Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

Churchill Chatter - Issue 7, October 28, 2022


The Churchill Road annual Halloween parade returns!

Dear Churchill Road Families,

What a fantastic few weeks we have had!  Our Book Fair was a huge success, thanks to the planning and preparation by our PTA. The SGA organized our first Spirit Week of the school year, culminating with an all-school Halloween parade -- an event enjoyed by all. 

Thank you to the many parents who both attended, as well as participated in the Book Fair, Halloween parade, and class parties!  We love seeing you and having you in and around the school!  

Over the past weeks, students continue to learn and thrive.

  • Kindergartners  recently learned positional words (above, below, inside, outside, right, left) related to maps.  
  • First graders had a wonderful time learning about the life cycle of pumpkins at Cox Farms - their first field trip of the school year.
  • Second graders completed their first Project Based Learning.  The PBL focused on how we can help the monarch butterfly population thrive. 
  • Third grade students began working on a realistic fiction writing piece.
  • Fourth graders are learning about Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, prior to their upcoming field trip.  
  • Fifth graders finished their book club books, and are comparing themes and characters in different realistic fiction books.
  • Sixth graders used persuasive skills to create and give a public service announcement about the cause they selected.

Next Monday, October 31, is a teacher work day.  

Have a wonderful three day weekend


Ms. Cherith Pierson and Ms. Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue

  • Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards

  • Book Fair a Success
  • Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
  • Helping Hungry Kids Food Drive Starts November 1
  • TJ 10th Anniversary Science Fair
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates

Blue Ribbon

Outstanding Employee Awards

Is there a Churchill teacher, staff member, or administrator that you would like to recognize? We are accepting nominations for Outstanding Employees from October 28 - November 14. To learn more or nominate someone, click the link below. If you have any questions, please email Sara DeLuca, 6th Grade Teacher ( or Ashley Scott, Librarian, (

To nominate a staff member, please go to the following link:

Book Fair a Success


Wow!  Thank you to all the students, parents, and teachers for visiting our book fair last week.  The students were so excited to browse all the selections and to have a few slices of pizza at the SGA sponsored pizza sale during the evening event. Thank you to the PTA Book Fair committee, CRS librarian Ashley Scott, and our SGA for making this such a fun event.

Please Complete Your Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

All students were provided a survey in their VIP folders on October 19.  Thank you to all of the families who have already completed and returned the forms.  If you have not yet done so, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school, for each school-aged child in your household. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

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.

Video Explanation of the Survey


Helping Hungry Kids Food Drive

Churchill Road PTA is helping fight food insecurity in our area. On November 14, interested 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders will have a chance to pack meals for HELPING HUNGRY KIDS. Helping Hungry Kids (HHK) provides more than 13,000 bagged weekend meals to northern Virginia children who rely on free and reduced lunches during the week.

To make this event a success, we need help from the whole school!

Can you contribute food items? We’re collecting donations from November 1- 11. Check here to see what we need at the sign up genius here

Contributions may be placed in the gray collections bins around the school from November 1 – November 11.

 **Check your VIP folders this week for permission slips for 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders who wish to stay after school on November 14 to assemble meal bags. Permission slips MUST BE RECEIVED by Friday November 11h.

 **We need adult volunteers to help make this event a success! Please sign up here if you can join us:

volunteer here

For more information check out our CRS PTA website:

Kindergarteners Study Pumpkins


Kindergarteners kicked off their unit on pumpkins by visiting Churchill Road's own pumpkin patch.  Classes harvested their pumpkins, teachers cut them up and students counted the seeds. Thank you to the kindergarten room parents for organizing this fun event.

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.


TJ 10th Anniversary Science Fair - Participants Wanted

TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is hosting their 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023 and would like to invite 5th-8th grade students to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free. Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. The group will help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc. Our first interest/brainstorming session is Friday November 4th, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. We will be holding this session both in-person and virtually and will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the following link:


Calendar Reminders

Monday, Oct. 31, schools are closed for students for a teacher workday.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, the day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers... Get out and Vote!

Friday, Nov. 11is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 1 - Virtual PTA Meeting Link, 7 PM
  • 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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