Week of April 8, 2019

welcome-back-300x190.gifQuarter 4 begins Monday, April 8th and is a MINIMUM DAY with 1:00 dismissal.

img_2575-e1554396096663.jpgPlease sign and return the Report Card Envelope that was sent home.

The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 CVESD School Calendars are now available! Please click here to access CVESD calendars, and plan accordingly. Every school day counts.

CAASPP Testing Begins April 29th (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance). 2019 Finney_CAASPP Schedule

YMCA STRETCH applications for before and after school child care for 2019-2020 will be available on April 8th. Applications must be submitted by a parent to a STRETCH staff member 4/15-4/26.

pkc8zzrTrMontgomery High Basketball players are hosting a basketball league at Finney for 4th-6th grade students. Tryouts are April 10, 12, 15, and 17, 3:15-4:45 on the Finney basketball courts. Interested students can pick up a permission slip in the office.

vapa_web_banner_headerFinney VAPA Family Nights are April 16 (K-2nd) and April 17 (3rd-6th), 5:00-6:30. VAPA Family Night activities will be held in the Art and Music rooms.

2013Button-298x300April is the Month of the Military Child. This is a chance to recognize our military families for their contributions and sacrifices. We invite service members to serve as guest speakers at our Morning Meeting (7:45 a.m.) on the blacktop to share a character message with our students. If you are interested in being a guest speaker, please contact Dr. Prange: beverly.prange@cvesd.org.

Our garden is blooming! Thank you to Finney Garden Club members for all their hard work. The next Garden Work Day is Saturday, April 13, 8:00-12:00–students who help out will receive a No Homework Pass. Grades K-3rd must be accompanied by a parent; 4th-6th grade students must have a parent sign a permission slip when they arrive.

Upcoming Dates:
April 13 Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
April 15-19 Scholastic Book Fair
April 16 VAPA Family Night K-2nd 5:00-6:30
April 17 VAPA Family Night 3rd-6th 5:00-6:30
April 15-26 YMCA STRETCH Before/After School Care Applications Due
April 18 Last Day of After School Tutoring
April 23 DAC/DELAC 12:00-2:00 @ CVESD
April 23 PTA General Meeting/Elections for 2019-20 2:30 Rm. 201
April 24 Kinder & 6th Grade Cap & Gown Photos
April 25 Open House for Incoming Kinder Families 5:00-6:30 Rm. 202 & 203
April 29 YMCA STRETCH Before/After School Care Mandatory Parent Mtg. 5:00

Week of March 18, 2019

download1:00 dismissal all week for parent-teacher conferences!

Thoughtexchange
 deadline extended to March 22! We need YOUR input about our LCAP Goals!

CAASPP Testing Begins April 29th (California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance). 2019 Finney_CAASPP Schedule

LLS_1808_Art_KDOne more week of Pennies for Patients! We are raising money to fight cancer now through March 22! The class with the most donations wins a Pasta Party! Just click on the link to learn more!

large_before-and-afterYMCA STRETCH applications for before and after school child care for 2019-2020 will be available on April 8th. Applications must be submitted by a parent to a STRETCH staff member 4/15-4/26.instagram-icon_1057-2227Help promote our school! Follow Finney on Instagram and Facebook!

We need your recyclables in the Bulldog Brain Zone: paper towel and toilet paper tubes, cardboard, bottle caps. Anything clean that can be used to build and create.

A shout-out to Mrs. Nguyen’s class, Room 402 for having 99% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 95% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Upcoming Dates:
March 20 PTA General Meeting/Nominating Committee 5:00
March 20 Garden Club Meeting 5:30
March 22 LAST DAY of Quarter 3
March 25-April 5 Spring Break
April 8 Quarter 4 Begins–Minimum Day
April 8 YMCA STRETCH Before/After School Care Applications Available
April 15-26 YMCA STRETCH Before/After School Care Applications Due
April 29 YMCA STRETCH Before/After School Care Mandatory Parent Mtg. 5:00

Week of March 11, 2019

te-processThoughtexchange is your way to make your voice heard! Going on now through March 15! Just click on the link to see what people are saying!

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Finney cares! We are raising money to fight cancer now through March 22! Just click on the link to learn more! 

YMCA STRETCH applications for before and after school child care for 2019-2020 will be available on April 8th. Applications must be submitted by a parent to a STRETCH staff member 4/15-4/26.

A shout-out to Mr. Turner’s class, Room 404  for having 99% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 95.3% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Kindergarten registration is going on NOW! Please spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. Transfers are welcome! Please help promote Finney by following this blog, and liking us on Facebook and Instagram.

Reduce-reuse-recycle-e1531902642428-1280x720Your trash is our treasure! We need your recyclables in the Bulldog Brain Zone: paper towel and toilet paper tubes, cardboard, bottle caps. Anything clean that can be used to build and create.

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

Join us this Friday, March 15 at 8:00 in Room 201 for Parents & Pastries/ELAC.

Upcoming Dates:
March 14-22 Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 11 School Site Council 2:30
March 12 DAC/DELAC 12:00-2:00
March 16 Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
March 20 PTA General Meeting/Nominating Committee 5:00
March 20 Garden Club Meeting 5:30
March 25-April 5 Spring Break
April 8 Quarter 4 Begins–Minimum Day

 

Week of March 4, 2019

picture-day.pngTuesday, March 5 is Spring Picture Day! All students will have their pictures taken, and families will receive proofs and purchase information.

Finney’s 1st and 2nd Grade Dance Performance is Tuesday, March 5, at 5:00 p.m. in the auditorium–don’t miss it!

Finney is hosting the Oneness Home Peace Run on Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m. on the blacktop. Parents are welcome to join us for this special event. Watch a video about the Peace Run here. Please wear Finney gear or blue on Thursday.

In keeping with the CVESD Wellness Policy, students should not bring junk food to school.

Internet Safety Message for Parents from CVESD: Instead of getting distracted with all the details of each type of attempt to create an unhealthy environment for children, it is important that parents and family members focus on the real issue of teaching children how to safely navigate the internet and to discuss with you when they feel uncomfortable with something.  We strongly recommend that all parents closely monitor what their children are accessing online and we will continue to support children in accessing the internet safely at school.

You are encouraged to:
* Let children know they can talk to you if upset or worried by anything they see/hear online, on the TV or during a gaming session;
* Set family rules on how to use apps, sites and games, including that children should never give out personal identifying information about themselves or anyone else;
* Use privacy settings and parental controls;
* If you notice them switching screens when you approach or if you notice new contacts (phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) talk to them about it. Foster an atmosphere of openness and transparency.

IMG_0875Please join me in welcoming Grace Limon, Finney’s new School Secretary. She is replacing Isela Noya, who was promoted to the CVESD Facilities Department.

Shout-outs to Mrs. Lozoya’s class, Room 601 and Mrs. Showman’s class, Room 603, for having 99% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 95.6% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Kindergarten registration is going on NOW! Please spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. Transfers are welcome! Please help promote Finney by following this blog, and liking us on Facebook and Instagram

Look for the Thoughtexchange email this week! We value your input!

Upcoming Dates:
March 5 1st & 2nd Grade Dance Performance 5:00-6:30 pm
March 7 Peace Run Assembly 8:00-9:00 am on the Blacktop
March 7 Project Pie Fundraiser 5:00-8:00 pm
March 14-22 Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-April 5 Spring Break

Week of February 25, 2019

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The Finney Family STEAM Night is Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:00-7:00. Join us for fun, hands-on math and science activities for the whole family. This will also be the grand opening of the Bulldog Brain Zone–Finney’s new makerspace!

Kindergarten registration is going on NOW! Please spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. We need everyone to register early to ensure we can fully staff our wonderful school. Transfers are welcome! Please help promote Finney by following and liking us on Facebook and Instagram

Slide2Everyone can help keep our children safe by following all traffic laws. Please do not stop at the red curb at any time. Violators of traffic laws will be ticketed. Please do not cross the street in the middle of the block. Please cross the street at the corner.

We are seeking volunteers to assist with morning traffic, from 7:30-7:45. Please sign up in the office if you are interested in helping.

Congratulations to Mrs. Nguygen’s class, Room 402, for having 99% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 94.4% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

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, March 4-March 15. You can read the LCAP Executive Summary here: LCAP Executive Summary (Español)LCAP Executive Summary (English)

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 28 Family Science & Math Night 5:00-7:00 pm
March 4 School Site Council 2:30 pm
March 5 1st & 2nd Grade Dance Performance 5:00-6:30 pm
March 7 Peace Run Assembly 8:00-9:00 am on the Blacktop
March 14-22 Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Week of February 18, 2019

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, Feb. 18, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Thank you Finney PTA for an amazing Friendship Dance, and to everyone who came out in the rain for a fun evening.

 

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Thank you to the volunteers who came out for our Garden Work Day! You can follow the Finney Garden Club on Instagram: finneygarden.

downloadKindergarten registration begins on Wednesday, February 20! Please spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. We need everyone to register early to ensure we can fully staff our wonderful school. Transfers are welcome! Please help promote Finney by following and liking us on Facebook and Instagram

The Kids’ Heart Challenge event is coming up on Friday, February 22 (formerly Jump Rope for Heart). Students can continue to collect donations for the American Heart Association and win prizes up until the event. More info at www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge .

yard-sale6th Grade is holding a Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, February 23, 7:00-12:00. If you would like to rent a space ($10) to sell your items, please contact Ms. Pot or Mr. Turner, or sign up in the office.

Image71220The Finney Family STEM Night is Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:00-7:00. Join us for fun, hands-on math and science activities for the whole family. This will also be the grand opening of the Bulldog Brain Zone–Finney’s new makerspace!

Everyone can help keep our children safe by following all traffic laws. The white curb in front of the school is a loading zone only. You may not park and leave your car in the loading zone. Please do not stop at the red curb at any time. Violators of traffic laws will be ticketed. Please do not cross the street in the middle of the block. Please cross the street at the corner.

We are seeking volunteers to assist with morning traffic, from 7:30-7:45. Please sign up in the office if you are interested in helping.

Congratulations to Mrs. Haase’s class, Room 202, for having 100% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 95.4% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

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, March 4-March 15. You can read the LCAP Executive Summary here: LCAP Executive Summary (Español)LCAP Executive Summary (English)

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 21 4th & 6th Grade Speech Contest 8:00
Feb. 22 Kids’ Heart Challenge
Feb. 23 Yard Sale Fundraiser 7:00-12:00
Feb. 28 Family Science & Math Night 5:00-7:00
March 4 School Site Council 2:30
March 5 1st & 2nd Grade Dance Performance 5:00-6:30
March 7 Peace Run Assembly 8:00-9:00 am on the Blacktop

Week of February 11, 2019

Screen+Shot+2019-01-12+at+9.09.11+PM.pngThere is NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 15 and Monday, February 18 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

The Friendship Dance is Thursday, February 14, 4:00-6:00 pm. Click here for flyer. Please All students must be accompanied by an adult.

unnamedThe Kids’ Heart Challenge event is coming up on Friday, February 22 (formerly Jump Rope for Heart). Students can continue to collect donations for the American Heart Association and win prizes up until the event. More info at www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge .

Congratulations to Mrs. Showman’s class, Room 603, for having 100% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 94.6% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Please note: we have updated the “Closed Campus” section of the Finney Parent Handbook to clarify our policy:

In an effort to ensure a safe campus, Finney Elementary School is a closed campus. All students must report to the front office before leaving early or when returning to campus.  All visitors and/or volunteers must report to the office to sign in and receive a visitor/volunteer badge. All gates will be locked during school hours. No parent may enter campus during school hours (7:45-2:15) without first signing in and receiving a visitor badge in the office. Parents who attend morning announcements on the blacktop must exit campus, or sign in in the office immediately following announcements. Classroom visits must be pre-arranged with the teacher. With the exception of preschool, parents are not permitted to walk their child to class when bringing their child late. If a child is leaving early, the person picking up the child must come to the office to sign the child out and the office personnel will locate the child and have him/her come to the office. Students will not be allowed to come to the office ahead of time and wait for the person picking him/her up.

Upcoming Dates:
Feb. 11-14 English Learner (ELPAC) Testing
Feb. 11 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201
Feb. 12 DAC/DELAC @ CVESD 12:00-2:00
Feb. 14 Speech Contest (5th Grade) 10:45
Feb. 14 Friendship Dance 4:00-6:00
Feb. 15 NO SCHOOL–Lincoln Day
Feb. 16 Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL–Washington Day

 

Week of February 4, 2019

dji_0220.jpgThank you to all the fabulous parent volunteers who helped make the 2nd annual Great Kindness Challenge a success!

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Congratulations to Ms. Pot’s class, Room 405, for having 99.3% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 96.4% last week. Our goal is 98%. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st? Kindergarten registration for 2019-2020 begins February 20th. Registration packets will be available on Feb. 6th. We need everyone’s help spreading the word about Kindergarten registration to ensure we can fully staff our school with fabulous teachers. CVESD is offering Kinder Readiness orientations for parents on February 4. Click here for more info.

The Friendship Dance is Thursday, February 14 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the auditorium. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers needed–contact the PTA at finneypta@gmail.com or sign up in the office.

Did you know your student can access all of their online learning programs from home? Just visit http://www.cvesd.org/district/students.

Feb. 4-March 1 ELPAC Testing (English Learner Proficiency Assessment for California)
Feb. 11 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201
Feb. 14 Friendship Dance 4:00-6:00
Feb. 15 NO SCHOOL–Lincoln Day
Feb. 16 Finney Garden Work Day 8:00-12:00
Feb. 18 NO SCHOOL–Washington Day

Week of January 28, 2019

kindness-550x0-550x0The Great Kindness Challenge is Jan. 28-Feb. 1! Volunteers are needed Jan. 28-Feb. 1 from 9:30-10:45 to help supervise Kindness Challenge activities. Sign up in the office!

Finney Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Days Jan. 28-Feb. 1:
Monday 1/28—Crazy for Kindness (crazy hair day)
Tuesday 1/29—Peace, Love and Kindness (hippie Day)
Wednesday 1/30—Team Kindness (sports)
Thursday 1/31—Dream of Kindness (pajama Day)
Friday 2/1—Share the Love (wear red) We will take our group drone photo on this day.

Consider taking the Great Kindness Challenge–home version available here.

Finney is raising money for the American Heart Association by participating in the Kids’ Heart Challenge (formerly Jumprope for Heart). Parent letters and envelopes were sent home on Thursday. Go to www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge or download the Kids Heart Challenge app. Our Heat Challenge event is Friday, Feb. 22.

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st? Kindergarten registration for 2019-2020 begins February 20th. Registration packets will be available on Feb. 6th. We need everyone’s help spreading the word about Kindergarten registration to ensure we can fully staff our school with fabulous teachers. CVESD is offering Kinder Readiness orientations for parents on February 4. Click here for more info.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast served by Finney teachers! 5th Grade is hosting a Flapjack Breakfast Saturday, February 2 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.

movie-night.pngThis Friday, February 1st is Movie Night at Finney! Bundle up and bring a chair. We will be showing Incredibles 2. Food sales start at 4:30 and the movie starts at 5:30.

Jan. 29 DAC/DELAC Meeting @ CVESD 12:00-2:00
Jan. 30  PTA General Meeting 5:00 Rm. 201
Jan. 30 Garden Club Meeting 5:30 Rm. 201
Feb. 1 Movie Night 4:30-7:30 on the soccer field
Feb. 2 Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser @ Applebee’s
Feb. 11 School Site Council 2:30 Rm. 201