Week of November 12, 2018

Veterans-Day-1024x683Monday, November 12 is Veterans Day and there is NO SCHOOL.

Congratulations to Room 203 Mrs. Gillespie’s class for having 100% attendance last week! Our school attendance rate last week was 96%. This is too low! Our goal is 98%. We can do it! Be a part of your child’s academic success by bringing them to school every day on time.

As a reminder, Finney has a Dress Code, which is located in the Finney Parent Handbook. Here are some highlights from the dress code:

  • For safety reasons,  students need to wear closed toe shoes with gripping,  non-slip soles suitable for physical education. 
  • Shorts need to pass the student’s fingertips when arms are at his/her sides.
  • Tank tops must have straps at least 3 fingers wide, and no crop tops are allowed.

Finney cares! During the month of November, we are collecting toys and non-perishable food for those in need.

The Annual Turkey Trot 5th Grade Fundraiser is Friday, Nov. 16th at 8:30 am. Please return the permission slip you received from your child’s teacher. Students must have a signed permission slip in order to run on Friday. Each child who turns in sponsorships will be entered for a chance to win a Turkey Dinner basket.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26-30 6th Grade Camp
Dec. 3 School Site Council 2:30
Dec. 6 Project Pie Fundraiser 5:00-8:00

Week of November 5, 2018

Fall-Daylight-SavingsDaylight Savings ended Sunday. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back!

Our attendance rate last week was 96.1%. This is too low! Our goal is 98%. We can do it! Be a part of your child’s academic success by bringing them to school every day on time.

The FREE YMCA STRETCH morning childcare program has space for students in all grade levels. Students can arrive starting at 6:15 a.m. Applications are available in the school office. For more information call 619-787-7411 or email stretch-finney@ymca.org.

race36446-logo.bz1vghFinney cares! During the month of November, we are collecting toys and non-perishable food for those in need.

The Annual Turkey Trot 5th Grade Fundraiser is Friday, Nov. 16th. Please return the permission slip you received from your child’s teacher. Each child who turns in sponsorships will be entered for a chance to win a Turkey Dinner basket.

Monday, Nov. 12 is Veteran’s Day and there is NO SCHOOL.

Nov. 5 School Site Council 2:30
Nov. 5-30 Food and Toy Drive
Nov. 5-16 PTA Catalog Fundraiser
Nov. 6 Election Day
Nov. 12 NO SCHOOL Veterans’ Day
Nov. 16 Turkey Trot (5th Grade Fundraiser) 8:30
Nov. 19-23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

 

Week of October 29, 2018

attendance-logo-400Our attendance rate last week was 96.5%. This is too low. Our goal is 98%. We can do it!

Did you know that poor attendance in elementary school is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school? Remember, coming to school on every day on time is the first smart choice your child makes in their academic career. Please be a part of your child’s success by bringing them to school early. They can eat breakfast at school starting at 7:15.  School begins at 7:45 am. Students are required to be lined up on the blacktop when the bell rings at 7:45, or they are marked tardy.

The YMCA STRETCH morning childcare program has space for students in all grade levels. Students can arrive starting at 6:15 a.m. Applications are available in the school office. For more information call 619-787-7411 or email stretch-finney@ymca.org.

img_3356-e1540736935810.jpgIt’s time to order your Finney Bulldog spirit gear! Use this form, or stop by the PTA table after school all week for pre-sales.

We are seeking volunteers to lead a small group to support beginning readers, twice a week from 8:30-9:30. Volunteers will receive training. Please contact Mrs. Berman if you are interested. stacey.berman@cvesd.org.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 4 Turn Clocks Back
Nov. 5 School Site Council 2:30
Nov. 5-30 Food and Toy Drive
Nov. 5-16 PTA Catalog Fundraiser
Nov. 6 Election Day
Nov. 12 NO SCHOOL Veterans’ Day
Nov. 16 Turkey Trot (5th Grade Fundraiser) 8:30

 

 

Week of October 22, 2018

It’s Red Ribbon Week! Each year, Red Ribbon celebrations bring communities together to take a stand on making smart choices, reducing violence, and committing to be drug-free. Student Council is sponsoring the following Spirit Days this week:

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Friday, October 26 is the Finney Fall Festival, 4:30-7:00 pm. Join us for fun, food, and games while supporting your school! Costumes are welcome!fall festival

Friday, October 26 is the annual Finney Costume Parade at 8:30 on the east blacktop. Families are welcome, and can enter through the side gate on the east side of the auditorium for this event. Student costumes guidelines:

  • Faces must not be covered up.  Masks will be allowed during parade only.
  • Costumes are to be tasteful and appropriate.
  • Blood, guts and/or gore are not allowed.
  • Fake guns, swords, knives or anything resembling a weapon is not allowed.
  • Costumes must not require parent or adult assistance.
  • Students participating in the parade should arrive to school in their costume and remain in costume all day.
  • Students not participating will be supervised in the library.
  • No costumes allowed at school on Oct. 31.

Finney Student Council is sponsoring “SOCKTOBER” clean sock drive for families in need. Bring NEW socks Oct. 15-31 and they will be donated to Father Joe’s Village.

Thank you to those parents who attended our Parents & Pastries/ELAC meeting on Friday. If you were not able to attend, please take a moment to give your input regarding parent meeting topics by taking this brief survey. Here is the Spanish version. Survey closes on 10/26/18.

Our attendance rate last week was 96.7%. This is too low! Our goal is 98%. We can do it!

Remember, coming to school on every day on time is the first smart choice your child makes in their academic career. Please be a part of your child’s success by bringing them to school early. They can eat breakfast at school starting at 7:15.  School begins at 7:45 am. Students are required to be lined up on the blacktop when the bell rings at 7:45, or they are marked tardy.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 24 PTA General Meeting 5:00 Rm. 201
Oct. 26 Halloween Parade 8:30
Oct. 26 Fall Festival 4:30-7:00 pm
Nov. 5-15 Food Drive

Week of October 15, 2018

halloween-clipart-for-kids-37Friday, October 26 is the annual Finney Costume Parade at 8:30 on the east blacktop. Families are welcome, and can enter through the side gate on the east side of the auditorium for this event. Student costumes guidelines:

  • Faces must not be covered up.  Masks will be allowed during parade only.
  • Costumes are to be tasteful and appropriate.
  • Blood, guts and/or gore are not allowed.
  • Fake guns, swords, knives or anything resembling a weapon is not allowed.
  • Costumes must not require parent or adult assistance.
  • Students participating in the parade should arrive to school in their costume and remain in costume all day.
  • Students not participating will be supervised in the library.
  • No costumes allowed at school on Oct. 31.

1_socktober2Finney Student Council is sponsoring “SOCKTOBER” clean sock drive for families in need. Bring NEW socks Oct. 15-31 and they will be donated to Father Joe’s Village.

Join us for the Finney Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:00 am-12:00 pm! You can rent a space to sell items. Click here for more information. Proceeds benefit 6th grade.

Our next Parents & Pastries meeting is this Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:30 am in Room 502. This meeting will be combined with the English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting.

The Book Fair is Oct. 15-20 in Room 201. Students will attend with their class during the week. Additional hours are:
7:20-7:45 am
2:00-2:45 pm (open until 3:00 on Monday & Thursday)
12:45-1:30 pm on Friday
Book fair will also be open 7:00-9:00 am during the Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 15 SSC 2:30 Rm. 502
Oct. 15-20 Book Fair Rm. 201
Oct. 19 Awards Assembly 4th-6th 8:00
Oct. 19 Parents & Pastries/ELAC 8:30 Rm. 502
Oct. 20 Rummage Sale 7:00-12:00
Oct. 24 PTA General Meeting 5:00 Rm. 201
Oct. 26 Halloween Parade 8:30
Oct. 26 Fall Festival 4:30-7:00 pm

Week of October 8, 2018

img_1910Tuesday, October 9 is the first day of Second Quarter and is a REGULAR DAY with 2:15 dismissal. We hope you had a wonderful Fall Break!

As we begin Quarter 2, please take a moment to remind your child about the Finney Bulldog Expectations: Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Responsible. Please refer to the Finney Parent Handbook for more information.

Vote for $$ for Finney! Sonic will be funding the Donors Choose projects that get the most votes each week in October! You can vote daily and it’s FREE! Our makerspace (engineering and design space) is getting closer to becoming a reality! https://www.limeadesforlearning.com/projects/3455392 

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Finney PTA’s Box Tops for Education drive starts on October 9th–bring in those box tops and Finney earns $$!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be October 15 through October 20 in Room 201.

Did you know there are only 180 days of school in the school year? This means that your children are IN school fewer days than they are OUT of school. Regular school attendance is critical. Every school day is important for your child’s learning. Please consult the CVESD calendar, and schedule trips and appointments during breaks.

Finney is seeking a parent representative to the CVESD Budget Advisory Committee. This parent will be Finney’s voice on the district’s budget planning, and will report back to the School Site Council. Meetings are held monthly. The first meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 17 6:00 pm at the CVESD office, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista. Childcare is available. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Prange beverly.prange@cvesd.org

Don’t miss out! Click on the link to register for the CVESD Parent Academy!

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Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 13 Parent Academy
Oct. 15 School Site Council 2:30 pm
Oct. 17 CVESD Budget Advisory Committee 6:00 pm
Oct. 20 PTA Rummage Sale 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Oct. 24 PTA General Meeting 5:00 pm
Oct. 26 Costume Parade 8:30 am
Oct. 26 Fall Festival 4:30-7:00 pm

 

 

Week of September 17, 2018

minimum day signMinimum days 1:00 dismissal ALL WEEK for parent-teacher conferences. The last day of 1st Quarter is Sept. 21, and 2nd Quarter begins on TUESDAY, October 9, which is a regular day.

Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Days this week!
Monday 9/17: Twin Day
Tuesday 9/18: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday 9/19: Mismatch Day
Thursday 9/20: Super Hero Day
Friday 9/21: Finney Friday (wear Finney gear or colors)

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Are you receiving text messages from Finney? Text YES to 67587 to opt in to our text messaging system.textoptin

Have a fun and safe Fall Break and we will see you on October 9th!

Week of September 10, 2018

parent-teacher-conferenceSeptember 13-20 are MINIMUM DAYS with 1:00 dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences . The last day of 1st quarter is September 21, and 2nd quarter begins on Tuesday, October 9th.

At the next School Site Council meeting, we will be presenting the draft Comprehensive School Safety Plan to the public for review. Please join us on Monday, September 10 at 2:30 in Rm. 201.

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The 6th Grade Camp Parent Meeting is Wednesday, September 12 at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

The YMCA STRETCH morning childcare program at Finney is now accepting new students at all grade levels! Students can arrive anytime between 6:30-7:14 am and will get homework help, physical activity, breakfast, and more. Applications are available in the school office. For more information call 619-787-7411 or email stretch-finney@ymca.org.

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Join us for the 1st Annual Finney Campout and Movie Night on Friday, September 14! Rent a camping spot on the Finney field and spend the night! Camping spaces are $15 per space and $25 for a double space. Spaces are on sale before and after school.

Student Council is sponsoring Spirit Days for the last week before break, September 17-21:
Monday 9/17: Twin Day
Tuesday 9/18: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday 9/19: Mismatch Day
Thursday 9/20: Super Hero Day
Friday 9/21: Finney Friday (wear Finney gear or colors)

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Week of September 3, 2018

91-ogHappy Labor Day! There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 3, 2018!

During the next School Site Council meeting, we will be presenting the draft Comprehensive School Safety Plan for review. Please join us on Monday, September 10 at 2:30 in Rm. 201. All are welcome.

slide1.jpegEat pizza and help 6th grade! Eat at Project Pie at the Chula Vista mall on Thursday, September 6 between 5:00-8:00 pm and 30% of proceeds will benefit Finney 6th grade! Just show this flyer at Project Pie.

campout-clipart-1-300x217Join us for the 1st Annual Finney Campout on Friday, September 14! Yes, your family can rent a camping spot on the Finney field and spend the night! Camping spaces are $15 per space and $25 for a double space. Sales start Wednesday, Sept. 5, before and after school.

Campout Schedule:
5:00 pm Set up begins
6:00 pm Dinner served
8:30 pm Movie
7:00 am Breakfast

We will have MINIMUM DAYS with 1:00 dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences September 13-20. The last day of 1st quarter is September 21, and 2nd quarter begins on Tuesday, October 9th.

PTA membership drive is going on now! The class with the most members wins a (healthy) popsicle party!

The YMCA STRETCH morning childcare program at Finney is now accepting new students at all grade levels! Students can arrive anytime between 6:30-7:14 am and will get homework help, physical activity, breakfast, and more. Applications are available in the school office. For more information call 619-787-7411 or email stretch-finney@ymca.org.

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 4 Picture Make-Up Day
Sept. 6-7 Dental Screenings
Sept. 6 Project Pie Fundraiser 5-8 pm @ Project Pie Chula Vista
Sept. 10 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201
Sept. 14 Campout
Sept. 15 Finney Garden Build Day
Sept. 13-20 Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher conferences

 

Week of August 27, 2018

thank youThank you to everyone for your support of our Apex Fun Run fundraiser to raise funds for new lunch tables. We earned $7000 for our school!

Slide2Please help keep our children safe by following all traffic laws. The white curb in front of the school is a loading zone only. You may not park and leave your car in the loading zone. If you park on the south side of Byrd Street, please cross only at the corner and not in the middle of the block. Violators of traffic laws may be ticketed.  The red curb in front of the school may not be used for dropping off or picking up students. This lane must be kept clear for buses. Thank you for your cooperation!

San Ysidro Health Center is providing FREE dental screenings at Finney on Sept. 6-7. Please return the permission slip that was sent home.

The YMCA STRETCH program at Finney has openings for 4th and 5th grade students for FREE before and after school child care. Applications are available in the school office. For more information call 619-787-7411 or email stretch-finney@ymca.org.

Stay informed and help us save trees and money! CVESD uses an electronic flyer program called Peachjar. Click to sign up for Peachjar electronic flyers from Finney!

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Upcoming Dates:
Aug. 30 PTA General Mtg. 5:00
Aug. 31 Upper Grade Awards Assembly 8:00
Sept. 3 NO SCHOOL Labor Day
Sept. 4 Picture Make Up Day
Sept. 6-7 FREE Dental Screenings (with permission slip)
Sept. 10 School Site Council 2:30
Sept. 11 DAC/DELAC 12:00-2:00
Sept. 12 6th Grade Parent Meeting 5:30
Sept. 13-21 Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences