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Sunday Update (5 Dec. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Happy December!

Please speak directly to your child’s teacher(s) if you have any concerns about the progress of your child. Teachers are working on projects and end of the quarter assessments over the next two weeks. Attendance matters each day!

Questions about COVID-19? Want information on the free testing locations? Please see our updated page here: https://allenelementary.org/safety-and-health/

You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for December 5, 2021:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is Good morning or Good afternoon.

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Kickball Game at Rice at 3:45

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Online “Vision Allen” Meeting at 5 pm [Link here]

Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Muraoka) at 3:45

December 13-17, 2021 – Winter Spirit Week [Details below]

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Kickball Game at Heritage at 3:45

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Casillas) at 3:45

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Winter Spirit Week (Dec. 13-17, 2021)

Please join us in the final Spirit Week of the calendar year, our annual Winter Spirit Week, in the last week of school in December 2021!

Kickball News

Kickball Games will be Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM. We are pleased to announce that our scholar-athletes remain undefeated so far are currently in second place! Our next game is on Tuesday, 12/5 at Rice.

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. 

The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. The district will be providing weekly COVID-19 testing to all eligible kickball athletes AT ALLEN during the school day. This will be done on a trial basis as we aren’t sure whether or not our testers will have the capacity to continue with this added responsibility in the future. We anticipate that testing will occur on Thursdays.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time at these two locations. Please note that hours of testing have shifted as of December 2021 — The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations:

Education Services and Support Center at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)

Hedenkamp Elementary School at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista 91913

  • Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 2:30 PM)
  • Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 2:30 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County. Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative PCR/NAAT test result.

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents in July 2021. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly.

The CVESD Board of Education requires masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff, students, and visitors may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Site Budget and Site-Funded Positions.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, December 15th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on January 25, 2022 at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (28 Nov. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We would like to wish a very blessed Hanukkah to those in the Allen community who celebrate the festival of lights this week!

Chag Sameach!

Classes resume for a regular day of learning on Monday, Nov. 29th. Our school office will resume its normal hours from 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here. The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK

Many families are choosing to have their children vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.  Please provide your child’s vaccine card to the school office so that we might be able to update student health records. This helps the school in the event of a close contact on campus, where fully vaccinated people are not required to quarantine. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for November 28, 2021:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Honesty. This week’s Common Courtesy is Thank you.

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, November 29, 2021 – First Day of Hanukkah; Classes resume for a regular day of school

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Kickball Game at Casillas at 3:45; Optional, online parent meeting at 6:30 pm with Trustee Kate Bishop [Link here]

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Saturday, December 4, 2021 – FREE, Virtual Parent Academy, 9 am to 1 pm [Link will be posted at http://www.cvesd.org]

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Kickball Game at Rice at 3:45

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Online “Vision Allen” Meeting at 5 pm [Link will be posted here]

Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Muraoka) at 3:45

December 13-17, 2021 – Winter Spirit Week [Details coming soon]

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Kickball Game at Heritage at 3:45

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Casillas) at 3:45

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Kickball News

Kickball Games are Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM. We are pleased to announce that our scholar-athletes remain undefeated so far are currently in second place! Our next game is on Tuesday, 11/30 at Casillas.

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. 

The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. The district will be providing weekly COVID-19 testing to all eligible kickball athletes AT ALLEN during the school day. This will be done on a trial basis as we aren’t sure whether or not our testers will have the capacity to continue with this added responsibility in the future. We anticipate that testing will occur on Thursdays.

Virtual Chat with Trustee Kate Bishop

We invite parents and guardians of Allen students to attend this virtual chat with Trustee Kate Bishop on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm. The link to join this optional chat is here.

Free, Virtual Parent Academy in December

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to offer its 6th annual Parent Academy. This free, online event will occur the morning of Saturday, December 4th! This virtual event will be from 9 am to 1 pm. Parents and families can pre-register for this FREE event in the file below.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time at these two locations. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative PCR/NAAT test result.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents in July 2021. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly.

The CVESD Board of Education requires masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff, students, and visitors may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Site Budget and Site-Funded Positions.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, December 15th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on January 25th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (21 Nov. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We wish you a wonderful and restful week off from school! Our school office remains closed the entire week as our entire staff deserves a week of rest with family and friends. Classes resume for a regular day of learning on Monday, Nov. 29th. Our school office will resume its normal hours from 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here. The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK

Many families are choosing to have their children vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.  Please provide your child’s vaccine card to the school office so that we might be able to update student health records. This helps the school in the event of a close contact on campus, where fully vaccinated people are not required to quarantine. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for November 21, 2021:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Honesty. This week’s Common Courtesy is Thank you.

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

November 22-26, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 29 for all students

Monday, November 29, 2021 – Hanukkah

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Kickball Game at Casillas at 3:45; Optional, online parent meeting at 6:30 pm with Trustee Kate Bishop [Link will be posted here]

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Saturday, December 4, 2021 – FREE, Virtual Parent Academy, 9 am to 1 pm [Link will be posted at http://www.cvesd.org]

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Kickball Game at Rice at 3:45

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Online “Vision Allen” Meeting at 5 pm [Link will be posted here]

Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Muraoka) at 3:45

December 13-17, 2021 – Winter Spirit Week [Details coming soon]

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Kickball Game at Heritage at 3:45

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Casillas) at 3:45

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Thanksgiving Break Reminder

Please note that the next break is Thanksgiving Break from November 22 to November 26th. Students will resume classes on Monday, November 29th for a regular school day.

Kickball News

CVESD Kickball season is in November and December 2021!

Kickball Games will be Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM. We are pleased to announce that our scholar-athletes remain undefeated so far are currently in second place! Our next game is on Tuesday, 11/30 at Casillas.

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. 

The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. The district will be providing weekly COVID-19 testing to all eligible kickball athletes AT ALLEN during the school day. This will be done on a trial basis as we aren’t sure whether or not our testers will have the capacity to continue with this added responsibility in the future. We anticipate that testing will occur on Thursdays.

Free, Virtual Parent Academy in December

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to offer its 6th annual Parent Academy, this year online. This event will occur the morning of Saturday, December 4th! This online event will be from 9 am to 1 pm. Parents and families can pre-register for this FREE event in the file below.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time and will resume the week after Thanksgiving at these two locations. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative PCR/NAAT test result.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly.

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

School and District Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Site Budget and Site-Funded Positions.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, December 15th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on January 25th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (14 Nov. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here. The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK

Many families are choosing to have their children vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.  Please provide your child’s vaccine card to the school office so that we might be able to update student health records. This helps the school in the event of a close contact on campus, where fully vaccinated people are not required to quarantine. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for November 14, 2021:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Caring. This week’s Common Courtesy is Please.

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, November 15, 2021 – National Recycling Day

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – Kickball Game at Muraoka at 3:45; CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [Online meeting link available at http://www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, November 18, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Heritage) at 3:45; CVESD BLAC Meeting online at 6 pm [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

November 22-26, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 29 for all students

Monday, November 29, 2021 – Hanukkah

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Kickball Game at Casillas at 3:45; Optional, online parent meeting at 6:30 pm with Trustee Kate Bishop [Link will be posted here]

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Saturday, December 4, 2021 – FREE, Virtual Parent Academy, 9 am to 1 pm [Link will be posted at http://www.cvesd.org]

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Kickball Game at Rice at 3:45

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 – Online “Vision Allen” Meeting at 5 pm [Link will be posted here]

Thursday, December 9, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Muraoka) at 3:45

December 13-17, 2021 – Winter Spirit Week [Details coming soon]

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Kickball Game at Heritage at 3:45

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, December 16, 2021 – Kickball Game at Allen (vs. Casillas) at 3:45

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Thanksgiving Break Reminder

Please note that the next break is Thanksgiving Break from November 22 to November 26th. Students will resume classes on Monday, November 29th for a regular school day.

Federal Impact Aid Survey Due this Friday!

Federal funds are provided to the school district based on the number of students enrolled in our school whose parents/guardians reside or work on Federal Property or are on active duty in the military. Kindly send the completed form back to the school office or send an email to allenschool@cvesd.org or drop it off to the school office Monday-Friday between 8 am to 3:30 pm. This form was sent to parents/guardians earlier last week. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if you need support with this survey.

Federal Impact Aid Survey Due!

Kickball News

CVESD Kickball season is in November and December 2021!

Kickball Games will be Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM. We are pleased to announce that our scholar-athletes won their very first game against the Rice Roadrunners this past week! This week, we are playing Muraoka and Heritage.

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. 

The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. The district will be providing weekly COVID-19 testing to all eligible kickball athletes AT ALLEN during the school day. This will be done on a trial basis as we aren’t sure whether or not our testers will have the capacity to continue with this added responsibility in the future. We anticipate that testing will occur on Thursdays.

Join Walking Club!

Walking Club continues every Wednesday and Thursday in the mornings from 8:25 am to 8:45 am each morning. This optional club allows students to track their distance while they walk and talk with friends to start the day with a morning constitutional. Students can monitor their progress and earn prizes.

Walk. Talk. Track your progress!

Traffic and SDG&E Construction Update

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified the school that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Free, Virtual Parent Academy in December

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to offer its 6th annual Parent Academy, this year online. This event will occur the morning of Saturday, December 4th! This online event will be from 9 am to 1 pm. Parents and families can pre-register for this FREE event in the file below.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative PCR/NAAT test result.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly.

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

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School and District Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Site Budget and Site-Funded Positions.

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 13th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 13th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 17th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 16th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (8 November 2021)

Vaccination Opportunity

Please see the document below for details regarding free vaccination opportunities for students on November 11th at Rogers Elementary. Vaccines are available until supplies run out and please note there is a limited supply.

Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here.

The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK

Yes, there is school on Friday

In the wake of San Diego Unified’s decision to offer an optional, excused “mental health day” to its students this Friday, November 12th, we have been receiving inquiries from parents about whether CVESD will be offering the same.   Friday will be business as usual for CVESD schools.

Yes, there is school this Friday, Nov. 12th. CVESD has NO plans to provide an optional mental health day this Friday following the Thursday Veteran’s Day Holiday.  SDUSD students started school later than CVESD and did not have a Fall Break, as our students did.  Absences this Friday will be processed in accordance with the District and State’s usual and customary absence policies. As always, parents who call students in sick on Friday should be advised that the student will need a negative PCR test in order to return to school on Monday (as applicable).

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

Join us at 8 am this Friday for our Online Family First Friday [Link here].

Federal Impact Aid Survey due Nov. 19th

Federal funds are provided to the school district based on the number of students enrolled in our school whose parents/guardians reside or work on Federal Property or are on active duty in the military. Kindly send the completed form by email to allenschool@cvesd.org or drop it off to the school office Monday-Friday between 8 am to 3:30 pm. This form was emailed to parents/guardians earlier.

Federal Impact Aid Survey – please do it.

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Sunday Update (7 Nov. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

The year is flying by and it will soon be holiday season and Winter Break!

How is it November already?

Did you turn your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed last night? Daylight Savings Time ended. This is also a good time to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries for those devices.

Please also note that there is no school on Thursday.

No School on Thursday!

Allen Elementary would like to share an important FAQ about vaccines for children here. The district encourages everyone to get vaccinated once they are eligible to do so. There is more information available from the County of San Diego here: LINK

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

You can also download the latest cafeteria menu for the free meals served at school here.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for November 7, 2021:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Responsibility. This week’s Common Courtesy is Excuse Me…

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Daylight Savings Time ended – Turn clocks back 1 hour.

Monday, November 8, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

November 8 – 12, 2021 – National School Psychologist Week

  • During the week of November 8–12, 2021 schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive. Thank you to Ms. Abby Guzman, our school’s amazing psychologist!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – CVESD BAC (Budget Advisory Committee) Meeting 6 pm online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day Holiday

Friday, November 12, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Monday, November 15, 2021 – National Recycling Day

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, November 18, 2021 – CVESD BLAC Meeting online at 6 pm [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

November 22-26, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 29 for all students

Monday, November 29, 2021 – Hanukkah

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Optional, online parent meeting at 6:30 pm with Trustee Kate Bishop [Link will be posted here]

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Saturday, December 4, 2021 – Virtual Parent Academy in the morning [Link will be posted at http://www.cvesd.org]

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Kickball Update

CVESD Kickball season is in November and December 2021!

Kickball Games will be Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM.  

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. 

The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing. The district will be providing weekly COVID-19 testing to all eligible kickball athletes AT ALLEN during the school day. This will be done on a trial basis as we aren’t sure whether or not our testers will have the capacity to continue with this added responsibility in the future. We anticipate that testing will occur on Thursdays, but please note that there will be NO TESTING on NOV. 11th due to the Veterans Day holiday.

In order to provide this service to our student athletes, we must receive authorization from a parent/guardian. Parents/guardians of student-athletes must complete the electronic authorization form.

Join Walking Club!

Walking Club continues every Wednesday and Thursday in the mornings from 8:25 am to 8:45 am each morning. This optional club allows students to track their distance while they walk and talk with friends to start the day with a morning constitutional. Students can monitor their progress and earn prizes.

Walk. Talk. Track your progress!

Parking Reminders

Allen Elementary and Daly Academy were built decades ago when the majority of families walked to school. Therefore, both schools have limited parking. Please follow all posted signs and directions from staff. This includes:

  • Please do not park in or drop off your student from spaces reserved for staff. Several parents this week parked in spots reserved for staff and this negatively impacts students and our school’s operations. Dropping off or picking up your child in these spots is dangerous as it is difficult to see cars behind you when pulling out of these spots during busy drop off and pick up times.
  • Please be patient when coming to pick up your child and pay attention to our Eagle Eye volunteers and safety patrol.
  • Please only park in spots reserved for persons with disabilities if you have the appropriate signage and need. A few parents with a disability have not been able to park because another parent with no placard has been parked there. With a handicap parking permit, accessible parking spots near the entrances of buildings are readily available to help the individuals who need them.
With a handicap parking permit, accessible parking spots near the entrances of buildings are readily available to help the individuals who need them.
  • Please pick up your child on time. Failure to pick up your child at the end of the school day is considered child abandonment and will be referred to Child Protective Services. Please communicate with the office at (619) 479-3662 if you experience an emergency that prevents you from picking up your child on time. Download a copy of our school calendar and schedule here.

Traffic and SDG&E Construction Update

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified the school that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Families and neighbors have noticed that some days the intersection near Allen School Lane and Otay Lakes Road is backed up. Other days, Bonita Road is backed up. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Veterans Day Holiday – No School on Nov. 11th

Just a friendly reminder that there is no school on Thursday, Nov. 11th due to the Veterans Day holiday. Allen Elementary is grateful for the men and women who have made the sacrifice and served their country. Yes, there is school on Friday, November 12th and it is a minimum day for all K-6 students.

Please note that the next break is Thanksgiving Break from November 22 to November 26th. Students will resume classes on Monday, November 29th for a regular school day.

Free, Virtual Parent Academy in December

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to offer its 6th annual Parent Academy, this year online. Save the date for the morning of Saturday, December 4th! This online event will be from 9 am to 1 pm.

Common Sense Media: Resources for Parents

Parents and guardians, you can help support our peaceful school community by actively monitoring the videos, shows, and games your child is viewing and playing. Common Sense Media is a great resource for parents to learn parenting tips for the digital age. Acting out or discussing inappropriate content (e.g. Netflix’s Squid Game) is not permitted at school. Play fighting or simulating a weapon is not allowed at school. Tag and other chasing/tackling games are not allowed at Allen Elementary for the safety of our students.

Teachers will be sharing some of the Common Sense Media lessons with students in the coming weeks to help them be discerning consumers of media and television. This is also part of our school’s anti-bullying curriculum.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions. Please note that if a child presents with any COVID-19 symptoms, we are required to send that student home until symptoms improve and families provide a negative PCR/NAAT test result.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 may soon be available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

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School and District Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 17th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 16th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (6 Nov. 2021)

Monday, November 8, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Please join our SSC meeting online at 3:30 pm to learn the details of our school’s Safety Plan (CSSP) and School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). Please note that if you join early, you’ll be joining the ELAC meeting.

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Allen Update (4 Nov. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

This is a courtesy notice sent to all school community members by email.  Our campus is very safe and our safety procedures appear to be working as there is zero evidence to suggest that COVID-19 has spread on our campus.

Anytime there is a case of COVID-19, it is a good reminder to review our safety measures… Please continue to mask up, maintain physical distancing when possible, and wash your hands/sanitize spaces you use.  It is also recommended that all staff use air filtration devices (with the timers and set to use the ionizer feature).  A friendly reminder that if anyone (staff or student) presents with any symptom of COVID-19 at school, they must go home.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Out of an abundance of caution and in alignment with California state law, I am hereby informing you that the District learned an individual at school tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.This individual is currently in isolation and all staff members and students who may have been affected have already been contacted.

If you have not already been notified that you are a close contact by me or Nurse Linda, at this time, you are NOT considered a close contact with a person who recently tested positive for the virus.

Please read the attached letter from the district’s Emergency Preparedness Office regarding an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 recently and was on Allen’s campus.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Warmly,

Mr. John E. Greenwell, M.S.Ed.

Principal of Ella B. Allen Elementary School

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Sunday Update (31 Oct. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Halloween! We hope our families who celebrate Halloween and/or Día de los Muertos will follow county health recommendations, including wearing a mask that covers the mouth and nose while indoors for people who are not vaccinated.

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate!

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for kids. These safety tips for families and homeowners will help keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween.

For parents:

  • Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead. Remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes, so that drivers can better see your child.
  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses and long capes.
  • Put your child’s name, address, and phone number on their costume.
  • Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating.
  • Keep in mind that gum and hard candy can pose a choking risk for young children.

If your child is older and going out without an adult:

  • Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people.
  • Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is also a good idea.
  • Discuss in advance the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
  • Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch or cell phone with them).
  • Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.

For children and youth:

  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, and add some reflective tape.
  • Bring a cell phone if you can, in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
  • Always travel in groups. Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
  • Let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.
  • Don’t visit houses that are not well lit. Never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Use the sidewalk, whenever possible. If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street. Work your way up one side of the street, and then start on the other.
  • If you have any allergies, tell the person who is giving out the treats. Don’t eat any treats until you get home. Once home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.
  • If you have allergies that need an EpiPen, bring it with you and let your friends know what to do if you need it.

For homeowners:

  • Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
  • Use alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle.
  • Some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers, or a small toy.
  • Put out a teal-coloured pumpkin or a poster of one in your window to let children with food allergies know that what you’re handing out is allergen-free (e.g., not food).

Alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating:

  • Local community centers, shopping centers, parks, and libraries sometimes offer Halloween night activities and may have trick-or-treat nights for young children in a more controlled environment.
  • Plan a Halloween night at home with themed games and movies. Invite friends.

In addition, our school has been asked to share these recommendations from the County of San Diego:

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch this short YouTube Video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for October 31, 2021:

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Respect. This week’s Common Courtesy is I apologize for…

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered how to support their children if they experience a problem with another student. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

November 1-5, 2021 – Scholastic Book Fair before and after school (for students & staff only due to COVID-19 guidelines)

Monday, November 1, 2021 – American Indian Heritage Month begins

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Election Day

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Diwali

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Daylight Savings Time ends – Turn clocks back 1 hour.

Monday, November 8, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

November 8 – 12, 2021 – National School Psychologist Week

  • During the week of November 8–12, 2021 schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive. Thank you to Ms. Abby Guzman, our school’s amazing psychologist!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – CVESD BAC (Budget Advisory Committee) Meeting 6 pm online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day Holiday

Friday, November 12, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, November 18, 2021 – CVESD BLAC Meeting online at 6 pm [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

November 22-26, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 29 for all students

Monday, November 29, 2021 – Hanukkah

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Saturday, December 4, 2021 – CVESD Virtual Parent Academy

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Scholastic Book Fair

We are excited to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair is back and will be held Monday, November 1, 2021 until Friday, November 5, 2021. This year will be a little different from previous years as we need to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines: Only students (and staff) will be allowed into the book fair. Families may take advantage of the new Scholastic eWALLET which is a cashless payment option; however, the book fair will accept cash as well. Please note that the eWALLET option is non-refundable, but the remaining balance can be used for other Scholastic Book Fairs, used for online purchases, or transferred to the school for purchase of books for the school. More information on eWALLET is provided below.

Here is the link to our Scholastic book fair homepage where you can find more information: 
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/allenelemschool1

2021 Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, November 1, 2021 will be wishlist day. The book fair will be open throughout the school day to allow each class to come in and create a wishlist. The students can take their wishlist home, so parents/guardians can give them the exact money or add funds into their eWALLET to fulfill their list. Teachers will share their wishlist with parents/guardians.

Book Fair Details:

  • Location: Room 401
  • Students and staff only are allowed in the Book Fair for COVID-19 safety
  • Open hours: 8:20-8:45am, 2:55-3:45pm, and during lunch.
  • Hand wash/sanitizer: Students will sanitize their hands before entering the room. There will be hand sanitizer available outside in front of room 401. 
  • Payments accepted will be cash and eWALLET.

eWALLET Details: This is a cashless digital payment option that students can use to pay for their items. A parent or guardian (account owner) creates the account using their email. They then can add funds to their child’s eWALLET account and can invite their family and friends to contribute too. eWALLETs can be used online or in the book fair. eWALLET accounts can be looked up on the register or scanned, if they provide a print out, at the time of purchase.


*** Please note that the remaining balances left of the eWALLET are nonrefundable, per Scholastic’s policy: The money does not go back on to the credit card. However, the balance does become an e-gift card which can be used online with Scholastic or to fund an eWALLET for a future book fair. The funds will stay with the email address that was used to create the account. Funds will never expire and can be used for any student or within any of Scholastic’s online sites.

PTC’s Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt

This weekend marks the final days of our PTC Fall Fun Scavenger Hunt. There are two options for families to participate: Look for Golden Pumpkins in local businesses a take a photo or take photos of you finding items while trick or treating. See details below:

Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Allen Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a Spirit Week from October 25 to 29th. Watch the 2 minute YouTube video below to see highlights of our school’s Costume Parade below!

Kickball Update

CVESD Kickball season is in November and December 2021!

Ms. Farlow (3rd Grade Teacher) & Mr. Messina (4th Grade Teacher) are holding tryouts Monday & Wednesday (Nov 1 & Nov 3) from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2019 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 3:45 PM.  

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. 

The attached form is required for student participation in CVESD intramural sports. Following CDPH guidance, student-athletes must participate in weekly COVID testing.

Kindly download those forms (disponible en español tambien) below if interested:

Join Walking Club!

Walking Club continues every Wednesday and Thursday in the mornings from 8:25 am to 8:45 am each morning. This optional club allows students to track their distance while they walk and talk with friends to start the day with a morning constitutional. Students can monitor their progress and earn prizes.

Walk. Talk. Track your progress!

Parking Reminders

Allen Elementary and Daly Academy were built decades ago when the majority of families walked to school. Therefore, both schools have limited parking. Please follow all posted signs and directions from staff. This includes:

  • Please do not park in or drop off your student from spaces reserved for staff. Several parents this week parked in spots reserved for staff and this negatively impacts students and our school’s operations. Dropping off or picking up your child in these spots is dangerous as it is difficult to see cars behind you when pulling out of these spots during busy drop off and pick up times.
  • Please be patient when coming to pick up your child and pay attention to our Eagle Eye volunteers and safety patrol.
  • Please only park in spots reserved for persons with disabilities if you have the appropriate signage and need. A few parents with a disability have not been able to park because another parent with no placard has been parked there. With a handicap parking permit, accessible parking spots near the entrances of buildings are readily available to help the individuals who need them.
With a handicap parking permit, accessible parking spots near the entrances of buildings are readily available to help the individuals who need them.
  • Please pick up your child on time. Failure to pick up your child at the end of the school day is considered child abandonment and will be referred to Child Protective Services. Please communicate with the office at (619) 479-3662 if you experience an emergency that prevents you from picking up your child on time. Download a copy of our school calendar and schedule here.

SDG&E Construction Update

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified the school that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Families and neighbors have noticed that some days the intersection near Allen School Lane and Otay Lakes Road is backed up. Other days, Bonita Road is backed up. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Veterans Day Holiday – No School on Nov. 11th

Just a friendly reminder that there is no school on Thursday, Nov. 11th due to the Veterans Day holiday. Allen Elementary is grateful for the men and women who have made the sacrifice and served their country. Yes, there is school on Friday, November 12th and it is a minimum day for all K-6 students.

Please note that the next break is Thanksgiving Break from November 22 to November 26th. Students will resume classes on Monday, November 29th for a regular school day.

Save the Date: Virtual Parent Academy

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to offer its 6th annual Parent Academy, this year online. Save the date for the morning of Saturday, December 4th!

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 may soon be available. Please understand that the state of California may soon be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..).

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

School and District Meetings for Families & Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 17th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 16th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (24 Oct. 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Can you believe it’s the last week of October already? It’s Red Ribbon Week this week!

Red Ribbon Week 2021

Have you downloaded the school calendar for the 2021-2022 academic year? Click this link to download it.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Thank you to everyone who attended our fun Fall CAR-nival on Friday, October 22nd! Thank you to our PTC and staff volunteers as well for ensuring the success of this event. See the photos below!

We are excited to share the details of our Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week below. Please read and observe the guidelines carefully for Costume Day on Friday, October 29th.

Please see our revised and updated 2021-2022 Family Handbook here: Link to Handbook

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is Good morning and Good afternoon.

Students may earn an Allen Eagle Ticket for demonstrating the Core Values and Common Courtesies each day. Students can redeem these tickets at the Eagle’s Nest Store at the end of each quarter of the school year. Our staff is always looking for ways to celebrate our students!

Kindness counts! A few parents have wondered if their child is experiencing a problem with another student how to handle it. We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child.

See the helpful graphic below:

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A Look Ahead:

October 25-29, 2021Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week (see information below)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021Parent Leadership Series: How to Be a “Super” Communicator and Problem Solver at 6 pm online

Thursday, October 28, 2021 – CVESD BLAC at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

November 1-5, 2021 – Scholastic Book Fair before and after school (for students only due to COVID-19 guidelines)

Monday, November 1, 2021 – American Indian Heritage Month begins

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 – Election Day

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Diwali

Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Daylight Savings Time ends – Turn clocks back 1 hour.

Monday, November 8, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – CVESD BAC (Budget Advisory Committee) Meeting 6 pm online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – NO SCHOOL – Veterans Day Holiday

Friday, November 12, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting online [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, November 18, 2021 – CVESD BLAC Meeting online at 6 pm [Link at http://www.cvesd.org]

November 22-26, 2021 – Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL: Classes resume on Monday, Nov. 29 for all students

Monday, November 29, 2021 – Hanukkah

Friday, December 3, 2021 – Online Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Monday, December 13, 2021 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Minimum Day dismissal for Winter Break (Classes resume on January 11, 2022)

Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 – Online Parent Meetings

  • ELAC meeting for parents of English Learners at 3 pm online [LINK will be here]
  • SSC meeting for families and staff to learn about the safety plan and SPSA at 3:30 pm online [Link will be HERE]
  • PTC meeting online at 6 pm [Link here]

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – Classes resume and minimum day

Monday, January 17, 2022 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Fall CAR-nival Photos

Thank you to our PTC and staff volunteers for creating family fun and frights at our Allen Drive-Thru Fall CAR-nival! Thank you also to our families for candy donations. This event created great memories for our students. See the photos below:

Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Allen Elementary is celebrating Red Ribbon Week with a Spirit Week from October 25 to 29th. See the letter and infographic below:

As part of our celebration of Spirit Week, students will be allowed to wear costumes at school on October 29.  However, the following guidelines must be followed:

  • Costumes must not require students to modify or change their outfit during the school day (i.e. students will not be allowed to go to the bathroom to fix or change outfits).
  • Costumes may not be gory/scary.
  • Masks that cover the entire face are not allowed: Of course, COVID-19 safety masks must be worn.
  • No weapons or props of any kind.  This means no swords, light sabers, axes, etc… even if made out of cardboard or plastic.
  • No costumes that are considered culturally offensive:  A person’s identity isn’t a costume.
  • No inflatable costumes, please. These types of costumes have been linked to the spread of COVID-19.
  • We will also do a short costume parade on the blacktop at the start of the day, but unfortunately parents will not be able to attend, per district guidelines.

Kickball Update

CVESD Kickball season is coming up in November and December 2021!

Mr. Messina and Ms. Farlow are still waiting for the tryout forms to be available from CVESD. We hope that the forms will be released soon.

We will be postponing kickball tryouts to the following Monday and Wednesday (Nov 1 & Nov 3). The season is slated to begin on Monday, Nov 8th. Thank you for understanding. A friendly reminder that tryouts will be from 3:20-4:30 PM. Students must attend BOTH tryout days and students who were on the team 2019 must tryout again. Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 PM.

SPECTATORS AND COACHES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES while attending CVESD Intramural Sports events. Please see Mr. Messina or Ms. Farlow with questions.

Walking Club Starting This Week!

Walking Club begins this Wednesday and Thursday and will continue every Wednesday and Thursday in the mornings from 8:25 am to 8:45 am each morning. This optional club allows students to track their distance while they walk and talk with friends to start the day with a morning constitutional. Students can monitor their progress and earn prizes.

Walk. Talk. Track your progress!

Gaga Pit Now Open

Our new Gaga Pit is finally ready for students! This is one of the campus improvements funded by the PTC Ultra Fun Run!

Students are learning how to play Gaga in PE class first before this becomes available at recess.

SDG&E Construction Update

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has notified the school that they will be conducting work at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Allen School Lane from October 1 to December 1, 2021. Families and neighbors have noticed that some days the intersection near Allen School Lane and Otay Lakes Road is backed up. Other days, Bonita Road is backed up. Please plan accordingly as this may cause traffic delays in the neighborhood.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students only at this time. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations: 

Education Services and Support Center (located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (line closes to walk ups at 3:40 PM) 

Hedenkamp Elementary School (located at 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91913)

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)
  • Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM (line closes to walk ups at 4:00 PM)

Are you unsure if you should bring your child to school and/or test them for COVID-19? Click here for an easy-to-view handout. We highly recommend getting a PCR/NAAT test at a free County facility, at a medical provider, or at our District Office (Education Services and Support Center), if your child is showing symptoms. If you are unable to get a COVID-19 test from your healthcare provider, free testing is available at several locations across San Diego County.  Click here to view a complete listing of no-cost testing options.

Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 with questions.

Equity and Access for All Students

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is working towards eliminating opportunity gaps by providing equitable educational experiences for each student. Supporting and fostering students’ excellence in academic pursuits occurs by focusing on the whole child—their race, culture, language, heritage, gender/expression, and experiences. The unique aspects of each individual are valued by educators and used to inform students’ learning and development. At the Chula Vista Elementary School District, we believe “Each child is an individual of great worth!

To get the facts on the district’s Equity Policy and learn how all children are supported by this policy, please visit:

https://www.cvesd.org/parents/equity-and-access

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The California Department of Public Health created a series of short animated videos to assist parents in understanding different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos review:

  • Seven Tips for Safe Schools
  • How Parents Can Help Keep Schools Safe
  • The Importance of In-Person Learning
  • What to do if Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

The videos are available on the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in English or the Parent Page of the Safe Schools for All Hub in Spanish.

The Chula Vista Elementary School District released its Safe Return to School Playbook for Parents. This document outlines procedures for our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this “Parent Playbook” thoroughly. As you may know, the California Department of Public Health states that multi-layered mitigation strategies are key to ensuring safe workplaces for teachers and other staff, as well as safe learning environments for children. As outlined in the playbook, our District plans to use this multi-layered mitigation approach. Please know that our district is committed to in-person learning this year and will follow the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The CVESD Board of Education recently approved a change to the IIPP (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) requiring masks to be worn on all sites within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover the mouth and nose for all staff, students, parents, and visitors on campus. Students may remove masks for outdoor recess and PE, and staff and students may remove masks when eating or drinking.

Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines and mandates from the County of San Diego and California Department of Public Health. Parents, please assist in monitoring your child’s health before sending them to school.

  • CVESD will follow the state of California requirement of face masks when K-12 students and adults are together indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff, parents, and visitors are required to wear masks outside and indoors when on campus due to recent changes approved by the CVESD Board of Education. Students and staff may remove masks when eating or drinking. Students may also remove masks when playing outside during recess or PE.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health explained that this is the best way to ensure that all kids can remain back in school in-person and miss fewer days – especially when masks are combined with other safety measures such as testing, screening, disinfecting, and handwashing.
  • The California Dept. of Public Health will decide by November 1st whether to update the face mask requirements in school settings and will continue to examine evidence such as whether or not vaccines are available for kids under 12, community case and hospitalization rates, and ongoing vaccine effectiveness for the community, county, and state.
  • For more information on vaccine and mask requirements, please visit the California Dept. of Public Health website here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

If your child has a chronic health condition, such as allergies or asthma, please contact the school office and download the form below to have your child’s doctor complete and send it back to the school’s nurse. We recommend doing this in advance of a child showing symptoms.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact the school office at (619) 479-3662. If an unvaccinated person presents with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, that person will be immediately sent home and may only return with a negative PCR/NAAT test and no more symptoms. All schools in CVESD must follow the latest County of San Diego COVID-19 Decision Tree (see below) for persons with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and should stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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

Please know that we will communicate with parents on the latest guidance from state, county, and district officials regarding the safety of students on Allen Elementary’s campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Please note there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th at 6 pm. Details regarding this meeting will be released soon, but we anticipate that we will meet in person in room 201 and will also have a Zoom link available here: [Link for PTC Meeting]

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile has the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping as the Amazon you know and already use. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop. Make sure to shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity. Thank you!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s PTC in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

School and District Meetings for Families and Staff

Allen School needs parents and legal guardians to support our school through important parent groups, such as the PTC (Parent Teacher Club), the School Site Council (often referred to as SSC), and the English Language Advisory Committee (often referred to as ELAC). The site-based groups work with the Principal, staff, and other community members to ensure that community voice is part of the shared decision making process of a public school.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, November 8, 2021 at 8 am, available online only here.

We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 3 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

This meeting will be held only online via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC. All ELAC members are welcome to attend SSC meetings for additional information. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend both of these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 8th at 3:30 pm. This meeting will share updates to our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP).

 This meeting will be held online only via this link: [LINK for ELAC and SSC Meeting]

Please note that this online meeting link is the same for both ELAC and SSC so if you join early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC) is composed of five elected parent/community representatives and five elected staff/teacher representatives. The role of the SSC is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement.

With a few exceptions, meetings are held the second Monday of every month. Until further notice, meetings will be held online. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. Council members serve for two year terms.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 8th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 17th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

The DAC is composed of parent and staff representatives from each School Site Council. It meets regularly during the school year in open public forum to share information, study instructional issues, approve school planning schedules, and make recommendations to the Board of Education on specific items. District meetings take place once a month, mid-afternoon. Most meetings occur on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm, with a parent training beforehand. This is an elected position to serve a one-year term.

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

The district will continue to conduct all meetings online until further notice, including all DAC/DELAC meetings. DAC is the District Advisory Committee. DELAC is the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Both of these groups are designed to support and inform parents in a shared communication setting with the district. Parents learn with other parents and district leadership at the DAC/DELAC meetings.

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 16th at 12 noon. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

Below is a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) is available online! Click this link to download it. All students will be on campus for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Distance Learning is not allowed due to changes in CA state laws. The district is offering a Virtual Academy, but this would require a transfer process and your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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