The Falcon Flyer

Weekly News and Updates - Volume 2 Issue 7 - 10/1/21

Up and Running

This week we saw it all at Fletcher Elementary. Monday, we had to call an audible and pivot to a modified rainy day lunch plan because the marine layer was so thick. Our Running Club athletes crossed the 200 mile mark. Wednesday, our UTK-2nd grader staff collaborated on best practices for Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments while the 3rd-5th grade team looked at their FAST reading scores. Thursday was our first Fire Safety Drill of the year, and our students/staff rocked it with flying colors! It was a really proud moment for our school and showed what we're capable of when we work together.

Next week we are up and running! Art Reach starts on Monday and our 1st/2nd graders start their morning Running Club too. If you have a student in Mrs. Duncan or Mrs. Logan's class and drop your student off after 7:50, please pull into the cul de sac and have your student walk up to the blacktop through the main school entrance. Wednesday is National Walk to School Day. In years past, parents would park on Finch and walk with their students the final couple blocks leading to school. More information will be released soon. Wednesday is also our first Java with Jeff (coffee with the Principal) of the year. Join us at 5PM to learn more about how our Title I funding is being used to support our students and stick around for a Q&A session afterwards.

"Virtue is the truest nobility."

- Miguel de Cervantes

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage month is September 15 - October 15. Each week, we'll be featuring a different resource for teachers and families to access for a greater understanding of the Latinx experience and cultural history in the United States. This week check out the Library of Congress page dedicated to celebrating this month. There are links to tons of beautiful images from our country's largest archive of literature and art.

Art Reach Starts MONDAY

Art Reach is back at Fletcher with weekly lessons taught by a professional artist starting October 4th. Mrs. Yasmine Kasem will begin weekly lessons with each class that focus on the essential elements of artwork: color, line, shape, form, and texture. These foundational skills will prepare our students for the spring when we create our school mural.

Fire Safety Drill Overview

WOW! Our first Fire Safety Drill of the year set the bar really high. Our students were quiet, calm, and responsible yesterday. We evacuated all classrooms to the blacktop in approximately six minutes. The drill was completed in under nine minutes! Thank you to our staff who expertly prepared our students for this important procedure and our families who reinforced the seriousness of the drill. The Great California Shake-out is on October 21st. Fletcher staff and students will practice our first duck-and-cover drill with students all over the state. More info to come in future issues of the Falcon Flyer.

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.
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Highlights from the Week

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Six Weeks at a Glance


4 - Fountas & Pinnel Testing Begins~ UTK-2nd Grade

4 - Weekly ART Reach Lessons Begin

4 - AM Running Club Launch for 1st & 2nd Grade

6 - National Walk to School Day

6 - All Staff Meeting

6 - Java with Jeff (Coffee with the Principal) 5-6PM

11 - DEMI Math Testing Begins ~ 3rd-5th Grade

13 - Literacy Professional Development

13 - Kearny Cluster Meeting 5-6PM

20 - School Site Council & Instructional Leadership Team Meetings

21 - Great California Shake-Out

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

29 - Fall Picture Day


3 - Report Card Prep

5 - End of Trimester 1 - Minimum Day

10 - Report Card Prep

15-19 - Student Conferences - Minimum Days

22-26 - Thanksgiving Break

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

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Free COVID PCR Testing in Our Community

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.

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