Presidents’ Message – January 2019

Presidents’ Message – January 2019

Dear Chaparral Families,

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing winter break with your loved ones!  Thank you all for your generous support of our December Motor4Toys Drive. We filled five large boxes with toys that 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 Billy Cooper and Meredith Sesser back at the helm this year with the theme “British Invasion“. Variety Show Registration runs January 9-20 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 Sunday, January 20.  Please contact Billy & Meredith for more information.

  • 12thAnnual Online Auction – Now seeking donations!!  Auction Chair, Allyson Watson, and her committee have been busy collecting items for the Online Auction which runs from March 8-17.  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 Allyson Watson for more information.
  • January Restaurant Nights – Grab some friends and eat at Rosti Tuscan Kitchen between January 14-18. Chaparral will receive 10% of all proceeds, please take part in this fun way to support Chaparral!

As always, we invite all our parents to join us at our monthly PFC meetings.  The next meeting is on Wednesday, January 9 at 8:15 am in the MPR.  We hope to see you there!!

Sincerely,
Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

Keep the Box Tops Coming!

Keep the Box Tops Coming!

Please turn in all of your non-expired Box Tops to your classroom and be sure to write down your child’s name and teacher. All of the Box Tops collected will be added to an ongoing tally for each class AND family throughout the school year! Who will be the BIG winner?!

Presidents’ Message – December 2018

Presidents’ Message – December 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

As 2018 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 blur!

After Halloween, Chaparral once again participated in Operation Gratitude which sends sweets to our troops around the world. Thank you to Maria Nicolacakis, Erica Salisbury, Jennifer York and Emily Clinton for leading the charge in collecting candy donations after Halloween. Chaparral donated over 270 pounds of candy this year!!

Unfortunately, one of our favorite events, Book Fair, will have to wait another year as school was closed during the event week due to the local fires. Thank you to our Book Fair Chair, Jennifer York, and all the volunteers who spent countless hours setting up the event all day Thursday, little did we know what was in store for the next week. Then the first day back from Thanksgiving break those amazing parent volunteers were back in the MPR ready to help pack up all the books to send back to make way for the Holiday Boutique.

Our popular Holiday Boutique was a resounding success despite Mother Nature’s best effort to spoil the day. We are so thankful to our 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.
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, staff, and Alumni Parents who shopped and supported this event!

Coming Up Next:
• The Annual Motor4Toys Drive is starting December 10th and will end with a special assembly and car show on Wednesday, December 19. 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 Wednesday, December 5 at 8:15am in the MPR. We hope to see you there!

Lastly, I think it is important to thank all the First Responders and City Officials who worked round the clock day after day to make sure we were all safe. They truly are the heroes who make major sacrifices to their own lives to make sure our community was safe.

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

Sincerely,
Jason Weilert and Carrie Slatoff

PFC Online Auction: Now Accepting Items!

PFC Online Auction: Now Accepting Items!

The 12th Annual PFC Online Auction is just over two months away, March 8-17, 2019! We need help from our generous Chaparral community to secure amazing donations. The success of our auction is directly correlated to the strength of our donations!

How can you help?

Got Gift Cards?
The holidays are over, did you get gift cards to a restaurant or store that you won’t use? Consider donating a few of those gift cards to the auction. They are an easy way to donate, and 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. In return for their generous donation they will receive the following acknowledgements:

  1. Each donor has the marketing benefit of a direct link to their website through their graphic or image via our online auction site Bidding for Good.
  2. 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.

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.

Host a party
The holidays may be over, but the parties are just getting started! Grab some friends and start thinking about hosting a party. Hosted parties are a fun way to raise money for Chaparral. Parties can be for kids or adults and as simple or elaborate as you like. Popular themes include: game truck, swimming, popsicles in the park, sports, baking, bowling, moms night out, dads night out, and parent theme parties. E-mail your party details (theme, date, time, hosts & description) to chapauction@gmail.com by March 4.

Donations can be dropped off in the PFC or Main Office, or contact Auction Chair, Allyson Watson at chapauction@gmail.com

How can you help? – LV Fire Relief

How can you help? – LV Fire Relief

If you are looking for a way to help families who were impacted by the Woolsey Fire please go to www.LVFireRelief.org to help with monetary donations. 100% of all donations received will go directly to the affected families. LVFR was started by parents in our district who teamed up with the YMCA to help make an instant 501(c)3! Therefore, all donations are tax-deductible and families will not be taxed on the contributions they receive. The school district is also in support of LVFR. At this time the donation center is currently in need of luggage and medium or large storage bins with lids. Due to the overwhelming response, they can no longer accept clothing and gift cards. Even if you cannot help financially, you can help by telling all your friends and families from out of the area that www.LVFireRelief.org is the best place to donate at.

Presidents’ Message – November 2018

Presidents’ Message – November 2018

Dear Chaparral Families,

As we turn the calendar to November 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 our Chaparral families for generously donating their 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 is always a fantastic community building event and this year did not disappoint. It was all made possible by the hard work and vision of our Fall Festival Chairs, Miranda Fitzgerald and Desiree Terian. We can’t thank you two enough for your dedication to our school and the hours of planning and work you put into this amazing family event!  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. The auction baskets were organized by Suzy Cooper and Karen Spearrin this year and they both did a fantastic job raising over $7,500 for the PFC.  THANK YOU!! 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 booths, helping set up and dismantle, sponsoring stations, and attending.  All your combined efforts made this into a memorable day for everyone!

October was full of fun Restaurant Nights, culminating in Chaparral Day at The Commons which was a full day of dining and reading at The Commons.  A BIG thank you to Mrs. Cioffi, Mrs. Mulholland, Mrs. Napier, Principal Brazell, Ms. Gerber, Miss Gourley, Miss Regina, Miss Ryan, Mrs. VanDyke, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Shipow, Mrs. Lampert, Mrs. Otis, Mrs. Ekizian, Mrs. Weber, Mrs. Seidman, Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Thibodeau for participating in reading to the kids 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 Emily Stearn for your hard work organizing so many exciting community-building and fundraising events all month long; and thank you to the many Chaparral families who came out to support our Restaurant Nights and Commons Day.  Be sure to include the #chaparralcubs when you post pictures.  So fun to see all the families out supporting our school.

Our Wellness team had a busy month with Walk to School Day and Red Ribbon Week.  Thank you Jennifer York for coordinating a fun morning for kids and parents to walk to school.  Walking to school is a great way to spend a few extra minutes with your kids, get some exercise and ease the burden on the Drop Off Lane.  Please try to look for other days to walk to school with your kids.  Red Ribbon Week was a success thanks to Mairead MacMullan!!  This year’s theme was LIFE IS YOUR JOURNEY, TRAVEL HEALTHY.  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 to our Wellness Chair, Maria Nicolacakis, for leading the charge towards healthy choices!

Coming in November:

  • The Enchanted Forest Book Fair, organized by Jennifer York, is coming to the Chaparral MPR November 9-16. Save the date for the ever-popular “Draggn’ Dads to Donuts on November 9th at 7am.
  • Get all your holiday shopping done at Chaparral’s eagerly anticipated Holiday Boutique which takes place 7:30am to 4:00pm on Thursday, November 29 in the MPR. Boutique 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.
  • Look for Restaurant nights at Rosti and Fresh Brothers!

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

Sincerely,
Jason Weilert and Carrie Slatoff

Presidents’ Message – October 2018

Presidents’ Message – October 2018

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. Gourley and Mr. Ross!  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 5 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 was 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 Emily Stearn, 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!  Our first ever Pancake Breakfast was huge success with almost 100 tickets sold.  Please continue to support the school during future restaurant nights.
  • 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 sponsors. It was wonderful to see families relaxing and enjoying the movie, and kids with creative glow stick accessories dancing the night away.

October is moving just as fast as September did.  Mark your calendars for our exciting Fall Festival scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Desiree Terian and Miranda Fitzgerald are working hard planning a fun day.  In-N-Out Burger, exciting carnival rides and games, a pumpkin patch and our famous silent auction are just a few of the reasons you won’t want to miss the, most anticipated family event of the year.  Look for Pre-Sale tickets including Early Bird Specials ON SALE NOW at SchoolPay.com. Save big by buying early.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next PFC Meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:15 in the MPR.  Please email us at chaparralpfc@gmail.com with any questions or stop by the PFC Office during our office hours – Monday and Thursday mornings.

Warmly,
Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

Donor Drive Update!

Donor Drive Update!

Together, we have raised more than $197,000 for Chaparral! Thank you to all of our families who donated, and congratulations to the classes with 100% participation – Ms. Gourley & Mr. Ross – for a tremendous accomplishment!! Our overall school participation was 86%.  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 5 years!!

Learn more about Donor Drive, levels and benefits, and how it supports Chaparral.

Free or Reduced Lunch Program Available

Just a reminder that the Free or Reduced Lunch Program is available to all families. This is completely confidential and is now online for enhanced privacy and security. Filling out the application online will not only provide nutrition services to your student(s), but it will help the District comply with new regulations from the state. Families, please apply here. Please contact Waleska Cannon, director of Child Nutrition, with questions.

Click here for more information and application

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.

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!

Chaparral Digital Directory

Chaparral Digital Directory

The PFC is excited to announce that our free, private, password-protected digital directory through DirectorySpot is NOW LIVE!

Please look for an email with subject line, Chaparral Elementary School – DirectorySpot Account, and claim your account. Please note your link expires in 7 days. DirectorySpot will always contain the latest information, updated by you. You can access the Chaparral Directory through the DirectorySpot website (directoryspot.net), and you can download the DirectorySpot app for your smartphone from iTunes and  Google Play! You will be able to call, text or Email other Chaparral families with just one click. You can also access classroom lists and the current Chaparral PFC calendar. We hope you will love the new digital directory! Please Email Chaparral PFC with any questions.

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