Dolphin Derby – May 3rd – 7th

Short Avenue Elementary’s 2nd Annual Dolphin Derby Virtual Week ~ May 3rd – 7th, 2021

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our Second Annual Dolphin Derby Fundraiser but this year it will be Virtual and a weeklong event (May 3rd-7th).

Students can do the exercise of their choice (run, walk, skip rope, jump on a trampoline, skateboard, roller skate, do yoga etc.) for 20 minutes a day over the course of 5 days, for a total 100 minutes! This will be a great event where we raise awareness of the importance of having an active and healthy lifestyle, while raising money for our school.

Students will be given a letter which should be forwarded to grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and/or community members in order to collect pledges for their participation in the Virtual Dolphin Derby Week. This letter states the details of the Virtual Dolphin Derby Week including how to sponsor a student with a flat rate donation.

Last year we raised $17,468. This year our goal is $20,000!

The Short Avenue student population is approximately 320. If each student secured $65 of sponsorship, we would reach our $20,000 goal!!!

School Wide Goal Prizes

If we reach our school-wide goal of $10,000, Karen will have all the ingredients of a hot fudge sundae poured all over her while being filmed for all the school to see!

If we reach our school-wide goal of $20,000, Karen will be sprayed from head toe with silly string while being filmed for all the school to see!

Student Goal Prizes

Every class that reaches 100% participation (at least 1 pledged donation from every student) will receive a popsicle party!* The student who raises the most money will win a $100 gift card to the sporting goods store of their choice! *All cohorts of students will be included if the class earns a popsicle party. 

Yearbook and Dedication Orders DUE BY MONDAY, APRIL 12TH

Being that everything is electronic this year, there will be a few steps you need to follow to place an order for a yearbook and/or dedication. Please read carefully and follow all the steps. Thank you!

All yearbook and dedication pages can be paid for through:

  • FreshSchools in the School Store
  • Venmo to (310) 245-9436 (please write the student’s and teacher’s names in the comment section and what item/s you are paying for)
  • Zelle to (please also send an email with the student’s and teacher’s names and that your payment was made through Zelle and what item/s you paid for)

If you are ordering a yearbook ONLY then no further action is needed after you have made your payment by one of the ways written above.

If you are purchasing a dedication, you will need to make your payment first

and then send an email to with the following information:

  • Student’s Name
  • Teacher’s Name
  • Parent’s Name
  • Phone Number
  • What size dedication 


  • the photos and text that you would like to use and the yearbook committee will design your dedication for you (Please let us know if you would like a specific color, theme, or if you prefer any photos to be larger or stand out more than the others. For example: Green, sports, the photo of my son on the horse should be the main photo)
  • your finished dedication using your own software 

All photos must be approved by the Yearbook Committee prior to publishing in the yearbook. 


     $22 for softcover

                    $25 for hardcover 

Dedication Pages:

1/4 page $25  ~Max of 1 photo

                          1/2 page $45  ~Max of 5 photos 

                          FULL page $70 *** Available ONLY for 5th graders*** ~Max of 20 photos

The more photos you use, the smaller each photo will be printed. 

Email: with any questions you may have. Thank you!!

Midici Fundraiser – Fri, 1/22

Let MiDici take care of lunch or dinner!

15% of purchases made on Friday, January 22nd from 11:30am – 11pm will come back to Short Avenue!

No need to show a flyer, just mention Short Avenue when placing your order. You can place orders online (not valid on 3rd party orders, ex. Door Dash, UberEats) and in the store!

Spirit Wear Orders due Fri, Oct 9th!

Visit the school store though FreshSchools to place your order!

International Day Cookbook!


Recipe Deadline: October 19, 2020

Please contribute 1-3 recipes per student. We will try to include as many recipes as possible into the final cookbook to be printed in November. The estimated price of the cookbook is $10.00 each.

  1. Clearly list your ingredients and cooking methods using the guidelines and attached template. 
    1. Ingredients
      1. List ALL ingredients in order used in instructions
      2. Give measurements in common fractions
      3. No abbreviations
      4. Include the size and weight of cans, packages, etc.
    2. Step-by step Directions
      1. Use clear instructions for every step of combining and cooking the ingredients
      2. Make short, clear, concise sentences
      3. Describe combining and cooking processes in correct cooking food preparation terms
      4.  State size of pan, temperature and cooking time
  2. Email your completed Word.doc to

Recipe Example

Short Avenue Elementary School



Recipe Deadline: October 19, 2020

Student Name: _____________________________________________    Room #: _________________

Submitted By: ___________________________ Phone #: ____________   Email: __________________

Name of Recipe: ______________________________________________________________________

Category (list one):


Note Special Diet (if applicable):


Preparation Time: _______________

Pan Size: _______________

Cooking Temperature: _______________

Cooking Time: _______________   

Number of Servings: _______________        

Ingredients in order of use:

  • List ALL ingredients in order used in instructions
  • Give measurements in common fractions
  • No abbreviations
  • Include the size and weight of cans, packages, etc.

Step-by-step Directions:

  • Use clear instructions for every step of combining and cooking the ingredients
  • Make short, clear, concise sentences
  • Describe combining and cooking processes in correct cooking food preparation terms
  • State size of pan, temperature and cooking time

Tell us more about this recipe (Ex: Is this dish served for a special occasion or everyday? Did you learn this recipe from your Grandma or a Friend?):

Annual Giving!!

Our Annual Giving Drive is our biggest friend raiser of the year! All donations are tax deductible and 100% of donations go directly to fund programs for our kids! Any amount is appreciated; no amount is too small!!

Picture Days!

Reminder: Picture Days are October 1 & 2 from 2-5pm. 

Please see the schedule below for your child’s picture time. We would like to follow the time schedule as much as possible for crowd control but, you are welcome to come at anytime between 2-5pm if you are not able to make it at your child’s scheduled time. Remember to wear masks and social distance while waiting for your turn. Masks should be removed only when the photo is being taken. All photos will be taken outside in front of the school.

Order forms will be available and need to filled out and turned in with payment on the day you have your picture taken; cash, checks payable to Shutterbug Express, and credit cards accepted. Sanitized pens will be provided. See the attached flyer for photo packages and pricing.  

The photos taken on these two days will be used in the yearbook so even if you don’t plan on purchasing photos, we would really appreciate you bringing your child/ren to have their photos taken so they can be included on their class page with their classmates and teacher. We understand and respect that you may not be comfortable having photos taken at this time. We will have spring photos as well that can be used for the yearbook.

Thursday, October 1st 

Friday, October 2nd 

* Siblings/pods can come together at one of their scheduled class times 

Friends of Short Avenue (FoSA)  will have:

  • limited Spirit Wear available for purchase
  • Sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities (getting involved in your child/ren’s school helps create bonds and strengthen both your and their connection with  the school – meet new families – make new friends – help the school)
  • Annual Giving information 
  • Free Short Avenue Elementary lawn signs!

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a wonderful and safe summer!

Regular class schedules will begin on Thursday, August 20th. Teachers should have reached out to share their schedules with you and their schedules will also be made available to you on the Short Avenue website later this week. The first ten days of school will be a Smart Start where our teachers will be teaching children how to be self-sufficient using Schoology, Seesaw and/or Google Classroom.  We really are focusing on making things easier for our students and our parents! Our teachers have been working tirelessly, so please remember to be open-minded and patient with all of us, as we continue to learn and adapt to this new way of teaching and learning.

Please make sure you have registered for the Parent Portal. If you have any problems with Parent Portal or Schoology, please email our Coordinator, Rachel Burris, or our Office Technician, Hector Garcia, Short Avenue will be contacting parents they know that are missing PINs and student emails this week. 



FreshSchools is a secure and private communication platform managed by the Friends of Short Avenue booster club for the parents, teachers and staff of Short Avenue Elementary School.

If you did not receive an invitation to join FreshSchools, please send us an email with the following information, or, better yet, register yourself here.

  • First and Last Name
  • Email address
  • Child(ren) Full Names, Grades & Teachers

Here are some handy links: Loginreset password, and request invitation.

FreshSchools security and privacy

School Closed for 2 Weeks Monday, March 16th

Watch here for a message from Superintendent Austin Buetner.


As of March 11th, 2020 LAUSD has suspended all social gatherings.

We all received word from LAUSD’s Superintendent Austin Buetner that all schools must cancel/postpone all social gatherings until further notice due to the coronavirus. Unfortunately that means as of now the following are cancelled until further notice:

Dolphin Café

Open House

FoSA Meetings 

Food Trucks 

Evening Walk’n’Talk 

Family Mosaic Day

Coffee W/Karen 

Silent Auction 

These are all the events leading up to Spring Break. We will continue to keep all parents informed as we receive instruction from LAUSD.

Thank you,

Team FoSA | Friends of Short Avenue

Lisa, Caitlin, Betsy, Tasha, Sara, Jessica and Laura