The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 8 - 10/8/21

We have witnessed something special developing here at Fletcher. Now that we're six weeks in, our students have a good understanding of the high expectations we have for them and are THRIVING. Tuesday, our 3rd-5th graders launched an intramural flag football club with rules they developed and agreed on themselves. Monday and Thursday, our students' artistic talents came alive with the first sessions of Art Reach. Our 1st and 2nd graders in Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Logan's classes started their morning running club to get their bodies and minds ready to start each day.


The first month of school always comes with the jitters and discomfort which is why our teaching staff decided to begin formal assessments this week as opposed to earlier. TK-2nd grade students' reading ability, fluency, and comprehension was assessed by their teacher in a 1:1 setting using the Fountas & Pinnell system. Our 3rd-5th graders' reading ability was assessed online using the SDUSD FAST reading assessment. They also took the SDUSD DEMI assessment to establish their level of understanding of math concepts. Next week, our 4th-5th graders will be taking the CORE SEL assessment to give our team a better understanding of their individual social-emotional needs. This may seem like a lot of testing all at one time, but these assessments are quick, data-rich, and important in establishing a baseline level of understanding. This provides our teams the information they need to personalize the learning experience to meet the specific needs of each child.


Next week our 3rd-5th graders are up and running with morning Running Club! Students in Ms. Monge, Ms. Wee, or Mrs. Sperry's classes will be dropped off at the cul de sac and then walk to the upper field for running club starting at 7:45AM.


If your student is in Mrs. Logan or Mrs. Duncan's class and you are arriving after 7:50AM, please drop your student off in the cul de sac and instruct them to walk to class through the main entrance. The gate to the lunch area is locked at 7:50 when students begin walking up to class.


"We must use our lives

to make the world

a better place to live,

not just to acquire things.

That is what

we are put on the earth for."

- Dolores Huerta

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage month is September 15 - October 15. Each week, we'll be featuring a different resource for teachers and families to access for a greater understanding of the Latinx experience and cultural history in the United States. This week check out the Dolores Huerta Foundation website. Dolores Huerta was instrumental in the organization of farm workers alongside César Chávez . The Foundation's mission is to "inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice."


https://doloreshuerta.org/

Fletcher Elementary Official Mission & Vision Statements

For the last six weeks, our Instructional Leadership Team has collaborated on the creation of a school Mission and Vision that meets the moment for our students' needs. This unifying message will serve as a focal point for our community.

Vision:


At Fletcher Elementary School, we are a diverse community of connected learners dedicated to providing a safe and equitable environment with high expectations through a student-centered culture.


Our vision is to prepare students to grow and thrive as socially minded, independently motivated, and innovative citizens, who are confident, resilient, and compassionate.


Mission:

Our mission is to support students in achieving their highest potential by:


  • Fostering the communication skills needed to give our students the opportunity to engage with others collaboratively, compassionately and respectfully.

  • Supporting the whole child with restorative practices by knowing their individual stories.

  • Allowing students opportunities to weigh in on things that affect them.

  • Creating an environment of high expectations to help prepare our students for the life-long process of learning.

  • Partnering with students/families to design rich, student-driven learning experiences that excite the mind and light the fire for students to feel motivated in their educational journey.

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: https://sdusd.schoolcashonline.com/ and set up an account. Then choose the Jog-a-Thon fundraiser and select the amount they'd like to donate.

Federal Impact Aid Surveys

On Wednesday, your student brought home a really important piece of yellow paper. This is our Federal Impact Aid Survey that families must fill out each year. This program was formed to help make up for lost property tax revenue due to military installations and other federal property in or near our district. Our district receives approximately $10 million annually from this program and the way the district collects this information from families is through the Federal Impact Aid Surveys.


If you have more than one student attending Fletcher, we still need one form per child.


The goal is 100% collection by October 14th.


If you have any questions or need another copy, please contact our ESA, Sarah Myers at smyers1@sandi.net.


Thank you so much for your cooperation in this important process.

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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Six Weeks at a Glance

October


13 - Literacy Professional Development

13 - Kearny Cluster Meeting 5-6PM

14 - Federal Impact Survey Forms Due from Families

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


November


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

Did You Miss Java with Jeff This Week?



Not to worry! A recording of the gathering can be found by clicking the link below:


Java with Jeff - 10/6/21

Password: ATrKPS5!

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Free COVID PCR Testing in Our Community

San Diego State University

NO APPOINTMENT necessary

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.

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