Chaparral News!

May 28, 2023

Principal's Corner

Dear Hawk Families:

During this Memorial Day weekend, may we never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom! Thank you to ALL who currently serve in our military!

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May 2023

29 Memorial Day Holiday - No School

31 Fitness Club Awards @ 9 a.m.

June 2023

5 School Site Council Password: SSCTeam @ 3:45 (Zoom)

8 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ 9 a.m. (CHES Track)

9 Minimum Day (TK/K Dismissal @ 12:25, 1st-5th Dismissal @ 12:35)

9 D4$ @ Sunny Scoops Ice Cream

REMINDER--EVERY THURSDAY IS A TIME-BANKING DAY & 1ST-5TH GRADES ARE RELEASED AT 1:25 PM. K is released at 1:15 PM. TK is released at 12:55 PM.

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Hawks Health Garden--Get Involved!

For the 2023/24 school year, Hawks Health Garden will be looking to fill these positions:

Busy Bee Leader - Volunteer to open the garden on Mondays before school 8:20-8:45 and one for afternoon recess time on Fridays

Crop Coordinator - Plan and organize what is planted where and when

Garden AIR - Part-time coach to teach & support lessons

Garden Volunteer Coordinator - At-home communication and coordination of garden activities

Come join our Hawks Health Garden team! If interested, please contact Teacher Liaison Nancy Bellinghiere Hall at Thank you!

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5th Grade Promotion Details - June 8th @ 9 a.m. (CHES Track)

Attention 5th-grade families! Save the Date! Thursday, June 8th is the 5th Grade Promotion! It will be on Chaparral's Track from 9 am - 11 am.

A few reminders on this day:

  • Parking lot is reserved for STAFF ONLY. Please DO NOT park in the parking lot. Please park offsite. Both the front gate and back will be open on the day of the ceremony. Please be mindful of the residences and park accordingly. We recommend arriving early to park!
  • No balloons, large signs, or anything that would obstruct guests' view, will be allowed at promotion. Everyone should get the opportunity to see the proud moment when their 5th grader promotes. Please be respectful of the other guests in attendance.
  • You will NOT need to check in when attending the promotion ceremony.
  • Students will be allowed to check out early after the ceremony has ended. More details to follow.
  • A photographer will be on-site to take photos of ALL the promoting 5th graders. We will ensure that photos are taken when walking and receiving their certificates. Please keep this in mind so you do not have to feel pressured about getting a good photo of your student. Photos will be available shortly after the promotion, using the following link: 5th Grade Graduation 2023 - Memento

We look forward to celebrating your 5th grader!

Volunteers Needed! 5th Grade Promotion Set-up & Clean-up

The end of the school year is right around the corner! We have been busy planning some fun events for the 5th-graders to celebrate their time at Chaparral. We need your help with the 5th-grade Promotion Ceremony set up on Wednesday, June 7, and clean up on Thursday, June 8. Traditionally the parents of younger students (especially 4th-grade parents who will be here next year) help with the setup and clean up the day of the promotion so the 5th-grade families can celebrate with their students. Please grab a friend and sign up to volunteer! Thank you very much!

Sign Up Here:

Best regards,

Chaparral 5th Grade Promotion Committee

Can I still order a yearbook post-deadline?

Although the deadline for free delivery has passed, you can still order your CHES yearbook and pay for shipping to the school or your home. Check out the flyer for details.

PeachJar Flyer:

1st day of school supply kits are available!

It's time to order your 1st Day of School Supply Kit for next year! Ordering these school supply kits ensures your child is prepared for the start of school, his/her teacher has the necessary materials for teaching and learning, and a percentage of your purchase is donated back to our Hawks! Save yourself the trouble of last-minute shopping for school supplies in August and order now, while supplies last! Click Here to Order!

Last D4$ @ Sunny Scoops Ice Cream - June 9th

On the last day of school from 1-9 p.m., come grab a sweet treat at Sunny Scoops Ice Cream to celebrate the end of the school year! Be sure to mention Chaparral and 20% of your purchase will be donated back to our school.

PeachJar Flyer:

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Earn Cash for Chaparral with BoxTops!

Did you know that Chaparral earns $.10 for each approved product, clipping is no longer required and it's easy through the new app! Download the new Box Tops App and designate Chaparral Elementary as your school. Scan your receipts from retailers like Costco, Ralph's, Vons, Target, Amazon, and Wal-Mart and let the app do the work for you. Send the link to family, caregivers, and friends to help Chaparral reach our goal!

Work at Your Child's School

Both Noon Duty Assistants and Instructional Assistants Needed! All interested applicants, welcome!

Click here to learn more about the positions.

Click here to apply with the district.

Parking Lot Safety and Logistics--Permit needed

Please be aware that our school parking lot is reserved for staff and a parking permit is needed. Parents parking in the staff lot for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up is negatively affecting our campus. Our staff exceeds the number of parking spots available and therefore, parking in the lot is causing additional challenges. In addition, there are several safety concerns as parents and children are walking through the lot as traffic is moving. Please use crosswalks and use the drive-thru lane, as intended. If you must park, please park off site and follow traffic laws.

Traffic violations and unsafe driving still remain the number one complaint amongst our school community. Please view our following videos that may help set expectations of drop-off and pick-up procedures.

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Back Gate Video -

School Parking Video -

School Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Please click the button and review details about helping us conduct safe drop-off and pick-up practices every day!


In order to Volunteer on campus, PUSD's Volunteer Requirements must be met and the following documentation needs to be submitted to the office:

1) Megan's Law clearance form + picture ID (signed annually)

2) TB clearance/negative result from a health care provider (Good for 4 years)

3) Code of Conduct form (signed annually)

4) Code of Confidentiality (signed annually)

Note--the district office needs at least 2 weeks to process and clear volunteers once all forms/documents are submitted; therefore, please submit the volunteer paperwork as soon as you are able.

Student Medications

If your student needs any kind of prescription medication administered at school, parent and doctor authorization forms are necessary. This includes temporary antibiotics, inhalers, and EpiPens. Click the links below to access the forms:

Asthma Symptom Action Plan (Inhalers)

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan (EpiPens)

Authorization for Medical Administration (Antibiotics and Other Prescriptions)

Please bring the completed form, and any medication, to our front office.

PUSD COVID Resources and Protocols

Masking in schools is optional for students, staff, and families. According to the very latest CDPH guidance for schools, indoor masking in K-12 school settings continues to be a strong recommendation, but not required. In addition to routine cleaning, PUSD has installed maximum air filters and air cleaners in our classrooms and buildings. If you or your child is displaying symptoms or tests positive, please stay home and notify your school immediately. Additional COVID-19 updates, including reported case counts, can be found on PUSD’s COVID page.

Universal Meal Plan

Under California’s new Universal Meals Program, free breakfast (before school) and free lunch will be offered to all students every day, regardless of household income. For more information on the free meal program and to view monthly menus, go to the PUSD Food & Nutrition page. Chaparral students may arrive for breakfast at 8:25 a.m.

Thank you for reading this week's Chaparral Newsletter!