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Official School Website

Allen Parents,

It is so exciting to see the official Allen Elementary School website up and running. Kudos to our new principal Mrs. Garcia for regularly updating and maintaining this site. You can visit the Chula Vista Elementary School District’s sponsored school website at

Here are some of the upcoming events Mrs. Garcia has posted on the school website:

Title 1 Parent Meeting
Sep 4 at 9:00 AM
School Site Council
Sep 8 at 9:00 AM
6th Grade Parent Meeting
Sep 12 at 8:00 AM
70’s Car Wash
Sep 13 at 9:00 AM
Fall Break
Sep 22-Oct 6

For the last couple of years, I’ve been developing, maintaining and updating this blog for Allen Elementary School, hosted by the PTC, and in collaboration with Allen’s Administrative Staff. As I continue to bring you the latest news and updates, please feel free to leave me a comment on how I can make this site better serve you, the parent at Allen Elementary School. You can also let someone know at the school office or email me at “natalia [at] valerdi [dot] com.”

See you around,


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Community Forum for New Principal

Dear Allen Parents/Guardians and Staff:

It is with mixed feelings that I write to inform you that I am leaving Allen Elementary to accept the position of Principal at Juarez-Lincoln Elementary in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. While it saddens me to leave behind such talented and wonderful students, parents, and staff members, I know that everyone here will continue to work hard and stay focused on our students to ensure their success.

During the past seven years, I have watched our students grow and thrive at Allen Elementary. These years have rewarded me personally and professionally. I’m proud of the progress that each child has made and attribute that success to the partnerships between our parents and staff. Allen Elementary will always have a special place in my heart.

In order to fill the principal position, a Community Forum has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 18. The forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room. Childcare and Spanish interpretation services will be available. This forum will offer you an opportunity to provide input on the skills and experiences you would like to see in your new principal.

If you are unable to attend this forum, you may provide your input on the enclosed form. Kindly return it by Tuesday, June 17. Your input will be used to create a profile to help select your new principal.

Please notify the CVESD Human Resources Office at (619) 425-9600, ext. 1340, by Tuesday, June 17 if you plan to attend the forum. You may also fax your confirmation or comments to (619) 427-3271 or email to:

Once again, let me express my sincere gratitude for all our work together over the past seven years. I will always be grateful for the many wonderful memories I take with me. It has been an absolute honor to serve our children and this learning community.

Toni Faddis

Click here to download letter in English and Spanish, and the form to submit input to the district office.

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CCS Workshops/Talleres de CSS

sunrayUpcoming CSS Parent Workshops/Talleres de CSS para Padres de Familia:
What Parents Should Know About the Common Core State Standards
Lo que los padres deben saber sobre los Estándares Estatales Comunes
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
9-11:00 a.m.
Presented in Spanish with EnglishTranslation Services
En español con interpretación al inglés

Second Language Learning or Learning Disability?
¿Son problemas de adquisición del idioma o problemas de aprendizaje?
Thursday, October 24, 2013
9-11:00 a.m.
Presented in English with Spanish translation services
En inglés con interpretación al español.

To sign up for these and other parent workshops, go to
Para inscribirse en estos y otros talleres para padres de familia, vaya al

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Common Core Workshop for Parents of Students in Grades K-2

CVESDlogoWorkshop for Parents of Students in Grades K-2
Attend one of these two dates:
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:00 to 10:30 AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:00 to 7:30 PM

Childcare will be provided for children ages 3 and up.

Both sessions will be provided in English with interpretation in Spanish. Please register to ensure translation services and childcare are provided.

Be informed and obtain additional practice of the New Common Core Math Standards and learn how to help your children at home with math.

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Thiel
Executive Director, Operations and Instruction Services and Support

Please register online at or via email to, or by calling (619) 425-9600 x1764.

Workshop location:
CVESD – Education Service and Support Center
84 East J Street, Chula Vista CA 91910

Download flyer here: Math Common Core Standards Gr K-2

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6 to 6

We are creating an interest list of families that want 6 to 6 childcare for before and after school at Allen for next school year beginning in the Fall of 2013. If you are interested in 6 to 6 childcare, provided by the YMCA for a reasonable fee, please add your name to the interest list being compiled by Michelle Reza in the School Office as soon as possible.

The CURRENT fees are:

$116 for both before and after care
$90 for AM care
$104 for PM care

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Tips on Talking to Kids About Tragedies

Start by finding out what your child knows.

When a news topic comes up, ask an open-ended question to find out what she knows like “What have you heard about it?” This encourages your child to let you know what she is thinking.

Ask a follow up question.

Depending on your child’s comments, ask another question to get him thinking, such as “Why do you think that happened?” or “What do you think people should do to help?”

Explain simply.

Give children the information they need to know in a way that makes sense to them. At times, a few sentences are enough. “A good analogy is how you might talk about sex,” adds Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed. D. “You obviously wouldn’t explain everything to a 5-year-old. Talking about violence and safety is similar.”

Listen and acknowledge. If a child talks about a news event (like a local robbery or kidnapping) and is worried,recognize her feeling and comfort her. You might say “I can see you’re worried, but you are safe here. Remember how we always lock our doors.” This acknowledges your child’s feelings, helps her feel secure, and encourages her to tell you more.

Offer reassurance.

When a child is exposed to disturbing news, she may worry about her safety. To help her calm down, offer specific examples that relate to her environment like, “That hurricane happened far away but we’ve never had a hurricane where we live.”

Tailor your answer to your child’s age.

The amount of information children need changes age by age. “A kindergartner may feel reassured simply knowing a hurricane is thousands of miles away. An older child may want to know how hurricanes could affect the place where he lives and may want to know what is being done to help those in need. Both ages will be reassured by doing something to help,” notes Jane Katch, M.S.T., author of Under Deadman’s Skin: Discovering the Meaning of Children’s Violent Play.

–Information provided courtesy of KPBS News

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Parent Conferences Begin Thursday

We will be on a minimum day schedule beginning Thursday, September 13-Friday, September 21 so parents can meet with teachers.  This is an excellent opportunity to look at current progress and set learning goals for the school year.  Primary students (kinder-3rd) are dismissed at 1:40 and upper grade students at 2:00.

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Fall Fundraiser Delivery

We expect delivery of the fall fundraiser items the last week in October.   Parents will be informed prior to the delivery date.  Thank you for supporting our school.

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Welcome to the new Allen School Blog

Welcome to the new Allen School blog where you can find current information and upcoming events.  Please take some time to get familiar with the site.


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