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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 10.6

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Upcoming Dates

October 6th - Tonight - Parent Meeting AAP Screening Process 6:30 PM  Link to Connect

Thursday 10/8 - PTA Meeting Link to Connect

October 12: Indigenous People's Day (Student Holiday)

October 30: 2 Hour Early Release for Students

November 2, 3: Student Holiday 

Tonight at 6:30 PM we will hold our Parent Meeting regarding the AAP Screening Process

Included below is previous information that has been sent out as well as the recording to our previous parent coffee on AAP levels of Service.

FCPS Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Please use this link to access tonight's Session: BBCU Parent Coffee Guest Link

On 9/23 we held a parent meeting to go over the AAP Continuum of Services.  If you would like more infomration, you may find the recording here.

Tonight we will hold a second meeting to explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services will be held at Chesterbrook on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM. COVID updates will be shared at this time.

Parents are encouraged to access the September 2020 AAP Newsletter and voice-over presentations before these meetings to maximize time for Q/A.

AAP Continuum of Services - Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM AAP Continuum of Services Overview Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado

AAP Screening Processes - Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM AAP Screening and Identification Video | Evaluación e identificación para los servicios AAP Nivel IV

Referral Window Dates to Note:

Level IV Fall Screening for New Students 3rd – 6th: September 8 – October 8

Level IV Spring Screening for Students 2nd – 6th:  September 8 – December 1

Chesterbrook’s AART: Amy Vallath ajvallath@fcps.edu 703-714-8240

Walking Wednesdays

FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign will be promoting Walking Wednesdays during the 2020-2021 school year to encourage physical activity.  Walking Wednesdays is a county-wide community program designed to promote physical and mental health. FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign encourages students and parents/guardians to take time each Wednesday to walk and connect with friends, neighbors and classmates before the school day and workday begins.  Whether your walk takes you around the block or to your school, we hope you will find others out walking and can greet one another from a distance.

Walking Wednesdays will kick off on October 7, 2020, which is International Walk to School Day.  Coming in November will be Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 18, 2020.  More information about Walking Wednesdays can be found here. Families, neighborhoods or schools can register their participation in International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2020. Here are some ideas for your neighborhood Walk to School Day 2020.

Positivity Project for Families

P2 For Families is live and available for our families! This resource is a transformative way to connect P2 to our students’ homes.  P2 for Families is an easy and effective way for families to discuss the importance of character strengths and positive relationships, especially during these unique times of virtual learning. Each character strength follows a 1-1-3 model: 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to drive conversations around character at home.

P2 for Families can be found as “drop-down” under our Resources page and as a direct link here. Most pages are password protected and the password is: P2 (a capital letter “P” and the number “2”). We hope that our families enjoy this new resource this school year!

Chesterbrook 2020 TShirts Our 2020 Themed CES TShirt is now available  Together We Can!

Order deadline October 20th through My School Bucks.
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Parent Action Item - Students Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement

After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link:     https://forms.gle/Y41Kwgjmjv2mtQtSA

The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

Grab and Go Meals

Grab and go meals are available at Chesterbrook.  Each day we have a delivery from 6:41 AM - 6:51 AM for breakfast and lunch.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scout troops are forming at Chesterbrook. Become a Girl Scout family!  To get more information on becoming a Girl Scout please email Catherine Reilly at cjrosato@gmail.com

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Chesterbrook New Assistant Principal Announcement

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Welcome our New Assistant Principal, Farris Thomas

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Farris Thomas has been appointed the new Assistant Principal for Chesterbrook Elementary.  She will officially begin in her AP role on October 21st.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little more about her background in education as we welcome her to our Chesterbrook family.

Originally from New Jersey, Mrs. Thomas attended James Madison University and began her career in education with Fairfax County Public Schools in 2004. Her career in education began at McLean High School where she was an English teacher and the English department chair. From there she became the instructional coach and testing coordinator at Carson Middle School, where she developed an extensive background in instructional coaching to assist teachers in development of Project Based Learning (PBL) units as well as incorporating Portrait of a Graduate skills. Mrs. Thomas has been trained by the Buck Institute in California for PBL integration in instruction and developed the curriculum and taught the FCPS Academy course for PBL. As an academy instructor, she worked with elementary, middle and high school educators to support PBL integration across FCPS. It was at Rachel Carson that Mrs. Thomas began her role in administration serving as the administrator for English and the World Languages department. Most recently, she has served the Washington Irving school community for the past five years as the Assistant Principal where she supervised the special education department and English department. Mrs. Thomas’ strong work creating positive behavior intervention supports for students and supporting the needs of the special education community earned her recognition as a finalist for the 2019 Outstanding Administrator of the year from Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA).

Mrs. Thomas also wears the hat of a proud mom to three beautiful young daughters, Macie, Evie and Josie.

With Mrs. Thomas’ strong instructional leadership and passion for working with students in a proactive and positive manner, I’m confident she will be an incredible asset to our Chesterbrook staff. I look forward to working alongside Mrs. Thomas to support the needs of our Chesterbrook staff, students and families.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

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CES Weekly Update 10_19_2020

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Principal's Message 

Last week we celebrated Indigenous People's Day. This year our 6th grade team continues with an Equity committee led by Ms. Mabile.  Student leaders on the committee created a wonderful array of posters to celebrate this day and educate our Chesterbrook community.  These posters were shared by classroom teachers last week. Thank you to our 6th grade students for your creativity and efforts to inform our community on this new holiday: Catherine, Connor, Jay, Layla, Cora, Audrey, Abby, Henry, Kiara, Katherine and Ella. I'm proud of you!

Last week, the FCPS school board met with the FCPS Leadership team to discuss and determine a plan for our children to return to the school building 2 days per week. On 10/26 we have a very limited number of newcomer English Language Learners returning to the building on Monday mornings.  Kindergarten students would be on track to return 2 days a week beginning the week of 11/16 with 1st and 2nd grade following two weeks later and 3rd - 6th after winter break. 

There is a town hall tonight with Dr. Brabrand to discuss the return to in-person plan from 7-8PM. The event will be livestreamed on fcps.edu and available on Cable TV Channel 99. Please email questions to ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu before the Town Hall, or call 1-800-231-6359 during the event to ask a question on air. 

Parents will be asked soon to confirm their selection of all virtual or hybrid for the remainder of the school year. This information will be sent in a separate communication for your review and follow up.

I plan to hold a parent coffee to discuss information on return plans with our community and answer your questions.

Have a wonderful week!

Stacy Kirkpatrick

New ParentVUE "Go Paperless" Feature for Elementary Progress Reports

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

Parents will still receive a final report card at the end of the year. This feature also exists for High and Middle School students. After logging into ParentVue, go to My Account and check the "Go Paperless" option.

Chesterbrook's 1st Annual
Pumpkin Decorating Event

Let's have some fun and decorate pumpkins. Your family may submit a photo or each child in your family may submit a photo.  Let's share some fun and creativity.  Share your pumpkin creation by October 30th.  All submissions will be shared through a slideshow or photo grid. 

We can't wait to share your creations!

Submissions should be sent to 
ChesterbrookES1906@gmail.com

Positivity Project for Families

P2 For Families is live and available for our families! This resource is a transformative way to connect P2 to our students’ homes.  P2 for Families is an easy and effective way for families to discuss the importance of character strengths and positive relationships, especially during these unique times of virtual learning. Each character strength follows a 1-1-3 model: 1 quote, 1 video, and 3 questions to drive conversations around character at home.

P2 for Families can be found as “drop-down” under our Resources page and as a direct link here. Most pages are password protected and the password is: P2 (a capital letter “P” and the number “2”). We hope that our families enjoy this new resource this school year!

Family Fun Activity

Let's Decorate Pumpkins. Chesterbrook would like to have a pumpkin decorating contest.  Families can work together on a pumpkin or submit a pumpkin for each child if you wish. 

Advanced Academic Information

Parents may submit AAP referrals now. Please access the county website for the referral form and the parent questionnaire. Note that AAP referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020.  If you have any questions regarding the referral process, please contact Amy Vallath, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at AJVallath@fcps.edu

Referral forms should be emailed to Amy Vallath, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at AJVallath@fcps.edu. The email will count as a digital signature for the referral.  

Two parent information sessions have been held.  You may access those recordings below:

October 6th AAP Level IV Screening   and     September 23rd AAP Levels of Service 

Chesterbrook 2020 T-shirts Our 2020 Themed CES TShirt is now available  Together We Can!

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Curbside Library Check Out

Students can log in to Follett Destiny using their student ID number and password to browse books through the Chesterbrook library catalog. Each student can place a maximum of 5 books on hold.  Additionally, students or adults can complete a Google form to request types of books instead of specific titles.  You can always email Ms. Reid directly to request books.

Ms. Reid will gather books from the Chesterbrook library, check them out to the student, put books in a labeled bag and place them outside of the main office. Students will receive an email to let them know when their books are ready for pick up. Curbside pick-up will be available Monday through Friday outside of the main office from 8:30 – 3:30.

If you have books to return they can be placed in a return bin outside of the main office. Books will be isolated for 7 days.

Contact the librarian, Ms. Meredith Reid, with any questions, comments, or concerns. mareid@fcps.edu

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CES Important Update - Upcoming Parent Coffees and Update about In-Person Instruction for Students

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Dear Chesterbrook Parents, 

As a follow up to the communication sent this evening by FCPS, I wanted to share with you information specifically for our community regarding upcoming parent coffees and how you can update your preference for instruction.

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more, visit here.

Chesterbrook administrators will also hold two parent coffees next Tuesday to provide information as you consider options for return. You will have an opportunity to meet our new Assistant Principal, Farris Thomas, during our meetings and hear about the planning and preparations for your children.  

Parent Coffee - Tuesday, October 27th 1 PM or 6 PM
Use this link to join either virtual meeting 

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

Group 5: Week of November 16 – tentative date: Kindergarten

Intensive Support Needs(students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day),

Group 6: November 30 - tentative date: Grades 1-2

Group 7: January 4 – tentative date: Grades 3-6

Group 8: January 26– tentative date: Grades 7-12 

The following special education groups will receive in-person instruction four (4) days per week (Tues - Fri) - Intensive Support Needs - Group 5

We will be using concurrent instruction for students who receive in-person instruction. This means that students who elect in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home.

In either format, Mondays will be a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons. This will begin on Monday, November 9, 2020 for Group 5 and on November 16, 2020 for Group 6.  November 12 and 13 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 5 students to give our teachers time to prepare and plan for in-person instruction.  November 20, 23, and 24 will be teacher workdays and independent learning days for Group 6 students.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session.  Here is a video that demonstrates how a concurrent classroom will look.

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please submit a request to change your preference no later than Friday, October 30th. We will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. One form request must be completed for each child needing an updated preference.

We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition; however, some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all FCPS students. 

Sincerely, 

Stacy Kirkpatrick
Principal

 

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 10.27.20

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Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 30th - 2 hour early release for students; End of 1st Quarter

Monday, 11/2- Student Holiday

Tuesday, 11/3- Student Holiday, Election Day - Front Office Closed 

Wednesday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day - 2 hour early release for students

It's a Costume Party to Celebrate the End of the Quarter

This Friday we look forward to having a fun opportunity to share your costume creations.
Have some fun and dress up on any costume.  

Wear a costume that is school appropriate and follows FCPS guidelines.

Chesterbrook Pumpkin Decorating

Have some fun and share your family or individual pumpkin!

Wow!  Look at Mr. Leveque's creation.
We are excited to see the great creativity
across our community.
Thank you to those that have submitted photos. 
We are excited to share our student designs. Designs will be accepted through the weekend.
Submit photos to ChesterbrookES1906@gmail.com

Parent Coffee Return to School Information

If you were unable to join us today for our parent information sessions, please access them below.

Recording of Parent Coffee

Slide deck of the Presentation

We realize the anxiety and concern that may be around class placements and changes that may be needed as we support the return to the building with concurrent instruction.  We will be working with each grade level to communicate any needed teacher placements. There is a lot of work to be done, so we appreciate your patience.

Parent Intent Form Updated

Please use this link for updating your parent intent by Friday, October 30th.  This link will update your information in SIS directly. 

ParentVUE - Go Paperless!

This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that FCPS has offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to the our school SIA, Dave Troskey, datroskey@fcps.edu to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview

Attendance

Please use this link to indicate your child's absence or late arrival.  This link will email the office attendance as well as the child's homeroom teacher.

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Last Chance for Shirts

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Chesterbrook 2020 T-shirts Our 2020 Themed CES TShirt is now available  Together We Can!

Today is the Last Chance to order through My School Bucks.

Only preorders will be accepted.

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New ParentVUE "Go Paperless" Feature for Elementary Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all Elementary School parents. Choosing this option allows you to obtain your child(ren)'s progress reports online. To select this option, parents will need to log into their ParentVUE account and follow these directions: 

  • Log into your ParentVUE Account
  • Go to “My Account”  (Step 1)
  • Select "Go Paperless" (Step 2)
  • Select "Update Account" (Step 3)

All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all your school-aged children, no matter their grade. Therefore, if you have already selected “Go Paperless” for your secondary level child(ren), the option will also apply to any of their elementary siblings. 

Let's Save the Trees! Go Paperless today!

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CES Weekly Updates 11.7.2020

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Upcoming Dates

11/7 - Kindergarten Parent Coffee - Return to School Q&A

11/11 - Two Hour Early Release (1:30) for Students

Nov 9, 12, 13- Kindergarten Teacher Planning Days; Asynchronous work provided for kindergarten students for core classes and specials.

Nov 16, 23, 24 – 1st and 2nd Grades Teacher Planning Days; Asynchronous work will be provided for students for core classes.  Specials will be held.

Nov 25, 26, 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday Break for Staff and Students

Kindergarten Parent Coffee

This Monday 11/9 at 6PM
Return to School and Q&A for Kindergarten
Please use the parent session link to access
Meeting will be recorded and shared for those that cannot attend.

A Message from Mrs. Kirkpatrick

As we move into the second quarter we are deeply embedded in planning for a safe, educational and supportive student return.

Students are scheduled to return 2 days a week as follows:
11/17 - Kindergarten

12/1 - 1st and 2nd Grade

1/4 - 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grades

A-K Tuesday/Wednesday and L-Z Thursday/Friday

*unless you were notified of a change to help balance a section
We appreciate the flexibility of those of you who have already agreed to a change days to accommodate the needs.

Each parent should have received a direct email from me last week regarding the plan for your child's grade level. Kindergarten and 1st grade will be the only grade where we are planning teacher changes to accommodate a full class that is 100% virtual. Ms. Kuduk and Mrs. Wei will be the teachers teaching 100% virtual. These changes will take place the day on which students return. If FCPS were to make a change to return, students will remain with their current teacher.  All students in grades 2nd - 6th will remain with their current teacher regardless of their decision to remain 100% virtual of return to school. This decision was made in the overall best interest of our students and match with the teacher and peers they are currently placed. 

We are presently reworking the master schedule to accommodate outdoor play breaks, lunch for the school and time between specials.  All specials will begin virtual and specialists are currently paired to support teams to limit contact exposure. Paired specialists will help support a specific grade level to offer classroom teachers needed support.

We look forward to seeing our littlest chipmunks in just over a week!

With gratitude for your flexibility and support,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Chesterbrook Celebrates the End of Quarter 1 with a Costume Day 

Our Front Office Team Sends a Warm Chipmunk Greeting to All

School Monitors & Substitutes Needed at Chesterbrook

We will not be allowed to use volunteers in the school building, but we are looking to hire at least 4 school monitors to support teachers and students Tuesday - Friday once they return. Please email Mrs. Kirkpatrick if you are thinking about these opportunities and we can discuss more details.  

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

  Creativity Shines Through in our 2020 Pumpkin Decorating Thanksgiving Appreciation Raffle for Staff

If you would like to contribute to a staff "Thanksgiving Appreciation" raffle, we will collect gift cards and donations from local businesses to raffle off. Our staff can use all the support they can during this time and entering a raffle for a lunch, coffee or amazon gift card will really brighten their day. We would like to hold our Thanksgiving Appreciation Raffle as a way to say thank you to our Chesterbrook Staff. If you would like to contribute, you may drop gift cards off to the main office with Pat Pence or mail directly to the school in the care of Pat Pence.  We will make sure all gift cards land in the hands of our lucky staff. Thank you for your support of our amazing team.

With Gratitude, Stacy & Farris

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Program

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/gaTtLcSTd6CDMMVy9

You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

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CES Weekly Update 11.22.2020

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Upcoming Dates

11/24 -      4th Grade Virtual Jamestown Fieldtrip *Last chance - Student field trip materials should be picked from the lobby on Monday.
11/25 - 27  Thanksgiving Holiday
12/1           AAP Level IV Referral Deadline (see details below)
12/7           Chesterbrook Picture Day - Sign up only (see details below)
12/10         PTA Meeting 6PM
12/21- 1/1  Winter Break

***Please note adjusted days/times for asynchronous work to provide teachers planning time for face to face preparation.
Kindergarten - 11/30 Asynchronous after 10AM Reading buddies end

1st and 2nd Grades - 11/30 and 12/7 Asynchronous after house meeting and all asynchronous on 12/3 and 12/4

A Message from Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Recently we have seen an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country, state and even our Chesterbrook community. I appreciate the outpouring of support and care for our staff. Overall, staff are doing well, keeping spirits positive and look forward to seeing students in class each day. Going through the protocols of health monitoring, case reporting, communication and cleaning, I want our community to know how supported I feel throughout this process. I have worked closely with our Region 2 leadership team, public health nurse, communications team and health department. We have a fantastic team working collaboratively for our staff and our students.

Teachers are working tirelessly to support students and this work continues to take a lot of time to prepare. As your principal, I ask you to continue to provide grace and compassion as you communicate with teachers. We will always work to meet the needs of students, but please know we have additional resources if your child is in need of additional support. There are a variety of other school resources including our administrators, counselors, psychologist and social worker that are available to help you navigate mental health supports that are needed beyond the classroom teacher. Please communicate with your child's teacher if they are struggling. I encourage you to reach out to Mrs. Heather Lomelin, HELomelin@fcps.edu, or Mrs. Lindsey Pence, LPence@fcps.edu if your child is in need of additional support. I assure you our team will do whatever we can. This will also go a long way in supporting the mental health of our teachers.

As parents, we also need support. I know all too well the balance of work, home and children is pressing on all of us. We will get through this difficult time if we pull together and realize instruction during this pandemic is not perfect, but we are all doing our very best. Our Parent Resource Center also has a wide variety of supports for parents.  Please check these out:

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Topical Resources - Information for Families and Educators

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As always, I'm here to support our Chesterbrook community and thank you for the collaboration to support our children. I encourage you to call your neighbors, check in on each other and share your appreciation for staff that are making a difference in your child's life. In this time of Thanksgiving, I am thankful to have a staff that is so dedicated to go over and beyond for each other and our children and a community of parents that are so supportive.  This is what we need during this time. Together We Can!

Warmly,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Return to School - Parent Health Screening Commitment
Due for all parents sending students back to school

All parents sending students back face to face will be asked to complete the Health Screening Commitment Form.  Please log into SIS ParentVue to acknowledge the FCPS Health Screening Commitment Form as soon as possible.  Having this task taken care of now will save us time preparing for each group. 

More information about returning to school for in-person instruction is available in the Family Guide for Return to School.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard
This information was shared in our PTA meeting last week and shared here to ensure everyone is aware of the tools available to the community.
If you have questions regarding public health, you are welcome to contact our Public Health Nurse, Vivienne Goldstein, 571-835-0966.

Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.

Chesterbrook School Pictures- December 7th   

You must have an appointment for a picture time - Sign up here! from 12PM - 7PM on December 7th.

Students will arrive through the Kiss & Ride lane. Temperatures will be taken and the students will be escorted to the gym. Masks are required and will be removed right before the picture. Students will exit through the opposite gym door - parents and guardians can pick up their student from the bus lane. Pictures should take no more than ten minutes. 

Information on how to order photos is here. Please note, that you do not need to order photos to be included in the yearbook.  

Report Cards Delayed Mailing

We are working to mail report cards. This is a tremendous undertaking and we apologize that it is taking a while to get these hard copies to you.  You can access quarter 1 report cards through ParentVue at anytime. You are encouraged to "Go Paperless" by choosing this option in ParentVue if this is an option that will work for your family.  All students will receive a final hard copy of the report card for 2020-21, regardless of paperless status.

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CES New Playground Installation Starting

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Chesterbrook's New Playground Installation

Please be advised that our new playground installation will begin tomorrow! Tuesday, December 1st, the installation crew will begin the work for our brand new playground. For your safety, our playground and blacktop area will be inaccessible for community use while the new playground is being installed. This work is slated to last approximately three weeks.

I want to take a moment to thank our chairs on the playground committee, Kate Ward and Lorin Allan, who spent a lot of time and dedication reviewing designs options that would meet the needs of all our students. The collaboration and support of our PTA make this a reality along with the generosity of our community toward the Chesterbrook Chipmunk Fund and other fundraisers. Please know how much you are appreciated!

I want to extend an additional thank you to the McLean Community Foundation for providing Chesterbrook a grant to assist our community with this important project. The images below represent structures that will be installed. We look forward to sharing updates on our playground installation soon. 

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

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CES Weekly Update 12.2.2020

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Upcoming Dates

Report Cards for Quarter 1 were mailed home this week
12/7           Chesterbrook Picture Day - Sign up only (see details below)
12/10         PTA Meeting 6PM
12/21- 1/1  Winter Break

Playground Installation and Grounds Access

This week our new playground installation began. We will be sharing pictures of the work over the expected 3 week installation. The crew is hard at work and has already made great progress. 

An orange fence was placed around the construction area to zone off the work area and prohibit access.  

During the renovation work, fields and blacktop remain available for socially distanced exercise and activities. We encourage you to take a walk and enjoy the storywalk created by our wonderful PTA committee.

Enjoy Chesterbrook's Storywalk

Enjoy the outdoors, take a walk with your family around our field and enjoy the new storywalk.

Thank you to our Chesterbrook Connections Committee, Melissa Weinstock, Kate Ward and Melinda Winn, for their work on this educational and physically engaging activity for our students.

Reminders Chesterbrook School Pictures- December 7th   

You must have an appointment for a picture time - Sign up here! from 12PM - 7PM on December 7th.

Students will arrive through the Kiss & Ride lane. Temperatures will be taken and the students will be escorted to the gym. Masks are required and will be removed right before the picture. Students will exit through the opposite gym door - parents and guardians can pick up their student from the bus lane. Pictures should take no more than ten minutes. 

Information on how to order photos is here. Please note, that you do not need to order photos to be included in the yearbook.  

*Required for All Returning Face to Face Students -
Parent Health Screening Commitment Due for all parents sending students back to school

All parents sending students back face to face will be asked to complete the Health Screening Commitment Form.  Please log into SIS ParentVue to acknowledge the FCPS Health Screening Commitment Form as soon as possible.  Having this task taken care of now will save us time preparing for each group. 

More information about returning to school for in-person instruction is available in the Family Guide for Return to School.

1753 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101  |  Main Phone: 703.714.8200 
Attendance: 703.714.8282 | Web | Twitter