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CES Weekly Update 10.14.22

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Principal's Message

We've enjoyed a great week of learning after leading the week with a staff professional development workday. Staff engaged in PD around cuturally responsive teaching practices that are aligned with the updated Virginia Department of Education evaluation standards. Student ambassadors also took part in a morning workshop Thursday to learn about how their skills as a leader can positvely impact their school community.

The PTA meet this week and welcomed parents in person as well as virtually. This platform seems to be working well for our parent coffee and PTA meetings to include as many families as possible. 

Our next parent coffee will be held on 10/25 at 9:15 AM. This is a change in date due to a conflict in my schedule.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  Information and our video will be shared with families.

I wanted to share a concern about our crosswalk safety on Kirby road over the past couple of weeks. It has been noticed that cars are driving fast on Kirby (not our families for the most part) and even speeding up to beat people in the crosswalk. This is concerning as we all work together to ensure the safety of our families. I am working to ensure the school zone lights are functional as students walk to and from school and also work with our McLean police to help enforce a safe speed where cars stop for pedestrians in our crosswalks. Thank you for being viligant while using the crosswalk and also while driving your children to and from school.

We have had many recent events including our book fair, grade level field trips and our kickball kickoff. These events would not be possible without our parent volunteers.  Additionally, we have truly appreciated our lunch volunteers that help us throughout the week. Please know how much your time and support of our students is valued. 

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Kickball Kickoff!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates
  • 10/12 - 17: Fall Bookfair
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • NEW DATE - Tuesday, October 25: Parent Coffee - Reading: Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth; Technology Information to help parents support instructional learning
  • Wednesday, October 26: Parent Meeting AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, October 28: Freaky Friday Dress Up Day
    End of Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

October 13th - 18th, 2022

Come by and choose from a great selection of affordable, thoughtful and enriching book selections for your kids.  
 
Below is the schedule:

  • Saturday, 10/15: 9am - noon (Books and Breakfast)
  • Monday, 10/17, 8am - 8:25am and 4pm - 5pm 

  • Tuesday 10/18 8am - 8:25am (Students need parent supervision before school hours and then wait with children in lobby or pod prior to opening bell)

  • Tuesday, 10/18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Taco Night from 5pm - 7pm)

Kids can also shop the book fair on school days 8:30 am - 8:50 am. 

There are a ton of before & after school options for parents and caregivers (and kids!). Look for your child’s Wish List to come home. If you can’t make it to shop with your child, you can send them with cash or a check made payable to “Chesterbrook PTA”. Credit cards will also be accepted at the book fair. 

25% of all sales will directly benefit our library and technology center. 

Credit cards and eWallet payment will be accepted. https://www.bookwormbmaps.com/eWallet/

Watch for more details on all of the fun events planned during book fair week. Your support of our library and teacher classrooms is very much appreciated. 

5th and 6th Grade Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors were sent an email to register or a workshop either this Thursday or next Wednesday. If students were not able to come this week, please have your ambassador register to attend next Wednesday, 10/19. Ambassador will be sent emails on their school gmail account to be given notice of events and opportunities.

Mrs. Lomelin shared an opportunity for our pencil sales team. If students would like to join in that opportunity, they needed to register by today, Friday 10/14.

My School Bucks Reimbursements

The past couple of weeks we have needed to clean up quite a few overpayments (paying twice for a field trip) on school items or payments of old items (last years grade level tshirt) that should have not been listed as current. If you received a reimbursement for payment it was most likely due to one of these issues. If you have questions regarding any MySchool Bucks items you can reach out to Mrs. Cindy Flores, our Administrative Assistant at 703-714-8200.

All buttons currently listed for field trips and tshirts are valid. Please note that we will cut off field trip and tshirt payments within a strict timeline to allow Ms. Flores to pay the vendor on time. Your help with timely payments is appreciated.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS parent resource center provides free workshops, consultations and a lending library. There are a varity of resources available to all families to help your child(ren) succeed. View more information on resources and contact for the center by clicking this link.

Lightspeed: Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. To find out more and sign up for these services, please visit this link.

Outstanding Employee Awards

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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact Holley Remer at [email protected]

Opportunity Outside CES:

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CES - Book Fair & Dr. Reid Community Conversations

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Book Fair Taco Tuesday - Tonight

Come by and choose from a great selection of affordable, thoughtful and enriching book selections for your kids. Meet up with other families and enjoy a Taco Tuesday and Book Fair Evening with friends.

  • Tuesday, 10/18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Taco Night from 5pm - 7pm)

25% of all sales will directly benefit our library and technology center. 

Cash, Check, Credit cards and eWallet payment will be accepted. https://www.bookwormbmaps.com/eWallet/

Thank you to our Book Fair committee and Ms. Mann for the many hours they have dedicated to planning, setup and running our book fair. The students have enjoyed the event and diving into reading new books.

Student Opportunity: Q & A with Dr. Reid and the McLean, Marshall, and Langley pyramid students Student Opportunity: Q & A with Dr. Reid and the McLean, Marshall, and Langley pyramid students

On October 19th at 6:00 PM at the McLean Community Center (MCC) 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA, Dr. Reid will be answering the questions and concerns from STUDENTS.  

We encourage all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent. The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.  

The agenda: 

  • Dr. Reid Introduction
  • Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
  • Open forum for questions from students

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CES Weekly News 10.24.22

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Dear Chesterbrook Parents,

As we approach the end of October, we close out the first quarter with a two hour early release Friday, 10/28, at 1:35. Teachers have sent communication on parent/teacher conference opportunities and we welcome you to reach out if you have not signed up. We welcome your collaboration and insight so we can meet your child's individual needs.

This coming week we have a couple of opportunities for parents to join us in our Tuesday coffee at 9:15AM (in person & virtual) in the cafeteria and Wednesday evening (virtual) as we detailed information on the FCPS level IV referral process.

FCPS has now rolled out the full version of Talking Points which allows us to quickly and easily communicate with all families and in your home language if you prefer. The application communicates with our current parent data so we can reach all parents quickly and efficiently. This will allow our Chesterbrook teams as well as office to share reminders, bus updates and other important notes.  Teams and adminsitration will continue to use this News You Choose platform to send weekly newsletters.  Please read your team letters closely so you don't miss out on important information.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and I look forward to participating in our fun Freaky Friday.  What do you think the office staff will be?  We have a great surprise in store for our students!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates
  • TOMORROW! Tuesday, October 25: Parent Coffee - Reading: Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth; Technology Information to help parents support learning. We will be in person with our virtual link - Virtual Zoom Link
  • Wednesday, October 26: Parent Meeting AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, October 28: Freaky Friday Dress Up Day End of Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)
  • Tueday, November 8th: Holiday, Elections Day
  • Wednesday, November 9th: Grades viewable in ParenVue
  • Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day; Student Holiday; Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, November 15th: Fall Makeup School Pictures
  • November 23rd - 25th: Thanksgiving Break 
  • FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 
CES Bike & Walk to School Day
Thursday 10/27

Join us this Thursday to celebrate National Bike/Walk to school day. We are participating a little later than the nationally recognized day when our local McLean police officers will be present to support our families participating.We encourage parents to walk or bike with their children. 

October 28th - Freaky Friday Costume Day

School appropriate costumes should be worn that fully allow studnets to participate in the school day, including PE and recess. Hats will be allowed, but may not fully cover the head and face.
Please ensure that costumes:

  • are appriate and follow dress guidelines in the SR&R.
  • contain no blood, gore, signs or themes of violence.
  • do not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons or any type.

Any Freaky Friday wear should allow a student to fully participate in the school day therefore NO inflatable costumes should be worn by students and all students should have on appropriate footwear. Show your school spirit and have fun!

CES Career Fair – PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night

DATE and Time Friday, Nov. 18th from 6PM - 7PM 

CES Families - Please join us for November’s Family Fun Night at the CES Career Fair on Friday, November 18th (6 – 7 pm)!  Activities, snacks, refreshments and a visit from the Mclean Police Department and Mclean Fire Department.

CES Parents – Do you have an interesting career to share – please volunteer to showcase it.  Do you know another community member with an interesting career – ask them to share, too!  We need YOU to make this event successful and educational for our students.

Volunteer Sign-up:  https://forms.gle/cvLRoWN69jyR1U9S7.  

Federal Impact Aid Survey

All families are asked to complete the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid for each child. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

The signed forms are due no later than November 4th. For each school-aged child in your household who attend Chesterbrook ES, you must complete the form.

Please complete, sign, date, and place in your child’s backpack to give to the homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in section 3.  

FCPS Strategic Plan Survey Grades 3-12

You may have heard that FCPS is launching Our Voices, Our Future, an effort to build our strategic plan. This plan will serve as a roadmap to guide our school division for the next five years. We encourage you to be a part of this journey!

In the coming weeks, we will invite the FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. Our students will be the first to lend their voices to this process by participating in an optional online survey. With students at the very heart of our work, we believe they should have an opportunity to be heard and provide feedback on what they feel is important.  

The optional survey is designed to protect your child’s privacy and is anonymous. It will take about 10-15 minutes to complete during school. Responses to the student survey will be analyzed and included in data reports from the external consulting team FCPS is contracting with to support development of the new Strategic Plan. While the survey is voluntary, we would like all students in Grades 3 to 12 to take part in it. If you would like  to review the survey or opt your child out of participating in it, please visit this webpage. The paper opt out form can be found here - additional languages are on the link to the webpage with more information. The deadline to submit an opt-out form is October 28.

I appreciate your considering this leadership opportunity for your child to help inform our plans for the future of FCPS. Together, all things are possible.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michelle C. Reid
Superintendent

Talking Points

We have previously provided this option for parents as we waited on the full version to roll out.  Quicker than expected, FCPS has recently adopted the full version of TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage.

The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact the front office at 703-714-8200 and we will support any questions you may have as we all use this new tool.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

McLean High School News

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CES Weekly News 10.26.22

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Chesterbrook Honors Veteran's Day

This year we look forward to bringing back some traditions of honoring current and veteran military personnel. Men and Women that have served our country are invited to share their experiences with our students. On November 10th, we will invite military personnel into Chesterbrook classrooms to speak. Please consider joining us in a day of sharing with our students  so they can learn more about the important services provided by our military men and women. 
Please sign up here if you would like to participate as a classroom speaker. If you would like to speak, but cannot join us on 11/10, please complete the form and provide availability.

If you would like to volunteer to speak, please complete this form to share your information and availability.

My Hero Project

Chesterbrook students and staff are invited to share who are our military heroes. This document is being provided to our students to create a display in our school. Please have your student turn in the "My Hero" document to Mrs. Lomelin in our front office by November 4th. 

Parent Coffee Information

Thank you to Mrs. Jennings (Reading Specialist), Kendall Bryant (ESOL teacher) and Megan Brown (School Based Technology Specialist) for their presentations at our October parent coffee. Topics included shifts in reading instruction (Science of Reading), instructional technology and how parents can support at home. 

Access Slides for Presentation | Access Recording from our Zoom Session

Parent Information Meeting this evening - 6PM 
AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link

Full access to our library newsletters and links on schoology

CES School Pictures are online now!

Your student fall photos are now online and my be accessed through an email from Victor O'Neill Studios. If you do not see it in your inbox, check the spam/junk folder.

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: https://vando.imagequix.com/Y98FA93 

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

Questions: [email protected]

Reminders CES Bike & Walk to School Day Thursday 10/27

Join us this Thursday to celebrate National Bike/Walk to school day. We are participating a little later than the nationally recognized day when our local McLean police officers will be present to support our families participating.We encourage parents to walk or bike with their children. 

October 28th - Freaky Friday Costume Day

School appropriate costumes should be worn that fully allow studnets to participate in the school day, including PE and recess. Hats will be allowed, but may not fully cover the head and face. Please ensure that costumes:

  • are appriate and follow dress guidelines in the SR&R.
  • contain no blood, gore, signs or themes of violence.
  • do not include play guns, swords, knives or weapons or any type.

Any Freaky Friday wear should allow a student to fully participate in the school day therefore NO inflatable costumes should be worn by students and all students should have on appropriate footwear. Show your school spirit and have fun!

CES Career Fair – PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night

DATE and Time Friday, Nov. 18th from 6PM - 7PM 

CES Families - Please join us for November’s Family Fun Night at the CES Career Fair on Friday, November 18th (6 – 7 pm)!  Activities, snacks, refreshments and a visit from the Mclean Police Department and Mclean Fire Department.

CES Parents – Do you have an interesting career to share – please volunteer to showcase it.  Do you know another community member with an interesting career – ask them to share, too!  We need YOU to make this event successful and educational for our students.

Volunteer Sign-up:  https://forms.gle/cvLRoWN69jyR1U9S7

Federal Impact Aid Survey

The signed forms are due no later than November 4th. For each school-aged child in your household who attend Chesterbrook ES, you must complete the form.

Please complete, sign, date, and place in your child’s backpack to give to the homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in section 3.  

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CES Weekly Update 10.31.22

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Principals Message

I hope all of our Chesterbrook Chipmunks enjoyed their Halloween festivities despite the rain this evening. I want to encourage you to leave the candy at home or provide a small piece for a lunch treat. Please remember students should not share food/treats at school as we work to keep all of our students safe from severe allergic reactions. The PTA is also taking donations of candy for our Fun Fair should you wish to donate some of the goodies collected. Please  bring any candy donations by the front office. 

Your support of Chesterbrook through our Summer Quest camp programs allow us to have extra funding to put funds towards technology supports for our school. Over the past years we have purchased laptops, projectors for classrooms and online programs for instructional use. This year we have purchased BrainPop to suplement resources for teachers, Typing Club with add on vocabulary and spelling practice and are currently working on finalizing purchase of Reflex and Frax to strengthen math fluency skills. As mentioned at a parent coffee, instructional technology should complement and add onto the direct instruction from the classroom teacher. Programs are not meant to replace the teacher with direct instruction. Teachers monitor the use of technology and the minutes on any program should be limited to make the most efficient use of time and effective growth. Another upcoming purchase we are looking to make, is to update teacher preparation tools including an updated poster printer and cutting machines. The tools currently in use are aging out and materials are no long available for replacement. At our next PTA meeting, I will share some of these updates on these materials and other new opportunities we are looking forwarding to rolling out this school year. As our theme says, "The Best is Yet to Come" and we have some great things on the horizon for our students.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Advanced Academic Screening & Identification Full Time Level IV Services

If you missed the parent information session held on 10/26, the session slides and recording are below.

Slide Deck | Recording from Parent Info Zoom Session

Reminders Federal Impact Aid Survey

The signed forms are due no later than November 4th.For each school-aged child in your household who attend Chesterbrook ES, you must complete the form. Please complete, sign, date, and place in your child’s backpack to give to the homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in section 3.  

Chesterbrook Honors Veteran's Day Call for Speakers

We can use a few more military speakers if you have time to volunteer for our classes. On November 10th, we will invite military personnel into Chesterbrook classrooms to speak. Please consider joining us in a day of sharing with our student, so they can learn more about the important services provided by our military men and women. If you would like to volunteer to speak, please complete this form to share your information and availability.

My Hero Project

Chesterbrook students and staff are invited to share who are our military heroes. This document is being provided to our students to create a display in our school. Please have your student turn in the "My Hero" document to Mrs. Lomelin in our front office by November 4th. 

CES Career Fair – PTA Sponsored Family Fun Night

DATE and Time Friday, Nov. 18th from 6PM - 7PM 

CES Families - Please join us for November’s Family Fun Night at the CES Career Fair on Friday, November 18th (6 – 7 pm)!  Activities, snacks, refreshments and a visit from the Mclean Police Department and Mclean Fire Department.

CES Parents – Do you have an interesting career to share – please volunteer to showcase it.  Do you know another community member with an interesting career – ask them to share, too!  We need YOU to make this event successful and educational for our students.

Volunteer Sign-up:  https://forms.gle/cvLRoWN69jyR1U9S7

Upcoming Dates
  • Tueday, November 8th: Holiday, Elections Day
  • Wednesday, November 9th: Grades viewable in ParentVue
  • Thursday, November 10th: Veteran's Day Speakers *We can use a few more military speakers if you are interested. (see link above)
  • Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day; Student Holiday; Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, November 15th: Fall Makeup School Pictures
  • Friday, November 18th: Family Fun Night - CES Career Night
  • November 23rd - 25th: Thanksgiving Break 
  • FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 
Chesterbrook Staff Freaky Friday 2022

Our staff went all out and students enjoyed voting for their favorite group.
1st Place: 6th Grade; 2nd Place: Office/Admin team; 3rd Place: Mrs. Lopez
Look at all these amazing costumes!

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CES Outstanding Employee Nominations

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Please consider a nomination for  Chesterbrook Outstanding Employee Awards

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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact Holley Remer at [email protected]

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CES Weekly Update 11.9.22

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Principal's Message

We are quickly moving through November with exciting days ahead for our Chipmunks! Tomorrow morning we welcome our Veteran's Day speakers to join all of our classes. I am pleased to welcome many of our military parents and veteran's from Vinson Hall to meet with our students and share about their experiences in the military. To all of our current and veteran military families, thank you for your service!  Students will be off on Friday as teacher's will focus on instructional planning and our primary teachers will participate in professional development with our new updated to our Language Arts program. 

Grades are posted in SIS Parent Vue (as of today) and data reports were sent home to provide information on the assessments completed for our first through sixth grade students. Basic assessment data for iReady reading and math as well as the fluency and spelling assessment data was shared in this report.  FCPS sent an email notifying parents of a new letter that will provide more details on the reading and math domains that were assessed. This letter will be posted in Parent Vue later this month, but I'm not sure yet when that will be viewable. We will keep you updated. These letters will not be printed for the school, but if you cannot access it, we will be able to provide the letter to you.

This school year, we are consistently working on instructional practices that allow students opportunities to explore curriculum in a deeper context. Teachers are working to include Portrait of a Graduate skills with their daily learning targets to not only develop these skills, but also have our students explicitly identify when they are utilizing them. Parents, you can help too by volunteering to assist with out work around POG. More informaiton is included below along with a sign up form.

Additionally, we reaffirm our committment to the collective partnership with parents, which is critical to your child's success. As we closed first quarter and held conferences, these deeper conversations about your child(ren) build foundational support and a collective partnership to further our work to help each student work towards their best self! It has been wonderful to include parents in field trips, classroom events which have included the 5th grade Dig, 1st Grade International Day, 2nd grade Applesauce Day and now we will kick off our 1st Annual Turkey Trot! Join us on Tuesday, November 22nd during your child's Turkey Trot and recess block to cheer them on.  See details below!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 9th: 1st Quarter Grades Viewable in ParentVue

Thursday, November 10th: Veteran's Day Speakers in classrooms; PTA Meeting 9:15AM; Spirit Day - Wear Red, White and Blue

Friday, November 11th: Veterans Day; Student Holiday; Teacher Workday

Monday, November 14th:  Student Ambassador Meeting 7:45 - 8:30 AM - Email sent to ambassadors regarding upcoming ambassador leadership  committees.

Tuesday, November 15th: Fall Makeup School Pictures; Restaurant Night at Chipotle 4-8PM (See Brochure )

Friday, November 18th: Family Fun Night - CES Career Night 6-7PM

Monday, November 21st: Mix n Match Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 22nd:  Turkey Trot Fun Run (Scheduled time for grade levels tentative - see below)

November 23rd - 25th: Thanksgiving Break Holiday

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

Portrait of a Graduate:
We Need Your Help!

As we continue to build our students’ understanding of Portrait of a Graduate skills, we are seeking volunteers to assist with helping students build real world connections.

If you are interested in volunteering in a variety of opportunities or have any ideas to share, please complete the attached Google Form. Those that complete the form will be contact for an information/training session and will be contacted for opportunities throughout the school year.  We appreciate your experiences & look forward to showing our students the importance of these skills – now & for the future! 

Tuesday, November 15th is makeup picture day

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original picture

Please feel free to direct Parent/ Guardian questions to Victor O’Neill, using the following email: [email protected]

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :
https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000947402

Lunch Visits with Students

We are pleased to welcome back a prepandemic option. If parents would like to have lunch with your student at school on a special day, please contact your teacher so they can make adjustments and ensure spacing is available. Please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher if you would like to join us.

Thanksgiving lunch is planned far in advance for food orders and will not be open to parents this school year. We will look to bring that back next school year.

Get Ready!!! CES Turkey Trot 2022 is Coming!!!

We are excited to hold spirit days leading up to our Thanksgiving break!

Monday, November 21- Mix & Match day - wear your best mixed & matched outfits!

Tuesday, November 22 will be Turkey Trot Tuesday!

Students can wear their best work out attire and participate in an optional Turkey Trot! Students will be challenged to run the track at Chesterbrook. 4th through 6th graders will have 25 minutes to run as many laps as possible and Kindergarten through 3rd graders  will have 15 minutes to run as many laps as possible. Participation is optional for students. Parents are invited to cheer on their students during their Turkey Trot time! All parents attending will need to check into the front office and meet classes on the field.

Please see below for the grade level schedule. 

Tuesday 11/22 - Turkey Trot & Recess Schedule
Turkey Trot will take place during the first 15-25 minutes of this block:

  • 4th & 5th Grade: 9:15-10:00
  • 6th Grade: 12:05-12:50
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade: 1:30-2:15
  • Kinder & 1st Grade: 2:20-3:05
Last Chance! Please consider a nomination for  Chesterbrook Outstanding Employee Awards

To submit a nomination for an Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  

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 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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact Holley Remer at [email protected]

EVERY KID OUTDOORS National Park Pass for 4th Grade Students

The National Park Service is once again offering the Every Kid Outdoors program for 4th Graders and their families. 4th Graders can register for passes that will allow free entrance to any National Park throughout the US.  Each pass admits all children under 16 and up to 3 adults.  Passes expire August 31, 2023.

To obtain a pass through the Every Kid Outdoors program visit:
https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm

Detailed rules and information can be found at: 
https://everykidoutdoors.gov/rules.htm

PTA Information

November PTA Meeting
Thursday, November 10th, 9:15-10:15 am

Click HERE to see this months meeting agenda.
Google Meet joining info:  https://meet.google.com/bsq-dgya-wpy
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 515-523-3191 PIN: ‪694 500 732#

Summer Quest Survey for 2023!

The Chesterbrook PTA would love your input on determining the types of camps that our Chesterbrook families would like to see offered next year for a successful summer program that will be returning summer 2023 at Chesterbrook Elementary. Please take just a few minutes to complete the survey below (the answers are completely anonymous). Thank you and we appreciate your help and support! Survey Link

YEARBOOK PHOTOS - We need your help!

Planning for the 2022-23 yearbook is underway, and we need your help!  In early December, we'll be looking for student and parent volunteers to help design and build the yearbook.  In the meantime, we're looking for photos!

If you chaperone a field trip, assist in a classroom with a special project or event, or attend any of the great Chesterbrook family activities, concerts and performances, don't forget to capture and share the memories. Volunteer responsibilities and enjoying / experiencing the events without looking through a lens should come first of course, but if you have an opportunity to take some photos and would be willing to share them for the yearbook, that would be fabulous!  

Please use the following links to upload your photos to the appropriate album. (Note that although passwords are not required to upload photos, the albums are stored on a password protected, unlisted site.)

(K)Kindergarten:  https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/nkDm5J/kindergarten

(1) First Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/fBPnBv/first

(2) Second Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/3QJpwv/second

(3) Third Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/M9t8nc/third

(4) Fourth Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/wf88pN/fourth

(5) Fifth Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/4zmvKd/fifth

(6) Sixth Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/nFs7GG/sixth

General:  https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/DSzvkw/general

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CES Yearbook Photo Dropbox 22 23

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so we are resending the links. 

YEARBOOK PHOTOS - We need your help!

Planning for the 2022-23 yearbook is underway, and we need your help!  In early December, we'll be looking for student and parent volunteers to help design and build the yearbook.  In the meantime, we're looking for photos!

If you chaperone a field trip, assist in a classroom with a special project or event, or attend any of the great Chesterbrook family activities, concerts and performances, don't forget to capture and share the memories. Volunteer responsibilities and enjoying / experiencing the events without looking through a lens should come first of course, but if you have an opportunity to take some photos and would be willing to share them for the yearbook, that would be fabulous!  

Please use the following links to upload your photos to the appropriate album. (Note that although passwords are not required to upload photos, the albums are stored on a password protected, unlisted site.)

(K) Kindergarten:  https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/nkDm5J/kindergarten

 

(1) First Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/fBPnBv/first

 

(2) Second Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/3QJpwv/second

 

(3) Third Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/M9t8nc/third

 

(4) Fourth Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/wf88pN/fourth

 

(5) Fifth Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/4zmvKd/fifth

 

(6) Sixth Grade: https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/nFs7GG/sixth

 

General:  https://sarahgilbert.smugmug.com/upload/DSzvkw/general

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CES Weekly Update 11.18.22

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Principal's Message

This fall we have navigated the return of illnesses to our community including flu as well as other childhood common colds. I want to share my thanks for keeping your children home when they are sick and testing for Covid as needed. It is evident when we have a couple of cases of flu reported on a Monday morning and it doesn't then trickle through the grade level that our community is on top of this. Your diligence to picking up sick children quickly and keeping them home when they are ill is keeping our community in good shape. As we expect to see continued illnesses throughout the year at times, I wanted to let our community know we are seeing lack of transmission due to your support. Let this trend continue!

We are thankful for your incredible support including financial donations, wipes for the cafeteria, volunteer work and the return of dining dollars this week. This Friday evening at 6pm we will also enjoy a brand new Family Night event which you don't want to miss. I look forward to seeing many families at Career Night.

We are postponing the SEL screener data Parent Coffee until December 1st. It was originally scheduled the end of this week. Please add the new date 12/1 to your calendar and join our counseling team to learn more about reading the parent report and supporting your child.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Student Ambassadors

5th and 6th grade ambassadors that missed Monday morning's meeting had time during lunch early this week to hear the same information and learn about our ambassador leadership committees. We will be kicking off four committees to help our students support our school community, these include Philanthrophy "Chesterbrook Cares,"  Eco /"Go Green" , Spirit and Historian Committees. We look forward to continuing to work with our oldest students to support their leadership endeavors.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 18th: Family Fun Night - CES Career Night 6-7PM; Activities, snacks, refreshments and a visit from the Mclean Police Department and Mclean Fire Department.

Monday, November 21st: Mix n Match Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 22nd:  Turkey Trot Fun Run (Scheduled time for grade levels tentative - see below); Students wear work out wear and running shoes; Parents invited to cheer on students during their designated Turkey Trot run time. Turkey Trot will take place during the first 15-25 minutes of this block:

  • 4th & 5th Grade: 9:15-10:00
  • 6th Grade: 12:05-12:50
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade: 1:30-2:15
  • Kinder & 1st Grade: 2:20-3:05

November 23rd - 25th: Thanksgiving Break Holiday

November 28th: FLE Information and Parent Preview Night 6PM virtual link

December 1st - New Date - Parent Coffee - Our counseling team will share information on SEL screener data: How to read the parent report and overview of social/emotional supports.

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

Reflex and Frax - New Math Resource

We are excited to share that we have recently purchased Reflex and Frax Math programs to support teacher led instruction in math. These are adaptive programs that will help teachers meet students where they are, monitor progress, and help inform instructional next steps. Reflex Math will be accessible to our second through sixth grade students and Frax Math will be available to our third through sixth grade students. Teachers will be introducing these resources to students over the next few weeks. These are programs that students can also access at home as additional practice. 

Reflex Math is an adaptative and individualized program that aims to help students achieve mastery of math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. By mastering these foundational skills and increasing their fact fluency, students can solve more complex math tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency. 

Frax Math is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of fractions. The adaptative and personalized instruction helps students represent, interpret, compare, and reason with fractions to build a deeper conceptual understanding. This sets students up for success in operations with fractions and problem solving more complex math tasks with a variety of real number operations."

Kiss N Ride Safety

Parents picking up students in a car must go through the Kiss N Ride or park and walk to escort their child. If you park on the street to pick up your child you need to meet them at the flagpole or side grass area where the majority of parents are waiting in the afternoon. Students are not allowed to cross our bus lanes to get into your car while you are pulled over on Kirby road. It may save a minute to do so, but we increase risk to students. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.

Portrait of a Graduate: We Need Your Help!  

 

As we continue to build our students’ understanding of Portrait of a Graduate skills, we are seeking volunteers to assist with helping students build real world connections.

If you are interested in volunteering in a variety of opportunities or have any ideas to share, please complete the attached Google Form. Those that complete the form will be contact for an information/training session and will be contacted for opportunities throughout the school year.  We appreciate your experiences & look forward to showing our students the importance of these skills – now & for the future! 

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CES Weekly News 11.28.22

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Principal's Message

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break. It was wonderful to have so many parents on campus for our 1st Annual Turkey Trot before the break. For a do it yourself event, it was a tremendous success. Thank you to Mrs. Brown, our SBTS, for the awesome idea! Congratulations to our top runners for giving it their all and scoring the coveted medal.

In the season of giving, we will be supporting a sister school during this holiday season. If you are a family that is able, we would love to provide to many children who are in need this holiday season. Please read below about our donation drive for Woodburn Elementary School. 

Our 4th through 6th grade students will be participating in FLE Human Growth and Developement priot to winter break.  We will be sharing informaiton about the lessons this evening in our parent coffee.  Please join us at 6PM if you would like to learn more.  We will follow up with specifics for our upper grades families if you need assistance locating the lessons in schoology.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Help our Chesterbrook Community Give Back during the Holiday Season

In this season of giving, CES has partnered with Woodburn Elementary School to become buddy schools. Chesterbrook will be collecting the items listed below to donate to families in need at Woodburn Elementary. Families will be able to attend an evening event and shop for gifts for their kids and family to help them in making the holiday season a little more special in a time of great need.

Donations may be dropped off at the front office from November 28 – December 9, 2022. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Questions? Contact Ms. Mahoney, Chesterbrook School Social Worker, at [email protected].

Gift cards

  • Target, Walmart or Dollar Tree in any amount

New unwrapped toys:

  • Cars and racing cars
  • Legos
  • Dinosaurs
  • Dolls
  • Plush toys
  • Craft sets
  • Doodle Jamz Jelly Boards
  • Doodle Jamz jelly Pics
  • Board games that are easy to learn- like connect 4

For younger kids in the family, new unwrapped:

  • Preschool toys
  • baby toys

Other items needed, new and unwrapped:

  • Winter hats
  • Winter gloves
Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 28th 6PM: FLE Information and Parent Preview Night 

Online Session (virtual link)

December 1st - Parent Coffee 9:15 AM - Reading the SEL Screener.
Our counseling team will share information on SEL screener data: How to read the parent report and overview of social/emotional supports.
Join in person or online (virtual link)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

Family Life Education Grades 4-6

Chesterbrook will be hosting a virtual Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Information Night on Monday, November 28th at 6p.m. via Zoom. FLE Human Growth and Development Lessons will be given during the week of December 12th. Parents will have the opportunity to talk with school staff about the program and learn how to preview FLE material in Schoology during the information night.  Use this link to access the zoom session.  

Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website. Please contact Jay Levesque, [email protected], with any questions.  

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be outside for the two weeks (12/5 - 12/16) before Winter Break from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.  Please come by if you are missing a coat/jacket/gloves/hats/water bottle/etc.  We do try to look to see if the article of clothing is labeled and can be returned.

Check out these new library books listed below in the December Newsletter
 Part 1  and part 2

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Calendar Survey
  • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
  • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.

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