Back to School Parent Update
Welcome Back Chargers!
WE ARE READY-Things to Know for the First Day
Attached below is a letter to all elementary families from all the principals in the district explaining the safety procedures regarding our new entrances and attendance procedures. They are the same for every elementary building. Please make sure you read this letter carefully and contact me with any questions or if you need clarification.
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.
The first day of school you are welcome to bring your child(ren) into meet their teacher. I know that Chapman normally has Open House before school begins, but with construction, this was not possible. Open House will be scheduled for September 10th. After the first day, we expect second thru fifth graders to walk to class independently. We will have a "gradual release" for our kindergartners and first graders with all students going to class independently by Monday, September 9th. We will celebrate this day as Independence Day!
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
New Staff at Chapman!
Rachel Weldon- Second Grade Teacher
Allie Klink- Speech and Language
Maribeth Ford- Resource Room
Conrad Mahr- School Psychologist
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
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.
New Flexible Seating for 2nd and 3rd Grade:
2nd and 3rd grade classrooms have brand new furniture in their classrooms. There are a variety of seating options and we are excited about the flexibility that this seating will provide our classrooms.
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.