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Sunday Update (27 June 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Summer Break! Please be sure to enjoy your vacation by getting active outdoors and continuing to read all summer long. For families interested in using Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and iReady Math, students will have access to these educational programs during the summer until at least July 11th. For those students using Achieve3000, lexile levels will not adjust over the summer.

Allen’s PTC is holding a weekly meet up for NEW and RETURNING Allen families at Rohr Park every Friday over the summer break from 4 pm to 6 pm near the new playground at lot 2 (off Sweetwater Road). Please join other Allen families there for fun and connection each week!

School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person at Allen Elementary. School starts at 8:50 am for all K-6 students. Students in K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm that day and students in grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm. Please continue to monitor this school blog for the latest information from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, July 12, 2021 – PTC Meeting Online [Link]

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 through July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.

Now Enrolling Students!

Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families this year, please do so. If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device.

Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email recently with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. This link will be from PowerSchool. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information.

All families of students within Chula Vista were sent a notification by email from PowerSchool.  The District is still working to send out some of the Inter-District notifications.  If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

The Governor of the state of California recently made an announcement regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Schools will still be required to enforce some physical distancing and facial covering guidelines. Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Free and Reduced Meals

Would you like your child to eat school meals this upcoming school 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! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

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

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! 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

Meetings for Parents and 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.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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, July 12th online at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, July 14th at 6 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 in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. 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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus for in-person learning in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Community Resources for June and July

Please see the graphic below for community resources.

Please see the following community events.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (20 June 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Summer Break! Please be sure to enjoy your vacation by getting active outdoors and continuing to read all summer long. For families interested in using Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and iReady Math, students will have access to these educational programs during the summer until at least July 11th. For those students using Achieve3000, lexile levels will not adjust over the summer.

School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person at Allen Elementary. School starts at 8:50 am for all K-6 students. Students in K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm that day and students in grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm. Please continue to monitor this school blog for the latest information from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus

Kindergarten Promotion

On Tuesday, June 15th, Allen Elementary held its virtual Kindergarten Promotion ceremonies. The two recorded ceremonies can be found below:

Ms. Gurule’s Promotion

Ms. Gurule’s Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony – June 2021

Ms. Davies and Ms. T’s Promotion

Ms. T and Ms. Davies’ Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony – June 2021

Sixth Grade Promotion

On Friday, June 11th, Allen Elementary held its Sixth Grade Promotion ceremony. The school followed strict safety measures from the California Department of Public Health in order to make this rare, in-person event possible. The event was set to be live streamed for all families. Unfortunately, numerous technical issues plagued us that day and despite multiple attempts to display the ceremony online, we were unable to do so. We also attempted to record the ceremony, but that did not work either. If you attended the ceremony and are comfortable sharing your video so that other families and staff may have a memory of this event, please email Mr. Greenwell at: john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families this year, please do so. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to schedule this.

Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Now Enrolling Students!

Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 through July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email recently with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. This link will be from PowerSchool. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information.

All families of students within Chula Vista were sent a notification on June 1.  The District is still working to send out some of the Inter-District notifications.  If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

YMCA Summer Camp

South Bay YMCA Summer Day Camp will be hosted at nearby Casillas Elementary. The YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a great way for kids to get active, socialize with their peers from around the community, and to learn new skills, games and songs. See the flier for more information on this fee-based program:

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

The Governor of the state of California recently made an announcement regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Schools will still be required to enforce some physical distancing and facial covering guidelines. Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Free and Reduced Meals

Would you like your child to eat school meals this upcoming school 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! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

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

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, August 9th at 6 pm.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! 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

Meetings for Parents and 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.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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, August 9th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, July 14th at 6 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 in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. 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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus for in-person learning in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Community Resources for June and July

Please see the graphic below for community resources.

Please see the following community events.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (16 June 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Summer Break! Please be sure to enjoy your vacation by getting active outdoors and continuing to read all summer long. For families interested in using Achieve 3000, Smarty Ants, and iReady Math, students will have access to these educational programs during the summer until at least July 11th. For those students using Achieve3000, lexile levels will not adjust over the summer.

School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person at Allen Elementary. School starts at 8:50 am for all K-6 students. Students in K-3 dismiss at 1:40 pm that day and students in grades 4-6 dismiss at 2 pm. Please continue to monitor this school blog for the latest information from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Kindergarten Promotion

On Tuesday, June 15th, Allen Elementary held its virtual Kindergarten Promotion ceremonies. The two recorded ceremonies can be found below:

Ms. Gurule’s Promotion

Ms. Gurule’s Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony – June 2021

Ms. Davies and Ms. T’s Promotion

Ms. T and Ms. Davies’ Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony – June 2021

Sixth Grade Promotion

On Friday, June 11th, Allen Elementary held its Sixth Grade Promotion ceremony. The school followed strict safety measures from the California Department of Public Health in order to make this rare, in-person event possible. The event was set to be live streamed for all families. Unfortunately, numerous technical issues plagued us that day and despite multiple attempts to display the ceremony online, we were unable to do so. We also attempted to record the ceremony, but that did not work either. If you attended the ceremony and are comfortable sharing your video so that other families and staff may have a memory of this event, please email Mr. Greenwell at: john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Returning Computers, Library Book, & WiFi Hot Spots

If you did not yet return a school laptop, computer charger, library book, and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families this year, please do so. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to schedule this.

Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
  • If you would like to return your device earlier, please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Now Enrolling Students!

Enroll your child in our school now by going to https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment!

See our school flyer below or download it here

Flyer – page 1
Flyer – page 2

Summer Office Hours

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 through July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email recently with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. This link will be from PowerSchool. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information.

All families of students within Chula Vista were sent a notification on June 1.  The District is still working to send out some of the Inter-District notifications.  If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

YMCA Summer Camp

South Bay YMCA Summer Day Camp will be hosted at nearby Casillas Elementary. The YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a great way for kids to get active, socialize with their peers from around the community, and to learn new skills, games and songs. See the flier for more information on this fee-based program:

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

The Governor of the state of California recently made an announcement regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Schools will still be required to enforce some physical distancing and facial covering guidelines. Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest state guidelines.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Community Resources for June and July

Please see the graphic below for community resources.

Please see the following community events.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (13 June 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Can you believe we are in the final two days of the school year? Please be sure to enjoy your summer break by getting active outdoors and continuing to read all summer long. School resumes on Wednesday, July 21st for all students, in-person from 8:50 am to 2 pm.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch the short YouTube video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for June 13th:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A Look Ahead:

Monday, June 14, 2021

  • District Device return from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Final PTC Meeting of the school year at 6 pm [Link]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Last Day of School [Distance Learning for all students]
  • Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am [online only]
  • District Device return from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – District Device return from 8 am to 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus

Sixth Grade Promotion

On Friday, June 11th, Allen Elementary held its Sixth Grade Promotion ceremony. The school followed strict safety measures from the California Department of Public Health in order to make this rare, in-person event possible. The event was set to be live streamed for all families. Unfortunately, numerous technical issues plagued us that day and despite multiple attempts to display the ceremony online, we were unable to do so. We also attempted to record the ceremony, but that did not work either. If you attended the ceremony and are comfortable sharing your video so that other families and staff may have a memory of this event, please email Mr. Greenwell at: john.greenwell@cvesd.org.

Returning Computers and WiFi Hot Spots

We must collect all school laptop computers and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families.  For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.

  • June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
  • If you would like to return your device earlier, please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

June 15th & Kindergarten Promotion


PLEASE NOTE that Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. This schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule. All students will have class from 8:50 am to 11:25 am via distance learning.

Kindergarten Promotion: Kindergarten promotion will be on June 15th at 9 am and will be a 100% virtual, online ceremony. Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for the virtual ceremony. This event is being held online to be more inclusive of all Kindergarten families and we are excited to celebrate your child’s milestone with you online.

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

School Office Hours over Summer Break

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 through July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email this past week with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information. If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

YMCA Summer Camp

South Bay YMCA Summer Day Camp will be hosted at nearby Casillas Elementary. The YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a great way for kids to get active, socialize with their peers from around the community, and to learn new skills, games and songs. See the flier for more information on this fee-based program:

Return Your Library Books

Kindly ensure that all books checked out are returned by June 16, 2021. You may return books when you return your district-borrowed devices on June 14th, June 15th, and June 16th.

For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

We anticipate that the Governor of the state of California will make an announcement regarding COVID-19 restrictions on June 15th. Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest CDC guidelines for inside and outside of your own home.

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. We are actively encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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

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

Please see the latest COVID-19 Decision Tree below:

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution will occur on Monday, June 14th from 1:00 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 upcoming school 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! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

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

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, June 14th at 6 pm.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! 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

Meetings for Parents and 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.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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, June 14th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, June 16th at 6 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 in August (Date: TBD) at 12 noon. 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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus for in-person learning in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Community Resources for June and July

Please see the graphic below for community resources.

Please see the following community events.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sixth Grade Promotion (11 June 2021)

Live Stream Link

Please excuse our tech issues this morning and try this new, updated link:

Please click the link below to view the Sixth Grade Promotion as it is live streamed from 9:15 am to 10 am on Friday, June 11, 2021.

LINK:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OTNlMzQxNjgtNzZhMS00YzdkLTg3ZDktMDEzYzFlMDhmYWU2%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22e87a6e0c-c08e-46b2-bb73-45dd072baa33%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%224b39d169-e2a6-4b2e-9c00-df38003880d2%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a

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Sunday Update (6 June 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Sunday! Please find information regarding our 6th grade Promotion below.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch the short YouTube video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for June 6th:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

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:

Friday, June 11, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:15 am [See below for more information]

Monday, June 14, 2021

  • District Device return from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Final PTC Meeting of the school year at 6 pm [Link]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Last Day of School [Distance Learning for all students]
  • Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am [online only]
  • District Device return from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – District Device return from 8 am to 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students back on campus

Returning Computers and WiFi Hot Spots

We must collect all school laptop computers and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families.  For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.

  • June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
  • If you would like to return your device earlier, please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Sixth Grade Promotion Registration

Families must register for the in-person promotion ceremony in advance of the event. Please complete the form by filling out this link: https://forms.office.com/r/AKcHyqNhT6

We are excited to share that we will be having an in-person sixth grade promotion ceremony at Allen Elementary’s campus on Friday, June 11th at 9:15 am.  Please note that we are required by the California Department of Public Health to follow these very strict safety guidelines.

Families must register online using the link here:  https://forms.office.com/r/AKcHyqNhT6

All participants and guests will:

  • be required to wear a facial covering or mask that completely covers both the mouth and nose at all times.
  • must maintain at least 6 feet physical distancing with persons outside of their immediate household.
  • need to complete a health screening (including temperature taking) in order to access the in-person ceremony on the school’s campus.

In addition, students are only allowed a total of three guests.  Please note that parents, extended family, a sleeping baby, or siblings are all counted as guests.  If a family shows up with more than 3 guests, those other guests will be turned away.  No exceptions can be made.

Parking for visitors can be found in the lot in front of Daly Academy or in the surrounding community.  We ask you to please bring with you that day your patience and sense of humor to make the day more enjoyable for all.  The front gate to the school will open at 9 am to allow students, staff, and visitors entrance to the school’s campus.

In order to accommodate larger families or families that do not feel comfortable attending the in-person ceremony, it will be live streamed via the Microsoft Teams platform.  The link for this will be posted on the school blog at www.allenelementary.org the morning of the ceremony.

We would like to share some information, in the form of an FAQ, about this year’s sixth grade promotion ceremony:

Q: When is 6th grade Promotion? 

June 11, 2021 at 9:15 AM sharp  
 

Q: Where is Promotion?  

Allen Elementary 

Enter Front Gates to Blacktop 

4300 Allen School Lane 

Bonita, CA 91902 

Q: Do 6th graders have to participate in the promotion ceremony? 

Participating in the promotion ceremony is OPTIONAL. You may also view the promotion on Microsoft TEAMS. The ceremony will be recorded and shared a few days later. 

Q: Do you have to register or sign-up to attend the promotion ceremony? 

Attendees must sign up in advance of the promotion, and only those who have preregistered may attend. Allen Staff will monitor the number of attendees entering the promotion ceremony and confirm that all attendees have pre-registered, per California Department of Public Health guidelines. 

Q: Will there be mandatory health screenings for participants and attendees? 

There will be a mandatory health screening and temperature check in order to come on to campus.  All attendees must wear a mask, regardless of the CDC guidelines. 

Q: Is there a limited guest count? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 3 guests total (updated 6/4/2021) per promoting 6th grade student. Guests must be from the student’s PRIMARY household and must wear a mask and be free of COVID-19 symptoms. 

Q: What time do students need to be there? 

15 minutes before the ceremony, at 9 am. 

Q: What if I have more than 3 guests? 

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate more than 3 guests per promoting student due to California Department of Public Health guidelines. Spectators may view the ceremony online using Microsoft Teams. A full recording of the graduation will be available a few days after for all to enjoy. 
 

Q: How early can I arrive? 

15-20 minutes ahead of the ceremony is suggested to allow for parking and finding designated seating.  
 

Q: Are masks required?  

Yes, promoting 6th graders and spectators are all required to wear masks at all times. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
 

Q: Where do we sit during the promotion ceremony? 

Students will sit in designated spots on the blacktop while all family spectators will sit in clearly marked audience sections. Please maintain 6 feet distance from other family groups at all times.  Please use hand sanitizer and wear your facial covering at all times before, during, and after the ceremony. 

Q: How long is the graduation ceremony? 

The promotion ceremony will be about 45 minutes long. We recommend wearing sunscreen as this will be outdoors.

Q: Where do I park for promotion? 

You may park in the parking lot in front of Daly Academy or find street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.  

Q: Can I bring signs and balloons? 

We ask that you not bring giant signs and balloons, as these items block the views of other families.  Please save these items for your home. 

CONGRATULATIONS ALLEN 6th GRADE CLASS OF 2021! 

June 15th & Kindergarten Promotion


PLEASE NOTE that Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. This schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule. All students will have class from 8:50 am to 11:25 am via distance learning.

Kindergarten Promotion: Kindergarten promotion will be on June 15th at 9 am and will be a 100% virtual, online ceremony. Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for the virtual ceremony.

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

School Office Hours over Summer Break

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 to July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email this past week with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information. If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

YMCA Summer Camp

South Bay YMCA Summer Day Camp will be hosted at nearby Casillas Elementary. The YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a great way for kids to get active, socialize with their peers from around the community, and to learn new skills, games and songs. See the flier for more information on this fee-based program:

Curbside Library Book Service

Kindly ensure that all books checked out are returned by June 14, 2021.

For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

Health Reminders

We are very excited to have our Eagles back on our campus! Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest CDC guidelines for inside and outside of your own home.

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. We are actively encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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 COVID-19 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.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution will occur on Monday, June 7th and Monday, June 14th from 1:00 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! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

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

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, June 14th at 6 pm.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! 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

Meetings for Parents and 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.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8 am.

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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, June 14th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, June 16th at 6 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 June 8, 2021 at 12 noon. 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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

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Allen Update (1 June 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Please read this update from the school and district. We anticipate that all students will be back on campus for the entire day for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see the approved school calendar for next year at the end of this update.

Final Live Event of the School Year

Join our district’s final live event of the school year this Friday, June 4th at 12 noon – Building for Muscle. This event will be led by our district teacher at the Health Station, Coach Ramirez. In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of an exercise physiologist as they learn about how muscles work, what they can do to strengthen them, and then build their very own training equipment. Finally, they will be able to participate in our live Kahoot! game to show what they have learned. 

The event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 12 noon and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform. 

Spanish interpretation of the English event will also be available

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you were not able to join us for our last event, Building a Model Paddle Boat with Mrs. Bystrak, a recording of it can be found here on our YouTube channel.

Friendly Reminders

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

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

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:

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Friday, June 11, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:15 am [Limited in-person attendance]

Monday, June 14, 2021

  • District Device return from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Final PTC Meeting of the school year at 6 pm [Link]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Last Day of School [Distance Learning for all students]
  • Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am [online only]
  • District Device return from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – District Device return from 8 am to 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students on campus

Returning Computers and WiFi Hot Spots

We must collect all school laptop computers and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families.  For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.

  • June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
  • If you would like to return your device earlier, please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Virtual Learning Academy Deadline Extended

As you may know, the proposed CVESD Virtual Academy would provide students in Chula Vista with an independent study option as an alternative instructional strategy to meet and enhance their individual student strengths, needs, and learning styles​.  Please note that enrolling your child in this program might mean that your child would no longer attend Allen Elementary.

The CVESD Virtual Academy is a voluntary pilot program developed in alignment with state education proposals, which assume a return to full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. This program would offer a different experience for students than what they had with Distance Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virtual Academy is not a stop-gap program for families reluctant about resuming in-person instruction. “Success in independent study requires motivation and a strong commitment on the part of the student and, especially for a young student, his or her parents/guardians/caregivers. It also requires sufficient academic preparation to enable the student to work independently” (California Department of Education, 2020).

Parents/guardians must apply for enrollment during the application window, which has been extended by one more week. Applications to the CVESD Virtual Academy must be submitted online by 5 p.m. June 7. For a detailed Parent Overview on the Virtual Academy as well as Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the CVESD website by clicking here.   

Click here to apply to the CVESD Virtual Academy.

Sixth Grade Promotion Information

We would like to share some information, in the form of an FAQ, about this year’s sixth grade promotion ceremony:

Q: When is 6th grade Promotion? 

June 11, 2021 at 9:15 AM sharp  
 

Q: Where is Promotion?  

Allen Elementary 

Enter Front Gates to Blacktop 

4300 Allen School Lane 

Bonita, CA 91902 

Q: Do 6th graders have to participate in the promotion ceremony? 

Participating in the promotion ceremony is OPTIONAL. You may also view the promotion on Microsoft TEAMS. The ceremony will be recorded and shared a few days later. 

Q: Do you have to register or sign-up to attend the promotion ceremony? 

Attendees must sign up in advance of the promotion, and only those who have preregistered may attend. Allen Staff will monitor the number of attendees entering the promotion ceremony and confirm that all attendees have pre-registered, per California Department of Public Health guidelines. 

Q: Will there be mandatory health screenings for participants and attendees? 

There will be a mandatory health screening and temperature check in order to come on to campus.  All attendees must wear a mask, regardless of the CDC guidelines. 

Q: Is there a limited guest count? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 2 guests total per promoting 6th grade student. Guests must be from the student’s PRIMARY household and must wear a mask and be free of COVID-19 symptoms. 

Q: What time do students need to be there? 

15 minutes before the ceremony at 9 am. 

Q: What if I have more than 2 guests? 

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate more than 2 guests per promoting student due to California Department of Public Health guidelines. Spectators may view the ceremony online using Microsoft Teams. A full recording of the graduation will be available a few days after for all to enjoy. 
 

Q: How early can I arrive? 

15-20 minutes ahead of the ceremony is suggested to allow for parking and finding designated seating.  
 

Q: Are masks required?  

Yes, promoting 6th graders and spectators are all required to wear masks at all times. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
 

Q: Where do we sit during the promotion ceremony? 

Students will sit in designated spots on the blacktop while all family spectators will sit in clearly marked audience sections. Please maintain 6 feet distance from other family groups at all times.  Please use hand sanitizer and wear your facial covering at all times before, during, and after the ceremony. 

Q: How long is the graduation ceremony? 

The promotion ceremony will be about 45 minutes long. We recommend wearing sunscreen as this will be outdoors.

Q: Where do I park for promotion? 

You may park in the parking lot in front of Daly Academy or find street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.  

Q: Can I bring signs and balloons? 

We ask that you not bring giant signs and balloons, as these items block the views of other families.  Please save these items for your home. 

CONGRATULATIONS ALLEN 6th GRADE CLASS OF 2021! 

June 15th & Kindergarten Promotion


PLEASE NOTE that Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. This schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule. All students will have class from 8:50 am to 11:25 am via distance learning.

Kindergarten Promotion: Kindergarten promotion will be on June 15th at 9 am and will be a 100% virtual, online ceremony. Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for this virtual ceremony.

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

School Office Hours over Summer Break

The school office will be closed to the public from June 22 to July 12, 2021 so that our fantastic office staff can recharge and prepare for the upcoming academic year. Beginning July 12, 2021, the school office hours will be 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 and we will respond as soon as the office reopens.

We will continue to provide brief weekly updates on this blog every Sunday. Please continue to check the district’s website, http://www.cvesd.org, and the school blog at http://www.allenelementary.org for regular updates.

Verification of Residency Process

You should have received an email this past week with a link to complete the Verification of Residency process online. Please note that this process is required every single year. All students continuing at Allen Elementary must complete this process and update any information. If you have questions or need support with this new online process, please contact the school office by phone at (619) 479-3662 and one of our friendly staff members will assist you.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Curbside Library Book Service

Kindly ensure that all books checked out are returned by June 14, 2021.

For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

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Sunday Update (30 May 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Happy Memorial Day Allen Eagles! A friendly reminder that there is no school tomorrow, Monday, May 31st due to the Memorial Day holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, June 1st. We hope that you will spend some time as a family this Memorial Day to remember and honor those who fought for our country. Enjoy the holiday with your family!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Watch the short YouTube video for Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for May 30th:

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

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, May 31, 2021NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day holiday)

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Friday, June 11, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:15 am [Date/time changed]

Monday, June 14, 2021 – District device return from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Last Day of School [Distance Learning for all students]
  • Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am [online only]
  • District device return from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – District device return from 8 am to 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – First Day of School for ALL students on campus

Returning Computers and WiFi Hot Spots

We must collect all school laptop computers and wifi hot spot devices that were checked out by families.  For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.

  • June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
  • If you would like to return your device earlier, please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Please use the link below to order your own copy of the school yearbook. This year, while very unique, will be a year that you do not want to forget. This yearbook will commemorate the year of distance learning and celebrate our community’s resilience.

Yearbooks are $27 for the hard cover version and $20 for the soft cover version. Order yours before the deadline on June 1st!

Link: https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/allenelementaryschool

You can scan also the QR code below with your phone’s camera to open the link.

https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/allenelementaryschool

Water is Life Contest

Some of our students participated in the annual Sweetwater Authority poster contest this year! This year’s theme was “Water is Life.” Of course, Allen Eagles are very talented and there were some winners from our school.

Please see their artwork here: https://www.sweetwater.org/PhotoGallery/Album/27

Sixth Grade Promotion Information

We would like to share some information, in the form of an FAQ, about this year’s sixth grade promotion ceremony:

Q: When is 6th grade Promotion? 

June 11, 2021 at 9:15 AM sharp  
 

Q: Where is Promotion?  

Allen Elementary 

Enter Front Gates to Blacktop 

4300 Allen School Lane 

Bonita, CA 91902 

Q: Do 6th graders have to participate in the promotion ceremony? 

Participating in the promotion ceremony is OPTIONAL. You may also view the promotion on Microsoft TEAMS. The ceremony will be recorded and shared a few days later. 

Q: Do you have to register or sign-up to attend the promotion ceremony? 

Attendees must sign up in advance of the promotion, and only those who have preregistered may attend. Allen Staff will monitor the number of attendees entering the promotion ceremony and confirm that all attendees have pre-registered, per California Department of Public Health guidelines. 

Q: Will there be mandatory health screenings for participants and attendees? 

There will be a mandatory health screening and temperature check in order to come on to campus.  All attendees must wear a mask, regardless of the CDC guidelines. 

Q: Is there a limited guest count? 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 2 guests total per promoting 6th grade student. Guests must be from the student’s PRIMARY household and must wear a mask and be free of COVID-19 symptoms. 

Q: What time do students need to be there? 

15 minutes before the ceremony at 9 am. 

Q: What if I have more than 2 guests? 

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate more than 2 guests per promoting student due to California Department of Public Health guidelines. Spectators may view the ceremony online using Microsoft Teams. A full recording of the graduation will be available a few days after for all to enjoy. 
 

Q: How early can I arrive? 

15-20 minutes ahead of the ceremony is suggested to allow for parking and finding designated seating.  
 

Q: Are masks required?  

Yes, promoting 6th graders and spectators are all required to wear masks at all times. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
 

Q: Where do we sit during the promotion ceremony? 

Students will sit in designated spots on the blacktop while all family spectators will sit in clearly marked audience sections. Please maintain 6 feet distance from other family groups at all times.  Please use hand sanitizer and wear your facial covering at all times before, during, and after the ceremony. 

Q: How long is the graduation ceremony? 

The promotion ceremony will be about 45 minutes long. We recommend wearing sunscreen as this will be outdoors.

Q: Where do I park for promotion? 

You may park in the parking lot in front of Daly Academy or find street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.  

Q: Can I bring signs and balloons? 

We ask that you not bring giant signs and balloons, as these items block the views of other families.  Please save these items for your home. 

CONGRATULATIONS ALLEN 6th GRADE CLASS OF 2021! 

June 15th & Kindergarten Promotion


PLEASE NOTE that Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. This schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule. All students will have class from 8:50 am to 11:25 am via distance learning.

Kindergarten Promotion: Kindergarten promotion will be on June 15th at 9 am and will be a 100% virtual, online ceremony. Please look for additional communication from your child’s teacher for more information regarding details and the link for the virtual ceremony.

Eagle’s Nest Store

This past week, students redeemed their Allen Eagle Tickets that they have earned by demonstrating our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies at the Eagle’s Nest Store.

Students had the opportunity to purchase one item at the store when visiting it. Allen Eagle Tickets are not transferrable and cannot be exchanged, sold, or traded between students.

Students will once again have the chance to visit the Eagle’s Nest once again in June 2021! Watch the short video below to see what the store is like:

Is Your Child Immunization Ready?

While our school is taking full precautions to keep everyone safe at school and limit the spread of COVID-19 at school as much as possible, we wanted to remind you that there are other infectious diseases, such as measles and chicken pox, which can impact our school also. That said, we need all of our children to be up to date on their immunization shots.

We ask all families to check with your child’s doctor now to get caught up on any required shots your child may have missed. If your child is 12 years or older, ask their doctor about how to get the COVID-19 shot. As you may be aware, doctors are taking extra steps to keep you and your family safe during in-person appointments. If your child does not have health insurance, please contact our school nurse, Nurse Linda, at (619) 479-3662 or visit 2-1-1 San Diego’s website at https://211sandiego.org/ to find a clinic that offers free or low-cost immunizations. Please visit the CDC website to view the recommended child and pre-teen/teen immunization schedules.

Thank you in advance for helping keep our students, staff, and community safe.

Celebrating Sixth Grade Students


We are thrilled to share the photos below of our sixth grade students and their families being celebrated with these signs!

Voluntary COVID-19 Rapid Testing

We are pleased to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and students. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· The final date of this type of testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on Tuesday, June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree. The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus.

See the one page document below for more information.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available in both our morning and afternoon sessions for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is!

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier than ever. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

YMCA Summer Camp

South Bay YMCA Summer Day Camp will be hosted at nearby Casillas Elementary. The YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a great way for kids to get active, socialize with their peers from around the community, and to learn new skills, games and songs. See the flier for more information on this fee-based program:

Curbside Library Book Service

Kindly ensure that all books checked out are returned by June 14, 2021.

For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

Health Reminders

We are very excited to have our Eagles back on our campus! Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest CDC guidelines for inside and outside of your own home.

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. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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 COVID-19 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.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution will occur on Tuesday, June 1st from 1 pm to 2 pm and then again on Monday, June 7th and Monday, June 14th from 1:00 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! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

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

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, June 14th at 6 pm.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! 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

Meetings for Parents and 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.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on June 4, 2021 at 8 am. Click the link here:  https://SDSU.zoom.us/j/82954769972

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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, June 14th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, June 16th at 6 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 June 8, 2021 at 12 noon. 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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (25 May 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff,

Please read this brief update and contact your child’s teacher or the school office with any questions at (619) 479-3662. We have some brief updates for this week!

Ms. Farlow Graduates SDSU with her Master’s Degree

Our very own Ms. Farlow was featured briefly on CBS 8 news this week for graduating from SDSU at Petco Park with her Master’s Degree! Look for her at the 1:15 minute mark.

Eagle’s Nest Student Store

This week, students redeemed their Allen Eagle Tickets that they have earned by demonstrating our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies at the Eagle’s Nest Store.

Students had the opportunity purchase one item at the store when visiting. Allen Eagle Tickets are not transferrable and cannot be exchanged, sold, or traded between students. Students may choose to save their tickets for bigger and better prices and rewards in store for June 2021! Watch the short video below:

Allen In The News – Virtual Variety Show

Ms. Farlow isn’t the one Eagle in the news… Please use the link below to view the Allen Elementary Virtual Variety Show for 2021. Please note, this link will only be active for a limited time, so be sure to watch this soon from the comfort and safety of your own home.

We are so proud of all our talented Eagles. Not even a global pandemic could break our 38 year streak of providing a forum for our students to showcase their talents!  This Allen Virtual Variety Show is a testament to the perseverance and tenacity of our students. A HUGE shout out goes to Ms. Cynthia Redfield, our amazing parent volunteer for putting this show together.

Friday Live Event: Building a Model Paddle Boat

Join the next live weekly event, Building a Model Paddle Boat, led by our teacher at the Hydro Station, Mrs. Bystrak this Friday at 12 noon! In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of a marine engineer as they learn about marine propulsion and create their very own model of a paddle boat.

The event is for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 12 noon on Friday, May 28th via the Microsoft Teams platform.

Spanish interpretation of the English event will also be available. We look forward to seeing you there!

English: http://bit.ly/hspaddleboat

Spanish interpretation: http://bit.ly/hsbarcaderemos

If you were not able to join us for our last event, DIY Lava Lamp with Mrs. Hughes, a recording of it can be found here on our YouTube channel.

Return District Devices

Save the Date: We will be collecting all school laptop computers and WiFi hot spot devices that were checked out by families on the dates below.  For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.

  • June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed as you will also need to set up a payment plan to replace the device.

If you would like to return your device earlier (because you have your own computer and no longer need a district device), please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.

Allen School Yearbooks

Please use the link below to order your own copy of the school yearbook. This year, while very unique, will be a year that you do not want to forget! This yearbook will commemorate the year of distance learning and celebrate our community’s resilience.

Yearbooks are $27 for the hard cover version and $20 for the soft cover version. Order yours before the deadline on June 1st. Don’t wait, order yours today by clicking the link below!

Link: https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/allenelementaryschool

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Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it.

At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus for the full school day in July 2021 when this school year starts. The district will offer a Virtual Academy for students whose families wish them to stay in Distance Learning, but those students may be considered enrolled at a different school and will no longer be Allen Eagles!

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so.

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Sunday Update (23 May 2021)

Hello Allen Families,

Our Eagles’ Nest Store begins this week as students can begin to redeem tickets for prizes and opportunities. See below for more information. Please note that students in Distance Learning do not need to come to campus physically to participate. They may shop virtually, “Amazon-style,” with their teachers in the last ten minutes of distance learning class on the day of their shopping.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please see our revised Parent Handbook here.

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

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

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

A friendly reminder that school starts for all students at 8:50 am: Some students in the hybrid model will start classes on campus at this time. Other students will begin their asynchronous learning time at home at this time, while a third group will be learning synchronously at home with their child’s teacher via distance learning.

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:

Thursday, May 27, 2021 – CVESD BAC meeting at 6 pm [Link]

Monday, May 31, 2021NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day holiday)

Friday, June 4, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link]

Friday, June 11, 2021 – Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:15 am [Date/time changed]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Last Day of School [Distance Learning for all students] and Kindergarten Promotion at 9 am [online only]

PTC Executive Board Results

Since there were no positions for the PTC Executive Board that faced any opposition, according to the PTC by-laws, there is no need to hold a public election. Therefore, we are pleased to announce our 2021-2022 PTC Executive Board:

  • President: Maiko DeRosales
  • Vice President: Sally Gonzalez
  • Treasurer: Justin Frantzich
  • Assistant Treasurer: Rich Rechif
  • Recording Secretary: Cynthia Huelsman
  • Corresponding Secretary: Christina Strangman

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

Returning Computers and WiFi Hot Spots

We will be collecting all school laptop computers that were checked out by families on the dates below.  For your convenience, we are offering three different dates with a wide range of times. Please bring the computers and chargers to the front of the school where we will have staff ready to accept them at a table and record that the computer or wifi hot spot device was returned.

  • June 14th: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • June 15th: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • June 16th: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Please make plans to return any computers or WiFi hotspots device at one of these times. Please note:

  • If your device was damaged while in your family’s possession, you may contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 to set up a payment plan to fix or replace the damaged device. You may also contact the school office if the computer or wifi hot spot device was lost or destroyed to set up a payment plan to replace the device.
  • If you would like to return your device earlier (because you have your own computer and no longer need a district device), please contact the school office to arrange an earlier drop-off date and time.
Please return all district-loaned devices to the school.

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Please use the link below to order your own copy of the school yearbook. This year, while very unique, will be a year that you do not want to forget! This yearbook will commemorate the year of distance learning and celebrate our community’s resilience.

Yearbooks are $27 for the hard cover version and $20 for the soft cover version. Order yours before the deadline at end of May!

Link: https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/allenelementaryschool

You can scan also the QR code below with your phone’s camera to open the link.

https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/allenelementaryschool

Releasing the Butterflies

Ms. Davies’ Kindergarten class has been learning about the life cycle of butterflies and had a chance to release these painted ladies onto the beautiful flowers that adorn our bucolic campus.

Eagles’ Nest Store

The time has finally arrived! This week, students may redeem the Allen Eagle Tickets they have earned by demonstrating our school’s Core Values and Common Courtesies at the Eagles’ Nest Store. Students in Distance Learning will have a chance to shop online with their teacher “Amazon-Style” while students in the hybrid instructional model will be able to shop at school.

Students may only purchase one item at the store when visiting. Allen Eagle Tickets are not transferrable and cannot be exchanged, sold, or traded between students. Students may choose to save their tickets for bigger and better prices and rewards in store for June 2021!

District and State Testing – Continuing this week!

All students at Allen Elementary will be completing some important end of the year assessments in the coming weeks. Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of California has granted districts the flexibility to use other forms of assessment in place of the CAASPP state tests that normally occur each spring for students in grades 3 through 6.

Students are taking the End of the Year Smarty Ants, Achieve 3000, and i-Ready Math assessments. Please contact the school office should you have any questions regarding this required testing.

AAPI Heritage Month

Throughout the month of May, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will spotlight and celebrate the diverse communities that make up the Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander communities as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With the recent rise in Anti-Asian rhetoric and hate crimes in our country, we want to share insight and stories from and about Asian Americans in an educational way. Please see the link below for more information and discuss the importance of celebrating and honoring differences in our community with your children.

https://www.cvesd.org/news/what_s_new/asian_american_and_pacific_islander_heritage_month

Allen Virtual Variety Show 2021

Please use the link below to view the Allen Elementary Virtual Variety Show for 2021. Please note, this link will only be active for a limited time, so be sure to watch this soon from the comfort and safety of your own home.

We are so proud of all our talented Eagles. A HUGE shout out goes to Ms. Cynthia Redfield, our amazing parent volunteer for putting this show together.

Family Resource Centers

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of the Chula Vista Community Collaborative are here to help students and their family in a safe environment and in a confidential manner, including housing rental arrears or future rent increase/utility bill assistance and other related programs. California’s high cost of living puts many in the 50-80% range.  Adults whose spouse/partner may have had reduced hours or been laid off may find these programs especially helpful. The CVCC FRCs are currently collaborating on several projects and are available to assist families. Here are some areas they can help you explore:

  • City of Chula Vista Rental & Utility Assistance – SBCS (ERAP)
  • Emergency Food/Diapers/Clothing
  • CalFresh and Medi-Cal Application Assistance
  • Mental Health Referrals
  • SDG&E Residential Programs and Services

Please visit their website for more information: https://www.chulavistacc.org/

Last Day of School for Students – June 15th


PLEASE NOTE that Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. This schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule. All students will have class from 8:50 am to 11:25 am via distance learning.

FAVOR DE TOMAR EN CUENTA que el martes, 15 de junio de 2021 será un día de educación a distancia, lo que significa que ese día no habrá instrucción en persona. El horario para ese día será igual al de los viernes, con horario de instrucción de día mínimo. Todos los alumnos tendrán clases de 8:50 am a 11:25 am a través de aprendizaje a distancia.

Voluntary COVID-19 Rapid Testing

We are pleased to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for staff and students. You will not need to make an appointment for testing at our school. Our school will provide on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting “walk-ins”—no appointments are necessary. Here is important information on the CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program:

· The final date of this type of testing will occur in front of Daly Academy on Tuesday, June 1.

· On these days, testing will occur from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, with no testing for an hour in the middle of the day (around noon) due to staff lunch times.

· If your student is experiencing symptoms, we highly recommend getting a PCR test at a free County facility or with a medical provider, and not reporting to the school for the antigen test. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree. The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their close contacts from campus as soon as possible. Contact our school health office for more information or discuss your child’s symptoms.

· At this time, we can only test staff and CVESD students. No family members are able test at this time.

· You do not need to be with your child in order for your child to test under our program; however, if your child walks up to the testing location, we will not be able to test them unless you have signed the on-line consent form at the link you are provided. We highly recommend that you accompany your child to the testing location. A reminder that testing for all staff and students is 100% voluntary and optional. We will not provide a COVID-19 test for a child without parental permission and consent.

· Links that are sent to you are personalized for your specific student and shouldn’t be shared with others.

· If you have trouble registering/providing consent for your child through the link, please call the district office at (619) 425-9600 and speak to Sherry Stone at ext. 1327 or Theresa Fletcher at ext. 1027 or visit the testing staff on-site at our school and they will be able to help register and test your child during your visit.

· Because we are not taking appointments, we know there will be long lines before and after school. Please take this into account when planning the time have your child tested. Please be patient with the testing team and listen carefully to their instructions.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus on our campus.

See the one page document below for more information.

Preschool Information

There are still a few spots available in both our morning and afternoon sessions for next year’s Preschool Program at Allen! We encourage all interested families to contact the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

Link to Pre-School Pre-Registration for 2021-2022: Click here.

We are excited to share that registrations are now opened for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Preschool Program is now offering in-person instruction for July 2021. Eligible children must have been born between December 3rd, 2016 through September 1st, 2018. Your child must be 3 years old and potty trained Applications are available through our website. Please visit www.cvesd.org, click on the Early Childhood Education quick link and select Preschool Registration. You may return any required documents via email or to the Preschool Drop Box located outside the preschool office at the Early Childhood Education office at 84 East J St in Chula Vista. You may also contact this office by telephone at (619) 425-2362. Please note that these offices will be following Public Health guidelines in regards to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to serving you and your child through our free high quality preschool program.

Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Zone Transfers

Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the Zone Transfer form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   Families who live outside of the Chula Vista Elementary School District must follow the Interdistrict Transfer process instead here.

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, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

Kinder & New Student Registration

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is!

Do you know someone new to our community? Or, do you have a child ready for Preschool or Kindergarten? Enrollment in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the next school year has begun! This year, the District is utilizing a new online enrollment system that promises to make registration easier than ever. Please spread the word to share how wonderful your child’s education at Allen Elementary has been! We are recruiting new students for Kindergarten and have a few open spots for students in grades 3 through 6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on a NEW online system. There are no paper packets for this year’s registration. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to re-register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed every year. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information and here to register on the district’s website.

The following groups of students need to complete the registration process:

  • Kindergarten students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st
  • NEW students in grades 1st through 6th 
  • Questions?  Email michelle.reza@cvesd.org.
  • All inquiries and registration for the Preschool at Allen Elementary will be handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office at (619) 425-2362 as they are able to share the most up-to-date information regarding this program.

YMCA Summer Camp

South Bay YMCA Summer Day Camp will be hosted at nearby Casillas Elementary. The YMCA Summer Day Camp program is a great way for kids to get active, socialize with their peers from around the community, and to learn new skills, games and songs. See the flier for more information on this fee-based program:

Curbside Library Book Service

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Mondays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD. Please note that any books already checked out must be returned. Kindly ensure that all books checked out are returned by June 14, 2021.

For more information, click here: https://allenelementary.org/parents/library/

Health Reminders

We are very excited to have our Eagles back on our campus! Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in the hybrid model or distance learning model.  

Please note, for students who are physically at school in hybrid learning, it is very important that parents/guardians speak with our school office staff regarding the reason for any student absence from class. For the health and safety of all students and staff, students who are absent without parent contact will not be allowed back on campus until the parent/guardian discusses the reason for the absence with school office staff.   

  • If a student is sick, we are required to ask ​the parent to confirm which symptoms the student  is experiencing.  
  • If symptoms align with symptoms of COVID-19, ​the school staff, including the school nurse and Attendance Health Specialist, must follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree set forth by the County of San Diego. 
  • If  symptoms are part of a chronic condition, the school will work with the school’s nurse to determine next steps.   
  • If symptoms are not a possible symptom of COVID-19, the student will be welcomed back to school after following normal school health protocols.  

COVID-19 Corner: Health & Safety Updates

Please follow all district and school safety guidelines at school. We encourage families to monitor the latest CDC guidelines for inside and outside of your own home.

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. We are active encouraging all eligible persons to get the free COVID-19 vaccine.

The San Diego County Office of Education encourages families to learn about the importance of getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19 and they have other benefits, too. In the rare case that you do still get COVID-19, the vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill. Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19Click here for English, or here for Spanish for facts about the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines.

Visit covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/ for more information.

If your child experiences any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention.

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 COVID-19 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. Please note that testing sites can only provide information about COVID-19 testing, not vaccinations.

Weekly Meal Distribution

  • Meal distribution occurs every Monday through June 14th from 1:00 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! Find the forms and information at the district link here. We encourage all families to complete this form as the school receives additional funding to support families who qualify.

Parent-Teacher Club (PTC)

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

Allen’s next PTC meeting is Monday, June 14th at 6 pm.

Please help support Allen’s PTC by shopping at smile.amazon.com! 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

Meetings for Parents and 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.

Family First Friday Meeting

The first Friday of every month is reserved for our Family First Friday, Allen’s version of Coffee with the Principal. Our next Family First Friday will be on August 6, 2021 at 8 am. We encourage parents and legal guardians to join this meeting with a cup of hot coffee or tea and listen to Mr. Greenwell give an update on the school year and meet other amazing Allen families.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Ella B. Allen’s next ELAC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3 pm The school encourages all legal parent/guardian of students designated as an English Learner to attend these meetings.

School Site Council (SSC)

Allen School’s next SSC Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 3:30 pm.

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, June 14th at 6 pm. Please also check out the new PTC website to become a member and make a donation: AllenPTC.org

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next regularly scheduled CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, June 16th at 6 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 June 8, 2021 at 12 noon. 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.

Calendar for the 2021-2022 School Year

Did you know that next year’s School Calendar (2021-2022) was already approved by the CVESD Board of Education? Click this link to download it. At this time, we anticipate that all students will be on campus in July 2021 when this school year starts.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: We encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible to do so. We anticipate that all students will begin the new school year in July 2021 on campus. In the coming weeks, please look for additional information in your emails from the district!

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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