CES Weekly News 11.12.23

Principal's Message

As we closed out this first quarter, I hope you have had time to connect with teachers on your child's progress. I want to extend my thanks to our teachers for the time they have devoted to conferences over the past couple of weeks to try to connect with all families. I also want to thank our parents for partnering with us in this important work. Together we are Better!

In our short week, we accomplished a lot and have many activities in the coming days before Thanksgiving. I've separated parent engagement opportunities below so they do not get lost and you can mark them on your calendar.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

We have a lot of information in this edition including:

  • Veteran's Day Celebration
  • School Picture Make Up Day 11/14
  • Happy Diwali
  • Upcoming Dates
  • Parent Engagement Opportunities
  • Congratulation to our Coach of the Year - Mrs. Miller!
  • Grade Level Photo Reps Needed
  • Impact Aid - Please help us meet our goal electronically!
  • Public Safety program Meeting
  • Spelling Bee Registration
  • Outstanding Employee Awards Last Call
  • Quarter 1 Pep Rally
  • Pencil Sales Begin this Week (Dates below)

Thank you to our Veterans and Current Military Families. 

Chesterbrook students had the opportunity to welcome speakers into classes on Friday. We had thirteen parents who have served or are currently serving in different branches as well as eight Veterans from Vinson Hall.
We thank you for your service!

veterans day

maekup photos

Make-Up School Picture Day 11/14

New students and those those who have not yet had a fall photo taken, will have a photo session on Tuesday, November 14th!

Need to order?
Student ID is the online code.

For questions email:

Happy Diwali 2023

We wish all who celebrate a wonderful Diwali. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs & some Buddhists. The festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Upcoming Dates

11/14 Picture Make Up Day

11/15 *Parent Coffee 9:15 AM; *FLE Parent Preview 5:30 PM
Quarter 1 Progress Reports in ParentVue

11/16 *Thanksgiving Lunch

11/21 *Turkey Trot

11/22 - 24 Thanksgiving Holiday for Staff and Students

12/6 PTA Family Fun Night BINGO 5:30 PM

12/11-15 - FLE lessons grades 4-6

FCPS annual calendar is here

*Parent engagement opportunities (more details below)

Parent Engagement Opportunities!

We are trying to pull out opportunities for parents, so these don't get lost! Please add these to your calendar if you are interested!

Wednesday, 11/15 9:15 AM - Parent Coffee, Positive Behavior Supports (Cafeteria)

Wednesday 11/15 5:30 PM - FLE Preview Night for 4th - 6th Grade Parents (Library)

Thursday, 11/16 Thanksgiving Lunch  

We ask that families not bring in outside food for our Thanksgiving day lunch.  This day is already very busy with a special meal planned. Bringing outside food and treats complicates the day for our students.

Parents who are purchasing lunch to eat with their children are asked to use the child's lunch number to utilize money on MySchool Bucks lunch account. This will make the transaction faster for all students and parents. We will have some overflow seating in our pod and 123 as needed for our bigger lunches.

10:35 - 11:05   5th Grade

10:50 - 11:20   6th Grade

11:10 - 11:40   2nd Grade

12:10 - 12:40  1st Grade

12:20 - 12:50   Kindergarten

12:55 - 1:25     3rd Grade

1:00 - 1:30       4th Grade

Thursday, 11/16 7PM- Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Community Awareness Program, Mason District Governmental Center (details below)

Join us for the Turkey Trot Next Week!
Tuesday, 11/21 *Times to be announced soon.

Mrs. Jessica Miller,

It takes a ton of passion, energy and heart to teach and coach. We are so proud of the recognition Mrs. Miller received being named Coach of the Year for 2 years in a row! Our Chesterbrook community is lucky to have her as a third grade teacher and one of our MTSS Academic Teacher Leaders!

coach of the year

Grade Level Photo Reps Needed

Another request for grade-level photo reps to help with yearbook and other school historian team efforts?  We are especially in need of volunteers for Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. Contact Sarah Gilbert, Yearbook Chair with questions. Sign up below:


IMPACT AID!!!  We need your help

We are well below where we need to be with parent response rates. We have only heard from about 100 and need responses from everyone. Please save our office staff additional work and complete our Impact Aid survey ONLINE today! If we don't get it done online, this will create more work for our office staff.

All parents will need access to ParentVue in order to activate and document. Complete the following steps:

  • Log into ParentVue
  • Select Online Packet (Upper Right Corner Tab)
  • Select Federal Impact Aid Survey from Dropdown Menu
  • The Survey will guide through completion of the form.  Note each child who attend FCPS must be completed individually

Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Association:
Membership Meeting & Public Safety Program

All are welcome to the Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person) community awareness
Thursday, November 16th at 7pm
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike Annandale VA 22003

Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting (11/16 at 7PM)

Meeting ID: 856 9586 2743
Passcode: 190332
Join via Phone: 301 715 8592

• Promote Youth Safety
• Articulate community engagement that focuses on youth programs like Mental Health, Addiction Prevention, and IT Safety Practices.
• FCCSB will provide a Narcan Training at the end (In Person Only)

Kelly Rankin LCSW, CSAC, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Brian Cramer, Special Agent, FBI
Shane Dana, Special Agent, FBI
Mark Atwood, Chairman, Chris Atwood Foundation

Spelling Bee Registration

All registered students will take the written test. Bee materials will be sent home with registered students the week of December 11th to help prepare. Students who do well on the written test will have the opportunity to attend an optional practice session on January 30th and will be invited to compete in the CES oral Bee on February 13th. All other students will be invited to participate in a Practice Spelling Bee on February 6th. Great practice for future years!

Chesterbrook’s oral Bee winner will advance to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 17th at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

The Fairfax County Bee winner will compete against students from across the country in the National Spelling Bee scheduled for May 26-31st at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.


Written Test: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 9th
Practice Session: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 30th
Practice Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 6th
CES Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 13th

Reminder - Nominations Close 11/17

Nominations Open FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

To submit a nomination for a Chesterbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the Google form links beside each award below. 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. Please click on the appropriate category to complete a nomination:

Outstanding Teacher 

Outstanding New Teacher

Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

House Quarter 1 Pep Rally

Students celebrated their hard work and others in our very first House Pep Rally. What a great way to close out our quarter and the short week!

pep rally q1

pencil sale