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

Week of January 21, 2019

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.

There is NO SCHOOL Monday, January 21 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

tutoringExtended Day and Jumpstart Tutoring for qualifying students begins Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2:30-4:00.

Soccer Tryouts for the 4th-6th Grade Coed Soccer Team are Wednesday, January 23 on the Soccer Field. Boys: 2:15-3:30 and Girls: 3:30-4:30. Students must have a signed permission slip in order to try out.

Looking for help with parenting in the digital age? The Screenagers website has a list of apps for parents to help you set limits on children’s screentime. Check it out here.

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. Click here to see the flyer.

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Congratulations to Mrs. Silva’s Class, Room 501, for having 100% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 96.1% 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. CVESD is offering Kinder Readiness orientations for parents on February 4. Click here for more info.

kindness-550x0-550x0The Great Kindness Challenge is Jan. 28-Feb. 1! Join us as we spread kindness around Finney, throughout our community, and our world. Volunteers are needed Jan. 28-Feb. 1 from 9:30-10:45 to supervise Kindness Challenge activities. Sign up in the office!

We are in need of a done camera to take our photo on January 31st as we form the word “KIND” on the blacktop. Please let the office know if you can help us with this!

Important Upcoming Dates:
Jan 24-Feb. 22 Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump for Heart)
Jan. 28-Feb. 1 Great Kindness Challenge
Jan. 30  PTA General Meeting 5:00 Rm. 201
Jan. 30 Garden Club Meeting 5:30 Rm. 201
Feb. 2 Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser @ Applebee’s

Week of January 14, 2019

imagesQuarter 3 starts on TUESDAY, January 15, a Minimum Day with 1:00 dismissal. We hope you had a wonderful break and we are looking forward to an exciting third quarter! We are thrilled to announce that Finney received new lunch tables over the break.img_2197

Extended Day and Jumpstart Tutoring for qualifying students begins Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2:30-4:00.

Congratulations to Mrs. Nguyen’s class, Room 402, for having 99% attendance the last week of December–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 95.3% last week. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

downloadFinney is honored to partner with the La Jolla Playhouse to bring their Arts Academy program to our students! This grant-funded project places professional teaching artists in schools with classroom teachers to incorporate theatre activities and exercises into existing curriculum.

kindergarten_registration2Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 1st? Kindergarten registration for 2019-2020 begins February 20th. Finney needs everyone’s help with kindergarten recruitment. Filling up next year’s kindergarten classes early helps ensure that we will have highly qualified teachers for our students at all grade levels. CVESD is offering Kinder Readiness orientations for parents on February 4. Click here for more info.

The Great Kindness Challenge is Jan. 28-Feb. 1! Join us as we spread kindness around Finney, throughout our community, and our world. Volunteers are needed Jan. 28-Feb. 1 from 9:30-10:45 and 11:30-12:30 to supervise Kindness Challenge activities. Sign up in the office.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Jan. 21  NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 22  After School Tutoring Begins 2:30-4:00
Jan. 28-Feb. 1 Great Kindness Challenge
Jan. 30  PTA General Meeting 5:00 Rm. 201
Jan. 30 Garden Club Meeting 5:30 Rm. 201

 

Week of December 17, 2018

E2D7CA22-5035-4476-AA85-EEA46CC64996-e1544813955845.jpegCongratulations to Finney First Grader Amsi G. for taking 1st Place in the CVESD greeting card contest!!! Her artwork (above) will be printed on the CVESD holiday card. We are so proud of Amsi and all our Finney artists!

If you’re wondering what holiday gift your teacher might like, check out the Finney Staff Gift Preferences List.

Congratulations to Mrs. Haase’s class, Room 202, for having 100% attendance last week–way to go! Finney’s overall attendance was 94.7% last week. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Finney PTA is currently collecting donations of tissues and sanitizing wipes for classrooms to help us through the cold and flu seasons. We appreciate your support!

Any lost and found items not claimed by Friday, Dec. 21 will be donated to charity. Please reclaim your lost sweaters now!

Did you know your child can access computer programs over break to practice their reading and math skills? Most programs are accessible here. ST Math is our new online math program for kinder through 6th grade. Click here to go to ST Math.  Click here for more information on using ST Math at home.

Achieve3000 is having a Make the Break Winter Holiday Contest. Read all about it here.

news.jpgPTA will distribute merchandise from the catalog fundraiser on Tuesday, December 18.

The Winter Music Showcase is a chance for students to demonstrate what they’ve been learning in music class! Each student who participates receives a NO HOMEWORK pass. Please bring your child to the library at the assigned time. The schedule for the Winter Music Showcase is:

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We wish everyone a safe and restful break and we will see you back on Tuesday, January 15th for a minimum day!

Dec. 18 & 19 Winter Music Showcase 5:30-7:00
Dec. 21 Last Day of Quarter 2
Jan. 15 First Day of Quarter 3 (Minimum Day 1:00 Dismissal)

Week of December 10, 2018

If you’re wondering what holiday gift your teacher might like, check out the Finney Staff Gift Preferences List.

Congratulations to Ms. Longo’s class, Room 406, for having the highest attendance rate last week, with 98.3%. Finney’s overall attendance was 94% last week. Be sure to bring your child to school every day on time. Every minute of every day counts!

Joy-of-GivingThe PTA Holiday Gift Shop is this week, Dec. 10-14 in Room 201, where students can buy gifts for family members. The shop is open before and after school, and during morning recess. Students can bring money in the sealed envelope that was sent home last week, or you can avoid using cash by purchasing gift certificates at holidayshop.org/giftcert. Volunteers are needed to work in the Gift Shop! Please sign up here.

Finney PTA is currently collecting donations of tissues and sanitizing wipes for classrooms to help us through the cold and flu seasons. We appreciate your support!

The Winter Music Showcase is a chance for students to demonstrate what they’ve been learning in music class! Look for the letter that will go home this week. Please return the form so we know how many musicians will be participating. Each student who participates receives a NO HOMEWORK pass. Please bring your child to the library at the assigned time. The schedule for the Winter Music Showcase is:

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Dec. 10-14 PTA Holiday Gift Shop
Dec. 13 PTA Emergency General Meeting 5:00
Dec. 18 & 19 Winter Music Showcase 5:30-7:00
Dec. 21 Last Day of Quarter 2
Jan. 15 First Day of Quarter 3 (Minimum Day 1:00 Dismissal)

Week of December 3, 2018

AAM_Memes2015-habit-forming.jpgOur attendance rate last week was 95.3%. We can do better! Send your child to school every day on time. The class with the best attendance was Mrs. Gillespie’s class with 98%.

Finney PTA is providing a Holiday Gift Shop December 10-14 where students can purchase gifts. Look for the flyer & envelope coming home this week!

downloadFinney PTA is currently collecting donations of tissues and sanitizing wipes for classrooms to help us through the cold and flu seasons. We appreciate your support! Please remind children to wash hands frequently and sneeze/cough into their elbow.

winter-musicThe Finney Winter Music Showcase is December 18 (K-2nd) and December 19 (3rd-6th) 5:30-7:00. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Mrs. Pridmore crystal.pridmore@cvesd.org.

The Finney Project Pie Fundraiser to benefit 6th Grade is this Thursday, Dec. 6 5:00-8:00 at Project Pie at the Chula Vista Mall. Present the flyer and 30% of proceeds go to Finney 6th Grade! Tell your friends and family! A hard copy of the flyer will be sent home with students on Monday, and more are available in the school office.

Upcoming Dates:
Dec. 3 School Site Council 2:30
Dec. 6 Project Pie 6th Grade Fundraiser 5:00-8:00
Dec. 7 Parents & Pastries/ELAC Meeting 8:00
Dec. 10-14 PTA Holiday Gift Shop
Dec. 13 PTA Emergency General Meeting 5:00
Dec. 14 YMCA STRETCH Winter Performance 4:45
Dec. 18 & 19 Winter Music Showcase 5:30-7:00
Dec. 21 Last Day of Quarter 2
Jan. 15 First Day of Quarter 3 (Minimum Day 1:00 Dismissal)

Week of November 26, 2018

attendancematters_logoCongratulations to Room 702 Mr. Schafer’s class for having 100% attendance during Nov. 12-16! Our school attendance rate last week was 96%. This is too low! Our goal is 98%. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up to much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Give your child the gift of excellent attendance this holiday season!

Kindergarten registration for 2019-2020 starts February 20! Let’s fill up those classes early to ensure we can keep all of our fabulous Finney teachers. Tell your friends, family and neighbors who have a child turning 5 years old by September 1, 2019.

winter-musicThe Finney Winter Music Showcase is December 18 (K-2nd) and December 19 (3rd-6th) 5:30-7:00. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Mrs. Pridmore crystal.pridmore@cvesd.org.

Upcoming Dates:
Dec. 3 School Site Council 2:30
Dec. 6 Project Pie 6th Grade Fundraiser 5:00-8:00
Dec. 7 Parents & Pastries/ELAC Meeting 8:00
Dec. 10-13 PTA Holiday Gift Shop
Dec. 18 & 19 Winter Music Showcase 5:30-7:00

 

Week of November 12, 2018

Veterans-Day-1024x683Monday, November 12 is Veterans Day and there is NO SCHOOL.

Congratulations to Room 203 Mrs. Gillespie’s class for having 100% attendance last week! Our school attendance rate last week was 96%. This is too low! Our goal is 98%. We can do it! Be a part of your child’s academic success by bringing them to school every day on time.

As a reminder, Finney has a Dress Code, which is located in the Finney Parent Handbook. Here are some highlights from the dress code:

  • For safety reasons,  students need to wear closed toe shoes with gripping,  non-slip soles suitable for physical education. 
  • Shorts need to pass the student’s fingertips when arms are at his/her sides.
  • Tank tops must have straps at least 3 fingers wide, and no crop tops are allowed.

Finney cares! During the month of November, we are collecting toys and non-perishable food for those in need.

The Annual Turkey Trot 5th Grade Fundraiser is Friday, Nov. 16th at 8:30 am. Please return the permission slip you received from your child’s teacher. Students must have a signed permission slip in order to run on Friday. Each child who turns in sponsorships will be entered for a chance to win a Turkey Dinner basket.

Upcoming Dates:
Nov. 19-23 Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26-30 6th Grade Camp
Dec. 3 School Site Council 2:30
Dec. 6 Project Pie Fundraiser 5:00-8:00