CES Weekly Update 2.28.22

Principal's Message

February flew by quickly! Messages and displays of kindness fill our building from the work over of our students this past month. It's touching to see how our students have embraced the many ways to spread kindness across our school community through uplifting poetry, artistic displays, acts of kindness and individual notes of encouragement and appreciation. 

Mrs. Thomas and I have been meeting with each grade level for a mid year check in on Student Rights and Responsibilities to reframe our expectations and allow students the opportunity to embrace the differences each of us bring to make our community a very special place to learn and grow. It is important that each student know that they are a very important part of our school and their contributions are valued. Our year long PBL "How can you, as a Chesterbrook Chipmunk, share your identity and positively influence our Chesterbrook home so it continues to grow as a welcoming place for everyone?" continues to shape the framework for these important discussions.

As we think about our PBL question, we move forward into a week of change in our community, a time when masking will become a choice of our staff and students. While Covid is still present in our world, we want to safely move forward supporting everyone in the choices that are best for your family. Please discuss your preferences with your children. They should feel confident and will be supported in the choice your family makes. I want to assure our community we will do all we can to continue providing a positive and supportive community for our young learners. No division of masking will take place and no student will be treated differently for their choice. Our staff will also work to reinforce this is a choice and prepare our students for this transition. Hopefully soon, we will all look forward with this difficult time in the rear view and brighter days ahead.

With appreciation for your support,

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal


Chesterbrook Show Kindness Day

Wear BLUE to Show Kindness

Tuesday, March 1st

Wear Blue to Show Kindness Matters!
While February is the universal month of Kindness, Kindness should be a practice year round. Regardless of our masking preference, we want to ensure our school community is a positive and caring environment. Spread kindness and wear blue.

Make Kindness the Norm

A message from your Yearbook Committee

Yearbook Art Cover Contest - Submissions Due March 7th

Student artists, now is your time! We encourage all students to consider sharing your artistic talent by creating a cover with our 2021-22 school theme "We Grow Together." Please make submissions to the school office with this attached form no later than Monday, March 7.  

  • Submit on 8 1/2" x 11" paper 
  • Draw only on one side of the paper
  • Turn in final submisson to the school office with the attached submission form
  • Submission should be positive and school appropriate 

Kindergarten Orientation March 4th at 10:30AM

Save the date - Friday, March 4th 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

RSVP/Registration is Required for our in-person Orientation: RSVP using this link to let us know you are attending and a little about your child.

Please share this information with families in our community with rising kindergarten students.

Families are welcome to begin arriving at 10:10 to check in and meet staff prior to the presentation.

We look forward to having a safe in-person orientation this school year. Due to recent updates in masking requirements, masking will be a personal choice of each family in attendance.

Registration Paperwork (see link below for registration) - We encourage parents to complete registration paperwork prior to the event and bring it with them to drop off.  You are welcome to contact our registrar, Mr. Dave Troskey, with any questions prior to the event. You may also reach our wonderful front office staff at 703-714-8200.

It is time to begin planning to welcome your children by completing their school registration and saving the date for our new kindergarten orientation.

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Mr. Troskey, DATroskey@fcps.edu, with registration questions.

Kiss N Ride Reminders 

The past few weeks we have extended our kiss n ride drop off/pick up area all the way down the sidewalk. This increases the number of cars we can support at one time. School begins at 8:50, so we ask that all students try to arrive by 8:45 to be in class and ready for morning meeting on time.

When making u turns, please do so at openings at entrance #1, which is a safer alternative to the bus exit, which places cars on the crosswalk.  Making a U turn in the middle of the road (not at an entrance/opening or intersection) is considered illegal.  We appreciate your understanding and use of caution.  This is important as we will have more walkers and bus riders as the weather improves.

Dr. Brabrand Meets with Students 

Save the date! This is an opportunity for students to meet with Division Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, and engage with him on questions/concerns that are relevant to students in our area. This event will take place at: McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101

March 9th from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Beggs directly at: jimbeggs@icloud.com

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Reminder - Order your CES Yearbook NOW!

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

Upcoming Dates

March 1st - WEAR BLUE to show kindness to Others

March 3rd - 2 hour early release at 12:30PM

March 4th - Student Holiday; Staff Professional Development Day

March 7th - Yearbook Cover Submissions Due

March 9 - Dr. Brabrand Meets with Students 6:30PM - 9PM

March 26 - 17th Annual Special Education Conference

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

School Calendar:  2021-22

CES YEARBOOK ORDERS - Order Your Yearbook Today 

The 2022-23 school calendar was approved by the school board recently.  To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.