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Sunday Update (3 July 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

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

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

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

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week is Please...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CVESD Job Fair

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

USPS Free COVID Tests

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

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

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

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

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

Until July 4!

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

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

San Diego County Library

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

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

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

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

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

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (26 June 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

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

Enjoy your break!

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

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

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

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

Our Family Handbook will be updated again in July 2022.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week is Please...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USPS Free COVID Tests

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

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

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

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

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

Until July 4!

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

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

San Diego County Library

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

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

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

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

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

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (19 June 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

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

Enjoy your break!

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

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

June 19th is Freedom Day!

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

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week is Please...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USPS Free COVID Tests

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

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

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

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

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

Until July 4!

Bell Schedule for 2022-2023 School Year

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

San Diego County Library

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

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

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

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

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

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

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

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Hello Allen Families and Staff,

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

School resumes on July 20!

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

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

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

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

June 19th is Freedom Day!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week is Please...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

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

Sunday, June 19, 2022 – Juneteenth 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USPS Free COVID Tests

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

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

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

Free, San Diego County Fair Tickets

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

Until July 4!

San Diego County Library

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

The library offers a lot of community resources!

Community Expo: July 23, 2022

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

Award Winning Staff

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

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

VAPA Newsletters for Q4

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

Variety Show 2022: School of Rock

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

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

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

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours and locations may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

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

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (5 June 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

We hope you are enjoying summer break already! Keep checking this school blog every Sunday for regular updates and to find some summer extension activities and low-cost opportunities for families.

Our school office remains open for the next week from 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. We are able to support parents and guardians with registration, verification of residency, and zone transfers. You can also update contact information with our friendly office staff. You may also contact us at (619) 479-3662.

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

School resumes on July 20!

If you have not yet read the latest district COVID newsletter, please do so here:

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

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

Some friendly reminders regarding COVID-19 procedures:

  • If you have a COVID Positive Case in your home, please always notify the school office of an absence or positive case. If you are reporting a positive case to us in the office, please email allenschool@cvesd.org. You may also call us at (619) 479-3662.
  • Masks continue to be optional, yet recommended on campus for all students and adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for indoor use by the California Department of Public Health.
  • If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please keep them at home and notify the school office at (619) 479-3662.
  • If you have someone who is known positive in your household, please also keep your child home and notify the office so that we may further support.
  • Symptomatic students may return to school with improving symptoms provided they get a negative test and the results are shown to school office staff. The test taken to return to school can be one PCR test or two antigen tests taken 12 hours apart or any test taken 5 days after symptoms onset, for a return to school on day 6. Parents and guardians who do not want to test their children may choose to keep their children at home for ten days, and those students may return on day 11.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for the first week of school is Caring. The Common Courtesy for that week is Please...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, June 6, 202 – First Day of Summer Break

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

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

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

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

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

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

2022 Hanover Survey

We want your input!  It is that time of year when the Hanover Survey becomes an important way for families to share feedback about our school and district.  We hope all parents and staff will participate in this survey. Topics in this important survey include school appearance, finance, technology, instruction, as well as attitudes about safety, transportation, climate, and communication.

Please make every effort to fill out this very important survey.  Each year, we analyze the results of the survey.  Your opinions count and we will thoughtfully and purposefully take your ideas to make our school a better place for children. Thank you for taking the time to complete the Hanover Survey!

English Link: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOW1m9H0qMkpNoV

Spanish Link: https://hanover-research.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bOW1m9H0qMkpNoV?Q_Language=ES

San Diego County Library

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

Class Placement for 2022-2023

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

Allen Elementary is a small school that feels like a family for many of our students. Most grade levels consist of two classrooms per grade level and may involve a combination classroom (also called a combo class). It is not possible to honor specific classroom requests for these reasons. Class placement will be shared at PTC’s Back to School Night in July 2022 and also emailed to parents before school starts. For privacy reasons, we cannot post class lists.

VAPA Newsletters for Q4

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

Variety Show 2022: School of Rock

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

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will begin May 1 and will continue to be available until June 30, 2023.

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

Please complete this Zone Transfer (or ZT) process ASAP to keep your child at our school, or families risk losing their child’s spot at our school if a new family moves into the neighborhood. Please also remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

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

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

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing hours may shift over Summer Break.

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

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

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

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

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

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (29 May 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Only 4 more days of school remain in the 2021-2022 school year! Every moment counts.

Don’t forget that there is no school, Monday, May 30th in honor of Memorial Day. We hope you will spend the 3 day weekend with your family!

If you have not yet read the latest district COVID newsletter, please do so here:

Did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage and History Month? Learn more about each of these by clicking on the links above!

Our sixth grade students had the opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo and attend an overnight field trip at the Fleet Science Center this past week. See some photos below!

Some friendly reminders regarding COVID-19 procedures:

  • If you have a COVID Positive Case in your home, please always notify the school office of an absence or positive case. If you are reporting a positive case to us in the office, please email allenschool@cvesd.org. You may also call us at (619) 479-3662.
  • Masks continue to be optional, yet recommended on campus for all students and adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for indoor use by the California Department of Public Health.
  • If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please keep them at home and notify the school office at (619) 479-3662.
  • If you have someone who is known positive in your household, please also keep your child home and notify the office so that we may further support.
  • Symptomatic students may return to school with improving symptoms provided they get a negative test and the results are shown to school office staff. The test taken to return to school can be one PCR test or two antigen tests taken 12 hours apart or any test taken 5 days after symptoms onset, for a return to school on day 6. Parents and guardians who do not want to test their children may choose to keep their children at home for ten days, and those students may return on day 11.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the week of May 29 here:

We were excited to welcome back our class of 2020 this week for a reunion before they promote to high school!

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week is Perseverance. The Common Courtesy for this week is Good morning/Good afternoon...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, May 30, 2022 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – PTC Meeting at 6 pm online [Link here]

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Sixth Grade Promotion at 9:15 am (Please, no balloons or large signs/objects that may block the view of others).

Thursday, June 2, 2022

  • Sixth Grade Field Trip to Rohr Park (Picnic and Yearbooks Signing)
  • Preschool Picnic at Rohr Park
  • Field Day for grades K-5 at Allen

Friday, June 3, 2022

  • Last Day of School
  • Family First Friday and coffee cart at 8 am
  • Next Steps Ceremony (Blum/Davies) – more details will be shared by your child’s teacher for Kindergarten and K/1 combo class students

Monday, June 13, 2022 – PTC Meeting at 6 pm online [Link here]

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

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal

Sixth Grade Promotion

Sixth grade promotion will be Wednesday, June 1st at 9:15 am at Allen Elementary. This outdoor event will be held in the Allen Courtyard. Family members are welcome to attend, though we ask that families refrain from bringing balloons or large objects or signs as they block the view of other families. More information will be shared by Mr. Manaig, Ms. Linderman, and Ms. Michel.

Variety Show 2022: School of Rock

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

Allen 2021-2022 Yearbooks

A small batch of Yearbooks will be available for sale, cash only, on a first-come, first-serve basis in the office, starting Wednesday afternoon. If you pre-ordered your yearbook, those will be distributed this week. We ask that students write their name on their yearbooks in permanent ink and supervise the signing of yearbooks when given time to do so.

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will begin May 1 and will continue to be available until June 30, 2023.

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

Please complete this Zone Transfer (or ZT) process ASAP to keep your child at our school, or families risk losing their child’s spot at our school if a new family moves into the neighborhood. Please also remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

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

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

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

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

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

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students at these locations. Testing hours may shift over Spring Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations:

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

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

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

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

Three more PCR testing sites are now available via COVID Clinic, outside of the weekly testing opportunity at Allen. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, at EastLake Elementary, ClearView Elementary, and Castle Park Elementary.

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

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

We are happy to provide an independent study contract for families negatively impacted by the surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Please contact the school office for help with this.

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Tuesday, May 31st online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

Next year’s School Calendar (2022-2023) is available online! Click this link to download it.

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

Student Starting Date: July 20, 2022 
Student Ending Date: June 2, 2023

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (26 May 2022)

Allen Families and Staff,

We are all saddened by this week’s senseless tragedy in Texas.

At Allen Elementary, we can work together to keep our school community safe.  A starting point is that if you see something, say something.  Discuss with your children that we do not make jokes about harming others.  We encourage families to have age-appropriate conversations with your children about what happened in Texas on Tuesday.  Our staff, such as our school counselor and school psychologist, are available to provide support for students on campus, but we know that parents and legal guardians are a vital part of a child’s education that extends outside of school hours.

I would like to share 2 resources with you to support these conversations.  Here is a San Diego County Office of Education resource for parents and educators to discuss school shootings:  https://www.sdcoe.net/about-sdcoe/news/post/~board/news/post/resources-to-discuss-school-shootings

Another great resource is Sandy Hook Promise:  https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/

If you have not yet read Dr. Reyes’ statement, please do so now here.

Our hearts are with Uvalde. Children and educators should be able to go to school free from violence. As we move forward together, I call on our school community to remember that every action begins with each one of us. I urge each of you to take good care of yourselves and your families and to find ways to connect with one another through compassion.

Together, we can provide the comfort and care needed for our children.  We pledge to partner with families to move forward and heal.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school office.

Warmly,

Mr. John Greenwell, M.S.Ed.

Principal, Ella B. Allen Elementary School

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Sunday Update (22 May 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Only nine more days of school remain in the 2021-2022 school year! Let’s make every moment count.

Did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage and History Month? Learn more about each of these by clicking on the links above!

Our sixth grade students had the opportunity to attend some field trips this past week.

Some friendly reminders regarding COVID-19 procedures:

  • If you have a COVID Positive Case in your home, please always notify the school office of an absence or positive case. If you are reporting a positive case to us in the office, please email allenschool@cvesd.org. You may also call us at (619) 479-3662.
  • Masks continue to be optional, yet recommended on campus for all students and adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for indoor use by the California Department of Public Health.
  • If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please keep them at home and notify the school office at (619) 479-3662.
  • If you have someone who is known positive in your household, please also keep your child home and notify the office so that we may further support.
  • Symptomatic students may return to school with improving symptoms provided they get a negative test and the results are shown to school office staff. The test taken to return to school can be one PCR test or two antigen tests taken 12 hours apart or any test taken 5 days after symptoms onset, for a return to school on day 6. Parents and guardians who do not want to test their children may choose to keep their children at home for ten days, and those students may return on day 11.
  • Independent Study Contracts are available for students who have tested positive or who must isolate/quarantine.  We thank you for your patience and kindness towards our staff as we weather this pandemic together.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the week of May 22 here:

Make Up testing is happening in the last week of May! While most students have finished their testing, we want to ensure a quiet and calm testing environment for our students who need to finish still.

Below is the most current schedule which contains all grade levels and the assessments that they will be taking. We recommend that students get a full night of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast to prepare for district and state tests. Please speak to your children about doing their best on these tests. The use of cell phones and other electronic communication devices (such as Apple Watches) are strictly forbidden during state testing. Please see below for more detailed information regarding our school’s testing calendar.

Allen’s Testing Schedule for 2022

Thank you for ensuring your child does not miss school on test days. If a child does miss days of testing, that child will be required to make up any missed assessments before attending fun, end of the year activities.

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week is Honesty. The Common Courtesy for this week is Thank you...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, May 23, 2022

  • Zoo Presentation for 4th Grade at 9am
  • Some students visit the Eagle’s Nest Store

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Online Parent Workshop at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • Some students visit the Eagle’s Nest Store
  • Class of 2020 Reunion at Allen Elementary, 4- 6 pm (see below)
  • Optimist Award at 6 pm

Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • Sixth grade goes to the Zoo and overnight trip at the Fleet Science Center
  • First grade animal research project expo at 9:15 am in the courtyard
  • CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm

Friday, May 27, 2022

  • Awards Ceremony for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at 9 am in courtyard
  • Awards Ceremony for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades at 10 am in courtyard

Monday, May 30, 2022 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Possible PTC Meeting at 6 pm online [Link will be shared here]

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Sixth Grade Promotion at 9:15 am

Thursday, June 2, 2022 – Sixth Grade Field Trip to Rohr Park (Picnic and Yearbooks Signing)

Friday, June 3, 2022

  • Last Day of School
  • Family First Friday and coffee cart at 8 am
  • Next Steps Ceremony (Blum/Davies) – more details will be shared by your child’s teacher for Kindergarten and K/1 combo class students

Monday, June 13, 2022 – PTC Meeting at 6 pm online

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

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 – School begins; minimum day dismissal

Sixth Grade Promotion

Sixth grade promotion will be Wednesday, June 1st at 9:15 am at Allen Elementary. This outdoor event will be held in the Allen Courtyard. Family members are welcome to attend, though we ask that families refrain from bringing balloons or large signs as they block the view of other families. More information will be shared by Mr. Manaig, Ms. Linderman, and Ms. Michel.

Please see the letter below from Mr. Greenwell regarding 6th grade activities if you have not yet done so:

Parent Workshops

We invite parents to join other parents in the district for our Spring Workshop series. These workshops will all be conducted virtually, online, from 6 pm to 7 pm. Please open the file below for more information. The links to these meetings will be shared at the district’s website, www.cvesd.org.

Class of 2020 Reunion at Allen Elementary

Allen Elementary’s 6th Grade Class of 2020 is about to graduate 8th grade. This is a great time to bring everyone back for a little reunion and graduation celebration.

The Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have a party as originally planned, so we’re taking this opportunity to invite the Class of 2020 graduates back to Allen for a mini-reunion and celebration! 

We hope that members of the Class of 2020 can join us for some food, fun, and a few opportunity drawing prizes! We will be celebrating outdoors as per district guidelines. This event will be on Wednesday, May 25th at Allen at 4 pm. Parents and students from the class of 2020 are welcome to attend.

Please register below at the link and enter # of attendees so we can get a headcount on food:

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will begin May 1 and will continue to be available until June 30, 2023.

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

Please complete this Zone Transfer (or ZT) process ASAP to keep your child at our school, or families risk losing their child’s spot at our school if a new family moves into the neighborhood. Please also remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

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

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

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

Verification of Residency will begin at the end of May 2022 for all students who will continue to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. A friendly reminder that this yearly process is required by CA state law. Details will be sent home later in May.

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

Optional, Weekly COVID Clinic Testing

The free, “opt-in” COVID-19 testing program continues every Thursday as part of our district’s efforts to keep classrooms open and support our families with testing requirements for the state of California.

UPDATE as of 4/17/22:

Please watch this detailed video: https://vimeo.com/699606532

If COVID Clinic tested you or your child in the past: We will continue to test all registered students who have opted-in to this program, free of charge. The government requires our school and Covid Clinic to ask if parents have insurance or are uninsured. Please fill out the form below. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED!

https://secure.covidclinic.org/insurance/

Please watch this detailed video: https://vimeo.com/699606532

IMPORTANT: If we have provided COVID-19 testing for you or your dependents during the COVID-19 pandemic, read this. A new California law (SB 510) took effect January 1, 2022, and requires California private insurance plans to pay for ALL COVID-19 testing received by you and your dependents at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic, at no cost to you. Additionally, federal funding via HRSA will no longer cover testing for those without insurance. To make sure you and your dependents receive the benefit of this new law, and so you do not receive a bill from us for COVID-19 testing, we need your insurance information now. Once you provide us with accurate insurance information, we will bill and accept payment from your insurance plan (at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your dependents) for any COVID-19 testing received from us in the past or in the future. But without your accurate insurance information, we cannot help you and your dependents to receive the benefit of this new law.

Please contact Covid Clinic at k12@covidclinic.org with any questions. Thank you.

If you still need the link to give consent, it can be found here: https://school.covidclinic.org/register.

  • Please know that giving consent for the COVID Clinic kiosks (at Clear View, Castle Park, or Eastlake) also automatically gives consent for your child to be tested via Allen’s weekly on-site testing.

We hope that you will choose to opt in and participate in this weekly testing program. No child will be tested without proper parental consent in this program.

  • Please double check that you have completed the registration process correctly and placed an order for your child to be tested. Once these two steps have been completed, there is no need to update this each week. If you previously gave consent for your child to participate and have changed your mind, please notify COVID Clinic directly via email at k12@covidclinic.org before Tuesday morning at 8 am. Please be sure to state your name and your child’s name, as well as their school in that message.
  • Please note that the district does not want to test students and staff via this program who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days as they will likely test positive again via this PCR test. An at-home rapid or antigen test is a better option to use if you would like your child to return to school from an absence.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students at these locations. Testing hours may shift over Spring Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations:

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

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

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

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

Three more PCR testing sites are now available via COVID Clinic, outside of the weekly testing opportunity at Allen. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, at EastLake Elementary, ClearView Elementary, and Castle Park Elementary.

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

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

We are happy to provide an independent study contract for families negatively impacted by the surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Please contact the school office for help with this.

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC usually meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Tuesday, May 31st online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

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

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be in August 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

Next year’s School Calendar (2022-2023) is available online! Click this link to download it.

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

Student Starting Date: July 20, 2022 
Student Ending Date: June 2, 2023

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (15 May 2022)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Only three weeks of school remain in the 2021-2022 school year! Let’s make every moment count.

Thank you to our Allen families for their support of the Allen PTC! The Allen Music Festival and 75th Anniversary Celebration was this past Friday, May 13th and we had an amazing time. Check out the photo gallery below. If you could not attend, please consider making a donation to our Allen PTC here.

Some friendly reminders regarding COVID-19 procedures:

  • If you have a COVID Positive Case in your home, please always notify the school office of an absence or positive case. If you are reporting a positive case to us in the office, please email allenschool@cvesd.org. You may also call us at (619) 479-3662.
  • Masks continue to be optional, yet recommended on campus for all students and adults, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are still strongly encouraged for indoor use by the California Department of Public Health.
  • If your child is experiencing any symptoms, please keep them at home and notify the school office at (619) 479-3662.
  • If you have someone who is known positive in your household, please also keep your child home and notify the office so that we may further support.
  • Symptomatic students may return to school with improving symptoms provided they get a negative test and the results are shown to school office staff. The test taken to return to school can be one PCR test or two antigen tests taken 12 hours apart or any test taken 5 days after symptoms onset, for a return to school on day 6. Parents and guardians who do not want to test their children may choose to keep their children at home for ten days, and those students may return on day 11.
  • Independent Study Contracts are available for students who have tested positive or who must isolate/quarantine.  We thank you for your patience and kindness towards our staff as we weather this pandemic together.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch Mr. Greenwell’s video update for the week of May 15 here:

State and district testing continues each week in the month of May!

Below is the most current schedule which contains all grade levels and the assessments that they will be taking. We recommend that students get a full night of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast to prepare for district and state tests. Please speak to your children about doing their best on these tests. The use of cell phones and other electronic communication devices (such as Apple Watches) are strictly forbidden during state testing. Please see below for more detailed information regarding our school’s testing calendar.

Allen’s Testing Schedule for 2022

Thank you for ensuring your child does not miss school on test days. If a child does miss days of testing, that child will be required to make up any missed assessments before attending fun, end of the year activities. Please also read Dr. Reyes’ letter regarding state and district assessments below if you have not yet done so.

Thank you for your support for all students!

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value for this week is Caring. The Common Courtesy for this week is Please...“

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

Students can solve conflicts by using their words.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Allen celebrates its 75th year in 2022!

Monday, May 16, 2022 – Classified School Employees week begins

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • Sixth Grade Field Trip to Belmont Park
  • DAC/DELAC in person 12 noon to 2 pm at the ESSC (84 East J. Street in Chula Vista)
  • Soccer at Liberty Elementary at 4 pm
  • Online Parent Workshop at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • BVMS Math Assessment for Sixth Grade
  • Ms. Davies and Ms. Blum’s classes go to the Zoo
  • CVESD Board Meeting at 6 pm

Thursday, May 19, 2022

  • CVESD Sixth Grade Masonic Awards at Allen at 9 am
  • Basketball playoff game at Montgomery Elementary at 5 pm (vs. ClearView)
  • CVESD B-LAC Meeting at 6 pm

Friday, May 20, 2022 – Sixth Grade Optional Field Trip to Knott’s Berry Farm [drop off at school by 7:30 am; pick up at school at 7:30 pm]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Online Parent Workshop at 6 pm [link at http://www.cvesd.org]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Class of 2020 Reunion at Allen Elementary (see below)

Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • Sixth grade goes to the Zoo and overnight trip at the Fleet Science Center
  • First grade animal research project expo at 9:15 am in the courtyard
  • CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm

Friday, May 27, 2022

  • Awards Ceremony for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at 9 am in courtyard
  • Awards Ceremony for Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades at 10 am in courtyard

Monday, May 30, 2022 – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 – Sixth Grade Promotion at 9:15 am

Friday, June 3, 2022

  • Last Day of School
  • Family First Friday and coffee cart at 8 am
  • Next Steps Ceremony (Blum/Davies) – more details will be shared by your child’s teacher for Kindergarten and K/1 combo class students

Sixth Grade Promotion

Sixth grade promotion will be Wednesday, June 1st at 9:15 am at Allen Elementary. This outdoor event will be held in the Allen Courtyard. Family members are welcome to attend, though we ask that families refrain from bringing balloons or large signs as they block the view of other families. More information will be shared by Mr. Manaig, Ms. Linderman, and Ms. Michel.

Please see the letter below from Mr. Greenwell regarding 6th grade activities if you have not yet done so:

Parent Workshops

We invite parents to join other parents in the district for our Spring Workshop series. These workshops will all be conducted virtually, online, from 6 pm to 7 pm. Please open the file below for more information. The links to these meetings will be shared at the district’s website, www.cvesd.org.

Class of 2020 Reunion at Allen Elementary

Allen Elementary’s 6th Grade Class of 2020 is about to graduate 8th grade. This is a great time to bring everyone back for a little reunion and graduation celebration.

The Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have a party as originally planned, so we’re taking this opportunity to invite the Class of 2020 graduates back to Allen for a mini-reunion and celebration! 

We hope that members of the Class of 2020 can join us for some food, fun, and a few opportunity drawing prizes! We will be celebrating outdoors as per district guidelines. This event will be on Wednesday, May 25th at Allen at 4 pm. Parents and students from the class of 2020 are welcome to attend.

Please register below at the link and enter # of attendees so we can get a headcount on food:

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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

Free MTS and NCTD rides under the Youth Opportunity Pass program will begin May 1 and will continue to be available until June 30, 2023.

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

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

Free Youth Passes Available!

Zone Transfers & New Student Registration

Please complete this Zone Transfer (or ZT) process ASAP to keep your child at our school, or families risk losing their child’s spot at our school if a new family moves into the neighborhood. Please also remember that a Zone Transfer or Intradistrict Transfer may be denied if a child’s behavior or attendance require improvement.

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

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

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

Verification of Residency will begin at the end of May 2022 for all students who will continue to attend Allen Elementary in the upcoming school year. A friendly reminder that this yearly process is required by CA state law. Details will be sent home later in May.

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

Update on Volunteers and Chaperones

Volunteers on campus must complete the following:

  • Fingerprints and background check via Livescan Clearance CLICK HERE FOR FORM
  • TB Clearance
  • Proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination (all doses) – or see more information below
  • RAPTOR system clearance and government-issued ID on file
  • Volunteer Contact Information Forms
  • Complete the 20 minute Allen Elementary Volunteer Training (offered by appointment at the school office)

Please email our Principal, Mr. Greenwell, at john.greenwell@cvesd.org or Secretary, Ms. Reza, at michelle.reza@cvesd.org for more information.

Effective February 22, 20022, all CVESD schools allow “unvaccinated parents” to participate as volunteers/chaperones if they test weekly (or less frequently if they are just chaperoning a field trip, etc). These volunteers may work outdoors only and must comply with all the requirements for volunteers/chaperones at Allen Elementary with the addition that they:

  • must wear a mask while on campus, regardless of other masking requirements that may or may not be in place
  • test at one of our testing sites, Kiosks, or School During weekly testing
  • share their results with staff who handles site volunteers

Eagles Basketball and Soccer Update

Our next soccer game is 4 pm at Liberty on Tuesday. Our next Basketball game is at 5 pm at Montgomery Elementary on Thursday.

Girls On the Run Update

Girls on the Run had their race on Sunday and we are so proud of our young ladies! As part of the GOTR Curriculum, they are doing a Community Impact Project– a project decided on by the girls that benefits our community in some way. Our girls have decided to hold an “Allen GOTR Recycling Drive”!

We are holding a schoolwide recycling drive to collect plastic bottles and aluminum cans. It will be held starting tomorrow through 5/26. Classes may collect bottles or cans in their room, and there are big bins outside of room 401 near the MPR for collection.

After the drive has ended, the group will take the money to a recycling center and all money raised will be split as donations to the SD Humane Society and Team Seas to support pets and ocean life. Team Seas commits for every $1 donated, 1 lb. of ocean trash will be taken out of the ocean. Way to go!

Optional, Weekly COVID Clinic Testing

The free, “opt-in” COVID-19 testing program continues every Thursday as part of our district’s efforts to keep classrooms open and support our families with testing requirements for the state of California.

UPDATE as of 4/17/22:

Please watch this detailed video: https://vimeo.com/699606532

If COVID Clinic tested you or your child in the past: We will continue to test all registered students who have opted-in to this program, free of charge. The government requires our school and Covid Clinic to ask if parents have insurance or are uninsured. Please fill out the form below. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED!

https://secure.covidclinic.org/insurance/

Please watch this detailed video: https://vimeo.com/699606532

IMPORTANT: If we have provided COVID-19 testing for you or your dependents during the COVID-19 pandemic, read this. A new California law (SB 510) took effect January 1, 2022, and requires California private insurance plans to pay for ALL COVID-19 testing received by you and your dependents at any time during the COVID-19 pandemic, at no cost to you. Additionally, federal funding via HRSA will no longer cover testing for those without insurance. To make sure you and your dependents receive the benefit of this new law, and so you do not receive a bill from us for COVID-19 testing, we need your insurance information now. Once you provide us with accurate insurance information, we will bill and accept payment from your insurance plan (at no out-of-pocket cost to you or your dependents) for any COVID-19 testing received from us in the past or in the future. But without your accurate insurance information, we cannot help you and your dependents to receive the benefit of this new law.

Please contact Covid Clinic at k12@covidclinic.org with any questions. Thank you.

If you still need the link to give consent, it can be found here: https://school.covidclinic.org/register.

  • Please know that giving consent for the COVID Clinic kiosks (at Clear View, Castle Park, or Eastlake) also automatically gives consent for your child to be tested via Allen’s weekly on-site testing.

We hope that you will choose to opt in and participate in this weekly testing program. No child will be tested without proper parental consent in this program.

  • Please double check that you have completed the registration process correctly and placed an order for your child to be tested. Once these two steps have been completed, there is no need to update this each week. If you previously gave consent for your child to participate and have changed your mind, please notify COVID Clinic directly via email at k12@covidclinic.org before Tuesday morning at 8 am. Please be sure to state your name and your child’s name, as well as their school in that message.
  • Please note that the district does not want to test students and staff via this program who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days as they will likely test positive again via this PCR test. An at-home rapid or antigen test is a better option to use if you would like your child to return to school from an absence.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Testing is for staff and students at these locations. Testing hours may shift over Spring Break.

*** We recommend that you check www.cvesd.org for the most updated times. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is offering free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at the following locations:

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

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

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

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

Three more PCR testing sites are now available via COVID Clinic, outside of the weekly testing opportunity at Allen. Hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, at EastLake Elementary, ClearView Elementary, and Castle Park Elementary.

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

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

We are happy to provide an independent study contract for families negatively impacted by the surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Please contact the school office for help with this.

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

Equity and Access for All Students

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) Corner

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

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

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

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

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

Meetings for Families & Staff

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

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8 am. This meeting will be in person at school with a coffee cart available in front of the school.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, May 18th at 6 pm. Limited in-person access is permitted, but check the district’s website for more information on this.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on May 17, 2022 at 12 noon. This meeting will be in person at the CVESD Education Services and Support Center (ESSC) in room C. The address is 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

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

Calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year

Next year’s School Calendar (2022-2023) is available online! Click this link to download it.

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

Student Starting Date: July 20, 2022 
Student Ending Date: June 2, 2023

Key breaks include:

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (13 May 2022)

Allen Music Festival and 75th Anniversary Celebration

Tonight is the night! Join us for an adult night out as the PTC throws its Allen Music Festival and 75th Anniversary Celebration from 6 pm to 10 pm at the Chula Vista Golf Course.

More info: www.allenmusicfestival.com

Class of 2020 Reunion at Allen Elementary

Allen Elementary’s 6th Grade Class of 2020 is about to graduate 8th grade. This is a great time to bring everyone back for a little reunion and graduation celebration.

The Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have a party as originally planned, so we’re taking this opportunity to invite the Class of 2020 graduates back to Allen for a mini-reunion and celebration! 

We hope that members of the Class of 2020 can join us for some food, fun, and a few opportunity drawing prizes! We will be celebrating outdoors as per district guidelines. This event will be on Wednesday, May 25th at Allen at 4 pm. Parents and students from the class of 2020 are welcome to attend.

Please register below at the link and enter # of attendees so we can get a headcount on food:

Free, MTS Youth Opportunity Pass

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