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Allen Update (4 July 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! We hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Be safe this holiday!

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp at Allen Elementary in August 2020. Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

Health and Safety Reminders

COVID-19 presents real health risks to our community. A friendly reminder to please wear a mask or face covering, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap.

School Office Hours

The school office remains closed to the public. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 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 weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like in mid-July. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

There is a revised school calendar that we wanted to ensure everyone has. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school. We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 5 pm

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

CVESD Summer Learning Resources

Our district continues to provide resources for all students and their families over the summer: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/my_childs_learning/independent_learning_at_home

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Sunday Update (28 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! We are committed to providing you with weekly summer updates in the hopes of maintaining two-way communication between the school and our families:

Summer Learning Camp at Allen

A small number of students per grade level will be invited to attend a Summer Learning Camp at Allen Elementary in August 2020. Summer Learning Camp will provide instruction in reading and mathematics to students who may benefit from additional intervention. During each day of the Summer Learning Camp, students will receive one-on-one instruction, small group instruction, and social emotional learning from excellent teachers within our District. Each child’s individual literacy skills will be assessed and addressed during this ten-day camp. This experience is intended for a limited number of students: Only those students needing additional support in reading foundational skills and mathematics will be invited to attend.

Current safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols are likely to change frequently based on the needs of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students and employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks of staff and students will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom, to the extent possible, following CDPH guidelines.
  • Minimal interaction between groups of students will occur.

Additional information and details will be shared with the families of students invited to attend the Summer Learning Camp at Allen prior to the start of the camp.

School Office Hours

The school office remains closed to the public until August 12, 2020 so that staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 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 weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like in mid-July. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

Download the revised Calendar!

The CVESD Board of Education approved a revised school calendar on June 17, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County.

We highly recommend that all families download a copy of this calendar and make note of all vacations and holidays so that students are present for all scheduled days of school. We also encourage families to schedule doctor and dentist appointments over the breaks or on minimum days so that students do not miss any learning. You may download a copy of the calendar here:

Yearbook Update

Allen’s 2019-2020 School Yearbooks were mailed directly to the homes of families who ordered them in advance. If you have any questions about your order, please contact Chalkboard Photography directly at info@chalkboardphotography.com. A very small number of additional yearbooks were ordered for those families who did not order online in advance. These will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis once the school office reopens in August 2020.

The 2019-2020 Yearbook

Meetings for Parents & Guardians

Allen’s PTC Meetings will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines until further notice. Allen PTC Meetings generally occur on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm:

  • Monday, July 13 at 6 pm
  • Monday, August 10 at 6 pm

Please email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

CVESD’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month:

  • Wednesday, July 15 at 5 pm
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 5 pm

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

Caleb’s Stories

Have you seen Caleb and his stories out and about in Bonita? He was last seen at Rohr Park passing out his latest story. His efforts have garnered attention from NBC San Diego channel 7 news!

Please also check out this other NBC 7 news clip here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/videos/bonita-boy-pens-funs-stories-for-neighborhood/2345892/

CVESD YouTube Channels

Our district continues to innovate and provide resources for students and their families over the summer. We’d like to share with you the three new YouTube channels created with our students’ needs in mind:

CVESD Physical Education YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRcnPSiTZ1wv68twiJ_eWRw/featured

CVESD Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqAZ-CdmgpxqDB0QCCa9ag/featured

The OT Guide: Occupational Therapy (OT) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcd1H4c6W4LJMJ3VBJAxYw

We love and miss you Eagles! Continue to enjoy your summer vacation, wash your hands, and keep reading!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Sunday Update (21 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! As promised, we will do our very best to provide regular updates to our families and staff over the summer.

School Office Hours

The school office is currently closed to the public until August 12, 2020 so that staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 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 weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding what the upcoming school year will look like on July 15th. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

School Calendar Approved!

The CVESD Board of Education approved a revised school calendar on June 17, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this revised calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. When schools reopen, the health and safety of students and staff will be paramount.

Yearbook Update

Earlier this week, Allen’s 2019-2020 School Yearbooks were mailed directly to the homes of families who ordered them in advance. If you have any questions, please contact Chalkboard Photography directly at info@chalkboardphotography.com.

Meeting Updates for Parents

Allen’s next PTC Meeting will be on Monday, July 13th at 6 pm. This meeting will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines. August’s PTC Meeting will be on Monday, August 10th at 6 pm online as well. Please email john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

Caleb’s Stories

Making stories and the news!

We are pleased to see that Caleb, a rising second grade student at Ella B. Allen Elementary, continues to write his stories. His efforts have garnered attention from NBC San Diego channel 7 news!

Please also check out this other NBC 7 news clip here: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/videos/bonita-boy-pens-funs-stories-for-neighborhood/2345892/

CVESD YouTube Channels

Our district continues to innovate and provide resources for students and their families. We’d like to share with you the three new YouTube channels created with our students’ needs in mind:

CVESD Physical Education YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRcnPSiTZ1wv68twiJ_eWRw/featured

CVESD Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxqAZ-CdmgpxqDB0QCCa9ag/featured

The OT Guide: Occupational Therapy (OT) YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcd1H4c6W4LJMJ3VBJAxYw

We miss you Eagles! Be sure to enjoy your summer vacation!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (14 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! A few quick updates as our office staff prepares to start their brief summer vacation.

School Office Hours

Our office staff has been working hard to prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year and is ready for a much needed break! The school office will remain closed to the public until August 12, 2020 so that staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning August 12, 2020, the school office hours will be 8 am to 4 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 weekly updates on this blog every Sunday and expect to hear more details regarding the school year on July 15th. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for weekly updates.

School Calendar, Pending Approval

A tentative CVESD 2020-2021 school calendar is pending approval by the CVESD Board of Education on June 17th. If approved, schools in our district would resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this proposed calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. When schools reopen, the health and safety of students and staff will be paramount.

Meeting Updates for Parents

The next CVESD Board of Education meeting will be on Wednesday, June 17th at 5 pm. Please see this website to access the meeting online: https://www.cvesd.org/board_of_education/board_meetings

Allen’s next PTC Meeting will be on Monday, July 13th at 6 pm. This meeting will be held virtually online in accordance with state and county health guidelines. August’s PTC Meeting will be on Monday, August 10th at 6 pm online as well. Please email john.greenwell@cvesd.org in advance of the meeting for the link to the online PTC meetings.

Caleb’s Stories

Making stories and the news!

We are pleased to see that Caleb, a rising second grade student at Ella B. Allen Elementary, continues to write his stories. His efforts have garnered attention from NBC San Diego channel 7 news!

If you have not yet read this letter, please see the latest letter dated on June 9th from our district Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo below…

Your Grit Inspires Us!

June 9, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As we see the 2019-20 school year come to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your flexibility and adaptability as we quickly transitioned to distance learning and instruction. Everyone showed a true level of grit that was both inspiring and uplifting. Congratulations on a successful school year and best of luck to those moving on to the next stage of their educational pursuits.

Our attention turns now to the work of finalizing plans for the 2020-21 school session. At this time, we have targeted Monday, August 31, as the proposed date that school will begin. While we traditionally align our calendar with the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), we also understand the challenges and considerations regarding safely reopening schools and providing meaningful instruction via distance learning are different for elementary schools and secondary schools. It is our intention to align our future calendars with SUHSD once this pandemic is over.

The direction our reopening takes will depend on several important pieces: implementing school guidance and public health recommendations, countywide efforts to ensure COVID-19 is under control and cases are on the way down, progress along the Governor’s multi-phased roadmap for ending the stay-at-home order, guidance from the newly released Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools, and, just as importantly, input from our stakeholder groups.

Survey Says…

Recently, the Chula Vista Elementary School District reached out to our community and asked for input about the coming school year and the design of school reopenings. Over 9,000 responses were received and that input has been critical to our work in crafting our plan for teaching and learning. Three specific results are worth noting.

When surveyed about potential learning models, our families indicated:

  • 36% would prefer on-site instruction
  • 19% would prefer virtual school
  • 55% would prefer some form of blended learning model.

During the summer, our staff will create both online virtual school as well as live sessions to help recover lost learning. Starting July 15, we will send an update every two weeks regarding the status of these learning platforms. We want to keep you as informed and up to date as possible so that we start the new school year off on the right foot.

No matter what form instruction and learning take in the coming school year, CVESD remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our entire school communities. Getting back to school is critically important, as you know, but doing so responsibly and with a focus on preventing the spread of this virus is paramount.

Challenging Times

There is no doubt we find ourselves in challenging times and I would be remiss if I did not also comment on the events of the last few weeks with regard to social justice, protesting of police brutality, and demands for significant and meaningful change in our country. As protests continued for another weekend, I concentrated on listening. I listened to African-American school leaders in our District. I listened to African-American colleagues and friends. I also listened to teachers, staff members and school psychologists who were not African-American, as they shared with me their horror in watching video capturing the death of a bound George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. This was the latest in a string of killings and racial injustices targeting black Americans.

Like those from all walks of life and many sectors of industry, we as a District proudly acknowledge Black Lives Matter.

Many of our families are deeply hurting right now. We as educators and members of the larger community have a moral obligation to create safe spaces for discussion and learning so that we don’t miss the lesson in these recent events. We need to listen to the voices crying out for change and understanding. We need to listen to our children’s questions about the difficult images they are seeing on their screens. Together, we need to take action and assist in the process of developing strategies that will make a difference.

Our students need us now more than ever. They need guidance that is informed, authentic, and filled with compassion and understanding. Sometimes, additional resources can be a bridge when we don’t feel fully equipped to assist our young people. Two valuable resources you might refer to come from our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Director and our District’s social workers, as well as the San Diego County Office of Education. These are excellent resources that may assist in facilitating conversations between students and families.

I am hopeful we are ready to move forward as a District, a community, and a nation united in the belief that we can and will do better. Only then can we live up to our belief that each and every child is an individual of great worth.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent


¡Su perseverancia nos inspira!

9 de Junio, 2020

Estimados padres/tutores y personal:

En la medida que vemos que el año escolar 2019-20 llega a su fin, quiero agradecerles a usted y a sus hijos por su flexibilidad y adaptabilidad a medida que pasamos rápidamente a la educación y el aprendizaje a distancia. Todos mostraron un verdadero nivel de valor que fue inspirador y estimulante. Felicitaciones por un año escolar exitoso y la mejor de las suertes para aquellos que pasan a la siguiente etapa de su trayectoria educativa.

Nuestra atención se dirige ahora al trabajo de finalizar los planes para el ciclo escolar 2020-21. En este momento, nos hemos enfocado en el lunes 31 de agosto, fecha en que comenzará la escuela. Si bien tradicionalmente alineamos nuestro calendario con el Distrito de Escuelas Preparatorias Sweetwater Union, también entendemos que los desafíos y las consideraciones con respecto a la reapertura segura de las escuelas y el suministro de instrucción significativa a través de la educación a distancia son diferentes para las escuelas primarias y secundarias. Es nuestra intención alinear nuestros futuros calendarios con Sweetwater Union High School una vez que esta pandemia haya terminado.

La dirección que tome nuestra reapertura depende de varios componentes importantes: implementar lineamientos escolares y recomendaciones de salud pública, los esfuerzos de todo el condado para garantizar qué está bajo control el COVID-19 y que los casos están bajando, tener progreso hacia el plan rector multifacético del gobernador para finalizar la orden de resguardo en casa, pautas del recién publicado Libreto de Lineamientos para la Reapertura Segura de las Escuelas Públicas de California, y también igual de importante, la opinión de todos nuestros grupos interesados.

La encuesta dice…

Recientemente, CVESD se acercó a nuestra comunidad y pidió opiniones sobre el siguiente año escolar y el diseño de la reapertura de las escuelas. Se han recibido más de 9,000 respuestas y esa aportación ha sido de suma importancia en la elaboración de nuestro plan para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Cabe mencionar 3 puntos específicos.

Al ser encuestadas sobre los modelos potenciales de aprendizaje, nuestras familias indicaron:

  • 36% prefieren la instrucción en las escuelas.
  • 19% prefieren una escuela virtual.
  • 55% prefieren alguna forma combinada de los modelos de aprendizaje.

Durante el verano, nuestro personal va a crear escuelas virtuales en línea, así como sesiones en vivo para ayudar a recuperar el aprendizaje perdido. Empezando el 15 de julio, vamos a enviar una actualización cada dos semanas referente al estatus de estas plataformas de aprendizaje. Queremos mantenerlos lo más informados y actualizados posible para empezar el nuevo año escolar con el pie derecho.

Independientemente de la forma de instrucción y aprendizaje que se llevará a cabo el siguiente año escolar, CVESD sigue comprometido en proteger la salud y bienestar de todas nuestras comunidades escolares. Si es muy importante regresar a la escuela, como ustedes lo saben, pero hacerlo responsablemente y enfocados en la prevención de la propagación de este virus es primordial.

Tiempos desafiantes

Sin duda estamos viviendo tiempos muy desafiantes y sería negligente de mi parte si no comentara acerca de los eventos de las últimas semanas con respecto a la justicia social, protestas de la brutalidad policiaca y demandas para cambios verdaderamente significativos en nuestro país. Al continuar las protestas otro fin de semana, me concentré en escuchar. Escuché a los líderes escolares afroamericanos en nuestro distrito. Escuché a mis colegas y amigos afroamericanos. También escuché a maestros, miembros del personal y psicólogos escolares que no son afroamericanos, pero que compartieron conmigo su horror al ver el vídeo que capturó la muerte de George Floyd atado, por un oficial de policía de Minneapolis. Éste el más reciente de una ola de asesinatos e injusticias raciales hacia americanos de raza negra.

Igual que todos de diferentes ámbitos sociales y muchos sectores de la industria, nosotros como Distrito reconocemos que Black Lives Matter.

Ahora mismo, muchas de nuestras familias están sufriendo. Nosotros como educadores y miembros de una comunidad tenemos la obligación moral de crear espacios seguros para platicar y aprender y así no perdernos la lección de estos recientes eventos. Debemos escuchar las voces que gritan por el cambio y comprensión. Debemos escuchar a las preguntas de nuestros niños sobre las imágenes difíciles que están viendo en sus pantallas. Juntos, debemos tomar acción y ayudar en el proceso de desarrollar estrategias qué harán una diferencia.

Nuestros estudiantes nos necesitan ahora más que nunca. Ellos necesitan asesoramiento informado, auténtico y lleno de compasión y comprensión. A veces, algunos recursos adicionales pueden crear puentes cuando no nos sentimos plenamente equipados para ayudar a nuestros jóvenes. Dos recursos valiosos que podrían acceder vienen de nuestros trabajadores sociales en el Distrito, y nuestra Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego. Éstos son recursos excelentes que podrán ayudarlos en facilitar conversaciones entre estudiantes y familias.

Tengo la esperanza de que estamos listos para seguir adelante como un Distrito, una comunidad y una nación unida en la creencia que podemos y haremos las cosas mejor. Sólo entonces podremos alcanzar nuestra creencia de que todos y cada niño es un individuo de gran valor.

Mi más sincero agradecimiento,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

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Allen Update (11 June 2020)

Caleb’s Stories

Making stories and the news!

We are pleased to see that Caleb, a rising second grade student at Ella B. Allen Elementary, continues to write his stories. His efforts have garnered attention from both Miss Bonita and NBC San Diego channel 7 news! Check out the news clip below from June 11th…

Caleb’s Stories, footage courtesy of NBC San Diego.

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Allen Update (10 June 2020)

Greetings Allen Families! A quick update regarding the possible school calendar and a message from our district Superintendent…

School Calendar, Pending Approval

A tentative CVESD 2020-2021 school calendar is pending approval by the CVESD Board of Education on June 17th. If approved, schools in our district would resume on Monday, August 31, 2020, with the last day of school on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please note the absence of a fall break on this proposed calendar as it closely mirrors traditional school year calendars of other districts in San Diego County. When schools reopen, the health and safety of students and staff will be paramount.

Please see the latest update from our district Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo below…

Your Grit Inspires Us!

June 9, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As we see the 2019-20 school year come to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your flexibility and adaptability as we quickly transitioned to distance learning and instruction. Everyone showed a true level of grit that was both inspiring and uplifting. Congratulations on a successful school year and best of luck to those moving on to the next stage of their educational pursuits.

Our attention turns now to the work of finalizing plans for the 2020-21 school session. At this time, we have targeted Monday, August 31, as the proposed date that school will begin. While we traditionally align our calendar with the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), we also understand the challenges and considerations regarding safely reopening schools and providing meaningful instruction via distance learning are different for elementary schools and secondary schools. It is our intention to align our future calendars with SUHSD once this pandemic is over.

The direction our reopening takes will depend on several important pieces: implementing school guidance and public health recommendations, countywide efforts to ensure COVID-19 is under control and cases are on the way down, progress along the Governor’s multi-phased roadmap for ending the stay-at-home order, guidance from the newly released Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools, and, just as importantly, input from our stakeholder groups.

Survey Says…

Recently, the Chula Vista Elementary School District reached out to our community and asked for input about the coming school year and the design of school reopenings. Over 9,000 responses were received and that input has been critical to our work in crafting our plan for teaching and learning. Three specific results are worth noting.

When surveyed about potential learning models, our families indicated:

  • 36% would prefer on-site instruction
  • 19% would prefer virtual school
  • 55% would prefer some form of blended learning model.

During the summer, our staff will create both online virtual school as well as live sessions to help recover lost learning. Starting July 15, we will send an update every two weeks regarding the status of these learning platforms. We want to keep you as informed and up to date as possible so that we start the new school year off on the right foot.

No matter what form instruction and learning take in the coming school year, CVESD remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our entire school communities. Getting back to school is critically important, as you know, but doing so responsibly and with a focus on preventing the spread of this virus is paramount.

Challenging Times

There is no doubt we find ourselves in challenging times and I would be remiss if I did not also comment on the events of the last few weeks with regard to social justice, protesting of police brutality, and demands for significant and meaningful change in our country. As protests continued for another weekend, I concentrated on listening. I listened to African-American school leaders in our District. I listened to African-American colleagues and friends. I also listened to teachers, staff members and school psychologists who were not African-American, as they shared with me their horror in watching video capturing the death of a bound George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. This was the latest in a string of killings and racial injustices targeting black Americans.

Like those from all walks of life and many sectors of industry, we as a District proudly acknowledge Black Lives Matter.

Many of our families are deeply hurting right now. We as educators and members of the larger community have a moral obligation to create safe spaces for discussion and learning so that we don’t miss the lesson in these recent events. We need to listen to the voices crying out for change and understanding. We need to listen to our children’s questions about the difficult images they are seeing on their screens. Together, we need to take action and assist in the process of developing strategies that will make a difference.

Our students need us now more than ever. They need guidance that is informed, authentic, and filled with compassion and understanding. Sometimes, additional resources can be a bridge when we don’t feel fully equipped to assist our young people. Two valuable resources you might refer to come from our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Director and our District’s social workers, as well as the San Diego County Office of Education. These are excellent resources that may assist in facilitating conversations between students and families.

I am hopeful we are ready to move forward as a District, a community, and a nation united in the belief that we can and will do better. Only then can we live up to our belief that each and every child is an individual of great worth.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent


¡Su perseverancia nos inspira!

9 de Junio, 2020

Estimados padres/tutores y personal:

En la medida que vemos que el año escolar 2019-20 llega a su fin, quiero agradecerles a usted y a sus hijos por su flexibilidad y adaptabilidad a medida que pasamos rápidamente a la educación y el aprendizaje a distancia. Todos mostraron un verdadero nivel de valor que fue inspirador y estimulante. Felicitaciones por un año escolar exitoso y la mejor de las suertes para aquellos que pasan a la siguiente etapa de su trayectoria educativa.

Nuestra atención se dirige ahora al trabajo de finalizar los planes para el ciclo escolar 2020-21. En este momento, nos hemos enfocado en el lunes 31 de agosto, fecha en que comenzará la escuela. Si bien tradicionalmente alineamos nuestro calendario con el Distrito de Escuelas Preparatorias Sweetwater Union, también entendemos que los desafíos y las consideraciones con respecto a la reapertura segura de las escuelas y el suministro de instrucción significativa a través de la educación a distancia son diferentes para las escuelas primarias y secundarias. Es nuestra intención alinear nuestros futuros calendarios con Sweetwater Union High School una vez que esta pandemia haya terminado.

La dirección que tome nuestra reapertura depende de varios componentes importantes: implementar lineamientos escolares y recomendaciones de salud pública, los esfuerzos de todo el condado para garantizar qué está bajo control el COVID-19 y que los casos están bajando, tener progreso hacia el plan rector multifacético del gobernador para finalizar la orden de resguardo en casa, pautas del recién publicado Libreto de Lineamientos para la Reapertura Segura de las Escuelas Públicas de California, y también igual de importante, la opinión de todos nuestros grupos interesados.

La encuesta dice…

Recientemente, CVESD se acercó a nuestra comunidad y pidió opiniones sobre el siguiente año escolar y el diseño de la reapertura de las escuelas. Se han recibido más de 9,000 respuestas y esa aportación ha sido de suma importancia en la elaboración de nuestro plan para la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Cabe mencionar 3 puntos específicos.

Al ser encuestadas sobre los modelos potenciales de aprendizaje, nuestras familias indicaron:

  • 36% prefieren la instrucción en las escuelas.
  • 19% prefieren una escuela virtual.
  • 55% prefieren alguna forma combinada de los modelos de aprendizaje.

Durante el verano, nuestro personal va a crear escuelas virtuales en línea, así como sesiones en vivo para ayudar a recuperar el aprendizaje perdido. Empezando el 15 de julio, vamos a enviar una actualización cada dos semanas referente al estatus de estas plataformas de aprendizaje. Queremos mantenerlos lo más informados y actualizados posible para empezar el nuevo año escolar con el pie derecho.

Independientemente de la forma de instrucción y aprendizaje que se llevará a cabo el siguiente año escolar, CVESD sigue comprometido en proteger la salud y bienestar de todas nuestras comunidades escolares. Si es muy importante regresar a la escuela, como ustedes lo saben, pero hacerlo responsablemente y enfocados en la prevención de la propagación de este virus es primordial.

Tiempos desafiantes

Sin duda estamos viviendo tiempos muy desafiantes y sería negligente de mi parte si no comentara acerca de los eventos de las últimas semanas con respecto a la justicia social, protestas de la brutalidad policiaca y demandas para cambios verdaderamente significativos en nuestro país. Al continuar las protestas otro fin de semana, me concentré en escuchar. Escuché a los líderes escolares afroamericanos en nuestro distrito. Escuché a mis colegas y amigos afroamericanos. También escuché a maestros, miembros del personal y psicólogos escolares que no son afroamericanos, pero que compartieron conmigo su horror al ver el vídeo que capturó la muerte de George Floyd atado, por un oficial de policía de Minneapolis. Éste el más reciente de una ola de asesinatos e injusticias raciales hacia americanos de raza negra.

Igual que todos de diferentes ámbitos sociales y muchos sectores de la industria, nosotros como Distrito reconocemos que Black Lives Matter.

Ahora mismo, muchas de nuestras familias están sufriendo. Nosotros como educadores y miembros de una comunidad tenemos la obligación moral de crear espacios seguros para platicar y aprender y así no perdernos la lección de estos recientes eventos. Debemos escuchar las voces que gritan por el cambio y comprensión. Debemos escuchar a las preguntas de nuestros niños sobre las imágenes difíciles que están viendo en sus pantallas. Juntos, debemos tomar acción y ayudar en el proceso de desarrollar estrategias qué harán una diferencia.

Nuestros estudiantes nos necesitan ahora más que nunca. Ellos necesitan asesoramiento informado, auténtico y lleno de compasión y comprensión. A veces, algunos recursos adicionales pueden crear puentes cuando no nos sentimos plenamente equipados para ayudar a nuestros jóvenes. Dos recursos valiosos que podrían acceder vienen de nuestros trabajadores sociales en el Distrito, y nuestra Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego. Éstos son recursos excelentes que podrán ayudarlos en facilitar conversaciones entre estudiantes y familias.

Tengo la esperanza de que estamos listos para seguir adelante como un Distrito, una comunidad y una nación unida en la creencia que podemos y haremos las cosas mejor. Sólo entonces podremos alcanzar nuestra creencia de que todos y cada niño es un individuo de gran valor.

Mi más sincero agradecimiento,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

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Allen Sunday Update (7 June 2020)

Happy Sunday Allen Eagles!

I hope you are enjoying your summer break. Please be sure to check this blog occasionally for updates regarding our upcoming school year.

Summer Updates

A small group of district employees will be available by email to support parents, staff, and students and provide updates regarding the new school year. Some employees of the school and district will be working over the summer to ensure that new safety measures are put into place so that students can return to school for the 2020-2021 academic year. They may also share additional resources for the summer break including information from our partner organizations, such as the South Bay Family YMCA and the city of Chula Vista. Please continue to check regularly www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information and know that the health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ended officially this Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and GoMath over the summer break. In addition, families may print out additional educational packets for students over the summer break here. CVESD’s Distance Learning packets available for download can prevent the loss of learning over the summer break. Curriculum packets may be used with or without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days).

A friendly reminder that students will not recieve a report card for quarter 4. If you did not receive a digital copy of your child’s 3rd quarter report card, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP. Printed letters and awards for students currently in grades 5 and below will be stored and saved for families for the reopening of the school.

Allen School 2019-2020 Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be shipped directly from the school photographer and yearbook publisher (Chalkboard Photography) on June 10th. You should anticipate it being delivered to the address indicated in your order around June 15th. If you have any questions, please contact them directly at info@chalkboardphotography.com.

Student Belongings Pick-Up

We would like to offer our families the option of coming to school to pick up student personal belongings left in the classroom from March 2020. Parents may choose to come to the front of the school from Monday, June 8th to Thursday, June 11th from 10 am to 12 noon to pick up these materials. Parents will need to knock on the office door and wait outside while staff members retrieve those belongings. Teachers have bagged up student folders, pencil pouches, and other belongings. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, every student will also receive a Brain Quest Activity Book for over the summer (if they did not already receive one).

This is also a time for families to return any materials to the school, such as library books.

Please follow all county and state health guidelines regarding wearing a facial covering or mask and maintain physical distancing if you choose to pick up these items.

Any awards and belongings left over will be held at the school and can be returned to families during the Residency Verification process (date TBD) or at the start of the new academic year.

District Laptop, Wifi Device Update

Any preschool to Grade 6 student who is leaving our District MUST return any district-provided laptops and hotspot devices to the school office before June 10. To arrange this, kindly email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Any preschool to Grade 5 students who will remain in our District for the upcoming academic year should keep any district-provided laptops and hotspot devices through the summer break. When school begins next year, decisions will be made on the best way to move forward with the utilization of devices.

Current 6th grade students who will be attending our feeder middle schools in CVESD (such as Arroyo Vista, Discovery, or Mueller) or middle schools in Sweetwater Union High School District (such as Rancho Del Rey or Bonita Vista Middle Schools) will keep their district-provided laptops and hotspot devices until our school office opens for the next academic year. Please monitor updates on the blog (allenelementary.org) and on the district’s website (www.cvesd.org) for this information. At that time, our principal will implement the plan for collecting devices that have been borrowed for the summer break by our current 6th grade students.

A friendly reminder that students and/or their families are responsible for any damaged, destroyed, or lost technology devices that have been borrowed from the school or district. Wifi hot spot devices can cost up to and including $325 and laptops can cost up to and including $1,000. Please handle these devices with care. If you wish to return a device early, please email the school’s Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org and he will get in touch with you as soon as possible over the summer break.

The Year of Grit: CVESD Superintendent Offers Message of Hope & Gratitude

With the 2019-20 school year winding down, Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., invites you to view an end-of-year tribute to our learning community, a message that is focused on hope, gratitude and grit. To the District’s teachers, staff, community, parents, and students, “Thank You” for showing such determination and compassion, which is seeing us through these most challenging of times. Now, as we head toward the summer break, take comfort in the knowledge that greatness lies ahead of us. Click here to view, or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

We Need Your Feedback: Parent Survey – Distance Learning Plan and Reopening of Schools

With the current school year ending distance learning, plans for the next school year are being developed with a number of possible reopening plans under consideration. We understand that each family has a unique situation, be it the state of health or the level of comfort regarding the reopening of the schools. This short, but important survey will help guide us in considering staffing needs and models for teaching, whether physically in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both. The purpose of this survey is to learn about your experience and the experience of your child/children this 2019-2020 academic year, and to help schools plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians will also be asked about interest in continuing their student’s education at CVESD for grades 7 and 8. The survey takes only a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your help.

Necesitamos su opinión: Encuesta para padres sobre el plan de educación a distancia y la reapertura de las escuelas

Con el ciclo escolar actual terminando con la educación a distancia, se están desarrollando planes para el próximo ciclo escolar con una serie de posibles planes de reapertura bajo consideración. Entendemos que cada familia tiene una situación única, ya sea el estado de salud o el nivel de comodidad con respecto a la reapertura de los planteles. Esta breve pero importante encuesta nos ayudará a guiarnos al considerar las necesidades de personal y los modelos para enseñar, ya sea físicamente en persona en un salón, en línea en un salón virtual, o una combinación de ambos. El propósito de esta encuesta es saber sobre su experiencia y la experiencia de sus hijos este año académico 2019-2020, y ayudar a las escuelas a planear el ciclo escolar 2020-2021. También se les preguntará a los padres/tutores sobre el interés en continuar la educación de sus estudiantes en el CVESD para los grados 7 y 8. La encuesta toma solo unos minutos. De antemano, gracias por su ayuda.

Distance Learning Parent Survey

As stated above, CVESD would like to share its Distance Learning Survey for Parents in English and Spanish at this link here. Your valuable input is needed! The purpose of this survey is to measure your experience and the experience of your child this 2019-2020 academic year, and to assist schools in planning for the 2020-2021 school year (while adhering to federal, state, and local guidelines). Individual survey responses will be kept confidential. For specific concerns, please contact the school principal, Mr. John Greenwell, by email at john.greenwell@cvesd.org. We appreciate your time in completing this short, 13 question survey. Thank you!

The survey can be accessed by clink this link: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh. La encuesta está disponible aquí: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh.

June PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting tomorrow – Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary at michelle.reza@cvesd.org if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen remains open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

Community Resources

We would like to share some additional, online resources for our families.

SDCOE Equity Resources: It’s important that all of our students, especially those who have been historically underserved, have the support and outlets they need to work through their feelings around recent, racially charged events. Parents and educators can access these resources from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to support an age-appropriate conversation around recent events and racialized violence here. Parents may wish to scroll down to the section titled “Resources for Parents” once clicking the link.

CVESD Parent Help Line and TEAMS Support: Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Families Together: Families Together, Inc. keeps updating safety and health resources for the community.  It provides COVID-19 information and support to families, including a helpful section called “Helping Your Child Understand COVID-19.”

CVESD Community Resources: This page is updated occasionally to provide families in our district with community services such as food, housing, and internet resources.

SDCOE Connectivity Resources: The San Diego County Office of Education provides links for families in San Diego County to get increased access to wifi resources for families struggling with distance learning.

PBS News Hour: This segment from PBS News Hour discusses the positive impact of classical music on children.

Sesame Street’s Grover Shares a Message with Kids: NPR’s Life Kit reached out to Sesame Street’s beloved monster, Grover, to speak directly to kids. Grover talks with NPR Life Kit hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner about wearing a mask, missing his friends, and why it’s OK to be sad sometimes.

Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parents During the Pandemic: A companion piece for adults about using the above resource (Grover speaking to kids).

Enjoy your summer break which begins on Thursday, June 4th.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Sunday Update (31 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles!

Can you believe we are already at the last week of school for the 2019-2020 school year? Please carefully read this update for information regarding both our Sixth Grade Promotion events and the Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony.

Summer Updates

Even though our staff and students will be off enjoying their summer break after Wednesday, June 3rd, a small group of district employees will be available by email to support parents, staff, and students and provide updates regarding the new school year. They may also share additional resources for the summer break including information from our partner organizations, such as the South Bay Family YMCA and the city of Chula Vista. Please continue to check regularly www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information and know that the health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ends officially this Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and GoMath over the summer break. In addition, families may print out additional educational packets for students over the summer break here. CVESD’s Distance Learning packets available for download can prevent the loss of learning over the summer break. Curriculum packets may be used with or without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days).

A friendly reminder that students will not recieve a report card for quarter 4. If you did not receive a digital copy of your child’s 3rd quarter report card, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP. Printed letters and awards for students currently in grades 5 and below will be stored and saved for families for the reopening of the school.

Story Time

Mr. Greenwell would like to share a story written by one of our first grade students with all of you.

Jaxon and the Big Fire (by Caleb)

District Laptop, Wifi Device Update

Any preschool to Grade 6 student who is leaving our District MUST return any district-provided laptops and hotspot devices to the school office before June 10. To arrange this, kindly email the Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Any preschool to Grade 5 students who will remain in our District for the upcoming academic year should keep any district-provided laptops and hotspot devices through the summer break. When school begins next year, decisions will be made on the best way to move forward with the utilization of devices.

Current 6th grade students who will be attending our feeder middle schools in CVESD (such as Arroyo Vista, Discovery, or Mueller) or middle schools in Sweetwater Union High School District (such as Rancho Del Rey or Bonita Vista Middle Schools) will keep their district-provided laptops and hotspot devices until our school office opens for the next academic year. Please monitor updates on the blog (allenelementary.org) and on the district’s website (www.cvesd.org) for this information. At that time, our principal will implement the plan for collecting devices that have been borrowed for the summer break by our current 6th grade students.

A friendly reminder that students and/or their families are responsible for any damaged, destroyed, or lost technology devices that have been borrowed from the school or district. Wifi hot spot devices can cost up to and including $325 and laptops can cost up to and including $1,000. Please handle these devices with care. If you wish to return a device early, please email the school’s Principal at john.greenwell@cvesd.org and he will get in touch with you as soon as possible over the summer break.

A Message from the Superintendent

Please read the important message from our district Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo, and take the Parent Survey below if you have not already done so.

State Budget Proposal Would Devastate CVESD Schools

May 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As California begins reopening businesses in stages, we are already seeing the extraordinary negative economic impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on California. Governor Gavin Newsom recently released his revised proposal (known as the “May Revise”) for the 2020-21 state budget. In a word, the proposed budget cuts would be “devastating” to our schools as well as those across San Diego County and the state.

This is because Governor Newsom’s revised budget, if enacted, would mean a $6.5 billion cut to schools’ main source of funding. It would mean single-year reductions to public education worse than we experienced in the last recession. CVESD would experience a $24 million reduction in Local Control Funding Formula (LC FF) and Special Education revenues compared to what the District had been expecting from the governor’s January proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Yes, it’s true—a $24 million switch in direction.

As we know, much has happened over the last couple of months that has changed our CVESD community and the world. CVESD is currently working with a broad group of stakeholders to develop a reopening plan for campuses. We anticipate the need to purchase everything from additional cleaning supplies to thermometers to thousands of face coverings/masks. This added expense comes at a time of the worst state budget gap and highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

The Board of Education and I will continue to dialogue with Congressional and Senate representatives to advocate for another round of federal stimulus funds. The new stimulus package is needed just for schools to survive. Nearly 90 percent of our District’s budget is in personnel costs, which is another way of saying “people.” With this level of budget reductions, we are looking at significant numbers of layoffs, furlough days, or both. If federal officials truly want to Celebrate Our Heroes, such as the recent Teacher Appreciation Week and Classified Employee Week, then they should do all they can to keep them employed.

As we watch how the federal stimulus debate plays out in Washington D.C., we will continue planning for various scenarios, both in how we reopen schools and what staff we will be able to have in place when we do reopen. Despite the serious fiscal challenges coming our way, we also will maintain focus on our primary purpose: educating students.

Guiding principles for decision-making in fiscal matters:

  • Cutting as far away from the classroom as possible.
  • As we continue to devise hybrid models of learning when students return to campuses, we need to prioritize having enough teachers in the classroom.
  • Looking at all options to reduce the impact on services and staff (shortened work calendars, etc.)
  • Focusing on the essential services—what do students need to succeed?

Balancing these important demands will not be easy. Many of the decisions that local school districts will be forced to undertake are directly related to the state budget and will be unpopular cuts. In the weeks and months ahead, we truly must be #InThisTogether, and unified in our purpose to weather these cuts.

My sincerest gratitude,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

We Need Your Feedback: Parent Survey – Distance Learning Plan and Reopening of Schools

With the current school year ending distance learning, plans for the next school year are being developed with a number of possible reopening plans under consideration. We understand that each family has a unique situation, be it the state of health or the level of comfort regarding the reopening of the schools. This short, but important survey will help guide us in considering staffing needs and models for teaching, whether physically in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both. The purpose of this survey is to learn about your experience and the experience of your child/children this 2019-2020 academic year, and to help schools plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians will also be asked about interest in continuing their student’s education at CVESD for grades 7 and 8. The survey takes only a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your help.

La Propuesta del Presupuesto Estatal es devastadora para las escuelas del CVESD

26 de Mayo, 2020

Estimados padres/tutores y personal:

A medida que California comienza a reabrir negocios por etapas, ya estamos viendo el extraordinario impacto económico negativo del cierre de COVID-19 en California. El gobernador Gavin Newsom lanzó recientemente su propuesta revisada (conocida como “Revisión de mayo”) para el presupuesto estatal 2020-21. En una palabra, los recortes presupuestarios propuestos serían “devastadores” para nuestras escuelas, así como para las del condado de San Diego y el estado.

Esto se debe a que el presupuesto revisado del gobernador Newsom, si se aprueba, significaría un recorte de $6.5 mil millones a la principal fuente de financiamiento de las escuelas. Significaría reducciones de un año a la educación pública peor de lo que experimentamos en la última recesión. CVESD experimentaría una reducción de $24 millones en la Fórmula de Financiamiento de Control Local (LCFF) y los ingresos de Educación Especial en comparación con lo que el Distrito había estado esperando de la propuesta del gobernador de enero para el año fiscal 2020-21. Sí, es cierto: un $ 24 millones que fueron desviados.

Como sabemos, mucho ha sucedido en los últimos meses que ha cambiado nuestra comunidad CVESD y el mundo. CVESD está trabajando actualmente con un amplio grupo de partes interesadas para desarrollar un plan de reapertura para las escuelas. Anticipamos la necesidad de comprar todo, desde suministros de limpieza adicionales hasta termómetros y miles de cubre bocas/cubiertas faciales. Este gasto adicional llega en el peor momento de déficit presupuestario estatal y del desempleo más alto desde la Gran Depresión.

La Mesa Directiva de Educación y yo continuaremos dialogando con representantes del Congreso y el Senado para abogar por otra ronda de fondos de estímulo federal. El nuevo paquete de estímulos es necesario para que las escuelas puedan sobrevivir económicamente. Casi el 90 por ciento del presupuesto de nuestro Distrito es para costos de recursos humanos, es decir “personas”. Con este nivel de reducciones al presupuesto, estamos enfrentando números significativos de despidos, reducción de días laborales, o ambos. Si los funcionarios federales realmente desean celebrar a Nuestros Héroes, tal como se hizo durante la reciente Semana de Apreciación del Maestro y la Semana del Empleado Clasificado, entonces deberán hacer todo lo posible para mantenerlos en sus empleos.

Mientras esperamos el resultado del debate sobre el estímulo federal en Washington, D.C., nosotros continuaremos planeando para varios escenarios, tanto en la manera en que reabriremos las escuelas y cuánto personal podremos tener en sus puestos cuando las escuelas se vuelvan a abrir. A pesar de los serios retos fiscales que están por venir, también nos mantendremos enfocados en nuestro propósito principal: educar a los estudiantes.

Los principios para la toma de decisiones en asuntos fiscales:

  • Hacer reducciones que afecten lo menos posible al salón de clases.
  • Al continuar ideando modelos híbridos de educación para cuando regresen los estudiantes a las escuelas, necesitamos priorizar tener suficientes maestros en los salones de clase.
  • Analizar todas las opciones disponibles para minimizar el impacto a los servicios y el personal (calendarios de semanas cortas de trabajo, etc.).
  • Enfoque en los servicios esenciales – ¿Qué necesitan los estudiantes para ser exitosos?

No será fácil balancear todos estos requerimientos importantes. Muchas de las decisiones que los distritos escolares locales se verán forzados a enfrentar están directamente relacionados con el presupuesto estatal y serán recortes no populares. En las siguientes semanas y meses, realmente debemos estar #Juntos En Esto y unidos en nuestro propósito de sobrepasar estos recortes.

Mi más sincero agradecimiento,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

Necesitamos su opinión: Encuesta para padres sobre el plan de educación a distancia y la reapertura de las escuelas

Con el ciclo escolar actual terminando con la educación a distancia, se están desarrollando planes para el próximo ciclo escolar con una serie de posibles planes de reapertura bajo consideración. Entendemos que cada familia tiene una situación única, ya sea el estado de salud o el nivel de comodidad con respecto a la reapertura de los planteles. Esta breve pero importante encuesta nos ayudará a guiarnos al considerar las necesidades de personal y los modelos para enseñar, ya sea físicamente en persona en un salón, en línea en un salón virtual, o una combinación de ambos. El propósito de esta encuesta es saber sobre su experiencia y la experiencia de sus hijos este año académico 2019-2020, y ayudar a las escuelas a planear el ciclo escolar 2020-2021. También se les preguntará a los padres/tutores sobre el interés en continuar la educación de sus estudiantes en el CVESD para los grados 7 y 8. La encuesta toma solo unos minutos. De antemano, gracias por su ayuda.

Distance Learning Parent Survey

As stated by Dr. Escobedo in the letter above, CVESD would like to share its Distance Learning Survey for Parents in English and Spanish at this link here. Your valuable input is needed! The purpose of this survey is to measure your experience and the experience of your child this 2019-2020 academic year, and to assist schools in planning for the 2020-2021 school year (while adhering to federal, state, and local guidelines). Individual survey responses will be kept confidential. For specific concerns, please contact the school principal, Mr. John Greenwell, by email at john.greenwell@cvesd.org. We appreciate your time in completing this short, 13 question survey. Thank you!

The survey can be accessed by clink this link: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh. La encuesta está disponible aquí: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh.

6th Grade Promotion & Drive-Thru

Online Promotion Ceremony: We are pleased to be able to share details regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony.  We will share a link to the virtual ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 by 9 am.

Drive-Thru Celebration: We will also hold an optional, drive through celebration for sixth grade students to receive certificates and other materials, also on Tuesday, June 2. Although it will only take a few minutes to participate in this event, the school’s traffic loop will be open from 5 pm to 6:30 pm for the convenience of our sixth grade students and their families.

We respectfully ask that only Allen students and immediate family members participate in this celebration. We also ask that no one exit the vehicle at any time. Families may not walk to campus for this optional event. It is a drive-thru celebration only. Please do not stop to park the car at any time. We would also like to request that the sixth grade student sit in the front passenger seat of your car so that students may receive materials and pose for photos.

Planned route for the drive thru celebration

Additional information can found below in a letter from our principal, Mr. Greenwell and in emails from your child’s sixth grade teachers. Families who cannot attend the drive-thru celebration may arrange for the pickup of these items during the day on Wednesday, June 3 or Thursday, June 4 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Kindergarten Promotion

Kindergarten promotion will occur online via a link for families on Wednesday, June 3rd in the morning. Ms. Davies’ class will have their promotion ceremony at 9:15 am, while Ms. Sinong and Ms. Gurule will have their ceremonies at 10 am.

Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher via email for more information regarding details and the link for this virtual Kindergarten promotion ceremony.

PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting in June on Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary at michelle.reza@cvesd.org if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

Caleb’s Stories

Caleb, a first grade student, has been writing his own stories! A budding author, Caleb wanted to write his own stories and share them with others. His first book, “Jaxon and the Big Fire” is about a dog that saves others. Way to go, Caleb! We want to continue to spotlight the amazing things our students are doing and share good news with our school community.

Ms. Bonita visits Caleb to hear his stories!

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen remains open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

Community Resources

We would like to share some additional, online resources for our families.

CVESD Parent Help Line and TEAMS Support: Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Families Together: Families Together, Inc. keeps updating safety and health resources for the community.  It provides COVID-19 information and support to families, including a helpful section called “Helping Your Child Understand COVID-19.”

CVESD Community Resources: This page is updated occasionally to provide families in our district with community services such as food, housing, and internet resources.

SDCOE Connectivity Resources: The San Diego County Office of Education provides links for families in San Diego County to get increased access to wifi resources for families struggling with distance learning.

PBS News Hour: This segment from PBS News Hour discusses the positive impact of classical music on children.

Sesame Street’s Grover Shares a Message with Kids: NPR’s Life Kit reached out to Sesame Street’s beloved monster, Grover, to speak directly to kids. Grover talks with NPR Life Kit hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner about wearing a mask, missing his friends, and why it’s OK to be sad sometimes.

Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parents During the Pandemic: A companion piece for adults about using the above resource (Grover speaking to kids).

Enjoy your summer break which begins on Thursday, June 4th.

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Allen Update (28 May 2020)

Happy Thursday Allen Eagles!

Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information about our vibrant school community and amazing district: The health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ends officially on Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and GoMath over the summer break. In addition, families may print out educational packets for students over the summer break here. CVESD’s Distance Learning packets available for download can prevent the loss of learning over the summer break. Curriculum packets may be used with or without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days).

A friendly reminder that students will not recieve a report card for quarter 4. If you did not receive a digital copy of your child’s 3rd quarter report card, please contact your child’s teacher ASAP.

A Message from the Superintendent

State Budget Proposal Would Devastate CVESD Schools

May 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As California begins reopening businesses in stages, we are already seeing the extraordinary negative economic impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on California. Governor Gavin Newsom recently released his revised proposal (known as the “May Revise”) for the 2020-21 state budget. In a word, the proposed budget cuts would be “devastating” to our schools as well as those across San Diego County and the state.

This is because Governor Newsom’s revised budget, if enacted, would mean a $6.5 billion cut to schools’ main source of funding. It would mean single-year reductions to public education worse than we experienced in the last recession. CVESD would experience a $24 million reduction in Local Control Funding Formula (LC FF) and Special Education revenues compared to what the District had been expecting from the governor’s January proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Yes, it’s true—a $24 million switch in direction.

As we know, much has happened over the last couple of months that has changed our CVESD community and the world. CVESD is currently working with a broad group of stakeholders to develop a reopening plan for campuses. We anticipate the need to purchase everything from additional cleaning supplies to thermometers to thousands of face coverings/masks. This added expense comes at a time of the worst state budget gap and highest unemployment since the Great Depression.

The Board of Education and I will continue to dialogue with Congressional and Senate representatives to advocate for another round of federal stimulus funds. The new stimulus package is needed just for schools to survive. Nearly 90 percent of our District’s budget is in personnel costs, which is another way of saying “people.” With this level of budget reductions, we are looking at significant numbers of layoffs, furlough days, or both. If federal officials truly want to Celebrate Our Heroes, such as the recent Teacher Appreciation Week and Classified Employee Week, then they should do all they can to keep them employed.

As we watch how the federal stimulus debate plays out in Washington D.C., we will continue planning for various scenarios, both in how we reopen schools and what staff we will be able to have in place when we do reopen. Despite the serious fiscal challenges coming our way, we also will maintain focus on our primary purpose: educating students.

Guiding principles for decision-making in fiscal matters:

  • Cutting as far away from the classroom as possible.
  • As we continue to devise hybrid models of learning when students return to campuses, we need to prioritize having enough teachers in the classroom.
  • Looking at all options to reduce the impact on services and staff (shortened work calendars, etc.)
  • Focusing on the essential services—what do students need to succeed?

Balancing these important demands will not be easy. Many of the decisions that local school districts will be forced to undertake are directly related to the state budget and will be unpopular cuts. In the weeks and months ahead, we truly must be #InThisTogether, and unified in our purpose to weather these cuts.

My sincerest gratitude,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

We Need Your Feedback: Parent Survey – Distance Learning Plan and Reopening of Schools

With the current school year ending distance learning, plans for the next school year are being developed with a number of possible reopening plans under consideration. We understand that each family has a unique situation, be it the state of health or the level of comfort regarding the reopening of the schools. This short, but important survey will help guide us in considering staffing needs and models for teaching, whether physically in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both. The purpose of this survey is to learn about your experience and the experience of your child/children this 2019-2020 academic year, and to help schools plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Parents/guardians will also be asked about interest in continuing their student’s education at CVESD for grades 7 and 8. The survey takes only a few minutes. Thank you in advance for your help.

La Propuesta del Presupuesto Estatal es devastadora para las escuelas del CVESD

26 de Mayo, 2020

Estimados padres/tutores y personal:

A medida que California comienza a reabrir negocios por etapas, ya estamos viendo el extraordinario impacto económico negativo del cierre de COVID-19 en California. El gobernador Gavin Newsom lanzó recientemente su propuesta revisada (conocida como “Revisión de mayo”) para el presupuesto estatal 2020-21. En una palabra, los recortes presupuestarios propuestos serían “devastadores” para nuestras escuelas, así como para las del condado de San Diego y el estado.

Esto se debe a que el presupuesto revisado del gobernador Newsom, si se aprueba, significaría un recorte de $6.5 mil millones a la principal fuente de financiamiento de las escuelas. Significaría reducciones de un año a la educación pública peor de lo que experimentamos en la última recesión. CVESD experimentaría una reducción de $24 millones en la Fórmula de Financiamiento de Control Local (LCFF) y los ingresos de Educación Especial en comparación con lo que el Distrito había estado esperando de la propuesta del gobernador de enero para el año fiscal 2020-21. Sí, es cierto: un $ 24 millones que fueron desviados.

Como sabemos, mucho ha sucedido en los últimos meses que ha cambiado nuestra comunidad CVESD y el mundo. CVESD está trabajando actualmente con un amplio grupo de partes interesadas para desarrollar un plan de reapertura para las escuelas. Anticipamos la necesidad de comprar todo, desde suministros de limpieza adicionales hasta termómetros y miles de cubre bocas/cubiertas faciales. Este gasto adicional llega en el peor momento de déficit presupuestario estatal y del desempleo más alto desde la Gran Depresión.

La Mesa Directiva de Educación y yo continuaremos dialogando con representantes del Congreso y el Senado para abogar por otra ronda de fondos de estímulo federal. El nuevo paquete de estímulos es necesario para que las escuelas puedan sobrevivir económicamente. Casi el 90 por ciento del presupuesto de nuestro Distrito es para costos de recursos humanos, es decir “personas”. Con este nivel de reducciones al presupuesto, estamos enfrentando números significativos de despidos, reducción de días laborales, o ambos. Si los funcionarios federales realmente desean celebrar a Nuestros Héroes, tal como se hizo durante la reciente Semana de Apreciación del Maestro y la Semana del Empleado Clasificado, entonces deberán hacer todo lo posible para mantenerlos en sus empleos.

Mientras esperamos el resultado del debate sobre el estímulo federal en Washington, D.C., nosotros continuaremos planeando para varios escenarios, tanto en la manera en que reabriremos las escuelas y cuánto personal podremos tener en sus puestos cuando las escuelas se vuelvan a abrir. A pesar de los serios retos fiscales que están por venir, también nos mantendremos enfocados en nuestro propósito principal: educar a los estudiantes.

Los principios para la toma de decisiones en asuntos fiscales:

  • Hacer reducciones que afecten lo menos posible al salón de clases.
  • Al continuar ideando modelos híbridos de educación para cuando regresen los estudiantes a las escuelas, necesitamos priorizar tener suficientes maestros en los salones de clase.
  • Analizar todas las opciones disponibles para minimizar el impacto a los servicios y el personal (calendarios de semanas cortas de trabajo, etc.).
  • Enfoque en los servicios esenciales – ¿Qué necesitan los estudiantes para ser exitosos?

No será fácil balancear todos estos requerimientos importantes. Muchas de las decisiones que los distritos escolares locales se verán forzados a enfrentar están directamente relacionados con el presupuesto estatal y serán recortes no populares. En las siguientes semanas y meses, realmente debemos estar #Juntos En Esto y unidos en nuestro propósito de sobrepasar estos recortes.

Mi más sincero agradecimiento,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

Necesitamos su opinión: Encuesta para padres sobre el plan de educación a distancia y la reapertura de las escuelas

Con el ciclo escolar actual terminando con la educación a distancia, se están desarrollando planes para el próximo ciclo escolar con una serie de posibles planes de reapertura bajo consideración. Entendemos que cada familia tiene una situación única, ya sea el estado de salud o el nivel de comodidad con respecto a la reapertura de los planteles. Esta breve pero importante encuesta nos ayudará a guiarnos al considerar las necesidades de personal y los modelos para enseñar, ya sea físicamente en persona en un salón, en línea en un salón virtual, o una combinación de ambos. El propósito de esta encuesta es saber sobre su experiencia y la experiencia de sus hijos este año académico 2019-2020, y ayudar a las escuelas a planear el ciclo escolar 2020-2021. También se les preguntará a los padres/tutores sobre el interés en continuar la educación de sus estudiantes en el CVESD para los grados 7 y 8. La encuesta toma solo unos minutos. De antemano, gracias por su ayuda.

Distance Learning Parent Survey

As stated by Dr. Escobedo in the letter above, CVESD would like to share its Distance Learning Survey for Parents in English and Spanish at this link here. Your valuable input is needed! The purpose of this survey is to measure your experience and the experience of your child this 2019-2020 academic year, and to assist schools in planning for the 2020-2021 school year (while adhering to federal, state, and local guidelines). Individual survey responses will be kept confidential. For specific concerns, please contact the school principal, Mr. John Greenwell, by email at john.greenwell@cvesd.org. We appreciate your time in completing this short, 13 question survey. Thank you!

The survey can be accessed by clink this link: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh. La encuesta está disponible aquí: https://bit.ly/3ccG9qh.

6th Grade Promotion & Drive-Thru

We are pleased to be able to share details regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony.  We will share a link to the virtual ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 by 9 am.

We are currently planning an optional, drive through celebration for sixth grade students to receive certificates and other materials, also on Tuesday, June 2. The school’s traffic loop will be open from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Details can found below in a letter from our principal, Mr. Greenwell. Please look for additional communication from your child’s sixth grade teacher.

Kindergarten Promotion

Kindergarten promotion will occur online via a link for families on Wednesday, June 3rd in the morning. Ms. Davies’ class will have their promotion ceremony at 9:15 am, while Ms. Sinong and Ms. Gurule will have their ceremonies at 10 am.

Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for this virtual Kindergarten promotion ceremony.

PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting in June on Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary at michelle.reza@cvesd.org if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

Caleb’s Stories

We are very proud of all of our students, but wanted to share something cool with you. Caleb, a first grade student, has been writing his own stories! A budding author, Caleb wanted to write his own stories and share them with others. His first book, “Jaxon and the Big Fire” is about a dog that saves others. Way to go, Caleb! We want to continue to spotlight the amazing things our students are doing and share good news with our school community.

Caleb gets a visit from Ms. Bonita!

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen remains open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/school_transfers

Community Resources

We would like to share some additional, online resources for our families.

CVESD Parent Help Line and TEAMS Support: Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Families Together: Families Together, Inc. keeps updating safety and health resources for the community.  It provides COVID-19 information and support to families, including a helpful section called “Helping Your Child Understand COVID-19.”

CVESD Community Resources: This page is updated occasionally to provide families in our district with community services such as food, housing, and internet resources.

SDCOE Connectivity Resources: The San Diego County Office of Education provides links for families in San Diego County to get increased access to wifi resources for families struggling with distance learning.

PBS News Hour: This segment from PBS News Hour discusses the positive impact of classical music on children.

Sesame Street’s Grover Shares a Message with Kids: NPR’s Life Kit reached out to Sesame Street’s beloved monster, Grover, to speak directly to kids. Grover talks with NPR Life Kit hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner about wearing a mask, missing his friends, and why it’s OK to be sad sometimes.

Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parents During the Pandemic: A companion piece for adults about using the above resource (Grover speaking to kids).

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Allen Update (26 May 2020)

Hello Allen Eagles!

Please continue to check www.cvesd.org and allenelementary.org for the most up-to-date information about our vibrant school community and amazing district: The health and safety of our students and staff remain at the forefront of all decisions regarding the upcoming school year.

While the school year ends officially on Wednesday, June 3rd, the district will continue to offer students access to online programs and resources such as iReady, Achieve 3000, and GoMath over the summer break. In addition, families may print out educational packets for students over the summer break here. CVESD’s Distance Learning packets available for download can prevent the loss of learning over the summer break. Curriculum packets may be used with or without technology. Each packet is intended to last two weeks (10 school days).

A friendly reminder that students will not recieve a report card for quarter 4. If you did not receive a digital copy of your child’s 3rd quarter report card, please contact your child’s teacher.

6th Grade Promotion & Drive-Thru

We are pleased to be able to share details regarding our sixth grade promotion ceremony.  We will share a link to the virtual ceremony, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 by 9 am.

We are currently planning an optional, drive through celebration for sixth grade students to receive certificates and other materials, also on Tuesday, June 2. The school’s traffic loop will be open from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Details can found below in a letter from our principal, Mr. Greenwell. Please look for additional communication from your child’s sixth grade teacher.

Kindergarten Promotion

Kindergarten promotion will occur online via a link for families on Wednesday, June 3rd in the morning. Ms. Davies’ class will have their promotion ceremony at 9:15 am, while Ms. Sinong and Ms. Gurule will have their ceremonies at 10 am.

Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for the virtual ceremony.

PTC Meeting

The PTC will be hosting an additional meeting in June on Monday, June 8th at 6 pm.  Please email the principal or secretary at michelle.reza@cvesd.org if you wish to receive the link to attend this online meeting.

CVESD BAC Meeting

The district’s Budget Advisory Committee meeting is Thursday, May 28 at 3:30 pm. Please email claire.desoto@cvesd.org for access to this meeting.

Online New Student Registration

Please spread the word to share how wonderful Allen Elementary is!  Online registration for all new incoming students to Allen remains open at the district’s website!  This process is only for families new to Allen Elementary and all incoming kindergarten students.  While the school office remains closed to the public, registration is happening online.   Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.

Click the link here for more information regarding zone transfers (within CVESD) and interdistrict transfers (from outside CVESD). Current Ella B. Allen Elementary students do NOT need to re-register online.  They are automatically enrolled for 2020-2021 school year; however, if your child attends Allen on a Zone Transfer or Interdistrict Transfer that must be renewed each year.  Residency Verification for returning students will be done at a later time (to be announced later).

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in 2020-2021, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year.  

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/school_transfers

Community Resources

We would like to share some additional, online resources for our families.

CVESD Parent Help Line and TEAMS Support: Parents may call the Parent Help Line for Tech Support at (619) 409-6638 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. This help line offers technical assistance with district programs such as Microsoft TEAMS, iReady, and Achieve 3000. Parents may need to leave a message during peak times, but please be reassured that someone will contact you as soon as possible if you leave your name and phone number on your voice message.

Families Together: Families Together, Inc. keeps updating safety and health resources for the community.  It provides COVID-19 information and support to families, including a helpful section called “Helping Your Child Understand COVID-19.”

CVESD Community Resources: This page is updated occasionally to provide families in our district with community services such as food, housing, and internet resources.

SDCOE Connectivity Resources: The San Diego County Office of Education provides links for families in San Diego County to get increased access to wifi resources for families struggling with distance learning.

PBS News Hour: This segment from PBS News Hour discusses the positive impact of classical music on children.

Sesame Street’s Grover Shares a Message with Kids: NPR’s Life Kit reached out to Sesame Street’s beloved monster, Grover, to speak directly to kids. Grover talks with NPR Life Kit hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner about wearing a mask, missing his friends, and why it’s OK to be sad sometimes.

Sesame Workshop’s Tips for Parents During the Pandemic: A companion piece for adults about using the above resource (Grover speaking to kids).

Feel the love: A short video from our school community..

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