Principal's Welcome Message
Dear Chaparral C.U.B.S. Family,
I am excited to begin my seventh year as your principal and am thrilled to welcome all of you back to a new school year of learning and growing. I am grateful to continue this journey with you as your Principal and I look forward to continue building a strong relationship with all of you in the upcoming year. As a Community Unified in Building the Success of its Students (C.U.B.S.), I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education and I look forward to working with you and your children.
I would also like to extend a special welcome to our incoming Transitional Kinder and Kindergarten students and all who are new to our school. Please know you are a welcome addition to our community of C.U.B.S. As you settle in, you will be receiving newsletters, emails, electronic messages from me, the school office, PFC, and the classroom teachers. Please review all information carefully. We work together to provide effective communication in multiple formats, and it takes everyone doing their part to be informed.
Each year brings positive change and seems to include additions in personnel, and sometimes reassignments of Chaparral’s staff. All of our staff are all incredibly talented, positive and dedicated to our students, and we are fortunate to work with all of them. As part of our 5th grade team, please join me in welcoming Ms. Ashley Goulet. She previously taught in Moorpark Unified and we are very excited to have her as part of our team. Also, please join me in welcoming Ms. Jenna Hirsch as part of our Resource Team. She and Ms. Heather Nichwander will be working closely together to work with students in our Resource Specialist Program. In addition, I am very sad to say our School Counselor, Ms. Anna Margaryan, will not be returning to Chaparral and has taken a position at a school closer to her home. We will miss her but know that this change will be helpful to her. At the writing of this letter, we are interviewing for the counseling position.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to all our staff for their efforts to start off this year in a smooth, efficient way. Teachers have worked hard getting their rooms organized and ready for our students. Chaparral Elementary is a place where staff and families come together to ensure the learning of all students and I look forward to an amazing year!
Facilities and Safety Update
Our hardworking and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. A special thank you goes to our plant manager, Mr. Jim McHorney. If you have visited the school office already, you will notice the main office, health office, hallway, and our staff workroom have beautiful new floors.
Each year we complete a district-wide safety and security review along with a review and update of our school safety and emergency plan. Please remember that no one may be on Chaparral’s campus without proper identification. All visitors and volunteers must check in at the office and present a valid driver’s license to the office to obtain a photo I.D. badge. Please follow the drop-off and pick-up procedures to keep travel to and from school as safe as possible. Safety begins with all staff, parents and students working diligently together to follow the school rules and classroom procedures designed to keep us safe.
Special thanks go to our PFC board and committee members, and especially our Co-Presidents, Carrie Slatoff and Grace Fisher, for organizing the generous fund-raising events that provide funds for many classroom and instructional materials. As we do each summer, we have ordered identified items such as ipads to replace older models, new carpets in classrooms, bookshelves, drums and instructional materials for our music program, and new play equipment for students to use at recess and lunch play. To support all students in learning and to help them remember the general rules of Chaparral when playing games, you will be seeing posters and signs that will be installed on the yard and in common areas. As part of our LVUSD Student 360 and our Chaparral School-wide Positive Behavior and Intervention Plan (PBIS), these posted rules, behavior and character strategies are taught at school-wide assemblies, in the classroom with teachers, and with our school counselor. We teach first and reteach often when needed. These signs will reinforce our behavior and safety standards supporting all C.U.B.S. at Chaparral.
Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Chaparral remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. One of the greatest characteristics of the Chaparral learning community is the genuine care and compassion shared between staff, students, and parents. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. My staff and I look forward to meeting everyone at our Back to School Nights. This includes before school begins for TK/Kindergarten on Monday, August 19th, at 6:00 PM and for Grades 1 - 5 on Tuesday, August 27th starting at 5:00 PM. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.
Stephanie Brazell, Principal