Hello Allen Families and Staff,
We would like to wish a very blessed Hanukkah to those in the Allen community who celebrate the festival of lights this week!
Classes resume for a regular day of learning on Monday, Nov. 29th. Our school office will resume its normal hours from 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here. The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK
Many families are choosing to have their children vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. Please provide your child’s vaccine card to the school office so that we might be able to update student health records. This helps the school in the event of a close contact on campus, where fully vaccinated people are not required to quarantine. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.
Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.
You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.
Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week
Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for November 28, 2021:
Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook
A reminder of our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies:
The Core Value this week is Honesty. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Thank you.“
Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!
Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.
See the helpful graphic below:
If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.
A Look Ahead:
Monday, November 29, 2021 – First Day of Hanukkah; Classes resume for a regular day of school
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Kickball Game at Casillas at 3:45; Optional, online parent meeting at 6:30 pm with Trustee Kate Bishop [Link here]
Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – FREE, Virtual Parent Academy, 9 am to 1 pm [Link will be posted at http://www.cvesd.org]
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Kickball Game at Rice at 3:45
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Online “Vision Allen” Meeting at 5 pm [Link will be posted here]
Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Muraoka) at 3:45
December 13-17, 2021 – Winter Spirit Week [Details coming soon]
Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings
- ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
- SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
- PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Kickball Game at Heritage at 3:45
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm
Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Casillas) at 3:45
Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)
Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day
Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings
- ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
- SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
- PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day
Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL
Kickball Games are Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM. We are pleased to announce that our scholar-athletes remain undefeated so far are currently in second place! Our next game is on Tuesday, 11/30 at Casillas.
SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events.
The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. The district will be providing weekly COVID-19 testing to all eligible kickball athletes AT ALLEN during the school day. This will be done on a trial basis as we aren’t sure whether or not our testers will have the capacity to continue with this added responsibility in the future. We anticipate that testing will occur on Thursdays.
Virtual Chat with Trustee Kate Bishop
We invite parents and guardians of Allen students to attend this virtual chat with Trustee Kate Bishop on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm. The link to join this optional chat is here.
Free, Virtual Parent Academy in December
The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to offer its 6th annual Parent Academy. This free, online event will occur the morning of Saturday, December 4th! This virtual event will be from 9 am to 1 pm. Parents and families can pre-register for this FREE event in the file below.
Free COVID-19 Testing
Testing is for staff and students only at this time at these two locations. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations:
Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)
- Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
- Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)
- Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
- Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County. Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.
Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative PCR/NAAT test result.
Equity and Access for All Students
The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!“
To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:
COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety
Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).
The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:
- Seven Tips for Safe Schools
- How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
- The Importance of In-Person Learning
- What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19
The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.
The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents in July 2021. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly.
The CVESD Board of Education requires masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff, students, and visitors may remove masks when eating or drinking.
Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.
Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.
- CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
- The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
- For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.
If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree
Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.
Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner
Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]
Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!
AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
- Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
- Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
- 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 Families & Staff
Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.
Family First Friday Meeting
The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.
We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Site Budget and Site-Funded Positions.
This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]
Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.
School Site Council (SSC)
Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).
This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]
Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.
With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.
Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting
Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org
CVESD Board of Education Meeting
The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, December 15th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.
To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings
CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting
District Advisory Council (DAC)
The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.
The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on January 25th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.
Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.
Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year
This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.
Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.
Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!