CES Weekly Update 4_14_2021

Dates To Note:

April Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month & Month of the Military Child

April 12 - Progress Reports Available in ParentVue
Hard copies of progress reports will be sent home with in-person students next week.  100% virtual students will have report cards mailed home.

April 21 - Purple Up Day - Month of Military Child - Wear your Purple! 

April is the Month of the Military Child - Join us in celebrating the calendar events shown below!  'Purple Up' on the 21st of the month as it represents all of the colors of the services blended together. 

Principal's Message 

This year has been nothing short of challenging at every pass. We have worked tirelessly to make every change, turn and hurdle that has been presented. I want you all to know that as a principal, I work closely with a network of other principals from my McLean Pyramid as well as the collaborative team of new principals I came in with three years ago. Additionally, our network of principals across elementary is strong and we share ideas and lean on each other. Our collaborative team of pyramid principals across McLean meets regularly and communicates in between, this year sometimes daily, to strategize and work together on the challenges presented. I say this to let you know we do this difficult work together, we are a team and we all want what is best for our collective schools across McLean and FCPS. Every principal is doing their very best with the individual situations presented to them, as we always do. I am thankful for my network!

As we prepare to return our in-person students to 4 days of instruction next week, I wanted to share a few reminders:

  • Students should have a towel, blanket should they be eating outside.  Many of our upper grades will have this a daily or regular option.
  • All students need to have a water bottle with them daily.  Please make sure it is a good size to accommodate them for at least 1/2 their school day so refills are not needed often.
  • Cold lunches will continue at Chesterbrook. We are unable to accommodate 4 days and also meet the needs of hot lunches this school year.
  • All students need to have fully charged laptops brought to school on a daily basis. We are now assessing the need of our kindergarten students bringing their laptops to school. I tried to avoid this but we want our students using our best devices. Teachers will follow up with kindergarten families on this possibility.
  • Bus riders will be on a 4 day route beginning soon. Transportation is working as fast as they can to meet the needs of our students. We ask you to check ParentVue to identify the days are in for your child. Call our front office if you have questions.

Kiss N Ride
Thank you for your patience as we have tweaked our system to the best it can be. A few reminders for keeping our kiss n ride smooth.

  • No left turn into the parking lot during pickup and dismissal if it impedes traffic. You can use your best judgement, but at peak times do not turn left. Angry drivers waiting will speed up or drive on the side which could cause an accident or a pedestrian to be hit.
  • Yellow Car Name Tags are vital to quick pickup, thank you for having them visible.
  • Student will be kept in the gym to be announced as you arrive. We announce names on the microphone so they can clearly hear and exit.
  • If you are waiting a while for a child that has not yet arrived you will be asked to park in the lot and wait, so we can continue loading students.
  • Use caution and patience and do not pull around another car unless asked to do so by staff.
  • Do your best to not arrive for dismissal before 3:25. With more students back at school, we can quickly block Kirby if cars stack up too early.  We get them loaded and out quickly.
  • If you would like to have your child added to a bus route, please complete this google form and we will make the change. Transportation is doing the best they can to accommodate.

Please reach out to me at SKirkpatrick@fcps.edu, if you have questions.


Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

A BIG Thank You!

As we have returned students to the building, all classrooms have benefitted from donations.  We wanted to send a huge thank you to our community for donating sanitizing wipes and tissues to the school.  We greatly appreciate them and have put them to good use!

We always welcome these donations to support our classrooms.

Flexible Seating CES Wish List

As we return our students to the building we have some identified needs that will help our school support students. There are a variety of items in our wish list, including seated desks, which will allow our students the benefit to spread out and move when they need to. These could also be used for students eating while seated on the floor/ground. Our teachers appreciate any support, but please know this is only a wish and not an expectation of any family to purchase an item. These items would benefit the school as a whole.

Amazon Wish List



Go Paperless!

Get your student's report card earlier by going paperless.  The option is in your SIS ParentVUE account (instructions below). Click here to login to Parent VUE.


Student Intent Form for 2021-22

We need  to collect data for those who might be moving for next school year or returning.

If your family is NOT returning to Chesterbrook next year, please fill out this form.

If you were not enrolled this school year and plan to return, please contact Mr. Troskey, Registrar, as soon as possible.  DATroskey@fcps.edu


Don't forget to order your Yearbook!   

The order deadline is fast approaching – don’t put it off and forget!  

Order your yearbook by Friday 4/23!  Use Yearbook ID code 14270021.

Attention 6th Grade Parents

Your child will need a Tdap booster and at least one meningitis vaccine to enter 7th grade.  Please email an updated immunization record to Dave Troskey at datroskey@fcps.edu.

Spring Bookfair Purchases

By purchasing your books from Bookworm Central (a small, local business), 15% of the proceeds will go toward funding Chesterbrook’s literacy programs. Click here to purchase a book for your child. Click here to see what is on your teacher’s wish list.

Student Registration for 2021-22

It is important to begin registrations so we can staff kindergarten teachers appropriately for the 2021-2022 school year. Please do not delay so we can be prepared.  Staffing has already begun!

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, 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

FCPS Special Education Conference to Be Held April 17, Registration Now Open

FCPS will hold its 16th annual Special Education Conference virtually on Saturday, April 17. Registration is now available online. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers will earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference.

For more information or to register, visit the Special Education Conference webpage