short Ave Students Win Bilingualism ✢ Bilteracy Awards

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.


2017 WAVE Award Winner

We are ultra proud of our fabulous 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Trapnell WAVE Award 2017 Short Avenue Elementarywho was nominated by her peers to receive this year’s WAVE Award. The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts the WAVE Awards annually to recognize outstanding educators at our local schools. The award recognizes educators who motivate and inspire students beyond their regular curriculum, who engage students and foster life-long learning. This fits Ms. Trapnell to a T. She has an enormous passion for teaching children, leading our science mania team, trying innovative approaches to learning in the classroom. Way to go Ms. Trapnell!

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Honor Roll School 2016 Short Avenue

Honor Roll School 2016

Honor Roll School 2016 Short AvenueShort Avenue Elementary has been named an Honor Roll School for the 2016 California Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE).

The 2016 Honor Roll recognizes public schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.

Congratulations Short Avenue!

Science Mania AWARDS this Friday

Science Fair Projects Short Avenue ElementaryAfter six weeks (or more) of exciting science experiments, observations, compiling and analyzing data, making charts, writing reports, designing project boards, presenting experiments and answering questions, Science Mania Award winners will be announced at this Friday morning assembly at 8am.  Congratulations to every student from participants to award winners.

Make sure to stop by the Dolphin Cafe for breakfast first and try the fresh fruit smoothies and peeps fruit kabobs. Of course old favorites will be there with selections of donuts, muffins, fruit loop necklaces and so much more. Every purchase goes directly to supporting programs at the school.