Los Angeles Ballet’s “Modern Moves” Saturday Performance

Short Avenue Elementary is the fortunate recipient of tickets for the Los Angeles Ballet’s Modern Moves, a series of three powerful choreographic interpretations from master choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Our evening performance is this Saturday, October 13, in Royce Hall at UCLA.

You must RSVP in the front office if you are certain you can attend. Starting Tuesday, there will be a sign-up sheet that Hector Garcia (310.397.4234) is managing. You must coordinate with our Royce Hall point person* and pick up tickets 1/2 hour before the performance starts. 50 tickets are available. Priority will be given to families who have not yet attended.

*One person from our school must commit to being the point person for Short Avenue. Please reply to this email if you can be the designated person to disseminate the tickets. The tickets are at Will Call under Alicia Casilli. NOTE: There have been issues with “no shows” and Short Avenue will not be offered this privilege if we have no shows.

Arrive by 7:00pm at Royce Hall and locate our Short Avenue point person near Will Call (a folding table) to get your tickets. The performance starts precisely at 7:30pm.

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 with any questions.

We are grateful for our partnership with the Los Angeles Ballet and for sponsoring these tickets so generously.

LA Clippers Read to Achieve Kicks-off October 1 📚

LA Clippers Read to Achieve LogoShort Avenue Elementary School is thrilled to participate in the LA Clippers Read to Achieve program.  From October 1 through November 9 students will track the number of minutes read during this six-week period and they can win awesome prizes.

📚 All  (TK-5) students who read 1000+ minutes and middle school students (6-8) who read 1500 minutes will receive special prizes + a certificate of completion.
📚 The top student in the overall program as well as the top student in each grade level who logs the most minutes will be drafted into the Clippers Student All-Star Reading Team and will be invited (+one guest) to attend a Clippers home game and participate in an on-court presentation prior to the game + t-shirt + goody bag with books & school supplies!
📚 The elementary school with the most minutes logged will receive a Reading Time Out visit for 100 students from a member of the Clippers Read to Achieve Squad, + books, +t-shirt + school supplies.
Encourage children to read every day and track their progress. Teachers may need help tracking student progress. Ms. Casilli, our school librarian is the program coordinator. Please see her with any questions.
If you need extra forms to track your progress, download reading logs here.
LA Clippers Read to Achieve
All schools registered for the program will be entered into a drawing to receive a Book bundle and/or school supplies courtesy of the Read to Achieve program.
Let’s go dolphins!
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

FoSA Hosts First Dolphin Café

Everyone is invited to the most delicious breakfast of the school year this Friday, September 7 from 7:30-8:00am. Remember to come early for the best selection

Stay for the First Fridays monthly awards assembly (including 25 Golden Ticket Winners) on the yard at 8am.

The Café stops promptly at 8am and may resume after the assembly. All purchases directly support FoSA funded programs (like technology education,  teacher’s aides, field trip buses and so much more)

Dolphin Café September 2018

Back-to-School Night 🏫 Book Fair + Sharky’s

Join us for Short Avenue Elementary’s Back-to-School Night Tuesday, August 28 from 5:30-7:00pm. Visit your child(ren)’s teachers, stop by the Book Fair in the library (5:00-6:30pm – open 1/2 hour before BTSN) and get a tasty bite to eat at Sharky’s pop-up (6:30-7:30pm – open 1/2 hour after BTSN).
Book Fair Banner


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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Fun Contest to Earn $$ for Short

Halton Pardee Realtors, one of our major Banner Sponsors, is offering $250 to the school of each child (up to the first 20 kids) who can memorize and recite the poem below at the new Mar Vista office. Our own Lily Neflas has already earned our school $250!!!! Thanks Lily!!!!

CONTEST RULES From Halton Pardee:
Join our Happy Dad’s Day contest and your child can win $250 for their school!

To enter, schedule a time to have your child visit our new Mar Vista | Culver City office and recite the poem below. The first 20 children to memorize and recite the poem “Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done” will win $250.00 for their school. We’ve been doing this contest for 4 years now as we enjoy seeing everyone that participates and hope we can start a new tradition in your family. Good luck and we look forward to meeting you!

Somebody Said It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edgar Albert Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But she* with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but she would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till she’d tried.
So she buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On her face. If she worried she hid it.
She started to sing as she tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and she did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But she took off her coat and she took off her hat
And the first thing we knew she’d begun it.
With a lift of her chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
She started to sing as she tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and she did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.