Presidents’ Message – April 2019

Presidents’ Message – April 2019

Dear Chaparral Families,

Is Winter over yet? It’s April, and spring has finally sprung. We are sure that everyone is looking forward to sunshine and our famous 70 degree temps returning every day.

Our 12th annual Online Auction was a huge success, raising over $85,000! Our deepest gratitude to our amazing chair, Allyson Watson, 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 Watson family for allowing their home to become an auction warehouse for the past many months!  Thank you to all of the families who donated items and hosted parties and to all of the teachers and staff who donated special experiences for our kids. The hosted parties raised over $18,000 and teacher and staff experiences raised over $12,000. Finally, thank you to everyone who bid and congratulations to all of the winners!

Our West Valley Food Pantry drive was another great event this year.  Thank you once again 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, not even a little rain on Wednesday could stop him.  As a community, we donated so many bags of food (2,000 POUNDS!!!) that we filled two truckloads!!  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 Humanitarian Chair, Ben Abadian, continues with our upcoming Shoe and Clothing Drive April 24th -May 1st. Get your spring cleaning done and put aside your gently used items now!!

Our line-up of wellness week events organized by our dedicated Wellness Chair, Maria Nicolacakis, and her team kicks off with the ever popular Hoop-It-Up assembly on April 25th and ends with the family friendly Farmer’s Market Jamboree on May 1st.

Finally, please join us at our newly named “PFC Meet and Greet: How Can I Get Involved?” Breakfast on Friday, May 3 at 8am in the MPR and learn about how you can get involved with the PFC.  We look forward to seeing you all there!  The monthly PFC meeting will follow.


Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

Presidents’ Message – March 2019

Presidents’ Message – March 2019

Dear Chaparral Families,

And just like that….it’s March and spring will soon be upon us.  Our amazing and tireless volunteers have been working so 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:

  • Yearbooks are on sale

Coming soon:

  • Online Auction – March 8-17
  • Yearbook Cub Hugs – March 11 – 24
    • 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!

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 FoodDrive – March 19-23
  • Family Rescue Center Clothing Drive– April 24 – May 1

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!!

  • Move-A-Palooza! – April 24
  • Farmer’s Market Jamboree – May 1

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

Thank you,
Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

Presidents’ Message – February 2019

Presidents’ Message – February 2019

Dear Chaparral Families,

We were honored to attend an event at the City of Calabasas City Hall last week to accept grant money 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. 

When you have a moment please take a look in the Kinder courtyard, the PFC purchased two new outdoor tables in an effort to extend the classroom outside.  Keep an eye out for more tables in the future, we plan on putting them around the entire campus for all grades!

Here is what’s coming up next:

    • Yearbook Sales on – February 1st – April 5th
      • On Sale Now… the first and only time yearbooks will be on sale this year!
    • PFC Meeting – February 6
    • Online Auction – March 8-17
      • 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 Allyson Watson
    • Spring Humanitarian Events
      • West Hills Pantry Food Drive – March 18-22
      • Soles4Souls Shoe Drive – April 24-May 1
      • Contact Ben Abadian
    • Spring Wellness Events
      • Move-A-Palooza! – April 24
      • Farmer’s Market Jamboree – May 1
      • Contact Maria Nicolacakis

Finally, please remember we are all in this together.  From drop-off to pick-up and everything in between please be respectful and courteous to fellow parents and students.  Our kids are watching us more closely than we realize, be the role model your kid needs you to be. We look forward to seeing you at our next PFC meeting this Wednesday!

With Gratitude,
Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

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  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!!

Jason Weilert & Carrie Slatoff

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.

Jason Weilert and Carrie Slatoff

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, or stop by the PFC Office during our office hours on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Jason Weilert and Carrie Slatoff

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!

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.

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

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.

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.