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CES Afterschool Transportation Info / New Family Virtual Parent Coffee 8.18

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Reminder - New Parent Coffee Today 1PM

Please use this zoom link to join us

Parent Response Needed - Transport of Children Home

Transportation Support Plan 2021-22 In order to safely plan for your child’s transport home, it is important to understand how they will travel. 
Please complete this form by this Friday morning 8/20 for each child.

Complete this form

 

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CES Weekly News 8.22.21

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Upcoming Dates

First Day of School - Monday, 8/23

Chesterbrook Spiritwear Day - Friday, 8/27
     Wear your CES spiritwear or colors(blue and yellow).

Labor Day Holiday - Friday, 9/3, and Monday, 9/6

Virtual Back to School Night - 9/8 (Links will be sent)
    5:30 main session; 6pm class sessions begin
    Session A  - 2, 4, 6     6:30, 7:30
    Session B - K,1,3,5    6:00, 7:00

Message from the Principal

Thank you your part in making our open house a huge success.  It looks like we have found another new way to make things even better. We received a lot of praise for the new format of open house this year with alpha splits. Teachers and parents shared that having a few families at a time gave them time to talk and explore the classroom and hopefully parking was much easier. Your flexibility in the time change was much appreciated. We adapted quickly to the flooding and ended up with a really nice afternoon for the event. The ice cream, sponsored by Mathnasium, was a huge hit on a hot afternoon.  Thank you to our PTA for their work to organize spirit wear sales, Sprout supply orders and delivery, Scoops 2 U ice cream cart, and our wonderful staff lunch from Cafe Rio this week. We are in the midst of setting up our PTA budget for the coming year and invite all parents to join us at the outdoor tent on September 9th at 9:15 for our first PTA meeting.  Please join our PTA and get involved. 

We will have hurdles this year as we navigate the new variant of Covid. We promise to do all we can to provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment for your children. Your support over the past 18 months has been incredible. Please know your children are important to each and every staff member and we have work together as a team to do all we can to help them grow academically and socially. If you have a concern or want to share information to support your child, please reach out to your child's teacher.  We look forward to partnering with you.

Each day students should bring a water bottle to school and as we begin the school year it is essential to have a great night's rest. The first week back may be tiring for everyone, so eating good meals and getting a proper amount of sleep will help our students have a better day. 

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Important!  Transport of Children Home

We have 196 responses - PLEASE complete ASAP if you have not

*SACC has been updated as an option for those attending. Thanks for the feedback. 

In order to safely plan for your child’s transport home, it is important to understand how they will travel.  Please complete this form TODAY!
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Breakfast and Lunch Update

Chesterbrook Menu Found HERE - 1st 2 weeks are posted now

All students will enjoy a free grab and go breakfast and hot lunch at Chesterbrook. Students wanting breakfast should head straight to the cafeteria.

Students will be able to eat breakfast in the cafeteria beginning at 8:30am. We will need students to go to their classroom at 8:45 to get ready for their day.All students are provided a free single breakfast or lunch. If they want a second lunch or a la carte items, they will need to purchase them. No a la carte items will be sold the first two weeks, so that we can set expectations and students may develop routines during the start of the year.

My School Bucks, Online Payment System, can be used to set up an option for your child to purchase additional items. Student pins will not be needed for free meals, therefore students will process through our line quickly this year.

Arrival & Dismissal Traffic Flow & Safety

We are a non walking school as Kirby is not deemed safe travel for students alone.  Parents are encouraged to walk or bike with their child and only use crosswalks. The crosswalk closest to the kiss n ride is most open for visibility.

Kiss N Ride

We are expecting a large load during Kiss n Ride and ask for your patience as we return to school.

  • Display your last name on a large piece of paper with the names of children under - we will get hang tags soon!
  • Please pull all the way forward to unload/load child and allow for as many cars as possible to fill the K&R circle. Staff will direct you.
  • 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 this at home with younger students and park in the lot if you need to assist your child.
Traffic Flow

ONLY turn right into the parking lot, we ask that you go down and turn around into the line and not block the road trying to turn left into the CES kiss n ride line. This will prevent accidents and keep our traffic flow moving.

Cars will be expected to turn right out of the parking lot to expedite the flow of traffic.  Please be cautious of walkers and bike riders and give right of way to them.

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.

Walking families

Drop off and meet up at Flag Pole or by trailers and sidewalk on Kirby. Please make sure your child knows if they are to meet you at the flag pole, otherwise, all children meet by the gym entrance.

Walker Biking Parent Permission

Complete permission form and email to SKirkpatrick@fcps.edu.

This is targeted to our older students (4th-6th) travelling without parent supervision.
Contact Mrs. Kirkpatrick for questions.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick will review all requests ASAP and reply to parents. Please be mindful that Kirby is not deemed a safe travel path for students.

All students should exit the building from the front of the school for supervision and safety.

Safety Patrols

Calling our 5th or 6th grade students interested in being a patrol this school year!!!  We look forward to bringing back this opportunity. 

Students should complete an interest form with permission from their parent. Look for this to be sent out later this week.

We are revising our patrol program and look forward to utilizing all interested students who want to help lead our school.  Students will be rotating responsibilities as we all work to build a positive and safe environment. Students will not be in charge of student  behavior or reporting misbehavior of other students. They will be asked to promote safety through helping others and encouraging kindness. 

Everyone can lead given the right tools and guidance!

Stay tuned for more information on our new Student Ambassadors program which will replace SCA. We will not have designated elected officers, rather encourage student leadership from a wide variety of students that are not chosen by a peer election.  Mrs. Kirkpatrick will share more very soon!!!

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CES Weekly Update 8.25.21

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Parent Handbook

Please check out the CES Parent Handbook to general questions you may have.

 

Transportation

In our first days we encountered some transportation issues as buses arrived late in the morning and many departed school very late in the afternoon. There is currently a driver shortage and Chesterbrook has a few buses that will run on a double back run. With that information, our buses should be arriving and departing in a much shorter window that will allow for children to access their entire school day and still get him in a timely manner.

Within the next two weeks, we expect that things will better fall into place with timing that will meet the needs of our community. In the meantime, if you would like to access kiss n ride or walk with your child, you may do so. Mrs. Kirkpatrick is quickly reviewing any request for our older students to walk or ride their bike independently. Parents may put in this request using the attached form.

 

Car Hang Tags for Kiss N Ride

Hang Tags for K&R families will be sent home in Thursday folders this week.  If you do not get a hang tag and need one, please contact Mr. Troskey at DATrokey@fcps.edu.

Parent Permission Needed for Digital Applications

We currently have 48% of students able to use digital applications on the computer. We need for parents to approve ASAP, so these will remain available to your children. Visit this page to read about approved programs we may use this year.

PARENT CONSENT FORM HERE
This is a direct link to the consent form.

*Photo from 1st grade CES student project, winner of 2020 VA Coding Competition using SCRATCH.

Afternoon Playdates and Changes in Pickup

During the first two weeks of school, we request that changes to home transportation and playdates not occur afterschool. We are getting a new system in place to organize and help staff and parents manage changes to transportation needs afterschool. Once set up, we will send information on the new system. If you have an urgent matter or emergency, please call or email the office and your child's teachers so we can help your child get home the appropriate way.

Mask Reminders and Updates

In order to mitigate the spread of any possible cases of Covid that may enter our building, universal mask compliance is used in the school building. Additionally, it is recommended students wear masks while playing closely outdoors.

Approved types of masks include:  Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, double layer gaiters(new update), clear masks, cloth masks with clear plastic panel All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:  Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face) and face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material

Lunch Setting

We understand the concerns around eating while unmasked and wanted to share our school protocols:

  • students sit with their class and also within their grade level. 
  • students all sit facing forward in one direction
  • students are only unmasked while eating and put it back on to talk after eating.
  • adults collect trash and provide assistance to students during lunch so movement around the cafeteria is very limited.

We are working to do our best to accommodate all students during lunches and keep them as safe as possible. There are a number of hurdles to sending students outdoors to eat including developing lunch safety expectations, staffing coverage, carrying hot lunches outdoors, cleanup and turnover of students in a timely manner.

Volunteer Lunch Hosts

If you are available to work within the school as a dining host on a regular basis for a solid amount of time, please contact Mrs. Kirkpatrick. If any volunteers are used, we can only work with people that can make strong commitments to becoming fingerprinted staff volunteers and can regularly be here to set expectations and develop routine.

Please know we are continuing to work to see what we can do with spacing and mitigation.

Arrival Drop Off Time Reminder

Please do not drop off your child at kiss n ride or the front door early. Students may be dropped off at 8:30, when staff will greet them. Supervision is not available for students prior as our staff are busy preparing for our school day.

Kiss and ride students and walkers from the gym side, should enter door #2. Walkers by the flag pole should enter door #1.

Patrol Application

5th and 6th grade students interested in serving as patrols are asked to complete this application. This form should be completed by our students with their parent's permission. Thank you!

Beginning of the Year Forms Reminder

Opt Out Forms - You may drop them off at the school or send via email to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

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

Homeless Student Referral

Military Connected Students

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

Student Insurance

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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CES News Update 8.28.21- Pickup Patrol System

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Effective 8/30/21 Chesterbrook ES will begin our new process for sharing a change in your child's transportation plans. Good-bye Green Slips, Hello PUP!

Parents,

Chesterbrook is now using a new system to coordinate transportation plans such as late arrival, early dismissal pickups or changes in afternoon transportation.

As a reminder, we ask in our 2nd week, for students to not have play date pickups from school and limit changes as we settle into routines. If you need to share a change in dismissal plans, please read more about our new system.

Starting 8/30/21, we will be using a system called PickUp Patrol  to help us track dismissals changes. PickUp Patrol (PUP) will save us a great deal of time  in the office and will reduce interruptions in our classrooms—while also providing you with a convenient way to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. 

Most importantly, it will help us ensure that our students are safely dismissed to their correct after-school destinations.

Use the PUP web app for:

ATTENDANCE: When your child will be arriving late or leaving early.

DISMISSAL CHANGES: Submit changes to your child’s regular dismissal plans. For example: 

  • A student normally rides the bus, but is getting picked up today.
  • A student usually goes to aftercare, but is leaving early for an appointment.

How it works:

Initially, you will register for an account. At this point set your "Default Plan" to be the permanent mode of transportation. Whenever you have a change to the Default Plan, you’ll submit a change through the PUP app. When the plan is submitted, the school will be notified and your child’s teacher will relay the change to them.

After this Friday, 9/3, we will no longer accept phone calls or emails for changes (except emergencies). Changes will be documented and shared through the PUP app.

Getting started with PUP:

  1. REGISTER: Chesterbrook will initiate a PUP registration email to all families following your receipt of this News You Choose message. 
    You will receive this registration email within a day from PickUp Patrol with a link to set up your account. The PUP web app is free to parents and you can use it from your smartphone or computer. PUP is not accessed through the app stores. Instead, for easy access, follow the instructions in your registration email for how to add it to your phone’s home screen.
  2. ENTER DEFAULT PLANS: Once you register, log into your PickUp Patrol account right away to confirm your child’s default dismissal plan. It’s important that you complete this step so that we can accurately dismiss your children. 

Thank you for using PUP to make safety a priority and to ensure our dismissal process is efficient for all our students. 

If you have any questions, please first check the PUP FAQ page. If you still need help, contact us here in the office at datroskey@fcps.edu or PickUp Patrol at support@pickuppatrol.net

Parent Permission Needed for Digital Applications

We currently have 68% of students able to use some of the digital applications on the computer. We need for parents to approve ASAP, so these will remain available to your children. 

It is important to note that certain applications will be turned off for students without digital consent. If you have questions, please contact our school based technology specialist, Megan Brown at MEBrown@fcps.edu

Visit this page to read about approved programs we may use this year.

PARENT CONSENT FORM HERE This is a direct link to the consent form.

Music Elective Choice

Attention ALL 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families have the opportunity to take orchestra or strings. Students that are not participating in these electives will take general instrumental music with our general music teachers.

Please fill out the linked google form to indicate your student’s musical choice for the school year: https://forms.gle/d4yi7RN5Hdmr5HiW7

Questions? Please Email our teachers:
Rachel Blitch, Strings Teacher - reblitch@fcps.edu
Megan Derosa, Band Teacher - mederosa@fcps.edu

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CES 9.1.2021 Weather Update

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Afternoon Approaching Weather

We are expecting heavy rains and increased winds this afternoon. As a precaution, we have moved afternoon music classes and teachers (general music, strings and band) to indoor classrooms for our 4th - 6th grades.

Afternoon dismissal changes are now monitored through the Pick Up Patrol (PUP) system that began this week. This system has already supported our teachers and students and we are thankful to have it in place. You have time this afternoon to set up your account and get any changes in (please see directions below). You have until 2:30 PM to enter any changes for today's dismissal!

If you need to change plans, please enter the change in the PUP system, which will notify teachers, administrators and our office team. 

Safety is Priority

  • Students should not be walking alone or riding bikes in heavy storms. Please pick them up or have them ride the bus home.
  • Buses will be lined up at Exit 2 or Exit 1 and load directly from the closest door. We are announcing bus exits and staff will be directing students and supporting them.  We don't want them scared or worried.
  • Kiss N Ride and Walkers will go to the gym to be announced when their parent arrives.
  • If you normally meet your child at the flag pole and are still walking, during heavy rains please come under the awning and we will ensure your child connects with you. If it is pouring, we do not want to send student out without supervision. Please do make room for our bus riders to safely exit. If it is not raining, please remain at the flag pole.
  • Most Importantly!  We will have our office staffed until we know our students are home safe. Please call if you need us, we are here to support your children.

Bus Loop

Please keep the bus loop entrance clear and do not pull in this area during arrival or dismissal. We normally have a staff member that monitors this area. During a heavy storm, we need to keep our staff safe and will not staff this position.

Visibility may be low and staff, students and parents may be walking assisting children, so please drive slowly, do not pull around other cars and use caution.

Reminder of Pick Up Patrol System

Starting 8/30/21, we will be using a system called PickUp Patrol  to help us track dismissals changes. PickUp Patrol (PUP) will save us a great deal of time  in the office and will reduce interruptions in our classrooms—while also providing you with a convenient way to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. 

Most importantly, it will help us ensure that our students are safely dismissed to their correct after-school destinations.

Use the PUP web app for:

ATTENDANCE: When your child will be arriving late or leaving early.

DISMISSAL CHANGES: Submit changes to your child’s regular dismissal plans. For example: 

  • A student normally rides the bus, but is getting picked up today.
  • A student usually goes to aftercare, but is leaving early for an appointment.

How it works:

Initially, you will register for an account. At this point set your "Default Plan" to be the permanent mode of transportation. Whenever you have a change to the Default Plan, you’ll submit a change through the PUP app. When the plan is submitted, the school will be notified and your child’s teacher will relay the change to them.

After this Friday, 9/3, we will no longer accept phone calls or emails for changes (except emergencies). Changes will be documented and shared through the PUP app.

Getting started with PUP- 
Registration Emails were sent to parents on 8/29/21

  1. REGISTER: Chesterbrook will initiate a PUP registration email to all families following your receipt of this News You Choose message.  You will receive this registration email within a day from PickUp Patrol with a link to set up your account. The PUP web app is free to parents and you can use it from your smartphone or computer. PUP is not accessed through the app stores. Instead, for easy access, follow the instructions in your registration email for how to add it to your phone’s home screen.
  2. ENTER DEFAULT PLANS: Once you register, log into your PickUp Patrol account right away to confirm your child’s default dismissal plan. It’s important that you complete this step so that we can accurately dismiss your children. 

Thank you for using PUP to make safety a priority and to ensure our dismissal process is efficient for all our students. 

If you have any questions, please first check the PUP FAQ page. If you still need help, contact us here in the office at datroskey@fcps.edu or PickUp Patrol at support@pickuppatrol.net

 

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CES Weekly Update 9.3.21 - Registration BTSN sessions included

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, 9/6 - Student Holiday 

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night
*See Zoom Session Registration Links Below

    5:30 main session - Administration

    Session A  - 2nd, 4th, 6th     6:30 or 7:30

    Session B - K,1st, 3rd, 5th    6:00 or 7:00

Specialists will be creating asynchronous videos and sharing information.

Thursday 9/9 9:15 AM - PTA Meeting outdoors at picnic tables by the blacktop
Please report directly here and do not go into the school.

Friday 9/17 - Celebrate McLean - More Information to Come
Event with all McLean area schools will be held at McLean High School prior to the football game.

Thursday, 9/30 - Chesterbrook Kickball Kickoff - PTA Sponsored Event

Principal's Message

It has been wonderful to have our students back at school and building connections in person with all their classmates and teachers.

During the first two weeks teachers and staff worked to build connections, help students feel comfortable back at school, set expectations, build routine and begin instruction to build a positive foundation for the school year. We will continue to have foundational structures around social-emotional needs as we progress through the school year. 

This year we have added a STEAM and Think Lab to Chesterbrook. As we build this new initiative, we look forward to ways in which we can embed this instruction for our primary students so they can apply concepts within core content in our upper grades. Ms. Vallath, AART, and Ms. Brown, SBTS, have spearheaded the efforts to get our lab up and running and we look forward to sharing how this is shaping and supporting our work around FCPS Portrait of a Graduate.

Our efforts around Covid mitigation will be constant, as we are continually working to provide the safest measures we can and being flexible when we need to adapt to updated guidance. This week we continued to work with lunches to adjust some timings to help maximize space and set up supervision for lunches outdoors. We are working to have only one grade level eating in the café at one time, which allows us to spread students out. Kinder and 1st are smaller grade levels eating at the same time and staying indoors so we can better manage their needs.

During lunches where we cannot create more indoor space, we are setting up an outdoor lunch option as often as possible. Next week 2nd and 5th grades will eat outdoors while 3rd and 6th grades are inside. The following week our grade levels will flip with 3rd and 6th being outdoors. These students are welcome to bring blankets to sit on the ground, but we have picnic tables that will nicely space 6 students at each table. The past generosity of our parents to our PTA made this purchase of picnic tables possible last school year. Please consider joining our PTA and donating to the Chipmunk fund to support important initiatives.

Our clinic has seen a number of students with various symptoms (mostly stomach aches and nausea), which will result in a sick student notification letter requiring follow up with your medical provider or covid testing before return to school. Thank you so much for your follow up, care and the precautions everyone is taking. We realize it is not easy to be called out of work. We all want nothing more than for our students to be in school and not having to quarantine our staff or students, so everyone's attention to care is greatly appreciated.

We welcome you to follow us on Twitter

Chesterbrook - @CES_FCPS
Mrs. Thomas - @Mrs_Fthomas
Mrs. Kirkpatrick - @PrincipalKirkp1

Have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing our Chipmunks on Tuesday. To those celebrating Rosh Hashana, may you have a wonderful Happy New Year celebration.

Sincerely,

Stacy

Registration Required - Back to School Night Sessions

We are looking forward to our Virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 8! In order to access this virtual opportunity, we will need families to register to help us ensure the appropriate Zoom security measures are in place. The links below will allow you to REGISTER for your child’s grade level Zoom meeting.

The registration link is not a link to the meeting itself. Once the registration is complete and approved, you will receive an email from Zoom with the link to the event by Tuesday, September 7th. You are able to register for multiple meetings.

School Wide Session

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuduiqrD4uHNRKkCzhpql3sGJMilIEmFbW

Kindergarten

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtcOihrjwuH9VpVbRLub5OSBXEFRlp4FqW

1st Grade

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYldemrpzotHNNvGXQA0uOAwt01kgHldGHR

2nd Grade

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sceqtqzItHNG_OAs1duV_ACQoM43_5Yk1

3rd Grade

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqduqrqj0uH91erUvkNrw1HYPaNnQ3nv8z

4th Grade

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocOirrTMjHNJjxH9kAfv1jmTKH-3FVorN

5th Grade

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcodOGsqDwjG9SarqgMW92yR-DWxVxfUwY3

6th Grade

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpcuiprTooE9RJRujSly0WziacmfVUuZbx 

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Kiss N Ride

  • ONLY turn right into and out of the parking lot to keep traffic moving. Traffic waiting and trying to squeeze in causes a safety issue as people are blocking the sidewalk walkway, reducing visibility of walkers and bike riders.
  • We are noticing K&R cars dropping off and leaving students early. Do not drop off your children without staff supervision in place. We have buses completing double runs and you may notice a bus releasing students to admin, but this is planned so we can get our wonderful drivers out for their double back run. We are not sending students to class early.

Supervision of Students

  • Staff supervision for students begins at 8:30, students should not be left at the front door without parent supervision or arrive prior at the kiss n ride area without parent prior to this time.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener for Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will be given an SEL screener three times this year.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Research tells us that students with strong SEL skills are more successful in school, work, and relationships. The screener collects information about students’ SEL skills, feelings, relationships, school environment, and well-being. Screener results are used with other information to support students academically and personally. If you would like to opt out, please complete this form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher by 9/20/21.

Student’s Rights & Responsibilities 

Over the next few weeks, your child will be reviewing information contained in Student Rights and Responsibilities with teachers and administrators.

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. All students will have the handbook on their laptop and parents can access the SR&R here

We ask that you either sign in parent vue (easiest and quickest way) that you have reviewed SR&R or you can complete this SR&R sheet and turn it into your child’s homeroom teacher before this Friday, 9/10.

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AAP Elementary Continuum of Services

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Upcoming Date to Note

September 22 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM- Virtual AAP Continuum of Services Parent Information Meeting

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. 

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level: 

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I) 

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve. 

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students are strong in one or more subject areas. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness
  • Classroom teachers provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) 

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas. They need part-time AAP services. 

  • Students work with students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV) 

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Mathematics curriculum with depth and complexity that is at least one year above grade level.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Levels II-IV

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Eligibility decisions for Level II and Level III services are made by a committee at the local school

Screening for Level II and Level III services is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for Level II or III services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART and the local school.

Eligibility decisions for full-time Level IV services are made by the countywide central selection committee.

Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles:  

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • Fall referrals are due October 7.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student 
    • The spring referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.

Referral forms for Levels II-IV are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.  

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Farris Thomas, no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline.

Elementary Parent Information Meeting

A parent information virtual meeting will be held for Chesterbrook on September 22 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. The AART will provide information about levels of service and examples at Chesterbrook, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Young Scholars

FCPS developed the Young Scholars Model to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services. The model provides additional opportunity to nurture talent and build confidence so that students can meet their potential. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e)

Some gifted students also have learning disabilities. These twice-exceptional, or “2e” students need strengths-based instruction. Their learning challenges also must be supported. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”

Middle and High School AAP

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

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CES Weekly News 9.14.21

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Dates to Note

September 16th - Yom Kippur Observed

September 17th -  Lockdown Drill 

Chesterbrook Spirit Day - Show your school colors and CES spirit wear.  Get ready to Celebrate McLean!

Celebrate McLean Event - 4:30- 6:30 - sponsored by McLean HS - McLean HS v. Fairfax HS  football game that evening

September 22nd - AAP Information Parent Session 6PM (Virtual)

September 30th - Chesterbrook Kickball Kickoff

October 7th - Students NEW to FCPS (since January 2021), fall Level IV referrals are due for those seeking placement.

October 11th - Student Holiday

October 29th - End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1st and 2nd - Student Holiday

School Calendar:  2021-22

Message from Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Thank you for joining us for Back to School Night. We had a wonderful turn out last week and are glad our virtual environment was able to support so many families safely. We hope that our virtual sessions met everyone's needs to learn a little more about instruction, structures and the support your child will have this school year. Education is a teamwork approach and we look forward to partnering with you this school year to support your child(ren).

We continue to have some later buses arriving and also getting students home in the afternoon. While, we are seeing some improvements over the past week, we still have room to improve. Transportation has a lot of new driver applicants in the month of August, but it will take time to interview, train and assess candidates. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work with transportation to provide safe and reliable transportation.

Kiss N Ride - As an important reminder, please do not turn right into the parking lot during the height of arrival and dismissal. We can create a faster flow of traffic and safer arear for walkers and drivers by going down to turn around. We are working as fast as we can to load and unload children and ask for your patience.

I want to close this message with a shoutout to our lunch volunteers. We have a phenomenal and dedicated group of parent volunteers that have jumped right in to support our outdoor lunches. There is nothing simple about supporting 200 students at school during a lunch shift, and the combined efforts of staff and volunteers has allowed us to accomplish the difficult task of spreading out students to increase of mitigation measures.  Thank you parents! We can't do what we are doing without you.

Thank you,
Stacy Kirkpatrick

Back to School Night Information

Recordings for BTSN can be found on Schoology. The main session is shared in our Chesterbrook Families course. 

Mitigation Measures & Updates

We made great progress last week with spacing students out during lunches thanks to our additional parent volunteers.  Volunteers have gone through background checks and are working hard to support daily lunches. We are incredibly lucky to have dedicated parents providing precious time to support our students and staff. 

Playground Mitigation

Our teachers will be working with students about outdoor mask wearing- when masks should be worn and when it is okay not to wear them. When playing closely with other children (within 6 feet) makes should be worn. This is mostly seen when children are playing with others on the playground equipment.

Classroom Spacing

We continue to work on classroom spacing during all aspects of instruction. The goal is to keep students at a 3' distance from peers. Keeping students at a distance will keep your child from becoming a close contact in case there is a positive student case. We know it can be hard, but our goal is to keep all children in school!

Chesterbrook Private Tutoring List

We often have requests for teachers that provide private tutoring. Linked, you will find a list of our Chesterbrook teacher tutors.

Schoology ~ How Do I Access?

We are excited for Schoology, FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families.  

How do I create an account? First, register for a SIS/ParentVUE account.

How do I log in? Login to Schoology at lms.fcps.edu. Use your ParentVUE account log in and password

Lockdown Notification - Drill Scheduled 9/17

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at Chesterbrook on Friday, September 17th. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Farris Thomas
Assistant Principal, Chesterbrook Elementary School
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Advanced Academic Program Parent Information Nights

Virtual AAP Information Session - September 22nd, 6PM  

For students NEW to FCPS (since January 2021), fall referrals are due on October 7th. More information here. Questions, email Amy Vallath.

Parent Resource Center Webinars for FCPS Families and Staff

Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

September 17, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. and September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

Health Updates Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. Please review this link as you make decisions for school attendance.   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf  Please do not send your child to school if they have been identified as a close contact to COVID case.  Please do notify administration if your child is pausing at home due to an exposure.

Important! A negative COVID test does not clear your child to return to school. A physician must complete return documentation when students receive the sick student notification form.

Sick Child at School ~ Guidance for Return to School

If your child is sent home from school with COVID like symptoms, parents must have a physician complete the Return to School form with appropriate documentation. Please do not return to school without the form completed by a care provider and appropriate documentation. 

Administrative Verification Process for Return to School After Sick Student Notification from the School

The Sick Student Notification is received by a parent when your child shows any symptoms while present at school. This form is required for return to school with physician completion. It must be returned directly to an administrator before your child can return to school. Parents should not send children on the bus or drop at kiss n ride without having an administrator verify completion of health return documentation. An email with a photo of the documentation or checking in the office with your child on the morning of return will meet this expectation. Students without the correct clearance will not be allowed to return to class.

Guidance for Families  ~ Pause, Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Guidance for families regarding pause, quarantine, contact tracing and close contacts and the meaning and impact of each of these, please see the following resource: Pause, Contact Tracing, Quarantining

COVID Notifications Update for FCPS

If there is a new COVID case within the school, we will send out a community notification on Friday or the last day of school for the week.

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REMINDER - Parent Coffee This Evening 

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Link to join meeting

Virtual AAP Information Session
September 22nd, 6PM  

For students NEW to FCPS (since January 2021), fall referrals are due on October 7th. More information here. Questions, email Amy Vallath.

 

Next Week, Join us for the next Parent Coffee:

Parent Coffee - Join our SBTS and Counselor as they Share Resources for Parents
September 29th, 6PM
Mrs. Brown, SBTS, will share technology updates to access Schoology resources.
Mrs. Lomelin, Counselor, will Share Student Support Resources for Home and School

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CES Weekly Update 9.26.21

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Dates to Mark on your Calendar!

Wednesday, September 29th - Parent Coffee Link to Join

Mrs. Brown will share technology updates to access Schoology resources. Mrs. Lomelin will share Student Support Resources for home and school

Thursday, September 30th - Chesterbrook Kickball Kickoff 6PM
McLean High School Baseball field (10/14 rain date)

Monday, October 7 - Referrals Due - Students NEW to FCPS (since January 2021), fall Level IV referrals are due for those seeking placement.

October 11th - Student Holiday

October 29th - End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35PM

November 1st - Student Holiday

November 2nd - Student Holiday

School Calendar:  2021-22

Message from the Principal

Dear Chesterbrook Families,

Entering our 6th week, it finally feels like routine is setting in. It's the perfect week for our Chesterbrook Kickball Kickoff and our staff is ready to play! It is not to say there will not be challenges along the way as we have cases to support, students that are paused from in person instruction and staff member that may need to be out. All of these obstacles create hurdles we must navigate and we are ready to support.

Our students have settled in, learned routines, and our patrols begin their work leading this week. Last week Mr. Levesque held a leadership training for our patrols and it was a highlight of my week. Watching our 5th and 6th graders step into this leadership role paves the path for future opportunities and experiences in their lives. As their principal, I'm thrilled to watch them grow and be a part of their journey.

In the parent coffee last week, Mrs. Thomas and I shared information on the new stream in and asynchronous learning options students will have if they need to be home due to a positive Covid test or exposure. We realize that learning cannot take a two week hiatus and want to be there to support students along the way. Most importantly, we want our students to feel cared for and know they are missed. Students will still be supported by their teacher and provided instruction through Schoology. Students have learned this tool at school and it will be critical if we need to pause any children from in person learning. 

Thank you for your support and collaboration. I have always held parental support as a foundational necessity in education. As we navigate the difficult years of this pandemic it is critical we work together and have your support.  Thank you for your positivity, support and understanding and know if you need anything, we are here to collaborate with you to support your child(ren).

With Gratitude,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Ready & On Time for School

Thank you for working to get your children to school on time.  We begin arrival at 8:30 and our late bell rings at 8:50. We want all students to participate fully in their morning meeting, so being on time is important.

Beginning this week, our 6th week of school, if you are walking or driving your child to school, we will begin marking tardies for late students. We continue to support double back buses and all students on a bus are marked on time.

Reminder Right ONLY

The safety of students is critical. During arrival and dismissal, cars should not try to cut across Kirby making a left turn. Please think about the few minutes you may save and the safety risk you create when you want to turn left. It is not worth it.

 

Still asking WHY?
Here are a few reasons that a right hand only turn makes sense.

  • Driving straight allows the traffic to keep flowing which creates better visibility to walking students and parents.
  • Left turns back up traffic on Kirby creating visual barriers and increases strain on traffic flow behind you.
  • Left turns into the parking lot often also block oncoming traffic for through cars, which creates a visual barrier on our crosswalk, making this extremly unsafe for our students.
  • Patrols will begin this week so hopefully we can unload cars faster which will keep our line moving faster.

Once Kiss N Ride clears and there are no cars making a right into the parking lot, usually after 8:48, feel free to make your left turn. However, arriving this late will mean your child is getting into class late.

Bike Riders

If your children ride their bikes to and from school, please encourage them to walk their bike across the crosswalk.

Thank you for your collaboration to keep our students as safe as possible.

 

Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) Begin this Week

Make ups will be provided if your child is absent from school. Students must take the VGA in person. 

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact Megan Brown (mebrown@fcps.edu) or Farris Thomas (fsthomas@fcps.edu).

 

Reading

Math

 

Third Grade

Tuesday, September 28

Tuesday, October 5

 

Fourth Grade

Thursday, September 30

Thursday, October 7

 

Fifth Grade

Thursday, September 30

Thursday, October 7

 

Sixth Grade

Tuesday, September 28

Tuesday, October 5

  Water Bottles and Snacks Home Each Day

Out teachers will be asking all students to take home water bottles. In order to properly clean, we use virex spray to disinfect and our custodians are needing to move water bottles to keep our children safe. Please encourage your child to bring their water bottle to and from school each day.

Parent Resource Videos from Virginia Department of Education- Unstuck and On Target

As students begin returning to their classrooms after this stressful year, parents in Virginia can access complementary resources to support elementary school students with developing flexibility and emotional regulation strategies. These resources include:

  1. For Parents: Twelve, three-five minute Executive Function Basics for Parents about how to support elementary school-age children’s executive functioning skills.
  • In a study with 98 parents, the videos reduced interfering executive function behaviors at home.
  • Videos can be used on their own, or to support generalization of Unstuck principles that students learn in Unstuck
  • Five of the videos are also available in Spanish.
Chesterbrook PTA Sponsors many Before and Afterschool Activities

Check them out here

There are so many to choose from including Fitness Warriors, Spanish, Stem Excel, Money Matters, Entrepreneurs Club, Chess Club and Art.

Upcoming Challenge Opportunities for 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Students

Math Olympiad 

Is your child crazy about math?  Is he or she up for a little math competition?  We are happy to announce that Chesterbrook’s award-winning Math Olympiads will be back for 2021-2022, starting Friday October 22 and running through March 2022!  The program is open to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. 

In-person sessions will run on Friday mornings from 7:45am to 8:30am and will be headed up by Chesterbrook teachers Mr. Ray Treacy and Jessica Harmon.  Registration is open now, but space is limited. Please click here to register.

If you would like more information about Math Olympiads, please contact Kelly Overman or Alicia Plerhoples at matholympiads@chesterbrookpta.org

Word Master's Challenge 

Join the inaugural WordMasters Challenge Chesterbrook Team! Flyer Attached

Does your 4th, 5th, or 6th grader love language arts? It's their chance to join the inaugural Chesterbrook WordMasters Challenge Team! The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.

The Chesterbrook WMC Team will meet Wednesday mornings from 7:45am to 8:30am (from October 13 through April 2022) and will be lead by Chesterbrook teacher Ms. Beggan.

Registration will open on Monday (9/27) on the PTA's website (www.chesterbrookpta.org). Space is limited. Registration closes on October 6.

f you would like more information about WMC, please contact Alicia Plerhoples or Kelly Overman at wordmasters@chesterbrookpta.org

McLean High School Homecoming Information

Homecoming Week

On October 1, we are having a Homecoming parade.  This is the first parade we have had in a long while and we are quite excited to have the community involved.  The parade will start at 5:00 from the McLean parking travel down Davidson Road, right on Chain Bridge Road to Westmoreland, and then back into the parking lot.  We would love to have spectators on the side of the road to see our Disco themed cards drive by.

Homecoming Football Game

The game starts at 7:00 against Yorktown High School.  This game will be very well attended, and we are requiring that students who are in elementary or middle school be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $5.00 a person.

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