The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 16 - 12/17/21

Happy New Year (almost)

We closed out 2021 this week with a crazy rain storm, another successful Fire Safety Drill, staff Professional Development, interviews, and of course, PJ Day! 2022 is going to be an incredible year. Two new teachers will be joining the team, we're launching a before/after school tutoring program to accelerate student literacy, forming a partnership with a local Navy squadron, USD Women's basketball, designing a mural, and MORE!


On behalf of all of us at Fletcher Elementary School, we wish you and your students a restful Winter Break and a happy New Year! We're hitting the ground running on Monday, January 3rd.


“One resolution I have made,

and try always to keep,

is this:

To rise above the little things."

-John Burroughs

Congratulations Mrs. Logan!

It is with bittersweet sentiments that we announce Mrs. Logan's retirement at the end of December. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mrs. Logan worked in the corporate world for Pacific Bell (now AT&T) as a long distance operator before being promoted to the business division where she designed and maintained communication systems. After 15 years in telecom, Mrs. Logan had an opportunity to change careers. She went back to college, finished her AA, then BA degree, and finally a Masters in Elementary Education. In the year 2000, she started her career as a teacher. "It was on!" she says.


Mrs. Logan's favorite part about being a teacher is seeing the "light come on" for her students and guiding them to take their learning to the next level. She loves building trusting relationships with students by learning about their dreams and ambitions, and challenging them to form unique opinions about issues facing our world.


We wish her all the best in retirement and thank her for a distinguished career in Education, serving our school community.

At-Home Testing Kits for All Students

This week our students received FREE two-pack testing kits and instructions for use over Winter Break. San Diego Unified Nursing and Wellness recommends that students test at home on December 31st, and again on the morning of January 3rd prior to coming on campus. Test results are available in 15 minutes. If students do test positive, please do not send them to school on Monday. Consult your pediatrician immediately. Testing is not a precondition to return to school on January 3rd. However, it is the intention that these at-home tests inform families on their students' health condition prior to returning from Winter Break in an effort to reduce the potential for viral exposure on campus.

Vaccination Clinic Hosted at Fletcher in January

We are incredibly excited to announce our school's partnership with Champions of Health, a local non-profit organization, to host a COVID and Flu Vaccine clinic at Fletcher Elementary on January 4th and 25th from 2-6PM. This is a FREE walk-in clinic, where students and adults will have access to COVID & Flu vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna in adult, pediatric, and booster doses.


If you take your student to receive their first dose of the COVID vaccine next week (December 13th-17th) they will be able to receive their second dose at Fletcher on January 4th. Please check with your student's pediatrician first before making any plans to follow this timeline.


SDUSD Nursing & Wellness has updated their guidance for fully immunized students that will allow them to remain in school if they are a close contact. Additionally, if they do show symptoms, a single negative test result would allow them to return to school immediately.


COVID vaccines have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for all children aged five and older. At this point, only students age 16 and up are required to be fully vaccinated prior to January 24th. For more information about the location of other vaccine clinics and the mandate for older students, please visit: https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/nursingwellness/covid-19-vaccine.

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Welcome Mr. Lindstrom and Ms. Massion

We are thrilled to welcome two new educators to the Fletcher Family next month!


Mr. Joseph Lindstrom will be our new PE Teacher. Mr. Lindstrom's previous experience is working with students who have special physical and/or emotional needs. In addition to his PE credential, he also holds an Adaptive PE credential which means he is able to work with students who have extra mobility needs. Prior to being a teacher, Mr. Lindstrom was also an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) tech who worked with students on the autism spectrum. As the fourth of ten kids growing up in Apple Valley, CA, Mr. Lindstrom learned how to share at an early age and grew to become an All-American track and field athlete in the 3000m and Steeple Chase events. That expertise came in handy as a Cross Country and Track coach at Great Oak High School in Temecula. Welcome Mr. Lindstrom!


Ms. Nina Massion will be our new 2nd grade teacher. Ms. Massion's previous experience started as a Literacy Tutor at the Illinois Youth Center working with out-of-school youth to increase their math and literacy skills. From there, she became a Title I intervention teacher at Richmond Intermediate School in St. Charles, Illinois, and then a 4th & 5th grade elementary teacher in Elgin, Illinois. This year, she started out as a 3rd grade teacher in Chula Vista, but was drawn to the #SmallSchoolBigFamily vibe here at Fletcher and couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the team. Ms. Massion and her dog, Laker, are avid runners, and Ms. Massion recently completed her first solo marathon! Her passion is helping students grow and preparing them for a future of success. Welcome Ms. Massion!

Student of the Week - Thea !

This week's Student of the Week is Thea in Mr. Catacutan and Ms. Scales's UTK class! She is recognized for being one of the top readers in the class. Thea is reading at level "B" and already has eight sight words in her journal. Her teachers report that Thea always follows directions and is kind to everyone. Congratulations Thea and thanks for being a phenomenal falcon!

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Feeding San Diego - Free Turkey Distribution - 12/21

Report an Absence Online

Although we want students to be in school each day for class, we know that absences will happen. It is important that parents report their student's absence within 24 hours. Absences can be reported via our online form, phone or email. Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for your support.


Click HERE for a link to the Online Absence Reporting Form

FREE COVID TESTING SITE - 7 DAYS A WEEK

San Diego Unified School District now has a new testing site for all students and staff. If your student is showing symptoms at home or at school, this new resource will provide a quick and easy way to get test results so they can return to school as soon as possible. Testing will now be available at the Education Center located at 4100 Normal Street, 92103. It's only FIVE MILES away from Fletcher!


The site is open from 7:00AM - 7:00PM MONDAY through FRIDAY and 8:00AM - 5:00PM on Saturday and Sunday. No appointments necessary! Prior to testing, if your student isn't already registered to receive weekly testing on site, families will need to register for a Primary Health Portal account. https://my.primary.health/l/sdusd_testing.


Click HERE for a link to the flyer with a map.

JOIN OUR Parent Teacher Association

Looking for an opportunity to become more involved in the success of our school? Join our Fletcher PTA! The Parent Teacher Association supports our school community with the planning and financing of events, classroom activities, field trips, and so much more. There are leadership positions available this year. Contact PTA President, Lara Altic, at laria82@gmail.com if you're interested.

Highlights from the Week

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Eight Weeks at a Glance

December


20-31 - Winter Break


January


3 - School Resumes

4 - Vaccine Clinic - Part I

5 - All-Staff Meeting

12 - Professional Development

17 - MLK Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

19 - PLC's

25 - Vaccine Clinic - Part II

26 - School Site Council


February


1 - Kids Heart Challenge Assembly

2 - Professional Development

9 - 100th Day of School

All-Staff Meeting

Kearny Cluster Meeting

16 - PLC's

18 - No School - District Recess

21 - No School - President's Day

23 - School Site Council

25 - End of Trimester Two



*Dates subject to change due to shifts in the academic programming