CES Weekly News 8.22.21

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. 


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!
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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.

bike walk

Safety Patrols

Safety patrol

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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