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Student Calendar 2015-2016

PUSD District Calendar

Nov. 11   No School
Veteran's Day

Nov. 16    No School
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 17 - 20   Minimum Days
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23 - 27   No School
Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 18   Minimum Day

Dec. 21 - Jan. 1   No School
Winter Break

Jan. 15   No School
Professional Growth Day

Jan. 18   No School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Feb. 15 - 19   No School
February Break

Apr. 11 - 15   No School
Spring Break

May 30   No School
Memorial Day

June 9   Minimum Day
Last Day of School



All visitors to our campus must check in through the Administration Office at the front of the school.


Please take a few minutes at home to carefully check your child’s health before he/she leaves for school each morning. The following are a few suggestions, which may help to guide you:


~Illness during the night
~Fever is present (100 degrees or greater)
~Complaints of nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, headache, diarrhea prior to leaving for school
~Development of a rash on face and/or body
~Has a severe cold, cough and/or sore throat
~Has inflamed eye(s) with discharge from them

Please Remember: An ill child cannot function properly in the classroom. The spread of illness and disease through class or school can be more easily monitored if sick children remain at home during the acute stage of an illness. If the school health tech detects any of the above, your child will be sent home.

People with influenza-like illness are to remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100o F [37.8o C]) without the use of fever-reducing medications.

A student’s absence should be reported on the School Absence Hotline by calling: (858) 485-0042 x4202.

Homework can also be requested on this phone message, please indicate when you will be picking it up.

Welcome to Chaparral

Principal Rhiannon Sharp Buhr
Office Hours: M, T, TH, F 8:15am – 3:45pm
W - 8:15am - 2:30pm
School Hours: M, T, TH, Fri 9:00am - 3:15pm
Wed: 9:00am – 1:35pm

Coming Events

October At A Glance
16: Paper Picnic - Details Below
18: Family Sports Day, Sponsored by the CHES Dad's Club, 1:00pm-4:00pm
19: CEF Board Meeting, Teacher's Lounge, 6:00pm
23 - 31: Red Ribbon Week
28: Fifth Grade Teacher Date - Details Below
30: Community Gathering, Blacktop, 9:00am

Notes from the Principal

Federal Survey Forms
Last week your child should have brought home a blue Federal Survey form. These forms are required from each student annually in order for our district to receive certain funding from the federal government; specific details are explained on the cover sheet attached to the form. Please return the surveys no later than Friday, October 16.  If you did not receive one, please contact the office immediately.

Paper Picnic on October 16
Chaparral will be hosting a paper picnic on Friday October 16. Bring a ream of paper into school and you can have lunch with your child during their normal lunch break! If you cannot make it for lunch then send Grandma or Grandpa or another family member. All are welcome but don’t forget to bring in your paper!
Lunch times are as follows:
11:40 for grade 2 & 3 and Room 8
12:25 for grades 4 & 5 and Room 6
1:10 for grades K & 1 and Room 7

Megan’s Law and TB Test Reminder
Please remember that before you volunteer with our students in any capacity, including field trips, you must complete a Megan’s Law background check (which takes approximately 10 working days to process) and provide evidence of a current TB test. All necessary forms are available to you in our front office. If you have any questions regarding the status of your clearance, feel free to call the office and we will be happy to check for you.

GATE Information
Parents of identified GATE students are welcome to attend the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 28 from 8:00am - 8:50am in room 22 (the iPad Lab). The PAC meeting is an opportunity for all GATE parents to review the forms completed back in August for the 2015-2016 year. The goal of the meeting is to bring together interested parents to support extracurricular activities for our Chaparral GATE students in grades 3-5. This meeting will be hosted by Ms. Krebs Helson (4th grade teacher) and Mrs. Buhr (Chaparral's principal). Please enter through the front of the school since the back gate will be locked until 8:30 AM. Should you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Ms. Kathryn Krebs Helson at .

Volunteer Badges
Many of our Volunteer Badges are in the office, ready for pick-up.  If you had your picture taken on our School Picture Day, and if your Megan's Law and TB test results are current, you may stop by and pick up your badge.  *Please note that several badges had the incorrect spelling of names; they are being reprinted and will be available soon. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Rhiannon Sharp Buhr, Principal
Principal, Chaparral Elementary

Keep Connected: Follow Chaparral Elementary on Twitter @BuhrCHES

CEF and PTA Announcements

Who Does Your Student Want to be for a Day?
Our first Help Hawks Soar “…For a Day” drawing is coming up at the community gathering on Friday, Oct. 30. This is a rewards drawing for all students whose Help Hawks Soar direct donation of $150 has been met as of this Friday, Oct. 16. Help Hawks Soar is our fundraising campaign to raise $150 per student so that the Chaparral Elementary PTA and Chaparral Educational Foundation can continue to provide the programs and activities that our families have said are important to them.

The student chosen from a random drawing gets to pick who they want to be for the day: principal, custodian, or PE teacher! Donations received by this Friday, Oct. 16 not only are eligible for this rewards drawing, but they are automatically rolled over into two more drawings this year! To donate now, click here. To learn more, go to and click on “Donations.”

Autumn Auction
A sincere thank you to everyone who supported the Autumn Auction!! It was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing Chaparral Community!

Spirit Wear for Fitness Club (Deadline to order is October 16)
Like your Chaparral Spirit Wear? Well we’ve got something new for you...Fitness Club shirts!! Fitness club t-shirts are now available for pre-order. We do not carry inventory so don't miss out on this one of a kind 25th Anniversary shirt. Order forms went home with your students, and can also be found on Peach Jar at Return orders to your teachers or place your order directly with the Spirit Wear team at the paper picnic on Oct 16. Get your order in now before it’s too late!

Red Ribbon Week (October 23-30)
The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation and a way for individuals and communities to take a visible stand against drugs. This year's theme, "Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.™", created by a middle school student in Ohio, is a wonderful, positive message to share - and we invite you to join us.

Red Ribbon Week Calendar
10/23 - Sign the drug free pledge! We will be handing out ribbons and toe tokens
10/26 -"Turn Your Back on Drugs" - Wear your shirt backwards
10/27 - Assembly day-CREW Stomp-Wear your RED! Anything and Everything RED!
10/28 - “Show your character”- Wear your grade level Character Counts shirt or color all over
10/29 - "Sock it to Drugs" - wear mismatched socks
10/30 - Happy Halloween!! -Halloween dress up or Character counts shirt or grade level color

5th Grade Teacher Date - MOVIE Madness (October 28)
The entire 5th grade is invited to enjoy an afternoon of movie madness with their teacher! For just $20 your child will be able to enjoy the movie Space Jam in the Chaparral MPR along with assorted snacks and drinks. We are SURE that your child will be interested in taking part in this fun event so please be on the watch for the form to come home (it will also be on PeachJar) as we get closer to the 28th. You can also pay via credit card online at All proceeds go directly to support the programs provided by CEF and PTA. Hope to see you there and don’t forget a blanket or towel to sit on!

Reflections-Let Your Imagination Fly
The deadline for Reflections 2015-2016 entries is fast approaching! All entries are due no later than October 23, 2015. For more information visit or email your questions to:


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CHAPARRAL Elementary School Named 2012 California Distinguished School... CONGRATULATIONS CHAPARRAL!