The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 9 - 10/22/21

Impressive Impacts

This week at Fletcher, our students and staff really shined brightly. On Wednesday, our Area 3 Superintendent, Dr. Christina Casillas, visited to offer her support and see for herself what all the buzz is about. On the visit she saw classrooms alive with high levels of student engagement, shared reading strategies, and thoughtful use of the Benchmark curriculum. Also on Wednesday, our School Site Council officially approved the Comprehensive School Safety Plan. This is available upon request in the front office and can be found on our school's website. The very next day, our school aced the earthquake safety drill. Read all about it below.

Next week is Red Ribbon Spirit Week! Check out all the info below. Wednesday is our designated dress up day, because Friday is School Picture Day. Typically schools will have the day before Halloween as a dress-up day, but for obvious reasons, we rescheduled that :)

"Though no one can go back

and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now

and make a brand new ending."

- Anonymous

California Shake-Out Success

Our school is stellar! This week's earthquake safety drill was an absolute success! We improved our evacuation time by 12.5%, shaving an entire minute off our previous time. Our staff and students were calm, cool, collective, and responsible the entire time. The next safety drill will take place during the week of November 15th. This will be a combination "Secure Campus" and Fire evacuation drill.

"Secure Campus" is significantly different from "Lockdown" drills of years past. Fletcher will initiate a "Secure Campus" protocol if law enforcement indicates a dangerous individual in the vicinity of the school. Upon notification, teachers will lock doors/windows and close blinds, and office/custodial/admin will perform a perimeter check to ensure all access points to campus are still completely locked. Business as usual can still take place in classrooms, however, students must remain inside. Once the "Secure Campus" drill is over, we will engage in our monthly fire safety drill with a full evacuation.

These regular practices are part of ensuring a safe and orderly environment. Thank you to our families and staff members for their cooperation a support with teaching our students the importance and seriousness of these practices.

Red Ribbon Spirit Week

This upcoming week is Red Ribbon Week!

As a site we will celebrate with our first spirit week of the year!

Each day students/staff will engage in activities designed to support healthy bodies and minds.

Mindful Monday - Crazy Hair Day

Turn It Around Tuesday - Wear Clothes Backwards Day

"What If" - Wednesday - Dress as your favorite character or who you want to be when you grow up. *This is the day students may dress in their costumes*

Thankful Thursday - Wear positive message or School Spirit

Friday - Dress to Impress Day (Also school picture Day)

Student of the Week - Jaylin!

All of our students at Fletcher are incredible. An overwhelming majority come to school each day ready to learn and do the right thing- not for a reward, not to avoid a consequence, but because it's the right thing to do. This space in the Falcon Flyer is now dedicated to highlighting one of these students each week.

Our first Student of the Week this year is Jaylin in 5th grade. Jaylin demonstrates all ‘the ships’: friendship, ownership, and sportsmanship. He tends to always be there for his friends when they are in need, in and out of the classroom. He is also okay with his mistakes because he knows failure leads to success. Lastly, he seems to always be a problem solver when he is playing any sport to make sure it is fair for everyone involved!

Congratulations Jaylin, and thanks for being a phenomenal Falcon!

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San Diego Unified School District now has a new testing site for all students and staff. If your student is showing symptoms at home or at school, this new resource will provide a quick and easy way to get test results so they can return to school as soon as possible. Testing will now be available at the Education Center located at 4100 Normal Street, 92103. It's only FIVE MILES away from Fletcher!

The site is open from 7:00AM - 7:00PM MONDAY through FRIDAY and 8:00AM - 5:00PM on Saturday and Sunday. No appointments necessary! Prior to testing, if your student isn't already registered to receive weekly testing on site, families will need to register for a Primary Health Portal account.

Click HERE for a link to the flyer with a map.

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

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 if you're interested.

Highlights from the Week

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Six Weeks at a Glance


25-29 - Red Ribbon Spirit Week

27 - PLC's - Behavior Data Review and Restorative Practices

29 - Fall Picture Day


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


1 - School Site Council

8 - PLC's

15 - Professional Development

17 - Minimum Day Staff Development

20-31 - Winter Break

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

Free COVID PCR Testing in Our Community

San Diego Unified School District Education Center


Mon-Fri 7:00AM-7:00PM

Sat/Sun 8:00AM-5PM
4100 Normal St.

San Diego, 92103

Click HERE for map of testing site location

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

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.