Week of April 20, 2020

Schools remain closed until further notice.

Copy of Finney Elementary April 20-24 Post photos on Teams, Class Dojo, @finneyelementary on Instagramsupport-tickets-624x624CVESD has a Parent Helpline 619-409-6638 to provide technical support with Microsoft Office 365 and Teams, as well as assistance for District-adopted online programs (i.e. Achieve 3000). Office hours are Monday–Friday  8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. You may need to leave a message during peak times; someone will contact you as soon as possible.

Need help with Office 365/Teams? Click here.

Click here for VAPA lessons from Mrs. Clemetson and Mrs. Pridmore!

Here is helpful information for parents about Online Privacy and Safety from Common Sense Media.

Here are some tips for talking to children about the coronavirus.

CVESD continues food distribution for students ages 1-18, Monday-Friday, 10:00-12:00 at 9 school sites. Juarez-Lincoln Elementary is the closest to Finney.

unnamedLook! Check out these FREE online resources. You can get a library card and check out books, or go to a museum without leaving your house!

Let’s have some Flipgrid fun! Students can log in with their student email, listen to Dr. Prange read a story, and then respond to a prompt by posting their own video. Click here for the Finney Bulldogs Flipgrid! Log in with your CVESD student email.


Week of April 13, 2020

the-history-of-distance-learning-infographicDue to ongoing school closure, Finney students will be participating in Distance Learning now through the end of the school year. Teachers have been working hard to contact each family and prepare for distance learning. As teachers are working from home, please understand that your teacher’s call may come from a private or unknown number. If you have not yet communicated with your child’s teacher, please attempt to email them, or call Dr. Prange, the principal at 619-880-0522, or email beverly.prange@cvesd.org  1200px-Microsoft_Office_Teams_(2018–present).svgHere is a guide to access Microsoft Teams, the main online platform we are using. Please review the CVESD Internet Use Agreement with your child.  Here is the agreement in Spanish.

Here are resources to help obtain low-cost computers and internet: low-cost internet access low cost computers for kids.

record-imageCVESD is providing free meals Monday-Friday for students in need at 9 school sites. Click here for more information. 211 San Diego has a directory of other food assistance resources, as well as other resources.

The Chula Vista Collaborative Family Resource Centers are here to assist families in need.

FRC hours are 9 AM – 3 PM
Beacon FRC | 619.422.9208
Open Door FRC | 619.407.4840


Week of April 6, 2020

distance learning starts april 13Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, unless we are otherwise directed by government officials. The week of April 6-10 our teachers will be engaging in professional development, planning, and preparing for this new format for delivering instruction. Our Distance Learning plan will begin April 13. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with each of you this week to discuss the best way to connect and communicate with your child.

What is Distance Learning? Distance Learning is not necessarily Online Learning. Distance Learning means that the teacher and the student are in different locations, and instruction can be delivered via computer, telephone, television, and even paper/pencil if remote means are not possible. We embrace the reality that this is a big transition for all of us, but we are all working together to ensure that we continue to support your child’s academic progress at home. Thank you in advance for your patience, flexibility, and support as we all adapt to teaching and learning in new ways.

very-important-clipart-1To assist us in better communicating with you and your child during school closure, please take a moment to complete this brief form.

The District will resume meal distribution at nine school sites for much of the week following Spring Break: Tues., April 7 – Friday, April 10. Meal bags will contain breakfast and lunch servings. District and school staff will start distributing the meal bags at 10 a.m., and will stop once all bags are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Meals are intended for our neediest children between the ages of 1 to 18. Please click here for a list of schools where meals will be distributed.

were-here-for-youIf you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email. For a list of staff email addresses, please click here.

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.


Dr. Escobedo

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.