Principal's Newsletter

November 21, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion Families,

Thanksgiving is the time to connect with family and friends, enjoy lots of good food, and also to reflect on the many things for which we are thankful and grateful. I am thankful for all of our students who try their best to learn and be kind to each other every day Our students give us all a daily reminder about what is really important in this world and why we do what we do. I am thankful for our parents and families who have created a supportive partnership between the home and the school. I am thankful for all of our staff and community partners at Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School; they truly care about students and have everyone's best interests at heart. I would like to wish each of you and your families a happy, healthy, safe and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.

The Unidos PTO Walk-A-Thon 2022 event was a great success and a fun way to finish up the first Trimester of the school year! Thank you to the parent community for your donations and volunteer parent support. A Special SHOUT OUT to event Co-Chairs Ann Hynacek and Jenny Morrow; to Ivy Clark for being the MC, and to Jessica McCarthy and PE+ Coach Chris for being the Alebrije Mascot!!

RCSD Climate Family Survey

The Fall Panorama Climate Survey for the Redwood City School District has been extended to this Wednesday, November 23rd. Adelante Selby Families we need your help: please complete the Panorama Climate survey ASAP( if you have not done so already)! All of our families are encouraged to provide valuable feedback to our school district by completing the anonymous survey by this Wednesday, Nov 23rd: Please take the survey!

Music Man Kids Musical: Please come and support our Adelante Selby Theater Program!

Buy your tickets today to Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School's performance of The Music Man and come watch your fellow Alebrijes on stage! There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian in this adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway classic. Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cask are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold's power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

Show Dates: Friday, December 2nd at 7:00pm; Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00pm

Location: McKinley Theater, 400 Duane Street, Redwood City, CA

Tickets: $10.00 Can be purchased online at this LINK

4th and 5th grade Danny G Dance Performances at Carrington Hall

Buy your tickets for the 4th and 5th Grade Dance Performance!

Come and enjoy the hard work your 4th and 5th graders have been putting in for the last trimester. Watch as they show off their awesome moves and incredible stage presence!
Tickets are $5.00 for all sections
Lap children permitted Free 4 and under.

December 7, 2022
6:30 PM
Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School
1201 Brewster St, Redwood City
Purchase tickets here

questions? please email

Support the 5th gr Outdoor Ed Trip

We need Parent Volunteers and donations to sell concessions at the 4th and 5th grade dance performance on December 7. Proceeds will benefit Outdoor Education 5th grade trip!

Questions? Please contact: Kristina Cohen (cell/text: 415-577-3352)

Sign up to help here

Participate in Luminaria Night!

This is your chance to purchase a Luminaria Kit from the Unidos PTO! Proceeds will help with the cost of the 5th grader’s Outdoor Education field trip in the January. Each kit includes supplies to create six luminarias and costs $10. Pick up will be at the school in front of the office on Monday, December 12 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Luminarias are used throughout the world to light windows, sidewalks, and streets during the holiday season. As a bilingual and bicultural Spanish school, the families of Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion want to share this tradition with you. We invite you to participate in Luminaria Night on Wednesday, December 21st, the shortest day of the year, by placing your luminarias for all to see, as well as going on a walk to see other luminarias in your neighborhood. Each order includes supplies to make six luminarias.

5th Grade Outdoor Education Trip January 23- 27th

The 5th grade students will be attending Outdoor Education at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, near La Honda, during the week of January 23, 2023. Outdoor Education is one of the most memorable experiences of a child’s school years. The students experience the life science standards taught by attending classes, taking field trips, hiking and experiencing the natural environment, and they bond with classmates. The outdoor education naturalists provide a fun, educational, and interactive week of activities. You can also go to the Outdoor Education website at, where you can read about the naturalists and program provided.

January 9th Deadline: to complete the online Outdoor Education Registration/Health/T shirt order forms, and payment: $200 full pay or $175 if qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch(pay by check or cash in the school Office and make checks out to Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School).

We want every 5th grader to attend and participate on this amazing field trip experience so if you need financial assistance please let us know in the office ASAP.

New TK/Kindergarten Registration 2023/23 and Tours

The School District Enrollment and School of Choice for 2023/24 TK/Kindergarten opened on November 4th and continues through Friday, January 13th at 3:00pm. It is important that both the Registration/Enrollment Form for your home school(based on your address) and the School of Choice Form for Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion must be completed by January 13th. Current PreSchool students here on our campus with Maestra Aida or Maestra Yulizma and TK students with Maestra Jennifer will have priority acceptance as long as the forms are completed on time. Furthermore, siblings of students who are currently enrolled here and at Kennedy in the Spanish immersion strand also have priority for acceptance if the forms are completed by January 13th. Please complete this Adelante Selby Sibling 2023/24 Form so we can alert the District to prioritize your acceptance for next year.

Please help get the word out to family, friends, and neighbors about our weekly informational TK/Kindergarten Tours that meet in person at the school office every Thursday at 8:40AM and the tours will continue through the end of January. Please register for a TK/Kindergarten Tour with this form: TK/Kindergarten Tour Registration. Promoting our school by "word of mouth" from parents and community members is the best way to "market" our school and immersion program to prospective new parents. When promoting our school, keep in mind that mastering two or more languages has enormous benefits for our students, both native speakers of English and native speakers of the target language(Spanish) at a dual language immersion school. Other talking points when talking about our school are that research has confirmed the benefits of biliteracy and bilingualism that are demonstrated as brain and cognitive functioning, academic, economic, and social advantages, as well as cross-cultural competency and supporting a stronger family cohesion and connection to their family heritage.

Kennedy Middle School 5th Grade Parent Information Night Slide Deck and School Tour Information


School Site Council

We see a great need for tutoring in Math as a good number of students would benefit from some extra help. We know we have a very committed parent community(we have the highest number of approved parent volunteers in the district!)that want to help and believe we can leverage the support and really make a difference. Please sign up if would be willing to help out with Math tutoring after school or volunteering in classrooms during Math time using this Google Form: Math Volunteers. Please keep in mind that volunteers must be approved by the School District using this application before they can help(the district is no longer requiring proof of Covid vaccination to volunteer).

Child Nutrition Services: December Breakfast and Lunch Menus

A healthy body fosters a healthy and focused mind. Well-rounded meals served in RCSD school cafeterias are created using USDA nutrition guidelines as well as “kid-approved” recipes. Whole grains, milk, fresh produce, protein, and healthy fats containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the stars of the breakfast and lunch menu items. Studies show that good eating habits and healthy behaviors are connected to academic achievement. Meals provided by Child Nutrition Services help to shape lifelong healthy habits. All students have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch for free again this year through our Child Nutrition Services.

Here are the menus for October:

Sequoia Healthcare District and the Parent Venture Education Workshops

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

Why Teen and Tween Sleep Matters, and How Parents and Schools Can Help

Lisa L. Lewis, MS, Author, The Sleep-Deprived Teen

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PT, Online Event (Live)


In her new book, The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, And How Parents And Schools Can Help Them Thrive, author Lisa L. Lewis, MS, synthesizes the research to provide parents of teens and tweens with reader-friendly information and strategies.

Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and Adults are Missing)

Emily Weinstein, PhD, and Carrie James, PhD, Authors, Harvard Researchers

Friday, December 2, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, Online Event (Live)


In their new book, Behind Their Screens, authors and Harvard researchers Emily Weinstein, PhD, and Carrie James, PhD, explore the complexities that teens face in their digital lives, and suggest that many adult efforts to help—“Get off your phone!”—fall short.

2022-23 COVID Protocols in Our School

The Redwood City School District (RCSD) is following recommendations from the San Mateo County Office of Education’s (SMCOE) COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework, which was developed for 2022-23 in consultation with San Mateo County Health (SMCH), reflecting guidance for schools and districts including from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). You can find our District’s 2022-23 protocols on the RCSD website here.

Highlights from the District Protocols:

  • Masking is now "personal preference" for both students and staff indoors.
  • Use this LINK to report if your child(ren) tests positive
  • There will be school wide general notification of positive case(s) via email/text message.

Here is the most recent update from the district: Covid Protocols

Office Hours

Our school office hours are 8:00-4:00pm.

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

Important December Dates

  • School Tours for new TK/Kindergarten parents 2023/24: 8:45AM. The School Tours will be every Thursday until the end of January.
  • Friday, November 4 -January 13: District Enrollment for new Kinder/TK Opens for Registration and School of Choice.
  • Mon-Tues November 21-22: Parent Teacher Conferences No School
  • Wednesday-Friday Nov 23-26: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School
  • Friday, Dec 2: The Music Man Kids Musical 7:00pm, at MIT Auditorium: Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, Dec 3: The Music Man Kids Musical 1:00pm, at MIT Auditorium: Purchase Tickets
  • Monday, Dec. 5th: ELAC Parent Meeting 8:45AM, STEAM Lab
  • Monday, Dec. 5th: 5th Grade Outdoor Education Meeting: 6:00pm: Google Meet Link
  • Tuesday, December 6th: Unidos PTO Meeting 5:30 PM, Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7th: School Site Council Meeting 3:00pm, Room 402
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7th: 4th and 5th grade Danny G Dance Performances Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School:Purchase tickets here
  • Thursday, Dec. 8th: Food Distribution: High quality protein, fruits and vegetables: Front Parking Lot: All are welcome!
  • Friday, December 9: Pajama Spirit Dress Day: Students may come in pajamas or follow dress code.
  • Friday, December 16: Minimum Day Early Release at 1:25pm. Holiday Sweater or Free Dress Day for students
  • Monday, December 19- Tuesday, January 3rd: Winter Vacation: No School.
  • Wednesday, December 21: Luminarias Night(Remember to put out your Luminaria):5:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 22: Food Distribution: High quality protein, fruits and vegetables: Front Parking Lot: All are welcome!
  • Wednesday, January 4th, 2023: Classes Resume

Stanford Men's Soccer Game: Thanks to Head Coach(and parent) Jeremy Gunn!!

Library Hot Chocolate Read Alouds in the Amphitheater ! Thanks to our Librarian Diane, and the Parent Volunteers!!

4th Grade Field Trip to the Oakland Museum: Educational and Fun!

National Urban Alliance Professional Development with Dr. Stefanie Rome!

Thanksgiving Tree: Giving Thanks!

Walk-A-Thon 2022!!