The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 1 Issue 34

Flying with Gratitude

This week concludes the last full month of the 2020-2021 school year. Take a moment to sit back and reflect on all that we've accomplished this year. New technologies, new ways of teaching and learning, "roomies" and "zoomies". We made it happen! We delivered for our students. We may not always have been our best selves, but really, who has these past 15 months. And that's ok! It's been written in this space before, but the light at the end of the tunnel is so much brighter than it ever has been. We have more challenging weeks behind us than ahead of us. There is so much to look forward to in the eleven final days of the year, and especially in the year ahead. Special thanks to Mrs. Paradise and Ms. Knight for being great sports and getting slimed for a good cause. Pictures of our Slime and Pie event are later on in this newsletter. Don't miss it!

Lastly, an extra debt of gratitude is due to our military families. We honor your courage and the ultimate sacrifice made by your brethren this Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you for volunteering to keep our country safe so that we may enjoy the freedoms we take for granted each and every day.

"As we express our gratitude

we must never forget

that the highest appreciation

is not to utter the words,

but to live by them. "

- President John F. Kennedy

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This final week of AAPI Heritage Month, we are sharing a list of great books you can read with your student(s) recommended by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is an organization centered on combating racially charged violence and bigotry by partnering with schools and other groups to teach empathy, tolerance, and respect. These books are appropriate for all grade levels. The website also includes descriptions of each title.

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.

California Healthy Kids Survey

As part of SDUSD Local Control Accountability Plan and mandates as described in the California School Dashboard, our District is required to measure Student Engagement, Parent Engagement & Overall School Climate. The California School Survey System (CAL-SCHLS) includes 3 surveys: California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), California School Staff Survey (CSSS) and California Parent Survey(CPSS). All surveys are anonymous.

Please take the time to fill out this survey before May 28th. Our goal is 100% participation for families/staff/students.

Here's the link for families:

Spring Testing Update

The 2020-21 school year has introduced new ways of teaching and learning and pushed us all to take on new challenges all while not giving up on our students or ourselves. The 2021 Summative Assessments mandated by the state will provide schools and families with another new opportunity--an opportunity to administer assessments that are closer to students and instruction and that will provide actionable feedback for teachers.

The California Teachers Association and the National Education Association together with many large urban districts in California urged the California Department of Education to submit a waiver for standardized testing for the 2020-21 school year to the US Department of Education. The waiver did not remove the requirement to administer assessments, but does permit districts some flexibility to use local assessments.

San Diego Unified School District plans to administer the FAST (Fast Track Reading) assessment for English Language Arts to students in grades 3-11 between now and June 15th, the District Essential Math Indicators (DEMI) assessment for math to students in grades 3-11 between now and May 27th, and a Social Emotional Screener to students in grades 4-12 between May 24th and June 15th.

If you have any questions regarding these assessments, please feel free to contact your student's teacher or Principal, Jeff Friedenberg at

Teacher Feature - Mrs. Sandy Lee

This week's Teacher Feature is none other than Mrs. Sandy Lee! Inspired to be a teacher herself being raised in a family of teachers, Mrs. Lee has taught at Fletcher since 2001. Mrs. Lee was born in Taiwan where she was raised until age five. Initially, she thought about a career in medicine but decided teaching would be much more fulfilling. Her earliest experience working with kids was working as a camp counselor in LA during the summer as a college student. Mrs. Lee's favorite part about being a teacher is having fun with kids and joking around with them. Her passion for math and supporting students with understanding the foundational concepts learned in elementary school is evident every day. Thank you, Mrs. Lee, for all you do at Fletcher!

Weather Forecast for Next Week

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Highlights from the SLIME & PIE Assembly!

FREE COVID Testing Available at Fletcher - June 1st - 8-10AM

UCSD Covid-19 Testing is available for staff and students on campus. The next available testing date on campus is Just 1st, from 8-10AM. Please follow this link for instructions and to schedule an appt. Contact Polly Feinland, RN,, with questions.

Trimester Three at a Glance


28 - NO SCHOOL - District recess

31 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day


1 - Free COVID Testing Staff/Students on campus

4 - Report Card Prep


11 - 5th Grade Promotion Festivities

15 - Last Day of School

16 - Roofing Construction Begins

All calendar dates are subject to change to accommodate for changes in the instructional programming.

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Please ensure your student charges their chromebook or personal device every night and brings the charging cable with them to school. This will ensure there aren't unnecessary interruptions to their learning experience.

Calling All Content Creators!

Got a message you want to share with the school community? Want to give a shout out to your teacher for all to see? We want to hear from you! Contact Principal, Jeff Friedenberg to set up a post on the Falcon Flyer.

Resources for Families