Allen Sunday Update (2 August 2020)

Happy August to all our Allen families and friends! This week’s update is full of information.

Superintendent’s Update

The Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) has committed to providing staff and families a newsletter every two weeks. If you did not read the newsletter that was sent out this week, you may find in the post from July 29th on this blog or click here:

Messages from the Superintendent

Summer Learning Camp

A small number of students per grade level were invited to attend a virtual, online Summer Learning Camp (SLC) this week. This camp will be during the hours of 8:00-11:30 and held daily Monday through Friday from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. This program will incorporate daily one-on-one instruction and small group intervention with teachers online. More invites than spaces available went out this week, so please follow the directions provided by our team to secure your child’s spot.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. Each child’s individual literacy skills and numeracy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

We are excited to offer this virtual Summer Learning Camp next week!

Recovery Intercession

The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is also offering a Recovery Intersession for all Special Education students. This is another individualized, online opportunity for invited students. A highlight of this program will be additional small group and one-on-one instruction tailored for students’ needs.

The school day will mirror that of the Summer Learning Camp and be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily, Monday through Friday, from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. Again, this program is intended for students with IEPs and is available by invite only.

Sleepy Students?

How many hours of sleep does your child receive each night? While each individual child has different sleep needs, children in elementary and middle school (ages 6 to 12), should get between 9 and 12 hours of sleep each night. In fact some scientific studies have shown that students who go to by by 8 pm every night are more successful than those who go to bed at 9 pm! Ensuring that your child goes to bed at a reasonable hour will set them up for success for managing stress and being successful in school.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports these sleep guidelines and encourages parents to make sure their children develop good sleep habits right from the start.

  • Make sufficient sleep a family priority. Understand the importance of getting enough sleep and how sleep affects the overall health of you and your children. Remember that you are a role model to your child; set a good example. Staying up all night with your teen to edit his or her paper or pulling an all-nighter for work yourself isn’t really sending the right message. Making sleep a priority for yourself shows your children that it’s part of living a healthy lifestyle—like eating right and exercising regularly.
  • Keep to a regular daily routine. The same waking time, meal times, nap time, and play times will help your child feel secure and comfortable, and help with a smooth bedtime. For young children, it helps to start early with a bedtime routine such as brush, book, bed. Make sure the sleep routines you use can be used anywhere, so you can help your child get to sleep wherever you may be.  
  • Be active during the day. Make sure your kids have interesting and varied activities during the day, including physical activity and fresh air. See Energy Out: Daily Physical Activity Recommendations for more information.
  • Monitor screen time. The AAP recommends keeping all screens—TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, and phones out of children’s bedrooms, especially at night. To prevent sleep disruption, turn off all screens at least 60 minutes/1 hour before bedtime.  Create a Family Media Use Plan and set boundaries about use before bedtime.​
  • Create a sleep-supportive and safe bedroom and home environment. Dim the lights prior to bedtime and control the temperature in the home. Don’t fill up your child’s bed with toys. Keep your child’s bed a place to sleep, rather than a place to play. One or two things—a favorite doll or bear, a security blanket—are okay and can help ease separation anxietySee Suitable Sleeping Sites for more information specifically for babies under 12 months of age.
  • Realize that teens require more sleep, not less. sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty. At the same time, most high schools require students to get to school earlier and earlier. The AAP has been advocating for middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. It is important that parents and local school boards work together to implement high school start times that allow teens to get the healthy sleep they need. See the AAP policy statement, School Start Times for Adolescents, for more information.
  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice, milk, or formula. Water is okay. Anything other than water in the bottle can cause baby bottle tooth decay. Feed or nurse your baby, and then put him or her down to sleep.
  • Don’t start giving solids before about 6 months of ageStarting solid food sooner will not help your baby sleep through the night. In fact, if you give your baby solids before their system can digest them, he or she may sleep worse because of a tummy ache.
  • Avoid overscheduling. In addition to homework, many children today have scheduled evening activities (i.e., sports games, lessons, appointments, etc.) that pose challenges to getting a good night’s sleep. Take time to wind down and give your children the downtime that they need.
  • Learn to recognize sleep problems. The most common sleep problems in children include difficulty falling asleep, nighttime awakenings, snoring, stalling and resisting going to bed, sleep apnea, and loud or heavy breathing while sleeping. 
  • Talk to your child’s teacher or child care provider about your child’s alertness during the day. Sleep problems may manifest in the daytime, too. A child with not enough, or poor quality sleep may have difficulty paying attention or “zoning out” in school. Let your child’s teacher know that you want to be made aware of any reports of your child falling asleep in school, as well as any learning or behavior problems.
  • Talk to your child’s pediatrician about sleep. Discuss your child’s sleep habits and problems with your pediatrician, as most sleep problems are easily treated. He or she may ask you to keep a sleep log or have additional suggestions to improving your child’s sleep habits.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Reading independently is the number one thing students can do to keep their brains active! To help incentivize this, we wanted to share information about Pizza Hut’s Book It Program. Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

School Office Hours and Residency Verification

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens. We will start the Residency Verification process shortly after the office reopens: Check back here for updates.

Online Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen is on the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public until August 12th, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

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

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021 academic year, kindly send a courtesy email to both michelle.reza@cvesd.org and john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Meetings for Parents/Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will continue to be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm. The next PTC meeting is Monday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 pm.

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

State Guidance on COVID-19 and Schools

We would like to provide the guidance from the state of California regarding K-12 education by sharing the information posted on this website: https://covid19.ca.gov/education/#top

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. Please continue to stay safe: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household.

Wearing a mask can save lives!

Be well Eagles! We miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Superintendent’s Update (29 July 2020)

Hi Allen Families and Friends! Happy Wednesday. I wanted to share with you the latest newsletter from Dr. Francisco Escobedo, the Superintendent of Chula Vista Elementary School District. Also, a friendly reminder that we would like every family at Allen Elementary to complete the latest district survey for EACH child in their family… So far, we have only heard from 56% of our school, so please spread the word! The survey closes on July 31st and can be found here:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

How Distance Learning Will Be Different This Time

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

The unprecedented disruption to public education that occurred when schools closed in mid-March is still being felt today. As you may be aware, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the school year on August 31 in a distance learning instructional model. This decision was made with the safety of our entire school community in mind. While I know some of you had disappointing first impressions of distance learning based on your spring experience, I also know of parents who reported that their children had great experiences in distance learning. Still others are concerned about uneven, perhaps inequitable roll out of distance learning in the new school year.

I am dedicating this week’s message to address how off-campus instruction in a distance learning instructional model will be different this school year.

Microsoft Office 365 will continue to be the primary platform in which instruction and connection with students will be made; therefore, all teachers will continue to be offered multiple, ongoing trainings on the Microsoft Teams component of the Office 365 platform. Additional professional development will continue to be provided throughout the year. And in response to student and families’ technological needs, the District will continue to take a research-based, phased approach to loaning of devices and WiFi hotspots to those who need them. In fact, we are planning to deploy more devices within the next month.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that schools are to be closed to in-person instruction until public health data indicates it is safe to return. His announcement aligned with our approach and centered on five key areas:

  1. Safe in-person school instruction based on local health data
  2. Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school
  3. Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations
  4. Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools
  5. Rigorous distance learning

In regard to rigorous distance learning, under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:

  • Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning
  • Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students
  • Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction
  • Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.

With those considerations in mind, CVESD will host a Summer Learning Camp from August 10 – 21 in a distance learning model. The Summer Learning Camp will serve students who were selected and invited to attend based on assessment data from earlier this spring, which indicated a need for intervention and to address possible learning loss.

The Summer Learning Camp will include a rigorous instructional day for students through a structured daily schedule. The instructional day will include direct instruction in language arts and/or mathematics, with support provided in small group and one-on-one interaction. Research-based practices, and intervention materials aligned to the adopted curriculum will be used. Click here to learn more about what the instructional day will look like for our Summer Learning Camp. This program includes some parameters defined within Assembly Bill 77 (AB 77) that significantly increases academic rigor and requirements for student-teacher engagement.

Take comfort in knowing that the criteria within AB 77 will be fully implemented in this year’s distance learning, which ensures content will be aligned to grade level standards and is provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction. Click here to view a visual representation of what this entails.

A Task Force on Reopening Schools is meeting continually to improve on our practices for safe reopening of campuses, and ensure that CVESD starts the upcoming school year with challenging and engaging class assignments for all students.

We all share the governor’s belief that “Learning is non-negotiable,” and that school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of the pandemic. The governor also made clear that schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the list for 14 consecutive days. As of this writing, San Diego County remains on the Monitoring List.

Like our students and dedicated staff, I look forward to that date when we are able to return to campuses for in-person instruction. I also know that safety is paramount. As we prepare to start the year in distance learning, take a moment to view these tips for “Virtual Learning at Home” in English and Spanish. Thank you to those who have already provided input via our recently emailed survey. If you have not yet responded, there is still time.  Click here to participate. I will share the survey results in my next newsletter, as well as greater detail on what a school day might look like when the academic year begins on August 31.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Cómo el Aprendizaje a Distancia Será Diferente Esta Vez

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.

Apreciables padres y tutores:

La disrupción sin precedencia a la educación pública que ocurrió cuando las escuelas cerraron a mediados de marzo aún se siente el día de hoy. Como ya se habrán enterado, el Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista comenzará el año escolar el 31 de agosto con un modelo de instrucción de educación a distancia. Se tomó esta decisión teniendo en mente la seguridad integral de nuestra comunidad escolar. Si bien sé que algunos de ustedes tuvieron primeras impresiones decepcionantes de la educación a distancia basada en su experiencia durante la primavera, también sé de padres que informaron que sus hijos tuvieron una gran experiencia con la educación a distancia. Incluso otros están preocupados por el despliegue desigual, quizá no equitativo, de la educación a distancia en el nuevo año escolar.

Dedico el mensaje de esta semana para abordar el tema sobre cómo la instrucción fuera del plantel escolar impartida en un modelo de instrucción de educación a distancia será diferente este año escolar.

Microsoft Office 365 continuará siendo la plataforma principal por la cual se impartirá la instrucción y se hará la conexión con los estudiantes; por lo tanto, continuaremos a ofrecer a todos los maestros capacitaciones múltiples y continuas sobre el componente Microsoft Teams de la plataforma Office 365. Continuaremos a proporcionar desarrollo profesional adicional en el transcurso del año. En respuesta a las necesidades tecnológicas de los estudiantes y familias, el Distrito continuará a abordar la prestación de dispositivos y hotspots Wifi a quienes lo necesiten, en base a investigación y en fases. De hecho, estamos planeando destinar a más dispositivos dentro del próximo mes.

El Gobernador Gavin Newsom recientemente declaró que las escuelas estarán cerradas para la instrucción en persona hasta que los datos de salud pública indiquen que es seguro regresar. Su declaración se alinea con nuestro enfoque y se centra en cinco áreas claves:  

1) La instrucción escolar segura en persona basada en datos de salud locales. 

2) Fuerte requerimiento de máscara para cualquier persona en la escuela.

3) Requisitos de distanciamiento físico y otras adaptaciones. 

4) Pruebas regulares y rastreo dedicado para brotes en las escuelas.

5) Educación a distancia rigurosa.

Referente a la educación a distancia rigurosa, conforme a la nueva ley estatal promulgada, se requiere que los distritos escolares proporcionen: 

  • Dispositivos y conectividad para que todo niño pueda participar en la educación a distancia.
  • Interacción diaria y en vivo de cada niño con los maestros y otros estudiantes.
  • Trabajos en clase que son desafiantes y equivalentes a la instrucción en persona.   
  • Apoyo enfocado e intervenciones para aprendices de inglés y estudiantes de educación especial.

Tomando en cuenta estas consideraciones, CVESD organizó un Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano del 10 al 21 de agosto bajo un modelo de educación a distancia. El Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano dará servicio a estudiantes que fueron seleccionados e invitados para asistir en base a datos de evaluaciones que se llevaron a cabo durante la primavera, las cuales indicaron una necesidad de intervención y para abordar la posible pérdida de aprendizaje.

El Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano incluirá un día de instrucción rigurosa para estudiantes a través de un horario estructurado diario. La enseñanza del día incluirá la instrucción directa en ambas materias de artes lingüísticas y matemáticas, proporcionando apoyo en grupos pequeños e interacción uno-a-uno. Existe una cantidad de minutos de instrucción requeridos para el programa. Se implementarán prácticas basadas en investigaciones además de materiales de intervención alineados con el currículo adoptado. [emailattachment.php?id=41070&caid=12411&name=Summer Distance Learning Overview REV.pdf]Haga clic aquí  para aprender más sobre cómo será el día de enseñanza en nuestro Campamento de Aprendizaje de Verano. Este programa incluye algunos parámetros definidos en el proyecto de ley 77 (AB 77) qué significativamente incrementa el rigor académico y los requerimientos de participación entre estudiantes y maestros.

Tenga la tranquilidad de saber que los criterios dentro de AB 77 se implementarán plenamente en la educación a distancia de este año, lo que garantiza que el contenido se alineará con los estándares de nivel de grado y se proporcionará a un nivel de calidad y desafío intelectual sustancialmente equivalente a la instrucción en persona. [emailattachment.php?id=41071&caid=12412&name=CVESD Distance Learning Comparison Visual -3.pdf]Haga clic aquí  para ver una representación visual de lo que esto implica.

Un Comité Asesor sobre la Reapertura de Escuelas se reúne continuamente para mejorar nuestras prácticas de la reapertura segura de nuestras escuelas y garantizar que CVESD empiece el próximo año escolar con trabajos desafiantes y motivadores para todos los estudiantes.

Coincidimos con la creencia del gobernador de que “La enseñanza no es negociable”, y que los distritos escolares deben proporcionar instrucción significativa en medio de esta pandemia. Asimismo, el gobernador claramente indicó que las escuelas ubicadas en los condados que están en la Lista de Monitoreo no deben abrir físicamente para la instrucción en persona hasta que su condado haya sido eliminado de esta lista por 14 días consecutivos. Al escribir estas letras, El Condado de San Diego aun está en la Lista de Monitoreo. 

Al igual que nuestros estudiantes y personal, espero la fecha cuando sea posible regresar a las escuelas para la instrucción en persona. También reconozco que la seguridad es de suma importancia. Al prepararnos para empezar el año con la educación a distancia, favor de tomarse un momento para ver estas sugerencias de la “Enseñanza Virtual en el Hogar” en inglés y español. Doy las gracias a quienes ya han aportado su opinión a través de nuestra encuesta que fue recientemente enviada por correo electrónico. Si no ha respondido a la encuesta, aún está a tiempo.

Haga clic aquí para participar. Compartiré los resultados de la encuesta en mi próximo boletín, además de dar más detalle sobre cómo se verá un día escolar cuando el año académico empieza el 31 de agosto.

Atentamente,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

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Allen Sunday Update (26 July 2020)

I hope your week is going well Allen families and friends! Here is another quick update for you.

Informational Survey from CVESD

This is the last week to take the district’s latest survey and we would like to hear from every family at Allen! As you know already, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 31st with an enhanced distance learning instructional model with no classes occurring at any school site.  Your input is REQUIRED via our informational survey in order to ensure we are responsive to the needs of our community.  We understand that circumstances may change and your responses today may be different in the future. Kindly complete this survey for each and every child in your household that will attend Allen Elementary in the 2020-2021 school year.  Click here to access the survey or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Summer Learning Camp

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a virtual, online Summer Learning Camp (SLC) at Allen Elementary this week by the SLC teachers. SLC will be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily Monday through from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020 online. This program will incorporate daily one-on-one instruction and small group intervention with teachers online.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. Each child’s individual literacy skills and numeracy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the online Summer Learning Camp at Allen this week and next week.

Recovery Intercession

The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is also offering a Recovery Intersession for all Special Education students in Grades 1st through 6th (for the next school year 2020-2021) before the beginning of the start of the regular school year at Allen. This is another individualized, online opportunity for students to recoup lost learning during the unexpected emergency school closures due to COVID-19. A highlight of this program will be additional small group and one-on-one instruction tailored for students’ needs.

The school day will mirror that of the Summer Learning Camp and be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily, Monday through Friday, from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. Again, this program is intended for students with IEPs and is available by invite only.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

School Office Hours and Residency Verification Update

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens. We will start the Residency Verification process shortly after the office reopens: Check back here for updates.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like by next week’s update. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Be well Eagles! We miss you. Please continue to stay safe this summer: Wash your hands, wear a mask or facial covering, and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet when around people from outside your household. Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Sunday Update (19 July 2020)

Happy Sunday Allen Families and Friends!

Please see the latest update from the Superintendent of our schools that was shared on July 14th, 2020. Please note the staff and I will be working diligently to provide the best experience for your child(ren) in this enhanced distance learning experience.  While we would all prefer to start the school year back on campus together, the safety of our students, staff, and community is paramount. I want to reassure you that the Allen staff and I would like nothing more than to be at school safely with our Eagles when school resumes on August 31st, 2020, but that is not possible right now.

Our very own school community and the surrounding neighborhoods in Chula Vista and Bonita have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  This virus has affected staff, students, and their families in a variety of ways. Please be sensitive to the fact that we each experience this pandemic differently. Please continue to exercise caution when interacting with anyone outside of your immediate household.  This includes wearing a facial covering or mask, washing your hands frequently with water and soap for at least twenty seconds, and maintaining physical distancing.

We continue to follow the guidelines from the San Diego County Office of Education, as well as local and state public health officials: Safety must be our top priority. I pledge to keep you updated and informed.

There is a new survey (disponible en español también) from the district that is extremely important. Please take the time to complete this survey for each child in your family that currently attends Ella B. Allen Elementary School. I am proud to be a part of the Allen School community and the Chula Vista Elementary School District as we work hard behind the scenes over summer to ensure a safe return to school when it is prudent to do so. We love you and miss you Eagles! Together, we soar! 🦅

Warmly,

Mr. John Greenwell, M.S.Ed

Principal

Message from CVESD: The Chula Vista Elementary School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 31st in a distance learning instructional model with no classes occurring at school sites.  Your input is REQUIRED via our informational survey in order to ensure we are responsive to the needs of our community.  We understand that circumstances may change and your responses today may be different in the future.  Click here to access the survey or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM8KGo8t-ZBdAuBAGOXX6uaZURUdXOVpUT0w5MzlYODFLRUFPUVQ1OE1aTi4u

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

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Superintendent’s Update (14 July 2020)

School Year to Start in Distance Learning Model

Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Superintendent of CVESD

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members,

I hope your summer is off to a great start and that your families remain healthy and safe. Since March, our community has stood together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home. This time with family reminds me that “Education Starts in the Home.” And given today’s reality, so does safety. Last year, our theme was “Nurturing Relationships Through Grit” and our staff, students and community persevered throughout a difficult period completing the school year in previously unimagined ways. For the coming school year, our theme calls on our community again by “Nurturing Relationships Through Greatness.”

Since our schools closed on March 13, 2020, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) staff supported our students and community through many initiatives. Child Nutrition Services team members provided food service to our families in need. District teachers adapted education to provide distance learning to finish the 2019-20 school year while providing meaningful social emotional support for our students. I am so thankful for the professionalism and effort provided by our employees!

We are anxious to bring students and staff back to school for in-person instruction, but we must do so in a safe manner. Reopening campuses requires a great deal of planning and preparation, and many expenses that would not have been necessary under normal circumstances.

When the 2020-21 school year begins on August 31, it will be in a distance learning format. We will continue to work towards transitioning to in-person instruction but will only do so when guidance from local health officials supports a safe transition back to learning on site in classrooms. We know that many parents, students, staff, and community members are disappointed by this decision and we understand that this will complicate many individual family situations.

When students return to campus for in-person instruction, learning will look much different than previous years because of new health and safety measures. With safety goals always in mind, our leadership team, teachers, bargaining group representatives, parents, and community members are actively collaborating on a school reopening plan that will guide us on how to safely reopen our 46 campuses. At the suggestion of Board Members and a request from Board President Armando Farías, a Task Force on Reopening Schools was established to help us gather input and suggestions on guidelines and protocols in order to provide a strong continuity of learning for our students.

Even though the 2020-21 school year will begin with distance learning, it is important to know that our District will continue developing plans to transition into either a hybrid learning model; which is a combination of in-person instruction and distance learning, or into a full in-person instructional model. In fact, there are three learning models CVESD could possibly offer during the 2020-21 school year, which are:

  • Distance Learning: During High Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs while the teacher and the student are in different locations.
    • Includes many new components such as daily live interaction with the teacher, and instruction that is aligned to grade level standards, provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction.
    • Other criteria for delivering instruction in a distance learning model has been outlined in Assembly Bill 77, which also includes a requirement for a minimum number of daily instructional minutes, depending on the student’s grade level.
  • Hybrid Learning: During Medium Risk Level
    • A combination of in-person and distance learning. There are many variations of what a hybrid model could look like. Hybrid instructional scenarios would be designed to reduce the number of students on campus up to 50%.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.
  • In-person Instruction: During Low Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs at school, in the classroom with the teacher. Distancing norms and safety protocols would be in place.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.

If at any point in the school year, conditions worsen and Public Health orders the closure of schools, CVESD will be prepared to move back into a distance learning or hybrid model at any time.

Again, all students will start the coming school year in the 100% Distance Learning model. To address circumstances in which families cannot sustain 100% distance learning at home, and have no other option other than to send students to school for the entire school day, CVESD will need to be advised in advance by the parents/guardians. We are actively exploring childcare options for families who must have students in school full time.

Once it is safe to transition into a hybrid model or an in-person instructional model, CVESD will need to determine how many students would prefer to remain in a 100% distance learning model. Therefore, on Friday, July 17, 2020, the District will send registration information to families so that they may choose the educational option that best fits their needs and comfort level.

In addition to the above options, the District is working to develop enrichment materials for all of our students to reduce any lost education opportunities during this health emergency. For parents who are concerned about the impacts of the virus on their student(s), we hope the distance learning model provides a level of comfort. We know that the process of returning to school while adapting to either in-person or online instruction, along with a host of new procedures, will be challenging for everyone in our school communities. But, as we have done throughout this ordeal, we will work together, persevere, and ensure our students are supported in every way possible.

When schools do reopen their doors, up-to-date safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols adapt frequently based on the status of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students are fully expected to wear face coverings; employees are required to wear face coverings. We plan to provide supervised breaks and outdoor time where students can temporarily remove their masks.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom to the extent possible and following state/local guidelines.

Between now and the beginning of the school year, the District will be communicating frequently. Additional information on changes to our school environment will be shared with you prior to the start of school.

I want to reiterate the pride I have for our community and its response to the ongoing epidemic. The events that began to unfold in March and have continued have created enormous challenges and we as a school district are here to help support our families, staff, and community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

El ciclo escolar comenzará con el modelo de educación a distancia

Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Superintendente del distrito

Estimados padres/tutores y personal,

Espero que hayan tenido un gran comienzo de verano y que sus familias estén sanas y seguras. Desde marzo, nuestra comunidad se ha unido para combatir la pandemia de COVID-19 al quedarse en casa. Este tiempo con la familia me recuerda que “La educación comienza en el hogar”. Y dada la realidad de hoy, así es también con la seguridad. El año pasado, nuestro lema fue “Cultivar relaciones a través de la perseverancia y determinación” y nuestro personal, estudiantes y la comunidad perseveraron durante un período difícil para completar el ciclo escolar de maneras previamente inimaginables. Para el próximo ciclo escolar, nuestro lema llama nuevamente a nuestra comunidad a “Cultivar las relaciones a través de la excelencia”.

Desde que nuestras escuelas cerraron el 13 de marzo de 2020, el personal del Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista (CVESD) apoyó a nuestros estudiantes y a la comunidad a través de muchas iniciativas. Los miembros del equipo de Servicios de Nutrición Infantil brindaron servicio de alimentos a nuestras familias necesitadas. Los maestros del distrito adaptaron la enseñanza para proporcionar educación a distancia para terminar el ciclo escolar 2019-20 mientras brindaban un significativo apoyo social y emocional para nuestros estudiantes. ¡Estoy muy agradecido por el profesionalismo y el esfuerzo brindado por nuestros empleados!

Estamos ansiosos por traer a los estudiantes y al personal de regreso a la escuela para recibir instrucción en persona, pero debemos hacerlo de manera segura. La reapertura de los planteles requiere una gran cantidad de planificación y preparación, además de muchos gastos que no habrían sido necesarios en circunstancias normales.

Cuando comience el ciclo escolar 2020-21 el 31 de agosto, será en el formato de la educación a distancia. Continuaremos trabajando para hacer la transición a la instrucción en persona, pero lo haremos sólo si la asesoría de los funcionarios de salud pública respalda una transición segura de regreso a la enseñanza en los salones de clase. Sabemos que muchos padres, estudiantes, personal y miembros de la comunidad están decepcionados por esta decisión y comprendemos que esto complicará la situación individual de muchas familias.

Cuando los estudiantes regresen al plantel para la instrucción en persona, la enseñanza será muy diferente que en los años anteriores debido a las nuevas medidas de salud y seguridad. Teniendo siempre en mente los objetivos de seguridad, nuestro equipo de líderes, maestros, representantes de los grupos de negociación, padres y miembros de la comunidad están colaborando activamente para un plan de reapertura de las escuelas que nos proporcione orientación sobre cómo reabrir seguramente nuestros 46 planteles. Bajo la sugerencia de los miembros de la Mesa Directiva y una petición del Presidente de la Mesa Directiva, Armando Farías, se estableció un Comité de Reapertura de las Escuelas (Task Force) para ayudarnos a recopilar opiniones y sugerencias sobre los lineamientos y protocolos con el fin de proporcionar una fuerte continuidad de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes.

Aunque el ciclo escolar 2020-21 comenzará con la educación a distancia, es importante saber que nuestro Distrito continuará desarrollando planes para hacer la transición ya sea a un modelo híbrido de enseñanza, el cual es una combinación de instrucción en persona y educación a distancia, o a un modelo de instrucción totalmente en persona. De hecho, existen tres modelos de enseñanza que CVESD posiblemente pueda ofrecer durante el ciclo escolar 202-2021, que son:

  • Educación a DistanciaDurante nivel de alto riesgo
    • 100% de la enseñanza ocurre mientras el maestro y el estudiante están en diferentes ubicaciones.
    • Incluye muchos componentes nuevos, como la interacción diaria y en vivo con el maestro e instrucción alineada a los estándares de nivel de grado, proporcionada a un nivel de calidad y desafío intelectual substancialmente equivalente a la instrucción en persona.
    • Otros criterios para proporcionar la instrucción bajo el modelo de la educación a distancia se indican en el proyecto de ley 77 de la asamblea legislativa, la cual también incluye el requerimiento de la cantidad mínima de minutos de instrucción, dependiendo del nivel de grado del estudiante.
  • Enseñanza Híbrida:  Durante nivel de riesgo medio
    • Una combinación de instrucción en persona y educación a distancia. Existen muchas variaciones de modelos híbridos. Los escenarios de instrucción híbrida son diseñados para reducir el número de alumnos en el plantel hasta un 50%.
    • También se ofrecerá la educación a distancia 100% para los estudiantes que se sienten más seguros aprendiendo desde sus hogares.
  • Instrucción en persona:  Durante nivel de bajo riesgo
    • 100% de la enseñanza ocurre en la escuela, dentro del salón de clases con el maestro. Estarán establecidas las normas de distanciamiento y los protocolos de seguridad.
    • También se ofrecerá la educación a distancia 100% para los estudiantes que se sienten más seguros aprendiendo desde sus hogares.

Si en algún momento del ciclo escolar las condiciones empeoran y el Departamento de Salud Pública ordena el cierre de las escuelas, CVESD estará preparado para volver al modelo de la educación a distancia o híbrida en cualquier momento.

Repetimos, todos los estudiantes comenzarán el siguiente ciclo escolar 100% con el modelo de la educación a distancia. Para abordar las circunstancias de familias que no pueden sostener en casa el modelo de 100% educación a distancia y no tienen otra opción más que enviar a sus alumnos a la escuela durante todo el día escolar, los padres/tutores deben notificar a CVESD con anticipación. Estamos explorando activamente las opciones de cuidado de niños para las familias que necesitan tener a sus estudiantes en la escuela por tiempo completo.

En cuanto sea seguro hacer la transición a un modelo híbrido o a un modelo de instrucción en persona, CVESD tendrá que determinar cuántos estudiantes prefieren permanecer en el modelo de 100% educación a distancia. Por lo tanto, el viernes, 17 de julio de 2020, el Distrito enviará información de inscripción a las familias para que puedan escoger la opción de educación que mejor satisface sus necesidades y nivel de confort.

Además de las opciones anteriores, el Distrito está trabajando para desarrollar material de enriquecimiento para todos nuestros estudiantes y reducir la pérdida de oportunidades de educación durante esta emergencia de salud. Para los padres que se preocupan por el impacto del virus en su(s) estudiante(s), esperamos que el modelo de la educación a distancia les proporcione un nivel de confort. Sabemos que el proceso de regreso a la escuela y tener que adaptarse, ya sea a la instrucción en persona o en línea, así como a una variedad de nuevos procedimientos, será desafiante para todos en nuestras comunidades escolares. Pero, como lo hemos hecho en el transcurso de esta adversidad, vamos a trabajar juntos, perseverar y asegurar que los estudiantes sean apoyados de cualquier manera posible.

Cuando las escuelas reabran sus puertas, los protocolos actualizados de seguridad establecidos por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH) se pondrán en práctica. Los lineamientos y protocolos se adaptan frecuentemente según el estatus de la comunidad local. En base a lo que se sabe en este momento:

•           La expectativa plena es que los estudiantes usen cubre bocas o careta; se requiere que los empleados usen cubre bocas o careta. Planeamos proporcionar descansos supervisados y tiempo afuera donde los estudiantes puedan quitarse temporalmente el cubre bocas o careta. 

•           Se reforzará regularmente el lavado de manos e higiene.

•           Los salones de clase se desinfectarán diariamente.

•           Habrá revisiones diarias de salud y temperatura.

•           Estará establecido el distanciamiento físico dentro del salón de clases en la medida de lo posible en cumplimiento de los lineamientos estatales/locales.

De ahora hasta el principio del ciclo escolar, el Distrito estará en comunicación frecuente. Cualquier información adicional sobre cambios a nuestro entorno escolar será compartida con ustedes antes del comienzo de la escuela.

Quiero reiterar el orgullo que siento por nuestra comunidad y su respuesta a la epidemia en curso. Los eventos que comenzaron en marzo y han continuado, han creado enormes desafíos y nosotros, como distrito escolar estamos aquí para ayudar a apoyar a nuestras familias, personal y comunidad durante este tiempo difícil. 

Cordialmente,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Superintendente

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Allen Sunday Update (12 July 2020)

Happy Sunday Allen Families! We hope you are staying safe this summer. We miss you!

We have a few new updates this week and hope to have more information at the end of the week for next week’s update!

Recovery Intercession

The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is offering a Recovery Intersession for all Special Education students in Grades 1st through 6th (for the next school year 2020-2021) before the beginning of the start of the regular school year at Allen. This is not a distance learning opportunity, but an at-school opportunity for students to recoup lost learning during the unexpected emergency school closures due to COVID-19. The school day will be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020. Since this special opportunity is not part of a child’s IEP, transportation will not be provided, and the school will not hold IEP meetings or conduct IEP assessments. If your child has an IEP and you did not receive an email about this program, please email Ms. Sisi Garcia at maria.garcia@cvesd.org for more info.

Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It Program

Parents can now sign up for the first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your children all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for July and August in the program’s digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut.

Check out https://www.bookitprogram.com/book-it-for-parents for more details and to sign up for this free program.

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp (SLC) at Allen Elementary this August 2020. SLC will be 3 hours and 30 minutes from 8:00-11:30 and held daily from August 10, 2020 to August 21, 2020 at Allen Elementary.

Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

Virtual Calming Room

Feeling anxious or stressed? As we continue to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we know that managing our stress is critical to our getting through this season of uncertainty. However, I believe we don’t just go through difficult times but we can grow through difficult times if we choose to do so. Change is inevitable, but progress is a choice. One area that we can choose for our social and emotional growth and well-being is self-care. I encourage your family (adults and children) to take a moment and try this Virtual Calming Room, created for the staff, parents, and students at our sister school, Camarena Elementary School.

Preventing the Summer Slide

Worried about summer learning loss? Here are ten tips for you that you can do during the summer break to keep up your skills.

  1. Read and discuss some of the recommended Common Core Standards Text Exemplars.
  2. Keep a journal on the things you do each day, games you play, programs you watch, etc.
  3. Do some fun math activities or play board games like Monopoly, Sudoku, Yahtzee, Boggle, or Qwirkle.
  4. Choose a few of the K-2 Reading/Writing activities (English) (Spanish).
  5. Keep a science journal noticing the changes in the plants or the types of creatures in your neighborhood. What insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals live in your area? Why?
  6. Listen to Podcasts and reduce your screen time. You can listen in the car, too!
  7. Visit a Virtual Museum!
  8. Try out some of the CVESD VAPA Activities.
  9. CVESD has prepared materials for Summer Learning at Home.
  10. In addition, students, including students moving on to middle school, can continue to use all district online programs through July 31, 2020.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. A friendly reminder to please wear a mask or face covering when you are outside your own home, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap.

School Office Hours and Residency Verification Update

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens. We will start the Residency Verification process shortly after the office reopens: Check back here for updates.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like by next week’s update. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

Next year’s calendar is out! Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school.

We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 6 pm * Time changed
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 6 pm * Time changed

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

CVESD Summer Learning Resources

Our district continues to provide resources for all students and their families over the summer: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/my_childs_learning/independent_learning_at_home

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

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Allen Update (4 July 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Be safe this holiday!

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp at Allen Elementary in August 2020. Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. A friendly reminder to please wear a mask or face covering, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap.

School Office Hours

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like in mid-July. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

There is a revised school calendar that we wanted to ensure everyone has. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school. We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 5 pm

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

CVESD Summer Learning Resources

Our district continues to provide resources for all students and their families over the summer: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/my_childs_learning/independent_learning_at_home

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

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Allen Sunday Update (28 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! We are committed to providing you with weekly summer updates in the hopes of maintaining two-way communication between the school and our families:

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp at Allen Elementary in August 2020. Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

School Office Hours

The school office remains closed to the public until August 12, 2020 so that staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like in mid-July. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

The CVESD Board of Education approved a revised school calendar on June 17, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County.

We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school. We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Yearbook Update

Allen’s 2019-2020 School Yearbooks were mailed directly to the homes of families who ordered them in advance. If you have any questions about your order, please contact Chalkboard Photography directly at info@chalkboardphotography.com. A very small number of additional yearbooks were ordered for those families who did not order online in advance. These will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis once the school office reopens in August 2020.

The 2019-2020 Yearbook

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 5 pm

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

Caleb’s Stories

Have you seen Caleb and his stories out and about in Bonita? He was last seen at Rohr Park passing out his latest story. His efforts have garnered attention from NBC San Diego channel 7 news!

Please also check out this other NBC 7 news clip here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/videos/bonita-boy-pens-funs-stories-for-neighborhood/2345892/

CVESD YouTube Channels

Our district continues to innovate and provide resources for students and their families over the summer. We’d like to share with you the three new YouTube channels created with our students’ needs in mind:

CVESD Physical Education YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRcnPSiTZ1wv68twiJ_eWRw/featured

CVESD Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqAZ-CdmgpxqDB0QCCa9ag/featured

The OT Guide: Occupational Therapy (OT) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcd1H4c6W4LJMJ3VBJAxYw

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

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Allen Sunday Update (21 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! As promised, we will do our very best to provide regular updates to our families and staff over the summer.

School Office Hours

The school office is currently closed to the public until August 12, 2020 so that staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like on July 15th. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

School Calendar Approved!

The CVESD Board of Education approved a revised school calendar on June 17, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. When schools reopen, the health and safety of students and staff will be paramount.

Yearbook Update

Earlier this week, Allen’s 2019-2020 School Yearbooks were mailed directly to the homes of families who ordered them in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Chalkboard Photography directly at info@chalkboardphotography.com.

Meeting Updates for Parents

Allen’s next PTC Meeting will be on Monday, July 13th at 6 pm. This meeting will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines. August’s PTC Meeting will be on Monday, August 10th at 6 pm online as well. Please email john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

Caleb’s Stories

Making stories and the news!

We are pleased to see that Caleb, a rising second grade student at Ella B. Allen Elementary, continues to write his stories. His efforts have garnered attention from NBC San Diego channel 7 news!

Please also check out this other NBC 7 news clip here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/videos/bonita-boy-pens-funs-stories-for-neighborhood/2345892/

CVESD YouTube Channels

Our district continues to innovate and provide resources for students and their families. We’d like to share with you the three new YouTube channels created with our students’ needs in mind:

CVESD Physical Education YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRcnPSiTZ1wv68twiJ_eWRw/featured

CVESD Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqAZ-CdmgpxqDB0QCCa9ag/featured

The OT Guide: Occupational Therapy (OT) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcd1H4c6W4LJMJ3VBJAxYw

We miss you Eagles! Be sure to enjoy your summer vacation!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (14 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! A few quick updates as our office staff prepares to start their brief summer vacation.

School Office Hours

Our office staff has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year and is ready for a much needed break! The school office will remain closed to the public until August 12, 2020 so that staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding the school year on July 15th. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

School Calendar, Pending Approval

A tentative CVESD 2020-2021 school calendar is pending approval by the CVESD Board of Education on June 17th. If approved, schools in our district would resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this proposed calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. When schools reopen, the health and safety of students and staff will be paramount.

Meeting Updates for Parents

The next CVESD Board of Education meeting will be on Wednesday, June 17th at 5 pm. Please see this website to access the meeting online: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

Allen’s next PTC Meeting will be on Monday, July 13th at 6 pm. This meeting will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines. August’s PTC Meeting will be on Monday, August 10th at 6 pm online as well. Please email john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

Caleb’s Stories

Making stories and the news!

We are pleased to see that Caleb, a rising second grade student at Ella B. Allen Elementary, continues to write his stories. His efforts have garnered attention from NBC San Diego channel 7 news!

If you have not yet read this letter, please see the latest letter dated on June 9th from our district Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo below…

Your Grit Inspires Us!

June 9, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As we see the 2019-20 school year come to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your flexibility and adaptability as we quickly transitioned to distance learning and instruction. Everyone showed a true level of grit that was both inspiring and uplifting. Congratulations on a successful school year and best of luck to those moving on to the next stage of their educational pursuits.

Our attention turns now to the work of finalizing plans for the 2020-21 school session. At this time, we have targeted Monday, August 31, as the proposed date that school will begin. While we traditionally align our calendar with the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), we also understand the challenges and considerations regarding safely reopening schools and providing meaningful instruction via distance learning are different for elementary schools and secondary schools. It is our intention to align our future calendars with SUHSD once this pandemic is over.

The direction our reopening takes will depend on several important pieces: implementing school guidance and public health recommendations, countywide efforts to ensure COVID-19 is under control and cases are on the way down, progress along the Governor’s multi-phased roadmap for ending the stay-at-home order, guidance from the newly released Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools, and, just as importantly, input from our stakeholder groups.

Survey Says…

Recently, the Chula Vista Elementary School District reached out to our community and asked for input about the coming school year and the design of school reopenings. Over 9,000 responses were received and that input has been critical to our work in crafting our plan for teaching and learning. Three specific results are worth noting.

When surveyed about potential learning models, our families indicated:

  • 36% would prefer on-site instruction
  • 19% would prefer virtual school
  • 55% would prefer some form of blended learning model.

During the summer, our staff will create both online virtual school as well as live sessions to help recover lost learning. Starting July 15, we will send an update every two weeks regarding the status of these learning platforms. We want to keep you as informed and up to date as possible so that we start the new school year off on the right foot.

No matter what form instruction and learning take in the coming school year, CVESD remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our entire school communities. Getting back to school is critically important, as you know, but doing so responsibly and with a focus on preventing the spread of this virus is paramount.

Challenging Times

There is no doubt we find ourselves in challenging times and I would be remiss if I did not also comment on the events of the last few weeks with regard to social justice, protesting of police brutality, and demands for significant and meaningful change in our country. As protests continued for another weekend, I concentrated on listening. I listened to African-American school leaders in our District. I listened to African-American colleagues and friends. I also listened to teachers, staff members and school psychologists who were not African-American, as they shared with me their horror in watching video capturing the death of a bound George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. This was the latest in a string of killings and racial injustices targeting black Americans.

Like those from all walks of life and many sectors of industry, we as a District proudly acknowledge Black Lives Matter.

Many of our families are deeply hurting right now. We as educators and members of the larger community have a moral obligation to create safe spaces for discussion and learning so that we don’t miss the lesson in these recent events. We need to listen to the voices crying out for change and understanding. We need to listen to our children’s questions about the difficult images they are seeing on their screens. Together, we need to take action and assist in the process of developing strategies that will make a difference.

Our students need us now more than ever. They need guidance that is informed, authentic, and filled with compassion and understanding. Sometimes, additional resources can be a bridge when we don’t feel fully equipped to assist our young people. Two valuable resources you might refer to come from our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Director and our District’s social workers, as well as the San Diego County Office of Education. These are excellent resources that may assist in facilitating conversations between students and families.

I am hopeful we are ready to move forward as a District, a community, and a nation united in the belief that we can and will do better. Only then can we live up to our belief that each and every child is an individual of great worth.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent


¡Su perseverancia nos inspira!

9 de Junio, 2020

Estimados padres/tutores y personal:

En la medida que vemos que el año escolar 2019-20 llega a su fin, quiero agradecerles a usted y a sus hijos por su flexibilidad y adaptabilidad a medida que pasamos rápidamente a la educación y el aprendizaje a distancia. Todos mostraron un verdadero nivel de valor que fue inspirador y estimulante. Felicitaciones por un año escolar exitoso y la mejor de las suertes para aquellos que pasan a la siguiente etapa de su trayectoria educativa.

Nuestra atención se dirige ahora al trabajo de finalizar los planes para el ciclo escolar 2020-21. En este momento, nos hemos enfocado en el lunes 31 de agosto, fecha en que comenzará la escuela. Si bien tradicionalmente alineamos nuestro calendario con el Distrito de Escuelas Preparatorias Sweetwater Union, también entendemos que los desafíos y las consideraciones con respecto a la reapertura segura de las escuelas y el suministro de instrucción significativa a través de la educación a distancia son diferentes para las escuelas primarias y secundarias. Es nuestra intención alinear nuestros futuros calendarios con Sweetwater Union High School una vez que esta pandemia haya terminado.

La dirección que tome nuestra reapertura depende de varios componentes importantes: implementar lineamientos escolares y recomendaciones de salud pública, los esfuerzos de todo el condado para garantizar qué está bajo control el COVID-19 y que los casos están bajando, tener progreso hacia el plan rector multifacético del gobernador para finalizar la orden de resguardo en casa, pautas del recién publicado Libreto de Lineamientos para la Reapertura Segura de las Escuelas Públicas de California, y también igual de importante, la opinión de todos nuestros grupos interesados.

La encuesta dice…

Recientemente, CVESD se acercó a nuestra comunidad y pidió opiniones sobre el siguiente año escolar y el diseño de la reapertura de las escuelas. Se han recibido más de 9,000 respuestas y esa aportación ha sido de suma importancia en la elaboración de nuestro plan para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Cabe mencionar 3 puntos específicos.

Al ser encuestadas sobre los modelos potenciales de aprendizaje, nuestras familias indicaron:

  • 36% prefieren la instrucción en las escuelas.
  • 19% prefieren una escuela virtual.
  • 55% prefieren alguna forma combinada de los modelos de aprendizaje.

Durante el verano, nuestro personal va a crear escuelas virtuales en línea, así como sesiones en vivo para ayudar a recuperar el aprendizaje perdido. Empezando el 15 de julio, vamos a enviar una actualización cada dos semanas referente al estatus de estas plataformas de aprendizaje. Queremos mantenerlos lo más informados y actualizados posible para empezar el nuevo año escolar con el pie derecho.

Independientemente de la forma de instrucción y aprendizaje que se llevará a cabo el siguiente año escolar, CVESD sigue comprometido en proteger la salud y bienestar de todas nuestras comunidades escolares. Si es muy importante regresar a la escuela, como ustedes lo saben, pero hacerlo responsablemente y enfocados en la prevención de la propagación de este virus es primordial.

Tiempos desafiantes

Sin duda estamos viviendo tiempos muy desafiantes y sería negligente de mi parte si no comentara acerca de los eventos de las últimas semanas con respecto a la justicia social, protestas de la brutalidad policiaca y demandas para cambios verdaderamente significativos en nuestro país. Al continuar las protestas otro fin de semana, me concentré en escuchar. Escuché a los líderes escolares afroamericanos en nuestro distrito. Escuché a mis colegas y amigos afroamericanos. También escuché a maestros, miembros del personal y psicólogos escolares que no son afroamericanos, pero que compartieron conmigo su horror al ver el vídeo que capturó la muerte de George Floyd atado, por un oficial de policía de Minneapolis. Éste el más reciente de una ola de asesinatos e injusticias raciales hacia americanos de raza negra.

Igual que todos de diferentes ámbitos sociales y muchos sectores de la industria, nosotros como Distrito reconocemos que Black Lives Matter.

Ahora mismo, muchas de nuestras familias están sufriendo. Nosotros como educadores y miembros de una comunidad tenemos la obligación moral de crear espacios seguros para platicar y aprender y así no perdernos la lección de estos recientes eventos. Debemos escuchar las voces que gritan por el cambio y comprensión. Debemos escuchar a las preguntas de nuestros niños sobre las imágenes difíciles que están viendo en sus pantallas. Juntos, debemos tomar acción y ayudar en el proceso de desarrollar estrategias qué harán una diferencia.

Nuestros estudiantes nos necesitan ahora más que nunca. Ellos necesitan asesoramiento informado, auténtico y lleno de compasión y comprensión. A veces, algunos recursos adicionales pueden crear puentes cuando no nos sentimos plenamente equipados para ayudar a nuestros jóvenes. Dos recursos valiosos que podrían acceder vienen de nuestros trabajadores sociales en el Distrito, y nuestra Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego. Éstos son recursos excelentes que podrán ayudarlos en facilitar conversaciones entre estudiantes y familias.

Tengo la esperanza de que estamos listos para seguir adelante como un Distrito, una comunidad y una nación unida en la creencia que podemos y haremos las cosas mejor. Sólo entonces podremos alcanzar nuestra creencia de que todos y cada niño es un individuo de gran valor.

Mi más sincero agradecimiento,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

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