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.

Book Fair Opens Wednesday, 9/21

Scholastic Book FairOur Scholastic Book Fair launches Wednesday morning on September 21. Money earned from this Book Fair will go directly to the school Friends and Family library.  Look for the Book Fair flyer in your child’s homework folder.

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. They must deposit the ticket into the collection container when they visit the Book Fair. Additionally, If students purchase books, they will get another golden ticket entry to win a book or poster.  You may enter daily. There will be 20 winners!

The Book Fair runs from Wednesday, September 21 through Friday, September 30. Students and teachers will preview the Fair on Tuesday, September 20. We are open during recess, lunch and after school daily, plus Wednesday evening September 21 during Food Truck Fiesta from

Morning shopping will be available during Coffee with the Principal at the Book Fair + tasty treats (8:15- 9:30am) on Thursday, September 22.

You can also shop our Book Fair online any time between now and October 4. 

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:

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.

Will you S h o p a r o o at the Book Fair too?  We have already earned $255+ simply by snapping pictures of receipts. Snap a picture of your Book Fair register receipt and help us earn twice!

Download the Shoparoo app now and earn an extra cash donation for Short when you submit your first receipt.