The Falcon Flyer
Weekly News and Updates - Volume 3 Issue 10 - 10/28/2022
Week in Review
It's the end of week nine and we're doing fine. There's a chill in the air and on Monday, campus will be filled with little ghouls and goblins. As a reminder, Monday, October 31st, is a MINIMUM DAY. School is dismissed at 12:00PM. Right after school, students and their families are invited to attend "Trunk or Treat" on the blacktop, hosted by our PTA. The event takes place from 12-1PM and students must be supervised by an adult unless they're in PrimeTIme. We are so excited to bring this tradition back to the Fletcher community.
This past week was full of celebrations, learning, and service. On Tuesday, Principal Friedenberg and our former, and now happily retired Wellness Coordinator, Becky Paradise, represented Fletcher Elementary at the SDUSD Board of Education meeting as the school was one of 14 in the district recognized for being named one of America's Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Wednesday, our teaching staff joined with five other Kearny Cluster schools at Juarez Elementary for an afternoon of professional learning focused on creating and sustaining a restorative classroom community. This learning revolved around deepening our understanding of the core circle guidelines, the framework from which Restorative Practices is based.
Thursday, Fletcher partnered with local non-profit, Champions for Health, in hosting a free Flu and COVID immunization clinic in the auditorium. Students and their families from all over the district came out to get up to date with their vaccinations. In total, 54 COVID boosters and 68 flu shots were administered to our community.
Today, our student leadership group, the Falcon Influencers, were officially selected and recognized by their peers at breakfast. Falcon Influencers are a group of 3rd-5th graders who will learn leadership skills by participating in various responsibilities around campus. These include raising/lowering the flags in the morning/afternoon, leading guests on tours, campus beautification, and more. These students applied for the positions with a written interview and 1:1 interview with Principal Friedenberg. Check out their picture below. Well done Falcons!
Federal Impact Aid Survey
Federal Impact Aid Surveys were sent in the mail this week to any families who did not complete the form online during registration. It is crucially important for all families to fill out the form and return it either to the office or using the self-addressed stamped envelope included in the mailing. The Federal Impact Aid Survey helps SDUSD receive adequate funding from the Federal Government by identifying additional sources of funding that students may qualify for based on where they live. If you have any questions regarding the form, please contact Sarah Kidder at the SDUSD Impact Aid Office.
ALL STUDENTS ATTENDING TRUNK OR TREAT MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT (unless in PrimeTime) Parking is available in the main lot or either side lots. Entrance will be at the main park gates.
You may have seen in the news that Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) have been on the rise lately in schools across San Diego County. This week at Fletcher, we had an above average number of students go home ill. At this point we don't have information indicating that these illnesses are COVID related, thankfully. However, it is always wise to review important suggestions for staying healthy with your students. Please see the flyer attached below. In two weeks, on October 28th we will also be hosting a Flu/COVID vaccination clinic on campus after school. Flu vaccinations, Monkeypox, and bivalent COVID booster vaccinations will all be available for free on a walk-in basis. If you need a COVID test, we have them available at the front office for free.
Our 2022-2023 Falcon Influencer Team
Today, we announced our Falcon Influencers for the year. The student leadership group will be involved in many different projects on campus.
Back Row (Left to Right): Marvell, Olivia, Karina, Sergu, Hope, Alex, Autumn, Cali
Front Row (Left to Right): Elias, Echo, Kiya, Damian, Izzy, Mia, Emma, Mia
Miyasaki Minute - PE Updates
Physical Education with Ms. Miyasaki is planning an active and healthy year!
Instead of Homework we have Healthwork. It is a daily routine to help with everyday health and wellness. State Mandates require Fifth Graders to be tested on their fitness in Febuary/March. For more information go to http://www.fitnessgram.net/ or http://www.sandi.net/Page/1816
1. Curl-ups- 10+ for grades K-3, 4/5 20+
2. Push-ups and Tricep Push-ups 10
3. Sit and Reach- stretch each leg and hold 30 seconds each leg
4. Super Heros- lift your trunk like a superhero. Then do opposite hand/leg hold for 10 seconds or more.
5. Something for your heart ~ 20-60 minutes of continuous heart pumping action….walk, jog, swim, scooter, bike, jump rope, basketball, soccer…etc.
Bring a healthy snack for recess….think items you can get from nature off plants and trees. Your brain and body depends on it…..
Save the Date:
Pre-FitnessGram Test for Fifth Grade Late October Early November
Chuck E. Cheese PE Fundraiser Tuesday, November 4, 2014 From 3-9. Please buy only from the cashiers. If you get tokens from the machine we do not get the 20% towards our recess and PE equipment.
Our Newest Falcons
Top Left: Yolanda Smith (PIF)
Top Right: Astrid Grande (PIF)
Bottom Left: Faith Curtis (Speech & Language Pathologist)
Bottom Right: Kimberly Wright (Noon Duty)
Sign Up for Weekly COVID Testing on Campus
Weekly voluntary COVID screenings resumed this week and will continue to take place weekly on Monday mornings. The more students we have signed up for the screenings, the sooner we can identify symptomatic and asymptomatic cases to reduce community spread.
If you signed up last year, you must sign up again.
Sign up link: https://my.primary.health/l/sdusd_2022
31 - Minimum day - Professional Development
Costume Spirit Day
TRUNK or TREAT (12-1PM on the blacktop)
2 - Minimum Day - Report Card Prep
7 - VAPA - PLC Meetings
9 - Minimum Day - Report Card Prep
10 - Minimum Day - End of Trimester 1
11 - No School Veteran's Day
14-18 - Minimum Days - Fall Conferences
15 - World of Jazz Concert
21-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
30 - Minimum Day - Staff Meeting
Highlights from the Week
The State of California is proud to announce the launch of the California Kids Investment and Development Savings Program (CalKIDS). CalKIDS gives children in California a jump start on saving for college or career training. To be eligible for CalKIDS, participants must be: Born in California on or after July 1, 2022; or An eligible low-income public school student in grades 1-12* in California.