Jun 30
Principal's Closing Remarks

Dear Chaparral Families,


With feelings of gratitude, appreciation, and hope, we close this year of learning at Chaparral School.  Amid great challenge, our community persisted.  We looked beyond the familiar and learned new ways to interact, to celebrate, to grieve, and to learn. As we close the school for the summer, let’s all be assured, we did our best.

 

Here are a few updates:

 

Farewell:

At this time of year, we celebrate a bittersweet milestone in the lives of Grade 6 students.  As their career as elementary students ends, and they look forward to Junior High School, we wish them our very best and thank them for being a part of our community.

 

Additionally, we send our best thoughts to other students who will not be returning to Chaparral School next year. Thank you for being a part of our community.  You will be missed.

 

Staffing changes:

We extend our best wishes to Mark Agar who has accepted a learning leader position at MidSun School.  Mark has served as a teacher and learning leader at Chaparral School for six years.  During this time, Mr. Agar touched many lives, helped advance the school’s vision for integration of technology in teaching and learning, and completed a master's degree.  Mark will truly be missed at Chaparral School. 

 

Our best thoughts also go to Lauren Smith who has been placed at Dr. Freda Miller School, located in the community of Evergreen.  Lauren completed her student teaching at Chaparral School, working with Mark Agar as her mentor teacher.  Since graduating, four years ago, Lauren has filled a variety of teaching positions at Chaparral School.  Lauren leaves a very positive mark on our school community, reminding us that we all belong.  We wish Lauren great success as she joins her new team and helps build the culture and community in one of the CBE’s newest schools.

 

Special thanks:

One behalf of the school staff, thank you to our School Council and Parent Association for the gift cards presented to us.  We know that parents appreciate us.  The feeling is mutual!

 

Thank you also to the number of parents who shared appreciation through email messages.  Your words mean a great deal to us as we serve from our hearts.

 

Return to Learning September 2020

We are currently planning for the preferred scenario of school opening as announced by Education Minister LaGrange on June 10.  In her announcement, the Minister suggested that this scenario would see in-school classes with health and safety protocols and practices in place. A final decision on school opening will be made on Aug. 1.

 

We are ever hopeful and always committed to our learning community.  Our school is staffed, classes are organized, and much thought is being given to how we will welcome students back to learning. Please stay apprised of school opening and return to learning procedures through visiting the CBE public website and/or the Chaparral School website. 

 

 May you have a happy and healthy summer.

 

Yours sincerely,

Chris Buhler, Principal Chaparral School​

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