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CES Weekly News 11.12.23

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Principal's Message

As we closed out this first quarter, I hope you have had time to connect with teachers on your child's progress. I want to extend my thanks to our teachers for the time they have devoted to conferences over the past couple of weeks to try to connect with all families. I also want to thank our parents for partnering with us in this important work. Together we are Better!

In our short week, we accomplished a lot and have many activities in the coming days before Thanksgiving. I've separated parent engagement opportunities below so they do not get lost and you can mark them on your calendar.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Sincerely,
Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

We have a lot of information in this edition including:

  • Veteran's Day Celebration
  • School Picture Make Up Day 11/14
  • Happy Diwali
  • Upcoming Dates
  • Parent Engagement Opportunities
  • Congratulation to our Coach of the Year - Mrs. Miller!
  • Grade Level Photo Reps Needed
  • Impact Aid - Please help us meet our goal electronically!
  • Public Safety program Meeting
  • Spelling Bee Registration
  • Outstanding Employee Awards Last Call
  • Quarter 1 Pep Rally
  • Pencil Sales Begin this Week (Dates below)
Thank you to our Veterans and Current Military Families. 

Chesterbrook students had the opportunity to welcome speakers into classes on Friday. We had thirteen parents who have served or are currently serving in different branches as well as eight Veterans from Vinson Hall.
We thank you for your service!

Make-Up School Picture Day 11/14

New students and those those who have not yet had a fall photo taken, will have a photo session on Tuesday, November 14th!

Need to order?
 https://www.vosphoto.com/underclassv
Student ID is the online code.

For questions email:
 [email protected]

Happy Diwali 2023

We wish all who celebrate a wonderful Diwali. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs & some Buddhists. The festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Upcoming Dates

11/14 Picture Make Up Day

11/15 *Parent Coffee 9:15 AM; *FLE Parent Preview 5:30 PM
Quarter 1 Progress Reports in ParentVue

11/16 *Thanksgiving Lunch

11/21 *Turkey Trot

11/22 - 24 Thanksgiving Holiday for Staff and Students

12/6 PTA Family Fun Night BINGO 5:30 PM

12/11-15 - FLE lessons grades 4-6

FCPS annual calendar is here

*Parent engagement opportunities (more details below)

Parent Engagement Opportunities!

We are trying to pull out opportunities for parents, so these don't get lost! Please add these to your calendar if you are interested!

Wednesday, 11/15 9:15 AM - Parent Coffee, Positive Behavior Supports (Cafeteria)

Wednesday 11/15 5:30 PM - FLE Preview Night for 4th - 6th Grade Parents (Library)

Thursday, 11/16 Thanksgiving Lunch  

We ask that families not bring in outside food for our Thanksgiving day lunch.  This day is already very busy with a special meal planned. Bringing outside food and treats complicates the day for our students.

Parents who are purchasing lunch to eat with their children are asked to use the child's lunch number to utilize money on MySchool Bucks lunch account. This will make the transaction faster for all students and parents. We will have some overflow seating in our pod and 123 as needed for our bigger lunches.

10:35 - 11:05   5th Grade

10:50 - 11:20   6th Grade

11:10 - 11:40   2nd Grade

12:10 - 12:40  1st Grade

12:20 - 12:50   Kindergarten

12:55 - 1:25     3rd Grade

1:00 - 1:30       4th Grade

Thursday, 11/16 7PM- Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Community Awareness Program, Mason District Governmental Center (details below)

Join us for the Turkey Trot Next Week!
Tuesday, 11/21 *Times to be announced soon.

Congratulations
Mrs. Jessica Miller,
COACH OF THE YEAR!!!

It takes a ton of passion, energy and heart to teach and coach. We are so proud of the recognition Mrs. Miller received being named Coach of the Year for 2 years in a row! Our Chesterbrook community is lucky to have her as a third grade teacher and one of our MTSS Academic Teacher Leaders!

Grade Level Photo Reps Needed

Another request for grade-level photo reps to help with yearbook and other school historian team efforts?  We are especially in need of volunteers for Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. Contact Sarah Gilbert, Yearbook Chair with questions. Sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044BAEAF2AA75-44112614-grade#/

IMPACT AID!!!  We need your help

We are well below where we need to be with parent response rates. We have only heard from about 100 and need responses from everyone. Please save our office staff additional work and complete our Impact Aid survey ONLINE today! If we don't get it done online, this will create more work for our office staff.

All parents will need access to ParentVue in order to activate and document. Complete the following steps:

  • Log into ParentVue
  • Select Online Packet (Upper Right Corner Tab)
  • Select Federal Impact Aid Survey from Dropdown Menu
  • The Survey will guide through completion of the form.  Note each child who attend FCPS must be completed individually

Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Association:
Membership Meeting & Public Safety Program

All are welcome to the Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) community awareness
program.
Thursday, November 16th at 7pm
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike Annandale VA 22003

Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting (11/16 at 7PM)

Meeting ID: 856 9586 2743
Passcode: 190332
Join via Phone: 301 715 8592

Topics:
• Promote Youth Safety
• Articulate community engagement that focuses on youth programs like Mental Health, Addiction Prevention, and IT Safety Practices.
• FCCSB will provide a Narcan Training at the end (In Person Only)

Presenters:
Kelly Rankin LCSW, CSAC, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Brian Cramer, Special Agent, FBI
Shane Dana, Special Agent, FBI
Mark Atwood, Chairman, Chris Atwood Foundation

Spelling Bee Registration

All registered students will take the written test. Bee materials will be sent home with registered students the week of December 11th to help prepare. Students who do well on the written test will have the opportunity to attend an optional practice session on January 30th and will be invited to compete in the CES oral Bee on February 13th. All other students will be invited to participate in a Practice Spelling Bee on February 6th. Great practice for future years!

Chesterbrook’s oral Bee winner will advance to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 17th at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

The Fairfax County Bee winner will compete against students from across the country in the National Spelling Bee scheduled for May 26-31st at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

REGISTER TO COMPETE on the PTA Website

Written Test: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 9th
Practice Session: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 30th
Practice Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 6th
CES Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 13th

Reminder - Nominations Close 11/17 Nominations Open FCPS 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 the Google form links beside each award below. 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. Please click on the appropriate category to complete a nomination:

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

House Quarter 1 Pep Rally

Students celebrated their hard work and others in our very first House Pep Rally. What a great way to close out our quarter and the short week!

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CES Thanksgiving Lunch 11/16

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Thanksgiving Lunch Tomorrow, Thursday, 11/16   

When arriving, all parents should check in at the office and wait for your child in the lobby. Classes will walk by the office to go to the cafeteria and parents are asked to meet up with their children to form their line toward the cafeteria. After lunch, parents and classes will exit through the cafeteria doors nearest the pod. We will have signage directing everyone.

Lost and Found is available across from the library, so please check it on your way out!

We ask that families not bring in outside food for our Thanksgiving day lunch.  

Payment for lunch: Use your child's MySchool Buck's Account Pin

PRESCHOOL *Classes will eat lunch in their classroom.

AM Class 11:30 - 12:00

PM Class 1:15 - 1:45

Kindergarten through 6th Grades will eat in the cafeteria - overflow in our pod and 123(room attached to the cafeteria)

10:35 - 11:05   5th Grade

10:50 - 11:20   6th Grade

11:10 - 11:40   2nd Grade

12:10 - 12:40  1st Grade

12:20 - 12:50   Kindergarten

12:55 - 1:25     3rd Grade

1:00 - 1:30       4th Grade

Thank you to our Chesterbrook PTA for decorating and to our parent volunteers for supporting this special day with our families.

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Attendance Matters & Morning Meeting

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Join Your Child for Morning Meeting

We invite you to visit your child’s classroom to see how we start each day. Morning Meeting is an engaging way to build a strong sense of community and belonging and sets children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather in a circle for twenty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components.

Grades K,1,3,4,5,and 6 join us in the library when you drop off your child. Your child will have an opportunity to unpack and get settled as you can enjoy coffee with classmate's parents. 

Grade 2 join us in the library at 9:45. You will join us after your child has specials first and then will have the opportunity to have coffee with parents in the library and then join your child in their morning meeting. 

Each grade has it's own designated date for you to join. Please save the following dates if you would like to join us. 

12/1- 3rd grade   
12/5 2nd grade   9:45-10:05
12/6- 1st grade 
12/11- 4th grade 
12/13 5th grade 
12/14- 6th grade 
12/15- Kindergarten 

 

Attendance Matters and Engagement

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely and stressing the importance of attendance to students and parents while providing a multi-tiered system of intervention.

Attendance is critical for academic success. Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

As we start the second quarter of the school year, let’s continue to stress the importance of strong attendance habits.

 

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CES Turkey Trot - Change in Date to Monday, 11/20

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PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE FOR TOMORROW 

This communication was supposed to be sent and somehow does not appear to have gone through on Friday afternoon. We do hope everyone can make it to our Turkey Trot that planned to join us and are sorry for any inconvenience.

Date Change!!! CES Turkey Trot  Monday, 11/20 

We are expecting rain all day Tuesday.
Please join us on the field and playground for your child's class on Monday at the designated time.

Parents can park and walk straight to the field to join us. Cheer on your child from the edge of the course.

4th & 5th grades - 9:45 – 10:30
6th grade -  12:05 – 12:50
2nd & 3rd grades- 1:25– 2:10
Kinder & 1st grades - 2:20 – 3:05

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CES Weekly Update 11.21.23

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2nd Annual Turkey Trot Principal's Message 

Wishing everyone a truly wonderful Thanksgiving week! As we all take the week to spend with family, friends and reflect, I want to share my thanks for the commitment of our staff to meet the needs of our students and our partnership with parents to help them be their best. This work doesn't happen in a silo as teachers work with teachers, we lean on county supports and partner with parents to explore avenues to achievement and success. Thank you for joining us this week to support your children running Turkey Trot, make Chutney with our 2nd grade or volunteer for our kids. We appreciate you!

We have had an incredible month of November with our first pep rally, recognitions, news media coverage for Fitness Warriors, Turkey Trot and Chesterbrook was also recently listed as a top Virginia elementary school in US News and World Report.  While I don't always take stock in every report because data can lean based on the stats you view, I truly see the work on the ground to help our students flourish and know we are doing great things! Yes, Chesterbrook Elementary should be noticed for so many great things happening and the instructional growth our students are making. I'm so proud of our students.

If you missed our Fox 5 News segment, feel free to catch the segments here:
6AM Segment
7AM Segment
8AM Segment

Thank you for trusting us with your the education of your students. We know this is important work and the trust you put in us to care for and help them grow is deeply appreciated. Wishing each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Positive Behavior Support Parent Meeting

Slide Deck 

We enjoyed talking with those that were able to attend our last parent coffee on the ways we positively support social emotional growth at Chesterbrook.  Behaviors happen, but being positive and proactive in the way we work with children with parents as collaborators is key!

Last spring WTOP reported a drastic rise in the behavior of students in the fall of 2022, whereas, we truly saw this rise in the fall of 2021 when we returned from the pandemic. Please check out our data over the years, it truly is eye opening to look post pandemic and how our strategies and positive approach in our Multi-tiered work has supported students.

No one wants to have the call that their child's behavior has impacted the classroom, but it happens to the majority of us at some point. It is the continuous work we do collaboratively during these instances to support our children that makes the impact. Please reach out to our counselors or admin should you have any follow up questions.

Reminder SAVE the DATE!  

We invite you to visit your child’s classroom to see how we start each day. Morning Meeting is an engaging way to build a strong sense of community and belonging and sets children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather in a circle for twenty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components. Each grade has it's own designated date for you to join. Please save the following dates if you would like to join us. 

12/1- 3rd grade   
12/5 2nd grade   9:45-10:05
12/6- 1st grade 
12/11- 4th grade 
12/13 5th grade 
12/14- 6th grade 
12/15- Kindergarten 

Mrs. Remer will be printing all
outstanding Impact Aid forms on Monday, 11/27.

PLEASE help us!

IMPACT AID!!!  We need your help

We are well below where we need to be with parent response rates. We have only heard from about 180 and need responses from everyone. Please save our office staff additional work and complete our Impact Aid survey ONLINE today! If we don't get it done online, this will create more work for our office staff.

All parents will need access to ParentVue in order to activate and document. Complete the following steps:

  • Log into ParentVue
  • Select Online Packet (Upper Right Corner Tab)
  • Select Federal Impact Aid Survey from Dropdown Menu
  • The Survey will guide through completion of the form.  Note each child who attend FCPS must be completed individually

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CES Weekly News 11.30.23

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Principal's Message

We look forward to kicking off our morning meeting parent engagement opportunities with our 3rd grade families tomorrow. 3rd grade parents, please join us in the library tomorrow morning when you arrive while students get settled into their class. 

Please save the following dates for other grades if you would like to join us. 

12/1- 3rd grade   8:45 - 9:15
12/5 2nd grade   9:45-10:15
12/6- 1st grade    8:45 - 9:15
12/11- 4th grade    8:45 - 9:15
12/13 5th grade     8:45 - 9:15
12/14- 6th grade     8:45 - 9:15
12/15- Kindergarten    8:45 - 9:15

Note that on November 30, there will be a School Board Public Hearing that offers the opportunity for parents to speak regarding the upcoming boundary adjustment. from 6 - 8 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. You may sign up to speak at the public hearing. Additional information below.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Spelling Bee - Registration Closes 12/7

CLICK HERE to register your student to participate in our CES Spelling Bee. Questions? Please contact our Spelling Bee Chair at [email protected]

Who: Students in Grades 1 - 6
Written Test: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 9th
Practice Session: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 30th
Practice Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 6th
CES Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 13th
Fairfax County Bee: March 17th

School Photos are Ready Online

Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online.

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

School Board Meeting - Public Hearing Nov. 30 - Kent Gardens ES Boundary Adjustment

As many of you know, the November 20 Fairfax County School Board meeting was canceled. The McLean Elementary Boundary Adjustment vote remains on schedule for December 4. You may view the presentation planned for last week's meeting and learn more about the recommended boundary adjustment on the  McLean Elementary Schools Capacity/Boundary Changes (formerly Kent Gardens Capacity Challenges) webpage.

The School Board will hold a public hearing on the KGES Boundary Adjustment on November 30, 6 - 8 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. You may sign up to speak at the public hearing. 

Detailed information will be posted on the McLean Elementary Schools Capacity/Boundary Changes webpage after the School Board takes action. This information will include a street listing of addresses impacted, phasing information, and other information families and students need to know.

The proposed boundary adjustment addresses the capacity concerns at KGES by using available capacity at other schools. The proposed boundary adjustment includes the following elements of critical importance to the public:

  • Middle and high school boundaries do not change.
  • French Immersion remains at KGES.
  • Existing areas that currently walk to school are maintained.
  • Neighborhoods are not split.
  • No attendance islands are created.

If approved, the boundary adjustment will go into effect for the 2024-25 school year. The School Board will decide on phasing plans when they vote on the boundary adjustment on December 4. 

Stay informed by checking the McLean Elementary Schools Capacity/Boundary Changes webpage. While there, sign up for the project mailing list. Your school and School Board representative, Elaine Tholen, will also share information.

News from Longfellow- Trivia Night this Friday

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CES Weekly News 12.15.23

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Principal's Message

The first part of the year has truly flown by. As we close out our December school days and make time for the holidays, I wish you all a relaxing and special time with those you love.

Our staff will be taking time away for the holiday break. The office will be very limited in staffing next week and closed the week of December 25th. If you do need something urgent over the break, please email me and I'll do my best to follow up. I will be taking the break to enjoy time with my family and treasuring just a short time with both of my children home. 

It was wonderful to have so many families in for our morning meetings the past few weeks and time to meet with you. It was precious to see the children light up to see their parents come to school with them, while I know some of our sixth grade students preferred you not to come. With each passing year we realize their needs change, but one thing is always true - they need our partnership in their growth and development.  We thank you for that!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to welcoming your children back in 2024!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Outstanding Staff Nominations and Awards

Thank you to our parents community for your nominations for Outstanding Staff Members. Your recognitions of our team were touching and mean so much to each and every nominee. Please help us celebrate these winners of our Chesterbrook Oustanding Staff Awards.

CES Outstanding Teacher
Betsy Butler, 2nd Grade Teacher

Nominees: Mr. Treacy, Ms. Scrabis, Ms. Mabile, Mrs. Wei, Ms. Logan, Ms. Nalewanski, Mrs. Kohout, Mrs. Lopez

Chesterbrook Outstanding New Teacher
Cody Boehm, Special Education Teacher

Nominees: Mr. Morris and Mr. Berenato

Chesterbrook Outstanding Professional
Jennifer Kulkin, Speech Therapist

Outstanding Operational Staff
Mrs. Lan Ong, Building Supervisor

Outstanding Principal
Stacy Kirkpatrick

Chesterbrook Students Qualify for Regional Geography Bee Competition

in our first year of the Quiz Bowl program, we are pleased to announce that we had 13 students qualify for Regionals in our 5th and 6th grade program!

Congratulations to Ethan S., Zachary S., Graham M., Ramsey A., James O., Juliet C., Katherine K., Ryan R., Peter L., Safa Z., Mikayla M., Khado G., and Avery C. The regional geography bee takes place in Arlington in April. All the best to our students!

Congratulations, Mrs. Kristi McGeehan, new appointment as  Assistant Principal at Canterbury Woods Elementary

Mrs. McGeehan has been instrumental in supporting our special education department staff and students over the past six years. Additionally, she has lead school-wide goal setting with MTSS behavioral and academic areas to support student growth. 

Please help me in wishing Mrs. McGeehan all the very best as she continues to support students and staff in Fairfax County Public Schools. They are lucky to have her leadership. Her last day at Chesterbrook will be January 5th.

School Picture Makeup & Retake Images now online!

Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online.

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team

The Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is inviting military-connected family members to apply to join our team. The charge of the MCY PAT is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs, partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.  

Apply to join the Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team by completing the application by December 15, 2023. Contact [email protected] with questions. Meredith Ayala ([email protected]) is our Family Partnerships Specialist for Military Connected Youth & Families and can help answer additional questions as well!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

The week of December 11th, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school. 

Any questions, please reach out to Chesterbrook School Counselors:

Grades 4 and 6: Heather Lomelin, [email protected]

Grades 3 and 5: Beau Buchanan, [email protected]

Impact Aid forms can be completed online through January 31st.

  • Only the ENROLLING parent can complete the Federal Impact Aid Survey in ParentVUE!
  • Support for ParentVUE is available from the Parent Technology Help Desk: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ or 833-921-3277
  • We need a response for EACH student (not just family)
  • Impact Aid Surveys are in ParentVUE only

How to complete the Impact Aid through Parentvue

  • Log into ParentVue
  • Select Online Packet (Upper Right Corner Tab)
  • Select Federal Impact Aid Survey from Dropdown Menu
  • The Survey will guide through completion of the form.  Note each child who attend FCPS must be completed individually
Deck the Halls

Each grade level decorated their hallway in the spirit of the season. Check off some of these great displays our students created. Congratulations to our Preschool classes, Mrs. Wei, Mrs. Limbaugh and Mrs. Strubhar for winning the hall decorating contest.  All our hallways were phenomenal!

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Support for Chesterbrook Family

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Chesterbrook Family Support

This morning the Chesterbrook PTA shared out the following information on how our community can help support a Chesterbrook family in need. 

PTA Message

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the death of a beloved father and friend in our community, Dan Easley. Dan was a father to three amazing young Chesterbrook Chipmunks – Owen (Alumni), Harper and Nathan.

For those looking to help, we would also like to share the GoFundMe page created for the Easley family as they rebuild from the loss of their dad and their family's home lost in the fire.

Our hearts are with the Easley family during this difficult time. The Chesterbrook Elementary mental health team will continually support our students upon our return after the winter break should they want to talk with someone.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 1.2.2024

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Principal's Message

I hope everyone enjoyed the winter break with friends and family. This week we are excited to settle back into the new year with a few new families joining our community. It is always great to welcome in new students. If you are new, we encourage you to get involved, join our PTA and join us for community events.  Our next PTA meeting is next week!  It was great to have everyone back today to kick off 2024! 

Today, we welcomed Cora Russell to our 3rd grade team who will be filling in for Mrs. Jankowski's maternity leave.

On January 16th, Mrs. Gales will be returning from her maternity leave in 2nd grade. We are thankful to have had Mrs. Ali supporting our 2nd graders during her absence.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates to Note

January 2 - First Day Back from Winter Break

January 10 - Longfellow Curriculum Info Night - Rising 7 Graders (see below)

January 11 - PTA Meeting (time TBD)

January 12 - Last day for CES FLES Survey

January 15 - MLK Jr. Birthday Holiday - School Closed

January 18 - Immersion Information Session - 5:30 p.m. Kent Gardens 

January 25 - End of Quarter and 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35

January 26 - Teacher Workday (No School for Students)

February 19 - President's Day - No School

FCPS annual calendar is here

Foreign Language in the Elementary School - CES Survey ends 1/12

Over the past six years parents and students have shared requests to review and evaluate the possibility of providing a different language at Chesterbrook.  In the process of reviewing the language instruction provided, we also want to ensure we have all the feedback from our community. Recently FCPS provided a survey to families that was available in November and December. Parents are encouraged to provide any feedback by Friday 1/12 on this Chesterbrook specific survey.

Winter PTA Before/Afterschool Activities

This winter the PTA has put together many wonderful opportunities for our students before and afterschool including: 

  • *New!* Math Club (Currently LOW enrollment, so please sign up soon if you are interested!)
    • Chesterbrook PTA is proudly sponsoring a new Math Club for sixth graders and advanced fifth graders. The math club is run by the Russian School of Math, a premier math after school program featured in NPR.  The class will focus on preparing students for middle school with a sensible mastery of computations and order of operations with rational numbers, fractions, and decimals, solving equations, and working with algebraic expressions. The class will be on Tuesday afternoons from January to the end of the school year. See the flyer below for more info!

Please visit the PTA website here for more information including registration details. For questions, contact Rachel or Carmen at [email protected].

Longfellow Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night - Jan 10th

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, Longfellow MS will be hosting an in-person Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Make-up day will be Wednesday, January 17, 2024. During curriculum night important information regarding the transition to middle school will be shared, including selection of electives and core classes. Families will also have time to walk the building. The presentation will also be available on our website.

Dual Language Immersion Registration

All rising kindergarten and first grade students who live in Fairfax County may enter a lottery to participate in Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. In DLI programs, students are learning elementary content in two languages with students spending half of the day learning in either language. English Language Arts and Social Studies are taught in English. Math, Science, Health, and Target Language Arts are taught in another language. FCPS offers DLI programs in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Online lottery application begins on January 22nd at 9 a.m. A SIS account is required to complete the application. If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school is required. FCPS does not provide transportation for students who live outside the attendance area of the DLI school. A one-time fee of $100 must be paid upon acceptance of an out-of-boundary placement (see Notice 5922). 

Kent Gardens will host an information session led by Beatrix Preusse from the World Languages Department on January 18th at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. 

For more information including program sites and information sessions, please visit: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Kent Gardens Boundary Update

As previously communicated, FCPS made its recommendation for a boundary adjustment to address the overcrowding issue at Kent Gardens and  recommended "Scenario B".  Scenario B reassigns an estimated 380 students among five elementary schools. A map of affected homes can be found here (scroll to Scenario B).

  • Rising Kindergarten and 1st-grade students will be reassigned to attend the newly assigned school for the 2024-25 school year.
  • Rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students have the option to attend the newly assigned school or remain at their prior assigned school for the 2024-25 school year and until they matriculate to middle school.

Open Houses for each elementary school will be held on January 25th at 3 PM

Chesterbrook ES-  1753 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Churchill Road ES-  7100 Churchill Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Haycock ES-   6616 Haycock Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043

Franklin Sherman ES- 6633 Brawner St, McLean, VA 22101

The adopted phasing plan allows students/caregivers the option to remain at their current school or change schools now, addressing the different perspectives voiced in public feedback. It also considers the needs of older elementary school students who were in school during COVID, and another change may be stressful. The phasing plan allows continuity for students enrolled in the French Immersion program at Kent Garden, which starts at first grade. 

Students that are involved in phasing over the next several years will be provided bus transportation to their elementary school.  Please understand that with a current shortage of bus drivers in our area and the requirement of additional bus runs to accommodate phasing, your patience will be required as all of these new runs are established.  We need those that are involved in the affected neighborhoods to fill out the form indicating which school your child will attend by the February deadline so our transportation staff has maximum planning time.

The McLean Elementary Boundary Webpage will continue to be updated with important news going forward. 

Outside Opportunity Register for McLean Little League by January 22!

Come discover baseball or softball this spring and make friends from all over McLean!  Our beautiful facility at 1836 Westmoreland Street is a social hub for families and buzzes with baseball and softball into the night all spring.  Roughly 1,200 children grow with us every year including many from Chesterbrook!  We have programs for children of all ages and abilities, and adaptive programs for children with special needs.  Any child attending Chesterbrook is eligible!

Please send us any questions at [email protected], and to register, visit us at mcleanll.com and press the REGISTER button!

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Congratulations to Farris Thomas

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Congratulations Mrs. Farris Thomas New Principal of Franklin Sherman Elementary School

Mrs. Thomas has been a beloved member of our Chesterbrook community as our Assistant Principal.  I am proud to share the news of her promotion to the principalship at Franklin Sherman. It is wonderful that our greater McLean community can continue to benefit from her leadership. She will be greatly missed but we wish her well.  The following news was shared by our Region Assistant Superintendent, Megan Vroman.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Chesterbrook Principal

The Region 2 Leadership Team is pleased to announce Farris Thomas, current Assistant Principal at Chesterbrook Elementary School, has been selected as the new principal of Franklin Sherman Elementary School.

Ms. Thomas began her career in education with Fairfax County Public Schools in 2004 at McLean High School where she was an English teacher and the English department chair. She also served as Instructional Coach, Testing Coordinator, and Assistant Principal at Rachel Carson Middle School, where she supported staff and students with Portrait of a Graduate skills and Project Based Learning. As Assistant Principal at Washington Irving Middle School for five years, Ms. Thomas oversaw the Special Education department as part of her schoolwide support for all students. Returning to the McLean community in 2020, Ms. Thomas has been the Assistant Principal at Chesterbrook since then, ensuring that all students receive access to rigor and high academic standards. She supports teachers in their own learning, providing modeling and feedback to all staff, and has helped make Chesterbrook a school filled with meaningful learning for all.  

Ms. Thomas has been trained by the Buck Institute in California for Project Based Learning integration in instruction and developed the curriculum and taught the FCPS Academy course for teachers on this topic.  Ms. 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). She also won the McLean pyramid Outstanding Leader award in 2023, and was a finalist for the Region 2 Outstanding Leader award in 2023 as well.

She earned a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education from James Madison University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Initiatives in Educational Transformation and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, both from George Mason University. Ms. Thomas also wears the hat of a proud mom to three beautiful young daughters, Macie, Evie, and Josie. 

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Thomas as the new principal of Franklin Sherman, starting on January 16, 2023.

Megan R. Vroman, Assistant Superintendent Region 2

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