Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

Churchill Chatter - Issue 6, October 14, 2022


Fourth graders enjoying the first field trip of the school year to listen to the NSO at the Kennedy Center.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

The school year is moving along. Our students continue to learn and grow. We are so impressed with the weekly activities!  You can see some of their learning below!

  • Kindergartners are utilizing their critical thinking skills to create structures to provide shade on the playground.
  • First graders are learning about the symbols (state bird, state tree) that represent the state of Virginia.  
  • Second graders completed their first big writing assignment, taking their Personal Narratives from brainstorming to final product.
  • Third graders are using their knowledge of animal and plant adaptations to invent a solution to a real world problem 
  • Fourth graders had a blast on their first field trip.  They learned about the four different sections of an orchestra during a performance at the Kennedy Center.
  • Fifth graders are looking forward to sharing their Family Cultural project with classmates.   
  • Sixth graders are working hard to create resorts that can safely operate on different planets.  This requires solutions to make places like Mars habitable for humans.

On Monday during our professional development day, our teachers spent time focused on continuing to grow in our learning related to supporting students by name and by need!  And a big, “Thank You”, to the PTA for a wonderful lunch!

Next week is the Book Fair. On the evening of October 19, students and families can browse for books and enjoy the SCA-sponsored pizza sale when they need a break. Look for specific grade level information from your child’s teacher about both the Book Fair and Spirit week!

Have a relaxing weekend!


Ms. Cherith Pierson and Ms. Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue

  • Bobcat Spirit Week October 25-28
  • Student Kudos 
  • Portrait of CRS Graduates - Building Classroom & School Community
  • Dr. Reid to Host Q&A for Students on October 19 at 6 PM at the McLean Community Center

  • Superintendent Community Conversation at Langley HS October 26
  • Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
  • Math Website for Families
  • Lost and Found
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates

spirit week

Our first SGA Spirit week will start on Tuesday October 25th.  Show your Bobcat spirit and join in the fun!

  • Tuesday October 25th: Cozy Day. Wear your coziest clothes. This can include Pjs.
  • Wednesday October 26th: Wacky Day. Wear mismatching clothing and/or crazy hair to school.
  • Thursday October 27th: Jersey Day. Wear your favorite sport jersey to school.
  • Friday October 28th: Halloween Costume Day. Wear your Halloween Costume to school. (Must be school appropriate and no masks)

Student Kudos

2022-2023 SGA Officers


Congratulations to the Churchill Road SGA Officers for the 2022-2023 school year: President, Brady M.; Vice President, Reilly D.; Treasurer, Daniel G.; Secretary, Kevin K.; Historian, Luke H.; and Sergeant at Arms, Lyla S. Thank you to SCA sponsors Ms. Skehan, Ms. Vichness and Mr. Haden for organizing the elections and working with the students on the upcoming spirit week and book fair pizza sale.  It is going to be a great year!

Book Fair Poster Contest Winners


Pictured: Book Fair Poster Contest winners.

What a talented group of artists we had participate in the Book Fair Poster Contest.  It was a tough choice for our panel of judges. In addition to the poster winners, one lucky student in each grade was chosen at random to win a gift certificate to the book fair. Congratulations to all of the following students:

  • Kindergarten: Poster Winner- Leila A., Raffle Winner - Calvin Glenzer
  • First Grade: Poster Winner - Olivia K., Raffle Winner - Delina Dereje
  • Second Grade: Poster Winners - Nate and Theo K., Raffle Winner - Charlie Cumberland
  • Third Grade: Poster Winner - Rania A., Raffle Winner - Cecily Wilybank
  • Fourth Grade: Poster winner - Cameron K., Raffle Winners - Tala Abbud and Olivia Fegler
  • Fifth Grade: Poster Winner - Finley S., Raffle Winner - Zelda Grgeta
  • Sixth Grade: Poster Winner - Xin Ming W., Raffle Winner - Bella Capps

Churchill Students Excel in Lidl Art Challenge


Congratulations to Churchill Road fifth graders Claire F. and Finley S. for their outstanding acheivements in the Lidl Art Challenge.  Finley placed first and Claire was a contest finalist. They recently attended the presentation of a $1,632 check from Lidl to SHARE of McLean, which was the result of fundraising efforts from the store's grand opening weekend and its youth drawing contest. 

For more information, see:


CRS Portrait of a Graduate


This month’s theme is aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate attribute of being a Global and Ethical Citizen. This involves skills such as recognizing similarities and differences among cultures, caring for our planet, acting responsibly and being a strong member of a community. 

dr reid

Superintendent Community Conversation October 26

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Dr. Reid will be at Langley on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For additional information and to register click here. 

Dr. Reid to Host Q&A for Students on October 19 at 6 PM at the McLean Community Center

Students, is there something you’d like to ask new FCPS Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid? All students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade are encouraged to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids. 

Mark your calendars for Wed, Oct 19 at 6 p.m., when the McLean Citizens Association Education Committee will host an evening to meet with Dr. Reid. The event takes place at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Look for more information on this survey next week.

Math Website for Families

Here is a website Building on Math Strategies with Families that supports math work at home. The site offers routines, tasks and games by standard. They are engaging and reinforce students’ strengths and understanding by having math conversations (math talks) while building fact fluency. Here are also some things to remember about math:

The Six DO’s for Families and Their Math Students

  1. Be positive
  2. Link mathematics with daily life
  3. Make mathematics fun
  4. Learn about mathematics-related careers
  5. Have high expectations for your students
  6. Support homework/practice — don’t do it!


Lost and Found

Has your student lost a jacket, hat, sweatshirt, water bottle, lunchbox, or even glasses?

Please come take a look!

Items will be put out by the main entrance from 8:30 a.m. until dismissal on October 25, 26 and 27, 2022.  Please take the opportunity to look for any lost items during this time.  Any unclaimed items will be donated to local charities.

FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates

  • Monday October 17 - Friday, October 21 - Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 19 - Book Fair Evening Hours,5-8 PM
  • Monday, October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • Tuesday, October 25 - Fall Makeup Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, register to attend
  • Friday, October 28 - 2-Hour Early Release (End of Quarter) at 1:20 PM
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day (No School)
  • Friday, November 11 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

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