Principal's Newsletter

November 15, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,

Thanksgiving is the time to connect with family and friends(safely of course!), enjoy lots of good food, and also to reflect on the many things for which we are thankful and grateful. I am thankful for all of our students who try their best to learn every day-- even with masks on. Our students give us all a daily reminder about what is really important in this world and why we do what we do. I am thankful for our parents and families who have created a supportive partnership between the home and the school. I am thankful for all of our staff and community partners at Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School; they truly care about students and have everyone's best interests at heart. I would like to wish each of you and your families a happy, healthy, safe and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.


TK/Kindergarten 2022/23 Registration/School of Choice is open!

Incredibly, we are already recruiting for our incoming Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten classes for the 2022 school year. We are holding weekly Orientation meetings via Zoom on Fridays at 9:00am 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, 2022 please fill out the K Sibling Form by January 11th so you can get priority in the selection process. Current TK students and students in PreSchool CDC at our school also have priority acceptance for next year in Kindergarten. However, All 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 by the deadline. The first round of School of Choice closes on January 14th. Families will start being notified if they are accepted by February 4th.


We’ll Soon Welcome Volunteers Back to our School

We’re excited to share that the special folks who make a big difference in our school will soon be able to start spending a school day with us again. On Wednesday, November 10, our School Board agreed that it’s time for our volunteers and partners to rejoin us at school. All volunteers -- parents, community members, and organizations -- will be able to start volunteering again starting on November 29.

Volunteers will need to follow this process with the district’s Department of Human Resources. This includes both returning and new volunteers. The department of human resources will contact each volunteer once they are cleared to start volunteering. If you’re not able to fill out the documents online, come by our office as we have print copies available. A new requirement is that all volunteers will need to be fully vaccinated.

We know that it’s been a bit of a wait, but we appreciate the understanding as our district was working to keep all of us safe following public health guidelines.

We’re excited to have you back!


COVID 19 Vaccination Events:

A number of our students have already received the first vaccination. RCSD families have several options for vaccinating their children in San Mateo County, which include healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other county and community clinics. Families are also encouraged to visit the San Mateo County Health website for vaccination events throughout the County. The San Mateo County Office of Education has also compiled this list of upcoming vaccination opportunities. 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. 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 19th(deadline has been extended).


Walk-A-Thon: BETTER TOGETHER!

This is the last week of the Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser! Please help us reach our goal by asking friends and family to support our children through a flat donation. The Walk-a-thon event at school will be this Friday, November 19th.

We have raised $16,700 towards our goal of $30,000. The current class leading in donations is Maestra Elizabeth's first grade class. The winning class will receive a Class Party!

Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser Information:

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 fundraising@unidospto.org.


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 https://primary.health/


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


Regards,

Director Warren

Important November Dates

  • 11/16 LifeTouch Photo Retakes in the AM

  • 11/17 4th grade Dance Assembly 8:30: ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 836 2764 4499 Passcode: DannyG

  • 11/17 5th grade Dance Assembly 10:40: ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 824 6541 4361 Passcode: DannyG

  • 11/17 School Site Council Meeting, 3:00pm, Meeting ID: 861 4305 1368 Passcode: Warren

  • 11/18 Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic 2:00-7:00pm for 5-11 year olds at Hoover Community School

  • 11/18 PJ Story time Read Aloud con Directores Pati/Warren; 6:30pm: Meeting ID: 821 4005 1563 Passcode: StoryTime

  • 11/19 Free Dress Day(last school Friday of the month) Wear Walkathon Shirt!!

  • 11/19 Unidos PTO Walkathon!

  • 11/19 Early Dismissal: 1:25pm

  • 11/19 Lost and Found Clothing will be recycled(please stop by and check prior to 3:00pm)

  • 11/22 and 11/23 Parent Teacher Conferences: No School
  • 11/24-11/26 Thanksgiving Holiday: No School

Photos Around School

Staff Activity: Whole Group Meditation and River Rock Mandala Painting in the Garden

Sports Dress Up Spirit Day!