Dear Chaparral Parents,
It is hard for me to believe this summer is quickly coming to an end. It is time again to welcome Chaparral students and parents to the beginning of a new school year. In June, many of us feel tired and ready for a vacation, but when the start of school rolls around, the excitement of the new school year begins to build. This excitement is contagious, and already it is easy to feel and see that everyone at Chaparral is looking forward to a great 2015-2016 school year.
We have been working very hard to organize our physical site and we are fortunate to have accomplished several things in moving forward with our C.U.B.S. goals in mind. As a Community Unified to Build the Success of our students, we have taken apart the Computer Lab and have redistributed the computers to classrooms, the reading lab and the library. We are excited that all 3rd grade students and some of our 4th grade students are going 1:1 with laptops. In addition, we ordered forty new iPads to distribute to other grades to bring the ratio of students-to-devices lower as well. With these laptops, iPads, and computers in classrooms, we will be using these technology tools to meet the needs of our students and to increase their learning without using instructional time to travel to a computer lab.
Our library now has new carpeting and the walls have been painted. Inside, we have reconfigured some of the library shelves and front desk area to create more open spaces and areas to read, work and meet. Our vision to build not just a library, but a media center that inspires our students to love reading and to become life long critical thinkers, collaborators, communicators and learners, is on its way. I hope to have more staff and parent meetings in the new library as well. The outside of all Chaparral’s buildings has been painted and it has given our school a bright new facelift. We wish to thank the PFC for providing additional funding as well as Maintenance and Operations for helping us get so much done this summer; and especially, our Plant Manager, Mr. Jim McHorney and our Night Custodian Mr. Carlos Godefroy for working so hard this summer to get our renovations and cleaning done and as usual, going above and beyond for Chaparral.
We are welcoming many new staff members to Chaparral. They are all incredibly talented, positive and dedicated to our students, and we are fortunate to have them. As part of our Kindergarten team please join me in welcoming Ms. Jessica Regina. We may also be hiring an additional Kindergarten teacher as soon as numbers are finalized. In 1st grade, we are pleased to welcome Ms. McCartney Ruff and to 2nd grade, Mrs. Shannon Argyropoulos. In 5th grade, we are happy to welcome Mrs. Kendra Fellows, Ms. Bridgette Stephenson, and a warm welcome back to Ms. Jessica Cioffi. Also, please welcome Mrs. Laurie Davis as our new library/media clerk. We are grateful for her efforts in putting our library back together. We will highlight our new staff members in future Cub Corner school newsletters and look forward to sharing more about them with our school community.
To celebrate the beginning of this new school year as a unified community, we have planned our Vision Committee Welcome Back Picnic for Sunday, August 30, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm on the Upper Yard. Bring a blanket, picnic supper and a dessert to share and enjoy. Parents often mention they would love the chance to get to know the staff better and the picnic gives them this opportunity. Please remember, this is not a time to discuss academics, the needs of your child or to ask specific classroom questions. This picnic has been planned to give everyone time to relax, renew old friendships, make new friends, welcome new families, and visit with one another before the busy school year moves ahead. 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 their next journey this school year, please know that my staff and I 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 an honor and a privilege to be your principal.