Falcon Flyer

Volume 26 Issue 5

Principal's Nest

Finley Farms Community,

Here at the Farm the month of September is full of activities and events to go along with our daily academic learning opportunities. This week we have enjoyed hosting our annual Book Fair as students have discovered the latest book releases in the Library. If you haven't had an opportunity to check it out, there is still time as we'll have the Book Fair open this Friday before and after school for final sales. Also taking place Friday (9/10) is our Grandparents' Day celebration in honor of national Grandparents' Day on September 12th. The FFE PTO will host an outdoor breakfast event for Falcon grandparents or special family members. Students and grandparents can place a pre-order for Chick-fil-A and enjoy breakfast out on our basketball courts before school from 7:15AM-8AM. The PTO will stay busy supporting our school as they'll also be kicking off our Penny War fundraiser on Monday, September 13th. Last year the FFE PTO hosted the inaugural Penny War event and we want to keep the momentum going with another friendly competition among grade levels for year two. Check out the FFE PTO Corner in the section below for further information.

As mentioned in the previous Falcon Flyer, at the end of August we facilitated our beginning of the year benchmark assessments. Those results combined with classroom activities and observations have enabled teachers to identify strengths and challenges of each student to then develop action plans pertaining to grade level priority standards. Part of this process includes partnering with families for Parent-Teacher Conferences in order to ensure all members of the team are informed and working together to best meet the needs of our students. To allow teachers the ability to schedule and facilitate our Parent-Teacher Conferences we will be on our Half-Day bell schedule Thursday, September 23rd and Friday September 24th. I thank you in advance for scheduling a conference with your child's teacher as we look forward to collaborating with you!

Continue reading through each section of this Falcon Flyer for pertinent information as we partner together to support our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly via email or call the office from 7:30AM-3:30PM at 480.507.1624 and we will be happy to assist with any questions or concerns.


Keegan Bassett

Mr. Bassett's YouTube Channel

Check out our daily announcements for school-wide information.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Gilbert Public Schools has identified September 23rd and 24th as the dates for our annual Parent-Teacher conferences. We are excited to partner with you as we host imperative discussions regarding student progress and present levels. Teachers will be using this opportunity to review your child's progress in all areas as we look to continue our work as a team in order for each child to meet their full potential academically, behaviorally, and socially.

Families are able to sign up for a conference date/time by accessing the FFE Parent-Teacher Conference SignUp link and selecting your child's classroom. It is strongly encouraged that families with more than one Falcon student schedule a gap between conferences to allow for transition time while shifting from one conference to the next. Please note, this year we will not be providing childcare supervision as a health and safety mitigation measure.

Parent-Teacher Conference SignUp Links

Click the button to view the FFE Parent-Teacher Conference SignUp Genius links.

Message from GPS Health Services

Dear Falcon Parents,

This school year we continue to work hard to keep our campuses safe and our students as healthy as possible. If one of our Nurses or Health Assistants calls to inform you that your student is ill or that they have been identified as needing to quarantine please understand that we are following the guidance of the Maricopa County Department of Health and the CDC, and that this is required by the Arizona Department of Health. We understand that having your child home from school for an extended period of time can cause undue stress and we appreciate your support in following these required guidelines. Thank you for your understanding and support of our nurses, health assistants, and front office staff during this challenging time. They are doing their very best for our families and it is important that we all work together.

Should you have questions or concerns please call the District Health Office at 480-545-2117

Book Fair!

The FFE Book Fair's last day is Friday, September 10th! Check out the Virtual Book Fair Catalog or stop by campus after school.
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Grandparents' Day Breakfast Order

Click the button to place your breakfast orders.

Upcoming Events

September 10 - Book Fair's Last Day!

Grandparents Day Breakfast!

September 13 - Yellow Day to support Kindergarten

PTO Executive Board Mtg. @ 6PM

September 13 - September 24 --- PENNY WAR!!!

September 16 - FFE PTO Restaurant Night at Papa John's

September 20 - Purple Day to support Kindergarten

September 23 - Half Day -- student dismissal at 11:55AM

Parent-Teacher Conferences 12PM - 7PM

September 24 - Half Day -- student dismissal at 11:55AM

Parent-Teacher Conferences 12PM - 6PM

September 27 - Black Day to support Kindergarten

September 28 - Fall Picture Day

Service Club Mtg. @ 3PM

September 30 - Oceanography Club Mtg. @ 3PM

October 1 - Half Day -- student dismissal at 11:55AM

October 4 - October 11 --- Fall Break!!!

October 12 - 2nd Quarter Begins

Pink Day to support Kindergarten

Finley Farms Elementary Parent Calendar

Keep up to date on our Falcon Events!

Finley Farms PTO Corner

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Penny War

The FFE PTO Penny Wars competition will begin on Monday, September 13th and run through Friday, September 24th. This year we have set a goal of $5,000 raised as a school and Mr. Bassett has agreed to take a pie to the face when we meet our goal! Each grade level will have a farm animal jug where students can donate or sabotage the competition.
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This year becoming a PTO member is FREE!! Join today by registering through the FFE PTO Spirit Store. While at the Spirit Store you can place an order for the 2021-22 school year Falcon shirts and other appareal available.

Want to help our school while you are out shopping at Fry's or browsing Amazon? Link your accounts to the FFE PTO for a portion of proceeds to go directly back to our school.

Fry’s Community Rewards Program: Link the school to your Fry’s rewards card as your organization of choice, and FFE receives a percentage back as you shop!

  • Visit https://www.frysfood.com and login to your account/create a new one if you haven’t gone online yet!
  • Click on “My Account” in the top right corner then “Community rewards”
  • When the “Find an Organization” box appears, search for our number 80557 – or type in “Finley Farms Elementary”
  • Click on “Enroll” when FFE pops up and you’re done! Shop away and give back!

Amazon Smile: Every 0.5% that you spend shopping on Amazon.com will be donated to our school!

  • Visit http://smile.amazon.com and sign in to your Amazon account.
  • Open up your “Charitable Organization” page and type in “Finley Farms Elementary” to find our school and choose it as your charitable organization.
  • Remember to visit http://smile.amazon.com to start your transactions to give back. On your mobile apps, it will automatically apply it for you.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming events listed below!

Grandparents' Day Breakfast

Friday, Sep. 10th, 7:15am

Finley Farms Elementary School, South Columbus Drive, Gilbert, AZ, USA

This event will take place on the basketball courts and is open to all of our Falcon Grandparents!

FFE PTO Vendor Fair

Saturday, Nov. 13th, 9am

375 South Columbus Drive

Gilbert, AZ

Finley Farms PTO Website

FFE is fortunate to have an outstanding PTO. Click the button to access their website and stay up to date on events, order from the spirit store, and find out about ways to volunteer.

Finley Farms PTO Volunteer SignUp

Looking to help out with upcoming events? Click the button to access the PTO SignUp form.

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. Scan the QR code for more information.
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