Principal's Newsletter

January 9, 2023

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion Families,

I hope you had a great holiday vacation and want to wish everyone a ¡Feliz Año Nuevo 2023! I would like to thank Karen and Rick DeGolia and the Atherton Police Department for hosting another incredible Toy Drive. Our Community School Coordinator, Jose Luna and Administrative Assistant Claudia Sandoval were able to help identify families in need so that 144 students participated this year. Furthermore, Jose started a new "Holiday Buddy" program that supported eight families in need financially and our Librarian Diane Ocon personally raised over $2000 to support 6 of those families for the Holidays--great job!

The rainy weather, although very much needed and welcome due to the serious drought we've been experiencing the last few years, has created some challenges for everyone. Please remember to leave home a little earlier in the morning on rainy days to get your child to school on time due to expected delays on the road and anticipate a little longer wait in the pick up line in the afternoon(we appreciate everyone's patience!). Our students should report directly to our Cafeteria which opens starting at 7:45am if it is raining. Recess and Lunch are also indoors during rainy days. Our PE+ program has pivoted to indoor classes where they are doing circuit training this week.

You will notice a few more improvements to our campus that happened over the holiday break thanks to the Bond Construction team. We now have new flooring in the STEAM lab that is more appropriate and can support STEAM activities. We will also be receiving new furniture that is more appropriate for the STEAM activities. Outside in the 300 wing, behind the 2 story building and near the bicycle rack, the two 307/308 portable offices and the five old storage containers(covered in ivy) were all removed. The "spikey" weeded area that popped many a bicycle tire over the years was paved over and one larger and new storage container was brought in. The area now looks cleaner, brighter, and larger. We envision a new play structure in this area possibly in the future with the newly passed Bond funding.

We know the greatest amount of learning happens for our students from now in January through the Spring Break in April. However, student attendance is key as well so please make sure your students are here every day on time and for the whole day (unless they are sick).

I would like to acknowledge the students listed below for making the greatest growth on the iReady Benchmark Assessments from September through December:

Students with the Largest Growth/ Improvement on the i-Ready Reading and Math from Sept- Dec: Great job!

5th grade ELA: Alvaro Leon, Julian Lopez, Carlos Martinez, Miley Pirir, Charlie Tyndall

Math: Cayden Chan, Miguel Diaz, Irene Leon, Charlie Tyndall

4th grade ELA: Kathryn Hinkle, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Edwar Suarez

Math: Afaese Campos, Micah Krupp, Jaxon McDonald

Spanish: Elena Cantu, Samantha Dorrance, Mathew Flores

3rd grade ELA: Anthony Leon, Zoe Madero, Charlotte McCarthy, Elizabeth Morrow, Alejandro Prado, Piper Rose, Sherlyn Vargas

Math: Gael Cerda, Sawyer Emig, Zoe Gomez, Ashley Prado, Linda Quiran, Samuel Reyes,

2nd grade ELA: Alejandro Arredondo, Giovanna Castañeda, Claire Cook, Penelope Lingad, Allison Niver, Yasiel Salazar

Math: Giovanna Castañeda, LizBeth Cruz, , Castiel Gallagher, Romina Gutierrez, Melina Landa, Madison Salgado

1st grade Math: Jaxson Gonzalez, Emmanuel Guerra,Denver Nelson, Nina Perez, , Elise Raymond, Finnley Whitman

1st grade F & P Growth in Spanish Reading: Rose Cahill, Jacob Priven, Britannia Sanchez, Alina Uribe

Social Emotional Learning and Acknowledge Alliance

Project Resilience is a Social Emotional Learning curriculum where our community partner Acknowledge Alliance's Resiliency Counselor works with our students on developing their social emotional skills. These skills include identifying strengths, recognizing and managing emotions, demonstrating caring for others, coping strategies for dealing with feelings, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, making responsible decisions, setting goals, and working with others. Our 4th grade students will soon begin receiving weekly Social Emotional Learning lessons with our MFT Resiliency Counselor Emily Weiner(all of our 5th graders already went through the curriculum in the 1st Trimester).

New TK/Kindergarten Registration 2023/23 and Tours

The School District Enrollment and School of Choice for 2023/24 TK/Kindergarten closes this Friday, January 13th at 3:00pm. It is important that both the Registration/Enrollment Form for your home school(based on your address) and the School of Choice Form for Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion must be completed by January 13th. Current PreSchool students here on our campus with Maestra Aida or Maestra Yulizma and TK students with Maestra Jennifer will have priority acceptance and do not need to complete the School of Choice form as long as the Kinder Registration form is completed on time. Furthermore, siblings of students who are currently enrolled here and at Kennedy in the Spanish immersion strand also have priority for acceptance if the forms are completed by January 13th. Please complete this Adelante Selby Sibling 2023/24 Form so we can alert the District to prioritize your acceptance for next year.

Adelante Selby Unidos PTO Dine Out Fundraiser at Bravo Taqueria

  • Who: All Adelante Selby Families and community members (please tell your friends)
  • What: Dine out! 20% of all revenue on January 11th will be donated by the business to the Selby Adelante PTO
  • When: January 11, 2023 11am - 8pm
  • Where: Bravo Taqueria (Redwood City) 980 Woodside Rd Redwood City, CA 94061
  • Why: To raise funds for our school community and to support a local business who supports our school community.
  • How:When ordering your food, be sure to mention that you are part of the Adelante Selby School Community. If you do not do this, the school will NOT receive the donation from your order.

COVID Testing 1/16/'23: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Students will be given at-home COVID tests this Friday 1/13 to be administered at home on Monday 1/16 which is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Holiday(no school). If students test positive, keep your students at home and complete this RCSD COVID reporting (Link).

Unidos PTO Family Bingo Night: Friday, 1-20-'23: 6:00-7:30pm

Please come to our annual Family Bingo night next Friday, January 20th from 6:00-7:30pm in the Adelante Selby Cafeteria. This a family friendly and community building event we have every year. We will be playing regular Bingo, 4 corners, and Blackout!! We will have prizes for the winners and refreshments will be for sale. It's fun so come on out!

Redwood City After School Sports

The Redwood City After School Sports Program is a school-based sports program that is provided by the Redwood City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department (PRCS), in collaboration with the South County Sheriff’s Activities League (SC-SAL), and the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL).

PRCS Schools - Kennedy, McKinley, North Star, Roy Cloud, Roosevelt, Henry Ford, Orion, and Adelante Selby. Currently, 4th/5th grade Basketball is going on and registration is now open for Spring Soccer: Register online here for Spring 4th/5th Soccer or return registration forms to Red Morton Community Center.

Contact Michael Smith at 650-780-7254 or for additional information

Child Nutrition Services: January Breakfast and Lunch Menus

A healthy body fosters a healthy and focused mind. Well-rounded meals served in RCSD school cafeterias are created using USDA nutrition guidelines as well as “kid-approved” recipes. Whole grains, milk, fresh produce, protein, and healthy fats containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the stars of the breakfast and lunch menu items. Studies show that good eating habits and healthy behaviors are connected to academic achievement. Meals provided by Child Nutrition Services help to shape lifelong healthy habits. All students have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch for free again this year through our Child Nutrition Services.

Here are the menus:

2022-23 COVID Protocols in Our School

The Redwood City School District (RCSD) is following recommendations from the San Mateo County Office of Education’s (SMCOE) COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework, which was developed for 2022-23 in consultation with San Mateo County Health (SMCH), reflecting guidance for schools and districts including from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). You can find our District’s 2022-23 protocols on the RCSD website here.

Highlights from the District Protocols:

  • Masking is "personal preference" for both students and staff indoors.
  • Use this LINK to report if your child(ren) tests positive
  • There will be school wide general notification of positive case(s) via email/text message.

Here is the most recent update from the district: Covid Protocols

Sequoia Healthcare District and the Parent Venture Education Workshops

Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

Radical Inclusion: Understanding Visible and Invisible Differences

Vikram K. Jaswal, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PT, Online Event (Live)


What is "radical inclusion"? And why is it important? Vikram K. Jaswal, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, advocates for full-membership inclusion that will empower our kids, schools, and communities.

Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child or Teen

Ross W. Greene, Clinical Child Psychologist, New York Times Bestselling AuthorTuesday, January 31, 2023, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PT, Online Event (Live)Register:

Dr. Ross W. Greene, renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child, explains how to cultivate better parent-child relationships while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.

Office Hours

Our school office hours are 8:00-4:00pm.

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

Important January Dates

  • School Tours for new TK/Kindergarten parents 2023/24: 8:45AM. The School Tours will be every Thursday until the end of January.
  • Friday, November 4 -January 13: District Enrollment for new Kinder/TK for Registration and School of Choice.
  • Monday, January 9, 5th grade Outdoor Education Application and Fees are due.
  • Tuesday, January 10, Unidos PTO parent meeting 5:30-7:30pm, Library or via Google Meet
  • Wednesday, January 11, Adelante Selby Dine Out!: 11:00am--8:00pm, Bravo Taqueria
  • Thursday, January 12, Food Distribution :2:45-4:00pm. High Quality Protein/Fruits/Vegetables: All are Welcome to Participate!
  • Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School
  • Friday, January 20, "Crazy Hair" Spirit Dress Day or come following Dress Code
  • Friday, January 20, Family Bingo Night: 6:00-7:30pm, Cafeteria
  • Monday-Friday January 23-27: 5th grade Outdoor Education Trip
  • Monday, January 23: ELAC parent meeting 8:45 STEAM Lab
  • Wednesday, January 25: School Site Council Meeting, 3:00pm, Room 402.
  • Wednesday, January 25: 4th grade Gold Country Field Trip Parent Info Meeting 6:00pm Library.
  • Thursday, January 26, Food Distribution: 2:45-4:00pm. High Quality Protein/Fruits/Vegetables: All are Welcome to Participate!
  • Friday, January 27, Free Dress Day(last Friday of the month)
  • Friday, January 27: Principal's Coffee 8:30-9:30pm, Amphitheater by Library

Toy Drive Photos: A Huge Thank You and Shout Out to Karen and Rick DeGolia, the Atherton Police Department, and Jose Luna for Another Successful Year!

Luminaria Photos: Winter Solstice, December 21, 2022! Muchas Gracias to Jacob and Kerianna Creedon for Volunteering to Keep this Tradition Alive for our Community!!

Bond Improvements!

Maestra Sara Class: Language Development using Language Function, Frames, Oral Practice, and then Writing

5th grade Maestro Ignacio Social Studies QR Code State Project ; Maestra Lilian Book Reports