The Weekly Wave

Short Avenue Newsletter- Week of October 2, 2023

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Mr. Lamb's Updates

Happy Weekend Short Avenue Families and Friends!

Fall has started. We are officially through the month of September and are pushing into October. It is the third month of the school year! Time sure flies with all of the good at Short Avenue! With our move into Fall I want to take a moment to focus on appreciation and responsibility.

I personally find it difficult to find the perfect ways to show gratitude. Saying thank you is the easiest and most obvious. Sometimes writing a note or a card. Trying to do or say more just never seems like enough, or I worry about leaving a person out. This can be difficult for all of us when there is so much good in the Short Ave community to be grateful for and to recognize. I encourage you all to go out of your way to give an extra thank you to someone or to a group that has supported you. I am overwhelmingly grateful to our FoSA organizers for the Campus Beautification Day yesterday. From the snacks and coffee to those painting and sweeping and cleaning, I thank all who were able to come out whether for a short bit of time or for the entire duration. We all know the saying, β€œit takes a village,” and yesterday we saw it with our own eyes!

I continue, daily, to preach to the students to Be in the Right Place, at the Right Time, Doing the Right Thing. This is because I want students to learn to discipline themselves so that others don’t have to (thank you John Wooden for that lesson). In doing this I firmly believe to my core that all of us will be good, honorable, and responsible individuals. Three areas of responsibility that I would love for our entire community to come together on are with on-time attendance, playing appropriately, and with our lost and found. We are having too many late arrivals. Please set out clothes early or make other necessary adjustments so that our students are in class when the instruction starts. We are having too many injuries on the yard from playing a little too hard and not heeding warnings from the staff. Yes it is fun to swing friends and play tag. We have areas to do this to be safe but we need to enhance our personal responsibility in being sure we are being safe while being silly. Finally, our families spend precious dollars for jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, and reusable water bottles. Why then is our lost and found growing daily? Because our students are not respecting that cost and not being as responsible as possible. We can help if student names are written on items so that my team can return. We can help with reminders. Help us help you with developing responsible citizens.

As always, please be safe. And please enjoy the rest of your weekend.

See you Monday!

Mr. Lamb

Important Dates- Mark Your Calendars

10/03- Dia De Los Muertos Planning Meeting @ 8:20 in Room 12

10/09/23- SSC Meeting @ 3:30pm in Rm. 12

10/28-Fall Festival, 4:30 -7:30 PM

10/13 -All School Assembly & Dolphin Cafe

10/31- Halloween Parade @ 8:30am

11/02- Dia De Los Muertos

Congratulations Spellers!

We want to extend a great big Congratulations to our three finalists who will represent Short Avenue in the community spelling bee at Del Rey Day, on October 22nd. After multiple rounds of elimination, these three students came out on top:

-Felix Bauermeister, 4th grade

-Paris Prepetit 5th grade

-Benjamin Taylor, 5th grade

We are so proud of all the 4th and 5th grade students who participated in the spelling bee. Their bravery and outstanding display of sportsmanship was commendable. We hope that everyone will try again when we host our 2nd spelling bee, later in the school year. Big thanks to Mr. Moss for organizing these events.

Please join us on October 22nd to watch these students compete against neighboring schools at Del Rey Day. Stay tuned for more details.

More Than A Meal- We are at 90% 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, the majority of our parents have completed the form and we are getting closer to our goal of 100%. For those parents 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

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Thursday, October 5th, 5 - 8 PM come join us for Short Ave Food Truck Fiesta night!

Bring a picnic blanket and set up on the front lawn.

Featured Food Trucks:

Windsor Hills Pizza - Chicken King fried chicken - Gourmet Genie Mediterranean -

Capri Gelato and music by the Del Rey band.

All are welcome. Invite friends, neighbors, and family. Open to the community!


From now through the end of the Annual Giving Drive on October 12, FoSA will be having a weekly raffle. Anyone who has donated any amount during the campaign will be automatically entered to win a $50 gift card to a local business. Today we are thrilled to announce our winner of a $50 gift card to Ginger's Ice Cream goes to Kevin and Robin Comstock!

We are in the final stretch of annual giving. We are so grateful to everyone who has participated. We are at 95% of our Financial goal, if you have not made your donation yet, please think about doing so today.

To make a one-time donation (click here).

To make a monthly donation during the school year (click here).

Please remember that contributions of all amounts are valued and appreciated!

100% of every dollar from FOSA goes back to Short Avenue Elementary.


Are you wondering why FOSA asks for donations and where the funding goes? See FOSA’s updated 2023 Annual Budget here.


Our annual Fall Festival is coming back! From food trucks, games, crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, our famed haunted house & more - we've got all your fall themed fun in one evening! Saturday, 10/28 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM. The presale of tickets is now live!! Check out the details below -

EVENT TICKETS - Children 2 and under and adults 65 and older are free. Note to teachers and staff: Please let us know if you'd like to attend and how many tickets you need, FoSA will be covering the cost of your unlimited fun.

Unlimited Fun Wristband $35, covers your entrance and unlimited access to all rides, games, activities, and crafts. (click here to purchase). Note an unlimited fun wristband covers unlimited activities, games, and crafts so no need to purchase individual activity tickets listed below.

Entrance Ticket $10, covers your entrance but does not include access to all rides, games, activities, and crafts. (click here)

Individual Activity Tickets are $1 each, and cover access to all rides, games, activities, and crafts. (click here)

Everyone is welcome, so please join us at any event that you can!

Food Truck Fiesta - Thursday, October 5th, 5 - 8 PM

Humble Potato Restaurant Nights - Wed & Thurs, Oct 11th & 12th, lunch and dinner

Dolphin Cafe & All School Assembly - Friday, Oct 13th 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

FOSA Community Meeting - Thursday, Oct 19th, 8:20 AM, In person/Parent Center room 12

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

VOLUNTEER πŸ‘·β€β™€οΈ

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 & Volunteers for: YearBook & Hospitality. To sign up, please click here.


Free, gently used Spirit wear is coming to you this month!

We are collecting new and gently used spirit wear items that are still in good condition. Please donate them for others to enjoy!

We will have these items available at our next Spirit Wear Sale!

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


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.

* October 19th, 8:20 AM is our next FoSA Community meeting. This will be an in-person meeting in the Parent Center, Room 12.

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

We look forward to your continued 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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Community Rep Corner

Mandatory Volunteer Orientation Zoom:

ALL Volunteers must watch this prerecorded Mandatory Volunteer Orientation BEFORE volunteering on campus. This link will be in every Weekly Wave, in the Volunteer section at the bottom of the newsletter and on our website.

Library Needs Volunteers:

Thank you for expressing your interest in volunteering at our lovely school library! I greatly appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the behind-the-scenes efforts in keeping our school library dynamic and engaging.

We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available, including:

  1. Supervising During Recess: Providing supervision during library recess times.

  2. Book Processing: Assisting with the processing of new books.

  3. Book Fair Assistance: We'll need plenty of helping hands to run our upcoming (Feb 2024) book fair successfully.

  4. Book Reshelving: Keeping our library organized by re-shelving books.

  5. Little Library Maintenance: Helping maintain a child-friendly and organized Little Library.

  6. Support via Our Amazon Wishlist: Contributing to our library by visiting our Amazon wishlist.

Your involvement will make a significant difference, and I look forward to having you become a library volunteer. Please fill out this form to learn more about each opportunity and let me know which area(s) you're interested in. If you have any questions feel free to email me at

Thanks! Ms. Levy

Enrichments Reminder:

Please remind your kids of their After School Enrichment classes in the morning of their class. And please pack them a sweatshirt or coat for the afternoon classes that our outside. This includes, Playground Masters, Arty Party, Messy Science, and Soccer n' Sports.

Social Media: Last week I posted on our Instagram and Facebook ! A Yom Kippur post, pics from the 2nd grade walking field trip, the 5th graders in Room 27 got their 3D printer, a happy birthday to Hector post, a Beautification Day reminder. and pics from the day!

We are at 952 followers on Instagram , I would love to get to 1000 by the end of the year!! Please follow and like our social media posts, it is a wonderful way to see what is happening on campus!

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Are You Registered On the Parent Portal?


Please make sure that you have registered for an account on the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is is an online system that connects parents and guardians to their child's information. The website to register is: Make sure to link your student(s) to your account. Please call the office if you need any help in obtaining your child's student ID # or any other assistance registering on the portal.


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.

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.


ALL Volunteers must watch this MANDATORY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, BEFORE volunteering on campus!!

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. It is helpful if you can email both your TB test and Covid in one email, please:)

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!