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Student Calendar 2014-2015


May 25, Mon.
Memorial Day
No School

June 11, Thurs.
Last Day of School
Dismissal at 12:45pm


Check out our District Student Calendar


All visitors to our campus must check in through the Administration Office at the front of the school.


Please take a few minutes at home to carefully check your child’s health before he/she leaves for school each morning. The following are a few suggestions, which may help to guide you:


~Illness during the night
~Fever is present (100 degrees or greater)
~Complaints of nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, headache, diarrhea prior to leaving for school
~Development of a rash on face and/or body
~Has a severe cold, cough and/or sore throat
~Has inflamed eye(s) with discharge from them

Please Remember: An ill child cannot function properly in the classroom. The spread of illness and disease through class or school can be more easily monitored if sick children remain at home during the acute stage of an illness. If the school health tech detects any of the above, your child will be sent home.

People with influenza-like illness are to remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100o F [37.8o C]) without the use of fever-reducing medications.

A student’s absence should be reported on the School Absence Hotline by calling: (858) 485-0042 x4202.

Homework can also be requested on this phone message, please indicate when you will be picking it up.

Welcome to Chaparral

Principal Rhiannon Sharp Buhr
Office Hours: M, T, TH, F 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
W - 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
School Hours: M, T, TH, Fri 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Wed: 9:00 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Principal's Message

Week of April 20th

April at a Glance
22 - Spring Melody Makers Concert
24 - Community Gathering

Principal’s Reminders

2015-2016 Registration
Please note the following dates for registration for NEW students:
Kindergarten:     May 6th, 8:30am - 4:00pm
                                    (daily thereafter from 12pm - 2pm)
All Grades:            May 13th, 12pm - 2pm
                                    (daily thereafter from 12pm - 2pm)

Registration forms for NEW students will be available to download from PUSD’s website beginning May 1st.

Registration packets for RETURNING students will go home with your child will go home on or about May 1st and will need to be returned by May 6th.


Chaparral Supports Healthy Dining
Have you heard? Our school is participating in the Healthy Dining School Rewards program, which raises money for our school’s PE programs. How it works: Download the FREE smartphone app and scan the Rewards QR code whenever you eat at one the participating restaurants, including Sombrero Mexican Food, Denny’s, Chili’s and Wendy’s. The app makes it easy to find healthy menu choices for adults and kids. One hundred percent of the money raised from memberships paid by participating restaurants goes to fund PE programs at Poway Unified School District schools, including our school. For more information, visit:

Parent Education Opportunity
"Parenting with Second Step!" parenting education series is being offered right here at Chaparral. Don’t miss it! Please visit to register.

Second Step is a research-based curriculum your elementary level child will participate in this year. “… kids learn the empathy, emotion-management, and problem-solving skills they need. Plus we've added self-regulation skills to all grades and executive-function skills to K–3, which will prepare your children to learn whatever they need to—from social emotional skills to math and science.”

Chaparral Arts Attack the San Diego County Fair
This year, Chaparral has the opportunity to send our Arts Attack projects to the San Diego County Fair! In the past, our kids have really enjoyed seeing their artwork displayed alongside that of so many other students throughout the county. And each child will receive a free ticket to the fair! That’s an $8 value!

Permission slips were sent home this past week. Please fill out and return one permission slip for your family – it’ll make it a lot easier for us to get your children’s artwork back to you, which we promise to do within the first two weeks of the 2015-16 school year. If your only Chaparral student is moving on to middle school, please don’t let that deter you from submitting their artwork; we’ll schedule pick-up opportunities for their art, probably at Starbucks…

This is a great opportunity for your kids, and a good way to save a bit of money if you’re going to the fair this summer. We’d love to have 100% participation! Send those permission slips back to school ASAP, no later than April 24th!

If you have any questions, please contact our San Diego County Fair Liaison, Heather Camoras, at

MAY 8TH 6PM - 7:30PM

Chaparral is EXCITED to host The California Mathematics Council on Friday May 8th in the MPR. The Mathematics Festival is an exciting school-wide event to expose students, teachers, and parents to key critical mathematics topics in a positive, self exploratory, festival-like atmosphere. The Mathematics Festival program is Common Core Standards based and designed for all students to access fun, yet challenging math activities.

Smarter Balance Testing
Our Smarter Balance Testing window continues for our 3rd through 5th graders and will run into the month of May. This testing is what replaces the STAR Testing that has been done in previous years. Please make sure that your students are on time each day, as well as sleeping well and eating a healthy breakfast each morning! Also, please make every effort to schedule appointments for after school hours; this will minimize disruption to not only your student, but to their classmates as well. Finally, we will be allowing visitors/volunteers on campus during the testing period, but we ask that you be quiet as you’re moving around the campus.

Twin Peaks Middle School Auction
Future Twin Peaks Middle School Families - The Twin Peaks Foundation invites you to attend their 15th Annual Spring Auction on Saturday, April 25th. Come enjoy a fun evening out with friends and neighbors in the school community! All proceeds from this event benefit your incoming student(s) by funding program and technology needs at Twin Peaks Middle School. For further information and to purchase tickets online, please click here.

Common Core Updates

Please click the links below for some helpful videos regarding Common Core Mathematics. 

Why Students in the U.S. Need Common Core Math

Why Is Math Different Now?

Khan Academy Instructional videos for all math concepts

Teaching Math That Makes Sense

New Video: Math Studio Talk

Keep Connected: Follow Chaparral Elementary on Twitter @BuhrCHES

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Rhiannon Sharp Buhr, Principal
Principal, Chaparral Elementary

PTA and Chaparral Educational Foundation Announcements

Hawks Health Garden
Chaparral is excited to expand our health & wellness initiative to include a school garden. A newly-formed Garden Club of staff, students and volunteer community members (including two Master Gardeners) is designing an edible garden featuring a native garden, rain barrel, composting bin, and outdoor teaching space. The club needs your help to bring this garden to life: help Chaparral win a Seeds of Change grant by voting for our school’s project ( or please consider buying a legacy brick that will become a permanent part of Chaparral’s garden path. See flier posted at *And parents- we'd love your help with placing dirt in the planter boxes this Wednesday April 22 (Earth Day). Contact Nancy BellinghiereHall at if you can help!

Melody Makers Concert
Join Chaparral’s Melody Makers on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. for their Spring concert at the Poway Performing Arts Center. The Junior Melody Makers perform “Swamped,” a story about a group of swamp wildlife that is waiting for the turtles to arrive so they can have a swampy party. The Senior Melody Makers present “A Kids Life,” in which a group of kids - whose electronics stop working - have to learn to play games and entertain themselves the "old fashioned" way. Each program runs about 30 minutes and is full of music, dancing, costumes, and fun!


Save The Date for Chaparral’s ‘Art At Dark’,
Student Art Show and Family Art Night

Thursday May 21 from 5-7pm
Join us in Celebrating your child’s artistic achievements during our annual Student Art Show followed by our first ever Family Art Fair (free to Chaparral families). Every child will have their masterpiece mounted and displayed in the Art Show. Afterwards, join us on the track for a fun night of art with your family. Each family in attendance will receive a box of chalk to help us decorate our track (while supplies last). In addition children will get the chance to explore a variety of art booths.
This Year’s Free Art Booths Include:
· Design Your Own Slap Bracelets
· Paper Bead Making
· Spin Art
· Rock Art
· Crazy Hat Making
· Origami
· Gyotaku Painting ( Japanese Fish Painting)
· Interactive Chalk- Art Picture Opportunities
· A Chaparral Collaborative Art Project
******While supplies last
In addition to the free art booths we will also feature:
· Make A Plate (Your Child’s Art on A Plate): 1 Plate for $15
and 2 Plates for $20
· Food Trucks will also be available
So bring the Family, pack a Picnic, and get ready for some Art At Dark.


Spell-A-Thon Update
All winners for the Spellathon will be announced at the Community Gathering on Friday, April 24th – come join in the fun!
A huge thank you for your participation. Our wonderful community raised a little over $12,000!
There are still some outstanding pledges – not too late – please turn in at your earliest convenience.


Chaparral Student Honored at State PTA Reflections Competition
Second grader Jaden Tijam and his film "Friends are Awesome" received an Award of Merit by the California State PTA. Jaden's film will be highlighted at the California State PTA convention this year. Jaden is one of three PUSD students to receive this top honor and the only elementary school student. Join us in congratulating Jaden!


CA Distinguished School





CHAPARRAL Elementary School Named 2012 California Distinguished School... CONGRATULATIONS CHAPARRAL!