Allen Update (28 May 2020)

Happy Thursday Allen Eagles!

Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information about our vibrant school community and amazing district: The health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ends officially on Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and GoMath over the summer break. In addition, families may print out educational packets for students over the summer break here. CVESD’s Distance Learning packets available for download can prevent the loss of learning over the summer break. Curriculum packets may be used with or without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days).

A friendly reminder that students will not recieve a report card for quarter 4. If you did not receive a digital copy of your child’s 3rd quarter report card, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP.

A Message from the Superintendent

State Budget Proposal Would Devastate CVESD Schools

May 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As California begins reopening businesses in stages, we are already seeing the extraordinary negative economic impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on California. Governor Gavin Newsom recently released his revised proposal (known as the “May Revise”) for the 2020-21 state budget. In a word, the proposed budget cuts would be “devastating” to our schools as well as those across San Diego County and the state.

This is because Governor Newsom’s revised budget, if enacted, would mean a $6.5 billion cut to schools’ main source of funding. It would mean single-year reductions to public education worse than we experienced in the last recession. CVESD would experience a $24 million reduction in Local Control Funding Formula (LC FF) and Special Education revenues compared to what the District had been expecting from the governor’s January proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Yes, it’s true—a $24 million switch in direction.

As we know, much has happened over the last couple of months that has changed our CVESD community and the world. CVESD is currently working with a broad group of stakeholders to develop a reopening plan for campuses. We anticipate the need to purchase everything from additional cleaning supplies to thermometers to thousands of face coverings/masks. This added expense comes at a time of the worst state budget gap and highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

The Board of Education and I will continue to dialogue with Congressional and Senate representatives to advocate for another round of federal stimulus funds. The new stimulus package is needed just for schools to survive. Nearly 90 percent of our District’s budget is in personnel costs, which is another way of saying “people.” With this level of budget reductions, we are looking at significant numbers of layoffs, furlough days, or both. If federal officials truly want to Celebrate Our Heroes, such as the recent Teacher Appreciation Week and Classified Employee Week, then they should do all they can to keep them employed.

As we watch how the federal stimulus debate plays out in Washington D.C., we will continue planning for various scenarios, both in how we reopen schools and what staff we will be able to have in place when we do reopen. Despite the serious fiscal challenges coming our way, we also will maintain focus on our primary purpose: educating students.

Guiding principles for decision-making in fiscal matters:

  • Cutting as far away from the classroom as possible.
  • As we continue to devise hybrid models of learning when students return to campuses, we need to prioritize having enough teachers in the classroom.
  • Looking at all options to reduce the impact on services and staff (shortened work calendars, etc.)
  • Focusing on the essential services—what do students need to succeed?

Balancing these important demands will not be easy. Many of the decisions that local school districts will be forced to undertake are directly related to the state budget and will be unpopular cuts. In the weeks and months ahead, we truly must be #InThisTogether, and unified in our purpose to weather these cuts.

My sincerest gratitude,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

We Need Your Feedback: Parent Survey – Distance Learning Plan and Reopening of Schools

With the current school year ending distance learning, plans for the next school year are being developed with a number of possible reopening plans under consideration. We understand that each family has a unique situation, be it the state of health or the level of comfort regarding the reopening of the schools. This short, but important survey will help guide us in considering staffing needs and models for teaching, whether physically in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both. The purpose of this survey is to learn about your experience and the experience of your child/children this 2019-2020 academic year, and to help schools plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians will also be asked about interest in continuing their student’s education at CVESD for grades 7 and 8. The survey takes only a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your help.

La Propuesta del Presupuesto Estatal es devastadora para las escuelas del CVESD

26 de Mayo, 2020

Estimados padres/tutores y personal:

A medida que California comienza a reabrir negocios por etapas, ya estamos viendo el extraordinario impacto económico negativo del cierre de COVID-19 en California. El gobernador Gavin Newsom lanzó recientemente su propuesta revisada (conocida como “Revisión de mayo”) para el presupuesto estatal 2020-21. En una palabra, los recortes presupuestarios propuestos serían “devastadores” para nuestras escuelas, así como para las del condado de San Diego y el estado.

Esto se debe a que el presupuesto revisado del gobernador Newsom, si se aprueba, significaría un recorte de $6.5 mil millones a la principal fuente de financiamiento de las escuelas. Significaría reducciones de un año a la educación pública peor de lo que experimentamos en la última recesión. CVESD experimentaría una reducción de $24 millones en la Fórmula de Financiamiento de Control Local (LCFF) y los ingresos de Educación Especial en comparación con lo que el Distrito había estado esperando de la propuesta del gobernador de enero para el año fiscal 2020-21. Sí, es cierto: un $ 24 millones que fueron desviados.

Como sabemos, mucho ha sucedido en los últimos meses que ha cambiado nuestra comunidad CVESD y el mundo. CVESD está trabajando actualmente con un amplio grupo de partes interesadas para desarrollar un plan de reapertura para las escuelas. Anticipamos la necesidad de comprar todo, desde suministros de limpieza adicionales hasta termómetros y miles de cubre bocas/cubiertas faciales. Este gasto adicional llega en el peor momento de déficit presupuestario estatal y del desempleo más alto desde la Gran Depresión.

La Mesa Directiva de Educación y yo continuaremos dialogando con representantes del Congreso y el Senado para abogar por otra ronda de fondos de estímulo federal. El nuevo paquete de estímulos es necesario para que las escuelas puedan sobrevivir económicamente. Casi el 90 por ciento del presupuesto de nuestro Distrito es para costos de recursos humanos, es decir “personas”. Con este nivel de reducciones al presupuesto, estamos enfrentando números significativos de despidos, reducción de días laborales, o ambos. Si los funcionarios federales realmente desean celebrar a Nuestros Héroes, tal como se hizo durante la reciente Semana de Apreciación del Maestro y la Semana del Empleado Clasificado, entonces deberán hacer todo lo posible para mantenerlos en sus empleos.

Mientras esperamos el resultado del debate sobre el estímulo federal en Washington, D.C., nosotros continuaremos planeando para varios escenarios, tanto en la manera en que reabriremos las escuelas y cuánto personal podremos tener en sus puestos cuando las escuelas se vuelvan a abrir. A pesar de los serios retos fiscales que están por venir, también nos mantendremos enfocados en nuestro propósito principal: educar a los estudiantes.

Los principios para la toma de decisiones en asuntos fiscales:

  • Hacer reducciones que afecten lo menos posible al salón de clases.
  • Al continuar ideando modelos híbridos de educación para cuando regresen los estudiantes a las escuelas, necesitamos priorizar tener suficientes maestros en los salones de clase.
  • Analizar todas las opciones disponibles para minimizar el impacto a los servicios y el personal (calendarios de semanas cortas de trabajo, etc.).
  • Enfoque en los servicios esenciales – ¿Qué necesitan los estudiantes para ser exitosos?

No será fácil balancear todos estos requerimientos importantes. Muchas de las decisiones que los distritos escolares locales se verán forzados a enfrentar están directamente relacionados con el presupuesto estatal y serán recortes no populares. En las siguientes semanas y meses, realmente debemos estar #Juntos En Esto y unidos en nuestro propósito de sobrepasar estos recortes.

Mi más sincero agradecimiento,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

Necesitamos su opinión: Encuesta para padres sobre el plan de educación a distancia y la reapertura de las escuelas

Con el ciclo escolar actual terminando con la educación a distancia, se están desarrollando planes para el próximo ciclo escolar con una serie de posibles planes de reapertura bajo consideración. Entendemos que cada familia tiene una situación única, ya sea el estado de salud o el nivel de comodidad con respecto a la reapertura de los planteles. Esta breve pero importante encuesta nos ayudará a guiarnos al considerar las necesidades de personal y los modelos para enseñar, ya sea físicamente en persona en un salón, en línea en un salón virtual, o una combinación de ambos. El propósito de esta encuesta es saber sobre su experiencia y la experiencia de sus hijos este año académico 2019-2020, y ayudar a las escuelas a planear el ciclo escolar 2020-2021. También se les preguntará a los padres/tutores sobre el interés en continuar la educación de sus estudiantes en el CVESD para los grados 7 y 8. La encuesta toma solo unos minutos. De antemano, gracias por su ayuda.

Distance Learning Parent Survey

As stated by Dr. Escobedo in the letter above, CVESD would like to share its Distance Learning Survey for Parents in English and Spanish at this link here. Your valuable input is needed! The purpose of this survey is to measure your experience and the experience of your child this 2019-2020 academic year, and to assist schools in planning for the 2020-2021 school year (while adhering to federal, state, and local guidelines). Individual survey responses will be kept confidential. For specific concerns, please contact the school principal, Mr. John Greenwell, by email at john.greenwell@cvesd.org. We appreciate your time in completing this short, 13 question survey. Thank you!

The survey can be accessed by clink this link: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh. La encuesta está disponible aquí: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh.

6th Grade Promotion & Drive-Thru

We are pleased to be able to share details regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony.  We will share a link to the virtual ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 by 9 am.

We are currently planning an optional, drive through celebration for sixth grade students to receive certificates and other materials, also on Tuesday, June 2. The school’s traffic loop will be open from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Details can found below in a letter from our principal, Mr. Greenwell. Please look for additional communication from your child’s sixth grade teacher.

Kindergarten Promotion

Kindergarten promotion will occur online via a link for families on Wednesday, June 3rd in the morning. Ms. Davies’ class will have their promotion ceremony at 9:15 am, while Ms. Sinong and Ms. Gurule will have their ceremonies at 10 am.

Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for this virtual Kindergarten promotion ceremony.

PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting in June on Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary at michelle.reza@cvesd.org if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

Caleb’s Stories

We are very proud of all of our students, but wanted to share something cool with you. Caleb, a first grade student, has been writing his own stories! A budding author, Caleb wanted to write his own stories and share them with others. His first book, “Jaxon and the Big Fire” is about a dog that saves others. Way to go, Caleb! We want to continue to spotlight the amazing things our students are doing and share good news with our school community.

Caleb gets a visit from Ms. Bonita!

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen remains open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/school_transfers

Community Resources

We would like to share some additional, online resources for our families.

CVESD Parent Help Line and TEAMS Support: Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Families Together: Families Together, Inc. keeps updating safety and health resources for the community.  It provides COVID-19 information and support to families, including a helpful section called “Helping Your Child Understand COVID-19.”

CVESD Community Resources: This page is updated occasionally to provide families in our district with community services such as food, housing, and internet resources.

SDCOE Connectivity Resources: The San Diego County Office of Education provides links for families in San Diego County to get increased access to wifi resources for families struggling with distance learning.

PBS News Hour: This segment from PBS News Hour discusses the positive impact of classical music on children.

Sesame Street’s Grover Shares a Message with Kids: NPR’s Life Kit reached out to Sesame Street’s beloved monster, Grover, to speak directly to kids. Grover talks with NPR Life Kit hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner about wearing a mask, missing his friends, and why it’s OK to be sad sometimes.

Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parents During the Pandemic: A companion piece for adults about using the above resource (Grover speaking to kids).

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Allen Update (26 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles!

Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information about our vibrant school community and amazing district: The health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ends officially on Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, and GoMath over the summer break. In addition, families may print out educational packets for students over the summer break here. CVESD’s Distance Learning packets available for download can prevent the loss of learning over the summer break. Curriculum packets may be used with or without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days).

A friendly reminder that students will not recieve a report card for quarter 4. If you did not receive a digital copy of your child’s 3rd quarter report card, please contact your child’s teacher.

6th Grade Promotion & Drive-Thru

We are pleased to be able to share details regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony.  We will share a link to the virtual ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 by 9 am.

We are currently planning an optional, drive through celebration for sixth grade students to receive certificates and other materials, also on Tuesday, June 2. The school’s traffic loop will be open from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Details can found below in a letter from our principal, Mr. Greenwell. Please look for additional communication from your child’s sixth grade teacher.

Kindergarten Promotion

Kindergarten promotion will occur online via a link for families on Wednesday, June 3rd in the morning. Ms. Davies’ class will have their promotion ceremony at 9:15 am, while Ms. Sinong and Ms. Gurule will have their ceremonies at 10 am.

Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for the virtual ceremony.

PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting in June on Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary at michelle.reza@cvesd.org if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

CVESD BAC Meeting

The district’s Budget Advisory Committee meeting is Thursday, May 28 at 3:30 pm. Please email claire.desoto@cvesd.org for access to this meeting.

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen remains open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/school_transfers

Community Resources

We would like to share some additional, online resources for our families.

CVESD Parent Help Line and TEAMS Support: Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Families Together: Families Together, Inc. keeps updating safety and health resources for the community.  It provides COVID-19 information and support to families, including a helpful section called “Helping Your Child Understand COVID-19.”

CVESD Community Resources: This page is updated occasionally to provide families in our district with community services such as food, housing, and internet resources.

SDCOE Connectivity Resources: The San Diego County Office of Education provides links for families in San Diego County to get increased access to wifi resources for families struggling with distance learning.

PBS News Hour: This segment from PBS News Hour discusses the positive impact of classical music on children.

Sesame Street’s Grover Shares a Message with Kids: NPR’s Life Kit reached out to Sesame Street’s beloved monster, Grover, to speak directly to kids. Grover talks with NPR Life Kit hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner about wearing a mask, missing his friends, and why it’s OK to be sad sometimes.

Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parents During the Pandemic: A companion piece for adults about using the above resource (Grover speaking to kids).

Feel the love: A short video from our school community..

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Sunday Update (24 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles!

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all!  Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information about our vibrant school community and amazing district: Details regarding the 2020-2021 school year are still being finalized by district leadership and experts, including public health officials. Rest assured that our commitment to the safety of our students and staff is strong. The health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ends officially on Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, and GoMath over the summer break.

Memorial Day

We hope that you will spend some time as a family this Memorial Day to remember and honor those who fought for our country. Enjoy the holiday with your family!

Wifi Hot Spots and Laptops

If your family needs access to the internet, please communicate with your child’s teacher and Principal John Greenwell, via email.  The district is providing free wifi access to our neediest families.  If you still need a paper/pencil option for learning or a district-provided laptop, please contact your child’s teacher and she/he will put you in contact with someone who can assist you.

Sixth Grade Promotion

Details are still being finalized regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony, but we hope to have all the details soon.  We will share a link to the virtual ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at 9 am.

We are currently planning a drive through option for students to receive certificates for an evening in June. Details will be shared with families by next weekend. Please look for additional communication from your child’s sixth grade teacher.

Kindergarten Promotion

Kindergarten promotion will occur online via a link for families on Wednesday, June 3rd in the morning. Ms. Davies’ class will have their promotion ceremony at 9:15 am, while Ms. Sinong and Ms. Gurule will have their ceremonies at 10 am.

Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for the virtual ceremony.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The CVESD Board of Education meeting will be this Wednesday, May 27th as scheduled, but the time has changed to 2:30 pm. Please see the district’s website for information on accessing this online meeting: www.cvesd.org.

PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting in June on Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is now open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

Innovation Week

May 26th to May 29th is Innovation Week in CVESD! Members of the district’s Innovation Team will be hosting live online events that explore topics from superhero technology, to building important tools (that will also produce some tasty treats), to exploring the amazing structures animals use for survival. All live sessions will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform and are open to the public to join: https://www.cvesd.org/community/innovation_week_2020

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Allen Update (20 May 2020)

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Hello Allen Families,

We have heard from many people who forgot to order the yearbook. Our photo company, Chalkboard Photography, has opened up the link for 24 hours for any final orders.  If you want a yearbook, please make sure to order now!

A HUGE Thank you to Cynthia Rhoades and the Yearbook Crew for putting together this year’s yearbook.  Although the school year was cut short, the book is still packed with memories of the 19-20 school year.  We are SO grateful for your time and dedication to providing this memory book for our families.

Be Safe.  Be Well.  Know that you are ALL missed!

— The Entire Allen School Team

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Sunday Update (17 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles!

Happy Sunday!  Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information about our vibrant school community.  A friendly reminder that our school is here to support our students and their families for the remainder of the school closure.  Please communicate with your child’s teacher to ensure our school’s response is timely.

 

Staff Appreciation Photos

We wanted to share some wonderful photos one of our families sent in to show their appreciation of our Allen team:

 

Wifi Hot Spots

If your family needs access to the internet, please communicate with your child’s teacher and Principal John Greenwell, via email.  The district is providing free wifi access to our neediest families.  If you still need a paper/pencil option for learning or a district-provided laptop, please contact your child’s teacher and she/he will put you in contact with someone who can assist you.

 

DASH Lottery Update

Due to closures of CVESD schools and the YMCA, the DASH LOTTERY process for the 2020-2021 school year will be completed online only at this link (https://bit.ly/3aKNM6R):  DASH Lottery

IMPORTANT:  DASH Registration and Lottery Submission Period is now through May 24, 2020!

The attached document provides a link to register into the lottery.  Once the registration period is complete, the YMCA will run the random lottery process which selects the accepted students per school.  The YMCA will then email those families prior to the start of school that have been accepted for their next steps.  Those not selected will be placed on the waitlists which will be re-evaluated once school opens.  Registration into the lottery does not guarantee students into the program.  Any registrations submitted after the deadline will be placed on the waitlists.  One registration per student allowed and only for their selected school.

FAQ

What is DASH?

DASH (Dynamic After School Hours) is a recreational program for children in grades 1st-6th funded by the Chula Vista Elementary School District and operated by the South Bay Family YMCA.  DASH operates on all school days for 2 hours on regular days and 3 hours on minimum days for students enrolled.

How many students are accepted for enrollment?

Only 50 students per school site will be selected to complete the enrollment process for DASH.  We will assess enrollment regularly and add new students from the waitlist as students drop or don’t meet the attendance requirements.  Siblings will be kept together, so if one gets in the other will as well.

What are the attendance requirements of DASH?

Students are required to attend/participate a minimum of 30 minutes, 3 days a week (regardless of holidays) to ensure the program is for those who truly need it.  Time off request forms will be available for parents to complete and submit if there is a time period you need off for your student.  Attendance audits will be conducted regularly to ensure everyone is meeting the attendance policies.  If you need support or have any questions about the process please email sbfeedback@ymca.org.

DASH 2020-2021 Online Registration Information {Click Here}

 

VAPA and Wellness Resources

The VAPA Department in CVESD has teamed up with the Health and Wellness Department to create a website with all the resources created for our CVESD students and families.  Each discipline has its own tabs with age appropriate activities, as well as links to the CVESD VAPA Facebook, Pinterest, and Flipgrid pages.  Take a minute to click on the link and check out the amazing resources:  LINK HERE

 

Sixth Grade Promotion

Details are still being finalized regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony, but we hope to have all the details soon.  We are thrilled to share the photos below of our sixth grade students and their families being celebrated with these signs!

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is hosting its next DAC/DELAC meeting online on Tuesday, May 19 from 12 noon to 2 pm.  Please email the principal if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

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Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is now open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Interested in transferring your student to our amazing school?  Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD).

Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (stay tuned).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org.  Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

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Allen Update (14 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles!

A few brief updates for today…

Incoming Kindergarten Assessments

Incoming Kindergarten Assessments are postponed as we continue to follow the recommendations of state and county health officials.  We will share information with families as soon as it becomes available.  Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information.

 

Newly-Identified GATE Students

The meeting scheduled for parents of newly-identified GATE students this week was also canceled.  We will share information with our families as soon as it becomes available.  Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information regarding school closure.

 

Wifi Hot Spots

If your family needs access to the internet, please communicate with your child’s teacher and Principal John Greenwell, via email.  The district is providing free wifi access to our neediest families.

 

VAPA and Wellness Resources

The VAPA Department in CVESD has teamed up with the Health and Wellness Department to create a website with all the resources created for our CVESD students and families.  Each discipline has its own tabs with age appropriate activities, as well as links to the CVESD VAPA Facebook, Pinterest, and Flipgrid pages.  Take a minute to click on the link and check out the amazing resources:  LINK HERE

 

Virtual Spirit Week

Allen students are celebrating our virtual Spirit Week this week!

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Check out some of the photos shared by parents below!

 

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is hosting its next DAC/DELAC meeting online on Tuesday, May 19 from 12 noon to 2 pm.  Please email the principal if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

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Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is now open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Interested in transferring your student to our amazing school?  Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD).

Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (stay tuned).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org.  Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

🦅  Be well, Eagles.  Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (12 May 2020)

Happy Tuesday Allen Eagles!

PTC Election Process Update

We are excited to announce that through the nomination process, there were no seats opposed so according to the PTC bylaws, we may announce the following PTC Executive Board members for the 2020-2021 school year:

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The Assistant Treasurer position is still open.  Please send all inquiries regarding that position to the school secretary, Michelle Reza.  We will share the virtual meeting link for the July 13th PTC meeting at 6 pm via Ms. Reza as well.

 

Superintendent’s Update

May 8, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Ever since schools closed in mid-March, questions at the front of mind for many parents and staff members have been, When Will Schools Reopen and How Will That Happen? Governor Gavin Newsom recently suggested schools may start the 2020-21 school year as early as late July to make up for students’ learning loss. Please be reassured that no directives or decisions have been made yet about a date for reopening schools.

In the Chula Vista Elementary School District, our current modified year-round calendar calls for a July 20, 2020 start to the new school year. However, we are exploring three distinct calendar scenarios, one each for either a July, August, or September start. Regardless of the date, we first need answers to key questions, chief among them: How to protect the health and welfare of our students, teachers, and staff?

With that in mind, I have formed a “Brain Trust” to examine what learning environments in schools might look like while adhering to state and local social distancing guidelines. I have asked several stakeholders from across our District and community to be part of our discussion—from our bargaining group representatives to parent leaders to public health officials. Among the scenarios we are exploring are “hybrid” distance learning models, where students physically attend school certain days of the week and utilize distance learning for other days of the week. Here are just some of the ideas that will be explored:

  • Limiting the number of students in classrooms to ensure physical distancing. Is that number 10? 12? 15?
  • Devising student schedules so that some attend in the morning, others in the afternoon.
  • Devising alternate schedules, where some attend Mon./Wed., and others Tues./Thurs., with Friday as a “distance learning day.”
  • Revising School Visitor/Volunteer Policies
  • Devising Recess and Lunch Seating Alternatives

We also anticipate the need to purchase everything from additional cleaning supplies to thermometers to thousands of face coverings/masks. This added expense comes at a time of the worst state budget gap since the Great Recession. Schools will be asked to do more in the 2020-21 school year than ever before, radically transforming campuses and implementing rigorous health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We ask for your patience and support as we go through the careful and thoughtful process of developing a plan for reopening our schools. I want to close by sharing upcoming opportunities to recognize our incredible staff:

  • May 13, 2020 is California’s Day of the Teacher, which our Board of Education also recognizes through a formal board resolution.
  • May 17, 2020 is the start of Classified School Employee Week in California.

Sincerely,
Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Sunday Update (10 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles,

A very happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate!  Here is your Sunday Update for May 10th, 2020:

Purple Illustrated Animated Sticker Mother's Day Facebook Post

DASH Lottery Update

Due to closures of CVESD schools and the YMCA, the DASH LOTTERY process for the 2020-2021 school year will be completed online only at this link (https://bit.ly/3aKNM6R):  DASH Lottery

IMPORTANT DATES 

 DASH Registration – Online Only: NOW

 Lottery Submission Period: Now through May 17, 2020

The attached document provides a link to register into the lottery.  Once the registration period is complete, the YMCA will run the random lottery process which selects the accepted students per school.  The YMCA will then email those families prior to the start of school that have been accepted for their next steps.  Those not selected will be placed on the waitlists which will be re-evaluated once school opens.  Registration into the lottery does not guarantee students into the program.  Any registrations submitted after the deadline will be placed on the waitlists.  One registration per student allowed and only for their selected school.

FAQ

What is DASH?

DASH (Dynamic After School Hours) is a recreational program for children in grades 1st-6th funded by the Chula Vista Elementary School District and operated by the South Bay Family YMCA.  DASH operates on all school days for 2 hours on regular days and 3 hours on minimum days for students enrolled.

How many students are accepted to enroll?

50 students per school site will be selected to complete the enrollment process for DASH.  We will assess enrollment regularly and add new students from the waitlist as students drop or don’t meet the attendance requirements.  Siblings will be kept together, so if one gets in the other will as well.

What are the attendance requirements of DASH?

Students are required to attend/participate a minimum of 30 minutes, 3 days a week (regardless of holidays) to ensure the program is for those who truly need it.  Time off request forms will be available for parents to complete and submit if there is a time period you need off for your student.  Attendance audits will be conducted regularly to ensure everyone is meeting the attendance policies.  If you need support or have any questions about the process please email sbfeedback@ymca.org.

 

Allen School Spirit Week

(May 11-15, 2020)

Celebrate our school spirit online this week!  The Allen School Student Council Team created a short video message below.  Check out our Spirit Day themes for each day this week below the video.  Parents, when submitting a photo to be posted online to michelle.reza@cvesd.org, please note that you give consent for it to be featured on this blog (allenelementary.org) and the school’s Twitter handle (@EaglesBonita).

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Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is now open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Interested in transferring your student to our amazing school?  Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD).

Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (stay tuned).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org.  Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

 

Meeting Updates

There will be a PTC meeting which you are welcome to join on Monday, May 11 at 6 pm.

There will also be a School Site Council (SSC) meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 pm.

Please send a request in advance to join either of these two virtual meetings to:  Michelle.reza@cvesd.org and Mrs. Reza will send you an invitation.

Parent Help Line

CVESD has a Parent Helpline at 619-409-6638 to provide technical support with Microsoft Office 365 and Teams, as well as assistance for District-adopted online programs (i.e. Achieve 3000).  Office hours are now Monday–Friday  8 am to 5 pm.  You may need to leave a message during peak times; however, someone will contact you as soon as possible.

 

Community Resource Calendar

Please share this community resource calendar created by the amazing CVESD Parent Engagement Liaison, Ms. Angelica Maldonado.  Additional community resources and updates from the district are available at www.cvesd.org!

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We Miss Our Allen School Community!

Have you driven by the Chula Vista Golf Course recently?  You may have noticed this sign at Central Avenue and Bonita Road:

Banner: We Miss You!

Banner: We Miss You!

 

Photos from Allen Staff Appreciation Week

The photos below were sent in from parents to show their appreciation of our school’s staff!

🦅  Be well, Eagles.  Together, we SOAR!

 

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Allen Update (7 May 2020)

Another important school update for all staff, students and families:

We Miss Our Allen School Community!

Have you driven by the Chula Vista Golf Course recently?  You may have noticed this sign, thanks to a few parents on our PTC:

Banner: We Miss You!

Banner: We Miss You!

Allen Staff Appreciation Week

(May 4 to 8, 2020)

Have you celebrated our amazing Allen team of paraprofessionals and professionals?  We want to know all about it!  This is a great time to not only tell your child’s teacher how much you appreciate them, but also the other staff that impact your child’s life at school!

Watch the short video message below and check out our themes for each day this week.  Students, please be sure you have your parent’s permission before submitting a photo online.

 

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Allen School Spirit Week

(May 11-15, 2020)

Join us NEXT week as we celebrate our school spirit online!

The Allen Student Council created a short video message below.  Check out our Spirit Day themes for each day this coming week below the video.  Parents, when submitting a photo to be posted online to michelle.reza@cvesd.org, please note that you give consent for it to be featured on this blog (allenelementary.org) and the school’s Twitter handle (@EaglesBonita).

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Student Registration:  An Online Process

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Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is now open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.

The school office remains closed to the public, so registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Interested in transferring your student to our amazing school?  Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD).

Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (stay tuned).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.orgOutgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

 

Meeting Update

There will be a PTC meeting which you are welcome to join on Monday, May 11 at 6 pm.

There will also be a School Site Council (SSC) meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 pm.  Please send a request in advance to join either of these virtual meetings to:  Michelle.reza@cvesd.org and Mrs. Reza will send you an invitation.

Parent Help Line

CVESD has a Parent Helpline at 619-409-6638 to provide technical support with Microsoft Office 365 and Teams, as well as assistance for District-adopted online programs (i.e. Achieve 3000).  Office hours are now Monday–Friday  8 am to 5 pm.  You may need to leave a message during peak times; however, someone will contact you as soon as possible.

 

CVESD Meal Distribution

Beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020, the District will move to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday meal distribution at nine school sites listed below.  These schools have a student population where 50 percent or more are on free/reduced priced meal program. Please keep the following in mind when planning:

  • Students are required to be present when receiving meals.
  • District and school staff will start “Grab and Go Distribution” of meal bags at 10 a.m. and will stop once all bags are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Meal bags will contain two days of servings each on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Bags will be placed into automobile trunks—they will not be handed through vehicle windows, unless absolutely necessary, for the protection of both our staff and the vehicle occupants.
  • Kindly wear a facial covering or mask.
  • Meals are intended for our neediest children between the ages of 1 to 18.  Servings on Fridays will also include meals for the weekend.

The nine schools to serve as distribution sites are:

Harborside Elementary School
681 Naples St, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Hilltop Drive Elementary School
30 Murray St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School
849 Twining Ave, San Diego, CA 92154

Loma Verde Elementary School
1450 Loma Ln, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Montgomery Elementary School
1601 4th Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Otay Elementary School
1651 Albany Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Rice Elementary School
915 4th Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Rosebank Elementary School
80 Flower St., Chula Vista, CA 91910

Vista Square Elementary School
540 G St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

 

SUHSD Meal Distribution

Sweetwater Union High School District is also serving meals for students on Tuesdays only in May.  Due to the fact that many Allen families also have students within that district, we wanted to share this information.

Dates:  Tuesdays (May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th)

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Locations:

  • Bonita Vista Middle
  • Castle Park High
  • Chula Vista Middle
  • Chula Vista High
  • Granger Jr. High
  • Hilltop High
  • Mar Vista Academy
  • Montgomery Middle
  • Otay Ranch High
  • San Ysidro High
  • Southwest Middle
  • Sweetwater High

Distribution will include seven (7) breakfasts and seven (7) lunches for a total of fourteen (14) meals distributed to any student, 2 to 18 years old. A difference from CVESD Meal Distribution is that students do not need to be present to receive a lunch.  Instead, parents will be asked to confirm that they have a child at home.

 

Community Resource Calendar

Please share this community resource calendar created by the amazing CVESD Parent Engagement Liaison, Ms. Angelica Maldonado.  Additional community resources and updates from the district are available at www.cvesd.org!

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May 2020 Calendar PPT-SPANISH (LC)

 

🦅  Be well, Eagles.  Together, we SOAR!

 

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Sunday Update (3 May 2020)

Happy Sunday Allen Eagles!

This is Mr. Greenwell, the proud Principal of Allen, with your Sunday update for today, Sunday, May 3, 2020.

First, we hope this finds you and your family well and in good health.  Please continue to follow all safety guidelines issued by state and county health officials.

 

Allen Essential Item Distribution

MAY 4 & May 5

Adults only, please, if possible.  Please wear a mask and practice physical distancing.  Volunteers and staff will bring items to your car in the car loop outside of Daly Academy.

If your child has medications at school, you may pick them up at this time, or you can leave this year’s medications in the health office to be picked up at later date.  As always, new/updated orders from your child’s doctor for the new school year will be needed.

 

Allen Staff Appreciation Week

(May 4 to 8, 2020)

Join us as we celebrate our amazing Allen team of paraprofessionals and professionals!  This is a great week to not only tell your child’s teacher how much you appreciate them, but also the other staff that impact your child’s life at school!

Watch the short video message below and check out our themes for each day this week.  Students, please be sure you have your parent’s permission before submitting a photo online.

 

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PTC Update

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the PTC election process.  There was an error in last week’s messaging regarding the nomination email.  It should have read: EllaBAllenPTC@gmail.com.  We regret the error.

There will also be a PTC meeting which you are welcome to join on Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm.  Please send a request to join the virtual meeting to:  Michelle.reza@cvesd.org and Mrs. Reza will send you an invitation.

 

CVESD Meal Distribution

Beginning on Monday, May 4, 2020, the District will move to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday meal distribution at nine school sites listed below.  These schools have a student population where 50 percent or more are on free/reduced priced meal program. Please keep the following in mind when planning:

  • Students are required to be present when receiving meals.
  • District and school staff will start “Grab and Go Distribution” of meal bags at 10 a.m. and will stop once all bags are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Meal bags will contain two days of servings each on Monday and Wednesday.
  • Bags will be placed into automobile trunks—they will not be handed through vehicle windows, unless absolutely necessary, for the protection of both our staff and the vehicle occupants.
  • Kindly wear a facial covering or mask.
  • Meals are intended for our neediest children between the ages of 1 to 18.  Servings on Fridays will also include meals for the weekend.

The nine schools to serve as distribution sites are:

Harborside Elementary School
681 Naples St, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Hilltop Drive Elementary School
30 Murray St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School
849 Twining Ave, San Diego, CA 92154

Loma Verde Elementary School
1450 Loma Ln, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Montgomery Elementary School
1601 4th Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Otay Elementary School
1651 Albany Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Rice Elementary School
915 4th Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91911

Rosebank Elementary School
80 Flower St., Chula Vista, CA 91910

Vista Square Elementary School
540 G St, Chula Vista, CA 91910

 

New Student Registration

registration

Do you know a child who will turn 5 by September 1, 2020?  It’s time for kindergarten and new student registration!  Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  The school office is closed to the public, so registration is happening online.   Questions? email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (stay tuned).  If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Interested in transferring your student to our amazing school?  Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD).

 

Community Resource Calendar

Please share this community resource calendar created by the amazing CVESD Parent Engagement Liaison, Ms. Angelica Maldonado.

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May 2020 Calendar PPT-SPANISH (LC)

 

I look forward to the time when staff and students can return to school safely and am very proud of how our team has remained connected, energized, and sustained through these challenges.  🦅  Be well, Eagles.  Together, we SOAR!

 

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