Chapman Hills Elementary

January 2016

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Classroom Happenings

Our K-2nd grade teachers were recently trained by Carol Beaumont, RtI Teacher, on a strategy of how writing can be incorporated into the EnVision math that we all teach.

Our 3rd-6th grade teachers attended a training by Dr. Bourgeouis, about the upcoming SBAC assessments as well as the Interim Assessments that all 3rd-6th students will be participating in February/March of this year. Parents can glean more information about assessments by visiting our OUSD webpage and clicking on the "assessments" tab.

School Happenings


Chapman Hills will soon be getting an Automated Electronic Defibrillator installed. All staff members will be trained on how to use this device on January 26th. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person's life. This device will be placed at the height of a "fire alarm". Each device is alarmed and a sound will signal once it is removed from the hook. Each device will be checked monthly by office/school staff to ensure work-ability. Each AED installed will have a "pedi" pack as well appropriate to use with younger school aged students.

Parent Kick Off Meeting-Kids Run The OC

Please join us at our next PTA meeting, February 11th, to learn more about the Kids Run the OC Event. Information will be sent home giving more information on this amazing opportunity. The following is the link to sign your child up for the event All Chapman Hills students, K-6, will have the wonderful opportunity to participate in a PE program led by parent volunteers and teachers during this 10 weeks of training. Where all students will be logging miles towards their "marathon" and the final mile will be run at the actual OC marathon.

Morning Gate Change-Tardy Students-- and Parking Lot Procedures

Morning Gate

In an effort to ensure student safety we will be closing the gates by the parking lot promptly at 8:10 am. Parents you can continue to walk your student(s) to their lines however, please try to exit the campus before the 8:10 bell. The change in procedures is two-fold 1) student safety is always our #1 goal and responsibility here at Chapman Hills 2) we would like to see a decrease in the number of students who are tardy--the expectation is that students are to be in their line by 8:10 am the first bell.

Tardy Students

In an effort to decrease the number of students arriving late to school we would like to have all students in their lines and on campus prior to the 8:10 am bell. Students who arrive after that time will be asked to go through the front office to get a tardy slip. Research states, "Students arriving to school with time to spare have the luxury of settling in, preparing their class materials and focusing their minds on the lessons to come. They have all the time they need to literally and figuratively wake up. Showing up on time can ameliorate the often-jarring transitioning between sleepy rides in a car to concentrating on the day’s first lessons. Students showing up to class in the middle of a lesson miss out on this natural transition period and may lose even more of the lesson as they scurry to settle into an academic focus."

Parking Lot Procedures

This is a friendly reminder--per our Chapman Hills Handbook

  • The right curbside lane is for pick-up and drop-off only. You MAY NOT park and leave your car in this lane. DO NOT signal your child to run between cars to meet you. You must meet your child on the sidewalk and escort them through the parking lot (using the crosswalks)--also please make sure you don't drop your student off at the curved part of the parking lot; next to the ramp and the CARES building.
  • Please pull forward in the parking lot as far as possible before stopping, to allow cars to enter behind you. This allows more cars into the lot and decreased dangerous congestion in the intersection.
  • Pedestrians must use crosswalks or sidewalks around the school. Do not cross with your child in the middle of our lot.
  • Patience equates to safety for all. Remember that our children's safety is our number one priority!
  • Parking and leaving your car is permitted ONLY in designated parking spaces.

6th Grade Parents Please Read--IMPORTANT

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has reached epidemic levels in California. Pertussis is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that is spread through the nose and throat secretions of someone with Pertussis when they cough or sneeze.

Assembly Bill 354 was signed on September 29, 2010. This bill took affect July, 1, 2011, and requires that all students entering grades 7 provide proof of immunization for Pertussis before starting the 2016-17 school year.

This requirement can be met by receiving one dose of Tdap vaccine, the tetanus and Pertussis booster, on or after the student’s 7th birthday. If your child has not received the Tdap vaccination, please call your doctor’s office or the Orange County Health Care Agency and make an appointment to have your child vaccinated.

Adults are also advised to get the Pertussis booster in order to protect themselves and their family. This is particularly important if they are pregnant or in contact with children under the age of 12 months. Infants less than a year old have the highest rate of reported disease. Pertussis can be a serious illness in infants, children, and adults who have a weakened immune system or other diseases such as chronic lung disease.

Avoid the rush! Protect your child now! Get your child immunized before the start of the 2016-17 school year!

Lost and Found--All items must be picked up by January 29th

Please come by and pick up any lost items before January 29th. Miss Lynette will be moving the items out to the "outdoor amphitheater" in the mornings.

After January 29th we will be bagging up all items that are left and donating them to a local charity.

4th-6th Grade Families-- Parent/Child Cyber Bullying Night

We will be welcoming a guest speaker, from the OCDE, to Chapman Hills on Thursday March 3rd from 5:30-7:00 pm. An RSVP will be going home--PTA will be sponsoring pizza from 5:30-6:00 and then the presentation will be from 6:00-7:00 pm. With all the changes and access that our students have to technology and social media this is a wonderful opportunity to come with your child to learn about Cyber Bullying.

Outdoor Education-- 6th graders February 1st-5th

Our 6th grade students and teachers are gearing up for another exciting adventure to Outdoor Science Camp. This is a great time for our 6th graders and they all enjoy being up in the mountains and having "hands on learning".

Parents please make sure that if you would like to send your child a LETTER please have them delivered to the office no later than Tuesday, February 2nd. I will be taking them up to camp on Wednesday, February 3rd.

LCAP Survey

Thank you to all the families who have already taken the survey. Please if you have not had the opportunity to take the LCAP survey please do so at your earliest convenience. The survey window will close February 1st . I will be looking at the results and sharing with all stakeholders and using the results to help inform me on the direction that you as parents would like to see Chapman Hills move towards.

Upcoming Meetings

February 11-PTA 6:00-7:00 pm

February 11-6th Grade Families Santiago Informational Meeting 6:00-6:30

February 12 and 15- No School Presidents Holiday

ELAC Meetings (English Language Advisory Committee)

February 18th @ 2:30pm

April 14th @ 2:30pm

May 19th @ 2:30pm