Chesterbrook Weekly News 12.1.21

Upcoming Dates

Nov 29th - Dec 10th - Spelling Bee Registration Now Open.  Open to 1st - 6th grades - Registration Closes on 12/10. (see info below)

December 2nd - Picture Retakes

December 3rd - CES Spirit wear (Blue/Yellow) Day

December 8th - Bodhi Day (Religious/Cultural Observance)

December 9th - PTA Meeting 9:15 AM

December 10th - PTA Mathnasium Family Fun Night

December 13th - Spelling Bee preparation materials sent home to registered students. Open to any student in grades 1st - 6th.

December 15th - AAP Level IV Referrals for 2nd - 6th Due (see info below- absolutely no late referrals accepted)

December 16th - Ugly Sweater Day - This may be more for the staff, but our students are welcome to join in on the fun!

December 17th - Pajama Day

December 20th - 31st - Winter Break


2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

Covid Vaccinations

Once your child has received both doses of the vaccine, please send record of vaccination to Dave Troskey (  He will update the information in SIS and file it in the student's health file. This will help us streamline our contact tracing process.

Lost and Found - Available for Parents to View

We have accumulated a large amount of jackets, hats, sweatshirts, and more in our lost and found!

On December 7th, 9th, 15th, and 17th, our lost and found rack will be outside the main entrance between 8:00am and 4:30pm. If your child is currently missing any items, please feel free to stop by the front entrance to see if the item has made its way to our lost and found collection.

Any remaining items will be donated after the 17th. 

Registration for the Spelling Bee


Chesterbrook will begin the registration process to award our 2022 Spelling Bee Champion. Any student in grades 1 - 6 may register to complete. The first round of competition will be a written spelling assessment in January with a traditional Spelling Bee for those that advance held in February.

How long do I have to register? Registration closes on December 10, 2021

Cost? The registration fee is only $10 per child.

Spelling Bee Dates to Note:
Written Spelling Test - Tuesday 3:45 - 4:30 January 11, 2022
Practice Sessions for qualified students - February 1st and 8th
Chesterbrook Spelling Bee - Afterschool at 4:30 PM February 15th, 2022
Fairfax County Bee - March 2022
National Spelling Bee - Week of Memorial Day 2022

Registration will be held through the PTA site.  More details to come soon!!!


Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/Guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Chesterbrook’s AART, Amy Vallath, no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Amy Vallath Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Chesterbrook.

Order your Yearbook NOW!

Don't miss out on ordering your Chesterbrook Yearbook.  The deadline is April 18th.


Laptop Care- It's RESTARTING & CHARGING Time!  

FCPS has been pushing many new updates and security patches to school laptops to ensure new policies, filtering and the most recent version of applications are in place. It’s important that students restart their laptops.  

A shutdown and then powering on is not the same as a restart.

A RESTART is done by selecting the (1) Windows logo, clicking the (2) power icon, and selecting (3) Restart from the window options.

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 should take their laptops home in the evening and bring them back to school fully charged. All third through sixth grade students were given a charger at the beginning of the year to support this effort. We appreciate your assistance to ensure our devices our running efficiently!