Hello Allen Families and Staff,
Spring is here and we hope our families who are celebrating Passover, Easter, and Ramadan are having a great holiday.
We are excited to share that our Spring Carnival is coming up soon on Friday, April 29th from 4:30 to 7 pm at Allen Elementary! Please see the flyer below about this FREE event for all Allen and Daly students. Donations to cover costs will be accepted and food and treats are available for sale at the event.
Some friendly reminders regarding COVID-19 procedures:
- If you have a COVID Positive Case in your home and need guidance on isolation/quarantine, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, but please always notify the school office of an absence or positive case. If you are reporting a positive case to us in the office, please email email@example.com. You may also call us at (619) 479-3662.
- Masks continue to be recommended on campus indoors, for all adults and students, regardless of vaccination and testing status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for indoor use by the California Department of Public Health.
- If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please keep them at home and notify the school office at (619) 479-3662.
- If you have someone who is known positive in your household, please also keep your child home and notify the office so that we may further support.
- Independent Study Contracts are available for students who have tested positive or who must isolate/quarantine. We thank you for your patience and kindness towards our staff as we weather this pandemic together.
Questions about COVID-19? Want information on the free testing locations? Please see our updated page here: https://allenelementary.org/safety-and-health/
You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.
Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week
State and district testing starts this week! Below is the most current schedule which contains all grade levels and the assessments that they will be taking. We recommend that students get a full night of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast to prepare for district and state tests. Please see below for more detailed information regarding our school’s testing calendar. Thank you for ensuring your child does not miss school on test days. Please also read Dr. Reyes’ letter regarding state and district assessments below if you have not yet done so.
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 for this week is Honesty. The Common Courtesy for this week 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, April 18, 2022
- 6th grade Awards Ceremony at 9 am in courtyard at school
- Davies and Blum visit Children’s Museum
- SSC Meeting to discuss proposed bylaws and restricted funds at 3:30 pm [LINK]
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
- DAC/DELAC Meeting online at 12 noon [link at http://www.cvesd.org]
- Soccer at Allen (v. Eastlake) at 4 pm
- Basketball at Discovery (v. ClearView) at 5 pm
- Online Parent Workshop at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
- 5th grade visits the USS Midway
Thursday, April 21, 2022
- 2nd grade visits the Living Coast Discovery Center
- Soccer at Valley Vista at 4 pm
Friday, April 22, 2022 – Earth Day at Allen Elementary
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 – Basketball game (v. Valley Vista) at Rice Elementary at 6 pm
Thursday, April 28, 2022
- Soccer at Discovery at 4 pm
- CVESD B-LAC online at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]
Friday, April 29, 2022
- Linderman’s class in Innovation Station
- Last day to check out books from the school library
- Spring Carnival at Allen Elementary from 4:30 pm to 7 pm – FREE event
May 2 – May 6, 2022 – Optional Spring Spirit Week and School Staff Appreciation Week
Thursday, May 6, 2022 – Soccer at Allen (v. Wolf Canyon) at 4 pm
Friday, May 6, 2022 – Family First Friday in person (with free coffee) at 8 am
Monday, May 9, 2022 – Parent and Staff Meetings
- ELAC online at 3 pm
- SSC online at 3:30 pm
- PTC online at 6 pm
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 – Soccer at ClearView at 4 pm
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – Day of the Teacher and Day of the School Nurse
Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Soccer at Allen (v. Salt Creek) at 4 pm
Friday, May 13, 2022
- Allen Music Festival and 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course for adults only – 5:30 pm to 10 pm at the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course
Monday, May 16, 2022 – Classified School Employees week begins
Monday, May 17, 2022
- Sixth Grade Field Trip (TBA)
- DAC/DELAC in person 12 noon to 2 pm at the ESSC (84 East J. Street in Chula Vista)
- Online Parent Workshop at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]
Tuesday, May 18, 2022
- BVMS Math Assessment for Sixth Grade
- CVESD Board Meeting at 6 pm
Thursday, May 19, 2022 – CVESD B-LAC Meeting at 6 pm
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Online Parent Workshop at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]
Thursday, May 26, 2022
- Second Grade visits the Children’s Museum
- CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm
Monday, May 30, 2022 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Sixth Grade Promotion at 9:15 am
Friday, June 3, 2022 – Last Day of School and Next Steps Ceremony (Blum/Davies)
Yearbooks are now on sale until May 3rd! The 2021-2022 Allen Elementary yearbook includes all grades and features photos of students, teachers, staff, school clubs, field trips, and events. It is a great way for your Eagles to remember their time at Allen. Yearbooks will be distributed at the end of the school year. Softcover yearbooks are $21 and hardcover yearbooks are $28. Scan the QR code here for more information or click the link below to purchase your yearbook: https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/allenelementaryschool
Parent Input and Workshops
Our district needs your input on “What do you feel are the most important priorities in the LCAP that our District should emphasize in order to support all students?” To gather your feedback, we’re using a tool called ThoughtExchange. All voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued. There are 3 ways to participate:
#2: Participate in this Exchange by navigating to tejoin.com and entering the following 9-digit code: 827-790-577.
#3: Text the 9-digit code 827-790-577 to the phone number 728-55 to get a link to participate in this Exchange.
We also invite parents to join other parents in the district for our Spring Workshop series. These workshops will all be conducted virtually, online, from 6 pm to 7 pm. Please open the file below for more information. The links to these meetings will be shared at the district’s website, www.cvesd.org.
Summer Learning Academy
As a year-round school district, CVESD does not provide a traditional summer school experience. However, for the first time in many years, our district will offer a summer learning option called the Summer Learning Academy. This program will have very limited space and is intended to meet the needs of our students needing the highest level of academic and social-emotional support from the district. This may include students that are homeless or foster youth or students who are English Learners or students with disabilities. The Summer Learning Academy is designed to address the needs of our students in need, who may not otherwise get additional support. Many students will not qualify for this program, as space is very limited.
Our school will be contacting families who qualify for this program directly to invite them to this Summer Learning Academy, which will not be at Allen Elementary, but rather at another school in our district. Parents will need to provide transportation for their child, if they qualify for this program. Please contact the school office directly with questions about this program.
SSC – Special Meeting
The SSC will meet to discuss some proposed bylaws and restricted funds spending at 3:30 pm online on Monday, April 18. The link is here.
Zone Transfers & New Student Registration
Please complete this Zone Transfer (or ZT) process ASAP to keep your child at our school, or families risk losing their child’s spot at our school if a new family moves into the neighborhood. Please also remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.
NEW STUDENT registration began on March 2 online for the following:
- Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
- NEW students in grades 1st through 6th
- All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org
Allen Elementary has plenty of space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.
Verification of Residency will begin at the end of May 2022 for all students who will continue to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. A friendly reminder that this yearly process is required by CA state law. Details will be sent home in May.
Changes in Mask Policy
With decreasing COVID-19 positive cases, reduced hospitalizations, and more individuals being vaccinated, the district and state have lifted our mask mandates. Of course, any student or staff member who feels more comfortable wearing a mask while at school is welcome to continue to do so. We will continue to monitor health organizations recommendations, and local, state, and federal mandates to determine the best course of action as we navigate through this pandemic.
Update on Volunteers and Chaperones
Volunteers on campus must complete the following:
- Fingerprints and background check via Livescan Clearance CLICK HERE FOR FORM
- TB Clearance
- Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination (all doses) – or see more information below
- RAPTOR system clearance and government-issued ID on file
- Volunteer Contact Information Forms
- Complete the 20 minute Allen Elementary Volunteer Training (offered by appointment at the school office)
Please email our Principal, Mr. Greenwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Secretary, Ms. Reza, at email@example.com for more information.
Effective February 22, 20022, all CVESD schools allow “unvaccinated parents” to participate as volunteers/chaperones if they test weekly (or less frequently if they are just chaperoning a field trip, etc). These volunteers may work outdoors only and must comply with all the requirements for volunteers/chaperones at Allen Elementary with the addition that they:
- must wear a mask while on campus, regardless of other masking requirements that may or may not be in place
- test at one of our testing sites, Kiosks, or School During weekly testing
- share their results with staff who handles site volunteers
Below is the schedule for our Eagles Soccer team! All games start at 4 pm.
Basketball season has begun! Games are played outdoors at CVESD schools and City of Chula Vista Park. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. Please contact Ms. Farlow with questions. Our first game is at Discovery (versus ClearView) this Tuesday at 5 pm. Stay tuned for more updates as our season gets underway!
Girls On the Run
Girls on the Run is a new afternoon running club for girls in grades 3-6 after school from 3:20-4:45 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Allen.
The group is looking for any healthy fruit or snack donations that can help give the girls energy before practice. Think: granola bars, fresh fruit (cuties, bananas), crackers, goldfish, water bottles, etc.
The group is launching its smencils fundraiser campaign! Smencils are scented pencils and are on sale for a dollar. Scented keychains are available for $2. Items may be purchased from Ms. Venegas.
Last, the group is preparing for the GOTR 5K on May 15! It will be held at Crown Point Park. Please come out and support/cheer us as we make our way through 3.1 miles to the finish line!
Race date: Sunday, May 15th — Be at Crown Point at 8:15 am. The race starts at 9:00 am and is followed by a team celebration afterwards.
Registration info: Regular fees are $225 per girl for the season, but reduced rates are available for multiple girls per family, active-duty military, government assistance or income-based aid and scholarships for girls as needed – we don’t want ANYONE turned away!
Come click the link and join the fun!
Optional, Weekly COVID Clinic Testing
The free, “opt-in” COVID-19 testing program continues every Thursday as part of our district’s efforts to keep classrooms open and support our families with testing requirements for the state of California.
UPDATE as of 4/17/22:
Please watch this detailed video: https://vimeo.com/699606532
If COVID Clinic tested you or your child in the past: We will continue to test all registered students who have opted-in to this program, free of charge. The government requires our school and Covid Clinic to ask if parents have insurance or are uninsured. Please fill out the form below. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED!
Please watch this detailed video: https://vimeo.com/699606532
IMPORTANT: If we have provided COVID-19 testing for you or your dependents during the COVID-19 pandemic, read this. A new California law (SB 510) took effect January 1, 2022, and requires California private insurance plans to pay for ALL COVID-19 testing received by you and your dependents at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic, at no cost to you. Additionally, federal funding via HRSA will no longer cover testing for those without insurance. To make sure you and your dependents receive the benefit of this new law, and so you do not receive a bill from us for COVID-19 testing, we need your insurance information now. Once you provide us with accurate insurance information, we will bill and accept payment from your insurance plan (at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your dependents) for any COVID-19 testing received from us in the past or in the future. But without your accurate insurance information, we cannot help you and your dependents to receive the benefit of this new law.
Please contact Covid Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you.
If you still need the link to give consent, it can be found here: https://school.covidclinic.org/register.
- Please know that giving consent for the COVID Clinic kiosks (at Clear View, Castle Park, or Eastlake) also automatically gives consent for your child to be tested via Allen’s weekly on-site testing.
We hope that you will choose to opt in and participate in this weekly testing program. No child will be tested without proper parental consent in this program.
- Please double check that you have completed the registration process correctly and placed an order for your child to be tested. Once these two steps have been completed, there is no need to update this each week. If you previously gave consent for your child to participate and have changed your mind, please notify COVID Clinic directly via email at email@example.com before Tuesday morning at 8 am. Please be sure to state your name and your child’s name, as well as their school in that message.
- Please note that the district does not want to test students and staff via this program who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days as they will likely test positive again via this PCR test. An at-home rapid or antigen test is a better option to use if you would like your child to return to school from an absence.
Free COVID-19 Testing
Testing is for staff and students at these locations. Testing hours may shift over Spring Break.
*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times. 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 at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista 91910
- Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
- Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
Hedenkamp Elementary School at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista 91913
- Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 2:30 PM)
- Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 2:30 PM)
Three more PCR testing sites are now available via COVID Clinic, outside of the weekly testing opportunity at Allen. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, at EastLake Elementary, ClearView Elementary, and Castle Park Elementary.
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 COVID-19 test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center). If showing symptoms, a person will need a PCR/NAAT test. Otherwise, an antigen/rapid test will suffice. 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 test result.
We are happy to provide an independent study contract for families negatively impacted by the surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Please contact the school office for help with this.
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.
Equity and Access for All Students
View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/
COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety
Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future 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..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.
The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. 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.
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 any person (regardless of vaccination status) presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative 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
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.
Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.
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, May 6, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.
We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or a cold cup of cold brew on nitro 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, May 9th at 3 pm.
This meeting will be held only online via the link posted above.
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, April 18th at 3:30 pm. See above for the link to this online 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 usually 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 9th 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, May 18th 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 April 19, 2022 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 2022-2023 School Year
Next year’s School Calendar (2022-2023) is available online! Click this link to download it.
Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.
Student Starting Date: July 20, 2022
Student Ending Date: June 2, 2023
Key breaks include:
- Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
- Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
- Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
- Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023
Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!