The Falcon Flyer
Weekly News and Updates - Volume 3 Issue 23 - 2/16/2023
Week in Review
It's a special Thursday edition of the Falcon Flyer! Tomorrow and Monday are school holidays in observance of President's Day. This week kicked off with VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) on Monday while our teachers dove headfirst into a curriculum pilot for explicit teaching of phonics in grades UTK-3rd. This program is called Open Court and is based on the Science of Reading. Then on Wednesday, our staff visited Juarez Elementary School in the afternoon to join five other area schools in learning more about ABARR (Anti-biased, Anti-Racist, and Restorative) practices. The work was heavy and included deep introspection about our individual sense of identity, race, and ethnicity.
Tonight, is our first hybrid online/in-person PTA meeting. See info in the flyer below and don't forget to check out the highlight video of our Valentine's Day Dance!
Valentine's Day Dance Highlights Video
Summer Programming Enrollment Now OPEN
San Diego Unified School District is excited to announce a variety of summer learning opportunities so you can create the best summer experience.The window to enroll in the Summer Academic Program, Extended School Year (ESY), and PrimeTime Summer is now open. Participation in summer programs is not required, however we encourage families to take advantage of these fun and educational summer enrichment opportunities available only to current San Diego Unified students. The summer learning opportunities are no cost to San Diego Unified families.
Families can choose from the following program options:
The elementary, middle, and high school summer experience will support the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. The Summer Academic Program is open to ALL currently enrolled students including students receiving special education services. Classes are taught by San Diego Unified educators at designated schools. Education specialists will be assigned to sites to help support staff in meeting the needs of all learners. The Summer Academic Program goes from June 20 through July 21, 2023.
The enrollment window for the Summer Academic Program is February 6 through April 14, 2023. Summer academic enrollment takes place at the students' current school of attendance. Every student who enrolls is guaranteed a space in the Summer Academic Program.
Students participating in the ESY/Summer Academic Program can also participate in PrimeTime Summer or Level Up enrichment programs to create the best summer experience. Please note students must be enrolled in the ESY/Summer Academic Program in order to be eligible for PrimeTime Summer.
ESY services will be provided at all open schools to students who have ESY services as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Specialized ESY programs will be provided at pre-identified schools. Enrollment is coordinated with the student’s current case manager. There is no enrollment deadline for ESY.
San Diego Unified’s Extended Learning Opportunities Department is working collaboratively with the PrimeTime partner organizations to offer a PrimeTime Summer program at elementary, UTK-8, and middle schools offering district Summer Academic Programs. PrimeTime Summer will provide an engaging environment where students can strengthen their academic skills and participate in enrichment activities within the areas of Art, Science, Music and Athletics.
The application process can be found on the PrimeTime website. The application window is February 6 through March 3, 2023. Spaces are limited, so apply today!
Please note students must be enrolled in the ESY/Summer Academic Program in order to be eligible for PrimeTime Summer. Participation in PrimeTime Summer precludes enrollment in Level Up enrichment programs.
In addition to rewarding learning experiences from our educators, we are also partnering with the San Diego Foundation and dozens of local nonprofits to provide students with afternoon enrichment opportunities and week-long camps at no cost to San Diego Unified families throughout the city. Summer Level Up enrichment programs for all district students grades UTK-12 will be offered by our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Office of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE), and community partners throughout June, July, and August 2023. Level Up enrichment opportunities will include sports camps, STEAM- and arts-based experiences, leadership institutes, internships, and accelerated learning opportunities. Enrollment and more information about these programs will be made available to families in the Spring.
To learn more about each of the programs being offered this summer and access applications/enrollment forms, visit our Extended Learning Opportunities website.
Summer Programming Enrollment Flyers 👇
PrimeTime Summer 2023: Applications will be available online beginning Monday, February 6, at 8:00am and must be completed and submitted online by Friday, March 3rd, to be considered for the initial application process. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date and placed on the waitlist if no space is available. Summer program will operate from June 20th through August 2nd. Program will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th. Parents will be notified of their status by Friday, March 24th. Students accepted into Summer PrimeTime will need to submit the Student Participation Forms between March 24th-April 28th. I have also attached the list of sites offering Summer PrimeTime. The link to apply will be on the SDUSD website beginning February 6th.
PrimeTime Program 23/24: Applications will be available online beginning Monday, March 6, at 8:00am and must be completed and submitted online by April 14th, to be considered for the initial application process. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date and placed on the waitlist if no space is available. Parents will be notified of their status June 16th, 2023.
Student of the Week
Our Student of the Week is Sophia-Lynne in Mrs. Malik and Mr. Catacutan's UTK Class. Sophia-Lynne is as cool as a cucumber and always very polite. She is passionate about helping other students class, and her teachers love having her as part of the class.
Way to go, Sophia-Lynne! Thank you for being a phenomenal Falcon!
16 - PTA Meeting ~ 5:30-6:30PM
17 - No School
20 - No School
22 - Minimum Day - School Site Council / Instructional Leadership Team
28 - Spring Pictures
1 - Minimum Day - Report Card Prep
2 - Read Across America Day
3 - Minimum Day - End of Trimester 2
8 - Minimum Day - School Site Council / Instructional Leadership Team
12 - Daylight Savings (Spring Forward)
15 - Minimum Day - Professional Development
20th-24th - Minimum Days ~ Student Conference Week
27th-31st - SPRING BREAK ~ No School
3 - VAPA PLC's
4 - All-Staff Meeting
5 - Minimum Day - Teacher Prep
12 - Minimum Day - School Site Council / Instructional Leadership Team
17-19 - Student Monitoring Meetings
19 - Minimum Day - Teacher Prep
20 - SPRING OPEN HOUSE (details TBD)
26 - Minimum Day - Professional Development
26 - Kindergarten & 5th Grade Promotion Pictures
Highlights from the Week
Explore the Fun All February Long!
Get Your Downloadable Digital Pass Here Soon Explore the fun during San Diego Museum Month with 50% off admission to more than 60 San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more. There's so much to see at San Diego Museums, and during the month of February the San Diego Museum Council is making it easy to visit your favorites by offering half-price admission.
MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. During the last quarter-century, the MLK Day of Service has grown, and its impact increased as more Americans embraced the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role in improving communities.
25+ Free Winter Activities in San Diego
Escape winter's chill and enjoy the season San Diego-style, where the typical day of cool mornings and warm afternoons lends itself to getting out and getting active. Cruise Highway 101 with the top down, enjoy a beach all to yourself or marvel at the California gray whales migrating along the Pacific coast and the dazzling display of wildflowers in the desert.
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.