The Weekly Wave

Short Avenue Newsletter- Week of September 4, 2023

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Mr. Lamb's Updates

Happy Weekend Short Avenue Families and Friends!

Week 3 is complete! This was a short week that we filled with as much knowledge, learning, and bonding as possible in 4 days. We will work to do the same with another 4-day week next week. Our Back to School Night on Tuesday was nothing short of impressive. Thank you to my team for your excellent presentations. Thank you to our families for coming out to support your child and to support Short Ave. And another thank you shout out to FoSA for their support throughout the week, at Back to School Night, and on Thursday with the snack sale to support our 5th Grade trip next week.

This weekend we have four days. Friday was a day where LAUSD honors the state of California joining the United States on a day called Admission's Day. Monday, however, is a federal holiday celebrated across our incredible country. Please know that Labor Day celebrates the women and men who campaigned tirelessly for workers' rights in the labor movement of the late 19th century. They fought for many rights including a 40-hour work week, safe work conditions, paid time off, and sick leave. These brave men and women believed there could be no freedom and liberty in this country without economic freedom for the working class. The holiday honors the source of this nation's strength—American workers, unions, and labor leaders. No matter how you decide to celebrate Labor Day 2023, take some time to reflect and pay tribute to all the laborers, past and present, who helped build America and make it the country that it is today.

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

See you Tuesday!

Mr. Lamb

More Than A Meal- We are at 68% Completion

Thank you families for participating in the More Than a Meal Campaign and completing a Household Income Form, whether or not your child eats school lunch. As of now, 68% of our families have completed the form and we are getting closer to our goal of 100%. For those families who still need to complete the form, click here to fill it out online. 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:

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!

FoSA Updates


Thursday, September 21st, 6-9 PM at The Penmar

Call your babysitters because you will NOT want to miss this fun event!

We will host the Parent Mixer this year at The Penmar!

The Penmar, 1233 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, 6 PM - 9 PM.

Mingle with other parents and enjoy drinks and food overlooking the beautiful Penmar Golf Course!

Tickets are $40 (Includes dinner & your first drink) click here to purchase a ticket.

Do you want to buy a teacher ticket or pay it forward and buy a ticket to sponsor a parent in our community? Click the Link to "pay it forward ticket" to purchase a teacher ticket or sponsor a parent in our community.


Thank you to all the families that have donated thus far!! We are so grateful!

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is getting into full swing! Only 38 days left to reach our goal of 100% participation and $150,000!

We are currently only at 12% participation - We can do this Short Avenue Community!!

Every contribution makes a difference, no matter the size! We are asking EVERY FAMILY in the Short Ave Community to participate, whether you give $1, $10, $100, $1000 +

Let’s all support our fantastic school so we can continue to afford full-time instructional aides for TK-2nd Grade, half-time aides in grades 3-5, Spanish music classes, field trips, classroom supplies, extracurricular experiences, teacher professional development, the edible garden, and much more!!

Donations can be made online or by check -

Online donations - you can make a one-time donation (click here)

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

Pay by Check - Please make checks payable to “Friends of Short Avenue” and hand-deliver them to the Front Office attn: FoSA.


Labor Day - No School - Monday, September 4th

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

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

1st School-wide Assembly - Friday, September 22nd, 8:15 AM

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

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


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.

We are still looking for Event/Program Committees and volunteers for the following: Yearbook, Winter Bazaar, and Hospitality -

To sign up, please click the link


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 office's spirit wear bin.


FoSA community 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 (6:00 PM on Google Meet) and in-person (8:20 AM on campus). Meeting invites will be sent through FreshSchools.

*September FoSA meeting will be on 2nd Thursday*, 9/14/2023.

This will be a virtual meeting, at 6 PM on Google Meet. Invites will be sent through FreshSchools.

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

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.


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

Enrichment News! As of Friday the following classes still have a few spots!

Soccer n' Sports on Wednesdays

Playground Masters on Mondays

LEGO 1st - 3rd on Thursdays

LAUSD Family Academy:

Preventing and Responding to Behavior(s) in the Home Setting,

Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in-person at Virginia Road Elementary.

It is being presented by the Division of Special Education.

Participants will learn:

  1. The importance of verbal and nonverbal communication to minimize behaviors
  2. Strategies aligned with the Escalation Cycle
  3. Concrete tools to support with the emotional regulation of individuals in the home setting

Labor Day Camps:

Euro Soccer

Camp Awesome Beach Camp

Social Media: Last week I posted on our Instagram and Facebook ! A couple reminders that we had no school on Friday and Monday, the Back to School Night Schedule, pics of our beautiful Farmers Market Stand outside the cafeteria, pics from Back to School Night, an After School Snack Sale reminder to benefit the 5th grade trip to Astro Camp, and pics of an amazingly large pumpkin in our garden!!! 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

9/01-9/04- No School, Admissions Day & Labor Day

9/6-9/8- 5th Grade Astro Camp

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

9/22- School-Wide Assembly @ 8:15am

9/25- No School, Unassigned Day (Yom Kippur)