Variety Show 2020 – Update

Variety Show 2020 – Update

It is with much sadness that due to our current situation, it is necessary to cancel the 2020 Variety Show. We are heartbroken over this, as we’re sure all of the families and students are as well, but we know these are unprecedented times.

Since school sites will be closed for the remainder of the school year, the PFC will be issuing refunds for the FULL amount that was paid through SchoolPay. The money will be refunded to the credit card you used in approximately 3-5 business days. For those people who paid by check, a refund check will be mailed directly to you by the end of April.

Please take a moment to thank your leaders for their dedication and creativity in teaching your kids. Even in this short period of time, we could see it was shaping up to be a great show. Please know we are thinking of all of you. Please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

If you have any questions please email us:

Lost And Found

Lost And Found

Check out how much lost and found items were donated to charity after a recent lost and found bin clean-out!!!

A huge thank you to Aneta Prince (and crew) for sorting through it all and making sure that the right items went to the correct charity.

Make A Difference with the PFC – We Need You!

We love all of our volunteers at Chaparral. We have an army of parents that volunteer in class, library and art, but are in need of volunteers to help turn the wheels of the big PFC machine and help Chaparral on a grander level.

The Chaparral PFC is especially in need of volunteers from some of our younger grades! As families with older children graduate out, volunteer positions and committees must be replenished by new parents. If you are a parent with TK/K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade kids please reach out to and ask how you can help. Our school can only be as strong and vibrant as our parent community.

Every upcoming event or fundraiser needs additional help:
Online Auction, The Family Hoedown, Family Sports Day, Farmer’s Market

There are several positions within the PFC that we will need to fill next year and are asking for new parents to start to “shadow” the current chairperson for: Yearbook Coordinator / VP Communications (Website) / VP Online Auction / Assembly Coordinator / Co-President / Boutique Coordinator. Please email if you are interested in learning more about the following positions or please let us know if you know anyone who would be perfect for these jobs!

Please get involved!

Watch this video to see all the amazing things that Chaparral PFC does to enhance our school and make it an amazing place for our children.

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 2019-2020 school year, please contact Sponsorship Chair Jennifer York for more information.

Opportunities include:

  • Fall Festival (Pumpkin Patch and Pizza booth)
  • Digital Cub Corner (Sponsor Boxes)
  • Farmers Market Jamboree (Typewriter Sponsorship)
  • Digital School Directory and much more!

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

Presidents’ Message – Sept 2019

Presidents’ Message – Sept 2019

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, in no particular order, the following Executive Board Members, Committee Chairs and Coordinators 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:

  • Tamar Yudell, Graphic Arts Coordinator: Your creativity, attention to detail, and patience is unparalleled. You worked overtime to put together and publish our shiny Back to School Cub Corner Resource Guide. Thank you so very much, you have our utmost gratitude.
  • April Baer, VP Communications (website): A million thanks for always being available to manage the PFC website with the most up to date information, creating links to documents, converting documents, and so much more. You are “on it” 24/7 for us and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
  • Julie Berkus and Lindsay Vaisman, VPs Donor Drive: Your enthusiasm for, and your dedication to Chaparral PFC’s biggest fundraiser is much appreciated. Thank you both for your new and innovative ideas for Donor Drive.  Speaking of new ideas, have you all seen the new Chaparral Giving Tree? Thank you, ladies, for dreaming it up and thank you Giovanni Ortega from IncaPrint for making it a reality.
  • Lisa Dumke and Kim Becker, VPs Room Parents: The time (hours upon hours upon hours) and effort you both put into combing through Room Parent applications, updating documents, and training all of the room parents is astonishing. Thank you so very much.
  • Jen York, VP Sponsorship: Thank you so much for working tirelessly over the summer (and from Boston, no less) to secure sponsors for banners, the printed Cub Corner Back to School Resource Guide, and the PFC’s many other sponsorship opportunities.
  • Suzy Cooper, Karen Spearrin, Melyssa Peters and Aria Starus, TK/Kinder Coordinators: By planning TK/K get-to-know-you playdates over the summer, TK/K Mom’s Nights Out and the TK/K Welcome Event you ladies have done a wonderful job in ensuring that Chaparral’s TK and K families feel welcome to our wonderful CUBS Community. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and your time.
  • Melyssa Peters, VP Communications (Cub Corner): Thank you for the countless hours you are spending every week to ensure that the weekly Cub Corner eblast has the most relevant and up-to-date information.
  • Laura Berlant and Emily Stearn, VPs Community Outreach: We are so appreciative for all you did to set up the Community Discount Card program. And, we are continually thankful for all the ways you find to help raise money for the Chaparral PFC: restaurant nights, Box Tops, Ameci Tops, Ralphs, and more.
  • Laura Berlant, Social Media Chair: You are a phenom on the social media front; always creating engaging and fun posts for our followers to keep them informed about pertinent news and events. Thank you!
  • Susie Ming, Disaster Preparedness Supplies Coordinator & Directory Coordinator: Thank you for all the time you spent auditing the emergency supplies and replenishing what was needed. Thank you also, for managing the roll out of the DirectorySpot digital directory (available now!).
  • Alana Schwartz and Jenna Wood, Staff Appreciation Coordinators: Thank you for planning and executing the fabulous Teacher and Staff Welcome Back Lunch. Everyone was appreciative for the yummy food and drink.
  • Kate Haney, Treasurer: Thank you for coming in over the summer to cut some checks for invoices that needed to be paid. We are so appreciative.
  • Deb Shapiro, Cub Wear Coordinator: Thank you for spending time to create new designs for Cub Wear as well as managing inventory and sales.
  • Jason Weilert, Parliamentarian: Thank you for always being available to answer questions, explain things, and give advice. You are much appreciated!

Last but not least, a big thank you to Donna Welti in the Main Office for supporting our numerous requests for data and documents, and your proof-reading skills; Principal Brazell for being available for collaboration, providing feedback, and answering questions; 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 all.

To those of you who attended our first PFC Meeting of the year, THANK YOU! We had a record turn out and it was so wonderful to see so many new faces, as well as lots of familiar faces.  We hope you will all join us for our next PFC Meeting and Coffee with the Principal at 8:15am on Wednesday, October 2 in the MPR.

For any PFC questions/comment/concerns, or just to say “hi”, please stop by the PFC Office (office hours are every Monday and Wednesday from 8-9:30am). You can also email us at .

We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

Carrie Slatoff and Grace Fisher
Co-Presidents, Chaparral PFC

DirectorySpot is NOW LIVE!

DirectorySpot is NOW LIVE!

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

New families, 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. Returning families, just log in as you always have.

DirectorySpot will always contain the latest information, updated by you. You can access the Chaparral Directory through the DirectorySpot website (, 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 find the digital directory useful! Please Email Chaparral PFC with any questions.


BOX TOPS / AMECI PIZZA COLLECTION – Help us earn easy money for Chaparral!

Box Tops

  • BUY – Choose from hundreds of brand-name products in grocery, discount and club stores. See a complete list of participating products here:
  • CLIP or SCAN – Download the new Box Tops mobile app and scan your receipts, OR clip Box Tops from each package and send them to school.
  • EARN – Chaparral will receive 10¢ for every Box Top!
  • WIN! Turn in box tops labeled with your child’s name & teacher to enter class contest. 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?! 

Clip the Old, Scan the New
Get the Box Tops App! No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone! Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then scan your store receipts to find participating products. Download the app here!


Every one of Ameci’s pizza boxes is stamped with a green “Ameci Cares About Our Schools” stamp. Each stamp is worth 50¢! CLIP and SAVE these stamps from your Ameci pizza boxe(es) and turn them in to the PFC office or your classroom.

Coke Give

Coke Give

In addition to Box Tops and Ameci, Coke also offers a school rewards program! To donate, visit:, select Chaparral Elementary and scan or enter product codes from participating Coca-Cola products ( Technology not your thing? Turn in your product codes with your Ameci tops and Box Tops and we’ll scan them for you! Be on the lookout for submission boxes in each classroom. Need help locating your product codes? Just ask!

Morning Traffic Reminders

Morning Traffic Reminders

Our morning Drop-off Line is available from 7:30am to 8:00am daily for students in grades 1-5 ONLY. (No TK/K student should be dropped off, even with a sibling). Parent volunteers open the car doors and help students with backpacks as necessary. Please follow these rules to keep everyone safe, keep the line moving and get your students to school on time:

  • Pull all the way forward to the next available volunteer – watch for their cues.
  • If all volunteers are busy opening doors, please wait for their signal to pull forward.
  • Do not let your child out without a volunteer or you will create a traffic jam.
  • Do not drop off anyone on the driver side and do not plan to remove anything from the trunk.
  • Do NOT jaywalk, especially near the drop-off line. This creates a safety hazard for pedestrians and drivers, and disrupts the flow of traffic.
  • Please do not enter the parking lot for any reason. Students may NOT be dropped off in the parking lot.
  • Please be courteous to our neighbors. Do not block their driveways or move their trash cans for any reason!
Presidents’ Message – Back To School 2019

Presidents’ Message – Back To School 2019

Dear Chaparral Families,

On behalf of the Parent Faculty Club (PFC) at Chaparral, we would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. We hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for a fun and enriching year!

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Chaparral’s PFC works side-by-side with the school to achieve a shared goal: to make Chaparral the best school it can be. Our aim this year is to continue to foster Chaparral’s strong community while raising funds (more than $325,000!) to provide Chaparral with the additional resources it needs to offer the best educational experience for our kids. Our school’s needs exceed the state’s funding, so we need your help to close that gap.

We know we can’t do it on our own. It truly takes a village! We invite you to get involved and be part of our village. There are many ways to learn more about what we do and how you can help: read the weekly Cub Corner email; browse our website at; attend PFC meetings (8:15 am on the first Wednesday of each month); talk to members of the Executive Board; email us at; or stop by the PFC Office. We would love to learn about your talents, interests, experience and availability.

Please attend the first PFC meeting of the year in the MPR (Multipurpose Room) on Wednesday, September 4 at 8:15am, followed by Coffee with The Principal. PFC meetings are a great opportunity to learn about upcoming events, meet other parents, introduce ideas, ask questions, and hear Principal Brazell’s updates. Every parent is welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there! Please just stop in the Main Office first to sign in.

We will hold PFC Office Hours on Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 am (unless there is a PFC meeting, in which case Office Hours will immediately follow the meeting). You can also email us to set up an appointment. The PFC Office is located on the middle level across from the Main Office, just past the “Kinder-Garden.” Please stop by to say hello!

Someone once said, “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” We feel this way about all of our amazing volunteers and can’t wait to meet you! We look forward to a rewarding year of community-building, fundraising, family, and fun!

Carrie Slatoff and Grace Fisher PFC Co-Presidents 2019-2020

Ralphs Rewards Card Program & Raffle

Ralphs Rewards Card Program & Raffle

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! Last year 114 households linked their Ralphs card to Chaparral PFC and helped raise over $4,000! Information about how to register and link your card is listed here.

* If you linked your card to our school last year in September 2018, 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.

Presidents’ Message – June 2019

Presidents’ Message – June 2019

Dear Chaparral Families,

As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank all of our hard-working volunteers, families, and staff who have helped make this another successful year of fundraising and community-building at Chaparral. We are grateful to each and every one of our volunteers for putting in countless hours of work toward the betterment of our children’s school. We have greatly enjoyed working with you and getting to know you. We are grateful to all of the families who came to our events and contributed their time and resources to supporting our school and community. Last but not least, we are grateful to the amazing teachers and staff at Chaparral who go above and beyond everyday to ensure that our children learn academic and life skills in a positive and nurturing environment. You make Chaparral truly great!

Special thanks to our hardworking and dedicated Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and Coordinators who elevated everything they did to new heights.

In addition to our incredible parent volunteers, we would like to thank Principal Stephanie Brazell for her tireless work on behalf of our school, Donna Welti and Sharon Andersen in the Main Office for their kindness and support throughout the year, Caroline Joukjian and Maryann Dicomo for their patience and smiles everyday in the parking lot, and Jim McHorney for his tireless help all year long – we could not do any of our work without you.

Finally, we would like to thank Stephanie Shipow, Julie Katz & Kathy Levinson for their years of teaching our children at Chaparral. We will miss you but can’t wait to hear about the next exciting chapters of your lives!

Thank you all for helping make Chaparral Elementary the best it can be! Happy summer to all!!

With much gratitude,

Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

P.S. From the outgoing president: A heartfelt thank you to my Co-President, Carrie Slatoff, for being so supportive all year. Chaparral is fortunate to have you and Grace Fisher as Co-Presidents next year – I can’t wait to see the amazing work you guys do!

Applications Accepted for Lunch Program

Are you aware that your family may qualify for the National School Lunch Program? USDA requires all families interested in participating in the meal program to file an application with the Department of Child Nutrition.

Factors considered in the application process are the household size and total household income. The total household income is the income each household member received in the prior month before taxes. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits such as Title I funds.

It is important that your student receives the benefits they are entitled to. You may not even realize your child may be eligible. Please note that this application and status are completely confidential. Applications must be resubmitted annually. This year the process has been made easier through an online link:

Presidents’ Message – May 2019

Presidents’ Message – May 2019

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.

  • Our participation in the Family Rescue Center Clothing + Shoe Drive was 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 destination.
  • 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!
  • Last but not least… the Farmers Market Jamboree was another huge hit!  Students, parents, City Council members, District Office, School Board members, and many other community members attended the event.  Attendees purchased organic produce and products, did crafts, sang, planted seeds, wrote poetry, relaxed with miniature ponies and learned about wellness while listening to the soothing sounds of our very own “Mama Bears” band.  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 8!  This Wednesday is also Flower Day, so don’t forget to bring stems for your class bouquet.
  • We hope you can all join us at our popular Ice Cream Social. We will be selling pizza at a nominal cost of $1 per slice!  We will also have Sports coaches facilitating fun games for the kids and Art Camp will be 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.  We look forward to seeing you on May 15 (J/K-2) and May 16 (Grades 3-5) on the Upper Yard. (5:30-7:30pm)
  • The Teachers and Staff cordially invite all parent volunteers to the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, May 15 in the MPR, 7:45am-8:30am.  This is such a special event – don’t miss it!
  • Open House is Wednesday, May 29 and the food trucks will be back!  Come early and enjoy dinner and dessert.  We have lined up Hang 10 Tacos & Fries (it’s the same truck), Smiley’s Hot Dogs, The Middle Feast and Uncle Chris’ Italian Ice.
  • The final PFC Meeting of this school year will take place on Wednesday, June 5. We hope you can join us as we install our new 2019-20 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
  • Amanda Kramer, Recording Secretary, who documents all of our meetings
  • Kate Haney, Treasurer, who oversees PFC financials
  • Elizbeth Smith, Co-VP Communications, who publishes our weekly Cub Corner
  • Ghazal Hafizi, 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!!


Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

Show your appreciation with Staff Cub Kudos

Show your appreciation with Staff Cub Kudos

Our school parent Vision Committee has developed a Staff Cub Kudos. This is an easy way to give affirmations to Chaparral staff and to let them know how much they are appreciated. Staff Cub Kudos forms can be found in the office and in teachers classrooms. Encourage your child to write notes to express their appreciation.

Principal’s Message – December 2018

Principal’s Message – December 2018

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that the winter holidays are almost here. These past two months, we have been mindful at Chaparral to foster generosity and gratitude in our students. I want to thank my amazing teaching team, parents, students and community members. Without all of you, Chaparral Elementary would not be possible. So in a time to be grateful, I am so appreciative for all you do to support our school. I feel truly blessed to work with so many generous people who are dedicated to serving the students and families of our school.  I am extremely grateful for our hard working PFC volunteers who worked to provide the Holiday Boutique, our upcoming Holiday celebrations, and our Toy Drive for less fortunate children in our community.

Last month’s tragedies and disasters were incredibly difficult for all of us.  I am so proud to be part of a community who models to their students what a caring and kind community looks and acts like.  During this time, I witnessed many families reaching out and doing whatever they could in support of our families and the needs of our community.

We also had to be patient and understanding when we had to cancel or postpone activities and events. I want to extend a large thank you to our Book Fair Committee who set-up and then had to take down the Book Fair without it ever taking place due to the fires. This week is parent-teacher conference week. Chaparral’s teachers are looking forward to connecting with parents to have productive conversations regarding your children’s progress on their education this year and to give suggestions on ways to partner with your teacher at home in support of your student.  Building strong educational partnerships and working together to support all students at Chaparral is why we are “C.U.B.S.”  We are a strong Community, Unified and Building Success for all students.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, Character Traits or Student Dispositions are an important part of the education of our students at Chaparral. The traits of generosity and gratitude can be further reinforced during the holidays. If you do not already do so, create a holiday tradition where your family gives of themselves to a neighbor or a needy cause. Model living “The Golden Rule.” It can be as simple as sweeping your neighbor’s sidewalk, walking a bit further to school to alleviate traffic congestion, working as a family to reduce, reuse and recycle, writing a note or card to a friend, or making sure you smile and say hello to those you pass on the street. Pay something forward this holiday season and continue to model to our students that we are a community where everyone matters and is cared for.

Enjoy your traditions and time with family and friends.  Hopefully, you will have some relaxing times to read together and share conversations with those you love. Have a safe and healthy holiday season and winter break. I look forward to 2019 and all the blessings the New Year will bring to our Chaparral family.

With Warmest Regards,
Stephanie Brazell