The Falcon Flyer
Weekly News and Updates - Volume 3 Issue 13 - 11/18/2022
Thank You Falcons
Thank you Falcons for pouring your hearts into each day here at Fletcher Elementary. We are so proud of everything that's been accomplished in the first part of this year, and looking forward to all that's to come. Next week we are off for Thanksgiving Break. School will resume on November 28th with our regular schedule. From there it'll be three quick weeks until we're back on break for the remainder of December.
This week our students, families, and teachers participated in conferences to collaborate on next best steps for each of our amazing kiddos. A few teachers tried something new this year, student led conferences. This novel approach put students in the driver's seat and showed families their abilities to solve grade-level problems at different stations around the room prior to sitting down with the teacher to review the first trimester report cards. Shout-out to Mrs. Yamashita, Mrs. Quaal, and Mrs. Sperry for blazing the trail this round.
Our Amazing PTA held their first meeting in a very long time this past week as well. Led by Jen Boucek, Ashleigh Ledoux, and Sarah Valeron, the team reviewed budgetary items, heard spending proposals from Principal Friedenberg, and brainstormed fundraising opportunities and future events. One super easy way to support our PTA is by linking your Amazon account with something called Amazon Smile. This program directs a portion of each purchase toward our PTA. See more information below.
Wishing all of our families a restful and and fulfilling break.
Click on the flyer to sign up! 👆
Our PTA is well on their way to the goal of 60 members. We're currently 21 strong and looking for more to join in the fun! Who can join the PTA? Well, if you're reading this, YOU can join. Click on the flyer above to open the sign-up page. Membership is $13 which goes a long way to supporting the fun programs and services at Fletcher. Sign up today to help your student's class earn the party!
It's the easiest way to support the Fletcher PTA. Shop at https://smile.amazon.com and search for the charity “Fletcher Elementary PTA San Diego” as your charitable organization. Please ensure you select the San Diego, CA Fletcher Elementary PTA and not other Fletcher Elementary PTA’s that may come up in the search. Then check the box that you understand that you must always start at https://smile.amazon.com to support Fletcher Elementary PTA. Doing so will allow a portion of your purchase to be contributed as a donation to Fletcher Elementary PTA. If you are using the Amazon shopping app, please see below for further instructions and thank you for your support!
SDUSD Vision for 2030
In the spirit of co-construction, the beginning work of Vision for 2030 has been led by San Diego Unified students- to learn more about this endeavor please watch this two minute student constructed (Video). As we seek to continue to co-construct our vision, we need your leadership, your voice, and your help. The Fletcher Team will be participating in a World Cafe workshop to engage in conversations about learner, educator, and systems profiles necessary for defining our vision. The workshop will be from 5:30-7:00 PM on December 14th via zoom. Check out the District's website dedicated to this initiative for more information: https://www.sandiegounified.org/about/vision_2030
World of Jazz Experience
On Wednesday, our students and staff were treated to a performance by the Danny Green Trio who brought their World of Jazz experience to Fletcher Elementary. Students learned about melody, harmony, rhythm, and improvisation through performances across the range of jazz from blues, to samba, to bebop. Take a look below at this video of students learning the jazz call-and-response technique to melody.
Wellness Ambassadors ‘22-23
Dear Falcon Families,
Fletcher is looking for volunteers to the Wellness Ambassadors Club on Campus. These gatherings will take place on Thursdays from 11:30-11:55. The purpose of the Wellness Committee is to build a healthier school in order to help make healthy policies & practices and to strengthen the culture of health.
1. Be a role model and promote healthy choices.
2. Have Good Grades and Citizenship
4. Willingness and enthusiasm to help with Fletcher Health and Wellness Programs weekly. Most activities will be at school and possibly a Field Trip.
5. Ability to manage the Recess., PE, Motor Lab and IMPACT Equipment
6. Set up and take down the IMPACT Stations Mondays and Tuesdays
Students are selected based on their strengths of resilience. These students continue to do the right thing even if it’s not the most popular.
We will field ideas from the students' perspective and put them into practice at Fletcher.
My other Wellness Ambassadors at Juarez , have pulled weeds around the garden, went on a scavenger hunt for healthy spaces at our school, and made Wellness Wednesday videos.. Labeled and organized PE, Recess Motor Lab and IMPACT Equipment.
(IMPACT = Increase Movement, Physical Activity for Classroom Teachers)
They will also give reminders to fellow students to be mindful about their physical and mental health.
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn
Mahalo = Gracias = Thank-you,
Elementary Physical Education Teacher
Fletcher Thursdays and Fridays
Contact me through Class Dojo
Our Student of the Week for is Ethan in Mrs. Wilson's 2nd Grade Class. Ethan is new to Fletcher this school year, and he made friends quickly due to his kindness and enthusiasm for school. Ethan comes to school ready to absorb knowledge and gives 100% all day long. He always ready to help a friend or his teacher with anything. He is truly an asset to Fletcher Elementary. Way to go, Ethan! Thank you for being a phenomenal Falcon!
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
21-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
30 - Minimum Day - Teacher Prep
1 - OASIS All School Book Giveaway
5 - Staff Meeting
7 - School Site Council
14 - Professional Development
16 - Minimum Day
19-31 - No School - Winter Break
2 - No School - New Year's Day (observed)
9 - VAPA & PLC's
11 - School Site Council
16 - No School - MLK Jr. Day
18 - Professional Development
Highlights from the Week
Community Reading Clinic
The Community Reading Clinic (CRC) provides services to students who need extra support as literacy learners. Our clinicians, most of whom are current students or graduates of our Master of Arts in Reading Education programs, are highly skilled at helping young people rise to their fullest potential as readers and writers.
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.