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CES Weekly Update 2.13.23

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Principal Message

In our student voice survey, students share many things they like about Chesterbrook including being challenged in their school work, the support of their teachers, spirit days, teachers make learning fun and feeling safe and cared for. They also shared they would like smaller classes, would like more recess time, appreciate more collaborative projects and appreciate it when all classmates are on task and focused as this makes learning easier.

We would love to have more parent feedback on our Mission and Vision Survey if you have time.  You can find that located here! 

February has been an exciting month full of fun and learning as students have been showcasing their learning in a variety of ways - Kindergarten is celebrating 100 days of school on Monday, 1st grade is sharing their habitat collaborative projects, 2nd grade is working on their writing project and 3rd grade has been having fun singing about History. This week, our top CES spellers will face off at the school wide spelling bee Thursday evening beginning at 4:30. The PTA also brings us our 2nd school wide assembly this school year on African American History with a STEM laser show. 

Over the next couple of weeks, Mrs. Thomas and I will be reviewing SR&R with students in all grades. We look forward to these opportunities to work with students and reset our high expectations for their school work and behavior so Chesterbrook continues to be a great place for all students to learn and grow. 

Are you a new family to FCPS or Chesterbrook in the last couple of years?  Would you enjoy a relaxed time to connect with a small group of families to ask questions and learn more about our community and school supports? I would love to set up an evening to connect with you! In order to set up an opportunity that will support those of you who would like to connect, please share some feedback to plan for this evening event. Some families have had less opportunity to connect and visit the school and we would love to hold an evening where you can do so. If this is of interest to you, please complete this quick survey.

Looking forward to a fun and exciting week of learning!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Important Dates

Monday, February 13- 100th Day of School

Tuesday, February 14- PINK OUT! Show your school spirit for Valentine's Day

6th Grade Parent Coffee - MS Transition-9:15; Parent Coffee Meeting Zoom Link

Thursday, February 16 - Assembly - African American History STEM Laser Show - Morning for all grades; Chesterbrook Spelling Bee 4:30PM

Friday, February 24- Chesterbrook Spirit Day- Wear CES gear or your Blue and Yellow!; Author Visit Sue Fliess

Thursday, March 2: 2 hour early release

Friday, March 3: Teacher Workday

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23;

FCPS has approved the calendars for the next three school years.

2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

Kirby Road Speed Cameras
Now Active

The speed cameras on Kirby were installed the end of last week and are working.
Drive safely and keep our families safe while walking and driving to and from school.

CDC No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Locator

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which can help families find no-cost COVID-19 testing sites.

The locator is part of the CDC’s Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) program, which focuses on at-risk communities. Testing is available at pharmacies and other locations and is provided at no cost to individuals with or without health insurance and in areas with an increased demand for testing. 

More information via the CDC’s recent announcement is available at the following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2023/s0124-testing.html

Reminders Author Visit K-2nd February 24th

Sue Fliess ("fleece") is the bestselling author of over 50 children's books including Sadie Sprocket Builds a RocketHow to Trap a LeprechaunGoldilocks and the Three Engineers, the Beatrice Bly's Rules for Spies series, the Kid Scientist series, and the Magical Creatures and Crafts series. She has also written for Walt Disney and has numerous Little Golden Books. Her books have received many honors and have been named to ALA Notable lists, as well as used in school curricula and museum educational programs. Many of her books have been translated into other languages and have been included in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in the US and Australia. When Sue is not writing, she is visiting schools all over the country, traveling with her family, reading, or walking her big, goofy, yellow Labrador retrievers. She lives with her family in Northern Virginia. 

The due date to order signed copies of her books is Friday, Feb. 17th. To order, please go to http://www.scrawlbooks.com/sue-fliess. During check-out, in the Calculate Shipping Cost dropdown, choose our school. In the order comments, include your child’s name, who you'd like Sue to sign the book(s) for, and the teacher's name. Sue will sign them and the school will distribute books to students when they come in. For every 10 books ordered, the school will receive a "bonus book" for the library or classroom.

FCPS: In Case You Missed It

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:
*Summer Opportunities for Students
*Calendar Updates
*Magnet School Information Nights

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.

Longfellow MS Event Invitation

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Bus Driver Appreciation Next Week

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Bus Driver Appreciation

Next week is bus driver appreciation. We will be providing our drivers a bag of appreciation for all they do to transport our students safely. 

We are asking for cards and letters we can collect  and give them in a gift bag together. 

If your child would like to create a handmade card or write a note of thanks, please have them bring it to the office by Tuesday, 2/21.

 

Bus 1          Isam Mohamedali

Bus 2 AM    Ajmal Mangal

Bus 2 PM    Bill Reale

Bus 3          Abderrahim Ait Bouhou

Bus 4         Greg Shifflett

Bus 5 AM    Isam Mohamedali

Bus 6           Patrick Matthews

Bus 99 AM  Nayong Cheng, Bill Berkley (assistant)

Bus 99 PM  Cortney Henderson, Bohui Yi (assistant)

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CES Weekly News 2.20.23

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Important Upcoming Dates 

2/22- Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Friday, Feb. 24- CES Spirit Day- Wear CES gear or your Blue and Yellow!

Author Visit Sue Fliess

Longfellow MS Trivia Night 6:30-9:30 pm 

March 1-11th- McLean Pyramid Youth Art Show at McLean Community Center

Thursday, March 2-  Two Hour - Early Release for students 

Friday, March 3-  Teacher Workday

March 9th- PTA Meeting 9:15 AM; Evening Parent Social – Rock and Raise

McLean Pyramid Art Show Reception; McLean Community Center

3/16-21- Spring Book Fair; 3/21 Taco Tuesday at the book fair

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23

FCPS has approved the calendars for the next three school years.

2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26

2023 Chesterbrook Spelling Bee Champion 

After many rounds of words, we concluded our spelling bee on Thursday evening with our 2023 Chesterbrook champion.

Congratulations to:
Winner, James L.
Runner Up, Nagyung K.

If for any reason James cannot make the Fairfax County Spelling Bee, Nagyung will take his place. Our two final spellers battled it out and either will represent Chesterbrook with great skill.

Afterschool Pickup and Playdates

We appreciate all parents using Pick Up Patrol (PUP) app to notify of changes in transportation. Our afterschool requests are increasing for students to get together afterschool. We want to share reminders of expectations so we can get all our students home safely:

  • Students may not ride another students bus as many buses are at capacity and cannot accommodate
  • Students who ride the same bus may request to get off at a stop together provided both parents submit a PUP request.
  •  All walkers have previously been provided principal permission based on parent permission, age of student and location of home. Students who are not walkers are not permitted to walk home with others.  CES is deemed a non walking school by FCPS. If special permission is needed, please call our office and plan in advance.  
  • Want to request walker permission this spring? Any parent with an older student (mainly 5th/6th graders) within close walking distance and ability for student to walk alone may complete this walker parent permission form to request permission.  will be reviewed by administration.
  • Walkers must walk straight home - not to a store, another student's home, or Starbucks.
  • When organizing playdates, it is recommended to have one parent pick up students together at Kiss n Ride or walk and meet your children at the flagpole or gym area. This can be entered in PUP by both families.
Spiritwear Sale

Our Spiritwear sale of the new shirts is open!

https://www.chesterbrookpta.org/2023-spirit-wear

Sale will run through the 27th (it says the 24th on the website right now, but will be open through end of day Monday 2/27 - Kim is changing it).  Tee Shirts will be delivered to classrooms mid march.  $12 for short sleeve $15 for long sleeve.

Did you know?

Lunch Visits - Lunch visits by parents were returned this school year. Parents are asked to let their child's classroom teacher know the day they would like to plan a visit to eat with their child so we can ensure spacing at the table. Parents will use their ID to sign in and then join their child for lunch.

Sharing Treats - Reminder that students may not share birthday treats or food during lunch. While it is nice kids want to share, we have many kids with life threatening allergies.

Newer Chesterbrook Family Survey 
Reminder

Are you a new family to FCPS or Chesterbrook in the last couple of years?  Would you enjoy a relaxed time to connect with a small group of families to ask questions and learn more about our community and school supports? I would love to set up an evening to connect with you! In order to set up an opportunity that will support those of you who would like to connect, please share some feedback to plan for this evening event. Some families have had less opportunity to connect and visit the school and we would love to hold an evening where you can do so. If this is of interest to you, please complete this quick survey.

We will plan two upcoming sessions: 
Based on early survey data, our first one will be Monday, February 27th at 5:30 PM.  We will look to hold another in March.

Opportunity for Students to Attend TJ Techstravaganza

TJ Techstravaganza is a free STEM activity fair that provides fun, hands-on labs and demonstrations for K-8 students. The 19th annual Techstravaganza will be held on May 13, 2023 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. Chesterbrook students have been invited to attend.

Admission is free and there will be food will be for sale

Please register to sign up for this event: https://tinyurl.com/techstrav2023tix. More information about the event can be found on our website at tjtechstrav.org

Tutor.com - Extra Help for Students at No Cost to Families 

With Tutor.com through Schoology, FCPS students are able to get learning help at any time, even from bilingual tutors! Students in FCPS meet with tutors thousands of times each week to practice reading, prepare for an upcoming test or  to get feedback on a writing assignment–all at no cost to their families! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take just a few minutes to connect with a tutor with your child. More info about Tutor.com in FCPS is available here.

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CES Weekly News 2.27.23

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Principal's Message

Spring is in the air and yet the cold lingers.  It is amazing to see flowers blooming and trees budding in late February, but I am excited to see Spring on the horizon. Longer days of sunlight include evenings of more playtime, sports, time with family and hopefully time to enjoy a good book together in the evening. This week as we kick off March, we also celebrate Read Across America Day on Thursday. We are encouraging all to dress up as a book character and share their favorite book with their peers. 

This evening at 5:30, I look forward to a parent coffee for newer families. Would you like to connect and learn more about Chesterbrook Elementary and our PTA? Please join me. As we have return to a year full of activities, we all get busy and it is great to take the time to connect and support each and every family in learning more about the school community. There are always great ways to help out and enjoy all our community has to offer.

As we look forward to March there are so many wonderful opportunities to visit and connect with other families with the Parent Social, Book Fair events and International Night celebration. 

This Thursday our students will be on a 2 hour early release and school is closed for a teacher workday on Friday. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Newer Families Evening Coffee with the Principal - Monday 2/27 5:30PM

I look forward to joining our newer families tomorrow evening at 5:30PM. If you have not yet had a chance to complete the survey and input your questions, you may find the survey here.

Based on survey data, our first evening coffee will be Monday, February 27th at 5:30 PM.  We will look to hold another evening session in March.

Read Across America Day Thursday, March 2nd

Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character. Pick up a great book this week and dive into reading!

McLean Pyramid Art Show

Where: McLean Community Center- Emerson Gallery

1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA  22101

When: Opening reception on Thursday March 9th from 4:30-6:00pm

If you cannot make the reception the show will be on display from March 1-11 during gallery hours listed below:

The Emerson Gallery will be open for visitors Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-4pm and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. There will be extended Friday hours until 7pm on March 10th only.

LAST CHANCE Today 5PM -PTA Sale Chesterbrook T Shirts! NEW DESIGNS for a limited time only

Buy your blue and gold Chesterbrook Spirit wear and share your Chesterbrook Pride! We are offering this one-time bulk buy of Chesterbrook Spirit wear for our families in new designs! Grab your spirit wear today! 

Place your order by 5pm Monday, February 27th. Shirts will be delivered to your child's classroom in mid March!

Click Here to Purchase

PTA Parent Social- Rock and Raise Information

 How can I purchase tickets? Tickets are available for sale through the PTA website here.  For an extra $150 you can become a “Rock Star” sponsor here. There is NO physical ticket. We will have a list at the door showing you purchased a ticket.

What should I wear? We are hoping parents will have a little fun and dress like a rock star but if that feels like too much pressure for a Thursday night, that's okay, we just want to hang out with you and have fun! So, if you want to wear what you’d normally wear to a concert that works too. We’re expecting everything from Lady Gaga glam to 80s hair metal to Olivia Rodrigo cute to well, jeans and a t-shirt which makes you Metallica or the Foo Fighters or Springsteen?

Who’s coming?  Anyone is welcome to attend! Parents from all grades attend as well as teachers and staff. This is a fun evening for parents, (let's keep the kids at home for this one) outside of school, to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.  Kindergarten and first grade parents get all your burning questions answered by parents in the older grades.  Sixth grade parents don’t miss your last Chesterbrook parent party (sob).  Second, third, fourth and fifth grade parents - come connect with parents you still haven’t met yet! 

What are we raising money for?  We polled our Chesterbrook teachers and their number one request was for more flexible seating options in their classrooms.  Our teachers don’t ask for much, so let’s help them get it!  Flexible seating has been shown to facilitate both higher engagement and focus in the classroom and it allows for greater collaboration among students.

How are we raising money? The Rock and Raise committee has been hard at work getting fantastic auction items donated.  We will have an online auction that will be available for bidding ahead of March 9 and a Live auction component during the event where you must be in person to bid on/win Live items. We hope we’ve answered all your questions.  Now go buy your tickets and we’ll see you on March 9 from 7 pm – 10 pm.   

Do you have a local business? Sponsor this event. You can support your local school and connect with future customers, partners and employees! Sign up as a Sponsor and help support our teachers and our school! This PDF has all the details.  Questions reach out to Pam or Leticia.  

Sincerely,   The Chesterbrook Rock and Raise Committee  Leticia Phillips, Pam Park, Andrea Ramirez, Autumn Veazey, Barbara Hancock, Kate Ward. Katie Argenta, Rick Olson, Sarah Boliek, Weina Dorsky

Buy Your Tickets

Upcoming Dates 

March 1-11th- McLean Pyramid Youth Art Show at McLean Community Center

Thursday, March 2-  Spirit Day Dress as a Book Character - Read Across America Day- Two Hour - Early Release for students 

Friday, March 3-  Teacher Workday

March 9th- PTA Meeting 9:15 AM; Evening Parent Social – Rock and Raise

McLean Pyramid Art Show Reception; McLean Community Center

3/16-21- Spring Book Fair; 3/21 Taco Tuesday at the book fair

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23

FCPS has approved the calendars for the next three school years.

2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26

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Chesterbrook ES- Order Your 2023 Yearbook!

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Yearbook Orders

Order Now!

School Code: 24891

Yearbook sales are low right now.  We don't want students upset when they do not have a yearbook as the close of the year.

If you are not sure if you ordered a yearbook, please reach out to our office.  We would rather you check and order than miss out thinking you had placed an order.

Yearbooks $20
Yearbook with Nameplate $24

Last Day to Purchase March 31st!!!

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CES Weekly Update 3.14.23

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Principal's Message

We are enjoying three full weeks before Spring Break and great things are happening. Students have been immersed in many great learning experiences and opportunities to share their thinking with others. So many walls are filled with beautiful work as spring trips and grade level activities are being planned.

Last Thursday evening, I had the opportunity to attend our parent social.  I wanted to extend my gratitude for the support from our PTA board and Parent Social planning committee, sponsors and entertainment. An event like this doesn't just happen. So many hours or preparation and planning went into this evening to support our children who benefit directly from your support. Check out this wonderful video showcasing "Why we Love Chesterbrook." Look at all these smiling faces, it certainly is a great place to be!

Chesterbrook Cheers On Loudoun United in their Home Opener

Are you looking for something to do Sunday afternoon?  Join me at Segra Field for Loudoun United FC Opening Day!!!  We have free tickets to share and I'd love to see you there.  This soccer mom hopes to see many of ourfamilies at the field.  We have many tickets but they are limited and will be first come first served. Reserve your tickets at the link below.  Tickets will be shared via email with the address in your google form.

You are invited! Loudoun United Home Opener

Sunday, March 19th 3:45 PM
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!  Stay warm while we get through hopefully this last stretch of winter.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kirkpatrick

Registration 2023-2024 School Year

We are excited to meet our incoming Kindergarten class!

Spread the word and save the date for an event our rising kindergarten families do not want to miss. Your students will enjoy many aspects of school during this special event. Kindergarten Orientation is planned for Friday, April 14th from 1 - 3 PM. We welcome your registration documents prior to then. Please feel free to contact our registrar, Dave Troskey, or call our front office with questions. Tours of our school will happen during our event for all families in attendance.

A Salad Bar is Coming to Chesterbrook

Chesterbrook is scheduled to get a salad bar by mid April. Take a look at this video to learn more about this option for a healthy lunch for all Chipmunks! We will send more information as we prepare to roll out this new option.

Chesterbrook Spring Book Fair 2023

March 16th - 21st  (More information here)

  • Thurs 3/16 - Preview Day & short evening hours, 4-6pm
  • Fri 3/17 - 8-8:30am
  • Sat 3/18 - Breakfast Event, 9am-12pm 
  • Mon 3/20 - 8-8:30am and student shopping during WIN time
  • Tues 3/21 - Taco Night! 5:30-7:30pm, Book fair is open from 5-7:30pm                     To pre-order tacos and refreshments, click HERE.

*Kids can also shop the book fair on school days 8:30am-8:50am.
If you can’t make it to shop with your child, you can send them with cash or a check made payable to “Chesterbrook PTA”.
Credit cards and eWallet payment will be accepted at the book fair.

25% of all sales will directly benefit our library and technology center. 

If you can volunteer your time, please sign up here:
Book Fair Breakfast Volunteers
Parent Volunteers
Middle School Volunteers

Upcoming Dates

March 16-21- Spring Book Fair

March 18- Breakfast and Books

March 21 Taco Tuesday at the book fair

Friday, March 17 Green-out day/Lucky charm day (bring a lucky charm)

Monday, March 27 Dress to Impress Spirit Day; Class Picture Day!

Tuesday, March 28  Twin Day Spirit Day

Wednesday, March 29 Pajama Day/stuffed animal day Spirit Day

Thursday, March 30  Neon Day Spirit Day

Friday, March 31  Beach Day Spirit Day

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7 - Spring Break

Thursday, April 13 - 3rd Quarter End, 2 hr Early Dismissal at 1:35 

Friday, April 14 - Kindergarten Orientation 1 - 3 PM
Teacher Workday, No School for Students

Friday, April 21 - Holiday - No School

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23

FCPS has approved the calendars for the next three school years.

2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26

Additional Opportunities TopSoccer McLean Spring Program Starting

TOPSoccer is a recreational sports program for children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities offered only through local US Youth Soccer affiliated soccer clubs.  

TOPSoccer provides people with diverse abilities an opportunity to play soccer in a structured environment that is safe, fun, supportive, and inclusive. There is no cost to participate in TOPSoccer as an athlete or as a Buddy. Players do not need to have any athletic abilities in order to participate and enjoy this program. For more information on this program, please click here: TopSoccer - Mclean Soccer  

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CES at Loudoun United Home Opener - Claim your FREE Tickets

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Chesterbrook Cheers On
Loudoun United in their Home Opener

Are you looking for something to do Sunday afternoon? 
Join me at Segra Field for Loudoun United vs San Antonio FC.

Reserve your FREE tickets at the link below. 
Tickets will be shared via email with the address in your google form.

Requested tickets have already been emailed.
If you did not get them, reach out to Mrs. Kirkpatrick at [email protected]

You are invited! Loudoun United Home Opener

Sunday, March 19th 3:45 PM

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

 

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AAP Spring Newsletter 3.30.23

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Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)
Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) 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.

Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

  • Parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.
  • The AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form may be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced-academic-program-aap-forms or by searching “AAP Forms” at https://www.fcps.edu/.
  • Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.
Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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 or guardian 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.

Appeals Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

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

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services Overview Subject Specific and Part-Time Services in Elementary School

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 to students’ needs 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 support student learning and growth.

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

Access to Rigor, 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 Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. 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, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

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

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other 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.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services Screening Timeline for Full-Time Services

Screening for full-time (level IV) AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for full-time (level IV) services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

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

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

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, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

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CES Weekly Update 3.31.23

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Message from the Principal

I wanted to begin by wishing everyone of our staff, students and your families a wonderful Spring Break.

As we bring in April, we are already planning for the end of the year. Below you will find our upper grade SOL assessment schedule to mark on your calendars. Our students will end this school year with continuation of a deep dive into our curriculum, spring field trips, hands on days of learning and of course end of the year celebrations. We hope all these special days will round out a wonderful year of learning, connections and growth.

Our spring break comes at a perfect time to provide a rejuvenating break for everyone when our weather is beginning to warm up. To our staff and students, you have worked so hard and I hope each and every one of you can take the time away to enjoy friends and family doing something that you love.

When we return from break we will introduce our new salad bar to all classes.  Please read more about it below and help share information with your children as we transition to a new lunch buying process and increased options for healthy food choices. 

See you back at school on April 10th!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates to Note

April 4 - 7 - Spring Break 
Our office will be closed. Reach out to Mrs. Kirkpatrick via email if you need anything. I will be working the beginning of the week (Monday and Tuesday).

April 12 - Salad Bar OPENS at Chesterbrook

April 13 - PTA Meeting 9:15 AM Cafeteria; Two Hour Early Release at 1:35

April 14 - Rising Kindergarten Orientation 1 - 3PM followed by popsicles on the playground

 

TODAY Last Day YEARBOOK Orders 

Deadline to order today, March 31st! You don't want to miss out on this special memory book.  Yearbooks are $20.

See Below on Directions to Order or CLICK Here to begin order
Use Code 24891
for Chesterbrook

Spring SOL Schedule 3rd-6th Grades

The Chesterbrook SOL schedule for Spring 2023 has been finalized. Please see the chart below.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. Most testing takes place in the morning. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. Thank you for your partnership in this!

3rd Grade:

  • Reading: Thursday, May 11
  • Math: Wednesday, May 17

4th Grade:

  • Reading: Friday, May 12
  • Math: Friday, May 19

5th Grade:

  • Reading: Tuesday, May 9
  • Science: Friday, May 12
  • Math: Friday, May 19

6th Grade:

  • Reading: Wednesday, May 10
  • Math: Thursday, May 18
Salad Bar Opens Wednesday, April 12th

Take a look at this video to learn more about this option for a healthy lunch for all Chipmunks! This flyer shares more information on the process to provide students nutritious lunch options they will enjoy. Students can fill their tray and take as much as they will eat. When talking with your student about their lunch options, you may want to watch this video and talk about things they may enjoy. Also encourage them to try new things but take what they will eat so we are not wasting a lot of food. We are excited about our new food options for students and expect an uptick in participation as this rolls out. Preparing your students ahead of time will help us. Teachers will also work to help students understand the new process of selecting and buying lunch.

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CES Weekly Update 4.12.23

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Principal's Message

What a beautiful week to welcome our students back to school.

I have to give a huge shoutout today to our FCPS facilities team and share the great support that we have as a school from many great departments. Taking care of a school is no easy feat and the constant upkeep is met with amazing support.

I wanted to share with you just a few ways we are so incredibly supported by the FCPS team you can't see and the work that goes behind the scenes, because it is important.

As you can tell driving along Kirby, we had many overgrown older bushes removed by our FCPS grounds crew. While they were here, they cleaned up many downed branches in the back and took care of an exposed root on a tree. You must also know that our custodial crew takes great pride not only inside the building cleaning but caring for the landscape around our school and within our courtyards.

Over break, our tent was vandalized and cords cut to secure the tent to the ground. It was really sad to see that this was done as well as tables overturned for us to needlessly have to clean up. Facilities and safety quickly took the report and properly secured the tent with new stakes. If you have any information on who may have been involved in this vandalism, I encourage you to reach out to me. It's sad to see this in our community.

After getting water leaking into our Art room closet Monday, our facilities support team uncovered a broken HVAC water pipe below the school in a crawl space. It was quickly turned off and will be repaired in the coming days. We quickly had HVAC and plumbers out to help us find the cause and come up with a solution. The area they had to navigate was no fun either! I'm so thankful to be able to pick up the phone and know we have many reliable individuals ready to help support our staff, students and ensure we have a lovely building to work within.

The PTA funded along with a grant from the McLean Community Foundation for a new electronic marquee that is expected to be delivered this week. Our FCPS facilities team has worked with the installation vendor to take care of delivery this week and we will see our new board in action very soon. If you want photos of the old and new, you better get your photos with the old marquee ASAP.

Furthermore, our PTA funded our pond cleanup this spring which was completed over the break. The turtles and fish seem so much happier. It has been a joy to return from break and see spring in action as our trees are budding, the fish and turtles are coming out of the winter rest and our building continues to bustle with children working hard and enjoying recess to its fullest on our beautiful playground.

I could not be more excited to welcome our new Kindergarten families, hear of new families moving into our community and talk with other families returning from private school settings. Chesterbrook is a great place to be!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal 

Important Dates

Wednesday, 4/12 - Salad Bar Opens at CES (Take a look at what our bar will look like and the options students will have)

Thursday, 4/13 - PTA Meeting 9:15 (cafe or virtual link); 2 Hr Early Release 1:35; End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, 4/14 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday, Kindergarten Orientation 1-3

4/17 - 4/20 - Purple Up Spirit Week - Month of the Military Child (see flyer below)

Tuesday, 4/18 - International Night (See information below)

Friday, 4/21 - Holiday Eid al-Fitr - Offices and schools are closed

Thursday, 4/27 - AAP Level IV Parent Orientation (for newly identified students)

April  Month of the Military Child

April  National Arab American Heritage Month

April  Autism Acceptance Month

School Calendar:  2022-23

Congratulations to Kathleen Limbaugh

Mrs. Limbaugh, 1st grade teacher, was recognized on her recertification as a
National Board Certified Teacher.

Online Registration 

Online Registration (OLR)is available for Chesterbrook Elementary. 

Families will be able to register their new FCPS students electronically via SIS ParentVUE. Directions to setting up a SIS ParentVUE account are on the online registration page. 

The new system reduces manual data entry of basic student registration at all schools, allows online registration using the portal at any hour of any day, and enables secure electronic upload of student registration documents and storage, reducing paper records management. Parents/Guardians will continue to have the option of downloading the registration form bundle or paper registration forms as needed. Visit our website for more information on registering your child.

Kindergarten Orientation is Friday

We are excited to meet our incoming Kindergarten class!

Spread the word and save the date for an event our rising kindergarten families do not want to miss. Your students will enjoy many aspects of school during this special event. Kindergarten Orientation is planned for Friday, April 14th from 1 - 3 PM. Our PTA will be providing the first playdate after the event with popsicles on the playground.

We welcome your registration documents prior to then. Complete the online registration found here. Please feel free to contact our registrar, Dave Troskey, or call our front office with questions. Tours of our school will happen during our event for all families in attendance.

Month of the Military Child Week of April 17 - 21 International Night

Join us as we celebrate the many diverse families and cultures at Chesterbrook Elementary School's Annual International Night being held April 18th 5:30-7:00pm outdoors on the Chesterbrook playground blacktop.

We are looking for volunteers to represent countries. You can choose a country you are from, a country where your ancestors lived, or just a place you love.

Volunteers can provide bite-sized snacks from their countries and complete a display with facts, photographs, mementos, or other interesting items from your chosen country. (PTA can provide a display board for you). Please sign up today by clicking the button below and represent one of the many wonderful cultures at Chesterbrook!

We are also looking for a few middle/high school students to help with set up/clean up/crowd control during the event.  Please sign up and forward the Sign Up Genius link to any teens who may be interested in helping. Sign Up

Spring SOL Testing Schedule 3rd - 6th Grades

The Chesterbrook SOL schedule for Spring 2023 has been finalized. Please see the chart below.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. Most testing takes place in the morning. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. Thank you for your partnership in this!

3rd Grade:

  • Reading: Thursday, May 11
  • Math: Wednesday, May 17

4th Grade:

  • Reading: Friday, May 12
  • Math: Friday, May 19

5th Grade:

  • Reading: Tuesday, May 9
  • Science: Friday, May 12
  • Math: Friday, May 19

6th Grade:

  • Reading: Wednesday, May 10
  • Math: Thursday, May 18
FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Proposed Updates to Student Rights and Responsibilities
    • Dr. Reid Reflects on her First Year
    • ESSER COVID Relief Funds at Work
    • Student Awards

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

 

1753 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101  |  Main Phone: 703.714.8200 
Attendance: 703.714.8282 | Web | Twitter