Week of April 4, 2022

Welcome Back! Quarter 4 begins Monday, April 4 and is a MINIMUM DAY.

We request that families test their student(s) within 24 hours before returning to campus on April 4, 2022. No need to send in negative results. POSITIVE results can be reported here and also please email finneyschool@cvesd.org.

Weekly Tuesday testing at Finney helps us slow the spread of Covid-19. You can sign your child up for Tuesday testing at school.covidclinic.org. For questions about testing, contact k12@covidclinic.org. Those who have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days should not test with Covid Clinic.

Masks are no longer required at school, but are still recommended.

Kindergarten registration is going on NOW! Do you know a child who will turn 5 by September 1, 2022? Please spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. Transfers are welcome!

Please ensure students wear clothing appropriate for school. Shirts must cover midriff. Heelys, Crocs, flip-flops, and slippers are not safe for school. Shoes must be appropriate for physical education. Long fingernails are not safe for school.

Are you receiving texts from Finney? Text YES to 67587.

Upcoming Dates:
April 6 CVESD Board Trustee Kate Bishop Meeting with Finney Community 5:00 pm via Zoom
April 11 School Site Council 2:30
April 14 PTA Board Elections 4:00
April 21 6:00 pm CVESD Parent Forum at Muroaka Elementary

Week of March 14, 2022

Minimum Days continue this week for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Spring Break is March 21-April 1. We are distributing at-home Covid-19 testing kits for students in kindergarten through 6th grade this week so that you can test your student prior to returning from Spring Break. We will have kits available for pick up by parents Monday through Wednesday at the front of the school from 1:00-3:00 and in the school office 7:00-1:00 and 3:00-4:00.

Weekly testing at Finney helps us slow the spread of Covid-19. It also removes the burden from you to take your children to get tested after every exposure and will fill the weekly testing requirement for sports team participation. You can sign your child up for Tuesday testing at school.covidclinic.org. For questions about testing, contact k12@covidclinic.org. Those who have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days should not test with Covid Clinic.

Please ensure students wear clothing appropriate for school. Shirts must cover midriff. Heelies, Crocs, flip-flops, and slippers are not safe for school. Shoes must be appropriate for physical education. Fake fingernails are not safe for school.

Your child’s VAPA (Visual & Performing Arts) grade on their progress report will be NA (not assessed). You can read about the VAPA standards covered in Art & Music class this quarter here. Y en español.

Upcoming Dates:
March 10-17 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 14-18 Scholastic Book Fair
March 17 PTA Association Meeting
March 17 CVESD B-LAC (Black Learners Advisory Committee) Meeting
March 21-April 1 SPRING BREAK
April 4 First Day of Quarter 4 – Minimum Day
April 6 CVESD Board Trustee Kate Bishop Meeting with Finney Community 5:00 pm via Zoom

Week of March 7, 2022

Minimum Days 1:00 Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences are THIS THURSDAY, March 10 through March 17.

Thank you Finney PTA for your generous gift of personalized water bottles to Finney students!

PTA Spring Catalog fundraiser is March 7-17. Look for a package coming home. Please help support our school. PTA is currently seeking candidates for the PTA Board. Elections are this month. All positions are open. Book Fair is coming up March 14-18.

Your child’s VAPA (Visual & Performing Arts) grade on their progress report will be NA (not assessed). You can read about the VAPA standards covered in Art & Music class this quarter here.

Masking rules in CVESD have not changed and will be reviewed at the March 9th School Board Mtg. Currently, masks are still required indoors.

Weekly testing at Finney helps us slow the spread of Covid-19. It also removes the burden from you to take your children to get tested after every exposure and will fill the weekly testing requirement for sports team participation. You can sign your child up for Tuesday testing at school.covidclinic.org. For questions about testing, contact k12@covidclinic.org. Those who have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days should not test with Covid Clinic.

When a student in your child’s classroom or group tests positive, all the parents of exposed students receive an exposure letter. Exposed students do NOT need to stay home unless they have symptoms or test positive. Exposed students need to test on day 3, 4, or 5. Any test is acceptable and results must be reported to the district via this form: https://forms.office.com/r/uzEF13QrRE. Students who participate in weekly testing at Finney do not need to go get another test, even if the weekly test is not on day 3, 4, or 5.

Here is a video of our ELAC/Coffee Chat from Friday, 3/4/22, where Mrs. Gonzalez talked about wellness tips to help ensure student success.

Upcoming Dates:
March 8 DAC/DELAC Meeting 12:00
March 9 CVESD Board Meeting 6:00
March 7-18 PTA Spring Catalog Fundraiser
March 10-17 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 14-18 Scholastic Book Fair
March 21-April 1 SPRING BREAK
April 4 First Day of Quarter 4 – Minimum Day

Week of February 28, 2022

Finney will celebrate National Read Across America day on March 2nd. Here are some tips for parents for reading to your children. Reading to and with your children throughout elementary school is one of the best ways to support them as readers.

Please join us for our next Coffee Chat/ELAC Meeting this Friday, March 4 at 8:30 via Teams.

Weekly testing at Finney helps us slow the spread of Covid-19. It also removes the burden from you to take your children to get tested after every exposure and will fill the weekly testing requirement for sports team participation. You can sign your child up for Tuesday testing at school.covidclinic.org. For questions about testing, contact k12@covidclinic.org. Those who have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days should not test with Covid Clinic.

When a student in your child’s classroom or group tests positive, all the parents of exposed students receive an exposure letter. Exposed students do NOT need to stay home unless they have symptoms or test positive. Exposed students need to test on day 3, 4, or 5. Any test is acceptable and results must be reported to the district via this form: https://forms.office.com/r/uzEF13QrRE.

Chula Vista Community Collaborative’s Family Resource Centers can help with Medi-Cal, Covered California, Mental Health Services, assistance with filling out forms, Domestic Violence, and more. This FREE help in English & Spanish is available at Resource Centers located on CVESD school campuses. The closest FRC to Finney is Rayo de Esperanza at Otay Elementary. Visit the website or call 619-425-4458.

Upcoming Dates:
March 4 Coffee Chat & ELAC Meeting 8:30
March 8 DAC/DELAC Meeting 12:00
March 7-18 PTA Spring Catalog Fundraiser
March 10-17 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
March 14-18 Scholastic Book Fair
March 21-April 1 SPRING BREAK
April 4 First Day of Quarter 4 – Minimum Day

Week of February 21, 2022

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Thank you to all those who supported the Kids’ Heart Challenge! Finney raised over $1000 for the American Heart Association, and had a great time jumping rope at our culminating event on Thursday 2/17. Thank you, Finney PTA, for all your help organizing the Kids’ Heart Challenge.

Weekly testing at Finney helps us slow the spread of Covid-19. It also removes the burden from you to take your children to get tested after every exposure and will fill the weekly testing requirement for sports team participation. You can sign your child up for Tuesday testing at school.covidclinic.org. To register your account, click into the parent/guardian tab. Fill in your information and then your children’s information. You will need each child’s student ID#. Once done, you will see Part Two which is ordering a test for your children. This second step is needed to have a test ready by Tuesday. After the first order, the order will repeat itself every week with no further action needed by you. You will receive an email confirming Your Order has been Placed. For questions about testing, contact k12@covidclinic.org. Those who have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days should not test with Covid Clinic.

The next CVESD B-LAC (Black Learners Advisory Council) is Feb. 24. Learn more about B-LAC here.

Chula Vista Community Collaborative’s Family Resource Centers can help with Medi-Cal, Covered California, Mental Health Services, assistance with filling out forms, Domestic Violence, and more. This FREE help in English & Spanish is available at Resource Centers located on CVESD school campuses. The closest FRC to Finney is Rayo de Esperanza at Otay Elementary. Visit the website or call 619-425-4458.

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL Washington’s Birthday
Feb. 22-25 6th Grade Camp
Feb. 24 B-LAC 6:00

Week of February 14, 2022

Thank you to all those who have supported the Kids’ Heart Challenge so far! We’ve already raised almost $500 for the American Heart Association, and we still have a week to go. Our culminating event is a school-wide jump-rope-a-thon on Thursday, Feb. 17th. It’s not too late to Join Our Team at heart.org/KHC or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android.

Weekly Tuesday Covid-19 PCR testing at Finney started last week. Weekly testing helps us slow the spread of Covid-19. It also removes the burden from you to take your children to get tested after every exposure and will fill the weekly testing requirement for sports team participation. *Special note for 6th graders: it is important for 6th graders NOT to test with Covid Clinic prior to camp. We will test 6th graders with a rapid test at school on the morning of camp departure.*

You can sign your child up for Tuesday testing at school.covidclinic.org. To register your account, click into the parent/guardian tab. Fill in your information and then your children’s information. You will need each child’s student ID#. Once done, you will see Part Two which is ordering a test for your children. This second step is needed to have a test ready by Tuesday. After the first order, the order will repeat itself every week with no further action needed by you. You will receive an email confirming Your Order has been Placed. For questions about testing, contact k12@covidclinic.org. Those who have had Covid-19 within the past 90 days should not test with Covid Clinic.

Please send Covid-19 test results to finneyschool@cvesd.org. Please direct Covid-19 questions to covtest4@cvesd.org. When your student is absent for any length of time, they should complete and independent study.

Children 5 and up can be vaccinated against Covid-19. Please send completed (two doses of Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccination card copies to finneyschool@cvesd.org to update school vaccination records.

The next CVESD B-LAC (Black Learners Advisory Council) is Feb. 24. Learn more about B-LAC here.

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 16 TK & Kindergarten Registration Meeting 6:00-7:30 pm (virtual)
Feb. 17 Kids’ Heart Challenge (Jump Rope for Heart)
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL Washington’s Birthday
Feb. 24 B-LAC 6:00

Week of February 7, 2022

Our Kids Heart Challenge has officially kicked off!  Click Here for your Virtual EnvelopeOur goal is to have 100% of our students register online and take the FREE Challenge to Be Active or Be Kind. Thank you for supporting our school and the American Heart Association! 

  1. Join Our Team at heart.org/KHC or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android
  2. Take the Challenge to Be Active or Be Kind and you’ll earn a FREE Road Warrior Wristband
  3. Follow FINN’S MISSION in your HQ to learn Hands Only CPR, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., and how to help spread awareness by connecting to social media. Complete Finn’s Missions and you’ll earn Finn’s Lifesaver Award!

Reclaim lost sweaters and jackets! Any lost and found items not claimed by Friday, February 11 will be donated to charity.

4th Grade will be selling Friendship Grams during morning recess and after school now through Friday, Feb. 11. Grams are $1: students write a note that will be delivered with a healthy treat to their friend’s classroom on Feb. 14.

Weekly Covid-19 testing at Finney starts this week! Testers will visit each classroom during class to test registered students and staff. You should have received an email from Covid Clinic to sign up for weekly testing at school. Please use that email to give permission for weekly testing. You will be asked for your student’s ID number; this is the 6-digit number they use to log in to all district programs. (if you did not receive the email or need assistance, please contact k12@covidclinic.org)

Please read the latest CVESD Covid Newsletter. There are new requirements for testing after exposure. Negative test results for students after exposure are now tracked by CVESD and must be reported by parent/guardian at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/uzEF13QrRE.

Please send Covid-19 test results to finneyschool@cvesd.org. Please direct Covid-19 questions to covtest4@cvesd.org. When your student is absent for any length of time, they should complete and independent study.

Children 5 and up can be vaccinated against Covid-19. Please send completed (two doses of Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccination card copies to finneyschool@cvesd.org to update school vaccination records.

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 16 TK & Kindergarten Registration Meeting 6:00-7:30 pm (virtual)
Feb. 17 Kids’ Heart Challenge (Jump Rope for Heart)
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL Washington’s Birthday


Week of January 31, 2022

Finney is seeking substitutes for many positions! Help spread the word. Click here for more information.

In case you missed it, click here to read the CVESD Covid Newsletter.

Please send Covid-19 test results to finneyschool@cvesd.org. Please direct Covid-19 questions to covtest4@cvesd.org. When your student is absent for any length of time, they should complete and independent study.

Children 5 and up can be vaccinated against Covid-19. Please send completed (two doses of Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccination card copies to finneyschool@cvesd.org to update school vaccination records.

You should have received an email from Covid Clinic to sign up for weekly testing at school. Please use that email to give permission for weekly testing at Finney, projected to begin the week February 7. You will be asked for your student’s ID number; this is the 6-digit number they use to log in to all district programs. (if you did not receive the email or need assistance, please contact k12@covidclinic.org)

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 7 School Site Council 2:30
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL Washington’s Birthday

Week of January 24, 2022

Finney is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge this week. This is an international event to spread kindness. Students are challenged to complete acts of kindness each day. You can participate at home with the Family Edition Checklist. Here is is in Spanish, too.

New Covid-19 testing sites are set to open at Eastlake, Clearview, and Castle Park schools M-F 10:00-6:00 starting January 25. Please check cvesd.org for the latest testing information.

You can order FREE at-home test kits at https://www.covidtests.gov/.

Please send Covid-19 test results to finneyschool@cvesd.org. Please direct Covid-19 questions to covtest4@cvesd.org.

Contact tracing for positive cases at school has changed. Read all about Group Contact Tracing here.

You should have received an email from Covid Clinic to sign up for weekly testing at school. Please use that email to give permission for weekly testing at Finney, projected to begin the week February 7. You will be asked for your student’s ID number; this is the 6-digit number they use to log in to all district programs. (if you did not receive the email or need assistance, please contact k12@covidclinic.org)

Here is the recording from Friday’s Coffee Chat/ELAC meeting.

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 7 School Site Council 2:30
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL Washington’s Birthday

Week of January 17, 2022

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Go to cvesd.org to see the current Covid-19 testing schedule.

Click here for information about where to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Use this email for reporting absences: finneyschool@cvesd.org. *NEW PROCEDURE* Please send Covid-19 test results to both covtest3@cvesd.org and finneyschool@cvesd.org and Covid-19 questions to covtest4@cvesd.org. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we weather this surge and changing Covid-19 guidance.

Students can get attendance credit by completing an independent study. Please ask your teacher or office staff for a list of work to complete.

Extended Day Tutoring begins Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Please join us our Virtual Coffee Chat and ELAC Meeting, Friday, January 21 at 8:30 am. The meeting will be recorded. We are discussing helping your child with MATH, and reviewing the latest Covid-19 information.

Upcoming Dates:
January 20 PTA Association Meeting 4:00 passcode 919037
January 21 Virtual Coffee Chat and ELAC Meeting 8:30 am
January 24-28 Great Kindness Challenge