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List of all of the CES Announcements

CES Kindergarten Orientation Monday 3/8 at 11AM

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Virtual Kindergarten Orientation
Monday, March 8th at 11 AM

Link to Join Virtual Session

  ***We will record the session for parents
that cannot join.

We look forward to meeting our rising kindergarten families on Monday.

Please Complete if Not Completed: Student Information Form

Please share this email with other parents you know have rising kindergarten students.

Monday at 11AM, we will hold our virtual Kindergarten Orientation. Use the link above to connect to the virtual parent session. We will welcome parents, share information from our kindergarten and administrative team, discuss steps to registration and answer questions you may have. We are including a lot of kindergarten photos, so feel free to have your child join us to see what kindergarten is all about.  

Additional Kindergarten Readiness Resources

Kindergarten Summer Quest Flyer (Optional Summer Camps)

Kindergarten Essential Standards 2020-2021

Success in Kindergarten- Parent Strategies

Student Registration
It is important to begin registrations so we can staff kindergarten teachers appropriately for the 2021-2022 school year.

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Mr. Troskey, DATroskey@fcps.edu, with registration questions. 703-714-8200

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Chesterbrook Community Use and Safety Update 3.7.2021

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Community Use Reminders

Students are returning to school and we need your help to ensure that the school grounds are safe, clean and ready for students.

There have been a number of issues that have appeared with the warmer weather and we wanted to bring them to the attention of our community to assist.

As students return, a reminder that visitors may not use the school grounds between 8:30 AM - 4PM. We welcome you to our fields and playground after that time.

We greatly appreciate your support to keep our school community safe and clean..

Animals are Prohibited from School Grounds

For the safety of our students and those that use our facilities for community use, your animals are excluded from school grounds at all times.

If you choose to walk your child to school with your dog, you should say goodbye to your child on the sidewalk before entering school property. Dogs should not be brought up to the school or on leash in the kiss n ride area.

Dogs are also not allowed on our playground or fields at any time. We love your pets and seeing them, but this is not allowed.

Your dog is allowed with you in your car at kiss n ride. This is a great way to send your kid off in the morning or pick them up in the afternoon if they want to bring them.

Use of Fields and Woods for Motorbiking is Prohibited

We have recently noticed that our back treed lot has been the source of young adults motorbiking and trespassing on school property. This has been reported to school security and they will be monitoring this area. FCPS is working in conjunction with Fairfax County Parks Authority to remedy the destruction of this area to create bike trails. If you are aware of individuals doing this, please pass this message along so we can keep our children safe. 

Dumping on School Grounds

We had a number of community residents dump home debris in our dumpsters and waste receptacles on school grounds this weekend.  Our custodial team works very hard to keep our school clean and wall maintained.  We need for community members to find the appropriate disposal sites to get rid of home waste. The waste receptacles on our playground are cleaned and maintained by our custodial staff.  When you bring your recycling or other debris to load, it creates additional work and creates a space issue for our school trash. Please be courteous and do not dump on school grounds. 

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 3.8.2021

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Upcoming Calendar

March 9, 11 - First and Second Grade Return to School

March 11 and 12 - 3rd - 6th Asynchronous Days for Students; Specials will be held synchronously.  Planning Day for teachers to prepare for return. 

March 16, 18 - Grades 3 - 6 Return to School

March 26 - Early Release - Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

A Note from Mrs. Kirkpatrick

We are thrilled for the return of our first and second grade students this week. As we bring in more students, we will continue to monitor our protocols and make adjustments as needed.

I wanted to share a quick reminder that we are making some changes in live time with teachers as our first and second grade teachers work on classroom procedures and developing comfort with the new technologies. Our teachers have worked diligently to prepare, but this work is hard.  We can all do hard things, but ask for your patience as teachers continue to build skills in concurrent instruction. They need our cheers, support and encouragement!

Monday morning we held our Kindergarten orientation. As in past years, we created a special video entitled "The Best Thing about Kindergarten is..."  This has always been a sweet part to share with families because the creation develops straight from the heart of our students. This years edition also gives you a look into our virtual and concurrent 2021 - 2021 school year.

You can view our 2021 video on this link produced by our fabulous SBTS, Kathleen Fugle

Enjoy this special treat!

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

We will have some new protocols in place to socially distance and as students arrive and leave school.

We want to begin our day with all students in class. This will allow our teachers time to work with students on procedures and be ready for mornign meetin at 9 a.m. Parents driving, please drop off between 8:40 - 8:55 a.m. so students can be in their seat by 9 a.m.

Dismissal begins at 3:30 p.m. We have two waves of dismissal to spread out students: Wave 1 at 3:30 p.m and Wave 2 at 3:30 p.m. As students return we will monitor the effectiveness of this time spread.

  • Walkers (with parents as we are a non-walking school) - Due to social distancing, you will not be able to walk your child to the front door. Please not congregate under the door #1 awning afterschool to wait for dismissal.
    • Parents walking students should walk them to the sidewalk at the front of the kiss and ride area and say goodbye in this area.  You may also come to the open area by the trailers. Students walking to the kiss n ride lot will enter door #2 by the gym.
    • If walking from the right of the school, please say goodbye at the flagpole. You will notice paw prints by the flag pole to indicate this departure and meet up area. Students walking to the flagpole area will enter door #1.
  • Kiss and Ride - Entry and exit is door #2 - Parents should pull forward looking at the paw prints to pull forward around the loop. Students should be able to unbuckle and exit without parent help.  We have staff ready to assist them if needed.
  • Bus - Entry and exit is through the door #1 to provide distancing for students.  Please be patient with bus transportation as students are all phased in. Issues will be worked out as our drivers work hard to meet the new demands presented. We will work on any issues and ask for flexibility and grace for all.
Health Care Plan Information 

If your child has a known medical condition, such as allergies, we need to have this information on file with our Public Health Nurse. 

We will need a note from the doctor indicating that your child has chronic condition that result in symptoms such as:  1. runny nose, 2. watery red eyes etc. Then our Public Health Nurse will add those symptoms to the med flag. If your child is exhibiting symptoms related to the known chronic condition, they can then stay in school if there are no other symptoms.

If any child has COVID like symptoms, our clinic aide will evaluate and follow current health department protocols.

If you have questions regarding your child's health, you may reach out to our Public Health Nurse, Vivienne Goldstein, by email at Vivienne.Goldstein@fairfaxcounty.gov. 

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CES Weekly Updates 3.15.2021

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Upcoming Dates

March 16, 18 - Grades 3 - 6 Return to School!

March 26 - Early Release - Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

April 5 - Teacher Workday - No school for students

April 6 - FLE Parent Preview Virtual Session, 4th - 6th Grades, 4:30 PM

UPDATED  Parent Handbook 2021 (Click Here)

Keep this handy resource for school procedures and contact information

Changing Decisions to In-Person Return

Students are required to be in person by March 26th if they are returning for the 2020-2021 school year. It is important that teachers go over new procedures and our students and staff are able to settle in with the new structures of the concurrent setup. Changes to enrollment also require restructuring classrooms to allow for new student desks.

It is best if you are thinking about a change to contact Mrs. Kirkpatrick immediately for consideration. We do have a few classes that are at capacity, but so far have been able to meet all requests for in person return. Chesterbrook is at a 75% in-person rate of return.

Kiss N Ride Guidelines

We are expecting a large load during Kiss n Ride and ask for your patience as we get started with the extra classes this week.

  • Please pull all the way forward to unload/load child and allow for as many cars as possible to fill the K&R circle.
  • Students should exit the right side of the car independently - staff can assist but parents should remain in car
  • Students should also be able to enter the car and buckle in and be seated unassisted
  • Practice having the child your child exit and enter the car unassisted.

Cars will be expected to turn right out of the parking lot to expedite the flow of traffic.  

Students are not allowed to unload or load on Kirby road. We understand that pulling in the lot takes more time, but it also keeps our students the safest. 

These practices will enable our Kiss and Ride to move quickly smoothly for all.

Drop Off 

8:40 - 8:55 

We cannot accept students early, so if you arrive early, please be patient. We would like all kids in the classroom by 9AM, ready to learn.

Pick Up

Kiss N Ride Wave 1 - 3:30
Walkers - 3:30

Buses Load 3:30 - 3:40 (or until all buses arrive and load)

Kiss N Ride Wave 2 

All Kindergarten, First and Second grade Kiss N Ride students will be in the gym while awaiting parents to arrive.  They will be socially distanced and released when parents arrive. 

Parents will receive hang tags for cars, which will help staff call names for an expedited pickup of your child(ren).  Thank you for your patience as we get this system up and running.

Reminder NO NUT Policy

For the health and safety of our students, snacks and lunches should be nut free. Snacks should be easy to consume items.

Are you Walking your Child to School?

If you are walking your child to school, parents are asked to say good-bye at the kiss n ride area by the trailers (where the picnic tables are or on the sidewalk) or by the flagpole area on the opposite side of the school.  There are paw prints in this area to locate meet up area. 

Afterschool, we ask that you wait by the flagpole or kiss n ride to meet your child so we can keep our front walk clear for staff and students exiting. Students will also meet you here in the afternoon for pickup.

Meet New Staff that Joined CES Since the Start of the Year

We will be introducing you to a few more in the coming week. We have two monitors, two new IAs and a new dining room assistant that have joined our team over the last few months to be ready for our opening. 

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Chesterbrook News 3_22_2021

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Upcoming Dates to Note

March 26 - Early Release - Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.; End of 3rd Quarter

March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break

April 5 - Teacher Workday - No school for students

April 6 - FLE Parent Preview Virtual Session, 4th - 6th Grades, 4:30 PM

Principal's Message

Last week we were thrilled to bring in our final group of students after one year of distance. It could not feel better to be a school principal of a building with children and staff! The past year has had its share of hurdles, requiring flexibility along the way. We will continue to require that flexibility as we move forward in returning to face to face instruction of all students.

Through our mutli-tiered system of supports, administration, teachers and specialists have identified English Language Learners and special education students that need access to specialized instruction four days a week. We wish I could provide this option to all of our families, but we can't do so yet. The constraints of distancing reduced to 3 feet allow us to make some of these changes to invite a few more students into the classroom.

FCPS school board and leadership team will be reviewing the new recommendations from the CDC and provide further directives for schools. 

I have recently sent summer school information out for our S.O.A.R. program for rising 2nd - 6th grades. Summer Olympians Aspire & Reach (S.O.A.R) will be held for three weeks during the summer from July 12 - July 30th. We will also offer a Bridge to K and Bridge to 1st and reach out to parents seperately about that opportunity.  S.O.A.R. is limited in seating and offered to students based on academic need in reading and math. All students will receive a summer workbook to work on skills over the summer regardless of participation in this program. If you did not receive an invite and are concerned about your child's academic growth, please contact your child's teacher for consideration. All students are eligible for our Summer Quest program camps and we offer many academic opportunities as well as other fun camps for all elementary ages. Check out Summer Quest Camps here.

As we approach Spring Break next week, I do so with great optimism for our strong return and entering a spring that provides us a path back to a better sense of togetherness. I understand how rough this year has been for some of our families and I welcome you to share any needs as we consider how to help you make it through the end of a very difficult school year. As parents, you have worked tirelessly to support your children's education and hold down jobs, some while getting ill and losing loved ones. Our Chesterbrook staff cares deeply about the social/emotional and academic growth of all our students and we will work with you to support them as we finish this year on the strongest possible footing.

With appreciation for all your support,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

 

Online Green Slips

Online Green Slips are used for early dismissal and transportation changes.  Transportation changes are not permitted to ride another bus.  Changes are only for kiss-and-ride and meeting a parent out front.

Link to access Online Green Slips (also on website):

This form is Password Protected.  E-notify sent with password on March, 22, 2021.

Student Intent Form

If you are NOT returning to Chesterbrook next year, please fill out this form.

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) SCREENING FOR SCHOOL-BASED (LEVEL II-III) SERVICES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in grades K-8.  Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extensions of the Program of Studies (POS).  Teachers, administrators, and advanced academic resource teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services in each elementary school:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)           All students in kindergarten through grade six receive level I services which consist of model lessons that are designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills.  The lessons are modeled in all classrooms by AARTs and the thinking strategies are then used throughout the year by classroom teachers and other teachers who work with students. Student responses to these model lessons are used as part of the identification process for AAP services.  Parents may also practice the thinking strategies during family conversations and activities.  A description of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/critical-and-creative-thinking.  
  • Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II) The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenge through lessons and resources that extend and enrich the POS.  Level II services are part of a talent development pool.  Students are rescreened annually to make decisions about the need for this level of service.
  • Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) Students identified by a local school screening committee for part-time advanced academic services are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the POS in the four core subject areas.  Students receive direct instruction from the AART at the local school using curriculum from the AAP Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework.  Students identified for Level III services continue to receive level III services through grade 6.

Screening for school-based services can happen at any time during the school year but is done schoolwide in spring to determine services for the next school year.  Parents or guardians may initiate the screening for school-based (level II and III) services by electronically submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form (available at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/elementary-school/current-fcps at the bottom of the page in Forms) to the AART at Chesterbrook Elementary prior to spring screening by April 16, 2021. Multiple criteria are used to screen students for all levels of AAP services.  Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by Chesterbrook of their student’s eligibility status by June 1, 2021. 

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee.  This new information should be submitted to Amy Vallath. 

If you have any questions, please contact Chesterbrook’s AART, Amy Vallath, ajvallath@fcps.edu.

PTA Safety Committee Mask Wearing and Cleaning Suggestions

Our students have done a wonderful job wearing their masks. Thank you for ensuring your child(ren) have masks that fit appropriately.

  1. Parents please send extra masks per day with your child in a clean, labeled bag.
  2. Parents please send a ziplock bag that children can place dirty masks should they be soiled during the day. Please plan to replace or launder (whichever is appropriate) on a very regular basis this dirty bag. Please consider putting this bag in a different, otherwise unused pocket of your child's backpack.
  3. Please wash any used mask nightly, and return the child to school the following day with a completely new/laundered mask.
  4. Please review with your kids the appropriate way to put on and take off their masks. Children should sanitize hands before and after touching their mask and should touch only the ear loops when putting it on, or taking it off.
  5. Please review the masks you have available for your child before you send them to school

- Is it the proper size?

- Does it cover the child's mouth and nose completely?

- Does it have at least 2 layers per CDC guidelines?

- Is it in good repair? 

  1. Please plan to launder lunch bags and backpacks weekly after their two days in the classroom. 

General mask guidelines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Guidelines for washing and storing masks:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html

Good one pager from Mayo:

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/-/media/national-files/documents/covid19/how-to-wear-and-care-for-your-cloth-mask.pdf

 

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CES - History in the Making - By Ms. Krieber's Class

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Principal's Message

As we begin our spring break, I share with you a special poem written by Ms. Krieber's class.  It was a special treat for Mrs. Thomas and I to have some of our students share this poem in person. After they shared, I asked them how they developed their collective work.  It was a joy to hear how they worked on shared individual ideas through writing lines of poetry, working on each other's strengths and then improving upon their work in groups. I'm proud of the resilience and hard work of our students. During a year like no other, they continue to amaze me. I'm thankful to be your principal.

You may enjoy their video here.

Enjoy your break and thank you for your partnership,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

History in the Making
By: Ms. Krieber’s Class

 

This year in fifth grade came off a different start
It felt like we might just all fall apart
We came in with our heads held high
We didn’t let any negativity get by

There were times when we had doubt
But we stuck together with no pout
Wondering what might happen next
Always hoping for the best

We stocked up on masks wanting it to end
Oh how we wanted to go and see our friends
Day after day learning behind a screen
At times it was quite a boring scene

Plans have changed we are coming back
Hoping corona will cut us some slack
Now we’re here it’s time to grab your pack
Make sure you don’t forget your snack

Back in the building three feet apart
Pencils and paper, we’re ready to start
Now that we are back in school
We’re learning all the new rules

Although times have changed New things are still within range
Managing all the different things
That these new times bring

Even though we’re adapting to change
There’s still a lot of courage left in our veins
Our hearts are big, and minds are growing
But to this day our spirits still glowing

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CES Weekly Update 4.5.2021

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FLE Parent Preview Night 4/6

4:30PM - 4th, 5th & 6th Grades 
Please use this link to connect

Kiss N Ride Update

We have been working with safety and security to provide the safest methods of getting cars in quickly.  

Only RIGHT turns into the Chesterbrook parking lot will be permitted. Please do not hold up traffic on Kirby trying to turn left.  When exiting the lot please continue to ONLY turn RIGHT.

We have been able to get cars in and out in a timely manner and appreciate your patience during peak drop off and pickup times.

In order to expedite pickup, we have found the housing students in the gym is the most efficient in calling for your children. Thank you for using your car hang tag so we can call children quickly.

Dear Families,

Earlier today, Dr. Braband shared more information regarding In-Person learning, including the updated CDC guidance which will allow schools the opportunity to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing at some times, thereby possibly providing more days of In-Person instruction. Please understand that we are no longer accepting changes to in-person attendance as we focus on our next phase.

You can read Dr. Braband’s full message by clicking on this link.

We are committed to bringing back as many of our In-Person students to four days of instruction as our capacity restraints allow, beginning with students identified by our school staff through the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process. FCPS has trained our FCPS teachers and leaders in a process to be able to identify and provide students additional supports through the MTSS process. We have used this process to support students for many years to provide interventions and extensions for students.

You are welcome to view more information on the MTSS process in FCPS here.  

Please be aware that a variety of factors prevent us from expanding 4 day return as far as we would like to do immediately, and our current classroom capacities may prevent us from expanding the option to all students who would like to return. We need time to work out the details regarding space and staffing, such as the continued requirement for students to eat meals (breakfast, snack and lunch) at 6 feet apart. We must continue to adhere to all of the CDC regulations and FCPS guidelines for furniture, transportation changes, classroom setup and scheduling changes.

Please be patient as we work through the updated guidance to see if we are able to shift additional In-Person students to four day instruction in the near future, recognizing that we may not be able to honor four-days for all grade levels or in every classroom within a grade level due to the factors shared above.

Should our capacity guidance allow your child to return to school for four days each week, our school staff will reach out to you. Please know that we are proactively working to accommodate as many students as possible and there are no actions you need to take at this time in order for your child to be considered for four days of in-person instruction. I will be honest that my email was overrun today with requests to return. I realize how important this is to so many of our families. If you would like to submit information or ask questions, please enter information here. It will better allow me to track and respond to student needs and questions.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

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CES Weekly Update 4_14_2021

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Dates To Note:

April Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month & Month of the Military Child

April 12 - Progress Reports Available in ParentVue
Hard copies of progress reports will be sent home with in-person students next week.  100% virtual students will have report cards mailed home.

April 21 - Purple Up Day - Month of Military Child - Wear your Purple! 

April is the Month of the Military Child - Join us in celebrating the calendar events shown below!  'Purple Up' on the 21st of the month as it represents all of the colors of the services blended together. 

Principal's Message 

This year has been nothing short of challenging at every pass. We have worked tirelessly to make every change, turn and hurdle that has been presented. I want you all to know that as a principal, I work closely with a network of other principals from my McLean Pyramid as well as the collaborative team of new principals I came in with three years ago. Additionally, our network of principals across elementary is strong and we share ideas and lean on each other. Our collaborative team of pyramid principals across McLean meets regularly and communicates in between, this year sometimes daily, to strategize and work together on the challenges presented. I say this to let you know we do this difficult work together, we are a team and we all want what is best for our collective schools across McLean and FCPS. Every principal is doing their very best with the individual situations presented to them, as we always do. I am thankful for my network!

As we prepare to return our in-person students to 4 days of instruction next week, I wanted to share a few reminders:

  • Students should have a towel, blanket should they be eating outside.  Many of our upper grades will have this a daily or regular option.
  • All students need to have a water bottle with them daily.  Please make sure it is a good size to accommodate them for at least 1/2 their school day so refills are not needed often.
  • Cold lunches will continue at Chesterbrook. We are unable to accommodate 4 days and also meet the needs of hot lunches this school year.
  • All students need to have fully charged laptops brought to school on a daily basis. We are now assessing the need of our kindergarten students bringing their laptops to school. I tried to avoid this but we want our students using our best devices. Teachers will follow up with kindergarten families on this possibility.
  • Bus riders will be on a 4 day route beginning soon. Transportation is working as fast as they can to meet the needs of our students. We ask you to check ParentVue to identify the days are in for your child. Call our front office if you have questions.

Kiss N Ride
Thank you for your patience as we have tweaked our system to the best it can be. A few reminders for keeping our kiss n ride smooth.

  • No left turn into the parking lot during pickup and dismissal if it impedes traffic. You can use your best judgement, but at peak times do not turn left. Angry drivers waiting will speed up or drive on the side which could cause an accident or a pedestrian to be hit.
  • Yellow Car Name Tags are vital to quick pickup, thank you for having them visible.
  • Student will be kept in the gym to be announced as you arrive. We announce names on the microphone so they can clearly hear and exit.
  • If you are waiting a while for a child that has not yet arrived you will be asked to park in the lot and wait, so we can continue loading students.
  • Use caution and patience and do not pull around another car unless asked to do so by staff.
  • Do your best to not arrive for dismissal before 3:25. With more students back at school, we can quickly block Kirby if cars stack up too early.  We get them loaded and out quickly.
  • If you would like to have your child added to a bus route, please complete this google form and we will make the change. Transportation is doing the best they can to accommodate.

Please reach out to me at SKirkpatrick@fcps.edu, if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

A BIG Thank You!

As we have returned students to the building, all classrooms have benefitted from donations.  We wanted to send a huge thank you to our community for donating sanitizing wipes and tissues to the school.  We greatly appreciate them and have put them to good use!

We always welcome these donations to support our classrooms.

Flexible Seating CES Wish List

As we return our students to the building we have some identified needs that will help our school support students. There are a variety of items in our wish list, including seated desks, which will allow our students the benefit to spread out and move when they need to. These could also be used for students eating while seated on the floor/ground. Our teachers appreciate any support, but please know this is only a wish and not an expectation of any family to purchase an item. These items would benefit the school as a whole.

Amazon Wish List

 

Go Paperless!

Get your student's report card earlier by going paperless.  The option is in your SIS ParentVUE account (instructions below). Click here to login to Parent VUE.

Student Intent Form for 2021-22

We need  to collect data for those who might be moving for next school year or returning.

If your family is NOT returning to Chesterbrook next year, please fill out this form.

If you were not enrolled this school year and plan to return, please contact Mr. Troskey, Registrar, as soon as possible.  DATroskey@fcps.edu

Don't forget to order your Yearbook!   

The order deadline is fast approaching – don’t put it off and forget!  

Order your yearbook by Friday 4/23!  Use Yearbook ID code 14270021.

Attention 6th Grade Parents

Your child will need a Tdap booster and at least one meningitis vaccine to enter 7th grade.  Please email an updated immunization record to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

Spring Bookfair Purchases

By purchasing your books from Bookworm Central (a small, local business), 15% of the proceeds will go toward funding Chesterbrook’s literacy programs. Click here to purchase a book for your child. Click here to see what is on your teacher’s wish list.

Student Registration for 2021-22

It is important to begin registrations so we can staff kindergarten teachers appropriately for the 2021-2022 school year. Please do not delay so we can be prepared.  Staffing has already begun!

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Mr. Troskey, DATroskey@fcps.edu, with registration questions. 703-714-8200

FCPS Special Education Conference to Be Held April 17, Registration Now Open

FCPS will hold its 16th annual Special Education Conference virtually on Saturday, April 17. Registration is now available online. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers will earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference.

For more information or to register, visit the Special Education Conference webpage

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CES Weekly Update 4/19 - Parent Coffee Monday 3:30PM

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April 19 - 3:30 PM- Today!!! Virtual Parent Coffee with Admin

April 20 - Current In-Person students return 4 days a week

April 21 - Purple Up day - Month of Military Child - Wear your Purple! 

FCPS Approved 2021-22 Calendar 

Virtual Parent Coffee with Admin - 4 Day Return
Monday, 4/19 3:30 - 4 PM

We wanted to provide a last minute opportunity to answer any questions you may have around our return to 4 day instruction for our in-person learners. This will be an open virtual office with administration. 

Please use this link to join Mrs. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Thomas

Transportation Updates

Bus updates were made in the system over the past week. On Monday, you should be able to check your child(ren)’s bus assignment in ParentVue. Even if the assignment indicates A or B, your child(ren)can take the bus 4 days. Please walk your child(ren) to your stop and be patient. Allow drivers to assist all riders on the bus. If the bus is overloaded, transportation will send another bus. If you would like to request bus transportation, please complete this form.

We expect kiss n ride to be busy and ask that you have care and patience during arrival and dismissal. Do not turn left into or out of the parking lot during arrival or dismissal in order to keep our traffic moving smoothly. We appreciate your support and know that no one loves sitting in traffic. Our staff will work as quickly as possible to help your children in and out of vehicles safely.

Substitute for FCPS

Are you currently an eligible substitute in FCPS? Have you ever thought about becoming a substitute teacher or substitute Instructional Assistant? Please check out the information posted on our FCPS website to learn more about this opportunity.  As we look forward to next year, we would love to have individuals with a caring heart for children with a desire to help them grow, all while supporting our wonderful Chesterbrook staff.

Plans for 2021- 22 School Year
  • Commonwealth of Virginia has passed Senate Bill 1303 making it a legal requirement to offer five days of in person instruction for all students
  • Limited virtual learning options - by exception
  • Plans underway for the following:
    • Transportation
    • Lunch
    • Ensuring academic support, including summer school programs
Reminders Don't forget to order your Yearbook!   

The order deadline is fast approaching – don’t put it off and forget!  

Order your yearbook by Friday 4/23!  Use Yearbook ID code 14270021.

Student Intent Form for 2021-22

We need  to collect data for those who might be moving for next school year or returning.

If your family is NOT returning to Chesterbrook next year, please fill out this form.

If you were not enrolled this school year and plan to return, please contact Mr. Troskey, Registrar, as soon as possible.  DATroskey@fcps.edu

Student Registration for 2021-22

It is important to begin registrations so we can staff kindergarten teachers appropriately for the 2021-2022 school year. Please do not delay so we can be prepared.  Staffing has already begun!

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Mr. Troskey, DATroskey@fcps.edu, with registration questions. 703-714-8200

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CES Weekly Update 4/23 - Last Day for Yearbook Orders

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Principal's Message

We have had an amazing first week back with our in-person kids. Thank you for your continued support, we couldn't do this without you.

This week I enjoyed celebrations of the work we have done to open this year.  This is also Administrative Professionals Appreciation week and I personally want to extend my gratitude to our office team. Where would we be without Pat, Dave and Holley!!! Their flexibility and perseverance to support the work needed throughout the year was always met with a smile on their face and a can do attitude. Pat, Holley and Dave have been in person since August and helped navigate each hurdle and supported the needs of administration, parents, students and staff. The positivity, humor and love they bring to our school is unmatched. I am truly grateful for them each and every day. My sincerest gratitude for all you do!

Our picnic tables have been ordered for the back playground area and we are thankful to our PTA for supporting this purchase. Thank you to Geoff Inget our PTA treasurer for the hard work to move forward with this purchase and to Tammy Mehta for leading the charge in getting the put together. We had one smaller order come in last week and they are already together.  We have another order coming in on Wednesday or next week.  Chesterbrook will be the place to be! Parents will have a place to hang out when your children are doing their evening events on the field or during your visit to the playground on the weekend. 

Wishing you all a wonderful and restful weekend!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick 

 

Last Chance Yearbook Order

Deadline to order is TODAY, Friday, 4/23  

Order your yearbook NOW!   Use Yearbook ID code 14270021

Contact Geoff Inget by email if you have questions. 

Student Registration for 2021-2022

Please register your child as soon as possible.  If you know of anyone in your community that needs to register or is coming back to Chesterbrook, share the link below.

New Student Registration Info & Form

Staffing has already begun!  It is extremely important to have accurate numbers, so we can staff for the correct number of teachers.

SOL Testing

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel this year’s assessments.

The table below shows which content areas are assessed at each grade level within elementary schools and the dates they will be given to students that are IN PERSON four days a week at Chesterbrook unless you have been communicated with by Farris Thomas, the school test coordinator.

5/18/2021 Tues

Gr 5 Science

5/19/2021 Wed

Gr 6 Reading

5/20/2021 Thurs

Gr 4/5 Reading

5/21/2021 Fri

Gr 3 Reading

5/25/2021 Tues

Gr 4 Math

5/26/2021 Wed

Gr 5 Math

5/27/2021 Thurs

Gr 3 Math

5/28/2021 Fri

Gr 6 Math

 

Students who are 100% virtual will be asked to come in on Mondays for testing. Students will be in smaller classrooms based on grade level.

5/10/2021 Mon

Gr 5 Science

5/17/2021 Mon

Gr 3-6 Reading

5/24/2021 Mon

Gr 3-6 Math

 

Students will test starting at 9:30. Once a classroom has completed their test, regular instruction will resume for the day. SOLs are untimed tests so each classroom may look different on that testing date; however, we will provide a quiet, secured testing environment for all students.

Summer Quest Updates BIG NEWS!

We have now increased our cap on Summer Quest Camps to 12 students. What does this mean? If you are currently on a waiting list you will automatically receive an email to enroll in the camp if there is space. If you checked before and a camp was either on  waitlist or full, be sure to check back. We encourage you to wait list for anything you are interested in as there has been continual movement.

  • Baking Fun Week 3 will now be offered as a Concurrent Class. You can choose to be in-person or virtual!
  • Fun with Friends Week 4 will now be offered as an In-Person Camp!
  • Expanded Grade Levels for many classes.

The waitlist is the best way for you to get a chance at a spot for your child.

Attention 6th Grade Parents

Your child will need a Tdap booster and at least one meningitis vaccine to enter 7th grade.  Please email an updated immunization record to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

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