Principal's Welcome Message

August 31, 2020
Welcome to the  2020-21 Virtual School Year


Hello Aztec Families,  

I want to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. It has been a summer of planning with variables that seem to change on a daily basis. But the excitement of starting a new school year remains the same and I’m looking forward to what this very special year has in store for all of us.  

Virtual Learning

On September 2, 2020, we will begin our school year, remotely. As you can imagine, with the number of variables to consider (students’ and teachers’ health consideration, dual-language immersion needs, homeschool option, virtual academy, need to align with all 39 schools in PUSD, etc.), class placements have been extremely challenging and complex. In addition, we had to simultaneously consider the possibility of returning to campus and what that would entail. Therefore, we will start the year with an initial placement. Some of our upper grades will have combination classes this year.  When an eventual reopening of our schools takes place in PUSD, we will implement the contingency plan.

Contingency Plan (Return to Campus)

When all schools in PUSD are back on campus, we will put into place our AM/PM and Virtual Learning Academy model. Shifting to this plan will mean that we will have to adjust our class placement again at this time. The most likely scenario is that we will have combination classes at all grade levels. Our teachers are ready and energized to make each learning environment rigorous and engaging for our students. The ABES staff worked endless hours over the summer to create our class list for every scenario and therefore, we will not be able to accommodate any class change requests. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we begin this very unique year. 


Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to be forward thinkers, become flexible with changing information, have empathy for each of our situations, and better understand technology. These are all excellent skills and qualities we want our students to develop as they move into their future. I know the information I shared with you today is a lot to take in, but please remember this is only temporary. Our lives will eventually return to normal, and we will all be back to our Small School with a Big Heart.


Thank you for your ardent support of our school. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the material distribution and meet your teacher event on Monday for TK-2nd grades and Tuesday for 3rd-5th grades.


With gratitude,

Eddie Park

Principal, ABES


Benefits of Multi-Grade Classrooms

FAQ on Multi-Grade Classrooms

Adobe Bluffs Welcome Video

Material Distribution Information  

2020-2021 ABES Teachers and Tentative Grade Level

Pre School- Daisy Cai

Transitional Kindergarten-Peggy Boyd

Kindergarten- Julie Lowrie

Kindergarten- Kristen Kapitzke

DLI Kindergarten-Penny Wang

DLI Kindergarten- Hsu Yen Lin

1st Grade- Susie Lee

1st Grade -Taylor McCrady

DLI 1st Grade- Lolita Rico (English) Christine Lin (Mandarin)

2nd Grade-Katie Krumenacker

2nd Grade- Maddie Curry

DLI 2nd Grade- Stephanie Vasquez (English) Julie Li (Mandarin)

3rd Grade- Nancy Cline

3rd Grade-Rachel Dake

3rd/4th Grade- Kerrie Shank

3rd/4th Grade-Kyle Luciani

4th Grade -Richard Figone

4th/5th Grade- Lauren LeMaster

5th Grade- Kathy Seckington


2020-2021- ABES Teachers and Specialists

RSP- Mellisa Lopez

Pre School(SPED)- Linda Reeves

TK/K (SPED)- Dani Sleichter

K-2nd (SPED) -Chris Szarek

3rd-5th (SPED) -EmilyCole

Counselor- Ivana Lovasz

Student Support Services -Alice Burge

School Psychologist-Mona Enomoto

Speech- Joele Ghosn

Occupational Therapist- Amber Jessen/ Christine Ledgerwood

Adaptive PE- Kevin Armbruster

PE- Nicole San Severino

Library Media Technician- Susan Linger

Campus Security

The gates to the school will open at 7:25 AM and will close at 7:45. Anyone entering the campus after 7:45 must come through the front office and SIGN IN. The only adults allowed on campus are approved volunteers or special visitors approved through the front office. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in maintaining a secure campus.

Before School Supervision

The playground will be open to students in the morning beginning at 7:25 am.  The gates to the school are locked until then. No supervision will be provided before 7:25 am so students should not arrive at school before this time

Students Arriving Late

The first bell rings at 7:40 am and the late bell will ring at 7:45. All gates will be closed at 7:45. If your student arrives after the 7:45 late bell, they will receive a tardy slip. Students can walk themselves to the classroom. If you want to walk your student to class, you must sign in at the front office.

Students Leaving Early

Once students arrive, they may not leave unless a parent or other authorized person comes to the office to sign them out.  To ensure the safety of our children, you will be required to show identification when you pick up your child. Please notify the classroom teacher the day before or the morning of the checkout.  Parents are to come to the front office and your student will be called up from the classroom by the office staff.  You will be required to sign the student out in the student checkout log. Please refrain from checking your student out during lunch or recess. It is difficult to locate students on the playground and will prolong the checkout process.

School Lunch

Students have the option of buying lunch at school.  Check and cash payments can be made in the front office. Or you can prepay online on the Food and Nutrition website using the My School Bucks link. You will need your students ID number for online payments.  Lunch is served daily in the cafeteria. Free and reduced prices are available for those who qualify.  Please fill out an online application if needed.


The absence reporting phone number is (858)484-8087. State law requires that attendance be verified. Please call the absence line if your child will be absent from school and give specific information regarding the absence. If you bring your child late to school for a dentist or doctor appointment, please bring a note from the medical office to help excuse your student’s absence.

Medication at School

Located on the Poway Unified School District website (, you will find valuable Health Information. On the main page of the website, look for the “Parents” tab. Go to the Drop Down Menu and select ”Health Information”. From there you will find many topics regarding student health at school. The topics include Immunization information and important information about having medication at school. You may also download forms required for medication at school.


If you are interested in volunteering in your child’s classroom or on a committee, forms will be sent home with your student at back to school night from your child’s teacher. All volunteers need to have a TB Test result, Megan’s Law paperwork completed and a signed Volunteer Code of Conduct.  There will be no volunteers the first 30 days of school as the office process volunteer requests.

Parking Lot Drop Off & Pick Up

Student safety is our number one concern. All cars are to drive SLOWLY when in the parking lot and traffic circle. Everyone must use one of the two crosswalks in the parking lot. When dropping off and picking up students in the traffic circle please drive all the way around the outer edge of the circle then pull all the way forward to drop off/pick up your child at the curb.  Do not let your child out of the car until you are stopped at the edge of the curb.  Never leave your car unattended in the loading zone.  If you need to enter the school campus for any reason, please park your car in a designated space in the lot or on the street.

Extended Student Services

Adobe Bluffs provides an ESS program, which is a fee-based before and after school childcare program.  ESS is open from 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.  All students planning to participate in ESS

must be registered at the ESS building.  Please call 858-538-2672 for information regarding registration and fees.
We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school.
Edward Park


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