CES Weekly Update 10.14.22

Principal's Message

We've enjoyed a great week of learning after leading the week with a staff professional development workday. Staff engaged in PD around cuturally responsive teaching practices that are aligned with the updated Virginia Department of Education evaluation standards. Student ambassadors also took part in a morning workshop Thursday to learn about how their skills as a leader can positvely impact their school community.

The PTA meet this week and welcomed parents in person as well as virtually. This platform seems to be working well for our parent coffee and PTA meetings to include as many families as possible. 

Our next parent coffee will be held on 10/25 at 9:15 AM. This is a change in date due to a conflict in my schedule.  I apologize for any inconvenience.  Information and our video will be shared with families.

I wanted to share a concern about our crosswalk safety on Kirby road over the past couple of weeks. It has been noticed that cars are driving fast on Kirby (not our families for the most part) and even speeding up to beat people in the crosswalk. This is concerning as we all work together to ensure the safety of our families. I am working to ensure the school zone lights are functional as students walk to and from school and also work with our McLean police to help enforce a safe speed where cars stop for pedestrians in our crosswalks. Thank you for being viligant while using the crosswalk and also while driving your children to and from school.

We have had many recent events including our book fair, grade level field trips and our kickball kickoff. These events would not be possible without our parent volunteers.  Additionally, we have truly appreciated our lunch volunteers that help us throughout the week. Please know how much your time and support of our students is valued. 

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Kickball Kickoff!


Stacy Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Dates

  • 10/12 - 17: Fall Bookfair
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • NEW DATE - Tuesday, October 25: Parent Coffee - Reading: Instructional Shifts and Supporting Academic Growth; Technology Information to help parents support instructional learning
  • 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: Freaky Friday Dress Up Day
    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 

October 13th - 18th, 2022

Come by and choose from a great selection of affordable, thoughtful and enriching book selections for your kids.  
Below is the schedule:

  • Saturday, 10/15: 9am - noon (Books and Breakfast)
  • Monday, 10/17, 8am - 8:25am and 4pm - 5pm 

  • Tuesday 10/18 8am - 8:25am (Students need parent supervision before school hours and then wait with children in lobby or pod prior to opening bell)

  • Tuesday, 10/18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Taco Night from 5pm - 7pm)

Kids can also shop the book fair on school days 8:30 am - 8:50 am. 

There are a ton of before & after school options for parents and caregivers (and kids!). Look for your child’s Wish List to come home. If you can’t make it to shop with your child, you can send them with cash or a check made payable to “Chesterbrook PTA”. Credit cards will also be accepted at the book fair. 

25% of all sales will directly benefit our library and technology center. 

Credit cards and eWallet payment will be accepted. https://www.bookwormbmaps.com/eWallet/

Watch for more details on all of the fun events planned during book fair week. Your support of our library and teacher classrooms is very much appreciated. 

5th and 6th Grade Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors were sent an email to register or a workshop either this Thursday or next Wednesday. If students were not able to come this week, please have your ambassador register to attend next Wednesday, 10/19. Ambassador will be sent emails on their school gmail account to be given notice of events and opportunities.

Mrs. Lomelin shared an opportunity for our pencil sales team. If students would like to join in that opportunity, they needed to register by today, Friday 10/14.

My School Bucks Reimbursements

The past couple of weeks we have needed to clean up quite a few overpayments (paying twice for a field trip) on school items or payments of old items (last years grade level tshirt) that should have not been listed as current. If you received a reimbursement for payment it was most likely due to one of these issues. If you have questions regarding any MySchool Bucks items you can reach out to Mrs. Cindy Flores, our Administrative Assistant at 703-714-8200.

All buttons currently listed for field trips and tshirts are valid. Please note that we will cut off field trip and tshirt payments within a strict timeline to allow Ms. Flores to pay the vendor on time. Your help with timely payments is appreciated.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS parent resource center provides free workshops, consultations and a lending library. There are a varity of resources available to all families to help your child(ren) succeed. View more information on resources and contact for the center by clicking this link.


Lightspeed: Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. To find out more and sign up for these services, please visit this link.

Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for an Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 11th.

If you have any questions, please contact Holley Remer at hdremer@fcps.edu

Opportunity Outside CES:

McLean Lacrosse