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Student Calendar 2014-2015

Sep 22, Mon -
Non-Student Day

Nov 11, Tues -
Veterans Day Holiday

Nov 24-28, M-F
District Recess

Dec 22 - Jan 2, M-F
District Recess

Jan 16, Fri-
Non-Student Day

Jan 19, Mon -
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Feb 16-20, M-F
District Recess

Apr 6-10, M-F
District Recess

May 25, Mon,
Memorial Day Holiday

June 11, Thurs
School Ends

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 September 15th 

Thursday, September 18th

·    Melody Makers Registration, 8:30am in the MPR  


Next week there is No School on Monday, Sept. 22nd.

This is a Professional Growth Day for teachers.


Safety Reminder
If your child rides a bike or a scooter to school, please remember that per DMV code and PUSD policy, properly fitting safety helmets are required.  This is for the protection of your students as there are many cars on our streets before and after school.  Please make sure that your child wears a helmet if they are riding bikes or scooters.  More information on bicycle safety, as well as a Student Bicycle Permit, is available in the front office. 


2014– 2015 GATE Testing Information


Request Submission Window

Test Date (only 1 test opportunity)

Monday, September 8th
Friday, November 21, 2014


Monday, January 12 – Thursday, January 15

@ each school site during the school day.

*Each school will determine their testing date(s) within this 4 day window. 


To request GATE testing for your child, complete a GATE Parent Questionnaire/Test Consent form online through the PUSD GATEwebpage


NOTE: Requests for GATE Testing will only be taken during the request submission window dates


 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

Chaparral Reminders & Announcements

Help Hawks Soar Update
We are grateful to everyone that has contributed to our main fundraiser and remind anyone that has not had a chance to please help make your child’s year as successful as possible…we still need your assistance.  $130 per child gets you iPads in the classroom, 2 computer labs, PE, music, art, and much much more.  Please take the time to clink the link below and contribute, or send your contribution with your student.  Remember that the Help Hawks Soar program takes the place of the door to door fundraisers that we’ve done in the past (and most people hate).  Your contribution here means that we can continue avoiding the magazine/chocolate/wrapping paper drives of the past.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.

 Chaparral Hawks Eye Newsletter
The September edition of the Hawks Eye newsletter is online via the PTA website (view
here)   and at   Get an update on the Help Hawks Soar campaign, meet our new assistant principal, Lisa Wilken, and learn about some great programs and events at Chaparral.

PTA Membership
Become a member of PTA and help us reach our goal of 100 percent parent membership!  Your financial and volunteer support keeps our programs like PE, music, art, and family social nights alive and thriving, but your membership helps you stay connected to the school and have a voice in what matters for our children.  Enjoy the perks of membership with discounts (view here) and help us support Chaparral students in having a great year. 

Art Attack
Art Attack is back!  Volunteers for classes are still needed!  Orientation will be held on Monday, September 29th, at 9:15am in the Art Room (#R46).  Help bring art into your child’s classroom.  Volunteers will be in charge of setting up at time with your teacher to come into your child’s class and teach a provided art lesson to the students.  Lessons, instructions, and supplies are all provided.  The program is flexible, worry free, and a lot of fun!!  Please email Katie Li at to RSVP with your name and the class that you are looking to volunteer in, or to learn more about the program.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking Ahead   

·         Fall Family Fun Night:  Friday, September 26, starting at 6pm on the Chaparral Track Lawn.  The evening kicks off with food trucks, the book fair preview, and family reading night under the stars, then wraps up with The Lego Movie.  See flier on Peachjar for more information.

·         Fall Scholastic Book Fair:  Friday, September 26 (evening) through Friday, October 3.  Sign-ups for volunteer shifts begin next week.  If you are interested, please make sure that you are cleared for volunteering at Chaparral.  See the “Volunteering” tab on the PTA website or contact Volunteer Coordinator Cory Schaller at

CA Distinguished School


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