The Falcon Flyer
Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 25 - 3/4/22
Fulfilling the Promise
At the base of the Statue of Liberty it reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". Our Fletcher community gets to fulfill the promise of America.
Late Friday afternoon of last week, we were informed that nine new students will be starting with us on Monday, March 7th. Our newest Falcons are flying in as part of the Afghan refugee resettlement program. From what I’ve been told, their families worked with the United States in one capacity or another during our military presence in Afghanistan which complicated their continued living situation once the Taliban took control of the country.
Fletcher is among others in SDUSD that are going to be a part of history, holding up our end of the agreement with the Afghan people, that they will be welcomed in the United States for their bravery. Luckily for us, one of our families, the Bahramzis, immigrated from Afghanistan several years ago and has been working with the Islamic Center of San Diego to help the newly arriving Afghan families get settled.
This week on Wednesday, our staff gathered to learn from Mrs. Bahramzi and Principal Qassimyar from Bright Horizon Academy about Afghan culture, history, Islam, and what experiences our new students may have endured. Mr. Qassimyar's family are Afghan refugees themselves, having fled in the 1980s during the Russian invasion. Special thanks to AJ at Kabul Kabob House, for donating the absolutely delicious traditional Afghan cuisine for our gathering.
Our students and staff are so excited to welcome our newest Falcons to Fletcher Elementary School. More to come next week.
“Let us make our future now,
and let us make our dreams
– Malala Yousafzai
We are celebrating Women's History Month in the Falcon Flyer with an inspiring quote from women throughout history who have made an impact. Learn more about Malala here: https://malala.org/malalas-story
WE DID IT!!!
Congratulations Falcons! We surpassed our $1,650 fundraising goal. Our final total was $1,737! That means, you guessed it, we're turning Mr. Friedenberg into an "ice cream sundae". The top two earning classes are Mrs. Sperry's ($698.60) and Ms. Massion's ($782.60). They earned a DANCE PARTY! Our top five fundraisers school-wide were Parvina, Karina, Emma, Liam, and Evangeline. Special recognition go out to Parveena and Mark for being the two students who completed Finn's Mission. Wow! Way to go Falcons! Stay tuned for pics from the dance party and Principal Ice Cream Sundae.
Leaving a Legacy
2022-2023 PRIMETIME Application Opens Monday
The application for our before/after school program, PrimeTime, goes LIVE on Monday, March 7th, 2022 on the district website, www.sandi.net at 6:00AM.
The PrimeTime Application is open to all families. Not just the families attending PrimeTime.
In order for applications to be processed during the initial application period they must be submitted by 9:59PM on April 15th, 2022. Applying for the program does not guarantee you a spot in the program.
Attending the Program during the 21/22 school year does not guarantee you a spot in the 22/23 school year program, you must submit a new application every year. Applications will be processed on June 17th, 2022 and families will be notified of their status in the program at that time.
Student of the Week - Roselyn!
This week's Student of the Week is Roselyn in Ms. Monge's class. Roselyn has been working so hard and we have seen the improvements. She has been dedicating her time to working on her reading and learning her multiplication tables. She has shown so much growth since the beginning of the year academically, and she is starting to come out of her shell more too! We are so proud of all her hard work and look forward to seeing what else she will accomplish this year. Congratulations Roselyn, and thank you for being a phenomenal Falcon!
California Healthy Kids Survey
Highlights from the Week
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
LEVEL-UP SD - Summer School Enrollment Now Open
Nine Weeks at a Glance
21-25 - Student Conferences - MINIMUM DAY WEEK
28- 4/1 - Spring Break - No School
6 - All-Staff Meeting
11 - Spring Pictures
13 - PLC's
19 - 5th Grade Panorama Picture
20 - PD Literacy
27 - School Site Council
28 - Spring Open House**
**Subject to Current Health & Safety Guidance
4 - All-Staff Meeting
9-13 - Teacher Appreciation Week
*Dates subject to change due to shifts in the academic programming
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.
Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
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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.