Chapman Family Weekly Update
October 26, 2019
It is HALLOWEEN WEEK! This is my favorite time of the year and one of my favorite events! The Halloween parade will be at 1:30 PM and the band, fire and police departments will lead us around the neighborhood. If weather does not cooperate we will still have the parade, but it will be held indoors. Classroom parties will directly follow the parade. Please contact your child's teacher fro specific classroom directions.
Also, this is a popular event and it will be busy. Please pack your patience, especially in the parking lot, and remember that this is a fun event for our students. Please follow all parking lot rules. You are only allowed to park on one side of the road to avoid blocking traffic. Please follow police guidance.
HALF DAY FRIDAY! Remember that we have a half day Friday and we dismiss at 11:55. Please make sure you have transportation arranged for your students.
November Lunch Menu is attached below! Also, If you want your student to receive a bag lunch on Friday (Half-Day) please fill out the attached form at the bottom of the newsletter.
Watchdogs: Here is the sign up link if you want to volunteer to be a watchdog!
The Guidance Center at Chapman: Everyone should have received a letter about the Guidance Center this week. You only need to sign and return the letter if you do NOT want your student to participate in any groups with the Guidance Center. Some examples of groups would be learning about bullying and being an upstander, social skill groups, social-emotional awareness etc. We feel very grateful to be able to have the Guidance Center as part of our learning community. Learn more about how the Guidance Center can assist your student and family at school and through outside resources at the November PTO meeting!
Crossing Needed: We need a crossing guard at Chapman. This is a paid position through Edustaff. You will be a rock star by safely crossing our students before and after school. Its easy and fun! Please contact the board office or Chapman for more information.
Lunch Monitors Needed: After being a crossing guard, you can also be a lunch monitor! This is also a paid position through Chartwells. You can call Chapman or Gibraltar Food Service for more information.
Carpool: Our carpool line in the morning can still get better and more efficient. Please pull as far as possible up in the lane. Students should exit from curbside/passenger side only for safety purposes. Please be patient and do not pass on the left- we have two crosswalks and we do not want anyone hurt. Also, DO NOT move the orange cones (or drive over them) before or after school. They are there for safety purposes as well. Thank you for all of your help and patience.
This Week's Schedule
Bible Study 1:30
Halloween Parade 1:30
Halloween Parties following the parade
Dismissal is at 11:55
TWD in the PM
To ENTER Chapman to drop off or pick up your student please enter at the entrance to your LEFT of the main entrance. There is a door bell that rings directly into the cafeteria and Mr. Craig will let you in. Thank you for your patience as we made adjustments to this process!
Technology Forms- Please Fill out for each Student
Please fill out the following form(s) according to your student's grade level. K-2 will fill out the lower elementary form for i-pads and 3-5 will fill out the upper elementary form for chrome books. You will also get this information in your classroom newsletter. You only need to fill it out once per child. Thank you!
Other Important Information
Attendance Calls: When your child is absent or tardy and you leave a voicemail on the attendance line you may still get an automated call home. Please know that your voicemail will be entered into the system as soon as possible. However, due to the busyness of the office, sometimes those messages are not able to be entered into the system before the 9:30 call home is made. You do not need to call back to report a second time if you have already reported the absence/tardy. We apologize for any inconvenience.
October Lunch Menu: Please see below for the updated lunch menu for October!
Q-Communications: Please make sure that all of your information (phone number and email address) are updated in Mi-Star. We now have the availability to send you information via text. I hope this will speed up getting important information to you! Also, please check your email Spam to make sure that my emails to you are not in there. Once you move them to your inbox, your email should recognize that it is an important email sender.
Doors will open at Chapman every morning at 8:25 AM. If your child eats breakfast at school, please have them at school at this time so they have ample time to eat and they don't miss instruction time.
School and instruction time begins promptly at 8:38 AM. Dismissal is at 3:43. Kindergartner students will be released out the back classroom doors. Parents can pick up on the playground by the basketball hoops. First and Second grade will be released out the main entrance. Third through fifth grade will be released at the entrance to the left of the main entrance.
Lunch times have been adjusted for some grade levels. See below for each grade level's recess and lunch times. This year we are scheduling recess before lunch. Research shows that students are more productive and successful in the afternoon if they eat lunch after recess. The September breakfast and lunch menu is also attached below.
K 11:20-11:40 Recess/ 11:40-12:00 Lunch
4th 11:25-11:45 Recess/ 11:45- 12:05 Lunch
1st and 3rd 11:50-12:10 Recess/ 12:10-12:30 Lunch
2nd and 5th 12:15-12:35 Recess/12:35-12:55 Lunch
Birthdays:GSD's policy does not allow cupcakes/sweets for birthdays. We would love to celebrate your child's birthday with non-edible treats such as pencils or a book donation to the media center or classroom.
Volunteer Forms and i-Chat Requirements:
All volunteers in the building will be required to fill out a volunteer form and the school will run an i-Chat check for safety and security purposes. You should find these forms in your first week packets from your teacher. My advice is to fill these out and turn them in as soon as possible. Remember ANY volunteer needs to fill these out. You can pick up extra copies in the office as needed. This requirement does include volunteering for classroom parties.
Continued Updates Throughout the Building:
We are not done! We still have some improvements coming to the building that will happen over the school year. It is very exciting to see the continued updates and improvements throughout the last year!
Facebook and Twitter:
Please like our Facebook page Chapman Elementary (SEARCH FOR @GSDChapman on Facebook or follow this link https://www.facebook.com/pg/GSDChapman/services/?ref=page_internal ) and follow us on Twitter @guizzettil and #GSDChapman. This is a great way to stay informed of school happenings throughout the year.
Toys for Tots:
Please see flyer attached below for more information on assistance during the holidays.