Falcon Flyer

Volume 25 Issue 21

Principal's Nest

Finley Farms Community,

On Monday, January 25th all GPS families received an update from GPS Administration announcing all schools will transition to five days full-time in-person learning beginning Monday, February 1st. The notification also outlined information regarding how GPS will monitor active COVID-19 cases on a school by school basis outlined as follows:

As an additional mitigation strategy and to continue to support minimizing the spread of COVID-19, when in full-time in-person learning we will use a school by school temporary hybrid learning model approach. If an individual school reaches the percentages below for active cases per campus population, a decision may be made for that school to move temporarily to a hybrid instructional delivery model for a minimum of 14 days. An active case is defined as a student or staff member that has been participating in on-campus activities and has tested positive for COVID-19. Once an individual is cleared to return to campus they are no longer considered an active case. Decisions regarding moving to temporary hybrid learning will be made on Wednesdays and all affected will be notified immediately of hybrid learning going into effect the following Monday.

Percentage of active cases per campus population to determine school moves to temporary hybrid learning model:

  • 1% for High Schools
  • 1.5% for Junior High Schools
  • 2% for Elementary Schools
  • 5 active cases for Canyon Valley School
  • 3 active cases for RISE Junior High School

For more information on the district dashboard and how the temporary school by school hybrid learning model works please visit the links below:

The staff at Finley Farms Elementary has spent time this week preparing for the transition by reviewing health and safety mitigation strategies with cohorts as it pertains to having a full campus moving forward, curriculum planning to prepare for the shift from hybrid, and facilitated class discussions to review adjustments students will experience as we transition back to five day week full-time in-person learning. We are excited for the opportunity to engage in the traditional in-person learning model on a consistent basis moving forward while also continuing to be steadfast in our implementation of health and safety precautions.

Specific to next week, students will continue with academic lessons as normal while also participating in activities to ensure for a smooth transition back to full class structures after being in a different learning model for almost two months. I encourage all families to partner with us and support your child(ren) by having conversations with your student(s) about the adjustment they will be experiencing and brainstorming strategies to help ensure a successful transition both for at home routines and on campus. Here at the Farm the staff and I have discussed how due to the length of time in hybrid, February 1st will in a sense be another "first day" where basic expectations and review of routines are integral to our success. As a parent myself, I know my 6th grader will be going through some at home routine adjustments as he prepares for five day in-person learning. Communicating with our children, allowing their voice to be heard, and partnering to develop plans for a transition such as this will be a vital foundational step to support their success.

Should you have immediate questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly via email (keegan.bassett@gilbertschools.net) or call the office at 480.507.1624 and we will assist. Please continue reading through each section of this Falcon Flyer for pertinent information as we partner together to support our students.

Thank you for your continued support.

Keegan Bassett


Finley Farms Elementary

Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year

January marks the beginning of new registrations and acceptance of open enrollments for the 2021-2021 school year. We look forward to welcoming new Falcons to campus for the upcoming school year so please make sure your friends and neighbors know about the great things happening at our school. Families can visit the GPS Enrollment website, schedule a School Tour via the link, or call 480.507.1624 for more information.

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.

Things Happening at the Farm

Monday 2/1 - Beginning of full in-person instruction

  • All students report to campus
  • Candy Gram sales hosted by the FFE PTO and StuCo begin

Tuesday 2/2

  • Running Club @ 7:15AM

Wednesday 2/3 --- Half-Day 11:55AM Dismissal

  • 5th Grade CogAt Testing
  • Candy Gram classroom deliveries

Friday 2/5

  • Falcon Gear Spirit Day
  • Candy Gram classroom deliveries

Monday 2/8

  • PTO Executive Board Mtg. @ 6AM

Tuesday 2/9

  • Running Club @ 7:15AM

Wednesday 2/10 --- Early Release 1:55pm

  • Candy Gram classroom deliveries
  • FFE Virtual Book Fair opens

Thursday 2/11

  • Candy Gram sale ends

Friday 2/12

  • Red, White, and Pink Spirit Day
  • Candy Gram classroom deliveries
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FFE PTO Candy Gram Sales Begins February 1st!

Send a special treat and message to a Falcon through the FFE PTO & StuCo Candy Gram sales set to open on Monday, February 1st. Orders can be placed through the FFE PTO Wesbite. Deliveries will be provided by the FFE Student Council Wednesdays and Fridays the next two weeks.
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FFE Virtual Book Fair Opens February 10

Click the button to visit our Virtual Book Fair!

Oratorical Contest!

Click the button to view Falcon Speakers!

Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Click the link to print or bookmark our lunch calendar for the month of February.


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