Sunday Update (1 August 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy August! Thank you for a wonderful 2nd week of school! We need parent representatives for ELAC, SSC, and DAC/DELAC. Please read the letter Mr. Greenwell sent out to the Allen community here:

Our Curriculum Night for grades K through 3 will be this Wednesday, August 4th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Allen Elementary.

This will be on campus from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Teachers will hold two identical 30 minute informational sessions for parents.

Some helpful notes:

  • Please bring your patience looking for parking and feel free to use the street parking in the neighborhood surrounding Allen. Please be kind to our neighbors and do not block any driveways or park illegally.
  • All adults and children will wear face masks while indoors on the school’s campus, per the California Department of Public Health guidelines. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. While current mask mandates do not require masks outdoors, we do allow and encourage members of the community to wear masks outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • There will be limited, free childcare for children age 4 to 10 in the kindergarten playground starting at 5:30 pm and ending at 6:30 pm. Please sign your child in and out of this free childcare. We ask that you keep children younger than 4 years old at home with a family member or babysitter or with you on campus. Since Curriculum Night is intended to share information with legal guardians, your Allen student does not need to attend and should stay at home.

Please note that all attendees for these curriculum night will be required to wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose while indoors due to the California Dept. of Public Health requirements for schools.

This Friday is also our Family First Friday from 8 am to 8:45 am on Allen’s campus. Come for some hot beverages and conversation in Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal!

Some safety reminders:

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

Please note that we work diligently with our state, county, and district officials to put safety measures in place to protect our staff, students, and families. However, please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has not gone away completely and that there will be cases throughout our county as people gather and assemble, including in schools. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch the short YouTube video below for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for the week of August 1st:

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 – Curriculum Night for grades K-3 on campus from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Family First Friday (8 am to 8:45 am) – in person, on campus

Monday, August 9, 2021 – ELAC and SSC Meetings – Public Elections for ELAC, SSC, and DAC/DELAC positions

  • Meetings will be available both online [Link to ELAC and SSC Meetings] and in room 201
    • ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meeting is 3 pm to 3:30 pm
    • SSC (School Site Council) meeting is 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
    • Please note that if you join the SSC meeting early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting.

Monday, August 9, 2021 – PTC Meeting online and in person in room 201

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Free COVID-19 Testing

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free testing at the Education Services and Support Center located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910:

  • Monday – Thursday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Friday from 8:00AM – 3:00 PM

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

El Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista está ofreciendo pruebas gratuitas en las Oficinas Centrales, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910:

  • Lunes a jueves 8:00 AM a 4:00 PM
  • Viernes 8:00 AM a 3:00 PM

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

School ELAC, SSC, and DAC/DELAC Positions Open

Complete the Nomination Form Below:

[LINK for ELAC, SSC, and DAC/DELAC positions]

Please complete the online Nomination Form found at www.allenelementary.org if you are interested in serving as a representative for the Allen Elementary ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee), SSC (School Site Council), DAC (District Advisory Committee), DELAC (District English Learner Advisory Committee).   Please review the requirements for each position below:


ELAC – English Learner Advisory Committee serves as the elected representatives and parent voice for children identified as English Learners. Please note that it is a state requirement for a legal parent/guardian to have a child identified as an English Learner in order to serve as a voting member of ELAC, an officer of Allen’s ELAC, and the school representative or alternate of the district’s DELAC.  These positions are one year terms.  Besides being a voting member, ELAC members are also eligible to serve one-year terms as President, Vice President, and Secretary for Allen’s ELAC.  Elections will be held at the August 9th ELAC meeting for the vacant DELAC representative and alternate positions and the ELAC officer positions.  This meeting will be held online and in-person in room 201 from 3 pm to 3:30 pm on Monday, August 9, 2021.

SSC – School Site Council is the school organization responsible for overseeing and monitoring the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the monies that support the plan.  The SSC committee participates in the development, monitoring, and approval of the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), the Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP), and provides input regarding the school budget.   In addition, the SSC is responsible for creating and monitoring a communication plan involving parents, the Board of Education, staff, and members of the community.  SSC bylaws specify that parent representatives serve a 2-year term.  We have currently one opening for this year’s SSC for 1 parent representative.  Any legal parent/guardian whose child attends our school and is not a paid employee on staff at the school site is eligible to be an SSC parent representative. Elections will be held at the August 9th SSC meeting for the vacant DAC representative and alternate positions and the SSC officer positions.  This meeting will be held online and in-person in room 201 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm on Monday, August 9, 2021.

DAC – District Advisory Committee is a committee comprised of legal parents/guardians to advise the district on state-mandated matters and elevate the voice of parents.  These meetings are held once a month on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 virtually.  DAC is a District-level committee made up of parents, staff and community leaders who advise the Board of Education and District staff on behalf of Title I compensatory education program participants. Title I is a federally funded program that addresses the academic needs of under-performing students. Each school site annually elects one parent representative and a parent alternate to vote if the representative is absent. DAC provides communication, information, and training for School Site Councils. Presently, there are 25 schools with schoolwide Title I programs in the District.  Elections will be held at the August 9th SSC meeting for the vacant DAC representative and alternate positions and the SSC officer positions. 

DELAC – District English Learner Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from each school’s English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), a school-based committee required if there are more than 21 English Learners at that school. The Committee’s role is to advise the district on programs and services for English Learner students. For more information, contact your school principal or ELAC chair.  These meetings are held once a month on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 virtually.  Elections will be held at the August 9th ELAC meeting for the vacant DELAC representative and alternate positions and the ELAC officer positions. 

SSC, ELAC, and DAC/DELAC Member Nomination Forms are due by the close of business day on Friday, August 6, 2021 and elections will take place the week on August 9, 2021 at the ELAC meeting (for school ELAC and DELAC positions) and at the SSC meeting (for SSC and DAC positions).

Again, the ELAC meeting will be both in-person and online on Monday, August 9th from 3 to 3:30 pm.

The SSC meeting will be both in-person and online on Monday, August 9th from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.

Please speak to Mr. Greenwell with any questions by contacting him at the school office at (619) 479-3662 or sending him an email at john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

If you are interested in serving in one of these capacities, please note the following:

  • Please complete the online Nomination Form found at www.allenelementary.org if you are interested in serving as a representative for the Allen Elementary ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee), SSC (School Site Council), DAC (District Advisory Committee), DELAC (District English Learner Advisory Committee) no later than Friday, August 6 by 5:00 pm.
  • Monday, August 9 at 3:00 pm is the first official ELAC meeting and the meeting will be available virtually via Zoom (link is posted on the school blog at allenelementary.org) and in-person in room 201.  Elections for vacant ELAC officer positions and DELAC representatives/alternates will be at this time.
  • Monday, August 9 at 3:30 pm is the first official SSC meeting and the meeting will be available virtually via Zoom (link is posted on the school blog at allenelementary.org) and in-person in room 201.  Elections for vacant SSC officer positions and DAC representatives/alternates will be at this time.

If you have any questions regarding this or need additional information, please contact the school office.  Thank you for considering to serve your school community.

Complete the Nomination Form Below:

[LINK for ELAC, SSC, and DAC/DELAC positions]

Download the letter Mr. Greenwell sent to the Allen Community on July 31, 2021 below:

School Office Hours

The school office hours are 8 am to 3:30 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 possible.

We will continue to provide brief 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 regular updates.

Bus Schedule and Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Please see the new 2021-2022 bus schedule here and arrival/dismissal procedures here.

Now Enrolling Students!

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

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

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

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

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. All of our children should be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Verification of Residency Process

All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information each school year. If your child will not be returning to Allen this school year, please notify the office at (619) 479-3662.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021-2022 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.

If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, and Families

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm.

This meeting will be held in-person in room 201 and online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

 This meeting will be held in-person in room 201 and online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link and in room 201. The next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th in room 201 (yes, in-person) and online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, August 11th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year. Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (30 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

This is a courtesy notice:  Today, the District learned an individual at school tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. This individual is currently in isolation. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released. Please respect this individual’s privacy.

Please note that we work diligently with our state, county, and district officials to put safety measures in place to protect our staff, students, and families. However, please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has not gone away completely and that there will be cases throughout our county as people assemble.

If you have not already been notified that you/your child is a close contact, at this time, you/your child are NOT considered a close contact with a person who recently tested positive for the virus.

Please read the attached letter from Dr. Sherry Colgan-Stone regarding an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 recently and was on Allen’s campus.

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

Warmly,

Mr. John Greenwell, Principal

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Allen Update (28 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Please read this short, important update.

Curriculum Night (Grades 4-6) is tonight!

Tonight, Wednesday, July 26th is our Curriculum Night for families with students in grades 4 through 6. This will be on campus from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Teachers will hold two identical 30 minute informational sessions for parents.

Some helpful notes:

  • Please bring your patience looking for parking and feel free to use the street parking in the neighborhood surrounding Allen. Please be kind to our neighbors and do not block any driveways or park illegally.

  • All adults and children will wear face masks while indoors on the school’s campus, per the California Department of Public Health guidelines. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • There will be limited, free childcare for children age 4 to 10 in the kindergarten playground starting at 5:30 pm and ending at 6:30 pm. Please sign your child in and out of this free childcare. We ask that you keep children younger than 4 years old at home with a family member or babysitter or with you on campus. Since Curriculum Night is intended to share information with legal guardians, your Allen student does not need to attend and should stay at home.

If your student is in grades K-3, please save the date for next Wednesday, August 4th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm for in-person Curriculum Night for your student.

Parents will be welcomed back to campus!

Starting on Thursday, July 29th, parents may walk children to the correct blacktop line in grades K-3 between the time of 8:20 am and 8:50 am. We will also allow parents to pick up students at their dismissal time from the outside of the classroom.

Starting on Friday, July 30th, all legal guardians (Preschool to 6th grade) may walk onto campus for drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. Here are some additional details:

We ask that adults not enter the classroom for any reason. Please leave campus immediately at the 8:50 am bell and after picking up your child in the afternoon.

The District will allow parents to drop off and pick up their child on the school campus, following health and safety guidelines from the state. Parents are expected to leave campus immediately following dropping off or picking up their child. If local or state guidelines change, the District may revise this practice, accordingly.

Each class has a designated place to line up. Teachers will pick their classes up on the blacktop at 8:50. Per CVESD guidelines, please say good-bye quickly and exit immediately after dropping off your child. This helps us prevent crowding.

As of this writing, masks are still required when indoors in K-12 schools, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). While students are present in the room, masking indoors is required for everyone—including for vaccinated individuals. When students are not present, fully vaccinated people are not required to mask indoors, according to CDPH. Students will be able to remove their masks outdoors. 

The CDPH announced on July 12, 2021 new mask guidance for schools as follows: 

  • Masks are optional outdoors for all in K-12 school settings. 
  • Students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. Adults in school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students
  • Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a nonrestrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it. 
  • Schools will provide a face covering to students who inadvertently fail to bring a face covering to school to prevent unnecessary exclusions. 
  • In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (e.g., communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs) a face shield with a drape (per CDPH guidelines) can be used instead of a face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others. 

Please review our Family Handbook for important information about our school and the CVESD Parent Playbook for current COVID-19 Safety Information. Please screen your child for COVID-19 symptoms each day before school. We thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a safe and comfortable learning environment for all that follows these state guidelines.

CVESD Office of Communications Update

Board Announces Vacancy Appointment Process

At its Special Meeting Monday night, the Board of Education unanimously voted to move forward with an appointment process to fill its vacant seat. Board Member Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D. had submitted his resignation, effective July 14. Applications to fill his seat are due by Monday, August 9. A survey has been created so that all stakeholders can provide input about qualities they would like to see in prospective Board applicants. Click here to access. A committee consisting of less than a quorum of the Board (Board President Kate Bishop and Board Member Lucy Ugarte) and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Jason Romero shall ensure that applicants are eligible for Board membership and announce the names of the eligible candidates. The Board shall interview the candidates at a public meeting on August 25, accept oral or written public input, and select the appointee by a majority vote. The Board shall advertise in the local media to solicit candidate applications or nominations. Click here to access the application.

Human Resources to Lead Superintendent Search Process

The Board of Education approved a search process for the position of CVESD superintendent, which will be led by the District’s Human Resources department. In addition, a framework will be developed to recruit candidates from throughout California. A survey will also be sent to all stakeholders, including community groups, for input on qualities sought in candidates for the position. A timeline will be considered at the Board’s August 11 meeting. The selection process will include a search committee made up of a cross-section of stakeholders to ensure transparency. Links to the videos and audio of the meeting can be accessed below:

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Sunday Update (25 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Thank you for a wonderful first week of school!

Please bring your patience and sense of humor when coming to campus to drop off and pick up your child. Thank you for following all posted traffic signs, as well as the directives of our staff, law enforcement, and volunteers. Before dropping them off to school, please discuss with your children how they will be picked up. See more information here: https://allenelementary.org/arrival-and-dismissal/

Please save the date for our in-person Curriculum Nights for parents and legal guardians!  Grades 4-6 will hold their Curriculum Night on Wednesday, July 28th at Allen Elementary from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Our Curriculum Night for grades K through 3 will be the following Wednesday, August 4th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Allen Elementary.

Please note that all attendees for these curriculum nights will be required to wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose while indoors due to the California Dept. of Public Health requirements for schools

Some safety reminders:

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

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch the short YouTube video below for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for the week of July 25th:

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, July 26, 2021 – Special CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 – Curriculum Night for grades 4-6 on campus from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 – Curriculum Night for grades K-3 on campus from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Family First Friday (8 am to 8:30 am)

Monday, August 9, 2021 – ELAC, SSC, and PTC Meetings – details coming soon!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Let’s keep our Eagles safe!!! Please follow these safety measure:

  • DO NOT exit your vehicle in the drop off loop in front of Daly Academy.
  • Pull forward.
  • Follow the directions of staff members, volunteers, safety patrol, and law enforcement.
  • Do not park in staff parking in the front of the school.
  • Do not park in spots reserved for persons with disabilities unless you have a placard.
  • If you walk to pick up your child from the front of school, please do not crowd the gate.
  • Slow down. Be patient. Be courteous. We have a small parking lot and narrow streets. There will be wait time to pick up your child in the pick up zones.

School Office Hours

The school office reopened on July 12, 2021 after a brief summer break. The school office hours are 8 am to 3:30 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 possible.

We will continue to provide brief 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 regular updates.

Bus Schedule and Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Please see the new 2021-2022 bus schedule and arrival/dismissal procedures here.

Now Enrolling Students!

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

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families last year, please do so by contacting the school office. If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device.

Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

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

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. All of our children should be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Verification of Residency Process

All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information each school year. If your child will not be returning to Allen this school year, please notify the office at (619) 479-3662.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021-2022 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.

Earlier in June, Powerschool sent an email containing a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Allen and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-2022 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email, please email Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

AM Preschool Hours are 8:30 am to 11:30 am and PM Preschool Hours are 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

There are still a few spots available in the afternoon session (12:30 to 3:30 pm) for this year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Tell them to enroll their children at Allen! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in a few other grades as well.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on an online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency also. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health.

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

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

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available.

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, and Families

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th in room 201 (yes, in-person) and online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, August 11th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (21 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

I wanted to share that our first day of school, while not perfect, was a big success thanks to the efforts of our staff, students, and families.  It has been 497 days since the schools of the Chula Vista Elementary School District were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.  There was bound to be an adjustment period for bringing everyone back to campus in person.  Please give us the grace to find our stride as we aim for excellence in serving your family.  Thank you for your support and understanding as we fine tune the procedures to ensure a smooth and safe arrival and dismissal for all our students.

Before dropping them off to school, please discuss with your children how they will be picked up.  It is fastest for families to remain in their vehicles and use the traffic loop in front of Daly Academy if arriving by car.  If you must park and walk to one of our school gates, please park in street parking or in our lot in front of Daly Academy.  Please do not park in the spaces in the front of the school.  Use caution and follow all posted signs and directives from staff, law enforcement, and volunteers.  If your child is walking to school, please use the front gate near the school office.  We want to ensure student safety and keep them a safe distance from cars.

We appreciate your support of remaining outside the campus gates these first few weeks and hope to be able to welcome parents back on campus in person soon!

Please save the date for our in-person Curriculum Nights for parents and legal guardians!  Grades 4-6 will hold their Curriculum Night on Wednesday, July 28th at Allen Elementary from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Our Curriculum Night for grades K through 3 will be the following Wednesday, August 4th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Allen Elementary.

Please note that all attendees for these curriculum nights will be required to wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose while indoors due to the California Dept. of Public Health requirements for schools.  Should this change, we will notify you.

Again, I wanted to share my appreciation for our wonderful staff, and to all of you for your support and cooperation as we return from 497 days of school closure.

Let’s make it a great week, together!

Sincerely,

Mr. John E. Greenwell, M.S.Ed.

Principal, Ella B. Allen Elementary School

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Sunday Update (18 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

We are very excited to welcome back our students to campus this week! Please bring your patience and sense of humor when coming to campus to drop off and pick up your child. See more information here: https://allenelementary.org/arrival-and-dismissal/

Some safety reminders:

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

Please note that the school may be limiting volunteers and visitors on campus (including parents) at various times in the school year in order to abide by the current guidance from the California Department of Public Health. We appreciate your cooperation and support. We ask that on the first day of school, parents should stay outside the school gates. We are limiting parent access on campus to the Preschool and Kindergarten Orientations that day to support our youngest students.

School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person at Allen Elementary. School starts at 8:50 am for all K-6 students. Students in K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm that day and students in grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm. Please continue to monitor this school blog for the latest information from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Teachers will send home information regarding our upcoming Curriculum Nights, which will occur within the first two weeks of school.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch the short YouTube video below for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for the week of July 18th:

If you missed Mr. Greenwell’s Virtual Coffee Chat on Friday, July 16 at 8 am, below is a link with the most essential information:

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, July 19, 2021 – Notification to Families of Child’s Teacher/Classroom sent by email

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus; Preschool and Kindergarten Orientations; Minimum Day schedule for all K-6 students

Thursday, July 22, 2021 – Minimum Day for all Kindergarten Students; full day for grades 1-6 (dismissal at 3:10 pm)

Friday, July 23, 2021 – Minimum Day for all K-6 students (dismissal at 1:40 pm for grades K-3 and at 2 pm for grades 4-6)

Friday, August 6, 2021 – Family First Friday (8 am to 8:30 am) – details coming soon!

Monday, August 9, 2021 – ELAC, SSC, and PTC Meetings – details coming soon!

School Office Hours

The school office reopened on July 12, 2021 after a brief summer break. The school office hours are 8 am to 3:30 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 possible.

We will continue to provide brief 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 regular updates.

Bus Schedule and Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

Please see the new 2021-2022 bus schedule and arrival/dismissal procedures here.

Now Enrolling Students!

Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families this past year, please do so by contacting the school office. If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device.

Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Safe Reopening Playbook for Parents

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

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. All of our children should be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Verification of Residency Process

All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information each school year. If your child will not be returning to Allen this school year, please notify the office at (619) 479-3662.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021-2022 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.

Earlier in June, Powerschool sent an email containing a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Allen and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-2022 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email, please email Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available in the afternoon session (12:30 to 3:30 pm) for this year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Tell them to enroll their children at Allen! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3, 4, and 5 this year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on an online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency also. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health.

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

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

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available.

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Parents, Guardian, and Families

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th in room 201 (yes, in-person) and online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, August 11th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (15 July 2021)

Virtual Town Hall Tonight at 6 pm

The Chula Vista Elementary School District will host a Virtual Town Hall at 6 pm tonight, Thursday, July 15. Join us to hear more about preparations for the new school year, the 2021-2022 academic year. Click on the appropriate link below to join the meeting.

Virtual Coffee Chat with the Principal

Join our wonderful Principal, Mr. Greenwell, at 8 am on Friday, July 16th for an online half hour chat. In this optional, virtual meeting, he will present a 5 minute presentation on the upcoming school year which includes updates on our staffing, safety procedures, and other pertinent information about the school year. The remaining time will be dedicated to conversation and informal question/answer time.

  • Click here to join this meeting.

Allen PTC Rohr Park Meet Up

Friday, July 16th will be the last summer Rohr Park meet up from 4 pm to 6 pm near the new playground at lot 2 (off of Sweetwater Road). We encourage all new Allen families and returning families to come to meet, connect with other families, and learn about our amazing PTC!

CVESD Board President Resigns Position to Apply for Superintendent

The Board of Education will undergo leadership changes, as Board President Eduardo Reyes, Ed.D., announced his resignation at the conclusion of Wednesday night’s regular Board meeting. Dr. Reyes stated his intention to apply for the position of superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Dr. Reyes noted that Lakeside Union School District recently illustrated how a board member can effectively transition to superintendent. “With this in mind, I am announcing this evening that I will be resigning my position from the Board [of Education] so that I may be considered as a candidate for the permanent position of superintendent of this amazing District,” Dr. Reyes said. “I look forward to participating in this competitive process.”

Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., had previously announced his retirement effective at the end of August. With the resignation of Dr. Reyes from the Board, Board Vice President Kate Bishop transitioned to Board President. How to fill the open seat on the Board and how to conduct the hiring process for a new superintendent are both scheduled to be discussed at a Special Board Meeting on Monday, July 26.

In addition to Dr. Reyes’ announcement, the Board emerged from closed session on Wednesday to announce that Deputy Superintendent Oscar Esquivel was appointed interim superintendent while the hiring process for a new superintendent gets underway.

Preparation for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Allen Elementary School staff is so excited for the 2021-2022 school year. As you know, ALL of our students are welcome back on campus! The first day of school is Wednesday, July 21st, and it will be a minimum day with dismissal at 1:40 pm for students in grades K-3 and 2 pm for students in grades 4-6. Thank you for ensuring your child is picked up on time from school. Stay tuned for a welcome back video with times and procedures. You may have many questions regarding procedures when we come back. Here is what we know:

  • All staff and students will wear masks while indoors.
  • Students may take off masks during lunch and recess.
  • Students may take off masks during outside instruction or activities.
  • As of now, visitors are not allowed on campus and volunteers will be very limited.
  • You will receive notification regarding your child’s teacher by Monday, July 19th via email. Class lists will NOT be posted at the school office. Please note that kindergarten and new student registrations must be completed in order for a child to be placed on a class list. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we bring all of our Eagles back to our beautiful campus, safely.

A Look Ahead:

Thursday, July 15, 2021 – 6 pm CVESD Town Hall Meeting [Link]

Friday, July 16, 2021 – 8 am Virtual Coffee with Mr. Greenwell [Link]

Join Mr. Greenwell online for a 30 minute update on the upcoming school year! Click here to access this online meeting.

Monday, July 19, 2021 – Notification to Families of Child’s Teacher/Classroom sent by email

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus; Preschool and Kindergarten Orientations; Minimum Day schedule for all K-6 students

Thursday, July 22, 2021 – Minimum Day for all Kindergarten Students; full day for grades 1-6 (dismissal at 3:10 pm)

Friday, July 23, 2021 – Minimum Day for all K-6 students (dismissal at 1:40 pm for grades K-3 and at 2 pm for grades 4-6)

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Allen Update (12 July 2021)

Preparation for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Allen Elementary School staff is so excited for the 2021-2022 school year. As you know, ALL of our students are welcome back on campus! The first day of school is Wednesday, July 21st, and it will be a minimum day. Stay tuned for a welcome back video with times and procedures. You may have many questions regarding procedures when we come back. Please know that we are waiting on an update from the CDPH on Tuesday, July 13, regarding additional COVID safety requirements. As of July 12th, here is what we know:

  • All staff and students will wear masks while indoors.
  • Students may take off masks during lunch and recess.
  • Students may take off masks during outside instruction or activities.
  • As of now, visitors are not allowed on campus and volunteers will be very limited.
  • You will receive notification regarding your child’s teacher by Monday, July 19th via email. Class lists will NOT be posted at the school office. Please note that kindergarten and new student registrations must be completed in order for a child to be placed on a class list. 

As I receive more information, I will keep you updated. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we bring all of our Eagles back to our beautiful campus, safely.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, July 12, 2021

6:00 pm – PTC Meeting Online [Link]

6:00 pm – 79th District Virtual Back to School Forum [Link]

Join Assemblymember, Dr. Akilah Weber, for a virtual discussion with school district superintendents to hear detailed information about the plans for returning to in-person learning.  Our very own superintendent, Dr. Escobedo will be on the panel.  For more information call 619-531-7913 or click here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – 6 pm CVESD Board of Education Meeting [Link]

Thursday, July 15, 2021 – 6 pm CVESD Town Hall Meeting [Link]

Friday, July 16, 2021 – 8 am Virtual Coffee with Mr. Greenwell [Link]

Join Mr. Greenwell online for a 30 minute update on the upcoming school year! Click here to access this online meeting.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus; Minimum Day schedule for all K-6 students

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Sunday Update (11 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

We hope you enjoy this last week of summer vacation before students return to campus on Wednesday, July 21st! Our school office reopens to support families on July 12th.

Allen’s PTC is holding a weekly meet up for NEW and RETURNING Allen families at Rohr Park every Friday over the summer break from 4 pm to 6 pm near the new playground at lot 2 (off Sweetwater Road). Please join other Allen families there for fun and connection each week!

School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person at Allen Elementary. School starts at 8:50 am for all K-6 students. Students in K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm that day and students in grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm. Please continue to monitor this school blog for the latest information from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, July 12, 2021 – PTC Meeting Online [Link]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus

School Office Hours

The school office reopens July 12, 2021. The school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 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 brief 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 regular updates.

Now Enrolling Students!

Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families this year, please do so by contacting the school office. If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device.

Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. All of our children should be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email recently with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. This link will be from PowerSchool. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information each school year.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021-2022 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.  

Earlier this month, we sent an email containing a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Allen and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-2022 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email, please email Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you when the school office reopens on July 12th.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

The Governor of the state of California recently made an announcement regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Schools will still be required to enforce some physical distancing and facial covering guidelines. As we approach the beginning of the school, we will be sure to communicate these safety measures with you. Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Free and Reduced Meals

Would you like your child to eat school meals this upcoming school year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm.

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Parents and Guardians

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus for in-person learning in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

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Sunday Update (4 July 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Independence Day!

Stay safe this 4th of July!

Want to give back to your community after July 4th? We encourage all members of the Allen community to participate in community service and wanted to share that there are optional beach clean ups on July 5th all along our coastline. Although not associated with the school or school district in any way, we wanted to share this opportunity from I Love A Clean San Diego and Surfrider Foundation San Diego County: https://cleansd.org/event/morning-after-mess-2021/

Please be sure to enjoy your summer vacation by getting active outdoors and continuing to read all summer long. For families interested in using Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and iReady Math, students will have access to these educational programs during the summer until at least July 11th. For those students using Achieve3000, lexile levels will not adjust over the summer.

Allen’s PTC is holding a weekly meet up for NEW and RETURNING Allen families at Rohr Park every Friday over the summer break from 4 pm to 6 pm near the new playground at lot 2 (off Sweetwater Road). Please join other Allen families there for fun and connection each week!

Our school office reopens to support families on July 12th.

School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person at Allen Elementary. School starts at 8:50 am for all K-6 students. Students in K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm that day and students in grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm. Please continue to monitor this school blog for the latest information from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, July 12, 2021 – PTC Meeting Online [Link]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 through July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 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 brief 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 regular updates.

Now Enrolling Students!

Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families this year, please do so. If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device.

Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email recently with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. This link will be from PowerSchool. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information each school year.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021-2022 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.  

Earlier this month, we sent an email containing a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Allen and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-2022 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email, please email Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you when the school office reopens on July 12th.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the form, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.  If your child will not be returning to Allen, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

The Governor of the state of California recently made an announcement regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Schools will still be required to enforce some physical distancing and facial covering guidelines. As we approach the beginning of the school, we will be sure to communicate these safety measures with you. Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Free and Reduced Meals

Would you like your child to eat school meals this upcoming school year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm.

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Parents and Guardians

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus for in-person learning in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Community Resources for June and July

Please see the graphic below for community resources.

Please see the following community events.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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