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Principal's Welcome Message

As Henry L. Doherty said, “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” Every experience in life will teach you something. You just need to keep an open mind and an open heart to see what lessons the world has to offer.

Unfortunately, the beginning of this year brought challenges and in turn, gave us opportunities to learn a variety of lessons.  As a community, we endured difficulties and heartbreak with the Woolsey fire and then a very rainy winter. The lesson of giving selflessly to others in need was modeled many times this year. I was so proud of our own C.U.B.S. who worked tirelessly to support the families affected.

I have the extraordinary opportunity to work with a staff that makes sure that students are learning through the last day of school. I can’t say enough about their professionalism, commitment, and dedication. I am blessed to lead a school with so much community spirit focused on student learning and growth. With that incredible staff in mind, I want you to know that with our congratulations and wishes for a beautiful new beginning, we say farewell to some very special people: Teachers, Mrs. Julie Katz and Mrs. Stephanie Shipow and Para Educator, Mrs. Kathy Levenson. They will be retiring at the end of this school year. Their many years of teaching and working with our students have made a difference in thousands of Chaparral students’ lives. They will be missed!

It is important to thank our PFC Co-Presidents, Jason Weilert and Carrie Slatoff, along with all of the Executive Board and Committee Chairs. Each person has given so much time, energy, and resources to provide a partnership that continuously finds ways for our wishes and dreams for Chaparral to flourish. We are grateful for all they have done and contributed to Chaparral.

Lastly, as you read through this year’s last principal’s message in 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 so important to have your children apply the skills that they have learned this year. For your child to be successful at the next grade level, summer is not a time to forget school but to keep it going by practicing and refining this year’s grade-level standards. The list in our June 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. It is always a privilege to be your principal.

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Brazell