The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 9 - 10/15/21

Measuring Our Success

The 7th week of school has been full of learning experiences for all of us here at Fletcher Elementary. Our TK-2nd grade students were individually assessed on their reading abilities by their teachers using the Fountas & Pinnell assessment system. This information will give us an incredibly clear picture of where our learners are so that we can custom tailor an approach to ensure they are at or above grade level by the end of the year. Our 3rd-5th graders were assessed on their mathematical understanding and reading abilities using online diagnostics called the FAST reading assessment and the DEMI (District Essential Mathematics Indicators).

This week Fletcher was also honored with speaking time at the Kearny Cluster meeting on Wednesday. In his remarks, Principal, Jeff Friedenberg, highlighted the newly adopted vision statement, our main school initiatives, and the dedication our staff has for our students. You can view his remarks here: Fletcher Elementary School - Kearny Cluster Presentation.

Next week our School Site Council will be gathering on Wednesday from 1:00-2:30 to review and approve the Comprehensive School Safety Plan for 2021-2022. Also on Wednesday, Area Superintendent, Dr. Christina Casillas will be visiting to review and support the great work being done day in and day out. Thursday, Fletcher Elementary will be joining schools across SDUSD and the State of California in the Great California Shake-Out. This is an annual duck-cover-hold-evacuate drill to practice our procedures in case of an earthquake. Please review the importance of taking these practices seriously with your student.

"If I were a bird,

I would fly about the earth

Seeking the successive autumns."

- George Eliot


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.

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

Jog-A-Thon November 3rd

On Wed. Nov. 3 we will hold our first Fletcher Jog-A-Thon of the 2021/22 school year! All students will gather on the upper field and warm up for the start of the event. They will run/walk with fun music playing in the background for about 45 minutes. It is always festive and fun to watch all the smiling faces. All laps will be logged with our lap tracker system, which highly motivates the students to run every day at school.

Our Fletcher Running Club comes with some expenses and so we ask for your support to raise funds to run the program throughout the year. Expenses include:

  • The lap tracker software subscription
  • Recognition awards throughout the year
  • End of the Year Running Club awards for all participants and our top runners
  • A field trip for our top runners which includes all grades

The lap tracker software allows us to provide frequent feedback to all students on how many miles they have run. There is also a parent portal that you can follow your child’s running progress throughout the year. We will hold more Fun Runs as the year goes on.

To donate, please follow the link below to set up an account on SchoolCash. visit: and set up an account. Then choose the Jog-a-Thon fundraiser and select the amount they'd like to donate.

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 if you're interested.

Highlights from the Week

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Six Weeks at a Glance


20 - School Site Council & Instructional Leadership Team Meetings

21 - Great California Shake-Out

27 - PLC's - Behavior Data Review and Restorative Practices

29 - Fall Picture Day


3 - Report Card Prep

3 - Jog-a-Thon

5 - End of Trimester 1 - Minimum Day

8 - Make-up Picture Day

10 - Report Card Prep

11 - Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

15-19 - Student Conferences - Minimum Days

22-26 - Thanksgiving Break

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

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Free COVID PCR Testing in Our Community

San Diego Unified School District Education Center


Mon-Fri 7:00AM-7:00PM

Sat/Sun 8:00AM-5PM
4100 Normal St.

San Diego, 92103

Click HERE for map of testing site location

San Diego State University


Tues-Sat 10AM-5:30PM

5250 55th St.

San Diego, 92182

North Central Public Health Center

Appointments REQUIRED

MWTh 8:30-4:00

5055 Ruffin Rd.

San Diego, 92128

Click HERE to schedule an appointment

University of San Diego

Appointments REQUIRED

Tues-Sat 7-11AM, 12-4PM, 5-7PM

5330 Linda Vista Rd. (testing site)

5394 Linda Vista Rd. (parking lot)

San Diego, 92110

Click HERE to schedule an appointment

To schedule appointments via phone, call 211

Free Weekly COVID Testing on Campus

As you know, keeping our students safe, healthy and IN SCHOOL is our #1 priority. To ensure this, we need for ALL families to fill out the COVID-19 Testing forms. Thank you to all who have already filled out these forms. The deadline to submit the forms is September 10.

If you are opting out of COVID testing, we still need you to submit the testing form.

  • Click here for instructions on how to fill out these forms in Powerschool.

  • Click here if you’d like to see a video explaining the instructions.

  • Click here if you need instructions on how to set up a Parent Portal account.

If you prefer to fill out the forms on paper, please visit the school site. We will have staff in front of the school all week during drop off and pickup, to distribute the forms to you, and support you in filling them out.