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13800 Pierce Street; Arleta, CA 91331

Phone (818) 896-9573     Fax (818) 896-8403


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Principal's Message

January 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians, 


Happy New Year! We welcome you all back for the second semester of the school year. We are halfway through the second trimester. This month teachers are assessing students in reading and will be sending home the unsatisfactory progress reports home if students are not reaching standards in academic areas.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the classroom teachers. 



At Sharp Elementary we follow the District guidelines on safety. We practice fire drills, lockdowns, shelter in place and earthquake drills. We practice these throughout the school year so that we will be prepared for any emergency. Please be aware that we know that you have charged us with keeping your children safe. I am committed to ensuring that our students, staff, and community members are safe while on campus.

You are all aware of the recent actions people in our society have taken to disrupt the security of our global community. This is much more a reason to keep District policy when it comes to our schools; we are a closed, secure campus and will continue to be so. The school partners with LAPD and LASPD to implement systems to ensure all our safety.

1.  The staff parking lots are not for dropping off or picking up students, the staff parking lots on are considered part of the campus and are not to be used by parents and community members. For the safety of our students, we have a valet in front of the school from 7:00 am to 7:45 am. Please refrain from using the parking lots for picking up and dropping off students it is a safety concern as well as against District policy.

2. When walking to school, pedestrians should use the sidewalks to travel to and from campus.  We also ask that students use the crosswalks when crossing the street.

3. Visitors on campus must sign in and out in the main office. Visitors are also to have a visitor badge on at all times when on campus.

4. If you care to volunteer on campus, you must complete a volunteer application, be processed and go through the background clearance before being able to volunteer on campus. Volunteers must sign in and out in the main office and wear their badges, provided by the District, at all times.

5. Early Pick-up: We are reminding all parents and guardians that if an adult comes to pick up students during the school day, they must present a picture ID and be listed on the emergency card. For the safety of your child, they will not be released to individuals that cannot provide proof of their identity and are not listed by you as a person we may release to.

We are also asking you to be our partners in securing the campus. Please be on the lookout for any suspicious activity that might impact our campus and safety. If you see items of concern, please notify the school or school police at 213-625-6631. Together we can ensure the safety of all here at Sharp Elementary.


Physical Activity

The Department of Health and Human Services issued the federal government's first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008 to help Americans understand the types and amounts of physical activity that offer important health benefits. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Some of your daily life activities—doing active chores around the house, yard work, walking the dog—are examples. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical aerobic activity daily for children ages 6-17 (there are no specifications for those five and under), and 30 minutes daily for adults ages 18-64.

Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least three days a week. As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle- and bone-strengthening physical activity at least three days of the week.

Aerobic activities require moderate physical effort and include, but are not limited to: biking slowly, canoeing, ballroom dancing, general gardening, using your manual wheelchair, arm cycling, walking briskly, and water aerobics. Examples of vigorous activities are basketball, jumping rope, running or bicycling on hills, soccer, swimming laps, and martial arts.

Not sure whether you are at a moderate or vigorous activity level? Try the talk test. If you can talk while you are active, then you are participating at a moderate level. If you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath, then you are engaging in vigorous activity.

Strengthening activities work all the major muscle groups - legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms. These activities include, but are not limited to lifting weights, push-ups, sit-ups, and working with resistance bands. Don't have weights? Common household items such as bottled water and soup cans can also be used.

Bone-strengthening activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength. This force is commonly produced by impact with the ground. The good news: bone-strengthening activities can also be aerobic and muscle-strengthening like running, jumping rope, basketball, tennis, and hopscotch.

At Sharp Elementary, students get 20 minutes at recess and lunch to be active. We also adhere to the California State Guidelines from the Department of Education of having 200 minutes of Physical Education every two weeks. Many of our students cannot run a 12-minute mile or pass the California Fitness Gram in fifth grade. In order to prepare them for this assessment, we again, we are asking you to be our partners and work with your children to make sure they are being active at least 30 minutes a day for their health. Good habits build now in their childhood will be carried into adulthood.


Cold Weather:

As we enter deeper into winter, please keep in mind the following information. “Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps.  Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer.

Take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from the cold:

  1. Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors.
  2. Protect extremities from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks.
  3. Offer to help those in your neighborhood with limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently.
  4. During peak cold times, if you don’t have a heater in your home, visit indoor public facilities such as shopping malls, libraries or senior centers.
  5. If you have pets, bring them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight.
  6. If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home.
  7. Stoves, barbeques, and ovens can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces.
  8. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, headaches, muscle, and joint pain, and nausea. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide could lead to death within minutes. Those suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken outside, into the fresh air, immediately, and should be taken to an emergency room for immediate medical treatment.



Attendance in school is important for your child’s future success! Every day of school counts in making sure your child learns to read and write. Students, who miss just even one day of school every month, even in Pre-school, fall behind in school. Absences make it hard for your child to learn and achieve to their highest potential. Similarly, students who show up late for school miss important information and start off their day in a stressful way. Good attendance will help your child do well in school, college and career!

LAUSD’s goal for every child is that they miss no more than 10 days in a complete school year. We have been sending out letters to inform parents of absences and the student’s progress towards this goal. The California Mandatory School Attendance laws state that all students age 5-18 are to attend school on a regular basis. It also states that for children under 5 whose parents enroll them in school, they too are expected to attend school on a regular basis. At Sharp, we have students attending school on permits because they do not live in the area of residence. Students on permit may lose their attendance permits due to high absences.

Parents can be our partners in making sure their children at college and career ready by making sure their children are regularly in attendance at school. The following are steps parents can take to help students have proficient attendance:

•             Have a regular bedtime and morning routine

•             Lay-out clothes and pack the backpacks the night before

•             Send your child the message that education and school attendance is important

•             Send your child to school unless your child is truly sick

•             Do not keep students home that are not sick

•             Develop backup plans for getting your children to school

•             Plan all medical appointments during school breaks and evenings

•             Plan all trips during school breaks 

•             Keep track of all absences and when your child arrives late.


Let's have a great second semester!




Brenda Fernandez





Our Mission

The Sharp Avenue School Community will assure that all students will be provided with a rigorous standards-based curriculum, quality instruction and the opportunity to learn and develop as positive assets to society.

Our Vision

All Sharp Avenue School students will be successful in all levels of education.  They will continue to be lifelong learners prepared to succeed in college and/or the workplace. They will become an asset to our society as positive role models by demonstrating strong character and good citizenship.