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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 10/5

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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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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 10/11

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Upcoming Dates

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

November 5th and 6th:  Teacher Workdays; Student Holiday

November 9 - 16:  Fall Book Fair

November 21 - 23:  Thanksgiving Holiday

Munchkins with Mom & PTA Meeting Tomorrow

Please join us for munchkins with mom tomorrow morning at 8:15.  We have plenty of munchkins and coffee, so please come and join us! 

Our PTA meeting will follow at 9AM. 

FCPS Photographer Visits Chesterbrook

We were excited to have one of our wonderful FCPS Photographers, Karen Bolt, out to Chesterbrook last week to capture the joy of learning at Chesterbrook. The pictures just came in and they are amazing.  We look forward to sharing many with you through our school communications and throughout the school.  Checkout this special shot of a few 3rd grade students showing their Chesterbrook pride.

Interim Reports

Interims for 1st - 6th grades will be sent home for all students today.  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.

Interventions

What is academic intervention?  Across FCPS we use a universal screener to assess student academic progress on grade level standards.  These screeners will pinpoint areas where students may need further academic instruction to fill gaps in their foundation.  Based on the level of support needed, a teacher, specialist or special education teacher will work with students in small groups using an instructional program that targets the identified areas in math or reading.  Information is being sent home if your child is receiving an intervention.

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 10/18

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Upcoming Dates

October 15 - 19:  Digital Citizenship Week (See Info Below)

October 18:  Impact Aid Forms Sent home; Please return ASAP

October 23rd:  Fall Student Pictures

October 26: Basketball Blowout, McLean High School, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

November 5th and 6th:  Teacher Workdays; Student Holiday

November 12:  Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving Lunch

November 9 - 15:  Fall Book Fair; Nov 10 Books and Breakfast; Nov 15 Pizza and PJ Book Fair Night

November 21 - 23:  Thanksgiving Holiday

 

PTA Updates from Principal Kirkpatrick

In case you missed last week's PTA meeting, I wanted to provide you information on some of the ways in which we have utilized or plan to utilize our PTA funds so far this school year.  I want to begin by thanking all of our parents for your financial support and share thanks for our incredible PTA volunteers for their efforts to thoughtfully align a budget that enriches the curriculum with fabulous trips, instructional resources, improved technology, and funding for special projects. 

This school year one of the goals we have for all of our classrooms is to have two Problem Based Learning (PBL) opportunities. This school wide goal fits perfectly with FCPS' Portrait of the Graduate (click here to read more and see ways to support students at home with our grade level resources). Our three hour early release and teacher workday were spent devoting time for teachers to dive deeper into the development of planning for PBLs and incorporating technology to enhance the depth of student engagement and collaboration. Amy Vallath, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, and Kathleen Fugle, our School Based Technology Specialist, provided grade level trainings as we work together to provide PBL opportunities.

PBLs encourage students to critically think about a problem and understand what they will need to know to gain further understanding and creatively develop a final product to communicate their ideas with others.  Our upper grade general music students will step in the shoes of a composer and will collaborate with a team of peers to develop a piece of music.  With our PTA support, we are able to purchase Noteflight software for students to create their original work and look forward to listening to their final products when they are ready to perform.

Another exciting update is the path to increase the access to instructional technology tools.  I have previously shared that with the support of our Technology Support Specialist, Mark Ruppert, we were able to secure around 130 "new to us" laptops and 13 mobile carts that allowed our 5th and 6th grade students one to one access in the classrooms this school year and increased across all grade levels.  We still have computers that are much older and will be purchasing new computers for our 1st grade student center activities with funding from our Summer Quest profits.  With remaining Summer Quest funds, we are beginning to purchase interactive Epson short-throw projectors for our classrooms.  We could not make these purchases without the support of our PTA.

The FCPS Parent Resource Center was also shared.  Access the Parent Resource Center here.  The center provides resources and schedules informative sessions on a variety of topics to help support students and families. 

 

Chesterbrook Chorus Commissions a New Piece

 

The following commission project is funded through our PTA budget.  Thank you for your support. 

Students in 5th/6th grade choir at Chesterbrook will have the amazing opportunity to work collaboratively with a professional composer, Zachary Koors, over the upcoming months to see first-hand how a new piece of music is created. Not only will students get an awesome experience, normally reserved for the director of an ensemble, but Chesterbrook will have its own unique piece for years to come.

Choristers will brainstorm their vision for the piece- the lyrical content, the mood, the instrumentation, and overall genre/feel of the music. They’ll collaborate with Koors in a series of sessions over Skype. In the first session, the students will share their vision for the piece and Koors will show them how he begins writing a new composition while working with their ideas. In the second session, students will see Koors present a partially complete score and students will give feedback on what they like, dislike, and changes they’d like to see. In the 3rd session students will see a nearly complete version of their composition and Koors will show them how to move from instrumental sounds in one software to music notation in another software. Students will also give any last-minute feedback at this point.

In March, Koors will present students with their final commissioned piece. Choristers will then get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to premiere their piece at their concert on May 2nd- See you there!

Digital Citizenship Week Digital Citizenship Week is this week!  This year’s county-wide focus is on “Building a Culture of Shared Responsibility,” in which schools and parents/caregivers partner together to educate and support students in making sense of the digital aspects of their lives.  You can read more about the concept of Shared Responsibility on the FCPS website.

Here at Chesterbrook ES, students will learn more about Digital Citizenship through news show announcements, Library lessons, classroom lessons, and displays.  

Digital Citizenship resources accessible to parents can be found in two
places:  FCPS Digital Citizenship Website

FCPS 24-7 Parent View Curriculum tab

  • Link to FCPS Digital Citizenship homepage
  • Student curriculum (with modified versions of the required lessons)
  • Tip Sheets (with translations)

Digital Citizenship is something that we strive for not just this week, but rather throughout the year.  Thank you for your partnership as we help students stay safe, responsible, and respectful in all aspects of their school lives.

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID

Beginning on October 16th, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 26. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Learn more by watching this short video featuring Superintendent Scott Brabrand and the U.S. Army Garrison Commander COL Michael Greenberg from Fort Belvoir.

Video linkhttps://youtu.be/QN_Xup7BgoE

From the Community... Community Service Opportunity

Sunday, OCTOBER 28, 2018, 1 - 3 PM:  Linway Terrace Park Cleanup 

Our Chesterbrook students enjoy the use of Linway park, especially during our end of the year celebrations.  Join other caring volunteers in McLean to spruce up this local community park!

Bottles, cans and other trash plague our parks and detract from their enjoyment. You can help by collecting and bagging trash. Bags and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants, long socks, sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.  

Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Chesterbrook Weekly Updates 10/25

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Upcoming Dates

Reminder:  Impact Aid Forms - If you haven't please return ASAP

October 26: Basketball Blowout, McLean High School, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

October 31:  SCA Spirit Day - Wacky Hair Day

November 5th and 6th:  Teacher Workdays; Student Holidays

November 12:  Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving Lunch

November 9 - 15:  Fall Book Fair; Nov 10 Books and Breakfast; Nov 15 Pizza and PJ Book Fair Night

November 21 - 23:  Thanksgiving Holiday

Students, Show your Spirit!

With our upcoming Basketball blowout, we would like to get the students excited for a great evening filled with Chesterbrook School Spirit. On Friday, students are encouraged to wear their Chesterbrook Spirit Wear.  Let's show our spirit for Chesterbrook and get ready for the Basketball Blowout.

Basketball Blowout is Friday! 

Please come and cheer on your student's teachers at this Friday's Basketball Blowout - McLean High School. (10/26/2018) It is an incredibly fun family night with your student's teachers, staff, and parents (Mom's and Dad's teams).   There will be kid-friendly activities, contests, food and entertainment.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank You for Your Support

Thank you for all of your support to the Chipmunk Fund and supporting our Basketball Blowout.  We are excited to be able to provide wonderful programs and purchase instructional materials that will directly support teachers and students.  Chesterbrook is blessed to have such a supportive community and we are thankful to the hard working group of dedicated parents that serve on our PTA committees.

Mr. Levesque Receives FCPS Excellence Award

Congratulations to our Health and Physical Education teacher, Jay Levesque, who was recognized in the Growth Category at the 2018 FCPS Excellence Awards Ceremony for his accomplishments as a lead teacher and Great Beginnings Coach. Read more about Mr. Levesque's award on our website. Way to go Mr. Levesque!!!  We are so proud of you!!!

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 11/8

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Upcoming Dates

Reminder:  Impact Aid Forms - If you haven't please return ASAP

November 9:  8:15 Donuts with Dads; 9:00 PTA Meeting
*Visit the bookfair after.

November 10:  Books and Breakfast 9-12

November 12:  Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving Lunch

November 15: Taco and PJ Book Fair Night; Last Day for Book Fair

November 21-23:  Thanksgiving Holiday

A Note from the Principal

We hope that everyone enjoyed a great long weekend with family and friends while staff had our teacher workdays to catch up on grading and instructional planning.  It is hard to believe that we have already completed the end of the 1st quarter, however, it is obvious as I walk around the building and see our students settled into routines and deeply immersed in learning. 

This past week I have been able to get into classrooms more and talk with students about the projects they are in the midst of creating and the new skills they are acquiring.  It is energizing to see their excitement as they begin to have a better understanding of how they can control their instructional growth.  Hard work, effort and a willingness to collaborate with others will take our students far. 

We have an amazing , dedicated teachers and instructional assistants that are dedicated and  passionate about supporting your child's learning.  What a joy it is to see it all in action! 

I hope you will consider joining us at our upcoming events.  Tomorrow morning we welcome our dad's back for our next Dad's and Donuts! This weekend we have our Bookfair Books and Breakfast on Saturday morning.  Next Monday we honor our Veteran's and look forward to having you here for our Thanksgiving lunch.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Sincerely,   Stacy Kirkpatrick

Report Cards

Next Thursday, report cards will be sent home in Thursday folders.  Parents may also access student report cards through SIS Parent Vue on Monday, November 12th. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Thanksgiving Lunch Schedule

We would like to invite you to Chesterbrook’s Annual Thanksgiving Lunch to be held on Monday, November 12th. Your child’s modified lunchtime and table letter are on the back of this sheet next to their teacher’s name. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but it is important to pre-purchase them, if possible.

Teacher                        

Time                               

Harmon

10:20-10:50

Mabile

10:25-10:55

Nalewanski

10:30-11:00

Longano

10:35-11:05

Navarro

10:50-11:20

Treacy

10:55-11:25

Waterworth

11:00-11:30

King

11:05-11:35

Krieber

11:20:11:50

Sivik

11:25-11:55

Storcks

11:30-12:00

Frank

11:35-12:05

Kuduk

11:50-12:20

Soulos

11:55-12:25

Strubhar

12:00-12:30

Haft

12:15-12:45

Hudler

12:20-12:50

Kohout

12:25-12:55

Wei

12:30-1:00

Butler

12:45-1:15

Goldberg

12:50-1:20

Schulter

12:55-1:25

Verdi

1:00-1:30

Heugel

1:15-1:45

Keefer

1:20-1:50

Skousen

1:25-1:55

Swift

1:30-2:00

  Personal Devices Usage - Instructional Use Only

There may be times that use of student cell phones or other personal devices are welcomed by your child's classroom teacher, in line with the FCPS Bring your Own Device Policy.  If teachers want students using personal devices, they will let students know. As teachers are planning activities that involve device usage, they ensure there are FCPS computers or iPads available for student use. Parents are not required to provide a personal device.

Cell phones should not be used for personal reasons during the school day to play games, text friends or parents or make phone calls.  If a student needs to contact a parent, they should ask to come to the front office and we will help them reach a parent. 

Students should not text home that they are ill and need to be picked up.  Students that are ill must first be assessed by our clinic aide, who will then call the parent.  Students should not be using personal devices in our no-use zones which include bathrooms, halls (unless directed by a teacher), cafeteria or recess. 

If a student uses a device in an inappropriate way, they will receive a warning by the classroom teacher and parent will be notified.  The second time it will be an administrative referral and the parent will be contacted.  On the third occurrence the device will need to be picked up by the parent from the main office.

If your child has a personal device or cell phone that they use to contact friends or parents, please discuss appropriate use with them.  Thank your for your help to communicate these instructional expectations

 

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Veteran's Day

Thank you to our Veterans and to those who are currently serving our country.  Thank you for your sacrifices and for the protection of our liberties. We are wearing Red, White and Blue today in Honor of our Heroes.

THIS WEEK Nov 12th - 16th IS STAND UP TO BULLYING WEEK

Chesterbrook will be celebrating international “Stand Up to Bullying Day!”  Our theme for the week is BE A H.E.R.O. - Help, Encourage, and Respect Others! Every day this week, we will engage in classroom discussions about how to be a H.E.R.O.  We will also have a different spirit day each day of the week. 

Mon Nov 12th – Honor our Heroes

Veteran’s Day Wear Red, White & Blue

Tues Nov 13th – Everyone Counts

Wear a jersey or team shirt with a number on it.

Wed Nov 14th Put Bullying to Rest

Wear School Appropriate PJs

Thursday – Be a H.E.R.O.

Wear superhero clothing or colors

Friday - PINK & BLACK OUT

Why do we wear pink on Nov. 16? In 2007, Travis Price and David Shepherd, then high school seniors, decided to take a stand and stood up for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing pink to school.  The “wave of pink” soon spread throughout the world.   For more information, visit http://www.pinkshirtday.ca

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Chesterbrook Update 11/28

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Upcoming Events

November 28th- Family Life Education Media/Lesson Review 5:30 PM; Library

November 30th- College Day Spirit Day- wear something with a college logo

December 10th - AAP Level IV Parent Referral Process Information Meeting 6PM (Parents Grades 2-6)

December 14th - 3 Hour Early Release for Students; Staff Development           (Green slips need to be submitted by 10:30a.m.)

December 21st - Full day of school for students; Last day before winter break

December 24th - January 4th - Winter Break; No School

Principal's Message

We hope you and your family had a memorable Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time off.  It was a wonderful time for reflection and relaxation with family.  I am thankful for the supportive Chesterbrook community and our incredible staff. 

In the past two months and a half it was wonderful to see so many of our parents at our Basketball Blowout, Thanksgiving lunch, donuts with mom or dad, PTA meetings and book fair events. We are fortunate for the number of hours so many parents give that allow these events to take place.  These events not only provide wonderful fundraising opportunities that provide programs and supplies for students but foster a collaborative, positive sense of community that helps support our kids. The support that our parent volunteers give to our school alongside the talent and dedication of our instructional staff is truly a reason to be thankful. 

Thank you, Stacy

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

This is a great chance for our wonderful teachers and staff to gain recognition for the amazing work they do each day! I hope you will all decide to nominate an outstanding Chesterbrook employee.

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Award and will remain open until December 7th!  Submitting a nomination for an Outstanding Chesterbrook Employee is simple! Complete the nomination through this link

You may nominate as many employees as you’d like. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements.

Staffing Update

Next Monday, December 3rd, we welcome an additional 3rd grade teacher, Jonathan Baker, to our teaching staff.  Our third grade AAP classes rose higher than originally anticipated, so additional staffing was allocated to support our students.  All 3rd grade teachers will remain with the homerooms and students that they have currently been teaching.  Our new teacher will co-teach our Advanced Academic core classes and support other aspects of REACH, homeroom and recess to support all students.  Students in general should not notice any change to their school day other than additional support.  We are excited to welcome Mr. Baker to the Chesterbrook Community and look forward to setting up a meet and greet with our 3rd grade families once he begins. More information will be sent directly to our 3rd grade parents.

AAP Level IV Parent Referral Process Information Meeting for Parents Grades 2-6

A parent information meeting will be held at Chesterbrook on Monday, December 10 at 6:00 – 7:00 in the Library. The AART will provide information and answer questions about the AAP Full-Time Level IV Parent Referral process. Parents who cannot attend will be able to access the presentation on Blackboard. Parent Referrals are due on or before January 10.

AART Contact Information:  Amy Vallath, Chesterbrook Elementary, AJVallath@fcps.edu, 703-714-8240

Family Life Education

Students in grades 4-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.  Parents may also reference materials through blackboard. https://fcps.blackboard.com/

Parents/Guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons.  If you would like to opt your child out of any portions, please complete and submit the opt out form to your child's teacher. If you would like your student to participate in FLE, you do not need to send the form back. Students who are opted out will participate in an alternative non-FLE health lesson.

Chinese Charaters

1st grade: We are now learning “I love my family”. 我爱我的家(wǒ ài wǒ de jiā). Students learn how to say Dad爸爸(bà ba) ,Mom 妈妈(mā ma) , Older brother哥哥(gē ge), Older sister姐姐(jiě jie), younger brother弟弟(dì dì) , younger sister 妹妹(mèi mei), grandfather爷爷(yé ye), grandmother奶奶(nǎi nai), me myself我自己(wǒ zì jǐ). Please visit blackboard to read the story and song.

2nd grade: The students are learning about shapes in Chinese. Students learned how to say a variety of basic shapes, such as 圆形(yuán xíng, circle), 三角形(sān jiǎo xíng, triangle), 菱形(líng xíng, diamond), 正方形(zhèng fāng xíng, square). Students are learning to use simple sentences to talk about the shape of daily life objects.

3rd grade: Students learned to talk about school subjects in Chinese, they used the vocabulary they learned to make their own class schedule. We also discussed the similarity and differences of school life between American and Chinese elementary schools. Students are now able to talk about the subjects they enjoy learning using simple Chinese sentences.

4th grade: I’m co-teaching with Ms. Fugle (Our school SBTS) to use Scratch (Program interactive stories, games, and animations. https://scratch.mit.edu/ ) for creating a Chinese project. This starter project includes many Sprites that go with the Chinese song worksheet. Students write the name of each sprite in pinyin. The center sprite goes with the sentence "At school we attend Chinese class together." Students will also record the sentence as a sound block. We will share our projects soon.

5th grade: We talked about the names of the seven continents and five oceans 七大洲, 五大洋. We also learned about the sea creatures: lobster龙虾, sea turtle海龟, starfish 海星, octopus章鱼, anglerfish 琵琶鱼, orca 鲸鱼 and seaweed 海草.  

6th grade: We are now learning the solar system (tài yáng xì) 太阳系.Students can say the eight planets in Chinese and put them in the ordinal order. They will also choose a favorite planet and explain why they like it. Check out the blackboard to review the topic!

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 LTC-Chinese 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)

Lost and Found

Is your child missing a coat, sweatshirt or lunchbox?  It could very well be located in our lost and found.  The lost and found is located in our cafeteria and we encourage you to have your child check for a missing item.  You are welcome to visit as well.  We would love for these items to make it back home.  If items are not picked up they will be donated to another FCPS school that is in need. 

We encourage parents to label items, especially sweatshirts, coats and lunchboxes.  This is the best way to be sure it gets found and returned quickly.

News from the Community Chesterbrook Alum Service Project -Support our local Animal Shelters with gently used towels and blankets.

You can help our local animal shelters by donating towels and blankets you are no longer using.  A Chesterbrook alum and current Longfellow student is hosting a community blanket and towel drive.  The goal  of this McLean community drive is to collect and donate 200 blankets and towels before the new year starts. Blankets and towels without large holes are preferred. There will be a box in the Chesterbrook office where you can drop donations.

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

An IndieFlix Original Documentary

Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

McLean High School Auditorium

This important, eye-opening documentary features students affected by anxiety, mental health professionals and Olympic athlete and mental health advocate Michael Phelps in opening up the conversation and providing hope around a topic many find difficult to discuss.

Following the movie, a panel of mental health professionals from McLean High School and the community will lead a panel discussion and question and answer session to provide further information.

This event is free and recommended for 6th grade and up and is expected to be well attended.

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Chesterbook News 12/10

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Upcoming Dates

December 10th - AAP Level IV Parent Referral Process Information Meeting 6PM (Parents Grades 2-6)

December 12th - 3rd Grade - Meet and Greet for new teacher, Mr. Baker. 8AM Library

December 13th - 4th Grade Strings Concert 6PM
5th/6th Chorus, Strings & Band Concert 7PM

December 14th - PTA Meeting 9AM; 3 Hour Early Release for Students; Staff Development (Green slips need to be submitted by 10:30a.m.)

December 21st - Full day of school for students; Last day before winter break

December 24th - January 4th - Winter Break; No School

Hour of Code

Chesterbrook ES began last week taking part in Hour of Code!  This annual event is celebrated internationally and corresponds with Computer Science Education Week.  Over the course of the week, students are given the opportunity to have a sustained, hands-on experience in coding. 

Here at Chesterbrook, Hour of Code sessions are being held in the Computer Lab, classrooms, and the Library.   An important resource for this activity is the Code.org website, https://code.org/learn, which has a collection of self-guided puzzle-like tutorials that are highly engaging for students of all ages.  Students in grades 2-6 also enjoy coding with MIT's Scratch, https://scratch.mit.edu/.

Why practice coding?  Computer science is more important than ever, both to students’ daily lives and to their future schooling and careers.  When students practice coding, they gain skills in the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate attributes of Critical and Creative Thinker, as well as Goal-directed and Resilient Individual. 

Short Term Parking - Use of Fire Lane

The Fire Lane at the front of the school should not be used as a parking spot for pick up or drop off.  While we understand this may make it quicker to access the school, it also presents an unsafe situation.  If your vehicle is unattended, it should not be parked in the fire lane.  Thank you for utilizing a parking space if you need to exit your vehicle.  Your assistance with this safety matter is much appreciated.

Dressing for Recess during Cold Weather

As our winter weather has settled in, we need to be sure our students are dressed appropriately for outdoor recess.  Please send your child to school with a coat, gloves and hat on cold weather days so they can enjoy outdoor recess.  Parents are encouraged to label coats, hats and gloves with your child's name.

There are times that we need to hold recess indoors such as extremely cold days, high wind or wind chill warnings.  We make every effort to take students outdoors to play, so please send them with appropriate outerwear.

Book Talk Series: The Self-Driven Child

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chesterbrook Weekly Update 12/13 - Spirit Days, School Climate Survey

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Reminder - Early Release Friday 12/14

This Friday, December 14th, students will be dismissed at 12:30 PM for a staff professional development. 

Friday 12/14 Tacky Sweater Day

The Chesterbrook staff will be participating in a tacky sweater day this Friday.  Students are invited to help share in the holiday cheer by wearing their festive sweater and hats. We welcome winter or holiday sweaters.

Monday, 12/17, we will bring back Be a H.E.R.O day

BE A H.E.R.O. (Help, Encourage, & Respect Others)

We will celebrate Be a H.E.R.O Day on Monday.  We encourage everyone to wear their Super Hero clothing.    This will also help share the important message from our NO bullying week for “Be a H.E.R.O” day that we missed for our 1st snow day. 

At Chesterbrook, teachers are here to support students and we encourage our students to join us in standing up to bullying so Chesterbrook can always be a positive, kind learning environment for all students.  Be a HERO for Chesterbrook!

School Climate Survey for 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Students

Dear Parents of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students,

This winter our school, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education and the University of Virginia, is participating in a statewide student school climate survey. The purpose of this survey is to help schools assess their progress in establishing a positive school climate that promotes student learning.

I am writing to provide you with information on the student survey. The survey will be completed online using computers at school. The survey does not ask for your child’s name and all answers are anonymous (no one will know how your child answered the survey). Parents will not have access to their child’s survey answers. There is a copy of the survey available at school for your review and is available online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/school-climate/index.shtml.

The survey will ask questions such as how students feel about their school, how students get along with one another and their teachers, how students feel about school rules, their perceptions of their teachers’ willingness to help them, and how they feel about attending school. They will also be asked what kinds of bullying they may have observed at school and whether they have been bullied themselves.

The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please notify the school office by telephone or letter by January 9, 2019.

Your child will not receive any immediate benefit from participating in the survey, but the survey will help us to maintain a safe, inviting, and supportive learning environment for your child.

Thank you for your cooperation in this important study of school climate.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal
Connie Britt, Assistant Principal

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Chesterbrook Update Health Letter 12/16

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Dear Chesterbrook Parents and Guardians,

This letter is sent as an informational follow up to our previous notification regarding the cases of pneumonia at Chesterbrook. In conjunction with educating our students about proper hand washing, our custodial staff is working diligently to disinfect surfaces. 

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department, we are sending this health information letter home because several cases of pneumonia, diagnosed among children in our school, have been identified to be caused by the bacteria (germ), Mycoplasma pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Mycoplasma is one of several different types of germs that can cause pneumonia. Symptoms of pneumonia may include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. Pneumonia can occur in people of all ages and can be severe, requiring hospitalization. If you suspect your child has pneumonia, please see your health care provider. Tell them your child has been at a school where several children have Mycoplasma infections. This may help the doctor in choosing the best treatment.  

The risk of pneumonia spreading to others is low. Most contacts of a person with Mycoplasma pneumonia will have no illness or a mild respiratory illness. While the risk is very small, there are some things your child can do to help prevent the spread of this infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve.
  • If your child has a fever, he/she should stay at home at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of medication.We encourage you to put this information into practice to help your child stay healthy and to prevent others from getting sick. Also, as we move into flu season, please be sure to have your child vaccinated against flu. This will protect your child against another germ that causes pneumonia and other types of respiratory illnesses. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or the School Public Health Nurse, Janessa Deal at (703) 376-7365.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal  

                                    

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