Yearbook On Sale Now!

Yearbook On Sale Now!

The award-winning Chaparral Yearbook will be on sale at SchoolPay.com until Feb. 23.  The yearbook contains hundreds of photos, capturing special memories all year round, including class photos, staff photos and candids.  Students love getting their yearbooks at the end of the year and having their friends and teachers sign it. Like last year, you can choose between a soft-bound yearbook for $35 or a hardcover yearbook for $45.

Please note: This is the first time we are selling yearbooks this year -there were no pre-sales during registration or any other time. The deadline for ordering is Friday, Feb. 23, so order yours now!

Please contact Toni with any questions.

Chaparral Online Auction

Chaparral Online Auction


The 11th Annual Chaparral Online Auction Is Almost Here 

The Auction is our second largest fundraiser, and 100% of the money raised is used during this school year to pay for salaries and programs through June 2018. With your help, we raised more than $100,000 last year and we need your help to do it again. The success of our auction is directly correlated to the strength of our donations!

We need your help…

Re-Gift Those Gift Cards
Consider donating a few of those gift cards left over from the holidays. They are an easy way to donate, and they really add up!

Request A Donation
Please ask your favorite hair or nail salon, restaurant, gym, kids’ play sources and other professional service providers for a donation so they can receive the following acknowledgements:

  • Each donor has the marketing benefit of a direct link to their website through their graphic or image.
  • All participating local businesses also will be included in a full-page “Thank You” Ad in The Acorn, the PFC website and Cub Corner. Deadline to be included in this ad is March 1. 
  • Go to BiddingForGood.com/ChaparralAuction for sneak peek at a few of the items already donated!

Download the Auction Donor Form, although many businesses don’t require it. You can always ask for a donation and follow up with the form later, if necessary.

Donations can be dropped off in the PFC or Main Office, or contact Auction Chair, Carrie Slatoff

Calling all Connections
We are so fortunate to have many families connected to entertainment, sports, travel and music. Use those connections, and call in some favors! Consider donating tickets to concerts, sporting events, TV show tapings, movie premieres, vacation rentals or hotel packages and other special events.

IT’S PARTY TIME! Host A Chaparral Party

Make new friends and build a sense of community while raising money for our school. Grab a friend and plan something for kids or adults. Contact Allyson Watson for more information. Complete the Auction Donor/Party Form to submit party ideas.

Popular Party ideas include: Martini Nights – Progressive Dinner – Kids Pizza Making – BBQ & Pool Party – Cooking Class – Basketball “Camp” – End of School Party – Wine Tasting – Guy’s Night Out – Adult Game Night – 5th Grade Celebration – Journeys “Graduation” – Bouncy House Party – Arts & Crafts – Movie Night – and more. 

Let us know if we can help you find a partner to host with or brainstorm ideas!

Volunteers are still needed to help in important areas. Contact Carrie Slatoff.

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 Schoolpay.com – 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!! BiddingforGood.com/ChaparralAuction.
    • 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

Variety Show 2018

Variety Show 2018


Get out your leg warmers and find your boomboxes . . .
we are hitting rewind on the cassette player . . .

It’s the 2018 Chaparral Variety Show:
WE ♥ THE 80s!
June 9-10, 2018

Variety Show Registration is Open now on SchoolPay.com!
Click here to register!
Registration for Variety Show is in full swing! Registration will continue until January 26th  on Schoolpay.com. There will be NO extensions or exceptions to this deadline. You must register each child separately. Please note that a signed, hard copy of the Parent-Student Contract (download contract here) must be turned in to your group leaders on the first day of practice. If you missed the Parent Meeting last week and have any questions or concerns, please contact Chrissie Hand at chaparralvarietyshow@yahoo.com.

Important Dates: Click here to download the parent calendar with important 2018 Variety Show dates.

Questions? 

If you have any questions about what Variety Show is, what the important dates and times are, what the cost is, what the kids do, etc., please review our 2018 Variety Show FAQ.

One of Chaparral’s oldest traditions, the Variety Show is a chance for students in all grades to perform live in front of friends, family and our community. Children are generally grouped by grade, and parent volunteers create and teach a musical act at weekly practices, beginning in February up to the show in June. The Variety Show is a community-building and fundraising event. 

For more information, please contact Variety Show Director Chrissie Hand at ChaparralVarietyShow@yahoo.com.

PFC seeking volunteers with communications experience for 2018-2019 school year

PFC seeking volunteers with communications experience for 2018-2019 school year

The PFC is looking for parents with graphic design, communications 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 SchoolPay.com.  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!!

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,
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!

Presidents’ Message – November 2017

Presidents’ Message – November 2017

Dear Chaparral Families,

With all of the exciting events of October, we hope everyone enjoyed that extra hour of sleep today.  It is hard to believe November is already upon us.  In this month of giving thanks, we want to take a moment to thank the teachers and staff at Chaparral who work so hard to create such a positive learning experience for our children.  We also want to thank you, the families, for generously donating your time and resources to the school and for supporting the PFC’s mission to raise funds and build a strong community.  Looking back at October…

Fall Festival once again exceeded all expectations and it was made possible by the hard work and vision of our tireless leader, Meredith Sesser. We can’t thank you enough for your dedication to our school and the hours of planning and work you have put into this amazing family event for the past 4 years!  The amazing rides, delicious food choices, fun games, and creative booths gave families so much to enjoy. The auction baskets were beautiful and packed with fun, unique, and useful items, thanks to the generous donations from parents and the collection efforts (and basket assembling efforts!) by the hardworking Room Parents. Thank you to all of our families who helped with Fall Festival – by donating to the class baskets, contributing sweets for the popular Sweet Walk, running games and booths, helping set up and dismantle, sponsoring stations, and attending . . . it was a memorable day for all!

October was our very first Restaurant Month, culminating in Chaparral Day at The Commons which was a full day of dining and reading at The Commons.  A BIG thank you to Principal Brazell, Mrs. Argyropoulos, Mrs. Baldwin, Ms. Canet, Mrs. Cioffi, Mrs. Costantino, Mrs. Ekizian, Ms. Fitzner, Mrs. Gerber, Miss Gourley, Mrs. Lampert, Mrs. Levy, Mrs. Napier, Mrs. Otis, Miss Regina, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Shipow, Mrs. Tulbure, Mrs. VanDyke, Mrs. Weber, and Mrs. Yollis for participating in the reading circles at Barnes & Noble. The kids (and parents!) loved seeing you outside of school, reading beloved books with such energy and humor.  We are truly fortunate to have such caring teachers who give their time to support our school outside of the classrooms. Thank you to Laura Berlant and Desiree Terian for your hard work organizing so many exciting community-building events all month long and thank you to the many Chaparral families who came out to support Restaurant Month and Commons Day.

The month wrapped up with Red Ribbon Week: The Future is Key so Stay Healthy, led by our Wellness Chair, Maria Nicolacakis. The goal was to facilitate talk within families about ways to stay healthy in body, mind, and heart.  We hope you had a chance to read the healthy pledges that the staff and students hung up around campus.  Thank you, Maria, for leading the charge on wellness!

Coming in November:

  • The Wild West Book Fair is coming to Chaparral on November 13-17, organized by veteran chair, Lisa Opolion.  Save the date for the ever-popular “Donuts for Dads” on November 14 at 7am.  New this year, an exciting evening event: “PJ Party with Cookies & Milk” on November 15 from 5-7pm.
  • The Motor4Toys Toy Drive kicks off on November 29.  Bring in new unwrapped toys valued at $10 or more to be donated to children less fortunate.
  • Get all your holiday shopping done at Chaparral’s eagerly anticipated Holiday Boutique which takes place 7:30am to 4:00pm Thursday, November 30 in the MPR.  New chair Sadie Novello is bringing back your favorite vendors and many new ones.  Shop for clothing, jewelry, purses, food items, holiday gifts, and more. Teacher wish lists will be available.
  • The next PFC meeting will be on Wednesday, December 6 at 8:15am in the MPR.  We hope to see you there!

Please feel free to email us at chaparralpfc@gmail.com, or stop by the PFC Office during our office hours on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Sincerely,
Ann Park and Jason Weilert

Volunteers Make Fall Festival a Huge Success

Volunteers Make Fall Festival a Huge Success

by Fall Festival Chair, Meredith Sesser

This year’s Fall Festival was one of Chaparral’s biggest carnivals yet. Despite the heat, everyone had such a good time that no one wanted to leave! The rides were a big hit and so was In ‘N’ Out Burger, with the line never ending. The support of so many parent volunteers was crucial to making this event a success. A special thank you goes to the following: Carrie Slatoff and Suzy Cooper for an amazing job on our auction baskets; Noelle Mogush for securing cake donations for our cake walk; Lauren Freedman, Miranda Fitzgerald and Dee Dee Frank for their hours of commitment to the carnival; Sara Traband for all of the marketing materials for the event; Kim Becker for arranging the sponsors for the festival; Aimi Datz for making the hair and makeup salon a huge success! Thank you to the many additional volunteers who ran game booths, set up, cleaned up and helped in countless ways to make the day fun for all. Lastly, thank you to the PFC for all of your tireless hours spent selling tickets so that we could raise money for Chaparral.

Presidents’ Message – October 2017

Presidents’ Message – October 2017

Dear Chaparral Families,

Congratulations to the following classes for reaching 100% participation in the Donor Drive and winning a pizza and ice cream party:  Ms. Canet, Ms. Fitzner, Mrs. Napier, Ms. Ryan, and Ms Tulbure!  THANK YOU to all the Chaparral families who donated.  A BIG THANK YOU to our Donor Drive VPs, Amy Gray and Susan Harrison, who have tirelessly worked many hours to ensure the success and smooth execution of our biggest fundraiser of the year for the past 4 years!! If you have not donated yet, you can still go to SchoolPay.com and make your tax-deductible donation at any time, or contact Amy or Susan for more details.

September and the first week of October were full of FUN- and FUND-raising activities.  We are grateful to our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to Chaparral.

  • Thank you to our Community Fundraising VPs, Laura Berlant and Desiree Terian, for their amazing work organizing ongoing restaurant nights and coming up with creative ways of making community fundraising fun with Box Top contests and Ralph-les!
  • Thank you to Jen York and Maria Nicolacakis for organizing our International Walk to School Day last Wednesday. Each student who participated received a hat from the City of Calabasas.  Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to walk with the community and support this important international event that encourages walking (or biking) to school everyday for exercise and wellness.
  • Thank you to Beth Anson who did an amazing job organizing our beloved Movie Night! Thank you also to those who helped out at the concession stands and cashbox, and to our many sponsors. It was wonderful to see families relaxing and enjoying the movie, and kids with creative glow stick accessories dancing under a near-full moon.

October is moving just as fast as September did.  Mark your calendars for our exciting Fall Festival scheduled for Sunday, October 22 11:00am to 4:00pm. Meredith Sesser and her tireless committee are planning the biggest Fall Festival yet.  In-N-Out Burger, exciting carnival rides and games, a pumpkin patch, a fun photo booth, and our famous silent auction are just a few reasons you won’t want to miss the most anticipated family event of the year.  Pre-Sale tickets including Early Bird Specials are ON SALE NOW at SchoolPay.com. Save big by buying early!  Volunteer spots are still available – sign up at http://bit.ly/2017ChapFF.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next PFC Meeting on Wednesday, November 1 at 8:15 in the MPR.  Calabasas Councilmembers David Shapiro and Alicia Weintraub, will be our special guests.  Meanwhile, please email us at chaparralpfc@gmail.com with any questions or stop by the PFC Office during our office hours – Monday and Wednesday mornings.  We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,
Ann Park and Jason Weilert
PFC Co-Presidents
2017-2018

Presidents’ Message – September 2017

Presidents’ Message – September 2017

Dear Chaparral Families,

We hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start.  We want to begin our message this month with gratitude. Thank you to 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
  • Felice Becker, Grace Fisher, and Amanda Madnick – J/Kinder Welcome Breakfast
  • Kim Becker – Sponsorship Program
  • Laura Berlant and Desiree Terian – Community Discount Cards, Restaurant Nights planning
  • Lisa Dumke, Ghazal Hafizi, and Alex Rosas – J/K Parent Orientation Hospitality
  • Amy Gray and Susan Harrison – Donor Drive preparation
  • Susie Ming – Emergency supplies review and replenishment; Digital Directory roll-out
  • Stacie Nakamoto – Marquee updates
  • Deb Shapiro – Cub Wear inventory and sales
  • Sara Traband – August Back-to-School Cub Corner Print Edition
  • Allyson Watson – Teacher Appreciation Welcome Back Lunch

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!  Ben Abadian, Beth Anson, April Baer, Kim Becker, Laura Berlant, Sybil Berman, Richelle Blanken, Ali Brown, Joanna Cooper, Suzy Cooper, Stacy Dishlip, Lisa Dumke, Joy Ferrante, Julie Gesas, Amy Gray, Ghazal Hafizi, Chrissie Hand, Susan Harrison, Erin Mayer, Susie Ming, Jessica Nedick, Maria Nicolacakis, Lisa Opolion, Mira Rocca, Minoo Rostami, Kristy Scott, Meredith Sesser, Deb Shapiro, Kim Shubeck, Carrie Slatoff, Desiree Terian, Sara Traband, Allyson Watson, Jen York, Gloria Yoo, and anyone we inadvertently missed!  Thank you to Laura Moede and Boys & Girls Club for generously providing childcare for Registration volunteers.  We are grateful for your continued partnership.

Additional thanks to the volunteers who helped the drop-off line run so smoothly for the first week and a half of school.  We know this isn’t easy when your own kids are starting school!  Afsoon Abadian, Beth Anson (organizer), April Baer, Kim Becker, Laura Berlant, Lisa Dumke (organizer), Toni Edwards, Joy Ferrante, Amy Gray, Ghazal Hafizi, Susan Harrison, Jessica Larson, Susie Ming, Jessica Nedick, Debbie Rudnick, Kristy Scott, Meredith Sesser, Carrie Slatoff, Allyson Watson, Gloria Yoo, and Jen York.

Last but not least, a huge thank you to Donna Welti in the Main Office for supporting our numerous requests for data. Another huge thank you goes to Jim McHorney for tirelessly transforming the MPR and other parts of the campus to support our events and programs.  We couldn’t do it without you.

A few important announcements:

  • We are excited to announce the rollout of our new online directory. Please make sure you download the DirectorySpot app on your 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! Every class that reaches this milestone by September 22 gets a free pizza and ice cream party.  Last year, six classes got to enjoy a party!  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 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 past week. Let’s keep up the momentum!  Please mark your calendars for the next exciting PFC Meeting 8:15am Wednesday, October 4 in the MPR.
  • Save the date for our Movie Night Friday, October 6. 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 our Movie Night Coordinator, 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 Wednesday mornings.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Ann Park and Jason Weilert
PFC Co-Presidents
2017-2018

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