Welcome Back Cubs!
Please take the time to read this week’s Principal’s Message as it addresses two important topics. They are developing student literacy and our advisory group, School Site Council (SSC).
At Chaparral, we are always focused on further developing our students’ literacy skills and levels of reading proficiency. In last week’s message, I mentioned the importance of developing routines in the classroom and how important it is for parents to do the same at home. Our Library is another essential component of our literacy instruction. At lunch, the Library is open for our fourth and fifth-grade students. Due to keeping stable classroom groups for safety, each class has been assigned a day where students can go to the Library during their lunch playtime. It is fun to see them looking for books, reading, playing games, drawing, and creating in an atmosphere designed to help them develop a love of reading. Our second and third-grade classes will begin a similar rotation in the next couple of weeks. All classes also have a scheduled time with their teacher each week to check out books, and in the lower grades, hear a story read by our fabulous Media Clerk, Ms. Laurie Davis.
We invite you as parents to be part of this process by showing that you value reading. Make sure your children see you reading and that reading is valued and important in your daily routines. I once read a quote that said, "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." (1994) ~ Emilie Buchwald. This quote speaks to the importance of a parent role model in the area of reading. We are grateful for your partnership in developing a love for reading at Chaparral. Go C.U.B.S!
Thousands of New Books Added to LVUSD Elementary Libraries
LVUSD Libraries recently added thousands of new books that are reflective and inclusive of our diverse learners. These books, such as Eyes that Kiss the Corners by Joanna Ho, Imagine by Juan Fellipe Herrera, and We are the Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom are already very popular with our students. Books were selected by LVUSD teachers and librarians and based on recommendations from the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, and California School Library Association.
Diverse literature serves as a powerful tool in enabling students to be supportive, empathetic and accepting of others. Through deeper knowledge, gained by reading these books, relationships can be strengthened, building connections between students from diverse backgrounds. Diverse literature also creates a sense of belonging, forging a connection between home and school environments and across cultures.
We love to see our students reading! When students come to our libraries, they can choose brand new and exciting stories with interesting ideas and diverse characters. Please encourage your students to check-out these wonderful books.
Chaparral’s Advisory Committee, School Site Council (SSC)
One of the most critical committees here at Chaparral Elementary is our School Site Council. The primary responsibility of our SSC is:
1) Measure the effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school
2) Seek input from school advisory committees (ELAC, PFA/C, Staff)
3) Reaffirm or revise school goals
4) Revise improvement strategies and expenditures
5) Recommend the approved Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)to the governing board
6) Monitor implementation of the SPSA.
Representatives serve a two-year term, and all community members are invited to attend SSC meetings. Currently, our school Site Council parent representatives are Jennifer Love, Amanda Madnick, and Leanne Smith. At this time, we have one position open on our School Site Council for the 2021-2022 school year. All interested parents and community members who wish to serve on our SSC are encouraged to complete an application form. Please CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR THE APPLICATION and fill out the form by 9:00 am by Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Depending on the response, ballots with all interested parents/community members’ names will be sent by email on Friday, October 1, 2021. Ballots will need to be filled out and completed by Wednesday, October 6, 2021, by 9:00 am.
Votes will be tallied, and parents will be notified of the outcome through email. The first School Site Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 3:00 pm. The remaining meetings for the year will be discussed at the first meeting, but our DRAFT scheduled dates will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesdays, February 23, March 23, and May 11, 2022.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Take Care, and Be Well C.U.B.S.,