Falcon Flyer

Volume 25 Issue 11

Principal's Nest

Finley Farms Community,

This week marks the beginning of the 2nd Quarter for the 2020-2021 school year. Reflecting on the 1st Quarter of our year, your partnership and support as we moved through three different learning models in the span of nine weeks was imperative to our successful beginning. In spite of challenges due to the shifts in learning models, we were able to capitalize on our opportunity when we reopened our campus for in-person learning. Over the final four weeks of the 1st Quarter the staff partnered with students to set the foundation for campus behavior and safety expectations, expand the classroom community first fostered virtually, and continued to engage in academic activities. The FFE staff and I are grateful for your support and amazed by the perseverance shown by our students as they adapted to each new circumstance.

As we enter the 2nd Quarter with consistent in-person learning, students and staff will partner together to continue with their focus on priority standards in all academic areas. Being cognizant of how the 2019-2020 school year ended, our staff continue to utilize our curriculum resources to implement a specific scope and sequence of academic instruction. On our Early Release Wednesdays teachers collaborate as they share and review effective instructional practices, build common formative assessments aligned to priority standards being taught, analyze student present levels in comparison to expected level of performance, and develop plans to address student intervention and enrichment needs.

In addition to being full speed ahead on the academic side of things, we are also excited to progress to a normal "feel" around school now that the initial phase of reopening is complete. This quarter I will be meeting with each grade level to review our RISE expectations as we continue to develop a shared understanding of our positive behavior intervention support system consistent preschool through 6th grade. Students will also begin to notice we will be opening up extracurricular opportunities similar to years past as we host Student Council Meetings, start Running Club, host Chess Club, and much more.

While we work towards a semblance of regular school with activities, it is imperative we remain steadfast in our health and safety mitigation strategies as a school community. Staff will continue to reinforce best practices with students and our building maintenance crew will complete extensive cleaning procedures on a regular basis. As a community, your support is essential through your action to complete the daily health screening for your child, send him/her to school with an appropriate face covering, and transparently communicate with our health office should an illness arise. 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 our campus and in our community healthy and safe.

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

Mr. Bassett's YouTube Channel

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

What is happening at the Farm?

Wednesday 10/14

  • Early Release Dismissal @ 1:55pm
  • 1st Quarter Report Cards posted to Infinite Campus @ 4pm

Thursday 10/15

  • Panda Express Restaurant Night @ San Tan Marketplace location

Friday 10/16

  • Falcon Gear Spirit Day

Monday 10/19

  • Kinder Color Day - Wear Pink

Wednesday 10/21

  • Early Release Dismissal @ 1:55pm

Report Cards - 1st Quarter

Student Report Cards for the 1st Quarter are now available through the GPS Infinite Campus Parent Portal. As you review your child's present levels, please keep in mind the uniqueness of our 1st Quarter as students experienced three different learning models. You will find some areas of the report card are left blank and that is intentional by your child's teacher as the start to this year limited what academic areas could be accurately assessed given the circumstances. If assistance accessing the portal is needed or you would like to request a paper copy to be sent home, please contact the front office at 480-507-1624.

Annual Update

While you are accessing the GPS Infinite Campus Parent Portal to view your child's report card, we kindly ask that you complete the Annual Update 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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Gilbert Public Schools has identified November 5 & 6 as the new 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 use this opportunity to discuss 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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be making adjustments in order to implement health and safety mitigation strategies. This year we will again utilize the SignUp Genius platform for parents to elect their preferred time slot available and will then have the option to attend in-person, on the phone, or via WebEx. The SignUp Genius links will be shared next week for families to then select from.

Please note, this year we are unable to offer child care. For families choosing to attend in-person, we kindly ask that only the parent(s) attend (and student if applicable) along with wearing a face covering while on our campus.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

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.
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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.

Panda Express Restaurant Night is Thursday, October 15th at the San Tan Marketplace location!

PTO Spirit Store

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

Penny Wars

Wow! We are so thankful for our supportive community as our Penny Wars competition to welcome students back to campus for in-person learning was a huge success! The students raised over $3,000 through this fun event. Special shout out to 5th grade for winning the competition portion with the most points earned and 2nd grade for raising the most money in their container! If you aren't already subscribed, we encourage you to check out Mr. Bassett's YouTube Channel as his daily announcements include news from the PTO on a regular basis including the last two weeks featuring some special farm animals. Mr. Bassett's YouTube Channel
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Finley Farms Vendor Fair

The Finley Farms Elementary PTO will be hosting a Vendor Fair in alignment with the Finley Farms South Garage Sale. Click the button above to complete an application to have a booth.

Congratulations to Mrs. Melle's Class for winning a Pizza Party through participation in the Papa John's Restaurant Night!

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.
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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.