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Sunday Update (7 August 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We invite all parents and legal guardians to our parent meetings on Monday, August 8th. Our ELAC meets at 3 pm online, our SSC meets at 3:30 pm online, and our PTC will meet online at 6 pm. Come support our school! Please read below in Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for more info.

Please bring your child to school on time.

School starts at 8:50 am everyday. Students need to be on the blacktop at this time and teachers will walk them to class. We ask all parents to exit at the front office promptly so that we can secure the campus and lock the gates after the bell.

Help keep our children safe! Use caution when crossing the street as a pedestrian and please use designated crosswalks. Help us model safe habits for all students…

Please use the traffic loop if dropping off or picking up your child while staying in your car. It is a safety violation to drop off a child or pick them up at the intersection in front of the school and CVPD or the San Diego County Sheriff may issue a citation to drivers who fail to comply with safety rules. Right turn only onto Allen School Lane when exiting the traffic loop in your vehicle. Do not park in spaces marked “Staff” (the entire front of the school is staff parking only).

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

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

https://allenelementary.org/calendar/

Have you downloaded the Family Handbook for 2022-2023?

https://allenelementary.org/family-handbook/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Sunday Update for today, August 7th at the YouTube link below:

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

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

Anyone interested in serving on the SSC should attend the virtual meeting on Monday, August 8th at 3:30 pm. The links for the online meetings are on this school blog below in the section titled: A Look Ahead.

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

Annual Notification for CVESD

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

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

Send YES to 67587.

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Respect. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, August 8, 2022Parent Meetings (Links are posted here)

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

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

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

Thursday, August 11, 2022 – Second Grade students visit the Living Coast

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

Thursday, August 18, 2022 – School Photography Day at Allen

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

August 29 and 30th – Fifth Grade students visit the Hydro Station

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Family First Friday 8 am to 9 am
  • PTC Ultra Fun Run in AM

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

Monday, September 12, 2022 – ELAC at 3 pm, SSC at 3:30 pm, PTC at 6 pm

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – DAC/DELAC at 12 noon at the ESSC

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, September 15, 2022

  • Fall Conferences Begin – 2 pm dismissal every day until Fall Break
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Friday, September 23, 2022 – Dismiss for Fall Break at 2 pm

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Students return from Fall Break (2 pm dismissal)

School Photography Day

Allen Elementary will be hosting school photography day on Thursday, August 18th. More information will be sent home soon directly from our school photographer, Chalkboard Photography.

August 18th is School Photo Day!

PTC Election Information

Below is the information for our annual PTC officer elections.

Please read through this information carefully.  Our school is strong because of active family support.  Please nominate a fellow Allen parent or legal guardian.  You may also self-nominate.  Please also vote for your preferred candidates.  Nominations must be submitted by Monday, August 8th before 5 pm.  Voting will occur at the PTC meeting, which will be held online on Monday, August 8, 2022.

[Click here to access this online meeting]

Allen Spirit Gear and T-Shirts

Families and staff have requested how they can purchase an amazing Allen Eagle t-shirt! Please place all orders directly with our vendor. See the attached order form below.  Note that families must email all orders directly to aplustees@cox.net and orders are due by Thursday, 8/18.

Order form due by 8/18.

Community Safety Forum

A Community Safety Forum will be held at Hedenkamp Elementary on Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Read more details here:

Green Lunch Application Forms

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

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

Benefits for your child include:

· Instructional materials

· Classroom technology

· Additional staffing to provide supports for students

· Extended learning opportunities for students

· Before and after school programs

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

SSC Parents Needed

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

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

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

Anyone interested in serving on the SSC should attend the virtual meeting on Monday, August 8th at 3:30 pm. Join this meeting here: LINK to SSC Meeting 8/8/22

Free COVID Testing

Families may come to the school office, Monday- Friday, between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a free antigen test. The testing is not required. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

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

All families should have received an email from register@campusclinic.org with the subject line “Welcome to Campus Clinic.” In this email, there was be a unique PIN and a link to register. This email is important, as this year the email is where registration the registration process begins.

If families would like to watch a video on the registration process, they can visit: https://campusclinic.org/how-to/ .

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

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

Parent Volunteers

We need parent volunteers to help monitor student safety on the sidewalks around our school at dismissal time! Our Eagle Eye volunteers work with school staff to serve as an extra set of eyes to keep kids safe. Any interested volunteers should contact Mr. Greenwell or Ms. Reza in the office or call (619) 479-3662.

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

REQUIRED ITEMS:

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

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

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

Free COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required at this time, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, September 2, 2022 from 8 am to 9 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Link here for the ELAC meeting

School Site Council (SSC)

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

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Join this online meeting here — Please note that if you join early, you’ll be attending the ELAC meeting already in progress.

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, Aug. 10 at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: 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 August 16, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (31 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Happy first week of August!

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

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

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

https://allenelementary.org/calendar/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

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

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

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

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

Annual Notification for CVESD

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

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

Send YES to 67587.

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 18, 2022 – School Photography Day

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

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

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

Curriculum Night

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

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

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

Green LCFF Applications

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

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

Benefits for your child include:

· Instructional materials

· Classroom technology

· Additional staffing to provide supports for students

· Extended learning opportunities for students

· Before and after school programs

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

SSC Parents Needed

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

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

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

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

Free COVID Testing

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

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

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

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

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

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

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

Innovation Live Events for 2022-2023

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

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

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

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

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

Parent Volunteers

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

REQUIRED ITEMS:

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

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

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has space in our 1st grade classrooms and our PM preschool for this year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

Free COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, Aug. 10 at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: 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 August 16, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Courtesy Notice (28 July 2022)

This is a courtesy notice that there was a positive case of COVID-19 on our campus. Unless you have received an email and/or Class Dojo message saying otherwise, your child is NOT considered a close contact of this case. Please read the letter below and don’t hesitate to contact the school with questions at (619) 479-3662.

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Sunday Update (24 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We had a great start to the 2022-2023 school year this first week. Although not 100% smooth, students and staff had a safe and fun first week of school.

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

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

https://allenelementary.org/calendar/

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

We look forward to welcoming parents and legal guardians to our Curriculum Night, this Thursday, July 28 from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Please note that rooms 501 (Ms. Sinong) and 502 (Ms. Monis) will reschedule their Curriculum Night for August 4th at 5:30 pm.

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

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

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

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

Annual Notification for CVESD

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

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

Send YES to 67587.

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Honesty. The Common Courtesy for that week is Thank you...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, July 25, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – Dismissal at 3:10 pm for all students in grades K-6

Thursday, July 28, 2022

  • Dismissal at 3:10 pm for all students in grades K-6
  • Curriculum Night for parents and legal guardians from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Friday, July 29, 2022 – Dismissal on Fridays and minimum days is at 2 pm for all students in grades K-6

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

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

Curriculum Night

Allen Elementary will be hosting its Curriculum Night this Thursday from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. There will be two sessions, 5:30 to 6 pm and 6:15 to 6:45 pm with one 15 minute transition. Your child’s teacher will be sharing more details. We kindly ask that you leave your children at home.

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

Green LCFF Applications

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

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

Benefits for your child include:

· Instructional materials

· Classroom technology

· Additional staffing to provide supports for students

· Extended learning opportunities for students

· Before and after school programs

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

SSC Parents Needed

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

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

Please complete the nomination form for SSC here: https://forms.office.com/r/r9ziYn2CXZ

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

Free COVID Testing

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

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

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

Last school year, we were able to partner with COVID Clinic to bring COVID-19 testing to our school. Many parents have asked if we will continue to offer our weekly cart testing and we are excited to tell you that this will continue starting July 25, 2022.  This year, we are excited to further this offering of COVID-19 testing to our schools, along with providing on-campus access to healthcare and more in the 2022-2023 school year.

You should have received an email from Campus Clinic on Friday, July 22nd,  inviting you to register for COVID-19 testing and any of our other services. This email will include step-by-step registration instructions, contact information if you have any questions, and an introduction by Thomas Shaffer, President of Campus Clinic.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

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

Innovation Live Events for 2022-2023

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

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

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

Below, you will find the dates of each of our live events for the school year, as well as what station will be hosting the event. Our first live event will take place next Friday, July 29 at 9AM on Microsoft Teams. Please keep an eye out for another email with specific details about this event.

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

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, Mondays through Thursdays and at 2 pm on all Fridays and minimum days.

***Please note that Kindergarten students will be on a minimum day schedule on the following days: Wednesday, July 20 to Tuesday, July 26. Dismissal for Kindergarten students ONLY will be at 2 pm each day.

Beginning Wednesday, July 27, all students in grades K-6 will be on a full day schedule with dismissal at 3:10 pm, Monday through Thursday. All Fridays and minimum days have a 2 pm dismissal.

Parent Volunteers

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

REQUIRED ITEMS:

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

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

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program provides free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023. To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

ZTs, VOR, & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has space in our 1st grade classrooms and our PM preschool for this year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

Free COVID-19 Testing

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

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, Aug. 10 at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

To access these public meetings, please click the link here: 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 August 16, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

The link below contains a schedule of all DAC/DELAC meetings for the upcoming school year. I recommend all parents download this schedule if they are interested in learning more about theses district meetings: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/getting-involved/dac-delac

CVESD B-LAC Meeting

District Black Learners Advisory Council (B-LAC)

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (17 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We are ready for the 2022-2023 school year. Our brand new solar panels will provide much needed shade out on the blacktop. Concrete and asphalt work has been done over the summer, as well as some painting and renovations across our campus. Deep cleaning occurred in every room and office, thanks to the efforts of our custodial team. Various construction projects are wrapping up on our campus and the school is ready to receive your children!

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

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

https://allenelementary.org/calendar/

Don’t forget that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and it is a minimum day for all students in grades K-6, with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

We are excited to welcome the former Daly Academy staff, students, and families to Allen Elementary! Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the first week of school here via this short YouTube video:

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week, 17 July 2022

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – PTC’s Back to School Event at Allen (4 pm to 5:30 pm)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal for grades K-6 at 2 pm

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Minimum Day for grades K-6 at 2 pm

Saturday, July 23, 2022Community Expo at the ESSC (9 am to 1 pm) for families! See below…

Monday, July 25, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – Dismissal at 3:10 pm for all students in grades K-6

Thursday, July 28, 2022

  • Dismissal at 3:10 pm for all students in grades K-6
  • Back to School Night for all students in grades K-6 from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm

Friday, July 29, 2022 – Dismissal on Fridays and minimum days is at 2 pm for all students in grades K-6

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

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

PTC Back to School Event

Allen’s amazing PTC (Parent-Teacher Club) invites you to join them on Allen’s campus on Tuesday, July 19 for our Back to School event! Learn about our school, find out who your child’s teacher is, and meet other parents! Please join us from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at Allen!

We are excited to welcome a handful of new staff members:

Please see our staff page for more details: https://allenelementary.org/staff/

Free COVID Antigen Tests

In anticipation of the start of the school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, our site has received COVID-19 testing kits for students and staff. We are strongly encouraging parents to test your child on Tuesday or Wednesday morning prior to students returning to campus. If a child tests positive, please make sure you keep them home to avoid exposure to other students and staff. Testing is NOT required, but highly encouraged. We will distribute these at our PTC Back to School Night on July 19th from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.

Families may also come to the school office on Monday and Tuesday between 8 am and 3:30 pm to receive a test. The testing is not a mandate to return to school, but because of how quickly this most recent strand of COVID is spreading, testing before returning is strongly encouraged. Please report any positive cases to our school office at (619) 479-3662.

Families may also request free antigen tests through the US Postal Service here: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Weekly, voluntary COVID-19 testing will continue on our school campus via COVID Clinic each week. Parents must opt-in to the program and no child will be tested without proper consent. More information is coming soon!

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night on July 19, 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. Please check your SPAM or JUNK folders for this message. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists, nor can we share the placement of another child with you.

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, Mondays through Thursdays and at 2 pm on all Fridays and minimum days.

***Please note that Kindergarten students will be on a minimum day schedule on the following days: Wednesday, July 20 to Wednesday, July 27. Dismissal for Kindergarten students ONLY will be at 2 pm each day.

Beginning Thursday, July 28, all students in grades K-6 will be on a full day schedule with dismissal at 3:10 pm, Monday through Thursday. All Fridays and minimum days have a 2 pm dismissal.

Parent Volunteers

The State Public Health Officer Order of August 11, 2021 requires that all K-12 workers, including volunteers and contractors, provide proof of full vaccination (completion of the initial vaccination series) or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. This order is still in effect and the CDPH says there are no plans to change it anytime soon. The requirements to sign in and complete fingerprinting will remain the same. All parent volunteers are allowed to volunteer inside the classroom and buildings after having completed the required training with the school principal and meeting the District’s volunteer requirements. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to be put on the volunteer list.

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

Join us Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 1 pm for CVESD’s Community Expo! District and community services will be on hand to assist families. This event will be held at the Education Support and Services Center (ESSC), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program provides free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023. To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency will continue throughout July. This is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year. 

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, July 13th 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 in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (10 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We are excitedly getting ready for the 2022-2023 school year. Our school office reopened on Friday, July 8th. If you left a voicemail or email message over the time that our office was closed and have not yet heard back from us, please call at at (619) 479-3662.

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

https://allenelementary.org/calendar/

Don’t forget that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and it is a minimum day for all students in grades K-6, with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

We are excited to welcome the former Daly Academy staff, students, and families to Allen Elementary! Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the Summer Break here:

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – PTC’s Back to School Event at Allen (4 pm to 5:30 pm)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal for grades K-6 at 2 pm

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Minimum Day for grades K-6 at 2 pm

Saturday, July 23, 2022Community Expo at the ESSC (9 am to 1 pm) for families! See below…

PTC Back to School Event

Allen’s amazing PTC (Parent-Teacher Club) invites you to join them on Allen’s campus on Tuesday, July 19 for our Back to School event! Learn about our school, find out who your child’s teacher is, and meet other parents! Please join us from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at Allen!

USPS Free COVID Tests

Did you know that you may order additional home antigen test kits from the US Postal Service (USPS)? Click here to order yours: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night in July 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists, nor can we share the placement of another child with you.

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, Mondays through Thursdays and at 2 pm on all Fridays and minimum days.

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

Join us Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 1 pm for CVESD’s Community Expo! District and community services will be on hand to assist families. This event will be held at the Education Support and Services Center (ESSC), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program provides free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023. To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration is ongoing for those who may be:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency will continue throughout July. This is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year. 

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, July 13th 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 in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (3 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Happy Independence Day! Be safe this Fourth of July holiday.

Our school office is now closed: Our office staff is taking a short break away with family and friends for rest and rejuvenation. Our school office will reopen on Friday, July 8th. Please check back on this blog for more information.

Don’t forget that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and it is a minimum day for all students in grades K-6, with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the Summer Break here:

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

Our Family Handbook will be updated again soon, later in July 2022.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, July 4, 2022 – Independence Day (Fourth of July)

Friday, July 8, 2022 – School office reopens (8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – PTC’s Back to School Event at Allen (time TBD)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal for grades K-6

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Minimum Day for grades K-6

Saturday, July 23, 2022Community Expo at the ESSC (9 am to 1 pm) for families! See below…

CVESD Job Fair

Not only is CVESD a great district to educate children, but also it is a great employer. Join us for a job fair on July 8 from 9 am to noon. CVESD is looking to fill various full and part-time positions.

USPS Free COVID Tests

Did you know that you may order additional home antigen test kits from the US Postal Service (USPS)? Click here to order yours: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night in July 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists, nor can we share the placement of another child with you.

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

The San Diego County Fair offers free admission to all kids aged 12 and younger every Friday of the Fair! For kids aged 6-12, this is a savings of $14 per child. Children aged 5 and younger are always admitted free. The fair runs Wednesday, June 8 through Monday, July 4. For more information, click here.

Until July 4!

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, Mondays through Thursdays and at 2 pm on all Fridays and minimum days.

San Diego County Library

The San Diego County Library system is an amazing resource. Not only can children check out amazing books, but there are also a plethora of online resources and community events held at the public libraries over the summer! Check it out here: https://www.sdcl.org/

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

Join us Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 1 pm for CVESD’s Community Expo! District and community services will be on hand to assist families. This event will be held at the Education Support and Services Center (ESSC), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program provides free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023. To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration began on March 2 online for the following:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has plenty of space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency will continue once our school office reopens on July 8. This is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year. 

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times and locations. At this time, testing locations at the district offices and COVID Clinic are for staff and students only.

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

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, June 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 in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (26 June 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Keep checking this school blog every Sunday for regular updates and to find some summer extension activities and low-cost opportunities for families.

Enjoy your break!

Our school office is now closed: Our office staff is taking a short break away with family and friends for rest and rejuvenation. Our school office will reopen on Friday, July 8th. Please check back on this blog for more information.

Don’t forget that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and it is a minimum day for all students in grades K-6, with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6.

Did you know that June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month? The Chula Vista Elementary School District is a safe and welcoming district for all students and their families. We would like to offer resources here and here for this month. We are conscious of providing age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate lessons and activities around identity that meet all of our students’ needs when addressing LGBTQ-visibility and inclusion. Our goal is to work together as one community through this practice. We encourage you to reach out to us or our teachers throughout the year if you have any questions or would like further information as we support our students in this important work.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the Summer Break here:

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

Our Family Handbook will be updated again in July 2022.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, July 4, 2022 – Independence Day (Fourth of July)

Friday, July 9, 2022 – School office reopens (8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – PTC’s Back to School Event at Allen

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal for grades K-6

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only (2 pm dismissal)

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Minimum Day for grades K-6

Saturday, July 23, 2022Community Expo at the ESSC (9 am to 1 pm) for families! See below…

USPS Free COVID Tests

Did you know that you may order additional home antigen test kits from the US Postal Service (USPS)? Click here to order yours: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night in July 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists, nor can we share the placement of another child with you.

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

The San Diego County Fair offers free admission to all kids aged 12 and younger every Friday of the Fair! For kids aged 6-12, this is a savings of $14 per child. Children aged 5 and younger are always admitted free. The fair runs Wednesday, June 8 through Monday, July 4. For more information, click here.

Until July 4!

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, Mondays through Thursdays and at 2 pm on all Fridays and minimum days.

San Diego County Library

The San Diego County Library system is an amazing resource. Not only can children check out amazing books, but there are also a plethora of online resources and community events held at the public libraries over the summer! Check it out here: https://www.sdcl.org/

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

Join us Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 1 pm for CVESD’s Community Expo! District and community services will be on hand to assist families. This event will be held at the Education Support and Services Center (ESSC), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program provides free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023. To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration began on March 2 online for the following:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has plenty of space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency will continue once our school office reopens on July 8. This is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year. 

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times and locations. At this time, testing locations at the district offices and COVID Clinic are for staff and students only.

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

Equity and Access for All Students

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, June 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 in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (19 June 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Keep checking this school blog every Sunday for regular updates and to find some summer extension activities and low-cost opportunities for families. School resumes on July 20 and all students in grades K-6 will dismiss at 2 pm that day.

Enjoy your break!

Our school office is now closed: Our office staff is taking a short break away with family and friends for rest and rejuvenation. Our school office will reopen on Friday, July 8th. Please check back on this blog for more information.

Today, June 19, 2022 is Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day! Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American and black culture. It has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.

June 19th is Freedom Day!

Don’t forget that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and it is a minimum day for all students in grades K-6, with a 2 pm dismissal for all students in grades K-6.

Did you know that June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month? The Chula Vista Elementary School District is a safe and welcoming district for all students and their families. We would like to offer resources here and here for this month. We are conscious of providing age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate lessons and activities around identity that meet all of our students’ needs when addressing LGBTQ-visibility and inclusion. Our goal is to work together as one community through this practice. We encourage you to reach out to us or our teachers throughout the year if you have any questions or would like further information as we support our students in this important work.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the Summer Break here:

Please see our 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 for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Sunday, June 19, 2022 – Juneteenth 2022 (observed Monday, June 20, 2022)

July TBA, 2022 – PTC’s Back to School Night at Allen

Monday, July 4, 2022 – Independence Day (Fourth of July)

Friday, July 9, 2022 – School office reopens (8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal for grades K-6

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Minimum Day for grades K-6

Saturday, July 23, 2022Community Expo at the ESSC (9 am to 1 pm) for families! See below…

USPS Free COVID Tests

Did you know that you may order additional home antigen test kits from the US Postal Service (USPS)? Click here to order yours: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night in July 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists, nor can we share the placement of another child with you.

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

The San Diego County Fair offers free admission to all kids aged 12 and younger every Friday of the Fair! For kids aged 6-12, this is a savings of $14 per child. Children aged 5 and younger are always admitted free. The fair runs Wednesday, June 8 through Monday, July 4. For more information, click here.

Until July 4!

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, Mondays through Thursdays and at 2 pm on all Fridays and minimum days.

San Diego County Library

The San Diego County Library system is an amazing resource. Not only can children check out amazing books, but there are also a plethora of online resources and community events held at the public libraries over the summer! Check it out here: https://www.sdcl.org/

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

Join us Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 1 pm for CVESD’s Community Expo! District and community services will be on hand to assist families. This event will be held at the Education Support and Services Center (ESSC), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program is being launched to help provide free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023.

To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

This program is being funded by $6.13 million from SANDAG, in a partnership with San Diego County.

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration began on March 2 online for the following:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has plenty of space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency will continue once our school office reopens on July 9. This is required by CA state law for all students to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. Please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year. 

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times and locations. At this time, testing locations at the district offices and COVID Clinic are for staff and students only.

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

Please know that we will communicate with our school’s families 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

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, June 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 in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Keep checking this school blog every Sunday for regular updates and to find some summer extension activities and low-cost opportunities for families.

School resumes on July 20!

Our school office closes this week on Wednesday, June 15th at 12 noon. Over the next few days, we are able to support parents and guardians with registration, verification of residency, and zone transfers. You can also update contact information with our friendly office staff. You may also contact us at (619) 479-3662. Our school office will reopen in July, usually a week before school begins. Please check back on this blog for more information.

Don’t forget that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and it is a minimum day for all students in grades K-6.

Did you know that June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month? The Chula Vista Elementary School District is a safe and welcoming district for all students and their families. We would like to offer resources here and here for this month. We are conscious of providing age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate lessons and activities around identity that meet all of our students’ needs when addressing LGBTQ-visibility and inclusion. Our goal is to work together as one community through this practice. We encourage you to reach out to us or our teachers throughout the year if you have any questions or would like further information as we support our students in this important work.

June 19, 2022 is Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day! Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American and black culture. It has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.

June 19th is Freedom Day!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the Summer Break here:

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 for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week 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! Wondering how to support children if they experience a problem with another student? We suggest using “I feel…” statements, moving away from others, and seeking help from an adult nearby. Our staff prides itself in actively monitoring students at all times. What our staff has noticed is that students are learning how to interact with one another and having some problems or conflict. This is not bullying. It may be due to trauma and other sudden social-emotional issues with a child. What is bullying? Check out this document:

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you. Our office typically closes for summer break about a week after the last day of school and reopens typically a week before school starts. Please check this blog for more detailed information.

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 – School office closes at 12 noon

Sunday, June 19, 2022 – Juneteenth 2022

July TBA, 2022 – School office reopens (8 am to 3:30 pm, M-F)

July TBA, 2022 – PTC’s Back to School Night at Allen

Monday, July 4, 2022 – Independence Day (Fourth of July)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal for grades K-6

Thursday, July 21, 2022 – Minimum Day for Kindergarten only

Friday, July 22, 2022 – Minimum Day for grades K-6

Saturday, July 23, 2022Community Expo at the ESSC (9 am to 1 pm) for families! See below…

USPS Free COVID Tests

Did you know that you may order additional home antigen test kits from the US Postal Service (USPS)? Click here to order yours: https://special.usps.com/testkits.

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night in July 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists, nor can we share the placement of another child with you.

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

The San Diego County Fair offers free admission to all kids aged 12 and younger every Friday of the Fair! For kids aged 6-12, this is a savings of $14 per child. Children aged 5 and younger are always admitted free. The fair runs Wednesday, June 8 through Monday, July 4. For more information, click here.

Until July 4!

San Diego County Library

The San Diego County Library system is an amazing resource. Not only can children check out amazing books, but there are also a plethora of online resources and community events held at the public libraries over the summer! Check it out here: https://www.sdcl.org/

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

Join us Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 1 pm for CVESD’s Community Expo! District and community services will be on hand to assist families. This event will be held at the Education Support and Services Center (ESSC), located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

Award Winning Staff

We are so excited to share the news that two of our staff members were acknowledged recently by the Chula Vista Elementary School District. It is with great pleasure that we announce the selection of the 2022 CVESD Wellness Champion Award employee winner. The CVESD Wellness Champion Award committee met and selected this year’s recipient of the 2022 CVESD Wellness Champion Award to Ms. Melissa Farlow. Ms. Farlow has been our school’s wellness lead and has fostered many opportunities for athletics and arts on our campus.

We also want to celebrate our Principal, Mr. Greenwell, for being honored with the district’s FOCUS Award. CVESD recognized five principals at a recent District Leadership Meeting for their outstanding work for the 2021-22 school year and selected Mr. Greenwell for this distinction. Congratulations to you both! Thank you to our whole staff for providing chances for our Eagles soar!

VAPA Newsletters for Q4

Allen Eagles were very busy in quarter 4 in their visual art and music classes. Please see the documents below to learn more about what our Eagles learned in their VAPA courses this last quarter!

Variety Show 2022: School of Rock

We invite families to watch our online, 39th annual Variety Show, available via this YouTube link below:

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

A new program is being launched to help provide free public transit for San Diego’s youth: The SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program is designed to make transportation easier for San Diego County children (those 18 years of age and under), as well as encourage ridership.

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will continue to be available until June 30, 2023.

To take part in the program, children 18 and under will have to sign up for a Youth PRONTO app account or a Youth PRONTO card. Information on PRONTO can be found at https://bit.ly/3rv3ONd.

This program is being funded by $6.13 million from SANDAG, in a partnership with San Diego County.

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

NEW STUDENT registration began on March 2 online for the following:

  • Kindergartners who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022.
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • All registrations will take place online. There will be no paper packets. To register please visit our district website: www.cvesd.org

Allen Elementary has plenty of space in our Kindergarten class for next year, but has limited openings in our other grades. Please contact our office for questions about space availability at (619) 479-3662.

Verification of Residency began at the end of May 2022 for all students who will continue to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. A reminder that this yearly process is required by CA state law: please contact our friendly office staff for assistance with this.

If your child will NOT return to Allen Elementary in the 2022-2023 school year, please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org or john.greenwell@cvesd.org. Outgoing sixth grade students do not need to notify the office staff that they are attending middle school next year. 

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times and locations. At this time, testing locations at the district offices and COVID Clinic are for staff and students only.

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

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

Learn more about the school and district’s commitment to equity and access for all children! View this page here: https://allenelementary.org/equity-and-access/

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are now available. Please understand that the state of California may in the future be requiring children to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to attend a public school, just as they already do for other diseases (polio, mumps, rubella, etc..). This decision is not a school-based or district-based decision, but rather a state government decision.

The CVESD Board of Education encourages the use of masks indoors at all schools within the Chula Vista Elementary School District, regardless of vaccination status. Masks, although not required, are strongly encouraged for all staff, students, parents, and visitors while indoors on campus. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The school and district strive to reduce this impact to staff, students, and families.

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation to support the latest initiative at the school. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Allen Elementary PTC when you shop on smile.amazon.com and choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc as your charity.

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  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, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

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

School Site Council (SSC)

Ella B. Allen’s next SSC Meeting will be in August 2022. Check back here for more information in July 2022.

All SSC members are welcome to attend ELAC meetings for additional information.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is August 8th, online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: 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, June 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 in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

Students in our District are scheduled to start the 2022-2023 school year on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and end the school year on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Key breaks include:

  • Fall Break: September 26 – October 7, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 21 – November 25, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023
  • Spring Break: March 20 – March 31, 2023

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: As a California public school, we encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to test regularly. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number 1 concern!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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