Principal's Newsletter

November 1, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. The Trunk or Treat 2021 event was very fun and we want to thank everyone for participating! Many of our teachers are taking advantage of this time of year by having students compare and contrast the traditions of Halloween and Día de los Muertos. A lot of comparative language and vocabulary can be learned comparing these two traditions, and of course the students are very engaged. I want to thank Librarian Armando Ramirez, and The Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, for a wonderful Día de los Muertos assembly today(see the photos below)! Armando explained some of the Día de los Muertos traditions from Mexico, shared some artifacts from his altar, read a story aloud with Ms. Jan, and shared this beautiful recording of La Llorona by 11 year old Sofia Meneses. He also shared this Book List of titles about Día de los Muertos available at the Redwood City Public Library. Finally, each student also received a pre-packaged Pan de Muerto! Here are two more Día de los Muertos resources you can check out at home: Day of the Dead for Kids; Día de los Muertos Read Aloud for Kids.

I am encouraged by the recent news that the FDA has authorized Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for children 5-11years old. Last week, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) hosted a webinar with San Mateo County Health addressing the latest COVID-19 community trends, strategies for safe schools, and vaccination updates. The event helped parents with answers to questions they may have had about the vaccination. Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish was provided. A similar event will take place this week in Spanish with Stanford Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, community pediatricians, and local health officers. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 4, at 6pm. Simultaneous interpretation in English will be provided. Other resources for parents include tips from Johns Hopkins Medicine and a series of flyers from the San Mateo County Office of Education that share some of the reasons for children and youth to be vaccinated as well as myths and facts about the vaccine.

RCSD Panorama Climate Survey

The District Panomara Climate Survey will be administered twice this year to students in 3rd-8th grades, parents, and staff. Parents please complete this family climate survey prior to November 12th.


Today, November 1st is the Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser Kick-off!

Raising Funds: November 1-November 19th

Walk-A-Thon: November 19th

The Adelante Selby Walk-A-Thon is a fundraiser that supports Art, Garden, Music, and Dance for all students! Students ask for flat donations to support our school programs.

How the Walk-A-Thon works:

  • Students solicit donations from friends and family

  • Each child is given a paper donation form for cash donations and a website for online donations

    • Paper forms will be sent home in children’s folders (please return to your child’s teacher with cash/checks attached)

    • Online donations can be made through 99pledges just search for your child’s first name and donate through their individual webpages.

  • The Walk-A-Thon will be a fun event for all students and will take place during the school day November 19th.

What is new this year?

  • Due to Covid-19 precautions, no parent volunteers will be allowed on campus.

  • Every child enrolled will be provided with a 2021 Walk-A-Thon t-shirt and water bottle

  • The class that receives the most donations will earn a class party.

Questions, please contact Ann Hynecek

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

The annual Adelante Selby Scholastic Book Fair is online only. The Adelante Selby online store ( will be open one more week until Nov 7. Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly (25% back in rewards!) Large selection of books at a variety of price points, and free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. Need some book inspiration? Check out Director Warren’s Scholastic Book List!

Dress Code Reminders:

As the weather is getting colder more students are coming to school in sweaters and sweatshirts. Unfortunately, we have noticed that not everyone is following the Dress Code. We need parents help: PLEASE make sure your child is following our dress code before leaving for school in the morning. A reminder that sweaters and sweatshirts can be solid Black, White, Navy Blue, Yellow or Grey. Furthermore, please LABEL clearly clothing and lunchboxes/water bottles.

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

The school district has contracted with Bay PLS to help out with student/staff COVID-19 Antigen Rapid testing at ALL school sites. We will have testing available here at Adelante Selby for 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. 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

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

Student Council Tie Dye Spirit Day

Trunk or Treat 2021

"Día de los Muertos" Assembly by Librarian Armando, Jan, and Pam from RWC Public Library

Earthcapades Water Assembly

Important November Dates