Volume 25 Issue 14
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.
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.
Mid-Term Progress Reports
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?
- Running Club @ 7:15am
- GPS Governing Board Mtg. @ 6pm
- Half-Day Schedule Student Dismissal @ 11:55am
- Student Council Spirit Day - Fall/Thanksgiving Theme Face Covering
- Falcon Gear Spirit Day
- No School
- Happy Thanksgiving - No School
- No School
Spirit Day Wednesday, November 18th - Fall/Thanksgiving Theme Face Covering
Finley Farms Elementary Be A Hero Blood Drive
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.
Lost & Found
Finley Farms Elementary - Gilbert Days Shoebox Parade
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.
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