CES Weekly Update 5.6.24

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Principal's Message

This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation week.  The Starbucks this morning was a welcome treat to get us boosted up and ready for the week! Tomorrow staff will enjoy a Hot Dog cookout by Lara and I to thank them for all they do. Additionally, our PTA Hospitality Committee has planned a staff luncheon for Friday and organizing the snacks shared today for our staff this week.  Thank you for partnering with our PTA to help celebrate our staff.

Our Chesterbrook staff is a unique group of dedicated staff willing to go over and beyond for our students each and every day. Our teachers and staff are what makes our school a very special place to be.  I hope you will take some time out of your week to ensure your teachers and the staff that work with your children know how much they are appreciated. A simple card or email go such a long way, especially those written from our students.

Our Fun Fair this past Friday was a huge success. Thank you for our PTA Chairs that planned a spectacular day for our community and to our parent and student volunteers that made the day possible. We truly could not do this event without the support of many, from basket donations, time and participation. Below students will find the staff raffle winners. We will also post them in the lobby for our students to see.  Staff will begin scheduling the special time to celebrate our winners. Congratulations!

This week our Chesterbrook Theatre, directed by Ms. Cody Boehm, takes the stage in Shrek Jr., The Musical.  I am looking forward to seeing our students shine. The hard work and dedication of our staff, students and parent supports go so far to support this program in our second year. 

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Bike, Walk & Roll to School Day Wednesday, May 8th

Parents are encouraged to help organize walking, biking groups to help our students arrive safely to school. Let's have a wonderful morning and promote healthier habits while building on our strong sense of community through this event. 

Shrek Jr, The Musical

Order your tickets here!

There are 3 opportunities to see the show! 
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Location: CES Stage
Show Time: 6:30 pm

Save & Print your ticket confirmation for quick entry into the Chesterbrook Theater!

Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.    
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.     
  • Report future absences.     
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

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CES Weekly Updates 4.22.24

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ONLY HOURS LEFT for YEARBOOK SALES

Ordering Closes at Midnight

Chesterbrook Yearbook Orders Deadline April 22nd

www.yearbookordercenter.com 
Use school code 24891

*If you have a financial need for support, please reach out to your child's counselor today. All orders must be accounted on 4/22.

Principal's Message

I am so impressed by our hard working students. Each year there are a variety of opportunities our students can take part in and we had some new opportunities where our Chesterbrook students made their mark showcasing their knowledge and trying something new. 

Congratulations to Allyson S. who competed in the TJ Invitational Science Fair. As a former science teacher, I was impressed with her thorough work through each step of the scientific method as she researched "The Secret Sauce: The Effect of Liquid Detergent on Removing Tomato Sauce Stains from White Cloth." Allyson even makes me want to try a new laundry detergent with her research.

This past weekend four of our Quiz Bowl students represented Chesterbrook in the Maryland History Bowl and Maryland Academic Bowl Regional Tournament. Juliet C, Peter L, Elsa I and Avery C  showed incredible teamwork and persevered through 10 rounds of competition.

I am incredibly proud of our students in their first year of competition. They have worked diligently to dive into their learning and challenge themselves. Go Chipmunks! 

Have a wonderful week!

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Reminders FCPS News ICYMI

In case you missed it, check out FCPS News for updates on: 

  • Spring Assessments
  • SEL Screener Results
  • Portrait of a Graduate (POG) work in FCPS
  • Family Summit at Marshall High School
  • FCPS Literacy Partnership with the Smithsonian
  • Early Intervention Programs
  • Job Opportunities in FCPS

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CES Weekly Update 4.15.25

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Principal's Message

I am looking forward to a great week ahead. On Tuesday evening we celebrate International Night, a great evening of sharing as we enjoy learning about the the many family traditions, cultures, talents, art, dress and cuisine across our Chesterbrook community. More information below and a link to sign up for a table if you would like to share.

Wednesday we celebrate our military families with Purple Up day. Wear purple to honor the sacrifices of our military families. 

Thursday evening our upper grade students from our Chorus, Band and Strings will perform their spring concerts for all to enjoy. I've had the joy of hearing some of our practices and look forward to a great evening of music.

Next Monday I hope all our volunteers will join our teachers for lunch as we say thank you for your support this school year. Find our schedule below for the class lunch time.

Wishing all a wonderful week!

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Upcoming Dates

Monday, 4/15 Quarter 3 Grades are Available in SIS Parent Vue

Tuesday 4/16  International Night 5:30 - 7 PM (Blacktop)
*Note updated start time.

Wednesday 4/17 Purple Up Day - Celebrate our Military and wear purple!

Thursday 4/18  Band, Strings and Chorus Concerts

Monday 4/22
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon (See invite for volunteers below)

Chesterbrook Literacy Night Family Fun Event 6 - 7PM

Friday May 3 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday; Fun Fair 2PM - 6PM Click to Volunteer

May 6-10  Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion at Longfellow MS 5:30 - 7PM

Fairfax County Public Schools 2023-24 Calendar

Yearbook Order Deadline 4/22 Last Week to Order 

We have many families that have yet to order. Availability for purchase upon deliver will be limited.

Chesterbrook Yearbook Orders
Deadline April 22nd

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Use school code 24891

This Tuesday!!!  International Night 

Updated start time -  International Night on April 16th from 5:30 - 7 PM

We hope you will join us in making this year's International Night a truly memorable and meaningful occasion for our school! Let us know which country you will be representing by signing up HERE . ❤️Middle and high schoolers looking for community service volunteer hours should reach out to Leticia Phillips.

Summer Quest Fun Camps at Chesterbrook

Click here to view classes and register

Save the date for the following weeks:
Week 1 - July 8-12
Week 2 - July 15-19
Week 3 July 22-26

Summer Literacy Program
6 Books for $35 closes May 5th

Purchase summer reading books for your child through our summer literacy program, Project Lift. We will provide students options of books to select from. They will select 6 books for $35. Parents will need to prepay for their child to join the program and receive the books before the end of school through MySchoolBucks. All payments for the program must be received by May 5th for students to select their books.

Spring Pictures Available Online

Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online! All orders will include free shipping until April 23.

Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

vosphoto.com/uc

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to [email protected]

2024-25 Student Registration

Do not delay in registration! Accurate student numbers are critical to staffing appropriately for the 2024-25 school year. 

Register Your Child Online: Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process.  When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. This Chesterbrook intake form will record your information with our office team as you start the process, so we can communicate with new families.  Parents must still complete the online registration linked above.

Solar Eclipse Glasses Donation

If your children no longer want their solar eclipse glasses, we will collect them for a donation drive.

Bring your solar eclipse glasses that are not damaged back to school and we will donate to children in Latin America for the eclipse in October 2024. 

We will have a box in front of the office where you child(ren) or you can drop off in the morning or afternoon. 

Reminders Parent Input for Class Placement

Parents that wish to contribute information towards class placements for the 2024 - 2025 school year, may submit this information on this form.  Completion of the form is optional, however, the deadline for submission is May 4th, 2024. Thank you for your partnership. Parents of rising kindergarteners will receive an email once we have more enrollment, but are welcome to complete this now. Kindergarten placement takes place in August when we have completed our pre-assessments of all students. No requests for a specific teacher may be made. These requests will be deleted.

Volunteer Luncheon - Monday, April 22nd Literacy Night, Monday April 22nd 6 - 7PM

Save the date and join us for our 1st Literacy Night. Snuggle into your pajamas for an evening of literacy based activities for kindergarten through third grades. Students will enjoy fun activities that support word recognition and language comprehension and parents will gather resources. Parents will leave with resources and an understanding of how to reinforce learning at home. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Jennings- [email protected]

SOL Testing Dates 

Please mark dates on your calendar to ensure students are in school on these days. 

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CES Weekly Update 4.8.24

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Principal's Message

Friday we closed the week with our Quarter 3 House Pep Rally. See some photos below. This great group of chipmunks is ready for a fantastic finish this year. It is hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by. I look forward to the celebrations of learning with POG POL in upper grades, culminating activities, our final field trips, year end concerts, Fun Fair, Shrek the musical, year end celebrations, The Brain Show and of course 6th Grade Promotion. One thing is for sure, our days and weeks ahead are packed with opportunities for students to showcase knowledge, celebrate their growth and keep lots of play in our days. 

Today we will experience the Solar Eclipse Experience. Our staff and students will be provided safety solar viewing glasses for the experience this afternoon. I am appreciative of a parent donation and our PTA for providing the remaining glasses needed. We have an incredible list of over 50 parent volunteers helping our classes to ensure students are using their solar safety glasses correctly for this viewing experience. We are excited to experience this event as a school community. We have worked to instruct students about the eclipse and necessary safety prior to this event. Any parent wishing to opt their child out of the viewing experience should contact their child's homeroom teacher.  Our preschool PM class will not participate in the outdoor viewing due to their safety. 

We will have some of our volunteers helping with dismissal. Students will leave with their glasses, however, they cannot wear them while walking home from school or the bus. If you need to change the dismissal plan for your student(s) please use Pick Up Patrol to notify the teacher and office.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Important Dates

Monday, 4/8 Eclipse Schoolwide Viewing Experience

Tuesday, 4/9  NNAT testing (1st grade and new students in upper grades)

Wednesday, 4/10  Eid al Fitr Staff and Student Holiday

Thursday, 4/11 PTA Meeting 2:30

Monday, 4/15 Quarter 3 Grades are Available in SIS Parent Vue

Tuesday 4/16  International Night 5:00 - 6:30 (Blacktop)

Wednesday 4/17 Purple Up Day -Let's Celebrate our Military and wear purple!

Thursday 4/18  Band, Strings and Chorus Concerts

Monday 4/22
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon (See invite for volunteers below)

Chesterbrook Literacy Night Family Fun Event 6 - 7PM

Friday May 3 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday;
Fun Fair 2PM - 6PM Click to Volunteer

May 6-10  Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, June 11 - 6th Grade Promotion at Lonfellow MS 5:30 - 7PM

Fairfax County Public Schools 2023-24 Calendar

Chesterbrook Yearbook Orders Deadline April 22nd

www.yearbookordercenter.com 
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International Night - PTA Family Night Event

We are thrilled to invite you and your family to participate in our upcoming International Night on April 16th from 5-6:30 pm. This special event celebrates the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions within our school community, showcasing the diverse backgrounds that make us unique. 

We encourage families to pick a country to represent and do it with pride, whether through traditional attire, music, dance, or cuisine. We hope you will join us in making this year's International Night a truly memorable and meaningful occasion for our school! Let us know which country you will be representing by signing up HERE or click the button below.

Middle and high schoolers looking for community service volunteer hours should reach out to Leticia Phillips.

Chesterbrook Literacy Night Monday, April 22nd 6PM - 7PM

Save the date and join us for our 1st Literacy Night. Snuggle into your pajamas for an evening of literacy based activities for kindergarten through third grades. Students will enjoy fun activities that support word recognition and language comprehension and parents will gather resources. Parents will leave with resources and an understanding of how to reinforce learning at home. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Jennings- [email protected]

April is Autism Acceptance Month

This year, the National Institute of Mental Health is providing resources in honor of Autism Acceptance Month.  These resources highlight and focus on inclusivity and connectedness and honor the unique perspectives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Health Topic Page

Earth Day Fairfax April 20th

Looking for more fun Earth Week activities? Join the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Earth Day Fairfax event on Saturday, April 20 from 10am-4pm at Sully Historic Site to kick off your Earth Week.

Quarter 3 Pep Rally

Our courageous, quick attempt to make a heart with 600+ students and staff.

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CES Weekly News 4/1/24

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Principal's Message

I trust this break found you able to enjoy time with family and friends and hopefully a bit of much needed down time. Wednesday, we look forward to welcoming students back for the 4th quarter.

Tuesday at 10AM we are excited to welcome our incoming kindergarten students for the 2024-25 school year. Families are welcome to arrive between 9::30 to 10AM to check in, get their photo taken and meet Chester the Chipmunk, staff and student ambassadors who will be providing tours. We are excited to welcome our newest Chipmunks! If you know any incoming kinders, please spread the message. We don't want anyone to miss this special event.

Over Spring Break, our custodial staff stayed busy ensuring our building is kept in top notch shape. Our team is dedicated to make our building and grounds are in great shape for our community. This past week, they worked hard to clean carpets, hallways, furniture, courtyards, and tidy up grounds after the winter to ensure our staff and students return to a beautiful and clean space. Additionally, our PTA budget is at work as our gardens fund helped support our spring pond cleanup, which was a major chore. The courtyards are ready for our students and staff to enjoy and our fish and turtles begin to peek their heads out as the weather warms up. They were quite happy with the cleanup.

There is a lot of important info packed in this message, so please take a few minutes to read and see what applies to you. I'm excited to see you all back soon.

Warmly,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Upcoming Important Dates

April 1 & 2 - School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day - No School for Students

April 1-5 - National Assistant Principals Week 

April 4 - School Librarian Appreciation Day 

April 8 - Solar Eclipse Experience - Parent Volunteers Requested in Afternoon during Viewing Experience

April 9 - 1st Grade NNAT administration

April 10 - Eid al-Fitr Holiday - all schools and offices closed 

April 17- Purple Up Day - Celebrating our Military Students and Families

6th Grade Families, Save the Date for Chesterbrook's Promotion Celebration.  The 6th grade Celebration will be held during the last day Wednesday, June 12th.

Tuesday, June 11- 5:30 PM Longfellow MS - limited tickets will be available for families but we do our best to accommodate as many as possible.

☀️Safely View Solar Eclipse on April 8 

Chesterbrook Requests Parent Volunteers to Support Afternoon Event

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

With this rare scientific event next week, we would like our students to learn about the science behind the eclipse and be able to safely experience this opportunity. As a community we need to be mindful that this will also occur during dismissal, which will have our students quite curious and we want to make sure they are informed about the dangers of looking directly at the sun.

We have received a parent donation for a set of glasses for the 2nd grade and with PTA support, purchased the remaining glasses needed for students and staff. We would like to schedule time for our students to be able to safely go outside with their class, but understand that curious students may need additional adult supervision to safely view.  .  Administration is requesting parent volunteers to help support classes during this time and also help support our dismissal. Please click here to help out Chesterbrook for the eclipse.  If you would prefer your child NOT participate in the outdoor viewing opportunity during school hours, we can still provide them the glasses for you to catch it afterschool.  Please email your child's homeroom teacher if you would like to Opt Out.

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Family Engagement Survey Extended to 4/3

The deadline to take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey has been extended to Wednesday, April 3! If you haven’t already responded, please participate now. The survey is available in 10 languages. 

Your feedback will help us develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division to support student success. All responses will be confidential. 

Thank you for lending your voice to this important effort — it matters!

National Librarian Appreciation Day - 4/4

Please join us in celebrating our amazing librarian, Mrs. Ashley Schorr. In her first year as our librarian, she has truly created a warm and inviting hub for our school where students can thrive in their learning and growth. She works closely with our student ambassadors to direct our morning news program and helps them create videos to showcase Chesterbrook for special events. Mrs. Schorr has continued to grow our resources, allowing students the most current access to children's literature and research tools. She inspires our students to read through the various competitions and challenges, such as our most recent Spring Break reading challenge. I hope you will join us in showering Mrs. Schorr with thanks and appreciation this week and help recognize all she does for our community.

Spring Break Reading Challenge due Wednesday 4/3

Have your child complete as many squares on the Spring Break Reading Challenge Board as possible and return the completed paper on Wednesday, April 3rd to get a free raffle ticket for the Book Fair Raffle Baskets. We can’t wait to hear about all the reading our students do over the break.

National Assistant Principals Week - 4/1 - 4/5

Join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring the enormous contributions of assistant principals to student success across our schools. While she is brand new to us, our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lara Macdonald, has quickly become an instrumental part of our team, supporting our community. Please join us in welcoming and thanking Ms. Macdonald this week during National AP Week!

FCPS CARES

Do you know a Chesterbrook Elementary or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

Reminders Chesterbrook Yearbook Orders

Don't forget to preorder your copy today, deadline will be coming up soon.

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Use school code 24891

Last Call for CES Spiritwear
Flash Sale for 6 Days!

https://spirithero.com/collections/chesterbrook

2024-25 School Year Planning Intent to Not Return for the 2024-25 School Year

Chesterbrook Elementary is in the process of planning for next year!  In order to monitor class size and hire the very best staff, we need to know plans for our families.  If you are NOT planning to return to Chesterbrook or Longfellow MS next school year, please complete this student/family intent form letting us know of your plans.

Parent Input for Class Placement

Parents that wish to contribute information towards class placements for the 2024 - 2025 school year, may submit this information on this form.  Completion of the form is optional, however, the deadline for submission is May 4th, 2024. Thank you for your partnership. Parents of rising kindergarteners will receive an email once we have more enrollment, but are welcome to complete this now. Kindergarten placement takes place in August when we have completed our pre-assessments of all students. No requests for a specific teacher may be made. These requests will be deleted.

Summer Opportunities for Students

CES Summer Quest - July 8 - July 26

FCPS Bridge to K, SOAR and Young Scholars at Timberlane ES - July 8 - July 26th  Students will be recommended by teachers based on academic need. Students currently receiving interventions may be a good fit for the program. Teachers will be in touch in April to plan for registration. 

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Additional Opportunities for Students

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AAP Newsletter Spring 2024

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Advanced Academic Programs Spring Newsletter
Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

  • Parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.
  • The AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form may be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced- academic-program-aap-forms or by searching “AAP Forms” at https://www.fcps.edu/.

  • Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.
Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Appeals Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services Overview Subject Specific and Part-Time Services in Elementary School

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons

  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,

  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and

  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services Screening Timeline for Full-Time Services

Screening for full-time (level IV) AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for full-time (level IV) services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • Fall referrals are due October 15, annually.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student.
    • The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, annually.

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced- academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).
Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and

  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

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CES Weekly News 3.22.24

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 Principal's Message

In our last week before spring break our students have continued to work hard. It is so nice to walk our halls and see the great work of our students, filling our halls with so much color. It is also a joy to see students showcased that are being role models in our school and great examples of the Chesterbrook character we expect. These have been seen in some of our STAR awards, Students of the Month with House point recognitions, Principal Positive Referrals and Grade Level Star Students. We have so many students that show the values we expect in our Chipmunks and I wanted to take a moment to mention the ways we are working to recognize the great things we see. 

This week, our staff and students have enjoyed spirit week, we played a staff game, and enjoyed a taco lunch from our PTA on Wednesday. We also wrapped up a very successful book fair.  Thank you parent volunteers and our librarian, Mrs. Schorr.  We appreciate all your support as we finish out 3rd quarter strong!

Thank you to Mrs. Cora Russell who has served as a long term substitute for Mrs. Jankowski.  Today was her last day with our students.  Mrs. Jankowski will return after Spring Break.

When we return,  we kick off April with our Kindergarten Open House on April 2nd from 10-12, Friday we will have our Quarter 3 Pep Rally and Monday, April 8th we will focus time to learning about the solar eclipse happening in the afternoon.  I'll be sharing more about this as we return from break.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 22nd - End of 3rd Quarter

March 14 - 30 - McLean Pyramid Art Show; McLean Community Center- Emerson Gallery; 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA  22101

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break- We will have limited office staff available. Office closed 3/28-29.

Monday, April 1st and 2nd - No School for Students; Teacher workdays

Tuesday, April 2nd - 10AM - 12PM  Kindergarten Orientation

April 1 - 5 - Assistant Principal's Recognition Week - Thank you Ms. Macdonald

April 4th - School Librarian's Day - Thank you Mrs. Schorr!

Friday, April 5th - 3rd Quarter Pep Rally

Monday, April 8th - Solar Eclipse (Afternoon)

Family Engagement Survey - Ends today!- We need and value your input! Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback. Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Break! 

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Congratulations to
Mrs. Lan Ong Region 2 Outstanding Operational Employee Quiz Bowl Student Recognitions

In our first year of quiz bowl, our Chesterbrook students are working hard and showcasing their knowledge. Thank you to our parent lead, Dr. Jordan Kyle, and AART, Mrs. Amy Vallath, for their work with our students. We are so proud of all the efforts our students are putting forth to dive into learning. 

In a recent Baltimore Regional Round, we congratulate our Chesterbrook students on their accomplishments:

Qualification for Nationals in History and Geography
Ethan S. and Zachary S. 

Qualification for History Internationals
Zachary S.

Qualification for Geography Internationals
Ethan S.

Congratulations Ethan and Zachary!

 

Spring Break Reading Challenge

Thank you so much for all of your support of our book fair!  We hope you were able to find some great Spring Break reads.  This Spring Break we will also be having a Spring Break Reading Challenge.  Have your child complete as many squares on the Spring Break Reading Challenge Board as possible and return the completed paper on Wednesday, April 3rd to get a free raffle ticket for the Book Fair Raffle Baskets.  We can’t wait to hear about all the reading our students do over the break.

2024-25 School Year Planning Intent to Move for the 2024-25 School Year

Chesterbrook Elementary is in the process of planning for next year!  In order to monitor class size and hire the very best staff, we need to know plans for our families.  If you are NOT planning to return to Chesterbrook next school year, please complete this student/family intent form letting us know of your plans.

Parent Input for Class Placement

Parents that wish to contribute information towards class placements for the 2024 - 2025 school year, may submit this information on this form.  Completion of the form is optional, however, the deadline for submission is May 4th, 2024. Thank you for your partnership.  Parents of rising kindergarteners will receive a separate link this summer. Kindergarten placement takes place in August when we have completed our ore-assessments of all students. No requests for a specific teacher can be made. These requests will be deleted.

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

End of Year SOL Assessment Dates Chesterbrook Summer 2024 Program Options

There will be two options for summer programs for students. The CES PTA Sponsored one week camps are funded through camp fees while the FCPS summer bridge academic support program is a three week free program.

CES PTA Sponsored Summer Quest at Chesterbrook Elementary

Register for Summer Quest Here

The long-standing summer tradition of Summer Quest continues!  Each summer Chesterbrook Elementary PTA has offered fun summer camps for students. This year our program will run from July 8 - 26. The camps including  fun, educational, creative and play based opportunities to support our community and also raise additional funding for programs, specifically technology. 

CES Summer Quest will be held at Chesterbrook with morning and afternoon sessions with an optional add on lunch session bridge. For more information on Summer Quest camps offered, please click on the PTA site above. Parents need to provide transportation for Summer Quest.

FCPS Bridge to K, SOAR and Young Scholars at Timberlane ES

The past three summers, to support post-Covid academic recovery, FCPS held a 3 week summer academic support program from July 8 - July 26. This will include Bridge to K, SOAR and Young Scholars. Each program is a FREE three week academic bridge for students to benefit from continued academic support over the summer.

This year the FCPS academic support programs will be held at Timberlane ES for all McLean pyramid elementary schools. These programs will be run in the morning and transportation will be provided for students. 

If your child has received academic tiered support this year, they may be a good candidate for these programs. Rising Kindergarten students who have not attended preschool or may benefit from additional academic and social supports to prepare would also be good candidates. More information will be shared in the coming weeks as we fill our available seats in the program. Participating students should be available to attend all 3 weeks.

McLean Pyramid Art Show
Congratulations to our Chesterbrook Artists

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CES Weekly Update 3.3.24

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Principal's Message

As we reflect on February, students have been deeply immersed in learning, our tutoring program for math has been up and running smoothly and we held our quarter 2 Pep Rally on one of the nicest days this month. We were able to capture a school wide photo of the event which you will see below. Entering March, grade level teams are focused on strong instruction leading into Spring Break and rounding out plans for the remaining events this school year. 

This past Friday, we said good-bye to our interim Assistant Principal, Melissa Wallace. She has been instrumental in supporting our staff and students since mid-January and I wanted to share my gratitude for her work.

I look forward to introducing Ms. Macdonald to our school community as she joins our team. Ms. Macdonald will start with us on Thursday, March 7th. Additionally, as we prepare for the 2023-24 school year I've been busy interviewing to find talented staff to join our team next school year. With our boundary growth, we will add students from the new boundary to our Kindergarten and 1st grade teams as well as smaller increases in upper grades.

This week we also celebrate our Social Worker, Maria Mahoney during the National recognition for school social workers. Thank you Ms. Mahoney for all you for for our students and families at Chesterbrook. We appreciate you!

As Spring is soon upon us, please mark your calendars for our upcoming school wide events. Check our schedule below for our upcoming Book Fair, Spring class photos and Kindergarten Orientation for rising students.  

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates to Note

March 4 - 8: National Social Work Week; Read Across America Week;
Friday, 3/8 PJ Day

Tuesday, March 5: Student Holiday, Election Day; Chipotle Restaurant Night

Thursday, March 7: Welcome Ms. Macdonald, New Assistant Principal, Mathnasium Family Fun Night 6 - 7 PM

Friday, March 8th: CES PTA Parent Social at Northside Social (Tickets)

Thursday, March 14th: PTA Meeting 9:15 AM

March 14 - 19: Spring Book Fair (More info will be sent)

Monday, March 18: Spring Picture Day (Class Photos; 6th Grade Panoramic); Spirit Day: Dress to Impress

Tuesday, April 2nd:  Rising Kindergarten Orientation 10 - 11:30AM
We are currently registering new students for the new year. We will send out more information soon!

Summer Quest Registration is Open (July 8 - 26) - Click Here to Register

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year 

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year 

Read Across America Week

Get ready for a fun week of stories! Read Across America Week is this week, March 4 -  8.  Students will enjoy great read alouds and end the week with Pajama Day, because who doesn’t love reading in your coziest PJs. We will also be kicking off our Virginia Reader’s Choice Battle of the Books with classes voting for their favorite books, until we reach a winner on Friday, March 15th. 

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election. March 5 will be a holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for teachers. Central offices and school offices will remain open.

Chesterbrook FLES Program Language Change to Spanish Update

Over the past two years, we have worked to examine our current FLES Chinese language program, work to grow the program and examine the needs of our students in many ways. Steps to examine our current program and evaluate whether there was a need for a change to the language were as follows:

  • Historical data was collected from Longfellow regarding language course selections over the past few years
  • A parent coffee was held in June 2023 on our FLES program and information shared with community via newsletters
  • Two parent survey opportunities were given to the Chesterbrook Community in June 2023 and December 2023
  • A staff presentation and survey was given in January 2024
  • Ongoing conversations were held with the World Language Office Team, CES PTA members, staff, Dranesville School Board members, the MS and HS principals, Region 2 Leadership and input considered from students.
  • Direct work with our current FLES teacher over the past two years as we have examined the program and options.

Based on all these factors, an administrative request was made to the FCPS Leadership team to approve a change of language from Chinese to Spanish. The request to change was recently approved and this change for Chesterbrook students will take place at the start of the 2024-25 academic year.

Our administrative team will work with the World Language office to hire a highly qualified Spanish teacher to help us transition our Chesterbrook students in K-6 to Spanish in the 2024-25 school year. Our students who would like to continue with Chinese language will have the opportunity to enroll in Chinese 1 when making their course selections for Longfellow.

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will open Sunday, March 3rd. Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

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Chesterbrook Yearbook Cover Contest Due 3/1

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Calling Chesterbrook Student Artists!!!

We need your help with our creating the 2023 - 2024 Chesterbrook Yearbook Cover Contest. See our contest rules below and submit items to Mrs. Remer by next Friday.

Yearbook Cover Contest TIME Extension for Yearbook Cover All Entries due Friday, March 1st
Hand Delivered to Mrs. Remer

All current Chesterbrook students are encouraged to show their school spirit and creativity by entering our yearbook cover contest! The winning entry will be selected to be displayed on the front cover. Entries not selected for the cover may be highlighted inside the yearbook.

All entries must:

  • be hand-delivered to Mrs. Remer by Friday, March 1st.
  • be oriented vertically on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of white paper;
  • be the student’s original work;
  • feature our school / yearbook theme “Together we are Better”;
  • include our mascot, Chester; and
  • have the artist’s first and last name, grade and teacher’s name written in pencil on the back.

Design Tips:

  • Use bright and bold colors (lightly colored artwork will not print well).
  • Have your design cover the entire paper.
  • Be creative, have fun and do your best!
Yearbook Sales ~ Order Today!!!

 Click here to Order   Chesterbrook Code 24891

Yearbook Photos from School Events Needed

Ideal photos for the yearbook:

  • feature identifiable faces (not just backs and/or tops of heads);
  • include 3-5 students;
  • do not include students making hand gestures; and
  • are taken only at school sponsored events.

Please use the links below to upload your photos.

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CES Weekly Update 2.14.24

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Welcome our New Assistant Principal, Ms. Lara Macdonald

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Lara Macdonald has been appointed the new Assistant Principal for Chesterbrook Elementary.  She will officially begin in her AP role on March 7th.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little more about her background in education as we welcome her to the Chesterbrook family.

Originally from Massachusetts, Ms. Macdonald comes to us with more than 27 years in education with Arlington County Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College and master’s degree from The George Washington University in Special Education. As a life-long learner, Ms. Macdonald has continued to grow her skillset in the field of education receiving specialized endorsements in Literacy, Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance, English Language Learners and Administration and Supervision. 

As an instructional leader, she has held roles as a reading specialist, lead teacher, mentor and most recently Interim Assistant principal of two different schools within Arlington County. Ms. Macdonald brings a wealth of experience in special education, literacy, and differentiated instruction which has contributed to her success in fostering a culture of continuous improvement and academic excellence. 

In her free time, Ms. Macdonald enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave, and two children, Abby and Zack, and their dog, Summer. She also loves reading, running, and crafting.

It was evident in her interview, that Ms. Macdonald brings a positive, warm and caring heart to our school ready to support our staff, students and families. She will be a wonderful asset to our community. I look forward to working alongside Ms. Macdonald and welcoming her to our team at the beginning of March.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Congratulations Chesterbrook Spelling Bee Winner

After 37 rounds of words, we have our winner and runner up! All of our students did a phenomenal job.

Winner Austin Y. (left)
Runner Up Yoham E. (right) Chesterbrook Celebrates Lunar New Year

Chesterbrook celebrated the beginning of Lunar New Year on Friday evening with wonderful songs, dances and an instrumental performance. Thank you to all families that shared delicious food on Friday evening. Thank you to Mrs. Leung for all of her work with our students in recent weeks to prepare. 

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CES Health Update, Fire Lane/Bus Loop Reminder & Lost and Found

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No Parking in Fire Lane

Do not use the entrance #1 curb which is also a fire lane to park. If you are picking up a child or just dropping off and remaining in your car, that is fine.  If you need to exit your vehicle, you need to park in a parking spot. We have buses in and out during the day and need to keep this access clear at all times.  Thank you!

Illness Note

We are seeing a quick rise in illness within the school.  Please be mindful and do not send your children if they are not feeling well. We are increasing our sanitization of high touch surfaces and handwashing/sanitizing practices.  

If there are specific classes with trends in flu or another illness we will work to notify those classes to be extra mindful. At this time we are seeing a wide range of students impacted across the building and wanted all families to be mindful. We appreciate your support to keep our staff and students healthy.

Lost & Found

We have many items that would love to be reunited with their owners.  Do you recognize anything? Parents are welcome to check in with our office staff and look through items located across from our library.  

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CES Weekly Update 2.5.2024

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School Counseling
Appreciation Week

Thank you Mrs. Lomelin and Mr. Buchanan!

Please take time to thank our school counselors for the hard work they do to ensure the social emotional well being and growth of our students. They are supporting our students daily and providing classroom lessons to ensure our students are thriving. Chesterbrook is so lucky to have this fabulous team!

2nd Quarter Progress Reports are posted for parents online through Parent Vue Monday morning, 2/5/2024.  If you need assistance in accessing, please contact our front office staff. At the end of the school year, we provide a hard copy for each student. IEP progress reports will be emailed to parents on Monday.

Kiss N Ride Safety Reminder

Cars dropping off students must come through kiss n ride. Do not allow your children to exit your car on Kirby Road. Parents may park and walk their children using appropriate cross walks and sidewalks. When walking to door 1, do not cut across our bus driveway.

CES Spirit Week ~ Spread Kindness Throughout February Yearbook Cover Contest All Entries due Friday, February 23rd
Hand Delivered to Mrs. Remer

All current Chesterbrook students are encouraged to show their school spirit and creativity by entering our yearbook cover contest! The winning entry will be selected to be displayed on the front cover. Entries not selected for the cover may be highlighted inside the yearbook.

All entries must:

  • be hand-delivered to Mrs. Remer by Friday, February 23rd;
  • be oriented vertically on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of white paper;
  • be the student’s original work;
  • feature our school / yearbook theme “Together we are Better”;
  • include our mascot, Chester; and
  • have the artist’s first and last name, grade and teacher’s name written in pencil on the back.

Design Tips:

  • Use bright and bold colors (lightly colored artwork will not print well).
  • Have your design cover the entire paper.
  • Be creative, have fun and do your best!
Yearbook Sales are Starting!!!

 Click here to Order   Chesterbrook Code 24891

Upcoming Dates

February 5th - 9th - School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 6th - Yearbook Club & Candid Photos 

February 5th - 2nd Quarter Progress Reports Posted in Parent Vue

February 8th - PTA Meeting 2:30 - 3:30

February 9th - 2nd Quarter Pep Rally for Students;

Lunar New Year 5:30; Sign up to bring a dish to share at our event

February 12th 8 PM - Summer Quest Camp Registration will Open

February 19 - President's Day - No School

February 23rd - Yearbook Cover Contest Entries due to Mrs. Remer

Looking Ahead

March 5th - VA Presidential Primary Election Day - No School

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break

April 2nd - Rising Kindergarten Orientation

FCPS annual calendar is here

Thank you Chesterbrook PTA for sponsoring our
Mad Science Assembly

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