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Allen Update (3 March 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff! A few friendly reminders for this week and next week:

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]
  • Live Event at 1 pm on HydroPower
  • The next live weekly event, HydroPower: Building a Water Wheel, led by our teacher at the Energy Station, Mrs. Hughes. In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of a power plant operator as they design and build a water wheel that they will then test to see if it can lift a small load. Finally, they will be able to participate in a live Kahoot! game to show what they have learned.
  • Once again, the event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 1pm on Friday, March 5 and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser.  We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Link: http://bit.ly/eswaterwheel
  • If you were able to join us for our last event, Engineering a Mobile Device Speaker with Mr. Garcia, we would appreciate it if you could share some pictures of your work. If they were not able to join us for our last event and would still like to check it out, a recording of it will be posted here on our YouTube channel later this week.

Friday, March 5 – Variety Show permission forms due by the end of the day!

While there are many details that still need to be fine-tuned, STEP ONE is determining if your child is interested in sharing some talents with the greater school community! If so, the initial permission form is attached. It should be filled out, scanned and submitted via email to: allenvarietyshow@gmail.com by March 5, 2021. Click the file below for the permission form.

Monday, March 8, 2021 – Allen Parent Meetings and Hero Squad Fundraiser begins

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

  • Weekly Meal Distribution and Curbside Library Checkout from 12 noon to 2 pm
  • Meal distribution occurs every Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers both the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
  • Today is also curbside library check out at Allen!  Students may go to allenelementary.org and go to the “Student” section to find information on how to check out from the library.  Books must be reserved online by Thursday evening in order to be ready for pick up on the following Tuesday.  Be sure you have returned any outstanding library books to the school and that you’ve received confirmation by email before coming to school to pick up a book.
  • Kindly speak to your child’s teacher or call the school office at (619) 479-3662 if you have any questions.
  • Parent Meeting at 6 pm: Helping Our Children Through Grief and Loss During COVID-19 at 6 pm…. Click the flyer below to access the meeting in Spanish and English

Make it a great week, Allen Eagles! 

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Sunday Update (28 February 2021)

Happy Sunday Allen Families! Can you believe March is here?

Our district and school are both making plans to ready the campus for the return of students via the hybrid instructional model. Kindly refer to the Reopening Playbook for Parents, if you have not already done so. Please note that this document will continue to evolve and change as it is a living document and the guidance from county and state officials will likely evolve as well.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

This week is Read Across America Week and we hope all students, staff, and families participate in this Allen School tradition. Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for Feb. 28th via the short YouTube video below:

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 Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Good morning/Good afternoon.

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school 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 online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, March 1, 2021 – First Day of Women’s History Month, Read Across America Week and Spirit Week starts

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Future Crusader Night for sixth grade students interested in attending Bonita Vista Middle at 5 pm [Log onto bvm.sweetwaterschools.org to access this meeting]

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Friday, March 5, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Monday, March 8, 2021 – Allen Parent Meetings and Hero Squad Fundraiser begins

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC from 12 noon to 2 pm

Sunday, March 14, 2021 – Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am: Set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm (St. Patrick’s Day)

Thursday, March 18 through Friday, March 26th – Parent & Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2021 – Spring Break

Monday, April 5, 2021 – Students resume class (Minimum Day)

Inner Explorer Comes to Allen

Great news! Every classroom in our school will be practicing mindfulness and stress reduction techniques every day with the Inner Explorer program to enhance social-emotional learning. Focusing on mindful breathing and the awareness of thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, the simple “just press play” program fosters skills such as improved focus, compassion, gratitude, and self-regulation as key elements in students’ continuous improvement.

Inner Explorer has advantages for families, too. The secular program is designed to be easy, requires no previous experience, and can be incorporated into any part of your day. Proven outcomes of daily practice include, but are not limited to:

  • Stress reduction
  • Better overall mental health and well-being
  • Improved awareness
  • Enhanced emotional regulation
  • Better academic and professional performance

Inner Explorer’s Tune In feature even allows me to share the lesson we hear in the classroom with you every day, bridging school to home. You can practice individually, together with your child/children, or children can practice mindfulness on their own. When I press “Play” in the classroom, Inner Explorer will notify you via automated email with a link to practice. The links do not expire, but you may only listen to each practice once. To opt in to Tune In, click on the link below. You will need to enter your name, email address and phone number (optional).https://xp.innerexplorer.org/compass/adminInvites?param1=y52JwxUPmqHMn7sx+WiF/3ip4pLLjv8bxew+Ic5KTg0=¶m2=b6/A1e03uMUTM9vXxug8QA==¶m3=KfKbxLJKZ5BmSvLT3DdGibPRInJkIHzKEnZF62JQ70k=

For more information, please watch the Introduction to Inner Explorer video. Additional resources can be found on the Inner Explorer website at www.InnerExplorer.org. For questions about the program, please feel free to email tech@innerexplorer.org.

We can’t wait to have you join us on our mindfulness journey with Inner Explorer. Register today!

Read Across America Week 2021

Join us in our annual celebration of reading as we celebrate Read Across America Week!

Monday, March 1: Green Eggs & Ham Day – Wear your best green outfit or any Allen spirit gear!

Tuesday, March 2: Book Character Day – Dress up as your favorite book character (no props, please).

Wednesday, March 3: Wacky Wednesday – Wear a wacky shirt, socks, and do your hair in a wacky style!

Thursday, March 4: Cat in the Hat Day – Wear a fun hat or make one of your own!

Friday, March 5: Sleep Book Day – Wear your pajamas!

Click on the flyer below for information.

Save the Date for March 8: Hero Squad

Our school is proud to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this year through the Hero Squad community service learning program!   

The Hero Squad program is a great way to integrate core Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies into our school in an organic, philanthropic, and engaging way. Today, it is more important than ever for our students to demonstrate empathy, teamwork, and build relationships across distance in order to strengthen our school and community.  By participating in the Hero Squad program, our school has received a free comprehensive supplemental STEM+ Curriculum infused with SEL activities for your classrooms.  This exciting curriculum includes SEL writing prompts, kindness calendars, emotional check-in activities, and SEL focused conversation cards.  These amazing resources can also be sent home for families to engage in.

More information to come as we get ready for our Hero Squad Kick-Off on March 8, 2021!   Please see your child’s teacher for more information. Students will earn Hero Gear creating an online fundraising page and fundraising online.  Families will need to find their child’s classroom page for Hero Squad by visiting HeroSquad.org, finding our school, and signing up there. Again, please contact your child’s teacher for this information..

Thank you for helping to inspire students to support a vision of a world without cancer. To learn more about LLS and their life-saving work, visit lls.org.  If you know someone that can benefit from personalized disease, treatment, or support information, please refer them to a dedicated Information Specialist at 800.955.4572. 

Variety Show Coming to Allen!

The show must go on… This year will be the 38th Annual Allen Elementary Variety Show and we are hoping to keep the tradition alive, despite the current pandemic. An email with more information was sent to parents and guardians on Friday afternoon. While there are many details that still need to be fine-tuned, STEP ONE is determining if your child is interested in sharing some talents with the greater school community! If so, the initial permission form is attached. It should be filled out, scanned and submitted via email to: allenvarietyshow@gmail.com by March 5, 2021. Click the file below for the permission form.

Reopening Playbook for Parents

We are pleased to announce the release of the Reopening Playbook for Parents. This document outlines our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this document thoroughly by clicking here or copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://indd.adobe.com/view/0476af62-e46a-44d1-9348-5fc8660c582b

As part of our agreement with Chula Vista Educators, which is the bargaining group that represents teachers, our District will reopen to in-person instruction starting with a “hybrid” instructional format—provided that all health and safety conditions are met. A key condition is that San Diego County return to the “red” tier as defined in the state’s tiered-level system. Our county is currently in the most restrictive “purple” tier. Our county will need to drop to an adjusted case rate of 7 or fewer new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people—for two consecutive weeks—before we can start in-person instruction. As of this writing, there is reason for optimism that a move to the red tier is on the horizon, based upon the downward trend in adjusted case rates. Once that occurs, parents and school staff will be provided two-weeks’ notice before the start of the first day of in-person school to ensure adequate preparation.

Please note that the Governor’s updated guidance came out just days ago—months after we reached agreement with our teachers about a safe return to in-person instruction. Be reassured that our District is prepared for in-person instruction in a “hybrid” model with students attending either morning or afternoon sessions in order to minimize the number of individuals on campus at any one time. Parents also will have the option to keep their child(ren) in distance learning for the remainder of 2020-21 school year. Finally, a friendly reminder that this document is a living document that will continue to evolve as guidance from state and county officials changes. Please bookmark this page for handy reference as the return to in-person instruction nears: https://indd.adobe.com/view/0476af62-e46a-44d1-9348-5fc8660c582b.

Preschool Program Coming to Allen Elementary!

We are thrilled to share that a preschool program is coming to Allen Elementary’s campus for the 2021-2022 school year. 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.

  • Age eligibility for the 2021-2022 school year: Children must be born between 12/3/2016 – 09/01/2018
  • Children in preschool must be potty trained and at least three years old at the time of enrollment for the Income Based State Preschool Program

The goals of the preschool program are:

  • To provide the physical, emotional, social, and mental development support of each child in the preschool.
  • To provide each child/student with a program that will enable him/her to gain an appreciation of self-worth and a positive self-image.
  • To provide a sound foundation for continuing academic and social success in the years to follow.
  • To provide every child with a feeling of being loved and accepted for his/her own unique self.
  • To remember that a child’s work is play and that valuable learning and development experiences come through play.
  • To expose the child to literacy and technology which will give the child skills to compete in the changing world.

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

All enrollment information and paperwork is handled by the district’s Early Childhood Education office. Please find more information here: https://www.cvesd.org/parents/welcome_to_enrollment/early_childhood_education

Middle School Info for 6th Grade Students

Attention parents/guardians of current sixth grade students! We will be sharing information regarding options for middle school. There are middle schools in Sweetwater Union High School District, public charter middle schools (such as those operated by CVESD – Arroyo Vista and Discovery), and private middle schools. Please check your email and speak to the school office or Mr. Manaig and Ms. Linderman for next steps.

This information is for families interested in Bonita Vista Middle School [Click here].

Families interested in Bonita Vista Middle School’s Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program should attend this meeting:

This information is for families interested in Discovery Charter School’s Middle School Program:

  • Contact the Discovery Charter School office at (619) 656-0797 or email rubi.palomares@cvesd.org.

This information is for families interested in Arroyo Vista Charter Middle School (AVCMS):

  • Contact the Arroyo Vista Charter School office at (619) 656-9676.
  • Interest Form available online from Feb. 10 to March 1: www.bit.ly/avcms2021
  • AVCMS Lottery on March 5
  • Notification letters sent home on March 19
  • Registration begins on April 5 at AVCS

Zone Transfers

Zone Transfer forms (ZTs) must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Ella B. Allen Elementary School.  Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

2021-2022 Kinder and New Student Registration

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is! 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 will begin March 15th for the 2021-2022 school year with a NEW online system. There will be no paper packets for this year’s registration. Look for more information as it becomes available here on the school blog. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information.

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 Preschool 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

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Tuesdays!  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.

Students must have a signed library agreement, found in the Family Handbook online at allen.cvesd.org or https://allenelementary.org/, and must turn in any overdue books to be eligible to check out books.

Instructions for reserving books online:

  1. Go online to https://allenelementary.org/
  2. Go to the “Students” tab at the top and click on “Library” in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Destiny Library Catalog link.
  4. Select ALLEN ELEMENTARY.
  5. Click LOGIN at the link in the top right corner.
  6. Click on Chula Vista Elem SSO (the big blue bar on the left side of the page) to log in.

Username:  studentID@live.cvesd.org

Example: 654321@live.cvesd.org

Password for K-1 students:  lowercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, student ID, equal symbol

Example for Jane Dominguez is:  jd654321=

Password for other students (grades 2-6):  Uppercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, full birthdate

Example for Jane Dominguez, born on September 5, 2011 is: Jd09052011

  • Search for books by title, author, genre and click DETAILS next to the book when you find the book you want.  Select “Hold It” in the top right corner next to the book title.  You will be notified via your student’s district email address that the book is available for you to pick up.  Please note that some copies of books may not be available as multiple students may have placed a hold on the book.  We will check out selections to student accounts that are reserved by Thursdays.

Note:  Each Tuesday you may drop off books you’ve already enjoyed and pick up new books that were reserved by the previous Thursday night.  Any holds placed after Thursday night will be ready the following Tuesday.

Safety Reminders

  • Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering.
  • For the comfort and safety of students, all books are sanitized before distribution at curbside pick up.

Curbside Library Check Out is Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Books must be reserved by Thursday evenings online.
  • Please ensure that you have returned any outstanding library books and that you have received confirmation that your book is ready before driving to school to pick it up on Tuesdays.

South Bay Family YMCA Campaign

The South Bay Family YMCA offers many supports and programs to the families and community in the South Bay. This campaign raises money for the YMCA’s scholarship program to help kids, families, and seniors during this most difficult year.  Please click the link below to support the YMCA’s Scholarship Program. The money raised stays in our community and all funds go to fund scholarships for children, adults, and seniors in South Bay. Kindly note that the link will list “Veronica Valdivia” at the top of the page, but this is indeed the correct link to support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s efforts and partnership with the YMCA.

Link to donate: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3117250

Licensed Childcare via the YMCA

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is proud to partner with the South Bay Family YMCA to offer licensed childcare at select school sites! The Y’s Character Builders childcare program is designed to support distance learning curriculum and provide grade-appropriate activities throughout the day. Students will meet in a classroom-like environment for their school-required live sessions and assignments. Afternoon enrichment activities will allow kids to engage safely in imaginative play and physical activities that stretch both mind and body. This program runs 7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday at nearby schools. Weekly Cost $238 for Y Members / $280 for Non-Members.  Click here to view updated flyer.  Scholarships available for qualifying families (see flyer here for information).  Please email Program Director Miriam Martinez at mmartinez@ymcasd.org for availability.

Spring Break Camp with YMCA

A friendly reminder that school will be closed for Spring Break, Monday March 29th through April 4th. Classes restart online on Monday April 5th at 8:50 am and this will be a minimum day. Click the link below for more information.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

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

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

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

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please also stay 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 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 occurs every Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District..

Would you like your child to eat school meals this year? The school encourages all families who may need assistance to apply for free and reduced meals via the district website. These forms must be completed again every year! 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 & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, March 8th 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 Legal Guardians

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, March 8th 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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (23 February 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff! A few friendly reminders for this week:

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd from 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Meal distribution occurs every Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers both the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
  • Today is also curbside library check out at Allen!  Students may go to allenelementary.org and go to the “Student” section to find information on how to check out from the library.  Books must be reserved online by Thursday evening in order to be ready for pick up on the following Tuesday.  Be sure you have returned any outstanding library books to the school and that you’ve received confirmation by email before coming to school to pick up a book.
  • Kindly speak to your child’s teacher or call the school office at (619) 479-3662 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 6 pm

  • Social Emotional Learning Begins at Home:  Join us for this online parent workshop (in Spanish and in English).  Click here to access this meeting.

Thursday, Feb. 25th at 6 pm

  • CVESD B-LAC (Black Learner Advisory Council) at 6 pm. [Click here to join this online meeting]

Friday, Feb. 26th at 1 pm

  • Live Event:  Engineering a Mobile Device Speaker
  • We invite you and your children to join us for our next live weekly event, Engineering a Mobile Device Speaker, led by our district teacher at the Innovation Station, Mr. Garcia. In this session, students will have the opportunity to take on the role of a sound engineer as they learn the science behind sound and then design, create, and test a speaker, using household items. Finally, they will be able to participate in a live Kahoot! game to show what they have learned.
  • Once again, the event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 1pm on Friday, Feb. 26th and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser.  We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Link: http://bit.ly/speakeris
  • If you were able to join us for our last event, Fantastic Fish!with Mrs. Quirós, we would appreciate it if you could share some pictures of children engaged in that event. If you were not able to join us for our last event and would still like to check it out, a recording of it will be posted here on our YouTube channel later this week.

Make it a great week, Allen Eagles! 

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Sunday Update (21 February 2021)

Happy Sunday Allen Families!

Did you receive the communication from the district earlier this past week? On Thursday afternoon, all staff and parents should have received an email from the district to share the Reopening Playbook for Parents. Please read and review the document here, if you have not already done so. Please note that this document will continue to evolve and change as it is a living document and the guidance from county and state officials will likely evolve as well.

As always, continue to communicate with your child’s teacher and the school office at (619) 479-3662 should you have any questions. We will keep parents and community members informed via the latest updates from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District at https://allenelementary.org/, Class Dojo, and emails/phone calls through the School Messenger system.

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for Feb. 21st via the short YouTube video below:

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.

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering. We will ask you to remain outside. Please contact the office directly at (619) 479-3662 and we will arrange an appointment with you.

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

A Look Ahead:

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – CVESD Social Emotional Learning Begins at Home at 6 pm [Click here to join meeting]

Thursday, February 25, 2021 – CVESD B-LAC (Black Learner Advisory Council) at 6 pm. [Click here to join meeting]

Monday, March 1, 2021 – First Day of Women’s History Day, Read Across America Week and Spirit Week starts

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Friday, March 5, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Link here]

Monday, March 8, 2021 – Allen Parent Meetings and Hero Squad Fundraiser begins

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC from 12 noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm (St. Patrick’s Day)

Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 26th – Parent & Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2021 – Spring Break

Monday, April 5, 2021 – Students resume class (Minimum Day)

Social-Emotional Learning Begins at Home

Please join other parents and our Director of Multi-Tiered System of Supports, Elizabeth Gianulis, in our exciting Social-Emotional Learning Virtual Parent Series. The first event in this series is “Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Begins at Home” and it runs this Tuesday, February 23rd from 6 to 7:00 pm. This meeting will be presented in both English and Spanish. See the flyer below for more information.

Reopening Playbook for Parents

We are pleased to announce the release of the Reopening Playbook for Parents. This document outlines our safe return to in-person instruction. Please review this document thoroughly by clicking here or copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://indd.adobe.com/view/0476af62-e46a-44d1-9348-5fc8660c582b

As part of our agreement with Chula Vista Educators, which is the bargaining group that represents teachers, our District will reopen to in-person instruction starting with a “hybrid” instructional format—provided that all health and safety conditions are met. A key condition is that San Diego County return to the “red” tier as defined in the state’s tiered-level system. Our county is currently in the most restrictive “purple” tier. Our county will need to drop to an adjusted case rate of 7 or fewer new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people—for two consecutive weeks—before we can start in-person instruction. As of this writing, there is reason for optimism that a move to the red tier is on the horizon, based upon the downward trend in adjusted case rates. Once that occurs, parents and school staff will be provided two-weeks’ notice before the start of the first day of in-person school to ensure adequate preparation.

Please note that the Governor’s updated guidance came out just days ago—months after we reached agreement with our teachers about a safe return to in-person instruction. Be reassured that our District is prepared for in-person instruction in a “hybrid” model with students attending either morning or afternoon sessions in order to minimize the number of individuals on campus at any one time. Parents also will have the option to keep their child(ren) in distance learning for the remainder of 2020-21 school year. Finally, a friendly reminder that this document is a living document that will continue to evolve as guidance from state and county officials changes. Please bookmark this page for handy reference as the return to in-person instruction nears: https://indd.adobe.com/view/0476af62-e46a-44d1-9348-5fc8660c582b.

Middle School Info for 6th Grade Students

Attention parents/guardians of current sixth grade students! We will be sharing information regarding options for middle school. There are middle schools in Sweetwater Union High School District, public charter middle schools (such as those operated by CVESD – Arroyo Vista and Discovery), and private middle schools. Please check your email and speak to the school office or Mr. Manaig and Ms. Linderman for next steps.

This information is for families interested in Bonita Vista Middle School [Click here].

This information is for families interested in Discovery Charter School’s Middle School Program:

  • Contact the Discovery Charter School office at (619) 656-0797 or email rubi.palomares@cvesd.org.

This information is for families interested in Arroyo Vista Charter Middle School (AVCMS):

  • Contact the Arroyo Vista Charter School office at (619) 656-9676.
  • Interest Form available online from Feb. 10 to March 1: www.bit.ly/avcms2021
  • AVCMS Lottery on March 5
  • Notification letters sent home on March 19
  • Registration begins on April 5 at AVCS

Zone Transfer Time!

Zone Transfer forms (ZTs) must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Ella B. Allen Elementary School.  Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

2021-2022 Kinder and New Student Registration

Ella B. Allen Elementary School wants you to tell others how great our school is! 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 in grades 3-6 next year.

Kindergarten and NEW student registration will begin March 3rd for the 2021-2022 school year with a NEW online system. There will be no paper packets for this year’s registration. Look for more information as it becomes available here on the school blog. Those currently registered at our school DO NOT have to register. However, if you attend Allen on a Zone Transfer or interdistrict transfer, those documents will need to be renewed. All families will need to complete proof of residency when the time comes. CLICK HERE for further information.

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.

Jump Rope for Heart and Kids Heart Challenge

We wanted to share some photos of Jump Rope for Heart and Kids Heart Challenge from Thursday, February 11, 2021. Thank you to the parents and staff members who sent in these photos. A huge shout out also goes to Mrs. Burnham for organizing this event. If you wanted to donate to the American Heart Association, please do so by following these simple instructions…

  • Be “Heart Smart” and join CVESD schools for the American Heart Challenge! Donate to fight heart disease.  Text CVESDGIVES to 41444 or visit CVESDgives.

February Photos from the School

Students are continuing to learn through unique and fun lessons prepared by the Ella B. Allen Elementary School staff! We’d like to share some fun photos from February…

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 Tuesdays!  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.

Students must have a signed library agreement, found in the Family Handbook online at allen.cvesd.org or https://allenelementary.org/, and must turn in any overdue books to be eligible to check out books.

Instructions for reserving books online:

  1. Go online to https://allenelementary.org/
  2. Go to the “Students” tab at the top and click on “Library” in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Destiny Library Catalog link.
  4. Select ALLEN ELEMENTARY.
  5. Click LOGIN at the link in the top right corner.
  6. Click on Chula Vista Elem SSO (the big blue bar on the left side of the page) to log in.

Username:  studentID@live.cvesd.org

Example: 654321@live.cvesd.org

Password for K-1 students:  lowercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, student ID, equal symbol

Example for Jane Dominguez is:  jd654321=

Password for other students (grades 2-6):  Uppercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, full birthdate

Example for Jane Dominguez, born on September 5, 2011 is: Jd09052011

  • Search for books by title, author, genre and click DETAILS next to the book when you find the book you want.  Select “Hold It” in the top right corner next to the book title.  You will be notified via your student’s district email address that the book is available for you to pick up.  Please note that some copies of books may not be available as multiple students may have placed a hold on the book.  We will check out selections to student accounts that are reserved by Thursdays.

Note:  Each Tuesday you may drop off books you’ve already enjoyed and pick up new books that were reserved by the previous Thursday night.  Any holds placed after Thursday night will be ready the following Tuesday.

Safety Reminders

  • Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering.
  • For the comfort and safety of students, all books are sanitized before distribution at curbside pick up.

Curbside Library Check Out is Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Books must be reserved by Thursday evenings online.
  • Please ensure that you have returned any outstanding library books and that you have received confirmation that your book is ready before driving to school to pick it up on Tuesdays.

CVESD Honors Black History Month

Black History Month

The Chula Vista Elementary School District honors Black History Month for the month of February. We invite you to learn more about the origins of Black History Month and how to advance racial harmony and respect among all Americans by clicking this link: https://www.cvesd.org/news/what_s_new/c_v_e_s_d_honors_black_history_month

South Bay Family YMCA Campaign

The South Bay Family YMCA offers many supports and programs to the families and community in the South Bay. This campaign raises money for the YMCA’s scholarship program to help kids, families, and seniors during this most difficult year.  Please click the link below to support the YMCA’s Scholarship Program. The money raised stays in our community and all funds go to fund scholarships for children, adults, and seniors in South Bay. Kindly note that the link will list “Veronica Valdivia” at the top of the page, but this is indeed the correct link to support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s efforts and partnership with the YMCA.

Link to donate: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3117250

Licensed Childcare via the YMCA

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is proud to partner with the South Bay Family YMCA to offer licensed childcare at select school sites! The Y’s Character Builders childcare program is designed to support distance learning curriculum and provide grade-appropriate activities throughout the day. Students will meet in a classroom-like environment for their school-required live sessions and assignments. Afternoon enrichment activities will allow kids to engage safely in imaginative play and physical activities that stretch both mind and body. This program runs 7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday at nearby schools. Weekly Cost $238 for Y Members / $280 for Non-Members.  Click here to view updated flyer.  Scholarships available for qualifying families (see flyer here for information).  Please email Program Director Miriam Martinez at mmartinez@ymcasd.org for availability.

Spring Break Camp with YMCA

A friendly reminder that school will be closed for Spring Break, Monday March 29th through April 4th. Classes restart online on Monday April 5th at 8:50 am and this will be a minimum day. Click the link below for more information.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

Please wear a mask, wash your hands, sanitize frequently used surfaces, and do not congregate with people living outside of your immediate household.

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

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

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

If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, please also stay 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 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.

Meal Distribution Program

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

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

Parent & Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

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, March 8th 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 Legal Guardians

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, March 8th 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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (16 Feb. 2021)

Hello Allen Families and Staff! A few friendly reminders for this week:

Today, Tuesday, Feb. 16th from 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Meal distribution occurs every Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm for all students. Pick up the 5 days worth of meals at the front of the school. Please follow all safety directives, such as wearing a mask or facial covering that covers both the mouth and nose. This free service is available for all families that attend a school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
  • Today is also curbside library check out at Allen!  Students may go to allenelementary.org and go to the “Student” section to find information on how to check out from the library.  Books must be reserved online by Thursday evening in order to be ready for pick up on the following Tuesday.  Be sure you have returned any outstanding library books to the school and that you’ve received confirmation by email before coming to school to pick up a book.
  • Kindly speak to your child’s teacher or call the school office at (619) 479-3662 if you have any questions.

Today, Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 6 pm

CVESD Town Hall Meeting to learn about the district’s plans to reopen schools.

Click here to access the Town Hall meeting in English and Spanish.

Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 6 pm

CVESD BAC meeting.  Click here to access the meeting to learn about the district’s budget.

Thursday, Feb. 18th at 6 pm

Strategies for Promoting Social Emotional Wellness online event for parents/guardians.  This event is being co-hosted by the Eastlake Educational Foundation (EEF) and CVESD.  Click here to learn more and access this meeting.

Discovery Charter School’s Middle School Informational Meeting at 6 pm: Click link here.

Friday, Feb. 19th at 1 pm

CVESD’s Next Live Event

We invite all students and their families to join the next live weekly event, Fantastic Fish!, led by CVESD’s teacher at the Living Coast Discovery Center, Mrs. Quirós. In this session, students will have the opportunity to meet some of our fishy friends there at the Living Coast. They will take on the role of ichthyologists, which are marine biologists who study fish, and get an up-close look at some real fish anatomy.  Finally, they will be able to participate in a live Kahoot! game to demonstrate what they learned about these scaly creatures!

Once again, the event is designed to be for all ages and is open to the public. It will begin at 1 pm on Friday, Feb. 19th and will be hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform, which is accessible through any web browser, regardless of whether or not someone has a district Microsoft account or the Microsoft Teams app.  We look forward to seeing you there!

http://bit.ly/fantasticfishcep

If you were able to join us for our last event, Touchdown Toss!with Coach Ramirez,we would appreciate it if you could share some pictures of their work with us. If you were not able to join us for our last event and would still like to check it out, a recording of it can be found here on the district’s YouTube channel.

Make it a great week, Allen Eagles! 

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Sunday Update (14 February 2021)

Happy Valentines Day, Allen Families! We hope you are enjoying the 4 day weekend safely. Class resumes on Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 8:50 am.

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for Feb. 14th via the short YouTube video:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school 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 online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – CVESD Town Hall Meeting for Re-Opening Schools at 6 pm [Go to www.cvesd.org for the link to join this virtual meeting]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm [Go to www.cvesd.org for the link to join this virtual meeting]

Thursday, February 18, 2021 – CVESD and Eastlake Educational Foundation present Strategies for Promoting Social Emotional Wellness online event for parents/guardians.

Friday, February 19, 2021 – CVESD’s Live Event at 1 pm: Fantastic Fish! Click the link: http://bit.ly/fantasticfishcep

Monday, March 1, 2021 – First Day of Women’s History Day

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm

Friday, March 5, 2021 – Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am

Monday, March 8, 2021 – Allen Parent Meetings

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC from 12 noon to 2 pm

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm (St. Patrick’s Day)

Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 26th – Parent & Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2021 – Spring Break

Monday, April 5, 2021 – Students resume class (Minimum Day)

Middle School Information for Sixth Grade Students

Attention parents/guardians of current sixth grade students! We will be sharing information regarding options for middle school. There are middle schools in Sweetwater Union High School District, public charter middle schools (such as those operated by CVESD – Arroyo Vista and Discovery), and private middle schools. Please check your email and speak to the school office or Mr. Manaig and Ms. Linderman for next steps.

This information is for families interested in Bonita Vista Middle School [Click here].

Zone Transfers

Zone Transfer forms (ZTs) must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Ella B. Allen Elementary School.  Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

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 Tuesdays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD.

Students must have a signed library agreement, found in the Family Handbook online at allen.cvesd.org or https://allenelementary.org/, and must turn in any overdue books to be eligible to check out books.

Instructions for reserving books online:

  1. Go online to https://allenelementary.org/
  2. Go to the “Students” tab at the top and click on “Library” in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Destiny Library Catalog link.
  4. Select ALLEN ELEMENTARY.
  5. Click LOGIN at the link in the top right corner.
  6. Click on Chula Vista Elem SSO (the big blue bar on the left side of the page) to log in.

Username:  studentID@live.cvesd.org

Example: 654321@live.cvesd.org

Password for K-1 students:  lowercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, student ID, equal symbol

Example for Jane Dominguez is:  jd654321=

Password for other students (grades 2-6):  Uppercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, full birthdate

Example for Jane Dominguez, born on September 5, 2011 is: Jd09052011

  • Search for books by title, author, genre and click DETAILS next to the book when you find the book you want.  Select “Hold It” in the top right corner next to the book title.  You will be notified via your student’s district email address that the book is available for you to pick up.  Please note that some copies of books may not be available as multiple students may have placed a hold on the book.  We will check out selections to student accounts that are reserved by Thursdays.

Note:  Each Tuesday you may drop off books you’ve already enjoyed and pick up new books that were reserved by the previous Thursday night.  Any holds placed after Thursday night will be ready the following Tuesday.

Safety Reminders

  • Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering.
  • For the comfort and safety of students, all books are sanitized before distribution at curbside pick up.

Curbside Library Check Out is Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Books must be reserved by Thursday evenings online.
  • Please ensure confirmation that your book is ready before driving to school to pick it up on Tuesdays.

CVESD Honors Black History Month

Black History Month

The Chula Vista Elementary School District honors Black History Month for the month of February. We invite you to learn more about the origins of Black History Month and how to advance racial harmony and respect among all Americans by clicking this link: https://www.cvesd.org/news/what_s_new/c_v_e_s_d_honors_black_history_month

No School Presidents’ Day Weekend

A friendly reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL (no online classes and no DLSP/YMCA program at Allen) on Friday, Feb. 12th and Monday, Feb. 15th due to the Presidents’ Day Weekend holiday. Online learning and the DLSP resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 8:50 am.

We also wish all those celebrating the Lunar New Year a happy Year of the Ox!

South Bay Family YMCA Scholarship Campaign

The South Bay Family YMCA offers many supports and programs to the families and community in the South Bay. This campaign raises money for the YMCA’s scholarship program to help kids, families, and seniors during this most difficult year.  Please click the link below to support the YMCA’s Scholarship Program. The money raised stays in our community and all funds go to fund scholarships for children, adults, and seniors in South Bay. Kindly note that the link will list “Veronica Valdivia” at the top of the page, but this is indeed the correct link to support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s efforts and partnership with the YMCA.

Link to donate: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3117250

Licensed Childcare through the YMCA

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

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

Spring Break Camp through the YMCA

A friendly reminder that school will be closed for Spring Break, Monday March 29th through April 4th. Classes restart online on Monday April 5th at 8:50 am and this will be a minimum day. Click the link below for more information.

CVESD Safe! Free COVID-19 Testing

We are happy to announce that the next round of Antibody and Viral Testing for COVID-19 will take place before and after the Presidents’ Day weekend. In addition to students and their families, all staff members are invited to participate. Testing is voluntary and is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no appointments scheduled during 12-1 lunch break). The following schools/locations are hosting the program:  

  • Wednesday, February 17 @ Lauderbach Elementary, 390 Palomar Street, Chula Vista, 91911. 
  • Thursday, February 18 @ Finney Elementary, 3950 Byrd Street, Chula Vista, 92154. 

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

Participants have the option of only doing one of the tests or both, and they are offered at no cost (covered through health insurance or reimbursable to testing provider Kahala Biosciences under the CARES Act for those who do not have insurance). 

Per employee requests, immediate family/household members are also eligible to participate in these testing opportunities. To schedule an appointment, please click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/    Thanks again for your support of CVESD Safe!, our voluntary testing and tracing program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

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

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

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

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

Please also stay home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention, if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19.

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

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

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

Meal Distribution Program

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

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

Parent and Youth Emotional Support Hotline

A group called Parents Anonymous recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to COVID-19 to provide free emotional support to parents and youth in any language, 7 days a week 8 am to 8 pm at 1-855-4A PARENT (or 1-855-427-2736).

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

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

School Site Council (SSC)

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

Allen’s PTC meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via this link. The next PTC meeting is Monday, March 8th 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 CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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.

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (7 February 2021)

Happy February 7th, Allen Families!

Please see the latest updates from Allen Elementary and the Chula Vista Elementary School District at https://allenelementary.org/. I want to invite you all to read carefully this week’s Sunday Update as there is a great deal of important information that can support families and our school. Please save the date for Tuesday, Feb 16th at 6 pm for the next CVESD Town Hall meeting. Also, please complete the survey on the possibility of Allen hosting a free, public preschool program on our campus. Thank you!

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Please watch Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week for Feb. 7th via the short YouTube video:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school 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 online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

Monday, February 8, 2021 – Parent Meetings

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [Click link here]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 – Wear red for the Kids Heart Challenge and Jump Rope for Heart at 10:10 am (Click link here.)

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

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – CVESD Town Hall Meeting for Re-Opening Schools at 6 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – CVESD BAC Meeting at 6 pm

Possible Preschool Program – Parent Survey

Ella B. Allen Elementary School is currently exploring the option of adding a free, public preschool program to its campus. Nothing is set in stone; however, we are looking at ways to better serve the community and are considering adding this program to the school for the 2021-2022 school year (around July 2021).

We would like all Allen families who have children that might attend a preschool to complete this survey. We also welcome all interested families in this preschool program to complete this survey as well. Please share this survey if you know a family outside of our school or district that would consider this program. The survey is only a few short questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. This survey is expected to close on Saturday, Feb 13, 2021. Thank you for your time.

Please find the survey link here: Preschool Survey Link

Zone Transfers

Zone Transfer forms (ZTs) must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Ella B. Allen Elementary School.  Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

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 Tuesdays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD.

Students must have a signed library agreement, found in the Family Handbook online at allen.cvesd.org or https://allenelementary.org/, and must turn in any overdue books to be eligible to check out books.

Instructions for reserving books online:

  1. Go online to https://allenelementary.org/
  2. Go to the “Students” tab at the top and click on “Library” in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Destiny Library Catalog link.
  4. Select ALLEN ELEMENTARY.
  5. Click LOGIN at the link in the top right corner.
  6. Click on Chula Vista Elem SSO (the big blue bar on the left side of the page) to log in.

Username:  studentID@live.cvesd.org

Example: 654321@live.cvesd.org

Password for K-1 students:  lowercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, student ID, equal symbol

Example for Jane Dominguez is:  jd654321=

Password for other students (grades 2-6):  Uppercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, full birthdate

Example for Jane Dominguez, born on September 5, 2011 is: Jd09052011

  • Search for books by title, author, genre and click DETAILS next to the book when you find the book you want.  Select “Hold It” in the top right corner next to the book title.  You will be notified via your student’s district email address that the book is available for you to pick up.  Please note that some copies of books may not be available as multiple students may have placed a hold on the book.  We will check out selections to student accounts that are reserved by Thursdays.

Note:  Each Tuesday you may drop off books you’ve already enjoyed and pick up new books that were reserved by the previous Thursday night.  Any holds placed after Thursday night will be ready the following Tuesday.

Safety Reminders

  • Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering.
  • For the comfort and safety of students, all books are sanitized before distribution at curbside pick up.

Curbside Library Check Out is Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Books must be reserved by Thursday evenings online.
  • Please ensure confirmation that your book is ready before driving to school to pick it up on Tuesdays.

Jump Rope For Heart & Kids Heart Challenge

Jump Rope for Heart (part of the Kids Heart Challenge) is coming soon! The event will be on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Students and families can register for this event here. All students will join and participate in an online school jump from 10:10 am to 10:25 am.

Please remind your children to wear red and start looking around the house for a jump rope. Email photos of your family participating in Jump Rope for Heart to our amazing secretary, Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give explicit permission for these photos to be shared on social media to michelle.reza@cvesd.org and they can be added to the school’s blog and social media accounts.

Be “Heart Smart” and join CVESD schools for the American Heart Challenge! Share your story around heart health. Donate to fight heart disease.  Text CVESDGIVES to 41444 or visit CVESDgives.

CVESD Honors Black History Month

Black History Month

The Chula Vista Elementary School District honors Black History Month for the month of February. We invite you to learn more about the origins of Black History Month and how to advance racial harmony and respect among all Americans by clicking this link: https://www.cvesd.org/news/what_s_new/c_v_e_s_d_honors_black_history_month

Family Support for Smarty Ants and Achieve 3000

In order to support your children in their understanding and usage of Achieve3000 Literacy and Smarty Ants, on February 9th from 5:30-6:00 pm, CVESD will be offering a Smarty Ants Q&A Family Session to go over information that families can see on their Parent Dashboards for Smarty Ants English and general information about the Smarty Ants Español platform. These sessions will have Spanish interpretation for families. 

Directly following the Smarty Ants session, from 6:15-6:45pm we will be offering an Achieve3000 Q&A Session discussing the Home Edition Accounts in Achieve3000 Literacy.    

  • For families to access these accounts, please contact your child’s teacher.

We would like families to watch the screencasts about Smarty Ants English, Español, and Achieve3000 Literacy prior to the sessions on February 9th.  The sessions will be in a Q&A format for after they have viewed the 5-minute screencast.

Click on the documents below to access the screencasts:

No School Presidents’ Day Weekend

A friendly reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL (no online classes and no DLSP/YMCA program at Allen) on Friday, Feb. 12th and Monday, Feb. 15th due to the Presidents’ Day Weekend holiday. Online learning and the DLSP resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16th at 8:50 am.

We also wish all those celebrating the Lunar New Year a happy Year of the Ox!

South Bay Family YMCA Scholarship Campaign

The South Bay Family YMCA offers many supports and programs to the families and community in the South Bay. This campaign raises money for the YMCA’s scholarship program to help kids, families, and seniors during this most difficult year.  Please click the link below to support the YMCA’s Scholarship Program. The money raised stays in our community and all funds go to fund scholarships for children, adults, and seniors in South Bay. Kindly note that the link will list “Veronica Valdivia” at the top of the page, but this is indeed the correct link to support Ella B. Allen Elementary School’s efforts and partnership with the YMCA.

Link to donate: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/3117250

Licensed Childcare through the YMCA

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

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

Intensive Support Program

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

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

Additional details will be shared with families who qualify for this intensive support.

CVESD Safe! Free COVID-19 Testing

We are happy to announce that the next round of Antibody and Viral Testing for COVID-19 will take place before and after the Presidents’ Day weekend. In addition to students and their families, all staff members are invited to participate. Testing is voluntary and is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no appointments scheduled during 12-1 lunch break). The following schools/locations are hosting the program:  

  • Monday, Feb. 8 @ Vista Square Elementary, 540 G Street, Chula Vista, 91910. 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 @ Olympic View Elementary, 1220 South Greensview Dr., Chula Vista, 91915. 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ Muraoka Elementary, 1644 Santa Alexia Ave., Chula Vista, 91913. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 @ the CVESD District Offices, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910. 
  • Wednesday, February 17 @ Lauderbach Elementary, 390 Palomar Street, Chula Vista, 91911. 
  • Thursday, February 18 @ Finney Elementary, 3950 Byrd Street, Chula Vista, 92154. 

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

Participants have the option of only doing one of the tests or both, and they are offered at no cost (covered through health insurance or reimbursable to testing provider Kahala Biosciences under the CARES Act for those who do not have insurance). 

Per employee requests, immediate family/household members are also eligible to participate in these testing opportunities. To schedule an appointment, please click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/    Thanks again for your support of CVESD Safe!, our voluntary testing and tracing program.

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

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

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

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

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

Please also stay home, leaving only to get tested or seek medical attention, if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19.

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

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

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

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

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

Meal Distribution Program

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

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

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

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

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

Be well Eagles! Stay safe: we miss you.

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Sunday Update (31 January 2021)

Happy Sunday Allen Families! Can you believe it’s already February?

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Thank you Allen families for participating in the Great Kindness Challenge this past week! If you want to download the certificate, type in your child’s name, and print it out please do so here:

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

Message of the Week for 31 Jan. 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

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

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school 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 online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Groundhog Day and First Day of Curbside Library Check-out (12 to 2 pm)

Friday, February 5, 2021

  • National Wear Red Day: National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease
  • Virtual Family First Friday at 8 am [Click link here]

Monday, February 8, 2021 – Parent Meetings

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – CVESD DAC/DELAC meeting at 12 noon [Click online meeting link here]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – CVESD Board of Education meeting at 6 pm [Click link here]

Thursday, February 11, 2021 – Kids Heart Challenge and Jump Rope for Heart at 10:10 am (Click link here.)

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

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

Possible Preschool Program – Parent Survey

Ella B. Allen Elementary School is currently exploring the option of adding a free, public preschool program to its campus. Nothing is set in stone; however, we are looking at ways to better serve the community and are considering adding this program to the school for the 2021-2022 school year (around July 2021).

We would like all Allen families who have children that might attend a preschool to complete this survey. We also welcome all interested families in this preschool program to complete this survey as well. Please share this survey if you know a family outside of our school or district that would consider this program. The survey is only a few short questions and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. This survey is expected to close on Saturday, Feb 6, 2021. Thank you for your time.

Please find the survey link here: Preschool Survey Link

Zone Transfers

Zone Transfer forms (ZTs) must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Ella B. Allen Elementary School.  Families who live in the Chula Vista Elementary School District, but whose neighborhood school isn’t Allen must complete the 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.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

Curbside Library Check Out Begins

Ella B. Allen Elementary School students are now able to check out library books online by Thursdays and pick them up curbside on Tuesdays!  Students can access the library catalog online and place up to two books on HOLD.

Students must have a signed library agreement, found in the Family Handbook online at allen.cvesd.org or https://allenelementary.org/, and must turn in any overdue books to be eligible to check out books.

Instructions for reserving books online:

  1. Go online to https://allenelementary.org/
  2. Go to the “Students” tab at the top and click on “Library” in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Destiny Library Catalog link.
  4. Select ALLEN ELEMENTARY.
  5. Click LOGIN at the link in the top right corner.
  6. Click on Chula Vista Elem SSO (the big blue bar on the left side of the page) to log in.

Username:  studentID@live.cvesd.org

Example: 654321@live.cvesd.org

Password for K-1 students:  lowercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, student ID, equal symbol

Example for Jane Dominguez is:  jd654321=

Password for other students (grades 2-6):  Uppercase letter of first name, lowercase letter of last name, full birthdate

Example for Jane Dominguez, born on September 5, 2011 is: Jd09052011

  • Search for books by title, author, genre and click DETAILS next to the book when you find the book you want.  Select “Hold It” in the top right corner next to the book title.  You will be notified via your student’s district email address that the book is available for you to pick up.  Please note that some copies of books may not be available as multiple students may have placed a hold on the book.  We will check out selections to student accounts that are reserved by Thursdays.

Note:  Each Tuesday you may drop off books you’ve already enjoyed and pick up new books that were reserved by the previous Thursday night.  Any holds placed after Thursday night will be ready the following Tuesday.

Safety Reminders

  • Anyone coming to the school must follow all safety protocols, including wearing a facial covering.
  • For the comfort and safety of students, all books are sanitized before distribution at curbside pick up.

Curbside Library Check Out is Tuesdays, 12 noon to 2 pm

  • Books must be reserved by Thursday evenings online.
  • Please ensure confirmation that your book is ready before driving to school to pick it up on Tuesdays.

The Great Kindness Challenge 2021

Ella B. Allen Elementary School is proud to be a “kindness certified school” in 2021 for participating in The Great Kindness Challenge! Students, staff, and families downloaded the kindness checklists and kept track of all the acts of kindness they completed.

Using the kindness checklist, Allen’s staff and students worked to complete all 50 challenges. Did your child complete this challenge? If so, please speak to your child’s teacher and download a certificate here:

Jump Rope For Heart & Kids Heart Challenge

Jump Rope for Heart (part of the Kids Heart Challenge) is coming soon! The event will be on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Students and families can register here. All students will join and participate in an online school jump from 10:10 am to 10:25 am. Please remind your children to wear red and start looking around the house for a jump rope. Email photos of your family participating in Jump Rope for Heart to our amazing secretary, Ms. Reza at michelle.reza@cvesd.org.  Photos received may go on the Allen School Blog (allenelementary.org) or on our Twitter account (@EaglesBonita). Parents, kindly note when emailing the photos that you give explicit permission for these photos to be shared on social media to michelle.reza@cvesd.org and they can be added to the school’s blog and social media accounts.

Be “Heart Smart” and join CVESD schools for the American Heart Challenge! Join us on Friday, February 5th as a wave of red washes over the Chula Vista Elementary School District. From our District offices, to school sites, to our virtual classrooms/offices, please “Rock the Red” and unite for a common goal: eradication of heart disease and stroke. Share your story around heart health. Donate to fight heart disease.  Text CVESDGIVES to 41444 or visit CVESDgives.

Licensed Childcare through the YMCA

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

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

Intensive Support Program

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

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

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

COVID-19 Corner: Health and Safety Updates

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

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

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

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

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

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

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

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

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

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

Meal Distribution Program

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

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

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

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

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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Allen Update (27 Jan. 2021)

CVESD’s Next Live Event on 1/29/2021

We invite all to join us this Friday at 1 pm, “Protecting Our Watersheds” with Mrs. Bystrak. Build a model watershed and take on the role of a watershed caretaker. Join us on 1/29 at 1 pm here: bit.ly/hswatersheds

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Sunday Update (24 January 2021)

Happy Sunday Allen Families!

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

Mr. Greenwell’s Message of the Week

Thank you Allen families for completing the Parent Survey regarding the CVESD’s Re-Opening Plan. If you have not yet completed this survey, please do so here. This survey will close on Tuesday, 1/26. Results from this survey will be analyzed in the coming weeks and will be shared at parent meetings in February 2021. Although no set date is currently scheduled for the return to in-person instruction, the school and district will continue to communicate with families via email and updates on the district website and this school blog. We appreciate your support and cooperation in this uncertain time period.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allen’s Core Values
Allen’s Common Courtesies

The Core Value this week is Perseverance. This week’s Common Courtesy is “Good Morning/Good Afternoon.

If you need to conduct business with the school office, please contact the school office between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Anyone coming to the school 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 online for all students at 8:50 am. Attendance and student engagement continue to be tracked and monitored, according to state law and AB 77 and SB 98. Please contact the school office at (619) 479-3662 if your child is having trouble accessing class online.

A Look Ahead:

January 25-29, 2021 – The Great Kindness Challenge 2021 (see details below)

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

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – Groundhog Day and First Day of Curbside Library Check-out (12 to 2 pm)

Friday, February 5, 2021 – National Wear Red Day: National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 – Kids Heart Challenge and Jump Rope for Heart (Click link here.)

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

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

Zone Transfers

Zone Transfer forms (ZTs) must be completed each year in order to have your child continue at Allen School.  Please complete the form and email it to: allenschool@cvesd.org.   If you have any questions or need assistance completing the form, please feel free to contact the school office at (619) 479-3662.  If your child will not be returning to Allen School, please let us know that as well. Parents of current sixth grade students on a zone transfer do not need to do this step.

It’s Zone Transfer time!

Virtual Day of Service

We are so proud of our students, staff, and families who participated in our optional, virtual Day of Service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. #TogetherWeSoar #DayOfService

The Great Kindness Challenge 2021

The Great Kindness Challenge 2021

All kids deserve to learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment. The Great Kindness Challenge provides a powerful tool that actively engages students, teachers, administrators, families, and communities in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity, and respect. The Great Kindness Challenge is this week, January 25-29, 2021!

The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. Using the provided checklist of 50 kind acts, students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!

How do we participate this week? It’s easy! Simply download the provided kindness checklists. Using the kindness checklist, the students work independently, in small groups or as a whole class to complete all 50 challenges.

Download the checklists here:

Licensed Childcare through the YMCA

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

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

Intensive Support Program

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

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

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

Health and Safety Updates

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

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

San Diego County Vaccine Prioritization

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

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

Free COVID-19 Tests from SD County

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

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

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

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

The CVESD Caring Crew and YOU!

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

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

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

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

Meal Distribution Program

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

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

Distance Learning Resources

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

Meetings for Parents and Legal Guardians

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

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC

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

School Site Council (SSC)
SSC

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

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

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

Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting

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

Virtual Family First Friday Meeting

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

CVESD Board of Education Meeting

The district’s Board of Education meetings are also being held online and generally occur the second Wednesday of each month. The next CVESD Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 pm.

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

CVESD DAC/DELAC Meeting

District Advisory Council (DAC)

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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

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

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

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

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

🦅  Allen Eagles: Together, we SOAR!

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