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Student Calendar 2014-2015

Apr 6-10, Mon. - Fri.
District Recess
No School

May 25, Mon.
Memorial Day
No School

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


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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 March 30th

April at a Glance
1 - Kids in Action (Lunch Time)
6-10- Spring Break- NO SCHOOL
22 - Spring Melody Makers Concert
24 - Community Gathering

Principal’s Reminders

Dad’s Club Meeting
Calling all dads! Mark your calendars for our upcoming meeting this Friday (April 3rd) at 8am in the Chaparral library. Remember, we meet on the first Friday of every month. We would love to have you join us!

Lice Procedures
As some of you know, we have had multiple cases of lice in several of our classrooms. Please be assured that we are in communication with our district health personnel and we are doing everything that we can to keep our classrooms clean and ready for students! When lice is reported by a parent, multiple things happen: all students in the affected class are checked, pink notification sheets are sent home with students, all hard surfaces in the classroom are disinfected, all stuffed animals and fabric in the classroom are bagged, and the room is vacuumed with a HEPA filter which is immediately discarded.

What can you do to help? 
Detailed instructions are available in the office, but here are some basic guidelines:
-  Never share brushes, combs, hats, etc. with someone who you know  has had lice. In fact, limiting the sharing of these objects in general is a great idea!
-  If lice or nits (eggs) are found, treat the student with a shampoo containing 1% permethrin. This is available over the counter and application instructions are on the bottle.
-  Use a nit comb or a metal comb with very fine teeth to remove all of the nits.
-  Wash all clothing and linens in hot water with detergent.
-  Repeat combing for nits in 7-10 days

OCIS Contracts
Please remember that when your student is going to be gone for five days or more, we ask that you stop by the office and fill out an OCIS Contract. This is very important for two reasons. First, your child will not fall behind or miss any assignments while they are gone; they will return to school ready to jump back in with their class. Secondly, did you know that our school loses funding for each day that your child is gone? By completing a contract, the school will still receive full funding, allowing more dollars to be put back into our classrooms. Everyone benefits when a contract is completed!

PUSD Wellness Initiative
PUSD is happy to share an exciting new program to raise funds for our wellness initiatives!
Through an innovative partnership with Healthy Dining and local restaurants, we are now able to raise funds for our school wellness programs. It’s as easy as Eat.Scan.Play. Visit to download the app and raise money for our school!

PUSD Parenting Class Opportunity
Parenting with Second Step: Skills for Academic and Social Success at Home!  Second Step is a research-based curriculum your elementary level child will participate in this year. This is YOUR opportunity to learn more about using these tools at home while your children learn them at school. “… 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.”

A minimum of 20 participants is required to hold this class! Register online TODAY at Series is $39/individual + $15/book = $54 total or $69/couple + $15/book = $84 total. Please make checks out to PUSD. Sorry, no refunds.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 from 6-7:45 p.m. in MPR @ Chaparral Elementary

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

Spell-A-Thon Success
A big Thank You to our Chaparral Community from the Chaparral Educational Foundation and your 2015 Spell-A-Thon Team!!!
Thank you to the students who studied hard, the families and friends who donated and to our volunteers who helped grade and tally on Wednesday morning - what a great event!! We will be announcing all of our winners at the Community Gathering on Friday, April 24th. AND it is not too late - please get your donations in by Friday April 3rd to participate in the following:
• Lunch with the Principal -- $120 Raised
• Principal for a Day -- $400 Raised
• Grade-level Popsicle party for the class with the highest average pledges.
• Two OPPORTUNITY DRAWING for: A 20" Mountain Bike personalized with Chaparral Hawks Spirit Logo AND A Kindle Fire 7 with Amazon Gift Card -- each student will earn one ticket for every $20 Raised

PTA/CEF Survey Closes on Wednesday
Our survey to assess our fundraising efforts and programs offered will close at midnight on Wednesday, April 1. We need your input – whether you’ve donated in the past or not – to help us plan for the rest of the year and beyond. Please use the link below to fill out our survey; it should take about 10 minutes to complete and the investment will be invaluable. Start the survey here:

Want to learn more or get a quick refresher as to what the foundation and PTA do for our school? Check out this great video by The Draw Shop that explains how your donations work to improve our children’s school experience. View the video here:

Kids in Action
On Wednesday, April 1, our students will continue their work on our school planter box as this month’s Kids in Action project during each lunch recess. Volunteers wanted! Please contact Nichele McCague at if you can help or for more information.

CA Distinguished School


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