The Falcon Flyer
Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 35 - 5/20/22
The Beat Goes On
We are marching right along with end of the year assessments. This week, our 3rd-5th graders rocked the Math CAASPP tests, and our TK-2nd graders put their reading skill growth on full display during Fountas and Pinnell testing. Our 3rd-5th graders also took a district-wide reading assessment called the FAST. Why so much testing? Measuring growth and skill is not an exact science. No single test will truly show what a student does or does not know. Therefore, we assess our students in several different ways to get a more well-rounded look at where our students excel, and where they need support. This allows teachers to tailor their approach to meet the specific learning needs of each student.
Next week, our top runners in each grade will be celebrated with a field trip to Torrey Pines Natural State Reserve. At the park, they'll get to experience a docent guided tour of one of the most unique habitats in all of California. The Torrey Pine is one of the rarest pine trees in the world. It grows only in San Diego and on two islands off the coast of Santa Barbara. Did you also know that our Principal, Mr. Friedenberg, volunteers as a docent at TPSNR? He'll be leading one of the tour groups on Tuesday.
The next two weeks are also short weeks because of the extended Memorial Day holiday. There is no school on Friday next week, or Monday the following week. Make-up testing will still continue, so please ensure your students are rested and here on time each day. Send us your best, we'll do the rest!
Fletcher Elementary in the News!
Our Newest Falcon
We are thrilled to announce the hiring of our newest Falcon, Ms. Siliva Rodriguez! Silvia will joins us from Central Elementary where she served as a long-term substitute custodian. Good news for us is she's filling a vacancy and officially official here at Fletcher. Welcome aboard, Silvia!
Student of the Week - Matthew!
This week's Student of the Week is Matthew in Ms. Yamashita's class! Matthew excels in everything he does. He is an excellent reader and a prolific writer. When asked about his favorite subjects in school, he responds, “I love everything about school. It's hard to decide.”
In class, Matthew demonstrates leadership. He elevates everyone’s thinking by encouraging others to observe their world with a sense of wonder. In STEAM, students are learning about how their actions affect the world around them. “Think outside the box, what else can we do?” Matthew would often ask.
Matthew has taken the lead in creating an “eco-friendly” environmental blueprint of the Amazon Rainforest. “We need to work together to save the rainforest.”
“No one is too small to make a difference,” a quote Matthew discovered while working on his STEAM project on “Human Impact.”
Congratulations, Matthew! Thank you for being a phenomenal falcon!
SDUSD is Hiring Paraeducators!
Paraeducator Independence Facilitators, also known as a PIF, are incredibly important members of the Special Education staff on school campus. They support students with specific learning needs reach their goals by being in class and in small group settings. It's an incredibly rewarding position with a competitive salary + benefits. Salary starts at $19.40/hour with benefits.
Apply here: https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/sandi
Highlights from the Week
The Rest of the Year at a Glance
23 - Classified Employee Appreciation Week
25 - PLC's
27 - NO SCHOOL
30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
1 - Minimum Day - Report Card Prep
8 - Minimum Day - Report Card Prep
14 - Minimum Day - Last Day of School
14 - 5th Grade Promotion*
15 - Teacher/Staff Check out
*Dates subject to change due to shifts in the academic programming
Little League Registration - Click the Flyer for More Info
Open Call for PTA Board Positions
- Support Students - Research shows that participating in your child's school helps them perform better academically.
- Benefit the School - PTA performs support for teachers, staff, and students which creates a positive and caring atmosphere in the school.
- Make Connections - Get to know the teachers and staff better. Make life-long friends with other parents at the school.
- It's Good for You - Socializing with other parents and volunteering to do good for your child's school is fun, healthy, and rewarding.
Even if you don't have the time available to join our PTA Board, you can join the organization by clicking HERE: Fletcher Elementary PTA Sign-Up
Report an Absence Online
Although we want students to be in school each day for class, we know that absences will happen. It is important that parents report their student's absence within 24 hours. Absences can be reported via our online form, phone or email. Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for your support.
FREE COVID TESTING SITE - 7 DAYS A WEEK
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. https://my.primary.health/l/sdusd_testing.
Starting May 1, anyone aged 18 and under can ride transit for free as part of the SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program. Get your Youth PRONTO app account or card to get unlimited rides on the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER through June 30, 2023.
40 Best Breakfast Ideas for Kids (Quick and Easy Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes)
We've collected 40 of the Best Breakfast Ideas for Kids. From breakfast pizza to croissant boats to egg muffins, these quick and easy kid-friendly breakfast recipes will brighten your morning and make your picky eaters happy! Whether your child is a picky eater or craving a huge breakfast, there are options available for both!
COVID Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
Featured Experts: Pediatricians Anna Sick-Samuels, M.D., M.P.H., of Johns Hopkins Children's Center, and Allison Messina, M.D., of Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, answer questions for parents and guardians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and older.
Principal of Fletcher Elementary School in San Diego Unified School District