Sunday Message for Feb. 23, 2020

Happy Sunday Allen Families!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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The last week of February is an exciting week:

Monday 2/24 – No Meet Up on the blacktop; Sixth Grade Students leave for camp

Tuesday 2/25 – Sinong, Farlow, and Chamu at Zoo Field Trip

Wednesday 2/26 – 4th grade at Zoo Field Trip; 5th grade at Biztown Field Trip; Kindergarten Humane Society Visits

Friday 2/28 – Sixth grade returns from Camp around 12:15 pm

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Sixth grade students will be leaving for YMCA Camp Raintree Ranch on Monday morning.  We will not have a Meet Up on Monday because of this as our students and teachers need the space to prepare for their departure to camp.  Students are anticipated to return to Allen Elementary on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 around 12:15 pm.  Families may wait in the car loop and parking lot outside of Daly Academy for their students at that time, but please be considerate of Daly Academy’s dismissal so that their parents and buses may pick up students as well.

attendance matters

Ella B. Allen Elementary School continues to have solid daily attendance:  Our families know that when students are present for the entire school day, they make significant academic progress!  However, too many students are arriving late to school.  With a later start time of 8:50 am, our school should be number 1 in the district!  We recommend that students arrive at school by 8:30 am to ensure that they can eat breakfast, use the bathroom, drink some water, and talk to friends on the blacktop.  This sets up your child for a successful day!  If your child is ill, please notify Ms. Baptista in the office.

registration

Kindergarten/New student registration in the school office continues.  Please be sure to bring the following:

  1. Child’s birth certificate
  2. Updated immunization record for your child
  3. Government-issued identification for legal parent/guardian
  4. Proof of residency

More information about the required documents can be found here:  CVESD Registration Documents

If you have an incoming kindergarten student or a new student to Allen, you can pick up registration materials in the school office.  Please make sure to let family and friends know that Allen School has plenty of space for students entering kindergarten.

Zone Transfers/Inter-District Transfers

Zone Transfers (ZT) renewal forms are past due in the office.  If your child attends Allen on ZT and you would like them to attend Allen next year, please contact the school office ASAP.  Inter-district transfers are due in April 2020 at the district offices.  More information can be found here:  School Transfers

Primary Elections at Allen Elementary

presidential-primary-2020-cardThe Primary Election in California is happening on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.  We encourage all citizens to participate in the elections!  Ella B. Allen Elementary School is a polling location and polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm that day.

We encourage all Allen families to plan ahead and arrive a few minutes earlier to school as parking/traffic is expected to be more difficult that day due to the elections.

Weather Reminder

Please encourage your child to dress accordingly for the day’s weather.  A sweatshirt or hoodie can keep him/her warm on those brisk winter mornings and be easily taken off in the warmer afternoons.  The weather forecast for this week calls for temperatures in the lower 40s for the mornings and the mid 70s for the afternoons.  A raincoat and/or umbrella might be helpful on the days it is forecasted to rain.  Thank you for your support with this matter.

Lost and Found

Please remember to check the Lost and Found bins and tables in front of the MPR for any misplaced items.  We would also like to encourage all students to write both their first and last name in permanent marker on all lunch bags, jackets, sweaters, water bottles, hoodies, etc… . All items remaining in the Lost and Found bins at Spring Break will be donated to a local charity.

Allen Music Festival

allenmusicThe Allen Music Festival, sponsored by the amazing PTC, will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course.  This event is for adults 21+.  Join us for a fun adult night out featuring great Mexican food, craft beers, great music, and dancing.  This event will help fund important programs to benefit our students, such as field trips, arts, and science activities at our school!  Purchase your tickets here:  allenmusicfestival.com

Sixth Grade Parents

Is your Allen Eagle ready to fly to middle school?  Allen School would like to share some of the school choices available to our families.  All Allen Sixth Grade families are invited to attend Bonita Vista Middle School’s Orientation on February 27 at 5:30 pm or at their next Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm, both at Bonita Vista Middle School.

  • Bonita Vista Middle School Orientation:  2/27 at 5:30 pm (650 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
  • Bonita Vista Middle School Coffee with the Principal:  3/5 at 5 pm (650 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Respect

Allen Eagles are known for being the smartest, kindest, and hardworking students.  Kindly remind your child about respect at school and the importance of respecting themselves and others. Students should only be using appropriate words at school and they need to ALWAYS keep their hands and feet to themselves.

YMCA Campaign

It’s that time of year where we all come together to support our community!  Will you join our cause?  In February and March, the YMCA joins its community partners, such as Allen Elementary School, to raise essential funds, which allows our school’s families to have access to many different services.  This year’s focus areas are Closing the Achievement Gap, Senior Isolation, Drowning, Military Support, Obesity and Poverty.  Funds raised allow all families in our community access to needed services:  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.   Simply drop off a donation to the school office or click the link below:

https://www.ymcasd.org/campaigner/southbay/42ALLE

Each year the Y gives thousands of dollars, donated by people like you, to provide SCHOLARSHIPS to those who need it the most. Your gift provides the resources needed to prevent drowning, reduce obesity, and address poverty. Swimming lessons help children learn safety around water. Group classes and programs like gymnastics, sports and body pump help participants stay healthy. Before and After School care provides academic enrichment and a safe place for parents to leave their children while they work to support their families. Please help us STRENGTHEN our community by giving a gift now.

Remember… Together we SOAR! 

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Sunday Message for Feb. 16, 2020

Happy Sunday Allen Families!  I hope you are enjoying the four day weekend.

Week at a Glance

There is a lot happening in this four day school week.  A reminder that there is no school on Monday 2/17!

Monday 2/17 – No School (Washington Holiday)

Tuesday 2/18 – Meet Up at 8:50 am

Wednesday 2/19 – New Student/Kindergarten Registration begins for the 2020-2021 School Year begins and La Jolla Playhouse POP Assembly in the MPR

Thursday 2/20 – Spring Photos

Friday 2/21 – Home Basketball Game v. Parkview Elementary at 4 pm

Tardies and Absences

Ella B. Allen Elementary School continues to have great daily attendance!  However, too many students are arriving late to school.  With a later start time of 8:50 am, our school should be number 1 in the district!  We recommend that students arrive at school by 8:30 am to ensure that they can eat breakfast, use the bathroom, drink some water, and talk to friends on the blacktop.  This sets up your child for a successful day!  If your child is ill, please notify Ms. Baptista in the office.

New Student Registration/Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten/New student registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the school office.  Please be sure to bring the following:

  1. Child’s birth certificate
  2. Updated immunization record for your child
  3. Government-issued identification for legal parent/guardian
  4. Proof of residency

More information about the required documents can be found here:  CVESD Registration Documents

If you have an incoming kindergarten student or a new student to Allen, you can pick up registration materials in the school office.  Please make sure to let family and friends know that Allen School has plenty of space for students entering kindergarten.

Spring Photos

Be ready to look your best Eagles on 2/20 as Spring Pictures are this Thursday at Allen.  No money is needed up front as pictures will be taken and then sent home for review and purchase.

Zone Transfers/Inter-District Transfers

Zone Transfers (ZT) renewal forms were due on or before Thursday, Feb. 13th in the office.  If your child attends Allen on ZT and you would like them to attend Allen next year, please contact the school office ASAP.  Inter-district transfers are due in April 2020 at the district offices.  More information can be found here:  School Transfers

Weather Reminder

Please encourage your child to dress accordingly for the day’s weather.  A sweatshirt or hoodie can keep him/her warm on those brisk winter mornings and be easily taken off in the warmer afternoons.  The weather forecast for this week calls for temperatures in the lower 40s for the mornings and the mid 70s for the afternoons.  A raincoat and/or umbrella might be helpful on the days it is forecasted to rain.  Thank you for your support with this matter.

Lost and Found

Please remember to check the Lost and Found bins and tables in front of the MPR for any misplaced items.  We would also like to encourage all students to write both their first and last name in permanent marker on all lunch bags, jackets, sweaters, water bottles, hoodies, etc… . All items remaining in the Lost and Found bins at Spring Break will be donated to a local charity.

4th Annual Sock Drive

This is the last week for the sock drive:  Allen School’s 4th annual Sock Drive ends on February 21st, 2020.  Please bring pairs of new, unused socks to your child’s classroom.  These socks will be delivered to a local homeless shelter.  There will be a popsicle party for the primary and upper grade classrooms that collect the most socks.  Please see Mrs. Burnham with questions.

Allen Music Festival

The Allen Music Festival, sponsored by the amazing PTC, will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course.  This event is for adults 21+.  Join us for a fun adult night out featuring great Mexican food, craft beers, great music, and dancing.  This event will help fund important programs to benefit our students, such as field trips, arts, and science activities at our school!  Purchase your tickets here:  allenmusicfestival.com

Sixth Grade Parents

Is your Allen Eagle ready to fly to middle school?  Allen School would like to share some of the school choices available to our families.  All Allen Sixth Grade families are invited to attend Bonita Vista Middle School’s Orientation on February 27 at 5:30 pm or at their next Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm, both at Bonita Vista Middle School.    In addition, both Arroyo Vista Charter and Discovery Charter are holding informational meetings regarding their middle school programs for families both this Thursday, February 19 at 6 pm at their respective schools.

  • Arroyo Vista Charter Middle School Orientation:  2/19 at 6 pm (2491 School House Road, Chula Vista, CA  91915)
  • Discovery Charter Middle School Orientation:  2/19 at 6 pm (1100 Camino Biscay, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
  • Bonita Vista Middle School Orientation:  2/27 at 5:30 pm (650 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
  • Bonita Vista Middle School Coffee with the Principal:  3/5 at 5 pm (650 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Respect

Allen Eagles are known for being the smartest, kindest, and hardworking students.  Kindly remind your child about respect at school and the importance of respecting themselves and others. Students should only be using appropriate words at school and they need to ALWAYS keep their hands and feet to themselves.

Remember… Together we SOAR! 

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Sunday Message for Feb. 9, 2020

Happy Sunday Allen Families!

Here is your weekly update for Ella B. Allen Elementary School:

Family First Friday (2/7/2020)

Thank you to the over fifty parents who came to last Friday’s Family First Friday!  I am looking forward to strengthening the partnership between families and our school.  Thank you to Daniel’s Coffee Cart for providing coffee and tea as well!

Week at a Glance

There is a lot happening in this four day school week.  A reminder that there is no school on Friday 2/14 and Monday 2/17!

Monday 2/10 – Meet Up at 8:50 am (weather permitting); Bonita Vista Middle Course Selection for 6th grade students; Allen PTC Meeting at 6:00 pm in room 402

Tuesday 2/11 – CVESD DAC/DELAC from 12 noon to 2 pm in board room C

Wednesday 2/12 – I Love a Clean San Diego Assemblies in the afternoon

Thursday 2/13 – Jump Rope for Heart (Kids Heart Challenge) on the blacktop (9:15 am for primary students and 9:50 am for upper grade students)

Friday 2/14 – No School (Lincoln Holiday)

Monday 2/17 – No School (Washington Holiday)

Tuesday 2/18 – Meet Up at 8:50 am

Zone Transfers and Kindergarten Registration

Zone Transfers (ZT) renewal forms are due on or before Thursday, Feb. 13th in the office.  If your child attends Allen on ZT and you would like them to attend Allen next year, please complete this important step.  Ms. Reza and Ms. Baptista would be happy to assist you with this in the office.

Kindergarten registration is coming soon as well.  If you have an incoming kindergarten student, you can pick up registration materials.  Please make sure to let family and friends know that Allen School has plenty of space for students entering kindergarten.

Weather Reminder

Even though we live in paradise, the weather in San Diego County can change day to day.  Please encourage your child to dress accordingly for the day’s weather.  A sweatshirt or hoodie can keep him/her warm on those chilly winter mornings and be easily taken off in the warmer afternoons.  A raincoat and/or umbrella might be helpful on the days it is forecasted to rain.  Thank you for your support with this matter.

Lost and Found

Please remember to check the Lost and Found bins and tables in front of the MPR for any misplaced items.  We would also like to encourage all students to write both their first and last name in permanent marker on all lunch bags, jackets, sweaters, water bottles, hoodies, etc… . All items remaining in the Lost and Found at Spring Break will be donated to a local charity.

4th Annual Sock Drive

Allen School’s 4th annual Sock Drive is from February 3rd to the 21st, 2020.  Please bring pairs of new, unused socks to your child’s classroom.  These socks will be delivered to a local homeless shelter.  There will be a popsicle party for the primary and upper grade classrooms that collect the most socks.  Thank you Mrs. Burnham for organizing this Allen tradition.

Allen Music Festival

Save the date: The Allen Music Festival, sponsored by the amazing PTC, will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 6 pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course.  This event is for adults 21+.  Come for community, food, beverage, and the silent auction.  This event will help fund important programs to benefit our students, such as field trips, arts, and science activities at our school!  More details coming soon!

Sixth Grade Parents

Is your Allen Eagle ready to fly to middle school?  Bonita Vista Middle will be at Allen on Monday, Feb. 10 during the school day to speak with sixth grade students.  All Allen Sixth Grade families are invited to attend Bonita Vista Middle’s Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm at Bonita Vista Middle School.    In addition, both Arroyo Vista Charter and Discovery Charter are holding informational meetings regarding their middle school programs for families both on Thursday, February 19 at 6 pm at their respective schools.

  • Arroyo Vista Charter Middle School Orientation:  2/19 at 6 pm (2491 School House Road, Chula Vista, CA  91915)
  • Discovery Charter Middle School Orientation:  2/19 at 6 pm (1100 Camino Biscay, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
  • Bonita Vista Middle School Coffee with the Principal:  3/5 at 5 pm (650 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Make it a great week Eagles!

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Super Sunday Message for February 2

Greetings Allen Eagles!

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend weather.

ELPAC Testing

Is your child an English Language Learner?  All of our students who are English Learners will be taking the ELPAC test this month.  ELPAC stands for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California.  You can view and take a practice test with your child here:  ELPAC Practice Tests.  Please ensure your child is well rested, well fed, and prepared to do his/her best on the ELPAC assessments!

Basketball

Our team continues to play well.  There is another game this Friday at 4 pm against Marshall at Marshall Elementary School (2295 MacKenzie Creek Road, Chula Vista, CA 91914).  Thank you Coach Farlow for providing this opportunity to our student-athletes!

Zone Transfers

If your student is here on a Zone Transfer and you wish for them to continue for the next school year, please be sure to pick up a Zone Transfer form in the office.  These forms are due to the Allen School Office before Thursday, February 13, 2020.  If your child is here on an Inter-District Transfer, those forms will be due to the district’s Student Placement Office beginning April 6.

Wear Red Day – Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Students, staff, and parents are encouraged to wear red this Friday, February 7, 2020 for National Wear Red Day.  National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease.  Allen is also having a Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association the following week.  Look for more information soon!

4th Annual Sock Drive

Allen School’s 4th annual Sock Drive is from February 3rd to the 21st, 2020.  Please bring pairs of new, unused socks to your child’s classroom.  These socks will be delivered to a local homeless shelter.  There will be a popsicle party for the primary and upper grade classrooms that collect the most socks.  Thank you Mrs. Burnham for organizing this!

Speech Contest

Students will compete in Allen School’s Speech Contest this Friday!  We wish all of our grade level representatives the best of luck!  Allen’s winner will move forward to the district level contest with a chance to participate in CVESDTALKS (formally known as the CVESD Speech Contest).

Family First Friday

Parents are invited to join us for a free cup of coffee or tea between 8:15 am and 9:15 am in the Allen Courtyard.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other Allen families and meet our new Principal, Mr. John Greenwell.  We hope to see you there!

Make it a great week!

Warmly,

Mr. Greenwell

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Sunday Information for January 26

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Hello Eagles,

This is Mr. Greenwell, the new proud Principal of Allen School, with your Sunday information for the week of January 26, 2020.

  • We will have our Monday Meet Up at 8:50 am.  I will be around to introduce myself afterwards.  Come say hi!
  • Our basketball team has a home game on Monday, Jan. 27 at Allen School (vs. Palomar Elementary).  Come cheer on the team from 4 pm to 5 pm!
  • The basketball team has another game away at Heritage Elementary (1450 Santa Lucia Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91913) on Friday, Jan. 31 from 4 pm to 5 pm.
  • Allen School’s attendance rate for the last two weeks was 96.26%.  This is short of our goal of 98%.  Please ensure your child arrives to school on time.  If your child is ill and cannot attend or has a doctor’s appointment, please contact the office.

I am sure there is more good news to share about our school, but in the meantime I am excited to work with the amazing team at Allen School in the service of your child!

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Time for Zone Transfer Renewals

Hi Eagles,

It’s that time! Pick up a zone transfer if you need to do a zone transfer renewal. These are very important to do early so we can have the projection for classes for the 2020-2021 school year!

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Sunday Information for January 19

Hello Eagles,

Ms. Garcia here with your Sunday information for the week of January 19th.

  • There is no school is observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Tuesday is a regular dismissal day.
  • PTC is having a meeting on January 22nd at 6:00 PM in Room 402
  • School Site Council will meet on Thursday, January 23rd from 3:30-4:30 in Room 404.

Well, that is it for now. I will see you bright and early on Tuesday morning. Enjoy your day off!

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Minimum Day on Tuesday 1/14/20!

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See you bright and early, Tuesday morning for a minimum day!

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Back to School Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Hello Eagles, Ms. Garcia here with your Sunday information for the week of January 12, 2020.

School resumes Tuesday January 14 for a MINIMUM DAY!

Extended Day/Jumpstart programs will start again on Tuesday, January 14th. Please check with classroom teacher and Extended Day/Jumpstart teacher to make sure there are no specific changes for your student.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District, the San Diego County Fair and Magic 92.5 FM will launch a Student Attendance Campaign on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Here are the highlights of our campaign:

  • The contest period is January 14, 2020 through May 4, 2020.
  • CVESD, with support from partners San Diego County Fair and Magic 92.5 FM, will provide randomly drawn winners with prize packs. Eligible students are those with perfect attendance during the contest time period.
  • Grades eligible are TK – Grade 12.
  • Each student who has perfect attendance during the contest period will receive one free ticket to the San Diego County Fair!

Monday January 13th and 20th there is no school in session. January 13th is a teacher preparation day and January 20th is in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Here’s to a Great Week Ahead!

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Hello Eagles, Ms. Garcia here with some Sunday information for you.

Spirit Week starts on Monday. Here is how the week will lay out!

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Thank you to variety show coordinators and all the participants. Broadway on Allen was a big hit and was a 5 star event!

Make sure to pick up your Community Connect bag. We have some in the office and some outside of the auditorium for you. This is the service project our Student Council members worked on with 6 other school’s student council.

Six grade will have Egypt museum on Thursday in the auditorium. We are looking forward to seeing the hard work our 6th graders put into this project.

As you may have read from Dr. Escobedo’s letter last week, pending Board Approval on December 18th, I may be moving on to serve students in Chula Vista in a different role. I have not shared this information with our students yet, but I will most likely toward the end of this week. I am still waiting until things are official after Wednesday’s board meeting. In the meantime, please know that I am strongly rooted at Allen and will continue to work on every one of our commitments and Allen goals. Please take the time to offer input when you get an opportunity. The links to input are on the letter sent to you via email.

The last day of school Friday back to school on Tuesday, January 14 for a minimum day.

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