Principal's Newsletter

April 5, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,


I hope everyone is well and staying safe. Spring is the time of rejuvenation and starting over so it is only fitting we welcome back a large number of our students(355 or 56% of our student body) to in-person learning this Thursday, April 8th. I am happy to report that most of our staff has received both COVID 19 vaccination doses. Teachers and the district maintenance staff have prepared classrooms to meet the 4 Pillars for Safety: desks are set for the social distancing requirements, PPE provided(masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc), an additional air purifier is in each room, and a lot of extra furniture was removed to provide more space in the classrooms. The teachers have worked on schedules that can best meet the needs of both In-Person and Distance Learning students. I have attached the schedules for both the In-Person students and the Distance Learners below, but I do expect adjustments will still need to be made. You will note that most grade levels are trying to teach both the In-Person and Distance Learners simultaneously with the exception of Kindergarten and 3rd grade. The grade level teachers will communicate and provide more detailed information on the schedules. Our teachers also attended another Doug Fisher workshop where he gave some tips and guidance for the simultaneous instruction of In-Person and Distance Learning students(Doug calls them: "Zoomies" and "Roomies). However, this way of teaching is new for everyone so we appreciate your patience and support.


I was able to hold grade level parent Zoom meetings to go over expectations about the Drop Off Pick Up procedures, the Safety protocols following the 4 Pillars, go over schedules, and answer parents questions. I have also enjoyed hosting in-person student Orientations for every class(we still have a few left to complete tomorrow and Wednesday). Students were excited and a little nervous at first to return, but quickly warmed up. The orientations were a great way for the students to feel more comfortable and remind them of some important safety protocols for the first day back on campus on April 8th. I have attached a few photos of the in-person student orientations below.


As most of you are already aware, San Mateo County recently moved into the less restrictive Orange Tier of COVID-19 cases . However, I want to remind all families of students that will be returning to In-Person learning this Thursday, April 8th that there is still a travel advisory in effect. If you travel more than 120 miles outside of the Bay Area you are supposed to Quarantine for 14 days upon your return. If you have traveled outside the area over Spring Break, I would ask that you please keep your child home from school for the 14 days from the day of your return and continue with Distance Learning( we will not give away your spot for in-person).


DIA DE LOS NIÑOS: Dance Performance & Raffle Drawing

Join us May 5th from 6pm-7pm for the virtual Danny G. Student Dance Performance and Raffle drawing hosted by So Fun City! We will come together virtually to watch our students perform and see whose names are drawn for the many raffle prizes. Be on the lookout for an email next Monday from 99pledges and Unidos about our fundraiser raffle. In the meantime, you can always visit the Unidos website for more information:

https://unidospto.membershiptoolkit.com/rifa


Unidos recently 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. Your family can watch these videos on keeping a "clear mind based on the book, The Dot: Pre-Recorded Video Lesson: Narration ONLY the Pre-Recorded Video Lesson (Grades K-3): Narration with Introduction of the book, and the Pre-Recorded Activity Video (Grades K-3) your family can do together. Pre-Recorded Video Lesson (Grades 4-6): Narration with Introduction of book, and the Pre-Recorded Activity Video (Grades 4-6).


Wellness Wednesdays is a seven-week asynchronous learning program focused on health and wellness for K-5th grade students.


Wellness Wednesday lessons for children in grades K-5 are approximately 10 minutes long. The structure and learning tools are the same each week:

Step 1:

Students watch a fun interactive video with a different topic each week facilitated by nutrition experts.

Step 2:

Students engage through online games and activities to enhance learning.


Week 7: Nutrition & Health Lessons


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 1:30-4:30, 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" . 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 note that the school playgrounds(including play structures and swings) and field are closed. The general public should not be on the school campus.


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: unidospto.org, Facebook and Instagram for more information.


Regards,

Director Warren

In-Person Student Orientation Pictures

Important April Dates

  • April 6: Unidos PTO Parent Meeting 7:00pm
  • April 8: All teachers return to teach in-person students
  • April 8: Second Harvest Food Distribution: 3:30-5:00pm
  • April 14: Library Book Distribution 8:30-11:30; 12:30-3:00pm use Library drive through
  • April 19: ELAC meeting 4:00pm
  • April 21: Site Council meeting 3:00pm(see Agenda attached below)
  • April 22: Second Harvest Food Distribution: 3:30-5:00pm
  • April 23: Read Aloud with Director Warren and special guest readers!