$10,000 Library Makeover Awarded to Short Avenue School
Dear Short Avenue Families,
Do you remember seeing emails for the LAUSD Summer Reading Challenge? They were asking students to read and log their reading hours. Well, it turns out that many of our students did participate in this challenge, and one of our students, Luna Vargas in TK, had her name picked out of a hat, awarding our Short Avenue School as the winner of a $10,000 Library Makeover!!!
Big thanks goes to Alicia Casilli, our tireless library aide, for spearheading this challenge and sharing the love of reading to all of our students! We also thank the Vargas Family and all the families who participated in this challenge. It is hard to imagine that anyone ever wins these things, but we did!!!
You may notice district employees painting and tidying up the school this week. This is in preparation for an assembly on Friday November 3rd at 8:00am, where we will be presented with “the big check” and will receive a visit from the international bestselling author Amy Ephron, who will sign copies of her new book The Castle in the Mist for the 5th and 6th grade classes, and the students who were part of the challenge. The book is available through Amazon for anyone else who would like to purchase a book. All Students will receive a bookmark!
The $10,000 will go directly to our library for new books and furniture. A survey is being conducted in the classrooms for students and teachers to suggest books to add to our collection.
Congratulations to Luna Vargas, Alicia Casilli, all the students who entered, and the students of Short Avenue School who will benefit from this exciting win!!!
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.
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.
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.
We are ultra proud of our fabulous 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Trapnell who 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!
Short 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).
After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California, Short Avenue Elementary stood out as clear leader. 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. LAUSD Innovation Office recognizes Short Avenue as a school to learn from, a school engaged in promising and innovative practices.
Congratulations Short Avenue!