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Chesterbrook Summer Update 7.12.21

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Principal's Message

We hope that this summer has brought a time to build joyful memories, provide everyone relaxation and a time of togetherness with family and friends. While it has been a bit calmer over the past few weeks, the planning for a wonderful school year opening has been underway. It has been great to meet a few new families during registration and I'm excited to reconnect with many of our students through our summer programs beginning this week.

Our office will be open longer to support our summer programs from 8-4. If you need to stop by school for registration or another need for the upcoming year, please continue to make an appointment so we can ensure the appropriate staff is ready to support your needs. Our summer office coverage may not be able to assist with everything that may be needed. 

I wanted to share with you some of the plans for our reopening and dates you can mark on your calendar. Events are planned in conjunction with FCPS countywide guidance to provide face to face opportunities while doing our best to still mitigate any possibility of illness.

Save The Date

Saturday, August 21st 11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Tuesday, August 11th 2PM - New Family Tours
*Please plan to come during this time if you are interested in a tour.  Individual tours will not be scheduled during summer programs.

Friday, August 20th - Open House 
This event will be in person and structured with staggered alpha time slots. Time & specific details to come. Sprout supply kits will be available at classrooms.

Monday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School for Students

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night
This event will be held virtually to provide grade level curricular information and updates to all families. More details to come.

Parent feedback is appreciated as we prepare for our school year opening. Please feel free to complete our parent survey. 

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Playground not available during School Day for Summer Camps and Programs

Our camps will be regularly using the playground and field during the day from July 12 - August 6th.
It is not open to public use during camp hours of 8-4.

School Supplies- Tuesday Last Day to Order!

It is hard to believe it is time to think of ordering supplies. Don't let your opportunity close, if you want a one stop shop! CES PTA has organized supplies through Sprout and will have them delivered to CES.
View full supply list here.

Order --> www.sproutsupplies.com 
School code CES005

Summer Quest Week 1 Kickoff Today

We are excited to kick off our summer quest camps this week. It will be wonderful to have our students and many staff back in the building. Students attending camps this summer will be required to wear masks and keep good hygiene practices in place while in programs at school.  Students will be spaced appropriately while unmasked and eating or drinking.

If you are still looking for a summer camp for your child, we have some open spots. Register by Thursday before the upcoming week.
Class descriptions and schedules are available here.   

Staffing Updates

At the end of every year we have some staffing changes that come our way. We wanted to share plans for our staff that are making a change for the coming year. Our teachers leaving the area are moving to be closer to family and we are happy to say will be joining new schools and continuing to teach. Our teachers make a tremendous impact and will be deeply missed. We wish everyone well.

Hannah Morrison (2nd grade teacher) - Moving to North Carolina 
Marina Goldberg (4th Grade teacher) - Moving to Richmond 
Laura Krieber (5th grade teacher) - Moving to Chicago 
Justus Harris (PE) - Mr. Harris is excited to find his next school. Bethany Sink will be returning to Chesterbrook after a year on leave. 
Kathleen Fugle (SBTS)- returning to a classroom teaching position within FCPS.
Cheryl Wilhoyte (SPED teacher) - Taking on a new SPED opportunity within FCPS
Angel Malarin (Custodian) - Promoted to Assistant Building Supervisor within FCPS

We look forward to introducing our new staff to you soon.

Chesterbrook READS Summer Program

This summer Chesterbrook is offering for students to participate in our Summer Reading Program. Students are required to read six books and complete a review for three of those books. Attached are directions, examples, and a blank summer reading form. Students should turn in review forms to their teacher next year.

Summer Reading Directions   &    Summer Reading Student Form

Students may submit Summer Reading Recommendations on our CES Flipgrid. Mrs. Jennings will review subissions.

If you have any questions please contact our librarian Meredith Reid at mareid@fcps.edu

Student Registrations

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, call the school to make an appointment to bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Mr. Troskey, DATroskey@fcps.edu, with registration questions. 703-714-8200

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Chesterbrook Summer Update 7.12.21 - Correction

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Correction of bolded items (with date for July kinder playdate!)

Saturday, July 24th  11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Saturday, August 21st 11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Wednesday, August 11th 2PM - New Family Tours

Friday, August 20th - Open House 

Monday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School for Students

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night

***NEW Item for Rising 6th Graders***

6th Grade Student Leaders, We need you!

Volunteer as Tour Guides, Artists and Teacher Helpers

We need a few 6th grade students who would like to help us in August prepare for our opening in many ways, such as tour guides, artists and helping teachers with other opening projects. If you would like to support your school community by helping, please complete this google form.

Principal's Message

We hope that this summer has brought a time to build joyful memories, provide everyone relaxation and a time of togetherness with family and friends. While it has been a bit calmer over the past few weeks, the planning for a wonderful school year opening has been underway. It has been great to meet a few new families during registration and I'm excited to reconnect with many of our students through our summer programs beginning this week.

Our office will be open longer to support our summer programs from 8-4. If you need to stop by school for registration or another need for the upcoming year, please continue to make an appointment so we can ensure the appropriate staff is ready to support your needs. Our summer office coverage may not be able to assist with everything that may be needed. 

I wanted to share with you some of the plans for our reopening and dates you can mark on your calendar. Events are planned in conjunction with FCPS countywide guidance to provide face to face opportunities while doing our best to still mitigate any possibility of illness.

Save The Date

Saturday, August 21st 11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Wednesday, August 11th 2PM - New Family Tours
*Please plan to come during this time if you are interested in a tour.  Individual tours will not be scheduled during summer programs.

Friday, August 20th - Open House 
This event will be in person and structured with staggered alpha time slots. Time & specific details to come. Sprout supply kits will be available at classrooms.

Monday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School for Students

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night
This event will be held virtually to provide grade level curricular information and updates to all families. More details to come.

Parent feedback is appreciated as we prepare for our school year opening. Please feel free to complete our parent survey. 

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Playground not available during School Day for Summer Camps and Programs

Our camps will be regularly using the playground and field during the day from July 12 - August 6th.
It is not open to public use during camp hours of 8-4.

School Supplies- Tuesday Last Day to Order!

It is hard to believe it is time to think of ordering supplies. Don't let your opportunity close, if you want a one stop shop! CES PTA has organized supplies through Sprout and will have them delivered to CES.
View full supply list here.

Order --> www.sproutsupplies.com 
School code CES005

Summer Quest Week 1 Kickoff Today

We are excited to kick off our summer quest camps this week. It will be wonderful to have our students and many staff back in the building. Students attending camps this summer will be required to wear masks and keep good hygiene practices in place while in programs at school.  Students will be spaced appropriately while unmasked and eating or drinking.

If you are still looking for a summer camp for your child, we have some open spots. Register by Thursday before the upcoming week.
Class descriptions and schedules are available here.   

Staffing Updates

At the end of every year we have some staffing changes that come our way. We wanted to share plans for our staff that are making a change for the coming year. Our teachers leaving the area are moving to be closer to family and we are happy to say will be joining new schools and continuing to teach. Our teachers make a tremendous impact and will be deeply missed. We wish everyone well.

Hannah Morrison (2nd grade teacher) - Moving to North Carolina 
Marina Goldberg (4th Grade teacher) - Moving to Richmond 
Laura Krieber (5th grade teacher) - Moving to Chicago 
Justus Harris (PE) - Mr. Harris is excited to find his next school. Bethany Sink will be returning to Chesterbrook after a year on leave. 
Kathleen Fugle (SBTS)- returning to a classroom teaching position within FCPS.
Cheryl Wilhoyte (SPED teacher) - Taking on a new SPED opportunity within FCPS
Angel Malarin (Custodian) - Promoted to Assistant Building Supervisor within FCPS

We look forward to introducing our new staff to you soon.

Chesterbrook READS Summer Program

This summer Chesterbrook is offering for students to participate in our Summer Reading Program. Students are required to read six books and complete a review for three of those books. Attached are directions, examples, and a blank summer reading form. Students should turn in review forms to their teacher next year.

Summer Reading Directions   &    Summer Reading Student Form

Students may submit Summer Reading Recommendations on our CES Flipgrid. Mrs. Jennings will review subissions.

If you have any questions please contact our librarian Meredith Reid at mareid@fcps.edu

Student Registrations

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, call the school to make an appointment to bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Mr. Troskey, DATroskey@fcps.edu, with registration questions. 703-714-8200

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Chesterbrook News 7.29.21

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 21st 11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Wednesday, August 11th 2PM - New Family Tour

Friday, August 20th 9:30AM - Open House for all grades

Monday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School for Students

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night

Transportation Survey

Please make sure to fill out this survey by August 4th.  You will need your student's ID to complete the survey.  If you have multiple children in FCPS, you need to do the survey for each child.  If you do not know the student's ID, you may email Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

New Family Tour/Open House 

8/11/21 - 2:00pm - Chesterbrook is offering a New Family Tour for new families to get a feel for the building.  If you would like to attend, please complete the following form to reserve a spot.  K-6 may attend.

8/20/21 - Open House 9:30 to 11:30 (Schedule to follow)  Students and parents will visit their classrooms, drop off supplies and meet their teacher.

Schoology

We are excited for Schoology, FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/)  is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. We are excited to work with you this fall as we use this system to support our students! 

Here is what you need to know now: 

  • We will not use Blackboard 24-7 Learning or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU)
  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You will need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: 
    • If you are a family new to Chesterbrook, you will receive activation information between August 11th and August 13th. 
  • Parent accounts will be available mid-August and more information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students can log in using their FCPS student ID and password. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page
    • Students new to FCPS will receive this information at the beginning of the year
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts
  • As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:
    • Your child’s class
    • Your child’s assignments and participation
    • Your child’s calendar
    • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback 

We look forward to using Schoology along with your SIS/ParentVue account to strengthen our partnerships throughout the school year. Our next communication will share how to login to Schoology. In the meantime, you are welcome to learn more about this learning management system by visiting: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology.

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Summer Updates - Parent Coffee 8/10

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Virtual Parent Coffee
Tuesday, August 10th 1PM

Back to School Updates

Please join Mrs. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Thomas next week in a virtual discussion around the return to school. We look forward to reconnecting, sharing updates and answering any questions you may have. We hope to see you there!

Use this link zoom to join.

Upcoming Dates

Virtual Parent Coffee, August 10th 1PM - Info above

Wednesday, August 11th 2PM - New Family Tour

*Just Added - New Family Virtual Coffee, August 18th 1PM- Meet other CES families and connect with Mrs. Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Thomas.
Use this link to join new family coffee.

Saturday, August 21st 11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Friday, August 20th 9:30AM - 11:30 AM - Open House for all grades
*see more info below.

Monday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School for Students

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night

Open House Schedule, August 20th 

In order to accommodate all families with social distancing in classrooms and around the school, we are requesting families arrive at the times based on last name alpha. If you are unable to come at your assigned time, we welcome you when you are available. Universal masking is required for the event.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM      Last names A-D

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Last names E-K

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM    Last names L-R

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Last names S-Z

Sprout Supply Kit Pickup (Gym) - When you arrive to open house, stop by the gym to pickup your child's supplies before heading to the classroom.

You are welcome to meet our specialists and visit our PE, Music and Art rooms during our open house. It's been a long time since we have had our parents in, so please check out our courtyards and the updates made over the past year which include water bottle filling stations, a new handicapped accessible playground, accessible courtyards and our new picnic tables in many areas.

Popsicles on the Playground
Our PTA will have popsicles on the playground for our students to enjoy during our open house. Masks are requested on the playground when students are not enjoying ice cream.

REMINDER ~ Summer Reading

There is still time to get in a great book this summer!

This summer students are asked to participate in our summer reading program. Students are required to read six books and complete a review for three of those books. Attached are directions, examples, and a blank summer reading form. Students should turn in review forms to their teacher next year.

Summer Reading Directions   &    Summer Reading Student Form

Students may submit Summer Reading Recommendations on our CES Flipgrid. Mrs. Jennings will review submissions.

If you have any questions please contact our librarian Meredith Reid at mareid@fcps.edu

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Chesterbrook News 8.11.21 - BOY forms, Coffee Info and Supplies

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  Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 19th - ParentVUE activated

Friday, August 20th 9:30AM - Open House for all grades

  • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM      Last names A-D
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM    Last names E-K
  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM    Last names L-R
  • 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM    Last names S-Z

Saturday, August 21st 11AM - Kindergarten Playdate

Monday, August 23rd - 1st Day of School for Students

Wednesday, September 8th - Virtual Back to School Night

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

Parent Coffee Slides

Information from the parent coffee is linked for your review.  A video recording is not available.  We are excited to welcome our students back and enjoyed meeting with those that were able to join us.

Additional School Supplies
  • Planners (Grade 3-6)
  • Recorders (Grade 3-6)
  • Quick Word Books (Grade 2)

These items will be exclusively sold online through the PTA website.  Please follow this link to purchase the items.

These items are included if you bought a school kit through Sprout.

Beginning of Year Forms

All forms will remain electronic this school year. There will be no large parent packet of forms. You are welcome to bring any hard copies to open house on 8/20, drop them off at the front office or send via email to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

Digital Consent Form

At Chesterbrook, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Link to Chesterbrook Digital Resources. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Megan Brown, at mebrown@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Emergency Care Form 

Complete Emergency Care Card now Electronically in weCare

In ParentVUE, on August 19th, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information and health information.  Each school year parents need to verify the information in weCare for each student.  We are required to have this completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations. Forms are due by August 23, 2021.

ParentVUE Access for New Families: We will work with new families this week to ensure ParentVUE access.  Contact Dave Troskey in our front office if you need assistance obtaining a ParentVUE account.

Other Beginning of the Year Forms 

If completing opt out forms, you may drop them off at the school or send via email to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

  • New to County Families will receive their ParentVUE activation code August 11th through the 13th.  If you do not receive the code by then please contact the main office.
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS
  • Use your SIS/ParentVUE login information to login to Schoology: https://lms.fcps.edu. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page.

Students use their regular FCPS login information to login. Student resources for Schoology: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology/students

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CES Afterschool Transportation Info / New Family Virtual Parent Coffee 8.18

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Reminder - New Parent Coffee Today 1PM

Please use this zoom link to join us

Parent Response Needed - Transport of Children Home

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

Complete this form

 

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CES Weekly News 8.22.21

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Upcoming Dates

First Day of School - Monday, 8/23

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

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

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

Message from the Principal

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Important!  Transport of Children Home

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

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

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

Breakfast and Lunch Update

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

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

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

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

Arrival & Dismissal Traffic Flow & Safety

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

Kiss N Ride

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

  • Display your last name on a large piece of paper with the names of children under - we will get hang tags soon!
  • Please pull all the way forward to unload/load child and allow for as many cars as possible to fill the K&R circle. Staff will direct you.
  • Students should exit the right side of the car independently - staff can assist but parents should remain in car. 
  • Students should also be able to enter the car and buckle in and be seated unassisted. Practice this at home with younger students and park in the lot if you need to assist your child.
Traffic Flow

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

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

Students are not allowed to unload or load on Kirby road. We understand that pulling in the lot takes more time, but it also keeps our students the safest. 

These practices will enable our Kiss and Ride to move quickly smoothly for all.

Walking families

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

Walker Biking Parent Permission

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

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

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

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

Safety Patrols

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

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

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

Everyone can lead given the right tools and guidance!

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

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CES Weekly Update 8.25.21

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Parent Handbook

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

 

Transportation

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

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

 

Car Hang Tags for Kiss N Ride

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

Parent Permission Needed for Digital Applications

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

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

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

Afternoon Playdates and Changes in Pickup

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

Mask Reminders and Updates

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

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

Lunch Setting

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

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

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

Volunteer Lunch Hosts

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

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

Arrival Drop Off Time Reminder

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

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

Patrol Application

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

Beginning of the Year Forms Reminder

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

FLE Opt Out Forms - Link to all grade levels

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy and Related Rights and Opt Out Forms

Objection to Release Directory Information to Public, School Counseling Opt out, Object to Release Information for Commercial Purposes 

For Notification Only

Homeless Student Referral

Military Connected Students

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

Student Insurance

2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

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CES News Update 8.28.21- Pickup Patrol System

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

Parents,

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

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

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

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

Use the PUP web app for:

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

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

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

How it works:

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

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

Getting started with PUP:

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

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

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

Parent Permission Needed for Digital Applications

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

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

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

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

Music Elective Choice

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

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

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

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CES 9.1.2021 Weather Update

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Afternoon Approaching Weather

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

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

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

Safety is Priority

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

Bus Loop

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

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

Reminder of Pick Up Patrol System

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

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

Use the PUP web app for:

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

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

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

How it works:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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