We had a very busy month here at Chaparral. First, I want to thank everyone for their support of our Farmers Market Jamboree, our beautiful garden, the SOVA food drive, and Jog-a-thon. We are thankful and appreciate the time spent to organize events that reinforce the teaching of service to others, health, and physical education. If you haven't already noticed, we have many beautiful wildflowers growing outside of our kindergarten classrooms. The flowers were planted by the PFC, students, and teachers through a grant the PFC received to create a garden space, including – in the future – an edible garden. These events promote and model examples of our character traits of responsibility, caring, and citizenship by giving to others as well as developing a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and physical activities.
It is also important to acknowledge those that have donated items for our auction, which began on March 28 and continues through April 6. We also wish to thank the PFC and the auction committee for their hard work to organize this event. Everyone working together and providing their time and resources is an example of T.E.A.M.
ore). This T.E.A.M.
is the reason Chaparral is such a wonderful place for our students to learn, grow, and mature.
In April, as part of our continued efforts to model healthy living and service to others, we will promote taking care of our earth by being mindful of our many precious resources and recycling. Our PFC Green Team has provided an "Earth Defenders" assembly in collaboration with the City of Calabasas and a collection of gently used children's books. These books will be collected in classrooms and will be donated to a school where many of the students do not have the resources our students are so lucky to have. Details will be coming home soon.
In each of my messages this year, I have included information on our work together as a community unified to provide the best educational experience possible for Chaparral students. As I previously reported, we wrote and developed our school plan this year using the results of our 2012-2013 survey. The information we received was used to design goals as well as policies, procedures, and programs to reach those goals. Included in this issue of the Cub Corner is a report for you to review of our achievements and work in progress.
This month, a survey for this 2013-2014 school year will be coming home. I urge you to take the time to fill out the survey to give us feedback on our progress toward our mission and vision of becoming C.U.B.S.
- a Community Unified Building Success for Chaparral students. We need all staff, parent, and student input to measure our progress toward our goals and to begin planning for the next school year. We are in this together.
As always, we are very proud of our Chaparral C.U.B.S. T.E.A.M
. We wish everyone a wonderful, restful spring break with time to enjoy your family, friends, and loved ones.
CHAPARRAL SCHOOL POLICY REMINDERS
Please get your student to school by 8:10. School begins at 8:15. After three tardy days in a school year, the State of California’s Attendance Board considers your student truant. When students are tardy, they disrupt the classroom and miss important instructions and daily routines that support their learning. Research shows that when students miss this very important time of the day it negatively impacts their academic progress. Please remember and respect that our wonderful, caring office staff are merely the messengers and that school attendance is a legal requirement. It is mandatory that you report all absences on a daily basis regardless of the reason. Parents may:
- Call Chaparral’s absence line at (818) 591-2428 and press “1”
- Email Brenda Shearer at
We must take school attendance very seriously. Research on the effect of school attendance on students can be found online (http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/
). The school district calendar can be found on the LVUSD webpage
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION REMINDER:
Please remember that 2014-15 kindergarten registration is proceeding. Children turning 5 on or before September 1, 2014 are considered age appropriate for kindergarten. Students turning 5 between September 1 and December 2, 2014 are considered age appropriate for our Journeys, 2-year kindergarten program. Details on Journeys can be found under programs on our district webpage
. If you have an incoming kindergarten student and have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. Please also spread the word to neighbors who have children ready for school for the first time, next year.