Sunday Update (18 October 2020)

We have another important update for all Allen School families! Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry to read this morning’s update.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Save the date: Tuesday, Nov. 10th will be our School Photo Day. Details will be sent home soon. Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the 5 minute YouTube video below:

It’s not the 20th, it’s the 18th. It’s hard to keep track of time flying by as the quarter ends!

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. The PTC is currently hosting their annual Ultra Fun Run to support STEAM activities this year (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Honesty. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Thank you“.

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. If the office hour times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

Although our goal of a phased return to in-person instruction was proposed for October 26, 2020, our District will take extra precautions and postpone the reopening because COVID-19 transmission rates in our boundaries are still too high. We remain committed to a safe return when the data in our boundary area supports resuming at least a hybrid form of in-person instruction. In the meantime, we will continue working with our bargaining groups and stakeholders to ensure a safe reopening at a future date. Please continue to follow our school blog and check your emails for future updates.

A Look Ahead:

Now to October 23: Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

Thursday, October 22 – 4 pm to 6 pm for Grab & Go Materials Distribution

Friday, October 23 – 7 to 9 am and 1 to 3 pm for Grab and Go Materials

October 26 – 30: Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Friday, October 30 – Costume Day [Please, no scary or gory costumes, no props of any kind, no weapons of any kind, no masks that cover the entire face, and no costumes that may be considered culturally offensive].

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day from 7 am to 8 pm; Allen will not be used as a polling location for this election.

Friday, November 6 at 8 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Tuesday, November 10 – School Photo Day

Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break

Spirit Week

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Spirit Week of the school year. We will have another Spirit Week the last week of October to celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

We would like to share some photos that our families sent in to show their school spirit:

First Quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences

This week, all CVESD schools will continue their first quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences.

To increase the number of time slots available for parents to meet with teachers, the school will offer a minimum of 2 hours of synchronous live instruction. Remaining minutes of instruction will be asynchronous instruction for students. This means that all students will begin classes at 8:50 am. Students will have their normal nutrition break. However, students may switch from live, synchronous instruction to independent, asynchronous instruction beginning at 11:05 am during these conference days. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about conferences.

Grab and Go Materials Distribution for Q2

We are happy to share the materials distribution process for quarter 2: the Grab and Go! This event is designed for the convenience of our families to quickly pick up necessary items for children to learn in quarter 2. Families will drive through the route below and pop their trunk for materials to be placed inside the vehicle. Our PTC will also distribute prizes from the PTC Ultra Fun Run for students at this event. Please follow all safety protocols, such as wearing a facial covering in your car and kindly stay inside your vehicle at all times.

If you have any outstanding paperwork that you need to turn into the office, this would be an ideal time to drop that off as well. We will host two dates with three separate times to accommodate the needs of our school’s families for this materials distribution process:

Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 4 pm to 6 pm

Friday, Oct. 23rd from 7 am to 9 am and 1 pm to 3 pm that same day.

Route for the Grab and Go on 10/22 and 10/23

Part Day Enrichment at Eastlake YMCA

The South Bay YMCA is now offering a 4 hour, fee-based, optional enrichment program from 2pm- 6pm (M-F) at the Eastlake YMCA.

  • Activities include physical education, arts & crafts, STEM, ninja warrior & more.

With so many families needing childcare assistance, we encourage you to explore this option.  Please note: Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

Read the flyers below for more information:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include: 1) Daily Health Screenings, 2) Mask Wearing, 3) Physical Distancing, and 4) Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

PTC Ultra Fun Run Update

Families can still turn in pledges for the PTC Fun Run!

If you have not done so already, please register here: www.ultrafunrun.com

Enter the Student Access Code: ALLEN

Below is a copy of the parent/prize letter full of important registration information and prize opportunities.

Prizes will be distributed to students at the Grab and Go on Thursday and Friday. Thank you for making a difference. Remember, the funds raised from this main school fundraiser will provide hands-on learning experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Great Shake Out 2020

Our staff and students in the Distance Learning Support Program participated in the Great Shake Out on Thursday, October 15, 2020. This annual earthquake and fire drill is an important part of our emergency preparedness plan.

Yearbooks from 2019-2020

The school office has only a few remaining extra copies of the 2019-2020 school yearbook for sale. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange a time to pick one up. Yearbooks from last year are $20 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will sell them until we run out. Please bring exact cash.

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9th at 3 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, November 9th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 9th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on November 6th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Election Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

Not only is November 3rd Election Day, but it is also MTS Free Ride Day! To help increase access to in-person voting options, all fixed-route MTS and NCTD buses, Trolleys, SPRINTER and COASTER will be free. 

While you can skip the fare on Free Ride Day, face covering are a must! Face coverings (worn over your nose and mouth the entire trip) are required on all MTS and NCTD vehicles.

http://www.sdmts.com

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: Online registration deadline is October 19. By mail registration deadline is showing that its is postmarked by October 19. In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Request by October 27. Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (11 October 2020)

Can you believe that we are finishing up the first quarter of the school year? This week is also our first Spirit Week of the school year. Read below for more details!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the 5 minute YouTube video below:

Sunday Update, 10/11/2020

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. The PTC is currently hosting their annual Ultra Fun Run to support STEAM activities this year (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

We also now have an Amazon Smile account for our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Caring. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Please“.

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. If the office hour times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

Although our goal of a phased return to in-person instruction was proposed for October 26, 2020, our District will take extra precautions and postpone the reopening because COVID-19 transmission rates in our boundaries are still too high. We remain committed to a safe return when the data in our boundary area supports resuming at least a hybrid form of in-person instruction. In the meantime, we will continue working with our bargaining groups and stakeholders to ensure a safe reopening at a future date. Please continue to follow our school blog and check your emails for future updates.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, October 12 at 3:00 pm – ELAC Meeting (Click here: Link)

Monday, October 12 at 3:30 pm – SSC Meeting (Click here: Link)

Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm – PTC Meeting

Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon – DAC/DELAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm – CVESD Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, October 15 (time varies) – PTC Ultra Fun Run

Fun Run theme: Full STEAM Ahead to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activities this year

October 15 – 23 Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

October 26 – 30 Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Friday, October 30 – Costume Day (Please, no scary or gory costumes, no props of any kind, no weapons of any kind, no masks that cover the entire face, and no costumes that may be considered culturally offensive).

Tuesday, November 3 (7 am to 8 pm) – Election Day

Friday, November 6 at 8 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

Spirit Week

Our school’s first Spirit Week of the year is this week!

We are working with our vendor to get more Allen shirts and will share with parents when you may pre-order shirts online!

Monday, October 12: Allen Spirit Day – Wear any Allen School t-shirt or a dark green shirt!

Tuesday, October 13: Twin Day – Dress up with a friend and wear the same outfit!

Wednesday, October 14: Wacky Hair Day – Style your hair a new way or wear a hat!

Thursday, October 15: Sunglasses Day – Wear your coolest shades today.

Friday, October 16: Sports Day – Wear your favorite sports team jerseys or t-shirts. We humbly suggest supporting local sports teams such as the Padres, Xolos, Seals, or college teams such as the SDSU Aztecs.

We want you to share your photos showing your Allen School Spirit. Please send them to:  michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give permission for these photos to be shared on social media.

See the flyer here for details:

First Quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences

Beginning on Thursday, October 15th and continuing through Friday, October 23rd, all CVESD schools will have their first quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences.

To increase the number of time slots available for parents to meet with teachers, the school will offer a minimum of 2 hours of synchronous live instruction. Remaining minutes of instruction will be asynchronous instruction for students. This means that all students will begin classes at 8:50 am. Students will have their normal nutrition break. However, students may switch from live, synchronous instruction to independent, asynchronous instruction beginning at 11:05 am during these conference days. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about conferences.

Grab and Go Materials Distribution for Q2

We are happy to share the materials distribution process for quarter 2: the Grab and Go! This event is designed for the convenience of our families to quickly pick up necessary items for children to learn in quarter 2. Families will drive through the route below and pop their trunk for materials to be placed inside the vehicle. Please follow all safety protocols, such as wearing a facial covering in your car and kindly stay inside your vehicle at all times. If you have any outstanding paperwork that you need to turn into the office, this would be an ideal time to drop that off as well. We will host two dates with three separate times to accommodate the needs of our school’s families for this materials distribution process:

Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 4 pm to 6 pm

Friday, Oct. 23rd from 7 am to 9 am and 1 pm to 3 pm that same day.

Route for the Grab and Go on 10/22 and 10/23

Part Day Enrichment at Eastlake YMCA

The South Bay YMCA is now offering a 4 hour, fee-based, optional enrichment program from 2pm- 6pm (M-F) at the Eastlake YMCA.

  • Activities include physical education, arts & crafts, STEM, ninja warrior & more.

With so many families needing childcare assistance, we encourage you to explore this option.  Please note: Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

Read the flyers below for more information:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include: 1) Daily Health Screenings, 2) Mask Wearing, 3) Physical Distancing, and 4) Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

PTC Ultra Fun Run: Full STEAM Ahead!

Keep up the great work getting those pledges, Allen Elementary School families!

The number of students registering and sending out the pledge emails and texts to family and friends continues to grow! Many students continue to increase their Pledge Requests to earn new prizes. Way to go!

Parents, remember to log the minutes run or walked DAILY into the student/parent portal – “Enter Minutes Run”.

Be sure to be on the look out for each day’s “assignment”!

While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various prizes, PTC will continue to give out fun BONUS PRIZES for sending Pledge Emails and Text Messages.

If you have not done so already, please register here: www.ultrafunrun.com

Enter the Student Access Code: ALLEN

Below is a copy of the parent/prize letter full of important registration information and prize opportunities.

We look forward to an incredible turn out and thank you for making a difference. Remember, the funds raised from this main school fundraiser will provide hands-on learning experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Yearbooks from 2019-2020

The school office has only a handful of extra copies of the 2019-2020 school yearbook for sale. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange a time to pick one up. Yearbooks from last year are $20 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will sell them until we run out. Please bring exact cash.

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Waiver to Borrow a Laptop

All students must have both reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device (such as a tablet) for required online learning. Families needing to borrow a district laptop must fill out the waiver online first. Families are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement to any district laptop. For families that have completed waivers, we will put you on the list and notify you when a laptop is ready. Laptops will be prepared for families on a first-come, first served basis.

Click here to complete the DISTRICT LAPTOP waiver.

Click the link above to request to borrow a laptop.

Waiver to Borrow a Wifi Hot Spot

Please know that the district currently has a waitlist for wifi hot spot devices. Some devices have arrived, and more are on their way. We will do our very best to support your family and provide a wifi hot spot to families needing this in order for their student to learn.

In light of this limited supply, the school still needs to know if your family needs a wifi hot spot device. Families needing to borrow a wifi hot spot device must fill out the waiver online first. Again, we currently have a waitlist for wifi hot spots and these devices are intended for students that cannot access learning online. This device does NOT boost existing internet service. It provides basic internet service for families without internet service. Please complete the waiver as soon as possible and please wait until someone from our school contacts you to pick up the device.

Click here to complete the WIFI HOT SPOT waiver.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, October 12th at 3 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, October 12th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Public elections for SSC Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Parlimentarian will be held at this meeting. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 12th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on November 6th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on October 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Election Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

Not only is November 3rd Election Day, but it is also MTS Free Ride Day! To help increase access to in-person voting options, all fixed-route MTS and NCTD buses, Trolleys, SPRINTER and COASTER will be free. 

While you can skip the fare on Free Ride Day, face covering are a must! Face coverings (worn over your nose and mouth the entire trip) are required on all MTS and NCTD vehicles.

http://www.sdmts.com

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: Online registration deadline is October 19. By mail registration deadline is showing that its is postmarked by October 19. In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Request by October 27. Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (6 Oct. 2020)

Hello Allen Families,

Although our goal of a phased return to in-person instruction was proposed for October 26, 2020, our District will take extra precautions and postpone the reopening because COVID-19 transmission rates in our boundaries are still too high. We want to give you notice now of our decision. We remain committed to a safe return when the data in our boundary area supports resuming at least a hybrid form of in-person instruction. In the meantime, we will continue working with our bargaining groups and stakeholders to ensure a safe reopening at a future date. 

If you were unable to view last night’s Virtual Town Hall meeting, you can access the recording by clicking here or paste the following into your browser:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_N2JhYTUwNDQtNWQ4MC00NGI3LWFhMTYtMTVjODFhOGYwYWE4%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22e87a6e0c-c08e-46b2-bb73-45dd072baa33%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22cba386c2-647e-4017-b810-063975fab9a6%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

Please continue to follow our school’s blog and check your emails for further updates.  Please know that we are working hard behind-the-scenes to ensure that when we are able to reopen safely that we will do so.  If you have not yet completed the Family Commitment Form, we encourage you to do so before October 9th.  Mr. Greenwell, our school’s Principal, will be sharing all comments with the district.  That form can be found on our school blog at https://allenelementary.org/.

On another note, we are moving FULL STEAM AHEAD with our Ultra Fun Run.  Keep up the great work getting those pledges!  Many students continue to increase their Pledge Requests to earn new prizes. Way to go!

Parents, remember to log the minutes run or walked DAILY into the student/parent portal – “Enter Minutes Run”.

Be sure to be on the look out for each day’s “assignment”!

While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various prizes, PTC will continue to give out fun BONUS PRIZES for sending Pledge Emails and Text Messages.  If you have not done so already, please register here: www.ultrafunrun.com

Enter the Student Access Code: ALLEN

We look forward to an incredible turn out and thank you for making a difference in the daily lives of our students. Remember, the funds raised from this main school fundraiser will provide hands-on learning experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Finally, with the positive feedback that our district received from students, families, and community members last spring regarding Innovation Week 2020, we are very happy to share with you that beginning this Friday, October 9, our District Innovation Team will begin hosting live innovation events every Friday, through December 18.  Each Friday, a member of our district’s team will host a live online event related to the innovation experience that they lead. This includes experiences such as the Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast Discovery Center, Health Station, Hydro Station, Innovation Station, and Energy Station. These live sessions are designed to be for all ages and are open to the public. All of the live sessions will begin at 1PM and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform. They are accessible through any web browser, regardless of whether or not someone has a district Microsoft account or the Microsoft Teams app. Teachers in grades 4 through 6 may release students five minutes early on Friday so that all students might be able to participate in these events.

Last year we explored topics from superhero technology to the amazing structures animals use for survival. This year, we have many more topics in store for students and families. This Friday, Mrs. Quirós, our teacher at the Living Coast Discovery Center, will be leading the “All Kinds of Animals!” event, complete with animal ambassadors and even a Kahoot! game for viewers to participate in during the event.

See the attached flyer below for more information.

We love and miss our Eagles!

– The Ella B. Allen Elementary School Team

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Sunday Update (4 October 2020)

Did you know today is our Principal’s birthday? Be sure to wish Mr. Greenwell a happy birthday when you see him next!

If you did not read the latest Superintendent’s Newsletter Update from Friday, September 25th, please read it here now: Update from Dr. Escobedo

In order to help us plan for the phased return to in-person instruction for students in grades Kindergarten through second grades, please complete the form for each child you have attending Allen Elementary. You can change the language of the form to Spanish by clicking on the arrow on the top right side of the form (Se puede cambiar el idioma del formulario a español haciendo “clic” en la flecha en la parte superior derecha del formulario). Please be sure to complete the form no later than October 9, 2020:

Parent Commitment Form for Learning Environment Options

The proposed reopening will be the focus of the next District Town Hall virtual meeting, now scheduled for 6 pm on Monday, October 5. Please click the link here to access this meeting: Virtual Town Hall

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the short YouTube video below:

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. The PTC is hosting their annual Ultra Fun Run to support STEAM activities this year (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Responsibility. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Excuse me“.

If you have not yet returned the packet of papers, you may drop it off at the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. If these times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange another method for you to turn in these important documents.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, October 5 at 6:00 pm – District Virtual Town Hall

Monday, October 12 at 3:00 pm – ELAC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 3:30 pm – SSC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm – PTC Meeting

Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon – DAC/DELAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm – CVESD Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, October 15 (time varies) – PTC Ultra Fun Run

Fun Run theme: Full STEAM Ahead to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activities this year

October 15 – 23 Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

Virtual Town Hall

The Chula Vista Elementary School District will hold a Virtual Town Hall meeting at 6 pm on Monday, October 5. Join us to hear more about plans for a proposed phased reopening of schools to in-person instruction. The time and date of the meeting were moved up in response to parent and staff feedback, and to accommodate the inclusion of two medical professionals with extensive experience and knowledge of the health and care environment, especially in regard to our local community. Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., will be joined by Jeannette Aldous, M.D., and Shaila Serpas, M.D., in this informational and educational presentation.

Dr. Aldous is the Clinical Director of Infectious Disease at San Ysidro Health. She was awarded the “Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion” award for the Individual category, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the prevention of disease or injury, and/or the promotion of health, in the San Diego County community.

Dr. Aldous has more than 10 years of experience in public health and gives a valuable community provider perspective as an expert in infectious diseases. She has an impressive resume that includes local, state, and international public health experience, especially in infectious disease treatment and prevention.

Dr. Serpas has a passion for obstetrics and adolescent health, working to continually enhance residency curriculum as associate director of Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. She was instrumental in establishing and maintaining three school-based adolescent clinics as core residency teaching sites. Since 1994, she has provided care in federally-qualified health centers. Dr. Serpas completed her Master of Public Health through the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Dr. Serpas partners with Scripps residents to implement community-based research projects, school-based programs, and advocacy activities. Her clinical interests include reducing health disparities in the areas of childhood obesity, lactation, and migrant health and improving access to healthy environments.

To access the meeting at 6 pm on Monday, please click on the link below:

Click here to access the Virtual Town Hall on October 5th

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include: 1) Daily Health Screenings, 2) Mask Wearing, 3) Physical Distancing, and 4) Frequent Hand Washing.

Wear a mask. Daily health screenings. Maintain physical distance. Wash hands frequently.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

We would like to prepare students for the eventual return to campus once it is safe to do so. In the spirit of this, we are re-sharing the YouTube video link shared in August, Safety Starts at Home. Please watch this video with your children as part of your conversation with them about the four core principles. Thank you for your support.

Safety Starts at Home YouTube video

PTC Ultra Fun Run: Full STEAM Ahead!

Keep up the great work getting those pledges, Allen Elementary School families!

The number of students registering and sending out the pledge emails and texts to family and friends continues to grow! Many students continue to increase their Pledge Requests to earn new prizes. Way to go!

Parents, remember to log the minutes run or walked DAILY into the student/parent portal – “Enter Minutes Run”.

Be sure to be on the look out for each day’s “assignment”!

While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various prizes, PTC will continue to give out fun BONUS PRIZES for sending Pledge Emails and Text Messages.

If you have not done so already, please register here: www.ultrafunrun.com

Enter the Student Access Code: ALLEN

Below is a copy of the parent/prize letter full of important registration information and prize opportunities.

We look forward to an incredible turn out and thank you for making a difference in the daily lives of our students. Remember, the funds raised from this main school fundraiser will provide hands-on learning experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Yearbooks from 2019-2020

The school office has a few extra copies of the 2019-2020 school yearbook for sale. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange a time to pick one up. Yearbooks from last year are $20 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will sell them until we run out. Please bring exact cash.

Family Handbook 2020-2021

To download the updated Family Handbook (Distance Learning Edition) for the 2020-2021 School Year, please click on this link:

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Waiver to Borrow a Laptop

All students must have both reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device (such as a tablet) for required online learning. Families needing to borrow a district laptop must fill out the waiver online first. Families are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement to any district laptop. For families that have completed waivers, we will put you on the list and notify you when a laptop is ready. Laptops will be prepared for families on a first-come, first served basis.

Click here to complete the DISTRICT LAPTOP waiver.

Click the link above to request to borrow a laptop.

Waiver to Borrow a Wifi Hot Spot

Please know that the district currently has a waitlist for wifi hot spot devices. Some devices have arrived, and more are on their way. We will do our very best to support your family and provide a wifi hot spot to families needing this in order for their student to learn.

In light of this limited supply, the school still needs to know if your family needs a wifi hot spot device. Families needing to borrow a wifi hot spot device must fill out the waiver online first. Again, we currently have a waitlist for wifi hot spots and these devices are intended for students that cannot access learning online. This device does NOT boost existing internet service. It provides basic internet service for families without internet service. Please complete the waiver as soon as possible and please wait until someone from our school contacts you to pick up the device.

Click here to complete the WIFI HOT SPOT waiver.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

Verification of Residency (VOR) Process

Verification of Residency can be completed online or in person via an appointment with the school office. Information on this process is available here:

LINK for the Residency Verification Process

Please contact the office with pressing questions regarding this year’s Residency Verification at (619) 479-3662.

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, October 12th at 3 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, October 12th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Public elections for SSC Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Parlimentarian will be held at this meeting. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 12th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Family First Friday on Friday, October 2nd. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on November 6th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on October 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Election Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: Online registration deadline is October 19. By mail registration deadline is showing that its is postmarked by October 19. In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Request by October 27. Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (30 Sept. 2020)

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Join us for District’s Virtual Town Hall on Monday, October 5th!

The Chula Vista Elementary School District will hold a Virtual Town Hall meeting at 6 pm on Monday, October 5. Join us to hear more about plans for a proposed phased reopening of schools to in-person instruction. The time and date of the meeting were moved up in response to parent and staff feedback, and to accommodate the inclusion of two medical professionals with extensive experience and knowledge of the health and care environment, especially in regard to our local community. Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., will be joined by Jeannette Aldous, M.D., and Shaila Serpas, M.D., in this informational and educational presentation.

Dr. Aldous is the Clinical Director of Infectious Disease at San Ysidro Health. She was awarded the “Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion” award for the Individual category, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the prevention of disease or injury, and/or the promotion of health, in the San Diego County community.

Dr. Aldous has more than 10 years of experience in public health and gives a valuable community provider perspective as an expert in infectious diseases. She has an impressive resume that includes local, state, and international public health experience, especially in infectious disease treatment and prevention.

Dr. Serpas has a passion for obstetrics and adolescent health, working to continually enhance residency curriculum as associate director of Scripps Family Medicine Residency Program. She was instrumental in establishing and maintaining three school-based adolescent clinics as core residency teaching sites. Since 1994, she has provided care in federally-qualified health centers. Dr. Serpas completed her Master of Public Health through the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Dr. Serpas partners with Scripps residents to implement community-based research projects, school-based programs, and advocacy activities. Her clinical interests include reducing health disparities in the areas of childhood obesity, lactation, and migrant health and improving access to healthy environments.

To access the meeting at 6 pm on Monday, please click on the link below:

Click here to access the Virtual Town Hall on October 5th

Family Commitment Form

Your input is needed! In order to help us plan for the phased return to in-person instruction for students in grades Kindergarten through second grades, please complete the form for each child you have attending Allen Elementary. You can change the language of the form to Spanish by clicking on the arrow on the top right side of the form (Se puede cambiar el idioma del formulario a español haciendo “clic” en la flecha en la parte superior derecha del formulario). Please be sure to complete the form no later than October 9, 2020:

Parent Commitment Form for Learning Environment Options

As our Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo, mentioned his most recent Newsletter Update, the district is exploring a phased return to in-person instruction. Because COVID-19 transmission rates have been higher in certain of our local zip codes than the rest of San Diego County, the District is taking a measured and cautious approach toward a return to on-site classes. With our proposed expansion to in-person instruction, students would attend school four days a week (M-Th), possibly on a modified day schedule. Our goal is 16 students per cohort for most classes, but no more than 18, in Kindergarten-Grade 2 in order to maintain social distancing. Students would have Fridays reserved for distance learning from home.  More details can be found here. The proposed reopening will be the focus of our next District Town Hall virtual meeting, scheduled for 6 pm on Monday, October 5 [Note: this date was changed on 9/30/2020].

A copy of this letter can be found here for download.

PTC Ultra Fun Run

Keep up the great work getting those pledges, Allen Elementary School families!

The number of students registering and sending out the pledge emails and texts to family and friends continues to grow! Many students continue to increase their Pledge Requests to earn new prizes. Way to go!

Parents, remember to log the minutes run or walked DAILY into the student/parent portal – “Enter Minutes Run”.

Be sure to be on the look out for each day’s “assignment”!

While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various prizes, PTC will continue to give out fun BONUS PRIZES for sending Pledge Emails and Text Messages.

If you have not done so already, please register here: www.ultrafunrun.com

Enter the Student Access Code: ALLEN

Below is a copy of the parent/prize letter full of important registration information and prize opportunities.

We look forward to an incredible turn out and thank you for making a difference in the daily lives of our students. Remember, the funds raised from this main school fundraiser will provide hands-on learning experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

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Allen Update (29 Sept. 2020)

Hello Allen Parents and Legal Guardians,

Your input is needed! In order to help us plan for the phased return to in-person instruction for students in grades Kindergarten through second grades, please complete the form for each child you have attending Allen Elementary. You can change the language of the form to Spanish by clicking on the arrow on the top right side of the form (Se puede cambiar el idioma del formulario a español haciendo “clic” en la flecha en la parte superior derecha del formulario). Please be sure to complete the form no later than October 9, 2020:

Parent Commitment Form for Learning Environment Options

As our Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo, mentioned his most recent Newsletter Update, the district is exploring a phased return to in-person instruction. Because COVID-19 transmission rates have been higher in certain of our local zip codes than the rest of San Diego County, the District is taking a measured and cautious approach toward a return to on-site classes. With our proposed expansion to in-person instruction, students would attend school four days a week (M-Th), possibly on a modified day schedule. Our goal is 16 students per cohort for most classes, but no more than 18, in Kindergarten-Grade 2 in order to maintain social distancing. Students would have Fridays reserved for distance learning from home. More details can be found here. The proposed reopening will be the focus of our next District Town Hall virtual meeting, scheduled for 6 pm on Monday, October 5 [Note: this date was changed on 9/30/2020]. Please save the date.

A copy of this letter can be found here for download.

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Sunday Update (27 September 2020)

Hello Allen Families and Friends! If you did not read the latest Superintendent’s Newsletter Update from this past Friday, please read it here now: Update from Dr. Escobedo

Happy last week of September! Thank you to our staff, students, and parents for working hard so that our school community remains strong!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the short YouTube video below:

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. The PTC is hosting their annual Ultra Fun Run to support STEAM activities this year (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 15 for our Virtual Fun Run!

A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Respect. This week’s Common Courtesy is “I apologize for___“.

If you have not yet returned the packet of papers, you may drop it off at the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. If these times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange another method for you to turn in these important documents.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Friday, October 2 at 8:00 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Monday, October 5 at 6:00 pm – District Virtual Town Hall

Monday, October 12 at 3:00 pm – ELAC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 3:30 pm – SSC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm – PTC Meeting

Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon – DAC/DELAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm – CVESD Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, October 15 (time varies) – PTC Ultra Fun Run

Fun Run theme: Full STEAM Ahead to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activities this year

October 15 – 23 Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include: 1) Daily Health Screenings, 2) Mask Wearing, 3) Physical Distancing, and 4) Frequent Hand Washing.

Wear a mask. Daily health screenings. Maintain physical distance. Wash hands frequently.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

We would like to prepare students for the eventual return to campus once it is safe to do so. In the spirit of this, we are re-sharing the YouTube video link shared in August, Safety Starts at Home. Please watch this video with your children as part of your conversation with them about the four core principles. Thank you for your support.

Safety Starts at Home YouTube video

Curriculum Night 2020

Our teaching staff recently held Curriculum Nights. Many teachers chose to record their meetings for parents and legal guardians to watch later. Click on your child’s teacher’s name for the link. If the link does not work, please contact your child’s teacher directly. Some teachers hosted live meetings rather than record a meeting, so please reach out to your child’s teacher if you missed this information.

Kindergarten: Ms. Davies and Ms. Gurule

First Grade: Ms. Blum (Part 1 & Part 2) and Ms. Sinong

1/2 Combo: Ms. Landay

Second Grade: Mr. Bielawski and Mrs. Burnham

Third Grade: Ms. Farlow and Ms. Kriss

Fourth Grade: Ms. Michel

4/5 Combo: Ms. Rechif

Fifth Grade: Ms. Acosta and Ms. Schultze

Sixth Grade: Ms. Linderman and Mr. Manaig

Again, if you still need to pick up materials from the Beep and Greet or have questions about the paperwork that must be turned into the school office, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. Please wear a facial covering when coming to the school.

Sing and Speak Spanish

We would like to share information about an optional, for-profit program that many of our families have found useful.  Sing and Speak Spanish is a fee-based, optional Spanish enrichment program many families in the district have chosen to use.  While not an official program of the district, we wanted to share this resource with our families.  The last day to register for these optional, private Spanish classes is soon.  They offer online classes, backyard Pod classes, and Private classes:  Read their message below for more information.

1. See a VIDEO of one of their family experiences

2. See online schedule and register HERE.

3. Register for a Pod Spanish class HERE.

Contact director Andres Abeyta for more information:

Sing and Speak Spanish 619-215-9109 ext 2

www.singandspeakspanish.com

Family Handbook 2020-2021

To download the updated Family Handbook (Distance Learning Edition) for the 2020-2021 School Year, please click on this link:

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Distance Learning for Q1

School starts at 8:50 am via distance learning. In order for your child to access distance learning, please follow the steps:

User Names:  Your child’s username is <student ID #>@live.cvesd.org  

Passwords, Transitional Kindergarten through First Grade: Lowercase first initial + lowercase second initial + student ID + equal sign(=) .  For example, my name is John Greenwell so my password would be jg12345= 

Passwords, Second through Sixth Grade: Capitalized first initial + lowercase second initial + birthday.  For example, my name is John Greenwell and I was born on October 4th, 2010 then my password would be Jg10042010 

School starts for all students at 8:50 am and attendance will be taken throughout the day, every school day.  All Kindergarten students will have a break from 10:25 to 10:40 am. Students in grades 1-6 will have a break from 10:40 am to 10:55 am. The school’s lunch time is 1:05 to 1:55 pm each day.

Please contact the school office if you are not getting the School Messenger emails and phone calls. We also recommend you “Follow Our Blog” by entering in your email in the field to the right of this information. This way, you will receive automatic updates as they are released.

Waiver to Borrow a Laptop

All students must have both reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device (such as a tablet) for required online learning. Families needing to borrow a district laptop must fill out the waiver online first. Families are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement to any district laptop. For families that have completed waivers, we will put you on the list and notify you when a laptop is ready. Laptops will be prepared for families on a first-come, first served basis.

Click here to complete the DISTRICT LAPTOP waiver.

Click the link above to request to borrow a laptop.

Waiver to Borrow a Wifi Hot Spot

Please know that the district currently has a waitlist for wifi hot spot devices. Some devices have arrived, and more are on their way. We will do our very best to support your family and provide a wifi hot spot to families needing this in order for their student to learn.

In light of this limited supply, the school still needs to know if your family needs a wifi hot spot device. Families needing to borrow a wifi hot spot device must fill out the waiver online first. Again, we currently have a waitlist for wifi hot spots and these devices are intended for students that cannot access learning online. This device does NOT boost existing internet service. It provides basic internet service for families without internet service. Please complete the waiver as soon as possible and please wait until someone from our school contacts you to pick up the device.

Click here to complete the WIFI HOT SPOT waiver.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

California Compulsory Education Law and Parental Notification

Please note that California Compulsory Education Law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school, except sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds who have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and obtained parental permission to leave.

Annual state and federal laws require that school districts notify parents/guardians of minor pupils of their parental rights (California Education Code Section 48980). Please see the district page regarding more information about this legal notification:

LINK to Parental Notification

Verification of Residency (VOR) Process

Verification of Residency can be completed online or in person via an appointment with the school office. Information on this process is available here:

LINK for the Residency Verification Process

Please contact the office with pressing questions regarding this year’s Residency Verification at (619) 479-3662.

Parent and Legal Guardian Meetings

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Virtual Family First Friday

Our Allen tradition continues this Friday, October 2 at 8am with our Virtual Family First Friday. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, October 12th at 3 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, October 12th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Public elections for SSC Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Parlimentarian will be held at this meeting. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 12th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. We will continue this tradition, albeit virtually, starting in October. Join Mr. Greenwell online via Zoom for some updates regarding the school year on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8 am. We encourage you to brew your own cup of coffee or tea at home as you join this online meeting. The link will be posted on this blog as the meeting date approaches. Mark your calendars now!

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on October 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Community Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

Not only is November 3rd Election Day, but it is also MTS Free Ride Day! To help increase access to in-person voting options, all fixed-route MTS and NCTD buses, Trolleys, SPRINTER and COASTER will be free. 

While you can skip the fare on Free Ride Day, face covering are a must! Face coverings (worn over your nose and mouth the entire trip) are required on all MTS and NCTD vehicles.

Free rides on all MTS buses and trolleys on Nov. 3rd!

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: Online registration deadline is October 19. By mail registration deadline is showing that its is postmarked by October 19. In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Request by October 27. Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Kindness: Wear a Mask

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. Please continue to stay safe and demonstrate kindness to others: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household. We all play a role in keeping our community safe and healthy!

Be a good neighbor: Wear a mask!

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Superintendent’s 2020-21 Newsletter Update #4 (25 Sept. 2020)

Phased Expansion to In-Person Instruction Proposed for Oct. 26

Dr. Escobedo

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As we continue teaching and learning in this most unusual of years, I want to take a moment to thank our staff members and community partners who recently opened most of our schools to “cohorts,” or small groups of students, through the Distance Learning Support Program (DLSP). Participants include special education students, English learners, and children of essential workers. The program is operated in partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County. Already, more than 1,100 students are participating in DLSP at 41 of our 46 schools. In a traditional school year, this program might otherwise be considered a before- or after-school program. Now, during this pandemic year, DLSP operates during the school day to provide care and support with distance learning for our students who most need the program.

With the success experienced with DLSP, the Chula Vista Elementary School District is proposing an expansion to live in-person instruction when supported by local data. Ideally, we would start offering in-person instruction at the beginning of the second quarter of our academic year, which is Monday, October 26. We propose a phased expansion, starting with students in Preschool through Grade 2, as well as Special Day Class students (Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe special education students). I have heard from many of you about the enormous challenge, frustrations even, of balancing work and life without the safety and security provided by our local schools. Given the extensive protocols and requirements necessary for in-person instruction to take place, there is little doubt that schools are one of the safest places for students. In fact, several public school districts in San Diego County have already opened their campuses to at least small groups of students, including special education students, English learners, and others who need additional help or receive specialized instruction. More school districts will be opening in the weeks ahead in our region and across the country.

Because COVID-19 transmission rates have been higher in certain of our local zip codes than the rest of San Diego County, our District is taking a measured and cautious approach toward a return to on-site classes. With our proposed expansion to in-person instruction, students would attend school four days a week (M-Th), possibly on a modified day schedule. Our goal is 16 students per cohort for most classes, but no more than 18, in Transitional Kindergarten-Grade 2 in order to maintain social distancing. Preschool students would remain at no more than 14 students in a classroom with no more than two adults present. Students would have Fridays reserved for distance learning from home. More details can be found here. The proposed reopening will be the focus of our next District Town Hall virtual meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 8. Please save the date and join us!

It is important to understand that parents can choose to keep their students in the current distance learning instructional model—even when/if schools are reopened for in-person instruction. A commitment form will be sent to all District parents by school principals to determine which parents want their child/children to return to in-person instruction or remain in distance learning.

With the safety of students and staff foremost in our decision-making, our District will continue to work with local public health officials and the County Office of Education to ensure a reopening that is consistent with federal, state and local guidelines. We also continue to dialogue with our labor groups about how to return safely because of our increasing concern for students’ social-emotional well-being, physical safety, and widening academic inequities.

I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust to ever-changing conditions.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Why Is It Critical to Bring Students Back to School?

Hear from State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D., on why a safe return is so important to student learning, relationship building, and social-emotional well being.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Flashback Friday: The Quick 3 in CVESD with Erin Mahoney, Ed.D.

In case you missed it– Hear from Muraoka Elementary Principal Erin Mahoney, Ed.D., about how student innovation and creativity continue to grow even as we are in a distance learning format.

What is a ‘Safe Distance?’

It is a topical question, especially in schools. Hear from the Doug Willis, M.D., the County Public Health Officer of Marin County, as he shares about the differences in safe distance for children and adults to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CLICK THIS LINK TO LEARN MORE

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Sunday Update (20 September 2020)

Hello Allen Families and Friends!

Can you believe autumn is upon us?

Fall starts September 22, 2020

Most grade levels held their Back to School Night/Curriculum Night this week. Many of these events were recorded and you can re-watch the videos of these meetings at links below. A friendly reminder that teachers are accessible by email and ClassDojo during Distance Learning so that you don’t need to wait to ask questions.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the short YouTube video below:

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. We getting ready to announce our Fun Run theme next week.

A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is Good morning or Good afternoon.

If you have not yet returned the packet of papers, you may drop it off at the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. If these times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange another method for you to turn in these important documents.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Friday, October 2 at 8:00 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Monday, October 12 at 3:00 pm – ELAC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 3:30 pm – SSC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm – PTC Meeting

Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon – DAC/DELAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm – CVESD Board of Education Meeting

October 15 – 23 Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

Curriculum Night 2020

Our staff held Curriculum Nights this last week. Many teachers chose to record their meetings for parents and legal guardians to watch later. Click on your child’s teacher’s name for the link. If the link does not work, please contact your child’s teacher directly. Some teachers will be hosting meetings later this upcoming week.

Kindergarten: Ms. Davies and Ms. Gurule

First Grade: Ms. Blum and Ms. Sinong

1/2 Combo: Ms. Landay

Second Grade: Mr. Bielawski and Mrs. Burnham (coming soon)

Third Grade: Ms. Farlow and Ms. Kriss

Fourth Grade: Ms. Michel

4/5 Combo: Ms. Rechif

Fifth Grade: Ms. Acosta and Ms. Schultze (coming soon)

Sixth Grade: Ms. Linderman and Mr. Manaig

Again, if you still need to pick up materials from the Beep and Greet or have questions about the paperwork that must be turned into the school office, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. Please wear a facial covering when coming to the school.

Family Handbook (Distance Learning Edition)

To download the Family Handbook (Distance Learning Edition) for the 2020-2021 School Year, please click on this link:

School Lunch Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Distance Learning for Q1

School starts at 8:50 am via distance learning. No classes will take place on Allen’s physical campus as all schools remain closed to the public until further notice.

Accessing Distance Learning 

In order for your child to access distance learning, please follow the steps:

User Names:  Your child’s username is <student ID #>@live.cvesd.org  

Passwords, Transitional Kindergarten through First Grade: Lowercase first initial + lowercase second initial + student ID + equal sign(=) .  For example, my name is John Greenwell so my password would be jg12345= 

Passwords, Second through Sixth Grade: Capitalized first initial + lowercase second initial + birthday.  For example, my name is John Greenwell and I was born on October 4th, 2010 then my password would be Jg10042010 

School starts for all students at 8:50 am and attendance will be taken throughout the day, every school day.  All Kindergarten students will have a break from 10:25 to 10:40 am. Students in grades 1-6 will have a break from 10:40 am to 10:55 am. The school’s lunch time is 1:05 to 1:55 pm each day.  Your child’s teacher should have sent you an email regarding the detailed schedule for their class.

Please contact the school office if you are not getting the School Messenger emails and phone calls. We also recommend you “Follow Our Blog” by entering in your email in the field to the right of this information. This way, you will receive automatic updates as they are released.

Waiver to Borrow a Laptop

All students must have both reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device (such as a tablet) for required online learning. Families needing to borrow a district laptop must fill out the waiver online first. Families are responsible for the cost of repair or replacement to any district laptop. For families that have completed waivers, we will put you on the list and notify you when a laptop is ready. Laptops will be prepared for families on a first-come, first served basis.

Click here to complete the DISTRICT LAPTOP waiver.

Click the link above to request to borrow a laptop.

Waiver to Borrow a Wifi Hot Spot

Please know that the district currently has a waitlist for wifi hot spot devices. Some devices have arrived, and more are on their way. We will do our very best to support your family and provide a wifi hot spot to families needing this in order for their student to learn.

In light of this limited supply, the school still needs to know if your family needs a wifi hot spot device. Families needing to borrow a wifi hot spot device must fill out the waiver online first. Again, we currently have a waitlist for wifi hot spots and these devices are intended for students that cannot access learning online. This device does NOT boost existing internet service. It provides basic internet service for families without internet service. Please complete the waiver as soon as possible and please wait until someone from our school contacts you to pick up the device.

Click here to complete the WIFI HOT SPOT waiver.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

California Compulsory Education Law and Parental Notification

Please note that California Compulsory Education Law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school, except sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds who have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and obtained parental permission to leave.

Annual state and federal laws require that school districts notify parents/guardians of minor pupils of their parental rights (California Education Code Section 48980). Please see the district page regarding more information about this legal notification:

LINK to Parental Notification

Verification of Residency Process

New this year, the Verification of Residency process can be completed online or in person this week. Information on this process is available here:

LINK for the Residency Verification Process

Please contact the office with pressing questions regarding this year’s Residency Verification at (619) 479-3662.

Parent Meetings

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, October 12th at 3 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, October 12th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Public elections for SSC Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Parlimentarian will be held at this meeting. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 12th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. We will continue this tradition, albeit virtually, starting in October. Join Mr. Greenwell online via Zoom for some updates regarding the school year on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8 am. We encourage you to brew your own cup of coffee or tea at home as you join this online meeting. The link will be posted on this blog as the meeting date approaches. Mark your calendars now!

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on October 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Community Kindness: Wear a Mask

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. Please continue to stay safe and demonstrate kindness to others: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household. We all play a role in keeping our community safe and healthy!

Be a good neighbor: Wear a mask!

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (13 September 2020)

Hello Allen Families and Friends!

Can you believe we are already two weeks into the school year?

Grade levels will hold their Back to School Night/Curriculum Night this week. Many of these events will be recorded and shared later via video links. A friendly reminder that teachers are accessible by email and ClassDojo during Distance Learning so that you don’t need to wait until those days to ask questions.

We are currently requesting Allen community members to serve on our School Site Council and our English Learner Advisory Committee.  We also need parent representatives to serve on two district groups, the District Advisory Council (DAC) and the District English Learner Advisory Council (DELAC). Please carefully read the section on Parent Meetings below for the details. This information is at the end of this Sunday Update.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Thank you to everyone who made the Beep and Greet this past week a huge success! Our staff spent several days before the event to prepare nearly 400 boxes of materials and books for students. Custodians, noon duties, instructional aides, office staff, and teachers all made this event come together. Our amazing Allen PTC also prepared free school supplies as the last stop of the Beep and Greet. If you haven’t done so already, please check out their website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives.

A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “I apologize for…” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Honesty. This week’s Common Courtesy is Thank You.

VAPA classes begin this week.

VAPA (Visual and Performing Art) classes will begin this week. At least once per week (and sometimes two or three times a week), your child will receive instruction in the arts from one of our talented VAPA teachers via their homeroom teacher’s Teams meeting. It is important for students to listen to the instructions and have patience as we begin these lessons via distance learning.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, September 14 at 3:00 pm – ELAC Meeting

Monday, September 14 at 3:30 pm – SSC Meeting

Monday, September 14 at 6:00 pm – PTC Meeting

Tuesday, September 15 at 12 noon – DAC/DELAC Meeting

Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm – Keeping Kids Safe Meeting

Friday, October 2 at 8:00 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Monday, October 12 at 3:00 pm – ELAC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 3:30 pm – SSC Meeting

Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm – PTC Meeting

Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon – DAC/DELAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm – CVESD Board of Education Meeting

October 15 – 23 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

Beep and Greet 2020

Our team is amazing! Thank you to our staff and teachers for volunteering for our Beep and Greet. Thank you to the PTC for collecting and distributing school supplies. Nearly 400 boxes of materials were passed out to our school’s families on Friday. We loved seeing your smiling faces! Be sure to check out some of the photos from Friday below… Our new Allen Eagle mascot even flew in for a brief appearance.

Families need to return the packet of forms and paperwork from this event to the school office. If you still need to pick up materials or have questions about the paperwork, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. Please wear a facial covering when coming to the school. See the photos from Friday here:

First Week Photos

Here are some photos of our Eagles from our first week of school. Thank you to the parents who sent these in and consented for them to be displayed on social media.

Family Handbook (Distance Learning Edition)

To download the Family Handbook (Distance Learning Edition) for the 2020-2021 School Year, please click on this link:

Resources and Trainings for CVESD Families

Parents trainings are available for families during Distance Learning! Please see the district website here: Distance Learning for Parents

The district is providing support for families to learn about our online programs, such as the Microsoft Office 365 Suite, Achieve 3000, and Smarty Ants.

A friendly reminder to all parents: Please allow your child to take assessments and tests without your help and hints. These assessments give teachers a true understanding of how to help your student flourish this year.

School Lunch Program

Starting on Monday, September 14th, meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for students who qualify for the FREE/REDUCED breakfast/lunch program. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Go to http://www.cvesd.org for meal applications online.

Distance Learning for Q1

School starts at 8:50 am via distance learning. No classes will take place on Allen’s physical campus as all schools remain closed to the public until further notice.

Accessing Distance Learning 

In order for your child to access distance learning, please follow the steps:

User Names:  Your child’s username is <student ID #>@live.cvesd.org  

Passwords, Transitional Kindergarten through First Grade: Lowercase first initial + lowercase second initial + student ID + equal sign(=) .  For example, my name is John Greenwell so my password would be jg12345= 

Passwords, Second through Sixth Grade: Capitalized first initial + lowercase second initial + birthday.  For example, my name is John Greenwell and I was born on October 4th, 2010 then my password would be Jg10042010 

School starts for all students at 8:50 am and attendance will be taken throughout the day, every school day.  Starting on September 8th, all Kindergarten students will have a break from 10:25 to 10:40 am. Students in grades 1-6 will have a break from 10:40 am to 10:55 am. The school’s lunch time is 1:05 to 1:55 pm each day.  Your child’s teacher should have sent you an email regarding the detailed schedule for their class, but in general all students have a schedule similar to this:

Please contact the school office if you are not getting the School Messenger emails and phone calls. We also recommend you “Follow Our Blog” by entering in your email in the field to the right of this information. This way, you will receive automatic updates as they are released.

Waiver to Borrow a Laptop

The school needs to know if your family needs a laptop computer as it will be critical for all students to have both reliable internet access and a computer or mobile device (such as a tablet) once online learning begins. We are preparing laptops for all students in need. Families needing to borrow a district laptop must fill out the waiver online first. This will take the place of another survey and prompt the school to prepare a laptop for your family. For families that have completed waivers, we will put you on the list and notify you when a laptop is ready.

Families coming to Allen to pick up a device without having completed the waiver in advance and confirming with the school that one is ready will be sadly disappointed. The sooner we receive your request, the sooner we can process that and prepare technology devices for your family. Laptops will be prepared for families on a first-come, first served basis.

Click here to complete the DISTRICT LAPTOP waiver.

Waiver to Borrow a Wifi Hot Spot

Update: Please know that the district currently has a waitlist for wifi hot spot devices. Some devices have arrived, and more are on their way. We will do our very best to support your family and provide a wifi hot spot to families needing this in order for their student to learn.

In light of this limited supply, the school still needs to know if your family needs a wifi hot spot device as it will be critical for all students to have both reliable internet access and a computer once online learning begins. We are preparing these wifi devices for all students in need. Families needing to borrow a wifi hot spot device must fill out the waiver online first. Again, we currently have a waitlist for wifi hot spots. Please complete the waiver as soon as possible and please wait until someone from our school contacts you to pick up the device. Families coming to Allen to pick up a device without having completed the waiver in advance and confirming with the school that one is ready will be sadly disappointed. The sooner we receive your request, the sooner we can process that and prepare the device for your family.

Click here to complete the WIFI HOT SPOT waiver.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to set up kids for success this year. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662. The school will provide required learning materials in the coming days and weeks.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

Parent Helpline and Tech 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. Your patience and flexibility are appreciated.

If your child is using a non-district supported program, such as Zoom or Google Classroom, please note that district technicians may not be able to assist you with those programs.

California Compulsory Education Law and Parental Notification

Please note that California Compulsory Education Law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school, except sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds who have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and obtained parental permission to leave.

Annual state and federal laws require that school districts notify parents/guardians of minor pupils of their parental rights (California Education Code Section 48980). Please see the district page regarding more information about this legal notification:

LINK to Parental Notification

CVESD FAQ on Reopening Schools

Our district will continue to update its FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page regarding the reopening of schools later this year at this website:

Click here to see the FAQ

Verification of Residency Process

New this year, the Verification of Residency process can be completed online or in person this week. Information on this process is available here:

LINK for the Residency Verification Process

Please contact the office with pressing questions regarding this year’s Residency Verification at (619) 479-3662.

Parent Meetings

Allen School needs parents and guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, September 14th at 3 pm and will be held online. Public elections for voting members will be held at this meeting. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, September 14th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Public elections for voting members will be held at this meeting. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

We are currently requesting Allen community members to serve on our School Site Council and our English Learner Advisory Committee.  Please see the descriptions below and nominate yourself if you are interested.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

We have several open parent/community representative positions open this school year. Please fill out the form below if you wish to nominate yourself and serve on the Allen School Site Council. Nominations were due by 3:00 pm on September 11th, but we will continue to accept nominations as long as we have vacant positions. Voting will take place the following week at the SSC Meeting on Monday, September 14th at 3:30 pm via the online meeting. Please use the link below to nominate:

https://bit.ly/2F7xYRp

PTC Meetings
PTC

Allen’s PTC Meetings will continue to be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. Parents will have the opportunity to connect with other parents at Allen.

The next PTC Meeting is 6 pm to 7 pm on Monday, Sept. 14. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the Zoom link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

For a complete list of the dates of the PTC, please click here: PTC Meetings

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. We will continue this tradition, albeit virtually, starting in October. Join Mr. Greenwell online via Zoom for some updates regarding the school year on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8 am. We encourage you to brew your own cup of coffee or tea at home as you join this online meeting. The link will be posted on this blog as the meeting date approaches. Mark your calendars now!

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The DELAC is comprised of parents, teachers, principals, and instructional assistants representing English Learners. This Committee meets regularly to share information as well as to study issues and concerns related to the instruction provided to English Learners. Parents of English Learners play a strong role in these meetings. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

Nominations are open from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17. Voting will take place the following week.

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The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on September 15th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Community Kindness: Wear a Mask

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. Please continue to stay safe and demonstrate kindness to others: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household. We all play a role in keeping our community safe and healthy!

Be a good neighbor: Wear a mask!

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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