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

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Principal's Message

October 2014

Dear Chaparral Parents,

September flew by and we are in full swing at school again. We have accomplished teaching, reviewing, and role-playing the school rules and ways to positively support one another. All students attended assembles I presented in the MPR by grade level. If you are interested in viewing the slides from the presentation, they are posted on our school website. The slides can be used to review and re-teach rules when necessary by parents and all staff. As partners in your child’s education and as CUBS (a Community Unified Builds Success), our work together over time will ensure that the students of Chaparral learn at high levels and succeed.

Here are some things parents can do to help students have a successful school year:

 

  • Establish daily routines for homework and reading. Children are so busy with extracurricular activities that it is difficult to squeeze in everything. Just remember, school is their job. We want them to learn and then master good work habits and to succeed.

  • Know and review the school rules with your student. When problems occur, use them to re-teach and reinforce the lessons on behavior and Character Education taught at school.

  • Talk to your children about getting along with others and how to deal with challenging situations, such as using words to talk with others and getting adult help when needed. When words do not work, students should always go to their teacher first to ask for help. We use the Six Pillars of Character (Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Fairness, Trustworthiness and Citizenship) to teach and model each month. As a unified community, join with us in being responsible for teaching and modeling each character trait. Look for ways to reinforce how important building these character traits is for all of us. In August and September we focused on Respect. In October and November we will add Responsibility. 

  • Support the use of Chaparral’s Universal Expectations. All students are taught these expectations in every classroom and at assemblies. They include hand signals to engage students and increase communication and our “5 Things All Good Students Do.” Those are:
    1. Never Give Up!
    2. Positive Self Talk
    3. Ask Questions
    4. Learn To Be Organized
    5. Read!

  • Understand what your child will be learning during the school year. We are fully implementing the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Meeting or exceeding grade-level standards is an essential criterion for our children. The standards will:
    1. Foster higher achievement of U.S. students.
    2. Allow U.S. students to compete better with students around the world.
    3. Make educational opportunity more equal.

 

Common Core Standards have a style and organizational structure that require different teaching methods than the past. Rather than teaching a little about a lot of subjects, the Common Core encourages deeper learning about fewer subjects, giving students more complete understanding of the principles behind concepts and a solid foundation for future learning. All grade-level Common Core Standards can be found at the California Department of Education’s website, www.cde.ca.gov, or on our district website at the Common Core tab.

On a final note, to help further communication and to give you an additional opportunity to speak with me informally, I invite you to join me at our Coffee with the Principal directly after the October 2 PFC meeting in the MPR. Please know this would not be a confidential meeting, but an opportunity for me to share in more detail what is happening on campus and have time for you to ask questions. The topic for the next Coffee with the Principal will be how we are teaching writing using Common Core State Standards as well as implementing school-wide Universal Expectations.

One of our Universal Expectations that is used in all classes at every grade level is our hand signals. They can be found in more detail below. I look forward to sharing and explaining further this valuable and important information with you on October 2.

I know it is going to be a terrific school year. I will look forward to meeting and visiting with you during the school day, at our coffee talks, at a future PFC meeting, or at one of the fun family activities this year.

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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