Sunday Update (31 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Happy first week of August!

We invite all parents and legal guardians to our Family First Friday this Friday at 8 am for a free cup of coffee at the front of our school. Come meet our staff and other families!

We appreciate your continued support of our school. If you have questions for our staff or need assistance, please call at at (619) 479-3662. Office hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F.

Please take a minute to download and review the important dates from the school calendar here:

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, July 31st at the YouTube link below:

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please note that rooms 501 (Ms. Sinong) and 502 (Ms. Monis) have rescheduled their Curriculum Night for August 4th at 5:30 pm.

Parents and legal guardians are needed to help make shared decisions at our school via our PTC (Parent-Teacher Club), SSC (School Site Council), and ELAC (English Learners Advisory Council).

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here:

Anyone interested in serving on the SSC should attend the virtual meeting on Monday, August 8th at 3:30 pm. The link will be on this school blog next week.

Annual Notification is required by California state law. Please see this page for more information:

Annual Notification for CVESD

Please see our updated 2022-2023 Family Handbook here: Link to Family Handbook

Opt-in for text messages from Allen Elementary. Text YES to 67587.

Send YES to 67587.

We are excited to welcome a handful of new staff members. Please see our staff page for more details:

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Perseverance. The Common Courtesy for that week is Good morning and good afternoon...“

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! Wondering how to support 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. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

If you have a concern about another child’s behaviors impacting your child, we suggest you first contact your child’s teacher. Afterwards, please see this page here.

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, at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, August 1, 2022 – Smarty Ants Assessment for all K-2 students

Friday, August 5, 2022 – Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am (free coffee for adults)

Monday, August 8, 2022 – Parent Meetings (Links will be posted here)

  • 3 pm – English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) online meeting
  • 3:30 pm – School Site Council (SSC) online meeting
  • 6 pm – Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) online meeting

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 – Community Safety Forum at Hedenkamp from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, August 11, 2022 – Second Grade visits the Living Coast

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 – Fun Run Kickoff at 9 am and DAC/DELAC at 12 noon

Thursday, August 18, 2022 – School Photography Day

Friday, August 26, 2022 – Make Up School Photography Day

Friday, September 2, 2022 – PTC Ultra Fun Run in AM

Monday, September 5, 2022 – NO SCHOOL (Labor Day Holiday)

Curriculum Night

Thank you to all of our families who attended Curriculum Night last week.

Allen Elementary will be hosting a Curriculum Night for rooms 501 and 502 only this Thursday from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. Your child’s teacher will be sharing more details. We kindly ask that you leave your children at home.

Some families have asked how they can help support our school: Teachers will have a wish list of possible donations for an easy way to help our school. We also encourage active family participation! Join the Allen PTC, attend SSC and ELAC meetings, or stop by our Family First Friday for a free cup of coffee. Your support of our school makes our school community stronger!

Green LCFF Applications

Your child should have come home from school on Friday with a green Lunch Application or LCFF Collection Data Application Form. If not, you can download and print the form here:

We are asking for your participation in the Local Control Funding Formula Collection Data form or the lunch application for 2022-2023. This form or application will have a critical impact on your child’s support and services. We are requesting all of our families to submit the LCFF form or application which determines the State and Federal funding that schools receive. This funding provides your child with support and resources for their academic success.

Benefits for your child include:

· Instructional materials

· Classroom technology

· Additional staffing to provide supports for students

· Extended learning opportunities for students

· Before and after school programs

We appreciate your time and support in ensuring your child gets what they need and deserve in CVESD. Please return the survey by September 1, 2022. We urge all families to complete this form. While it is true that all students are eligible this year for free meals via our school cafeteria, these forms help provide critical funds to pay for this program and other programs in our school. This helps our school and district a great deal. Please complete these forms and return them ASAP to the school office. Kindly contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with any questions.

SSC Parents Needed

Please learn more about our opportunities to get involved in the school for parents and legal guardians, including our School Site Council, or SSC, at Curriculum Night.

Parents and legal guardians are needed to help make shared decisions at our school via our PTC (Parent-Teacher Club), SSC (School Site Council), and ELAC (English Learners Advisory Council). More information will be provided on this school blog and at Curriculum Night this Thursday.

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here:

Anyone interested in serving on the SSC should attend the virtual meeting on Monday, August 8th at 3:30 pm. The link will be on this school blog next week.

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required, but because of how quickly this most recent strand of COVID is spreading, testing is strongly encouraged if you or your child have any symptoms. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here:

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via Campus Clinic each week. Parents and legal guardians must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent.

For this testing, please check your spam folders. If you still did not receive the email, please reach out to: and the team will be able to determine the correct next steps from there. There is not an all-encompassing link at this time because each email contains a unique PIN.

For community testing at the kiosks, individuals will need to register on-site. You only need to register one time for a test through the kiosk.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

Per the Allen Family Handbook, “requests for specific teachers are not permitted. However, parents may provide educational information (in written form) about their child before May 1st, in order to assist teachers and school administration with classroom placement. Once classroom rosters are created, students are not moved to another classroom unless student enrollment numbers dictate the necessity to do so.”

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. All of our staff are dedicated and caring professionals and paraprofessionals with the interest of all children in their hearts. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We will not make any changes to class rosters in the first two weeks and will only be able to accommodate requests if enrollment allows us to do so.

Innovation Live Events for 2022-2023

We hope that you had a wonderful first week of school! We are excited to share with you that our Innovation LIVE! events are back for the 2022-23 school year. Our district’s team is excited to bring these events to our classrooms again this year. Last year alone, we had over 29,000 attendees!

This year, we will continue hosting our events on Fridays at 9 am, roughly every two weeks. These events are designed to virtually bring hands-on STEAM learning opportunities to classrooms. Led by our Innovation Team, each event introduces students to a science and/or engineering concept, includes a hands-on engineering challenge, a career connection, live Q &A, and a live Kahoot! game. They are generally 30-45 minutes long. Students can participate as a class by projecting the event from one device or individually by logging in separately with their own devices.

We hope that these continue to provide for a wonderful in-class experience and leads to rich collaborative conversations about what students have learned, designed, and/or built. Students and their families and classrooms can view our recordings of these live events on the district’s Innovation Team YouTube channel.

Below, you will find the dates of each of our live events for the school year, as well as what station will be hosting the event. Our next live event will take place on Friday, August 12 at 9 am via Microsoft Teams. Please keep an eye out for another email with specific details about this event.

If you are not familiar with our Innovation LIVE! events and would like to learn more, you can visit our YouTube channel to see recordings of past events.

Parent Volunteers

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. See below for these requirements:


  • Proof of TB
  • COVID-19 Evidence: Either a full course of COVID-19 Vaccine OR if not fully vaccinated, a negative test is required within 2 days of the day of volunteering.
  • RAPTOR I.D. Scan
  • Fingerprint Clearance – DOJ & FBI

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

Please remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • 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:

Allen Elementary has space in our 1st grade classrooms and our PM preschool for this 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 is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may change based on recommendations from County of San Diego Health officials.

*** We recommend that you check for the most updated times and locations.

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.

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here:

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 indoors at all schools 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
  • 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

*** Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree here: LINK to Newest Decision Tree

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at 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! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

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:

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, August 5th, 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 will be on August 8, 2022 at 3 pm.

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be on August 8, 2022 at 3:30 pm.

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 August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation:

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, Aug. 10 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:


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 August 16, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains 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:


District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

The B-LAC is composed of parents, staff, and community representatives from around the district. The B-LAC provides and monitors the ongoing support for Black/African American students and families in the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) to ensure unbiased practices/policies, equitable educational outcomes, and equal access to a quality education. The group meets regularly during the school year, once a month. Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm. For more information and to download the schedule of these meetings, clink the link:—b–lac

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 2022-2023 School Calendar is available online! Click this link to download it. Please reference this when planning vacations or scheduling appointments with your children that may require them to miss school. Excellent attendance is important in student success!

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.

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!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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