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Stephanie Brazell, Principal
22601 Liberty Bell Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
818-591-2428

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Principal's Message

August 2014

Dear Chaparral Parents,

It’s hard for me to believe that I am already writing my second August Principal’s Message. Time does pass quickly, especially summer time! I hope each of you had a wonderful vacation. I can’t wait to see everyone and hear about your summer adventures during the first few weeks of school.

As you may have heard, outside of getting ready for this new school year and playing with my grandchildren, I had foot surgery this summer. It was something that needed to be repaired, and as they say, you wait for a better time for such things, and then the time is chosen for you. At the writing of this letter, I am doing well and am hoping that within 6-8 weeks I will be walking on my foot without the use of a scooter or boot. So far, so good!

As we begin this school year and welcome new personnel, we say goodbye to others. Leo Ramirez, our fabulous plant manager, has received a promotion and is now the plant manager at Lindero Canyon Middle School. The good news is that our own Jim McHorney is our new plant manager. Jim has been working extremely hard since taking the position, and we feel lucky that he is very familiar with Chaparral's needs, having been an IA with us for the past eight years.

It is also with mixed feelings that we say one last goodbye to teacher Faith Ranney, who retired at the end of last year. In addition, Jennifer Pollon, who taught 1st grade in a shared position, has moved to Round Meadow, where she will continue in a shared position. Kaye Kiryu, one of our Instructional Assistants, will also be at Round Meadow this year. Over the summer, Mary Stephenson, one of our Kindergarten teachers, and her husband, Josh, decided to move back to their home state of Kansas and have taken teaching positions there. Another unexpected loss is our music teacher, Michael Dabach. He was just recently hired as a full-time band/music teacher at a Simi Valley middle school. It is hard to say goodbye, but we are grateful for their service to Chaparral and wish them well.

I am pleased to announce that we have hired very qualified new personnel. With the staffing changes and student increase, we welcome two new teachers to our Kindergarten team: Tia Cuevas and Taryn Van Dyke. Ms. Cuevas comes to us from Big Bear, where she taught K/Journeys, and we are very happy to announce that she will be our Journeys teacher this year. Ms. Van Dyke is not a stranger to Chaparral; she worked with us as an IA while she was in the teacher-training program. She has taught Kindergarten in Moorpark, and we are happy she has returned to Chaparral as a K teacher. We also want to welcome an additional 4th grade teacher, Sarah Jeane. Ms. Jeane has previously taught a variety of grades in Simi Valley and will be a wonderful addition to our upper grade teams. At the writing of this letter, we are currently interviewing for a full-time, credentialed targeted instruction/RtI teacher and a new music teacher. I think our new personnel will fit beautifully with our faculty and students.

Keeping our CUBS goals in mind, we have been working very hard this summer to organize, repair, and maintain our physical site. We added a small amount of blacktop on the lower yard and artificial turf on the remaining kickball and grass area. This gives us a play yard that will not be quite as dusty or muddy (or off-limits from time to time.) This should also give our younger students and Boys & Girls Club additional places to play.

Additional maintenance was also completed on the 4th/5th-grade portables and the lower yard portables. The outsides of all buildings were painted, the ramps redone, and we created a room 9a with an outside entrance. Room 21 (the counselor’s room) is being refitted to house computers for an upper-level computer and reading lab. The pod next to room 15 has been cleaned out and organized. All of these rooms will be used for small groups during targeted grade-level instruction, where grade levels work together as teams to meet the needs of students through intervention, extension, and enrichment. We wish to especially thank the PFC for providing some additional funding, Maintenance and Operations for helping to get so much done this summer, and of course our Chaparral maintenance team for going above and beyond for all of us.

This year we chose to bring back the Chaparral Back to School Picnic the Sunday before the start of school. The goals in doing so were to further build our relationship as a unified community, and to give everyone time to relax, renew old friendships, welcome new families, and visit with one another before another busy school year begins. I want to thank the PFC and our Vision Committee for sponsoring and planning a wonderful beginning to our new school year.

As you watch your child begin this school year, please know that I – and my staff – will be available to guide you every step of the way. If you are new to Chaparral, we welcome you and are very happy that you will become part of our CUBS family. It is truly a privilege to be your principal.

Go, CUBS!

Stephanie Brazell
Principal

Schedule

Daily Schedule
Effective 8/20/14

Please note that Wednesday dismissals are at 12:30 p.m. so our teachers can collaborate on lesson planning. When the school has a minimum day, whether or not it is on a Wednesday, students in grades 1-5 are dismissed at 12:15 p.m.

Regular Day
GRADES K-5
M, Tu, Th, & F
Wednesday
School begins
8:15 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
Recess for Grades Journeys/K-3
9:50-10:10 a.m.
9:50-10:10 a.m.
Recess for Grades 4-5
10:15-10:35 a.m.
10:15-10:35 a.m.
Lunch for Journeys / Kindergarten
11:25 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
(optional)
Lunch for Grades 1-3
11:55 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. (optional)
Lunch for Grades 4-5
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. (optional)
Dismissal for Journeys / Kindergarten
1:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
Dismissal for Grades 1-3
2:21 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
Dismissal for Grades 4-5
2:51 p.m.
12:30 p.m.


Minimum Day

GRADES K-5
School begins
8:15 a.m.
Recess for Grades J/K - 3
9:50 - 10:10 a.m.
Recess for Grades 4-5
10:15-10:35 a.m.
Dismissal for Journeys / Kindergarten
11:30 a.m.
Dismissal for Grades 1-5
12:15 p.m.

Arrival

  • Supervision on the upper playground is from 7:30 A.M. to 8:10 A.M.
  • On rainy days, if you arrive before 8:00 A.M., report to the library. After 8:00 A.M., report directly to your classroom.


Dismissal

  • Pick up children promptly at dismissal time.
  • If you cannot pick up your child on time, please contact someone designated on your child's emergency card to pick them up.
  • Children who are not picked up on time will be enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club after school program and parents will be charged the appropriate fee.
  • If children are not eligible to attend the Boys & Girls Club program, they will wait in the office until the parent or emergency contact can pick them up.
GRADES K-5
M, Tu, Th, & F
Wednesday
School begins
8:15 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
Recess for Grades Journeys/K-2
9:55-10:15 a.m.
9:55-10:15 a.m.
Recess for Grades 3-5
10:20-10:40 a.m.
10:20-10:40 a.m.
Lunch for Journeys / Kindergarten / Grades 1-2
11:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch for Grades 3-5
12:25 - 1:10 p.m.
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. (optional)
Dismissal for Journeys / Kindergarten
1:15 p.m.
11:30 a.m.
Dismissal for Grades 1-3
2:20 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
Dismissal for Grades 4-5
2:50 p.m.
12:30 p.m.


Minimum Day

GRADES K-5
School begins
8:15 a.m.
Recess for Grades J/K - 2
9:55 - 10:15 a.m.
Recess for Grades 3-5
10:20 - 10:40 a.m.
Dismissal for Journeys / Kindergarten
11:30 a.m.
Dismissal for Grades 1-5
12:15 p.m.


Arrival

  • Supervision on the upper playground is from 7:30 A.M. to 8:10 A.M.
  • On rainy days, if you arrive before 8:00 A.M., report to the library. After 8:00 A.M., report directly to your classroom.


Dismissal

  • Pick up children promptly at dismissal time.
  • If you cannot pick up your child on time, please contact someone designated on your child's emergency card to pick them up.
  • Children who are not picked up on time will be enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club after school program and parents will be charged the appropriate fee.
  • If children are not eligible to attend the Boys & Girls Club program, they will wait in the office until the parent or emergency contact can pick them up.


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09/01/2014
NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

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09/04/2014 8:30am - 10:00am
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09/19/2014
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09/19/2014
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