Community Fundraising

Now that we’ve crossed the finish line on this school year, please don’t forget about some great opportunities to keep our fundraising going strong all summer long.

Label stuff with

Keep your kids’ stuff out of the lost & found! Nobody wants to spend their time sifting through lost & found bins, so this summer make it easy on yourself (and your nose) and order labels! Head to and use the code CUBS at checkout. 25% is donated back to Chaparral.

Tuesdays are Chaparral day at Cricca’s Deli & Subs

Going to the beach? Get a sandwich! Headed to the park? Get a sandwich! Morning hike? Get a sandwich! Sitting on the couch because it’s too hot to move? Get a sandwich! Every Tuesday during the summer starting June 19, Cricca’s will give 15% back! No flyer needed, just mention Chaparral.

Box Tops for Education

Don’t think we forgot about the Box Tops. We will never forget about the Box Tops – and you shouldn’t either! Good things come in small packages and these little guys make a huge impact. Chaparral earns 10 cents for each Box Top we turn in – it doesn’t get any easier. There may or may not be a prize in store for whomever submits the most Box Tops at the beginning of the year . . . so keep clipping! Download a summer collection sheet here.


Support Chaparral through sponsorship!

If you or someone you know is interested in advertising your business to our school community for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact Sponsorship Chair Kim Becker for more information. Opportunities include:

  • Fence Banners
  • Digital Cub Corner ads
  • Printed Back-to-School Resource Guide
  • Digital School Directory
  • School Events (Movie Night, Fall Festival, Online Auction, Variety Show)

Support our school while you help promote your business. It’s a win-win for everyone!

That’s a Wrap! 2018 Variety Show blast to the ’80s a huge success

Chaparral Variety Show “We Love the 80s!” was an absolute success, combining fun music, great performances, and hilarious skits, with record-breaking participation. A huge THANK YOU to returning Chair Chrissie Hand for her creative vision, selfless dedication, and hours of hard work over the past six months. Special thanks to Meredith Sesser, Patty Harms, Lauren Freedman and the entire Variety Show Committee for their tireless work in all aspects of the show. The show was such a great experience for the kids, and everyone enjoyed watching them shine on stage. Thank you to our families and community for coming out and supporting the longest running tradition at Chaparral. And that’s a wrap!

Presidents’ Message – May 2018

Presidents’ Message – May 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

We just finished the last of our spring events focusing on philanthropy and well-being.  Many thanks to Ben Abadian, Melissa Devor, and Maria Nicolacakis, for all of their hard work organizing these meaningful and engaging events.

  • The third annual Soles4Souls Shoe Drive was a huge success! We donated over 400 pairs of shoes. Thank you for your generosity!
  • Our participation in the Family Rescue Center Clothing+ Drive was also a huge success. Many bags of clothing were donated by Chaparral families.  Thank you to Ben Abadian for all of his hard work collecting the bags and making sure they got to their destinations.
  • Students enjoyed a morning of high impact fun and exercise at the  “Hoop It Up Kids” Assembly.  Thank you to Melissa Devor for organizing the assembly (and other ones throughout the year) for Chaparral!  The PFC purchased a set of the special hula hoops for Chaparral so our kids could enjoy them year-round.
  • Students got their groove on during MovaPalooza! dancing, doing yoga, hula hooping, obstacle course racing, and more! Thank you to Maria Nicolacakis for organizing such a wonderful morning for the kids.
  • Last but not least… the Farmers Market Jamboree was another huge hit!  Students, parents, city councilmembers, district office and school board members, and many other community members came to the event.  Attendees purchased organic produce and products, did crafts, sang, planted seeds, wrote poetry, relaxed with baby goats and bunnies, and learned about wellness while listening to the soothing sounds of our very own “Mama Bears” band.  We were honored to have Howard and Whitney Schwartz (former Chaparral parents) return to emcee the event and host the Green Team booth.  Thank you to Maria and her tireless committee for their incredible vision and execution of this fun and educational event!!

We are speeding towards the end of the year but still have a few important events coming up.

  • This week is Staff Appreciation Week. Thank you to those families who signed up to donate dessert and drinks for the Staff Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9!  This Wednesday is also Flower Day, so don’t forget to bring stems for your class bouquet.
    Contact: Allyson Watson & Lisa Dumke
  • We hope you can join us at our popular Ice Cream Social. New this year – we will be selling pizza at a nominal cost of $1 per slice!  We will also have Sports N More coaches facilitating fun games for the kids and the Grossman Club hosting a crafts table.  We will once again feature a full ice cream bar with toppings.  This free event is our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our dedicated families.  May 16 (J/K-2) and May 17 (Grades 3-5) on the Upper Yard.
    Contact: Kristy Scott & Dayana Kling
  • The Teachers and Staff cordially invite all parent volunteers to the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, May 16 in the MPR, 7:45am-8:30am.  It is such a special event – don’t miss it!
  • Open House is Wednesday, May 23 and the food trucks will be back!  Come early and enjoy dinner and dessert.  We have lined up Hang 10 Tacos, Fries N’ More, Hungry Nomad, Jersey Dogs, and Uncle Chris’ Italian Ice.
  • The last PFC Meeting will take place on Friday, June 1. We hope you can join us as we install our new 2018-19 board.  A special invitation goes out to all of our graduating parents so we can thank you one last time for all of your hard work over the years.

We hope to see you at these upcoming events!

Finally, we would like to take a minute to thank a few behind-the-scenes volunteers who quietly put in countless hours year-round to support PFC operations and ensure our success.  We couldn’t do it without them.

  • Beth Anson & Lisa Dumke, Co-VP Room Parents, who facilitate communications and events involving room parents
  • April Baer, Co-VP Communications, who maintains our website
  • Kim Becker, VP Sponsorship, who secures the various forms of sponsorships including fence banners, programs, and digital avenues
  • Laura Berlant, Recording Secretary, who documents all of our meetings and maintains the PFC Facebook page
  • Kate Haney, Treasurer, who oversees PFC financials
  • Sara Traband, Co-VP Communications, who publishes our weekly Cub Corner and creates eye-catching flyers for our events
  • Gloria Yoo, Financial Secretary, who makes sure our money gets deposited safely

Thank you all for your continued support of the PFC and Chaparral!  We are looking forward to a strong finish to the school year!!

Ann Park & Jason Weilert

Presidents’ Message – April 2018

Presidents’ Message – April 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

We hope you are having a wonderful spring!!  March was a busy month for our volunteers.

Our 11th annual Online Auction exceeded our expectations, raising over $94,000 – nearly double our target revenue. Our deepest gratitude to returning chair, Carrie Slatoff, for her tireless work and dedication to our far-reaching and exciting auction. Once again, we had bidders from all over the nation!!  Many thanks to the Slatoff family for allowing their home to become an auction warehouse for the past many months!  Special thanks to Allyson Watson for all of her help with the Chaparral Parties and so many other aspects of the auction.  Thank you to all of the families that donated items and hosted parties and to all of the teachers and staff who donated special experiences for our kids. The family parties raised over $22,000 and teachers and staff raised almost $8,000. Finally, thank you to everyone who bid and congratulations to all of the winners!

Our West Valley Food Pantry drive was a huge success.  Thank you to Ben Abadian for organizing the food drive and being on the front line collecting the bags at drop-off every day of the week, with only a rainstorm stopping him.  As a community, you donated so many bags of food that the driver had to make two trips to get them all.  The pantry was overwhelmed by Chaparral’s generosity. Thank you to all of you who took time out of your busy lives to donate a bag of food to those less fortunate.

Coming up soon:

Our spring line-up of humanitarian events organized by our beloved Humanitarian Chair, Ben Abadian, continues with our upcoming shoes and clothes drives. Get your spring cleaning done and put aside your gently used items now!!

  • Soles4Souls Shoe Drive – April 18-25
  • Family Rescue Center Clothing Drive – April 30-May 4

Our line-up of wellness events organized by our dedicated Wellness Chair, Maria Nicolacakis, and her team kicks off with Move-A-Palooza on April 18 and ends with the popular Farmer’s Market Jamboree on April 25.

Finally, please join us at our annual Planning & Recruitment Breakfast on May 2 at 8 am in the MPR and learn about the open positions for 2018-19.  We look forward to seeing you all there!  The monthly PFC meeting will follow.

Ann Park & Jason Weilert

11th Annual Online Auction a Huge Success

11th Annual Online Auction a Huge Success

by Auction Chair, Carrie Slatoff

Wow, another year and another amazingly successful auction! We raised $94,000… all of which will go to fund specialist (Art, Music, and PE) salaries and supplies, classroom supplies, furniture and technology upgrades, instructional assistants, and campus supervisors for the remainder of this school year.  This success would not have been possible without the amazing committee of volunteers who dedicated so much of their time and energy.

  • I would like to thank my “walkers”, the people who pound the pavement with targeted local lists asking restaurants, stores, and other businesses for donations:  Michelle Freedman, Susan Ng, Roza Woods, Sherry Shirk, Dayana Kling, Erica Salisbury, Grace Fisher, Melyssa Peters, Minoo Rostami, and The Kim Burns.
  • A big THANK YOU to my “inputters”, the people who dedicate months of their time entering items into the Bidding for Good online catalogue: Allyson Watson, Jessica Nedick, Kelly Greene, Lisa Dumke, Laura Berlant, Sherry Shirk, and Shirra Hever.
  • Thank you, Lisa Opolion, for taking care of email solicitations.
  • Those amazing camp items would not be there if it weren’t for the awesomeness of Stacy Dishlip and Sherry Shirk – thank you!
  • Thank you to April Baer and Sara Traband who helped with everything digital from logo and flyer design to laying out the Acorn ad.
  • To those who have helped with fulfillment and shipping, you have my unending appreciation: CarolAnn Braun, Stacy Dishlip, Kelly Greene, Roza Woods, Ann Park, Jason Weilert, Jessica Nedick and Allyson Watson.
  • Special thank you to Allyson Watson who was not only the MOST AMAZING “party coordinator”, but also pretty much my co-chair, devoting the majority of her time since September working with me on this fundraiser. Thank you for being my “partner in crime.”  I could not have tackled this without you.
  • Special thank you also to Jessica Nedick, the ultimate master of the auction. A million thanks for taking over the marketing aspect of this auction, and assisting with all the nuances of this job.
  • I would also like to thank all the Chaparral parents who donated items from their own businesses and those who solicited items…your contributions are much appreciated.
  • I would like to thank the Chaparral teachers, specialists, and Principal Brazell for donating their time and creativity to provide Chaparral students with fun and memorable experiences.
  • Thank you so much to Donna Welti and Brenda Shearer in the Main Office for fielding all those auction letters, packages, and phone calls.
  • Finally, thank you to all of our bidders!!  Click here for information on when to pick up items.
Presidents’ Message – March 2018

Presidents’ Message – March 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already in to March and spring will soon be upon us.  Our amazing and tireless volunteers have been working hard to make sure that the last few months of school are full of meaningful, fun, and memorable events for our community.

Going on NOW:

  • Yearbook Cub Hugs – now through March 30
    • Don’t forget to purchase yearbook messages, also known as Yearbook Cub Hugs, for your favorite student, staff member, or volunteer! Go to to purchase your personal messages now!
  • Online Auction – now through March 18

Coming up soon:

This spring, we have a full line-up of humanitarian events organized by our dedicated Humanitarian Chair, Ben Abadian.  This month, help support our local pantry by donating food items; next month, get that spring cleaning done and donate your gently used shoes and clothes!

  • West Valley Pantry Food Drive – March 19-23
  • Soles4Souls Shoe Drive – April 18-25
  • Family Rescue Center Clothing Drive – April 30-May 4

We also have a full line-up of wellness events organized by our energetic Wellness Chair, Maria Nicolacakis, and her team. Mark your calendars now!!

  • Hoop It Up Assembly – April 11
  • Move-A-Palooza! – April 18
  • Farmer’s Market Jamboree – April 25

Thank you for all of your continued support. We are grateful to be part of this amazing community!

Ann Park & Jason Weilert

2018 Bookmark Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Bookmark Contest winners. We received many creative submissions, and we are very proud of all our enthusiastic Cub readers. Thank you for taking us on your reading adventures. The list of contest winners is as follows:

Journeys – Ms. Regina
Mira Greer
Tyler York

Taura Freyer – Ms. Gerber
Aarna Jhawer – Ms. Gourley

First Grade
Vivienne Kasdorf – Mrs. Lampert
Daniel Shin – Mrs. Baldwin

Second Grade
Jemma Jaffe – Ms. Fitzner
Michaela Rawlins – Ms. Fitzner

Third Grade
Emily Bamford – Mr. Larkin
Micah Wegman – Mrs. Yollis

Fourth Grade
Taylor Credle – Mrs. Argyropoulos
Siya Porwal – Ms. Stevenson

Fifth Grade
Anya Ahuja – Mrs. Costantino
Nola Ross – Mrs. Napier

Presidents’ Message – February 2018

Presidents’ Message – February 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

We were honored to attend the City of Calabasas Council meeting last month to accept grants on behalf of Chaparral. This year, the city again provided generous grants to all Calabasas LVUSD schools. At Chaparral, these funds go toward scholarships, campus improvements, special programs, student publications, and much more. We are so thankful to the Calabasas City Council for its continued support of the city’s public schools.

Your dollars at work! Thanks to your generous donations and participation in PFC fundraising events, we have been able to purchase six commercial-quality carpets for our classrooms, five standing desks in line with 21st century classroom design, and comfortable kid-friendly sofas and chairs for our Library this year. Thank you for supporting our school and helping make it a great learning environment for the children!

Here is what’s coming up next:

  • Yearbook Sales on – now through February 23
    • Buy your yearbooks now – this is the first and only time yearbooks will be on sale this year!
  • PFC Meeting – February 7
    • Special guest, Ryan Emery, AC Stelle Principal, will give fifth grade parents an overview of our local middle school
  • Online Auction – March 9-18
    • Get a sneak peek at the camps, concerts, sports tickets, travel, dining, etc. that will be up for grabs at our online auction, and get ready to BID and WIN!!
    • Get together with friends and plan a Chaparral Party! These parties are an important part of the auction’s success and such great community-builders. Click here for more information.
    • Donate items – it’s not too late to donate an item or ask a friend, family member, or local business to donate. Our auction is only as good as the items donated!
    • Contact Carrie Slatoff
  • Spring Humanitarian Events
    • West Hills Pantry Food Drive – March 19-23
    • Soles4Souls Shoe Drive – April 18-25
    • Contact Ben Abadian
  • Spring Wellness Events
    • Move-A-Palooza! – April 18
    • Farmer’s Market Jamboree – April 25
    • Contact Maria Nicolacakis

Finally, we are looking for help on our Communications Team – please see today’s Cub Corner or click here for more details.  We look forward to seeing you at our next PFC meeting this Wednesday!

With Gratitude,

Ann Park & Jason Weilert

PFC Seeking Communication Volunteers

PFC Seeking Communication Volunteers

The PFC is looking for parents with graphic design, communication and/or digital marketing experience to help support our communications efforts for next year. Important communications throughout the year include the digital Cub Corner and promotional materials for PFC events. Knowledge of graphic design using Adobe Creative Suite, digital marketing with Constant Contact, writing or editing is helpful.

Responsibilities can be divided among individuals, so if you have one or more of these skills to contribute, please contact Jason Weilert.

Presidents’ Message – January 2018

Presidents’ Message – January 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing winter break with your loved ones!  Thank you for your generous support of our December Motor4Toys Drive. We filled more than five large boxes with toys that no doubt made this holiday season shine a little brighter for many children. Thank you to our Humanitarian Chair, Ben Abadian, for all of his hard work and for once again bringing the Motor4Toys Classic Car Show to our school.  We hope you got a chance to enjoy the cars with your kids!

Coming Up Next:

  •  Variety Show – We are so fortunate and excited to have Chrissie Hand at the helm this year with the theme “We Love the ‘80s!”. Please attend the Parent Information meeting this Wednesday, January 10 at 8:15 am in the MPR.  Variety Show Registration runs January 18-26 on  Please note you must register each student individually and there will be NO extensions or exceptions to the last date to register.  Registration closes promptly at midnight on Friday, January 26.  Please contact Chrissie Hand for more information.
  • 11thAnnual Online Auction – Now seeking donations!!  Returning Auction Chair, Carrie Slatoff, and her committee have been busy collecting items for the Online Auction which runs from March 9-18.  Please consider donating an item or ask a friend or family member to donate items using this form.  The success of our Online Auction depends on the items we are able to auction off.  Please contact Carrie Slatoff for more information.
  • January Restaurant Night – Grab some friends and eat at Hook Burger on Wednesday, January 17 from 12 pm-9:30 pm. Chaparral will receive 20% of all proceeds and you and your kids get a fun night out!

As always, we invite all our parents to join us at our monthly PFC meetings.  The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 7 at 8:15 am in the MPR.  We hope to see you there!!


Ann Park & Jason Weilert

Presidents’ Message – December 2017

Presidents’ Message – December 2017

Dear Chaparral Families,

As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to acknowledge all of the hard work our parent volunteers do for the teachers, students, staff, and PFC.  Chaparral relies on your time, dedication, talent, and generosity every day and we are grateful to work with you and be part of this amazing community.  A special thank you to all of the unsung heroes:  the spouses/partners of our parent volunteers who hold down the fort at home, support our volunteering initiatives, and enable us to give our time to Chaparral… we couldn’t do it without you.

November came and went in a flash!

After Halloween, Chaparral once again participated in Operation Gratitude which sends sweets to our troops around the world. Thank you to Maria Nicolacakis, Kim Becker, and Kim Rexford for leading the charge in collecting candy donations after Halloween.  Chaparral donated over 160 pounds of candy this year!!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was one big hoedown as the MPR was transformed into a “Wild West Book Fair.” Many thanks to Lisa Opolion for chairing this beloved event once again and spending so much of her waking hours in the MPR during the minimum day week. Thank you also to the many parent volunteers who helped out and those who supported our Book Fair by buying books for their kids, teachers, and themselves!  Our new evening event to accommodate those who may not be able to shop during the day, PJs with Milk & Cookies, was fun for all.  Kids lounged around in their PJs reading books while their chaperones shopped.  The Book Fair was a huge success overall, raising more than $7,000 in Scholastic dollars and allowing the school to purchase additional Smart Boards and standing desks for the classrooms.  The PFC was also able to donate many books to teachers and staff from their wish lists – a win-win for all!!

Our popular Holiday Boutique was a resounding success.  We are so thankful to our first-time chair, Sadie Novello, who did an amazing job securing an exciting variety of vendors and transforming the MPR into a beautiful shopping wonderland. Special thanks to:

  • Jessica Epstein for once again organizing and managing all of the food and drinks to ensure that shoppers and volunteers stayed fueled throughout the day.
  • Last year’s chairs, Ghazal Hafizi and Minoo Rostami, for lending so much support and enthusiasm to this year’s boutique.
  • Deb Shapiro for another amazing Cub Wear sale and for making our spirit wear hip and fun, and the envy of all schools around us!

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who worked so hard that day to help it run smoothly.  Finally, thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and staff who shopped and supported this event!

Coming Up Next:

  • The Annual Motor4Toys Drive is going on now and will end with a special assembly and car show on Wednesday, December 13. Please donate a new, unwrapped gift valued at $10 or more in one of the many collections boxes located throughout the school.  For more information, please contact Ben Abadian, our Humanitarian Chair.
  • The next PFC meeting will be on Friday, January 5 at 8:15am in the MPR. We hope to see you there!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with love, happiness, good health, and peace.

Ann Park and Jason Weilert

Digital Directory Update

Digital Directory Update

The sponsors section of our Digital Directory is now live! Thank you to the following sponsors, who also happen to be fellow parents at Chaparral: Earth Car Wash, Luxe RV and Traci Bregman, Realtor. We appreciate your additional support!

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