Chaparral News!

March 26, 2023

Principal's Corner

Hello Hawk Families:

Melody Makers, YOU were amazing! Thank you to all participating students for sharing your talent! A special thank you to Suzanne Law for bringing music, dance, and art into the lives of our learners. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to the CHES community!

In addition, thank you to all our CAPES volunteers and attendees who made last Friday's Golf Tournament and Reception successful. Special thanks to Casey Teng, the chair of the event, for his dedication and leadership!

This week, we launch our annual APEX Character Program and Fun Run event. The APEX team will be on campus over the next two weeks to teach PBIS-based (Positive Behavior Intervention System) leadership lessons, encourage health and fitness, and support students to get fundraising pledges for the culminating Fun Run Event.

APEX is one of our school's top 3 biggest fundraisers of the year and helps to support programs like Impact teachers, Artists in Residence, Art, Music, Gardening, and so much more. Our informational pep rally with Apex fun run, for students, is on March 27th. We will have our fun run event, which families can attend, on April 5th--see the CAPES announcement below for more details, including how to volunteer at our fun run.

Even if you aren't able to volunteer, consider coming to Chaparral on the day of the event to cheer our students on. We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of our community and we are appreciative of all the dedicated volunteers that help make Chaparral the heart of our district!

Thank you and have a great week!

Dr. Denise Goulart

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March 2023

27 APEX Begins!

31 Community Gathering @ 9 a.m.

31 Deadline for completing PUSD Continuing Student Registration & Intradistrict Transfer Requests

April 2023

3 APEX Continues

3 Xploration

3 School Site Council @ 3:45 p.m.

5 APEX Fun Run Event

7 Last Day of APEX

7 Minimum Day (TK/K Dismissal @ 12:25 p.m., 1st-5th Dismissal @ 12:35 p.m.)

10-14 Spring Break (No School)

17 BMX Assembly

19 CAPES Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.

24 Xploration

24 Deadline for 5th-grade T-shirt Design Contest Submissions

24 Deadline to Personalize Yearbook Pages

26 D4$ at Islands Restaurant in CMR

28 Community Gathering @ 9 a.m.

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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Community Gathering this Friday, March 31st @ 9 a.m. (Blacktop)

All classes will meet on the Blacktop at 9 a.m. for a Chaparral Community Gathering. This is a wonderful time when our staff and students can come together to promote school spirit and shared community values. Parents/Guardians and younger siblings are welcome to attend. Visitors are welcome on the blacktop, but the interior of our school will remain a closed campus. You do not need to be an approved volunteer to attend this event, but you do need to sign in/out at the office if you plan to remain on campus after the community gathering. For more information, click here.

Accessing Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be available for parents and guardians via Synergy on Monday, March 20 at 5:00. The following guide will help you if needed.

  1. Visit and click on the “I am a parent” link. (You can also access this site by downloading the ParentVue app from your app store.)
  2. Login using your username and password. If you do not know your username or forgot your password you can retrieve your username and/or reset your password by visiting
  3. Once logged in, look to the left side of the screen to find the navigation area.
  4. At the bottom of the navigation area click on the Documents link.
  5. After the screen refreshes you will see a list of all report card PDF documents available for your downloading and printing. The most recent report card document is displayed first.

NOTE: If you have multiple students in the district their names will appear in the upper left corner of the navigation area. Clicking on their name will allow you to repeat steps 4, 5 for your other students, regardless of grade level.

Parent Guide: Accessing progress reports via Synergy ParentVUE (English) (Spanish)

Crochet Club!

Do you want to learn to crochet? Come join the crochet club!

When: Wednesday afternoons 3:15-4:00, beginning Wed. April 5th-May 31st (no class on Wed. April 12th for spring break)

Where: Room 23 with Ms. Palmer

What: We will learn crochet basics and will complete a simple project together

Who: 2nd-5th graders

More Details: A $35 donation is requested to buy supplies for the club.

Contact: If your child is interested in joining, please email Ms. Palmer at

PeachJar Flyer:

The first 20 students to sign up will be confirmed. Please include your child’s name, grade level, classroom teacher’s name, whether they have any crochet experience, and if you’re planning to send in the $35 donation. Those to respond after the first slots are filled will go on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation. Those students, if still interested, will receive first priority for the club in the fall.

PUSD 2023-2024 Continuing Student Registration

Online Continuing Student Registration will be open from March 1- March 31, 2022. We must receive a completed digital packet for all returning students. This will allow for the proper placement of your student for the 2023-2024 school year. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection.

Continuing Registration Steps:

  1. Login and complete the digital registration packet via the online registration portal found here.
  2. Review and complete any required forms located at the conclusion of the process. A packet is not considered finalized until this step is completed.

Forgot your username or password? Need technical help? You can retrieve your username as well as reset your password by visiting and clicking the button that represents the help you require. Technical help is also available by sending an email to

Please email your current Principal as soon as possible if you do not plan to return to PUSD for the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you for your attention to this important process.

The PUSD Enrollment Team

Intra-district Transfers

The PUSD transfer window is now open! Transfer requests for students who live in the Poway Unified School District boundaries and would like to attend a school other than their school of residence will be accepted starting today through Friday, March 31, 2023. This includes incoming siblings of current students*. Transfer requests can be made on the Poway Unified School District website here through the online form. The transfer request window closes on March 31 at 5 pm.

*For families who have an incoming transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or new student, please submit a transfer during the open window, even if your child is not yet enrolled. When new student enrollment opens on April 1, 2023, parents will need to enroll their student in their school of residence before the district office will consider the transfer.

5th Grade Families--Spotlight on Twin Peak Middle School!

Is your promoting 5th grader planning to attend Twin Peaks Middle School next year? If so, check out the event flyers below.
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APEX is Coming!

Thursday, March 30th is the launch of the APEX Fun Run and Fundraiser. This is one of the BIG THREE annual fundraisers for CAPES and our children have really loved participating each year. All the money raised through APEX pledges goes to paying for CAPES programs at Chaparral such as Music, P.E., Garden, Innovation Lab, and Impact. Your child will come home with an APEX pledge kit including all the information about the APEX program and associated fundraising on Thursday, March 30th.

The main running event for APEX will occur on Wednesday, April 5th, and volunteers are needed to mark laps while the children run. To organize volunteers, we have set up a sign-up sheet which can be accessed here: Note that individuals do not need to meet the regular volunteer requirements to help with this event since Chaparral staff will be present at all times. Please review the time slots and consider helping with this important event. Thank you!

5th Grade T-shirt Design Contest

Hey, 5th Graders! Do you want to design the 5th-grade t-shirt this year? Here are the key details for all submissions:

  • Your design can be hand-drawn or digital.
  • Create your design on an 8.5-11 piece of paper.
  • Use 1-3 colors in your design.
  • Design can be focused on Chaparral or the 5th-Grade Promotion Theme - "Reach for the Stars"
  • No parent help, please!

The deadline for all t-shirt design submissions is April 24th and designs may be given to your teacher. Have fun!

Purchase Your Yearbook Today!

Don’t miss your chance to purchase and personalize your 2022-2023 Chaparral Hawks Yearbook. Yearbooks will come in both soft and hardcover book options. You can also personalize your yearbook for free by designing two pages with your own photos and memories. Please note, personalized pages are optional and must be completed by Monday, April 24th, 2023.

PeachJar Flyer:

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Birthday Marquees

Want Your Child's Birthday Celebrated on the School Marquee? Making a birthday marquee reservation is a two (2) step process:

  1. Complete and submit this Google form. Once correctly submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submission. If you don't receive the confirmation email, the form was not correctly submitted.
  2. Make a $20 donation to CAPES via Paypal.

IMPORTANT! Both steps must be completed for your Birthday Marquee reservation to be accepted. Your child's name will appear at some point during the week with a "Happy Birthday" message. Only two birthday sign-ups per marquee, per reserve yours now!

Dining for Dollars - Save the Date!

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 -

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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!