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Principal's Welcome Message

Dear C.U.B.S. Family,

Chaparral is an exceptional place, and I appreciate your trust in all of us to provide the best educational experience we possibly can for your children at school. We “never give up” and we will continue to work as partners in a professional learning community in new and creative ways.

Last week, May 6th-10th, we celebrated Staff Appreciation Week.  I am so grateful for the dedication, commitment and hard work shown by all of our teachers and staff. They honestly keep the needs of Chaparral's students a priority.  Many, many thanks to our PFC and parent volunteers who recognized our entire staff with treats, kind words, gifts, bouquets of flowers and a delicious lunch.

During May, we are studying the character trait of responsibility. A responsible person makes the right decisions about what they say and do while taking care of themselves and others.  They are dependable, well organized, accepting that they are accountable for their actions and their decisions. When a responsible person makes a mistake, they learn from their mistakes and do what they can to make up for it (making amends). As I have mentioned before, one of the most important things you can model to your children is making a mistake. Modeling that no one is perfect will support our children in developing a growth mindset.

In the spirit of appreciation, I continue to be amazed at the many volunteers we have at Chaparral supporting our work. To thank you for all the supportive things you do such as chaperoning a field trip, helping with traffic duty, assisting in a class, and for all your hard work fundraising, we would like to celebrate all of you!  Please join us on Wednesday, May 15th, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the MPR for our Volunteer Breakfast. It is our pleasure to honor you and all you do for Chaparral.

With a goal of developing a growth mindset in our students, grades 3, 4, & 5 will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) during this month. To support students in reducing their test anxiety, click on the following link to receive “Five Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety in Children” by biglifejournal.com  ClickHerefor5Tips. We work to reassure students that they are loved and valued no matter what the test score they earned, and to understand that the teachers at Chaparral need them to do their very best so that we may use the results to plan next year’s instruction. These tips can be used for all students at any time they are worried about an assessment or test.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 29th, for Chaparral’s Open House. Classroom visits are from 5:30-6:30.  From 5:00-7:30, enjoy dinner from food trucks such as Hang 10 Tacos,  Jersey Dogs, Fries ‘N’ More and Uncle Chris’ Italian Ices. Look for more detailed information from your child’s teacher and the Cub Corner. Open House is for families to visit classrooms and where students have the opportunity to share projects and completed work. This evening event is their time to "shine," and they take great pride in sharing everything about their classroom to their family and friends.

As we get closer to the end of this school year, I feel a broad sense of pride and affection. I have come to know our students as individuals in various aspects of school life.  They all have unique and distinctive characteristics, talents and interests. We will continue to work as a C.U.B.S. T.E.A.M. to help them use these gifts using 21st-century skills to increase their level of learning, build confidence and to find joy in becoming a life-long learner.

Thank you all for your help and support!  It is a privilege to be your principal.  

Sincerely,

Stephanie Brazell, Principal