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Monday, December 21 2020 – Friday, January 01 2021

Chesterbrook Parent Coffee 7.7 - 10:30 AM or 6:30 PM

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Chesterbrook Parent Coffee
Planning Information for the 2020- 21 School Year Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM

We look forward to having you join us at one of our coffees today.

The same content will be shared at both sessions. 
We value your feedback on our survey and plan to answer many of your questions that have been submitted. We had 204 questions and will do our best to answer many during this time.

Please use this link to access the parent coffee. It is best to use chrome.

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 7.30

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In This Weekly Update

Principal Message
Virtual Coffee & Meet and Greets
Finalize your student registration
Need to Register?
Yearbook and Item Pickup
Student Laptop Collection and Availability
Purchasing Guidance for Devices
#tipfortoday @FCPSPsychs

A Message from Mrs. Kirkpatrick

While plans are underway for a successful kick off to the 2020-2021 school year, I realize you may have questions about our master schedule, programming and teachers.

Planning is in high gear to develop a solid academic and social emotional support structure for our students in a virtual setting. While this is not ideal, I am impressed with the tools, training and materials that are being developed. There is a tremendous amount of work that is being done in our central offices around the clock. Some of our staff have been highly engaged in exploring resources, participating in the FCPS Equity Symposium, and diving into virtual training through the National ISTE Summer Learning Academy. We are hard at work to get ready for the school year and look forward to welcoming your children back on September 8th.

It is important to share updates with our community so you can also prepare. Next week Dr. Beaty and I will hold a parent coffee to provide updates for the start of the school year. We will be able to provide a clearer picture of the academic day and share additional details for our virtual start. We also want an opportunity to welcome our kindergarten families as well as our new families that are new to the Chesterbrook community. Please join us in these virtual opportunities. Our parent coffee will be recorded and shared with the community.

Please save the date and join us for these Virtual Gatherings.
You may access any of these meetings with this link.

Parent Coffee – School Year Updates – Tuesday 8/4 8:30 AM

New Family Meet and Greet – Wednesday, 8/5 2 PM

Kindergarten Family Meet and Greet – Monday, 8/10 4PM

Finalizing Student Registration – Sign up for an appointment 7/30 – 8/6 Beginning today, we are scheduling appointments to finalize your child's school registration. Please sign up here for a 10-minute appointment to bring your paperwork to Chesterbrook.
Click here to make an appointment to finalize registration.

If you are not returning to Chesterbrook and will be unenrolling your child, please click here.

Do you know of a family that still needs to register?
Please share this information!

Full information on registration for the school year can be found on our website. https://chesterbrookes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21

Initial Student Registration Steps

How to register a new student:

  1. Fill out registration packet
  2. Scan or photograph of your child's birth certificate
  3. Scan or photograph your Proof of Residency (lease agreements only) skip if you own your home
  4. Email everything to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu

You will be enrolled under a "pending status" until the original birth certificate and we have received signed documents.
Click here to make an appointment to finalize registration.

Yearbook and Student Item Pickup from Spring

We have a number of pre-purchased yearbooks and bags with student items that remain at school from the spring. If you need to pick up your child's materials, please make an appointment with the front office and we will have items available for you to grab and go.  We are at school between 10-2 most days. Please email our Administrative Assistant, Pat Pence, and she will make sure your item is ready for contactless pickup when you arrive. We ask that you schedule to pickup items by Friday, August 7th.

Chesterbrook Student Laptops

Do you have a Chesterbrook student laptop at home from the spring? We are preparing to collect the laptops for reimaging and redistribution this school year. Laptops will be collected the week of August 10th.

FCPS will offer a device to any student that needs one to access virtual instruction. We will be collecting information and setting up distribution to students later in August. Students who need a laptop will have one issued prior to the first day of school.

Are you considering a device purchase?

For those families who are considering purchasing devices for their students' use and who request purchasing guidance, we recommend looking into Windows-compatible laptops, since most FCPS-specific applications function best in Windows. Those with solid state drives (SSD) are also recommended for durability. 

Information on hardware and software discounts for FCPS students is available on the FCPS Technology @ Home webpage:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/technologyhome.

For additional options including refurbished equipment, families may consider local technology stores such as Micro Center. Any questions regarding technology purchases can be directed to Mark Rueffert, Chesterbrook ES Technology Support Specialist, at MRueffert@fcps.edu.

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During the summer, routines are still important for children! You can even get their input on their ideal schedules over the summer, then make a compromise, so they feel empowered and more independent.

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Chesterbrook Reminder: Parent Coffee - Back to School Update Tuesday 8:30 AM

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Reminder - Parent Coffee Tuesday morning at 8:30

Please join Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Beaty and Mrs. Fugle as we share updates for the school year. 

This session will be recorded and shared if you are unable to attend.

Please save the date and join us for these Virtual Gatherings.
You may access any of these meetings with this link.

Parent Coffee – School Year Updates – Tuesday 8/4 8:30 AM

New Family Meet and Greet – Wednesday, 8/5 2 PM

Kindergarten Family Meet and Greet – Monday, 8/10 4PM

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Chesterbrook Update 8.4 -Parent Coffee Recording and Updates

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Parent Coffee Recording & Slides
2020 Back to School Updates

It was wonderful to have many of you attend our parent coffee this morning. We had an opportunity to share many updates for the school year.

We recorded the coffee for those unable to join us.  You can view the recording by clicking on this link.

The slides for the presentation can be accessed here, if you do not wish to view the entire presentation.

Upcoming Meet and Greets

Please save the date and join us for these virtual gatherings. Please bring your children so they can enjoy in the first part of the meeting.  We hope to have a bit of fun allowing them to be part of this meeting as we get started.  We will conclude these sessions with parents and addressing questions related to Chesterbrook.

You may access any of these meetings with this link.

New Family Meet and Greet – Wednesday, 8/5 2 PM

Kindergarten Family Meet and Greet – Monday, 8/10 4 PM

Supplies for 2020

As we prepare for a virtual start, students will need school supplies.  A couple additional items were mentioned in our parent coffee that would be good for students to have including optional headphones with a mic (in case a student needs to tune out outside noises for focus) and a small dry erase whiteboard. There will be items from the original list that will be more useful when we return face to face such as folders and binders. Items from sprout kits such as wipes, ziploc bags and kleenex can be used at home while we start virtually. An updated list will be provided soon for those that did not purchase sprout kits.

We will work with the PTA to help coordinate the supply orders from Sprout for curbside pickup.  Stay tuned for more information.

Mrs. Lopez, our art teacher, has put together an informational video on preparing for art this year and getting a space ready that will inspire you.  Check out Mrs. Lopez' video on getting ready for virtual art and meet her new puppy, Fondue

Computers for Students

Return of FCPS Laptops issued in the Spring

If your child has an FCPS computer that was issued to them in the spring, this will need to be returned to Chesterbrook next Monday or Tuesday of next week.  Please drop off  FCPS student laptops to Chesterbrook on Monday from 9-2 or Tuesday 9-12.  If you cannot drop off during this time, please contact our front office to set up a plan for drop off.  All machines need to be returned as soon as possible, so we can prepare for 2020-21 distribution.

School Year 2020-21 Student Laptop Distribution Requests

It is important that every child, K-6, have their own computer for instruction this school year.  Will your child need a laptop?  Please complete the updated distribution survey, so we can prepare for this process.  The survey form will allow parents to enter a request for up to three children in a family.  If you have more than three children, please enter an additional survey request.
Please enter student laptop request here

 

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Chesterbrook Back to School Updates 8.20

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Important Edition
  • Calendar Dates
  • Welcome New Chesterbrook Staff
  • Laptop Distribution Dates - please complete request if you have not done so.
  • School Tips for Parents
  • School Supplies
  • Sprout Supply Pickup Dates
  • Completion of School Forms - Emergency Care & Health Info
Principal's Message

Last Friday, I had the great pleasure to virtually welcome our teachers back virtually for the 2020 school year. While building connections with each other, we are hard at work immersed in professional development of new virtual instructional practices.

The 2020 brings a few more staff changes since the close of the year.  Mrs. Sivik has accepted a teaching position in Maine, closer to family, and Mrs. Sink will be taking a year of leave with her young daughter.

We have an energetic and talented team joining us this school year. They have jumped right into building relationships with new colleagues and preparing for the 2020 school year alongside our veteran staff. In addition to our new teachers, Mrs. Kohout will be transitioning from 1st grade to our Special Education team.
  Click here to learn more about our new Chesterbrook staff!

1st Grade - Jennifer Hancock
3rd Grade - Lauren Logan
5th Grade - Isabel Scrabis, Rachael Chessir and Carly King
6th Grade - Sarah Eichmeier
PE - Justus Harris
Music - Lauren Rye
Special Education - Marissa Gallo

This summer, Dr. Beaty and I have collaborated, planned and immersed ourselves in professional development to lead our staff and community through this difficult time. We are strategically breaking down the work to focus on four pillars: Building Relationships, Engagement and Participation, Authentic Learning Opportunities and becoming Digital Experts.  These four pillars are all wrapped in the key groundwork of keeping equity at the center of our work. I am committed to ensuring each student feels valued and appreciated for what they bring to Chesterbrook. We strive for equitable practices that meet the needs of each and every one of our students. As your principal, I commit to you that I will do the hard work that needs to be done to benefit our community and I hope you will partner with us to share your voice and help us to better our practices. We will be sharing more on our focus for work around equity in the beginning of the school year.

Kicking off this school year, our staff proposed and then voted on our 2020 theme.  The theme for this year is Together We Can!  I don't think we could say it better. With your support and joint partnership, we will get our children through a school year like no other.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Calendar Dates

8/25 & 8/28 - Laptop Distribution *Parents who requested will receive a pickup day/time via email. 

8/31 - Class Placements will be shared by classroom teachers with an invitation to Orientation

9/1 - Open House / Orientation AM  *Specific times will be shared soon to connect virtually for your orientation

9/2 - Sprout Supply Pickup - We will have specific schedules for Supply pickup - All K-2 students will have a supply kit with maniupulatives to pick up as well as any Sprout kits ordered. 

9/8 - 1st day of School

9/16 - Back to School Night - Approximately 6 - 8 PM

Computers for Students

Please complete request ASAP so we can prepare for distribution next week. 

Distribution will take place 8/25 and 8/28.  We will assign a day and time for pickup but can allow some flexibility if you need to adjust your time.

School Year 2020-21 Student Laptop Distribution Requests

It is important that every child, K-6, have their own computer for instruction this school year.  Will your child need a laptop?  Please complete the updated distribution survey, so we can prepare for this process.  The survey form will allow parents to enter a request for up to three children in a family.  If you have more than three children, please enter an additional survey request.

Please know, you are not taking from another child by requesting a computer.

Please enter student laptop request here

School Tips for Parents - Virtual Session  Date:  Tuesday, August 25  7-8 PM

Are you interested in learning how you can help your child(ren) transition back to school in this new virtual learning world?  If so, this parent session is for you.  Hear thoughts and ideas from elementary, middle, and high school staff on how to support students as they transition from summer break back to school.  We’re all in this together and can support and learn from one another as we navigate this change.

Presented by McLean Pyramid school counseling and clinical staff.

We will send the link to the session, one hour before it begins, and the session will be recorded and available for viewing for those who are unable to attend.

School Supplies

2020 Back to School Supply List for Virtual Opening

There are a few additional supplies needed for all grade levels for virtual instruction. 

As we prepare for the opening of the 2020 school year, we want to encourage you to begin thinking about your child's learning space. Students will need a space to be on the computer, focus and have a writing workspace. A table or desk area  where there feed can reach the floor would be ideal.

Students will need supplies, most of which are from the Sprout supply kit which you may have ordered.  Supply kits are on track to be ready for distribution the week of August 31st.

We are here to support you.
If you are in need of support to help your child obtain the supplies they need, there is support. Please contact Chesterbrook school counselor, Heather Lomelin or social worker, Maria Mahoney.

Health Information & Emergency Care Form Complete now Electronically in FCPS 24-7 / WeCare

We are working to find the best way to complete forms virtually.  You may begin this process with the Health Information and Emergency Care Forms.

In FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, you can access the weCare module to update both forms.  We are required to have these completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations.Forms are due by September 7, 2020.

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Chesterbrook Update 8.30~Important Back to School Updates & McLean Pyramid Parent Session 8.25 Resources

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Week at a Glance

Monday - Teacher Introduction Email to Parents AM / SIS Generated Email to confirm teacher assignment PM. BBCU links will be sent to child's FCPS google email account (more instructions coming).

Tuesday - Virtual Orientation/Open House 10 AM or 10:30 AM

Wednesday - Supply Pickup 3PM - 7PM;
Additional Laptop Distribution 3 PM - 7PM

Throughout the week: Individual 5 minute meeting with the classroom teacher in BBCU to be scheduled this week.

Back to School Night will be held September 16th in the evening.

Principal's Message

This Weekly Message is long, but filled with very important information and actionable items for parents.

Our staff has worked incredibly hard the past two weeks immersed in professional development, building relationships with new staff and planning for instruction. On Monday morning, teachers will be emailing parents a welcome letter introducing themselves as your child's teacher.  A verification email will follow from our e-notify notification system midday.  If you do not receive an email from your teacher or a notification through e-notify on Monday, please contact Holley Remer in the front office, so she can assist in providing this information.

Your email from your teacher will contain information on connecting with them during our Virtual Open House/Orientation on Tuesday Morning at 10 AM or 10:30 AM. Our virtual Open House will be held on Google Meet. You will also be provide an opportunity for you and your child to sign up for an individual virtual meeting with the teacher.

During these meetings, our goals are to begin building relationships and also ensure our families are connected with the virtual tools they will need for the first day of school, September 8th. Your teacher will also provide a specific schedule for your child's class.The school day will run from 9AM - 3:30 PM with breaks and independent work time built in for each grade level.

We are working to eliminate multiple links for students to transitioning to specials teachers. To begin the school year, students will access their main classes and specials through the single BBCU link of their homeroom teacher. Students will practice with this later this week. Students may also use Google Meet for some small group sessions.  Google Meet is adding more features in October which may allow us to transition to this tool for more core content classes, as they will incorporate new features such as hand raising, chat and mic control for teachers as well as breakout rooms.  Until these tools are fully in place, BBCU has been determined as the appropriate whole class virtual platform for Chesterbrook to begin the 2020 school year. Teachers will explicitly teach students how to use breakout rooms and other valuable learning tools within this platform to help them gain independence while increasing their classroom engagement and participation.

This week, spend some time organizing your child's space, setting up their supplies and helping them get in a positive frame of mind for our year. On a late night trip to target last night, I picked up a calendar post it organizer and new file organizer for my kids. When I arrived home with a surprise for them, they were so excited.  Closing their eyes I revealed a couple new tools for them and this sparked new joy to work on their work spaces.With a positive mindset and a collective effort, I'm positive we can make the most of our new virtual start. As our 2020 theme states "Together We Can." Our Chesterbrook staff commits to working collectively with our families to support your children.

We are set for a great kick off with our Chesterbrook Chipmunks and look forward to supporting our families as we virtually connect this coming week.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Supply Pickup - Wednesday, 9/2 3PM - 7PM A reminder that supply kit pickup is being held this week.  You may come at anytime during this window.

Parent Action Item for Supply Pickup

Complete the following form to expedite pickup and help our team of volunteers collect your supplies.

Every Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade student will have teacher provided manipulates and should plan to come to school during this time to pick up supplies.

Laptop Distribution 9/2 3PM - 5PM

We will have another window to pickup a laptop if you did not have an opportunity last week. Please make sure you have completed the laptop request for your child(ren) here.  You may pickup your laptop and supplies during the same trip.  You will need to have your child's login and password with you and log into the machine before checkout.

Select a time on Wednesday from 3-5 PM for pickup:  Sign up genius link.

 

Important Parent Permission Needed for Use of Digital Applications

Across FCPS, teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here.

Parent Action Item- Complete as soon as possible, to allow your child to access digital tools.

Parent Consent for use of digital applications is found here.

The enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Back to School Tips for Parents Make the Most of Virtual Learning Parent Resources from Parent Session 8.25.2020

 

On Tuesday night, many parents came together to hear from the McLean Pyramid counselors and clinical team members to discuss ways to support students during virtual learning. Attached you will find the General Session PowerPoint as well as the Elementary Breakout Session PowerPoint and the video recording of that session:

General Session Recording

 Elementary Breakout Session Recording

Referenced throughout both sessions was the importance of taking brain breaks during virtual learning to refresh our minds and bodies. The article, Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused Attention, offers numerous examples of quick brain breaks that don’t require additional supplies and are fun for the entire family. Attached you will also find a free resource from the company Little Renegades. This slide deck offers some great brain breaks for our younger students (or young at heart!) that goes through the exercise, guided questions, as well as to the purpose behind the activity.

Presentations and Resources for Parents

Main Parent Session K-12 Back to School

Elementary Breakout Session

Little Renegades Classroom (Free Resource for Parents)

The Chesterbrook Clinical Team is here to support our families throughout the school year. If you have any questions or need additional resources, please do not hesitate to reach out:

Heather Lomelin, School Counselor, helomelin@fcps.edu (Grades Kinder, 3,4, and 5)

Lindsay Pence, School Counselor, lpence@fcps.edu (Grades 1,2, and 6)

Maria Mahoney, Social Worker, mtmahoney@fcps.edu

Class List & Parent Contact Information

In our virtual world it is more  important than ever to keep our students connected and socializing with others in a safe virtual manner.We want to bridge the gap in helping parents connect to classmates. We are not allowed to share this information without your consent.

In an effort to help our teachers as they prepare for the school year, we will collect information centrally. Contact information would then be posted on blackboard, which is password protected but accessible to parents.  We would ask parents to only use this data for personal connections for their children as you would the PTA directory. If you would like to be included in your grade level contacts, please complete this quick form.  If you have multiple children, please complete one entry for each child.

Parent Action Item to be included in Grade Level Contact List

Input Parent Contact Information Here for Grade Level Directory

Technology Support for Families- Parent Technology Help Desk

On Monday, August 24, FCPS launched a toll-free Parent Technology Help Desk to assist families with technology issues. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered 7 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and an interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS has Parent Information Phone Lines available in eight languages to assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also created an online portal for older students and parents/guardians to request technology help.

Meet our Chesterbrook Technology Team

Kathleen Fugle is our School Based Technology Specialis(SBTS)t. In this role, she provides leadership, planning, and coaching to Chesterbrook staff in support of student learning and achievement through technology integration. Kathleen promotes digital citizenship, assists teachers in creating learner-centered digital environments, and addresses issues related to instructional applications and hardware. In distance learning, she provides teachers, students, and families with support to ensure successful connection and access to digital tools.

Jordan Craig-Kuhn is our Technology Support Specialist(TSSPEC).   The duties of this role include maintenance of FCPS-based servers, preparing and distributing technology to staff and students, and live troubleshooting services.   Jordan served as a School Based Technology Specialist for 8 years prior to accepting this new role.   For the duration of distance learning, Jordan will be on the forefront of ensuring the smooth operation of technology remotely.

 

Emergency Care Form Update & Access to Opt Out and other Forms

Complete Emergency Care Card now Electronically in FCPS 24-7 / WeCare

In FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information.  We are required to have this completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations. Forms are due by September 7, 2020

Parent View Access for New Families: We will work with new families this week to ensure Parent View access to FCPS 24-7.  Contact Dave Troskey in our front office if you need assistance obtaining a parent view account.

Other Beginning of the Year Forms 
If completing opt out forms, you may mail, send via email to Holley Remer or bring them to supply pickup in a sealed envelope.

Health Information Form (if needed updates)

FLE Opt Out Forms - Link to all grade levels

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy and Related Rights and Opt Out Forms
Objection to Release Directory Information to Public, School Counseling Opt out, Object to Release Information for Commercial Purposes 

For Notification Only
Scoliosis Fact Sheet

2020 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 9.10.2020

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Chesterbrook Contact Information

Office Hours 9:00 - 3:30
703-714-8200 | By Appointment Only  

Daily Attendance is Important. Report a daily absence to our office.
 Report an Absence Online
Attendance Hotline 703-714-8282 | Email Your Absence
Absence from a single class due to a short appointment
can be emailed to your child's teacher. 

Back To School Night, September 16th

Wednesday Evening we will host Back to School Night Sessions

5:30 PM  School Wide Session w/ Administration 

Homeroom Sessions
25 minutes

Session A

Session B

2nd, 4th, 6th

6:30 

7:30 

Kinder, 1st, 3rd, 5th

6:00 

7:00 

     

Specialist Optional Session
15 minutes each

Primary K-3

Upper Grades 4-6

Music

6:30 or 7:00

6:45 or 7:30
*4th - 6th
Will include information 
on Band(5/6)/Strings(4-6)

Art

6:30 or 7:00

6:45 or 7:30

PE/Health

6:45 or 7:30

6:30 or 7:00

Chinese 

6:45 or 7:30
(1st-3rd)

6:30 or 7:00

We are doing our best to provide opportunities, in case you have multiple children in different grade levels and have coordinated across the pyramid to not overlap with other schools. Sessions will be recorded for parents that cannot attend. 

Grade levels will be holding a joint session and will share a link to attend through their weekly email on Monday. Specialists links will be shared with all families.

Principal's Message

Our open house and first days have gone well.  It is a joy to see our students enjoying games, collaboration and getting to build connections in their classes during these opening days. We will continue to spend time making connections as we start the school year, so please be patient as we teach new tools and build relationships during our time together.  Teachers have worked incredibly hard to space things out as they balance introduction of virtual tools, student stamina on the computer while helping students to connect and build relationships that are vital to instruction.

We are trying to condense messages so you are not getting inundated in our virtual world. While we work hard to keep you informed, we realize information overload is a delicate balance. We realize our one weekly school email is long, but includes important and timely information. Grade level information with learning calendars will come to parents on Monday afternoon of each week, after teacher dedicated weekly planning time. Learning calendars will begin with Tuesday through the following Monday. A weekly news you choose will come from the school with updates. We will note a reminder section, so you don't have to read repeated information, but may find helpful if it is still needed.

Thank you for all your support this week and helping your children get the best start with their teachers and classmates.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Beginning of the Year iReady Math & Reading Assessments

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. Students in grades K-6 will take the iReady reading assessment. Students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady mathematics assessment. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage.

This fall, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage.

It is important that parents or older siblings do not assist in helping students answer questions so we can get an accurate understanding of where they are. Helping your child to access the program and guiding their completion is appropriate. The iReady assessments do not count for an academic grade, rather used as a tool to assist teachers in learning more about the academic needs of your child.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

AAP Level IV Screening Referral Process for the 2020-21 School Year

We have received information regarding the AAP level IV screening process for the upcoming year. FCPS has updated the Advanced Academic Screening updates on the website found here.

The following adjustments have been made:

  • The parent referral deadline for AAP Level IV Screening will be December 1, 2020 rather than the January time frame and referrals will be collected by email.
  • There will not be CogAT testing.  There will be a process for students without an abilities test to take the NNAT in December.
  • There will not be an option to exercise the one-time retest option this school year.
  • Screening portfolios will be digital.
  • Files will no longer include optional awards/commendations materials.

Chesterbrook will be holding our AAP Level IV parent information nights as we always have to ensure our parents are aware of all steps in this process.  At this point these parent information sessions would be scheduled virtually. Dates on these sessions will be posted as they are scheduled. 

Private FCPS Tutoring List

Teachers often receive requests for lists of FCPS teachers that tutor. Some of our Chesterbrook teachers enjoy tutoring students they don't work with after contract hours. Please note, Chesterbrook teachers will provide additional support for students during small group support time and Monday's for intervention during contract hours. Parents can access the list of available Chesterbrook tutors here.  In addition, the Parent Resource center keeps a listing of available tutors.  Parents may contact the Parent Resource Center at prc@fcps.edu to request that listing.

Reminders Below Parent Action Item to be included in Grade Level Contact List

Input Parent Contact Information Here for Grade Level Directory
Only complete to be included in the grade level directory stored on blackboard.

Reminder: Parent Permission Needed for Use of Digital Applications

Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used.
You can find Chesterbrook's list of the resources that require parental consent here.

Parent Action Item- Complete as soon as possible, to allow your child to access digital tools.

Parent Consent for use of digital applications is found here.

FCPS Forms & Beginning of Year Information 

Emergency Care Card now Electronically in FCPS 24-7 / WeCare

In FCPS 24/7 Blackboard, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information. 
Emergency Care Form should be completed at this time. Please contact the office if you are having any difficulty.

Parent View Access for New Families: We will work with new families this week to ensure Parent View access to FCPS 24-7.  Contact Dave Troskey in our front office if you need assistance obtaining a parent view account.

Other Beginning of the Year Forms (Only complete if they apply to you)
If completing opt out forms, you may mail, send via email to Holley Remer.

Health Information Form (if needed updates)

FLE Opt Out Forms - Link to all grade levels

Military Connected Form - Due by 10/8 if applicable

Homeless Form- Due by 10/8 if applicable

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy and Related Rights and Opt Out Forms
Objection to Release Directory Information to Public, School Counseling Opt out, Object to Release Information for Commercial Purposes 

For Notification Only
Scoliosis Fact Sheet
FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

  ♥ Chesterbrook teachers were all smiles for our Open House ♥
Together We Can! Curbside Library Check Out

Students can log in to Follett Destiny using their student ID number and password to browse books through the Chesterbrook library catalog. Each student can place a maximum of 5 books on hold.  Additionally, students can complete a Google form to request types of books instead of specific titles.  https://tinyurl.com/msreidbooks  

Ms. Reid will gather books from the Chesterbrook library, check them out to the student, put books in a labeled bag and place them outside of the main office. Students will receive an email to let them know when their books are ready for pick up. Curbside pick-up will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays outside of the main office starting on Friday, September 18th. Books can be placed in a return bin outside of the main office. Books will be isolated for 7 days.

Contact the librarian, Ms. Meredith Reid, with any questions, comments, or concerns.

mareid@fcps.edu

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CES Back to School Night Information 9.16.2020

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Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 16th

We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual back to school night this week. Sessions will be recorded in the event you need to access the information asynchronously.

Please click on the hyperlinked session name to access the session at the given time on Wednesday evening.

Chesterbrook Main Session

Admin & PTA Kickoff the Evening

5:30 PM

 

Homeroom Sessions
(25 Minutes)

Session A

Session B

Kindergarten Courtney Kuduk, Carinda Soulos & Leanne Strubhar

6:00 

7:00 

1st Grade Jennifer Hancock, Claire Haft & Stacy Wei

6:00 

7:00 

2nd Grade

Betsy Butler, Kimberly Gales, Hannah Morrison & Lora Verdi

6:30 

7:30 

3rd Grade

Jessica Harmon, Tiffany Hudler, Katelynn Jankowski & Lauren Logan

6:00 

7:00 

4th Grade

Kaitlin Beggan, Christina Fleggas, Marina Goldberg & Madison Nalewanski

6:30 

7:30 

5th Grade

Rachael Chesshir, Carly King, Madelyn King,  Laura Krieber & Isabel Scrabis

6:00 

7:00 

6th Grade

Sara Eichmeier, Natalie Mabile & Ray Treacy

6:30 

7:30 

Specialists Sessions
(15 Minutes)

Primary K-3

Upper Grades
4-6                  

Music

Lauren Rye

Michelle Zenk

Megan DeRosa (Band)

Jillian Skeen (Strings)

6:30 or 7:00

6:45 or 7:30

*4th - 6th

Will include information 

on Band(5/6)/Strings(4-6)

Art

Jennifer Lopez

6:30 or 7:00                            

6:45 or 7:30

PE/Health

Justus Harris

Jay Levesque

6:45 or 7:30

6:30 or 7:00

Chinese 

Peggy Leung

6:45 or 7:30

(1st-3rd)

6:30 or 7:00

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Back to School Night Follow Up Information

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Thank you for joining us for our virtual back to school night this evening.

We hope you found the sessions you attended valuable, even though it is much different than welcoming you personally to the building. 

The video recording for our main session can be found through this link.

Meet our Specialists through their introductory welcome video.

Reminder: 
We need parent approval of digital apps for their child to use.
List of Applications here.

Provide Parental Consent through this link.


You may access our welcome videos from Dr. Brabrand and our School Board Members below:

Welcome Back from Dr. Brabrand, Superintendent 

Chesterbrook school board representative, Ms. Elaine Tholen 

At Large School Board Members

Karen Keys-Gamara [At-Large]
Rachna Sizemore Heizer [At-Large]
Abrar Omeish [At-Large]

Chesterbrook PTA Meeting  - This Thursday, September 17 6 pm 

We look forward to having you join our PTA meeting. 
Click on this link to join:  meet.google.com/rrw-zvyw-ody

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CES Weekly Update 9.20.2020

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Principal's Message

Thank you for a successful virtual back to school night and great attendance at our opening PTA meeting Thursday evening. I thank you for your support of our students as we have gotten off to a great virtual start. This year will certainly take all of us working together to provide the very best we can for our students. Together we can!

Our teachers are giving their all to provide instruction and monitor student engagement. Your words of gratitude mean the world to our teachers as they work harder than ever. The love and care for our students is evident and I hope that you are seeing it all come through in your home.  

Wishing everyone a wonderful week and hope you are enjoying this cooler weather.

Stacy

First Weeks Photos - We would love to see photos of our Chesterbrook Chipmunks

We would love to gather and share photos of our students as we began the 2020-21 school year.  If you would like to share, we would love to have a glimpse as they share their creativity and dive into learning. 

How have your children shown resilience and stayed positive? Photos shared may be included in our next News You Choose, Twitter or be saved for a hopeful 2020-21 yearbook. 

Please submit photos by sending to ChesterbrookES1906@gmail.com.  This account is not monitored on a daily basis for emails, so please do not use this for general communication needs.

Reminder: Parent Permission Needed for Use of Digital Applications

Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used.

You can find Chesterbrook's list of the resources that require parental consent here.

Parent Action Item- Complete as soon as possible, to allow your child to access digital tools.
Parent Consent for use of digital applications is found here.

*Photo shared from 2019 school year (3rd grade scratch project)

Chesterbrook’s Upcoming Parent Information Meetings about FCPS Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Please use this link to access each session: BBCU Parent Coffee Guest Link

A meeting about the AAP Continuum of Services will be held at Chesterbrook on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM.

A second meeting to explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services will be held at Chesterbrook on Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM. COVID updates will be shared at this time.

Parents are encouraged to access the September 2020 AAP Newsletter and voice-over presentations before these meetings to maximize time for Q/A.

AAP Continuum of Services - Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM AAP Continuum of Services Overview Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado

AAP Screening Processes - Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 PM AAP Screening and Identification Video | Evaluación e identificación para los servicios AAP Nivel IV

Referral Window Dates to Note:

Level IV Fall Screening for New Students 3rd – 6th: September 8 – October 8

Level IV Spring Screening for Students 2nd – 6th:  September 8 – December 1

Chesterbrook’s AART: Amy Vallath ajvallath@fcps.edu 703-714-8240

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Dr. Beaty and Mrs. Kirkpatrick are meeting with all grade levels to discuss student rights and responsibilities, including Chesterbrook expectations and how we can all contribute to a positive school community.  Teachers will continue these discussions with our students. 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr

Parent Action Item
After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link:     https://forms.gle/Y41Kwgjmjv2mtQtSA

The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

Curbside Library Check Out

Students can log in to Follett Destiny using their student ID number and password to browse books through the Chesterbrook library catalog. Each student can place a maximum of 5 books on hold.  Additionally, students can complete a Google form to request types of books instead of specific titles.  https://tinyurl.com/msreidbooks  

Ms. Reid will gather books from the Chesterbrook library, check them out to the student, put books in a labeled bag and place them outside of the main office. Students will receive an email to let them know when their books are ready for pick up. Curbside pick-up will be available on Tuesdays and Fridays outside of the main office starting on Friday, September 18th. Books can be placed in a return bin outside of the main office. Books will be isolated for 7 days.

Contact the librarian, Ms. Meredith Reid, with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Photo shared from our Library Kindergarten reading class 2019. 

Chesterbrook Contact Information

Office Hours 9:00 - 3:30

703-714-8200 | By Appointment Only  

Daily Attendance is Important. Report a daily absence to our office.

 Report an Absence Online

Attendance Hotline 703-714-8282 | Email Your Absence

Absence from a single class due to a short appointment

can be emailed to your child's teacher. 

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