Week of October 18, 2021

Finney PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair October 18-22. Click here to see all the books for sale at the book fair. Students will be able to shop the Book Fair during recess time (due to Covid regulations, only staff and students may shop). We highly recommend using the e-wallet system for the Book Fair. This is safe and eliminates the need for children to handle cash. You can sign up for e-wallet here and see the interactive flyer. If you would like to purchase a book for your child’s classroom, see teachers’ wishlists here.

The PTA Association Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 21 at 4:00 via Zoom. Please join us!

Finney will celebrate Unity Day on October 20th. You can learn more about Unity Day here.

October 25-29 is Red Ribbon WeekOur goal is to proactively create student awareness pertaining to problems related to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. The national theme this year is “Drug Free Looks Like Me.” At Finney, we will focus on many aspects of health and safety. This is also a wonderful opportunity for your family to discuss issues like peer pressure and making the right choices for a healthy future.

Finney’s Costume Parade is Friday, Oct. 29. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 regulations, no visitors are allowed this year. Students may wear a costume to school. Please observe these guidelines when choosing a costume:

  • Faces must not be covered up. 
  • Costumes are to be tasteful and appropriate for elementary school. Our youngest students are 3 years old. Nothing scary, please. No references to shows or games that are not appropriate for young children. 
  • Blood, guts and/or gore are not allowed. 
  • Fake guns, swords, knives or anything resembling a weapon is not allowed. 
  • If you are not sure if it is appropriate, ask your teacher. 
  • 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. 

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 20 Unity Day
Oct. 20 CVESD Board Meeting 6:00pm
Oct. 21 Great Shakeout (Earthquake Preparedness)
Oct. 21 PTA Association Meeting 4:00 pm
Oct. 18-22 Scholastic Book Fair during Recess
Oct. 29 Costume Parade (staff & students only)

Week of October 11, 2021

Finney PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair October 18-22. Students will be able to shop the Book Fair during recess time (due to Covid regulations, only staff and students may shop). We highly recommend using the e-wallet system for the Book Fair. This is safe and eliminates the need for children to handle cash. You can sign up for e-wallet here. Proceeds from the Book Fair are used to purchase materials for classrooms.

Finney will celebrate Unity Day on October 20th. You can learn more about Unity Day here.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 test results: finneyschool@cvesd.org.

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 10:00-4:00 at the district office, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910 AND at Hedenkamp Elementary, 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, M-Th 9:00-4:30 and Fridays 10:00-4:30.

Finney’s Costume Parade is Friday, Oct. 29. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 regulations, no visitors are allowed this year. Students may wear a costume to school. Please observe these guidelines when choosing a costume:

  • Faces must not be covered up. 
  • Costumes are to be tasteful and appropriate for elementary school. Our youngest students are 3 years old. Nothing scary, please. No references to shows or games that are not appropriate for young children. 
  • Blood, guts and/or gore are not allowed. 
  • Fake guns, swords, knives or anything resembling a weapon is not allowed. 
  • If you are not sure if it is appropriate, ask your teacher. 
  • 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. 

Join the Finney team! We are seeking substitutes for Noon Duty Supervisor and Student Attendant. Visit cvesd.org for more information.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 11 School Site Council 2:30
Oct. 12 DAC/DELAC 12:00
Oct. 14 PTA Association Meeting 4:00
Oct. 20 Unity Day
Oct. 18-22 Scholastic Book Fair during Recess
Oct. 29 Costume Parade (staff & students only)

Week of October 4, 2021

Quarter 2 begins Tuesday, October 5. This is a regular day, NOT a minimum day.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 test results: finneyschool@cvesd.org.

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 10:00-4:00 at the district office, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910 AND at Hedenkamp Elementary, 930 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, M-Th 9:00-4:30 and Fridays 10:00-4:30.

Join the Finney team! We are seeking substitutes for Noon Duty Supervisor and Student Attendant. Visit cvesd.org for more information.

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 11 School Site Council 2:30
Oct. 12 DAC/DELAC 12:00
Oct. 14 PTA Association Meeting 4:00

Week of September 13, 2021

September 13-17 are Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher conferences with 1:00 dismissal (12:45 for Kinder; 12:55 for 1st & 2nd).

FALL BREAK is September 20-October 4. Quarter 2 begins on Tuesday, October 5, NOT a minimum day.

We will have a FREE book giveaway for students on Monday at dismissal. Look for the tables in front of the school. Take as many books as you like.

Please refer to the Finney Parent Handbook for Dress Code details. Students should wear closed-toes shoes, and crop tops are not allowed.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 test results: finneyschool@cvesd.org. You can also text results to 619-880-0522.

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 11:00-4:00 at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910.

Join the Finney team! We are seeking substitutes for Noon Duty Supervisor and Student Attendant. Visit cvesd.org for more information.

Sept. 9-17 Minimum Days
Sept. 16 Picture Make-Up Day
Sept. 20-Oct. 4 FALL BREAK
Oct. 5 First Day of Quarter 2 (Tuesday)

Week of September 6, 2021

NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 6th. Happy Labor Day!

September 9-17 are Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher conferences with 1:00 dismissal (12:45 for Kinder; 12:55 for 1st & 2nd).

Finney PTA is selling Finney wear! Show your Finney spirit on Finney Fridays! You can use this order form to pre-order shirts, visors, caps, and hoodies. There will also be limited inventory available for sale on Wednesdays after school.

The CVESD School Board’s updated mask rules require all adults to wear masks at all times when on school property and also requires students to wear masks in hallways. Students can still remove masks for P.E., recess, and when eating.

The Equity and Access for Every Child policy outlines the Board of Education’s expectations of all District
employees. The goal is to ensure every child is successful academically, socially, and emotionally. Learn about CVESD’s Equity Policy here.

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 11:00-4:00 at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 test results: finneyschool@cvesd.org. You can also text results to 619-880-0522.

Here is a recording of Friday’s Coffee Chat. We discussed parent conferences, accessing learning programs online, and other topics. Our next Coffee Chat is November 5th at 8:30.

Important Dates:
Sept. 9-17 Minimum Days
Sept. 16 Picture Make-Up Day
Sept. 20-Oct. 4 FALL BREAK
Oct. 5 First Day of Quarter 2 (Tuesday)

Week of August 30, 2021

Please join us Friday, September 3, 8:30 a.m. for our next Virtual Coffee Chat & ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meeting. Click here to join.

A reminder from the Finney Parent Handbook:

TOYS, GADGETS, JEWELRY, HAIR ORNAMENTS, ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Students should not bring toys or unnecessary gadgets to school unless approved by the classroom teacher.

Please leave all toys, fidgets, pop-its, jewelry, and other items at home. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parents, please take a few moments to complete this Needs Assessment Survey for our School Counselor, Mrs. Gonzalez.

Chalkboard Photography will email you information on how to order school photos. Picture Make-Up Day is September 16. Please address any school photo related questions to Chalkboard Photography at 619-591-8441 or info@chalkboardphotography.com

Join the Finney PTA! Mrs. Lozoya’s class is currently in the lead with 12 memberships! Here is the link to join.

Finney PTA is selling Finney wear! Show your Finney spirit on Finney Fridays! You can use this order form to pre-order shirts, visors, caps, and hoodies. There will also be limited inventory available for sale on Wednesdays after school.

The CVESD School Board’s updated mask rules require all adults to wear masks at all times when on school property and also requires students to wear masks in hallways. Students can still remove masks for P.E., recess, and when eating.

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 11:00-4:00 at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 test results: finneyschool@cvesd.org

Important Dates:
Aug. 30 School Site Council 2:30
Sept. 3 ELAC/Coffee Chat 8:30
Sept. 6 NO SCHOOL-Labor Day
Sept. 9-17 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Sept. 20-Oct. 4 FALL BREAK
Oct. 5 First Day of Quarter 2

Week of August 23, 2021

Thursday, August 26 is Fall Picture Day!

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Regularly sleeping fewer than the number of recommended hours is associated with attention, behavior, and learning problems,” according to the statement. “Insufficient sleep also increases the risk of accidents, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and depression.”

Is your child getting enough sleep? Here are the recommended sleep times from the AAP:
Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours

All screens should be shut down and put away at least one hour before bedtime. You can read about the detrimental effects of devices in the bedroom here.

You are invited to the CVESD Black Learners Advisory Committee (B-LAC) meeting on Thursday, August 26 at 6:00 pm. More information and the link to register here.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 test results: finneyschool@cvesd.org

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 11:00-4:00 at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910.

Finney PTA will be selling popsicles for $1 every day after school through the end of August.

Upcoming Dates:
Aug. 24 DAC/DELAC Meeting 12:00-2:00
Sept. 3 Coffee Chat/ELAC Meeting 8:30
Sept. 6 NO SCHOOL-LABOR DAY

Week of August 16, 2021

The Finney School Site Council (SSC) is seeking nominations for new parent members. Click here for more information and the SSC Nomination Form. If you are interested and want to see what it is all about, join us for our first School Site Council meeting of the school year on Monday, August 16 at 2:30 via this link. The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 19.

Finney English Learner Advisory Committee needs a Parent Representative to represent Finney’s English Learner parents at the monthly District Advisory Council/District English Learner Advisory Committee (DAC/DELAC) meetings, held on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 virtually. Click here for more information and the nomination form. The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 19.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 results: finneyschool@cvesd.org

Covid-19 testing information: click here for San Diego County testing sites. CVESD has testing M-Th 8:00-4:00 and Fridays 11:00-4:00 at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, 91910.

Student Council speeches are Tuesday, August 17 at 8:15 via Teams. Click here to watch!

Upcoming Dates:
Aug. 24 DAC/DELAC Meeting 12:00-2:00
Aug. 26 Fall Picture Day
Sept. 3 Coffee Chat/ELAC Meeting 8:30
Sept. 6 NO SCHOOL-LABOR DAY

Week of August 9, 2021

The Finney School Site Council (SSC) is seeking nominations for new parent members. Click here for more information and the SSC Nomination Form.

Finney English Learner Advisory Committee needs a Parent Representative to represent Finney’s English Learner parents at the monthly District Advisory Council/District English Learner Advisory Committee (DAC/DELAC) meetings, held on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 virtually. Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Back to School Night will be held virtually this year. This is your opportunity to learn about your child’s classroom, expectations, and curriculum. You will receive a link from your child’s teacher to join the event Thursday, August 12, 5:30-6:00 or 6:00-6:30 pm. Each teacher will present twice, and will record the session.

In case you missed it, you can view a recorded version of the Coffee Chat/ELAC meeting from Friday, Aug. 6 here. Topics covered include Covid-19 protocols and parent participation opportunities.

Please use this email for reporting absences and Covid-19 results: finneyschool@cvesd.org

Reminder: Per the CVESD Wellness Policy, birthday goody bags with food items may not be distributed at school.

Parent Teacher Association

Finney PTA Membership Drive is going on now! Read all about it HERE. It’s easy to join online or by using the envelope that was sent home last week.

Week of August 2, 2021

Please join us for our Virtual English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)/Coffee with the Principal meeting Friday, August 6th at 8:30 a.m. via Teams. Just click on this link to join. We will record the meeting and post afterward. Topics will include Covid-19 safety and parent participation at school.

Dismissal: We are staggering dismissal times for some grades to reduce crowding in the main hallway. Starting Monday, August 2, Kindergarten students in Mrs. Haase’s & Mrs. Gillespie’s classes will dismiss at 2:00 Monday-Thursday and at 12:45 on Fridays and other minimum days. 1st and 2nd grade students in Rooms 302, 303, 304 and 305 will dismiss at 2:10 Monday-Thursday and 12:55 on Fridays (5 min. before the bell).

Arrival: Students line up with their class on the blacktop and teachers pick them up at the 7:45 bell. Per current CVESD rules, “Parents are expected to leave campus immediately following dropping off or picking up their child”. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep everyone safe.

Breakfast is served 7:15-7:40. Students eating breakfast before school may enter through the cafeteria gate. If your child is not eating breakfast at school, they should not arrive before 7:35. If you need to drop your child off earlier, YMCA STRETCH provides FREE before-school care at Finney.

Please follow all posted signs and staff instructions.

Screen your child for Covid-19 symptoms each day before school.

Students and staff are required to wear masks when indoors and may remove masks outdoors.

If your child has any pre-existing conditions, including those with Covid-like symptoms (e.g. allergies, asthma), please provide documentation from the doctor so that we can have it on file. This will help prevent your child from being sent home if they have symptoms from a chronic condition.

Label lunch boxes, water bottles, and sweaters with your child’s name!

The Finney School Site Council (SSC) is seeking nominations for new parent members. Click here for more information and the SSC Nomination Form. Nominations are due Friday, August 6th.

Finney English Learner Advisory Committee needs a Parent Representative to represent Finney’s English Learner parents at the monthly District Advisory Council/District English Learner Advisory Committee (DAC/DELAC) meetings, held on Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 virtually. Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Back to School Night will be held virtually this year. You will receive a link from your child’s teacher to join the event Thursday, August 12, 5:30-6:00 or 6:00-6:30 pm. Each teacher will present twice, and will record the session.