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CES Weekly Update 10.4.21

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Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 5th- Virginia Growth Assessment Grades 3 & 6

Wednesday, October 6th - Virginia Growth Assessment Grades 4 & 5

Wednesday, October 6: 
Walk to School Day
We encourage parents to walk to and from school with children. We plan to have FCPD helping our walkers cross Kirby Road.  Be Safe and Have Fun!

Fall School Picture Day
See Picture Day Info Below

Thursday, October 7: NEW to FCPS (since January 2021) Fall Level IV referrals are due for those seeking placement

Monday, October 11: Indigenous People Day (Student Holiday/Teacher Workday)

October 19, 20 and 21st - Cogat Testing

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release

Monday, November 1: Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 2: Student Holiday

Wednesday, November 4: Diwali – Religious and Cultural Observance Day

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

Principal's Message

So much fun was had at our Chesterbrook Kickball Kickoff last week. Thank you to our wonderful PTA parents for coordinating this fabulous event for our community. It was a beautiful night and seeing the smiles on faces throughout the evening was priceless. Thank you for helping bring joy as we celebrate the beginning of this school year and being back together again. We look forward to this being an annual tradition.

Last week we held a parent coffee to share information on parent access to schoology and counseling resources to support students. In order to access parent this recording with further details you can access the recording at this link. The recording and additional resources can be found on schoology under Chesterbrook Families course.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this school year with Covid mitigation measures. This week we will begin using new protocols for students that go home from our care room. We have included the updated FCPS protocols for return after school illness below in this weekly update. 

Thank you for your support, patience and grace during this school year opening. It's nice to be at this point and watching our students settled in more and more each passing day. As we continue to navigate this year, let's celebrate the joys, lift each other when things are harder and keep supporting our teachers and staff so they can support your children each and every day. In 2021 - 22 We Grow Together.

With Gratitude,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

 

Fall School Picture Day - This Week!!!

Victor O'Neill Studios will be taking this years school photos of our children and staff.

School Picture Day is coming Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day.Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875819
For questions about order please email [email protected]

Walkers Traveling Home Afterschool

If your child has permission to walk home without a parent, please make note that your child must travel straight home. Students may not travel to Starbucks or another location. Once in the care of a parent, your child may resume activities as you deem appropriate. Thank you for your understanding to keep all students safe!

Health Information

Please do note that if your child is experiencing any cold-like symptoms, a new cough - not due to another health condition, fever, fatigue (more than usual), nasal congestion or runny nose, headache, new sore throat, new muscle pain, new loss of taste, abdominal pain, etc., please do keep your child at home.

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. Starting Monday, October 4, the Return to School form is no longer needed, we will follow the following updated guidelines below. The new return to school form is linked here.

If a student has gone home with symptoms, they may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)

OR

Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.

Parent  Resource Center PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.  Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab. Friday, October 1st, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services   Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, October 11, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Dyslexia Virtual Open House

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, FCPS will like to host our annual Open House. We share exciting updates:

  • Overview of Dyslexia Supports in FCPS
  • Updates on the Equitable Access to Literacy Plans
  • Tips to Help your Child Thrive in School

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10 - 11:00 a.m.

Register for the Dyslexia Open House

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CES Weekly Update 10.14.21

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October 15 - Chesterbrook Spirit Day Tomorrow! Wear CES spirit wear or blue and yellow

October 29th - Freaky Friday Costume Day; End of First Quarter - 2 Hr Early Release at 1:35

November 1st and 2nd - Student Holiday

November 4th - Diwali

November 11th - Veteran's Day; 2 Hr Early Release at 1:35

November 24th - 26th - Thanksgiving Break

School Calendar:  2021-22

Labeling Clothing Items

As we get into cooler months, it becomes more important to label sweatshirts and coats with your child's name. Students will need to keep on top of their items. We want to get lost items back to our students and don't have a lot of room to store things that are left in common areas. Labeled items can be return to the child's classroom

Chesterbrook Spirit Days for October

Students have voted on many spirit days to show their spirit throughout the school year.  Each month we will have a Chesterbrook Spiritwear or Blue/Yellow day and an additional spirit day of their selection.

October 15th - CES Spirtwear Blue/Yellow Day

October 29th - Freaky Friday Costume Day
School appropriate costumes- including no weapons or full face masks
Protective masks covering the mouth/nose still required
Hats will be allowed, but may not fully cover the head and face. 

Any Freaky Friday wear should allow a student to fully participate in the school day. Show your school spirit and have fun!

New Online Programs Purchased for Chesterbrook Students to Support Student Learning

Chesterbrook has purchased two programs which will help our students in different areas of their development.  Both programs can be found on our "Chesterbrook Student Links" page.

Typing Club will help our students develop a skillset to more quickly access letters on the keyboard and develop proficiency in typed/written communication. Typing programs are usually best accessible to older students (3rd and up) with larger hands and increased fine motor skills to move fingers independently, however, all students will have access.

Dreambox is an additional online math program that teachers will be introducing in the coming weeks. Dreambox will adapt to a child's learning path and teachers can link valuable practice lessons to help students shore up foundational gaps. This is a brand new purchase and teachers have not yet introduced, so stay tuned for more details!

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CES Kiss N Ride 10.18.21

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Kiss N Ride Updates

First of all, a huge thank you for your collaboration and efforts to help us with getting kids to and from school safely. We all know safety is our collective priority.

Our student patrols have been instrumental in helping us expedite drop off in the morning. Adding students around the loop has allowed us to have more help unloading students quickly and safely. 

The request not to turn left into the lot from the opposite side of Kirby is simply a principal's request to keep traffic flowing down Kirby and not block the roadway as cars are hanging out into oncoming traffic. Mrs. Kirkpatrick has consistently been working with our Safety and Security specialist to provide the best guidance for our families with respect to efficiency and safety of our staff and students. While principals do not control traffic laws, we do make requests to help our community function better. If there are no cars that would block your ability to pull in, by all means make the left safely and enter the kiss and ride line. It's really all about making our kiss n ride work as best it possibly can and working together we can all make that happen.

Pickup of Students in the Afternoon

Cars are lining up WAY TOO EARLY!  There is no reason to line up 45 minutes to an hour early to pick up your child from school.  We are also then blocking Kirby Road and this creates a barrier to safe traffic flow for our community, which extends beyond Chesterbrook Elementary parents.

We ask cars to arrive no earlier than 3:30 for our 3:35 dismissal.  We have been able to load cars in no less than 15 minutes, which is a great record.

Using your last name car tag, helps us expedite pickup as we call names and get your kids cued in line and ready.

Please help our neighbors by not blocking Kirby to wait in line for dismissal.

Kiss N Ride Line Up Should Begin at 3:30PM.  Thank you for working with this guidance.

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CES Weekly Update 10.25.21

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Upcoming Dates for your Calendar

October 29th - Freaky Friday Costume Day

Additional clarification-  no inflatable (fan generated) costumes should be worn to school. School appropriate costumes- including no weapons or full face masks Protective masks covering the mouth/nose still required Hats will be allowed, but may not fully cover the head and face. 

Any Freaky Friday wear should allow a student to fully participate in the school day. Show your school spirit and have fun!

Friday, October 29th 2 Hr early release at 1:35

Monday and Tuesday, Nov 1st and 2nd - Teacher Workdays
Teachers may be working off site these days and the office will be open limited hours from 9-2. 

Wednesday, November 3 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Parent Information Night – Screening and Selection for Level IV (information for parents of students in Grades 2-6); Virtual Meeting Link

November 4th - Diwali

Nov 11th - Veteran's Day - 2 Hr Early Release at 1:35

Nov 24th - 26th Thanksgiving Break

Outdoor Lunches on Colder Days

As the weather is moving to the colder side, we are planning to continue outdoor lunches as much as possible. At our PTA meeting last week we discussed how to keep our students more comfortable. Our latest issue is the bees being attracted to the yummy lunches are students are enjoying.

Please ensure your child has a warm coat and hat for outdoor play and lunch. We will not eat outdoors if there are high winds, severe threatening weather or extreme cold. We will be establishing parameters as we move forward of what that threshold is, but aim to be outdoors as much as possible.

The PTA is looking into cushions for students to sit on at our tables or other ways that may help keep them warm on the colder days. If you have feedback or ideas, they are appreciated.  Feel free to email Mrs. Kirkpatrick at [email protected]

Federal Impact Aid Survey

Your child has brought home a Federal Impact Aid Form in Thursday folders last week. FCPS (Chesterbrook ES) is asking all families to complete the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid for each child. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household who attend Chesterbrook ES, you must complete the form.

As parents, your homework (to support your child) is as follows:

  • Please complete, sign, date, and place in your child’s backpack to give to the homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in section 3.  
  • Have your child turn into the teacher this week. Our goal is full class participation. 
  •  All results are CONFIDENTIAL. (Note the final deadline is the 29th of October).
Reminders

All students should bring a water bottle to school daily labeled with their name on it. 

Bring a nut free snack daily

Label names in your jackets and sweatshirts - these items are taken off quickly when students are warm and then left behind.

The Bookfair is Coming!!!!

Our in-person book fair is a welcome sight and it will be here before we know it! Book fair will run from November 4th - November 11th. We are trying to keep with our fun traditions of an evening event and Saturday morning breakfast and books. Things will be adapted a bit this year to keep us safe while browsing and enjoying this wonderful school event, which also serves as a fundraiser for our library.

Get ready to support our school library and enjoy many great books. Thank you to our PTA and Mrs. Reid for their work to make this event happen. Look for more information to come home next week.

Support Chesterbrook- Shop through Amazon Smile this Holiday Season

We know some of you have already started holiday shopping, take 2 minutes to make you are supporting Chesterbrook with every purchase! Here's how to link it to the Amazon shopping app on your mobile phones!

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations for our school.

(1) If you have not already done so, register to support Chesterbrook Elementary  PTA through AmazonSmile in a web browser - https://smile.amazon.com
(2) Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device.
(3) Go into the main menu of the app and tap into 'Settings'
(4) Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
(5) Select 'Chesterbrook Elem PTA' as your charity.
(6) Begin shopping.

Funds from purchases in the app will go to the PTA unless you turn off AmazonSmile donations or change your charity. This is a great, simple way to automatically give 0.5% on each of your eligible purchases.  If everyone participates (don't forget to tell your family & friends) it can really add up! 

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CES Weekly News 11.2.21

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2021 Freaky Friday at Chesterbrook

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We had a great day of fun and many smiles under those masks. Get a glimpse at a few photos from our day.

Thank you to Ms. Brown for putting together this video to share with our community. Ms. Brown is shown in this photo, teaching our kindergarten class in STEAM lab, as Bowser from our Super Mario team.

Dates for your Calendar

Wednesday, November 3 6:00 – 7:00 PM Parent Information Night – Screening and Selection for Level IV (information for parents of students in Grades 2-6)
Parent Meeting Link -->  Virtual Meeting Link

November 4th - Diwali

November 4th   11th - CES Book Fair
See schedule below for events and family shopping times.

Nov 11th - Veteran's Day - 2 Hr Early Release at 1:35

Nov 24th - 26th Thanksgiving Break

Chesterbrook Employee Recognition Awards
It is time to honor Chesterbrook employees that are making a difference!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Would you like to celebrate the work of a staff member who has gone above and beyond welcoming students back to school this year? To submit a nomination for a Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this google link for Chesterbrook. 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. If you are unsure of which category to use for an employee, please read the criteria in the Google Form or email Holley Remer! 

Outstanding Teacher  

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

Outstanding New Teacher 

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal 

Outstanding Leader  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as an Assistant Principal

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 such as School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee such as Administrative and Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Federal Impact Aid Survey - Still Accepting Forms!

Your child has brought home a Federal Impact Aid Form in Thursday folders last week. FCPS (Chesterbrook ES) is asking all families to complete the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid for each child. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household who attend Chesterbrook ES, you must complete the form.

  • Please complete, sign, date, and place in your child’s backpack to give to the homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in section 3.  
  • Have your child turn into the teacher ASAP
  •  All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Our In-Person Book Fair Is Coming Soon

Partnering with local company, Bookworm Central, we'll have a wonderful selection of quality, engaging, and affordable books for your children.  There will be two fun events for families to shop together this year:

BOOKS & BREAKFAST: Saturday, November 6 from 9 am - noon. Stop by school to enjoy the book fair as a family and pick up a breakfast treat.

TACO NIGHT: Monday, November 8, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Come shop for books and pick up a delicious Mexican dinner to go from the "A Toda Madre" food truck.

Note:  No food should be consumed within the school building. 

While adults won't be able to shop the book fair during school hours this year, there are a ton of before & after school options for parents and caregivers (and kids!) to stop by:

  • Thursday, 11/4: 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Friday, 11/5: 8 am - 8:25 am
  • Saturday, 11/6: 9 am - noon
  • Monday, 11/8, 8 am - 8:25 am, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, 11/9, 8 am - 8:25 am, 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/10, 8 am - 8:25 am

Need curbside pickup or another shopping arrangement, just email us at [email protected]. Love Books?  Love Book Fairs? We Need Parent and Student Volunteers to Help Make the Magic Happen!  Check out the Sign Up Genius for Parents Here and Students Here.

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CES Weekly News - Additional Items 11.2

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Community Service Drive - #ChesterbrookGivesBack
Help our students support others in need this holiday season.

Clothing Drive- Nov. 4- Nov. 17

Student Ambassadors are leading a schoolwide clothing drive. We are collecting new undergarments and socks as well as new or gently used coats, hats and gloves for Parklawn Elementary. Students should clear any donations with parents/guardians prior to bringing them to school. All sizes are welcome. Monetary donations are not able to be accepted. Donation boxes will be near each grade level as well as near the library and SACC doors. We have set a goal of 500 items.

Parklawn has a high need population. In addition, the school has received a high number of Afghani refugees. We would like to do our part to help them cover their basics and prepare for the cold weather.

If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Jennings at [email protected].

 

Novel Approval Committee

We looking for a diverse committee of Chesterbrook staff and parents to read and evaluate the novels teachers want to implement in book clubs. We will analyze these books for age and grade appropriateness as well as sensitive material. Those willing to serve on this committee should fill out the form  at this link https://forms.gle/aTDFijKkCQ9gkCu96 If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Jennings at [email protected] 

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Chesterbrook Weekly News 11.12.21

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Honoring our Vetrans

Thank you to our Veterans and those that currently serve in our armed forces. We appreciate the sacrifice you and your family make to serve our country.

Principal's Message

During the first quarter, teachers have taken a deep dive into understanding the needs of our students, assessing where they are performing and watching our student return this week and dive into workshops, learning, interventions and play has been wonderful. I hope each family has had the opportunity to connect with your child's teacher on their start to the school year.

So many kids have been sharing their excitement with me as they have received their first Covid vaccination. It is wonderful that even some of our littlest Chipmunks are reporting when they will be fully vaccinated. As always, our office staff will be happy to work with you to accommodate medical appointments during the school day as needed. 

During this month of Thanksgiving, I send a request to spread joy and thanks by having your child write a card to their teacher letting them know how they are making a difference and why they are thankful to be back in school this year. As we look over the past year and the obstacles we have had to endure as a community, it is surreal. Sharing our thanks and letting others know how they are making a difference and what we appreciate is a gift. Thank you for taking advantage of this chance to uplift our wonderful staff as we approach the holiday season.

We had a PTA meeting on Thursday where I was able to share a few updates:

Outdoor lunches:
We have continued outdoor lunches and as we go into winter, we will do so every day we possibly can. The PTA will look at getting some cushions for students to sit on so the benches will be a bit warmer. Please send kids with outdoor wear for recess and lunch.

Field Trips
We have had a few field trips take place, virtual and in person. First grade attended Hidden Oaks, 4th Grade visited Jamestown/Williamsburg and 6th grade took in a virtual Art Museum experience. We also have seen some annual traditions of grade levels return including the 5th grade "Dig" and 1st grades International Celebration. As the year progresses we look forward to bringing in opportunities for our students. Grade levels will not have the opportunity to plan missed field trips from the time during virtual instruction.

Other updates provided with expanded information below:
School Photos by Victor O'Neill Studios and Yearbook by Herff Jones
Covid Screening
Vaccinations
Quarantine Updates as of 11/15

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Online Ordering for School Photos

This school year we partnered with a new studio for your child's photos.  Victor O'Neill Studios captured beautiful photos of our Chesterbrook Chipmunks. We are also happy to share that we will be working with Herff Jones to produce our yearbook.  More news on yearbook ordering will be coming as we set up Chesterbrook's online ordering page.

Your School Photos are Ready for Ordering! Please visit: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875819 and use your student ID when prompted for the online code. For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Elementary Progress Reports  

1st Quarter Report cards are available in Parent Vue. These should be access electronically during the school year and final report cards will be printed for parents at the end of the school year. If you have difficulty accessing your child's report card, please reach out to Mr. Troskey in our front office.

Your child’s Quarter 1 progress report demonstrates achievement, effort, and  citizenship skills after the first 9 weeks of a return to in-person learning. The purpose of any  system of reporting to families is to strengthen the home-school partnership and to inform  families about student progress. This 1st quarter was unique and presented new opportunities  for teachers to prioritize social-emotional health and wellness, as well as identify academic  needs through a variety of assessments. Getting to know each child is the best way to match  instructional programming to student needs. School staff continues to assess and monitor  students’ strengths and areas for growth using a variety of assessments. Your child will continue  to have opportunities to demonstrate mastery towards grade level standards throughout the  school year and your child’s teacher will continue to communicate your child’s progress.  

For more information about elementary grading and reporting, please visit the FCPS website  (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/elementary-school) or refer to the  information included on the progress report envelope.

Covid Vaccinations

Pop-up Vaccine Clinics for Students Aged 5-11

This Tuesday, November 16, school-located pop up pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinics will begin in our highest impacted communities. More information can be found on the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Once your child has received both doses of the vaccine, please send record of vaccination to Dave Troskey ([email protected]).  He will update the information in SIS and file it in the student's health file. 

NEW! Optional Weekly Covid Screening

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for

Screening will be optional and parents must opt students into testing. Schools will test 10% of the total student population out of the students that are opted in for testing, therefore 57 students at Chesterbrook would be screened weekly based on our population. If less than 57 students are opted in, those students will be screened weekly.

Parents would be sent an email letting them know if their child is randomly selected for testing during that particular week. We will generate our screening list on Tuesday of each week. Chesterbrook students that are tested would be tested on Thursday afternoon from 1 - 3PM weekly. An outside company will be coming to Chesterbrook to test children with support of CES office staff getting them to and from the testing room.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing. 

Quarantine Period Reduced to 10 Days for School Exposures

The transmission rate in Fairfax County recently decreased from “substantial” to “moderate.” More than 71% of our community ages 12 and older have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since schools opened in August, we have seen a very low rate of in-school transmission of COVID-19 at just 0.02% across FCPS.

Starting Monday, November 15, FCPS will reduce the duration of quarantine for students who are exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting. 

Parents/Guardians must keep their child at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met:

  • 10 days of quarantine, the child remains symptom free AND parents provide a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school date; or
  • 14 days of quarantine and parents provide a copy of the clearance email from the health department. 
Reminder Chesterbrook Employee Recognition Awards It is time to honor Chesterbrook employees that are making a difference!

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Would you like to celebrate the work of a staff member who has gone above and beyond welcoming students back to school this year? To submit a nomination for a Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this google link for Chesterbrook. 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. If you are unsure of which category to use for an employee, please read the criteria in the Google Form or email Holley Remer! 

Outstanding Teacher  

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

Outstanding New Teacher 

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal 

Outstanding Leader  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as an Assistant Principal

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 such as School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee such as Administrative and Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, November 19, 2021.

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Upcoming Dates

November 28th - Hanukkah begins at Sundown

Nov 29th - Dec 10th - Spelling Bee Registration.  Open to 1st - 6th grades - Registration Closes on 12/10. ***Registration Link will be sent as soon as it is ready.

December 2nd - Picture Retakes

December 3rd - CES Spirit wear (Blue/Yellow) Day

December 8th - Bodhi Day (Religious/Cultural Observance)

December 9th - PTA Meeting 9:15 AM

December 10th - PTA Mathnasium Family Fun Night

December 13th - Spelling Bee preparation materials sent home to registered students. Open to any student in grades 1st - 6th.

December 15th - AAP Level IV Referrals for 2nd - 6th Due (see info below- absolutely no late referrals accepted)

December 16th - Ugly Sweater Day - This may be more for the staff, but our students are welcome to join in on the fun!

December 17th - Pajama Day

December 20th - 31st - Winter Break

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE NOW OPEN!!! (see below)

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

Principal's Message

As we close out this week of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my thanks for your support this school year. While we have still needed to adapt to keep safety a priority, the most important part is our children are back in school with their teachers and with their peers as they continue to learn and grow alongside. You have asked to fulfill needs within our school, sent in donations of wipes to keep the germs at bay, supported our staff with your notes of thanks and appreciation and ensured your children came to school with what they need to help them be successful. I do hope that each of our Chesterbrook families, staff and students, were able to fully embrace this break and enjoy time with family and friends.

I want to share my deepest thanks for our lunch time parents volunteers that have devoted their time to supporting our students and keeping them eating outdoors as long as possible. As the temperature dip we are continuing to monitor possibilities to eat outdoors and will whenever we can. When the temps hit mid 40s or we have a lot of wind and of course rain, we are eating indoors. While working to keep everyone as safe as possible, our students still need to be as comfortable as possible. Please do continue to send coats with your children.

I wanted to wish a Happy Hanukkah to those beginning their celebration this evening.

With Gratitude,

Stacy Kirkpatrick

Lost and Found

Is your child missing a sweatshirt, water bottle, coat or all of the above?

Writing names in your child's coat, sweatshirts and on other items will allow us to return them. We have limited storage space, so please have your child check the storage shelves across from the library. Even if they think there is nothing missing, please have them check!

Registration for the Spelling Bee

Chesterbrook will begin the registration process to award our 2022 Spelling Bee Champion. Any student in grades 1 - 6 may register to complete. The first round of competition will be a written spelling assessment in January with a traditional Spelling Bee for those that advance held in February.

How long do I have to register? Registration closes on December 10, 2021
***Registration Link will be sent as soon as it is ready.

Cost? The registration fee is only $10 per child.

Spelling Bee Dates to Note:
Written Spelling Test - Tuesday 3:45 - 4:30 January 11, 2022
Practice Sessions for qualified students - February 1st and 8th
Chesterbrook Spelling Bee - Afterschool at 4:30 PM February 15th, 2022
Fairfax County Bee - March 2022
National Spelling Bee - Week of Memorial Day 2022

Registration will be held through the PTA site.  More details to come soon!!!

Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/Guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Chesterbrook’s AART, Amy Vallath [email protected], no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Amy Vallath [email protected]. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Chesterbrook.

Order your Yearbook NOW!

Don't miss out on ordering your Chesterbrook Yearbook.  The deadline is April 18th.

If you have any photos to be considered for the yearbook, please upload them to Dropbox.

Laptop Care- It's RESTART Time!  

FCPS has been pushing many new updates and security patches to school laptops to ensure new policies, filtering and the most recent version of applications are in place. It’s important that students restart their laptops.  

A shutdown and then powering on is not the same as a restart.

A RESTART is done by selecting the (1) Windows logo, clicking the (2) power icon, and selecting (3) Restart from the window options.

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Chesterbrook Weekly News 12.1.21

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Upcoming Dates

Nov 29th - Dec 10th - Spelling Bee Registration Now Open.  Open to 1st - 6th grades - Registration Closes on 12/10. (see info below)

December 2nd - Picture Retakes

December 3rd - CES Spirit wear (Blue/Yellow) Day

December 8th - Bodhi Day (Religious/Cultural Observance)

December 9th - PTA Meeting 9:15 AM

December 10th - PTA Mathnasium Family Fun Night

December 13th - Spelling Bee preparation materials sent home to registered students. Open to any student in grades 1st - 6th.

December 15th - AAP Level IV Referrals for 2nd - 6th Due (see info below- absolutely no late referrals accepted)

December 16th - Ugly Sweater Day - This may be more for the staff, but our students are welcome to join in on the fun!

December 17th - Pajama Day

December 20th - 31st - Winter Break

YEARBOOK ORDERS ARE NOW OPEN!!! (see below)

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

Covid Vaccinations

Once your child has received both doses of the vaccine, please send record of vaccination to Dave Troskey ([email protected]).  He will update the information in SIS and file it in the student's health file. This will help us streamline our contact tracing process.

Lost and Found - Available for Parents to View

We have accumulated a large amount of jackets, hats, sweatshirts, and more in our lost and found!

On December 7th, 9th, 15th, and 17th, our lost and found rack will be outside the main entrance between 8:00am and 4:30pm. If your child is currently missing any items, please feel free to stop by the front entrance to see if the item has made its way to our lost and found collection.

Any remaining items will be donated after the 17th. 

Registration for the Spelling Bee

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN CLICK HERE

Chesterbrook will begin the registration process to award our 2022 Spelling Bee Champion. Any student in grades 1 - 6 may register to complete. The first round of competition will be a written spelling assessment in January with a traditional Spelling Bee for those that advance held in February.

How long do I have to register? Registration closes on December 10, 2021
https://www.chesterbrookpta.org/before-and-after-school/scripps-spelling-bee-2021-2022

Cost? The registration fee is only $10 per child.

Spelling Bee Dates to Note:
Written Spelling Test - Tuesday 3:45 - 4:30 January 11, 2022
Practice Sessions for qualified students - February 1st and 8th
Chesterbrook Spelling Bee - Afterschool at 4:30 PM February 15th, 2022
Fairfax County Bee - March 2022
National Spelling Bee - Week of Memorial Day 2022

Registration will be held through the PTA site.  More details to come soon!!!

Reminders Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/Guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Chesterbrook’s AART, Amy Vallath [email protected], no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Amy Vallath [email protected]. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Chesterbrook.

Order your Yearbook NOW!

Don't miss out on ordering your Chesterbrook Yearbook.  The deadline is April 18th.

 

Laptop Care- It's RESTARTING & CHARGING Time!  

FCPS has been pushing many new updates and security patches to school laptops to ensure new policies, filtering and the most recent version of applications are in place. It’s important that students restart their laptops.  

A shutdown and then powering on is not the same as a restart.

A RESTART is done by selecting the (1) Windows logo, clicking the (2) power icon, and selecting (3) Restart from the window options.

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 should take their laptops home in the evening and bring them back to school fully charged. All third through sixth grade students were given a charger at the beginning of the year to support this effort. We appreciate your assistance to ensure our devices our running efficiently! 

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PickUp Patrol Changes 12.3.21

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Please Update Pick Up Patrol

With recent changes to bus routes, families need to log into pick up Patrol and update their child's default transportation information as soon as possible.  The office staff uses this information daily to assist with student transportation needs.

Use Pick Up Patrol for your child's transportation needs - Early Dismissal, Late Arrival, and all day absences.

Create a Pick Up Patrol account today! It's the best way to communicate with teachers and office staff.

Questions? Contact Dave Troskey at [email protected]

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