Principal's Newsletter

January 11, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,


¡Feliz Año Nuevo y un abrazo virtual a todos! I hope everyone is safe and well. The Office Staff and I have moved into our new offices and it is a great way to start off 2021. We want to thank Don Dias, the Bond Committee, Kitchell Construction Company, and the Redwood City Community for our new space. You will also notice a new marquee sign out by the street and we want to thank the Selby Education Foundation for funding the sign.


We had a great Professional Development Day last week with Douglas Fisher who recently wrote The Distance Learning Playbook. He was well received by the teachers and administration as he provided practical ideas to implement effective distance teaching and learning strategies. A number of our teachers will be attending the San Diego Dual Language Virtual Conference on January 29/30th. Parents who are interested can also attend the Dual Language conference for free by using the registration link on the bottom of the flyer.


We have started recruiting for our incoming Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten classes for the 2021 school year. We are holding weekly informational meetings on Fridays at 10:00am via ZOOM for interested new families. A reminder that the district does give preference and priority to siblings of our current students(or siblings of current Kennedy Spanish Immersion students). If you have a TK or Kinder child that is going to attend our school in August, 2021 please fill out the K Sibling Form by January 12th so you can get priority in the selection process. Families still need to fill out the registration form for the district to their "Home School"(as determined by your address) and then need to fill out the district School of Choice form indicating Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School as your first choice. The first round of School of Choice closes on January 22nd.


We will have three HUBs and five Hybrid Option 3/AM Teacher classes starting in person at school in the next few weeks(some will start on the 19th, and some will start on the 25th). The HUBs are similar to the five REACH Pods we have had going already where students remain with their teachers on the iPad or Chromebook with Distance Learning, but they are here at the school in a supportive classroom environment with a teacher. The five AM teacher classes will have up to 14 students attending from 8:00-11:30 or 11:45 and the rest of the students will be taught virtually in the afternoon between 12:30-3:00. There will still be asynchronous work for both the AM/PM groups in order to meet the instructional minutes requirements. We know we are not able to accommodate everyone, but hope to get as many of the neediest students the support they need. We are prioritizing the neediest students for these in person classes as per teacher feedback and parent surveys. We are discovering that a number of families who had indicated they wanted to send their child(ren) back for in-person learning on the parent survey have changed their minds now due to the recent spike in COVID 19 cases. A new safety protocol (beyond the 4 Safety Pillars I have described in previous newsletters)for these classes will be regular COVID-19 testing every two weeks for both the students and staff.


Please enjoy dancing along with Danny G as he has shared some of his You Tube Videos here:

ABC Warm Up (TK, K, 1st, 2nd grade)

ABC Warm Up(3rd, 4th 5th grade)

TK-5th Ballet/Jazz Warm Up

3rd,4th, 5th Plump and Juicy


Important information from Kennedy for current 5th grade families:

Kennedy Middle School is offering some virtual informational sessions to learn more about Kennedy. The 2021-2022 school year will be here before you know it. Below are the dates, times, and Zoom link for our informational sessions. Spanish interpretation will be offered at each session.

Thursday, January 14: 8:30 am and 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 21: 8:30 am and 6:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Info:

https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/85980616440?pwd=MjZ2WHBPN1ZmZUg5V2czT0ZGNkMvdz09

Meeting ID: 859 8061 6440

Passcode: Kennedy


It is important that all families please visit the Unidos WebPage and take a few minutes to fill out the Membership Toolkit. Unidos supports a number of important programs at our school as well as coordinating volunteer efforts. They also provide communication to our community on a regular basis and need families updated information in the toolkit to do so. Unidos has set up this great link on explaining the process of reserving and checking out Library books. Parent volunteers have also set up a sign up page on the link if you can not come to the school to pick up the books and they will schedule a time to deliver the books to you(contact free of course!).


The School Photos Day with LifeTouch has to rescheduled until the San Mateo County is out of the Purple COVID-19 category. We will keep you informed of the dates and the plan as soon as we are able to do so.


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 Mondays and Thursdays 11:30-1:30, or at Roosevelt, Henry Ford or Taft from 2:30-4:30 Learn more here


Office Hours

Our school office is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00am-4:00pm. 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

New Office and Marquee Sign

Holiday Spirit! Toy Drive, Luminaria, and more!

EarthCapades H2O Assembly

Maestra Yesenia's Class

Maestro Jose Manuel: 5th grade Patterns Project

Important January Dates

  • January 12, Unidos PTO Meeting, 7:00pm
  • January 14, Food Distribution, 3:00pm
  • January 15 ,22, 29th: New Parent(TK or Kinder) Orientation Meeting, 10:00am: Join Zoom Meeting https://rcsdk8-net.zoom.us/j/83462949549?pwd=L1E5NWlWR2hRcHUwbWwrSjZtMnl5dz09 Meeting ID: 834 6294 9549 Passcode: Warren
  • January 15: Student Council sponsored Spirit Day: "Pajama Dress Up"
  • January 18: No School, Martin Luther King, Jr
  • January 19-February 5th: Second iReady Assessments Window
  • January 20, Library Book Pick Up, 8:30-11:30, 12:30-3:00
  • January 20, School Site Council Meeting, 3:00pm
  • January 25, ELAC Meeting, 4:00pm
  • January 28: Food Distribution, 3:00pm
  • January 29: Student Council sponsored Spirit Day: Bring your Pet/Stuffed Animal to Class