The Weekly Wave

Short Avenue Newsletter- Week of August 28, 2023

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Back To School Night!

Please join us for Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 29th. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit your child's classroom, meet their teacher, connect with parents, and learn about the instructional programs offered at Short Avenue. Tacos from Home State will be available for purchase on the front lawn. For more details, click here to view the flyer that was sent home earlier in the week. As a reminder, this is an adult-only event.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

1st-5th Grade:

5:00-5:30- 1st-5th Grade Parents, All-School Presentation (in auditorium)

5:40-6:15 -1st & 2nd Grade Classroom Presentations (in classrooms)

6:20-6:55- 3rd-5th Grade Classroom Presentations (in classrooms)


5:00-5:35- TK/Kinder Classroom Presentations (in classrooms)

*TK/Kinder parents do not need to attend the all-school presentation in the auditorium, as the information was shared at the TK/Kinder Orientation.

PALs (Preschool for all Learners):

5:00-5:35- Classroom Presentations (in classrooms)

All parents of RSP students can pop into Rm. 24 to meet our Resource Specialist Teacher, Ms. Nancy Griffin.

Mr. Lamb's Updates

Happy Weekend Short Avenue Families and Friends!

Week 2 is done, and we are on the move! This was a wonderful week full of learning, relationship building, and a huge turnout for our first FoSA Meeting of the year. Way to go, Short Ave!

This week we will continue to build on the good and will begin to tighten up those areas where we are noticing various needs. A few are listed here:

~ Covid - We have cases on the rise, and it is time to return to some of our messaging from a few years ago. When we have positive cases moving forward there will be a letter sent by me via email through the Blackboard Connect System to inform of a positive case and to inform if your child may have been a close contact. Additionally, we will need positive tests uploaded into the Daily Pass system. Parents can access this through the Parent Portal. See below for details about quarantine and masks.

~ Playground Safety - There have been many bumps and bruises in the last two weeks on our playground. The children are excited to be at play and love to play with their friends. We do not want to stop this at all. We do want our students to slow down, to raise awareness of surroundings, and to be more careful.

~ 2nd - 5th Grade Dismissal - Our move to the large sliding gate on Beethoven (near Short Ave) was a big improvement on a quicker and more efficient dismissal. We will work on our end to be more organized so there is not a rush of students out the gate. I ask that our parents please continue to park and walk and not double park AND to be very careful when crossing Beethoven to be sure no cars are coming.

This week we are excited to host our Annual Back to School Night. This adults-only event is a time to receive information about the school from me, about our Friends and Parent Group from FoSA and Avril, and, most importantly, to meet your child's teacher and learn about this year's expectations. We are looking for 100% Short Ave attendance for this wonderful evening event.

Thank you all for your continued support. Please enjoy the rest of your weekend.

See you Monday!

Mr. Lamb

FoSA Updates

Our first FOSA Community Meeting

Thank you to all that attended! We loved seeing so many of you at our first Friends of Short Avenue (FoSA) community meeting of the year!

FoSA meetings are held monthly and all are welcome to join. They take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month, September*- June, and alternate between virtual (6:00PM on Google Meet) and in-person (8:20 AM on campus). Meeting invites will be sent through FreshSchools.

*Sept meeting will be on 2nd Thursday @ 6pm

Parent Mixer

Save the Date - Thursday, September 21st, 6-9PM

Call your babysitters because you will not want to miss this fun event! Meet other parents and enjoy drinks and food. Info about tickets coming soon.

Annual Giving

Our biggest fundraiser of the year has gotten off to a great start! Let’s keep it going!

Thank you to all the families that have donated thus far!!

We have two goals this year 1. To achieve 100% community participation. 2. To raise $150,000 .

Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference!

Funds raised go toward funding instructional aides, Spanish music classes, classroom supplies, field trips, extracurricular experiences, teacher professional development, the edible garden, and much more.

Donations can be made online and done one of two ways -

a one-time donation (click here) or sign-up to make a monthly donation for 10-months (click here).

If you prefer to pay by check, please make checks payable to “Friends of Short Avenue” and hand-deliver them to the Front Office attn: FoSA.

Astrocamp after school Snack Sale!

Thursday, August 31st, from 2:30-3:15 PM on the front lawn and off Beethoven.

All snacks are $1 each. Bring cash or credit card.

All funds go towards sending our 5th graders to ASTROCAMP!

(If you’d like to make a donation of any amount to help send our 5th graders to Astrocamp click here and enter “pay it forward” in the field for Child Name. Thank you!)

Back to School Night - Tuesday August 29, 5-7PM

Need dinner? We’ve got you covered! Tacos from Home State will be available for purchase from 5:00pm-7:00pm on the front lawn. FoSA will also be selling spirit-wear, collecting volunteers, and hosting committee sign-ups.

Upcoming FoSA Dates & Events:

Back to School Night - Tuesday, August 29th, 5PM-7PM (adult only event)

No School - Friday, September 1st

Labor Day, No School - Monday September 4th

1st School wide Assembly & Dolphin Cafe - September 15th

FoSA Meeting (virtual) - September 14th, 6PM-7PM

Parent Mixer - Thursday September 21st, 6PM-9PM

Beautification Day - Saturday, September 30th, 9AM-1PM

Fall Festival - Saturday, October 28th, 4:30 -7:30PM

Volunteer Opportunities -

Both Fall Festival and Beautification day need as many helping hands as possible. If you are interested in helping plan either event, please click here to sign up under “Beautification Day” and/or “Fall Festival”.

As a parent, you play a vital role in shaping the education experience for your children, and we invite you to join us in making a difference. One of the best ways to get involved is by joining one of our Event/Program committees or becoming a room parent. To find out more about Committees and events & to sign up, please click the link

Spirit Wear Recycle Reuse program

Free, gently used Spirit wear is coming to you shortly! We are collecting any spirit wear items that do not fit your children anymore and are still in good condition. Please donate them for others to enjoy!

Please leave your gently used spirit wear items in the spirit wear bin, located in the office.

Thank you for being a part of our school community. Together, we can achieve anything!

We look forward to your involvement and support.

For any other questions regarding our school community, or to get in touch with a FOSA board member, please reach out to

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Health Updates

We are seeing an uptick in Covid cases now that we are all back to school. The District has provided new Covid Exposure Management protocols for the 2023-2024 school year. The new guideines are as follows:

  • Individuals who test positive must stay home and follow isolation instructions for 5 days (Day 0 is the day an individual tests positive).
  • Parents of a student who tests positive are strongly recommended to upload their test result to the Daily Pass.
  • Individuals who test positive may be released from isolation on or after Day 6, provided any symptoms are improving, and they are fever-free for the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Students returning between day 6-10 may unmask if they have two sequential negative tests taken at least a day apart.

If you need any Covid tests, you can pick them up in the main office or request them from your child's teacher.

Additionally, there have been a few cases of lice this week. Please check your child's head regularly and notify the school if your child has lice. It is best to keep hair pulled back to avoid any spread.

More Than A Meal

Once again we are asking EVERY FAMILY to participate in the More Than a Meal Campaign and complete a Household Income Form, whether or not your child eats school lunch. This form is used to determine whether our school receives critical Title-One and TSP funding, so it is important that we have 100% participation from all of our families. The link to complete the household income form is: . If you have more than one student at our school, you will only need to fill out one for your family.

Once you have completed the form, a screen will appear that says that your application has been submitted successfully. It will also provide you with a reference number. If you need any help in completing the application please reach out to the office or Rachel Burris @ Every class that has 100% participation will be recognized and awarded extra recess! Thank you parents!


Student attendance is a focus for us this school year. It is important that your child is present and on time for school EVERY DAY. An accumulation of absences can negatively impact students both socially and academically. The school is working closely with the District to monitor student attendance and reach out to parents when students are consistently absent from school. While it is understandable that students might become sick throughout the school year, the goal is for seven or less absences between now and June. Family vacations should take place during school holidays and scheduled during school vacations. Additionally, doctors' appointments should be scheduled after school or during vacations, whenever possible. If your child is out because of an appointment, we ask that you bring a note from your doctor to the main office, or your child's teacher. Please let us know if your family needs any support in getting your child to school.


Are you interested in volunteering in your child's classroom, the library, or the garden? We LOVE volunteers and hope that you will be one!!

1. Please sign up through this LAUSD VOLUNTEER LINK!

2. All Volunteers must be vaccinated for Covid and upload a copy of your Vaccination Card to The Daily Pass AND email a copy to

3. Volunteers must have a negative TB test. New volunteers must have a recent negative test within 60 days of application. You must email your negative result to so that they can be inputted into your application. You can get your TB test at CVS. TB tests for returning volunteers are good for 4 years.

4. Volunteers need to sign a Liability Waiver and the Commitment Form.

5. Please see the LAUSD Volunteer Page for answers to questions.

If you are a RETURNING VOLUNTEER from last year, you still need to fill out the LAUSD Volunteer Application online at LAUSD VOLUNTEER LINK! We should already have your negative TB test and Covid Vaccine Card on file. TB test's for returning volunteers are good for 4 years.

Becoming a volunteer can take a little time, but we promise you it is worth it!

Community Rep Corner

Our Parent Center is now located in Room 12, next to our PAL's Classrooms, behind the library. If you need help with accessing the Parent Portal or filling out the Volunteer Form, PLEASE email me at : so I can set up a time to help you:)

Enrichment News!!!

WOW! You sure like Enrichments!! It honestly felt like you were all trying to get Taylor Swift tickets:) If you did NOT get in to the class that you wanted, we are so sorry!! But please know that this session is only 10 weeks, and there will be another set of Enrichment Classes starting in January!!

Also, please remember that ALL students at Short Ave are getting Arts Education at school during the day, and throughout the year, including: Vocal Music and Dance (sponsored by the district) Spanish (paid for by FoSA), and Athletics, Science and Art, ( happening in the classroom as part of the day's schedule.) "After School Enrichments" are extra, similar to putting your child in soccer at the park or a weekend theater program.


Soccer n' Sports on Wednesdays still has spots!

Playground Masters on Mondays still has spots!

LEGO 1st - 3rd on Thursdays still has spots!

Spanish TK/K filled up in under 3 minutes

Spanish 1st/2nd filled up in under 9 minutes

LEGO TK/K is sold out

Chess Wizards filled up almost immediately

Messy Science and Arty Party are full

reDiscover Cardboard Art is full

Musical Theater is FULL

Note from Ms. Hohman and Marina:

Thank you families for ALL your interest in the amazing theater program. Registration is now closed as we have received registrations well over our 30 student capacity. Unfortunately, there will not be spots available to 2nd grade this year. We look forward to seeing you next year. For 5th, 4th and 3rd graders, we will be looking at the number of registrations and let you know if your child has a spot in the theater program by Monday afternoon. We will send you the payment link if you are in the class. We appreciate all your interest and patience with our growing program.


The Theater Team

Social Media: Last week I posted on our Instagram and Facebook ! District information on Tropical Storm Hilary and the closing of school on Monday, A " School is open on Tuesday" post, photos from our day back on campus, a sweet pic of kids enjoying Pitfire Pizza on Tuesday night, pics from the Kinder Royal Parade, a FoSA meeting reminder, a Back To School Night Post, and the sweetest video of out TK-ers on a scavenger hunt in Mr. Lamb's office!!! Please follow and like our social media posts, it is a wonderful way to see what is happening on campus!

Important Dates- Mark Your Calendars

8/29- Back to School Night 5:00-7:00am

8/29- English Learner Master Plan Options Meeting @ 4:30pm

9/01-9/04- No School

9/6-9/9- 5th Grade Astro Camp

9/12- School Site Council Orientation in Rm. 12, Parent Center