CES Weekly Update 10.25.21

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 SKirkpatrick@fcps.edu.

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).

Label items


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.

fall bookfair

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!