CES Weekly News 9.21.22

Dear Chesterbrook Families,

The first month has flown by and it feels wonderful to be settled into instructional routines. Last week we held pajama day to spread awareness across the McLean community and honor those who have or are currently fighting childhood cancer. This week our student ambassadors began their work as patrols and others helped make posters for our Kickball Kickoff.  Captain Kirk is ready to roll and score for the team!!!  Will Mrs. Thomas' team beat Mrs. Kirkpatrick's this year? Only time will tell. Who are you rooting for? Don't miss this amazing community night to cheer on our staff and hang out with your neighbors. Kickball Kickoff - Doors open at 5:30, kickball begins at 6pm. (Rain date of October 14th). Tickets are on sale on the PTA website!  Tickets will be limited based on capacity constraints of McLean High School, so be sure to secure your tickets early!

We have many opportunities for parents to connect in upcoming parent coffees and also upcoming advanced acadmic information sessions.The parent coffee tomorrow morning will be recorded for families and we will hold a live feed for those that would like to zoom in on the meeting.Additionally, it is very important to me to include opportunities for our working families to have an opportunity to connect and be a part of these important discussions. I will look to holding coffee sessions with an evening update for parents as well. Look for more information to come.

Have a wonderful week!

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal



Congratulations Mrs. Strubhar

A Finalist for Northern Virginia Magazine's 
2022 Teacher of the Year

“The passion all of the nominees bring to inspiring their students and sharing a lifelong love of learning is evident in all of the applications,” says Jenna Alexander, president-elect of the Virginia PTA. “What set the top candidates apart, for me, is the way they connected their classrooms with the broader community.”

"The kindergarten classroom at Chesterbrook Elementary is full of magic and wonder when Leanne Strubhar is leading the way."

Upcoming Dates

  • 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, 9/26- Rosh Hashanah - student holiday/professional work day for teachers. Rosh Hashanah is the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year.
  • 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: Parent Meeting 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 

mrs soulos

Congratulations to Mrs. Soulos and her family

Our chipmunk family grew a little bigger this week as the Soulos family welcomed a new little boy.

Leonidas Athanasios Soulos
Sunday, September 18th 2022

Mrs. Soulos is home with her family and we welcomed a wonderful long term substitute at Chesterbrook, Mrs. Amy Griffin, to support our students during her leave.

The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know

Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond.  Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year.   The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities. 

Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time. 

Highlights include:

  • Learn about SEL in FCPS  
  • Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used? 
  • Understand student results
  • Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home

Presented by: Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist

October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for The Social Emotional Learning Screener - What Every Family Needs to Know


FCPS School Board Welcome Video

Elaine Tholen (Dranesville District)

FCPS Cares

Want to recognize an FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond?  See this information about the FCPS Cares program. 

Importance of Attendance and When Should My Child Stay Home?

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school. 

Are you planning a family trip or vacation? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. The Virginia Board of Education will mark your child chronically absent if they miss 10% of the school year or more regardless if absences are excused or unexcused.  Chronic absenteeism is a factor in school accreditation and is reported in online report cards for schools and school divisions. 

We recognize that it is important to reconnect with families far away, but keep in mind the costs to your child’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance.  If a trip cannot be avoided, please minimize the number of learning days your child will miss out on and note the following:

  • FCPS laptops may not travel out of the U.S.
  • Your child’s teacher is not obligated to provide work for your child. Online learning is not an option for missed instruction due to travel.
  • Your child will be withdrawn after 15 consecutive absences and parents will have to re-enroll upon return. As such, you will lose access to ParentVue, Schoology, etc., and your child may be assigned to a different class/schedule upon return.
  • If visiting a High-Burden TB Country for 4+ weeks, your child cannot return to school until they present a negative TB test results from an American doctor to the school office.

For more information about FCPS attendance, visit https://www.fcps.edu/attendance


Tutor.com Available to Students through FCPS

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.