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Monday, December 24 2018 – Friday, January 04 2019

News from Chesterbrook Elementary

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Parent Coffee:  Meet the Principal

1st Coffee, Tomorrow, July 31st at 9AM

2nd Coffee, Thursday, August 9th at 9AM

We look forward to having you join us for our first parent coffee of this school year. We will also welcome our Family Engagement Region Representative, Tianja Grant, who will share a bit of information on how we can work together to help our students get off to a great, successful school year. 

Principal Survey

Thank you to those families that have provided valued feedback .  I welcome and appreciate your input as we work together to provide the best possible educational environment for our children. http://bit.ly/CESPrincipalSurvey

Dates for Your Calendar

As August is approaching, you may be thinking about dates you need to put on your calendar.

Monday, August 27th Open House Kindergarten 10AM; 1st - 6th 2PM; Popsicles on the Playground, Provided by our wonderful PTA 3PM 

Tuesday, August 28th 1st Day of School

Monday, September 3rd Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 19th FCPS 3 Hour Early Release Staff Dev.

Thursday, September 20th Back to School Night

Kindergarten News

In case you have not yet heard the good news, we are happy to report that the county has granted staffing for four kindergarten classrooms this school year. We are lucky to have the same kindergarten team in place from the 2017-18 school year.

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 8/18

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Welcome to the 2018 - 2019 School Year!

The excitement continues to grow as we welcome our new and returning teachers this school year.  We are thrilled to have the majority of our teachers returning for the school year and hope you will help us give a warm welcome to our new teachers. We do want to let you know that after many years of service to the Chesterbrook community, Michelle Paper, accepted a position as an Advanced Academic Resource teacher in the county and will not be returning.  We wish Mrs. Paper all the best in her new position and know she will continue to do great work with children. 

Welcome to our new teachers:

5th Grade Teacher – Laura Krieber
6th Grade Teachers – Meredith Waterworth and Madeline Longano
Special Education Teachers – Kristi McGeehan and Justin Robinson

Communication this year will come to you mostly in an electronic format.  We will keep a historical flow of News You Choose messages on our website, if you need to refer back to anything. 

As we approach the start of the school year, children may be very excited to return, but this is not always the case.  Students may also exhibit stress and anxiety knowing that school is on the horizon.  Signs may be different in children and sometimes result in behavior changes, meltdowns or other abnormal behaviors.  If you do notice your child is having trouble with the transition please communicate with their classroom teacher and counselor so we can work together to support your child.  We want success for each and every student and look forward to seeing the students filling our classrooms very soon.

Midweek  you will receive more specific information regarding our Open House and first day procedures.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick and Connie Britt

Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 27th Open House

Tuesday, August 28th 1st Day of School

Monday, September 3rd Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 19th FCPS 3 Hour Early Release Staff Dev.

Thursday, September 20th Back to School Night

Open House

Monday, August 27th we will hold our annual open house for all students. Please bring your child to visit the classroom, meet the teacher and become familiar with the building.  Kindergarten at 10-11AM; 1st - 6th Grades at 2-3PM; Popsicles on the Playground, Provided by our wonderful PTA at 3PM.  Our Special Education team will be available in the library to meet and greet parents and students during open house hours.

Dining Room Host Needed

Chesterbrook is hiring a dining room host. If you know of someone that would like a part time position supporting our wonderful students, please have them send their resume to our principal, Stacy Kirkpatrick.

Student Class Placement

We know everyone is very excited about finding out their new teacher placement.  We will finalize all placements the beginning of the week when our teachers are back working.  Class placement information will be available for parents in ParentVue on Thursday.  Parents may log into SIS to view information. We will confirm distribution of class placement information for those that cannot log into SIS by Wednesday so everyone will have their teacher placement on Thursday.

1st Week Transportation Plan Preparation

Bus stop information will be available to parents on Thursday or Friday of next week.  Information will be available via KIT message, Blackboard, ParentVue and text message (if you have signed up in ParentVue).  Please allow 2 days (August 23rd or August 24th) for the county to process emails that need to be sent to all FCPS families.

You will find a transportation form that will let us know how your child's arrival and dismissal plan each day. Please complete the "Student Transportation Plan" form and bring it to your child's teacher during open house or complete one during your visit. If you will not be at open house, we ask that you send it with your child on their first day. The form has two per sheet, so we can save a paper, especially if you have multiple children at Chesterbrook. At open house, we will also provide labels for your child to wear on their shirt during the first week which will identify their name, teacher, route to and from school.

If your child will be riding the school bus this school year, we encourage them to ride the bus during this first week to learn procedures going to and from school.  It is very important that we are aware of how your child will be going home every day and appreciate your support in providing this information.

 iXL Online Program

We have utilized iXL for instructional practice for the past few years.  As you may know, this program is not approved for use by FCPS Instructional Services.  We faced a difficult decision this school year in renewing the program and are unable to do so.  The program has increased by $2,200 in just two years and now exceeds our maximum expenditure of instructional funds before the need to secure bids for approved products.  The vendor was unable to budge on the price point.  They will however allow individual families to purchase the product for their child, should you wish. This will not be an instructional program utilized in our classrooms.  This year our teachers will be implement the new FCPS math curriculum and will utilize the new materials to ensure we meet the needs and challenge all students.  If you would like to purchase the iXL program, you may access the information here: https://www.ixl.com/membership/family/pricing


Kirby Road Construction

Good News!  The construction on the sidewalk and road is wrapping up and the area in front of the school should be a construction free zone before our first day. 

 

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 8/22

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

  • Student Teacher Placement - Tomorrow a KIT message (Keep in Touch email) will be sent from Chesterbrook indicating your child’s teacher placement.
  • Transportation will begin sending a KIT with your child’s bus stop information.  This email may be received on Friday due to the large number of emails the county needs to send.
  • SIS will be available to access your student’s information, including the teacher placement and the bus information.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Open House

Kindergarten 10:00am -11:00am

1st – 6th 2:00pm -3:00pm

Ice Cream Social – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 28, 2018  

School begins at 8:50.  Building opens at 8:30

Parent Vue - SIS (Student Information System)

New Parents were mailed an activation key to access SIS (ParentVue) accounts of their children in early August.  If you have not received your key, the office will be available on Monday at the open house to print off this information for you.

Open House 

On Monday, August 27, 2018 – folders with information from the PTA and Chesterbrook will be available in your student’s classroom.  The folders will be distributed to the youngest of your family.  In addition, the Thursday Envelopes for all student will be available in your student’s classroom with very important information.  This will include labels for your student to wear the first week of school, Emergency Forms to review for accuracy and return to your classroom teacher by Friday, August 31st, and various other forms. 

Reminder:  Please complete the Student Transportation Plan form and bring it to your child's teacher during open house. If you cannot bring it to open house, please send it in your child's backpack the first day of school. This will help ensure we are able to account for each student in a timely manner.

1st Week Student Identification Labels 

Students are provided 4 labels in your welcome folder for the first week of school and instructions for completion.  Please indicate your student's name, teacher and route to and from school.   

Kindergarten students will have a yellow tape marking their backpack. Kindergarten labels are also red.  This is to ensure safety for transportation home to ensure they are with an adult.  This tape is to remain in place all year.

First Day of School

We encourage all students to ride the bus, as this helps students transition to their daily transportation mode and routine. Students will be given a bus number as they exit the bus to hand to their teacher.  The teacher will then record the bus or method of transportation home. For building security, parents may not walk students to the classroom.  We will have ample staff coordinating the transfer from bus and Kiss and Ride. 

While there is a new sidewalk along Kirby road, parents are reminded that Chesterbrook ES does not have a crossing guard and for safety reasons, we are not a walking school. 

While we are not a walking school, we realize some children still utilize walking paths behind the school.  If you child has utilized a walking path, you are encouraged to check the safety and walkability of the area prior to the first day.

Visitors to School

All visitors must sign in at the Front Office and let the Front Office Staff know the reason for the visit.  You must have your ID (Driver’s License) with you to activate the sign–in. 

Future Dates

Monday, September 3rd Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 19th FCPS 3 Hour Early Release Staff Dev.

Thursday, September 20th Back to School Night

Communication This School Year

Communications from our administration will come to you through the News You Choose method.  The email will come from "FCPS News You Choose" with the subject of Chesterbrook Weekly Updates.  These will be weekly or as needed to keep you informed.  If there is an urgent email or information that must be sent directly from SIS, you will get this information from a KIT message.  The KIT message may also come to you as a text message, as this is reserved for a more urgent matter.

We are excited about how things are coming together for the school year.  Our teachers are ready to meet their new students. 

Wishing everyone a great start to the 2018-19 school year!

Sincerely,
Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal
Connie Britt, Assistant Principal  

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 8/27

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Thank you for a wonderful day!

We want to thank our staff, parent volunteers and tremendous PTA for making our Open House a huge success.  Our PTA membership, PTA fundraiser "Chipmunk Fund," Spiritwear Sales, Supply Orders, folder & packet preparation team and Ice Cream committee all worked in tandem to pull off a smooth, informative and fun event for our students. 

Open house was a great success and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2018-19 school year.  I hope each of you enjoyed meeting your teachers and reconnecting with friends as we embark on another year. 

Our staff has worked very hard and long hours over the past week to get the building and classrooms ready.  Along with our work this week, we want to share that we will be focusing on a Caring Culture within our community.  Staff voted between suggested themes and will embrace the following theme this year:

"Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today!"

There is one thing that will be clear this year, we are all here for our kids and as team we will work to help them learn and grow as they explore the world around them and develop the Portrait of a Graduate skills.  Thank you for supporting your children and their teachers as they begin this school year.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018  

School begins at 8:50.  Building opens at 8:30.  Dismissal begins at 3:30

Please be patient with bus arrival times in the afternoon, but your child's safety is of the utmost important.  If needed

Bus Route Information (Sent previously from FCPS)

FCPS Transportation Services has sent detailed bus route information to parents by phone and email. If your child rides the bus, be sure to check your email or voice mail for a message. Bus route information for your child is also available by logging into your FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) account. To see it, click your child’s name in the module titled “Bus Stop Information (Parent).”

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 5:30 p.m.  

E-Notify (BlackboardConnect) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

Twitter  - We would love to have you follow our tweets!

We welcome you to stay in touch with things happening at Chesterbrook throughout the school year.  Please follow our school page @CES_FCPS and Mrs. Kirkpatrick's Principal tweets search for Principal Kirkpatrick (@PrincipalKirkp1).  

1st Week Student Identification Labels 

Students are provided 4 labels in your welcome folder for the first week of school and instructions for completion.  Please indicate your student's name, teacher and route to and from school.   

Kindergarten students will have a yellow tape marking their backpack. Kindergarten labels are also red.  This is to ensure safety for transportation home to ensure they are with an adult.  This tape is to remain in place all year.

First Day of School

We encourage all students to ride the bus, as this helps students transition to their daily transportation mode and routine.

For building security, parents may not walk students to the classroom.  We will have ample staff coordinating the transfer from bus and Kiss and Ride. 

While there is a new sidewalk along Kirby road, parents are reminded that Chesterbrook ES does not have a crossing guard and for safety reasons, we are not a walking school. 

Twitter  - We would love to have you follow our tweets!

We welcome you to stay in touch with things happening at Chesterbrook throughout the school year.  Please follow our school page @CES_FCPS and Mrs. Kirkpatrick's Principal tweets search for Principal Kirkpatrick (@PrincipalKirkp1).  

Future Dates

Monday, September 3rd Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 19th FCPS 3 Hour Early Release Staff Dev.

Thursday, September 20th Back to School Night

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Chesterbrook 1st Day

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Our first day was smooth and productive, setting up students for a successful school year.  As we get started there are a few beginning of the year items to note as you talk about the day with your students.  We hope your child had a great first day of school. 

Recess

This year all students will have 30 minutes of recess which is broken into a 15 minute blocks twice per day.  During the first week of school teachers will be playing group games with students while students are instructed about recess games and rules regarding our playground structures so all students enjoy  recess safely. This structured class playtime will allow our new students time to get to know classmates, allow our teachers to watch for kind interactions and inclusion of students and provide time for our students to understand aspects of playground safety.  Next week, students will begin open free play where they can use the swings, playground equipment and choose other group games.

Instruction for Core Subjects

The first two weeks of school, students will be spending times in their homerooms beginning the basics of our curriculum as well as building connections within their classroom and routines.  During this time teachers will assist students accessing their online FCPS, blackboard, and google accounts (as needed per grade level).  Additionally, students will take baseline beginning of the year assessments.  During our third week of school, students in 2nd - 6th grades will begin to switch for some core classes. This varies by grade level.  Information from the previous and current year is utilized to meet the needs of your student. 

Transportation Safety to School

Thank you for encouraging your kids to ride the school bus.  We have a very small Kiss N Ride loop.  If you are bringing students through Kiss N Ride we ask for your patience.  Please do not drop students off on Kirby Road or allow your child to walk through the parking lot by themselves.  Reminder that we are not a walking school and there is no crossing guard, so if you are choosing to walk with your child, please use caution. FCPS staff are not allowed to direct traffic, but will happily help your child exit their buses and our Kiss N Ride loop.

 

 

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Chesterbrook ES Weekly Updates

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Upcoming Dates

9/14 – Donuts with Dads 8:15; PTA meeting 9 AM

9/19 – 3 hour early release at 12:30

9/20 – Back to School Night 6PM Specialists, 6:45 PTA, 7:00 Classrooms

9/21 --  6th grade field trip to Hemlock 9:30 – 6:30

9/24 – New Parent Coffee 9 AM

What a wonderful beginning to the year.  We hope your students have settled in and are enjoying the 2018-19 school year.  The smiles, hugs and kindness of our students have shown has been the best welcome to Chesterbrook.

Students have now been playing on the playground, acclimated to their new classes and taken beginning of the year assessments. They also have participated in our Students Rights & Responsibilities lesson.  Next week, students in grades 2 - 6 may begin switching classes to begin core content and dive deep into the curriculum.  All in all, we are off to a great start!

We wish everyone a wonderful, restful weekend and look forward to seeing your students on Monday.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Connie Britt, Assistant Principal

School Theme:  Be the Reason someone smiles today!

During teacher workweek the Chesterbrook staff discussed one of the key elements of a great school, Caring Culture.  Around this focus, we sought a theme that would guide our thinking and practices this school year.  The staff voted on Be the Reason someone smiles today. We encourage this within our community and hope you will join us in being the reason someone smiles today!  Students are catching kindness and sharing ways they will care about others.  When you are at Chesterbrook, we encourage you to catch kindness and also be the reason someone smiles!

Green Slips

Parents are welcome to complete a green slip if their child has a change in plans to go home afterschool.  Please complete this by 2:30 so we complete requests and provide this information to your child's teacher. 

Afternoon Pickup

If you need to pickup your child for an early release, it needs to be done before 3PM or wait for dismissal at 3:30.  Students will not be called out of class between 3 - 3:30.  The office and our classrooms become quite busy at the very end of the day which makes it difficult to release students while preparing for dismissal.  If there is an emergency, we treat that as a special situation and are happy to assist in getting your child from class.

Birthday Celebrations

Our student birthdays are very important to us and we love celebrating this special day with them.  Students will receive a pencil from the principal on their birthday or as close to their birthday as possible.  We have student's with life threatening allergies and do not allow birthday treats to be brought into the classroom.  Kindergarten students will follow the class snack policy.  Additionally, no birthday invitations should be distributed through school.  We encourage parents to join the PTA where they can gain access to our directory so birthday invitations can be sent by mail.

Classroom Snacks

We wanted to put remind everyone of our Nut Free Classroom policy.  All classroom spaces in our building are nut free and you will find signs outside our rooms indicating this safety measure.  Please do not send any nut products or products produced in a plant with nuts.  We appreciate your support keeping our students safe.  Students may eat nut products at lunch in the cafeteria.

Drop off and Pickup

Thank you for working to keep our student's safe and providing a smooth start to the school year.  During dismissal we have asked parents to wait outside in front of the school for their students.  The front entry should be clear to allow our students to exit the building.  Parents needing additional assistance are welcome to come into the office.

2nd Grade Staffing

This year our 2nd grade is a bit larger than anticipated.  In order to accommodate our students needs, the county has provided additional staffing for 2 IAs to support two of our slightly larger classes.  We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Diane McCulla to our staff this week and we look forward to announcing our second hire as soon as they are able to begin.  Our IAs will support Mrs. Schulter and Mrs. Butler's classes.  Currently we have been blessed to have Mrs. Nicola Noll and Mrs. McCulla supporting our students as they start the year.

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Weekly Updates 9/17

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Upcoming Dates

9/19 – 3 hour early release at 12:30

9/20 – Back to School Night 6PM Specialists, 6:45 PTA, 7:00 Classrooms

*Back to school night information will be sent on Wednesday including parking information and our schedule.

9/21 -  6th grade field trip to Hemlock 9:30 – 6:30

9/24 - New Parent Coffee 9 AM in the Cafeteria

9/27 - Advanced Academic ES Levels of Service Information Meeting - 6 PM

9/28 - Spirit Day to support kids with Cancer - Go Gold Day!

Chesterbrook News!

We were thrilled to see the turnout for our Donuts with Dad on Friday.  It was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of our children as dad brought them to school.  While we would have loved to not have run out of donuts, we greatly appreciated how it was quickly turned around with a positive as a few dads shared they had already planned to go and get donuts afterschool with their child.  It was equally great to see the large turnout for our 1st PTA meeting.  Thank you for your support!

During the PTA meeting, we shared an update on staffing.  Both of our 2nd grade Instructional Assistants are now in place.  Welcome to Diane McCulla and Abigail Anderson.  Additionally, we are finalizing a hire for a dining room assistant.  We hope that individual will be training with us very soon.

As we begin our 4th week of instruction, teachers have assessed and are working to identify students that will require more support in reading and math.  We utilize REACH time to help provide small group intervention to students to fill any gaps in curriculum.  Gaps in content standards are identified through previous SOLs, beginning of the year assessments and classroom observations.  Teachers will be sharing information if your child is in need of a targeted intervention.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Back to School night this Thursday.  More information will be coming in a separate email on Wednesday.  It will include information on parking and more specific schedule information.  There will be three 20 minute sessions to accommodate families with multiple children in different classes.

Have a wonderful week and be the reason someone smiles today!

Mrs. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Britt

Attention 6th Grade Parents

Every 6th grade classroom needs more chaperones for the field trip to Hemlock.  If you are interested please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Advanced Academic Information

Please take a look at the September Advanced Academic Newsletter. Included in the newsletter are critical dates for referral deadlines as well as links to find more detailed information.

Elementary Parent Information Meeting
A parent information meeting will be held at Chesterbrook on Thursday, September 27 at 6:00 – 7:00 in the Library. Mrs. Vallath, AART, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Chesterbrook, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based services and full-time Level IV services.

Safety Drills

All FCPS schools are required to complete a number of safety drills during the first month of school.  During the first 20 days of school we are required to complete 2 lockdown drills.  This afternoon we completed our  2nd lock down drill.  During the beginning of the school year we are also required to complete a weekly fire drill and one bus evacuation drill.  Our kindergarteners and patrols have already prepared for their first school-wide bus evacuation drill which will be held in the first 30 days.

Our students have done an incredible job completing these drills by moving quickly and quietly to their designated location.  As always, your child's safety is our number one priority and we take that very seriously.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Chesterbrook or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

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Back to School Night Information for Thursday 9/20

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Back to School Night Information

We welcome you to our 2018 - 2019 Back to School Night this Thursday, September 20th.

Back to School Night is an informative session detailing the work students will embrace this school year. This evening is for parents only and it will help give you a glimpse into the goals and expectations for the year ahead.  This evening will also offer you a great opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher!

Parking Information

Parking is open at the First Baptist Chesterbrook church or pool parking lot.  We have been asked to share that you not park by the cemetery of the church.  Carpooling is a great idea as parking is limited.

Session Times

We encourage you to join us during the open gym session to meet our specialists.  The following specialists will be available from 6:00 - 6:45 in the gym:

Physical Education Teachers
General Music Teachers
Band and Strings
Art
Chinese
Speech (for those receiving this SPED services)
ESOL
Reading
Counselors

General PTA Meeting in the Cafeteria 6:45 PM - 6:55 PM

Budget Approval for the 2018 - 2019 School Year

Administrative Welcome - View in classrooms  7:00 PM

General Classroom Sessions 

We will have three classroom sessions to allow parents with children in more than one class to meet teachers and gather information for the school year. Special Education teachers will be sharing information along with the general education teachers.                                                                                                           

7:15  Session 1

7:40  Session 2

8:05  Session 3           

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Weekly Update 9/27

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Upcoming Dates

9/27 - TONIGHT!  Advanced Academic ES Levels of Service Information Meeting - 6 PM

9/28 - Spirit Day to support kids battling Cancer - Go Gold Day!

9/28 - 10/20 - Small Prize Donations collected for Childhood Cancer Awareness.

10/9 - Pulcinella Restaurant Night, 5 pm - 8 pm

October 12: Munchkins with Moms, 8:15 am & PTA Meeting, 9 am

October 12: Family Fun Night: Bingo, 6 pm - 8 pm

October 26: Basketball Blowout, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

Let's Turn Chesterbrook GOLD!!! 

Show Your Spirit and Support for Kids who have and are currently battling cancer.  VIEW MORE INFORMATION ON GO GOLD 2018

WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018

WHAT: Wear GOLD or YELLOW*

WHY: Show your Support for Kids with Cancer & Build Community Awareness

LET'S SHOW OUR LOVE AND HELP LOCAL KIDS BATTLING CANCER.

Through October 20, help fill the prize basket at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders! 

Bring in small prizes and toys for babies and kids who get blood draws—these items should cost less than $5 each.  Due to compromised immune systems, items must be NEW and in their original packaging. Donations can be dropped off in the front office.

Advanced Academic Information

Tonight!  Elementary Parent Information Meeting
A parent information meeting will be held at Chesterbrook on Thursday, September 27 at 6:00 – 7:00 in the Library. Mrs. Vallath, AART, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Chesterbrook, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based services and full-time Level IV services.

If you missed it, please take a look at the September Advanced Academic Newsletter. Included in the newsletter are critical dates for referral deadlines as well as links to find more detailed information.

This school year the McLean pyramid of schools will be working together to support our McLean community.  Our overall goal is to support our students and make positive connections in our community.

The first meeting of the school year that will be held will be on September 26 and our topic is about juuling.  We believe this is an important topic for every parent in our community. The meeting will be held on September 26 at McLean High School in the Lecture Hall at 7:00pm.

  NEWS FROM OUR MCLEAN PYRAMID SCHOOLS

Community Book Talk

This school year, we will be reading the book The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.  We will hold three meetings during the fall and the winter with McLean High School’s counselor, Kathleen Otal, leading our discussion.   Our culminating meeting being held in the Spring with the author leading our learning.

Here are the times and dates of the upcoming meetings:

October 10 at Longfellow Middle School

January 9 at Chesterbrook Elementary School

March 20 at McLean High School

April 10 at McLean High School

All meetings will begin at 7:00pm.  We hope that you secure the book soon and join us in our community book talk.

Technology Support Training Sessions for Parents

Our students are learning quite differently than when we were in school.  The second Tuesday of every month we will hold morning and evening sessions to teach you about such programs as Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Classroom.  Plus, we will learn about digital citizenship, technology tools, and gain a better understanding of blended learning.  All sessions will happen at McLean High School.  You may bring your own computer or use a school computer for the session.

Morning session – 9:45-10:45am

Evening Session – 6:00-7:00pm

Our first meeting is October 9.  We will learn about FCPSon and answer the “what, why, and how” of this initiative.

 By working together, we will be able to best support all of our students!

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Dates

9/28 - 10/20 - Small Prize Donations collected for Childhood Cancer Awareness.

October 9: Pulcinella Restaurant Night, 5 pm - 8 pm

October 10:  Walk/Bike to School

October 11:  Interims sent home

October 12: Munchkins with Moms, 8:15 am & PTA Meeting, 9 am

October 12: Family Fun Night: Bingo, 6 pm - 8 pm

October 26: Basketball Blowout, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Walk/Bike to School Day - Oct 10th

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.


Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work on October 10.  Parents are encouraged to accompany their children.

Online School Payment Portal

We are now utilizing My School Bucks for payment of school fees.   The fees will include payments for field trips, grade level t-shirts, and assorted fees for grade level instructional material (Time for Kids, Studies Weekly). These fees can be found in My School Bucks under the School Store. In order to process payments for all above-mentioned items, please make sure to submit payment promptly by the due date for your grade level.  My School Bucks link can be found at the top of our Chesterbrook Website throughout the school year.

UPCOMING  FIELD TRIPS

Kindergarten - Ticonderoga Farms - October 16th

$11.95. Due by October 15th

1st Grade - Hidden Oaks - December 11th and 12th

$7.00. Due by October 31st.

2nd Grade - Museum of Natural History - December 7th

No payment due.

3rd Grade - Baltimore National Aquarium - October 11th

$56 per person.  Payment asap.

4th Grade - Jamestown/Williamsburg - November 2nd

$65.00.  Due October 31st.

Fitness Focus

Motivating Kids to Get Fit

Parents and caregivers play an active role in encouraging children’s health.
Eating healthy foods is a key factor in maintaining their overall well-being.
But, this should be balanced with regular physical activity. 

Children who are physically active on a regular basis:

  • Are less likely to become overweight
  • Have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
  • Have reduced blood cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure
  • Have higher self-esteem and reduced incidences of depression and anxiety
  • Are more likely to build strong bones and muscles
  • Are more attentive in school

We know why children need to be active, it’s time to get them up and
moving. Here’s how:

  1. Focus on fun, Limit TV and computer time
  2. Choose fitness or activity-oriented gifts
  3. Schedule play dates
  4. Go to the playground
  5. Get fit as a family and encourage walking or biking to school
  6. Be a model of fitness and look for fitness activities at your school

Autumn flies by in a flash, so take advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful foliage with this list of fun things to do:

  • Rake leaves
  • Go apple or pumpkin picking
  • Go on a hike to see the fall colors
  • Go to a corn maze
  • Play some football
  • Plant bulbs in the garden for the spring
  • Run in a fall race like the MCM kids run or Mclean 5k
  • Jump in a pile of leaves!

What’s Happening in PE?

Kindergarten is learning to MOVE!   Ask them to show you their Locomotor skills!
 1-6: Movement & Throwing and Catching
 4-5: Also Biking if weather permits

We’ve wrapped up fitness for this QTR!

Chinese Characters

1st grade: We sang classroom rule song and the song你好吗 (ni hao ma?) and practice how to say how are you? 你好吗 (ni hao ma?) I’m fine, thank you! 我很好,谢谢! (wo hen hao, xie xie). We also did a Chinese number 1 – 10 exercise.  Ask your kid to show you how to count Chinese numbers from 1 – 10 with the body gesture. It helps them remember how to write the Chinese number characters.

2nd grade: Students are currently learning Chinese pronouns. We started with singular personal pronouns (我, wǒ, I; 你, nǐ, you; 他, tā, he; 她, tā, she) and practiced to use them in sentences to make a statement. Students also learned plural personal pronouns by adding 们 (men) to the singular forms. We used games, worksheets, and songs in class to practice.

3rd grade: We discussed and made rules for Chines class at the beginning of the year. Students are currently learning vocabulary related to school. They have learned to name people, places, and things in a school using Chinese. They will also learn to say different subjects they take at school using Chinese. Ultimately, students are expected to be able to use Chinese to talk about what they do at school and what they like or dislike about school.

4th grade:  We talked about the classroom expectations and classroom procedure.  Students also set goals in writing and speaking to improve their Chinese. There are many ways to review Chinese at home, they can go to blackboard to review what we have learned, check out Chinese books/videos from our school library and even come to my office (Rm 424) to check out Chinese textbooks and Chinese story books and bring home to read. Please encourage your child to reach their goals!

5th grade:  We talked about the classroom expectations and classroom procedure.  Students also set goals in writing and speaking to improve their Chinese. There are many ways to review Chinese at home, they can go to blackboard to review what we have learned, check out Chinese books/videos from our school library and even come to my office (Rm 424) to check out Chinese textbooks and Chinese story books and bring home to read. Please encourage your child to reach their goals!

6th grade: We talked about the classroom expectations and classroom procedure.  Students also set goals in writing and speaking to improve their Chinese especially by the end of the school year, there is a Jr. PALS assessment (speaking and writing). I would highly recommend parent to encourage your child to spend more time at home to review and practice writing characters, check out blackboard for what we have learned after each lesson. Thank you for your support.

How to practice Chinese on Blackboard

(Log in to Blackboard 24/7 -> 035-schoolinfo-1819-YR: CES School Information->Chinese LTC)

Blackboard is a great learning tool for children to review what they learn in class. On blackboard, each grade levels have their own folders. Children can click on the folder to find the topic that they are learning right now.  Besides, there are many learning resources links, songs, videos and games. Please check out the Chinese-LTC on blackboard! If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to contact us!

谢(xiè) 谢(xiè)!    Thank you for supporting the Chinese program!   

Pik Kei (Peggy) Leung (1st, 4th, 5th & 6th grades)  Yina Chang (2nd & 3rd grades)

中 秋 节 快 乐 Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) is a harvest festival, celebrated in China and other East Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Singapore. It’s always in September or October, on month 8 day 15 of the Chinese lunar calendar.

In 2018, it’s September 24th (Monday). Please check out the Chinese-LTC on blackboard for the Mid-Autumn Festival videos.

1st grade: We talked about the legend story of the Mid-Autumn Festival and wrote the character moon 月.

2nd & 3rd grade: Students listened to the story of Hou Yi and Chang'e (the legend that is believed to explain the origin of the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival). Students discussed and retold the story. We also discussed popular Mid-Autumn Festival traditions and customs.

4th, 5th & 6th grade: We talked about the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese people eat a special food called mooncake 月饼to celebrate with their families. We made mooncake shaped oil diffusers to celebrate the festival. You can add few drops of essential oils to the mooncake and make it smells great and very relaxing!

Interim Reports

Interims for 1st - 6th grades will be sent home for all students on Thursday, October 11th.  Kindergarten teachers will share student progress at individual conferences on November 5th and 6th.  If you have any concerns regarding your child's progress please contact your child's teacher.  If a conference is needed, teachers are more than happy to coordinate.

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