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Sunday Update (22 November 2020)

Please see the most recent letter from our Superintendent, Dr. Escobedo, if you have not yet read it: Click here.

A voluntary intensive support program will be coming to Allen Elementary in the coming months for a very limited number of students. Per guidelines from the state of California, priority for this in-person, voluntary support program will be given to students who are:

  1. Foster and homeless students
  2. Students with IEPs and 504 plans
  3. Students identified as English Learners
  4. Students who are significantly below grade level

Additional details will be shared with families who qualify for this intensive support in the coming weeks.

Eagles, don’t forget that there is NO SCHOOL this week due to the Thanksgiving vacation.

We hope you spend this break safely with your family. Please see the guidance below in this blog for recommendations from the County of San Diego Health and Human Services.. There will be no online classes or Distance Learning Support Program from Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 27. The school office remains closed as well. Classes resume on Monday, November 30th.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

View Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the short YouTube video below:

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week (11/22/2020)

Join the Allen PTC and Make a Donation: Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. Please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, November 30 – Classes resume

Friday, December 4 – Virtual Family First Friday (Click link here to access this online meeting).

Monday, December 14 – Parent Meetings

  • ELAC Meeting at 3 pm (Click link here)
  • SSC Meeting at 3:30 pm (Click link here): Note, the link for the two meetings is the same so if you join SSC meeting early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting.
  • PTC Meeting at 6 pm (Link here)

Thanksgiving and COVID-19

Have a safe holiday!

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep families safe during Thanksgiving, the County of San Diego offers guidance for common activities:

Recommended

  • Remote events with family and friends, such as a virtual Thanksgiving dinner, sharing recipes, a virtual turkey trot, or online game.
  • Televised or live streaming events at home with members of your own household.
  • Outdoor orchards, food markets, and seasonal craft fairs where state guidance is followed and people use hand sanitizer, wear face coverings, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and minimize complications from the flu or COVID-19 viruses.

Not Recommended

  • According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel considerations, traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
  • In-person sports events, parades, and movies where more than 3 households are present.
  • In-person Black Friday or other shopping events where there may be large gatherings of people.

Not Allowed

  • Under California Department of Public Health guidance, in-person events or parties with more than 3 households are not permitted, even if outdoors. Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
  • Carnivals, festivals, and live entertainment are not allowed because close interactions increase the risk of infection.
  • In-person turkey trots or similar events are not allowed because participants need to walk or run close together, and it is difficult to maintain physical distancing.

Safer Alternatives

Many traditional Thanksgiving activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are safer, alternative ways to celebrate and include the following:

  • Consider virtual connections through video calls or video-sharing, such as sending a pre-made Thanksgiving dinner or ingredients through online food delivery services and eat together virtually.
  • Shop online rather than in person for Black Friday deals. 
  • Donate food to charities at drive-through mobile pantries, or through an online food bank fundraiser.
  • Celebrate Green Friday by visiting a local park or preserve for family-friendly activities.
  • Visit pick-your-own produce farms that follow California Department of Food and Agriculture guidelines.

Click here for additional information:

Green Friday 2020

Green Friday is scheduled for Friday, November 27, 2020, the day after Thanksgiving. In partnership with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, this event supports Thriving by encouraging San Diegans to enjoy active and educational outdoor experiences on a holiday that County Parks has coined Green Friday. Celebrate the outdoors with family-friendly activities in parks and preserves across the region. 

From Story Trails and tree planting to virtual nature trivia and fitness meet-ups, the day’s events are both active and educational to balance recreation opportunities with efforts to protect and preserve land and local wildlife. All in-person outdoor activities require face coverings and social distancing.

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community. There are a number of testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. See the attached list of those sites as well below:

Sine Kwento at the Bonita Museum

SINE KWENTO Filipino Stories in Film is an exhibit at the Bonita Museum. This exhibit is a celebration of Filipino culture and cinema. Created in collaboration with San Diego Filipino Cinema (link: http://sdfilipinocinema.org/about/) and curated by film makers Benito Bautista and Emma Francisco, this exhibit honors the past by celebrating the history of Philippine Cinema.  The exhibition takes visitors from the beginnings of Philippine cinema into the modern age of media and content creation by Filipino American vloggers in San Diego, California. The month-long exhibit ends on Nov. 30th and will include film production artifacts like screenplays, film equipment, costumes, film production photos used in some of the films featured in the exhibition.

To make an appointment to see this exhibition, please call the Bonita Museum at 619 267-5141, Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 3pm. For more information: https://bonitahistoricalsociety.org/sine-kwento/

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include:

  1. Daily Health Screenings
  2. Mask Wearing
  3. Physical Distancing, and
  4. Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

School Meals Program

  • Please note that there will be no meal distribution at Allen on Monday, November 23rd. Meal distribution continues on Nov. 30th from 12 noon to 2 pm.
  • Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here.

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning such as the online waivers for a school laptop or district-provided wifi hot spot device? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and 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.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, December 14th at 3 pm and will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, December 14th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 14th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on December 4th at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on December 4th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 pm. Please note that this meeting’s date was changed on November 18.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on January 12, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm.

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.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Superintendent’s Update (18 November 2020)

We’d like to share the most recent update from our Superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobedo:

District, Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Possible Return to School

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

I am pleased to announce that we have reached a Tentative Agreement with Chula Vista Educators (CVE), which is the teachers’ bargaining unit, regarding “Working Conditions During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

This includes a possible return to “hybrid” in-person instruction in mid-to-late January —provided that all health and safety conditions are met, and San Diego County returns to the “red” level as defined in the state’s tiered system. The county is currently in the most restrictive “purple” tier. Restrictions under the “purple” tier took effect just after midnight Saturday. As part of our tentative agreement with CVE, our District can reopen to in-person instruction in a “hybrid” instructional format—meaning a limited number of students return to school in cohorts that alternate with other students who are participating in distance learning. Parents will have the option to keep their child(ren) in distance learning for the remainder of 2020-21 school year.

We are working with teachers on what the hybrid model would look like and hope to have an update about our progress soon. The earliest a hybrid model could be implemented is mid-to-late January 2021. Two-week notice will be provided to parents and staff members in advance of such a return. Even as our District waits for the region’s COVID19 rates to lower, the District will continue to fortify its safety plan and ensure all health and safety measures are in place, including enhanced ventilation in school classrooms and buildings.

With that in mind, our District will methodically expand the number of students who can return to in-person instruction, building upon the Distance Learning Support Program for families of students most in need of support. The language in the tentative agreement will allow teachers and other certificated employees to volunteer to work in person with a stable cohort of students from their class, (no more than 16 individuals in the cohort and no more than eight individuals per day)—even while the county remains in the purple tier. Teachers who volunteer to return to work in person during this period can do so as soon as agreed-upon safety measures are in place. Priority will be given to high-needs students based on the following criteria:

  • Foster and Homeless Youth.
  • Students with an Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan who are struggling to meet academic goals or grade-level standards.
  • English Learners with an ELPAC level of one or two; or who are classified as or at risk of becoming Long-Term English Learners.
  • Students who are performing significantly below grade level.

I especially want to thank parents for the incredible patience and support maintained throughout this process. I know that school closures have been an incredible strain on many households. Please know that, together with our teachers, our entire system is working collaboratively to see students back on our campuses as quickly as possible and in the safest manner possible. I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!

Warm regards,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

El Distrito, maestros llegan a un acuerdo tentativo sobre el POSIBLE regreso a la escuela

Apreciables padres/tutores y miembros del personal:

Me da mucho gusto anunciar que hemos llegado a un acuerdo tentativo con los Educadores de Chula Vista (CVE), la unidad de negociación de los maestros, referente a “Condiciones Laborales durante la Pandemia del COVID-19”.

Este acuerdo incluye un posible regreso a la instrucción en persona bajo el modelo “híbrido” a mediados o finales de enero – siempre y cuando se cumpla con todas las condiciones de salud y seguridad y el Condado de San Diego regrese al nivel “rojo” como se define en el sistema de niveles del estado. Actualmente el condado se encuentra en el nivel “púrpura”, el más restrictivo. Las restricciones bajo el nivel “púrpura” entraron en vigor un poco después de la media noche del sábado. Como parte de nuestro acuerdo tentativo con CVE, nuestro Distrito podrá reabrir las escuelas para la instrucción en persona bajo un formato de enseñanza “híbrida” – lo que significa que un número limitado de estudiantes regresan a la escuela en grupos que se alternan con otros estudiantes que participan en la educación a distancia. Los padres de familia tendrán la opción de mantener a sus hijos en la educación a distancia para el resto del ciclo escolar 2020-21.

Estamos trabajando con los maestros sobre cómo se verá el modelo híbrido y esperamos poder actualizarlos pronto sobre nuestro progreso. Lo más pronto que un modelo híbrido podrá ser implementado es a mediados o finales de enero del 2021. Se proporcionará una notificación a los padres de familia y miembros del personal dos semanas antes de tal regreso. Aun cuando nuestro Distrito espera que bajen las tasas de infección de COVID-19 en la región, el Distrito continuará fortaleciendo su plan de seguridad para garantizar que todas las medidas de salud y seguridad sean implementadas, incluyendo ventilación mejorada en los salones de clase e instalaciones.

Teniendo eso en mente, nuestro Distrito aumentará metódicamente el número de estudiantes que puedan regresar a la instrucción en persona, ampliando el Programa de Apoyo para la Educación a Distancia para familias de estudiantes que más necesitan el apoyo. El lenguaje en el acuerdo tentativo permite a los maestros y demás personal certificado trabajar voluntariamente en persona con un grupo establecido de estudiantes de su clase (no más de 16 individuos en el grupo y no más de ocho individuos por día) – aun cuando el condado permanezca en el nivel púrpura. Los maestros que voluntariamente regresan a trabajar en persona durante este período lo pueden hacer en cuanto las medidas de seguridad acordadas sean aplicadas. Se dará prioridad a estudiantes de alta necesidad en base al siguiente criterio:

  • Jóvenes en hogares de crianza o sin hogar.
  • Estudiantes con un Plan Individual de Educación o un Plan 504 que tienen dificultad para lograr sus metas académicas o estándares de nivel de grado.
  • Los aprendices de inglés en nivel uno o dos del ELPAC; o quienes han sido identificados estar en riesgo de ser estudiantes de inglés a largo plazo.
  • Estudiantes con un desempeño significativamente por debajo del nivel de grado.

Quiero agradecer especialmente a los padres de familia por la increíble paciencia y el apoyo durante este proceso. Sé que el cierre de escuelas ha sido una gran presión para muchos hogares. Por favor sepan qué, junto con nuestros maestros, nuestro sistema entero está trabajando colaborativamente para poder ver a los estudiantes de regreso en nuestros planteles lo más pronto y de la manera más segura posible. ¡Les deseo unas seguras y felices vacaciones de Acción de Gracias!

Afectuosamente,

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Superintendente

Videos from CVESD

From blight to bright: A beautification project that involved Otay Elementary School, Chula Vista Police Department, the City of Chula Vista and nearby residents.

Congratulations to the more than 60 newly tenured teachers who were recognized in a “Virtual Tenure Tribute” this year because of COVID-19.

We want to share some simple reminders that will help students and their parents make the best of a challenging situation.

CVESD Safe! Testing and Tracing Program

A second round of voluntary Antibody and Viral Testing for COVID-19 began Monday, November 16 and rotates to additional regional host school sites through Friday, November 20. Nearly 900 students, parents, and staff members participated in the first round. Anyone can participate in the second round, even if they did not participate in the first round

The voluntary testing at each of our host campuses is by appointment, but walk-ins are accepted. The antibody test consists of a light fingerprick; results as quickly as 15 minutes for those who stay around for their results. The viral test is the shallow nose swab test, not the deep into the brain type; results available within three business days. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Separately, the County’s Health and Human Services Agency operates testing locations throughout the South County. Most sites require no appointments. More information can be found at 211sandiego.org.

How COVID-19 Case Rates Factor into School Reopening Decisions

The Chula Vista Elementary School District uses the 14-day case rate number to guide decision-making in school reopening. The 14-day case rate provides the number of cases that were reported over the previous 14-day period, per 100,000 people. This metric is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making.

About one-third of the District continues in the “red” (latest data report – October 27), which CDC identifies as having the highest risk of transmission.  While in the red, the CDC recommends only limited in-person learning and services to students with the greatest needs. Our District currently provides such services to about 1,200 students in greatest need of resources through our Distance Learning Support Program. Once the District average case rate is below 200 (orange band), the District can offer the hybrid instructional model to students with the following mitigation strategies:

  • Some students participate in virtual learning and other students participate in in-person learning
  • Small, in-person classes, activities, and events
  • Cohorting; leveraging all available safe community spaces, including outdoor spaces; alternating schedules, and staggered schedules are applied rigorously
  • No mixing of groups of students (i.e., cohorts) and teachers throughout/across school days
  • Students and teachers do not share objects
  • Students, teachers, and staff always follow all steps to protect themselves and others, including proper use of face masks, social distancing (6-feet separation), hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette
  • Regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces implemented consistently

On a weekly basis, the San Diego County Office of Education provides our District with updated case rates by zip code. The report identifies schools by zip code within our District boundary area. There are zip codes in our District that are consistently in the “orange” band, as well as zip codes consistently in the “red” band. We continue working closely with the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego County Department of Public Health in regard to local COVID-19 transmission rates. We are partnering with community organizations to assist in lowering transmission rates across our boundary area, but especially in the 91911 and 92154 zip codes.

Although our goal of a phased return to in-person instruction was proposed for October 26, 2020, our District took extra precautions and postponed reopening because the data did not support a return at that time. Our main focus now is to continue fortifying our reopening plan, working with our bargaining groups and stakeholders, to ensure a safe reopening when conditions allow at a future date.  

As our state, county and city continue their work in lowering rates, we also need all parents to support implementing health and safety guidelines in our local communities, i.e. avoid large gatherings, wear masks, following distancing and hand-washing recommendations at all times.

The San Diego County Office of Education’s 14-day case rate dashboard illustrates how CDC indicators assess COVID-19 risk at the local level—and how school implementation of key mitigation strategies can guide school reopening decisions. We invite you to view SDCOE’s narrated PowerPoint presentation below.

Building an Earthquake Resistant Structure

We invite all Allen families to attend our district’s next free weekly live event: Building an Earthquake Resistant Structure. This is this Friday at 1 pm. This free event is open to the public and appropriate for all ages!

http://bit.ly/isbuilders

If they were not able to join us for our last event, Something Squidywith Mrs. Quirós, and would still like to check it out, please share the following link with them: https://youtu.be/nSH9j1rlKUo

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Sunday Update (15 November 2020)

It’s the fourth week of quarter 2! Don’t forget that there is NO SCHOOL next week due to the Thanksgiving vacation.

We hope you spend this break safely with your family. There will be no online classes or Distance Learning Support Program from Monday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 27. Classes resume on Monday, November 30th.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Join the Allen PTC and Make a Donation: Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. Please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, November 16

November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Monday, November 30 – Classes resume

Friday, December 4 – Virtual Family First Friday

COVID-19 Tests (Antibody & Viral Testing)

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community. Our district recently announced that the next round of voluntary, optional Antibody and Viral Testing for COVID-19 begins Monday, November 16 and rotates to additional school sites through Friday, November 20.

In addition to CVESD students and their families, all staff members are invited to participate. Staff are encouraged to access locations wherever and whenever it is most convenient. The voluntary testing at each campus is by appointment, but walk-ins are accepted. Download the schedule of locations and hours below:

  • The antibody test consists of a light fingerprick; results as quickly as 15 minutes for those who stay around for their results.  
  • The viral test is the shallow nose swab test, not the deep into the brain type; results available within three business days.  

Please know that all people being tested will need to provide a government-issued identification card and your insurance card. You have the option of only doing one of the tests or both, and they are at no cost to you (covered through health insurance or covered under the CARES Act for those who do not have insurance). Again, these tests are free.

Those participating for the first time will have the opportunity to take the antibody test, while those who already had an antibody test are encouraged to return for the viral test. The goal of testing multiple times a couple weeks apart is to show any emerging trends about virus spread in our communities. You can test at any participating campus location.  

To schedule an appointment and learn more details, click here: http://bit.ly/VSCOVID or cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/ 

If you are unable to get tested next week at one of our District campuses, there are a number of off-campus testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. See the attached list of those sites as well below:

Balancing Screen Time with Your Kids

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is pleased to share this online event, Balancing Screen Time with Your Kids, with nationally-recognized local author Arlene Pellicane:

Date:  Tuesday, November 17

Time:  6:00 – 7:00 PM

Virtual Platform:  ZOOM Link: https://bit.ly/cvesdscreentime

Topics covered:

  1. All tech is not created equal.
  2. Why are certain technologies more dangerous to your child’s development than others?
  3. What is happening in my child’s brain when s(he) is playing a video game?
  4. How can you introduce screen-free activities after school?
  5. What questions should you ask before giving your child a smartphone or allowing social media?
  6. You are more influential than you think –  the power of a parent to guide a child successfully through the pandemic!
ZOOM Link: https://bit.ly/cvesdscreentime

SciTech Free Enrichment Program for Girls

The Fleet Science Center is bringing its after school SciTech Program to our school! Spaces are limited to 30 female students in Grades 4-6. Students will be selected to engage in weekly hands-on science investigations on everything from solar car design to household chemistry. Through these virtual project-based learning workshops, students will make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they will use throughout their lives. Students that participate in SciTech will receive:

  • Opportunities for science awareness
  • Video content that introduces the challenge designed specifically for SciTech
  • Provided materials ranging from craft supplies to science specialty items selected by our SciTech Educator
  • Designated live virtual weekly meetings to share experiment results and ask questions
  • Access to an interactive and social community to keep classmates, teacher, and SciTech Educator all connected and engaged outside of their weekly sessions

Questions about this program should be directed to Ms. Farlow at melissa.farlow@cvesd.org.

This free Science Enrichment for Girls will be on Wednesdays, starting on November 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Families must make the commitment to attend each week. Sessions will be held online, virtually. All supplies required for students are included in this free program.

For more details:

Sine Kwento at the Bonita Museum

SINE KWENTO Filipino Stories in Film is an exhibit at the Bonita Museum. This exhibit is a celebration of Filipino culture and cinema. Created in collaboration with San Diego Filipino Cinema (link: http://sdfilipinocinema.org/about/) and curated by film makers Benito Bautista and Emma Francisco, this exhibit honors the past by celebrating the history of Philippine Cinema.  The exhibition takes visitors from the beginnings of Philippine cinema into the modern age of media and content creation by Filipino American vloggers in San Diego, California. The month-long exhibit ends on Nov. 30th and will include film production artifacts like screenplays, film equipment, costumes, film production photos used in some of the films featured in the exhibition.

To make an appointment to see this exhibition, please call the Bonita Museum at 619 267-5141, Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 3pm. For more information: https://bonitahistoricalsociety.org/sine-kwento/

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include:

  1. Daily Health Screenings
  2. Mask Wearing
  3. Physical Distancing, and
  4. Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning such as the online waivers for a school laptop or district-provided wifi hot spot device? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and 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.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, December 14th at 3 pm and will be held online. Public elections will be held for officer positions at this meeting. Officers must be the legal parent/guardian of a student designated as an English Learner. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, November 16th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, December 14th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on December 4th at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on December 4th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

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.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (8 November 2020)

It’s the third week of quarter 2! Don’t forget that there is NO SCHOOL this Wednesday, November 11, 2020. There will be no online class or Distance Learning Support Program on this day in honor of Veterans Day.

No School on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Join the Allen PTC and Make a Donation: Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

This week’s Core Value is Responsibility. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Excuse me.

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. Please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, November 9 – Meetings for Parents

Tuesday, November 10 – School Photo Day (see schedule below)

Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Friday, December 4 – Virtual Family First Friday

Allen Spirit Gear

The deadline to place orders was November 6, 2020. Families will be notified by phone and email when items arrive in the school office. Please ensure that the school office has your correct phone number and email address on file.

Curbside Picture Day – Nov. 10

Curbside Picture Day is coming for all Allen and Daly students! We want to make this as safe, fun, comfortable, and convenient as possible.  Please follow the mapping guidelines and schedule to ensure the flow on picture day. Please also follow all safety guidelines such as maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet and wearing a facial covering or mask.

Picture Day Schedule

  • 11:30 am – all Daly Academy students
  • 11:40 am – Ms. Davies’ Kindergarten class
  • 12 noon – Ms. Gurule’s Kindergarten class
  • 12:20 pm – Ms. Blum’s 1st grade class
  • 12:40 pm – Ms. Landay’s 1/2 combo class
  • 1 pm – Ms. Sinong’s 1st grade class
  • 1:20 pm – Mr. B’s 2nd grade class
  • 1:35 pm – Mrs. Burnham’s 2nd grade class
  • 1:55 pm – Ms. Farlow’s 3rd grade class
  • 2:10 pm – Ms. Kriss’ 3rd grade class
  • 2:25 pm – Ms. Michel’s 4th grade class
  • 2:40 pm – Ms. Rechif’s 4/5 combo class
  • 2:45 pm – Ms. Acosta’s 5th grade class
  • 3:00 pm – Ms. Schultze’s 5th grade class
  • 3:15 pm – Ms. Linderman’s 6th grade class
  • 3:30 pm – Mr. Manaig’s 6th grade class
  • 3:45 pm – Last call! Photographers start cleaning up.
  • Families with children in multiple grades may come at any of the above time slots. Staff may also take photos at any time slot listed above.

Some helpful reminders:

  • Kindly follow the directions of the PTC volunteers who will be assisting Chalkboard Photography as all of this will occur outside of school fences, following district and county guidelines. Masks are required, but students will be allowed to remove them momentarily for the photograph when the photographer instructs them to do so.
  • Teachers may need to adjust schedules for that day to accommodate for Curbside Picture Day (i.e., Students may have more asynchronous time to meet instructional minutes).
  • Families may purchase “Advance Pay” credits and receive FREE shipping w/ tracking on orders. Plus, all orders come with a Digital Life Safety Cards.  Click here for Advance Pay: https://galleries.photoday.io/gallery/AllenDaly2020/8fcf4a4e-7af4-41e6-9318-10a7be03d653/advance-pay.

First Quarter Awards Ceremonies

We have so much to celebrate as we enter the second quarter of the school year! Teachers will celebrate student successes in awards ceremonies scheduled during the school day the week of November 9th. Please contact the office to schedule a time to pick up your child’s award certificate.

SciTech Free Enrichment Program for Girls

The Fleet Science Center is bringing its after school SciTech Program to our school! Spaces are limited to 30 female students in Grades 4-6. Students will be selected to engage in weekly hands-on science investigations on everything from solar car design to household chemistry. Through these virtual project-based learning workshops, students will make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they will use throughout their lives. Students that participate in SciTech will receive:

  • Opportunities for science awareness
  • Video content that introduces the challenge designed specifically for SciTech
  • Provided materials ranging from craft supplies to science specialty items selected by our SciTech Educator
  • Designated live virtual weekly meetings to share experiment results and ask questions
  • Access to an interactive and social community to keep classmates, teacher, and SciTech Educator all connected and engaged outside of their weekly sessions

To participate, please email Ms. Farlow at melissa.farlow@cvesd.org

This free Science Enrichment for Girls will be on Wednesdays, starting on November 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Families must make the commitment to attend each week. Sessions will be held online, virtually. All supplies required for students are included in this free program.

For more details:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include:

  1. Daily Health Screenings
  2. Mask Wearing
  3. Physical Distancing, and
  4. Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning such as the online waivers for a school laptop or district-provided wifi hot spot device? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and 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.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9th at 3 pm and will be held online. Public elections will be held for officer positions at this meeting. Officers must be the legal parent/guardian of a student designated as an English Learner. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, November 9th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 9th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on December 4th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

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.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (3 November 2020)

SciTech Free Enrichment Program for Girls

The Fleet Science Center is bringing its after school SciTech Program to our school! Spaces are limited to 30 female students in Grades 4-6. Students will be selected to engage in weekly hands-on science investigations on everything from solar car design to household chemistry. Through these virtual project-based learning workshops, students will make concrete connections to everyday life while developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills that they will use throughout their lives. Students that participate in SciTech will receive:

  • Opportunities for science awareness
  • Video content that introduces the challenge designed specifically for SciTech
  • Provided materials ranging from craft supplies to science specialty items selected by our SciTech Educator
  • Designated live virtual weekly meetings to share experiment results and ask questions
  • Access to an interactive and social community to keep classmates, teacher, and SciTech Educator all connected and engaged outside of their weekly sessions

To participate, please email Ms. Farlow at melissa.farlow@cvesd.org

This free Science Enrichment for Girls will be on Wednesdays, starting on November 16, from 2 – 3:00 pm (Please note the time change as of November 6, 2020). Families must make the commitment to attend each week. Sessions will be held online, virtually. All supplies required for students are included in this free program.

For more details:

Drive-Thru Donation Events Resume this Saturday for Food, Toy Drive

The Chula Vista Welfare Council, Chula Vista Community Collaborative and the Chula Vista Police Activities League have teamed up for a series of “Drive-Thru Donation” events to help provide resources for families in need in our District over the holidays. Students and staff at District schools as well as employees at the Education Services and Support Center annually collect canned food for the welfare council and toys for the activities league. Usually, the drives get started in late October. However, with District schools still closed due to COVID-19, the organizations launched drive-thru donation opportunities starting October 24 to help address food insecurity in our community while also bringing some holiday cheer to families in need. 

The next event is this Saturday at Loma Verde Elementary.  

What:  A drive-thru donation opportunity, where families can bring a bag of canned food/new toys to donate.  

When:  The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020.  

Where:  Loma Verde Elementary School, located at 1450 Loma Lane, Chula Vista.  

Why:  The Chula Vista Welfare Council has its roots with the work of Anne and William Hedenkamp. For nearly 50 years, Mr. and Mrs. Hedenkamp volunteered to ensure that needy children in Chula Vista received food, shoes, and other necessary items to keep them healthy and in school.

Distribution of food and toys is for needy families from throughout the District, and will occur before the Winter holiday break. Our partners collect food and toys and provide it to families with children ages 0-18 who live and attend school in Chula Vista, and who face food insecurity while schools are on break. Especially the long winter break! Last year, between our four agencies, we served over 1,300 children!

See the flyer below for more details.

Allen School Spirit Gear

Show your Allen School spirit by buying a t-shirt, fleece, or sweatshirt! Click download below to purchase your Allen t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and fleece jackets! All orders must be placed online and paid for in advance before November 6, 2020. Families will be notified by phone and email when items arrive in the school office. Please ensure that the school office has your correct phone number and email address on file.

School Photography Day – Nov. 10

Curbside Picture Day is coming for all Allen and Daly students! We want to make this as safe, fun, comfortable, and convenient as possible.  Please follow the mapping guidelines and schedule to ensure the flow on picture day. Please also follow all safety guidelines such as maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet and wearing a facial covering or mask.

Picture Day Schedule

  • 11:30 am – all Daly Academy students
  • 11:40 am – Ms. Davies’ Kindergarten class
  • 12 noon – Ms. Gurule’s Kindergarten class
  • 12:20 pm – Ms. Blum’s 1st grade class
  • 12:40 pm – Ms. Landay’s 1/2 combo class
  • 1 pm – Ms. Sinong’s 1st grade class
  • 1:20 pm – Mr. B’s 2nd grade class
  • 1:35 pm – Mrs. Burnham’s 2nd grade class
  • 1:55 pm – Ms. Farlow’s 3rd grade class
  • 2:10 pm – Ms. Kriss’ 3rd grade class
  • 2:25 pm – Ms. Michel’s 4th grade class
  • 2:40 pm – Ms. Rechif’s 4/5 combo class
  • 2:45 pm – Ms. Acosta’s 5th grade class
  • 3:00 pm – Ms. Schultze’s 5th grade class
  • 3:15 pm – Ms. Linderman’s 6th grade class
  • 3:30 pm – Mr. Manaig’s 6th grade class
  • 3:45 pm – Last call! Photographers start cleaning up.

Some helpful reminders:

  • Families with children in multiple grades may come at any of the above time slots. Staff may also take photos at any time slot listed above.
  • A few PTC parents will be assisting Chalkboard Photography as all of this will occur outside of school fences, following district and county guidelines.
  • Teachers may need to adjust schedules for that day to accommodate for Curbside Picture Day (i.e., Students may have more asynchronous time to meet instructional minutes).
  • Families may purchase “Advance Pay” credits and receive FREE shipping w/ tracking on orders. Plus, all orders come with a Digital Life Safety Cards.  Click here for Advance Pay: https://galleries.photoday.io/gallery/AllenDaly2020/8fcf4a4e-7af4-41e6-9318-10a7be03d653/advance-pay.

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Sunday Update (1 November 2020)

It’s week 2 of quarter 2! Election Day is this Tuesday.

Please note that Allen School will not be used as a polling location. The nearest polling location to Allen is Bonita Vista Middle School, located at 650 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

http://www.sdvote.com

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the short YouTube video below:

Join the Allen PTC and Make a Donation: Visit the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission through funding programs and initiatives. Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

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

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. If the office hour times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day from 7 am to 8 pm

Wednesday, November 4 at 6 pm – BAC Meeting

Friday, November 6 at 8 am – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am (Link)

Monday, November 9 – Meetings for Parents

Tuesday, November 10 – School Photo Day (see schedule below)

Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Friday, December 4 – Virtual Family First Friday

Allen Spirit Gear

Click download below to purchase your Allen t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and fleece jackets! All orders must be placed online and paid for in advance before November 6, 2020. Families will be notified by phone and email when items arrive in the school office. Please ensure that the school office has your correct phone number and email address on file.

School Photography Day – Nov. 10

Curbside Picture Day is coming for all Allen and Daly students! We want to make this as safe, fun, comfortable, and convenient as possible.  Please follow the mapping guidelines and schedule to ensure the flow on picture day.

Picture Day Schedule

  • 11:30 am – all Daly Academy students
  • 11:40 am – Ms. Davies’ Kindergarten class
  • 12 noon – Ms. Gurule’s Kindergarten class
  • 12:20 pm – Ms. Blum’s 1st grade class
  • 12:40 pm – Ms. Landay’s 1/2 combo class
  • 1 pm – Ms. Sinong’s 1st grade class
  • 1:20 pm – Mr. B’s 2nd grade class
  • 1:35 pm – Mrs. Burnham’s 2nd grade class
  • 1:55 pm – Ms. Farlow’s 3rd grade class
  • 2:10 pm – Ms. Kriss’ 3rd grade class
  • 2:25 pm – Ms. Michel’s 4th grade class
  • 2:40 pm – Ms. Rechif’s 4/5 combo class
  • 2:45 pm – Ms. Acosta’s 5th grade class
  • 3:00 pm – Ms. Schultze’s 5th grade class
  • 3:15 pm – Ms. Linderman’s 6th grade class
  • 3:30 pm – Mr. Manaig’s 6th grade class
  • 3:45 pm – Last call! Photographers start cleaning up.

Some helpful reminders:

  • Families with children in multiple grades may come at any of the above time slots. Staff may also take photos at any time slot listed above.
  • A few PTC parents will be assisting Chalkboard Photography as all of this will occur outside of school fences, following district and county guidelines.
  • Teachers may need to adjust schedules for that day to accommodate for Curbside Picture Day (i.e., Students may have more asynchronous time to meet instructional minutes).
  • Families may purchase “Advance Pay” credits and receive FREE shipping w/ tracking on orders. Plus, all orders come with a Digital Life Safety Cards.  Click here for Advance Pay: https://galleries.photoday.io/gallery/AllenDaly2020/8fcf4a4e-7af4-41e6-9318-10a7be03d653/advance-pay.

Spirit Week and Red Ribbon Week

We’d like to share some photos from Red Ribbon Spirit Week this past week. Please note that photos of students touching one another are students from the same family: All safety protocols are being followed within our school community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

First Quarter Awards Ceremonies

We have so much to celebrate as we enter the second quarter of the school year! Teachers will celebrate student successes in awards ceremonies scheduled during the school day the week of November 9th .

Resources for a safe Día de los Muertos

Our school office has an ofrenda to remember those we’ve lost.

Safer Activities for Día de los Muertos

  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Playing music in your home that your deceased loved ones enjoyed
  • Making and decorating masks or making an altar for the deceased
  • Setting out pillows and blankets in your home for the deceased
  • Joining a virtual get-together celebration
Things to Keep in Mind:
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Día de los Muertos it is important to keep the following in mind:
Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, unless an exemption is applicable.
Practice Social Distancing:  Avoid confined spaces, especially indoors. Stay least 6 feet away (3 or more adult steps) from all other people who are not part of your own household, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
Good Hygiene: Wash or sanitize your hands often. Clean frequently touched items regularly.
Minimize Mixing: Plan activities to limit mixing between different households. Californians are permitted to gather outdoors with a maximum of two other households. This means that on Halloween and Día de los Muertos, if you are spending time with others, you must stick with a maximum of three households (including your own), and not mingle with others. Gatherings should be two hours or less.
Stay Home if You are Sick or You are in a High Risk Group: If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, and away from others. People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults, people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged to stay home.
Please respect your neighbors and your community: Everyone is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to the best of their abilities and has different comfort levels about what is safe to do. Your local community or your neighbors may be more restrictive than these CDPH guidelines, and we ask that you respect your neighbors’ wishes and concerns.   .

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include:

  1. Daily Health Screenings
  2. Mask Wearing
  3. Physical Distancing, and
  4. Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning such as the online waivers for a school laptop or district-provided wifi hot spot device? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and 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.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9th at 3 pm and will be held online. Public elections will be held for officer positions at this meeting. Officers must be the legal parent/guardian of a student designated as an English Learner. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, November 9th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 9th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on November 6th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog (CLICK HERE) and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

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.

Election Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

Not only is November 3rd Election Day, but it is also MTS Free Ride Day! To help increase access to in-person voting options, all fixed-route MTS and NCTD buses, Trolleys, SPRINTER and COASTER will be free. 

While you can skip the fare on Free Ride Day, face covering are a must! Face coverings (worn over your nose and mouth the entire trip) are required on all MTS and NCTD vehicles.

http://www.sdmts.com

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (29 Oct. 2020)

Costume Day

A friendly reminder that tomorrow is the last day of Red Ribbon Week 2020 and our students and staff may dress in a costume for Spirit Week: Please note that the guidelines below are in place for the safety and comfort of all, regardless of the fact that many students are participating from home via distance learning.

Guidelines for Costume Day

Please, no scary or gory costumes, no props or weapons of any kind (i.e. shields, light sabers, axes, guns, swords, etc…), no masks that cover the entire face (masks for COVID-19 purposes are okay), and no costumes that may be considered culturally offensive.

Safety Reminders for Halloween

San Diegans Reminded to Celebrate Halloween Safely During COVID-19

In an effort to advance the goals of reopening schools and reducing the spread of infection in our community, we’d like to share this news briefing from the County of San Diego: County health officials are reminding the public that traditional Halloween celebrations are not advised, and large gatherings are not allowed, under the state or local health guidance. Halloween celebrations – such as parties and in-person, door-to-door trick-or-treating – pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19 and are strongly discouraged.

“These activities involve face-to-face interactions with people from different households,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “If a COVID-19 infection is detected among a participant, it will be very difficult to find and notify those who may have been exposed.”

Wooten recommends the following safe Halloween activities to make sure children have a fun and safe celebration:

  • Online parties/contests such as costume or pumpkin carving
  • Drive-through events and car parades
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations
  • Movie nights with your own household or at a drive-in theater
  • Pumpkin patches where people use hand sanitizer and maintain 6-feet of distance from others

“Please be safe and stay healthy this Halloween weekend,” Wooten said. “A boo and a cackle can be great fun, but COVID is definitely not.”

A list of what’s not allowed or recommended as well as other alternatives to celebrate Halloween is found here.

Allen Spirit Gear

Click download below to purchase your Allen t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and fleece jackets! All orders must be placed online and paid for in advance before November 6, 2020. Families will be notified by phone and email when items arrive in the school office. Please ensure that the school office has your correct phone number and email address on file.

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Buy Your Allen Spirit Gear!

Click download below to purchase your Allen t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and fleece jackets! All order must be placed online and paid for in advance before November 6, 2020. Families will be notified by phone and email when items arrive in the school office. Please ensure that the school office has your correct phone number and email address on file.

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Sunday Update (25 October 2020)

This is an exciting week at Ella B. Allen Elementary School! Not only is it Red Ribbon Week, but it is also a Spirit Week and the week before popular fall holidays such as Halloween, All Saints Day, and Día de los Muertos.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

The Mayor of Chula Vista made a virtual visit to our third grade classes on Wednesday, October 20th. Mayor Mary Casillas Salas spoke to students and responded to their letters. Thank you to Ms. Kriss, Ms. Farlow, and Ms. Rañon for organzing this event.

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the 5 minute YouTube video below:

Sunday Update for 10/25/2020

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. The PTC is currently hosting their annual Ultra Fun Run to support STEAM activities this year (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

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

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

This week’s Core Value is Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.”

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. If the office hour times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

  • Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

October 26 – 30: Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Friday, October 30 – Costume Day [Please, no scary or gory costumes, no props of any kind, no weapons of any kind, no masks that cover the entire face, and no costumes that may be considered culturally offensive].

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day from 7 am to 8 pm; Allen will not be used as a polling location for this election.

Friday, November 6 at 8 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Tuesday, November 10 – School Photo Day

Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break

Spirit Week and Red Ribbon Week

This week is Red Ribbon Week!

Monday, October 26: Allen Spirit Day – Wear any Allen School t-shirt or any plain green shirt!

Tuesday, October 27: Wear Red Day – Make a commitment to say no to drugs by wearing as much red clothing as you comfortably can!

Wednesday, October 28: Wacky Hat Day – Find a crazy hat to wear or make one of your own!

Thursday, October 29: Pajama Day – Wear your pajamas today.

Friday, October 30: Costume Day – Wear a costume today. Please, no scary or gory costumes, no props of any kind, no weapons of any kind, no masks that cover the entire face, and no costumes that may be considered culturally offensive.

We want you to share your photos showing your Allen School Spirit. Please send them to:  michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give permission for these photos to be shared on social media.

First Quarter Awards Ceremonies

We have so much to celebrate as we enter the second quarter of the school year! Teachers will celebrate student successes in awards ceremonies scheduled during the school day the week of November 9th .

Grab and Go Materials Distribution for Q2

Thank you to our staff and volunteers for making the quarter 2 materials distribution process so smooth for the Grab and Go! If you still need to pick up these essential learning materials for quarter 2, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Sharing Some Good News!

Former Allen student Ethan Danley completed his Eagle Scout project. Way to go Ethan!

Mayor Mary Casillas Salas visited with third grade students at Allen!

Mr. Greenwell and Ms. Reza delivered some awards to last year’s Speech Contest winner!

Resources for a Safe Halloween and Día de los Muertos

Safer Activities for Halloween

  • Online parties/contests (e.g., costume or pumpkin carving) and drive-through events and car parades.
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations.
  • Halloween movie nights with your own household or at drive-in theaters.
  • Outdoor activities such as pumpkin patches where people use hand sanitizer and maintain 6-feet of distance from others.
  • Make fall recipes and crafts as a family for creative dinners and spooky decorations.

Safer Activities for Día de los Muertos

  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Playing music in your home that your deceased loved ones enjoyed
  • Making and decorating masks or making an altar for the deceased
  • Setting out pillows and blankets in your home for the deceased
  • Joining a virtual get-together celebration
Things to Keep in Mind:
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween or Día de los Muertos it is important to keep the following in mind:
Face Coverings: Face coverings must be wornin accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, unless an exemption is applicable. Please note plastic, rubber, vinyl and other Halloween costume masks are not an acceptable substitute for cloth face-coverings for the prevention of COVID-19 spread.
Practice Social Distancing:  Avoid confined spaces, especially indoors. Stay least 6 feet away (3 or more adult steps) from all other people who are not part of your own household, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
Good Hygiene: Wash or sanitize your hands often. Clean frequently touched items regularly.
Minimize Mixing: Plan activities to limit mixing between different households. Californians are permitted to gather outdoors with a maximum of two other households. This means that on Halloween, if you are spending time with others, you must stick with a maximum of three households (including your own), and not mingle with others. Gatherings should be two hours or less.
Stay Home if You are Sick or You are in a High Risk Group: If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, and away from others. People at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 (such as older adults, people with chronic medical conditions) are strongly urged to stay home. If you are sick or in a high risk group, you should discourage trick-or-treaters from coming to your door by turning off your porch light and other Halloween decoration lights on Halloween night.
Please respect your neighbors and your community: Everyone is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to the best of their abilities and has different comfort levels about what is safe to do. Your local community or your neighbors may be more restrictive than these CDPH guidelines, and we ask that you respect your neighbors’ wishes and concerns.   .

Part Day Enrichment at Eastlake YMCA

The South Bay YMCA is now offering a 4 hour, fee-based, optional enrichment program from 2pm- 6pm (M-F) at the Eastlake YMCA.

  • Activities include physical education, arts & crafts, STEM, ninja warrior & more.

With so many families needing childcare assistance, we encourage you to explore this option.  Please note: Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

Read the flyers below for more information:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include: 1) Daily Health Screenings, 2) Mask Wearing, 3) Physical Distancing, and 4) Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

Yearbooks from 2019-2020

The school office has only a few remaining extra copies of the 2019-2020 school yearbook for sale. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange a time to pick one up. Yearbooks from last year are $20 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will sell them until we run out. Please bring exact cash.

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning such as the online waivers for a school laptop or district-provided wifi hot spot device? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and 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.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9th at 3 pm and will be held online. Public elections will be held for officer positions at this meeting. Officers must be the legal parent/guardian of a student designated as an English LearnerPlease email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, November 9th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 9th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on November 6th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

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.

Election Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

Not only is November 3rd Election Day, but it is also MTS Free Ride Day! To help increase access to in-person voting options, all fixed-route MTS and NCTD buses, Trolleys, SPRINTER and COASTER will be free. 

While you can skip the fare on Free Ride Day, face covering are a must! Face coverings (worn over your nose and mouth the entire trip) are required on all MTS and NCTD vehicles.

http://www.sdmts.com

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: Online registration deadline is October 19. By mail registration deadline is showing that its is postmarked by October 19. In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Request by October 27. Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (18 October 2020)

We have another important update for all Allen School families! Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry to read this morning’s update.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Save the date: Tuesday, Nov. 10th will be our School Photo Day. Details will be sent home soon. Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week via the 5 minute YouTube video below:

It’s not the 20th, it’s the 18th. It’s hard to keep track of time flying by as the quarter ends!

If you haven’t done so already, please check out the PTC website at AllenPTC.org to become a member of the PTC and make a donation. Allen’s PTC is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the school’s educational mission and funding programs and initiatives. The PTC is currently hosting their annual Ultra Fun Run to support STEAM activities this year (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

Use an Amazon Smile account to place your orders on Amazon and help our PTC! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charities selected by you! It doesn’t increase the cost of the product and is a one-time, simple extra click to your Amazon purchases initially. Please choose Allen Elementary School Parents Teachers Club Inc by clicking this link for your Amazon purchases: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-4403426

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

Allen School’s Core Values:

Caring • Honesty • Perseverance • Respect • Responsibility

Allen School’s Common Courtesies:

“Please.” • “Thank you.” • “Good morning” or “Good afternoon.” • “I apologize for…” • “Excuse me.”

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school office must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. If the office hour times do not work for you, please contact the office directly and we will arrange an appointment with you.

A friendly reminder that school starts online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

Although our goal of a phased return to in-person instruction was proposed for October 26, 2020, our District will take extra precautions and postpone the reopening because COVID-19 transmission rates in our boundaries are still too high. We remain committed to a safe return when the data in our boundary area supports resuming at least a hybrid form of in-person instruction. In the meantime, we will continue working with our bargaining groups and stakeholders to ensure a safe reopening at a future date. Please continue to follow our school blog and check your emails for future updates.

A Look Ahead:

Now to October 23: Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please note the absence of a Fall Break in the school calendar this year.

Thursday, October 22 – 4 pm to 6 pm for Grab & Go Materials Distribution

Friday, October 23 – 7 to 9 am and 1 to 3 pm for Grab and Go Materials

October 26 – 30: Red Ribbon Week and Spirit Week

Friday, October 30 – Costume Day [Please, no scary or gory costumes, no props of any kind, no weapons of any kind, no masks that cover the entire face, and no costumes that may be considered culturally offensive].

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day from 7 am to 8 pm; Allen will not be used as a polling location for this election.

Friday, November 6 at 8 am – Virtual Family First Friday

Tuesday, November 10 – School Photo Day

Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)

November 23 – 27: Thanksgiving Break

Spirit Week

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Spirit Week of the school year. We will have another Spirit Week the last week of October to celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

We would like to share some photos that our families sent in to show their school spirit:

First Quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences

This week, all CVESD schools will continue their first quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences.

To increase the number of time slots available for parents to meet with teachers, the school will offer a minimum of 2 hours of synchronous live instruction. Remaining minutes of instruction will be asynchronous instruction for students. This means that all students will begin classes at 8:50 am. Students will have their normal nutrition break. However, students may switch from live, synchronous instruction to independent, asynchronous instruction beginning at 11:05 am during these conference days. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about conferences.

Grab and Go Materials Distribution for Q2

We are happy to share the materials distribution process for quarter 2: the Grab and Go! This event is designed for the convenience of our families to quickly pick up necessary items for children to learn in quarter 2. Families will drive through the route below and pop their trunk for materials to be placed inside the vehicle. Our PTC will also distribute prizes from the PTC Ultra Fun Run for students at this event. Please follow all safety protocols, such as wearing a facial covering in your car and kindly stay inside your vehicle at all times.

If you have any outstanding paperwork that you need to turn into the office, this would be an ideal time to drop that off as well. We will host two dates with three separate times to accommodate the needs of our school’s families for this materials distribution process:

Thursday, Oct. 22nd from 4 pm to 6 pm

Friday, Oct. 23rd from 7 am to 9 am and 1 pm to 3 pm that same day.

Route for the Grab and Go on 10/22 and 10/23

Part Day Enrichment at Eastlake YMCA

The South Bay YMCA is now offering a 4 hour, fee-based, optional enrichment program from 2pm- 6pm (M-F) at the Eastlake YMCA.

  • Activities include physical education, arts & crafts, STEM, ninja warrior & more.

With so many families needing childcare assistance, we encourage you to explore this option.  Please note: Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

Read the flyers below for more information:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

We would like to remind our entire community that following the four pillars of health can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we prepare for the eventual return of some students to campus in phases, our District and school will be enforcing the four core principles (also known as four pillars) for the prevention of COVID-19. These include: 1) Daily Health Screenings, 2) Mask Wearing, 3) Physical Distancing, and 4) Frequent Hand Washing.

Please speak to your children about the importance of following these four core principles.

The CVESD Caring Crew

PTC Ultra Fun Run Update

Families can still turn in pledges for the PTC Fun Run!

If you have not done so already, please register here: www.ultrafunrun.com

Enter the Student Access Code: ALLEN

Below is a copy of the parent/prize letter full of important registration information and prize opportunities.

Prizes will be distributed to students at the Grab and Go on Thursday and Friday. Thank you for making a difference. Remember, the funds raised from this main school fundraiser will provide hands-on learning experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Great Shake Out 2020

Our staff and students in the Distance Learning Support Program participated in the Great Shake Out on Thursday, October 15, 2020. This annual earthquake and fire drill is an important part of our emergency preparedness plan.

Yearbooks from 2019-2020

The school office has only a few remaining extra copies of the 2019-2020 school yearbook for sale. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange a time to pick one up. Yearbooks from last year are $20 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will sell them until we run out. Please bring exact cash.

School Meals Program

Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year, so please do not wait to fill them out! Find the forms and information at the district link here:

LINK to Meal Application

If you are unsure if your family needs to fill out this application, please contact our school office at (619) 479-3662 between 8 am and 3 pm.

School Expectations for Online Learning

Parents and families, Allen School needs your help to ensure success this year for our students. The students and staff at Ella B. Allen Elementary School believe that a safe and positive online environment is important to a child’s learning in the digital classroom.  To provide such an environment, Allen Elementary School has established the following online norms and guidelines:

Students should be ready to learn when the school day starts.  This means your child should be “school-ready” and prepared for a day of learning at 8:50 am.  Attendance and participation in classes will be monitored by staff, as is required by AB 77. We recommend that your child is dressed and has eaten breakfast so that learning may start when the school day starts.  A computer and reliable internet connection and/or other materials such as paper, pencils, crayons or markers, books, and workbooks may be necessary to support your child’s work that day.  If you need a district-provided laptop or wifi hot spot device in order for your child to learn, please inform the school office at (619) 479-3662.

Check for updates from your child’s teacher via Class Dojo or email.  Two-way communication is important for your child’s success.  Teachers will share schedules and ways to access lessons and activities. Please ensure the school’s office has the most up-to-date phone number and email address for your family.  Please also check the school blog: https://allenelementary.org/.

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

Create a working schedule for your household that supports academic time.  You may need to ask others in the house to be mindful of a child’s learning.  You may need to re-arrange some furniture or ask other members of the household to use quiet voices.  If possible, please do not have students working in a bedroom. Some parents have expressed that having a headset or earpods with a microphone helps their child interact with focus in the live sessions.

Be healthy during distance learning.  Take breaks throughout the day for movement.  Students should drink water, eat a nutritious snack, use the bathroom, and stretch at breaks, as well as eat lunch at lunch time.  Promote physical activity and health.  Provide time for your child to do activities that are “off screen.”

Respect the privacy and learning of others.  Students and guardians/parents should not record (neither video, nor audio) or take photos/screenshots of live sessions or of others in distance learning.  Online tools, such as video chats and messages, should only be used as directed by teachers and staff.

See the helpful graphic below or download at the link:

Online Distance Learning Norms for Students

In addition, your child’s teacher may have other norms and guidelines to ensure student safety and privacy for all students.

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

Allen School needs parents and 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.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9th at 3 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, November 9th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online. The next PTC meeting is Monday, November 9th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual 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 Virtual Family First Friday will be on November 6th at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be posted on our blog and in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on November 17th from 12 noon to 2 pm.

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.

Election Resources

Our school community encourages all adult citizens to participate in the upcoming election. Please visit https://www.sdvote.com/ to learn about how to ensure your voice is heard in the upcoming election.

Not only is November 3rd Election Day, but it is also MTS Free Ride Day! To help increase access to in-person voting options, all fixed-route MTS and NCTD buses, Trolleys, SPRINTER and COASTER will be free. 

While you can skip the fare on Free Ride Day, face covering are a must! Face coverings (worn over your nose and mouth the entire trip) are required on all MTS and NCTD vehicles.

http://www.sdmts.com

California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Election Day: November 3, 2020

All adult citizens are encouraged to vote!

Registration Deadlines: Online registration deadline is October 19. By mail registration deadline is showing that its is postmarked by October 19. In person registration deadline is November 3.

Absentee or Permanent by mail ballot: Request by October 27. Return by mail must be postmarked by November 3. Return in person must be received by November 3 at 8 pm. Early voting is available October 5 – November 2, but dates and hours vary. For more info, contact the County Registrar of Voters: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en.html

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can also register and vote on Election Day?

Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Be well Eagles! We love you and we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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