Hello Allen Community! It’s Mr. Greenwell with the Sunday Update for March 8, 2020.
Week at a Glance
Monday 3/9 – Read Across America Week begins; Wear your Allen Spirit Gear; Book Fair opens at 8 am in room 404; Meet Up on the blacktop at 8:50 am; Away Basketball Game at Hilltop Drive School at 4 pm; PTC Meeting in room 402 at 6 pm
Tuesday 3/10 – Wear your favorite book character outfit (no props, masks, or weapons of any kind); DAC/DELAC at the district in room C from 12 noon to 2 pm
Wednesday 3/11 – Wacky wear day (wear your best crazy socks, hats, and hair); Kindergarten Humane Society Visits; SSC Meeting at 3:30 pm at Allen Elementary
Thursday 3/12 – Twin day (dress the same as a friend on campus); Parent-Teacher Conferences begin; Minimum Day dismissal
Friday 3/13 – Pajama Day (wear your pajamas); Grandparents Day; Family First Friday from 8:15 am to 9:15 am; Parent-Teacher Conferences continue; Minimum Day dismissal; Allen Music Festival from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course for all adults 21+ (tickets available at http://www.allenmusicfestival.com)
Read Across America Week and Book Fair
The Book Fair will be open all week in room 404 at Allen! The Book Fair is open all week, Monday to Friday. It will be open from 8 am to 8:45 am and dismissal time until 4 pm. Please note that Thursday and Friday are minimum days due to Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Allen Music Festival
The Allen Music Festival, sponsored by Allen’s PTC, will be on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course. This event is for adults 21+. All adults, not just Allen parents and staff, are welcome! Invite your friends and family and join us for a fun adult night out featuring great Mexican food, craft beers, great music, and dancing. This event will help fund important programs to benefit our students, such as field trips, arts, and science activities at our school! Purchase your tickets here: allenmusicfestival.com
It’s that time of year where we all come together to support our community! Will you join our cause? In February and March, the YMCA joins its community partners, such as Allen Elementary School, to raise essential funds, which allows our school’s families to have access to many different services. This year’s focus areas are Closing the Achievement Gap, Senior Isolation, Drowning, Military Support, Obesity and Poverty. Funds raised allow all families in our community access to needed services: No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Simply drop off a donation to the school office or click the link below:
Each year the Y gives thousands of dollars, donated by people like you, to provide SCHOLARSHIPS to those who need it the most. Your gift provides the resources needed to prevent drowning, reduce obesity, and address poverty. Swimming lessons help children learn safety around water. Group classes and programs like gymnastics, sports and body pump help participants stay healthy. Before and After School care provides academic enrichment and a safe place for parents to leave their children while they work to support their families. Please help us STRENGTHEN our community by giving a gift now.
The Chula Vista Elementary School District and Allen Elementary School have received increased correspondence from parents and staff regarding COVID-19. Please note that our District will refer to this disease by this name in all communication as the term coronavirus by itself is misleading. It is critical to stay calm and reasonable during this time. According to HHSA, at no point have any of our students or staff members been subject to exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Reasonable dialogue and listening to the experts at the HHSA is what we need to focus on and the District is committed to providing additional information as it is provided by our partner agencies.
We have been and will continue to be in close contact with the County Office of Education, City of Chula Vista, and other response agencies. We follow the direction of the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, the San Diego HHSA, and other coordinating agencies. We continue to work with these agencies to ensure that we are planning appropriate precautionary steps while we work through these issues of health and safety. Our staff will ensure that common surfaces, such as tabletops, computers, door handles, faucet handles, microwave keypads, and phones, are sanitized and wiped down daily. We encourage staff, visitors, and students to use tissues to cover a cough or sneeze or the inside of clothing/garment to reduce spread of germs. We also encourage staff, visitors, and students to use fist bumps, bowing, or elbow bumps as a form of greeting instead of handshaking. Washing your hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and avoiding touching the face, eyes, mouth, nose, and ears are always good suggestions for staying healthy. Hand sanitizer will be made available in spaces where there is no sink and soap.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as we receive additional information. For specific information on the COVID-19 virus, we recommend reviewing information from reliable, scientific sources such as:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
- California Department of Public Health: www.cdph.ca.gov
- San Diego County HHSA, Epidemiology Department: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/
In the meantime, please encourage your child to wash his/her hands frequently for at least twenty seconds with water and soap and avoid touching his/her face to stay healthy. Please inform the office if your child is ill.
New Student Registration
Kindergarten and all new student registration in the school office continues. Please be sure to bring the following:
- Child’s birth certificate
- Updated immunization record for your child
- Government-issued identification for legal parent/guardian
- Proof of residency
More information about the required documents can be found here: CVESD Registration Documents
If you have an incoming kindergarten student or a new student to Allen, you can pick up registration materials in the school office. Please be sure to let family and friends know that Allen School has plenty of space for students entering kindergarten. Your word-of-mouth recommendation is high praise for our school!
Zone Transfers/Inter-District Transfers
Zone Transfers (ZT) renewal forms are past due in the office. Inter-district transfers aredue in April 2020 at the district offices. More information can be found here: School Transfers
Please encourage your child to dress accordingly for the day’s weather. A sweatshirt or hoodie can keep him/her warm on those brisk winter mornings and be easily taken off in the warmer afternoons. A raincoat and/or umbrella might be helpful on the days it is forecasted to rain. Thank you for your support with this matter.
Lost and Found
Please remember to check the Lost and Found bins and tables in front of the MPR for any misplaced items. We would also like to encourage all students to write both their first and last name in permanent marker on all lunch bags, jackets, sweaters, water bottles, hoodies, etc. All items remaining in the Lost and Found bins at Spring Break will be donated to a local charity.
Allen Eagles are known for being the smartest, kindest, and hardworking students. Kindly remind your child about respect at school and the importance of respecting themselves and others. Students should only be using appropriate words at school and they need to ALWAYS keep their hands and feet to themselves.
Remember… Together we SOAR!