May 6, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 18, May 6, 2022

Two of our favorite bakers wear the same t-shirt representing their favorite hobby as part of SGA's Spirit Week.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already May and we are closing in on the end of another school year.  We are so grateful to our PTA for celebrating our teachers and staff this week with coffee, sweets, gift cards and a fabulous luncheon.  We truly feel very much appreciated.

Our SGA sponsored a fun spirit week, much to the enjoyment of all the students.  Looking ahead, we are excited about the Bobcat Spring Celebration next Friday, May 13.  There will be music, dance, games -- including a Parent-Staff matchup of "Are You Smarter than a Sixth Grader?"  We hope that you will be able to join us for this fun-filled family event, the first since 2019!

We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Staff Appreciation Thank You!
  • Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall on May 17
  • FCPS Health Updates
  • SOL Testing Schedule
  • PTA News - Spring Celebration on May 13, 6th Grade Party Update, School Supply Orders Open, Helping Hungry Kids, and Summer Camps at CRS.
  • Important Dates
Thank You from the CRS Staff

Churchill Road teachers and staff were wowed by the outpouring of appreciation this past week. Parents, students and the PTA went all out with notes of gratitude, cards, and delicious treats of all kinds. Each day was something fabulous, from donuts and coffee to snacks, sweets, a delicious Cinco de Mayo luncheon, and the ever-popular gift card tree, culminating with special Churchill-themed cupcakes. A very special thank you is extended to Shelli Bushman and Christie Buschmann for organizing this week's festivities. 

Thank you for supporting the great work of our teachers, assistants and staff through your kindness and generosity.

Cherith Pierson, Jen Niccolls and the entire CRS staff

Topic: Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall May 17

Share the following message with constituents:

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

FCPS Health Updates

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, May 10 - Grade 5 and Grade 6 Math SOLs
  • Wednesday, May 11 - Grade 3 and Grade 4 Math SOLs
  • Friday, May 13 - Bobcat Spring Family Celebration, 5-8 PM
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Orchestra Concert for Families, 6 PM
  • Thursday, May 19 - Chorus Concert for Families, 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 9 AM
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Band Concert for Families, 6 PM
  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - School Closed

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Bobcat Spring Celebration

Join your fellow CRS families for an evening of music, dance, games, activities, and fun at the Bobcat Spring Celebration on May 13 from 5-8 p. m.!  

Tickets are available to purchase online through 11:59 p.m. on May 12 for $10 per person. Ticket sales at the door will be $15 per person (cash only). Each ticket includes admission and 20 tickets to use for all the games and activities. Additional game and activities tickets will be available for purchase at the event (cash only).

There will be food trucks with food for purchase, so bring your picnic blanket and plan to buy dinner at the event!

Please note that this event will be held rain or shine (indoors if raining). Tickets are not refundable.

More info and ticket orders

6th Grade Party

6th Grade Families — Tickets are on sale now through May 13 for the Class of 2022 Celebration! Your student's ticket includes an all-access pass to all the fun at the party, including lunch, snacks, treats, a digital memory book, and party goodies. Ticket purchases also support the Class of 2022 gift to CRS, a tile mural that includes art from every 6th grader. Party info & tickets

Order School Supplies for the
2022-2023 School Year

Save time and money driving from store to store and "go green" by ordering school supplies online this year. Your child's supply kit includes the exact teacher requested supplies and ships directly to CRS before the first day of class! CRS PTA elves will deliver your child's kit to their classroom prior to the start of school. Getting school supplies couldn't be easier! Proceeds will benefit the CRS PTA and help fund programs at Churchill Road. 

To order, go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and enter our school's code CHU084. Select the appropriate grade pack. Be sure to choose next year's grade level! Every kit includes all the exact teacher-requested supplies — the complete list can be viewed online. Note: Tax will be applied at checkout. Orders can be made through June 30, 2022.

Helping Hungry Kids

The CRS PTA is helping fight food insecurity in our area. From May 9 to May 20, we are collecting non-perishable, shelf-stable food donations. These donations will be assembled into weekend meal bags for Northern Virginia school children who rely on free and reduced-price lunches during the week.

Food Drive: To ensure these bags have all the needed items, we've created a sign-up form for donations, and we've broken down the needed items by grade. Your children can bring your donations to school and drop them in the gray bins located throughout the school from 5/9-5/20 or at the Bobcat Spring Celebration on 5/13. Donations Signup

Meal Bag Assembly: We'll be assembling these weekend bags on 5/24 from 3:30-4:00 p.m., and we're asking any 6th grader who's interested to be part of the assembly teams. Watch your VIP folders for permission slips. Sixth graders MUST have signed permission slips to participate.

Parent Volunteers: We need volunteers to help us make this event work! Want to join your student in the assembly? Join us! Don't have a 6th grader but would love to pitch in? You're also welcome! Volunteer

Summer Camps at CRS

Registration is now open for all our summer camps!

  • Bobcat Sports Camp: for rising 1st-6th grade students; June 14 to 17, June 21 to 24, June 27 to July 1, July 5 to 8
  • Bobcat Games Camp: for rising 6th-8th grade students; June 21 to June 24
  • Summer STEM Camp: for rising 1st-3rd grade students; July 11 to 15 (half-day camp)
  • Chess Camp: for rising 2nd-7th grade students; June 27 to July 1
  • Theater Camp: for rising 4th-7th grade students; June 21 to July 1 and July 5 to July 15

Camp info and registration

Quick Links

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

CRS Summer Camps Open for Registration

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Registration Open for All CRS summer camps!

Find details and registration information at churchillroadpta.org/camps.

  • Bobcat Sports Camp: for rising 1st-6th grade students; June 14 to 17, June 21 to 24, June 27 to July 1, July 5 to 8
  • Bobcat Games Camp: for rising 6th-8th grade students; June 21 to June 24
  • Summer STEM Camp: for rising 1st-3rd grade students; July 11 to 15 (half-day camp)
  • Chess Camp: for rising 2nd-7th grade students; June 27 to July 1
  • Theater Camp: for rising 4th-7th grade students; June 21 to July 1 and July 5 to July 15
Bobcat Sports

Open to rising 1st through 6th-grade students. Spend part of your summer exploring sports and athletic activities. Each week, campers will get to participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor games and sports skills. In addition, time will be dedicated to other physical activities and games including scooter board activities, the rock wall, invasion, tag games, and so much more! We look forward to having a fun, active summer with you! For questions, contact Mr. Varhol at [email protected]. Bobcat Sports Camp is from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Bobcat Games

Open to rising 6th-8th graders. Do you love challenging board games? Do you enjoy using strategy and testing your brain?! What about Escape Rooms!? If this sounds like you, come join us for some fun this summer at Bobcat Games: Unplugged! During the week, students can expect to play board games, learn techniques for problem-solving, and cooperatively engage in fun competitions. We will even go to an Escape Room to put these new skills to the test...with some added pressure! For questions, contact Ms. DeLuca at [email protected]. Camp is $310 and runs from June 21 to June 24. Bobcat Games Camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

STEM Camp

Open to rising 1st-3rd grade students. Do you love science, technology, engineering, and/or math? If so, join Mrs. Clark for STEM Camp this summer! STEM camp participants will learn about, and implement the engineering design process and the scientific method through hands-on activities, design builds, and experiments. For questions, contact Mrs. Clark at [email protected]. Camp is $250 and runs from July 11th to July 15th. STEM Camp is open from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Chess Camp

Join the U.S. Chess Center for CRS Chess Camp from June 27 to July 1! The camp is for rising 2nd to 7th-grade students and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (aftercare is available until 5 p.m.). Fees are $255 per week, with aftercare an extra $75.

Learn the strategy of chess in this week-long chess camp where students will focus on improving chess skills through practice and lessons. Mr. Mehler and other nationally certified instructors from the U.S. Chess Center will teach campers in a fun week that mixes chess with other recreational activities. 

Note: Space is limited to the first 30 students to register. There will be about 1 teacher per 10 students. For questions, contact the U.S. Chess Center at [email protected] or 202-857-4922.

Theatre Camp

Theater Camp is for rising 4th-7th grade students. The camp is led by Mr. Gustaveson and Mr. Ericson through the Rise Up Theater company. Students will engage in choreography sessions, singing classes, acting games, and much more. Each 2-week session features a final performance. For questions, contact Mr. Ericson at [email protected] and Mr. Gustaveson at [email protected]. Camp is $600 per session (Session 1: June 21-July 1 and Session 2: July 5-15) and runs from 8:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Note: The CRS PTA does not manage this camp. For questions or assistance, please contact Mr. Ericson at [email protected] and Mr. Gustaveson at [email protected].

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

April 23, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 17, April 23, 2022 In This Week's Issue 
  • Class Placement Input for 2022-23 Due May 1
  • American Heart Association Kid's Heart Challenge - Churchill is #1 in Fairfax County
  • Autism Acceptance Month
  • SOL Testing Schedule
  • FCPS Webinars on April 26, 28
  • McLean Rotary Chocolate Festival April 24
  • Longfellow Open House for Rising 7th Graders 
  • PTA News - Summer Camps and Spring Celebration on May 13
  • Important Dates
Class Placement Input for 2022-2023 Due May 1

Every year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements for the next school year.  A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollments and teachers moving to a new assignment.     

Churchill Road families may assist in this process by sharing insights. Please note the following when providing information. We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers.  We cannot guarantee friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. We do our best to create a positive learning year for your child.

Please provide your input by submitting this form as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 1, 2022. Thank you for your input.

American Heart Association

Congratulations to our top earners this yea:; Lyla Siddiqui (4th Grade) & Rahniya Siddiqui (6th grade), Sthavir and Krishnav B. (Kinder), Layan Z. (2nd), Griffin H. (6th), Musa H. (1st), Sachin V. (K), Olivia K (K), Thomas H. (5th).

The PE department would like to give a big thank you to all the students and families that participated in the American Heart Association’s Kid’s Heart Challenge! Due to your efforts, Churchill Road raised an impressive $30,907. We are the #1 school in Fairfax County and the 3rd highest school in Virginia! This is also our new school record!

We had 172 students participate on the fundraising side.  All students enjoyed different Kid’s Heart Challenge activities during their PE classes. They also got to learn more about our Heart Hero’s and the specific health messages each of them had.

Our top earners (pictured above) this year included; Lyla Siddiqui (4th Grade) & Rahniya Siddiqui (6th grade), Sthavir and Krishnav B. (Kinder), Layan Z. (2nd), Griffin H. (6th), Musa H. (1st), Sachin V. (K), Olivia K (K), Thomas H. (5th).

A special congratulations to our top four earners!

Most impressive was the enthusiasm displayed by our students to further the cause and awareness of heart disease.  The money raised will be used to fund groundbreaking research that helps kids and adults survive and thrive with serious heart diseases and conditions.   It also helps fund programs that train how to perform lifesaving CPR.  All of you are Heart Heroes!  Thank you again for all your support and effort the last couple of weeks!  

Mrs. James & Mr. Varhol

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

SOL Testing Schedule

SOL testing begins next week.  Please see below for all test dates.

Spring 2022 SOL Test Dates   Subject Date Grade 6 Reading April 28   Math May 10 Grade 5 Reading April 28   Math May 10   Science May 5 Grade 4 Reading April 26   Math May 11 Grade 3 Reading April 26   Math May 11

                   

McLean Rotary Club Chocolate Festival

The Rotary Club of McLean is once again sponsoring its Annual Chocolate Festival.  This community event will take place at the McLean Community Center on Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

All proceeds from the event are used to support McLean and Langley pyramid  schools and organizations (ie, scholarships, ethics days - 6th and 12th, Safe Community Coalition, elementary reading initiatives, etc.)   

For more information see this website  www.mcleanchocolatefestival.com.

 FCPS and Fairfax County Government Partnering to Provide Substance Abuse Webinars on April  26, 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for  April 26 and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.
  • In-depth opioid information.
  • Reasons why youth use substances.
  • Ways parents can support their children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

Longfellow Rising 7th Grade Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.!

Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, April 26 - Grade 3 and Grade 4 Reading SOLs
  • Thursday, April 28 - Grade 5 and Grade 6 Reading SOLs
  • Thursday, May 5 - Grade 5 Science SOL
  • Tuesday, May 10 - Grade 5 and Grade 6 Math SOLs
  • Wednesday, May 11 - Grade 3 and Grade 4 Math SOLs
  • Friday, May 13 - Bobcat Spring Family Celebration, 5-8 PM
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Orchestra Concert for Families, 6 PM
  • Thursday, May 19 - Chorus Concert for Families, 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 9 AM
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Band Concert for Families, 6 PM
  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - School Closed

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Summer Camps at CRS

Registration is now open for all our summer camps!

  • Bobcat Sports Camp: for rising 1st-6th grade students; June 14 to 17, June 21 to 24, June 27 to July 1, July 5 to 8
  • Bobcat Games Camp: for rising 6th-8th grade students; June 21 to June 24
  • Summer STEM Camp: for rising 1st-3rd grade students; July 11 to 15 (half-day camp)
  • Chess Camp: for rising 2nd-7th grade students; June 27 to July 1
  • Theater Camp: for rising 4th-7th grade students; June 21 to July 1 and July 5 to July 15

More info and registration

Bobcat Spring Celebration

Mark your calendars for our CRS Families' Spring Celebration on May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.!  Tickets go on sale next week, April 25, but mark your calendars now for this fun family event which will include food, games, music, and more!

If you would like to help with this event, please email Christie Buschmann at [email protected].

Quick Links

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Friday, April 1, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 16, April 1, 2022

Ms. Diorio's class ejoying their Jamestown field trip.

Dear Churchill Road families,

This week our fourth graders enjoyed a day of learning in historic Jamestown and our PTA treated staff to a delicious Mediterranean feast.  We are grateful for these returns to events from prior years and look forward to many more.

Our school office will be closed the week of April 4th. The office will reopen on Monday, April 11 at 8 a.m. Please keep this in mind, and plan accordingly if you would like to register your child.

We hope that you have a wonderful spring break.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Family Engagement Survey
  • New Student Registration for 2022-2023
  • Mediterranean Lunch Enjoyed by All
  • All County Choral Festival
  • Kid's Heart Challenge - Churchill is #1 in Fairfax County
  • SEL Screener Virtual Coffee Chat, 4/12
  • Testing Updates/Reminders
  • Virtual Parent Engagement Meeting on Schoology, 4/21
  • Webinars for Pre-K to Grade 2 Familes, 4/22 and 5/20
  • Important Dates
Family Engagement Survey!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Participate today by clicking on the QR code below or visit the survey website

New Student Registration for 2022-2023

We are now accepting new student registrations, K-6! Students must be 5 years old by September 30th, 2022 to register for kindergarten. Please contact Angie Kim, [email protected], with any registration questions.

You can register your child by beginning the registration process online. Mrs. Kim will contact you with the next steps to get your child(ren) enrolled quickly and efficiently!  Please note: our front office will be closed during spring break, April 4-8. 

Thank You for the Delicious Lunch

CRS staff were treated to an amazing Mediterranean lunch this week – complete with antipasto, pasta, lasagna, many salads, yummy desserts and more! Thank you to all the families that contributed to this tasty event, and a special thanks to Christie Buschmann for hosting. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this special lunch.

Churchill Road Students Participate in All County Choral Festival

Congratulations to our sixth grade All County Chorus singers Ally K., Emmy L., Chrystiana R.(not pictured due to illness), Kate W. and Ariel Y.!   

These students represented Churchill Road at the 2022 All County Choral Festival held at Mt. Vernon High School on Saturday, March 19th   The festival concert was professionally recorded for rebroadcast, since no outside audience was permitted to attend.  The concert will premiere on the Red Apple 21 cable channel with a simultaneous livestream on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 PM.  A YouTube link to the concert will be available on the FCPS website after the premiere date.   We hope you take a moment to watch the concert - our singers did a fantastic job!

Kids Heart Challenge Update!

Churchill Road is currently ranked #1 in Fairfax County, and #6 out of ALL the schools in Virginia! Our Bobcats are TRULY making a difference and helping others with special hearts. As of today, we have raised $24,060.64!! Our fundraiser will continue over Spring Break and end on Monday, April 11th. If you would like to register, here is the link! http://www2.heart.org/goto/churchillroad

SEL Screener Coffee Chat

Our K-2nd graders recently participated in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2021). Students used the screener to share about their SEL skills, relationships, school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.  Student SEL scores were mailed out centrally by FCPS in March.

To help families better understand SEL, the Churchill Road Socio-Emotional Wellness Team has prepared a YouTube video and parent presentation

Please join the CRS administration and wellness team for a virtual Parent Coffee, Tuesday, April 12th,  9:30-10:00 a.m. We will provide you with an overview of the SEL Screener, help you to understand student and school results, as well as address the SEL supports available through Churchill and FCPS, and answer your questions. Please RSVP should you wish to attend via this link:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpdO-uqTgpH9K4fNqXTviReyM_DuK2COtA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Second Graders Share Stories with Kindergarteners

Ms. Finger's second graders wrote a realistic fiction story and celebrated their final product by reading to Mrs. Song's kindergarteners. All of the students enjoyed this opportunity to read together.

Testing Updates/Reminders  iReady Testing Results (1st through 6th Grades Only)

Grades 1-6 winter iReady scores are now available for families in SIS ParentVue. Once families log in, click the ‘Documents' tab on the left side of the screen.

Grades K-6

Spring SEL screener testing window (Grades K-6) will open on April 12th-May 6th. Click here for the notification of testing letter.

VDOE and FCPS require schools to deliver screening and progress monitoring assessments multiple times per year to evaluate school readiness, measure student growth, and inform student intervention/supports. A summary of spring expectations is provided here by grade range.

Kindergarten
  • The Virginia state government expects all schools to take part in the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP). The VKRP assesses literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The VKRP will be given between April 12th-May 20th.
  • Teachers assess students using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) for VKRP literacy. Teachers interview students using the Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) for VKRP mathematics. After observing the student 3-4 weeks, teachers complete the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) for VKRP self-regulation and social skills. Click here for the Parent Notification letter. 
Grades 1 & 2:
  • IReady (Reading/Math): April 12-May 20. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • DRA2/DRA2-PM (reading): April 12-May 20 
Grades 3-6:  
  • IReady (Reading/Math):April 12-June 9. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • Spring SOL's (April 26-May 17). Click here for more information. 
  • Churchill Road will be administering the SOL's on the following dates:
Spring 2022 SOL Test Dates   Subject Date Grade 6 Reading April 28   Math May 10 Grade 5 Reading April 28   Math May 10   Science May 5 Grade 4 Reading April 26   Math May 11 Grade 3 Reading April 26   Math May 11

                   

Virtual Parent Engagement Opportunity: 
Technology, Schoology, and Beyond:
Thursday, April 21 from 6:00-7:00 PM

Have you been wondering about how to better support your child with Schoology and understand how to access grades and projects?  CRS Technology Specialist Nick Kilpatrick will be leading a session for parents from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. To register please click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Important Dates
  • Friday, April 1 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Spring Break, Front Office Closed
  • Tuesday, April 12 - SEL Screener Virtual Coffee Chat, 9:30 AM
  • Wednesday, April 20 - Purple Up Spirit Day for Month of the Military Child
  • Wednesday, April 20 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Thursday, April 21 - Virtual Parent Engangement Opportunity on Schoology, 6 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

DedicatED: For Parents and Teachers Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners

5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3

Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team

Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Quick Links

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Early Dismissal Tomorrow Thursday, March 31 at 1:20 PM

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2-Hour Early Student Dismissal at 1:20 PM Tomorrow - Thursday, March 31

As a reminder, all students will be dismissed two hours early tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, at 1:20 p.m.  Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. Please note that the front office will be closed over break.

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Virtual Parent Engagement Session Tonight - UPDATED LINK

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Virtual Parent Engagement Opportunity:  Responsive Classroom TONIGHT: Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00-7:00 PM

The Churchill Road Wellness Team is hosting a virtual Responsive Classroom (RC) Parent Engagement opportunity TONIGHT - Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Responsive Classroom is the student-centered, social-emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline that CRS teachers are implementing. The focus of this session will be on showing parents and guardians how RC principles can be adapted and implemented in the home. Please utilize the link below to sign up for the session:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsd-yuqj0jHN1t-rSr6eWnV3psEBlto2Yl

We look forward to “seeing” you tonight!

The CRS Wellness Team

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Virtual Parent Engagement Session Tonight

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Virtual Parent Engagement Opportunity:  Responsive Classroom TONIGHT: Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00-7:00 PM

The Churchill Road Wellness Team is hosting a virtual Responsive Classroom (RC) Parent Engagement opportunity TONIGHT - Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Responsive Classroom is the student-centered, social-emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline that CRS teachers are implementing. The focus of this session will be on showing parents and guardians how RC principles can be adapted and implemented in the home. Please utilize the link below to sign up for the session:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsd-yuqj0jHN1t-rSr6eWnV3psEBlto2Yl

We look forward to “seeing” you tonight!

The CRS Wellness Team

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Friday, March 18, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 15, March 18, 2022

Spring is here. Ms. Finger's second graders release their monarchs in the school's bird and butterfly garden.

Dear Churchill Road families,

What a difference a week makes, with the change to daylight savings time bringing more daylight and the spring weather finally pushing winter aside.

Earlier this week, our second graders released their monarch butterflies into our beautiful bird and butterfly garden.  This afternoon, our sixth graders presented their inquiry research projects to their classmates and via zoom link to parents and family members. 

We already are hard at work planning for the 2022-2023 school year.  Churchill Road families may assist in this process by sharing information about their students.  We have created a form, linked below, for families to use; the deadline for submission of this optional form is May 1, 2022. 

Next Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Churchill Road Wellness is offering a virtual parent engagement opportunity to learn more about Responsive Classroom and how this approach to learning can be adapted and similar language implement at home.  We hope that you are able to join us for this session. We are looking forward to the PTA Bingo next Friday evening – many thanks to the PTA and our fabulous parents for organizing these fun evenings for us. 

Have you been wondering about how to better support your child with Schoology and understand how to access grades and projects?  CRS Technology Specialist Nick Kilpatrick will be leading a session for parents at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.  Look for more information in the upcoming weeks.

If you have a rising kindergarten student and have not yet registered for the next school year, please reach out to our registrar, Angie Kim, [email protected], or by calling 703-288-8400. Information on our kindergarten program is available on our website: https://churchillroades.fcps.edu/student-services/kindergarten-orientation.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Wishing Mr. Butler a Wonderful Retirement
  • 2022-2023 Class Placements
  • Virtual Parent Engagement Meeting on Responsive Classroom, 3/23
  • Free Online Tutoring for All Students Coming Soon
  • Schoology Design Challenge
  • Distribution of Community Fliers
  • PTA News, Spring ASA registration ends 3/22, and CRS Spelling Bee Champ heads to County Bee
  • Important Dates
Good Luck Mr. Butler!

Please join us in wishing CRS instructional assistant Greg Butler a wonderful retirement after nearly 10 years at Churchill.  Your students likely know Mr. Butler from the classroom. If you walk the Raymond and Churchill intersection for drop off or pick up, you might know Mr. Butler as the friendly, welcoming face of CRS. Dogs know Mr. Butler as the generous friend with a pocket of dog treats!

 Mr. Butler, we appreciate your kindhearted attitude in the classroom and on the daily approach and departure from school.  We hope that you enjoy playing golf, reading and spending more time with your family as you settle into retirement.

Class Placements for 2022-2023

Every year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements for the next school year.  A variety of factors such as student personalities, friendships, and academic abilities are considered as we create our new classes.  Other factors impacting the decision-making process of student class assignments are new student enrollments and teachers moving to a new assignment.     

Churchill Road families may assist in this process by sharing insights. Please note the following when providing information. We do not accept requests for specific teachers for the upcoming grade placement.  This includes hints that reference specific teachers.  We cannot guarantee friend requests nor exceptions for other students whereby there may be a conflict. We do our best to create a positive learning year for your child.

Please provide your input by submitting this form  as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 1, 2022. Thank you for your input.

Virtual Parent Engagement Opportunity:  Responsive Classroom Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00-7:00 PM

The Churchill Road Wellness Team is hosting a virtual Responsive Classroom (RC) Parent Engagement opportunity on Wednesday, March 23rd from 6:00-7:00 pm. Responsive Classroom is the student-centered, social-emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline that CRS teachers are implementing. The focus of this session will be on showing parents and guardians how RC principles can be adapted and implemented in the home. Please utilize the link below to sign up for the session:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsd-yuqj0jHN1t-rSr6eWnV3psEBlto2Yl

We look forward to “seeing” you on the 23rd!

The CRS Wellness Team

Free Online Tutoring Services for All Students Coming Soon!

All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for school year 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant. 

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing student’s strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. All FCPS families will soon receive an email including an online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website.

Kids Heart Challenge!  New name, same fun!

It’s time for your child to show heart! For the 21st year, CRS has again partnered with the American Heart Association to educate students about the cardiovascular system while providing information on keeping this essential body system healthy throughout life.  This year, the American Heart Association is launching the Kids Heart Challenge, formally known as Jump Rope for Heart.  Kids Heart Challenge is the same as Jump Rope for Heart, only now it aligns more with our Health and Physical Education curriculum. 

This year we have set a goal of $10,000.  This follows the most successful year in school history!  The last year we participated in 2018/19 school year our students raised a record amount of $27,267!!! Churchill Road was #1 in Fairfax County and #3 in the state!  It is just another example of how our families value living a health and active lifestyle along with the generosity to help a good cause. 

Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser forms were handed out to the entire student body in this week’s (3/16) VIP folder.  Students who choose to participate in the fundraiser will have the opportunity to earn Thank You gifts from the American Heart Association while helping millions across the United States through the American Heart Association.  We are again going 100% online donations this year.  Easy to follow steps have been sent home in VIP folders.  The fundraiser will officially begin on Monday March 14th and end on Monday April 11, 2022.  

Click the link below to sign up now!  Search “Churchill Road.”

www.heart.org/khc

Thank you for your participation in this great event!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Varhol, [email protected], or Mrs. James, [email protected].

Calling all Artists and Designers: Schoology Design Challenge

Are your students looking for a spring break activity.  Create a design to fill the big blue field on the Schoology login page. All FCPS students in grades Pre-K-12 are eligible to submit. More information is available on the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/news/calling-all-artists-and-designers-schoology-design-challenge

Distribution of Community Fliers

If you or your organization would like to participate in Churchill Road ES’s spring community flier distribution, mark April 20, 2022 on your calendar. Non-profit organizations are welcome to participate. All fliers must be approved by the principal before they are distributed. Please send  electronic copies of fliers to Kim Moran at [email protected]  by April 15, 2022. 

Please see FCPS Regulation 1367.4 for more information. 

Important Dates
  • Wednesday, March 23 - Virtual Parent Engagement Opportunity on Responsive Classroom, 6 PM
  • Friday, March 25 - PTA Bingo Night
  • Saturday, March 26 - FCPS Special Education Conference
  • Thursday, March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Friday, April 1 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Spring Break, Front Office Closed
  • Wednesday, April 20 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Thursday, April 21 - Virtual Parent Engangement Opportunity on Schoology, 6 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Spring After School Activities

Registration for spring classes ends at midnight on Tuesday, March 22. Classes start the week of April 11.  More info and registration

Fairfax County Spelling Bee 

The CRS 2022 Spelling Bee winner Esther Choi (6th grade) will be competing in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee this Sunday, March 20th. Let's all wish her the best as she proudly represents Churchill Road Elementary School!

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Updates to School Class Size and Crossing Guard information

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Updates to School Class Size and Crossing Guard information

We are excited for the year to come, and wanted to provide an update to class sizes for the 2022-2023 school year. We have been meeting with our county leadership and attending meetings in regards to our facilities.  At this time, we do not anticipate any class size issues for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Also, we are asking our community to pay special attention to our expectations and routines for student arrival and dismissal.  Safety of our students is of the utmost importance.  We have received reports of cars not following these routines, and we are asking the community to respect existing traffic regulations, especially in the crosswalk area.  We appreciate the efforts of our crossing guard to keep our students safe and ask everyone to support these efforts as well.

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to support our students at Churchill Road Elementary School.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jen Niccolls

7100 Churchill Road, McLean, Virginia 22101 | Main Office: 703.288.8400
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Family Engagement Survey 3/14 and SCC Book Talk on 3/18

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Family Engagement Survey Coming March 14

Our Family Engagement Survey is coming to your email the afternoon of Sunday, March 13

Taking this survey will help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.  Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage.  Your voice matters!

For questions regarding the FCPS Family Engagement Survey, please contact our Family Liaison, Charlotte Diorio, [email protected]

SCC Book Talk on How to Raise an Adult

In anticipation of best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ April visit to McLean to present the talk, “Throw out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Strategies for Raising Successful Kids,” McLean psychologists Heather Tedesco, PhD, and Melissa Sporn, PhD, will host a virtual parent book club on Julie’s most-acclaimed book, How to Raise an Adult on Friday, March 18, at noon. Dr. Tedesco and Dr. Sporn will share their thoughts on the aspects of the book that are especially relevant to families in our area. Click here to purchase the book from bookshop.org, which can connect you with a local bookstore anywhere in the country.

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Friday, March 4, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 14, March 4, 2022

Read Across America Day was a success!

Dear Churchill Road families,

Hope you have an enjoyable three day weekend!

We want to thank everyone for their support as we transitioned this week into having masks as optional. Students and staff worked together to be respectful of individual family choices. We continue to focus on supporting one another during this time.

Our students enjoyed Read Across America Day with dedicated read-ins with their classmates and special guest readers throughout the day.  In-person kindergarten orientation happened this week as well!  It was so nice to be able to interact face to face with new families and students.  Please continue to encourage your friends and neighbors who have not yet registered for kindergarten to contact Angie Kim in the front office.  This will help us as we begin planning for next year.

We also are beginning to receive information regarding summer academic programs and summer camps here at Churchill Road.  Look for more details in the next couple of weeks.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Digital Citizenship Tips and Advice fror Families
  • ESSER III School Funding
  • Smiles for Miles Toothbrush Drive March 14-18
  • PTA News
  • Important Dates
Digital Citizenship Tips and Advice for Families

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parents and caregivers are looking for resources and advice on all things media and technology. This playlist includes four videos addressing many frequently asked questions.

  • What are ways I can set boundaries and support my kids in their tech lives?
  • How can we ensure our kids are having high quality experiences?
  • I don’t know anything about social media or the apps my kid is on. What do I need to know to keep them safe?
  • I’m worried that my kids will use social media inappropriately. And what are these “challenges”?

In addition, these Parent’s Ultimate Guides (guides to TikTok, Fortnite, Instagram, and more) are also helpful.

Mr. Kilpatrick is also curating resources for families about digital citizenship that he is placing on our school website. Please visit the Churchill Road Digital Citizenship Webpage often, as it will continually be updated. 

ESSER III Funding at Churchill Road

Last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding. These funds have helped us safely reopen our schools and keep them open. We have also been able to address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. Visit the ESSER III webpage for more information.

Some of the ways that we have used the ESSER III funding provided to Churchill include the following:

  • Providing before school and after school math and reading interventions 
  • Providing training for teachers in Responsive Classroom practices
  • Providing school-based leadership training for team leads
  • Purchased research-based Second Step curriculum - a program to support the social and emotional learning of all our students
  • Purchased additional math and reading instructional supplies (i.e. guided reading book sets, math fluency kits)
  • Purchased additional social and emotional instructional supplies and classroom materials (i.e. silent fidget materials, chimes, calming materials, and teacher reference books)
  • Planning for professional development for teachers for the upcoming school year
Smiles for Miles Toothbrush Drive

Prior recipients of the Churchill Road Smiles for Miles toothbrush drive.

Hello!  My name is Cleia Jones and I am a Churchill Road alum, attending Langley High School.

In 2018, I founded a non-profit organization called Smiles for Miles. Smiles for Miles is an organization where we raise toothbrushes locally and send them to kids in need in Central America. Throughout this process, we have raised over 1,500 toothbrushes! This organization was founded by kids, is run by kids, and benefits kids. Just like many others, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to stop collecting in 2020. Now that things have begun to recover, we are back in business and are excited to do what we love most: raise toothbrushes!

We are excited to announce that we are holding another toothbrush drive at Churchill Road ES, from March 14th to March 18th. Keep your eye out for the blue bins around the school where you or a student can drop off your unopened, packaged toothbrushes and other dental products.

And of course, always remember, everything starts with a smile! 

Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Important Dates
  • Wednesday, March 9 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Tuesday, March 15 - Spring Picture Day
  • Friday, March 25, SAVE THE DATE PTA Bingo Night
  • Saturday, March 26 - FCPS Special Education Conference
  • Thursday, March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Friday, April 1 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Spring Break, Front Office Closed

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Please visit the FCPS Return to School page for the most up-to-date information on student groups and the return to in-person learning: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

CRS Spelling Bee Champion

After 1.5 hours and 16 rounds, the CRS Spelling Bee winner is 6th grader Esther Choi, winning with “extraterrestrial” - so outstanding! 2nd place was 5th grader Meera Bansal. Let’s wish Esther the very best as she advances to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 20th!

Congratulations to all the finalists in our Bee, who were the top scorers in our written round. Zayna Ansari (4), Neel Arora (5), Sean Bajaj (6), Meera Bansal (5), Eleanor Barnes (4), Esther Choi (6), Hannah Haly (4), Leah Jacob (6), Olivia Jacob (4), Kaynisha Kadia (4), Ayaan Khatri (4), Benjamin Kim (6), Jonathan Lee (3), Isabel Li (6), Justin Luftig (5), William Newburn (6), Wesley Walsh (1), Melanie Worden (6), Chelsea Zeng (5).

Restaurant Night with Lebanese Taverna

Our next Restaurant Night is on Thursday, March 10 and features the delicious food of Lebanese Taverna! 

Place your order online through our order link by noon on Wednesday, March 9. Then pick up your at CRS on 3/10 at 4:30 p.m. in the CRS parking lot. Drive up to the Lebanese Taverna truck, give your name, and the staff will place your order in your trunk. Once you get home, you can reheat the food or serve it at room temperature. Note: Minimum order is $35 and there is a $5 delivery fee per order. Menu & ordering

Spring After School Activities

Our class catalog for our spring after school activities is now available. Take a look at our fun option! Class catalog

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Schedule Update and Read Across America Day - Thursday, March 3

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Celebrate Read Across America Day with your classmates.  Read In!!! Thursday, March 3 is pajama day and students can bring in a blanket/stuffed animal.  Each grade level will pick a 20-30 minute window where they will drop everything and read!

Schedule Reminder

Students will be dismissed two hours early, at 1:20 PM, tomorrow, Thursday, March 3.  Friday, March 4 is a student holiday.  We look forward to seeing everyone at 8:35 AM on Monday, March 7, when classes resume.

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Friday, February 18, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 13, February 18, 2022

 

Dear Churchill Road families,

We are grateful to each community member for their commitment to maintaining student safety and partnership here at Churchill Road. We also want to extend a very special thank you to our PTA for spoiling our staff earlier this week with an incredible variety of sweet and savory treats . This was greatly appreciated by all.

We hope you have a relaxing three day weekend and are able to enjoy some outdoor activities with the sunny weather!

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Meet Charlotte Diorio, CRS Family Liaison
  • Student Safety at Arrival and Dismissal - Parking Safely
  • Safe Community Coalition Virtual Parent Program February 28
  • Kindergarten Orientation on March 3 and Kindergarten Registration information
  • Important Dates
Welcome Mrs. Diorio

Hi Churchill Road family!

My name is Charlotte Diorio, and I am the new Family Liaison. I am so excited to be part of the working team at CRS! The Diorios are a proud “nomadic” military family who have been living in this area for four years. We have three children attending FCPS schools. Our eldest daughter is at Langley High School, our son is at Cooper Middle School and our youngest daughter is in kindergarten here at Churchill, so I have the pyramid covered!

I was born in East Africa (Uganda) and grew up in England. I enjoy travel, good food, all kinds of music and was part of an international touring children’s choir as a child!

I have a degree in Education and a Master’s in Military Social Work. I love working with children and their families and advocating for the vulnerable and at-risk populations. I have worked with NGOs that help improve children’s lives especially in Africa and have also worked with organizations in the States that help youth with developmental and mental health challenges.

I look forward to getting to know you all. I hope to provide support to families, old and new, to help everyone feel welcome, connect with human services, and orient to the culture of our school community. You can reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have at: [email protected].  You can also call or text at 574-424-7444.

If you want to learn more about the role of Family Liaisons at FCPS, please Click here for more information

Important events at Churchill Road

Kindergarten Registration and Orientation:

Student Safety at Arrival and Dismissal
Parking Safely

During arrival and dismissal, we have many students and their families walking to school along Churchill Road and surrounding streets.  We ask that you help keep them safe by adhering to the following parking Fairfax County traffic rules:

  • Parking is not allowed in or within 20 feet of designated crosswalks. Even if you are just dropping your child off, please do not stop in a crosswalk. This makes it difficult for pedestrians to see around your car and for other cars to see pedestrians. 
  • Parking is not allowed in or within 20 feet of an intersection. Please do not stop in the middle of an intersection even if you are just dropping off. This often causes other cars to want to pass around you which is especially dangerous in the intersection/crosswalk area. 
  • Parking is not allowed within 30 feet of stop signs, within 10 feet of driveways, and within 15 feet of fire hydrants. 

Thank you for helping ensure the safety of our students and community members.

Tips for Talking to Your Kids:
Getting Past the Silent Treatment

We all want to keep current with our kids' lives, and it can be challenging to get kids to open up. Whether it's little things like knowing how their day was or big things like raising concerns for their wellbeing, it can be hard to get the conversation flowing.

On Monday, February 28 from 7 to 8 p.m., join local mental health professionals Mimi Weisberg and Heather Tedesco for a one-hour virtual program dedicated to family communication. We'll use this article from the Washington Post as a jumping off point to share concrete tips and strategies for connecting with your kids through conversation. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/parenting/2022/01/17/how-parents-can-provide-stability-teens-grapple-with-stress-uncertainty/).

The FREE program is open to all and the link can be found on our website http://mcleanscc.org/


Survey of Kindergarten Students for 2022-23

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022, please complete this form on the Churchill Road website no later than March 1, 2022. If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Churchill families who do not have children currently attending school.

Registrations for 2022-23 Now Underway

We are also taking registrations for the next school year for students in kindergrarten through grade 6.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. You can either stop by the office to pick up a registration packet or you can download it from: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms.  Please note that forms downloaded from the website must be printed single sided.

Please contact CRS Registrar Angie Kim ([email protected]) with any questions.

Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is March 3

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in our gym. Rising kindergarteners will spend this hour in a kindergarten classroom with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the gym to continue the meeting with the principal and other Churchill Road staff.  (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

More information on our kindergarten orientation is available here.

Date Change for Eid-al-Fitr for the 2021-22 School Year Calendar

The current “O” (religious and cultural observance) day for Eid-al-Fitr on FCPS’ 2021-22 School Year calendar was incorrectly listed as Tuesday, May 3. Please note that the correct date is Monday, May 2. FCPS apologizes for the error. View the updated 2021-22 School Year Calendar

Important Dates
  • Monday, February 21 - President's Day Holiday, School Closed
  • Tuesday, February 22 - Friday, February 25 - Custodian Appreciation Week
  • Thursday, March 3 - 2-hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Thursday, March 3 - Kindergarten Orientation @ 3 PM, Gym
  • Friday, March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)
  • Saturday, March 26 - FCPS Special Education Conference
  • Thursday, March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Friday, April 1 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - Spring Break, Front Office Closed

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Please visit the FCPS Return to School page for the most up-to-date information on student groups and the return to in-person learning: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Kindergarten Update

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Survey of Kindergarten Students for 2022-23

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022, please complete this form on the Churchill Road website no later than March 1, 2022. If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Churchill families who do not have children currently attending school.

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than March 1, 2022.

Kindergarten Registrations for 2022-23 Now Underway

We are also taking registrations for the next school year.  You may begin the process by completing an intent form on the CRS website: If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. You can either stop by the office to pick up a registration packet or you can download it from: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms.  Please note that forms downloaded from the website must be printed single sided.

Please contact CRS Registrar Angie Kim ([email protected]) with any questions.

Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is March 3

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our gym. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

More information on our kindergarten orientation is available here.

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the gym to continue the meeting with the principal and other Churchill Road staff.  

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Celebrate CRS Kindness Week February 14-18

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Celebrate Kindness Week February 14-18

Churchill Road will be celebrating Virginia Kindness Week February 14-18, and there will be a spirit day that is associated with each day. Support Kindness Week by showing your school spirit. Winston also has challenged the entire student body to complete 100 random acts of kindness as a school throughout the week. If the challenge is met, students will receive a special treat.

Just choose the Valentine you like and click on the photo to print out.  Thank you for sharing the love.

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Friday, February 4, 2022 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 12, February 4, 2022

 

Dear Churchill Road families,

We would like to thank every community member for their commitment to maintaining student safety and partnership here at Churchill Road. 

As we begin February, we wish good fortune to those who celebrated Lunar New Year earlier this week. May this new year be filled with happiness and prosperity. Happy Chinese New Year 2022!   新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè) 

February is Black History Month and is an ideal time to learn about and recognize the contributions and history of Black Americans.  At home, you might consider exploring some resources like National Geographic Kids with your child to learn together as a family.

Many of our grade levels are having Valentine's Day celebrations. Students will be able to bring in paper Valentine’s on February 14th to share with their classmates.  We are kindly encouraging families to not send in candy; however, knowing families might have a difficult time finding Valentine cards without candy, we will allow Valentine’s with candy attached to be given out.  Candy must be factory-wrapped. Candy will be put in a bag to be taken home and not eaten at school. 

Even though Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, saw his shadow earlier this week, this only makes us more grateful for the beautiful spring weather we will enjoy six weeks from now.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • February 8 is "We Love FCPS Day"
  • 2022-23 FCPS School Year Calendar finalized
  • Survey of Kindergarten Students, Orientation on March 3 and   Kindergarten Registration information
  • FCPS Contact Tracing Update
  • Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

  • Dual Language Immersion Registration for 2022-23 
  • Special Education Conference on March 26
  • PTA News, New Family Virtual Meeting and PTA Meeting on 2/9, Dogwood Drive Thank You and Equity Awareness
  • Important Dates

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is declaring February 8 "We Love FCPS Day." Join us in the celebration. Look for an email this coming Monday on how you can show your love for our school and staff.

School Year 2022-23 Calendar

The 2022-23 school year calendar was approved at the January 27 School Board Meeting. This calendar was developed with significant input from the FCPS community. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process through surveys, webinars, and participation in the feedback committee. This effort reflects the best effort of everyone the school calendar touches.

Highlights include:

  • Alignment with surrounding jurisdictions.
  • 14 professional work days for teacher planning and professional development time.
  • Additional days off. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Orthodox Good Friday, and Diwali will now be designated as student holidays. (Eid and Lunar New Year fall on a non-school day in 2022). 
  • Inclusion of Veterans Day as a student holiday and staff work day. 

A change in FCPS’ approach to “O” days. Regulation 2234 will be revised to allow new instruction to take place on days denoted as religious and cultural observances. Tests, quizzes, tryouts that cannot be rescheduled, and sporting events and other school-sponsored special events and activities will still be prohibited.

To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.


Survey of Kindergarten Students for 2022-23

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2022, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022, please complete this form on the Churchill Road website no later than March 1, 2022. If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Churchill families who do not have children currently attending school.

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than March 1, 2022.

Kindergarten Registrations for 2022-23 Now Underway

We are also taking registrations for the next school year. If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30, please start your registration now.  You may begin the process by completing an intent form on the CRS website: If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. You can either stop by the office to pick up a registration packet or you can download it from: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/forms.  Please note that forms downloaded from the website must be printed single sided.

Please contact CRS Registrar Angie Kim ([email protected]) with any questions.

Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is March 3

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our gym. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

More information on our kindergarten orientation is available here.

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Churchill Road staff.  

FCPS Contact Tracing Update

While the Virginia Department of Health shifted the expectation for contact tracing in schools to only on outbreaks, the CDC continues to indicate that contact tracing, in combination with testing, wearing a well-fitting mask, and quarantine and isolation, are effective strategies to identify people with  COVID-19 (cases) and to reduce transmission.

FCPS has and continues to implement CDC recommendations, to the greatest extent practicable, to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and to foster the continuation of in-person learning for students and staff. As a result, FCPS will continue contact tracing until further notice.

The following changes are effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 4:

  • FCPS Pause (Close Contact) Letter includes quarantine guidance and replaces the FCHD quarantine email to families.
  • FCPS Student Quarantine Exemption and Attestation Form replaces the FCHD Vaccine Verification Survey (and will be embedded in the FCPS Pause Letter and available on the FCPS webpage; physical copies will be available if needed).

Monitoring COVID-19 cases is critical to maintaining a safe in-person learning environment for all students. Please continue to let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or may be a close contact. We will work with you through the process to return your child to the classroom as quickly as possible.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Parents, students, and community members have a unique opportunity to help FCPS select important learning resources. These reviews do not happen frequently, so selected resources will be in classrooms for years and are a significant financial investment. 

Resources for elementary language arts are being reviewed through February 28. Interested individuals can review and provide feedback on digital resources online. Physical texts can be reviewed at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in the lobby. Please ask about the books at the reception desk from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. In-person review hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on February 10, 17, and 24. You are encouraged to review both sets of resources for the full catalog of resources under review. Learn more about the elementary language arts resource review here.

Dual Language Immersion Registration for 
2022-23 School Year

Online registration for the county-wide lottery for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)  dual language immersion (DLI) programs closis open.  Please note that online registration closes February 16, 2022 at 4 PM for first grade and on March 3, 2022 at 4 PM for kindergarten. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first-grade immersion programs for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, visit the FCPS website here.

FCPS Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. 

More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Important Dates
  • Wednesday, February 9 - New Families Virtual Discussion @ 6:30 PM and Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM (See PTA information below for specifics)
  • Monday, February 21 - President's Day Holiday, School Closed
  • Thursday, March 3 - 2-hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Friday, March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)
  • Thursday, March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2021-22 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Please visit the FCPS Return to School page for the most up-to-date information on student groups and the return to in-person learning: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool

Virtual Discussion for Families New to Churchill Road on February 9

Join Churchill Road's Administration for an informal discussion on February 9 at 6:30 p.m.  They will help answer questions about Churchill Road ES and give a welcome to our newest CRS families!  Please plan to stay for the PTA virtual meeting immediately following at 7 p.m. to learn more about the CRS PTA.  Please RSVP here.

Date: Wednesday, February 9

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location:  Virtual.  Please RSVP here to receive the meeting link.

Questions?  Please email [email protected]

Thank You CRS Families!

A big thanks to all the Churchill Road students and teachers, PTA Community Services chair Lelia Sloane, Brenda Spevak and her fabulous team of room parents, and all the families who gave so generously to the Dogwood Elementary gift bag project. Because of your generosity and creativity, we were able to gift each of the 675 students at our sister school, Dogwood Elementary, with their own individual, decorated gift bag containing either a book, crayons, colored pencils, or markers. Some of our families sent in additional gift and school supply items as well, and we have passed everything we received along to Dogwood. Get a peek at some of the creative bags made by students in our Bobcat News video.

28 Days of Equity Awareness 2022

We're marking Black History Month with an invitation to read with your kids. Check out our list of children’s books that gently explore perspectives from an intersection of marginalized voices and find info on events this month for the Langley pyramid at churchillroadpta.org/awareness.

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

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