Principal's Welcome Message
Our commitment at Chaparral Elementary School is to provide a safe, positive, intellectual learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspired learners prepared for middle school, high school, college, and life in the twenty-first century. Every day of every school year, our Chaparral family is united in our focus on children and their success.
I want to thank you all so much for helping to make Chaparral as safe as we possibly can for our students. I know our safety procedures can sometimes feel inconvenient, but I want to commend our school community for working together to support all of our efforts for our students. Thank you also for supporting our PFC Donor Drive. Many of the enriching programs and specialists are funded through this important fundraiser. I am in awe of your continued support for Chaparral. My staff and I are grateful!
Chaparral’s Back to School Night is a valuable night of learning for parents and was a big success. Teachers did a great job of explaining the curriculum, student expectations, and discussing upcoming activities for the school year. During my presentation, and in a letter sent to all parents on August, 30th, I explained our rationale for students in grades 2,3,4, & 5 sitting in their balanced classes for 15 - 20 minutes to eat before going out to play. I understand and accept that not everyone is on board, and I want to thank all parents for doing their best to partner with us to support this new change at lunch.
This new structure continues to support our CUBS to eat and to socialize with their classmates, building their classroom community. They are also following the lunch shelter rules and then going out to play with many choices of games and students to play with. Since this was a staff decision, I thought you would appreciate some thoughts from our staff.
Our teachers have reported they enjoy supervising for the first ten minutes of eating time where they get to visit with other students and other classes. This time is extremely valuable where they see students in a social setting, interacting with each other. They also believe the students are focusing more on eating and many are motivated to win the grade-level award, “The Golden Dustpan,” for the class that follows all the rules. Teachers have also mentioned that their students are saying they are making new friends. Some of these new friends are students they have been in class with before but never became friends with. Now, they have really gotten to know them and are excited to be making more friends.
It is also important to understand that it can take time for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group, teacher, and changes that we deem important for Chaparral CUBS to succeed. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. If needed, email your child’s teacher and copy me to share your concern for your student.
In all classrooms, we use the Second Step program, and the Bullying Prevention Units to teach important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It helps our school be a safe, respectful place where everyone can learn. In the coming months, your teacher and I will be sending home more information on what is taught in our Second Step social and emotional curriculum. Please look out for that valuable information. If you would like more information now, go to CLICK HERE FOR 2ND STEP INFO
Once at the website, click on “new user” and add the activation code found below for your child’s grade level.
TK: SSPE FAMI LY68
K: SSPK FAMI LY70
1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
5: SSP5 FAMI LY75
Our entire staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Chaparral is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. I’d like to thank the PFC for a wonderful presentation at Back to School Night where they explained all the exciting volunteer opportunities at Chaparral, and for a great first PFC meeting and Coffee with the Principal. Thank you to all of you who attended both. It may not be easy sometimes, but I want to hear your thoughts and concerns.
I appreciate all your support and together, we all contribute to accomplishing our school goals this year along with the many great programs and activities to come for Chaparral. Go C.U.B.S!