LA App Challenge

LA App Challenge 2018 📱 is Here!

Latino Heritage App hallengeDo you have an IDEA how to improve the lives of people living in LA?  

Short Avenue Elementary K- 6 students are challenged to create an idea for a brand new mobile app that improves the lives of Los Angeles residents. It gives students the opportunity to identify a problem in their community and create a solution using technology. This challenge engages students in STEM principles, encouraging them to delve into the world of innovative technology.

Consider the following questions to help you find the best challenge solution:
1. What issue is your app addressing?
2. Why is the issue important to you and the lives of residents in Los Angeles?
3. How will your app address the issue?
4. How does your app celebrate your talent and history?

Student applications may include sketches, demos, screenshots, and/or videos, though not necessary.

This challenge is open to all California students in grades K-12. There will be three categories of submission: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Each category will be judged separately. A First, Second and Third place winner will be selected from each category.

First place winners will  be awarded a savings bond.  Submit your idea(s) before the deadline on October 31.

Students are encouraged students to discuss their ideas with their families. Ms. Casilli, our librarian, will help students with online submissions.LA App Challenge Flyer 2018

Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Books

Mrs. Nelson’s Book Fair is Coming

Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair logo blueMrs. Nelson’s Book Fair offers a wonderful selection of diverse reading material for students and their families. The Book Fair kicks off on Friday, August 24. Money earned from this Book Fair will go directly to enriching the educational experience of every student while also supporting Short Avenue’s Friends and Family library Media Center. Look for the Book Fair flyer in your child’s homework folder this week.

WIN A BOOK
There will be a golden ticket drawing to win books or posters. Every student will be given the opportunity to win a book and will receive one golden ticket. Students must deposit the ticket into the collection container when they visit the Book Fair. There will be 25 winners!

SCHEDULE
The Book Fair runs from Friday, August 24 through Thursday, August 30 at 1:00pm. Students and teachers will preview the Fair on Thursday, August 23. We are open during recess (10:20-10:45am) and lunch (12-12:50pm), and after school daily for 1/2 hour, plus Back-to-school night on Tuesday August 28 from 5:00-6:30pm.

WANNA HELP?
Volunteer NowDo you have a spare hour to help us?  We could really use your assistance with our Book Fair. Please contact us for more information or to volunteer. Set-up is Thursday, August 23, 8-10am.

DID YOU KNOW…
All profits directly benefit every student at Short Avenue while also supporting the library. Our library needs major resources. 68% of our library collection is considered aged (with most books 30-40 years old) and prior to 2014 more than $25,000 in books were lost. We are 42% under the recommended amount of books for elementary school students. Every Book Fair purchase helps our students and our school!

This is a school-run Book Fair.
Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Books 2018
Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair Books

Welcome Back Food Truck Fiesta 😋🌭 🍔🍟

To kick-off the 2018-2019 school year, Short Avenue is hosting three fabulous food trucks + a live concert featuring the Del Rey Community Jazz Band on Wednesday, August 15 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); Tender Grill, authentic gourmet Brazilian cuisine showcasing Picanha (Top cap sirloin butt cap), Brazilian pork sausage, black beans, white rice, farofa (toasted yucca flour), creamy stroganoff, appetizers such as coxinha, pao de queijo (cheese bread), empadas (Brazilian pies), kibe, offering gluten-free and vegan food, and to top it all off the Pudding Truck serving scrumptious home-made puddings with an assortment  of toppings

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. Short Avenue’s Food Truck Fiesta is the third Wednesday of the month during day light savings times.

Food Truck Fiesta August 2018

🍉Back-to-School Picnic 🌭

Calling all friends and families! Everyone is invited to Short Avenue Elementary’s Back-to-School  Potluck Picnic Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 til 1:00pm at Culver Alexander West Park off Moore 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!Back-to-school Picnic

Free Tickets for The Nutcracker

Season’s Greetings Short Avenue Families!

Nutcracker Ballet

We are, once again, fortunate to be the recipients of tickets for the Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker this year.  Our matinee performance is this Sunday, December 17, in Royce Hall at UCLA.You must RSVP in the front office if you are certain you can attend. There is a sign-up sheet that Hector Garcia (310.397.4234) is managing. You must coordinate with our Royce Hall point person, Olma Leon and pick up tickets 1/2 hour before the performance starts. 75 tickets are available. Priority given to families who have not yet attended.

PICKING UP YOUR TICKETS
Arrive by 12:30pm at Royce Hall and locate Olma Leon near Will Call (a folding table) to get your tickets. The performance starts precisely at 1pm.

Royce Hall is located at 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  Remember to allow at least 15 additional minutes to park. Parking costs $12. Find directions to Royce Hall here.

Please contact Alicia Casilli with any questions. NOTE: There have been issues with “no shows” and Short Avenue will not be offered this privilege if we have no shows.
We are grateful to the Los Angeles Ballet and their partnership with Beyond the Bell for sponsoring these tickets so generously.

Book Fair Opens Friday, 9/29

Book Fair Wild WestOur AMAZING Scholastic Book Fair launches Friday morning September 29. Money earned from this Book Fair will go directly to enriching the educational experience of every student while also supporting Short Avenue’s Friends and Family library. Look for the Book Fair flyer in your child’s homework folder this week.

WIN A BOOK
There will be a golden ticket drawing to win books or posters. Every student will be given the opportunity to win a book and will receive one golden ticket. Students must deposit the ticket into the collection container when they visit the Book Fair. There will be 20 winners!

SCHEDULE
The Book Fair runs from Friday, September 29 through Friday, October 6. Students and teachers will preview the Fair on Thursday, September 28. We are open during recess, lunch and after school daily, plus Wednesday morning after the FoSA meeting October 4 and after the Dolphin Cafe and assembly on Friday, October 6.

Morning browsing may also be available after Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, September 28.

ONLINE NOW
You can also shop our Book Fair online any time between now and October 6. 

FINDScholastic Mobile App THE RIGHT BOOK IN A SNAP
Get the Book Fair app and shop the online fair directly from your device. You can also view book details, including age, grade and reading levels. Learn more.

Download it now:

WANNA HELP?
Volunteer NowDo you have a spare hour to help us?  We could really use your assistance with our Scholastic Book Fair. Please contact us for more information or to volunteer.
DID YOU KNOW…
All profits directly benefit every student at Short Avenue while also supporting the library. Our library needs major resources. 67% of our library collection is aged (with most books 30-40 years old) and prior to 2014 more than $25,000 in books were lost. We are 52% under the recommended amount of books for elementary school students. Every Book Fair purchase helps our students and our school!
This is a school-run Book Fair.

 

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

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

STUDENT SUCCESS LIBRARY CARD
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

RESOURCE LINKS

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.

Kinder Roundup June 3

Get reKindergarten Roundup Short Avenueady for a fabulous and fun Kinder Roundup Saturday, June 3 from 10am til noon.  2017-2018 enrolling kindergartners and their families are invited to experience a delightful kindergarten day, see engaging classrooms and meet our charming teachers. There will be fun activities and entertainment for the children and kid-friendly snacks and drinks. It’s a great time to make new friends, schedule summer play dates, and get questions answered. You can even pick up an enrollment packet and start filling it out.

I can’t say enough good things about this school. The teachers are the cream of the crop. My son is learning, he’s happy, he’s challenged, and he’s loved.