Chapman Hills Newsletter

February 2016

Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year

Chapman Hills is a very lucky place to be surrounded by such wonderful teachers and staff. We recently nominated our 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year and our Classified Employee of the year.

Congratulations to Kirstin Safa Chapman Hills Elementary Teacher of the Year and Nichole Boyd Chapman Hills Elementary Classified Employee of the year. Mrs. Safa was nominated by her peers for being an energetic and a true life-long learner. Ms. Boyd was nominated by her peers for being someone who is always willing to help whether that be with students on the playground or in the RSP room.

Classroom Happenings

First Grade

This month the first graders began a science unit on weather. They kicked it off by flying kites which directly tied into our literature story called The Kite. They recently did some learning about the sun and shadows (thanks Groundhog Day) and soon we will move into learning about clouds.

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade class created a technology enhanced Mission's Project this year by utilizing the Aurasma application on the school's IPads. The students researched a Mission and created a verbal presentation with their Mission research. In collaborative pairs, the students filmed each other's presentations. Finally with a drawing of their Mission, they created a visual "trigger" point in which the video would overlay onto their artwork. The artwork is displayed in the classrooms so that the students can learn about the other Missions from their own peers. ​The project was well-received by the students, who eagerly "zap" other images to learn about those missions.

No school February 12th and 15th

School will be closed on Friday February 12th and Monday February 15th in observance of the President's Holiday. Enjoy your long weekend!

Kids Run The OC (KROC)

We started our Kids Run the OC program on Monday, February 8th. Grade levels will be participating in Physical Education activities that will help prepare them for the OC marathon. If you would like to sign your student up to part of the event please go to the following website . The registration is an additional $29.00.

4th-6th Grade Cyber Bullying Night

Calling all 4th-6th grade families. We will be hosting a Cyber Bullying Evening on March 2nd parents and students welcome. Please click on the link below to RSVP for the event--pizza will be served from 5:30-6:00 pm and the presentation will be from 6:00-7:00. A flyer will be going home in the next few weeks with more information.


Here at Chapman Hills 1st-6th graders are lucky to participate in the Scholastic Reading Counts Program. Surrounding students with a wide variety of leveled literature and non-fiction texts in the classroom, in the school library and at home is a great start to creating lifelong readers. With Scholastic Reading Counts! your children have a "Lexile" based independent reading program that tracks their success on the books they read. This technology based program created a personalized and engaging learning environment that ensures independent reading accountability. At Chapman Hills we do have a built in incentive program for students so they can feel successful with their independent reading. Please remember this year there were a few changes to when students can take the Reading Counts quizzes. Student are able to take the quizzes in all computer pods during the school day with teacher permission, at recess in the library, and on school I Pads or school devices in the classroom. Scholastic Reading Counts is intended to help students improve their independent reading ability so parental help before school and after school is greatly discouraged.

Parking Lot

Thank you to everyone who has been dropping off and picking up in the correct area--please remember to pull as far forward as possible. Just a reminder students are expected to be at their classroom line by 8:10 am--we have greatly improved since my last newsletter and I would like to see even more improvement this month. Please help your student be prepared to quickly exit and enter the vehicle--this will help to expedite the drop off and pick up lines in the morning. Please drive carefully as there are many small children in the parking lot at this time.

Reminder that we share the roads with local neighbors; please be respectful and don't block driveways during pick up and drop off times.

Safety is the most important component and our number one goal in the parking lot. Please continue to support the safety of all students.

Upcoming Meetings

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

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

ELAC Meetings (English Language Advisory Committee)

February 18th @ 2:30pm

School Site Council

February 23rd @ 2:30pm

February 12 and 15- No School Presidents Holiday

Upcoming Meetings