Principal's Newsletter

May 17, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe. I really enjoyed seeing the 5th grade In-Person students with their "Class of 2021" sweatshirts on last week(see photos below). 5th graders also had a great orientation with Kennedy Principal Sabrina Adler last week. The 5th grade students are excited to be able to choose Elective classes and join Clubs that Kennedy offers. Principal Adler sent me this link in case any of our 5th graders or 5th grade parents missed the meeting(s), need clarification, or need more time to sign up for Electives and Summer Bridge: Please note that the forms say the Elective and Summer Bridge sign ups were already due, but they have extended sign ups until Saturday, May 22nd. We are also planning for two 5th grade Promotion Ceremonies one at 10:00am and the other at 3:00pm on Wednesday, June 9th. We will be issuing 2 tickets per student for family members to attend the ceremony due to distancing requirements. Please note that the front parking lot will be closed that day(June 9th) for the ceremonies.

All parents/guardians please be aware that we will be collecting all of the District Technology devices(iPads, Chromebooks, Hot Spots)that students have been using on the last day of school: Thursday, June 10th. Please note that the district has finalized the School Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. I have attached the calendar as a PDF flyer below and parents should make your family travel/vacation plans accordingly.

A reminder to all families that have students who have returned In-Person that we do expect students to follow our Dress Code. We also want to remind parents to be mindful of remaining in your cars at drop off and pick up time and remaining in the line of cars until the yard duty/staff help your child to safely get out of or into your car.

Unidos PTO Raffle and Danny G Virtual Dance Performances:

Thanks to the hard work of our students and the support of our community, our Raffle raised $17,294! This money will go directly to the Unidos PTO to continue providing educational and extracurricular opportunities to all Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion students.

Thank you for your support!I

We also want to give a big SHOUT OUT! to Danny G and to all of the students who participated in the Danny G. virtual dance performances! Grade level links to the video recordings are provided below:

TK/Kindergarten "Abrázame"

First Grade "Cumbia del Monstruo"

Second Grade "In Summer"

Third Grade "Winnie the Pooh"

Fourth Grade "Internacionales"

Fifth Grade "I Got Love"

School Mascot Update:

We will be meeting with the School Mascot Committee this afternoon to narrow down and select 5 Mascot suggestions that were submitted through the Mascot Survey last week. The narrowed down list must be approved by the School Site Council this Wednesday. The Mascot committee will give consideration to mascots that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • That reflect Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion school culture and identity.

  • That reflects the community/area thatAdelante Selby serves or are found in the geographic or school area.

  • That represents our school colors.

We will then send out the School Mascot Ballot where you will select your favorite from the 5 choices. We hope to have finalized the School Mascot by June 10th.

COVID-19 Update

As most of you are already aware, San Mateo County is in the less restrictive Yellow Tier of COVID-19 cases and The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) recently updated its Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools. The updated document includes public health guidance around physical distancing, travel, individuals identified as close contacts, and graduations. This change from 6 feet to 3 feet means that we can accept more than 15 students at a time in classrooms. If any family is interested in having their child return In-Person please contact our office. Recently, the CDC has made some big changes regarding fully vaccinated adults not having to wear masks. However, at school all in-person students, staff, and visitors are still expected to wear masks until further notice.

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade In-Person learning students will be tested for COVID-19 tomorrow(Tuesday, May 18th) with our school nurses here on campus. TK-2nd grade in-Person students need to come with a parent for COVID-19 testing this Wednesday, May 19th between 9:00-3:00pm through the Front Parking Lot.

i-Ready End of Year Assessments

The students are completing i-Ready Math testing this week. Our school district received a waiver to be able to use these scores instead of the 3rd-8th grade students having to take the SBAC this year. Students who are in Distance Learning, but prefer to come and take the test on site may do so. Please email me or call the office if this is the case to make arrangements. We want everyone to do their best on the test! Here are two good links for parents to help prepare students for the i-Ready testing: Family Center: This is a family-facing link that includes FAQs, tips for support, and the link to the Family Guidance page, which has a video, tech guidance, and more. I have noted some good progress compared to the Second Trimester scores in 3-5th grade on the initial Reading i-Ready results for Third Trimester which is encouraging considering the difficult year we have had. We are expecting that i-Ready will have a version in Spanish next year which will be another way to assess our students growth in Spanish.

Social Emotional Learning Message –Self-Management and Self- Awareness

The child who learns that they can successfully overcome obstacles and depend on others for support gains lifelong confidence that they have the tools they need to solve problems.

Thank you Mr. Falker , Empathy Connection

Empathy is a major concept in this month's Project Cornerstone book, Thank you, Mr. Falker. Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. Empathy is a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. And it’s key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty. This book shows students ways to accept and understand students that are different or may have learning challenges.

· Caring adults can champion us.

· Have respect for myself and others.

· Identify personal strengths to help overcome difficulties.

· Build empathy for students with learning challenges.

· Role model responsible ways to behave online.

· Celebrate students’ heroes.

Unidos approved YMCA Project Cornerstone's virtual ABC video lessons for families to view(the read alouds of the books) and do the activities together. Normally, parent volunteers would do the read alouds and activities in the classroom. In the month of May, please watch the videos below with your family and do the activities:

Pre-Recorded Video Lesson (Grades K-2): Narration with Introduction Video

Pre-Recorded Activity Video (Grades K-6) Video

Pre-Recorded Video Lesson (Grades 3-6): Narration with Introduction Video

Pre-Recorded Activity Video (Grades 2-6) Video

Pre-Recorded Video Lesson: Narration ONLY Video

A reminder that the district has set up an informational resource for parents and the community on the district web page called the Roadmap to Reopening of Schools.The district has also included a Parent's Guide to Distance Learning and in Spanish: Guía de Aprendizaje a Distancia para Padres to help support families.

Student breakfast and lunch drive through pickup here is now on Wednesdays 11:00-12:30, or at Roosevelt, Henry Ford or Taft from 3:30-4:30 Learn more here

Office Hours

Our new school office is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00am-4:00pm. Parents, please note that teachers are still leaving packets and learning materials in front of the "old office". The black gate by the office is locked now during school hours and all visitors must enter through the office for security. Please call to make an appointment if you need help. All staff and visitors to campus must:

  • wear a mask
  • use hand disinfectant when entering the office
  • have your temperature taken in the office at the kiosk so we can screen you
  • complete the visitor Wellness Screening From using the QR code in the office
  • keep 6 feet of social distancing at all times

Please send me an email of a photo of your child learning at home or a screen shot of their project and I will try to include it in upcoming newsletters.

Please visit our school website , Adelante Selby Facebook Page and our PTO/Unidos webpage and social media accounts:, Facebook and Instagram for more information.


Director Warren

5th grade Class of 2021 Sweatshirts

i-Ready testing

Maestra Sara's Class Photos (Matemáticas)

4th grade Balloon Activity

Pajama Read Aloud Photos

Important May/June Dates

  • May 17-May 23: i-Ready testing window for 1st-5th grades
  • May 18: 3rd/4th/5th grade in-person students COVID 19 during school day
  • May 19: TK/K/ 1st/2nd grade in-person students COVID 19 testing at school by office
  • May 19: Site Council Meeting 3:00pm(see Agenda attached below)
  • May 19: All Library books need to be returned!
  • May 21: Crazy Hair Day Spirit Day
  • May 24: ELAC Parent Meeting 4:00pm
  • May 26: New Kinder Parent Meeting 5:00pm Password: Kinder
  • May 27: Second Harvest Food Distribution: 3:30-5:00pm
  • May 28: Free Dress Day
  • May 31: N0 School Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 1: Unidos Parent Meeting, Password: 987654: 7:00pm
  • June 2: School Site Council meeting 3:00pm
  • June 9: 5th grade Promotion Ceremonies (10:00am/3:00pm) Front Lot closed for ceremony
  • June10: Last day of School Super Minimum Day Dismissal at 11:45am
  • June 10: Return all District Technology(i-Pads, Chromebooks, Hot Spots, chargers)
  • June 10: Second Harvest Food Distribution: 3:30-5:00pm