The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 5 - 9/17/21

Hitting Our Stride

This third week of school, we've finally hit our stride. Students, staff, and families are starting to settle in for the journey. Thank you to our superb staff working so diligently to establish routines early on. These set our students up for success by removing the anxiety of not knowing what's coming next or how to get from one place to another. Thank you to our phenomenal families for encouraging our students to adhere to the COVID safety protocols. 99% of our students arrive each day with their mask! Thank you also for safely dropping off and picking your students up on time each day. We are able to dismiss all students in less than 10 minutes!

If you were unable to attend last week's Back to School Night, not to worry. We've uploaded recordings of our teachers' presentations to the Back to School Night Homepage.

“Every child is an artist.

The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso

Your 2021-2022 School Site Council

Congratulations to the newly elected School Site Council Representatives and thank you to our returning members!

Jennifer Boucek - Parent

Jeff Castillo - Parent

Roberta Caravantes - Parent

Oscar Symonds - Parent

Bobbie Dudley - Parent

Alva Yamashita - Teacher, SSC Chair

Shawna Duncan - Teacher

Athena Sperry - Teacher

Sarah Myers - Elementary School Assistant

Jeff Friedenberg - Principal

Our first meeting of the year was one of the most important. We reviewed important compliance documents, made recommendations to and approved the School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). In upcoming meetings the group will review and update the School Safety Plan and Title I funding expenditures. School Site Council is essential to ensuring the collaborative approach to site governance to make the Fletcher Elementary experience the best for our kids.

Art Reach is coming in October

Art Reach is back at Fletcher with weekly lessons taught by a professional artist starting October 4th. Mrs. Yasmine Kasem will begin weekly lessons with each class that focus on the essential elements of artwork: color, line, shape, form, and texture. These foundational skills will prepare our students for the spring when we create our school mural.

Highlights from the Week

LCFF Data Collection

Families, we need your help. Free and Reduced-Price Meal (FRPM) status is used to designate Title I rankings within the district. This process is crucial to the district’s funding; therefore all SDUSD school sites are required to collect LCFF forms for all students. LCFF data collection affects Title I Eligibility/Ranking, and the higher the collection rate, the more funding the district as a whole and individual school sites will receive.

We are pleased to inform you that the collection of LCFF data has moved to an electronic collection process. School sites are responsible for providing parents with Access IDs and Passwords so that they can create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Parents can visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the electronic LCFF Form. We are hopeful this process will allow families to provide the information needed to properly funds our schools in a timely and more efficient manner.

We this information to help ensure it receives all the state funding to which it is entitled. It will not affect your child receiving free meals at this school as all children will have free access to meals this school year.

The LCFF online form is available on the Parent Portal, and NOT on the student’s portal. To create a Parent Portal account, you will need:

  • A valid email address
  • Access ID and Password from your student's school

If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact the school to make the request. You will need an Access ID and Password for each student you wish to link to your account.

Click here to access the Parent Portal

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.

Free COVID PCR Testing in Our Community

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

Recommended Supplies for Each Day

Please see the list of recommended supplies to bring each day. Any supplies required for learning will be provided by the school if needed. Lunch is also free for all students and no sign-up is required. Please pack a snack for your student as these are not provided.

  • Backpack
  • Refillable Water Bottle (drinking fountains are turned off)
  • Snack
  • SDUSD Issued Chromebook
  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer

Fabric or surgical masks can also be provided to your student if they do not have one or forgot.

Virtual Registration for RETURNING Students

Please complete the Virtual Registration for Returning Students as soon as possible. This will help us ensure you are receiving important information via email and phone. Click this link to complete the form:

Virtual Registration Link for Returning Students

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30 Days at a Glance


22 - Literacy Professional Development

29 - PLC's Student Achievement Deep Dive

30 - Fire/Duck and Cover Drill (tentative date)


4 - Weekly ART Reach Lessons Begin

6 - All Staff Meeting

13 - Literacy Professional Development

Kearny Cluster Meeting 5-6PM

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

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. Next year there are leadership positions available too. Contact PTA President, Lara Altic, at if you're interested.

San Diego Unified Back to School Guide 2021