Principal's Newsletter

February 18, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,

We have had a great last couple of weeks here at school as we head into the February break. Thankfully, our Covid positive case count has diminished dramatically and school attendance is finally back to normal! We sent home the iHealth At Home Covid testing kits with administration directions to all families yesterday. We want you to test your child on Sunday, February 27th prior to returning to school on Monday, February 28th. If your child tests positive, please keep them home and contact the school using our Student Absence Reporting Form and the school district wants you to also notify them here(if they test negative send them to school).

I want to thank our Community School Coordinator Jose Luna for coordinating a wonderful Random Acts of Kindness Week(enjoy the photos below). Students wrote down acts of kindness on balloons that were put on the "We Lift Each Other Up" mural that was very visible in the hallway behind the office by the blue tables where students eat lunch. Additionally, students participated in a number of kindness activities in the classroom. The Kindness messages were great reminders of what a wonderful school community we have!

Our 4th and 5th grade students and teachers enjoyed an in person visit from Stefanie Rome our Instructional coach from National Urban Alliance. Stefanie has been working with our 4th and 5th grade teachers this year on lesson/unit design, building relationships, student engagement, and teaching strategies based on Dr. Yvette Jackson's Pedagogy of Confidence work. I particularly enjoyed the "Who, What, When, Where, and How?" Rap strategy she modeled with Maestro Ignacio's 5th graders. The class then used the Rap to demonstrate their knowledge of the Boston Tea Party in a fun and engaging way.

We had a good group for the Principal's Coffee. We discussed the upcoming Danny G Dance performances for the 1st graders and the TK/Kindergarteners on March 11th. Unfortunately, parents may not attend the show in person at the school. The students will perform outside in front of the Hero Tree mural and we will broadcast the assembly live via Zoom. The show will also be videotaped, edited, and the link sent out to parents.

  • March 11th 1st grade Show at 9:00am: Join with ZOOM Passcode: DannyG
  • March 11th TK/K Show at 11:00am: Join with Zoom Passcode: DannyG

We also discussed the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences(March 14-18th) and the progress on the Alebrije Official Mascot Design.

I appreciate our parents continuing to communicate with us immediately and keeping their child home when their child is sick, tested positive for Covid, or if someone in the household tested positive. In order to facilitate communication with the school and save time when your child is absent for any reason, we want all families to use the Student Absence Reporting Form in lieu of calling the office. You will notice the form does not have a place to enter the date and that is because it has a time stamp when it is completed. Our Office Staff can more efficiently go through the form and excuse absences in our Powerschool system. If there are any questions, particularly around Covid cases, we will call you directly for more information.

Upcoming Science Fair

The date has been changed for the Science Fair and our STEAM night from March 24 to April 21st. Parents we still need your help making sure your child signs up to participate. Parent volunteer Arnuj Gaggar is coordinating this event and needs to know how many kits and presentation boards to prepare. He also still needs more volunteers to help prepare and organize the wonderful event. Please email if you would like to help. We will be providing more information in the future.

Tutoring/Homework Help - Grades 3-5

Adelante Selby 3-5th grade parents, is now available for students who would like or benefit from access to online homework help when they are working at home.

Students can access the help by clicking on the "Waffle" menu on their Chrome browser on their Chromebook from school. They will scroll down and click on the icon. (Note that they need to be signed in to Chrome using their RCSD accounts.) We are also working on having a link in Clever accessible in the future.

Once students are logged in, they can follow the steps in this video to sign up for help. Following these steps will help them get a tutor who has knowledge in the particular area they need. has also provided these resources that we can share with families.

Top 10 Facts for Families (English pdf)

Top 10 Facts for Families (Spanish pdf) newsletter

Parent Education Series

The Parent Venture, a local organization that sponsors parent education workshops, has shared information about some upcoming events. Workshops are available in Spanish and English.

Celebrating Heart Health Month: Covid-19 Implications for Heart Health

Town Hall Meeting hosted by Sequoia Healthcare District

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 6:00pm – 7:00pm PST, Online Event (Live)


February is Heart Health Month! Sequoia Healthcare District offers an important Town Hall to discuss the importance of heart screenings for youth and adults, the signs and symptoms of heart disease, how COVID impacts heart health, and more.

Parents/caregivers, students, educators, health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

How Parents Can Help Students Discover their Purpose in Life

Kendall Bronk, PhD, Psychology Professor, Claremont Graduate UniversityTuesday, March 1, 2022, 6:00pm – 7:00pm PST, Online Event (Live)


Drawing on nearly two decades of scientific research, this live (virtual) event will explore: What is purpose? Why does it matter? And, how can we - as parents - help our students discover their purpose in life?

Kendall Cotton Bronk, PhD, is a professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Claremont Graduate University, and principal investigator at the Adolescent Moral Development Lab (CGU).

Parents/caregivers, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission.

Cannabis and Tobacco: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Tauheed Zaman, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 5:00pm – 6:00pm PST, Online Event (Live)


What should parents and caregivers know about cannabis and tobacco? Join Dr. Tauheed Zaman, Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, for a critical presentation on cannabis, tobacco, addiction, and adolescent brain development.

Parents/caregivers, students, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

Optional Weekly COVID-19 Testing Available at our School Site Tuesdays and Thursdays:

The school district has contracted with Bay PLS to help out with Redwood City School District students/staff COVID-19 Antigen Rapid testing at ALL school sites. We have testing available here at Adelante Selby for our students and staff on Tuesdays: 1:30-4:30pm or Thursdays 10:15-12:15. The School District will send out a Google Survey to parents who have registered with Primary Health every Friday afternoon to give consent for their child(ren) to be tested the following week (we will get the students from class or REACH/YMCA for testing). We will only test students if the District Appointment Google form is filled out on Fridays. In addition, testing continues to be available districtwide on Thursdays from 1:30-4:15pm at Hoover and Kennedy schools. Please complete the Primary Health registration form so that your child may be tested(this only needs to be completed once):

  • To test in our School District: One time Registration and Consent for COVID-19 Antigen Testing with

This is in addition to the testing options available throughout the San Mateo County community.

COVID-19 Resources:

Child Nutrition

Here is the weekly Adelante Selby Breakfast Menu served by our Cafeteria Staff.

Here is the weekly Lunch Menu served by our Cafeteria Staff.

Office Hours

Our school office is now open and the office hours are 8:00-4:00pm. Entering the office, all visitors must:

  • wear a mask
  • have your temperature screened at the kiosk
  • use hand disinfectant when entering the office also at the kiosk

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

Pink Spirit Dress Up Day for Valentine's

Maestra Lilian: 5th graders Valentine's Love Letter to an Inanimate Object

Kindness Week Activities

Stefanie Rome NUA Coach Co Teaching with 4th and 5th grade Teachers

Maestra Maribel: 3rd grade Landforms Projects

Maestra Silvia's Class: Making Landforms; and "I have a Dream"/"Mi Sueño" work for Black History

REACH Students Enjoyed an Assembly with "Bongo" a West African Traditional Musician

Important MarchDates

  • March 1: Unidos PTO Meeting, 7:00pm:

  • March 10: Food Distribution 3-5:00pm All are Welcome(we also welcome/need volunteers!)

  • March 11: Danny G Dance Performances: 1st grade 9:00am: Join with ZOOM passcode: DannyG TK/Kindergarten: 11:00am: Join with Zoom Passcode: DannyG

  • March 11: 2nd Trimester Report Cards Mailed home

  • March 14-18: Parent Teacher Conferences: 1:25 Early Dismissal All Week.

  • March 17: "Green Day" Spirit Dress Day

  • March 21: ELAC Meeting 4:00pm: Join with Zoom Passcode:516151

  • March 23: School Site Council: 3:00pm: Passcode: Warren

  • March 24: Food Distribution 3-5:00pm All are Welcome(we also welcome/need volunteers!)

  • March 25: Free Dress--Last Friday of the month

  • March 25: Cafecito Con Los Directores at 9:00am: Join with Zoom Passcode: Cafecito

  • March 25: Early Dismissal at 1:25

  • Mar 28- April 1: Spring Break: No School