PFC Meeting Reminder – Oct 3

PFC Meeting Reminder – Oct 3

With David Shapiro & Alicia Weintraub
Mark your calendars for our next PFC meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8:15 a.m., in the MPR. We will be joined by City Council Members David Shapiro and Alicia Weintraub who will update us on current events and will be available for questions. This a great opportunity to find out about what’s going on locally and ask any city related questions you may have. See you there!

Sign up for The GreenTeam

Sign up for The GreenTeam

The GreenTeam will begin in October. If you are interested in being a rep for your room please follow your teacher’s guidelines on how to be chosen. The GreenTeam will remain open to all students who are interested in coming to our meetings. Looking forward to a productive year saving the earth! For more information, email Ms. Cioffi.

Movie Night is Friday, Sept. 28

Movie Night is Friday, Sept. 28

Hop on over to Movie Night THIS Friday, Sept. 28, the from 6 to 9 p.m. Purchase some popcorn, pizza, candy and water and watch “Peter Rabbit” with the family. Glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets will light up the sky at Chaparral! Bring blankets, chairs, and picnic with the family at this FREE school event. Every child MUST be accompanied by an adult. This is NOT a DROP-OFF event. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Anson.

Save the Date for October Restaurant Fundraisers

Save the Date for October Restaurant Fundraisers

Oct. 10: California Pizza Kitchen
October is National Pizza Month! It is your civic duty to honor the hardworking pizza chefs who have dedicated their lives to this perfect meal and we’ve made it easy for you because Chaparral’s next restaurant fundraiser is at CPK Topanga on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Join us in celebration all day long. In Pizza We Crust!

Oct. 17: Cricca’s Deli & Subs and Cup & Cone Ice Cream (next door to each other!)

Oct. 24: Commons Night (including Barnes & Noble Bookfair)

Promote Your Business Through Sponsorship

Promote Your Business Through Sponsorship

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

Opportunities include:
– Fall Festival (In-N-Out Burger truck, Pumpkin Patch and Pizza booth)
– Digital Cub Corner sponsor boxes
– Digital School Directory and much more!

Support our school while creating awareness of your business! It’s a win-win for everyone!

Fall Box Tops Popsicle Class Contest

Fall Box Tops Popsicle Class Contest

We’re off to a great start! The first Box Tops Contest will end Friday, Oct. 26. As of the first turn in Sept. 5, the following classes are in the lead:
Baldwin, 113
Cioffi, 106
Ross, 89

The winning class will earn a class popsicle party! Keep collecting those Box Tops and turn them in by Friday, Oct. 26! Be sure to write your child’s name and teacher name to enter the contest!

Each Box Tops is worth 10 cents and it really adds up fast. Last year you helped us raise close to $900! All of the Box Tops collected will be added to an ongoing tally for each class AND family throughout the school year! There may or may not be an additional prize in store for whomever submits the most Box Tops at the end of the year!

Presidents’ Message – September 2018

Presidents’ Message – September 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

We hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start.  We want to begin our message this month by thanking the following Committee Chairs/Coordinators/Exec Board Members who worked over the summer and into the first few weeks of school to ensure that our events, programs, and communication kicked off flawlessly in the new school year:

  • Beth Anson and Lisa Dumke – Room Parents Program
  • April Baer – PFC Website updates
  • Julie Berkus and Lindsay Vaisman– J/Kinder Welcome Breakfast and other J/Kinder summer events
  • Kim Becker – Sponsorship Program
  • Laura Berlant and Emily Stearn – Community Discount Cards, Restaurant nights planning
  • Amy Gray and Susan Harrison – Donor Drive preparation
  • Susie Ming – Emergency supplies review and replenishment; Digital Directory roll-out
  • Deb Shapiro – Cub Wear inventory and sales
  • Elizabeth Smith – August Back-to-School Cub Corner Print Edition
  • Jenna Wood and Alana Schwartz – Teacher Appreciation Welcome Back Lunch

And, a special thanks to the many volunteers who sacrificed several hours on the last day of summer break to help Registration for grades 1-5 run so smoothly.  We are truly grateful!  Amanda Madnick, Amy Gray, April Baer, Ben Abadian, Deb Shapiro, Desiree Terian, Emily Stearn, Erica Salisbury, Gloria Yoo, Grace Fischer, Jessica Nedick, Julie Berkus, Kim Becker, Kristy Scott, Laura Berlant, Lindsay Vaisman, Lisa Dumke, Lisa Opolion, Meredith Sesser, Mira Rocca, Richelle Blanken, Sadie Novello, Suzy Cooper, Sybil Berman, Allyson Watson, Beth Anson, Erin Mayer, Ghazal Hafizi, Joanna Cooper, Julie Gesas, Kate Haney, Minoo Rostami, Miranda Fitzgerald, Susan Harrison, Susie Ming, Toni Edwards, Ann Park, Chrissie Hand and anyone we inadvertently missed!  

Last but not least, a big thank you to Donna Welti in the Main Office for supporting our numerous requests for data and Jim McHorney for repeatedly transforming the MPR and other areas of campus to support our events and programs.  We couldn’t do it without you. Please stop by the main office to meet the newest member of the team, Sharon Anderson, we are lucky to have her back at Chaparral!

A few important announcements:

  • We are excited to announce the roll-out of our online directory.  Please make sure you download the DirectorySpot app on your computer and/or phone so you can take advantage of this easy-to-use directory.  Special thanks to Susie Ming, Directory Coordinator, for implementing the directory so smoothly.
  • Donor Drive is ON and the competition to get to 100% participation is heating up!  Any class that reaches this milestone by September 30 gets a free pizza and ice cream party.  Last year, we had 85% participation – let’s make it 100% this year! Please go to SchoolPay.com and make your donation now.  For more information, click here.  Thank you to Amy Gray and Susan Harrison, Co-VPs Donor Drive, for all of their hard work executing this crucial drive.
  • Please make sure to donate $10 (per family) to our Disaster Preparedness Fund on SchoolPay.com so we can ensure we have sufficient supplies on campus in case of an emergency.
  • We had an amazing turnout for our first PFC Meeting and Coffee with the Principal this week.  Let’s keep up the momentum! Please mark your calendars for the next PFC Meeting on Wednesday, October 3 at 8:15 am in the MPR.
  • Save the date for our annual Movie Night which is on Friday, September 28.  This fun PFC-sponsored event takes place on the Upper Yard with a huge inflatable screen, food, candy, glow accessories, popcorn, and more!  Don’t forget your low chairs and blankets. For more information, please contact Beth Anson

Please feel free to email us at chaparralpfc@gmail.com with any questions or stop by the PFC Office during our office hours – every Monday and Thursday mornings!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Warmly,
Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

Ralphs Rewards Card Program & Raffle

Ralphs Rewards Card Program & Raffle

If you shop at Ralphs, then please link your Ralphs Rewards Club Card to Chaparral PFC. Ralphs will donate a certain percentage of your total purchases back to Chaparral when you use the Rewards Club Card that is linked to our school. That’s free money for our school at no cost to you! Chaparral can make thousands of dollars every year from this! Information about how to register or renew is listed here.

* If you linked your card to our school last year in September 2017, then your enrollment has rolled over and you do not have to re-register again this year! You can always log in to your account to ensure you are still linked to Chaparral.

RAFFLE DETAILS: Send us a screen shot or a confirmation/update email from Ralphs showing us that you’ve successfully linked your card to Chaparral PFC, and you’ll be entered into a raffle! The raffle winner for the month of September will be announced in the October 7 Cub Corner. Don’t forget to get family, neighbors, and friends involved! Email chaparralcommunity@gmail.com with your raffle submission.
COMMUNITY DISCOUNT CARDS

COMMUNITY DISCOUNT CARDS

Now is your chance to purchase the ever-popular Community Discount Card and save money through August 2019!  Each card costs $10 and Chaparral receives $5 for every card sold! Receive continuous discounts on places like Fresh Brothers, Baja Fresh, Golden Spoon, Jersey Mike’s, The Six, and many more!  

Community Discounts Cards purchased on SchoolPay will be available for pick up in the PFC office next week. For more information, contact Laura Berlant or Emily Stearn at chaparralcommunity@gmail.com 

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 ChaparralPFC.org 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!!

Warmly,
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.

Warmly,
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.
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