Hello Allen Families,
Please read this update from the school and district. We anticipate that all students will be back on campus for the entire day for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see the approved school calendar for next year at the end of this update.
Final Live Event of the School Year
Join our district’s final live event of the school year this Friday, June 4th at 12 noon – Building for Muscle. This event will be led by our district teacher at the Health Station, Coach Ramirez. In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of an exercise physiologist as they learn about how muscles work, what they can do to strengthen them, and then build their very own training equipment. Finally, they will be able to participate in our live Kahoot! game to show what they have learned.
The event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 12 noon and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform.
Spanish interpretation of the English event will also be available.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you were not able to join us for our last event, Building a Model Paddle Boat with Mrs. Bystrak, a recording of it can be found here on our YouTube channel.
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:
Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]
Friday, June 11, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:15 am [Limited in-person attendance]
Monday, June 14, 2021
- District Device return from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
- Final PTC Meeting of the school year at 6 pm [Link]
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
- Last Day of School [Distance Learning for all students]
- Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am [online only]
- District Device return from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – District Device return from 8 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students on campus
Returning Computers and WiFi Hot Spots
We must collect all school laptop computers and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families. For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.
- June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
- June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
- June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:
- If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
- If you would like to return your device earlier, please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Virtual Learning Academy Deadline Extended
As you may know, the proposed CVESD Virtual Academy would provide students in Chula Vista with an independent study option as an alternative instructional strategy to meet and enhance their individual student strengths, needs, and learning styles. Please note that enrolling your child in this program might mean that your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.
The CVESD Virtual Academy is a voluntary pilot program developed in alignment with state education proposals, which assume a return to full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. This program would offer a different experience for students than what they had with Distance Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Virtual Academy is not a stop-gap program for families reluctant about resuming in-person instruction. “Success in independent study requires motivation and a strong commitment on the part of the student and, especially for a young student, his or her parents/guardians/caregivers. It also requires sufficient academic preparation to enable the student to work independently” (California Department of Education, 2020).
Parents/guardians must apply for enrollment during the application window, which has been extended by one more week. Applications to the CVESD Virtual Academy must be submitted online by 5 p.m. June 7. For a detailed Parent Overview on the Virtual Academy as well as Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the CVESD website by clicking here.
Click here to apply to the CVESD Virtual Academy.
Sixth Grade Promotion Information
We would like to share some information, in the form of an FAQ, about this year’s sixth grade promotion ceremony:
Q: When is 6th grade Promotion?
June 11, 2021 at 9:15 AM sharp
Q: Where is Promotion?
Enter Front Gates to Blacktop
4300 Allen School Lane
Bonita, CA 91902
Q: Do 6th graders have to participate in the promotion ceremony?
Participating in the promotion ceremony is OPTIONAL. You may also view the promotion on Microsoft TEAMS. The ceremony will be recorded and shared a few days later.
Q: Do you have to register or sign-up to attend the promotion ceremony?
Attendees must sign up in advance of the promotion, and only those who have preregistered may attend. Allen Staff will monitor the number of attendees entering the promotion ceremony and confirm that all attendees have pre-registered, per California Department of Public Health guidelines.
Q: Will there be mandatory health screenings for participants and attendees?
There will be a mandatory health screening and temperature check in order to come on to campus. All attendees must wear a mask, regardless of the CDC guidelines.
Q: Is there a limited guest count?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 2 guests total per promoting 6th grade student. Guests must be from the student’s PRIMARY household and must wear a mask and be free of COVID-19 symptoms.
Q: What time do students need to be there?
15 minutes before the ceremony at 9 am.
Q: What if I have more than 2 guests?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate more than 2 guests per promoting student due to California Department of Public Health guidelines. Spectators may view the ceremony online using Microsoft Teams. A full recording of the graduation will be available a few days after for all to enjoy.
Q: How early can I arrive?
15-20 minutes ahead of the ceremony is suggested to allow for parking and finding designated seating.
Q: Are masks required?
Yes, promoting 6th graders and spectators are all required to wear masks at all times. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose.
Q: Where do we sit during the promotion ceremony?
Students will sit in designated spots on the blacktop while all family spectators will sit in clearly marked audience sections. Please maintain 6 feet distance from other family groups at all times. Please use hand sanitizer and wear your facial covering at all times before, during, and after the ceremony.
Q: How long is the graduation ceremony?
The promotion ceremony will be about 45 minutes long. We recommend wearing sunscreen as this will be outdoors.
Q: Where do I park for promotion?
You may park in the parking lot in front of Daly Academy or find street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.
Q: Can I bring signs and balloons?
We ask that you not bring giant signs and balloons, as these items block the views of other families. Please save these items for your home.
CONGRATULATIONS ALLEN 6th GRADE CLASS OF 2021!
June 15th & Kindergarten Promotion
PLEASE NOTE that Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. This schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule. All students will have class from 8:50 am to 11:25 am via distance learning.
Kindergarten Promotion: Kindergarten promotion will be on June 15th at 9 am and will be a 100% virtual, online ceremony. Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for this virtual ceremony.
Is Your Child Immunization Ready?
While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.
We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.
Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.
School Office Hours over Summer Break
The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 to July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.
We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.
Verification of Residency Process
You should have received an email this past week with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information. If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.
There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.
Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.
If you have any questions or need assistance completing the form, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If your child will not be returning to Allen, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.
Kinder & New Student Registration
Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.
Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.
The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:
- Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
- NEW students in grades 1st through 6th
- Questions? Email email@example.com.
- 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
Kindly ensure that all books checked out are returned by June 14, 2021.
For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/
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: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!