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Sunday Update (17 January 2021)

Happy Sunday Allen Families!

Please see the latest updates from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District at https://allenelementary.org/. If you did not yet read the letter from Mr. Greenwell sent out on Friday, please see that letter here:

Dr. Escobedo, Superintendent of CVESD, also shared a message with families via email on Thursday evening. If you have not yet read that, please see the Superintendent’s Newsletter from Friday for that message here.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please complete the survey for parents/guardians this week from the district. This will help the school and district prepare for students returning to campus in a hybrid model. The Parent Survey describes general details about CVESD’s Re-Opening Plan. More information can also be found at this FAQ on Hybrid/In-Person Instruction. Please complete the survey for each child in your household that attends Allen Elementary.

To access the Parent Survey, please click here: SURVEY LINK

Mr. Greenwell will also hold a virtual informational meeting about this Re-Opening Plan on Tuesday, Jan. 19th from 8 am to 8:45 am. To access that meeting, click here.

Watch the short YouTube video below for this week’s quick message from Mr. Greenwell:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

Returning from Winter Break, the Core Value this week is Honesty. That week’s Common Courtesy is “Thank you.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, January 18, 2021 – NO SCHOOL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and optional Virtual Day of Service (see details below)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Parent Meeting on the Hybrid Model and CVESD’s Re-Opening Plan at 8 am (Click link); Meal distribution is every Tuesday, 12 noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Inauguration Day and CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm

Monday, February 1, 2021 – First Day of Black History Month

Friday, February 12, 2021 – NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day Weekend (Lincoln Day)

Monday, February 15, 2021 – NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day Weekend (Washington Day)

Optional, Virtual Day of Service

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, and Americans are encouraged to spend this day volunteering to improve their communities. As there is no school tomorrow, Monday, January 18th, we are offering Allen students, families, and staff the opportunity to participate in an optional, virtual day of service to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

Here are some ways you can participate:

1. Learn about and discuss Dr. King’s life and teachings. The King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum is a great place to get started.

2. Volunteer in your community. In the spirit of Dr. King’s service, use this tool from CNCS to find opportunities to help out in your community. An easy act of service is to do a community clean up with other members of your household. You can grab a trash bag and gloves and clean up a local park or beach with your family! Read a story to a family member, bake a loaf of bread for a neighbor, or beautify your neighborhood!

Note, please follow all county and state health directives such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, and not interacting with people outside of your immediate household to #StopTheSpread.

Email photos of your act of service to our amazing secretary, Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give explicit permission for these photos to be shared on social media. You may also post photos on your own social media using the hashtags #DayOfService and #TogetherWeSoar and tag @EaglesBonita and @CVESDNews.

Don’t forget that there is no school (no online classes, nor DLSP) on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

Zone Transfers

It is hard to believe that we are already at this point of the school year!  The school office emailed all families attending Allen on a Zone Transfer for the current school year. In that email, there is a form to complete to renew that Zone Transfer for the 2021-2022 school year. This form must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Allen School.  Please complete the form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   If you have any questions or need assistance completing the form, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.  If your child will not be returning to Allen School, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

CVESD’s Next Live Event: Building a Wind-Powered Car

We invite all Allen students and families to join the district’s next live weekly event, Building a Wind-Powered Car, led by our Energy Station teacher, Mrs. Hughes. In this session, students will have the opportunity to explore physics concepts like mass, forces, and friction before they then take on the role of a mechanical engineer. They will design, build, and test a wind-powered car. Finally, they will be able to participate in a live Kahoot! game to demonstrate what they have learned. 

Once again, the event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 1 pm on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser, regardless of whether or not someone has a district Microsoft account or the Microsoft Teams app. 

Click the link below on Friday at 1 pm to access this event:

http://bit.ly/windpoweredcar

If you missed last week’s event hey were not able to join us for our last event, Using Robotics to Clean Up Pollution with Mr. Garcia, and would still like to check it out, the district will post a recording of it the Innovation Station’s YouTube channel next week (which can be found using the link below):  

2020-21 CVESD Innovation Live Events

Mid-Year Assessments

You may have noticed that your child has begun the Smarty Ants, Achieve 3000 Level Set, or i-Ready this week. Please communicate with your child’s teacher to support students with completing these assessments.

All students at Allen will take the i-Ready math mid-year diagnostic assessment.  i-Ready allows your child’s teacher to meet your child exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains.  This assessment usually takes about three days to complete.  However, your child’s teacher may space it out differently in order to support each child’s learning needs.

Please make every effort not to coach or prompt your child on this assessment.  Some questions may be easy while others may be tough.  While it may be tempting to help your child with some of the problems they will see on the assessment, we need the test results to be an accurate reflection of what your child knows.

Remind your child to read directions and questions in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems if needed, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen.  The results will reveal what your child can do independently.  Encourage your student to take each question seriously.  Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your child actually knows.  In order to help your child get re-energized, games may be embedded throughout the test, so don’t be surprised if you see your child playing an engaging math game during his/her assessment time.

Here are some tips that will help your child be successful:

  • Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before taking the assessments
  • Be sure your child eats a good breakfast the morning before taking the assessments
  • Designate a quiet area for working, free of distractions
  • Use headphones
  • Encourage your child do their best and take their time without any coaching or guidance on answering questions from family members

Please contact your child’s teacher or the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions regarding this online assessment.  We appreciate your support!

Bonita Optimist Club Book Sales

Bonita Optimists are selling over 9,000 books! To purchase books, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the Bonita Optimists contact page to send a request message.
  2. A member of the Bonita Optimists (likely Ann Stevens) will send you a listing of available books in your requested categories, authors, and titles.
  3. When books are ready for pick up, a member of the Bonita Optimists will contact you regarding a safe pick up or drop off method. Venmo and other touchless forms of payment are preferred.

DVDs are available as well. Members of the Bonita Optimist Club are also collecting books, DVDs, and CDs. Money raised from the sales will go back to support the children of Bonita through the club’s endeavors!

Licensed Childcare through the YMCA

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is proud to partner with the South Bay Family YMCA to offer licensed childcare at select sites beginning January 11! The Y’s Character Builders childcare program is designed to support distance learning curriculum and provide grade-appropriate activities throughout the day. Students will meet in a classroom-like environment for their school-required live sessions and assignments. Afternoon enrichment activities will allow kids to engage safely in imaginative play and physical activities that stretch both mind and body. This program will likely not occur on Allen’s campus, but will happen at a nearby school.

Program runs 7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Weekly Cost $238 for Y Members / $280 for Non-Members.  Click here to view updated flyer.  Scholarships available for qualifying families (see flyer here for information).  Please email Program Director Miriam Martinez at mmartinez@ymcasd.org for availability.

Intensive Support Program

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

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

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

Health and Safety Updates

The COVID-19 virus continues to impact our community. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

As our school and district prepares for the return of students to in-person instruction via the Hybrid Model, we would like to share some photos of how our campus is ready for staff and students to return.

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

We encourage all Allen staff, students, and families to get tested for COVID-19. Please also stay home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention, if you experience any symptoms of 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

There are a number of testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here.

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

Please also watch the short YouTube video below to see what the school and district are doing to prepare for the return of students to campus once it is safe to do so.

Meal Distribution Program

  • Meal distribution occurs every Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District..

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

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, February 8th at 3 pm and will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, February 8th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on February 5, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on February 5th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

The next DAC/DELAC Meeting will be on February 9, 2021 from 12 noon to 2 pm. You can access the meeting here at the district’s website.

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (15 January 2021)

Parent Survey

Please complete the survey for parents/guardians. This will help the school and district prepare for students returning to campus in a hybrid model. The Parent Survey describes general details about CVESD’s Re-Opening Plan, including the return to In-Person School (Hybrid Model) and Distance Learning Plan.

More information can also be found at this FAQ on Hybrid/In-Person Instruction. Again, please complete the survey for each child in your household that attends Allen Elementary.

To access the Parent Survey, please click here: SURVEY LINK

Mr. Greenwell sent a letter with more information about this survey. A PDF copy of that letter can be downloaded here:

Online Parent Informational Meeting

We invite all parents to attend a virtual informational meeting about this Re-Opening Plan on Tuesday, Jan. 19th from 8 am to 8:45 am. To access that online meeting, click here.

New Year Brings Familiar Challenges—and Hope

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members:

As we embark on this new year, I want to thank all of you for your commitment to one another and to our students. We will continue to face many challenges and hurdles. However, we will tackle and resolve these challenges with vigor, enthusiasm, creativity, and fearlessness. Each one of you has made and will continue to make a positive difference for someone else.  

Last year was a year for reflection, especially about what matters most: treating everyone with respect and compassion; acting with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; taking time to appreciate one another and to build a stronger community; being open to perspectives that are not your own; and maintaining a laser-like focus on student outcomes. 

I appreciate your ongoing commitment to education, learning, and well-being and to ensuring that equity is at the center of that commitment. Students and educators across the country need as much support as we can provide to make up for the learning loss, trauma, and scars that occurred last year—and most recently from last week’s attack on our nation’s capital. All of us need to “lean in” even more, with our collective sleeves rolled up for a year of absolute essential work. As educators, we do indeed make room for discussions that stem from our students’ questions, feelings, anxiety, and concerns—even while we grapple with our own disbelief at our nation’s divisions. Our District has provided its educators with strategies to explore events in a reasoned, civilized context that is in keeping with our nation’s core values. We will discuss issues in a responsible way that respects the diversity, views, and beliefs of all students.

As I reflect upon learnings from last year, I discovered my fundamental priority is the health and safety of our community, followed by ensuring that we continue to focus on our mission of providing an excellent learning environment for our students. All this while maintaining financial stability as good stewards of public funds. My commitment to each of you this year is to strengthen our community through better engagement and enhance our connections with heightened transparency and communication.  Be on the lookout for a survey from your school’s principal in regard to In-Person (Hybrid Model) and Distance Learning options. Click here for our most recent updates, including access to Frequently Asked Questions.

I embarked upon my 2021 journey with a realistic sense of optimism and opportunity. There is much to accomplish ahead. I am eager and honored to embrace these opportunities with all of you. 

Warm regards,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Health and Safety Updates

The COVID-19 virus continues to impact our community. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here. With the arrival of the vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19, our District is happy to share a fact sheet that details why the vaccines are safe and effective. Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

As our school and district prepares for the return of students to in-person instruction via the Hybrid Model, we would like to share some photos of how our campus is ready for staff and students to return.

Optional, Virtual Day of Service

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service and Americans are encouraged to spend this day volunteering to improve their communities. As there is no school tomorrow, Monday, January 18th, we are offering Allen students, families, and staff the opportunity to participate in an optional, virtual day of service to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

Here are some ways you can participate:

1. Learn about and discuss Dr. King’s life and teachings. The King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum is a great place to get started.

2. Volunteer in your community. In the spirit of Dr. King’s service, use this tool from CNCS to find opportunities to help out in your community. An easy act of service is to do a community clean up with other members of your household. You can grab a trash bag and gloves and clean up a local park or beach with your family! Read a story to a family member, bake a loaf of bread for a neighbor, or beautify your neighborhood!

Note, please follow all county and state health directives such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, and not interacting with people outside of your immediate household to #StopTheSpread.

Email photos of your act of service to our amazing secretary, Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give explicit permission for these photos to be shared on social media. You may also post photos on your own social media using the hashtags #DayOfService and #TogetherWeSoar and tag @EaglesBonita and @CVESDNews.

Don’t forget that there is no school (no online classes and no DLSP/YMCA program at Allen) on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (12 January 2021)

Hello Allen Eagles!

A few quick updates from the school…

Internet Safety for Parents

We would like to share this optional Parent Meeting on Internet Safety for Parents. It is tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 12th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Details regarding the link to join the workshop is provided in the attached flyer. We hope that you can join us.


Join the meeting in English: http://bit.ly/3begLnr
Join the meeting in Spanish: http://bit.ly/395YSo6

Meal Distribution on Tuesdays

Meal Distribution continues every Tuesday in front of the school between the hours of 12 noon and 2 pm.  This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Possible Internet Outage May Affect Families and Staff

The district has been made aware that families and staff may be impacted by Cox Communications internet and cable outages on Thursday and Friday.  There are planned Cox Residential outages in the Rancho Del Rey area on Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15, from the hours of 7AM – 7PM.  For parents who wish to opt-in on Cox notifications/texting (they will need their account login & password from Cox ) call 1-800-234-3993:  https://www.cox.com/residential/support/outage-notifications.html

For network updates from Cox, including 2 weeks prior/2 days prior scheduled notifications:  https://www.cox.com/residential/network-update.html?sc_id=cr_dm_camp_z_networkupdate_vanity

Parents can also download the Cox app from their mobile GooglePlay/iOS App Store, and login.  Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if you are impacted by these outages.  We ask that affected families complete work asynchronously for the school day should they or their teacher experience an internet outage.

CVESD Live Event: Using Robotics to Clean Up Pollution

All Allen students and their families are invited to join the district’s next live weekly event, Using Robotics to Clean Up Pollutionled by our Innovation Station teacher, Mr. Garcia.In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of an environmental engineer as they learn about how robotics are being used to help clean up the environment and then design, build, and test their very own robotic device that they can use to help clean up pollution. Finally, they will be able participate in a live Kahoot! game to demonstrate what they have learned. 

As always, the live events are designed to be for all ages and they are open to the public. It will begin at 1 pm on Friday, Jan. 15th and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser, regardless of whether or not someone has a district Microsoft account or the Microsoft Teams app.  Teachers in grades 4 through 6 may dismiss students a few minutes early on Fridays so that students may participate in these live events.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday at 1 pm at the link here:

http://bit.ly/roboticscleanup

If you were not able to join us for our last event, Beaks, Feathers and Feet with Mrs. Quirós, and would still like to check it out, please use the following link: 

Parent Survey Coming This Week

Please look for a survey for parents/guardians later this week from the district. This will help the school and district prepare for students returning to campus in a hybrid model. The district will provide additional details about CVESD’s Re-Opening Plan as well at this t.  We ask that you complete one survey for each child that attends Allen Elementary School.

Optional, Virtual Day of Service

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, and Americans are encouraged to spend this day volunteering to improve their communities. As there is no school on Monday, January 18th, we are offering Allen students, families, and staff the opportunity to participate in an optional, virtual day of service to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

Here are some ways you can participate:

1. Learn about and discuss Dr. King’s life and teachings. The King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum is a great place to get started.

2. Volunteer in your community. In the spirit of Dr. King’s service, use this tool from CNCS to find opportunities to help out in your community. You can also just simply grab a trash bag and gloves and clean up a local park or beach with your family! Read a story to a family member, bake a loaf of bread for a neighbor, or beautify your neighborhood!

Note, please follow all county and state health directives such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, and not interacting with people outside of your immediate household to #StopTheSpread.

Email photos of your act of service to our amazing secretary, Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give permission for these photos to be shared on social media. You may also post photos on your own social media using the hashtags #DayOfService and #TogetherWeSoar and tag @EaglesBonita and @CVESDNews.

3. Lead your own service project. These resources from Youth Service America will help you plan and organize a project that’s meaningful to you.

Don’t forget that there is no school (no online classes, nor DLSP) on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

Mid-Year Assessments

This is the time of the year that the school and district offer mid-year assessments to measure student academic progress.  You may have noticed that your child has begun the Smarty Ants or Achieve 3000 Level Set this week.

Beginning January 11th, all students at Allen will be taking the i-Ready math mid-year diagnostic assessment.  i-Ready allows your child’s teacher to meet your child exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains.  This assessment usually takes about three days to complete.  However, your child’s teacher may space it out differently in order to support each child’s learning needs.

Please make every effort not to coach or prompt your child on this assessment.  Some questions may be easy while others may be tough.  While it may be tempting to help your child with some of the problems they will see on the assessment, we need the test results to be an accurate reflection of what your child knows.

Remind your child to read directions and questions in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems if needed, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen.  The results will reveal what your child can do independently.  Encourage your student to take each question seriously.  Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your child actually knows.  In order to help your child get re-energized, games may be embedded throughout the test, so don’t be surprised if you see your child playing an engaging math game during his/her assessment time.

Here are some tips that will help your child be successful:

  • Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before taking the assessments
  • Be sure your child eats a good breakfast the morning before taking the assessments
  • Designate a quiet area for working, free of distractions
  • Use headphones
  • Encourage your child do their best and take their time without any coaching or guidance on answering questions from family members

Please contact your child’s teacher or the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions regarding this online assessment.  We appreciate your support!

Be well Allen Eagles!  Continue to check our school blog and your email for updates from the school and district.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (10 January 2021)

Happy Sunday Allen Families!

Please see the latest updates from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District at https://allenelementary.org/.

COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in our community. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates regarding public health and safety from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here.

Please note that DLSP returns to campus this week.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please look for a survey for parents/guardians later this week from the district. This will help the school and district prepare for students returning to campus in a hybrid model. The district will provide additional details about CVESD’s Re-Opening Plan as well at this time.

If you could not pick up the necessary materials for quarter 3 at one of our Grab and Go events, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange another time in January 2021 to collect them from the school. A friendly reminder: Please keep these materials in a safe place inside your home as we begin quarter 3 of the school year.

Watch the short YouTube video below for a quick message from Mr. Greenwell:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

Returning from Winter Break, the Core Value this week is Caring. That week’s Common Courtesy is “Please.

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, January 11 – Parent Meetings

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting from 12 noon to 2 pm

Monday, January 18, 2021 – NO SCHOOL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and optional Virtual Day of Service (see details below)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – Meal distribution, 12 noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Inauguration Day and CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm

Monday, February 1, 2021 – First Day of Black History Month

Friday, February 12, 2021 – NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day Weekend (Lincoln Day)

Monday, February 15, 2021 – NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day Weekend (Washington Day)

Optional, Virtual Day of Service

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, and Americans are encouraged to spend this day volunteering to improve their communities. As there is no school on Monday, January 18th, we are offering Allen students, families, and staff the opportunity to participate in an optional, virtual day of service to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

Here are some ways you can participate:

1. Learn about and discuss Dr. King’s life and teachings. The King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum is a great place to get started.

2. Volunteer in your community. In the spirit of Dr. King’s service, use this tool from CNCS to find opportunities to help out in your community. You can also just simply grab a trash bag and gloves and clean up a local park or beach with your family! Read a story to a family member, bake a loaf of bread for a neighbor, or beautify your neighborhood!

Note, please follow all county and state health directives such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, and not interacting with people outside of your immediate household to #StopTheSpread.

Email photos of your act of service to our amazing secretary, Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give permission for these photos to be shared on social media. You may also post photos on your own social media using the hashtags #DayOfService and #TogetherWeSoar and tag @EaglesBonita and @CVESDNews.

3. Lead your own service project. These resources from Youth Service America will help you plan and organize a project that’s meaningful to you.

Don’t forget that there is no school (no online classes, nor DLSP) on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

Mid-Year Assessments

This is the time of the year that the school and district offer mid-year assessments to measure student academic progress.  You may have noticed that your child has begun the Smarty Ants or Achieve 3000 Level Set this week.

Beginning January 11th, all students at Allen will be taking the i-Ready math mid-year diagnostic assessment.  i-Ready allows your child’s teacher to meet your child exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains.  This assessment usually takes about three days to complete.  However, your child’s teacher may space it out differently in order to support each child’s learning needs.

Please make every effort not to coach or prompt your child on this assessment.  Some questions may be easy while others may be tough.  While it may be tempting to help your child with some of the problems they will see on the assessment, we need the test results to be an accurate reflection of what your child knows.

Remind your child to read directions and questions in their entirety, use paper and pencil to solve math problems if needed, and use the tools that appear at the bottom of the screen.  The results will reveal what your child can do independently.  Encourage your student to take each question seriously.  Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not be a productive use of their time nor reflect what your child actually knows.  In order to help your child get re-energized, games may be embedded throughout the test, so don’t be surprised if you see your child playing an engaging math game during his/her assessment time.

Here are some tips that will help your child be successful:

  • Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before taking the assessments
  • Be sure your child eats a good breakfast the morning before taking the assessments
  • Designate a quiet area for working, free of distractions
  • Use headphones
  • Encourage your child do their best and take their time without any coaching or guidance on answering questions from family members

Please contact your child’s teacher or the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions regarding this online assessment.  We appreciate your support!

Bonita Optimist Club Book Sales

Bonita Optimists are selling over 9,000 books! To purchase books, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the Bonita Optimists contact page to send a request message.
  2. A member of the Bonita Optimists (likely Ann Stevens) will send you a listing of available books in your requested categories, authors, and titles.
  3. When books are ready for pick up, a member of the Bonita Optimists will contact you regarding a safe pick up or drop off method. Venmo and other touchless forms of payment are preferred.

DVDs are available as well. Members of the Bonita Optimist Club are also collecting books, DVDs, and CDs. Money raised from the sales will go back to support the children of Bonita through the club’s endeavors!

DLSP Reminder

The Distance Learning Support Program is scheduled to resume on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions regarding this.

Licensed Childcare through the YMCA

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is proud to partner with the South Bay Family YMCA to offer licensed childcare at select sites beginning January 11! The Y’s Character Builders childcare program is designed to support distance learning curriculum and provide grade-appropriate activities throughout the day. Students will meet in a classroom-like environment for their school-required live sessions and assignments. Afternoon enrichment activities will allow kids to engage safely in imaginative play and physical activities that stretch both mind and body. This program will likely not occur on Allen’s campus, but will happen at a nearby school.

Program runs 7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Weekly Cost $238 for Y Members / $280 for Non-Members.  Click here to view updated flyer.  Scholarships available for qualifying families (see flyer here for information).  Please email Program Director Miriam Martinez at mmartinez@ymcasd.org for availability.

Intensive Support Program

A voluntary intensive support program may be coming to Allen Elementary later in 2021 for a very limited number of students. Per guidelines from the state of California, priority for this in-person, voluntary support program will be given to students who are:

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

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

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community. We encourage all Allen staff, students, and families to get tested for COVID-19. There are a number of testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the County’s website here.

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

Please also watch the short YouTube video below to see what the school and district are doing to prepare for the return of students to campus once it is safe to do so.

Meal Distribution Program

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

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

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, January 11th at 3 pm and will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, January 11th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, January 11th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on February 5, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on February 5th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (5 January 2021)

Three short updates for Allen Families and Staff today.

COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in our community. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

Please see the latest updates from the County of San Diego, including information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination, here.

Virtual Family First Friday

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

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

Parent Meetings on Monday

The second Monday of every month is usually our parent meeting Monday! Our ELAC (or English Learner Advisory Council) meets at 3 pm to discuss the needs of English Learners. The role of the SSC (or School Site Council) is to develop, approve, and monitor the School Plan for Student Achievement. The SSC meets at 3:30 pm. Please note that if you join the SSC meeting early, you will be joining the ELAC meeting. Finally, Allen’s amazing PTC (or Parent Teacher Club) meets at 6 pm. The links for these virtual meetings are below. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

Monday, January 11 – Parent Meetings

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

Friday’s Live Event

All Allen Families are welcome to join the next live weekly event on Friday, Jan. 8th at 1 pm: Beaks, Feathers, & Feet, led by the CVESD teacher at the Living Coast Discovery Center, Mrs. Quirós.

In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of an ornithologist as they meet two of the Living Coast Discovery Center’s favorite bird ambassadors, explore the main characteristics that all birds share, and then participate in a live Kahoot! game to demonstrate what they have learned.

Once again, the live events are designed to be for all ages and are open to the public. It will begin at 1 pm on Friday and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser, regardless of whether or not someone has a district Microsoft account or the Microsoft Teams app.

We look forward to seeing you there!

http://bit.ly/beaksfeathersfeet

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

🦅  ALLEN EAGLES: TOGETHER, WE SOAR!

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Sunday Update (3 January 2021)

Happy New Year and Happy Sunday Allen Families!

Happy 2021 from your friends at Allen Elementary!

Please see the latest updates from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District at https://allenelementary.org/.

Families still have one more day to enjoy the Winter Break as there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  The school office remains closed during this time and there will be no meal distribution at Allen.  Meal distribution will resume on Tuesdays starting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

Please note that all students resume online learning on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 and that there will be no DLSP on campus the week back from Winter Break.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

If you could not pick up the necessary materials for quarter 3 at one of our Grab and Go events, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange another time in January 2021 to collect them from the school. A friendly reminder: Please keep these materials in a safe place inside your home as we begin quarter 3 of the school year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

Returning from Winter Break, the Core Value this week is Responsibility. That week’s Common Courtesy is “Excuse me…

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, January 4, 2021 – Teacher Professional Development (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 – Classes resume online at 8:50 am

Friday, January 8, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday (LINK)

Monday, January 11 – Parent Meetings

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

Download your child’s Q2 report card!

Please follow the instructions here to download your child’s Q2 report card after December 18, 2020:

If you receive a “User Not Found” message, try the following login:

Username – Student ID# (the six digit number that begins all student accounts)

TEMPORARY Password – 12345

Note that once you log in with the temporary password, you will need to change it to the standard password convention with upper/lowercase first/last initial and 8-digit birthdate. This will be for all new Kindergarten students and new students to CVESD this school year.

Bonita Optimist Club Book Sales

Bonita Optimists are selling over 9,000 books! To purchase books, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the Bonita Optimists contact page to send a request message.
  2. A member of the Bonita Optimists (likely Ann Stevens) will send you a listing of available books in your requested categories, authors, and titles.
  3. When books are ready for pick up, a member of the Bonita Optimists will contact you regarding a safe pick up or drop off method. Venmo and other touchless forms of payment are preferred.

DVDs are available as well. Members of the Bonita Optimist Club are also collecting books, DVDs, and CDs. Money raised from the sales will go back to support the children of Bonita through the club’s endeavors!

DLSP Reminder

There is no school on January 4th, 2021. All students return for a day of online Distance Learning on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. A reminder that there is no DLSP the first week back from break. The Distance Learning Support Program is scheduled to resume on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions regarding this.

Intensive Support Program

A voluntary intensive support program may be coming to Allen Elementary in 2021 for a very limited number of students. Per guidelines from the state of California, priority for this in-person, voluntary support program will be given to students who are:

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

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

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community. We encourage all Allen staff, students, and families to get tested for COVID-19. There are a number of testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the attached list of those sites below:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

Please also watch the short YouTube video below to see what the school and district are doing to prepare for the return of students to campus once it is safe to do so.

School Meals Program

  • Meal distribution will occur every Tuesday (starting January 5th) from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.
  • Please note that meals will not be distributed over Winter Break at Allen School.

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

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, January 11th at 3 pm and will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, January 11th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, January 11th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on January 8, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on January 8th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (20 December 2020)

If you have not yet done so, please read the latest update from the Superintendent here from Thursday, Dec. 17th, 2020.

Winter Break is from Dec. 21st, 2020 to January 4th, 2021. Students return for a full day of Distance Learning on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. In addition, there will be no YMCA/Distance Learning Support Program on Allen’s campus the week we return to school. The YMCA program/DLSP will resume on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Please note that there will be no meal distribution on Mondays at Allen over the break, but meal distribution will be on Tuesdays beginning on January 5th. The school office will also be closed during the break.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

If you could not pick up the necessary materials for quarter 3 at one of our Grab and Go events, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange another time in January 2021 to collect them from the school. A friendly reminder: Please guard these materials in a safe place inside your home over Winter Break.

Watch a brief summary of the highlights of this Sunday Update via the You Tube video below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

When students return from Winter Break, the Core Value is Responsibility. That week’s Common Courtesy is “Excuse me…

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, December 20 to Monday, January 4th: Winter Break

Monday, January 4, 2021 – Teacher Professional Development (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 – Classes resume online

Friday, January 8, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday (LINK)

Monday, January 11 – Parent Meetings

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

Download your child’s Q2 report card!

Please follow the instructions here to download your child’s Q2 report card after December 18, 2020:

If you receive a “User Not Found” message, try the following login:

Username – Student ID# (the six digit number that begins all student accounts)

TEMPORARY Password – 12345

Note that once you log in with the temporary password, you will need to change it to the standard password convention with upper/lowercase first/last initial and 8-digit birthdate. This will be for all new Kindergarten students and new students to CVESD this school year.

Bonita Optimist Club Book Sales

Bonita Optimists are selling over 9,000 books! To purchase books, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to go to the Bonita Optimists contact page to send a request message.
  2. A member of the Bonita Optimists (likely Ann Stevens) will send you a listing of available books in your requested categories, authors, and titles.
  3. When books are ready for pick up, a member of the Bonita Optimists will contact you regarding a safe pick up or drop off method. Venmo and other touchless forms of payment are preferred.

DVDs are available as well. Members of the Bonita Optimist Club are also collecting books, DVDs, and CDs. Money raised from the sales will go back to support the children of Bonita through the club’s endeavors!

December Spirit Week

We would like to share some photos of our Spirit Week in December 2020:

Winter Break Reminder

Winter Break is from Dec. 21st, 2020 to January 4th, 2021. All students return for a day of online Distance Learning on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021. A reminder that there is no DLSP the first week back from break.

Winter Holidays and COVID-19

Please see the following guidance from the CDC and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services department.

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure families stay safe during 2020 winter holiday celebrations, the County of San Diego offers guidance for the most common activities:
Recommended Winter Holiday Activities
• Shopping online for holiday gifts or gift cards, and online activities.
• Drive-through events or reverse parades where the participants do not leave their car.
• Send a pre-made dinner or ingredients through online food delivery services and eat together virtually.
• Charity meal activities and donate food to drive-through pantries, local food drives, or online food bank fundraisers.
• Holiday- or Winter-themed movie nights and home decorating with your household.
• Get a flu shot to protect yourself and minimize complications from the flu or COVID-19 virues.

Not Recommended
• Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel considerations, traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
• In-person, indoor celebratory activities, singing, or vocal performances are not recommended because of the difficulty in maintaining 6 feet of distance and these activities increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Not Allowed
• Per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance, in-person events or parties with more than 3 households are not permitted, even if they are conducted outdoors. Remember, smaller and shorter gatherings are safer.
• Carnivals, festivals, and live entertainment are not allowed because close interactions increase the risk of infection.
• Ice skating rinks are not allowed as they host many guests from different households where it is difficult to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.
Safer Alternatives
Many winter holiday activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are safer, alternative ways to celebrate including:
• Remote games and activities to replace traditional in-person entertainment.
• Driving with members of your household in your car to view holiday lights and decorations.
• Participate in a winter- or holiday-themed virtual run, hike, or bike ride.
• A boat parade following state guidance and the Safe Reopening Protocol for recreational boating.
• Visit Santa, or other holiday figures, at locations that offer a touchless experience only.
• Gift exchanges between 3 households or less, where participants can follow personal protection measures prior to giving and accepting gifts, while observing the state’s private gathering guidance.
Personal Protection Measures
However you celebrate, please continue to follow the County of San Diego Public Health Order, CDPH Holiday Guidance, California Department of Public Health Guidance, and the CDC Holiday Guidelines. To stay safe during the 2020 winter holiday season, please remember to:
• Wash or sanitize your hands often, and clean frequently touched items regularly.
• Avoid close contact – stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household.
• Avoid indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others and follow state guidance for private outdoor gatherings of up to 3 households.
• Correctly wear an appropriate face covering over your mouth and nose when outside your home and around others who are not part of your household.
• Stay home and away from others if you are sick, have a symptom of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who is sick with or has symptoms of COVID-19.
• Follow directionsif you are advised to isolate or quarantine.
For questions, please contact SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Download this document below:

Intensive Support Program

A voluntary intensive support program may be coming to Allen Elementary in 2021 for a very limited number of students. Per guidelines from the state of California, priority for this in-person, voluntary support program will be given to students who are:

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

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

YMCA Winter Day Camp

Winter Day Camp is a fee-based program offered by the South Bay YMCA over Winter Break. Scholarships are available for families facing economic hardship.  This is a great program that supports many of our essential workers who continue to work during the school break. It is highly encouraged for interested families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance of paying the fee for the YMCA Winter Day Camp. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the list of those sites below (“Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County”). See the flyer below:

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community and the Governor of California has placed a Regional Stay-At-Home order for our region. There are a number of testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the attached list of those sites below:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

Please also watch the short YouTube video below to see what the school and district are doing to prepare for the return of students to campus once it is safe to do so.

School Meals Program

  • Meal distribution will occur every Tuesday (starting January 5th) from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.
  • Please note that meals will not be distributed over Winter Break at Allen School.

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

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting will be held on Monday, January 11th at 3 pm and will be held online. The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is Monday, January 11th at 3:30 pm and will be held online. Click here or please email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, January 11th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on January 8, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on January 8th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (17 December 2020)

Please see the most recent update from our Superintendent, Dr. Escobedo, here:

Superintendent’s Update from December 17, 2020 (LINK)

Learn about what our district is doing to prepare for the return of students in the short You Tube video below:

The Chula Vista Elementary School District shared a Virtual Town Hall meeting tonight at 6 pm (Thursday, December 17). Preparations are already underway for the reopening of campuses under a “hybrid” instructional model. San Diego County is currently in the most restrictive “purple” tier; our District’s reopening is tied to the county’s return to the “red” tier. Discover more about our plans to welcome students back to school once COVID-19 rates improve. To access the recordings from this meeting, please click on the links below.

For English, click here.

Para acceder a la reunión en español, por favor haga clic en el enlace.

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Virtual Town Hall this Thursday, 12/17

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Chula Vista Elementary School District will hold a Virtual Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. Join us to hear more about preparations that our schools have made for a reopening of campuses under a “hybrid” instructional model. San Diego County is currently in the most restrictive “purple” tier; our District’s reopening is tied to the county’s return to “red.” Discover more about our plans to welcome students back to school once COVID-19 rates improve. To access the meeting, please click on the link below at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

For English, click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MjE3YzAyYzktNTAyYS00ZDdiLWIxMzYtM2Q5YmEzZWNlMTM2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22e87a6e0c-c08e-46b2-bb73-45dd072baa33%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22f7fd0654-b79b-482f-bca4-a792adb7e772%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

Para acceder a la reunión a las 6 p.m. el jueves, por favor haga clic en el siguiente enlace:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NzI1ODQ4NjAtY2Q4OS00YmY3LWFhYTctNDU2MTA3Y2Y2YTkx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22e87a6e0c-c08e-46b2-bb73-45dd072baa33%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227119c901-50a0-41fb-bc1f-8806154e1352%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

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Sunday Update (13 December 2020)

Can you believe we are nearly done with Quarter 2? Please be sure to pick up the materials needed for learning in Q3 this week at our Grab and Go on either Wednesday or Thursday. This is how you’ll receive a paper copy of the Q2 Report Card. See below for more information. Kindly keep all materials for quarter 3 in a safe place in your home over winter break, Eagles!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please see the abbreviated blog summary of this update at the You Tube video link below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, December 14 – Parent Meetings

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

Tuesday, December 15 – CVESD Board Meeting at 6 pm

Wednesday, December 16 – Grab and Go for Q3 Materials and Report Card pickup, 3 pm to 5 pm

Thursday, December 17 – Grab and Go for Q3 Materials and Report Card pickup, 7:30 am to 9:30 am

Friday, December 18 – Dismissal for Winter Break in the afternoon (Be safe, Eagles!)

Monday, January 4, 2021 – Teacher Professional Development (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 – Classes resume

Grab and Go for Q3 Materials & Report Cards

We are happy to announce that we will have another Grab and Go materials distribution process for Q3! This event is designed for the convenience of our families to quickly pick up necessary items for children to learn in quarter 3 as we hope for a return to in-person instruction later on in the school year. Families will drive through the traffic loop and pop their trunk for materials to be placed inside the vehicle.

Paper copies of the quarter 2 Report Card will be available as well at this time. Families may also receive a PDF copy of the report card by emailing your child’s teacher. Please follow all safety protocols, such as wearing a facial covering in your car and kindly stay inside your vehicle at all times.

We will host two dates/times for this Q3 Grab and Go to accommodate the needs of our school’s families for this materials distribution process:

Wednesday, Dec. 16th from 3 pm to 5 pm

Thursday, Dec. 17th from 7:30 am to 9:30 am

If you cannot pick up the necessary materials for quarter 3 at these times, please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to arrange another time to collect them from the school. A friendly reminder: Please guard these materials in a safe place inside your home over Winter Break.

Grab and Go Materials Distribution Route – Please stay in your vehicle and wear a mask.

Online Expectations

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

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

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

Updates are usually posted on Sundays.

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

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

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

See the helpful graphic below:

December Spirit Week

Another exciting Spirit Week will be from Dec. 14 to Dec. 18!

Monday, December 14th: Allen Spirit Day – Wear any Allen School t-shirt or any plain green shirt!

Tuesday, Dec. 15th: Mittens, Scarves, Hat Day – Wear warm weather clothes today (or a holiday hat)!

Wednesday, Dec. 16th: Winter Wednesday – Wear blue and white to show your winter spirit! Join us for the Grab and Go this day from 3 pm to 5 pm in your Winter Wednesday wear!

Thursday, Dec. 17th: Disney Day – Wear a Disney themed shirt or outfit today (this includes Star Wars too!). Join us for the Grab and Go from 7:30 am to 9:30 am in your Disney Day outfit.

Friday, Dec. 18th: Festive Friday – Wear an ugly holiday sweater, a favorite holiday outfit, or any festive winter gear today.

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

Federal Impact Aid Survey – Due now!

Federal funds are provided to the school district based on the number of students enrolled in our schools whose parents or guardians reside or work on Federal Property or are on active duty in the military. It is urgent that any family who meets this criteria send the completed form by email to michelle.reza@cvesd.org or drop it off to the school office Monday-Friday between 8 am and 3 pm. This form must be received this week. This form was already emailed to parents/guardians. You can also complete the form online. Click on the correct link below:

ENGLISH – Federal Impact Aid Survey: Click here.

ESPAÑOL – Encuesta sobre el Programa de Asistencia por el Impacto Económico: Haz click aquí.

Winter Break Reminder

Winter Break is from Dec. 21st, 2020 to January 4th, 2021. Students return for a full day of Distance Learning on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.

Back by Popular Demand: Allen Spirit Gear Orders!

Back by popular demand, we have another opportunity for families to order Allen Spirit gear. Please place all orders by completing the order form below and email it to the vendor directly. Payments must also be made in advance. If you have any questions, please email aplustees@cox.net and inform them you are asking about Allen Elementary School Spirit Gear.

Winter Holidays and COVID-19

Please see the following guidance from the CDC and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services department.

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure families stay safe during 2020 winter holiday celebrations, the County of San Diego offers guidance for the most common activities:
Recommended Winter Holiday Activities
• Shopping online for holiday gifts or gift cards, and online activities.
• Drive-through events or reverse parades where the participants do not leave their car.
• Send a pre-made dinner or ingredients through online food delivery services and eat together virtually.
• Charity meal activities and donate food to drive-through pantries, local food drives, or online food bank fundraisers.
• Holiday- or Winter-themed movie nights and home decorating with your household.
• Get a flu shot to protect yourself and minimize complications from the flu or COVID-19 virues.

Not Recommended
• Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel considerations, traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.
• In-person, indoor celebratory activities, singing, or vocal performances are not recommended because of the difficulty in maintaining 6 feet of distance and these activities increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Not Allowed
• Per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance, in-person events or parties with more than 3 households are not permitted, even if they are conducted outdoors. Remember, smaller and shorter gatherings are safer.
• Carnivals, festivals, and live entertainment are not allowed because close interactions increase the risk of infection.
• Ice skating rinks are not allowed as they host many guests from different households where it is difficult to maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.
Safer Alternatives
Many winter holiday activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are safer, alternative ways to celebrate including:
• Remote games and activities to replace traditional in-person entertainment.
• Driving with members of your household in your car to view holiday lights and decorations.
• Participate in a winter- or holiday-themed virtual run, hike, or bike ride.
• A boat parade following state guidance and the Safe Reopening Protocol for recreational boating.
• Visit Santa, or other holiday figures, at locations that offer a touchless experience only.
• Gift exchanges between 3 households or less, where participants can follow personal protection measures prior to giving and accepting gifts, while observing the state’s private gathering guidance.
Personal Protection Measures
However you celebrate, please continue to follow the County of San Diego Public Health Order, CDPH Holiday Guidance, California Department of Public Health Guidance, and the CDC Holiday Guidelines. To stay safe during the 2020 winter holiday season, please remember to:
• Wash or sanitize your hands often, and clean frequently touched items regularly.
• Avoid close contact – stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household.
• Avoid indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others and follow state guidance for private outdoor gatherings of up to 3 households.
• Correctly wear an appropriate face covering over your mouth and nose when outside your home and around others who are not part of your household.
• Stay home and away from others if you are sick, have a symptom of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who is sick with or has symptoms of COVID-19.
• Follow directionsif you are advised to isolate or quarantine.
For questions, please contact SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Download this document below:

Intensive Support Program

A voluntary intensive support program will be coming to Allen Elementary in 2021 for a very limited number of students. Per guidelines from the state of California, priority for this in-person, voluntary support program will be given to students who are:

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

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

YMCA Winter Day Camp

Winter Day Camp is a fee-based program offered by the South Bay YMCA over Winter Break. Scholarships are available for families facing economic hardship.  This is a great program that supports many of our essential workers who continue to work during the school break. It is highly encouraged for interested families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance of paying the fee for the YMCA Winter Day Camp. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the list of those sites below (“Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County”). See the flyer below:

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community and the Governor of California has placed a Regional Stay-At-Home order for our region. There are a number of testing sites in the South County, thanks to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. It is highly encouraged for families to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing in advance. You may wish to reference 211sandiego.org or the attached list of those sites below:

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

School Meals Program

  • Meal distribution will occur every Monday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please drive to the front of the school, open your trunk, and be prepared to carry meals from our CNS staff to your car.
  • Please note that meals will not be distributed over Winter Break at Allen School.

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

Distance Learning Resources

Looking for resources for distance learning? Click here or find the “Programs” tab in the menu at the top of this page and click “Distance Learning.”

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

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

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Virtual Family First Friday will be on January 8, 2021 at 8 am. Click here to access this meeting on January 8th. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join an online meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year. The link will be in an email shared with parents. You may also email michelle.reza@cvesd.org for the meeting link at least one day prior to access this online meeting.

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 pm. Please note that this meeting’s date was changed on November 18.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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