Sunday Update (Fall Break 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

It’s Fall Break! Students return from Fall Break on Tuesday, October 11 for a minimum day with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6. Our staff may not respond to emails, phone calls, or ClassDojo messages as it is a break for our team as well. Please use this vacation time to read, rest, and spend time together as a family!

We are pleased to share that Ella B. Allen Elementary School has been awarded a BRONZE Implementation Award in 2022 from the California PBIS Coalition! Our school is being recognized by the state for creating the conditions to maximize academic and social behavioral outcomes for ALL students.

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Weeks for Fall Break 2022, at the YouTube link below:

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest:

  • Use “I feel…” statements to express yourself clearly.
  • Set boundaries by saying “I don’t like that…” or “Please stop!”
  • Move away from the student you have conflict with and…
  • Seek help from an adult nearby.

Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying? See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here. It’s our District’s Anti-Bullying page.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal for grades K-6)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

  • Third Grade students – GATE assessment during school
  • CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Upper Grade optional GATE assessment during school

Friday, October 14, 2022

  • Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am
  • SciTech Program at Allen (sign up with Ms. Farlow)

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Parent Meetings

Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • 130 Anniversary Celebration at Hedenkamp Elementary (5 – 7 pm)
  • Hedenkamp is located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913

Friday, October 21, 2022 – Allen’s PTC Fall Festival 4:30 – 8 pm [Details coming soon]

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week and Fall Spirit Week [Details coming soon]

Monday, October 24, 2022 – Anticipated Start Date for TK at Allen (TBA)

Monday, October 31, 2022 – Costume Parade 8:50 – 9:30 am

Q1 VAPA Newsletters

We would like to share the VAPA Newsletters from Ms. Gilman (Visual Arts Teacher) and Ms. Godoy (Music Teacher) for quarter 1.  Please note that all grade levels and classrooms are included in each document so you may need to scroll through the PDF to find the applicable newsletter:

SciTech Program for Girls

The Fleet Science Center is bringing its after school FREE Science Enrichment program, SciTech, to our school! Spaces are limited to 30 female students in Grades 4-6. Learn more about this program at our Family First Friday on October 14th at 8 am!

To participate, please email Ms. Farlow at melissa.farlow@cvesd.org. This free Science Enrichment for Girls will be on Fridays, starting on October 14, from 2 – 4:15 pm. Families must make the commitment to attend each week. All supplies required for students are included in this free program.

Red Ribbon Week 2022

Red Ribbon Week 2022 will be October 24 – 28, 2022. At Allen Elementary, we celebrate this commitment to a healthy lifestyle by participating in Spirit Days, completing special lessons on health, and wearing red! More details coming soon!

Green Lunch Application Forms

A large part of Allen’s annual budget comes from serving families in our community who may qualify as families needing financial assistance. The amount of funding we receive is dependent on the number of families who return those green lunch application forms to our school.  Even if you don’t believe that you qualify, the completion of these forms helps our school. So please, ALL FAMILIES, fill out these forms and return them to school ASAP so we can ensure continued FUNDING FOR ALL of our students! This critical funding provides:

  • Field trip buses
  • Classroom materials and technology
  • Wages for additional staff to ensure our kids’ safety and academic success
  • Extended learning opportunities for students
  • Before and after school programs

Students and parents can return forms directly to the school office.  The information will not be shared with unauthorized personnel or agencies.  Families receiving CalFresh or CalWORKs benefits are not required to report income.  If you have any concerns about how the information is used, please contact the Principal, Mr. Greenwell, at (619) 479-3662.

You can download and print the form here:

We urge all families to complete this form. These forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

CVESD’s 130 Anniversary Celebration

The Chula Vista Elementary School District celebrates 130 years as a school district this year. As we celebrate 130 years, we honor the past and look forward to the future. Our achievements as a District are undeniable. From our high-quality instruction, a technology-based curriculum, innovative programming, and strong visual and performing arts, we provide a highly sought-after education for all students.

On October 20, 2022, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will host a 130th anniversary celebration event at Hedenkamp Elementary School for all community members to attend. Hedenkamp’s address is 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913. The free event will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm, where we will recognize students, staff, and individuals who have impacted the District over the years. We look forward to celebrating with you then.

Don’t forget to follow along on our district’s social media pages! Like and follow CVESD social channels here: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Of course, the latest news is always here at our school’s blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Information

We are excited to announce that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school after Fall Break. The start date is anticipated to be on October 24th, but more information will be shared with TK families as that date approaches! Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information. Kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext. 181725.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent. If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this free testing support, please email: support@campusclinic.org.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers Still Needed

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Note that COVID-19 testing requirements have been lifted by CDPH. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who were 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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

The standing PTC Meeting link is here: PTC MEETING LINK 2022-2023

Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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 usually reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a free cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on October 17, 2022 at 3 pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on October 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm. Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

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. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Link: via this link. The next PTC meeting is October 17 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 19 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 18, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is October 13 at 6 pm and will be in person at Hedenkamp Elementary (930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913). For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

CVESD BAC Meeting

District Budget Advisory Council (CVESD BAC)

The District’s Budget Advisory Council (BAC) is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The BAC monitors the financial statements and fiduciary obligations of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD). Although it usually only meets 5 – 6 times a year, the BAC’s meetings are useful in understanding how state and federal monies support student learning at a local level. Please check the calendar at http://www.cvesd.org for the next meeting!

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District started the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and will end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine (and/or booster shots), and to test regularly. 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 (18 September 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff

It’s nearly Fall Break! We have one more week of learning before break.

Parent-Teacher Conferences continue this week. Every day this week is a minimum day with a 2 pm dismissal for all K-6 students. Fall Break begins on Sept. 24th for the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Students return from Fall Break on Tuesday, October 11 for a minimum day with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6.

Some friendly reminders:

  • School starts at 8:50 am everyday. On time, excellent attendance is a key indicator of future success! Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.
  • Keep the safety of our children as our #1 priority! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students.
  • Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Please do not parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities unless you have a placard. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, September 18th, at the YouTube link below:

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week of school is Responsibility. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest:

  • Use “I feel…” statements to express yourself clearly.
  • Set boundaries by saying “I don’t like that…” or “Please stop!”
  • Move away from the student you have conflict with and…
  • Seek help from an adult nearby.

Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying? See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here. It’s our District’s Anti-Bullying page.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, September 19, 2022

  • Fall Conferences continue – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – Third Grade field trip to Sweetwater Park

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal for grades K-6)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

  • Third Grade students – GATE assessment during school
  • CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Upper Grade optional GATE assessment during school

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Parent Meetings

  • Anticipated Start Date for TK at Allen (TBA)
  • ELAC at 3 pm in the MPR and online here
  • SSC at 3:30 pm in the MPR and online here
  • PTC at 6 pm in the MPR and online here

Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • 130 Anniversary Celebration at Hedenkamp Elementary (5 – 7 pm)
  • Hedenkamp is located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913

Friday, October 21, 2022 – Allen’s PTC Fall Festival 4:30 – 8 pm [Details coming soon]

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week and Fall Spirit Week [Details coming soon]

Monday, October 31, 2022 – Costume Parade 8:50 – 9:30 am

Fall Break Reminder

A friendly reminder that students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District have Fall Break starting at dismissal time (2 pm) on Friday, Sept. 23 until Monday, October 10. Please note that there is no school on Monday, Oct. 10. Tuesday, October 11th is a minimum day with a dismissal at 2 pm for all K-6 students.

Multilingual English Learner Services

The Chula Vista Elementary School District and Allen Elementary do an excellent job of supporting students with various learning needs, including students identified as Multilingual English Learners (sometimes referred to as MELs or ELs). See the informational graphic below:

If you have questions about the supports for your child, please contact your child’s teacher or the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Green Lunch Application Forms

A large part of Allen’s annual budget comes from serving families in our community who may qualify as families needing financial assistance. The amount of funding we receive is dependent on the number of families who return those green lunch application forms to our school.  Even if you don’t believe that you qualify, the completion of these forms helps our school. So please, ALL FAMILIES, fill out these forms and return them to school prior to Fall Break so we can ensure continued FUNDING FOR ALL of our students! This critical funding provides:

  • Field trip buses
  • Classroom materials and technology
  • Wages for additional staff to ensure our kids’ safety and academic success
  • Extended learning opportunities for students
  • Before and after school programs

Students and parents can return forms directly to the school office.  The information will not be shared with unauthorized personnel or agencies.  Families receiving CalFresh or CalWORKs benefits are not required to report income.  If you have any concerns about how the information is used, please contact the Principal, Mr. Greenwell, at (619) 479-3662.

You can download and print the form here:

We urge all families to complete this form. These forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

Photos from Q1

We wanted to share some great photos of our staff and students doing what they do best: Learning and building community!

Excellent Attendance Matters!

Students with excellent attendance excel!

Did you know that our attendance goal is 98% each day? Please be sure your child comes to school on time each and every day. If your child is ill, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

CVESD’s 130 Anniversary Celebration

The Chula Vista Elementary School District celebrates 130 years as a school district this year. As we celebrate 130 years, we honor the past and look forward to the future. Our achievements as a District are undeniable. From our high-quality instruction, a technology-based curriculum, innovative programming, and strong visual and performing arts, we provide a highly sought-after education for all students.

On October 20, 2022, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will host a 130th anniversary celebration event at Hedenkamp Elementary School for all community members to attend. Hedenkamp’s address is 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913. The free event will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm, where we will recognize students, staff, and individuals who have impacted the District over the years. We look forward to celebrating with you then.

Don’t forget to follow along on our district’s social media pages! Like and follow CVESD social channels here: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Of course, the latest news is always here at our school’s blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Information

We are excited to announce that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school after Fall Break. The start date for this program will be announced soon, but we want to spread the word! Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information. Kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext. 181725.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent. If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers Still Needed

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Note that COVID-19 testing requirements have been lifted by CDPH. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who were 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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  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

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The standing PTC Meeting link is here: PTC MEETING LINK 2022-2023

Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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 usually reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a free cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on October 17, 2022 at 3 pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on October 17, 2022 at 3:30 pm. Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

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. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Link: via this link. The next PTC meeting is October 17 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 19 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 18, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is October 13 at 6 pm and will be in person at Hedenkamp Elementary (930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913). For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

CVESD BAC Meeting

District Budget Advisory Council (CVESD BAC)

The District’s Budget Advisory Council (BAC) is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The BAC monitors the financial statements and fiduciary obligations of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD). Although it usually only meets 5 – 6 times a year, the BAC’s meetings are useful in understanding how state and federal monies support student learning at a local level. Please check the calendar at http://www.cvesd.org for the next meeting!

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. 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 September 2022)

Allen Families and Staff,

Don’t forget that school dismisses at 2 pm everyday until Fall Break for students in grades K-6 due to Parent-Teacher conferences. We would like to meet with every parent/legal guardian during this time. Thank you for honoring the Parent-Teacher Conference schedule provided by your child’s teacher. Fall Break begins 9/24/22. Students return to school on Tuesday, October 11th for a minimum day schedule (2 pm dismissal for students in grades K-6).

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Sunday Update (11 September 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff

Happy Patriots Day!

Our ELAC, SSC, and PTC meetings for September will be online and in-person in the MPR on Monday, Sept. 12. Our Safety Plan and SPSA will be reviewed at the SSC Meeting.

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin this Thursday, Sept. 15th. September 15 – 23 are minimum days will a 2 pm dismissal for all K-6 students. Fall Break begins on Sept. 24th for the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Some friendly reminders:

  • School starts at 8:50 am everyday. On time, excellent attendance is a key indicator of future success! Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.
  • Keep the safety of our children as our #1 priority! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students.
  • Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school. CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Please do not parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities unless you have a placard. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, September 11th, at the YouTube link below:

Sunday Update 9/11/2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin on Thursday, Sept. 15th and everyday is a minimum day until we dismiss for Fall Break. We would like to meet with every parent/legal guardian during this time. Thank you for honoring the Parent-Teacher Conference schedule provided by your child’s teacher.

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week of school is Respect. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying?

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC (84 East J St., Chula Vista)

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal for grades K-6)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Parent Meetings

Thursday, October 20, 2022 – 130 Anniversary Celebration at Hedenkamp Elementary (5 – 7 pm)

Friday, October 21, 2022 – Allen’s Fall Festival 4:30 – 8 pm [Details coming soon]

October 24-28: Red Ribbon Week and Fall Spirit Week

Monday, October 31, 2022 – Costume Parade 8:50 – 9:30 am

Safety Plan Updates

Our school is currently updating its Safety Plan for the 2022-2023 school year. A safety committee meets several times at the start of the school year (and then at least once a quarter afterwards) to consult with experts and look at data to improve safety on our campus. Teachers and other staff, parents and legal guardians, and community partners are all invited to attend these meetings.

If you would like to be a part of this optional safety committee, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. The school plans to share a full Safety Plan update at the SSC meeting on Monday, September 12 at 3:30 pm in the MPR. This meeting will also be available online. Please check the blog for the link.

Kindly read the “Let’s Talk Safety” newsletter below to learn more about the efforts our district takes to ensure student safety!

Excellent Attendance Matters!

Students with excellent attendance excel!

Did you know that our attendance goal is 98% each day? Please be sure your child comes to school on time each and every day. If your child is ill, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

CVESD’s 130 Anniversary Celebration

The Chula Vista Elementary School District celebrates 130 years as a school district this year. As we celebrate 130 years, we honor the past and look forward to the future. Our achievements as a District are undeniable. From our high-quality instruction, a technology-based curriculum, innovative programming, and strong visual and performing arts, we provide a highly sought-after education for all students.

On October 20, 2022, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will host a 130th anniversary celebration event at Hedenkamp Elementary School for all community members to attend. Hedenkamp’s address is 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913. The free event will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm, where we will recognize students, staff, and individuals who have impacted the District over the years. We look forward to celebrating with you then.

Don’t forget to follow along on our district’s social media pages! Like and follow CVESD social channels here: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Of course, the latest news is always here at our school’s blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Sing and Speak Spanish

Sing and Speak Spanish is the most popular after school, optional Spanish enrichment program in San Diego.  The group uses an annual curriculum that meets once per week after school.  The group makes Spanish learning fun through games, humor, puppets, role play, and songs. See the file below for information and pricing for this after school, optional class!

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Information

We are excited to announce that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school after Fall Break. Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information and help spread the word! For additional information or to enroll, kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext.181725.

Green Lunch Application Forms

Your child should have come home from school with a green Lunch Application. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit this form which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

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

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the form by September 22, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

Bonitafest 2022

In this interest of sharing community information, please see the information below regarding Bonitafest 2022.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent. If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers Still Needed

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who were 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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

The standing PTC Meeting link is here: PTC MEETING LINK 2022-2023

Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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 usually reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a free cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on September 12, 2022 at 3 pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on September 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm. Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

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. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Link: via this link. The next PTC meeting is September 12th 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, Sept. 14 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 18, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is October 13 at 6 pm and will be in person at Hedenkamp Elementary (930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913). For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

CVESD BAC Meeting

District Budget Advisory Council (CVESD BAC)

The District’s Budget Advisory Council (BAC) is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The BAC monitors the financial statements and fiduciary obligations of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD). Although it usually only meets 5 – 6 times a year, the BAC’s meetings are useful in understanding how state and federal monies support student learning at a local level. Please check the calendar at http://www.cvesd.org for the next meeting!

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. 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 (4 September 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Thank you for your support of our annual PTC Ultra Fun Run this past Friday!

Please enjoy the 3 day weekend and have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday!

Some friendly reminders:

  • School starts at 8:50 am everyday. On time, excellent attendance is a key indicator of future success! Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.
  • Keep the safety of our children as our #1 priority! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students.
  • Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school. CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Please do not parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities unless you have a placard. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, September 4th, at the YouTube link below:

Teachers have sent home information within the next two weeks regarding our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences. We would like to meet with every parent/legal guardian during this time. Thank you for honoring the Parent-Teacher Conference schedule provided by your child’s teacher.

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week of school is Perseverance. The Common Courtesy for that week 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!

Want to know more about our Eagle’s Nest Store? See a video here:

Eagle’s Nest Store

Kindness counts! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying?

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, September 5, 2022NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Students begin to visit the Eagle’s Nest Store

Monday, September 12, 2022

  • ELAC at 3 pm in the MPR and online here
  • SSC at 3:30 pm in the MPR and online here
  • PTC at 6 pm in the MPR and online here [link coming soon]

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal for grades TK-6)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am

Monday, October 17, 2022 – Parent Meetings

Thursday, October 20, 2022 – 130 Anniversary Celebration at Hedenkamp Elementary (5 – 7 pm)

Safety Plan Updates

Our school is currently updating its Safety Plan for the 2022-2023 school year. A safety committee meets several times at the start of the school year (and then at least once a quarter afterwards) to consult with experts and look at data to improve safety on our campus. Teachers and other staff, parents and legal guardians, and community partners are all invited to attend these meetings.

If you would like to be a part of this optional safety committee, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. The school plans to share a full Safety Plan update at the SSC meeting on Monday, September 12 at 3:30 pm in the MPR. This meeting will also be available online. Please check the blog for the link.

Kindly read the “Let’s Talk Safety” newsletter below to learn more about the efforts our district takes to ensure student safety!

Excellent Attendance Matters!

Students with excellent attendance excel!

Did you know that our attendance goal is 98% each day? Please be sure your child comes to school on time each and every day. If your child is ill, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

CVESD’s 130 Anniversary Celebration

The Chula Vista Elementary School District celebrates 130 years as a school district this year. As we celebrate 130 years, we honor the past and look forward to the future. Our achievements as a District are undeniable. From our high-quality instruction, a technology-based curriculum, innovative programming, and strong visual and performing arts, we provide a highly sought-after education for all students.

On October 20, 2022, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will host a 130th anniversary celebration event at Hedenkamp Elementary School for all community members to attend. The free event will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm, where we will recognize students, staff, and individuals who have impacted the District over the years. We look forward to celebrating with you then.

Don’t forget to follow along on our district’s social media pages! Like and follow CVESD social channels here: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Of course, the latest news is always here at our school’s blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

PTC Fun Run

Allen’s PTC Fun Run was another huge success! Thank you to our parent volunteers and staff for making this year’s Fun Run a success.

Safety Drill Updates

If you did not read Mr. Greenwell’s letter from September 2nd regarding upcoming safety drills, please find that letter here:

Sing and Speak Spanish

Sing and Speak Spanish is the most popular after school, optional Spanish enrichment program in San Diego.  The group uses an annual curriculum that meets once per week after school.  Children have the potential to advance through 7 levels of Spanish, which is the only way to improve oral Spanish skills.  The curriculum is driven by 40 wonderful teachers that having extensive training and background checks.  They love what they do because they make Spanish learning fun through games, humor, puppets, role play, and songs. To see why they are so popular with families, take a look at their  2min program video to see how students are engaged in a productive and fun way. See the file below for information and pricing for this after school, optional class!

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Information

We are excited to announce that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school after Fall Break. Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information and help spread the word!

TK is coming to Allen after Fall Break! Tell your friends and neighbors.

For additional information or to enroll, kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext.181725.

CVESD Fall Sports Updates

CVESD Student Intramural 2022 Volleyball, Kickball, and Flag Football Season is coming up: October 13- December 14, 2022. 

All students in grades 4 through 6 are eligible to tryout for all sports. 

Please let Mr. Greenwell (Principal), Ms. Farlow (Site Wellness Coordinator), or Ms. Reza (Secretary) know if you are interested in coaching a first ever Allen Volleyball or Allen Flag Football team.  Coaches must have the following complete before hosting tryouts or practice: Live Scan Background Check, TB Clearance, CPR/First-Aid Certification, & Proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Ms. Farlow is proudly coaching Allen’s Kickball team! Save the date for tryouts for our co-ed kickball team: September 7th and 8th from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2021 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 PM at various school sites in the district. Families are responsible for transporting your child to/from games, as well as all practices. Please see Ms. Farlow for more information.

Green Lunch Application Forms

Your child should have come home from school with a green Lunch Application. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit this form which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

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

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the form by September 1, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

Bonitafest 2022

In this interest of sharing community information, please see the information below regarding Bonitafest 2022.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent.

All families should have received an email from register@campusclinic.org with the subject line “Welcome to Campus Clinic.” In this email, there was be a unique PIN and a link to register. This email is important, as this year the email is where registration the registration process begins.

If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there. There is not an all-encompassing link at this time because each email contains a unique PIN.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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 Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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 usually reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, October 14, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a free cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on September 12, 2022 at 3 pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on September 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm. Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Online link here.

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. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. This meeting will be both online and in person at Allen in the MPR. Link: via this link. The next PTC meeting is September 12th 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, Sept. 14 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 18, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is October 13th at 6 pm. For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

CVESD BAC Meeting

District Budget Advisory Council (CVESD BAC)

The District’s Budget Advisory Council (BAC) is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The BAC monitors the financial statements and fiduciary obligations of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD). Although it usually only meets 5 – 6 times a year, the BAC’s meetings are useful in understanding how state and federal monies support student learning at a local level. Please check the calendar at http://www.cvesd.org for the next meeting!

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. 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 (28 August 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Welcome to the first week of September! We are very excited for our annual PTC Ultra Fun Run this Friday!

Some friendly reminders:

  • School starts at 8:50 am everyday. On time, excellent attendance is a key indicator of future success! Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.
  • Keep the safety of our children as our #1 priority! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students…
  • Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school. CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Please do not parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities unless you have a placard. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, August 28 at the YouTube link below:

Sunday Update – 28 Aug. 2022

Teachers will be sending home information within the next two weeks regarding our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences. We would like to meet with every parent/legal guardian during this time.

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week of school is Honesty. The Common Courtesy for that week 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!

Want to know more about our Eagle’s Nest Store? See a video here:

Eagle’s Nest Store

Kindness counts! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying?

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

August 29 and 30th – Fifth Grade students visit the Hydro Station

Thursday, September 1, 2022 – Parent Training: Behavior Strategies That Work online at 5 pm

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am
  • PTC Ultra Fun Run in AM

Monday, September 5, 2022NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Students begin to visit the Eagle’s Nest Store

Monday, September 12, 2022

  • ELAC at 3 pm in the MPR and online here
  • SSC at 3:30 pm in the MPR and online here
  • PTC at 6 pm in the MPR and online here

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am

Monday, October 17, 2022 – ELAC at 3 pm, SSC at 3:30 pm, PTC at 6 pm

PTC Ultra Fun Run

Our annual Fun Run is this Friday! Please encourage children to wear sunscreen or hats this day and bring a reusable, refillable water bottle with the child’s first and last name in permanent marker.  Children may also drink from any of the drinking fountains on our campus (indoors and outdoors).

Parents and legal guardians may come to campus to cheer on children. Please have a government-issued photo ID card and come at least 15-30 minutes early to allow time to scan and sign in.

Here is the anticipated schedule for the scheduled Fun Run:

8:30 to 9 am – AM Preschool

9 am to 10 am – Loop 1 (Kinder and First Grade); Loop 2 (Second and Third)

10 am to 11 am – Loop 1 (4th and 5th); Loop 2 (Sixth and SDC)

1:00 to 1:30 pm – PM Preschool

Safety Newsletter

Our school is currently updating its Safety Plan. If you would like to be a part of this optional committee, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. Kindly read the “Let’s Talk Safety” newsletter below to learn more about the efforts our district takes to ensure student safety!

Sing and Speak Spanish – After School Program

Sing and Speak Spanish is the most popular Spanish enrichment program in San Diego.  The group has been doing it for 23 years and served over 100 schools.  Rather than a short 6 week club experience, they have an annual curriculum that meets once per week after school.  Your kids can have the potential to advance through 7 levels of Spanish which is the only way to improve oral Spanish skills.  The curriculum is driven by 40 wonderful teachers that having extensive training and background checks.  They love what they do because they make Spanish learning fun through games, humor, puppets, role play, and songs. To see why they are so popular with families, take a look at their  2min program video to see how students are engaged in a productive and fun way. More information and pricing for this after school, optional class will be available soon!

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Information

We are excited to announce that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school after Fall Break. Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information and help spread the word!

TK is coming to Allen after Fall Break! Tell your friends and neighbors.

For additional information or to enroll, kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext.181725.

CVESD Fall Sports Updates

CVESD Student Intramural 2022 Volleyball, Kickball, and Flag Football Season is coming up: October 13- December 14, 2022. 

All students in grades 4 through 6 are eligible to tryout for all sports. 

Please let Mr. Greenwell (Principal), Ms. Farlow (Site Wellness Coordinator), or Ms. Reza (Secretary) know if you are interested in coaching a first ever Allen Volleyball or Allen Flag Football team.  Coaches must have the following complete before hosting tryouts or practice: Live Scan Background Check, TB Clearance, CPR/First-Aid Certification, & Proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Ms. Farlow is proudly coaching Allen’s Kickball team! Save the date for tryouts for our co-ed kickball team: September 7th and 8th from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2021 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 PM at various school sites in the district. Families are responsible for transporting your child to/from games, as well as all practices. Please see Ms. Farlow for more information.

Parent Online Training – Sept. 1 at 5 pm

Please pre-register online.

Green Lunch Application Forms

Your child should have come home from school with a green Lunch Application. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit this form which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

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

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the form by September 1, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

Bonitafest 2022

In this interest of sharing community information, please see the information below regarding Bonitafest 2022.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent.

All families should have received an email from register@campusclinic.org with the subject line “Welcome to Campus Clinic.” In this email, there was be a unique PIN and a link to register. This email is important, as this year the email is where registration the registration process begins.

If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there. There is not an all-encompassing link at this time because each email contains a unique PIN.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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 Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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, September 2, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on September 12, 2022 at 3 pm.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on September 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm.

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.

Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually 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 September 12th, 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, Sept. 14 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 18, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is August 18th at 6 pm. For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. 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 (21 August 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Allen Elementary continues to grow! We are excited to announce that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school after Fall Break. Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information and help spread the word!

For additional information or to enroll, kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext.181725.

Welcome to sixth week of the school year! Some friendly reminders:

  • School starts at 8:50 am everyday. On time, excellent attendance is a key indicator of future success! Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.
  • Keep the safety of our children as our #1 priority! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students…
  • Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school. CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Please do not parked in spaces designated for persons with disabilities unless you have a placard. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, August 21 at the YouTube link below:

Sunday Update 8/21/2022

A new mural is being added to our 100 building near our traffic loop to celebrate our school’s 75th anniversary. Please use caution when driving through the traffic loop in the next few days as this project wraps up.

Teachers will be sending home information within the next two weeks regarding our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences. We would like to meet with every parent/legal guardian during this time.

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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!

Want to know more about our Eagle’s Nest Store? See a video here:

Eagle’s Nest Store

Kindness counts! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying?

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Friday, August 26, 2022 – Make Up School Photography Day

August 29 and 30th – Fifth Grade students visit the Hydro Station

Thursday, September 1, 2022 – Parent Training: Behavior Strategies That Work online at 5 pm

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am
  • PTC Ultra Fun Run in AM

Monday, September 5, 2022NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022 – Students begin to visit the Eagle’s Nest Store

Monday, September 12, 2022 – ELAC at 3 pm, SSC at 3:30 pm, PTC at 6 pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Monday, October 10, 2022 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, October 14, 2022 – Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am

Monday, October 17, 2022 – ELAC at 3 pm, SSC at 3:30 pm, PTC at 6 pm

Sing and Speak Spanish – After School Program

Sing and Speak Spanish is the most popular Spanish enrichment program in San Diego.  The group has been doing it for 23 years and served over 100 schools.  Rather than a short 6 week club experience, they have an annual curriculum that meets once per week after school.  Your kids can have the potential to advance through 7 levels of Spanish which is the only way to improve oral Spanish skills.  The curriculum is driven by 40 wonderful teachers that having extensive training and background checks.  They love what they do because they make Spanish learning fun through games, humor, puppets, role play, and songs. To see why they are so popular with families, take a look at their  2min program video to see how students are engaged in a productive and fun way. More information and pricing for this after school, optional class will be available soon!

School Photography Make Up Day

Allen Elementary will be hosting our make up school photography day for those who missed it this past week. Contact our school office or our school photographer, Chalkboard Photography. You may have to check your spam or junk folder!

CVESD Fall Sports Updates

CVESD Student Intramural 2022 Volleyball, Kickball, and Flag Football Season is coming up: October 13- December 14, 2022. 

All students in grades 4 through 6 are eligible to tryout for all sports. 

Please let Mr. Greenwell (Principal), Ms. Farlow (Site Wellness Coordinator), or Ms. Reza (Secretary) know if you are interested in coaching a first ever Allen Volleyball or Allen Flag Football team.  Coaches must have the following complete before hosting tryouts or practice: Live Scan Background Check, TB Clearance, CPR/First-Aid Certification, & Proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Ms. Farlow is proudly coaching Allen’s Kickball team! Save the date for tryouts for our co-ed kickball team: September 7th and 8th from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2021 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 PM at various school sites in the district. Families are responsible for transporting your child to/from games, as well as all practices. Please see Ms. Farlow for more information.

Parent Online Training – Sept. 1 at 5 pm

Please pre-register online.

Green Lunch Application Forms

Your child should have come home from school on Friday with a green Lunch Application. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit this form which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

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

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the form by September 1, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

Bonitafest 2022

In this interest of sharing community information, please see the information below regarding Bonitafest 2022.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent.

All families should have received an email from register@campusclinic.org with the subject line “Welcome to Campus Clinic.” In this email, there was be a unique PIN and a link to register. This email is important, as this year the email is where registration the registration process begins.

If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there. There is not an all-encompassing link at this time because each email contains a unique PIN.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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 Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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, September 2, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on September 12, 2022 at 3 pm.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Link here for the ELAC meeting

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on September 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm.

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.

Join this online meeting here — Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually 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 September 12th, 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, Sept. 14 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 18, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is August 18th at 6 pm. For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. 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 (14 August 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Allen Elementary continues to grow! We are excited to share that an all-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom will be added to our school soon. Please see our district’s Early Childhood Education department page for more information and help spread the word!

For additional information or to enroll, kindly contact the Early Childhood Education Department (619) 425-2362 or (619) 425-9600 Ext.181725.

Welcome to week 5 of the school year! Some friendly reminders:

  • School starts at 8:50 am everyday. On time, excellent attendance is a key indicator of future success! Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.
  • Keep the safety of our children as our #1 priority! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students…
  • Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school. CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023? Kindly review this with your child.

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, August 14th at the YouTube link below:

A new mural will be added to our 100 building near our traffic loop to celebrate our school’s 75th anniversary. Please use caution when driving through the traffic loop in the next two weeks.

Teachers will be sending home information within the next two weeks regarding our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences. We would like to meet with every parent/legal guardian during this time.

Annual Notification is required by California state law. Please see this page for more information:

Annual Notification for CVESD

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

Opt-in for text messages from Allen Elementary. Text YES to 67587.

We are excited to welcome a handful of new staff members. Please see our staff page for more details: https://allenelementary.org/staff/

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Responsibility. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying?

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 – Fun Run Kickoff at 9 am for grades K, 1, and 2; 9:30 for grades 3 & 4; and 10 am for grades 5 & 6; and DAC/DELAC at 12 noon

Thursday, August 18, 2022 – School Photography Day at Allen

Friday, August 26, 2022 – Make Up School Photography Day

August 29 and 30th – Fifth Grade students visit the Hydro Station

Thursday, September 1, 2022 – Parent Training: Behavior Strategies That Work online at 5 pm

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am
  • PTC Ultra Fun Run in AM

Monday, September 5, 2022NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday)

Monday, September 12, 2022 – ELAC at 3 pm, SSC at 3:30 pm, PTC at 6 pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal)

School Photography Day

Allen Elementary will be hosting school photography day this Thursday, August 18th. More information has been emailed directly from our school photographer, Chalkboard Photography. You may have to check your spam or junk folder!

Parent Leaders at Allen

We are thrilled to share the news that we have elected new SSC, ELAC, and PTC members & officers.

SSC 2022-2023 Members:

  • John Greenwell, Principal (standing term)
  • Michelle Reza, Classified Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Erin Millikin, Certificated Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Gloria Davies, Certificated Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Mary Barry, Certificated Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Gilberto Moreno Sanchez, Parent Rep (term expires 2023)
  • Kasey Frantzich, Parent Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Amber Koubeserian, Parent Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Martha Rañon, Parent Rep (term expires 2024)
  • Robin Dirickson, Parent Rep (term expires 2024)

SSC 2022-2023 Officers:

  • Chair: Kasey Frantzich
  • Vice-Chair: Erin Millikin
  • Secretary: Amber Koubeserian

ELAC 2022-2023 Members:

  • John Greenwell, Principal (standing term)
  • Linda Ortiz, Parent Rep (term expires 2023)
  • Thuy Schultze, Certificated Rep (term expires 2023)

ELAC 2022-2023 Officers:

  • Chair: Linda Ortiz
  • Vice-Chair: Thuy Schultze
  • Secretary: John Greenwell

PTC 2022-2023 Officers:

  • PTC President: Gina Bennett (term ends in June 2024)
  • PTC Vice President: Art Muniz (term ends in June 2024)
  • PTC Treasurer: Rich Rechif (term ends in June 2024)
  • PTC Recording Secretary: Cynthia Huelsman (term ends in June 2023)
  • PTC Corresponding Secretary: Odette Cressler (term ends in June 2024)

We still need representatives from Allen for our district B-LAC (Black Learners Advisory Council), BAC (Budget Advisory Council), and DAC/DELAC. Please contact the school office if you are interested at (619) 479-3662. Our school is strong because of active family support. 

Allen Spirit Gear and T-Shirts

Families and staff have requested how they can purchase an amazing Allen Eagle t-shirt! Please place all orders directly with our vendor. See the attached order form below.  Note that families must email all orders directly to aplustees@cox.net and orders are due by Thursday, 8/18. The owner of the company will follow up with payment instructions.

Once the school order is placed, Allen spirit gear should arrive in about 2 weeks.  It will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  

CVESD Fall Sports Updates

CVESD Student Intramural 2022 Volleyball, Kickball, and Flag Football Season is coming up: October 13- December 14, 2022. 

All students in grades 4 through 6 are eligible to tryout for all sports. 

Please let Mr. Greenwell (Principal), Ms. Farlow (Site Wellness Coordinator), or Ms. Reza (Secretary) know if you are interested in coaching a first ever Allen Volleyball or Allen Flag Football team.  Coaches must have the following complete before hosting tryouts or practice: Live Scan Background Check, TB Clearance, CPR/First-Aid Certification, & Proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Ms. Farlow is proudly coaching Allen’s Kickball team! Save the date for tryouts for our co-ed kickball team: September 7th and 8th from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2021 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 PM at various school sites in the district. Families are responsible for transporting your child to/from games, as well as all practices. Please see Ms. Farlow for more information.

Parent Online Training – Sept. 1 at 5 pm

Please pre-register online.

Green Lunch Application Forms

Your child should have come home from school on Friday with a green Lunch Application. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit this form which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

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

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the form by September 1, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

Bonitafest 2022

In this interest of sharing community information, please see the information below regarding Bonitafest 2022.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent.

All families should have received an email from register@campusclinic.org with the subject line “Welcome to Campus Clinic.” In this email, there was be a unique PIN and a link to register. This email is important, as this year the email is where registration the registration process begins.

If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there. There is not an all-encompassing link at this time because each email contains a unique PIN.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may change based on recommendations from County of San Diego Health officials.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times and locations.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative test result.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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 Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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, September 2, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on September 12, 2022 at 3 pm.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Link here for the ELAC meeting

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on September 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm.

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.

Join this online meeting here — Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually 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 September 12th, 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, Sept. 14 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 August 16, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. The next meeting is August 18th at 6 pm. For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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PTC Update (8 August 2022)

We are thrilled to announce our new PTC Officers! On Monday, August 8th, our community elected the following officers to the Allen PTC:

2022-2023 PTC Officers

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Sunday Update (7 August 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We invite all parents and legal guardians to our parent meetings on Monday, August 8th. Our ELAC meets at 3 pm online, our SSC meets at 3:30 pm online, and our PTC will meet online at 6 pm. Come support our school! Please read below in Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for more info.

Please bring your child to school on time.

School starts at 8:50 am everyday. Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.

Help keep our children safe! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students…

Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school and CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Please take a minute to download and review the important dates from the school calendar here:

https://allenelementary.org/calendar/

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023?

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, August 7th at the YouTube link below:

Parents and legal guardians are needed to help make shared decisions at our school via our PTC (Parent-Teacher Club), SSC (School Site Council), and ELAC (English Learners Advisory Council).

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

Anyone interested in serving on the SSC should attend the virtual meeting on Monday, August 8th at 3:30 pm. The links for the online meetings are on this school blog below in the section titled: A Look Ahead.

Annual Notification is required by California state law. Please see this page for more information:

Annual Notification for CVESD

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

Opt-in for text messages from Allen Elementary. Text YES to 67587.

Send YES to 67587.

We are excited to welcome a handful of new staff members. Please see our staff page for more details: https://allenelementary.org/staff/

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Respect. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. 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. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, August 8, 2022Parent Meetings (Links are posted here)

  • 3 pm – English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) online meeting — Link here
  • 3:30 pm – School Site Council (SSC) online meeting — Join here online.
  • 6 pm – Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) online meeting — LINK here

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Community Safety Forum at Hedenkamp from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, August 11, 2022 – Second Grade students visit the Living Coast

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 – Fun Run Kickoff at 9 am and DAC/DELAC at 12 noon

Thursday, August 18, 2022 – School Photography Day at Allen

Friday, August 26, 2022 – Make Up School Photography Day

August 29 and 30th – Fifth Grade students visit the Hydro Station

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am
  • PTC Ultra Fun Run in AM

Monday, September 5, 2022 – NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday)

Monday, September 12, 2022 – ELAC at 3 pm, SSC at 3:30 pm, PTC at 6 pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal)

School Photography Day

Allen Elementary will be hosting school photography day on Thursday, August 18th. More information will be sent home soon directly from our school photographer, Chalkboard Photography.

August 18th is School Photo Day!

PTC Election Information

Below is the information for our annual PTC officer elections.

Please read through this information carefully.  Our school is strong because of active family support.  Please nominate a fellow Allen parent or legal guardian.  You may also self-nominate.  Please also vote for your preferred candidates.  Nominations must be submitted by Monday, August 8th before 5 pm.  Voting will occur at the PTC meeting, which will be held online on Monday, August 8, 2022.

[Click here to access this online meeting]

Allen Spirit Gear and T-Shirts

Families and staff have requested how they can purchase an amazing Allen Eagle t-shirt! Please place all orders directly with our vendor. See the attached order form below.  Note that families must email all orders directly to aplustees@cox.net and orders are due by Thursday, 8/18.

Order form due by 8/18.

Community Safety Forum

A Community Safety Forum will be held at Hedenkamp Elementary on Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Read more details here:

Green Lunch Application Forms

Your child should have come home from school on Friday with a green Lunch Application. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit this form which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

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

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the form by September 1, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office.

SSC Parents Needed

Please learn more about our opportunities to get involved in the school for parents and legal guardians, including our School Site Council, or SSC.

Parents and legal guardians are needed to help make shared decisions at our school via our PTC (Parent-Teacher Club), SSC (School Site Council), and ELAC (English Learners Advisory Council).

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

Anyone interested in serving on the SSC should attend the virtual meeting on Monday, August 8th at 3:30 pm. Join this meeting here: LINK to SSC Meeting 8/8/22

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent.

All families should have received an email from register@campusclinic.org with the subject line “Welcome to Campus Clinic.” In this email, there was be a unique PIN and a link to register. This email is important, as this year the email is where registration the registration process begins.

If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: support@campusclinic.org and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there. There is not an all-encompassing link at this time because each email contains a unique PIN.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Parent Volunteers

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:

REQUIRED ITEMS:

  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may change based on recommendations from County of San Diego Health officials.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times and locations.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative test result.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.

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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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

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.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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 Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal 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, September 2, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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 will be on August 8, 2022 at 3 pm.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Link here for the ELAC meeting

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on August 8, 2022 at 3:30 pm.

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.

Join this online meeting here — Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually 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 August 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, Aug. 10 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 August 16, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/black-learners-advisory-council—b–lac

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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