Churchill Road Update - Friday, March 1, 2024

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Highlights:

  • Read Across America March 4-8
  • NEW DATE: Kindergarten Orientation is May 1
  • Kids Heart Challenge Begins March 4
  • Family Engagement Survey Opens March 3
  • March 5 is Virginia Primary Election Day - Student Holiday
New Date! Kindergarten Orientation is May 1st 

We will hold an in-person Kindergarten Orientation for rising Kindergarten students and their parents on Wednesday, May 1 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Please let us know of your intent to register for Kindergarten so we can send you all the information regarding Kindergarten Orientation.  

Kids Heart Challenge!

It’s time for your child to show heart! For the 23rd 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.  The American Heart Association launched 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. Last year our students raised an amazing $23,651!!! Churchill Road was #2 in Fairfax County and in the top 20 for the state of Virginia!  It is just another example of how our families value living a healthy and active lifestyle along with the generosity to help a good cause. Our total fundraising over the years have been a whopping $367,945.93!!

Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser forms were handed out to the entire student body in this week’s 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 4 and end on Friday March 22, 2024. 

Click the link below to sign up now!  Search “Churchill Road.” Thank you for your participation in this great event!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Varhol.

https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/ym_school_search.html

Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

March 5 Presidential Primary - Student Holiday

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election. Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students. 

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - February 23, 2024

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 12, February 23, 2024

Dear Churchill Road Families,

What a great few weeks this has been.  Last week, our PTA, kindergarten, third, and fifth grade families treated us to a delicious soup and salad luncheon.  We are so appreciative of their thoughtfulness. 

Looking ahead, next week will be a full week of classes, followed by a student holiday on Tuesday, March 5 - Virginia Primary Election Day.  The Langley Pyramid Youth Art Show starts February 28 at the McLean Project for the Arts.  We hope you are able to stop by and see the creative projects by our Churchill Road students.

Our Kindergarten Orientation is coming up on April 30 from 9 - 10 a.m. Please share the word with any new neighbors or families of rising kindergarten students. Information about registration is also included in the message below. Early registration for all grade levels helps us plan for the upcoming year including hiring classroom teachers. Families with new students in any grade level (K-6) can reach out to our front office to begin the registration process. 

We hope that you and your families enjoy a relaxing weekend.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Kindergarten Registration Open Now - Orientation on April 30
  • Thank you to the PTA for our Valentine's Luncheon
  • VDOT Public Meeting on Temporary Traffic Change at Dead Run Drive and Georgetown Pike
  • Note from the Office on Early Dismissals
  • Character Strengths, Focus on Love and Humility
  • Family Engagement Survey Coming March 3
  • Important Dates
Kindergarten and New Student Registrations for 2024-25 Now Underway

We are now accepting kindergarten registrations! Students must be 5 years old by September 30th, 2024. 

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

If you would like to register your child, begin your Kindergarten and New Student Registration today!

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

Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is April 30th 

We will hold an in-person Kindergarten Orientation for rising Kindergarten students and their parents on Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Please let us know of your intent to register for Kindergarten so we can send you all the information regarding Kindergarten Orientation.  

Thank You for Our Valentine's Luncheon

Thank you to the PTA Staff Appreciation Committee, and our kindergarten, third and fifth grade families for organizing a delicious soup and salad feast for Valentine's Day.  The entire staff loved all the delicious treats.  A huge thank you to Shelli Bushman and Karen Hall for making this such a special event.

A Note from the Office...Early Pickups

Please note the latest time for early pickup is 2:45 p.m. due to dismissal preparation and procedures throughout the school building.  If you arrive after 2:45 p.m., your student will not be dismissed until our regular dismissal time at 3:20 p.m.

VDOT Public Meeting on Temporary Traffic Change at Dead Run Drive and Georgetown Pike

Join the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for a public meeting for the local community about a proposed temporary traffic change to help relieve congestion at the Dead Run Drive and Georgetown Pike Intersection in McLean. VDOT is proposing a left-turn restriction from northbound Dead Run Drive to westbound Georgetown Pike during peak travel periods. This restriction would be implemented by VDOT and its 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project partners, in coordination with Fairfax County, as a temporary measure to improve travel in this area. More information is available here.

Meeting Details:

Wednesday, February 28 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Churchill Road Elementary School Cafeteria

7100 Churchill Road, McLean

Character Strengths Focus

The next character strength our school community is focusing on is the Love of Learning

Love of Learning - You master new skills and topics on your own or in school.

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Nationally-Published Author Stuart Gibbs is Coming to our School!

Stuart Gibbs will be coming on March 6th to speak with our 4-6 graders.  If your child would like to own an autographed copy of any of Mr. Gibbs’s books, please visit HERE for more information.  Last day to submit your order is this Monday, February 26, 2024. 

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

Did You Know...

Sleep helps maintain cognitive skills, such as attention, learning, and memory, such that poor sleep can make it much more difficult to cope with even relatively minor stressors and can even impact our ability to perceive the world accurately. Here are tips for creating healthy sleep habits.

Langley Pyramid Youth Art Show FCPS News

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

  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • How Students Benefit from CTE Courses
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding TJHSS

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, March 5 - Virginia Primary Elections - Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, March 13 - Spring Individual and Class Photo Day
  • Monday - Friday, March 25-29, Spring Break
  • Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2 - Student Holidays
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Eid al Fitr - School Closed
  • Tuesday, April 23 - Grade 5 IRW (SOL)
  • Friday, May 3 - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, May 8 - Reading SOL, Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Wednesday, May 15 - Mathematics SOL, Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Grade 5 Science SOL

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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Churchill Road Update - Friday, February 16

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Presidents Day (Holiday)

Just a reminder that school will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Parent Input for 2024-2025 School Year Due by Friday, February 23

As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements.  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 February 23, 2024 at 4 PM. Thank you for your input.

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - February 9, 2024

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 11, February 9, 2024

Celebrating 100 days of school!

Dear Churchill Road Families,

This past week was a busy one. It was fun seeing so many of you at our Bingo Night on Friday. Thank you to the PTA for coordinating this family favorite. Saturday’s Rise Against Hunger event was amazing!  We are so proud that more than 90 percent of our students participated by bringing money to support! We raised $5,381, far surpassing our goal of $3,050.  Way to go Bobcats!  Yesterday, we celebrated the 100th day of school!  Our kindergarteners love the 100th day celebration, and everyone should celebrate how much we have learned and grown in 100 days!  

Don’t forget – if you would like to share insights for 2024-2025 class placements, please do so using the form linked in the article below. All information must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 23.

Next week is our Kindness Spirit Week. We can't wait to see all our students show their Bobcat spirit and creativity.

Please remember Monday, February 19 is the President’s Day holiday, and school is closed.  We hope you enjoy the extra day to relax and refresh with your family.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

Mrs. Pierson-Barr and Churchill students participating the Rise Against Hunger event on February 3.

In This Week's Issue
  • Bobcat Spirit Week - February 12-16
  • Parent Input for the 2024-2025 School Year
  • MCA Traffic Calming Public Meeting February 21
  • Spring 2024 SOL Testing Schedule
  • Character Strengths, Focus on Love and Humility
  • Here Comes the Bus Transportation App
  • Author Visit
  • Presidents' Day Holiday - School Closed on February 19
  • Important Dates

Show your Bobcat spirit!

  • Monday: PJ Day (wear your pajamas to school)
  • Tuesday: Neon Day (wear your neon colors to school)
  • Wednesday: Pink & Red Day (wear pink and red for Valentine’s Day)
  • Thursday: Character Day (dress as your favorite movie or book character, please no masks)
  • Friday: Twin Day (dress alike with a friend)
Parent Input for 2024-2025 School Year

As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements.  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 February 23, 2024 at 4 PM. Thank you for your input.

MCA Traffic Calming Public Meeting

MCA Transportation Committee

The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) will host a citizens information event regarding the Fairfax County traffic calming program. County officials will discuss how roads can be eligible for the program and what communities can do to obtain traffic calming. HOA representatives will discuss their experience in attempting to obtain traffic calming in their neighborhood. Event details below:

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 PM
McLean Community Center - Community Hall
1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean

For more information, contact MCA Transportation Committee Chair Glenn Harris at [email protected]

Save the Date for Spring 2024 SOL Testing

The Churchill Road SOL schedule for Spring 2024 has been finalized. Please see the chart above.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing! We thank you, in advance.

Character Strengths Focus

The next two weeks our school community is focusing on the character strengths of Love and Humility.

Love - You value close relationships with others and being close to people.

Humility - You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselve

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Nationally-Published Author Stuart Gibbs is Coming to Our School!

Stuart Gibbs will be coming on March 6th to speak with our 4-6 graders.  If your child would like to own an autographed copy of any of Mr. Gibbs’s books, please visit HERE for more information and submit your order by February 26, 2024

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

Did You Know...

Molly McDonough’s article in Harvard Medical, “A Walk in the Woods May Boost Mental Health” discusses some doctors “prescribing” a doses of nature as a part of broader treatment plan for mental health issues like grief, depression, or anxiety. Here is the full article.

Presidents Day Holiday

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

FCPS News

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

  • Summer Camp and Learning Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Check Schoology for Teacher-Referred Tutoring

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day Holiday - School Closed
  • Wednesday, February 21 - Yearbook Clubs and New Student Make-up Photos
  • Tuesday, March 5 - Virginia Primary Elections - Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, March 13 - Spring Individual and Class Photo Day
  • Friday, March 22 - End of Quarter, 2-Hour Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Monday - Friday, March 25-29, Spring Break
  • Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2 - Student Holidays
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Eid al Fitr - School Closed

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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Upcoming Events - February 5-16

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Upcoming events:

  • National School Counseling Week is next week - February 5-9
  • Kindness Spirit Week is February 12-16
National School Counseling Week, February 5-9

 

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.  Our school counselors, Mrs. Amatucci and Mrs. Lunghi, work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Take a moment next week, to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them!

Save the Date!
Kindness Spirit Week - February 12-16

Celebrate CRS Kindness Spirit Week February 12-16:

  • Monday: PJ Day (wear your pajamas to school)
  • Tuesday: Neon Day (wear your neon colors to school)
  • Wednesday: Pink & Red Day (wear pink and red for Valentine’s Day)
  • Thursday: Character Day (dress as your favorite movie or book character, please no masks)
  • Friday: Twin Day (dress alike with a friend)

We can't wait to see you show your Bobcat spirit!

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Churchill Road Update - Friday, February 2

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Highlights for this week:

  • National School Counseling Week is next week - February 5-9
  • Parent Input for 2024-2025 School Year
  • Superintendent to Present FY25 School Budget on February 8
National School Counseling Week, February 5-9

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. Our school counselors, Mrs. Amatucci and Mrs. Lunghi, work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Take a moment next week, to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them!

Parent Input for 2024-2025 School Year

As we begin planning for the upcoming school year, our staff collaborates regarding student placements.  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 February 23, 2024 at 4 PM. Thank you for your input.

Superintendent to Present
FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

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Rise Against Hunger - Last Day for Students to Donate is January 31

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Dear Churchill Road families,

Our Langley pyramid students have raised $15,000 in schools, and we need your help online to reach $35,000.  The Langley pyramid will reach our goal when the ‘Online Donation’ reaches $20,000.  It currently shows $5,135.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.  

In-School Donation

This Wednesday, January 31, is the LAST DAY for your child to donate at Churchill Road Elementary School.  Our goal is for 100% student participation in our "Learn to Earn" donation initiative.  We are so proud of your children for all their work thus far raising money to help children throughout the world. Regardless of the amount of money they donate, your child will gain a better understanding of their part in our global community and how they can make a difference in the world. 

Online Donation

Our online donations will end February 2.  If your child has not yet participated by donating to this cause, there is still time. If you have not yet donated, please consider making a tax-deductible donation herePlease share this link with your family and friends. 

Thank you for your continued support and for encouraging your students to raise money to help children and families in our collective effort to Rise Against Hunger. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Pierson-Barr and Ms. Niccolls

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - January 25, 2024

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 10, January 25, 2024

Churchill Road teachers enjoying a delicious breakfast courtesy of the PTA.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

We are excited to be back at school after our first snow days in more than two years!  We hope that all of our families enjoyed their time together and all the beautiful snow we received. We were treated to a special breakfast by our fabulous PTA -- it was a big hit with everyone.

This week is a short week with the end of the quarter.   As a reminder, tomorrow (January 26) is a student holiday.  Next week, we begin our next round of grade level community conversations. And, our PTA will host a perennial favorite – Family Bingo Night – on Friday, February 2.  We hope to see many of you there.  

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to our Rise Against Hunger service learning initiative so far. To date, our third, fourth and sixth grades have near 100% participation and we have collected $3,028 toward our goal of $3,050.  We are so proud of our students for all their efforts.  Students have until Tuesday, January 31 to contribute.  Here are links for additional ways to support:

  • Rise Against Hunger is a Tax-deductible organization, and any funding families/businesses donate online towards our goal is tax-deductible. You may make your tax-deductible donation today at Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024
  • If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024 and help us Rise Against Hunger. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Save the dates for Upcoming Parent Conversations
  • Character Strengths,  Focus on Social Intelligence
  • Check out Lost and Found January 29-February 2
  • Message for Rising 7th graders attending Longfellow MS
  • 12th Annual McLean Chocolate Festival January 28
  • Important Dates
Save the Date for Upcoming Parent Conversations

Calling all CRS Parents... Please join Principal Pierson-Barr, Assistant Principal Jennifer Niccolls, Technology Specialist Nick Kilpatrick and PTA President Alex Jones for your student's Grade-Level Parent Conversation!  We will be hosting our third round of grade-level specific events over the coming weeks to share information about mid-year updates, and answer any questions you may have about the second half of the school year.

Dates for each grade-level are as follows: 

  • Kindergarten: January 29, 2024
  • 1st Grade: January 30, 2024
  • 2nd Grade: February 7, 2024
  • 3rd Grade: January 31, 2024
  • 4th Grade: February 2, 2024
  • 5th Grade: February 6, 2024
  • 6th Grade: February 5, 2024

Look for a sign-up form to be sent to each grade level via eNotify  prior to the event. While registration is not required to attend, we ask that you kindly RSVP ahead of your grade-level event so we have a general idea of attendance.

We look forward to seeing you!

Character Strengths Focus

This week our school community is focusing on the character strength of Social Intelligence.

Social Intelligence - You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Did You Know...

Seth J. Gillihan PhD from Psychology Today writes, “Anxiety often acts like a rude visitor, showing up uninvited and staying long after you’ve asked it to leave.” What can you do when anxiety won’t go away? Here are 5 strategies to help manage anxiety.

End of Quarter Early Release and Student Holiday

Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

Rising 7th Graders Attending Longfellow MS

Future Lancers,

It was so nice meeting many of our rising 7th graders, parents, & guardians during curriculum night!  We hope that you were able to learn about the curriculum, course offerings, and connect with staff & students. If you were unable to attend, no worries!  You can access all our presentations on the LMS Academic Advising website!

Please be on the lookout for future programs and activities to ensure a smooth transition for all rising 7th grade students!

Thank you and we look forward to fostering healthy partnerships with every one of you.

LMS Academic Advising website

Lost and Found

Missing a sweatshirt, lunchbox or jacket?  Lost and Found will be available in the Churchill front lobby January 29-February 2 for perusal.  Any items not claimed by dismissal on February 2 will be donated.

FCPS News

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

  • FCPS Receives $16 Million to Buy More Electric Buses
  • Science Fair Judges Needed
  • How Families Can Help Fight Opioid Misuse

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Thursday, January 25 - End of Quarter, 2-Hour Early Release, 1:20 PM
  • Thursday, January 25 - Open House for Boundary Update, 3 PM
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
  • Friday, February 2 - PTA Family Bingo Night, 6:15 PM
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day Holiday

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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MLK Holiday and Day of Service - Monday, January 15

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

Volunteer with Give Together

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

The event  is open and free to the public, but registration is required.  There are many activities for kids from ages 5-12 and older kids ages 13-18. 

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 FCPS has a  partnership with Volunteer Fairfax for the MLK Day of Service.  The event  is open and free to the public, but registration is required.  There are many activities for kids from ages 5-12 and older kids ages 13-18. 

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Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

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Rise Against Hunger Langley Pyramid Event - Volunteer Sign Up Open

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Rise Against Hunger - Volunteer Now

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Volunteer sign up is now OPEN.

Click here to volunteer!  Thank you!

Dear Churchill Road Elementary School families, 

We are writing to encourage you to support your student(s) as they collaborate with their Langley Pyramid peers to Rise Against Hunger. This yearly Langley Pyramid tradition is successful due to the support and commitment of our families. We held our last Rise Against Hunger event in February 2023, with our meals going to Convoy of Hope, a School Feeding Program in the Philippines. This event was a huge success and provided an outstanding service learning opportunity for children and adults of all ages.   

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, families in the Langley Pyramid are joining together at Colvin Run Elementary School to help children in need. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, the Langley Pyramid schools will prepare up to 75,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages worldwide. Each meal costs only 46 cents to make. For just $15, you can donate over 32 meals; $30 will make over 65 meals and $100 will make nearly 220 meals. 

Help raise money for the event: Each student is encouraged to donate loose change or money that they earn and wish to donate to Rise Against Hunger. Students will bring home a small box tomorrow in which to collect this money. Students may begin bringing in any money they would like to donate on Tuesday, January 16. Churchill Road will collect money through January 31.  

Donate money online: In order to reach our goal of 75,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $35,000 by January 31.  If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at:  Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024 and help us Rise Against Hunger.  

Register to volunteer for the event at: 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C45ABA62FA1FC1-churchill 

Enter "Quantity" as the number of volunteers attending.  If for any reason you need to cancel, please cancel through the Sign-up Genius to make those slots available to other  Churchill Road Elementary School families. Being a popular Langley pyramid event, please sign up as volunteer slots will fill up quickly.  Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by an adult. On the day of the event, volunteers package meals based on the amount of money raised, so it is recommended that if you wish to volunteer for the event, please make a monetary donation.    

This is a great event for the whole family! Don't miss out.  Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - January 5, 2024

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 9, January 5, 2024

Dear Churchill Road Families,   

Happy New Year! We trust you had a wonderful winter break full of family memories and relaxation!  This week we jumped right back into engaging learning opportunities!  Everyone worked really hard to get back into our structures and routines.  

We also have some exciting news to share with you!  Several volunteers certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) have generously offered to visit Churchill Road Elementary with their dogs for the remainder of this school year. The first dog volunteer, Frankie, the Husky, will begin visits on January 19th. 

We are thrilled with the possibilities this experience will offer, including working with students in small groups, reading with children, and helping children practice their fluency skills. Additionally, the simple presence of a dog at school can bring joy, provide support, and lower stress levels of children, which optimizes learning capacity. Every dog that plans to visit Churchill Road has passed all the requirements of ATD, is insured, and is up to date on all vaccinations. You can learn more about the ATD at  https://www.therapydogs.com/.  

If you do not want your student(s) to participate, fill out the form linked here as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Hannah Tappan at [email protected]

We so appreciate your support and look forward to working with you to support your child in 2024 and beyond!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Open House for Franklin Sherman Families Affected by McLean Elementary Boundary Adjustment
  • FCPS Math Week January 8-12
  • Rise Against Hunger Update
  • Character Strengths -- Focus on Prudence and Perseverance
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
  • Important Dates
Open House for Franklin Sherman Families Affected by McLean Boundary Update

Churchill Road welcomes Franklin Sherman families to our Open House on Thursday, January 25th at 3 PM.  (Each elementary school affected by the McLean Elementary boundary update will hold an Open House for new families on Thursday, January 25th at 3PM.)

Chesterbrook ES-  1753 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Churchill Road ES-  7100 Churchill Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Haycock ES-   6616 Haycock Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043

Franklin Sherman ES- 6633 Brawner St, McLean, VA 22101

As previously communicated, FCPS made its recommendation for a boundary adjustment to address the overcrowding issue at Kent Gardens and  recommended "Scenario B".  A map of affected homes can be found here (scroll to Scenario B).

  • Rising Kindergarten and 1st-grade students will be reassigned to attend the newly assigned school for the 2024-25 school year.
  • Rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students have the option to attend the newly assigned school or remain at their prior assigned school for the 2024-25 school year and until they matriculate to middle school.

The adopted phasing plan allows students/caregivers the option to remain at their current school or change schools now, addressing the different perspectives voiced in public feedback. 

Students that are involved in phasing over the next several years will be provided bus transportation to their elementary school.  Please understand that with a current shortage of bus drivers in our area and the requirement of additional bus runs to accommodate phasing, your patience will be required as all of these new runs are established.  We need those that are involved in the affected neighborhoods to fill out the form indicating which school your child will attend by the February deadline.

The McLean Elementary Boundary Webpage will continue to be updated with important news going forward. 

Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website

Rise Against Hunger Update

We will be starting our annual Rise Against Hunger Service Learning project next week. Collection boxes  will be sent home in next week's (January 10) VIP folder along with more details.

All students are encouraged to earn some extra money at home through doing chores, saving, or set aside a portion of any allowance to donate to our Rise Against Hunger initiative. Our school goal is to collect $3,050, which is approximately $5 per child, however we welcome any donation amount. Regardless of how much your child donates, we encourage all children to donate some amount of money towards helping us reach our goal to support an organization with a goal to end world hunger. 

For the Langley pyramid, the goal is to raise $35,000 to purchase 75,000 meals which will be given to families in need around the world. If it is $.50, $2.00, or $20.00, we want our students to know that they are never too young to make a difference, and we appreciate your support in sending this message as well. 

We will be tracking the percentage of participation. We hope 100% of our students will participate by donating any amount of money they can. Every $.46 purchases a meal which feeds 5-6 people. 

Families may also donate online (details to follow next week). NOTE: If you donate online, please have your child inform us of that, so we can count their participation.

Character Strengths Focus

Over the next two weeks our school community is focusing on the character strength of Prudence and Perseverance.

Prudence means you  plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices

Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up. 

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Did You Know...

Here are 7 tips to help keep your New Year’s resolution.

FCPS News

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

  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
  • Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • School Safety and Security

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Monday, January 15 - MLK Jr. Birthday Holiday - School Closed
  • Thursday, January 25 - End of Quarter, 2-Hour Early Release, 1:20 PM
  • Thursday, January 25 - Open House for Boundary Update, 3 PM
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
  • Friday, February 2 - PTA Family Bingo Night, Time TBD
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day Holiday

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - December 15, 2023

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 8, December 15, 2023

Happy holidays from the Churchill Road staff!

Dear Churchill Road Families,

These past few weeks have been busy. Our students participated in musical concerts, spirit week, field trips, and today’s Winter parties!  We are so grateful to all the parents who have participated in these activities and volunteered for today’s celebrations.

We especially want to thank our incredible PTA for their generosity for this week’s Secret Snowman!  The cookies and gifts are very much appreciated by the staff during this time.

Thank you to our wonderful staff for all their contributions throughout the year as well. We appreciate all that you do for our students and community..

Before we begin our break, we would like to recognize our librarian, Ashley Scott.  She was recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month Recipient for October.  Ms. Scott went above and beyond assisting another school librarian and students with books and resources for a student project. Our teachers impact other schools and student in such positive ways!

As a reminder, to ensure students take a well-deserved break, no homework will be assigned over winter break and no assignments will be due immediately following the break. Also, our front office will be closed over winter break.

We hope that you and your family enjoy your time together, and we look forward to welcoming all of our students back in the new year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Musical Events
  • Character Strengths -- Focus on Optimism
  • Winter Break Student and Family Resources
  • Important Dates
The Sounds of Music

Over the past two weeks, our students have showcased their musical abilities.  Sounds of the season filled the air as the Churchill Road Elementary School choruses took to the stage for their annual Winter Concert on December 5 (pictured above). The talented young singers, under the direction of choral director and music specialist Karen Judkins, delighted the audience with a variety of holiday songs.  Many of the songs included choreography designed for the group by 6th grade members of the CRS Chorus. This concert also featured the first performance of Churchill's new 4th grade choral group - the Bobcat Chorus!  Congratulations to all the performers on a wonderful concert.

On December 11, the winter instrumental concert was a great showing of talent and discipline. Ms. Singer is very proud of the hard work the band students have put in so far this year (pictured below). 

On  December 11, the Churchill Road 5th & 6th grade Strings performed their annual Winter Concert (pictured below). The performance was the culmination of several months of hard work from the 60 students involved. The students performed a variety of winter themed musical selections for a crowded gymnasium filled with family and community members. The students are very proud of their accomplishment and are looking forward to their next performance opportunity!

Character Strengths Focus

The first week in January, our school community is focusing on the character strength of Optimism.

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Have a wonderful winter break!

Winter Break Student & Family Resources

⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter Break

Although mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

FCPS News

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

  • Winter Resources for Families
  • Academy Open Houses
  • Virtual Math Week Coming Soon!

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Monday, December 18-Monday, January 1 - Winter Break, Front Office Closed 
  • Tuesday, January 2 - Classes Resume
  • Monday, January 15 - MLK Jr. Birthday Holiday - School Closed
  • Thursday, January 25 - End of Quarter, 2-Hour Early Release, 1:20 PM
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - December 1, 2023

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 8, December 1, 2023

Lots of smiles at Donuts for Grownups.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We will be packing the next few weeks before Winter Break with lots of learning and fun activities for everyone in the building. This past week, our kindergarten families joined their students for a fun Donuts for Grownups event and our first graders enjoyed their annual field trip to Mount Vernon. 

On December 5, Ms. Judkins and Ms. Sweterlitsch are hosting the winter chorus performance.  Our Band and Advanced Strings specialists Ms. Singer and Mr. Fyhr, have scheduled their winter performance for December 11.  The week of December 11 is our Bobcat Winter Spirit Week, with many opportunities for your students to show their school spirit! 

On December 13, our PTA is sponsoring a staff favorite – Secret Snowman.  We can’t thank the PTA and families enough for all that they do for us. You have no idea how much your generosity means to the dedicated adults in this building! 

This week's cold temperatures have thrown us into the holiday spirit!  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (coat, boots, gloves, and hats) for outdoor weather.  

As always, please reach out with any concerns, celebrations, or questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Churchill Road Outstanding Employees
  • McLean Elementary Boundary Adjustment 
  • Bobcat Spirit Week December 11-15
  • Reminder about Student Cell Phone Use during School Hours
  • Character Strengths -- Focus on Kindness, Supporting Others When They Struggle, and Self-Control
  • Preparing for Winter Weather
  • Important Dates
Congratulations Churchill Road Outstanding Employees!

We are excited to announce the Churchill Road outstanding employee awards for 2024:

  • New Teacher -- Alex Vanwestrienen
  • Operational Employee -- Suba Khan
  • Professional Employee -- Megan Popelka
  • Teacher -- Barbara Jackson

Congratulations and good luck to these four as they move on to the pyramid level.

We also would like to acknowledge all nominees. Congrats to Amanda Andrews, Sammie Amatucci, Kristina Bossert, Barbara Dauchess, Becca Diorio, Sarah Finger, Jill Harvey, Chandrani Ohdedar, Carly Pfaff,  Dina Phipps and Melanie Williams.

McLean Elementary Boundary Adjustment 

The McLean Elementary Boundary Adjustment vote remains on schedule for December 4. 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.

Join in the SCA's Winter Spirit Week.  We can't wait to see how much fun you have getting into the spirit!

Important Reminder about Student Cell Phone Use During School Hours

As we approach the end of 2023, we’d like to remind families about the policies for student cell phone use during the school day.  Per the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R):

  • Cell phones may be used on campus before and after school only. 
  • Phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. 
  • Smart watches that serve a dual purpose may be worn, but the phone features (texting, Internet viewing, and calls) are to be off when phone use is prohibited. 

Thank you for your support.

Character Strengths Focus

This past week our school community is focusing on the character strength of Kindness.

Kindness  means you are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

Next week, our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Supporting Others When They Struggle. This means when other people are struggling, we do our best to help them out.

The week before winter break, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Self-Control. Self-control means you can control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Have a wonderful few weeks before winter break!

Did You Know...

Caroline Miller from Child Mind Institute writes, “Why are holidays so fraught? Because expectations are heightened, and holidays can feel like a test of how happy and successful your family is.” Here are some tips to minimize holiday stress.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

Family Resource Center Upcoming Free Webinars and Events 

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles.

McLean Community Center - Alden Theater

Barter Players “Frosty”

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m. $15/$12 seniors/$10 MCC district residents

In this family friendly production, a young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat, and when he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life! Can Frosty help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join them on a thrilling quest through New York City as they discover that the real magic of the season is love.

FCPS News

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

  • How FCPS Announces Weather Closings
  • Keeping Your Child Warm
  • Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, December 5 - Winter Chorus Concert, 6 PM
  • Monday, December 11 - Winter Band & Advanced Strings Concert, 6 PM
  • Monday-Friday, December 11-15 - Bobcat Winter Spirit Week
  • Friday, December 15 - AAP Spring Screening Referral Deadline
  • Monday, December 18-Monday, January 1 - Winter Break, Front Office Closed from December 19-January 1
  • Tuesday, January 2 - Classes Resume

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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

Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - November 17, 2023

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 7, November 17, 2023

Churchill Thanksgiving Lunch

Dear Churchill Road Families,

Last week, although only three days with students, was action packed! We began our second round of parent conversations.  These will continue through next Tuesday.  We are so grateful for our many Veteran’s Day visitors on Friday – thank you for sharing your experiences with our students.  

This week we enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving lunch with our students.  We loved having more than 250 parents and family members attend this special event. Many thanks to all of our parent volunteers who helped make the event a great one!  Our fourth graders had a great field trip to Jamestown.  Thank you to the staff and parents who drove to and from in the crazy traffic!  We appreciate everyone’s support to make this trip so special for our 4th graders.  Additionally, we hope all our families that celebrate had a happy Diwali.

We will not send out a Churchill Chatter newsletter next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday break. As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27

This is one of those times of the year we pause to remember all that we are grateful for!  Thank you to our entire community for all of your support to our staff and students.  We wish you and your family a joy filled time together!  

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cherith Pierson-Barr and Ms. Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Winter Concerts
  • Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources.
  • Reminder:  AAP Spring Screening Referrals Due December 15 
  • Character Strengths -- Focus on Gratefulness
  • Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
  • NOVA STEM Day - December 2
  • Important Dates
Winter Concerts

Save the dates.  Our students have been hard at work preparing for our festive winter chorus, band and advanced strings concerts. Join us for these concerts  in the CRS Gym.

  • Chorus Concert - Tuesday, December 5 at 6 PM
  • Band and Advanced Strings - Monday, December 11 at 6 PM
📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board. 

Reminder:  AAP Spring Screening Referrals:  Window to Submit Referrals for AAP Full-Time Services to close December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP full time referral form to AARTs:  Esther Lee ([email protected]), or Christine Neubauer ([email protected]), no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP full time referral form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms are available at the AAP Forms Page.  No late referrals for full time services can be accepted.

Submitting a referral form for AAP full time services will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for full time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated in April 2024.

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Churchill Road ES.

Character Strengths Focus

This week and next week our school community is focusing on the character strength of Gratitude.

Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

To practice and encourage the character strengths with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2), where together you will watch a video, read a quote, and talk about the answers to three questions about these character strengths.

Have a wonderful few weeks!

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

NOVA STEM Day - December 2 Did You Know...

Mitch Abblett Ph.D from Psychology today writes, “Momentology is this “course of study,” for the inner skills we as adults need in our daily work and relationship moments, the lessons our kids need as well.” A "momentology practice" teaches the skills of owning moments for creating, healing, and connecting.

Here are the top inner skills we can teach our children.

FCPS News

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

  • Student Food Show
  • Veterans Day Celebrations
  • State Music Honors

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

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Churchill Road employees.

Important Dates
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed
  • Tuesday, December 5 - Winter Chorus Concert, 6 PM
  • Monday, December 11 - Winter Band & Advanced Strings Concert, 6 PM
  • Monday, December 18-Monday, January 1 - Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 2 - Classes Resume

Calendar for 2023-24 School Year (for a printable version)

Calendar for 2024-25 School Year (for a printable version)

Quick Links:

Important Health Authorization Forms including Epipen and Inhaler Authorization forms can be found here.

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

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