Chesterbrook Weekly News 3.29.22

Principal's Message

Spring is in the air and hopefully the cold weather is finally on its way out. I want to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful upcoming spring break.  I know our students, staff and families can use a little down time to relax and renew.

I'm sure you noticed that we have had a couple of recent covid cases reported. We are still monitoring symptoms and encourage parents to keep children home that you are monitoring for illness. We send a test kit home with any symptomatic child in the clinic for return to school. If you are able to monitor and test kids at home that are sick, it would be a good idea to prevent spread and keep our community safe. We all want a strong return after Spring Break and finish to the school year.

As we return to school after the break there are many items to keep on our calendars between end of year assessments and the fun activities returning to our school community. I could not be more excited to have had our recent book fair busy with families, watched class photos taking place last week, this evening's International night and planning with staff for field trips and end of the year festivities. It is hard to believe that it was my first year as Chesterbrook's principal we were able to last experience these end of the year festivities. Thank you to all our staff and parents working hard to make these special events happen for our students. It makes a difference!

One new event we are excited to hold this year will be a fun end of the year House Event for our students and staff. We have planned a three day event (May 31, June 1st and June 2nd) with "The Edge" that will allow our entire school to participate in team building activities on site. "The Edge"  will be leading students in our house families through Team Development and Experiential Learning Activities. We have set aside three days at the end of May for this event. Students will build skills with students and staff in their House Family.

Additionally, we have scheduled our end of year promotion for our 6th graders on Thursday evening at 6pm. This special night will be held at Longfellow Middle School due to space constraints at Chesterbrook. Sixth grade parents, please save the date! We expect to allow up to 4 people per family to attend but this may be adjusted slightly. More information to come! 

Watch your grade level news for other fun end of the year activities. Exciting times ahead! I look forward to seeing many of you this evening at International Night - lets bundle up because we are outside on the blacktop.


Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

CES Winner Places Top 20 in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee

After a win in the Chesterbrook Spelling Bee, 5th Grader, Alison S. did a wonderful job in our county bee. She made the finals, making it to the top 20. Congratulations Alison, we are so proud of her hard work!

Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year

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,, with registration questions.


Brownie Troop Gives Back to the School Community

Chesterbrook Brownie Troop 50149 gave back to our school community this past weekend. Our brownies have been studying the environment and ways they can help. They chose to raise money to purchase three Eastern Redbud trees, which they planted in front of Chesterbrook. The trees will help our environment and beautify the school. Thank you to Troop 50149 for helping our school community with your generous gift.

Chesterbrook Students Recognized in WordMasters Challenge Competition

Chesterbrook students  recently received recognition in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually.                      

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth grader Megan C. earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 64 sixth graders achieved this result. Megan also achieved an outstanding score of 19 on the first challenge. Other students from Chesterbrook Elementary School who achieved outstanding results on the second challenge include sixth grader Isabella B. and Carter J. Fifth grader, Alison S., achieved an outstanding result on the first challenge. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by 4th grade teacher Kaitlin Beggan.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. 

help keep kids safe

Kiss N Ride Safety

It has been noticed a few parents are dropping students off on side roads or out in front of the school to avoid the Kiss N Ride line. The line is moving swiftly and safely, so please adhere to the safety precautious and take the few minutes to drive through K&R or park and walk your children to the school. Your support is appreciated!

SOL Testing Calendar 

We ask our 3rd through 6th grade parents to mark your calendars to avoid scheduling appointments that will keep your child out of school on these dates. We begin testing in the morning and student have as much time as they need to complete these assessments.

May 10 - Grade 5 Science

May 11 - Grade 6 Reading

May 12 - Grade 4/5 Reading

May 13 - Grade 3 Reading

May 17 - Grade 4 - Math

May 18 - Grade 6 Math

May 19 - Grade 3 Math

May 20 - Grade 5 Math

Family Engagement Survey: Ends April 3rd

By participating in the Family Engagement Survey, parents/caregivers are making their voices heard around important topics impacting their students’ success.

Survey topics include: Welcoming environment, Communication, Student success, Advocacy, Family and school partnerships and Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

Participate in the survey here!

Safe Community Coalition Event

In partnership with The Potomac School, the Safe Community Coalition is pleased to share with you details of an upcoming FREE event on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 from 7 to 9pm at Temple Rodef Shalom.  

Julie Lythcott-Haims, NYT Best-Selling Author of How to Raise an Adult

returns to McLean on April 26th!

Back by popular demand, former Stanford dean and New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims presents “Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Strategies for Raising Successful Kids.”

This FREE program is open to all and the link can be found on our website 

Upcoming Dates

March 29 - International Night at CES 5:30 - 7PM (Outdoor community Event)

March 31 - Crazy Hair Day; End of 3rd Qtr- 2 hour Early Release at 1:35

April 1 - Student Holiday - Teacher Professional Development/Workday 

April  4 - 8 - Spring Break 

April 14 PTA Meeting, 9:15 am

April 15 Square 1 Art orders due

April 16 3rd Quarter Report Cards Available in ParentVUE

April 30 Fun Fair (May 7 rain date)

May 10 - May 20  SOL assessments for 3rd - 6th grades; Expedited Retakes will be held May 23rd - 27th

May 29th - June 2nd  The Edge House Team Building Field Days (grade level days TBD)

June 9th - Sixth Grade Promotion 6:00 p.m. held at Longfellow MS (save the date!) - Note the evening time for the ceremony.

BUY a YEARBOOK! Don't delay if this is on your to-do list!

2021-22 School Calendar

2022-2023 School Year Calendar