BACK TO SCHOOL 2016
It is hard for me to believe this summer is quickly coming to an end, and I am already writing my fourth welcome back message for our Chaparral family. It is time again to welcome students, parents and staff 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 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 2016-2017 school year.
As we begin this year and welcome new personnel, we say goodbye with wishes for a wonderful new beginning to others. We wish the best to Mrs. Judy Wilson, Mrs. Renee Savioe, Mrs. Robbie Jacobs, and Mrs. Heidi Rivas. Their collective years of teaching have made a difference in thousands of Chaparral students’ lives. Unfortunately this summer, we also had to say goodbye to Ms. Tia Cuevas who moved home to be with her mother, and Mrs. Lauren McLaughlin who moved to Yerba Buena Elementary to have a closer commute that will support her family. We will also miss Mrs. Shannon Argyropoulos who has decided to take a leave from teaching to be home with her baby daughter Willa.
I am pleased to announce we have hired very qualified personnel to join our C.U.B.S. family. They all are 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 Mrs. Kim Gerber and Ms. Kellie Ryan. In 1st grade, we are pleased to welcome Mrs. Jacklin Otis, in 4th grade a warm welcome goes out to Mrs. Laura Ekizian, and also to Ms. Katherine Canet in 5th grade. 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.
We have been working very hard this summer to organize, repair and maintain our physical site, and we are fortunate to have accomplished several things in moving forward with our C.U.B.S. goals in mind. An outside ramp and door were added to create another small group room next to classroom 15. This room will be used for small groups during targeted grade-level instruction, when grade levels work together as teams to meet the needs of students through intervention, extension, and enrichment. Furthermore, we installed new carpeting in the school office, the parking lot was refinished and restriped, the upper grass field was hydro mulched and reseeded, and our official logo as a California Exemplary Gold Ribbon School was painted on the middle building wall facing Liberty Bell. We all are so proud of receiving this prestigious honor.
To continue moving forward with the 21st Century skills of communication and collaboration, we have added new tables to most of our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Our teachers love the flexibility that tables provide, which also encourage students to create strong learning teams and classroom communities. Also, this school year, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will now be 1:1 with laptops. In addition, we ordered 26 new iPads to distribute to grades K, 1, and 2, bringing the ratio of students-to-devices lower in the primary grades as well. We will be using these tools in classrooms to meet the needs of our students, but more importantly, we will support an increase in our students’ learning with their carefully planned use.
We wish to thank the PFC for providing additional funding for our iPads, and Maintenance and Operations for helping us get so much done this summer. A special thanks goes to Plant Manager, Mr. Jim McHorney and 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. Please thank them when you see them on campus.
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 28th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on the Upper Yard. Bring a blanket, picnic supper and a nut-free 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 the 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.
Information On Upcoming
Please remember that 2016-2017 Kindergarten registration is proceeding. Children turning five on or before September 1, 2016 are considered age-appropriate for Kindergarten. Students turning five between September 1 and December 2, 2016 are considered age-appropriate for Journeys, our 2-year Kindergarten program. Details on Journeys can be found under Programs on our district website, www.lvusd.org. If you have an incoming Journeys or 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 elementary school.