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CES Special Edition - Meet our New Staff for 2022-23 School Year

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Introducing New Chesterbrook Staff

We share this special edition of our Chesterbrook weekly updates to introduce our new instructional staff. These amazing educators bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our community. Please welcome the new Chesterbrook Chipmunks joining our staff and working with our students this school year.

1753 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 22101  |  Main Phone: 703.714.8200 
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CES Weekly Update 8.20.22

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We Are Ready and Excited for a Great Year! 

It was nice to see so many of our families at the open house on Friday. If you were not able to join us, do not worry, teachers will be sending out information each week to keep you informed and help our students settle in on the first day. As a school, we also work to communicate this weekly schoolwide newsletter with pertinent upcoming information. Newsletters will typically be sent at the beginning of each week but may vary. 

Teams will also be sending weekly instructional information to provide updates on the weekly instruction and timely information to help parents keep up with their child's education. 

Wishing everyone a great weekend and fabulous first week of school!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 22nd - 1st Day of School

Monday, August 29th - CES Community Cookout - Join us for our 1st Annual Chesterbrook Community Cookout. We hope this will be a wonderful way to connect and welcome in our new school year with dinner, conversation and play space for our chidlren. The event will be held 5 - 6:30 PM on the playground and blacktop. The PTA will provide hotdogs. Please RSVP to let us know your coming and sign up to bring a dish to share.

September 8th - Back to School Night  5:30 Admin and PTA General Session Classroom Sessions 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00PM *Any scouting groups that would like a table for BTSN are welcome to reach out to Holley Remer to ask for a table in our pod area.

FCPS 2022-23 school year calendar

Last Call! CES Grade Level Contact Directory Opt-Out

Each year teachers are asked by many families to provide parent contact information, which can be very helpful in planning playdates or parties outside of school. Room parents will also use contact information to coordinate class activities and parties coordinated with the grade level teachers. If you would like to opt out of sharing contact information with your grade level parents, please complete this google form. Grade level contact information will be shared with parents through schoology once it is ready.

Drop off Procedures

The first day of school all staff are ready to assist and guide your children to their classrooms.  For the safety and security of our staff and students, parents are not allowed to escort children to class but we welcome you to take those special photos outside.  Please keep our entrances open for students entering the building. If you are walking children to school we ask you to release them at either the flag pole or area at the bottom of the kiss n ride/bus loop or area by the gym, so we can keep our entrances open.

Pickup Procedures

Parents that are walking to pick up children afterschool should wait by the trailers or the flag pole.  We will have staff there ready to assist you. Students will remain in the gym until parents are checked in. Please have a piece of paper with your last name written in large letters with the names of your children below. This will help us quickly identify your family and reconnect you with your children.

Children may not be picked up between 3 - 3:35 as we are wrapping up the day and getting set for dismissal. If there is an emergency, please contact our front office.

Breakfast and Lunch $ Account

Have you deposited money in your child's meal account? Add money to your child's account using www.MySchoolBucks.com Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime. 

School Volunteers and Visitors

Volunteers in the building will be prescheduled and, as needed cleared through HR with a background check. Any volunteer that has the possibility of working with students directly without direct supervision of a staff member is required to complete a background check. 

Visitors must enter door 1 and share the reason for their visit before entering the building. Upon ringing our front doorbell, you will be asked to identify the reason for your visit before the door is opened. All school visitors will need to check into the visitor system prior to entering the school. 

Outside visitors are not permitted to visit the playground or to observe students from the parking lot or other areas on campus. Please know we take the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously and while you may want to peek in on your child during the day and drive your car to the top lot above the playground, this is alarming to our staff and we are vigilant with outside visitors on campus. Parents are welcome to check in with their child's teacher via email during the first week if you are anxious on how your child is transitioning.

CES Parent Handbook 2022-2023

Our handbook is a guide to help parents navigate the basics of the school year and our school operating procedures. Our procedures are in place to create a safe, organized and structured environment that maximizes learning and social interactions throughout the school day. Please be aware of the handbook to help us support all children.

Walker / Bike Parent Permission Form

Chesterbrook is a bus only school due to the fact Kirby road can be difficult to navigate with heavy traffic. We do not have a crossing guard as all areas have bus service.

This form is ONLY needed if you request that your older child (typically 4th - 6th grade) walk or bike alone to school. Students should live close to the school and have travelled this path alone prior, so they are comfortable walking/biking the route.  Parents walking their children do not need to request permission. Students traveling alone are required to go directly to their home afterschool. Travel to Starbucks or the shopping center afterschool is not allowed. 

Students that had permission in 21-22 will be granted permission automatically once the updated parent form is received for this school year.  A new parent permission form is required each year.

PERMISSION FORM

Please email forms to Mrs. Remer or provide a hard copy to the front office.

Kiss N Ride Procedures

Students may not be dropped off on Kirby road, in front of the school or side streets. Parents are welcome to park and walk their child to the sidewalk.

Kiss N Ride entrance and exit is a right turn only to keep traffic moving smoothly along Kirby road. Exit is also a right turn only.

During our  KISS AND RIDE times, 8:30 - 8:50 and 3:35 - 3:50, we ask that parents either use the pool parking lot to or a legal and safe U turn on Kirby road. U Turns are legal in areas where you can safely see oncoming traffic and usually at openings of other roads.  It is suggested you can make a Uturn most safely at our bus entrance area. Please do not UTurn on top of the cross walk area to keep this area safe for walkers.

During our opening, please make a family name tag with your last name written in large letters with the names and grades of your children below. This will help us quickly match up families walking to pick up or driving through Kiss N Ride.

Example:

Kirkpatrick

Kaitlyn (3rd)

Connor (K)

Reminders from FCPS and Chesterbrook Covid Mitigations

The health and safety of staff and students continues to be a priority. As we continue to navigate this year we will return to a pre pandemic setting with cafeteria seating for social interaction and collaborative settings within the instructional environment. It is important for parents to monitor the wellness of their children and keep them home when they are exhibiting signs of illness.

Staying Home When Sick

FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff.

When students return on days 6-10 they will eat in the pod area spaced out from other students or our pond courtyard so we can maintain supervision while promoting a safe eating environment for all.

Supports for Students in Isolation (StreamIn/CheckIn)

Chesterbrook teams will share information with families on support of students that are home during periods of isolation. We want students to continue to learn if they are able to complete work and engage in instruction. We also want to encourage students that do feel very sick to rest and teachers will be sure to catch students up upon their return. Please know we are here to support either situation for our students and will work together once again as a community.

COVID Case Notifications

FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

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CES News Update 8.24.22- Important Communications -Pickup Patrol & TalkingPoints

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Chesterbrook Families,

We hope your children are settling in and excited to be back at school. It is so nice to have our classrooms filled with children.

We want to share some important information to ensure our communications are supportive of our families and students needs. Last year we communicated via Twitter any late buses and now are excited to share an new tool, Talking Points texting service, to support quick text communications.

Please read this important information to ensure you have updated all information for dismissal protocol and signed up for the new texting tool. We aim to provide efficient and supportive communication to keep all families updated.

Thank you,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal
Farris Thomas, Assistant Principal
Holley Remer, Dave Troskey & Cindy Flores, Office Team

PickUp Patrol (PUP)

Parents,

Chesterbrook Uses Pick Up Patrol to coordinate transportation plans such as late arrival, early dismissal pickups or changes in afternoon transportation.

In our first two weeks, it is important for students to get into a routine and understand their afternoon transportation plan. Avoiding playdates directly after school in the first two weeks will help as we settle into routines. If you need to share a change in dismissal plans, please read more about our system.

PickUp Patrol saves a great deal of time  in the office and reduces interruptions in our classrooms—while also providing you with a convenient way to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. Most importantly, it helps us ensure that our students are safely dismissed to their correct after-school destinations.

Use the PUP web app for:

ATTENDANCE: full day absences, 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 if you do not have one created last year. 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.

Getting started with PUP:

  1. REGISTER: Chesterbrook has sent an initial PUP registration email to families.
    You should have received a 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. We will resend the sign up email at the end of the week for any families still needing to register. Please note the registration email will time out if not completed within their designated time frame.
  2. ENTER DEFAULT PLANS: Once you register, log into your Pick Up 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 [email protected] or PickUp Patrol at [email protected]

TalkingPoints Texting - Important Sign Up Needed to join Chesterbrook Group!!!

New this Year!  We will be using the two-way messaging app TalkingPoints to communicate any important school wide updates (including bus information). You can download the free TalkingPoints for Families mobile app or opt in to text messages (standard text message fees apply). Please see below for specific directions for the app or text message sign up.  

Signing up below will register your phone number to receive Chesterbrook Elementary Texts through the "Talking Points" app.  The app will translate it for families speaking a different language. We plan to use this text for quick reminders and notification of bus updates. 

We will begin using talking points immediately for communication. We will not be tweeting out bus information. We will be using this system to directly provide a text to your phone. This application provided by FCPS should be a great tool to improve our communication. 

We would love for all our families to join. When the office/admin team send a text, parents will receive the text and may reply which will be sent directly to our team so we can quickly address any needs. 

How to Sign Up

Text Message Sign Up for Chesterbrook Elementary Group:

  • Text 281555 to (415) 943-4535
  • you can unsubscribe at any time by texting "Goodbye"

App Sign Up: 

  • download TalkingPoints for Families mobile app
  • Choose preferred language and enter your phone number in the app
  • Join our school group by entering the code: Q68CZY

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

CES Weekly News 9/5

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Principal's Message

It has been so nice to have our students back and watching them settle into the new year. Teachers have been working to help students build relationships, understand expectations for the year and they are starting to assess as we prepare for core instruction.

It was nice to have many families join us for our first cookout and potluck back to school celebration and to have our school board member, Elain Tholen join us. Thank you to eveyone who showed up and for bringing so many great dishes to share. If you left your dish behind, please check with our office so we can get it returned to you. 

This Thursday evening we look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night. We will be back in person this year. We will have different sessions to accomodate families with multiple children.

Our next community fun event will be our Kickball Kickoff on September 30th. We could more help from parents to make this a huge success. Please check below for volunteeer needs.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Upcoming Events

9/6 - 9/9 SR&R Lessons for all Grades

9/8 8AM - Student Patrol Meeting (Invited 5th and 6th Grade Student Ambassadors); Make up day will be 9/9 at 8AM. All patrols must attend training before serving in this capacity.

9/9 - Spiritday Wear Red, White & Blue in honor of Patriot Day on Sunday, 9/11

Thursday, 9/8 Back to School Night
5:30 Admin welcome and PTA Meeting
3 sessions for classes: 6:00 Session 1, 6:30 Session  2, 7:00 Session  3

9/15 McLean Pyramid Pajamaday - Show your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness with participation in pajamaday, the daily wear for many children fighting cancer. If you prefer, you may also wear GOLD, the universal color for advocacy of Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Friday 9/30 Kickball Kickoff

Patriot Day

Let's all wear red, white, and blue on Friday, September 9th in honor of Patriot Day on Sunday. 

Positivity Project at Chesterbrook

What is The Positivity Project?

The Positivity Project (P2), is an organization dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Their vision is to help schools and families cultivate citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country. 

At Chesterbrook, P2 is utilized as a school wide endeavor to help build a community of caring, happy, and connected students. It is a holistic model that partners educators, students, and their parents together. As a team, we teach students about character strengths vocabulary, and concepts. The Positivity Project is used in the classroom alongside our House Points System to reinforce these character strengths in our students and build a school defined by positive relationships! 

How can you help?

We would love for you to take an active role in your child’s character education by tapping into P2 for Families/P2 Para Familias. We will begin with our intro week for P2 the week of 9/5 and our first trait, curiosity, the week of 9/12.  By using the character strengths vocabulary and having discussions about the concepts at home, you will help your child understand their strengths and be able to recognize the contributions of others. We will share information on P2 throughout the year to help you support your child and engage in family conversations about the character strengths throughout the year and what makes us all unique individuals.

Students Rights & Responsibilities 

We are extremely happy to have your child in our school with us this year! This week all students will have an overview of Student Rights and Responsibilities with Mrs. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Thomas.

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

Please contact Farris Thomas ([email protected])if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Join us for Kickball Kickoff

The event will be held on September 30th with a rain date of October 14th. Please consider signing up to help make this a success: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948A5AF2DA31-kickball

Outside Opportunity Essay & Art Contest

Sponsored by Tysons Interfaith

If you are interested in sharing this opportunity with your student, please access the flyer attached. There is a youth and teen contest. Click here for the flyer with more details.

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

CES Weekly News 9.12.22

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Principal's Message

This years back to school night was a huge success. Thank you for the many families that attended our PTA meeting and were there to discuss our budget and some brief plans for the coming school year. I have been working closely with the PTA board to build a cohesive plan to support our staff and students throughout the year. At the foundation of our work is to build upon the collaborative communications each family to support your child. 

Please join Mrs. Thomas and I on Thursday, September 22nd for our September parent coffee. There will be an option to attend via zoom. Each year every FCPS school develops a School Improvement and Intervention Plan. This year's plan has been posted and in the process of county approval. We have also built a budget to meet the goals of the plan in wellness and academic growth. A portion of this budget is funded this school with a Federal grant provided to all school for Covid recovery and other budget items are covered within our allocated FCPS appropriated funding. Along with our plan, we continue goals to provide students with access to extensions and rigorous curriculum to meet their academic needs. We look forward to monthly coffees this school year to share more information information with you.

Upcoming Parent Coffees Include:

October 10/21- Shifts in Reading Instruction as well as how to support your child with academics

November 11/18  - SEL Screener and Social Emotional Learning Supports.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week and get those PJs or Gold ready for your students to support Childhood Cancer Awareness on Thursday. I hope to see lots of Chesterbrook school spirit.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, September 15 - Pajama or Gold Day - McLean Pyramid Support of Childhood Cancer Awareness 
  • Thursday, September 22 - 9:15 (Cafeteria) Parent Coffee School Improvement Goals and administrative yearly overview. We will work to hold a concurrent meeting to connect with parents that need a virtual option. Virtual Zoom Link
  • Monday, September 26 - Staff & Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah 
  • Tuesday, September 27 - Advanced Academic Information Meeting 6-7 p.m. ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, September 30 - Kickball Kickoff McLean HS 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5: No School (Yom Kippur)
  • Thursday, October 6th: School Pictures
  • Monday, October 10: No School (Staff Dev.)
  • 10/12 - 17: Fall Bookfair
  • Friday, October 21: Parent Coffee - Reading Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • Wednesday, October 26: AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, October 28: End of Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

SEL Screener Notification and Opt Out

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

To review what the screener looks like by grade level, please go to the FCPS SEL Screener webpage. The SEL Screener window for Fall is October 17- November 4th, 2022.

For more information, please connect with your child’s counselor:

Heather Lomelin, Counselor for Grades 1,3, and 5: [email protected]

Beau Buchanan, Counselor for Kinder, Grades 2, 4, and 6: [email protected]

Please respond no later than October 16th if you would like your child to be opted out of the SEL Screener, the Opt Out is good through the calendar year. The Notice and Opt Out form can be accessed using this link.

Important Reminder - PickUp Patrol (PUP)

All parents must update their DEFAULT pick up plan for their child. Anyone who has not updated will receive a new email asking you to update your plan. This email is sent to the email address on file.

PickUp Patrol saves a great deal of time  in the office and reduces interruptions in our classrooms—while also providing you with a convenient way to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. 

How it works: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.

Use the PUP web app for:

ATTENDANCE: full day absences, arriving late or leaving early.

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

If you have any questions, please first check the PUP FAQ page. If you still need help, contact us here in the office at [email protected] or PickUp Patrol at [email protected]

P2 Character Strength
of the Week!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Open-Mindedness.  Open-mindedness means you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

To practice and encourage the character strength of open-mindedness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

Chesterbrook Food Share Program

This year we will be bringing back our Food Share program, which was on pause during the pandemic. Your children will be able to participate in a powerful program that takes place in our school cafeteria every day at lunchtime.

The Chesterbrook PTA sponsors a program called the Food Share where your children are encouraged to safely store any uneaten, packaged food or whole fruit in a designated refrigerator, as opposed to throwing it away.  Each week our school community saves fresh, healthy, perishable food that is delivered by parent volunteers to the Share of McLean Food Pantry, where it is safely stored for their Saturday distribution. This program teaches our children the valuable lesson of thinking about those who are in need in our community, while also providing an important lesson about conservation. Organic waste that gets buried in landfills is the number one cause of methane in our atmosphere. Our students are collectively making a measurable impact with small acts of kindness each day.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing this program back in action to support our community.

Reminder: TalkingPoints Texts - Schoolwide Group

We currently have 215 families registered to receive schoolwide notifications through the talking points app.  Your classroom teacher will be also sharing a way to join their class specific list.

We would love for all our families to join. When the office/admin team send a text, parents will receive the text and may reply which will be sent directly to our team so we can quickly address any needs. If your need is not directly pertaining to the text sent, please contact our office team so we can address via phone or email.

How to Sign Up

Text Message Sign Up for Chesterbrook Elementary Group:

  • Text 281555 to (415) 943-4535
  • you can unsubscribe at any time by texting "Goodbye"

App Sign Up: 

  • download TalkingPoints for Families mobile app
  • Choose preferred language and enter your phone number in the app

Join our school group by entering the code: Q68CZY

Chinese Classes Learn About the Mid-Autumn Festival

Last week students learned about hte Mid-Autum Festival 中秋节 (zhōng qiū jié) in Chinese class. There are upcoming cultural activities (included below) in our area that you may want to enjoy with your family.

1st grade drew a big full moon and wrote the character moon yue "月“ in Chinese

2nd-3rd grade made a moon fan

4thgrade decorated their own paper lanterns

5th-6th grade made mooncake terracotta oil diffuser

Mid-Autumn Festival features cultural activities and a concert

The event will be held on September 17th at Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. This is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries in East and Southeast Asia.

Cultural Activities, 2P.M.-6:45P.M.

Free Admission to the public. Pre-registration is required. Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Family friendly culture activities include calligraphy, craft - lantern making and origami, face painting, art display, dragon dance, oriental medicine consultation.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mid-autumn-festival-tickets-382933814347

Mid-Autumn Festival Concert, 7P.M.-9P.M.

Ticket Price: $30. Book your ticket at link below:

https://www.capitalonehall.com/events/detail/chinese-culture-institute-mid-autumn-festival-concert

Mid-Autumn Festival Concert showcases traditional Chinese, Korean and other musical and cultural performances. The concert celebrates families and togetherness, as well as the pursuit of harmony, joy and unity.

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CES Weekly News 9.21.22

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Dear Chesterbrook Families,

The first month has flown by and it feels wonderful to be settled into instructional routines. Last week we held pajama day to spread awareness across the McLean community and honor those who have or are currently fighting childhood cancer. This week our student ambassadors began their work as patrols and others helped make posters for our Kickball Kickoff.  Captain Kirk is ready to roll and score for the team!!!  Will Mrs. Thomas' team beat Mrs. Kirkpatrick's this year? Only time will tell. Who are you rooting for? Don't miss this amazing community night to cheer on our staff and hang out with your neighbors. Kickball Kickoff - Doors open at 5:30, kickball begins at 6pm. (Rain date of October 14th). Tickets are on sale on the PTA website!  Tickets will be limited based on capacity constraints of McLean High School, so be sure to secure your tickets early!

We have many opportunities for parents to connect in upcoming parent coffees and also upcoming advanced acadmic information sessions.The parent coffee tomorrow morning will be recorded for families and we will hold a live feed for those that would like to zoom in on the meeting.Additionally, it is very important to me to include opportunities for our working families to have an opportunity to connect and be a part of these important discussions. I will look to holding coffee sessions with an evening update for parents as well. Look for more information to come.

Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,
Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

 

Congratulations Mrs. Strubhar

A Finalist for Northern Virginia Magazine's 
2022 Teacher of the Year

“The passion all of the nominees bring to inspiring their students and sharing a lifelong love of learning is evident in all of the applications,” says Jenna Alexander, president-elect of the Virginia PTA. “What set the top candidates apart, for me, is the way they connected their classrooms with the broader community.”

"The kindergarten classroom at Chesterbrook Elementary is full of magic and wonder when Leanne Strubhar is leading the way."

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, September 22 - 9:15 (Cafeteria) Parent Coffee
    School Improvement Goals and administrative yearly overview. We will work to hold a concurrent meeting to connect with parents that need a virtual option. Virtual Zoom Link
  • Monday, 9/26- Rosh Hashanah - student holiday/professional work day for teachers. Rosh Hashanah is the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year.
  • Tuesday, September 27 - Advanced Academic Information Meeting 6-7 p.m. ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, September 30 - Kickball Kickoff McLean HS 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5: No School (Yom Kippur)
  • Thursday, October 6th: School Pictures
  • Monday, October 10: No School (Staff Dev.)
  • 10/12 - 17: Fall Bookfair
  • Friday, October 21: Parent Coffee - Reading: Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • Wednesday, October 26: Parent Meeting AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, October 28: End of Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

Congratulations to Mrs. Soulos and her family

Our chipmunk family grew a little bigger this week as the Soulos family welcomed a new little boy.

Leonidas Athanasios Soulos
Sunday, September 18th 2022

Mrs. Soulos is home with her family and we welcomed a wonderful long term substitute at Chesterbrook, Mrs. Amy Griffin, to support our students during her leave.

The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by: Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

FCPS School Board Welcome Video

Elaine Tholen (Dranesville District)

FCPS Cares

Want to recognize an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond?  See this information about the FCPS Cares program. 

Importance of Attendance and When Should My Child Stay Home?

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school. 

Are you planning a family trip or vacation? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. The Virginia Board of Education will mark your child chronically absent if they miss 10% of the school year or more regardless if absences are excused or unexcused.  Chronic absenteeism is a factor in school accreditation and is reported in online report cards for schools and school divisions. 

We recognize that it is important to reconnect with families far away, but keep in mind the costs to your child’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance.  If a trip cannot be avoided, please minimize the number of learning days your child will miss out on and note the following:

  • FCPS laptops may not travel out of the U.S.
  • Your child’s teacher is not obligated to provide work for your child. Online learning is not an option for missed instruction due to travel.
  • Your child will be withdrawn after 15 consecutive absences and parents will have to re-enroll upon return. As such, you will lose access to ParentVue, Schoology, etc., and your child may be assigned to a different class/schedule upon return.
  • If visiting a High-Burden TB Country for 4+ weeks, your child cannot return to school until they present a negative TB test results from an American doctor to the school office.

For more information about FCPS attendance, visit https://www.fcps.edu/attendance

Tutor.com Available to Students through FCPS

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

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Chesterbrook Spirit Week: Kickball Kickoff!!!

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Are You Ready? 
Chesterbrook's Kickball Kickoff is this Friday

We can't wait to kick off the opening pitch!

Let's celebrate the week together showing our Chesterbrook Spirit!

Tuesday - Jersey Day Wednesday - Dress to Impress Day Thursday - Pajama Day Friday - Chesterbrook Spirit Day (School colors or spiritwear)

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CES Weekly Update 9.29.22

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Principal's Message

We are having a wonderful week of learning. Being able to start the week off with a teacher workday was a huge help to our hard working staff. Some of our staff were also able to enjoy the Rosh Hashana Celebration. Happy Rosh Hashanah to all of our families who celebrate! 

Teachers were busy analyzing assessments that have been given, planning for instruction and many are working on the grade level big event plans for curriculum activities, field trips and other exciting learning experiences. It is so nice to be planning for so many engaging and enriching experiences for our students.

In the past two weeks we held two parent meetings and have posted the slides and recordings of those meetings to share all of the information with our community.  We have two more upcoming coffees this fall and look forward to continuing conversations about the academic shifts in reading, technology access for students and supporting social emotional aspects of our students. We hope you will be able join us in person or virtually.

This week it was a treat to enjoy spirit days to bring in our kickball game. I have to say, dress to impress was my absolute favorite.  Our students can certainly impress and looked amazing! As you will see our kickball game is delayed due to the weather, until October 14th, but we look forward to our spirit building as we get closer to the 14th!

Have a wonderful weekend ahead. For all of our families and friends in the wake hurricane Ian and the storm moving up the coast, I hope everyone is safe and sheltered.

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Kickball Kickoff Postponed

The impending weather is coming in Friday evening and erring on the side of caution, we have made the decision to postpone our Kickball Kickoff. 

The event will be held on our raindate, Friday, October 14th at 6PM.

The PTA will be sending more information regarding the event. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Parent Coffee - Learn about Chesterbrook's Vision/Mission and our School Improvement Plan for the 2022-23 school year. We have recorded this session that was hedl on 9/22.

Slides  |   Recording

Parent Information Session (Virtual) - Advanced Academic Levels of Service

There is a continuum of services to support students academic needs. Learn more abou the levels of service through our recorded session held on 9/27.

SlidesRecording

Picture Day Next Thursday

Victor O'Neil will be here to take school photos next week. School Picture Day is coming Thursday, October 6, 2022. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day.

Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000941285

For questions about ordering please email [email protected]

 

Arrival Safety Reminders

All students being dropped off at 8:30 dismissal need to arrive at the kiss n ride loop. We have seen a number of cars driving through our bus loop to drop off right or shortly before 8:30. Pull your vehicle through kiss n ride and await our bell to ring and staff to arrive. You are welcome to park and wait with your child out front if you arrive early, but please do not drop off unsupervised children before 8:30.

Children may not be dropped off on Kirby Road.  You are welcome to park and walk your child across the cross walk, but please do not allow yoru child to get out of the car to walk across the bus entrance.

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CES Weekly Update 10.6.22

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Picture Day This Thursday

Victor O'Neil will be here to take school photos next week. School Picture Day is coming Thursday, October 6, 2022. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day.

Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000941285

For questions about ordering please email [email protected]

 

Kickball Kickoff Postponed

The impending weather is coming in Friday evening and erring on the side of caution, we have made the decision to postpone our Kickball Kickoff. 

The event will be held on our raindate, Friday, October 14th at 6PM.

The PTA will be sending more information regarding the event. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Arrival Safety Reminders

All students being dropped off at 8:30 dismissal need to arrive at the kiss n ride loop. We have seen a number of cars driving through our bus loop to drop off right or shortly before 8:30. Pull your vehicle through kiss n ride and await our bell to ring and staff to arrive. You are welcome to park and wait with your child out front if you arrive early, but please do not drop off unsupervised children before 8:30.

Children may not be dropped off on Kirby Road.  You are welcome to park and walk your child across the cross walk, but please do not allow yoru child to get out of the car to walk across the bus entrance.

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Chesterbrook employees.

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CES Weekly Update 10.14.22

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Principal's Message

We've enjoyed a great week of learning after leading the week with a staff professional development workday. Staff engaged in PD around cuturally responsive teaching practices that are aligned with the updated Virginia Department of Education evaluation standards. Student ambassadors also took part in a morning workshop Thursday to learn about how their skills as a leader can positvely impact their school community.

The PTA meet this week and welcomed parents in person as well as virtually. This platform seems to be working well for our parent coffee and PTA meetings to include as many families as possible. 

Our next parent coffee will be held on 10/25 at 9:15 AM. This is a change in date due to a conflict in my schedule.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  Information and our video will be shared with families.

I wanted to share a concern about our crosswalk safety on Kirby road over the past couple of weeks. It has been noticed that cars are driving fast on Kirby (not our families for the most part) and even speeding up to beat people in the crosswalk. This is concerning as we all work together to ensure the safety of our families. I am working to ensure the school zone lights are functional as students walk to and from school and also work with our McLean police to help enforce a safe speed where cars stop for pedestrians in our crosswalks. Thank you for being viligant while using the crosswalk and also while driving your children to and from school.

We have had many recent events including our book fair, grade level field trips and our kickball kickoff. These events would not be possible without our parent volunteers.  Additionally, we have truly appreciated our lunch volunteers that help us throughout the week. Please know how much your time and support of our students is valued. 

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Kickball Kickoff!

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates
  • 10/12 - 17: Fall Bookfair
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • NEW DATE - Tuesday, October 25: Parent Coffee - Reading: Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth; Technology Information to help parents support instructional learning
  • Wednesday, October 26: Parent Meeting AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, October 28: Freaky Friday Dress Up Day
    End of Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

October 13th - 18th, 2022

Come by and choose from a great selection of affordable, thoughtful and enriching book selections for your kids.  
 
Below is the schedule:

  • Saturday, 10/15: 9am - noon (Books and Breakfast)
  • Monday, 10/17, 8am - 8:25am and 4pm - 5pm 

  • Tuesday 10/18 8am - 8:25am (Students need parent supervision before school hours and then wait with children in lobby or pod prior to opening bell)

  • Tuesday, 10/18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Taco Night from 5pm - 7pm)

Kids can also shop the book fair on school days 8:30 am - 8:50 am. 

There are a ton of before & after school options for parents and caregivers (and kids!). Look for your child’s Wish List to come home. 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 will also be accepted at the book fair. 

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

Credit cards and eWallet payment will be accepted. https://www.bookwormbmaps.com/eWallet/

Watch for more details on all of the fun events planned during book fair week. Your support of our library and teacher classrooms is very much appreciated. 

5th and 6th Grade Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors were sent an email to register or a workshop either this Thursday or next Wednesday. If students were not able to come this week, please have your ambassador register to attend next Wednesday, 10/19. Ambassador will be sent emails on their school gmail account to be given notice of events and opportunities.

Mrs. Lomelin shared an opportunity for our pencil sales team. If students would like to join in that opportunity, they needed to register by today, Friday 10/14.

My School Bucks Reimbursements

The past couple of weeks we have needed to clean up quite a few overpayments (paying twice for a field trip) on school items or payments of old items (last years grade level tshirt) that should have not been listed as current. If you received a reimbursement for payment it was most likely due to one of these issues. If you have questions regarding any MySchool Bucks items you can reach out to Mrs. Cindy Flores, our Administrative Assistant at 703-714-8200.

All buttons currently listed for field trips and tshirts are valid. Please note that we will cut off field trip and tshirt payments within a strict timeline to allow Ms. Flores to pay the vendor on time. Your help with timely payments is appreciated.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS parent resource center provides free workshops, consultations and a lending library. There are a varity of resources available to all families to help your child(ren) succeed. View more information on resources and contact for the center by clicking this link.

Lightspeed: Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. To find out more and sign up for these services, please visit this link.

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact Holley Remer at [email protected]

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