CES Weekly News 11.30.23

Principal's Message

We look forward to kicking off our morning meeting parent engagement opportunities with our 3rd grade families tomorrow. 3rd grade parents, please join us in the library tomorrow morning when you arrive while students get settled into their class. 

Please save the following dates for other grades if you would like to join us. 

12/1- 3rd grade   8:45 - 9:15
12/5 2nd grade   9:45-10:15
12/6- 1st grade    8:45 - 9:15
12/11- 4th grade    8:45 - 9:15
12/13 5th grade     8:45 - 9:15
12/14- 6th grade     8:45 - 9:15
12/15- Kindergarten    8:45 - 9:15

Note that on November 30, there will be a School Board Public Hearing that offers the opportunity for parents to speak regarding the upcoming boundary adjustment. from 6 - 8 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. You may sign up to speak at the public hearing. Additional information below.


Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Spelling Bee - Registration Closes 12/7

CLICK HERE to register your student to participate in our CES Spelling Bee. Questions? Please contact our Spelling Bee Chair at spellingbee@chesterbrookpta.org

Who: Students in Grades 1 - 6
Written Test: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 9th
Practice Session: After School - Tuesday, Jan. 30th
Practice Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 6th
CES Bee: Tuesday, Feb. 13th
Fairfax County Bee: March 17th

School Photos are Ready Online

Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online.

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: underclass@vosphoto.com

School Board Meeting - Public Hearing Nov. 30 - Kent Gardens ES Boundary Adjustment

As many of you know, the November 20 Fairfax County School Board meeting was canceled. The McLean Elementary Boundary Adjustment vote remains on schedule for December 4. You may view the presentation planned for last week's meeting and learn more about the recommended boundary adjustment on the  McLean Elementary Schools Capacity/Boundary Changes (formerly Kent Gardens Capacity Challenges) webpage.

The School Board will hold a public hearing on the KGES Boundary Adjustment on November 30, 6 - 8 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School. You may sign up to speak at the public hearing. 

Detailed information will be posted on the McLean Elementary Schools Capacity/Boundary Changes webpage after the School Board takes action. This information will include a street listing of addresses impacted, phasing information, and other information families and students need to know.

The proposed boundary adjustment addresses the capacity concerns at KGES by using available capacity at other schools. The proposed boundary adjustment includes the following elements of critical importance to the public:

  • Middle and high school boundaries do not change.
  • French Immersion remains at KGES.
  • Existing areas that currently walk to school are maintained.
  • Neighborhoods are not split.
  • No attendance islands are created.

If approved, the boundary adjustment will go into effect for the 2024-25 school year. The School Board will decide on phasing plans when they vote on the boundary adjustment on December 4. 

Stay informed by checking the McLean Elementary Schools Capacity/Boundary Changes webpage. While there, sign up for the project mailing list. Your school and School Board representative, Elaine Tholen, will also share information.

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