Sunday Update (17 Oct. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

We are excited for our fun Fall CAR-nival on Friday, October 22nd from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Candy donations are still being accepted in the school office.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for this week is available at the YouTube link below:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, October 18, 2021

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – Unity Day (wear orange); CVESD Board of Ed meeting at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – The Great Shake Out Disaster Drill at 10:21 am

Friday, October 22, 2021 – PTC Drive Thru Fall CAR-nival from 4:30 pm to 6 pm

October 25-29, 2021Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week (see information below)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021Parent Leadership Series: How to Be a “Super” Communicator and Problem Solver at 6 pm online

Thursday, October 28, 2021 – CVESD BLAC at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Monday, November 1, 2021 – American Indian Heritage Month begins

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Election Day

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Diwali

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Daylight Savings Time ends – Turn clocks back 1 hour.

Fall CAR-nival

Allen’s fall CAR-nival will take place on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 22. This drive-through event, sponsored by the PTC, is sure to bring family fun and frights from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Costumes are encouraged! PTC needs donations of candy: Please drop those off in the school office this week before Thursday afternoon. Want to help out? Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Unity Day on October 20

Allen Elementary will be participating in Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20th as part of a nationwide effort to stand up against bullying. We encourage students, staff, and parents to wear orange to participate.

We wear orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying.

Learn more about Unity Day here:

Gaga Pit Coming Soon

Our new Gaga Pit is almost ready for students! Final touches are coming next week. This is one of the campus improvements funded by the PTC Ultra Fun Run!

Students will learn how to play Gaga in PE class first before this becomes available at recess.

Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Allen Elementary will honor Red Ribbon Week with a Spirit Week from October 25 to 29th. See the letter and infographic below:

As part of our celebration of Spirirt Week, students will be allowed to wear costumes at school on October 29.  However, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Costumes must not require students to modify or change their outfit during the school day (i.e. students will not be allowed to go to the bathroom to fix or change outfits).
  • Costumes may not be gory/scary.
  • Masks that cover the entire face are not allowed: Of course, COVID-19 safety masks must be worn.
  • No weapons or props of any kind.  This means no swords, light sabers, axes, etc… even if made out of cardboard or plastic.
  • No costumes that are considered culturally offensive:  A person’s identity isn’t a costume.
  • We will also do a short costume parade on the blacktop at the start of the day, but unfortunately parents will not be able to attend, per district guidelines.

Sports Update: Kickball Season

CVESD Kickball season is coming up in November and December 2021!  Ms. Farlow and Mr. Messina are holding tryouts on October 25h AND 27th from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2019 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 PM. SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. Tryout forms will be available soon.

SDG&E Work in the Neighborhood

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified the school that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Parents, Guardians, & Families

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.

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 Family First Friday will be on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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 via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

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 regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 20th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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 16th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (13 October 2021)

PTC Fall CAR-nival

Allen Elementary’s Fall CAR-nival has been rescheduled to next Friday, October 22nd from 4:30 to 6 pm! Candy donations are still being welcomed in the school office. Want to get involved to help support this event? Please contact Allen’s PTC via email at EllaBAllenPTC@gmail.com or contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

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Sunday Update (10 Oct. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Autumn season is here!

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell would like all Allen families to attend this week’s Fall CAR-nival, Friday, October 15th from 4:30 pm to 6 pm in the Allen traffic loop. PTC is asking for candy donations to be dropped off in the school office by Thursday afternoon. Thank you!

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, October 11, 2021 – Indigenous People’s Day

  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – DAC/DELAC online from 12 noon to 2 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – CVESD Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Friday, October 15, 2021 – Fall CARnival: Allen’s fall CAR-nival takes place on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 15. This drive-through event, sponsored by the PTC, is sure to bring family fun and frights from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Costumes are encouraged!

Monday, October 18, 2021

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – CVESD Board of Ed meeting at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – The Great Shake Out Disaster Drill at 10:21 am

October 25-29, 2021Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, October 29, 2021 – CVESD BLAC at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Monday, November 1, 2021 – American Indian Heritage Month begins

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Election Day

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Diwali

Sports Update: Kickball Coming Soon

CVESD Kickball season is coming up in November!  Ms. Farlow and Mr. Messina are holding tryouts on October 18th and October 20th from 3:30-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2019 must tryout again. More information coming soon.

Fall CAR-nival

Allen’s fall CAR-nival takes place on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 15. This drive-through event, sponsored by the PTC, is sure to bring family fun and frights from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Costumes are encouraged! PTC needs donations of candy – drop those off in the school office this week before Thursday afternoon.

Traffic Safety and Good Neighbor Policy

We appreciate students and parents ensuring that all litter is thrown out in the appropriate trash bin or recycling bin: Allen Eagles love to leave things cleaner than they found it!

Please drive slowly and carefully around our school. Thank you for paying attention to our safety patrol. Our School Resource Officer and Ms. McConkey recently trained our safety patrol officers. Please have patience as our safety patrol officers learn the routines to keep students safe!

Many keen-eyed Allen family members have noticed the new signage at the exit of our Allen Elementary and Daly Academy parking lot. Please yield to cars as you exit the parking lot and one-way traffic loop to turn right onto Allen School Lane.

Thank you for observing a safe speed and all posted signs around our school. Chula Vista Police may issue traffic citations to drivers who fail to follow signs and directions from school staff and the safety patrol.

SDG&E Work in the Neighborhood

Allen Families, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified us that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Parents, Guardians, & Families

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.

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 Family First Friday will be on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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 via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 11th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

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 regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 20th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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 12th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (7 October 2021)

Meeting Updates

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Virtual Family First Friday scheduled for this Friday, October 8th and 8 am is now cancelled.

The ELAC and SSC meeting scheduled for October 11th has been rescheduled for Monday, October 18th. ELAC will be at 3 pm.

SSC will be at 3:30 pm.

The PTC meeting scheduled for Monday, October 11th will continue as scheduled at 6 pm that day.

Fall CAR-nival Update

Please save the date for Friday, October 15th from 4:30 to 6 pm. This drive-thru event is allowed under the current COVID-19 guidelines from the county and district. Celebrate the spooky season with safe, family-friendly, drive-through trick or treating without ever leaving the car! We encourage families to dress up and decorate their car. This event is sponsored by the Allen PTC.

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Sunday Update (3 Oct. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Please enjoy your last few moments of Fall Break safely. Public health officials have advised us to recommend the continued use of masks and physical distance when possible to protect unvaccinated individuals in our community. Our school office will reopen on Monday, October 4th, but please note that classes resume on Tuesday, October 5 for a regular day of school.

 

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s short video Message of the Week for the Fall Break via YouTube:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Responsibility. This week’s Common Courtesy is Excuse me…

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Students and staff return from Fall Break with regular dismissal

Awards Ceremonies are ONLINE ONLY due to recent changes in COVID-19 guidance.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • Blas and Davies – Award Ceremony at 9 am online [see teachers for link]

Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Sinong, Gurule, Schultze, Venegas, Farlow, & Kriss – Award Ceremony at 9 am online [see teachers for link]

Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Family First Friday from 8 am to 8:45 am and online only via Zoom [LINK HERE]
  • Monis, Messina, Michel, Rechif, Manaig, and Linderman/Gonzalez – Award Ceremony at 9 am [see teachers for link]

Monday, October 11, 2021 – Indigenous People’s Day

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]
  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – DAC/DELAC online from 12 noon to 2 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – CVESD Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Friday, October 15, 2021 – Fall CARnival: Save the date and look for details regarding our fall CARnival for the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 15. This drive-through event, sponsored by the PTC, is sure to bring family fun and frights!

Fall Awards Ceremonies in October

Awards Ceremonies planned for the first week of October will now be held online only due to recent COVID-19 guidelines. Teachers will share information about how parents can view your child’s ceremony online this week.

Traffic Safety and Good Neighbor Policy

We appreciate students and parents ensuring that all litter is thrown out in the appropriate trash bin or recycling bin: Allen Eagles love to leave things cleaner than they found it!

Please drive slowly and carefully around our school. Thank you for paying attention to our safety patrol. Our School Resource Officer and Ms. McConkey recently trained our safety patrol officers.

Many keen-eyed Allen family members have noticed the new signage at the exit of our Allen Elementary and Daly Academy parking lot. Please yield to cars as you exit the parking lot and one-way traffic loop to turn right onto Allen School Lane.

Thank you for observing a safe speed and all posted signs around our school. Chula Vista Police may issue traffic citations to drivers who fail to follow signs and directions from school staff and the safety patrol.

Ultra Fun Run 2021

Our Ultra Fun Run this year was a HUGE success! With your help, we raised funds for playground improvement and VAPA resources. A brand new Gaga Pit is coming to Allen in October! We also are pleased to say that we have hired a new music teacher who will begin instruction at Allen in the coming weeks!

Thank you for the generous donations of water bottles for students. Our school team will be sure to recycle all single-use water bottles.

SDG&E Work in the Neighborhood

Allen Families, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified us that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free testing at the Education Services and Support Center located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. This is for staff and students of our district only.

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.
  • Friday from 10:00AM – 4:00 PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.

To find another testing location near you, please visit:  Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

Las pruebas de COVID-19 están para alumnos y personal del distrito.

El Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista está ofreciendo pruebas gratuitas en las Oficinas Centrales, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. Esto es solo para el personal y los alumnos de nuesta distrito.

  • Lunes a jueves 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.
  • Viernes 10:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.

Para encontrar otro centro de pruebas cerca de usted visite: Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions or reach out to your child’s teacher directly.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

Now Enrolling Students!

We still have room in a few of our classrooms, including our Kindergarten. Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

The Chula Vista Elementary School District recently released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, & Families

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.

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 Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 11th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 11th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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 via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 11th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

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 regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 20th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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 12th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (19 Sept. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

It’s Fall Break! Please enjoy your two weeks away from school safely. Public health officials have advised us to recommend the continued use of masks and physical distance when possible to protect unvaccinated individuals in our community. There will be no Sunday Update on Sunday, September 26th, but there will be one on Sunday, October 3rd. Our school office will be closed the entire duration of the break until Monday, October 4th.

Classes resume on Tuesday, October 5 for a regular day of school.

 

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campuses.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s short video Message of the Week for the Fall Break via YouTube:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Responsibility. This week’s Common Courtesy is Excuse me…

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

*** Fall Break is September 18 to October 4, 2021.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Students and staff return from Fall Break with regular dismissal

Awards Ceremonies are ONLINE ONNLY due to recent changes in COVID-19 guidance.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • Blas and Davies – Award Ceremony at 9 am online [see teachers for link]

Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Sinong, Gurule, Schultze, Venegas, Farlow, & Kriss – Award Ceremony at 9 am online [see teachers for link]

Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Family First Friday from 8 am to 8:45 am and online only via Zoom
  • Monis, Messina, Michel, Rechif, Manaig, and Linderman/Gonzalez – Award Ceremony at 9 am [see teachers for link]

Monday, October 11, 2021 – Indigenous People’s Day

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]
  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – DAC/DELAC online from 12 noon to 2 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – CVESD Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Fall Awards Ceremonies in October

Awards Ceremonies planned for the first week of October will now be held online only due to recent COVID-19 guidelines. Teachers will share information about how parents can view your child’s ceremony online when we return from Fall Break.

Traffic Safety and Good Neighbor Policy

We appreciate students and parents ensuring that all litter is thrown out in the appropriate trash bin or recycling bin: Allen Eagles love to leave things cleaner than they found it!

Please drive slowly and carefully around our school. Thank you for paying attention to our safety patrol. Our School Resource Officer and Ms. McConkey recently trained our safety patrol officers.

Many keen-eyed Allen family members have noticed the new signage at the exit of our Allen Elementary and Daly Academy parking lot. Please yield to cars as you exit the parking lot and one-way traffic loop to turn right onto Allen School Lane.

Thank you for observing a safe speed and all posted signs around our school. Chula Vista Police may issue traffic citations to drivers who fail to follow signs and directions from school staff and the safety patrol.

Ultra Fun Run 2021

Our Ultra Fun Run this year was a HUGE success! With your help, we raised funds for playground improvement and VAPA resources. A brand new Gaga Pit is coming to Allen in October! We also are pleased to say that we have hired a new music teacher who will begin instruction at Allen after Fall Break!

Thank you for the generous donations of water bottles for students. Our school team will be sure to recycle all single-use water bottles.

SDG&E Work in the Neighborhood

Allen Families, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified us that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing will continue over Fall Break for staff and students only.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free testing at the Education Services and Support Center located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. This is for staff and students of our district only.

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.
  • Friday from 10:00AM – 4:00 PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.

To find another testing location near you, please visit:  Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

Las pruebas de COVID-19 continuarán ofreciéndose durante las vacaciones de otoño solo para alumnos y personal del distrito.

El Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista está ofreciendo pruebas gratuitas en las Oficinas Centrales, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. Esto es solo para el personal y los alumnos de nuesta distrito.

  • Lunes a jueves 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.
  • Viernes 10:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.

Para encontrar otro centro de pruebas cerca de usted visite: Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions or reach out to your child’s teacher directly.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

Bonitafest 2021 – Back in the Saddle!

Bonitafest is “back in the saddle” this year. Join the 49th annual Bonitafest for the Twilight Trail Parade on Friday, September 17th, the Car Parade on Saturday, September 18th, and the Melodrama on September 22-25. More details are available on Bonitafest’s Facebook page.

Back in the saddle!

Now Enrolling Students!

We still have room in a few of our classrooms, including our Kindergarten. Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

The Chula Vista Elementary School District recently released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, & Families

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.

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 Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8 am, available online only.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 11th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 11th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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 via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, October 11th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

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 regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, October 20th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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 12th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (15 Sept. 2021)

Allen Families and Staff,

Please read this brief update before Fall Break…

Courtesy Notice

This is another courtesy notice.  Our campus is very safe and our safety procedures appear to be working as there is zero evidence to suggest that COVID-19 has spread on our campus.  Please continue to mask up, maintain physical distancing when possible, and wash your hands/sanitize spaces you use.

Out of an abundance of caution and in alignment with California state law, we are hereby informing you that the District learned an individual at school tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. This individual is currently in isolation and all staff members and students who may have been affected have already been contacted.

If you have not already been notified that you are a close contact, at this time, you are NOT considered a close contact with a person who recently tested positive for the virus.  Please read the attached letter from the district’s Emergency Preparedness Office regarding an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 recently and was on Allen’s campus. Thank you for respecting this individual’s privacy.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Water Bottles and Fun Run

Thank you Allen Families for your support of our school! We are so excited to see pledges coming in and hope to be able to provide additional VAPA support, STEAM initiatives, and playground improvements to our school with the funds raised through the Fun Run! Due to current COVID-19 protocols, parents are not allowed to watch or cheer this year, but your support of our kids through the donation of water bottles for them to drink on Friday is greatly appreciated!

Awards Ceremonies

Awards Ceremonies planned for the first week of October will now be held online only due to recent COVID-19 guidelines. Teachers will share information about how parents can view your child’s ceremony online when we return from Fall Break.

Yield Sign

Many observant Allen family members have noticed the new signage at the exit of our Allen Elementary and Daly Academy parking lot. Please yield to cars as you exit the parking lot and one-way traffic loop to turn right onto Allen School Lane. Thank you for observing a safe speed and all posted signs around our school. Chula Vista Police may issue traffic citations to drivers who fail to follow signs and directions from school staff and the safety patrol.

Mayor of Chula Vista Visits Allen

Today, the Mayor of Chula Vista, Mayor Mary Casillas Salas came to Allen to speak to our amazing third graders! Students wrote Mayor Casillas Salas and asked her questions. Thank you to Ms. Farlow, Ms. Kriss, and parent volunteer Ms. Rañon for helping to create this amazing experience for our students!

Lost and Found Items

Lost and Found bins are located near the MPR (at the auditorium front doors in building 600). Please claim any items now as any item left at the end of each quarter will get donated to a local charity, as stated in our Allen Family Handbook. We suggest families label water bottles, lunch bags, jackets, hats, and other personal items with your child’s first and last name in permanent marker.

Fall Break Reminder

Don’t forget that we dismiss for Fall Break on Friday afternoon. Classes resume at Allen Elementary on Tuesday, October 5th for a regular school day. Please be safe and follow all COVID-19 guidelines over the Fall Vacation!

Make it a great week!

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Sunday Update (12 Sept. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

It’s the week before Fall Break and our final week of minimum days and conferences.

We know that, compared to earlier forms of COVID-19, the Delta variant strain of COVID-19 is even more infectious and presents a bigger challenge to even a vaccinated immune system. It can cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons. The vaccine is still the most powerful tool against the COVID-19 virus, as it severely decreases the likelihood of hospitalization or death. Last week, the County of San Diego, in an effort to further protect public health, recommended that all employers require their employees to show proof of vaccination. Our partner organizations, including the County of San Diego, want to help all our community members access a COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible. 

Also, as you have likely heard, the CDC currently recommends wearing masks in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status in areas of substantial or high transmission, and San Diego County falls into that category. Many health experts also advise that vaccinated people wear a mask if they are outdoors with people whose vaccination status is unknown. Although breakthrough infections in vaccinated people are rare, we recommend taking every step possible to keep yourself, and others, safe and healthy. Our school continues to enforce physical distancing, frequent handwashing/sanitizing, and mask wearing on district property. These safety measures are working and keeping us all safe and healthy.

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campuses.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s short video Message of the Week for the week of September 12th below via YouTube:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Respect. This week’s Common Courtesy is I apologize for…

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

September 13 – 17, 2021 – Fall Conferences Continue (Minimum Days)

  • Grades K-3 dismissal at 1:40 pm
  • Grades 4-6 dismissal at 2 pm

Monday, September 13, 2021 – Parent Meetings: available online only

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]
  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm [online meeting only; link here]

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins; Mayor Salas visits Allen’s 3rd grade classrooms; CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, September 17, 2021 – Fun Run at Allen; Dismiss for Fall Break afterschool (Grades K-3 at 1:40 pm; Grades 4-6 at 2 pm)

*** Fall Break is September 18 to October 4, 2021.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Students and staff return from Fall Break with regular dismissal

Awards Ceremonies – Parents and legal guardians wearing masks are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • Blas and Davies – Award Ceremony at 9 am

Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Sinong, Gurule, Schultze, Venegas, Farlow, & Kriss – Award Ceremony at 9 am

Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Family First Friday from 8 am to 8:45 am and online only via Zoom
  • Monis, Messina, Michel, Rechif, Manaig, and Linderman/Gonzalez – Award Ceremony at 9 am

Monday, October 11, 2021 – Indigenous People’s Day

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]
  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – DAC/DELAC online from 12 noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – CVESD Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) at 6 pm

Essential Funds for Our School

We are asking all of our families to participate in an important survey – the Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data for 2021-2022.  This quick survey will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services.  

The survey is as simple as answering two questions: 

  • How many people are living in the home? 
  • What is your total monthly income?

Please be honest and accurate in answering this short survey.  The link for this survey is located at our school blog, www.allenelementary.org. Those forms are available here in 3 different ways.

You can complete this form online here: Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data Online Form

You can download the form here and complete it in blue or black ink and return it to the school:

You can also scan the QR code here:

QR Code

Benefits for your child include: 

  • Instructional materials 
  • Classroom technology 
  • Additional staffing to provide supports for students 
  • Extended learning opportunities for students 
  • Before and after school programs

Teachers and our school team will be monitoring participation of this as it will make a big impact on our school’s budget.  To encourage participation, all classrooms with 100% participation will receive extra recess and a healthy snack party.  We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child receives what they need and deserve in our school.  Please return the survey on or before Friday, September 10, 2021.

Your cooperation and participation will keep our students at the core of our district’s decisions. Thank you!

Free COVID-19 Testing

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free testing at the Education Services and Support Center located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. This is for staff and students of our district only.

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.
  • Friday from 11:00AM – 4:00 PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.

To find another testing location near you, please visit:  Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

El Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista está ofreciendo pruebas gratuitas en las Oficinas Centrales, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. Esto es solo para el personal y los alumnos de nuesta distrito.

  • Lunes a jueves 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.
  • Viernes 11:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.

Para encontrar otro centro de pruebas cerca de usted visite: Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

Parent – Teacher Conferences

For the comfort and safety of staff and parents, conferences may be offered virtually in order to better accommodate the needs of our school community. Thursday, September 9th to Thursday, September 16th are minimum days to ensure that teachers are able to meet with legal parents and guardians.

  • Grades K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm.
  • Grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm on those days.

Please know that our teachers will make every effort to meet with any legal guardian or parent that has educational rights for a child and that you may also request a follow up meeting if you have further questions or concerns.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions or reach out to your child’s teacher directly.

Parent Leadership in CVESD

The Chula Vista Elementary School District invites you to their next session in the Parent Leadership Series, “How to Have Effective, Efficient Meetings”, which takes place virtually on Sept. 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm. See the flyer below:

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development.

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

Bonitafest 2021 – Back in the Saddle!

Bonitafest is “back in the saddle” this year. Join the 49th annual Bonitafest for the Twilight Trail Parade on Friday, September 17th, the Car Parade on Saturday, September 18th, and the Melodrama on September 22-25. More details are available on Bonitafest’s Facebook page.

Back in the saddle!

Now Enrolling Students!

We still have room in a few of our classrooms, including our Kindergarten. Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

The Chula Vista Elementary School District recently released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can come back to school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, & Families

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.

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 Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8 am, available online only.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 13th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 13th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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 via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

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 regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, September 15th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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 12th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (7 Sept. 2021)

Ultra Fun Run Preparations Underway!

Allen Elementary had its Ultra Fun Run kickoff last Friday!  We know that students are all so excited for this event and we hope to raise money so the PTC can support our school all year long.

The Fun Run supports school playground improvements (such as the upcoming Gaga Pit that will be installed in October 2021) as well as STEAM initiatives, VAPA and science supplies, and field trips. This fundraiser makes a HUGE difference in the types of programs the PTC can support at Allen Elementary. Here is photo of kids playing Gaga:

A Gaga Pit like this is coming to Allen soon!


The fun run is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers, but it also requires a lot of participation on the part of our entire school community. Students and parents received information from our PTC on Friday, Sept. 3rd.

Click the file below to get started on your fundraising!

School Counselor Resources

Ms. West is Allen’s school counselor and she is on campus usually on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays. Click the files and link below to learn more about Ms. West and read her newsletter to families!

September 2021 Newsletter:

Ms. West’s Counselor Resource Page is here: Ms. West’s Resource Page

Fall Conferences Begin on Thursday!

For the comfort and safety of staff and parents, conferences may be offered virtually in order to better accommodate the needs of our school community. Thursday, September 9th to Thursday, September 16th are minimum days to ensure that teachers are able to meet with legal parents and guardians.

  • Grades K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm.
  • Grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm on those days.

Please know that our teachers will make every effort to meet with any legal guardian or parent that has educational rights for a child and that you may also request a follow up meeting if you have further questions or concerns. Please contact the school office with any questions at (619) 479-3662.

LCFF Survey Forms – ALL families should complete this

We are asking all of our families to participate in an important survey – the Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data for 2021-2022.  This quick survey will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services.  

The survey is as simple as answering two questions: 

  • How many people are living in the home? 
  • What is your total monthly income?

Please be honest and accurate in answering this short survey.  The link for this survey is located at our school blog, www.allenelementary.org. Those forms are available here in 3 different ways.

You can complete this form online here: Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data Online Form

You can download the form here and complete it in blue or black ink and return it to the school:

You can also scan the QR code here:

QR Code

Benefits for your child include: 

  • Instructional materials 
  • Classroom technology 
  • Additional staffing to provide supports for students 
  • Extended learning opportunities for students 
  • Before and after school programs

Teachers and our school team will be monitoring participation of this as it will make a big impact on our school’s budget.  To encourage participation, all classrooms with 100% participation will receive extra recess and a healthy snack party.  We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child receives what they need and deserve in our school.  Please return the survey on or before Friday, September 10, 2021.

Your cooperation and participation will keep our students at the core of our district’s decisions. Thank you!

Allen All Together

Interested in singing? Enjoy good times? Look no further than Allen All Together! This show is brought to you by Musical Theater International and is a show being produced for schools and theatres around the world to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring 15 songs from MTI’s beloved shows.

Students (Grades 1-6) who are interested are expected to: 

  • Prepare a 1-minute audition song for their audition.
  • If chosen to participate, be responsible for being at rehearsals on time, prepared, and remain present and respectful throughout the entirety of each rehearsal.
  • Wear a mask when asked to do so. Allen All Together will follow all of the same safety guidelines and protocols as during the school day. Rehearsals and performances are scheduled to take place outdoors. 

Rehearsal Schedule  

Thursday, 10/7/21 to Friday, 11/12/21 (Rehearsals are Thursdays 3:20-4:30 PM & Fridays 2:00-3:30 PM) 

Performance Date

11/12/21 at 4:00 PM (outdoor performance)

Cost to Participate 

This production is donation-based. 75% of donations will go towards the Allen Art Fund and 25% to Program Facilitators. Suggested donation $150.

Director- Ms. Melissa Farlow

Musical Director- Mrs. Annie Briney

More information and a link to register will be posted by this Friday, 9/10/21. 

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Sunday Update (5 Sept. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Don’t forget that there is no school on Monday, September 6th due to the Labor Day holiday!

Classes resume Tuesday, 9/7.

We know that, compared to earlier forms of COVID-19, the Delta variant strain of COVID-19 is even more infectious and presents a bigger challenge to even a vaccinated immune system. It can cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons. The vaccine is still the most powerful tool against the COVID-19 virus, as it severely decreases the likelihood of hospitalization or death. Last week, the County of San Diego, in an effort to further protect public health, recommended that all employers require their employees to show proof of vaccination. Our partner organizations, including the County of San Diego, want to help all our community members access a COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible. 

Also, as you have likely heard, the CDC currently recommends wearing masks in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status in areas of substantial or high transmission, and San Diego County falls into that category. Many health experts also advise that vaccinated people wear a mask if they are outdoors with people whose vaccination status is unknown. Although breakthrough infections in vaccinated people are rare, we recommend taking every step possible to keep yourself, and others, safe and healthy. Our school continues to enforce physical distancing, frequent handwashing/sanitizing, and mask wearing on district property. These safety measures are working and keeping us all safe and healthy.

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campuses.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s short video Message of the Week for the week of September 5th below via YouTube:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is Good morning and Good afternoon.

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labor Day [No School]

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 – GATE testing begins for students in grade 4

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – Special Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Conferences Begin (Minimum Days)

  • Grades K-3 dismissal at 1:40 pm
  • Grades 4-6 dismissal at 2 pm

Friday, September 10, 2021 – Make Up School Photo Day (for families that missed August 24th) in morning

Monday, September 13, 2021 – Parent Meetings: available online only

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]
  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins; Mayor Salas visits Allen’s 3rd grade classrooms; CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, September 17, 2021 – Fun Run at Allen; Dismiss for Fall Break afterschool (Grades K-3 at 1:40 pm; Grades 4-6 at 2 pm)

*** Fall Break is September 18 to October 4, 2021.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Students and staff return from Fall Break with regular dismissal

Awards Ceremonies – Parents and legal guardians wearing masks are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

  • Blas and Davies – Award Ceremony on blacktop at 9 am

Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Sinong, Gurule, Schultze, Venegas, Farlow, & Kriss – Award Ceremony on blacktop at 9 am

Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Family First Friday outdoors from 8 am to 8:45 am and online via Zoom
  • Monis, Messina, Michel, Rechif, Manaig, and Linderman/Gonzalez – Award Ceremony on blacktop at 9 am

Monday, October 11, 2021 – Indigenous People’s Day

  • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) at 3 pm [LINK here]
  • SSC (School Site Council) at 3:30 pm [LINK here]
  • PTC (Parent Teacher Club) at 6 pm

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – DAC/DELAC online from 12 noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 – CVESD Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) at 6 pm

Friday, October 15, 2021 – PTC’s Outdoor Fall Festival and Harvest Ball in the evening at Allen [5 pm to 7 pm]

Essential Funds for Our School

We are asking all of our families to participate in an important survey – the Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data for 2021-2022.  This quick survey will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services.  

The survey is as simple as answering two questions: 

  • How many people are living in the home? 
  • What is your total monthly income?

Please be honest and accurate in answering this short survey.  The link for this survey is located at our school blog, www.allenelementary.org. Those forms are available here in 3 different ways.

You can complete this form online here: Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data Online Form

You can download the form here and complete it in blue or black ink and return it to the school:

You can also scan the QR code here:

QR Code

Benefits for your child include: 

  • Instructional materials 
  • Classroom technology 
  • Additional staffing to provide supports for students 
  • Extended learning opportunities for students 
  • Before and after school programs

Teachers and our school team will be monitoring participation of this as it will make a big impact on our school’s budget.  To encourage participation, all classrooms with 100% participation will receive extra recess and a healthy snack party.  We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child receives what they need and deserve in our school.  Please return the survey on or before Friday, September 10, 2021.

Your cooperation and participation will keep our students at the core of our district’s decisions. Thank you!

Traffic and Safety Alert

Thank you for your cooperation keeping students safe as you drop off your child in the morning and/or pick them up in the afternoon.

When driving to campus for these reasons…

  • Please obey all traffic signs, instructions from the staff and/or volunteers, and safety patrol signals.
  • Please use the traffic loop in front of Daly Academy or park in the parking lot in front of Daly Academy to pick up your student from school.  It is unsafe to drop off and pick up a child from another location, such as in front of the school.  Do not leave your car unattended in the traffic loop.  Please wait your turn in the line to drop off or pick up your child and do not cut the line of cars.
  • Please park in designated visitor parking spots only.  Please do not park in front of the school as these spots are reserved for staff members.  Please do not park in the middle of the street or in a red curb zone.  Additionally, please do not block the driveways of the houses in the community surrounding the school.
  • Please allow ample time for you to drop off your student and pick them up.  The school is aware there is limited parking and a lot of traffic around the campus at these times.  We allow a ten minute grace period for you to pick up your child because of this.
  • Please use caution when driving onto school property and around the school’s campus.  Please drive slowly and cautiously.  Pedestrians always have the right of way and should stay on sidewalks and designated crosswalks.
  • The Chula Vista Police Department monitors the streets and campus.  They may issue a citation for failing to comply with these traffic guidelines.

We know that all students will benefit with your strong support of our school’s guidelines and policies.  Your cooperation will keep our students, staff, and visitors safe!

See Mr. Greenwell’s letter from August 25th below:

Free COVID-19 Testing

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free testing at the Education Services and Support Center located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. This is for staff and students of our district only.

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.
  • Friday from 11:00AM – 4:00 PM. *Please note that walk ups stop at 3:40 pm.

To find another testing location near you, please visit:  Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

El Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista está ofreciendo pruebas gratuitas en las Oficinas Centrales, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910. Esto es solo para el personal y los alumnos de nuesta distrito.

  • Lunes a jueves 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.
  • Viernes 11:00 AM a 4:00 PM. *Tenga en cuenta que los “walk ups” se detienen a las 3:40 pm.

Para encontrar otro centro de pruebas cerca de usted visite: Testing (sandiegocounty.gov) OR https://bit.ly/SDCOUNTYC19TEST

No School on Labor Day

A friendly reminder that there is no school on Labor Day — Monday, September 6, 2021. Classes resume on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 for a full day of school.

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Your child’s teacher should have already sent home details about our upcoming parent teacher conferences. If you have not yet received this information, please contact your child’s teacher directly by email or contact the school office. For the comfort and safety of staff and parents, conferences may be offered virtually in order to better accommodate the needs of our school community. Thursday, September 9th to Thursday, September 16th are minimum days to ensure that teachers are able to meet with legal parents and guardians.

  • Grades K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm.
  • Grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm on those days.

Please know that our teachers will make every effort to meet with any legal guardian or parent that has educational rights for a child and that you may also request a follow up meeting if you have further questions or concerns.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions or reach out to your child’s teacher directly.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development.

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

Bonitafest 2021 – Back in the Saddle!

Bonitafest is “back in the saddle” this year. Join the 49th annual Bonitafest for the Twilight Trail Parade on Friday, September 17th, the Car Parade on Saturday, September 18th, and the Melodrama on September 22-25. More details are available on Bonitafest’s Facebook page.

Back in the saddle!

Allen All Together

Interested in singing? Enjoy good times? Look no further than Allen All Together! This show is brought to you by Musical Theater International and is a show being produced for schools and theatres around the world to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring 15 songs from MTI’s beloved shows.

Students (Grades 1-6) who are interested are expected to: 

  • Prepare a 1-minute audition song for their audition.
  • If chosen to participate, be responsible for being at rehearsals on time, prepared, and remain present and respectful throughout the entirety of each rehearsal.
  • Wear a mask when asked to do so. Allen All Together will follow all of the same safety guidelines and protocols as during the school day. Rehearsals and performances are scheduled to take place outdoors. 

Rehearsal Schedule  

Thursday, 10/7/21 to Friday, 11/12/21 (Rehearsals are Thursdays 3:20-4:30 PM & Fridays 2:00-3:30 PM) 

Performance Date

11/12/21 at 4:00 PM (outdoor performance)

Cost to Participate 

This production is donation-based. 75% of donations will go towards the Allen Art Fund and 25% to Program Facilitators. Suggested donation $150.

Director- Ms. Melissa Farlow

Musical Director- Mrs. Annie Briney

More information and a link to register will be posted by 9/10/21. 

Now Enrolling Students!

We still have room in a few of our classrooms, including our Kindergarten. Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

The Chula Vista Elementary School District recently released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can come back to school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, & Families

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.

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 Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8 am.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 13th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 13th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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 via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, September 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

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 regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, September 15th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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 12th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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