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Student Calendar 2015-2016

PUSD Student Calendar

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 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
W - 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
School Hours: M, T, TH, Fri 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Wed: 9:00 a.m. – 1:35 p.m.

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Coming Events

February At A Glance
10  Jog-A-Thon (Details Below)
12  PTA Executive Board Meeting, Teacher’s Lounge, 9:00am
12  Second Grade Patriotic Performance, 9:15am, MPR
15-19  NO SCHOOL - President’s Week
22  CEF Board Meeting, Teacher’s Lounge, 6:00pm
26  Community Gathering, Blacktop, 9:00am *Fav. Book Character/Spirit Day


PUSD Celebrates Black History Month

Quotes by George Washington Carver

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people
who have the habit of making excuses.


Congratulations to Chaparral's
Teacher of the Year:  Christina Glady
Classified Employee of the Year:  Rhandy Glavez
Volunteer of the Year:  Jan Haase


Notes from the Principal

Volunteers Needed When We Return From Break
We are looking for 12 volunteers to help with our annual Hearing and Vision screenings. Testing will be on Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23. Our district nurses will be conducting the screenings, but we need volunteers to get students to and from their classrooms and to help supervise students while they are waiting for their testing.  There are various 2-hour shifts available.  If you would like to sign up,  please contact our Health Technician, Kathy Scott, either by phone (858-485-0042 x4202) or email (

Parking Lot Reminder
Please remember that the yellow zones in the front and back are for active student loading only and not for parking. No car should ever be parked or left unattended in our yellow zones. Also, there is to be no parking, under any circumstances, in the red zones.   Finally, please remember that you may not park in the main school lot; it is for staff members only. 

Lost and Found
Once again our Lost and Found is overflowing with unclaimed items. Please have your student stop by and see if any missing sweaters, jackets, lunchboxes, or water bottles belong to them!

Twin Peaks Middle School Night for Parents of 5th Graders
Attention 5th grade parents…do you have a student planning to attend Twin Peaks Middle School next year? If so, you are definitely going to want to attend 5th grade parent night on Wednesday, March 2nd. It begins at 6:00 in the Twin Peaks multipurpose room. This meeting will provide you with all you need to know about the transition to middle school. We will talk about the academic program, the bell schedule, behavioral expectations, and a few of the fun activities your children can expect to experience. The staff at Twin Peaks hopes you can join them for this important event.  Please contact Donna Myers at (858) 748-5131 ext. 2815 if you have any questions.

Finish Chelsea’s Run
This year, Finish Chelsea’s Run will be on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in beautiful Balboa Park. Please see the flyer for registration details.

Meadowbrook Middle School Night for Parents of 5th Graders
On Wednesday, March 9, Meadowbrook will host a Parent Orientation Night for parents of incoming 6th graders. This is a parent only event. Please see the flyer on Peachjar for specific details and times.

Bernardo Heights Middle School Night for Parents of 5th Graders
On Wednesday, March 16, Bernardo Heights will host a Parent Orientation Night for parents of incoming 6th graders. This is a parent only event. Please see the flyer on Peachjar for specific details and times.

Character Coach Needed
We are looking for someone to work on the playground supervising students from 8:30am to 9:00am, 3 to 5 days a week. If you are interested in this position please contact our Assistant Principal, Lisa Wilken

Transitional Kindergarten Interest Wait List Information, 2016-2017
Parents of children with a fifth birthday between June 1st and September 1st, 2016 who wish to enroll their child into a TK class, MUST place their name on a District Interest Wait List. After March 1, 2016, at 8:00 AM, go to the District Website and select "TK Interest Wait List" to put your child's name on the list. The assigned TK school site will notify parents on the Interest List starting in June, or later in the summer, of an opening in TK. The parent will then be given 48 hours to enroll. Due to increased numbers of students required to enroll in TK, please note space is very limited and will be determined on a first-come, first served basis.

Please check the PUSD Transitional Kindergarten page regularly for updates and more information.

New Construction Project to Begin on Espola Road in March 2016
Please see the following information regarding upcoming work on Espola Road. For the duration of the project, please plan to allow extra travel time so that you can promptly drop off and pick up your child.

The San Diego County Water Authority will perform maintenance on a water pipeline structure adjacent to Valle Verde Park on Espola Road beginning in March. The project includes constructing a pump well to facilitate future pipeline rehabilitation. The five-month long construction project is anticipated to slow traffic along Espola Road, which will alter the normal traffic pattern through April. This project will not interrupt water delivery to the area. For more information, please call the 24-hour toll-free information line at (877) 682-9283, Ext. 7009 or email A representative from the project team will return your call within one business day.



Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Buhr at

Keep Connected
Follow Chaparral Elementary on Facebook  and Twitter (@BuhrCHES).


CEF and PTA Announcements

Our Hawks Heart to Run jog-a-thon is only a few days away on Wednesday, February 10. Thank you to the families who have donated and/or collected pledges. Come out to cheer for our Hawks as they run in support of our school's fitness programs.

The donation period runs through February 17, so remember to register your students at and share their pages with friends and family so they can get involved.

Don't forget, the top fundraising student from each grade will win a fun prize pack with gift cards and passes to kid-friendly places to eat and go, and the top fundraising classroom from each grade will win a snow cone party donated by Koko FitClub of San Diego - Rancho Bernardo.

The run schedule is as follows:

Transitional Kindergarten
First Grade
Mrs. Santomauro's Class
Miss Bruinix's Class
9:10am - 9:50am (20 minute run)
Second Grade
Third Grade
Ms. Pinney's Class
10:10am - 10:50am (20 minute run)
4th Grade
5th Grade
11:10am - 11:55am (25 minute run)

Stay up to date on our school's progress at

Volunteers Needed
The PTA and the Chaparral Educational Foundation need your support to help them continue to provide all the wonderful events/resources for our students, like the Carnival, Family Movie Night, the Dances, Running Club, Spirit Wear and so much more! Please join us at the times and locations below to find about how you can help support our students and our amazing staff. We are looking for mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers who want to be involved with all of the great activities that make Chaparral unique. Whether you have a lot of time or even just a few hours a month we need you! We look forward to meeting you! If you cannot make a meeting time please feel free to email for more information.

February 10 - 8:30 a.m. - 9:10 Kinder Playground
March 1 - 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Peet’s Coffee Patio (by Von’s)
March 7 - 9:15 - 10:30 a.m Peet’s Coffee Patio (by Von’s)

Family Dances - White Night! March 11 & 12
We hope you are getting excited for our upcoming dances on March 11 (girls night) and March 12 (boys night)!! Start thinking about what songs you would like to hear from the DJ and go to the following links to make your requests:

Fri., March 11
Sat., March 12

There will be an ice-cream sundae bar, a selfie station, games, dancing, and lots more fun so we hope to see you there!! Don't forget to wear WHITE and remember this is a FREE event for all Chaparral students.

Please contact Rebecca Cole ( or Rebecca Sumrall ( if you are interested in helping us with the planning.

Melody Makers Concert
Save the Date! Join us for Chaparral’s Junior and Senior Melody Makers 2015-2016 Concert Wednesday, March 16 at the Poway Performing Arts Center. Each performance is thirty minutes of fun so mark your calendars today! Additional information coming soon!



CA Distinguished School 

     Congratulations Chaparral!
     Chaparral Elementary School Named 2012 California Distinguished School



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