CES Weekly News 12.15.23


Principal's Message

The first part of the year has truly flown by. As we close out our December school days and make time for the holidays, I wish you all a relaxing and special time with those you love.

Our staff will be taking time away for the holiday break. The office will be very limited in staffing next week and closed the week of December 25th. If you do need something urgent over the break, please email me and I'll do my best to follow up. I will be taking the break to enjoy time with my family and treasuring just a short time with both of my children home. 

It was wonderful to have so many families in for our morning meetings the past few weeks and time to meet with you. It was precious to see the children light up to see their parents come to school with them, while I know some of our sixth grade students preferred you not to come. With each passing year we realize their needs change, but one thing is always true - they need our partnership in their growth and development.  We thank you for that!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to welcoming your children back in 2024!


Stacy Kirkpatrick, Principal

Outstanding Staff Nominations and Awards

Thank you to our parents community for your nominations for Outstanding Staff Members. Your recognitions of our team were touching and mean so much to each and every nominee. Please help us celebrate these winners of our Chesterbrook Oustanding Staff Awards.

Outstanding Teacher Butler

CES Outstanding Teacher
Betsy Butler, 2nd Grade Teacher

Nominees: Mr. Treacy, Ms. Scrabis, Ms. Mabile, Mrs. Wei, Ms. Logan, Ms. Nalewanski, Mrs. Kohout, Mrs. Lopez

New Teacher Boehm

Chesterbrook Outstanding New Teacher
Cody Boehm, Special Education Teacher

Nominees: Mr. Morris and Mr. Berenato

Outstanding Professional Kulkin

Chesterbrook Outstanding Professional
Jennifer Kulkin, Speech Therapist

Oustanding Operational

Outstanding Operational Staff
Mrs. Lan Ong, Building Supervisor

OUtstanding Principal

Outstanding Principal
Stacy Kirkpatrick

Chesterbrook Students Qualify for Regional Geography Bee Competition

in our first year of the Quiz Bowl program, we are pleased to announce that we had 13 students qualify for Regionals in our 5th and 6th grade program!

Congratulations to Ethan S., Zachary S., Graham M., Ramsey A., James O., Juliet C., Katherine K., Ryan R., Peter L., Safa Z., Mikayla M., Khado G., and Avery C. The regional geography bee takes place in Arlington in April. All the best to our students!


Congratulations, Mrs. Kristi McGeehan, new appointment as  Assistant Principal at Canterbury Woods Elementary

Mrs. McGeehan has been instrumental in supporting our special education department staff and students over the past six years. Additionally, she has lead school-wide goal setting with MTSS behavioral and academic areas to support student growth. 

Please help me in wishing Mrs. McGeehan all the very best as she continues to support students and staff in Fairfax County Public Schools. They are lucky to have her leadership. Her last day at Chesterbrook will be January 5th.

School Picture Makeup & Retake Images now 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

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team

The Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is inviting military-connected family members to apply to join our team. The charge of the MCY PAT is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs, partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.  

Apply to join the Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team by completing the application by December 15, 2023. Contact militaryfamilies@fcps.edu with questions. Meredith Ayala (mlayala1@fcps.edu) is our Family Partnerships Specialist for Military Connected Youth & Families and can help answer additional questions as well!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

The week of December 11th, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school. 

Any questions, please reach out to Chesterbrook School Counselors:

Grades 4 and 6: Heather Lomelin, helomelin@fcps.edu

Grades 3 and 5: Beau Buchanan, bsbuchanan@fcps.edu

Impact Aid forms can be completed online through January 31st.

  • Only the ENROLLING parent can complete the Federal Impact Aid Survey in ParentVUE!
  • Support for ParentVUE is available from the Parent Technology Help Desk: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/ or 833-921-3277
  • We need a response for EACH student (not just family)
  • Impact Aid Surveys are in ParentVUE only

How to complete the Impact Aid through Parentvue

  • 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

Deck the Halls

Each grade level decorated their hallway in the spirit of the season. Check off some of these great displays our students created. Congratulations to our Preschool classes, Mrs. Wei, Mrs. Limbaugh and Mrs. Strubhar for winning the hall decorating contest.  All our hallways were phenomenal!