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Vena Ave. Elementary

Los Angeles Unified School District

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    • School Compact and Title 1 Parent & Family Engagement Policy mailed home on January 30, 2020.

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    Fridays Are Spirit Days

    Vena Tigers, don't forget to order your Spirit T-Shirt for Spirit Fridays! Thank you, Mr. Dan Gonzales, for your super cool tiger drawing!

    School Site Council

    Meeting Dates:

    • 9/26/19
    • 10/24/19
    • 12/12/19
    • 1/23/20
    • 2/27/20
    • March to June dates: TBD

    Meetings are held at 2:45 PM, at the Parent Center

    School Site  Council Members for 2019-20:

    • Mrs. Butler (Chairperson)
    • Ms. Oliva        (Vice-Chair)
    • Ms. Debuque (Secretary)
    • Ms. Burton (Parliamentarian)
    • Ms. Fugueman
    • Ms. Garcia
    • Mrs. Murphy 
    • Ms. Nuñez
    • Mrs. Velasco


    Robotics at Vena

    Parents met with Mrs. Barragan and Dr. Dedman to find out and sign up for the new robotics program. In this program two teams will learn to build, drive, and code VexIQ robots. Each team is made up of four students. These teams will use their new knowledge and skills to compete with other schools. Go Tiger Techies!

    Thanks to Los Angeles Robotics for funding this program!

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    A Note from Our New Principal

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you as your new principal. I am very excited to join the Vena family as we work together to continue to provide a rigorous and engaging academic environment for all students.  

    Last year, Vena Elementary School had great academic success. For example, Innovate Public Schools and Educational Results Partnership (ERP) recognized our students’ academic gains in Language Arts and Math. Furthermore, Vena Elementary School continues to be an Honor Roll School. There is no doubt that such success was the result of the hard work of teachers, parents, and support staff to help Vena students to achieve high expectations. This school year, the focus of our program continues to be in rigorous academics partnered with high expectations for behavior, character, and learning.  Our goal is to make sure your child feels valued while being in an intellectual, productive, and safe environment. 

    I am honored to join such hard-working staff, dedicated parents, and community partners. Your support in making the 2019-20 school year a success is welcomed and much needed.  I am looking forward to meeting and working closely with all of you.


    Mrs. Murphy 

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    If you would like to email Mrs. Murphy, her email is


    Vena Avenue Elementary & Gifted/High-Ability Magnet has been named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. Only 5% of California schools are awarded each year following a selection process. This award identifies and honors schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap. Every student at Vena has access to high-quality educational experiences. Our school administration, staff, and families work together to make sure that each child is "prepared for success."  Roar out with pride, Vena Tigers! 

    Fundraising Means More Fun Learning

    Vena will be having events to help raise funds for much-needed learning resources such as field trips, auditorium needs, Accelerated Reader, school supplies, etc. Please try to attend as many as you can. The following events are some of the ways we are trying to help our school in 2019-20:

    Cheesecake Fundraiser 

    Arts, Books & Crafts (ABC) Literacy Fair

    Movie Night in the Auditorium

    Scholastic Book Fair--Parent Conference Weeks


    STEAM Fair

    Poetry Night

    Talent Show

    Food Trucks

    Stay tuned for times and dates!

    IMPORTANT Events
    Local School Leadership Council

    Meeting Dates:

    • 9/26/19
    • 10/21/19
    • 11/4/19
    • 12/16/19
    • 1/27/20
    • 2/24/20
    • 3/23/20
    • 4/20/20
    • 5/18/20

    Meetings are held in the library from 2:40 to 3:30. 

    Local School Leadership Council Members for 2019-20:

    • Mrs. Murphy
    • Ms. Branda
    • Ms. Debuque
    • Dr. Dedman
    • Ms. Luna
    • Ms. Neate
    • Ms. Spencer
    • Ms. Serrano
    • Ms. Tapia
    • Ms. K. Oliva
    • Ms. Nuñez
    • Ms. E. Bravo
    • Ms. A. Bravo-Correa

    Magnet Online Application is from October 1 to November 15. Please contact the Magnet Coordinator, Ms. Nishimura, for more information



    About Us

    Vena Avenue Elementary/Magnet is the hidden jewel of northeast San Fernando Valley in the city of Arleta. Nestled in a quiet residential area with the mountains as a backdrop, Vena is an oasis from the bustling city and nearby freeways.  Though from the exterior, we may look like a typical elementary school, on the inside, our school is extraordinary and successful.

    Our school's greatest strength is our common vision--teachers, staff members, parents, and administrators are dedicated to teaching our children the academic, social, and personal skills that encourage the love of learning.  Our goal is for our students to become responsible citizens who will enjoy productive lives.  We strive to meet the individual needs of student learning styles while focusing on the "whole child." 

    Along with grades Kinder through Fifth, we have a transitional kinder and an expanded transitional kinder for preschoolers. In addition, there is a preschool for all learners (PALS), and a Specific Learning Disability Class (SLD) for students with IEPs. A gifted/high-ability magnet for second through fifth graders is also onsite.

    Students come through the school gates from many different backgrounds as well as with varying abilities and needs.  But at Vena, all students will work toward their individual potential in a SAFE learning environment.  Students will be RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE citizens.