Principal's Newsletter

February 10, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby families,

I would like to call your attention to a wonderful family engagement strategy from our Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program called the Gallery Walk. Teachers in TK-3 grades plan interdisciplinary, thematic units of study of roughly 6 weeks. These units are based on social studies themes or science themes. When the units of study come to an end, parents and families are invited to a Gallery Walk. During the Gallery Walk, students act as tour guides and they show their parents around the classroom and highlight the learning from the unit. In this way, the learning is emphasized for the students, and parents and family members get an opportunity to further understand what is being learned at school. At a traditional school, you would need to wait until an end of the year Open House to find out what was going on in the classroom. I have included some photos of the Second Grade Ancestors Unit Gallery Walk from last Friday. You'll find those pictures below. The 2nd grade classrooms looked amazing with lots of student work and graphic organizers displayed. Great job 2nd grade teachers!

During the month of February, we have been enjoying a Kindness Challenge at our school. Everyone has been encouraged to participate and help kindness grow in and amongst ourselves and community. The “challenge” is to see how much kindness we can spread in our Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion Community! A kindness tree is on display in the cafeteria. There are hearts to write acts of kindness seen, done, and received. These hearts are placed on the tree as we watch our kindness tree grow and spread. Hearts were provided to each classroom to get started and also in the cafeteria. A big shout out to the Student Council for cutting out hearts and for making wonderful kindness posters to be displayed around the school! We also encourage parent volunteers to help cut out kindness hearts here at school.

A reminder to everyone that the process for naming our school is underway. A number of community members, staff, and parents have already submitted suggestions and given input for the new name. We have selected the naming committee as per the School Board policy, with two parents: Karen Betancourt and Aracely Tamayo, two community members: Jenny Redo and Emily Lowe, and two staff members: Eva Beddar and Director Warren. The naming committee will be facilitated by the district's department of communications. The naming committee's job is to narrow down the community input and submit three choices to Superintendent Baker by March 6th. There will then be two public School Board meetings on March 11th and 18th to make the final school name decision. Remember that you have an opportunity to speak for 3 minutes at the School Board meetings by filling out a speaker card at the beginning of the meeting. The deadline to submit your name suggestions and give input is next Friday, February 21st. The link to make your suggestion is: here in English and here in español . Please read the announcement and process on the district website and let's work together to select our school's name.

The School Site Council is looking for after school enrichment program opportunities, e.g., arts and crafts, choir/chorus director, science club, etc. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the after school garden club on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. If anyone knows of a person or program that would be great for our school, please email Director Warren or Leslie.

We need your help volunteering at school for Rainy Day Recess at lunch time in order to provide students with more options for activities in break out rooms. We envision rooms for Legos, games, arts and crafts, reading, technology use, and more! However, to ensure safety, we need to have at least 2 adults for every classroom. Please email Director Warren or Leslie if you are interested in volunteering.

Please check out the Lost and Found in the Cafeteria as it is starting to overflow again with coats, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, and water bottles.

We continue to have school tours for prospective new parents and a lot of interest to join the Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion community next school year. Registration and School of remains open until February 12th to choose our school. A reminder that we are a School of Choice only school and not a neighborhood school. TK and siblings of current students do have priority in the district lottery. The district will place students maintaining the "Two way" ratio of 50% of students who are native English speakers and 50% of students who are native speakers in Spanish at home. School tours are every Thursday from 8:30--9:45 am in Room 204. Families should call the office to reserve a space on the tour, 650.482.2415.

For current 5th grade parents, your child will attend Kennedy Middle School in 6th grade in the Spanish Immersion strand next year. There are tours and also opportunities for shadowing students at Kennedy. 5th grade parents need to call the Kennedy office to arrange shadowing: (650) 482-2409.

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

Please refer to the GATE flyer that is attached at the bottom concerning testing for 3rd , 4th, and 5th graders for the GATE Pull Out program. Registration for GATE Testing is open until March 8th.


Director Warren

2nd Grade Gallery Walk (Ancestors unit)

5th Grade Wax Museum!!

CurioOdyssey/Coyote Point 2nd Grade Field Trip

Twin Day!!

100th Day of School!

February Events

  • School Tours for new families every Thursday at 8:30am start in Room 204
  • 2/12 School Site Council Meeting, 3:00pm, Room 501
  • 2/12 School of Choice deadline for new students, 3:00pm
  • 2/13 Food Distribution 3:30pm-5:30pm, Cafeteria
  • 2/17 No School, Presidents Holiday
  • 2/19 School Site Council 3:00pm, Library
  • 2/21 Unidos Family Dance 6:00pm-8:00pm, Cafeteria
  • 2/24 Danny G Dance performance for Kindergarten and 1st grade, Carrington Hall, 5:30pm
  • 2/27 Food Distribution 3:30pm-5:30pm, Cafeteria
  • 2/28 Principal's Coffee 8:30, Library