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.
Congratulations Mrs. Logan!
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
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.
Welcome Mr. Lindstrom and Ms. Massion
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!
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.
FREE COVID TESTING SITE - 7 DAYS A WEEK
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.
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Highlights from the Week
Eight Weeks at a Glance
20-31 - Winter Break
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
1 - Kids Heart Challenge Assembly
2 - Professional Development
9 - 100th Day of School
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
25+ Free Winter Activities in San Diego
Escape winter's chill and enjoy the season San Diego-style, where the typical day of cool mornings and warm afternoons lends itself to getting out and getting active. Cruise Highway 101 with the top down, enjoy a beach all to yourself or marvel at the California gray whales migrating along the Pacific coast and the dazzling display of wildflowers in the desert.
9 Winter Holidays Around the World - Learning Liftoff
We tend to think of winter as a time of rest, hibernation, and quiet. But a look at the calendar reveals many holidays around the world that prove this impression entirely wrong. The cold months are clearly a popular time for parties and celebrations.
COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
Featured Experts: Pediatricians Anna Sick-Samuels, M.D., M.P.H., of Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and Allison Messina, M.D., of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, answer questions for parents and guardians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older.
COVID-19 and Your Health
Important update: Healthcare facilities CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more Small and Large Gatherings Small gatherings are informal in nature and may occur with family and friends you regularly socialize with, often at someone's residence. They typically do not involve long distance travel.