Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

Churchill Chatter - Issue 8, November 11, 2022


Thank you to all the Veterans who shared their experiences with CRS students.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

What a great start to the month of November. In honor of Veteran's Day, many classrooms hosted Veterans and learned about their important contributions.  All classrooms honored the service of our country’s veterans. Thank you to all of our parents and family members who shared their experiences with students.  The students were engaged during these conversations and full of good questions.

In the past two weeks, 

  • Kindergartners learned about dia de los muertos, a Mexican holiday, and created colorful calaveras that are used as symbols during this celebration. 
  • First grade learned that when an object vibrates, it can create a sound.
  • Second grade students paid close attention to the tadpoles, toads, herons, and other creatures in the marshes during a field trip to Huntley Meadows.  
  • Third graders finished their read aloud, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, and discussed how it compared to Because of Winn Dixie.  
  • Fourth graders spent a day at Jamestown, learning why this site was chosen by settlers, and what life was like for those in the settlement.
  • In fifth grade, students traveled back in time to analyze the geography of the Fertile Crescent.
  • Sixth grade students learned that a plan to put a resort on Mars is not so far fetched during a visit from a CRS family who works in the aerospace industry. Students heard about current research in the industry learning there is even a partnership with a major hotel chain so people can have a place to stay when traveling in space!

Have a wonderful  weekend.


Ms. Cherith Pierson and Ms. Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue

  • Churchill Road receives Bobcat Innovation grant from Educate Fairfax
  • FLE Virtual Parent Information Night November 17
  • Portrait of a Graduate - Promoting Empathy, Compassion, & Respect
  • Nominations Due November 14 for Outstanding Employee Awards

  • Schools Adopt Text and Translation Platform
  • Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season
  • FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates


Congratulations Mrs. Clark!

Congratulations to Churchill Road kindergarten teacher Asta-Dianne Clark. Mrs. Clark was awarded $1,985 for a new Bobcat Innovation Station from Educate Fairfax.  Students will get hands on experience using the Innovation Station cart to build, create, innovate, collaborate and problem solve.  

A full list of winners can be found on the Educate Fairfax  website

FLE Parent Information Night November 17

Churchill Road will also be hosting a virtual Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.  Parents will have the opportunity to talk with school staff about the program and learn how to preview FLE materials in Schoology. If interested, please register at:

Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website.

Portrait of a Graduate



This month’s theme is aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate attributes of being a Global and Ethical Citizen and Communicator. This involves skills such as sharing thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perspectives so others can understand us and we can understand them. As well as recognizing similarities and differences among cultures, caring for our planet, acting responsibly and being a strong member of a community. 

What Have Churchill Road Students Been Doing?

huntley meadows

Second graders took a field trip to Huntley Meadows Park to study wetlands.


Senora Hwang's kindergartern classes learned about dia de los muertos, a Mexican holiday, and created colorful calaveras that are used as symbols during this celebration.


Fourth graders enjoyed their field trip to Jamestown.


Ms. Kwon's third grade class enjoyed yoga with school social worker Mr. Smith.

Blue Ribbon

Last Call for 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 through this coming Monday, November 14. To learn more or nominate someone, click the link below.

Questions, please email Sara DeLuca, 6th Grade teacher (,or Ashley Scott, Librarian, (

Schools Adopt Text and Translation Platform

FCPS has recently adopted TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage.

The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact the front office at 703-288-8400 and ask for Ms. Kim.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. Let’s remember to please keep students home when they are sick with a fever.  Students may return to school 24 hours after they are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medication).



FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

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

  • Thursday, November 17 - FLE Virtual Parent Information Night, 6 PM
  • 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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