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13800 Pierce Street; Arleta, CA 91331

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


Where Eagles Soar!


Principal's Message

September 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians, 


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! This year, we are continuing to focus on our mission and vision at Sharp Ave Elementary. We are providing rigorous instruction to all students daily. It is important that our students attend school every day to benefit from our rigorous instruction. As of August 30th, we have 68 qualifying as having Chronic Attendance which is 11% of our student population who have missed one or more days of school in 8 days of instruction. The district goal for attendance is that no more than 9% of our students have chronic attendance.



As we continue to work on the school safety, please remember we are a closed campus during the instructional school day. Parents, guardians, and community members are not allowed on campus during the school day unless they are registered volunteers or have business on campus. We also need updated emergency cards since we will not dismiss students to anyone without checking the emergency cards and the adult’s government-issued ID. All visitors are to enter the campus through the main office and sign-in and gain permission to be on campus. We also have several systems in place to assist with safety of all our students. In the morning on Pierce Street, we have our valet system. Please use this program to ensure that all students arrive safe at school. Please do not double park or drop off students in the street and block traffic this is a dangerous practice! We also have designated bus loading and unloading zones, please do not park in this zone on Bartee Street. Finally, after school, we ask that you not park in the staff parking lots due to safety. We also ask that you do not pick-up students by having them walk into the street to get into cars. This is illegal not to mention dangerous! We also ask that you not pick up students in the red zone that is coned off. Please help us keep ALL our students safe.


Visitor Policy:


•  Upon entering the campus, all visitors shall sign in at the designated area and proceed to the main office.

•  Complete a visitor’s permit and obtain the principal/designee’s approval before proceeding to the classroom.

•  Request an appointment for a visitation date and time from the office staff after entering the school office.

•  Determine the classroom activity you are observing and keep the classroom observation time and frequency reasonable.

•  Follow the school’s established procedures for scheduling an appointment with the teacher(s) and/or principal/designee after the classroom visit, if needed.

•  Before leaving campus, return the visitor’s permit to the designated location.



•  Enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible.

•  Do not converse with the students, teacher(s), and/or instructional assistants during the visitation.

•  Do not interfere with any school activity during the visitation.


Meal Programs:

At Sharp, we do follow the healthy food policy established by the District. Every student receives a free breakfast in the classroom, lunch, and can participate in the Hot Supper Program. We ask that if your children participate in the Hot Supper Program that they do not take the food off-campus.  If we are audited by the state program and they see food leaving the campus, we will lose the program. It would be a shame to lose the program since we do serve about 300 meals each night.


Volunteers Needed:

California Education Code, Section 51101(a)(3), indicating parents/guardians have the right “to volunteer their time and resources for the improvement of school facilities and school programs under the supervision of district employees, including , but not limited to, providing assistance in the classroom with the approval, and under the direct supervision, of the teacher. Although volunteer parents may assist with instruction, primary instructional responsibility shall remain with the teacher.”


A volunteer is any individual who assists at a school site or District office without monetary compensation. This includes parents, community members, interns and in some cases, high school or college students.

The purpose of the LAUSD school/office volunteer programs is to augment and enhance educational and support services to schools and offices by leveraging the rich talents and expertise of parents and members of the school community. Volunteers contribute to schools and District offices in the following ways:

· Enriching the school experience for students and staff

· Assisting teachers in classrooms

· Assisting with students, staff, parent and community activities

· Promoting partnerships between the school, the District, the home and community

· Serving as positive role models for students


The three-tiered volunteer system was developed to assist the school community in identifying the various health and safety requirements and duties and responsibilities for volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the application on-line at https://volunteerapp.lausd.net


Norm Day:

We continue to monitor student enrollment as mentioned in previous correspondence, September 20th is Norm Day and classroom assignments may change based on student enrollment. Parents and Guardians will receive a letter to inform them of changes that will occur once the student enrollment is captured by the District and determinations have been made. The school must follow District and union guidelines in forming classes. The TK-3rd-grade classes should have 24 students for every teacher and 4-5 grade should have no more than 30 students for every teacher. Classrooms assignments consider the student academic achievement, supports needed, and assessment data. We thank you in advance for your patients an understanding.


Thank you for all your support! We wish to have a successful and safe year with your assistance.




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.