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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 1/4/2019

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Happy New Year! 

We hope you have been able to enjoy this extra long break spending special time with family and friends. We look forward to welcoming our staff and students back on Monday, January 7th.  The halls were too quiet this week and we look forward to having everyone back. You have been missed!

Upcoming Dates

1/7 – School Resumes
1/9 - Book Talk Series @ Chesterbrook 7PM
1/11
- PTA Meeting 9 AM
1/10– AAP Level IV Referrals due to front office by 4PM
1/16 – Author Visit
1/18 – 3 Hour Early Release at 12:30 - School Planning
1/21 – MLK Holiday - No School

AAP Level IV Referral Important Dates:

Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Amy Vallath, will be available to answer questions and review referral files before our referrals are due to make sure they are complete. You can reach her at AJVallath@fcps.edu or 703-714-8240.

January 10, 2019:  All AAP Level IV referrals and optional materials are due to the Chesterbrook front office by 4 pm.

Book Talk Series:  The Self-Driven Child

Chesterbrook will host the second session on Wednesday, January 9th.

This year, the PTSA is partnering with counselors in the McLean Pyramid to offer a Pyramid-Wide book talk series and author event on The Self-Driven Child, The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson.

The Self-Driven Child empowers parents with practical tools to help their children reduce stress and anxiety, while building capacity for resilience, success, and optimal development. The authors work with students in the Washington, DC metro area and offer keen insights into the stress and anxiety that children of high-achieving schools are experiencing. The strategies shared in the book are relevant for parents of children of ALL ages…from age 2 to age 18 and beyond!

Kathleen Otal, M.Ed., a former elementary school counselor and current counselor at McLean High School, is leading the book talks. In addition, the authors of the book will speak at McLean High School in the spring. Even if you don’t have time to read the book, you will learn valuable parenting strategies that will help your child develop the skills to succeed!

Please join us for our second session on Wednesday, January 9th at Chesterbrook Elementary School from 7–8 PM as we discuss Chapters 6 - 9. You will learn:

  • Why downtime is essential for children to develop resiliency. 
  • How to teach children to stay in charge of technology without it taking over their lives.
  • How to encourage your child to take their sense of control to school.

You can also look forward to hearing the authors of the book speak when the come to McLean High School the evening of Wednesday, March 20. 

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 1/24

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Upcoming Dates

1/25 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

1/30-31 - Maryland Science Center Assemblies for Students

2/7 - Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night at Longfellow MS

2/8 - 6th Grade Science Fair

2/8 - PTA Meeting 9AM

Principal's Message

Upon return from the winter break, we have experienced a lot of weather that has impacted our school days.  I'm pleased to go into classrooms and see students ready to learn and excited to be at school.  It's nice to talk about the possibility of winter weather and students share that they don't want to miss any more school.  I know all students may not feel the same way, but I do appreciate hearing students are enjoying school and want to be present and active in their learning.

We have a new cafeteria arrangement of tables to promote smaller groupings and a warmer, cozier environment.  We have also begun an incentive program to recognize classes for achievement of high expectations for cafeteria behavior.  Our 1st round of Golden Tray awards were given this week.  Weekly recognitions will go out for a K-3 class and 4-6 class that earns the most points during their week in the cafeteria.  If multiple classes earn the top score, we will recognize all those classes.

Congratulations to our 1st Golden Tray Class Winners

K-3  Mrs. Haft

4-6 (3 way tie!) Ms. Nalewanski, Ms. Krieber, Mrs. Navarro

FCPS Employee Awards

Chesterbrook is proud of the excellent teaching staff and we thank our community for consideration in nominating great employees.  We were thrilled to recognize six employees that were nominated for Employee Awards for the 2018-19 school year. At our January staff meeting, the following employees were recognized for their nominations. 

Outstanding New Teacher - 4th Grade Ms. Madison Nalewanski and 5th Grade Ms. Maddy King

Outstanding Teacher - Kindergarten Mrs. Leanne Strubhar and 5th Grade Mrs. Deanna Sivik

Outstanding Operational Employee - Mr. Dave Troskey and Mrs. Holley Remer

Chesterbrook school based winners that have been forwarded to the pyramid level in categories listed above are Ms. Maddy King, Mrs. Deanna Sivik and Mr. Dave Troskey. Best of luck to our Chesterbrook winners.  We are so proud of you.

Support for Families Affected by Partial Government Shutdown

We wanted to directly reach out to our community and remind our families of the supports available. During the partial government shutdown, we want to be able to support our families that may need assistance.  No student will be denied breakfast or lunch and student meal balances will be able to accrue during this time.  We want all students to receive proper meals and access to what they need so they can focus on learning.  If you are in need or we can support your family in any way, please reach out to your child's counselor or an administrator. For more information, please access the FCPS page on support for impacted government employees:  https://www.fcps.edu/news/fairfax-county-public-schools-offers-support-families-impacted-partial-federal-government

Government Employees Registered to Substitute

We welcome our government employees that have applied to substitute in FCPS to support our Chesterbrook classrooms.  Parents are invited to call the front office and let us know if you have recently been approved to substitute.  We would love to add you to our sub list.

Speak Up Survey (closes 1/31)

What are your views on a 21st century education and the role of technology in it?  FCPS is encouraging your participation in a national survey to voice their views on this important topic. 

The "Speak Up" survey is part of the Speak Up National Research Project, which collects and reports on the authentic, unfiltered views and opinions of K-12 students, parents and educators on critical 21st century education and technology issues.

You can read more about the Speak Up survey on the FCPS webpage.  There you will see the survey link, also found here (secret word = fcps).  Note that the survey window closes on Jan. 31.  Thank you for taking the time to express your views!

Fairfax County Youth Survey

Dear Parents or Guardians of 4th - 6th Grade Students,

Before the winter break, I notified you that your child would be taking a statewide Student School Climate Survey mandated by the Virginia Department of Education. This survey was scheduled to be conducted from Monday, January 14, 2019 to Friday, February 8, 2019. Based on feedback from principals and school administrators, Dr. Brabrand, in collaboration and consultation with State Superintendent, has granted an exemption of the VDOE Student School Climate Survey for this year. Therefore, the VDOE Student School Climate survey will not be administered. 

Regards,
Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

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Chesterbrook News 2_1_19

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Upcoming Dates

REMINDER that there is no school on Monday for our school planning day. 

2/4 - Student Holiday - School Planning Day

2/7 - Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night at Longfellow MS 6-8 PM

2/8 - 6th Grade Science Fair  9-10 & 2:15 - 3:15

2/8 - PTA Meeting 9 AM

2/15 - Discovery Theater Assembly

2/15 - International Night 6 PM

Principal's Message

If you have visited Chesterbrook in January, you may have noticed our new cafeteria setup. Tables were moved into a different setup to allow for smaller groupings of students.  It's a bit cozier and hopefully students feel that they can better converse with their friends.  It has also allowed for better movement during lunch and overall increased behavior management.

Last week, we were proud to have multiple classes earn our Golden Tray Award.  Congratulations Mrs. Verdi's class for our overall K-3 award.  Our upper grades had a four way tie!  Congratulations to the following classes-Miss Nalewanski, Ms. Storks, Ms. King and Mrs. Sivik.  With the short week, we have to tally the numbers, but I hope many classes came out with recognitions for a great week!

School Safety Drill

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that all public schools conduct a lockdown drill during the month of January.  Thursday, January 31st we held our lockdown drill.  Our staff and students did a wonderful job preparing and completing this drill.  During all of our safety drills, I have been impressed by the efforts of our students to listen and follow directions from their teachers. When we are conducting emergency drills we use the common language of voice level zero.  Whenever we have an expectation of no talking in the halls, we will ask the students to use a voice level of zero.  Ask your student to share with you the different voice levels (0 - 4).

New Student Registration for 2019-2020

This is an exciting time for our incoming Kindergarten class.  We are already preparing for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please take a moment to complete this informational form.  We will use these responses to help us have accurate enrollment numbers.

We will be sending out information soon regarding our kindergarten orientation, which will most likely be held the beginning of April.  Enrollment forms wil be collected prior to orientation or you may bring them to the event.  Early enrollment will be important, since it will also include pre-assessment for our incoming students.

Please enroll your child by Friday, April 12th.  The items you need for registration are:

Additional items needed before the student can start on the first day of school:

  • Physical (done within one year of 8/26/19) with Immunizations - if this is already completed please feel free to bring it at the time of registration.
2019 Chinese New Year in Washington, DC and VA

In Washington, DC  

February 10, 2018, 2-5 p.m. Chinatown - on H Street, NW, between 6th and 7th Streets. Each year a parade is held in Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. The firecracker will be lit at 3:45 p.m. A good place to view the parade is along 7th St. The closest Metro station is Gallery Place/Chinatown. See photos of the Chinese New Year Parade.

Celebrate from 12-5 p.m. at the Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival, Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street, NW Washington, DC. Programs and activities will include: live music and dance performances, traditional Chinese calligraphy, children’s crafts, face painting, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, lion dancing, poetry readings, film screenings, art and photo exhibits, raffle prizes, New Year souvenirs, free giveaways, and much more.

Kennedy Center Family Day: Lunar New Year Celebration February 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Roof Terrace, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, DC. Free, No tickets required. The event features activities and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy performances by Beijing acrobats and Chinese musicians. And much more! Learn the arts of paper cutting, Beijing-style applique, calligraphy, sugar and bottle painting, "bristle dolls," and Chinese makeup. Play dress up and more.

In Northern Virginia

Chinese New Year Festival - Falls Church

February 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA. The event, hosted by the Asian Community Service Center, offers performances from China, Korea, India, Thailand, Vietnam, among others including the beautiful Chinese sword dance; Dragon Parade, fashion show, Asian plant art, Asian foods, Chinese cooking demo, teaching of Chinese characters, crafts, kids activities and more. FREE Admission.

***Check out the website below for more information about Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia Chinese New Year events with a Chinese New Year Parade, Chinese Dragon Dances, live musical performances, and more. https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-new-year-dc-1040052

This year the Chinese New Year falls on February 5th and it is the Year of Pig. (猪年) We talk about cultural topics on the Chinese New Year traditions, singing several songs, including the Good New Year, Gong-Xi Ge (Congratulations to You Song), and create some New Year crafts. Please check out the blackboard and let's learn and have fun together!

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐!   (xin     nian     kuai     le!)

Pik Kei (Peggy) Leung (1st, 4th, 5th & 6th grades)

Yina Chang ( 2nd & 3rd grades)

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 2.14.2019

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Upcoming Dates

2/15 - Discovery Theater at 1:30 PM

2/15 - International Night at 6 PM

2/18 - Student Holiday

2/20 & 21 - 6th Grade Field to American Art Museum

3/1 - 4th Grade Colonial Day

Kindergarten Orientation for rising students is scheduled!!!

Please spread the word that we will welcome our new kindergarten students and their parents at a Rising Kindergarten orientation on Friday, April 5th from 10AM - 12PM.  Be prepared to get excited for the 2019-2020 school year!!!

Principal's Message

This week's principal message comes from a place of concern and care for your children.  Student safety is always our first priority.  We need to quickly address issues of students walking and cars in our parking lot during dismissal.  I'm asking the community for support in helping keep our students safe as we arrive and dismiss each day.

Can my student walk home today?  Chesterbrook is no walking school.  There are no crossing guard and this is not a possibility for our school.  I addressed this with Safety and Security in August.  The trails around the school are not monitored and are not intended as a safe way home for our students walking alone. As your child's principal, I take their safety traveling to and from school very seriously and need your help. 

Students may NOT walk to Starbucks or any other location after school. We no longer will honor green slips for students to walk unless accompanied by an adult.  Students walking alone will be sent to the office to contact a parent for pickup.

There are some homes in very close proximity and you may wish to discuss an exception to our no walker policy.  If you have a situation where your child should walk and you would like principal consideration, please contact me so we can discuss.  I will ask that you write a letter with this request that I will keep on file and identify the route in which your child will safely travel.  Our wonderful office staff will keep note of any students with a special situation.

Kiss N Ride and our Parking Lot has been an issue of talk in the community lately.  I need to ask that you ONLY park in true parking spaces.  Striped lines indicate that this is not a parking space, but an area to allow safe space for cars to drive through the lot.  Handicapped spaces may ONLY be used for those with a handicap license plate or hang tag.  Please be respectful of this law and the need of some parents needing to use this accommodation.

We want to work with you to support students and appreciate your help in keeping each one of them safe.

With Appreciation,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

FCPS School Environment Survey 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is studying how school environments relate to discipline practices in the Division. As part of the study, you will receive a survey from FCPS’ Office of Research and Strategic Improvement (ORSI). The surveys are designed to help FCPS understand you and your child’s thoughts about the school environment and how discipline is approached in their school.

Surveys to parents will be translated into multiple languages and come via eNotify. Participation is voluntary for you and your child, and all responses will be anonymous.

I encourage you to participate in this important survey to help FCPS understand what is working well and where we can improve.

Thank you,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Put on your Dancing Shoes!

In celebration of our Physical Education Dance Unit, we invite you to participate with your child during this exciting event!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Bring Your Parents to PE Week is an event designed to give each and every parent the opportunity to sample the Physical Education Program at Chesterbrook with their child. 

When to Come: During one of your child’s PE class next week from Tuesday Feb. 19th to Thursday Feb 21st. (Ms. Mabile’s class event will be held on Friday).

Where to Go: Please check in at the front office, then walk straight down to the Gym!

What to Bring: Appropriate attire, including sneakers and comfortable, clothing. You may also want to bring a water bottle.

What to Expect: This is a hands-on experience! Come ready to engage in various dances that your children have been working on over the past two weeks. We understand that adults do not move in the same ways as children, so you can participate at your own comfort level.

Sign up: Just show up when it is your child’s PE time! Please see schedule on the back of flyer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email jvlevesque@fcps.edu

Sincerely,

Jay Levesque & Bethany Sink

Chesterbrook Elementary HPE

Tuesday

9:15-10:00 Kuduk and Frank

10:05-10:50 Wei

10:55-11:40 Goldberg and Butler

11:45-12:30 Skousen and Swift

1:00-1:45 Waterworth

1:50-2:35 Nalewanski

2:40-3:25 Sivik and Storcks

Wednesday

9:15-10:00 Frank

10:05-10:50 Hudler and Kohout

10:55-11:40 Verdi and Schulter

11:45-12:30 Heugel

1:00-1:45 Treacy and Navarro

1:50-2:35 Harmon

2:40-3:25 King

Thursday

9:15-10:00 Struhbar and Soulos

10:05-10:50 Haft

10:55-11:40 Goldberg and Butler

11:45-12:30 Keefer and Swift

1:00-1:45 Longano

2:40-3:25 Sivik and Krieber

Friday

1:50-2:35 Mabile

Join the Driving Force in Education

Fairfax County Public Schools invites qualified individuals to join our transportation team.

This is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents to earn income with benefits (and bring your preschooler to work with you!).  Retirees, college students and career-switchers are also encouraged to apply.

Requirements
  • At least 21 years old
  • Good driving record
  • Pass a physical exam, drug screen and background check
  • Complete a five-week training program, take the CDL road test and obtain a CDL
Benefits
  • Competitive pay
  • Paid training program
  • 6 paid non-working days
  • Excellent retirement, health and dental plans
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Infant and preschool age children and grandchildren may ride with you
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Summer hours available
  • Savings for Staff Program
Learn More and Apply

www.fcps.edu

703-423-3000

driveforfcps@fcps.edu

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Weekly Update 2.20.2019

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We hope everyone has enjoyed a warm, safe snow day.  While these days can be welcome, they do have an effect on the school week and unfortunately we have had some events affected by the weather. 

Update Bring Your Parent to PE Week

The PE Department has extended it’s Bring Your Parent to PE event since we not have school today, Wednesday, February 20th.  Parents will be allowed to attend their child’s regularly scheduled gym class on Friday.  Unfortunately, there will be four classes (Hudler, Navarro, Harmon, King) that will not have an opportunity to have parents attend due to Presidents Day and the Wednesday school closure.  With the 2 hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, February 21st, parents are welcome to join their child’s regularly scheduled 2 hour delay class on Thursday. 

Thursday Schedule for PE:

11 – 11:30            Kindergarten  Struhbar & Soulos
11:30 – 12            1st      Haft
12 – 12:30            2nd    Goldberg & Butler               
12:30 – 1              3rd     Keefer & Swift
2 – 2:30                6th    Longano
2:30 – 3                5th    Sivik & Krieber                                  

Thanks for your flexibility and understanding!

Best,

Jay Levesque & Bethany Sink   

 

6th Grade Field Trips to the Art Museum

Students scheduled for the field trip tomorrow, Thursday, February 21st, will remain at school.  With the closure Wednesday and 2 hour delay on Thursday, all 6th grade field trips scheduled this week will need to be rescheduled. 

 

Chesterbrook Landscaping Support/Volunteers Needed

Spring is around the corner, even on the heals of this winter storm.  We are looking forward to scheduling a few days of spring cleanup to make our courtyards more accessible to student learning.  We can use your help.

NEWSPAPERS!  We need newspapers and if you have extra landscape fabric you are not using, we will put it to good use.  Please send in old newspaper or landscape fabric to the front office if you can donate.

We will also be scheduling a few cleanup days and can use volunteers.  Additionally, if you have special skills to help with projects please let us know so we can tap your expertise.  We are cleaning up walkways and patios, landscaping, laying barriers fabric/newspapers to keep weeds at bay and fixing up some structures in our courtyards.  We welcome the skill set of our parents as we work to clean up our outside areas.  Please share your information here if you can help.    Thank you for your support and help!

 

Fun Fair 2019 is Coming Soon!!! March 16th

We are looking forward to this great annual event.  Check out more information on Fun Fair.  

BUY YOUR TICKETS

Adults can sign-up to volunteer here.
Middle and High School Students can sign-up to volunteer here.  

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Chesterbrook Updates 2.26.19

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Upcoming Dates

3/1 - 4th Grade Colonial Day

3/4 - PTA Restaurant Night at Chipotle

3/5-3/6 - Maryland Science Center Assembly

3/11 - 3 hour early release

3/15 - 6th Grade Ethics Day

3/21 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the Kennedy Center

3/25-3/28 - Walk in my Shoes Assembly

Colonial Day - Weather Advisory Message

Due to the anticipation of bad weather for Friday, March 1st, we have made a back-up plan for the 4th grade Colonial Day. 

If school is full day tomorrow, Colonial day will be held as planned.

If school is delayed or cancelled, Colonial Day will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 6th.  If it is rescheduled, communication will go out to volunteers to confirm support for the rescheduled day.

We hope to have the event, but if we have a delay, students should NOT wear costumes

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Meghan Crowley is our new Attendance Intervention Specialist.  She will be working with the entire McLean pyramid to promote good attendance for all students.  Here are some facts from Meghan about attendance and her suggestions to help all children be in school, on time, everyday:

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of the three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • Missing 10% (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read and drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher slows down learning to help absent children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpack the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
News from the Family Engagement Office -
Parent Information Event
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On March 6th at 6:00pm, Falls Church High School will be hosting an event open to all parents from the Annandale, Falls Church, McLean, Marshall, TJHSST, and Justice High School pyramids.  This session has five goals:

  • inform parents of the latest drug use information by high school students (including JUULing/ vape devices)
  • communicate the dangers of the various drugs
  • learn how to identify the latest drug paraphernalia out there and signs of use
  • drug use the and SR&R
  • tips for communication with their children about drug use

The presentation portion of the event will take no more than the first 40 minutes and will be delivered by a panel of school staff, drug abuse counselors, and a Fairfax County Police member in the Crime Prevention unit.  The rest of the time will be open for Q&A as well as an opportunity for parents to come up and see actual samples of drug paraphernalia (including the latest vaping devices).

This is a free event.  We will start at 6pm in the Falls Church High School auditorium.  Questions: call Colleen Lally, 703-207-4050

FCPS Parent Workshops and Conferences

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers FREE workshops and conferences throughout the school year! Click here to view available opportunities.

 

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Chesterbrook News 3.10.19

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Upcoming Events

3/11 - 3 hour early release at 12:30

3/15 - 6th Grade Ethics Day; 2nd Grade Native American Day

3/16 - Chesterbrook Fun Fair 10 - 12 PM

3/21 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the Kennedy Center

3/25-3/28 - Walk in my Shoes Assembly (Each grade level will have an assembly in afternoon)

Principal's Note

We are looking forward to another great week  Last week, we had a wonderfully engaging week of learning at Chesterbrook. We began with Dr. Seuss' Read Across America. I had the opportunity to read in a few classrooms which was certainly a highlight of my week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, all of our students were treated to an educational assembly from the Maryland Science Center, funded by our generous PTA. The snow delay the previous week moved our fourth grade Colonial Day to last Wednesday, however, did not change the outcome of this incredible opportunity for our students.  We had a full day filled with students learning colonial trades and activities.  I even came home with lovely homemade soaps made by our students. I was very impressed with the focus our students gave to each activity and thoroughly enjoyed watching children and parents enjoy colonial dancing at the end of the day. It has been a joy watching our teachers get our students prepared through focused instructional activities over the past few weeks and evident that our students had great parent support with their amazing projects and beautiful costumes.  Thank you to the many volunteers that help make so many of our events at Chesterbrook possible. 

Principal Evaluation - Your Feedback is Important!

As a first year principal, part of the evaluation process comes from survey data collected from staff and parents, identifying areas of strength and growth as I continue this path of life-long learning.  I wanted to share this information regarding the process, so you can be prepared to receive the survey.

This week all Chesterbrook parents will be contacted through email or text message with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. The survey will be collected online between March 13 and March 27.

This survey is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various issues related to our school. These issues include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism.

Thank you for your support,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Kiss And Ride Safety

We have had a number of cars parked in non-designated parking spaces and using the handicapped spaces illegally during kiss and ride pickup in the afternoon.  While it may save a couple minutes to park and walk to pickup your child, this is causing our parking lot to become difficult to maneuver and unsafe. If you are picking up your child we ask that you wait patiently to use kiss and ride.  Our lot is small and cannot accommodate cars parked in non designated spaces.  We appreciate your attention to this matter to create a safe and supportive environment.  Thank you!

Summer VIP Program Registration for rising 7th grade students

Registration is now open for the Value In Prevention (VIP) Summer Program at Carson Middle School. Families can register on MySchoolBucks. The program is open to all rising 7th graders attending Longfellow, Cooper, Herndon, Hughes, and Carson Middle School. The cost of the entire program is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, and 4 field trips. The program will take place July 1st-August 1st and students can choose from a variety of activities including Basketball, Cooking, Soccer, STEAM, and Theatre. If you have any questions, please contact Riley Barrows rtbarrows1@fcps.edu

Yearbook

If you want to order a yearbook please use this link.  Chesterbrook's Yearbook ID Code is 13221419.  Order deadline is April 12th.

Communication to Parents and Students about the Momo Challenge and Digital Citizenship Resources

In Fairfax County schools, county agencies and families are working together to create an environment where children and youth can safely learn, work, and play. Similar to our message containing information about the 13 Reasons Why NETFLIX program and the Blue Whale Challenge, we are sending this communication to alert you to a recent rise in new games and social media challenges that encourage young people to participate in harmful behavior.

One example of this is a potentially harmful game called the “Momo Challenge" that has reportedly been posted on different social media platforms to include WhatsApp and assigns players a series of progressively more intense tasks, to include self-harm. It is important to note that the Momo Challenge is a hoax that has received a significant amount of media attention.

This hoax has been seen across the United States in recent months, targeting primarily elementary aged children. Vigilant parents and guardians in Fairfax County have also reported seeing information about the Momo Challenge or similar games on their children's phones and have alerted school authorities.

Please talk to your child about this type of internet hoax, and check his or her phone or other device for signs of an app or communications with anyone telling them to do specific tasks. This provides an excellent opportunity to remind your child of best practices for internet safety and digital citizenship:

  • Remind your child information shared on social media is not always true and how quickly misinformation can create a panic online.
  • Children should never engage in conversations with strangers online.
  • Be aware of the sites and apps your children are using and know their usernames and passwords.
  • Turn off suggested autoplay on videos to stop children from viewing content they have not selected, and you have not approved.
  • If appropriate, tell your children that Momo is not real and will not hurt them.
  • Encourage open dialogue with them around any concerns.

FCPS has additional resources available on this website: https://www.fcps.edu/node/32086. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor. Please be aware that a number of mental health resources are available, including Fairfax County Public School resources: School Counseling Services at 571-423- 4420, School Psychology Services at 571-423-4250, and School Social Work Services at 571-423-4300 and Fairfax County resources: Crisis Link Hotline at 703-527-4077, Merrifield Emergency Services 703-573-5679 (available 24/7) or Entry and Referral during business hours at 703-383-8500. The Fairfax County Police Department non-emergency number is 703-691-2131.

More information about the Momo Challenge and other internet challenges or hoaxes is available at these links: 

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Notification of Increased Illness 3.12.19

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

It is our concern to promote quality health for the students in our school and to control and manage communicable diseases. In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter home because we are seeing an increased number of students with influenza-like illness in the school.

The Health Department recommends that you and your family members take the following steps to protect yourselves and others from influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

    • Vaccinate your child and yourself against influenza this year and every year.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw soiled tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with individuals who have flu symptoms.
  • Monitor your child for signs of illness. Symptoms of flu include fever plus a cough and/or sore throat.
  • Do not send any child experiencing influenza symptoms to school. If your child is sent home with flu like symptoms, keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours (i.e. he or she should not attend school, school functions, sporting or extracurricular activities, or leave the home except to seek medical care).
  • Consult with your child’s physician regarding antiviral medication for:
    • Children with underlying medical conditions (e.g., asthma, neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders such as diabetes, kidney disorders, liver disorders, metabolic disorders, immunosuppressive conditions, including those taking chronic steroids).
    • Children who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy. 

If you have questions regarding these recommendations, please contact your physician or the Fairfax County Health Department School Public Health Nurse, Janessa Deal at (703) 376-7365.

                                                                        Sincerely,

                                                                        Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

  

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 3.20.2019

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Upcoming Events

3/21 - 4th Grade Field Trip to the Kennedy Center

3/25-3/28 - Walk in my Shoes Assembly (Each grade level will have an assembly in afternoon)

3/29 - 3/30 - All County Choir Rehearsal and Saturday Performance - Hayfield Secondary

3/29 - PTA Spring Fling Fundraiser - Washington Golf and Country Club

4/5 - Rising Kindergarten Orientation  10AM - 12PM ***Please see message below.  Spread the word in your neighborhood and with friends of our rising kindergarten students.

4/12 - Yearbook Orders Due!!! Don't miss out. Please use this link to order a yearbook.  Chesterbrook's Yearbook ID Code is 13221419. 

TONIGHT!!!  Authors of The Self Driven Child speak at McLean High School at 7PM

Join us as we feature William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson, the authors of The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, as they empower parents with practical tools to help their children reduce stress and anxiety, while building capacity for resilience, success, and optimal development. The authors work with students in the Washington, DC metro area and offer keen insights into the stress and anxiety that children of high-achieving schools are experiencing. The strategies shared are relevant for parents of children of ALL ages.   It will be an evening you don’t want to miss! 

Inclusion Week - Walk In My Shoes

The PTA along with our teachers and counselors have been preparing for your kids a special week where we dialogue with your kids about how to embrace kindness when differences are observed and how our school community is a better place when inclusion is embraced.  Encourage your child to check out some of the book suggestions displayed in front of the library.  Ask them about the “I Feel Included” worksheets that they and their classmates have taken the time to create and make sure they don’t miss the celebrity wall! 

3rd Grade:  Monday, March 25th

4th Grade:  March 27th

5th Grade:  March 26th

6th Grade:  March 28th

Our 3rd-6th graders will participate in our first ever Walk In My Shoes assembly!  They will participate in 6 hands-on activities that will help them experience the perspective of classmates that may experience fine motor, attention, sensory, social or visual challenges.  It helps kids who don’t struggle to respect the kids that do. It is also extremely validating to go through this program when you have one of these struggles. You realize how amazing you are.  

Please support Inclusion Week at home by dialoguing with your kids about what they will learn and PLEASE SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER NEXT WEEK!!  It is such a rewarding program that reaps so many benefits for everyone that participates.  Your time will not be wasted!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044eabab2cab9-chesterbrook

If you have trouble with the signup contact margaretbehrns@gmail.com or michelle.decarlo@gmail.com   

New Student Registration for 2019-2020

We are already preparing for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please take a moment to complete this informational form if you plan to register a new student.  We will use these responses to help us have accurate enrollment numbers.

Kindergarten Orientation is April 5th from 10 AM - 12 PM

Students and parents will experience many aspects of our kindergarten program throughout the morning including PE, Music, Art, Library and our Kindergarten class.  We have an exciting morning planned that you will not want to miss. 

We would like to begin collective registration information PRIOR to kindergarten orientation, so please contact our front office to register your child. 

Early enrollment will be important, since it will also include pre-assessment for our incoming students with our kindergarten teachers.

Please enroll your child by Friday, April 12th, so we can properly prepare and staff for our students. 

The items you need for registration at this time are:

Additional items needed before the student can start on the first day of school:

  • Physical (done within one year of 8/26/19) with Immunizations - if this is already completed please feel free to bring it at the time of registration.

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Chesterbrook SCA Food Drive

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SCA Drive to Restock the Shelves at McLean SHARE 
March 25th - April 12th
Chesterbrook Elementary gives back to our community.

This spring, we are going to be collecting the following items for McLean SHARE. Starting Monday and running through April 12th, we will collect items at Chesterbrook.

There are many families in our area that need support. We would like to donate to our community by restocking SHARE’s shelves with food and personal care items. They do not receive a lot of donations during this time of year, so we look forward to helping them out.

Dry bagged beans
Jam/jelly in Plastic Jars
Peanut butter in Plastic Jars (16 - 20 oz)
Mayo (22 - 30 oz)
Mustard (10 - 20 oz)
Ketchup (14 - 20 oz)
Cake mix or jello
Baby wipes Unscented
Children’s toothpaste
Toothpaste
Children’s toothbrushes
Toothbrushes (singles/doubles)
Children’s shampoo
Shampoo (12.5 oz)
Diapers - Sizes 4, 5 and 6
Flushable wipes
Toilet Paper** (>250 sheets/roll)
Laundry Detergent (32 – 50 oz)
Canola or Vegetable oil (48 oz)
Canned Fruit (15 – 20 oz)
Applesauce (24 oz)
Bagged White Rice (2 lb)
Canned Beans (Chickpea, Black, Kidney, White, Pinto) (15 oz)
Canned Veggies (Corn, etc) (15 oz)
Cereal/Oatmeal
Pasta Sauce in Plastic Jars or Cans
Pasta/Spaghetti
Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
Canned Soup
Snacks/Granola Bars
Coffee
Tea
Canned Pasta Meals
Canned Chili
Tomato Products (diced, sauce, paste)

 

Thank you for your support of our drive for McLean SHARE.

Sincerely,

Chesterbrook Student Council

 

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