Dear Chaparral Parents,
As this year comes to an end, I speak for the entire Chaparral staff when I say thank you for being partners with us in your child’s education. As a Community Unified to Build Success, we have worked to keep our students our primary focus to ensure their success in the future. This is evident as we were awarded the California Gold Ribbon Award this year. In addition, we have also been awarded the Gold Ribbon with Academic Excellence. Not all schools that receive the Gold Ribbon are given this additional distinction. I have the special opportunity to work with a staff that makes sure that students are learning through the last day of school. I cannot say enough about the professionalism, commitment, and dedication of the Chaparral staff. I am blessed to lead a school with so much community spirit focused on student learning and growth.
I want you to know that with our congratulations and wishes for a wonderful new beginning, we say farewell to some very special people: Mrs. Judy Wilson, Mrs. Renee Savioe, Mrs. Robbie Jacobs, and Mrs. Heidi Rivas. They will be retiring at the end of this school year. Their collective years of teaching and working with our students have made a difference in thousands of Chaparral students’ lives. As you continue to read this June issue of our Cub Corner, you will read more about the individual contributions they have made during their remarkable careers in support of all students. They will truly be missed for their knowledge, dedication and selfless work on behalf of our students and their families.
We wish the best to our students and families who continue their journey in life next year at Chaparral, or like our fifth graders, at a new school. Learning comes in many ways in our lives, and as they have heard me say so many times this year, if our students continue to develop the character traits we have studied and celebrated and never give up, they will always be successful.
At the end of the summer, I look forward to seeing our returning families. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 24. Our parent Vision Committee is planning a Back to School Picnic on Sunday, August 28. Please plan on attending the picnic, where we can come together as a unified school community to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.
Lastly, as you read through this edition of our Cub Corner, you will see many ideas to support reading and writing throughout summer vacation. As you enjoy the break summer brings, it is also important to have your children apply the skills that they have learned this year. In order for your child to be successful in the next grade level, summer is a not a time to forget school, but to keep it going by practicing and refining this year’s grade-level standards. The list in this issue gives you websites and book recommendations to support your student in continuing their learning journey this summer.
Have a wonderful, fun and safe summer,
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.