Week of July 26, 2021

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful first week back. What a joy to have the students back in school! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adjust to our “new normal”.

Starting Monday, July 26, students will line up on the blacktop in the morning*, where they will be supervised by Finney staff. Each class has a designated place to line up. Teachers will pick their classes up on the blacktop at 7:45. Per CVESD guidelines, please say good-bye quickly and exit immediately after dropping off your child. This helps us prevent crowding.

*SDC and preschool parents: please follow your teacher’s instructions regarding drop off.

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.

Kindergarten (Mrs. Gillespie and Mrs. Haase) has a special schedule the first two weeks of school:
July 22-30: Minimum Days for Kinder 1:00 Dismissal

Please review the Finney Parent Handbook (Finney Manual para Padres) for important information about our school and the CVESD Parent Playbook for current Covid-19 Safety Information.

YMCA STRETCH before and after school program still has space available for some grade levels. Click here for the application.

Please 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. Teach your child to place their mask either under chin, on wrist, or in pocket when not in use. If you choose to use a mask lanyard, please ensure that it has a breakaway feature for safety. Please note that scarves and gaiters are not a substitute for masks.

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.

Please send a water bottle with your child. Water bottles can be filled at the classroom sink.

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.

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.

DELAC Rep. and SSC Member Nomination Forms are due July 30, 2021 and elections will take place the week of August 2, 2021.

Week of July 19, 2021

Click here for our Welcome Message and Key Points for the First Day of School.

The first day of school is Wednesday, July 21 at 7:45 a.m., and is a minimum day with 1:00 dismissal. Students report directly to their classroom each day. Per current CVESD rules, “Parents are expected to leave campus immediately following dropping off or picking up their child”. This means you will not be able to linger, congregate, or socialize during drop-off/pick-up.

You will receive an email and phone call on July 20 informing you of your child’s teacher and room number.

Kindergarten (Mrs. Gillespie and Mrs. Haase) has a special schedule the first two weeks of school:
Wednesday, July 21: Kindergarten Orientation for students and parents 8:00-9:30 (students and parents leave at 9:30)
July 22-30: Minimum Days for Kinder 1:00 Dismissal

Please review the Finney Parent Handbook (Finney Manual para Padres) for important information about our school and the CVESD Parent Playbook for current Covid-19 Safety Information.

YMCA STRETCH before and after school program still has space available for some grade levels. Click here for the application.

Please 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. Teach your child to place their mask either under chin, on wrist, or in pocket when not in use. If you choose to use a mask lanyard, please ensure that it has a breakaway feature for safety.

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.

We are not currently using water fountains. Please send a water bottle with your child.

Please call or email us with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

School Starts July 21, 2021

We will return for the 2021-22 school year fully in-person! School hours are 7:45-2:15 Monday-Thursday and 7:45-1:00 Fridays and minimum days. The first day of school is a minimum day with 1:00 dismissal.

The school office closes June 22 and will reopen on July 8 at 7:30 am.

Have a wonderful summer break and we will see you SOON!

Week of June 14, 2021

Tuesday, June 15 is the last day of school and is a minimum day, Distance Learning only.

Hybrid students will participate in a Field Day on Monday, June 14. Please make sure they are ready to be in the sun (sunscreen, hat, water bottle) and be active!

Click here to see our End of Year VAPA video. Click on the link to read the 4th Quarter VAPA Newsletter for your grade level/class: Rm. 701PM & 605, Rm. 701AM & 702, Kinder, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th.

All borrowed school devices, including laptops, iPads, and hot spots, MUST be returned to Finney by June 16. Prices for lost/damaged devices range from $200-$500 (depending on the model) and charging cables are $15. Checks can be made payable to Chula Vista Elementary School District.

Applications for STRETCH before and after school program for 2021-22 are ONLINE through June 18. Click here for more information. Click here to apply.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021/22 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.  

Earlier this month, we sent an email containing a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Finney and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-22 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email, please contact the school office at 619-690-1334 or grace.limon@cvesd.org

The Finney Family wishes everyone a safe and restful Summer Break. School starts July 21!

Upcoming Dates:
June 15 Last Day of School (minimum day, online only)
June 15 6th Grade Promotion Drive Thru 6:00 pm
June 16 School Devices Due (laptops, hot spots, tablets, headphones, charging cables)
June 22 Finney Office Last Day
July 12 Finney Office Opens
July 21 First Day of School for 2021-22 (click here for 2021-22 calendar)

Week of June 7, 2021

The new school year starts Wednesday, July 21! Click here for the 2021-2022 school calendar.

Applications for STRETCH before and after school program for 2021-22 are ONLINE through June 17. Click here for more information. Click here to apply.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021/22 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.  

Last week, we sent an email containing a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Finney and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-22 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email, please contact the school office at 619-690-1334 or grace.limon@cvesd.org

For a list of acceptable documents for residency, please see the residency form below. Please note that bills must have a due date of May 21, 2021 or later.  

Are you looking for Summer Opportunities for children? Two great resources are the YMCA and Balboa Park. Balboa Park has some virtual camps too. Scholarships are available–be sure to ask about financial assistance!

ALL children need to READ during vacation! The public library is a great source for books.

All borrowed school devices, including laptops, iPads, and hot spots, MUST be returned to Finney by June 16.

FREE rapid antigen Covid-19 testing for students and staff at Finney on Monday, June 7, 8:00-3:30 in the Finney parking lot. No testing 12:00-12:30. Walk up–no appointments needed. This a rapid, shallow self-swab test. This test is not for those experiencing symptoms, as it cannot be used for proof of negative test to return to school/work. Those with symptoms need to get a PCR Test, according to the County Decision Tree. Here are the FREE county testing locations.

Upcoming Dates:
June 7 School Site Council 2:30
June 15 Last Day of School (minimum day, online only)
June 15 6th Grade Promotion Drive Thru 6:00 pm
June 16 School Devices Due (laptops, hot spots, tablets, headphones, charging cables)
July 21 First Day of School for 2021-22 (click here for 2021-22 calendar)

Week of May 31, 2021

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 31 in honor of Memorial Day.

Applications for STRETCH before and after school program for 2021-22 are ONLINE starting June 1. Click here for more information. Click here to apply.

Residency verification will take place online this year.  All students returning to any school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the 2021/22 school year are required to show proof of residency at their school of attendance before the start of school in order for their child’s name to be placed on a class list.  

The week of June 1, you will receive an email that will contain a unique “Snap Code” for each of your children enrolled at Finney and a link to the website where you will be able to update information for your child and upload your residency for the 2021-22 school year. Please make sure to check your emails so that you may complete this promptly. If you have not received your email by June 11th, please contact the school office. 

For a list of acceptable documents for residency, please see the residency form below. Please note that bills must have a due date of May 21, 2021 or later.  

It’s VAPA performance time! Please assist your student in adding their voice to our VAPA Music Video for the End of the Year. All the instructions (English and Spanish) and songs are here. The deadline for adding your recording is May 31!

CVESD is offering a Virtual Academy independent study option for the 2021-22 school year. Information about CVESD’s Virtual Academy is available here. Applications are due by May 31. Here is the link to apply.

All borrowed school devices, including laptops, iPads, and hot spots, MUST be returned to Finney by June 16. Devices can be returned to the school office.

Upcoming Dates:
May 31 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
June 15 Last Day of School (minimum day, online only)
June 15 6th Grade Promotion Drive Thru 6:00 pm
June 16 School Devices Due (laptops, hot spots, tablets, headphones, charging cables)
July 21 First Day of School for 2021-22 (click here for 2021-22 calendar)

Week of May 24, 2021

It’s VAPA performance time! Please assist your student in adding their voice to our VAPA Music Video for the End of the Year. All the instructions (English and Spanish) and songs are here. The deadline for adding your recording is May 31!

FREE rapid antigen Covid-19 testing for students and staff at Finney on Monday, May 24 8:00-3:30 in the Finney parking lot. No testing 12:00-12:30. Walk up–no appointments needed. This a rapid, shallow self-swab test. This test is not for those experiencing symptoms, as it cannot be used for proof of negative test to return to school/work. Those with symptoms need to get a PCR Test, according to the County Decision Tree. Here are the FREE county testing locations.

CVESD Local Measures Testing is now through June 4 for grades K-6. K-6th grade will take iReady Math. K-2nd will take Smarty Ants reading, and 2nd-6th grade will take Achieve3000 Level Set reading. Since this is a measure of what children can do independently, we need them to do it by themselves. Distance Learning Families, please do not help your children with their tests. For remote testing, camera must be ON. All parents can support children by reminding them to breathe, relax, and do their best. Here is the testing calendar:

All borrowed school devices, including laptops, iPads, and hot spots, MUST be returned to Finney by June 16. Devices can be returned to the school office.

Upcoming Dates:
May 24 Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing for Students & Staff
May 31 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
June 15 Last Day of School (minimum day, online only)
June 15 6th Grade Promotion Drive Thru 6:00 pm

Week of May 17, 2021

Picture Day is Thursday, May 20! Hybrid students will take pictures during school. Distance Learning students’ picture time is 2:30-5:00. Here is the link to purchase “advance credit”.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 will be a distance learning day, meaning that no in-person instruction takes place on this date. The schedule for this day will mirror our Friday minimum-day instructional schedule.

CVESD Local Measures Testing is coming up May 17-June 4 for grades K-6. K-6th grade will take iReady Math. K-2nd will take Smarty Ants reading, and 2nd-6th grade will take Achieve3000 Level Set reading. Since this is a measure of what children can do independently, we need them to do it by themselves. Distance Learning Families, please do not help your children with their tests. All parents can support children by reminding them to breathe, relax, and do their best. Here is the testing calendar:

Upcoming Dates:
May 17 School Site Council 2:30
May 19 CVESD Board Meeting 5:00 (Special Meeting) 6:00 (Regular Meeting)
May 19 CVESD Mesa Directiva Junta en Español 5:00 (Junta Especial) 6:00 (Junta Regular)
May 20 Spring Picture Day
May 24 Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing for Students & Staff
May 31 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
June 15 Last Day of School (minimum day, online only)

Week of May 10, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day! We appreciate you!

FREE rapid antigen Covid-19 testing for students and staff at Finney on Monday, May 10 8:00-3:30 in the Finney parking lot. No testing 12:00-12:30. Walk up–no appointments needed. This a rapid, shallow self-swab test. This test is not for those experiencing symptoms, as it cannot be used for proof of negative test to return to school/work. Those with symptoms need to get a PCR Test, according to the County Decision Tree. Here are the FREE county testing locations.

In case you missed it, here is the Superintendent’s message about the 2021-22 school year, and here is the survey to determine interest in in-person and online instruction. Please note that the “virtual academy” offered next year will be through the district, not through Finney.

Picture Day is Thursday, May 20! Hybrid students will take pictures during school. Distance Learning students’ picture time is 2:30-5:00. Here is the link to purchase “advance credit”.

We will be teaching Adolescent Growth Education (AGE) to 4th grade girls and all 5th & 6th graders this quarter. Parents can learn more about AGE at the AGE Parent Preview Night on 5/12/21 5:30-7:00 via Zoom. Here is the link for English and Spanish meetings. Here is the flyer. Parents may opt out of AGE if desired.

CVESD Local Measures Testing is coming up May 17-June 4 for grades K-6. You will receive your child’s testing calendar soon. K-6th grade will take iReady. K-2nd will take Smarty Ants, and 2nd-6th grade will take Achieve3000 Level Set.

Upcoming Dates:
May 11 DAC/DELAC 12:00-2:00
May 17 School Site Council 2:30
May 19 CVESD Board Meeting 6:00
May 20 Spring Picture Day
May 24 Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Testing for Students & Staff

Week of May 3, 2021

Materials Distribution for Distance Learning students is this Thursday, May 6, 12:00-5:00 and Friday 11:00-4:00. Only students in Distance Learning need to come get materials. Hybrid students will receive their materials at school.

May 3-7 is School Staff Appreciation Week at Finney! If you’d like to surprise a staff member, one of the best gifts is a sincere thank you note. Want to know your teacher’s favorite things? We have compiled this list of: Finney Staff Gift Preferences.

State Testing Update: CVESD is not administering CAASPP Smarter Balanced Testing this year. Instead, we will be using the Achieve3000 Level Set, i-Ready, and Smarty Ants assessments to measure student progress and performance.

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st? Kindergarten registration for 2021-2022 is now open at cvesd.org. Registration is online. Finney welcomes transfers, but space is limited! Register early! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors. Questions? Please contact the school office.

Upcoming Dates:
May 10 FREE Covid-19 Rapid Antigen testing for staff & students
May 17 School Site Council 2:30
May 19 CVESD Board Meeting 6:00
May 20 Spring Picture Day
May 24 FREE Covid-19 Rapid Antigen testing for staff & students