Week of November 28, 2022

Our attendance rate last week was 88%–our goal is 98%. Congratulations to Mrs. Martinez’s class, Room 303, with 96.8%!

Students should only miss school if they are sick. Those with symptoms can return with a negative Covid test, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms improving. We have plenty of rapid tests at school–just ask in the office. If you have a special circumstance and need an independent study, please let us know.

Please schedule appointments after school or on non-school days. There are only 180 days of school each year. The CVESD calendar is here. If you would like a hard copy, we have them in the school office.

During the week of Dec. 5-9, Mrs. Pridmore will be recording a video to share with families . We are asking students to wear pajamas on their VAPA day the week of Dec. 5-9:

DayGrades
Monday 12/55th, 4th/5th combo, & 6th
Tuesday 12/63rd & 4th
Wednesday 12/71st & 2nd
Thursday 12/8Kinder & SDC
Please wear pajamas on this day.

Eat at Panda Express on Tuesday, November 29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 1820 Main Court Chula Vista CA 91911 and 20% goes to Finney! Online orders will be accepted; you MUST enter “347128” in the “Fundraiser Box” or bring flyer or show flyer on smart phone. Click here for the flyer. Here is the Spanish flyer.

Please join us for the Finney PTA Movie Night fundraiser on December 9 at 5:30. Bring your chairs and blankets! Admission is $2. Proceeds to benefit activities for Finney students.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 29 Panda Express Fundraiser 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 1820 Main Court Chula Vista CA 91911
Dec. 2 ELAC/Coffee Chat 8:00-9:00, Finney Auditorium or virtual option
Dec. 5 VAPA Showcase 6th Grade 8:00 in the Auditorium
Dec. 5 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 602
Dec. 7 PTA Association Meeting 2:30 Rm. 602
Dec. 9 Movie Night Fundraiser 5:30

Week of November 14, 2022

We are collecting food for families in need Nov. 14 through 18!

Our attendance rate last week was 85%–our goal is 98%. Congratulations to Mrs. Silva’s class, Room 305, with 98.6%!

Students should only miss school if they are sick. Those with symptoms can return with a negative Covid test, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms improving. STUDENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE SYMPTOM-FREE to attend school. We have plenty of rapid tests at school–just ask in the office. If you have a special circumstance and need an independent study, please let us know.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 15 DAC/DELAC Parent Meeting 12:00-2:00, CVESD District Office
Nov. 21-25 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 2 ELAC/Coffee Chat 8:00-9:00, Finney Auditorium or virtual option
Dec. 5 School Site Council 2:30


Week of November 7, 2022

There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 11, Veterans’ Day.

YELLOW FEDERAL SURVEY FORMS were sent home on Friday 11/4 and are due Wednesday, November 9. The most important information on the card is the physical work address (including the street number and zip code). Post Office Boxes cannot be accepted. It is very important that we have a form for every child. Please take the time to complete and return these cards immediately for the benefit of the students of Finney Elementary. 

Our attendance rate last week was 85% and no classes met our goal of 98%. Students should only miss school if they are sick. Those with symptoms can return with a negative Covid test, no fever, and symptoms improving. We have plenty of rapid tests at school–just ask in the office.

Finney PTA is holding a membership drive October 17-November 14. The class with the highest percentage of PTA members will win a movie party. Here is the link to join PTA.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 9 2nd Grade VAPA performance 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium
Nov. 11 NO SCHOOL Veterans Day
Nov. 21-25 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Week of October 31, 2022

It was great to see everyone on Friday for our costume parade!

NO costumes are allowed at school on October 31 (except Ms. Gina’s class, SDC preschool, and Ms. Tanya’s PM preschool). NO CANDY and NO GUM allowed at school.

Our attendance rate last week was 90% and no classes met our goal of 98%. School attendance is required by law and is necessary in order for students to make progress. There are only 180 school days in the whole year! Students should only miss school if they are sick. If you have a special circumstance requiring an independent study, please let us know.

CVESD students have access to district programs from home: iReady Math (K-6th), Smarty Ants Reading (PK-2nd), and Achieve3000 Reading (2nd-6th). Just visit https://www.cvesd.org/district/students. If you need your student’s log in credentials, ask your teacher.

Finney is helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by participating in the Light the Night fundraiser.

Donations can be made through the link to Finney’s Light the Night fundraising page. For families who want to join in the walk on Nov. 5th, we’ll be meeting at the waterfront park by 7pm (walk begins at 7:30 PM, and it’s one-mile). Contact number for Mrs. Ashley Barber on the day of the walk is 619-505-9840. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101.

Finney PTA is holding a membership drive October 17-November 14. The class with the highest percentage of PTA members will win a movie party. Here is the link to join PTA.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 31Nov. 4 6th Grade Camp
Nov. 1 Mrs. Adams’s class VAPA performance 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium
Nov. 5 Light the Night Leukemia & Lymphoma Fundraiser walk
Nov. 9 2nd Grade VAPA performance 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium
Nov. 11 NO SCHOOL Veterans Day

Week of October 24, 2022

We are working to increase attendance rates at Finney. Sadly, no classes met the goal of 98% attendance last week. Overall attendance for the week was 91%.

Did you know? Children who are chronically absent are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school.

Flu vaccines are highly recommended this season. We are anticipating an early start to the flu season.

October 24-28 is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon week focuses 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.

Friday, October 28 is the annual Finney Costume Parade at 8:15-8:45 a.m. on the east blacktop. Families are welcome, and can enter and exit through the side gate on the east side of the auditorium for this event. Student costume guidelines:

  • Faces must not be covered up.  Masks will be allowed during parade only.
  • 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.
  • Costumes must not require parent or adult assistance.
  • Students dressing up on Friday 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 (except Ms. Gina’s class).

Finney PTA is holding a membership drive October 17-November 14. The class with the highest percentage of PTA members will win a movie party. Here is the link to join PTA.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 28 Costume Parade 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Oct. 31-Nov. 4 6th Grade Camp
Nov. 11 NO SCHOOL Veterans Day

Week of October 17, 2022

We are working hard to improve student attendance at Finney this year. These classes met the goal of 98% attendance last week: Mrs. Nguyen’s class Rm. 402, Mr. Barraza’s class Rm. 406, and Mrs. Aguilera’s class Rm. 501! Overall attendance for the week was 94%.

Even if you missed last Wednesday’s Positive Parenting class, you can still attend the next two sessions on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, 6:00-8:00 pm in Finney auditorium. Childcare and FOOD included! The parents who participated last week learned new tools to use at home to help with common parenting challenges. Click the link to register for the class in English or Spanish.

October 24-28 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 “Celebrate life. Live drug free.” 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.

Friday, October 28 is the annual Finney Costume Parade at 8:15-8:45 a.m. on the east blacktop. Families are welcome, and can enter and exit through the side gate on the east side of the auditorium for this event. Student costume guidelines:

  • Faces must not be covered up.  Masks will be allowed during parade only.
  • 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.
  • 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 PTA is holding a membership drive October 17-November 14. The class with the highest percentage of PTA members will win a movie party. Here is the link to join PTA.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 19 Unity Day~Wear Orange
Oct. 21 Garden Festival 1:30-4:30 pm
Oct. 28 Costume Parade 8:15-8:45 am

Week of October 10, 2022

Welcome back! Quarter 2 begins TUESDAY, October 11, and is a MINIMUM DAY (Kinder 12:45, 1st-2nd 12:55, 3rd-6th 1:00).

We are working hard to improve student attendance at Finney this year. School attendance is required by law (CA Ed Code 48200). Parents/guardians of children between the ages of six and eighteen years-of-age are responsible for sending their children to school every day and on time.

Please join us for the Finney PTA Association Meeting this Wednesday, October 12 at 2:30 in Room 602. Childcare will be provided.

FREE Positive Parenting class starts this Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm at Finney. Childcare and food provided.

Upcoming Dates:
Oct. 11 FIRST DAY of Quarter 2 (Minimum Day)
Oct. 12 PTA Association Meeting 2:30 Rm. 602
Oct. 21 Garden Festival 1:30-4:30

Week of September 19, 2022

Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, September 15 through September 23. K: 12:45/1st-2nd 12:55/4rd-6th 1:00.

FALL BREAK is September 26-October 10. Quarter 2 starts Tuesday, October 11, a minimum day.

Did you know? Missing 10% of school days, just 2 days each month, can put children at risk of academic failure. http://bit.ly/1oqfID7 #SchoolEveryDay

We are working hard to improve student attendance at Finney this year. We will recognize the classes that meet our goal of 98% or better attendance each week. Congratulations to Mrs. Nguyen’s class, Room 402, with 98.7% attendance. Whole school attendance last week was 93.6%.

Students can use all district online programs over break: i-Ready Math, Smarty Ants Reading (PreK-2nd grade), and Achieve3000 Reading (2nd-6th grade). Click here for the student sign on page. If you need your child’s log on information, ask your teacher. Also, make sure your child READS every day. Reading for pleasure is one of the best ways to get better at reading!

ThoughtExchange is a tool that CVESD uses to determine the needs of our schools. Click here to learn more and to participate in ThoughtExchange. Now through September 30.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun Fall Break.

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 15-22 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Sept. 18 Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
Sept. 23 LAST DAY of Quarter 1
Oct. 11 FIRST DAY of Quarter 2 (Minimum Day)
Oct. 21 Garden Festival 1:30-4:30

Week of September 12, 2022

Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, September 15 through September 22. K: 12:45/1st-2nd 12:55/4rd-6th 1:00.

There are only 180 days in the school year! We are working hard to improve student attendance at Finney this year. We can only teach them if they come to school. Congratulations to Mrs. Martinez’s class, Room 303, for the highest attendance last week with 98.8%!

Please consider the CVESD calendar when making plans.

Check out this 47 second video on the Importance of School Attendance!

Guidelines for Returning to School after Symptoms:
A symptomatic person must have 1 negative antigen (e.g. home test) or 1 negative PCR test and may return to school when the following have been met:

  1. 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications
  2. Symptoms improving
  3. No new symptom onset

ThoughtExchange is a tool that CVESD uses to determine the needs of our schools. Click here to learn more and to participate in ThoughtExchange. Now through September 30.

Kindergarten & 1st grade parents: Please look for oral health (pink) and physical forms (green) that will be coming home with those students who have not already turned them in. Please either have them completed by your child’s doctor/dentist or complete the waiver section and return them to the office as soon as possible.

Friday’s ELAC/Coffee Chat recording is here in case you missed it.

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 12 School Site Council 2:30-3:30 Rm. 602: School Plan for Student Achievement
Sept. 13 DAC/DELAC Meeting 12:00-2:00 84 East J Street, Chula Vista
Sept. 14 CVESD Board Mtg. 6:00 pm 84 East J Street, Chula Vista
Sept. 15-22 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Sept. 18 Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
Sept. 23 LAST DAY of Quarter 1
Oct. 11 FIRST DAY of Quarter 2 (Minimum Day)
Oct. 21 Garden Festival 1:30-4:30

Week of September 5, 2022

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, September 15 through September 22. K: 12:45/1st-2nd 12:55/4rd-6th 1:00.

Every minute of every day counts! We are working hard to improve student attendance at Finney this year. Congratulations to Mr. Turner’s class, Room 404, for the highest attendance last week with 99.3%!

Please schedule doctor’s appointments after school hours or on school breaks. Click here for the CVESD calendar. If a student must miss school for a doctor’s appointment, they can attend school before and/or after the appointment time.

Kindergarten & 1st grade parents: Please look for oral health (pink) and physical forms (green) that will be coming home with those students who have not already turned them in. Please either have them completed by your child’s doctor/dentist or complete the waiver section and return them to the office as soon as possible.

We need volunteer coaches so that Finney students can participate in CVESD co-ed volleyball, kickball or flag football league for grades 4-6. The leagues for these sports run October – December. If you are interested in being a volunteer coach, please contact Dr. Prange beverly.prange@cvesd.org by September 9.

ThoughtExchange is a tool that CVESD uses to determine the needs of our schools. Click here to learn more and to participate in ThoughtExchange. Now through September 30.

Our next Coffee Chat/ELAC Parent meeting is Friday, September 9 at 8:00 a.m. in the Finney Auditorium. You can choose to come in person or join via the Teams link. Topics include: Safety Plan Review and How to Read Your Child’s ELPAC Score Report.

Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 5 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
Sept. 9 ELAC/Coffee Chat (Finney’s Parent Mtg.) 8:00-9:00 a.m. auditorium & virtual
Sept. 9 School Safety Plan Review (during ELAC/Coffee chat) 8:00-9:00 a.m. auditorium & virtual
Sept. 12 School Site Council 2:30-3:30 Rm. 602: School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
Sept. 13 3rd Grade VAPA Performance 8:00-9:00 postponed
Sept. 15-23 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Sept. 23 LAST DAY of Quarter 1
Oct. 11 FIRST DAY of Quarter 2 (Minimum Day)