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22601 Liberty Bell Road
Calabasas, CA 91302
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Principal's Message

January 2015

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! January is a great time to reflect on the areas in our lives where we felt successful during the past year. It is also a time to consider how to make changes in areas where we would like to improve. Here are some tips to help students start the new year off on a positive note:  
  • Monitor your students’ schoolwork. One way to do this is to have them check in with you after school and share how their day went. A good opening question to help them communicate about this is to ask, “What did you learn in school today?” If you get a vague answer, follow up by asking them about specific subjects such as math, reading, or science. Another important way to monitor their work is to have them share any corrected school papers they brought home and discuss them together. You can further monitor by checking on their homework. While parents should never do homework for their young people, it is sound practice to help them if they are struggling and to check it over for them once they are finished.
  • Make sure your children get to school. The more students are in school, the higher their achievement. Children cannot learn if they are not in school. In addition, poor attendance causes students to get behind in their learning, and catching up can be very difficult when they return. In fact, research shows that poor attendance is often the first step to students being unsuccessful at school.
  • Read, read, read. Success in school depends, in large part, on a student’s ability to read and understand what they have read. Common Core Standards require that students should read a variety of books, including folktales, poetry, biographies, fiction and nonfiction. Read to get information, read for fun, read to someone in your family…just read!
  • Help your student write out their Plan for Success. The plan may include getting better grades, making new friends, studying harder, staying out of trouble, etc. Consider setting times and dates to review the plan and to make adjustments. Have them share their plan with someone who can help them reach their goals.
  • Reward their efforts. Rewarding students for high grades is not as effective as rewarding them for their effort. Students are always trying and want to make you proud. Therefore, research also shows that the best way to motivate further effort (Never giving up!) is to notice it, to praise it, and to reward it.
Each January it is a pleasure for me to conduct school tours for parents who are considering registering at Chaparral for the following year. It is great to give our guests the opportunity to see our classrooms and excellent educational programs. Most have lots of questions and many positive comments. It is my time to brag, celebrate, and show off our incredible school. Our school tours are generally held on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. The dates of our next school tours are: January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, and February 20. Please remember to spread the word to your neighbors and friends if they have children that are the age to register for Kindergarten next year. Packets for all students new to Chaparral are available in the office as of January 9. On tours, I always mention how we value the support of our parents and PFC, that everyone’s contributions are significant, and that we are a Community Unified Building Success for all students (CUBS).

January is also the month children and teachers spend extra time discussing the importance of the message Martin Luther King Jr. shared with his audiences. In our assembly this month we will be talking about tolerance and acceptance, two of the values Dr. King promoted, and what they mean. Teachers will be talking with students about treating everyone with respect, understanding, and acceptance regardless of the person’s background, beliefs or practices. Recognizing that everyone has the same feelings and deserves understanding and caring is important. These are character traits we would like all people to understand and try to practice. It is important for children to understand their own gifts and how we are each unique. We especially want to continue to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual respect at school, one in which all of our students feel safe and free to learn and achieve. Please have discussions at home about being tolerant with friends at school and respecting others’ individuality. I often tell the children that if you hit someone you hurt their body, but when you say mean things or tease one another, you hurt each other’s hearts. Sometimes words stay with us even longer. I know my New Year’s wish is for all of the children at Chaparral to feel respected and safe, all of the time. Let’s all work together as CUBS to make sure that message is communicated.

Sincerely, 

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.
9:30 - 9:50 (J/K)
9:50-10:10 a.m. (1-3)
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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