Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

Churchill Chatter - Issue 12, January 20, 2023

Dear Churchill Road Families,  

Our students have been busy learning over the past few weeks.

  • Kindergarteners started their community helper Project Based Learning (PBL).  Students picked a helper and researched how the helpers contribute to our community. 
  • First graders learned about John Smith and the Jamestown colony.
  • Students in second grade learned about different genres of poetry and even wrote their own!
  • Third graders continued to craft their Ancient Egypt PBL.
  • Fourth graders continued working on realistic fiction papers, focusing on character development.
  • Fifth graders used different mineral properties to conduct a lab and identify "mystery" samples. 
  • Sixth grade students prepared for group presentations about the weather conditions they researched  (temperature, wind speed, air pressure) including explaining safety precautions people should take.


Jen Niccolls and Cherith Pierson-Barr

In This Week's Issue

  • Kindergarten and New Student Registration is open for 2023-24 School Year and Kindergarten Orientation on April 13
  • Congratulations Reflections Winners
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
  • News from the Art Room
  • Youth Substance Use Presentations January 23 (in-person) and March 21 (virtual)
  • FCPS News
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates


Kindergarten and New Student Registrations for 2023-24 Now Underway

We are now accepting kindergarten registrations! Students must be 5 years old by September 30th, 2023. 

If you know anyone who has a rising kindergartener (or 1st-6th student who will attend Churchill Road Elementary), please encourage them to begin registration as soon as possible. Notifying our office of your intent to register or complete registration helps our school secure staffing for the upcoming school year.

If you would like to register your child, begin your Kindergarten and New Student Registration today or sign up here to schedule an appointment!

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Information Assistant (SIA), Angie Kim, or call the main office at 703-288-8400. 

 Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is April 13th 

When you register your student, you will be added to our email distribution list for rising kindergarten parents. We will contact you with information about a Kindergarten Orientation. Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Thursday, April 13 in the afternoon. A complete schedule/time for the orientation will be shared in the coming weeks.

Congratulations Reflections Winners!


Pictured with Mrs. Pierson-Barr are Refections winners attending reception.

On January 9, this year's Reflections winners were honored at a reception in the Churchill Road library.  Congratulations to the winners and all those who participated:

  • Natasha Nesterova: Dance Choreography - Primary - "Be Confident"
  • Sthavir Baliga: Literature - Primary - "My Voice"
  • Sophia Chang: Literature - Middle School - "Silence"
  • Krishnav Baliga: Music Composition - Primary - "The Astronaut and the Alien"
  • Lara Desai: Music Composition - Intermediate - "Kaleidoscope"
  • Grayson Sheers: Photography - Intermediate - "I am Grayson"
  • Aiden Zhang: Visual Arts - Primary - "The Sound of Peace"
  • Finley Sheers: Visual Arts - Intermediate - "Dare to be You, Never Give Up"


Rise Against Hunger Update

Thank you for your continued support of  Rise Against Hunger. Students have brought into school a total of $1,834.  We have three more days to go and are hoping to reach our goal of $3,050. 

We have extended our deadline to accept in-school donations until Wednesday, January 25. Students are encouraged to bring in any donations to reach our goal. Additionally, online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27. You may make your tax-deductible donation at:

Thank you for your support.

News From the Art Room

Thank you to Ms. Lauren Pierce for working with Mrs. Wallace this school year to teach art.  Ms. Pierce will be leaving this month to complete her degree in art education.  We are welcoming Mrs. Sarah Davis, who has been working alongside Ms. Pierce the last few weeks, as our new art specialist.

Mrs. Davis, we are very happy to have you on board!


Family Engagement - Tips from the FCPS Parent Resource Center


The new year is a great time to work on goal setting. Look for more family engagement resources and quick tips for parents on the FCPS website here.

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration  (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at the dual language immersion school site. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Reminder: Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis.

The Langley Pyramid presentation will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm at Langley High School.   There will also be a virtual presentation in partnership with the Parent Resource Center on March 21.


In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
    • Draft School Year Calendar Options
    • FAFSA Help

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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.


Calendar Reminder: Quarter End

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Churchill Road students will be dismissed at 1:20 PM. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar 

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 23 - Youth Substance Abuse Presentation, Langley HS, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, January 25 - End of Quarter Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Thursday-Friday, January 26-27 - Student Holidays
  • Tuesday, February 7 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Friday, February 10 - Family Bingo Night
  • Monday, February 20 - President’s Day Holiday
  • Thursday, March 2 - Early Release @1:20 PM
  • Friday, March 3 - Student Holiday

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

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