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Principal's Welcome Message

This is a global event that involves communities from over 40 countries and encourages everyone to walk and bike to school on the same day.  Parent volunteers handed out fun incentives along the way including lunch bags that were graciously provided to us by the City of Calabasas. After our walk, we were honored to have Mary Sue Mauer, Council Member for the City of Calabasas, join our morning assembly. We so appreciate the support from our incredible city and from our PFC chairs that partner with us modeling working together as a unified community.

Our Donor Drive was an incredible success. I am deeply touched and grateful for the additional financial support our parents have provided us at Chaparral. Please join me in again thanking our PFC Board and the Donor Drive VPs. They have tirelessly worked many hours to ensure the success of our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Teachers and staff were given the opportunity to attend informative learning sessions at our yearly Staff Development Day at Calabasas High School. This year’s focus was Student 360 and meeting the needs of the whole child. We will continue to work with our students to develop a growth mindset, character traits, and the skills for mindfulness that will support them to live happy successful lives.

This month’s character trait is Leadership and Citizenship. Students who are good citizens and leaders believe that everyone matters defending their rights and the rights of others.  They take pride in their home, school, community, and country. They respect authority and obey rules and laws. A leader works well with classroom partners, leads positive discussions, creates a collaborative culture in their classroom and school, and sets an example of what leadership is to others. My staff and I are planning to begin student recognition for demonstrating our character traits at school and in our community. Please look for additional information that will be coming home soon.

The School Site Council is one of the most important advisory committees at Chaparral. We recently had our first meeting on Wednesday, October 10th.   We welcomed back Joanna Cooper, Grace Fisher, Alison Brown and our new parent member, Ben Abadian.  Our initial meeting consisted of reviewing the purpose, organization, and bylaws of SSC as well as discussing Chaparral’s Single Plan for Student Achievement 2018-2019 (SPSA). We will be sharing the goals in our plan and asking for input at my “Coffee with the Principal” on November 7th. Please join us if you can. We have had a terrific beginning to our school year.  As partners in your child’s education and as C.U.B.S. (a Community Unified Builds Success), our work together over time will ensure that the students of Chaparral learn at high levels and succeed.

Student Council and classroom teachers in grades J/K through 5 are sponsoring “Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character” to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st.  Students and staff may dress up, but the character must be school age appropriate. This means no violent costumes or masks and no props except for the book itself. Please check with your child’s teacher for specific classroom activities for that day.

I look forward to talking and visiting with you during the school day during our information meetings, at future PTA meetings, or at one of the fun family activities this year. I am grateful to be your principal.


Stephanie Brazell, Principal