Chaparral News!

January 29, 2023

Principal's Corner

Hello Hawk Families:

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow is a Non-Student day. PUSD teachers will have a day of professional development. We certainly value this time as educators, as we know that our on-going learning helps us to best meet student needs.

Please read ahead to learn the latest and greatest happenings at CHES!

Have a great week!

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January 2023

30--No School--Teacher Pro-Grow Day

February 2023

6 - Xploration

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

Join School Site Council Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 989 4528 4993

Passcode: SSCTeam

9 - D4$ @ Chicken Charlies

14 - Fitness Club Incentive Day

15 - CAPES Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (MPR or Zoom)

17 - Xploration

20-24 - No School, District Recess

27 - Xploration

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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No School Monday--Professional Growth Day

Students will not have school on Monday, January 31st due to staff professional growth opportunities and meetings. See you back at school on Tuesday, February 1st!

School Site Council - February 6th @ 3:45 p.m.

School Site Council Meetings are held monthly via Zoom. They are public meetings; therefore, they are open to all who want to learn about the school and how funding and decisions are being made. Elected members serve as part of a voting quorum to ensure shared-decision making and consensus on Federally funded programming. This is also a great forum to discuss ways to better the schooling experience for students. We welcome diverse viewpoints and follow our site norms and bylaws to keep meetings civil and student-centered. Please consider joining us!

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 989 4528 4993

Passcode: SSCTeam

District Recess (No School) - Feb. 20-24

During the week of February 20th-24th there is no school due to a district recess. Enjoy the Presidents Day holidays and additional time with your families! School will resume on Monday, February 27th.
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Mark Your Calendar! D4$ @ Chicken Charlie's - 2/9

Take your family out to eat on Thursday, February 9th at Chicken Charlie's Table in Rancho Bernardo and help CAPES raise money for our school! See you there, Hawk Families!

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Fitness Club Incentive Day - 2/14

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month is a Fitness Club Incentive Day! This Tuesday, come out to the track during your lunch recess to walk/run with friends and earn a special sneaker charm!

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CAPES Meeting - 2/15 @ 5:30 p.m.

Our next CAPES meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30 p.m. in the MPR or via Zoom. Hear about all that goes on behind the scenes at Chaparral and see how our fundraising dollars are spent. Your voice matters, so please consider lending yours to our community of committed volunteers. See you there!

CAPES stands for "Chaparral Association of Parents and Educators for Students" and it is our mission to a) support the philosophy, programs, and activities of Chaparral Elementary for the benefit of Chaparral students, b) facilitate communication as well as encourage and coordinate volunteerism, and c) foster a spirit of inclusion, partnership and cooperation among the entire school community.

For those who cannot come to the school site, here is the Zoom link to join virtually.

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 833 3689 5370

No Passcode is Required.

Questions or want to be more involved? Please email Mike Jock, CAPES PRESIDENT, at

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony Planning Committee

Calling TK-4th Grade Parent Volunteers! Please sign up to be a part of the "Make-It-Happen" Team for helping plan 5th Grade Promotion.

It takes parents from all grade levels to pitch in a hand and help plan and set up the 5th-grade promotion, and it's a great opportunity for parents TK thru 4th grade to help AND learn what it takes to put on the event, so the tradition and planning are passed along each year!

Our planning teams include:

  • Logistics Team: Help set up the ceremony, stage/chairs/promotion arch, organize pop-ups, tear down and clean up post-ceremony
  • Theme Team: Come up with a 5th-grade promotion theme, decorations, music and 5th-grade t-shirts
  • Promotion Team: send out save the dates, invites, design program, order student promotion certificates and have the principal sign
  • FUN Team: Plan and organize the 5th-grade FUN day (dance or field day, tile/art activity, etc.
  • Photographer: Got an eye for snapping photos? Are you an up-and-coming photographer? We are looking for someone to take pictures of 5th graders as they walk across the stage!

Ready to Help? Click here to access the sign-up form. Thank you again for your partnership and help!

Laura McCoy, Jen Cheng, and Jenilee Cabading

5th Grade Promotion Chair Committee

"Busy Bee" Garden Volunteer Needed on Fridays!

Did you know the Chaparral Garden is open before school and children love to water and do other garden chores before the bell rings? We are currently in need of a Friday "Busy Bee" volunteer to open our Hawks Health Garden from 8:20-8:45 am. This "Busy Bee" volunteer must be PUSD-approved and willing to buzz in before school, open up the garden, encourage exploration and play, and set up tasks for students to sweep, water, help weed, and compost. Please consider joining our garden team and contact if interested!

Register Today! CAPES Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner Reception

The annual CAPES Auction Event is back and better than ever! This year, we are hosting a Golf Tournament (scramble-syle) during the day and a dinner reception in the evening at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Save the date on Friday, March 24, 2023 and register online at today!

Interested in Golfing? Register as an individual or grab some buddies and register as a foursome. Have an incredible day out on the green and then stay for dinner, dancing, and a live auction.

Just want to enjoy the dinner event or meet up with your partner after golf? We have a "dinner only" package available too.

Own a business? Become an event sponsor and promote your services within our community!

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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.

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Yearbook Needs Your Photos

Want your kiddos to shine in the yearbook? Please upload your 'first day of school' and 'carnival' photos to the folders located on Treering by logging into your Treering account and selecting Share Photos. For more detailed instructions please see here. (To be eligible for use photos need to be of good quality and taken on campus.)
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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.

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!