The Weekly Wave
Short Avenue Newsletter August 13, 2023
Welcome Back to School!
Mr. Lamb's Updates
Hello Short Avenue Elementary Community,
The 2023-2024 school year begins on Monday, August 14, 2024. We are excited to begin this year with our students and families.
Attendance is an enormous focus this school year and we are looking for improvements in our attendance rates. To assist, please know that gates will open every day at 7:55am. Instruction begins at 8:15am. Dismissal on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday is at 2:38pm. Dismissal EVERY Tuesday is at 1:35pm. Please plan family trips for when LAUSD is on break. Please make on-time daily attendance a priority.
On the first day of school we invite parents of our 1st-5th grade students to walk on campus with your child for a brief welcome assembly. All UTK/Kindergarten families are reminded that school begins at 9am in the Auditorium for our Orientation.
Thank you and we look forward to a great school year.
1. Please sign up through this LAUSD VOLUNTEER LINK!
3. Volunteers must have a negative TB test. New volunteers must have a recent negative test within 60 days of application. Please email your results to firstname.lastname@example.org You can get your TB test at CVS. TB tests for returning volunteers are good for 4 years.
5. Please see the LAUSD Volunteer Page for answers to questions. https://www.lausd.org/volunteer
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. Please send avril an email at email@example.com to let her know that you have reapplied, so that we can get you approved by Mr Lamb and processed with the district.
Once we have all your info in the system, then Mr. Lamb will approve you, and you can start volunteering!! I promise you, it is worth it!!
More Than A Meal
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Every class that has 100% participation will be recognized and awarded extra recess! Thank you parents!
Welcome back to school! We hope you had a wonderful summer break and are ready for an exciting year ahead.
We are thrilled to re/introduce Friends of Short Avenue (FoSA), our school booster club that supports our beloved school. By being a part of Short Ave Elementary you are automatically in FoSA. Welcome!
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.
We welcome your enthusiasm and ideas!
Our first FoSA meeting is Thursday, August 24th, in person (on campus) 8:20 am - 9:20 am.
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 (6:00 pm on Google Meet) and in-person (8:20 am on campus). Meeting invites will be sent through FreshSchools.
FoSA Monthly Booster Club Meetings Calendar -
August 24th - In person 8:20am
September 21st - Zoom meeting 6pm
October 19th - In person 8:20am
November 16th - Zoom meeting 6pm
December - No monthly meeting
January 18th - In person 8:20am
February 15th - Zoom meeting 6pm
March 21st -In person 8:20am
April 18th - Zoom meeting 6pm
May 16th - In person 8:20am
June - No monthly meeting
We have a new school website!
We encourage you to explore our newly launched school website - shortavenueelementary.org, where you will find a section dedicated to Friends of Short Avenue. Here, you can learn more about our mission, upcoming events, and ways to get involved. We invite you to check it out and discover how you can contribute to our school's success. You can see the full school calendar on Freshschools and our website.
We are excited to announce the launch of our Annual Giving Campaign. Our goal this year is twofold: to achieve 100% family participation and raise $150,000. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps us provide valuable resources and opportunities for our students. Funds raised go toward funding instructional aides, Spanish music classes, classroom supplies, field trips, extracurriculars 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).
Consider purchasing a donation package:
- Essential - $1,250 and receive 1 Fall Festival tote bag
- Above and Beyond - $1,500 and receive 2 Fall Festival tote bags, & 2 Birthday Marquee Messages
- Pay It Forward - $2,500 and receive 2 Fall Festival tote bags, 2 Birthday Marquee Messages, 2 Fall Festival Wristbands & a donation on behalf of another family
Lastly, don't forget to show your school spirit with our new line of spirit wear merchandise! From t-shirts to hoodies, we have something for everyone. By wearing our spirit wear, you not only show your support for our school but also contribute to fundraising efforts. Our online spirit wear shop can be accessed by clicking here
Thank you for being a part of our school community. Together, we can make this school year the best one yet! We look forward to your involvement and support.
For any other questions regarding our school community, reach out to
Community Rep Corner
Hello Short Avenue!! I am Avril Lipsky your Community Rep! I am here to help you get on the Parent Portal, (your personal PIN numbers will be sent the first week of school) and get you processed to become a volunteer, see the info above. I post pics and event reminders on our social media, Instagram and Facebook . Please follow and "like" our posts. It's a great way to see what is happening on campus. I can also help with any FreshSchools issues like not getting emails, misspellings, etc.
FreshSchools is our Private Communication Platform:
Have you received emails from FoSA? or me? First, check your Spam/Junk folder.
Have you accepted the invitation? Downloaded the free app?
Are you or your child listed more than once?
Can you see all of your kids in your account?
Do you want to change your email?
Any problems, please reach out to me: email@example.com
Our Fall Semester After School Enrichment Info is coming, please be patient:) Look for an email from me through FreshSchools. The first email will describe the classes, and the 2nd email will have the live links to register for classes. These are once a week classes after school Monday through Thursday. The classes will start the week of September 11th and run 10 weeks ending right before or right after the Thanksgiving Break.
Social Media: Last week I posted on our Instagram and Facebook ! An introduction to our new principal, Mr. Lamb, TK and Kinder playdate reminders and pics from the events, our new website domain, a sneak peak of some classrooms, a BYO Picnic reminder, and pics from the picnic!! Please check out our social media posts, like and follow us on Social Media!
Kinder Play Date!
Making friends at our Kinder Play Date!
Kids enjoying ice pops at our picnic!
A special 2nd grader won the stuffed dolphin!
Important Dates- Mark Your Calendars
8/15- 5th Grade Astro Camp Meeting via Zoom @ 6:00pm
8/24- FoSA meeting, in person @ 8:20am in Parent Center
8/29- Back to School Night 5:00-7:00am
8/29- English Learner Master Plan Options Meeting @ 4:30pm
9/6-9/9- 5th Grade Astro Camp