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To engage students in meaningful learning, to empower them to be responsible for their own learning, so that they excel as productive citizens
Chaffee Trail Elementary opened its doors on August 20th for the 2007-2008 school year. Built on the former West Meadows Golf Course owned by the Caruso family, the school's street was named for the donor of the land, Sam Caruso. Plans are underway for building a new middle and high school on the land as well. The need for the school was based on the rapid new development in the area, and to ease overcrowding of the existing two neighborhood elementary schools.
Chaffee Trail was started as a prototype for future schools in the county through the "Schools of the Future" initiative, incorporating Apple technology throughout instruction via the use of podcasts, iphoto, garage band, and other Apple products for student projects.
Extended Day is offered for both morning and afternoons. Monthly rates and times are:
3:00 PM-6:00PM: $100.00 for 20 school days
AM and PM: $152.00 for 20 school days
Children have a snack time, homework time, recess, and other age-appropriate activities.
Our neighborhood school is committed to developing the whole child, and offers many programs and events to engage children in addition to our rigorous academics and innovative technology.
*Early Act: a service club for fourth and fifth grade students, partnered with Bishop Snyder High School's Interact Club and the Westside Jacksonville Rotary Club. This is a community service club that meets bi-weekly after school.
*in2books: a reading program that pairs students with community mentors who are "epals" and write each other via email about their thoughts, reflections, and connections to the books.
*Art Š la mode: an arts extravaganza in the spring featuring students' art work and an ice-cream social
*Spring and winter music programs: holiday programs featuring the grade levels in song and dance!
*TV Production Studio: students set up and run our morning news show
*Library Birthday Book Club: Students choose a new library book to donate to the library in honor of their birthday, receive a nameplate in the book, and appear on the morning news on their birthday!
Interested in volunteering at school?
Mentoring a child? Want to chaperone your child's
field trip? If so, please be aware that all volunteers are required to
complete an application prior to any assignment. Once approved
volunteers are issued a volunteer identification card that is valid for
2 years. Volunteers are much appreciated and needed here at Chaffee
Trail. There are a variety of ways you can donate your time and energy
to our school community. Please complete the attached application
to get a head start as a school volunteer.
Chaffee Trail Elementary counts on reliable 5th grade students to help with morning arrivals, afternoon dismissals, flag raising ceremonies, and as leaders of the school. Read on to find out how to become part of this important team!
Students, I know you have seen our school safety patrols in the hallways and some of them open your car door for you in the morning and afternoon. Have you ever wondered how you get picked to be a patrol? First you need to make all As in conduct. Second, you need to make all As and Bs in all subjects on your report card with an allowance of two Cs per nine weeks. You are not allowed to be late for school. If you are tardy a lot, you won't be considered. You can't be absent a lot, either. You have an important job to do and there are not extra patrols to take your place when you are absent.
We have a lot of fun and in June if you raise enough money, you get to go to Washington DC for 5 days! I hope something you have learned about being a patrol will make you try extra hard to become a patrol!- Mrs. Sciullo, patrol mom
The PTA at Chaffee Trail Elementary is a vital asset to our school. All families are encouraged to participate in school activities and fundraisers put on by PTA. Fundraisers include fall cookie-dough sales, Holiday Shop, FCAT supplies, Spring fundraiser and our favorite, Teacherís Appreciation Week. PTA also assists in daily volunteering in the classrooms, library, and front office. They are a vibrant and integral part of our school! If you haven't already joined PTA, please become part of the team! It's only $5.00 per person to join. All funds go toward supporting our fabulous school and your children!
If you are new to Chaffee Trail, or have not been an active member before, please consider joining our board.
PTA's Website: http://chaffeetrailpta.shutterfly.com
Contact PTA: yourchaffeetrailPTA@yahoo.com
The responsibility of the School Advisory Council is to provide parents, citizens, faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to participate in the development of educational priorities, assessment of a school's needs, and identification of local resources.
The functions of SAC are primarily to assist in the preparation and evaluation of the school improvement plan and to assist in the preparation of the school budget.
Chaffee Trail's SAC meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:30AM. Under Sunshine Law, all SAC meetings are open to the public, and all parents and community members are encouraged to come.
SAC Chair: Monique Tookes
SAC Secretary: Maggie Kundert
Businesses are valued partners at Chaffee Trail. They have helped us get our inaugural year off to a flying start with varied donations such as paint, copy machines, money, and time. Bridgestone-Firestone graciously donated $5,000.00 to our school for professional development books and classroom libraries and supplies. We are always open to collaborating with our community to benefit our students and school. Interested businesses please contact Assistant Principal, Casie Doyle.
School Breakfasts are available for $1.00. Lunches are $1.60 for students. Free and reduced meal plans are available via application. Money for school meals can be directly deposited in student's account by going to mylunchmoney.com.