CES Weekly Update 10.4.21

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


kickball photos

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 underclass@vosphoto.com

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)


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


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