Hi from Finney Staff & Meals Update

As schools remain closed indefinitely, we made a little video to say “hi” and “we miss you!”:

Meal Distribution Update from the Superintendent:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Our District is committed to distributing meals to students from families in need during Spring Break. Our next meal distribution is scheduled for ‪Tuesday, March 31 at the same nine regional school sites that we utilized last Tuesday. We will start distributing at 10 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. We will stop the distribution once all bags are handed out.

Last Tuesday, due to overwhelming response, all nine school sites finished distribution of meals as early as 10:45 a.m. Altogether, more than 4,500 meal bags were distributed representing 45,000 meals (each bag meal distribution covers five days of breakfast and lunch). We reduced the number of meal distribution sites from all 46 schools to nine regional locations during Spring Break in order to better comply with the requests from national, state, and local public health officials to limit possible spread or exposure to COVID-19.

We are exploring the addition of about 1,000 meal bags beyond the 4,500 we had planned for. Due to the current situation, we are limited on deliveries to our warehouse, and as a result can only pass out that which we receive and can bundle. We also are serving ages 1-18, which is considerably different from a normal school day. To view a list of our nine school sites for Tuesday’s meal distribution, click here.

Parents are encouraged to bring their student(s) to our District’s meal distribution “only if you really need it.” This program is designed for students who are on the free/reduced price meal program. While we wish we could serve everyone who comes to us, that is not possible for safety and logistics reasons.

To view other sources in the community for food distribution, such as South Bay Community Services, Community of Hope, and other organizations, click here. Our District is not the only source of food distribution in the South County. A number of agencies are pulling together to assist as many families as possible.

I want to applaud the many school and District employees and volunteers who are making our meal distribution possible. This is an extraordinary period and our staff are likewise responding in an extraordinary fashion.

Sincerely,

Dr. Escobedo
Superintendent

CVESD is working on a learning plan for students during school closure. Remember to check out the Students page at cvesd.org for online learning links. Click here for more FAQ regarding Covid-19.

Here is information about low cost computers for kids and low-cost internet access.

Meals for Spring Break

Due to the extraordinary circumstances that our families are facing, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will extend its “grab-and-go” meal service through the two-week Spring Break, March 23 to 27 and March 30 to April 3. The meal distribution will take place at nine school sites across the region. Families will only need to make one trip to their closest school to pick up lunch and breakfast for the next day for children ages 1 to 18.  

The hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) each day. 

Students who are receiving the meals must be physically present. Meals are served cold and need to be reheated at home. The locations are: 

Vista Square Elementary School
540 G Street
Chula Vista, CA   91910 

Rice Elementary School
915 Fourth AV
Chula Vista, CA   91911 

Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School
849 Twining Avenue
San Diego, CA   92154 

Harborside Elementary School
681 Naples Street
Chula Vista, CA   91911 

Casillas Elementary School
1130 East J St
Chula Vista, CA 91910 

Salt Creek Elementary School
1055 Hunte Parkway
Chula Vista, CA   91914 

Loma Verde Elementary School
1450 Loma Lane
Chula Vista, CA    91911 

Muraoka Elementary School
1644 Santa Alexia Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91913 

Sunnyside Elementary School
5430 San Miguel Road
Bonita, CA  91902 

March 16, 2020

school closedSchool is closed this week, March 16-20. Spring break is March 23-April 3 and currently schools are scheduled to re-open on April 6, a minimum day.

free-meals-for-kidsMarch 16-20, we will be providing FREE brown bag breakfast and lunch to children ages 1-18. 8:00-8:30 and 11:00-12:00 in front of the school. Children must be present to receive meals. Meals are to-go only!

While at home, we encourage children to READ, READ, READ. A great way to practice writing is to keep a journal, and to write letters to family and friends. Also, students have at-home access to the computer programs they use at school.

For Achieve3000 (2nd-6th), Smarty Ants (1st and some 2nd) & 3rd), ST Math (K-6th), and Imagine Learning (some English Learners) go to the CVESD students page. For Reflex Math, click here. If using a tablet, many of the programs have a free app you can download.

Mrs. Pridmore is uploading daily music lessons for students on her Youtube channel (K-2nd) and Twitter (3rd-6th).

The school and the school office are closed to the public this week, but we are HERE working, so please feel free to contact us with any questions. 619-690-1334. Principal’s email: beverly.prange@cvesd.org  

CVESD has posted some helpful information about the district’s response and about staying safe during the pandemic on the district website.

Updates about school closures will be sent out via the CVESD messaging system, so please ensure we have your correct phone number and email on file. Let us know if there are any family members or care providers you would like added to our distribution list.  Text YES to 67587 to receive all CVESD and Finney info via text message.

 

 

March 9, 2020

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Tuesday, March 10 is the LAST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING!
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Kids heart challenge is March 9-20. We’ll be jumping rope for heart health on Friday, March 20 at recess.
attendancematters_logoPlease ensure children come to school every day, unless they are truly sick. All CVESD schools are following state and district directives for sanitizing surfaces and encouraging frequent  hand washing. Please remind children about proper hand washing, avoiding touching their faces, and sneezing/coughing into their elbows.

Finney Spring pictures_SOCIAL MEDIAPlease note that only students who pre-pay will be photographed this time.

Beechtown EateryEnjoy a delicious breakfast served by Finney teachers! 5th Grade is hosting a Flapjack Breakfast Saturday, March 14 at Applebee’s on Palomar St. to raise funds for the Riley’s Farm field trip. Tickets are on sale for $10 before and after school, or fill out the flyer and turn in to your child’s teacher. Click here to see the flyer.

thoughtexchange-featureFinney Elementary and CVESD are seeking your input regarding our Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. We are using the online tool Thoughtexchange (click here for Español) to gather your input, NOW through March 20. You can read about the current LCAP here. When you complete Thoughtexchange, email beverly.prange@cvesd.org a screenshot of your Thoughtexchange screen, with your children’s names, and each of your students will receive a Bulldog Super Pass! Please put Thoughtexchange in the subject line. Or you can show the screen to the secretary to receive your children’s prize.

The Finney State and District Testing Calendar is now available for grades K-6th. Click here to see the 2020 Testing Calendar.

March 9 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201
March 10 Mrs. Showman & Ms. Dehne’s Classes VAPA Performance 8:00 auditorium
March 10 DAC/DELAC Meeting 12:00-2:00
March 10 LAST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
March 11 PTA General Mtg. 2:30 (Nominations)
March 12-20 Minimum Days for Conferences 1:00 DISMISSAL
March 14 Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee’s on Palomar 8:00-10:00
March 23-April 3 SPRING BREAK
Monday, April 6 First Day of Quarter 4 (Minimum Day 1:00 Dismissal)

March 2, 2020

Beechtown EateryEnjoy a delicious breakfast served by Finney teachers! 5th Grade is hosting a Flapjack Breakfast Saturday, March 14 at Applebee’s on Palomar St. to raise funds for the Riley’s Farm field trip. Tickets are on sale for $10 before and after school starting Monday, or fill out the flyer and turn in to your child’s teacher. Click here to see the flyer.

thoughtexchange-featureFinney Elementary and CVESD are seeking your input regarding our Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. We are using the online tool Thoughtexchange (click here for Español) to gather your input, NOW through March 20. You can read about the current LCAP here. When you complete Thoughtexchange, email beverly.prange@cvesd.org a screenshot of your Thoughtexchange screen, with your children’s names, and each of your students will receive a Bulldog Super Pass! Please put Thoughtexchange in the subject line. You can also show the screen to the secretary to receive your children’s prize.

coffee-with-principalWe hope you’ll join us this Friday, March 6 at 8:00 for our Coffee with the Principal/ELAC meeting in Rm. 201. We will be discussing Helping Your Child with Test Taking. Students whose parents attend this meeting will receive a Bulldog Super Pass (redeemable for No Homework, Stuffed Animal Day, or Pajama Day).

edclogoCongratulations to Mrs. Nguyen’s class, Rm. 402, for having 99% attendance last week, the best attendance at Finney for the 2nd week in a row. Way to go! Finney’s overall attendance last week was 94.2%; our goal is 98%. When kids miss school, they miss out!

March 4 Ms. Adams & Ms. Longo’s Classes VAPA Performance 8:00 a.m. Auditorium
March 6 ELAC/Coffee with the Principal 8:00 a.m. Rm. 201
March 9 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201
March 11 PTA General Mtg. 2:30 (Nominations)
March 12-20 Minimum Days for Conferences
March 23-April 3 SPRING BREAK
Monday, April 6 First Day of Quarter 4 (Minimum Day 1:00 Dismissal)

February 24, 2020

thoughtexchange-featureFinney Elementary and CVESD are seeking your input regarding our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. We are using the online tool Thoughtexchange (click here for Español) to gather your input, NOW through March 20. You can read about the current LCAP here. When you complete Thoughtexchange, email beverly.prange@cvesd.org a screenshot of your Thoughtexchange screen, with your children’s names, and each of your students will receive a Bulldog Super Pass! Please put Thoughtexchange in the subject line. You can also show the screen to the secretary to receive your prize.

WVYEKNXCL5G2HGLPIRJ674LSZUCongratulations to Mrs. Nguyen’s class, Rm. 402, for having 99% attendance last week: Way to go! Finney’s overall attendance last week was 94.2%; our goal is 98%. When kids miss school, they miss out!

New branding 1The Pennies for Patients drive in going on now through February 28th to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Finney’s online donation page is here.

29573017_2035595456468451_1380638883127941560_nJoin us on Saturday, February 29, for our School Garden Work Day, 8:00-12:00. We welcome ALL volunteers, including 4th-6th Grade Finney Students (who can earn a Super Pass by volunteering), parents, and middle and high schoolers looking for community service hours.

Feb. 29 Finney Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
March 4 4th Grade VAPA Showcase Performance 8:00 a.m. Auditorium
March 6 ELAC/Coffee with the Principal 8:00 a.m. Rm. 201
March 9 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201
March 11 PTA General Mtg. 2:30 (Nominations)

February 17, 2020

There is NO SCHOOL on Feb. 14 & Feb. 17. See you Tuesday!

imagesThank you Finney PTA for a super fun Friendship Dance!

High-School-Franklin-MAFinney Family Science Night is Thursday, February 20, 5:00-7:00. Join us for fun, hands-on  science activities for the whole family and FREE PIZZA!

downloadThoughtexchange starts on February 18! Finney Elementary and CVESD are seeking your input regarding our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. We will be using the online tool Thoughtexchange to gather your input, February 18-March 20. You can read about the current LCAP here. When you complete Thoughtexchange, email beverly.prange@cvesd.org a screenshot of the completion screen, with your children’s names, and each of your students will receive a special prize! Please put Thoughtexchange in the subject line. We will also have devices available at Science Night on Feb. 20th for you to complete the process here at school.

kindergarten2-02Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st? Kindergarten registration for 2020-2021 begins February 19th. Registration packets are AVAILABLE NOW. Finney welcomes transfers, but space is limited! Register early! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors.

way_to_go_1xCongratulations to Mr. Schafer’s class, Rm. 702, for having 100% attendance last week: Way to go! Finney’s overall attendance last week was 94.7%; our goal is 98%. When kids miss school, they miss out!

The Pennies for Patients drive in going on now through February 28th to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Finney’s online donation page is here.

Feb. 14 NO SCHOOL
Feb. 17 NO SCHOOL
Feb. 20 Finney Speech Contest 8:00 a.m.
Feb. 20 Finney Family Science Night 5:00-7:00
Feb. 29 Finney Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00