Falcon Flyer

Volume 25 Issue 14

Principal's Nest

Finley Farms Community,

As we enter the halfway point of the 2nd quarter of our school year I first want to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued partnership and support. Your involvement in your child's education is vital to our goal of providing the best learning opportunities for every single child. The mid-term of the quarter brings student Progress Reports which are now available for your review on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This information along with the conversations facilitated during our recent Parent-Teacher Conferences will provide you with academic present level information for your child. We as a school team will continue to partner with you and work tirelessly to support students academically along with addressing social, behavioral, and emotional needs.

Entering the midpoint of November also indicates the Finley Farms community has successfully facilitated over two months of learning here on campus and it has truly taken a community effort from students, families, and staff to get us to this point. With the benchmark metrics continuing to rise in our area, it is imperative we remain steadfast with our health and safety mitigation protocols as a school community. Staff will continue to reinforce guidelines with students and our building maintenance crew continues to complete extensive cleaning procedures on a daily basis. Your support through your actions of completing the daily health screening for your child, transparently communicating with our health office should an illness arise, providing your child with appropriate face coverings, and your efforts to lead by example wearing a face covering if on our campus to drop off or pick up your child is essential to our continued effectiveness of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 through our community. I thank you on behalf of the Finley Farms Elementary staff for being supportive of our guidelines and expectations in order to do our best to keep everyone on campus and in our community healthy and safe.

Sending your child off to school each day and entrusting us to care for their well-being is not something we take for granted. It is a privilege to work alongside our community as the home away from home for our Falcon students. Please continue reading through each section of this Falcon Flyer for pertinent information as we partner together to support our students.


Keegan Bassett


Finley Farms Elementary

Update from the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board

The GPS Governing Board met for a scheduled ‘Work-Study and Brief Board Business Meeting' on November 3rd. The Governing Board and Superintendent highlighted their shared goal to continue to make decisions that promote the health and wellbeing of students and staff while keeping as many students in-person in school as possible. It was acknowledged that with the number of cases in Arizona currently rising, and some active cases within GPS schools, it is important to have processes in place that will continue efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In an effort to be proactive, and to ensure transparency, the following motion was approved with a 5-0 vote:

Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board prioritizes the academic, social-emotional, and physical well being of students and staff. During the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, it is the goal of Gilbert Public Schools District to mitigate the spread of the virus within its schools and within the community. Gilbert Public Schools will continue in-person instruction for those enrolled until, due to the spread of COVID-19, the following guidelines show the need for change on a school by school basis to the hybrid A-L M-Z model of instruction.

Guidelines established by Gilbert Public Schools show confirmed active positive COVID-19 cases of students and staff per week equal to or higher than 1% for high schools, 1.5% for junior high schools, and 2% for elementary schools. Canyon Valley will be based on a total of 5 confirmed active positive COVID-19 cases and the RISE program will be based on a total of 3 confirmed active positive COVID-19 cases. The superintendent will make this decision based on the confirmed active positive COVID-19 cases reported on a weekly basis on the Gilbert Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard.

Additionally, the entire district would move to the hybrid A-L M-Z model of instruction if two out of three guidelines for Gilbert Public Schools District boundaries as published by the Maricopa County Department of Health Services show substantial transmission (red) for two weeks. Those guidelines show more than than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, more than 10% positivity for testing, and more than 10% COVID-like illness at hospitals as substantial transmission (red).

Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board will meet to decide whether students and staff return to virtual learning for two weeks should COVID-19 cases continue to rise within the school community or within the wider Gilbert and Mesa community. Should cases decrease during the two weeks of hybrid learning, students and staff would return to in-person instruction. The superintendent is authorized to review appropriate data and make recommendations to the board.

This motion, unless extended by the Board, will end June 30, 2021.

Please note, moving temporarily to a hybrid instructional delivery model is a preventative measure, designed as an additional mitigation strategy to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Please visit our district website to view further details of what you can expect, including Frequently Asked Questions. Should you have any other questions not addressed in the FAQ, please reach out to the Finley Farms Elementary front office for further assistance.

Mr. Bassett's YouTube Channel

Check out our daily school announcements for school-wide information.

Mid-Term Progress Reports

We have reached 2nd Quarter mid-term and with the Progress Reports are now available through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Please contact the Front Office if you'd like to request a paper copy.

Annual Update

We kindly ask that you complete the Annual Update by accessing the GPS Infinite Campus Parent Portal if you have not already done so. It is extremely important that your student's contact information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus to ensure that the district and our school can reach you by email and telephone.

What is happening at the Farm?

Tuesday 11/17

  • Running Club @ 7:15am
  • GPS Governing Board Mtg. @ 6pm

Wednesday 11/18

  • Half-Day Schedule Student Dismissal @ 11:55am
  • Student Council Spirit Day - Fall/Thanksgiving Theme Face Covering

Friday 11/20

  • Falcon Gear Spirit Day

Wednesday 11/25

  • No School

Thursday 11/26

  • Happy Thanksgiving - No School

Friday 11/27

  • No School

Spirit Day Wednesday, November 18th - Fall/Thanksgiving Theme Face Covering

Finley Farms Elementary Be A Hero Blood Drive

The Finley Farms community will be partnering with Highland High School to host our annual Blood Drive on Thursday, December 3rd. Make an appointment today by clicking here.

Running Club

We are so pleased with how hard your children are working at running club. Everyone is following directions and giving their best effort.

Community Ed listed the start time as 7:20 a.m. We'd like to start at 7:15 from now on. That way we will finish as the gates are opening for the rest of the students to arrive at school. Just a reminder the gate near the flag pole is the only one that will be open for running club at 7:15.

We are still waiting on a meet schedule from Community Ed. I will send it to you as soon as I have it.


Mrs. Anson

Lost & Found

With the the temperatures slowly dropping, many students are coming to campus with coats, jackets, and sweatshirts due to the cooler weather. Our Lost & Found area is starting to fill up as it is common for students to shed layers while on the playground as the day goes on. If your child is missing an item please encourage them to stop by the Lost & Found near the gym to look for their belongings. Along with an influx of missing items, we have seen an increase in students arriving to campus prior to our gates opening at 7:45am. Families are encouraged to avoid dropping students off before our gates open for their child's safety as we do not have adult supervision prior to the gates being opened.

Finley Farms Elementary - Gilbert Days Shoebox Parade

This year Finley Farms Elementary will participate in the Gilbert Days Shoebox Parade and need your help! All students are encouraged to build a school themed shoebox to turn in to the Front Office to then have a photo taken for submission to the Town of Gilbert. Click the Gilbert Days Shoebox Parade link for more details.
Finley Farms PTO Corner

Click the button to access the FFT PTO website and stay up to date on events, order from the spirit store, and find out about ways to volunteer.


Thank you for your participation and support of our Read-A-Thon at the Farm! We'll be tabulating the results over the weekend and announcing our top Falcons for reading minutes and pledge earners early next week along with our school total to determine if we'll be turning Mr. Bassett into an ice cream sundae.
PTO Spirit Store

Check out the newest item to arrive in the spirit store - FFE Lanyards!

Child Crisis Arizona Webinars & Workshops

Child Crisis Arizona virtual parent education programs for November and December are now live and ready for registration. Families can register through Child Crisis Arizona Registration.

Some highlights include:

  • NEW topics including Healing Trauma and Children in Between!
  • Our popular 2-part Conscious Discipline class
  • Car Seat Safety webinar in which FREE car seats/booster seats are provided and installed by a licensed Car Seat Specialist to individuals that qualify and complete the webinar
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Daily Student Health Assessment

Before attending each day on campus, you and your student must complete a student health assessment. Please view the assessment here. Students who are sick or feeling any COVID like symptoms can’t be on campus. For more information including health resources and information please visit www.gilbertschools.net/healthservices.
Don't Send Sick Students to School | Gilbert Public Schools District | Gilbert, Arizona

Free & Reduced Lunch Application

This year, Gilbert Public Schools received an additional 5.9 million dollars in Federal funds based on income guidelines directly related to student free & reduced lunch eligibility. Taking the time to complete a GPS Free & Reduced Lunch Application means GPS can continue providing additional academic support and services for students (even if your child decides not to participate in the lunch program). Thank you for taking the time to complete an online application and to help ensure our school district receives its fair share of Federal funds.


If you are interested in registering for our before and after school VIK program please visit our website for more information and registration details.

Finley Farms Platforms

Be sure to connect with Finley Farms on our multiple platforms to stay updated on school-wide information, check out what is going on in the classroom, receive text messages in case of emergency, and so much more.