CES Weekly News 9.12.22

Principal's Message

This years back to school night was a huge success. Thank you for the many families that attended our PTA meeting and were there to discuss our budget and some brief plans for the coming school year. I have been working closely with the PTA board to build a cohesive plan to support our staff and students throughout the year. At the foundation of our work is to build upon the collaborative communications each family to support your child. 

Please join Mrs. Thomas and I on Thursday, September 22nd for our September parent coffee. There will be an option to attend via zoom. Each year every FCPS school develops a School Improvement and Intervention Plan. This year's plan has been posted and in the process of county approval. We have also built a budget to meet the goals of the plan in wellness and academic growth. A portion of this budget is funded this school with a Federal grant provided to all school for Covid recovery and other budget items are covered within our allocated FCPS appropriated funding. Along with our plan, we continue goals to provide students with access to extensions and rigorous curriculum to meet their academic needs. We look forward to monthly coffees this school year to share more information information with you.

Upcoming Parent Coffees Include:

October 10/21- Shifts in Reading Instruction as well as how to support your child with academics

November 11/18  - SEL Screener and Social Emotional Learning Supports.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week and get those PJs or Gold ready for your students to support Childhood Cancer Awareness on Thursday. I hope to see lots of Chesterbrook school spirit.


Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, September 15 - Pajama or Gold Day - McLean Pyramid Support of Childhood Cancer Awareness 
  • Thursday, September 22 - 9:15 (Cafeteria) Parent Coffee School Improvement Goals and administrative yearly overview. We will work to hold a concurrent meeting to connect with parents that need a virtual option. Virtual Zoom Link
  • Monday, September 26 - Staff & Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah 
  • Tuesday, September 27 - Advanced Academic Information Meeting 6-7 p.m. ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, September 30 - Kickball Kickoff McLean HS 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5: No School (Yom Kippur)
  • Thursday, October 6th: School Pictures
  • Monday, October 10: No School (Staff Dev.)
  • 10/12 - 17: Fall Bookfair
  • Friday, October 21: Parent Coffee - Reading Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • Wednesday, October 26: AAP Level IV Referral Process Meeting ~ Understanding the Full-Time Level IV Services Screening Process & AAP Services in Secondary Schools ~ Virtual Zoom Link
  • Friday, October 28: End of Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release at 1:35 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2022-23 

SEL Screener Notification and Opt Out

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

To review what the screener looks like by grade level, please go to the FCPS SEL Screener webpage. The SEL Screener window for Fall is October 17- November 4th, 2022.

For more information, please connect with your child’s counselor:

Heather Lomelin, Counselor for Grades 1,3, and 5: HELomelin@fcps.edu

Beau Buchanan, Counselor for Kinder, Grades 2, 4, and 6: BSBuchanan@fcps.edu

Please respond no later than October 16th if you would like your child to be opted out of the SEL Screener, the Opt Out is good through the calendar year. The Notice and Opt Out form can be accessed using this link.

Important Reminder - PickUp Patrol (PUP)

All parents must update their DEFAULT pick up plan for their child. Anyone who has not updated will receive a new email asking you to update your plan. This email is sent to the email address on file.

PickUp Patrol saves a great deal of time  in the office and reduces interruptions in our classrooms—while also providing you with a convenient way to make changes to your children’s dismissal plans. 

How it works:Set your "Default Plan" to be the permanent mode of transportation. Whenever you have a change to the Default Plan, you’ll submit a change through the PUP app. When the plan is submitted, the school will be notified and your child’s teacher will relay the change to them.

Use the PUP web app for:

ATTENDANCE: full day absences, arriving late or leaving early.

DISMISSAL CHANGES: Submit changes to your child’s regular dismissal plans.

If you have any questions, please first check the PUP FAQ page. If you still need help, contact us here in the office at datroskey@fcps.edu or PickUp Patrol at support@pickuppatrol.net


P2 Character Strength
of the Week!

This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Open-Mindedness.  Open-mindedness means you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

To practice and encourage the character strength of open-mindedness with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions.

PJ day cancer awareness

Chesterbrook Food Share Program

This year we will be bringing back our Food Share program, which was on pause during the pandemic. Your children will be able to participate in a powerful program that takes place in our school cafeteria every day at lunchtime.

The Chesterbrook PTA sponsors a program called the Food Share where your children are encouraged to safely store any uneaten, packaged food or whole fruit in a designated refrigerator, as opposed to throwing it away.  Each week our school community saves fresh, healthy, perishable food that is delivered by parent volunteers to the Share of McLean Food Pantry, where it is safely stored for their Saturday distribution. This program teaches our children the valuable lesson of thinking about those who are in need in our community, while also providing an important lesson about conservation. Organic waste that gets buried in landfills is the number one cause of methane in our atmosphere. Our students are collectively making a measurable impact with small acts of kindness each day.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing this program back in action to support our community.

Reminder: TalkingPoints Texts - Schoolwide Group

We currently have 215 families registered to receive schoolwide notifications through the talking points app.  Your classroom teacher will be also sharing a way to join their class specific list.

We would love for all our families to join. When the office/admin team send a text, parents will receive the text and may reply which will be sent directly to our team so we can quickly address any needs. If your need is not directly pertaining to the text sent, please contact our office team so we can address via phone or email.

How to Sign Up

Text Message Sign Up for Chesterbrook Elementary Group:

  • Text 281555 to (415) 943-4535
  • you can unsubscribe at any time by texting "Goodbye"

App Sign Up: 

  • download TalkingPoints for Families mobile app
  • Choose preferred language and enter your phone number in the app

Join our school group by entering the code: Q68CZY

Chinese Classes Learn About the Mid-Autumn Festival

Last week students learned about hte Mid-Autum Festival 中秋节 (zhōng qiū jié) in Chinese class. There are upcoming cultural activities (included below) in our area that you may want to enjoy with your family.

1st grade drew a big full moon and wrote the character moon yue "月“ in Chinese

2nd-3rd grade made a moon fan

4thgrade decorated their own paper lanterns

5th-6th grade made mooncake terracotta oil diffuser

Mid-Autumn Festival features cultural activities and a concert

The event will be held on September 17th at Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. This is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and other countries in East and Southeast Asia.

Cultural Activities, 2P.M.-6:45P.M.

Free Admission to the public. Pre-registration is required. Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Family friendly culture activities include calligraphy, craft - lantern making and origami, face painting, art display, dragon dance, oriental medicine consultation.


Mid-Autumn Festival Concert, 7P.M.-9P.M.

Ticket Price: $30. Book your ticket at link below:


Mid-Autumn Festival Concert showcases traditional Chinese, Korean and other musical and cultural performances. The concert celebrates families and togetherness, as well as the pursuit of harmony, joy and unity.