CES Weekly Update 12.16.21

Upcoming Dates

December 17th - Pajama Day

December 20th - 31st - Winter Break

Chesterbrook Front office will be closed for the next two weeks.  If you have an urgent need, you can email Mrs. Kirkpatrick at SKirkpatrick@fcps.edu  Mrs. Kirkpatrick will also be taking a long break to enjoy with her family during this time.


2021 FCPS Student Calendar Quick Glance

There will be no homework over break and no major assignments two days after we return. We want all our FCPS families, staff and students to enjoy this winter break.

Principal's Message

I hope everyone has planned a bit of fun with family over the winter holiday break. I am looking forward to the next two weeks, as are many of our staff, to disconnect and give ourselves some time to relax and renew. Our front office will be closed from December 20th - December 31st. I am also planning to step away the majority of this break. We look forward to having our students return on January 3rd.

The past couple of weeks we kicked off a new Student Ambassadors Program at Chesterbrook.  This program will replace the old style of SCA where very few students could become leaders in our school.  As a principal, I envision a school full of opportunities with endless bounds where our students have voice and choice in what will help us become the most welcoming environment to learn and grow.  We presently have over 80 fifth and sixth grade students that have taken the initiative to become Chesterbrook Ambassadors.  We had our first leadership training this last week where we discussed four goals of student leader development: Developing Strengths, Achieving Goals, Actively Contributing and Continuously Improving. Students shared projects that they feel would benefit Chesterbrook or the greater community and shared their strengths with each other. I am thrilled about what I already see from these young leaders and am so hopeful about the positive impact they will make across our community.

Last week, we held our December PTA Meeting and here are a few updates:

1- Quarantine - Reduced to 7 days for close contacts (if negative testing after day 5 and no symptoms or FCHD may approve immediate return of fully vaccinated students)

2- School Improvement Plan and Federal Funding Plan to support plans - Money has been obtained from the grant to support school improvement. Chesterbrook goals were shared at the meeting.

3- Student Ambassador Update - included in letter above

Thank you for your tremendous support so far this school year. I wish you all a wonderful and joyful winter break and Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. 


Stacy Kirkpatrick


We Appreciate our CES Families

Thank you to our Chesterbrook PTA and families that donated to our Staff Breakfast.

We enjoyed a wonderful spread as we closed out this last week and came together as a staff.
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Lost and Found - Available for Parents to View

We have made progress is owners finding lost items! We have quite a few sweatshirts left.

Last day to view is December 17th. Items will be outside the main entrance between 8:00am and 4:30pm. 

Any remaining items will be donated after the 17th. 

From Our Music Department

Our Band, Strings and Chorus students did a marvelous job performing our winter concert music! Please follow the links to enjoy and have a great break!

Strings Concert

Band Concert

Chorus Concert

School Pictures are Available

Student pictures are now available to view/purchase online- including those photographed at make-up sessions. It's not too late to order or re-order pictures.

Please visit: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000875819 use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: underclass@vosphoto.com

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night at Longfellow

Longfellow Middle School is excited to invite you to the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Tuesday, January 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. This night will be full of information about Longfellow and the transition to middle school. Our core and elective teachers will highlight their exciting classes. There will be students and staff members to answer any questions you might have. If you have any questions that you hope to get answered at the event, please take time to complete this form. The inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 12 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Covid Vaccinations

It is important to file your child's Covid vaccination record with the school.  Once students are two weeks out of their 2nd shot, the return to school process is quicker in getting them returned to the classroom should they be paused as a close contact of a positive Covid case.

Once your child has received both doses of the vaccine, please send record of vaccination to Dave Troskey (datroskey@fcps.edu).  He will update the information in SIS and file it in the student's health file. This will help us support students as we complete contact tracing and work with the health department.

Drive Through Testing Sites

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal.

Please note:  When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to Chesterbrook's screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on this website

VDOE Special Education Survey Due 12/17

  • All parents of school-aged children and youth who receive special education services in Virginia are encouraged to complete the Virginia Department of Education’s Annual Parent Involvement Survey. The survey will remain open through December 17, 2021.  
  • You may also complete the survey online.  
  • Please contact the PRC if you have any other questions either by emailing your questions to prc@fcps.edu or by calling the PRC at 703-204-3941.