Principal's Newsletter

May 25, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby families,


I hope everyone is staying safe and were able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather this Memorial Day Weekend! Unbelievably, the end of the school year comes to a close as we finish our last official day of instruction this Friday, May 29th! Families that borrowed district Chromebooks and Hotspots will be able to keep the technology over the Summer. If you still have Library books to return, there will be a box placed near the double gates of the Drive Through by the Library from 9:00-3:00pm this week Tuesday-Friday. Third Trimester Report Cards will be mailed home and will have comments only for TK-5th grades: Read the details of the revised report card here. All students should continue to work on RAZ kids/EPIC books and Dreambox over the Summer to keep engaged. 2nd-5th grade students will also have a few Summer integrated thematic projects around Science and Social Studies. Students should also keep up with reading during the Summer. A big Thank You to Armando from the Redwood City Public Library for the beautiful Spanish language books that were donated to all of our students to read over the Summer! We will have a virtual 5th grade Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:00pm to say goodbye. As you may be aware, our 5th graders will continue on next year in the Spanish Immersion track at Kennedy Middle School. I want to wish all of our 5th graders the best and I am particularly proud of your bilingualism!


As a district, we are moving up the last day of instruction by one week to allow our teachers more time to prepare for the upcoming school year. While we still have much to do and are not yet sure exactly what the classroom setting will look like next Fall, we do know we want to support our teachers with training and planning time. We’ll be using the first week of June to provide professional development and training for all teachers. The district has established committees around Safety and Curriculum and Instruction to plan for the return to school in 2020-21. The return to school plan will need to follow Health Department and County Office of Education guidelines. We understand there is a lot of anxiety about what it will look like when we reopen and you will be receiving regular updates from the Superintendent on the return to school plan. The district continues to update the RCSD COVID:19 Information Hub weekly. I want to thank Unidos PTO for the compilation of online resources for your convenience in English: here and Español: aquí which is also updated weekly.


The School Naming Committee has put out the current ballot in English: here and Español: aquí that is due tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26th by 2:00pm. The names on the ballot are:
  • Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School
  • Alcance Spanish Immersion School
  • Amistad Spanish Immersion School
  • Mid Peninsula Spanish Immersion School
  • Unidos Spanish Immersion School

You may be surprised to see Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School back on the ballot. After all, the committee had a clear directive from the RCSD Board of Trustees not to consider names affiliated with Adelante or Selby Lane in an effort to continue unifying our school community. However, the committee reached consensus that they could not ignore the high number of write-in suggestions made for Adelante Spanish Immersion School and Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School. Out of both names, the committee decided to move Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School to the ballot as it is understood from the School Board that the name should represent our two schools becoming one community or a brand new name. While the committee does not know if the name will be considered by the Superintendent or the full School Board, the committee wants to fulfill its duty of facilitating this process. Based on the votes, the Spanish Immersion School Naming Committee will narrow down the list to 2-3 recommendations to turn in to Superintendent Baker. I sincerely hope that everyone takes the opportunity to complete the School Name Ballot so we can get your valuable input on this important decision. I understand that this naming process brings up hard feelings around the schools closure decision from last year and it has been difficult for everyone(myself included), but we need to stay positive. After all, we are united in our vision and philosophy around Dual Language Immersion and a tremendous amount of community building and progress has happened this year. I thank you for remaining engaged and participating in this process! A reminder that Board Policy dictates that the committee recommend three names to Dr. Baker who makes the final selection to present to the Board for approval. We have until the end of June for the School Board to vote on our school’s final new name.


Acknowledge Alliance partners with our school by placing trained mental health professionals who provide a variety of services to students and teachers with a focus on strengthening resilience. We've been fortunate to have Ursula Jorgensen as our Resiliency Consultant this year and she has worked with all teachers and staff, and students in 5th, 4th, and 3rd grades on Social Emotional Learning through Project Resilience(see the attached letter explaining Acknowledge Alliance/Project Resilience). Unfortunately, the 3rd grade Social Emotional/Project Resiliency lessons were cut short when we had to close schools due to COVID-19. Ursula has agreed to share the At Home Videos for 3rd graders with the entire school community due to the unprecedented situation all of us are currently facing. She asked me to emphasize three things as context for the videos:

1. The videos and content were adapted with 3rd grade in mind.

2. The videos are part of a continuation of 10 lessons.
3. These three lessons have been adapted from 40 minute in person lessons to sharable 10 minute online videos with follow up reflection questions and expressive activity.

Online Lesson 1 - Review the concepts of identifying feelings. It has a mindfulness, story read aloud, reflective 3 questions, and art activity all in one!
Online Lesson 2 - Review of coping including mindfulness, a read aloud, 3 questions to reflect on, and an art activity to encourage feeling expression and resilience practice.
Online Lesson 3 - New Problem Solving & Decision Making


The Unidos PTO needs your help to establish a PTO board for next school year, 2020-21. If you are interested in taking a more active role at our school, this is a great way to contribute your time and work with a wonderful group of people towards the Unidos mission: to support the education and welfare of all Adelante Selby students. Please take a moment to look at the attached table with descriptions of positions on the Unidos board. If you are interested, please contact unidosyadelante@gmail.com. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, as well. The final Unidos meeting of the year will be Tuesday, June 2 at 6pm, via Zoom, and Board members for the 2020-21 school year will be voted on at this meeting. Finally, please remember that as a PTO, everyone in our community is a member of Unidos and can attend board meetings throughout the year. Being on the Board of Unidos gives you the right to vote at Board meetings along with carrying out the duties of your position.


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 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

At Home and Distance Learning Photos

3rd-5th Library Book Return and Student Belongings Pick Up

¡Mi Corazón Late En Dos Idiomas! Photos

May/June Events

  • 5/26-5-29 Library Book Return 9:00-3:00 in box by double gates near Library
  • 5/26 School Name Ballot due by 2:00pm
  • 5/28 Food Distribution, 3:00-5:00pm
  • 5/29 Last Day of Instruction
  • 6/2 Unidos PTO Virtual Meeting, 6:00pm
  • 6/3 School Site Council Meeting, 2:00pm
  • 6/3 5th grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony, 5:00pm
  • 6/3 School Board Meeting, 7:00pm