Sunday Update (9 May 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Thank you for celebrating our staff and joining us for last week’s Spirit Week and Staff Appreciation Week! We love our Allen teachers and staff!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for May 9, 2021:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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. 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. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14, 2021 – Virtual Sixth Grade Camp

Monday , May 10, 2021 – Parent Meetings

  • ELAC Meeting at 3 pm [Link]
  • SSC Meeting at 3:30 pm [Link]
  • PTC Meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – CA Day of the Teacher and School Nurse Day

  • AGE Parent Information Night from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm [see below for online link]

Friday, May 14, 2021 – Allen Elementary Variety Show is released online at 4 pm

Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21, 2021 – Classified School Employees Week

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 – CVESD BAC meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Monday, May 31, 2021NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day holiday)

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Friday, June 11, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:15 am (details coming)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Last Day of School (Distance Learning for all students) and Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am (details coming)

PTC Elections

It’s that time of the year! PTC Elections will be held very soon! Please see the information below for the positions available on the PTC Executive Board.

Nominations must be submitted via email to AllenSchool@cvesd.org on or before May 17th. You may nominate yourself or another parent/guardian in our school community.

Ballots and voting information is found in these documents as well.

Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, May 10th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

AGE Parent Information Night

Join us online on May 12th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to learn more about the Adolescent Growth Education (A.G.E.) resources that will be shared with your children in 4th, 5th, or 6th grades. Please see the flyers below in English and Spanish.

District and State Testing – Coming Soon!

All students at Allen Elementary will be completing some important end of the year assessments in the coming weeks. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of California has granted districts the flexibility to use other forms of assessment in place of the CAASPP state tests that normally occur each spring for students in grades 3 through 6. Please read the following letter from Dr. Escobedo for more information on this mandated testing.

Please contact the school office should you have any questions regarding this required testing.

Voluntary COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

We are pleased to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and students. You will not need to make an appointment for testing at our school. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· Testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on the following Tuesdays: May 18 and June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree. The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

· Links that are sent to you are personalized for your specific student and shouldn’t be shared with others.

· If you have trouble registering/providing consent for your child through the link, please call the district office at (619) 425-9600 and speak to Sherry Stone at ext. 1327 or Theresa Fletcher at ext. 1027 or visit the testing staff on-site at our school and they will be able to help register and test your child during your visit.

· Because we are not taking appointments, we know there will be long lines before and after school. Please take this into account when planning the time have your child tested. Please be patient with the testing team and listen carefully to their instructions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus.

See the one page document below for more information.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available in both our morning and afternoon sessions 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.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

We are excited to share that registrations are now opened for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Preschool Program is now offering in-person instruction for July 2021. Eligible children must have been born between December 3rd, 2016 through September 1st, 2018. Your child must be 3 years old and potty trained Applications are available through our website. Please visit www.cvesd.org, click on the Early Childhood Education quick link and select Preschool Registration. You may return any required documents via email or to the Preschool Drop Box located outside the preschool office at the Early Childhood Education office at 84 East J St in Chula Vista. You may also contact this office by telephone at (619) 425-2362. Please note that these offices will be following Public Health guidelines in regards to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to serving you and your child through our free high quality preschool 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

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is!

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 than ever. 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.

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

Health Reminders

We are very excited to have our Eagles back on our campus! Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

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

There are a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, May 10th 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.

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on June 4, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, May 10th at 3 pm This meeting will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, May 10th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Please note that if you join this meeting early, you’ll be joining the ELAC meeting. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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, May 10th 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, May 19th 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 on May 11, 2021 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 in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. 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. Please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (3 May 2021)

Greetings Allen Families and Staff,

Please read this brief update for the first week of May.

Enrollment Update

Help us find new students by recommending Allen Elementary to family and friends! For the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, Allen has space in our new preschool program, our Kindergarten classes, and our fourth and 5th grade classrooms!

Plan for Next School Year: In-Person Instruction

Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you may know, students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District are scheduled to start the next school year on Wednesday, July 21. It is our intention to start the 2021-22 academic year with full-day, in-person instruction for five days a week. Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the state is preparing for a full reopening of California’s economy on June 15—ending the “tier” system of restrictions that also had impacted schools. I do expect that a number of safety and cleaning protocols we currently have in place will continue in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please understand that CDC’s guidance can change rapidly, as we have witnessed throughout the pandemic. We will inform you of any new developments.

It is also important to note that the distance learning instructional format is scheduled to expire at the end of the current 2020-21 school year, in accordance with California law.

While we look forward to bringing all of our staff members and students back for traditional in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, we are aware of parent interest in their children continuing in an online instructional model, similar to distance learning. In order to provide such an educational option for our students/families, the District is exploring the development of a virtual school/online academy. Such a platform will provide live instruction in real time with teachers being able to provide instant feedback as well as online opportunities where students complete assignments on their own time.

We will survey parents to determine the level of interest in this alternative to traditional in-person instruction. A preliminary proposal envisions a Districtwide “virtual academy” that would not necessarily be tied to or associated with a student’s school of residence. I welcome any of your comments or novel ideas regarding this option. Please click on this link to access the survey, which will remain open until May 10.

To reiterate, it is our intention to offer full-time, in-person instruction while also offering a virtual academy model for those who prefer this option to in-person instruction.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Apreciables padres y tutores:

Como se habrán enterado, los estudiantes del Distrito de Escuelas Primarias de Chula Vista están programados para comenzar el próximo ciclo escolar el miércoles, 21 de julio. Es nuestra intención comenzar el año académico 2021-22 con instrucción en persona de día completo los cinco días de la semana. El Gobernador Gavin Newson ha anunciado que el estado se está preparando para la reapertura total de la economía de California el 15 de junio, poniendo fin al sistema de restricciones de “niveles” que también ha afectado a las escuelas. Espero que la serie de protocolos de seguridad y limpieza que actualmente tenemos en vigor continúen alineados con las recomendaciones de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC). Por favor comprenda que las pautas de CDC pueden cambiar rápidamente, tal como lo hemos atestiguado durante la pandemia. Los mantendremos informados de cualquier novedad.

También es importante tener en cuenta que el formato de instrucción de educación a distancia está programado para terminar al final del ciclo escolar actual 2020-21, de conformidad con la ley de California.

Mientras esperamos tener a todos nuestros miembros del personal y estudiantes de regreso a la tradicional instrucción en persona para el ciclo escolar 2021-22, estamos conscientes del interés de los padres en que sus hijos continúen en un modelo de instrucción en línea, similar a la educación a distancia. Con el fin de proporcionar una opción educativa para nuestros estudiantes y familias, el Distrito está explorando el desarrollo de una escuela/academia virtual. Dicha plataforma proporcionará instrucción en vivo en tiempo real y los maestros podrán brindar retroalimentación instantánea, así como oportunidades en línea donde los estudiantes completarán las tareas en su propio tiempo.

Enviaremos una encuesta para determinar el nivel de interés de esta alternativa a la instrucción tradicional en persona. Una propuesta preliminar visualiza una “academia virtual” en todo el Distrito que no necesariamente estará vinculada o asociada con la escuela de residencia del estudiante. Agradezco sus comentarios o ideas novedosas con respecto a esta opción. Favor de hacer clic en el enlace para accesar a la encuesta, que permanecerá abierta hasta el 10 de mayo.

Enfatizamos, es nuestra intención ofrecer instrucción en persona de tiempo completo y al mismo tiempo ofrecer un modelo de academia virtual para aquellos que prefieran esta opción en lugar de la instrucción en persona.

Atentamente,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

Wellness Wednesday: THE ULTIMATE OBSTACLE COURSE

Our district is focusing on adding fitness live events for our students and the entire family! Join us this Wednesday, May 5th at 3 pm for our very first Wellness Wednesday virtual event! During this time, participants will be a part of a fun fitness workout with an ultimate at-home obstacle course! Check out the flyer below with a link to participate. Family members are encouraged to participate.

Celebrate our Staff Appreciation Week

The Allen PTC presents Staff Appreciation Week. Please join them in celebrating our amazing staff.

Spirit Week

Please join us in celebrating our spirit week this week!

Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am this Friday

Virtual Family First Friday is this Friday at 8 am [Link]

Make Up Photo Day

Did you hear the news? Make Up Picture Day & Promotion Pictures will be taken outside of the school near the Daly Academy parking lot on Friday, May 7th for Allen Elementary and Daly Academy students. Promotion Pictures will be available for Kinder & 6th grade. Picture schedule to come shortly. This is the last chance to be included in this year’s yearbook. Don’t miss your chance! Please contact the school office with questions at (619) 479-3662.

As always, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions and concerns.

-The Ella B. Allen Elementary School Team

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Sunday Update (2 May 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Sunday and Happy May! Please review the information in this Sunday Update and communicate with your child’s teacher or the school office with any questions. We hope all students and staff join this week’s Spirit Week and Staff Appreciation Week! We love our Allen teachers and staff!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for May 2, 2021:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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. 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. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7, 2021 – Staff Appreciation Week and Spirit Week

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – Wellness Wednesday Event at 3 pm

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]
  • Make Up School Photo Day [details below]

Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14, 2021 – Virtual Sixth Grade Camp

Monday , May 10, 2021 – Parent Meetings

  • ELAC Meeting at 3 pm [Link]
  • SSC Meeting at 3:30 pm [Link]
  • PTC Meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – CA Day of the Teacher and School Nurse Day

Friday, May 14, 2021 – Allen Elementary Variety Show is released online

Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21, 2021 – Classified School Employees Week

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 – CVESD BAC meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Monday, May 31, 2021NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day holiday)

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Monday, June 14, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9 am (details coming)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Last Day of School and Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am (details coming)

Spirit Week

Please join us in celebrating our spirit week this week!

Monday is Allen Spirit Day. Tuesday is Star Wars Day. Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday. Thursday is Sunglasses Day. Friday is Fan Friday (sports day). See below for more information:

Spirit Week in May 2021

Staff Appreciation Week at Allen!

The Allen PTC presents Staff Appreciation Week. Please join them in celebrating our amazing staff.

Join the PTC this week!

Wellness Wednesday Events

Our district is focusing on adding fitness live events for our students and the entire family! Join us this Wednesday, May 5th at 3 pm for our very first Wellness Wednesday virtual event! During this time, participants will be a part of a fun fitness workout with an ultimate at-home obstacle course! Check out the flyer below with a link to participate. Family members are encouraged to participate.

Make Up Picture Day – May 7th

Did you hear the news? Make Up Picture Day & Promotion Pictures will be taken outside of the school near the Daly Academy parking lot on Friday, May 7th for Allen Elementary and Daly Academy students. Promotion Pictures will be available for Kinder & 6th grade. Picture schedule to come shortly. This is the last chance to be included in this year’s yearbook. Don’t miss your chance! Please contact the school office with questions at (619) 479-3662.

CVESD Safe! Free COVID-19 Tests

Viral and antibody testing will be offered to staff, students, families, and community throughout the week of May 3. Testing will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 p.m. The dates and locations are:  

  • Monday, May 3 @ Vista Square Elementary, Smith Avenue entrance near G Street, Chula Vista. Testing scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, May 4 @ Olympic View Elementary, 1220 South Greensview Dr., Chula Vista, 91915. Testing scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, May 5 @ Muraoka Elementary, 1644 Santa Alexia Ave., Chula Vista, 91913. Testing scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 6 @ Lauderbach Elementary, 390 Palomar Street, Chula Vista, 91911. Testing scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 p.m. 
  • Friday, May 7 @ Education Services and Support Center (ESSC), 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910. NOTE: testing hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on this date only, with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 p.m. 

The antibody test consists of a light fingerprick; results as quickly as 15 minutes for those who stay around for their results. The viral test is the shallow nose swab test; results available within three-to-four business days. Learn more here: Viral Test for COVID-19      

Testing is voluntary. Participants have the option of only doing one of the tests or both. To schedule an appointment, please click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser:  https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/  

Thanks again for your support of CVESD Safe!, our voluntary testing and tracing program to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Hybrid Instructional Model Reminders

We wanted to share some reminders about the hybrid instructional model.

As a friendly reminder, school starts for all students at 8:50 am, Monday through Friday. To clarify:

  • Some students will be on campus in the morning cohort (8:50 am to 11:25 am, Monday through Thursday). These students will have asynchronous learning in the afternoons Monday through Thursday and also every Friday morning after the synchronous learning time.
  • Some students will be on campus in the afternoon cohort (12:35 pm to 3:10 pm, Monday through Thursday). These students will have asynchronous learning in the mornings Monday through Thursday and also every Friday morning after the synchronous learning time.
  • Other students will continue in the Distance Learning instructional model for the remainder of the school year. These students will work synchronously with their teacher in the morning and work asynchronously online in the afternoon.
  • All students, regardless of the instructional model, will have VAPA classes and assignments to complete during their asynchronous learning time.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions.

Please review the helpful infographic below:

  • Families will participate in the Thumbs Up Health Screening listed in the graphic above when students come to campus. All families also consent to a daily temperature screening as part of this Thumbs Up process.
Students must stay in the car until the Thumbs Up Health Screening is completed.
  • We recommend students use the bathroom at home before coming to school to maximize time on campus for learning and social interaction.
  • We recommend students eat breakfast (for the AM cohort) and lunch (for the PM cohort) before coming to school.  There will be no meals served to students on campus outside of the weekly meal distribution on Mondays.

Please note in the schedule that there is no class on campus on Fridays in this instructional model.

Please note that there is no learning on campus on Fridays: All students have distance learning on Fridays.

Families who will drop off and pick up their children in the hybrid model will drop off students in front of Daly Academy.

Only students in the Distance Learning Support Program, students walking to school, and students who arrive late will enter campus via the front school gates. No parents or volunteers will be allowed on campus.

If you missed the presentation on our Reopening Plan, the powerpoint presentation can be found here:

Please note there is a slight change to the Friday schedule for students staying in Distance Learning. See the revised schedule here:

Voluntary COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

We are pleased to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and students. You will not need to make an appointment for testing at our school. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· Testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on the following Tuesdays: May 4, May 18, and June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree. The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

· Links that are sent to you are personalized for your specific student and shouldn’t be shared with others.

· If you have trouble registering/providing consent for your child through the link, please call the district office at (619) 425-9600 and speak to Sherry Stone at ext. 1327 or Theresa Fletcher at ext. 1027 or visit the testing staff on-site at our school and they will be able to help register and test your child during your visit.

· Because we are not taking appointments, we know there will be long lines before and after school. Please take this into account when planning the time have your child tested. Please be patient with the testing team and listen carefully to their instructions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus.

See the one page document below for more information.

Preschool Information

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.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

We are excited to share that registrations are now opened for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Preschool Program is now offering in-person instruction for July 2021. Eligible children must have been born between December 3rd, 2016 through September 1st, 2018. Your child must be 3 years old and potty trained Applications are available through our website. Please visit www.cvesd.org, click on the Early Childhood Education quick link and select Preschool Registration. You may return any required documents via email or to the Preschool Drop Box located outside the preschool office at the Early Childhood Education office at 84 East J St in Chula Vista. You may also contact this office by telephone at (619) 425-2362. Please note that these offices will be following Public Health guidelines in regards to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to serving you and your child through our free high quality preschool 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

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is!

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 than ever. 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.

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

Happy Sunday! Please review the information in this Sunday Update and communicate with your child’s teacher or the school office with any questions.

Health Reminders

We are very excited to have our Eagles back on our campus! Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

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

There are a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, May 10th 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.

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on May 7, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, May 10th at 3 pm This meeting will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, May 10th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Please note that if you join this meeting early, you’ll be joining the ELAC meeting. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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, May 10th 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, May 19th 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 on May 11, 2021 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 in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. 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. Please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (27 April 2021)

Greetings Allen Families and Staff,

Please read this brief update.

An Important Message from Dr. Escobedo

If you have not yet read the latest message from our Superintendent of schools, Dr. Francisco Escobedo, please do here:

https://www.cvesd.org/district/superintendent/messages_from_the_superintendent

Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Dr. Escobedo announced his retirement recently: We are so thankful for his more than ten years of service to our district and we wish him well on his future endeavors!

Weekly Live Event: Building a Foosball Table

We also invite all students and their families to join us for our District’s next live weekly event this Friday at noon, Building a Foosball Table, led by the Health Station teacher, Coach Ramirez. In this session, students will build their very own foosball table and create their own live game where they take on the role of an announcer, calling all the action of the game. Then, they will be able to participate in a live Kahoot! game to show what they have learned.

Once again, the event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 12 noon on Friday, April 30th, and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser, regardless of whether or not someone has a district Microsoft account or the Microsoft Teams app. 

Spanish translation of the English event will also be available.

We look forward to seeing our students and families there!

English: http://bit.ly/hestfoosball

Spanish Translation: http://bit.ly/hestfutbolito

Celebrate our Teachers & Principal: Spirit Week

Please also save the date for next week’s Spirit Week and Teacher Appreciation Week from May 3rd to May 7th!

School Principals Day is also being celebrated on Monday, May 3rd!

More details will be shared on this Sunday’s blog update so stay tuned!

As always, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions and concerns.

-The Ella B. Allen Elementary School Team

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Sunday Update (25 April 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Sunday! Can you believe that we are nearly in May? Please review the information in this Sunday Update and communicate with your child’s teacher or the school office with any questions.

Health Reminders

We are very excited to have our students back on our campus! We missed our Allen Eagles greatly. As always, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  
We must follow county protocols if a child is feeling sick.

We look forward to an amazing rest of our school year. Thank you for your support of our safe and comfortable learning environment.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for April 25, 2021:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. 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. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC at 6 pm

Thursday, April 29, 2021 – CVESD BLAC meeting at 6 pm

Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7, 2021 – Teacher Appreciation Week and Spirit Week

Friday, May 7, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14, 2021 – Virtual Sixth Grade Camp

Monday , May 10, 2021 – Parent Meetings

  • ELAC Meeting at 3 pm [Link]
  • SSC Meeting at 3:30 pm [Link]
  • PTC Meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – CA Day of the Teacher and School Nurse Day

Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21, 2021 – Classified School Employees Week

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 – CVESD BAC meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Monday, May 31, 2021 – NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day holiday)

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Monday, June 14, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9 am (details coming)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Last Day of School and Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am (details coming)

CVESDTalks Winners

We are proud of all of our students who participated in the CVESDTalks speech competition! Congratulations to Cristina Rodriguez (1st place in the district for 4th grade) and Sydney Shatwell (3rd place in the district for 5th grade) for representing Allen at the district level!

Save the Date: Teacher Appreciation Week is next week!

Next week will be our first spirit week of quarter 4 and also our Teacher Appreciation Week! Please check the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for more details on Sunday, May 2nd.

VAPA Classes in Quarter 4

We want to remind all families that regardless of the instructional model a child is placed in, school begins at 8:50 am. Students in the afternoon cohort are expected to complete asynchronous learning in the morning as part of the requirements of the state of California as mandated by AB 77 and SB 98. In order to maximize learning time on campus, students in the hybrid model will have all VAPA classes during their asynchronous learning time. Please see the following informational graphic regarding your child’s VAPA classes in quarter 4. Please note that the specific dates and times of VAPA classes change each week, but your child’s teacher is able to share those details.

Hybrid/In-Person Reminders

We wanted to share some reminders about the hybrid instructional model.

As a friendly reminder, school starts for all students at 8:50 am, Monday through Friday. To clarify:

  • Some students will be on campus in the morning cohort (8:50 am to 11:25 am, Monday through Thursday). These students will have asynchronous learning in the afternoons Monday through Thursday and also every Friday morning after the synchronous learning time.
  • Some students will be on campus in the afternoon cohort (12:35 pm to 3:10 pm, Monday through Thursday). These students will have asynchronous learning in the mornings Monday through Thursday and also every Friday morning after the synchronous learning time.
  • Other students will continue in the Distance Learning instructional model for the remainder of the school year. These students will work synchronously with their teacher in the morning and work asynchronously online in the afternoon.
  • All students, regardless of the instructional model, will have VAPA classes and assignments to complete during their asynchronous learning time.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions.

Please review the helpful infographic below:

  • Families will participate in the Thumbs Up Health Screening listed in the graphic above when students come to campus. All families also consent to a daily temperature screening as part of this Thumbs Up process.
Students must stay in the car until the Thumbs Up Health Screening is completed.
  • We recommend students use the bathroom at home before coming to school to maximize time on campus for learning and social interaction.
  • We recommend students eat breakfast (for the AM cohort) and lunch (for the PM cohort) before coming to school.  There will be no meals served to students on campus outside of the weekly meal distribution on Mondays.

Please note in the schedule that there is no class on campus on Fridays in this instructional model. All learning on Fridays takes place online. See the video below to learn about the ingress and egress procedures for students returning to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model here:

  • Kindly contact the school office directly at (619) 479-3662 and our staff will do its best to accommodate any changes, pending availability and space. This means your child will be placed on a waitlist.
  • See the schedule of the Hybrid/In-Person Cohort below.
Please note that there is no learning on campus on Fridays: All students have distance learning on Fridays.

Families who will drop off and pick up their children in the hybrid model will drop off students in front of Daly Academy. Students will enter campus at the gate according to their grade level, per the graphic below:

Only students in the Distance Learning Support Program, students walking to school, and students who arrive late will enter campus via the front school gates. No parents or volunteers will be allowed on campus.

If you missed the presentation on our Reopening Plan, the powerpoint presentation can be found here:

Please note there is a slight change to the Friday schedule for students staying in Distance Learning. See the revised schedule here:

Voluntary COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

We are pleased to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and students. You will not need to make an appointment for testing at our school. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· Testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on the following Tuesdays: April 20, May 4, May 18, and June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree. The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

· Links that are sent to you are personalized for your specific student and shouldn’t be shared with others.

· If you have trouble registering/providing consent for your child through the link, please call the district office at (619) 425-9600 and speak to Sherry Stone at ext. 1327 or Theresa Fletcher at ext. 1027 or visit the testing staff on-site at our school and they will be able to help register and test your child during your visit.

· Because we are not taking appointments, we know there will be long lines before and after school. Please take this into account when planning the time have your child tested. Please be patient with the testing team and listen carefully to their instructions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus.

See the one page document below for more information.

Preschool Information

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.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

We are excited to share that registrations are now opened for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Preschool Program is now offering in-person instruction for July 2021. Eligible children must have been born between December 3rd, 2016 through September 1st, 2018. Your child must be 3 years old and potty trained Applications are available through our website. Please visit www.cvesd.org, click on the Early Childhood Education quick link and select Preschool Registration. You may return any required documents via email or to the Preschool Drop Box located outside the preschool office at the Early Childhood Education office at 84 East J St in Chula Vista. You may also contact this office by telephone at (619) 425-2362. Please note that these offices will be following Public Health guidelines in regards to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to serving you and your child through our free high quality preschool 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

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is!

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 than ever. 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.

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

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

There are a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, May 10th 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.

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on May 7, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, May 10th at 3 pm This meeting will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, May 10th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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, May 10th 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, May 19th 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 on April 27, 2021 at 6 pm. 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 in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. 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. Please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (20 April 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Here are two friendly reminders for you.

Free COVID-19 Testing for Staff and Students

A friendly reminder that on certain Tuesdays, COVID-19 community testing is available for all students and staff on a voluntary basis.  You will not need to make an appointment for testing at our school. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· Testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on the following Tuesdays: April 20, May 4, May 18, and June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision TreeThe antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

· Links that are sent to you are personalized for your specific student and shouldn’t be shared with others.

· If you have trouble registering/providing consent for your child through the link, please call the district office at (619) 425-9600 and speak to Sherry Stone at ext. 1327 or Theresa Fletcher at ext. 1027 or visit the testing staff on-site at our school and they will be able to help register and test your child during your visit.

· Because we are not taking appointments, we know there will be long lines before and after school. Please take this into account when planning the time have your child tested. Please be patient with the testing team and listen carefully to their instructions.

CVESD LIVE EVENT ON FRIDAY at 12 noon

We also want to invite you to join our District’s next live weekly event, Building a Drip Irrigation System, led by our teacher at the Hydro Station, Mrs. Bystrak. In this session, students will take on the role of a landscape architect as they determine the needs of plants and then create their very own model of a drip irrigation system! Finally, they will be able to participate in a live Kahoot! game to show what they have learned.

Once again, the event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at our new time, 12 PM, and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform.  Spanish translation of the English event will also be available

We look forward to seeing you there!

Link for the event in English: http://bit.ly/hsdripirrigation

Haz clik aqui para español: http://bit.ly/hsriegoxgoteo

If you were not able to join us for our last event, Go Green! Building a Sprout House with Mrs. Hughes, a recording of it can be found here on our YouTube channel.

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Sunday Update (18 April 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

We had a wonderful return to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model this week. Thank you for your flexibility and cooperation.

As a friendly reminder, school starts for all students at 8:50 am, Monday through Friday. To clarify:

  • Some students will be on campus in the morning cohort (8:50 am to 11:25 am, Monday through Thursday). These students will have asynchronous learning in the afternoons Monday through Thursday and also every Friday morning after the synchronous learning time.
  • Some students will be on campus in the afternoon cohort (12:35 pm to 3:10 pm, Monday through Thursday). These students will have asynchronous learning in the mornings Monday through Thursday and also every Friday morning after the synchronous learning time.
  • Other students will continue in the Distance Learning instructional model for the remainder of the school year. These students will work synchronously with their teacher in the morning and work asynchronously online in the afternoon.
  • All students, regardless of the instructional model, will have VAPA classes and assignments to complete during their asynchronous learning time.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions.

Health Reminder

We are very excited to have our students back on our campus! We missed our Allen Eagles greatly. As always, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  
We must follow county protocols if a child is feeling sick.

We look forward to an amazing rest of our school year. Thank you for your support of our safe and comfortable learning environment.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for April 18, 2021:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Earth Day Virtual Celebration at Allen Elementary

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC at 6 pm

Thursday, April 29, 2021 – CVESD BLAC meeting at 6 pm

First Week on Campus Photos

We wanted to share some photos from this first week back on campus in our hybrid/in-person instructional model:

VAPA Classes in Quarter 4

We want to remind all families that regardless of the instructional model a child is placed in, school begins at 8:50 am. Students in the afternoon cohort are expected to complete asynchronous learning in the morning as part of the requirements of the state of California as mandated by AB 77 and SB 98. In order to maximize learning time on campus, students in the hybrid model will have all VAPA classes during their asynchronous learning time. Please see the following informational graphic regarding your child’s VAPA classes in quarter 4. Please note that the specific dates and times of VAPA classes change each week, but your child’s teacher is able to share those details.

Hybrid/In-Person Instructional Model Reminders

We wanted to share some reminders about the hybrid instructional model, such as the helpful infographic below:

  • Families will participate in the Thumbs Up Health Screening listed in the graphic above when students come to campus. All families also consent to a daily temperature screening as part of this Thumbs Up process.
Students must stay in the car until the Thumbs Up Health Screening is completed.
  • We recommend students use the bathroom at home before coming to school to maximize time on campus for learning and social interaction.
  • We recommend students eat breakfast (for the AM cohort) and lunch (for the PM cohort) before coming to school.  There will be no meals served to students on campus outside of the weekly meal distribution on Mondays.

Please note in the schedule that there is no class on campus on Fridays in this instructional model. All learning on Fridays takes place online. See the video below to learn about the ingress and egress procedures for students returning to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model here:

  • Kindly contact the school office directly at (619) 479-3662 and our staff will do its best to accommodate any changes, pending availability and space. This means your child will be placed on a waitlist.
  • See the schedule of the Hybrid/In-Person Cohort below.
Please note that there is no learning on campus on Fridays: All students have distance learning on Fridays.

Families who will drop off and pick up their children in the hybrid model will drop off students in front of Daly Academy. Students will enter campus at the gate according to their grade level, per the graphic below:

Only students in the Distance Learning Support Program, students walking to school, and students who arrive late will enter campus via the front school gates. No parents or volunteers will be allowed on campus.

If you missed the presentation on our Reopening Plan, the powerpoint presentation can be found here:

Please note there is a slight change to the Friday schedule for students staying in Distance Learning. See the revised schedule here:

New COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Program

All families should have received (through email) information on how to register for your child to get tested for COVID-19 at our school site. This testing is completely voluntary and will only done with parental permission. If you have misplaced the email or link, another was sent to you on Friday, April 16th around 11:00 am. You will not need to make an appointment for testing at our school. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· Testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on the following Tuesdays: April 20, May 4, May 18, and June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree. The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

· Links that are sent to you are personalized for your specific student and shouldn’t be shared with others.

· If you have trouble registering/providing consent for your child through the link, please call the district office at (619) 425-9600 and speak to Sherry Stone at ext. 1327 or Theresa Fletcher at ext. 1027 or visit the testing staff on-site at our school and they will be able to help register and test your child during your visit.

· Because we are not taking appointments, we know there will be long lines before and after school. Please take this into account when planning the time have your child tested. Please be patient with the testing team and listen carefully to their instructions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus.

See the one page document below for more information.

Verizon Recall of Mobile Wifi Hot Spots

Last week, the Chula Vista Elementary School District received notification from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) regarding Verizon’s recall of millions of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots issued for distance learning. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has cited situations where the internal lithium ion battery in the mobile hotspots can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. This issue impacts over 2.5 million mobile hotspots nationally, including mobile hotspots issued to our community. 

The safety of our students, families, and staff members is our top priority. Our District is working diligently, in concert with SDCOE and Verizon, to exchange all recalled Ellipsis Jetpack devices as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you have one of the Verizon wifi hot spots, please monitor your email for further instructions in the coming weeks.

Preschool Starts July 2021

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.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

We are excited to share that registrations are now opened for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Preschool Program is now offering in-person instruction for July 2021. Eligible children must have been born between December 3rd, 2016 through September 1st, 2018. Your child must be 3 years old and potty trained Applications are available through our website. Please visit www.cvesd.org, click on the Early Childhood Education quick link and select Preschool Registration. You may return any required documents via email or to the Preschool Drop Box located outside the preschool office at the Early Childhood Education office at 84 East J St in Chula Vista. You may also contact this office by telephone at (619) 425-2362. Please note that these offices will be following Public Health guidelines in regards to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to serving you and your child through our free high quality preschool 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

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is!

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 than ever. 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.

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

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

There are a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday (starting on April 12th) from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, May 10th 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.

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on May 7, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, May 10th at 3 pm This meeting will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, May 10th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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, May 10th 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, May 19th 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 on April 27, 2021 at 6 pm. 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 in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We missed you and can’t wait for the day that all students can return to campus safely!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (11 April 2021)

Happy Sunday! If you have not yet read the most recent update from the Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, please do so here.

Monday, April 12th begins our hybrid instructional model for selected students at Allen:

  • Some students will be on campus in the morning cohort (8:50 am to 11:25 am, Monday through Thursday).
  • Some will be on campus in the afternoon cohort (12:35 pm to 3:10 pm,
  • Monday through Thursday).
  • Other students will continue in the Distance Learning instructional model for the remainder of the school year. Please note that this change to hybrid instruction required many students, even those continuing in Distance Learning, to be re-assigned to a different teacher.

Please check your email for more up-to-date information regarding your child’s placement.

You should have received an email on March 27th with this information. This email may be in your junk or spam folders. If you did not receive that email from the school with this information, it may be because we do not have your current email address on file in our system. Kindly call the school office at (619) 479-3662 to update this.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for April 11, 2021:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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.

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. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, April 12, 2021 – First day of In-Person Learning for select students; PTC Meeting at 6 pm via this link

[Please note: ELAC and SSC meetings scheduled for this day have been adjourned to May 10th]

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC meeting moved to 4/27 at 6 pm

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, April 22, 2021 – Earth Day Virtual Celebration at Allen Elementary

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC at 6 pm

Thursday, April 29, 2021 – CVESD BLAC meeting at 6 pm

Hybrid/In-Person Instructional Model Updates

Families with students returning to campus will want to refer to the helpful infographic below:

  • Families will participate in the Thumbs Up Health Screening listed in the graphic above when students come to campus. All families also consent to a daily temperature screening as part of this Thumbs Up process.
Students must stay in the car until the Thumbs Up Health Screening is completed.
  • We recommend students use the bathroom at home before coming to school to maximize time on campus for learning and social interaction.
  • We recommend students eat breakfast (for the AM cohort) and lunch (for the PM cohort) before coming to school.  There will be no meals served to students on campus outside of the weekly meal distribution on Mondays.

Please note in the schedule that there is no class on campus on Fridays in this instructional model. All learning takes place online. See the video below to learn about the ingress and egress procedures for students returning to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model here:

  • Kindly contact the school office directly at (619) 479-3662 and our staff will do its best to accommodate any changes, pending availability and space. This means your child will be placed on a waitlist.
  • The start date for this model has been set: April 12, 2021.
  • See the working schedule of the Hybrid/In-Person Cohort below.
Please note that there is no learning on campus on Fridays: All students have distance learning on Fridays.

Families who will drop off and pick up their children in the hybrid model will drop off students in front of Daly Academy. Students will enter campus at the gate according to their grade level, per the graphic below:

Only students in the Distance Learning Support Program, students walking to school, and students who arrive late will enter campus via the front school gates. No parents or volunteers will be allowed on campus.

If you missed the presentation on our Reopening Plan, the powerpoint presentation can be found here:

Please note there is a slight change to the Friday schedule for students staying in Distance Learning. See the revised schedule here:

New COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Program

CVESD is collaborating with the County of San Diego, the State of California and Primary Health (system that reports test results to the state) to conduct free COVID Antigen Testing for our staff and students over the next couple months. For more information, see email, with same subject line, from CVESD Office of Communications sent on Friday, April 9 at approximately 6.30 p.m.

You will receive an email and text message from a company called “Primary” to register for the CVESD COVID-19 Antigen Testing Program.

We are proud to announce the launch of a new, free COVID-19 viral testing program—a “rapid” antigen testing program that will provide results in as little as 15 minutes. The program is part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategy and is made possible through the training and support of medical professionals.

Next week, April 12 – 16, testing hours at the Education Services and Support Center, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA  91910 will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and students will be invited to test.  At this location, we will have on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting walk-ins, no appointments are necessary. 

On April 19, we will start a two-week rotation at each of our school sites.  These testing opportunities will be by appointment.  Please talk to your administrator for your testing schedule.  For your convenience you will be able to make appointments at any CVESD school if it works better for your schedule.  In addition, employees and students will have the opportunity to test at the Education Services and Support Center, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA  91910, every Friday if you are unable to attend your school’s testing or would like to be tested more frequently.   

Each student and staff member will receive an email and text message with a link to register from a company called “Primary,” so check your inbox (and junk/spam mail).  Click on the link to register/provide consent before you arrive, and it will save you time once you arrive on site to be tested.  Please note the link is personalized, so please do not share it with others.  When you have registered once, you will not need to register again to make future appointments. You will not be able to change specific information in the registration process but can ask a testing staff member to make changes for you while on site. Texts and emails form Primary will be sent to your contacts on file with the district as of 4/7/2021.

Once testing starts at schools, students do not need to be accompanied by an adult, IF the parent has already provided consent through the on-line registration process and an appointment is made; however, students will not be taken out of academic instruction on site for testing.  Please make appointments for students before and after their academic instruction on site.   

Diagnostic tests that determine if someone has an active COVID-19 infection fall into two categories: antigen tests, which are mostly used for rapid testing, and molecular and PCR tests. Antigen tests, also called rapid diagnostic tests, detect specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. 

IMPORTANT: If an employee or student is experiencing symptoms, we ask you to get a PCR test at a free county facility or with a medical provider. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school if an individual is symptomatic, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree.  The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their contacts from campus as soon as possible.  

If you have any trouble registering or need information changed in the system, please visit any of the testing locations and testing staff can assist you and provide testing at that time. If the information is wrong in the registration system, please also contact your school to ensure the information is changed in the school database. Please do not call the school to change information in the testing registration site.

See the one page document below for more information.

Verizon Recall of Mobile Wifi Hot Spots

This week the Chula Vista Elementary School District received notification from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) regarding Verizon’s recall of millions of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots issued for distance learning. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has cited situations where the internal lithium ion battery in the mobile hotspots can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. This issue impacts over 2.5 million mobile hotspots nationally, including mobile hotspots issued to our community. 

The safety of our students, families, and staff members is our top priority. Our District is working diligently, in concert with SDCOE and Verizon, to exchange all recalled Ellipsis Jetpack devices as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

While some students will return to campuses April 12, we understand that others will continue full- or part-time distance learning, so keeping students connected is critical to the learning process. 

There are two steps in this resolution process. 

Step #1: Reducing Risk 

To help students stay connected until they receive their new device, Verizon will immediately push two automatic, over-the-air software updates to the affected Ellipsis Jetpacks. This update prevents the device from charging while the device is plugged in and powered on. This will help reduce some of the risk of overheating by preventing the device from charging while it is plugged in and powered on. Details for this automatic update process is listed below: 

• Students will need to power on their devices in order to receive the software update. 

• The updates will prevent the device from charging while the device is plugged in and powered on. 

• Preventing the device from charging while it is plugged in removes one of the heat-causing variables and helps to reduce some of the risk of overheating associated with the small number of incidents Verizon has seen with the Ellipsis Jetpacks. 

• Students will know the software update has been applied when they see the device’s identifying number scrolling across its screen. 

• After the software update is applied, students should leave the device powered on while it is plugged in. 

• When not in use, the device should be turned off, unplugged from its power source, and securely stored until you receive your replacement device and packaging to return the Ellipsis Jetpack safely. 

As a reminder, and to help promote the safe operation of all devices, please follow these best practices: 

• When not in use, turn the device off and unplug it. 

• Place your device on a flat, solid and sturdy surface such as a floor or table. 

• For proper ventilation, do not use the device in a bed, sofa, chair or other soft surface, and ensure your device is not covered by a pillow, blanket or other item. 

• Keep devices near room temperature when in use. 

• Use only approved charging cables, including the cable provided. 

• Do not expose the units to extreme temperatures for extended periods of time. 

• Do not expose the unit or its battery to water or other liquids. 

• Do not drop the units and do not insert foreign objects into the battery or unit. 

Step #2: Return/Exchange Your Hotspot 

A detailed plan for exchanging these devices for a new one will be communicated to families with such devices next week. 

Notice of Adjournment for April 12th ELAC and SSC Meetings

Please see the following notices of adjournment. There will be no ELAC or SSC meeting on Monday, April 12th. The meetings will resume online on Monday, May 10th at their normally scheduled times. The 6 pm PTC Meeting will continue on April 12th as scheduled.

Preschool Coming to Allen in July 2021

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.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

All enrollment information and paperwork is handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office. 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

2021-2022 Kinder & New Student Registration

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is! 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 began on March 15th for the 2021-2022 school year with a NEW online system. There will be 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. 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 Preschool 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.

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays starting on April 12th!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please also stay 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

There are a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday (starting on April 12th) from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, April 12th 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.

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on May 7, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, May 10th at 3 pm This meeting will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, May 10th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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, April 12th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, April 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 on April 27, 2021 at 6 pm. 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 in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We miss you and we are excited about having many students returning to campus via the hybrid model on April 12th!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (7 April 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Good news! San Diego County will move into the Orange Tier of the state’s COVID-19 prevention framework on Wednesday, April 7, further easing restrictions and allowing more indoor activities. However, this means we cannot let our guard down. Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distancing, and get the vaccine when you are eligible to do so. More information can be found here:

What’s Changing When County Moves to Orange Tier

Notice of Adjournment for April 12th ELAC and SSC Meetings

Please see the following notices of adjournment. There will be no ELAC or SSC meeting on Monday, April 12th. The meetings will resume online on Monday, May 10th at their normally scheduled times. The 6 pm PTC Meeting will continue on April 12th as scheduled.

Hybrid Instructional Model Information

Families with students returning to campus will want to refer to the helpful infographic below:

Please see the video below to learn about the ingress and egress procedures for students returning to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model here:

  • Kindly contact the school office directly at (619) 479-3662 and our staff will do its best to accommodate any changes, pending availability and space. This means your child will be placed on a waitlist.
  • The start date for this model has been set: April 12, 2021.
  • See the working schedule of the Hybrid/In-Person Cohort below:

Families who will drop off and pick up their children in the hybrid model will drop off students in front of Daly Academy or at the Kindergarten gate (according to grade level), per the graphic below:

Only students in the Distance Learning Support Program, students walking to school, and students who arrive late will enter campus via the front school gates. No parents or volunteers will be allowed on campus.

CVESD Safe!

As part of our District’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CVESD will offer viral and antibody testing the week of April 5 to all staff, students, and families. This is the period after spring break, and before the start of hybrid instruction on April 12. Testing will be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 pm. The dates and locations are: 

  • Monday, April 5 @ Vista Square Elementary, 540 G Street, Chula Vista, 91910.  
  • Tuesday, April 6 @ Olympic View Elementary, 1220 South Greensview Dr., Chula Vista, 91915. 
  • Wednesday, April 7 @ Muraoka Elementary, 1644 Santa Alexia Ave., Chula Vista, 91913. 
  • Thursday, April 8 @ Lauderbach Elementary, 390 Palomar Street, Chula Vista, 91911. 
  • Friday, April 9 @ Finney Elementary, 3950 Byrd Street, San Diego, 92154. 

The antibody test consists of a light fingerprick; results as quickly as 15 minutes for those who stay around for their results. The viral test is the shallow nose swab test; results available within three-to-four business days. Learn more here: Viral Test for COVID-19     

Testing is voluntary. Participants have the option of only doing one of the tests or both, and they are offered at no cost (covered through health insurance or reimbursable to testing provider Kahala Biosciences under the CARES Act for those who do not have insurance). Per requests, immediate family/household members are also eligible to participate. To schedule an appointment, please click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/     

Thanks again for your support of CVESD Safe!, our voluntary testing and tracing program. Look for emails and other announcements regarding additional testing opportunities in subsequent weeks as well.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We miss you and we are excited about having students returning to campus via the hybrid model on April 12th!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (4 April 2021)

We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break, Allen Eagles!

Please note that Monday, April 5th is a minimum day, per the district-approved calendar.

The week of April 5th to April 9th is a teacher preparation week: This means that all students will receive some synchronous, online instruction from their current teacher, but will receive the remaining required instructional minutes asynchronously online.

April 12th begins our hybrid instructional model. Some students will be on campus in the morning cohort and some will be on campus in the afternoon cohort. Other students will continue in the Distance Learning instructional model for the remainder of the school year. Please note that this change to hybrid instruction may require many students, even those continuing in Distance Learning, to be re-assigned to a different teacher.

Please check your email for more up-to-date information regarding your child’s placement. You should have received an email on March 27th with this information. This email may be in your junk or spam folders. If you did not receive that email from the school with this information, it may be because we do not have your current email address on file in our system. Kindly call the school office at (619) 479-3662 to update this.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

If you have not yet done so, please see the YouTube video below from Mr. Greenwell regarding the ingress and egress procedures for students returning to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model here:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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.

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. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, April 5, 2021 – Students resume class (Minimum Day) and Afternoon Grab and Go from 3:30 pm to 5 pm

Tuesday, April 6, 2021Morning Grab and Go from 8:30 am to 10 am

Friday, April 9, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am. [Click here to access this meeting]

Monday, April 12, 2021 – First day of In-Person Learning for select students; PTC Meeting at 6 pm [Note: ELAC and SSC meetings scheduled for this day have been postponed]

Hybrid/In-Person Instructional Model Updates

Families with students returning to campus will want to refer to the helpful infographic below:

Please see the video below to learn about the ingress and egress procedures for students returning to campus via the hybrid/in-person instructional model here:

  • Kindly contact the school office directly at (619) 479-3662 and our staff will do its best to accommodate any changes, pending availability and space. This means your child will be placed on a waitlist.
  • The start date for this model has been set: April 12, 2021.
  • See the working schedule of the Hybrid/In-Person Cohort below.

Families who will drop off and pick up their children in the hybrid model will drop off students in front of Daly Academy or at the Kindergarten gate (according to grade level), per the graphic below:

Only students in the Distance Learning Support Program, students walking to school, and students who arrive late will enter campus via the front school gates. No parents or volunteers will be allowed on campus.

CVESD Safe! COVID-19 Testing this Week

As part of our District’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CVESD will offer viral and antibody testing the week of April 5 to all staff, students, and families. This is the period after spring break, and before the start of hybrid instruction on April 12. Testing will be available 9 am to 4:30 pm, with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1 pm. The dates and locations are: 

  • Monday, April 5 @ Vista Square Elementary, 540 G Street, Chula Vista, 91910.  
  • Tuesday, April 6 @ Olympic View Elementary, 1220 South Greensview Dr., Chula Vista, 91915. 
  • Wednesday, April 7 @ Muraoka Elementary, 1644 Santa Alexia Ave., Chula Vista, 91913. 
  • Thursday, April 8 @ Lauderbach Elementary, 390 Palomar Street, Chula Vista, 91911. 
  • Friday, April 9 @ Finney Elementary, 3950 Byrd Street, San Diego, 92154. 

The antibody test consists of a light fingerprick; results as quickly as 15 minutes for those who stay around for their results. The viral test is the shallow nose swab test; results available within three-to-four business days. Learn more here: Viral Test for COVID-19     

Testing is voluntary. Participants have the option of only doing one of the tests or both, and they are offered at no cost (covered through health insurance or reimbursable to testing provider Kahala Biosciences under the CARES Act for those who do not have insurance). Per requests, immediate family/household members are also eligible to participate. To schedule an appointment, please click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/     

Thanks again for your support of CVESD Safe!, our voluntary testing and tracing program. Look for emails and other announcements regarding additional testing opportunities in subsequent weeks as well.

Summative ELPAC Testing Begins at Allen

Is your child classified as an English Language Learner?  Federally-mandated ELPAC testing for all English learners has begun at Allen. Your child’s teacher will contact you with dates and important information about taking this assessment. Some students will start the ELPAC testing when we return from Spring Break in April 2021. Please ensure your child is well-rested, well-fed, and prepared to show all the English they know on the ELPAC assessment. As this is a federal mandate, parents do not have the option to opt their child out of this testing. We appreciate your support and patience! We know our students will do well on these assessments!

Preschool Coming to Allen in July 2021

We are thrilled to share that a preschool program is coming to Allen Elementary’s campus for the 2021-2022 school year. 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.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

All enrollment information and paperwork is handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office. 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

2021-2022 Kinder & New Student Registration

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is! 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 began on March 15th for the 2021-2022 school year with a NEW online system. There will be 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. 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 Preschool 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.

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays starting on April 12th!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please also stay 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

There are a number of COVID-19 testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday (starting on April 12th) from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, April 12th 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.

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on April 9, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting has been postponed (date TBD). This meeting will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting has been postponed (date TBD). This meeting will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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, April 12th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, April 16th 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 on April 13, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm. 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 in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: Wear a mask. We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We miss you and we are excited about the possibility of students returning to campus via the hybrid model!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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