Sunday, September 13 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 7, September 13, 2020 Welcome Back!

Week one is complete! We did it...TOGETHER!  Thank you to each one of you for your support, encouragement, and excitement for this first week.  One of my favorite “Principal” opportunities this week was to be in so many classes.  Interacting with your children this week has brought our entire staff such joy!  We know that during these few weeks of school your children will be building stamina to this new way of learning.  Our teachers are too.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions along the way. Thank you for entrusting your children to us during this time.  

Please be sure to take a moment to review the sections below on forms -- beginning of year, opt out, and SR&R -- as well as the Monday morning optional specials schedule.  

We especially want to thank so many of you who have joined the PTA.  Your support has enabled us to be able to have the technology, professional learning opportunities, and resources in order to create an engaging and focused learning environment for your children.  We are so grateful.

As we continue to work together, we are confident Churchill Road Elementary School will continue to be a school focused on supporting the growth of each and every student!

With gratitude,

Cherith Pierson

In This Week's Issue
  • Welcome Back to School
  • Thank You to the PTA! 

  • Beginning of Year Forms
  • Opt Out Forms
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Form
  • Back to School Nights September 14 and 15
  • Monday Morning Optional Specials Schedule
  • Lost and Found and Last Year's School Items
  • Virtual Children's Art Walk - Submissions through 9/20
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Churchill Road Appreciates our PTA!

The week before school started, the Churchill Road PTA helped staff ease back into the new school year with a drive-through staff appreciation event, complete with a welcome committee, boxed lunch, and a brand new Churchill Road “One Team, One Community, Stronger Together”  t-shirt!  What a great way to start the year.

Behind the scenes, the PTA helped ensure that the virtual school year got off to a great start by funding new virtual learning platforms and resources for Churchill, and developing new programming to support all members of our community this year.  We are so grateful for this support. We truly are one community.

Beginning of Year Forms 

The Emergency Care Card  is mandatory for all students for SY 20-21 and may be completed electronically in FCPS 24/7 Blackboard.

Click HERE for step by step directions to complete this process

 

Other Beginning of the Year Forms (Only complete if they apply to you)

Optional Forms (Return ONLY if applicable).  These forms may be emailed as PDF documents to our registrar, Chris Redding, at cbspencerred@fcps.edu,or dropped off at the school any weekday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Opt Out Forms

The following items require completed opt-out forms if families do not want a student to participate.  Completed opt-out forms should be emailed as PDFs to CRS registrar Chris Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu. If you choose to have your child participate, you do not need to return any forms.

FCPS Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms - This booklet provides you with detailed information about your opt-out choices. (If you have no objection to the activities described in this booklet, do NOT sign or submit any of the forms.)  

Family Life Education Opt Out Forms - Please read and return the opt-out form for your child’s grade level ONLY if you do not want your child to participate.  Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Program questions may be addressed at our school by contacting our assistant principal, Jennifer Niccolls, jniccolls@fcps.edu

SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student.

Printed copies of the Family Guide as well as the translated version of the document will not be available until October.

Monday Morning Optional Specials Schedule

Please check out the Monday Morning Optional Specials schedule above! The specials teachers will be offering optional synchronous enrichment activities to the students during the morning. Note that there are two sessions for each grade level so you are able to attend multiple sessions. The students will be able to join these activities through their All Students: Churchill Road Elementary Schoology pages.   

Back to School Nights - September 14 and 15

These virtual parent-only events will provide classroom teachers the opportunity to share valuable information about the curriculum and an overview of our new virtual programs. Meeting links will be shared by classroom teachers the afternoon of Monday, September 14.

Monday, September 14 - Back to School Night for Grades K, 2,4,6 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15 - Back to School Night for Grades 1,3,5 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Lost and Found/Student Items from 2019-2020 School Year

Please check out our lost and found items. Items will be available to peruse this coming week, Monday - Friday, September 14-18, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. outside by the main entrance. 

If you have not yet picked up your child's items from the last school year, these items will be available for pickup next week as well.  Just come to the front office window between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily and one of our office staff will get the items for you.  Any items not picked up by Friday, September 18 will be donated.

MPA Accepting Submissions for the Virtual Children's Art Walk! 

 

McLean Project for the Arts will be hosting the 14th Annual MPAartfest Children’s Art Walk, virtually! The goal of this event is to give children the opportunity to showcase their artwork, gain recognition, and empower them as valued members of our community.

Information about the Children's Art Walk can be found here:

 https://mpaart.org/mpaartfest/ndwc_childrens_art_walk/

All submissions are being accepted online through September 20, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Monday, September 14, Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00 PM, Grades K,2,4,6
  • Tuesday, September 15, Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00 PM, Grades 1,3,5
  • Monday, October 12, Student Holiday
Quick Links

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Sunday, September 6 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 6, September 6, 2020 Welcome Back Bobcats!

Join Winston in celebrating the new school year by sending your first day of school photos to us at @ChurchillRoadES.  

In This Week's Issue
  • First Day of School
  • Required Student Forms 

  • Technology Assistance
  • Action Item: Consent for Digital Resources
  • Back to School Nights September 14 and 15
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
First Day of School
  • Tuesday, September 8 is the first day of school. Student login begins at 8:35 a.m.  Attendance is taken at 8:40 a.m.
  • On Thursday (9/3), you should have received next week's agenda from your child's classroom teacher. This agenda highlights the learning activities for the first week of school. Going forward, these weekly agendas will be sent out on Friday afternoons for the upcoming week.
Required Student Forms

The Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form  provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. As the school year begins virtually, it is important to remember these forms are required for all students for SY 20-21 and are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module. 

Click HERE for step by step directions to complete this process

Both forms are required/mandatory for all students for SY 20-21.

Please contact CRS registrar, Chris Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu, in our front office if you need assistance obtaining a parent view account.

Technology Assistance

Should you need technical assistance the first week of school, we have a variety of ways to reach the technology team at Churchill Road ES; Nick Kilpatrick is our School Based Technology Specialists (SBTS).

  • On this website link:  Google Meet - Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 8-10) from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.
  • Call Nick Kilpatrick, SBTS, 703-288-8436
  • Email Nick Kilpatrick, SBTS, nfkilpatrick@fcps.edu
  • FCPS  Parent Technology Help Desk at  1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS), which is staffed from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • FCPS has also set up a Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly

Action Item: Consent for Digital Resources

Many of the digital resources used this year by Churchill Road teachers require parental consent (See the announcement on our school website.)

  • The enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year by completing the parental consent for digital resources form
  • Please review the digital resources and privacy/security agreements for these items on the information page; this page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. 

Please complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Back to School Nights - September 14 and 15

Save the dates:

Monday, September 14 - Back to School Night for Grades K, 2,4,6 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15 - Back to School Night for Grades 1,3,5 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

These virtual parent-only events will provide classroom teachers the opportunity to share valuable information about the curriculum and an overview of our new virtual programs.Teachers will review of attendance, schedules, procedures, and routines, as well as an explanation of grading and assessments. Meeting links will be shared by classroom teachers closer to the event.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, September 8 - First Day of School
  • Wednesday, September 9, Virtual PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • Monday, September 14, Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00 PM, Grades K,2,4,6
  • Tuesday, September 15, Back to School Night, 6:00-7:00 PM, Grades 1,3,5
Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Sunday, August 30 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 5, August 30, 2020 One Team, One Community, Stronger Together In This Week's Issue
  • Registration Ongoing for Fall 2020
  • Virtual School Orientation - September 1
  • PTA Pre-ordered School Supply, Band/Strings and Square 1 Art Pickup
  • Attendance
  • Tech Support for Parents and Students
  • Student Passwords
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Registration Ongoing

If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Churchill Road this fall, please start here

Virtual School Orientation 

Mark your calendars! This Tuesday, September 1, all Churchill Road students will attend their class for a virtual orientation. Please read your class placement email for specific directions on how to access this session. Children will have an opportunity to meet and get to know their classmates at this time.

  • 8:30-9:15 Kindergarten and 1st Grade
  • 9:30-10:15 2nd and 3rd Grades
  • 10:30-11:15 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades
Jumping for Joy to Start School

We continue to be grateful to the PTA for all that they do for our students and families.  Kindergarteners loved the chalking the driveway event. We are jumping for joy to meet all of our new students!

School Supplies, Spirit Wear and Band/Strings/Square 1 Art  Pickup

Pickup will be at Churchill Road on Wednesday, September 2, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and Thursday, September 3, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for PTA pre-ordered school supplies and spirit wear orders. (You can still order in-stock spirit wear for pickup until August 31.) Please have a sign with your child's name and grade for faster pickup. If neither of these times works for you, please coordinate delivery by contacting schoolsupplies@churchillroadpta.org for supplies orders or spiritwear@churchillroadpta.org for spirit orders.

CRS staff will also be distributing band/strings materials and Square 1 art orders from last year. In addition, families are encouraged to browse lost and found.

Attendance

Attendance is required for all students Monday – Friday.  Every homeroom classroom will have a live morning meeting each day where attendance will be taken for the day at 8:35 a.m.  Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically.  Please be sure your child is present for attendance.

Tech Support for Parents and Students

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications.

FCPS has also set up a Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly.

Student Passwords

FCPS has shared that the students password from the 2019-2020 school year will be extended through the 2020-2021 school year. If your child does not remember his/her password, or needs it changed please first use the Student Password Reset Tool by clicking here. Remember, students usernames are the same as their student ID number. Except for Google apps, their username is their student id number@fcpsschools.net (1234567@fcpsschools.net)  

All students should have and know their passwords by Tuesday, September 1 for our Virtual Orientation and to be ready for the first day of school on September 8, 2020.   Our School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS), Nick Kilpatrick is also available throughout the school year to assist you with technical questions at nfkilpatrick@fcps.edu.

Churchill Road Teacher Joins Dr. Brabrand for Special Education Town Hall

Ms. Antonio pictured at right.

Churchill Road Special Education lead teacher Mikaela Antonio joined Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand this past week at a televised town hall highlighting special education.  Ms. Antonio answered parent questions and explained how teachers support students with disabilities, and discussed how to maximize student engagement in the virtual environment, and still provide specialized instruction. We are proud of Ms. Antonio for being chosen as an FCPS spokesperson!

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, September 1, Virtual Orientation (Replaces Open House)

    • 8:30-9:15 Kindergarten and 1st Grade
    • 9:30-10:15 2nd and 3rd Grades
    • 10:30-11:15 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades
  • Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.-12 Noon, PTA Pre-ordered School Supply Pickup and Strings, Band materials  and Square 1 art pickup 
  • Thursday, September 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m., PTA Pre-ordered School Supply Pickup and Strings, Band materials  and Square 1 art pickup 
  • Tuesday, September 8 - First Day of School
  • Monday, September 14, Back to School Night (More info to come)
  • Tuesday, September 15, Back to School Night (More info to come)
Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Important Back to School Information

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Note on Class Assignments

Our teachers are hard at work preparing for the school year.  We are excited to begin the relationship between our families and teachers.

We know your children are excited to learn who their teacher will be!  Tomorrow, you will receive an email directly from your child’s teacher.  That letter will also include specific directions for your child to access the virtual open house that is scheduled for September 1.  If you do not receive an email by 3:00 p.m., please email Ms. Niccolls at jniccolls@fcps.edu.  

As you know, we will begin the year completely online on September 8.  Though we start the year virtually, we anticipate students may return in person at some point.  We also understand that many families plan to keep students at home, learning virtually, once school reopens.  Please know that we built our class lists around the in-person and online choices families made in July; we worked hard to balance class rosters.   Additionally, when, and if, we begin to transition students to the school building later in the school year, shifts to classroom assignments may occur. With these many factors in place, we respectfully ask that you do not make any requests for a change in teacher assignment.

Parents: We Need Your Consent
for Select Digital Resources

Churchill Road teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://churchillroades.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Also included on this page is a link to the parental consent form. This form must be completed by the enrolling parent or guardian, indicating whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. 

Please reach out to your student's teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources they have chosen to use this year.

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Monday, August 24 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 4, August 24, 2020

Dear Churchill Road Elementary Families,

Welcome Back to the 2020-2021 School Year!

This past week  we welcomed back our incredible staff at our first meeting of the 2020-21 school year.  Although this is not the start to the school year to which we are accustomed, the possibilities are endless as we seek to engage our students in meaningful ways. To those students and parents who are new to Churchill Road, we extend an especially warm welcome and best wishes for a successful year in our school.  Our theme is “One Team, One Community, Stronger Together!”  We hope each of you experience this collaborative spirit by our staff and community throughout this school year.

We would like to welcome some of our new staff members, as well as note some staff changes. 

New to Fairfax County, Ms. Carly Pfaff will be in kindergarten, Ms. Sarah Chin, last year’s long term substitute for Mrs. Sue Lackey, will be in first grade. Ms. Candice Hillman, 4th grade, returns to elementary school after previously teaching at Cooper and Aldrin elementary.  Ms Jennifer Hight, 5th grade, returns to Fairfax County after previously teaching at Colvin Run elementary. Ms.Abby Pinder is our new special education teacher and Ms. Rahmelle Buchanan is our new special education instructional assistant. We also welcome Ms. Michelle Bantolino as Mrs. Dierman's long-term substitute. 

Ms. Lindsey Bross, general music teacher, Ms. Colleen Crable, art department, and Ms. Consuelo Sevilla, strings, join our Specialist team.

Some changes for the upcoming year include Ms. Cheryl Bamdad moving to the fifth grade team again after teaching on our second grade team for the past several years. Ms. Allison McCrumb, 6th grade, replaces Mr. Nick Kilpatrick, who is now our new School Based Technology Specialist.  Mr. Jordan Craig-Kuhn is still with us as our Technology Specialist.

We are excited for you and your children to meet each and every one of them. 

FCPS will be sending communication regarding updated attendance policies, as well as many other important items, so please take the time to review these communications when they are received. Also, please take time to read carefully through this email for important information regarding the beginning of the year activities.

The Churchill Road staff is committed to making this school year a great one!  And we so appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson
Principal

In This Week's Issue
  • Community Conversation this Tuesday, August 25
  • Class Placement Information
  • Virtual School Orientation - September 1
  • Churchill Road 2020-2021 Virtual Instructional Schedule
  • Technology Distribution August 24 and 27
  • PTA Pre-ordered School Supply, Band/Strings and Square 1 Art Pickup
  • Supply Lists and Virtual Toolkits
  • Join the PTA
  • Registration Ongoing
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Community Conversation

On Tuesday, August 25 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., our school resource team will discuss how to set your child up for success in a digital classroom and create a positive socio-emotional environment for students.

For families who cannot join us, a recorded version of the presentation will be available Wednesday on the Churchill Road website.   (Link)

Class Placement Information

This year, you will be receiving an email from your child’s new teacher on Friday, August 28.  At this time your child’s teacher will provide you with more information regarding the upcoming school year as well as the virtual orientation. 

Placement decisions were first orchestrated, to the best of our ability, as a match to parent delivery model preference. In addition to meeting this preference, we have been working hard to make sure that there are balanced classrooms in order to best meet the needs of all of our students. We will continue to focus on meeting our students’ needs in a whole group, small group, and in an individual capacity. 

Please note that if your student's registration is incomplete (missing health forms, physical, deed, etc.), he or she will not be placed in a class until our registrar, Chris Spencer-Redding, receives the missing information.

In the event you do not receive an email on August 28, and your student's registration is complete, please reach out to Cherith Pierson.

Virtual School Orientation 

Mark your calendars! On Tuesday, September 1, all Churchill Road students will attend their class for a virtual orientation. The purpose of this orientation is to ensure all students can access virtual instruction prior to school starting and will help us identify and troubleshoot needs. This will also be a time when we can start to build relationships and classroom communities, provide information to students, and answer questions students and families may have. Below are the orientation start times. Your class placement email will provide you with more specific directions on how to access this session.

  • 8:30-9:15 Kindergarten and 1st Grade
  • 9:30-10:15 2nd and 3rd Grades
  • 10:30-11:15 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades
2020-2021 Virtual Instructional Schedule

Please click on the following link to access the 2020-2021 Churchill Road Virtual Learning Schedules.  Please know that this schedule was built with student developmental stages in mind. Within the big blocks of instruction (language arts and math), teachers will utilize breaks and a wide variety of resources and activities to support students.  Teachers understand the importance of scheduling mini-breaks within longer sessions based on student need.  

Attendance and grading of synchronous and asynchronous work will take place this school year.  More details to follow from FCPS central office.

Monday's schedule, used for independent learning with some students identified for teacher-directed specialized instruction, will be coming out next week.

Technology Distribution

Technology distribution will take place on August 24 and August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and August 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We are not assigning  pick-up times for specific time slots to provide flexibility for families. Busier times will likely be first thing in the morning and right before packing up for the day. The login and set-up process should take about 5-10 minutes.

When you arrive at Churchill, please park in one of the bus parking spots near the cafeteria; then a staff member will assist you. It will be helpful to come prepared with the following:

  • Filled out and signed Student Laptop Agreement (download here). Be sure you have one completed form for each student in your family.
  • Student(s) Username (which is their student ID number, except for Google apps, their username is their student id number@fcpsschools.net, e.g.,1234567@fcpsschools.net.
  • Student(s) Password (will remain the same as last year). If your child does not remember their password, or needs it changed, please first use the Student Password Reset Tool by clicking here.

**Kindergarten students and new families will set their password up at pick-up**

Please remember that all parents and students must wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. Questions about technology distribution, user names or passwords? Contact Nick Kilpatrick, Technology Specialist, nfkilpatrick@fcps.edu

School Supplies, Spirit Wear and Band/Strings/Square 1 Art  Pickup

Pickup will be at Churchill Road on Wednesday, September 2, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and Thursday, September 3, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for PTA pre-ordered school supplies and spirit wear orders. (You can still order in-stock spirit wear for pickup until August 31.) Please have a sign with your child's name and grade for faster pickup. If neither of these times works for you, please coordinate delivery by contacting schoolsupplies@churchillroadpta.org for supplies orders or spiritwear@churchillroadpta.org for spirit orders.

CRS staff will also be distributing band/strings materials and Square 1 art orders from last year. In addition, families are encouraged to browse lost and found.

Supply Lists and Virtual Toolkits

Our original school supply lists are located on our website here and match what is in the PTA pre-ordered supplies. Individual grade level teachers will be communicating with you before school starts which items will be needed for the virtual start if you did not purchase from the PTA. 

We also are preparing a separate virtual student toolkit for every Churchill Road student with additional school-provided instructional supplies. Due to the high demand and limited availability of these additional items, we anticipate scheduling safe drive-through pickups for these student toolkits in early-mid September.

Join the PTA

Registration for membership in our PTA will open next week, after the emails from your child's new teacher are sent out. Even though we cannot be together, there are so many ways for the Bobcat community to stay together throughout this coming school year! We encourage all families to join the PTA as well as contribute to the Bobcat Fund. Your commitment to join is particularly important this year because of the many unique needs our learning community is facing. Your PTA's funds have already been hard at work this summer, providing new virtual learning platforms and resources for all students: MusicPlayonline license (all students), No Red Ink (grades 5-6), Pear Deck (all students), and Padlet + (all students). Want to learn more about what your PTA has planned? Join us for this week's Evening Discussion on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Registration Ongoing

If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Churchill Road this fall, please start here

Important Dates
  • Monday, August 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Technology Pickup
  • Tuesday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. Community Conversations:  Setting your child up for success in a digital classroom and creating a positive socio-emotional environment for students (Resource Team)
  • Thursday, August 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. AND 4:00-7:00 p.m. - Technology Pickup
  • Tuesday, September 1, Virtual Orientation (Replaces Open House)

    • 8:30-9:15 Kindergarten and 1st Grade
    • 9:30-10:15 2nd and 3rd Grades
    • 10:30-11:15 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades
  • Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.-12 Noon, PTA Pre-ordered School Supply Pickup and Strings, Band materials  and Square 1 art pickup 
  • Thursday, September 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m., PTA Pre-ordered School Supply Pickup and Strings, Band materials  and Square 1 art pickup 
  • Tuesday, September 8 - First Day of School
  • Monday, September 14, Back to School Night (More info to come)
  • Tuesday, September 15, Back to School Night (More info to come)
Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 3, August 16, 2020 In This Week's Issue
  • Join our Community Conversation this Tuesday, August 18
  • Register new students now for fall
  • Save the Date for our Kindergarten Lunch Bunch or Snack Chat on August 20
  • Technology Distribution August 24 and 27
  • Class Placements
  • FCPS Parent Center free webinars
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Community Conversation

On Tuesday, August 18 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mr. Kilpatrick will be leading our conversation with a focus on introducing you to some of the digital tools our students will be using this year. For families who cannot join us, a recorded version of the presentation will be available Wednesday on the Churchill Road’s website.

(Link)

Register Students Now for the Fall

As decisions are being made regarding the fall, it is vital we have all kindergartners and new students registered.  Important information will be emailed to parents of registered students and fall schedules will be determined based on the specific students in each class.  If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Churchill Road, please start here

Let’s have LUNCH!  Or a SNACK! Kindergarten is a BUNCH of fun!

Let’s have LUNCH! Or let's have a SNACK! Kindergarten is a BUNCH of fun!

We added an additional opportunity for Kindergarten students to interact with the Kindergarten teachers on Thursday, August 20.  Students and parents can choose either the Lunch Bunch at 12:30 pm or a Snack Chat at 4:00 pm.  Both sessions will be the same information just at different times. 

To join the lunch bunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m., use this lunch link. (Snack link below.)

If you would like to join us for a snack from 4:00-4:45 p.m., please join us at the snack link.

Technology Pick-up

Churchill Road will have an outdoor distribution for student laptops during the week of August 24.  Please carefully read through the schedule and all procedures listed below.

Laptop distribution will take place Monday, August 24, 2020  and Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Additionally, we will have an evening pick-up on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  No appointment necessary. Please come at a time that is convenient for your family. We will do our best to process everyone as quickly as possible. 

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe and efficient pick-up of student laptops:

  1. Prior to arrival, please fill out and print the Churchill Road  ES Student Computer/Device Program form for each child you have at Churchill Road ES.  If you have three (3) children at Churchill Road ES, you will need to bring three (3) forms with you when you come to pick-up laptops.  The form can be located Here.
  2. This is a rain or shine event.  If it is raining, please plan to bring a bag or umbrella.  Laptop covers/cases are not provided. Laptop chargers are provided.
  3. You may only pick-up laptops belonging to your child/children. Only one (1) parent per family. Please bring your child with you, or have them write down their username and password. You will need to log into the computer before leaving the Churchill Road parking lot. All staff and parents must wear a mask. Parents must practice social distancing of at least 6 feet while waiting in line.  Please bring your own pen.
  4. When you arrive at Churchill, please park in one of the bus parking spots near the cafeteria; then a staff member will assist you.

Laptop Insurance

FCPS does not currently offer an option for families to purchase laptop insurance. For any damaged or lost School Board property, families are responsible for reimbursement in accordance with the SR&R and School Board regulations. Families may wish to check their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies for coverage options or search online for insurance companies which offer insurance policies exclusively for student laptops.

Families with FCPS Laptops

Families who already have a FCPS laptop at home should do the following once per week beginning in August:

  • Plug the device into an outlet.
  • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
  • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional logins or activities are required.
  • If you are having issues with it, please contact our SBTS Nick Kilpatrick (nfkilpatrick@fcps.edu) to troubleshoot or request a new one. 
Class Placement

Placement decisions will be finalized and sent out to parents during the week of August 24. Placement decisions were first orchestrated, to the best of our ability, as a match to parent delivery model preference (online vs. in-person) as well as teacher need/preference. We are trying to match as much as possible to prevent many changes if/when we transition back into the building. We will continue to focus on meeting our students’ needs in a whole group, small group, and in an individual capacity. 

FCPS Parent Center Resources and Supports

Tuesday, September 1: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 11: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-Home Learning Work for You (10:00-11:30 a.m. - Register Here)

Friday, September 18: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: 10 Ways to Stop Power Struggles & Start Motivating Your Kids (10:00-11:30a.m. OR 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Thursday, September 24: FCPS Parent Resource Center Free Webinar: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series - Setting the Stage for Good Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Register Here)

Important Dates
  • Thursday, August 20 - K Lunch Bunch @ 12:30 p.m. or Snack @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Technology Pickup
  • Tuesday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. Community Conversations.  Setting your child up for success in a digital classroom and creating a positive socio-emotional environment for students (Resource Team)
  • Thursday, August 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. AND 4:00-7:00 p.m. - Technology Pickup
  • Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.-12 Noon, PTA Pre-ordered School Supply Pickup
  • Thursday, September 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m., PTA Pre-ordered School Supply Pickup
  • Tuesday, September 8 - First Day of School
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Join our Community Conversation on Tuesday, August 11 at 8:30 AM

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Please join us for the second of our weekly conversations on Tuesday, August 11, from 8:30-9:30 AM. This conversation will focus on the latest information related to preparing for our virtual start. 

Joining Principal Pierson will be our PTA President, Christie Buschmann, and some of our staff as well. Please use this link to access the meeting (from 8:15 AM on). 

We hope to see you there.

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Join our Community Conversation Tomorrow at 8:30 AM

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Please join us for the first of our weekly conversations tomorrow, Monday, August 3, from 8:30-9:30 AM. This conversation will focus on providing an overview of the academic day and share additional details for our virtual start. 

Joining Principal Pierson will be our PTA President, Christie Buschmann, and some of our staff as well. Please use this link to access the meeting (from 8:15 AM on). 

We hope to see you there.

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Join our Community Conversation on Monday, August 3

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Dear Churchill Road Families

With the start of the new school year quickly approaching, we want to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information as well as the opportunity to ask us questions about the upcoming school year. Beginning in August, we will be offering weekly parent conversations as a forum for presenting the latest updates and hearing any questions you might have.  

We would like you to join us for the first of our weekly conversations this coming Monday, August 3, from 8:30-9:30 AM. This conversation will focus on providing an overview of the academic day and share additional details for our virtual start.  We also want an opportunity to welcome our kindergarten families as well as our families that are new to the Churchill Road community.

Joining me will be our PTA President, Christie Buschmann, and some of our staff as well. Please use this link to access the meeting (from 8:15 AM on).  We will inform you of upcoming dates and times in our weekly parent communication.

Please continue to reach out to me in the weeks ahead.  I want to be as much of a support as possible to our Churchill Road community. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson

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Sunday, July 26 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 2, July 26, 2020 In This Week's Issue
  • Ms. Pierson's community update
  • Registration Information
  • Quick Links

Dear Churchill Road Families,

As you have already heard, last Tuesday night the Fairfax County School Board supported Superintendent Brabrand’s recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students.  The online school year will begin as scheduled on September 8, 2020.  Our first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff.

Many of you have emailed questions about bell schedules, teaching schedules, online resources, and more. I understand your desire to want to know as much as possible right now. At this time, Fairfax County Public Schools is in the process of developing school year plans to ensure each of our students will continue to grow and thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. 

While details of the 2020-21 school year are not finalized, the following previously conveyed information is still part of the school year plan:

  • On-line learning will provide four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, face-to-face instruction with teachers. 
  • The elementary day will also consist of additional small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students. 
  • Student work will be graded and attendance is required. 
  • Part of Monday’s schedule will include time for teacher planning. 

Over the past six weeks, I have continued to reflect upon the anecdotal responses received on the Distance Learning feedback form parents filled out in June, as well as conversations I have had with many of you this summer.  These responses have been organized into categories such as parent communication, student engagement,  technology, etc, and I have begun sharing this information with teacher groups. It has been extremely helpful to have your input and thoughts as we plan for this upcoming school year.  

As we focus on the return to school this fall, I can’t begin to tell you how many staff have emailed me to see what they can do to create a wonderful school year for your children. Our staff are eager to begin interacting with your children, and they are dedicated to spending the weeks before September 8 in preparation. Thank you for trusting us. 

We will communicate with you as quickly as possible when we have more information. We understand this is a difficult time and families may be feeling a variety of emotions around this change. We hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer and stay healthy.  

Please continue to reach out with any questions!

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson
Principal

Registration is Underway for the Fall

As decisions are being made regarding the fall, it is vital we have all kindergartners and new students registered.  Important information will be emailed to parents of registered students and fall schedules will be determined based on the specific students in each class.  If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Churchill Road, please start here

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Community Updates and Fall Bell Schedule

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Dear Churchill Families

Thank you for completing the FCPS Enrollment Survey last week! We know this was a difficult decision for many of you. I valued the many opportunities to get to know and interact with so many of you as you made this decision. We hope now with the decision made you have some time to enjoy the beautiful (yet warm!) weather and time with your family.  

This past week, we began working through the staff and family return-to-school response data. (Our initial school-level data are linked here on the FCPS website.)  As a team, we are committed to strategic planning so we can easily adapt to changing conditions, should we need to. We anticipate additional guidance from the county regarding scheduling. We kindly ask for your patience to allow us the time to create a schedule that meets both parent choice and staff needs.  We do have confirmation that the bell schedule for Churchill Road will be 9:10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and promise to communicate on an ongoing basis as plans are firmed up.

Besides scheduling, we are continuing to find ways to increase our professional knowledge related to best practice instructional strategies we can use to support your children. We also are continuing to work through logistics such as hallway transitions, arrival and dismissal procedures, health and safety protocols. We will share specific details related as we get closer to the start of school. 

In one of our staff meetings this spring, I shared this quote by Eisenhower.  “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”  This same quote summarizes our goal at Churchill Road Elementary as we look to the 20/21 school year.

September 8th is right around the corner! We honestly cannot wait to see your CHILDREN! As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson

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Community Update

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Dear Churchill Road Families,

The last 10 days have been filled with information.  As you may know, the School Board met yesterday, and Dr. Brabrand added some details to his proposed plan. I wanted to bring a few of these highlights to you as it may bring some clarity:

Communication: FCPS will continue to use multiple platforms, in multiple languages, to share information. Visit FCPS’ Return to School web page for more details on the plans and Frequently Asked Questions. We expect weekly communication from the county to begin the week of July 20.

Community Partnerships: The county is communicating with SACC and other community agencies about childcare. Information about SACC services will be forthcoming.

Facilities: Protocols and guidelines continue to be developed, including health screening questionnaires for students, staff, and visitors. A parent/guardian screening commitment form will be distributed (one time) prior to face-to-face instruction. Plexiglass has already been placed in common areas, such as the office. 

Instruction: Specials are being discussed as to whether they will support a push-in model, take place in classrooms, or be virtual.

Masks:  All students (over the age of two years), staff, and essential visitors must wear face coverings (cloth or disposable) while inside FCPS facilities and during FCPS-provided transport. This means that students must wear masks in the classroom, even if they are seated six feet apart at their desks. If you choose in-person instruction, we encourage you to have your child(ren) begin practicing wearing a mask for 6 hours a day.

Health and Safety: Confirmed Case:  If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in school, the Health Department will work closely with school administrators to determine a course of action for the school. The process will be as follows:

  • Isolation of the individual
  • The student (and their parents/guardians) or staff member will be interviewed to determine possible exposures inside and outside of the school
  • The student/staff will be isolated at home and the Health Department will monitor them daily
  • Identification of all who had close contact (defined as 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) with the COVID-19 positive student(s)/staff and quarantine them
  • Each close contact will be interviewed for symptoms, asked to get tested between days 5-7 after the exposure, and will be monitored by the health department for the duration of their quarantine.

Health and Safety: School Closures:  Decisions on classroom or school closures need to be made on a case-by case basis and in consultation with the Health Department. Factors to be considered:

  • The size of the class
  • Extent of social distancing in place while the ill persons were present and infectious
  • Extent of interactions and exposure in the area. Location of the case(s) in the class need to be assessed to determine the potential risk to others.

For additional references, see: CDC Contact Tracing Workflow and/or CDC Case Investigation Workflow

Assignments: Student schedules for in-person instruction will be created using an alphabetical split.  At the elementary level, class assignments may be modified to meet the needs of individual students and create balanced classes (such as AAP, ESOL, or Special Education cohorts.) If you would like to make a request to change your child’s in-person days due to work-related constraints, please email Kim Moran (KMoran2@fcps.edu)  this information no later than COB Wednesday, July 22. While we cannot make any guarantees, beyond ensuring students in the same family have the same schedule, we will do our best to make accommodations, if space allows.

Bell Schedule:  Dr. Brabrand’s proposed bell schedule would designate Churchill Road Elementary’s hours as either 9:10 AM-3:55 PM or 10:05 AM-4:50 PM. (I will communicate with you as soon as I receive the specific time).  The proposed adjusted bell is necessary to allow for social distancing and sanitizing protocols.  Once transportation receives and schedules the number of eligible riders opting for transportation services, minor modifications to the bell schedule may be implemented and any adjustments will be communicated.

Start Date:  The School Board voted to support the Superintendent’s recommendation to move the start date for students to September 8 to give school administrators added time to plan schedules and staffing assignments for both virtual and in-person instruction and to provide teachers additional professional development and planning time, when they return in August.

While we don’t yet have the answers to all your questions, I urge you to make this decision based on what is best for your own child.  Continue also to weigh the ongoing updates provided by our county and state health officials regarding the impact of COVID-19.  Our aim as a county, and as a school, is to keep all children safe and learning, whether in or out of our school building. We want you to envision Churchill Road as a school community, whether your students are here in person or virtually.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate a very challenging situation. I know this has been a stressful couple of weeks, but I could not ask for a better community in which to serve. I will continue to update you as I receive information.  Feel free to reach out to me with any last-minute questions you might have before you make your decision.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson

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Back to School Choice Due by July 15

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Dear Churchill families,

During Monday’s Townhall with FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand,  the deadline for families to choose between full-time online instruction OR in-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings, was extended to next Wednesday, July 15. 

I know that you still have many questions about the Return to School options and I encourage you to consult some of the following resources:

Return to School

FCPS Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (July 6)--recording 

We will continue to keep you informed as more details about the Return to School Plan become available.   As you work to make the best decision for your family, I hope that this information is helpful. 

Sincerely, 

Cherith Pierson

How to Make Your Choice by July 15

To select the option that works best for your child(ren), please follow the steps below. If you need your child's FCPS student ID to complete this process, please contact Kim Moran in the Churchill Road office at kmoran2@fcps.edu .

  1.  Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 .
  2.  Log in with your child’s Student ID* and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).
  3.  Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
  4. Look for an email  message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision as well as a link to change your selection, if desired.
  5. Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

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Sunday, July 5 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 34, July 5, 2020 In This Week's Issue
  • Join Ms. Pierson for a Community Conversation tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
  • Registration Information
  • Continuity of Learning Summer Office Hours
  • Quick Links
Community Conversation - Monday, July 6

Join Ms. Pierson, PTA President Christie Buschmann, and some CRS staff for a community conversation tomorrow morning, Monday, July 6 from 8:30-9:30 a.m., regarding “Return to School” decision-making for the fall.   Please use this guest link to access the meeting (from 8:20 a.m. on).  

Please note that Dr. Brabrand will also be holding another Town Hall Meeting tomorrow evening, Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m., to share more information and answer questions. Visit the Return to School web page for more details on the plans and Frequently Asked Questions on the FCPS website.

Registration is Underway for the Fall

As decisions are being made regarding the fall, it is vital we have all kindergartners and new students registered.  Important information will be emailed to parents of registered students and fall schedules will be determined based on the specific students in each class.  If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Churchill Road, please start here

Summer Office Hours for Continuity of Learning

If your child has questions about the summer learning packets please reach out to our summer school staff to schedule an office hours appointment!

Kindergarten:  Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mrs. Asta-Dianne Clark,  aclark@fcps.edu 

Grade 1:       Tuesdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Ms. Audrey Gordon, argordon@fcps.edu 

Grade 2:       Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.,  Ms. Cheryl Bamdad, chbamdad@fcps.edu 

Grade 3:       Tuesdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Ms. Sarah Finger, SAFinger@fcps.edu 

Grade 4:       Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Ms. Sarah Aicher, saicher@fcps.edu 

Grade 5:       Wednesdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Ms. Jill Hamlin, JEHamlin@fcps.edu 

Grade 6:       Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Ms. Gwendolyn Vichness, gvichness@fcps.edu 

Special Education:  varies, Mr. Drew Eddy, dseddy@fcps.edu  

English Language Development:  Tuesdays, 1:00-1:30 p.m. for Grades 3-6 and Wednesdays from 1:00-1:30 p.m. for Grades K-2, Mrs. Lisa Williams, ljwilliams1@fcps.edu 

All students have been invited to the appropriate Google Class/Classrooms and should log in to office hours using their FCPS student user ID and password. 

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Community Conversation - Monday, July 6 - UPDATED MEETING LINK

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Dear Churchill Road Families

Earlier this week, you were asked to complete an intention form for the next school year.  We know there are still many uncertainties around what school will look like.  The FCPS website includes frequently asked questions (FAQ) from parents and staff about “Return to School” and is frequently updated. I highly encourage you to check this FAQ section as often as possible.  Additional information on the Return to School Plan is available here: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool.

We would like to invite you to a community conversation that will occur on Monday, July 6 from 8:30-9:30 AM. Although there will not be any new information shared, this will be a time to connect about concerns regarding “Return to School” decision-making for the fall.  Joining me will be our PTA President, Christie Buschmann, and some of our staff as well. Please use this guest link to access the meeting (from 8:20 AM on).  

Please continue to reach out to me in the weeks ahead.  I want to be as much of a support as possible to our Churchill Road community. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson

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Community Conversation - Monday, July 6

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Dear Churchill Road Families

Earlier this week, you were asked to complete an intention form for the next school year.  We know there are still many uncertainties around what school will look like.  The FCPS website includes frequently asked questions (FAQ) from parents and staff about “Return to School” and is frequently updated. I highly encourage you to check this FAQ section as often as possible.  Additional information on the Return to School Plan is available here: https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool.

We would like to invite you to a community conversation that will occur on Monday, July 6 from 8:30-9:30 AM. Although there will not be any new information shared, this will be a time to connect about concerns regarding “Return to School” decision-making for the fall.  Joining me will be our PTA President, Christie Buschmann, and some of our staff as well. Please use this guest link to access the meeting (from 8:20 AM on).  

Please continue to reach out to me in the weeks ahead.  I want to be as much of a support as possible to our Churchill Road community. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson

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Happening NOW: Yearbook & Student Item Pick-up, Check Lost & Found

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Yearbooks and Student Items Available for Pick-up Until Noon

If you missed the previous opportunities to pick up your yearbooks or student items,  Churchill staff are at the bus loop outside the cafeteria until noon today for a safe pick-up.

A limited number of yearbooks are also available for sale. Please bring a check for $27 made out to “CRS PTA” during the Wednesday pick-up to purchase one.  (Note: we are unable to accept cash or credit cards.)

 

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are located under the overhang by the front entrance.  Do you recognize anything? Many more items available. Stop by before noon today.

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Pickup Yearbooks, Student Items, Check Lost & Found and More

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Drive Through Pick-ups Tomorrow  Yearbooks and Student Items

If you missed the previous opportunities to pick up your yearbooks or student items, tomorrow is your day.  Churchill staff will be manning a drive through pick-up from 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow - Wednesday, July 1.  Please remember:

  • Drive through the bus loop by the cafeteria; remain in your car and please wear a mask. Staff will place your yearbooks/student items in your car trunk. 
  • Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to the staff (passenger side of car).  

If you haven't yet ordered your yearbook, we do have some extra soft cover yearbooks for sale. Please bring a check for $27 made out to “CRS PTA” during the Wednesday pick-up to purchase one, subject to availability.  (Note: we are unable to accept cash or credit cards.)

Please remember that you can only pick up yearbooks or student items for your own students and not those from other families.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items will be located under the overhang by the front entrance.  We ask that those looking for lost items wear masks and practice social distancing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Back to School FAQs

Dr. Brabrand is  having a virtual Town Hall Meeting meeting on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. to answer additional questions that families may have about back to school enrollment options.

Keep up-to-date on the latest information about the FCPS Plan for Return To School.  Key points include:

Return to School Enrollment Options

Reopening Schools Plan - In-Person Instruction with Social Distancing

Full-time Online Instruction

Return to School - Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Return to School - Frequently Asked Questions for Staff

Summer Learning Opportunities

Although FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July, students will have distance learning opportunities through July 31. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access each of the resources below: 

  • Students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons on the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources.
  • Students currently in grades K-6 should have received both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail. Digital versions of the books are also posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. All students have been invited to the appropriate Google Class/Classrooms. 

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Sunday, June 28 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 33, June 28, 2020 In This Week's Issue
  • Message from Ms. Pierson about Returning to School for the 2020-21 School Year
  • FCPS Continuity of Learning - Through 7/31

  • Yearbook Distribution - Wednesday, 7/1
  • School Supplies Kits - Order by 7/7
  • Quick Links

Dear Families,

Today, I write wanting to ensure that you have received and read Dr. Brabrand’s letter and plan from last week describing school choices for the 2020-21 school year.  While I know this information does not completely answer all of your questions, please know the county and I are working to support you and your child’s learning regardless of the option you choose.

Over the past few days, I have been asked what the school day will look like in both face-to-face and virtual settings.  Although the final decision has not been made for the virtual schedule, there will be more live, teacher-directed hours than offered this past spring.  These virtual hours will include both whole group and small group learning opportunities for students. In both settings, we are working with teachers during the summer with a focus on creating meaningful direct instruction, as well as ensuring we have structures in place to support the individual needs of your child. Technology will be used in both settings to assist and support these goals.

This past week, we have been working to understand our capacity numbers for face-to-face instruction. The number of students in each class will depend on the physical size of the classroom and our ability to socially distance (currently 6 feet) based on Health Department and CDC guidance. Churchill Road’s average size classroom may be able to accommodate 12-15 students with social distancing in place.  However, classroom sizes vary, so some classes will have fewer students. Student schedules will be assigned alphabetically to support families with students in multiple grades. 

Another question being asked is whether children will be taught by a Churchill Road teacher.  At this time, it is my understanding that once we know our numbers for both settings, we will have a better plan for what that means for our Churchill Road staffing. Please know as soon as we receive numbers from the county, thoughtful instructional support will be considered to further your child’s individual learning and academic needs in either setting. We know and hear this is important to you as parents. It is important to our staff, as well.

Some of the skills teachers are focused on growing professionally this summer are related to using technology in a blended learning classroom as well as supporting students’ socio-emotional needs as they return to school.  A group of teachers also have been working to increase the implementation of project-based learning (PBL), as well as collaborating to support students by name and by need.  Our entire staff wants to be ready to support your child during the 2020-21 school year.

As Dr. Brabrand wrote in his letter to the Fairfax County community, another letter will be distributed this week which will provide additional details. You will be asked to select which program you feel is best for your child. To better inform your decision, Dr. Brabrand is also having a Town Hall Meeting meeting on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. to answer additional questions that arise from his communication.

As information continues to be shared and decisions are made regarding our return to school, I will continue to update you.  Already, many of you have emailed and called with individual questions related to your child(ren).  Please continue to email or call me. I am more than happy to listen and answer as many specific questions as I possibly can to support you and your child.  Questions related to placement decisions, I likely will not be able to answer until administration has capacity data, staffing instructional delivery requests, and your decision regarding next year. Once we receive these data, we are prepared to make decisions in a timely manner to best structure our learning environment for the start of the school year.

Lastly, and most importantly, I want to reiterate that we are determined, as a staff, to make sure that next year is focused on individual students' needs, as well as creating a positive learning environment for all children in the Churchill Road community.  We are so grateful to the many of you who have assured us of your partnership and willingness to support us in any way!

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson
Principal  

Summer Learning Opportunities

Although FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons on the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31. 

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level, but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

Students can access these activities beginning tomorrow, June 29, and continuing through July 31. Students will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows: 

Kindergarten:  Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mrs. Asta-Dianne Clark,  aclark@fcps.edu 

Grade 1:       Tuesdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Ms. Audrey Gordon, argordon@fcps.edu 

Grade 2:       Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.,  Ms. Cheryl Bamdad, chbamdad@fcps.edu 

Grade 3:       Tuesdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Ms. Sarah Finger, SAFinger@fcps.edu 

Grade 4:       Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Ms. Sarah Aicher, saicher@fcps.edu 

Grade 5:       Wednesdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Ms. Jill Hamlin, JEHamlin@fcps.edu 

Grade 6:       Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Ms. Gwendolyn Vichness, gvichness@fcps.edu 

Special Education:  varies, Mr. Drew Eddy, dseddy@fcps.edu  

English Language Development:  Tuesdays, 1:00-1:30 p.m. for Grades 3-6 and Wednesdays from 1:00-1:30 p.m. for Grades K-2, Mrs. Lisa Williams, ljwilliams1@fcps.edu 

All students have been invited to the appropriate Google Class/Classrooms.  Please be in touch with your questions.

 Yearbook Distribution 7/1

If you were not able to pick-up your 2019-20 yearbook last week, CRS staff members will be offering another curbside pick-up on Wednesday, July 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. 

  • Drive through the bus loop by the cafeteria; remain in your car and please wear a mask. Staff will place your yearbooks in your car trunk. 
  • Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to the staff (passenger side of car).  
  • You may ONLY pick-up your family’s yearbook order.  If you will not be able to pick-up your order at the scheduled pick-up times, please contact the Yearbook Committee (yearbook@churchillroadpta.org) to make alternative arrangements.

If you haven't yet ordered your yearbook, we do have some extra soft cover yearbooks for sale. Please bring a check for $27 made out to “CRS PTA” during the Wednesday pick-up to purchase one, subject to availability. Please note we are unable to accept cash or credit cards.

Thank you for all of your patience and flexibility with this process.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Yearbook Committee. 

School Supplies Kits - Order by 7/7

The CRS PTA's school supplies store (through Educational Products) is open until July 7. Each supply kit includes the exact teacher requested supplies for each grade and will ship to CRS before the first day of school. Note: If there is an extended distance learning schedule, arrangements will be made to distribute the kits to parents.

Each student will need to supply their own headphones for use during the school day (or you can add these to your order. (Grades K-2 foam over the head headphones - no earbuds; Grades 3-6 headphones or earbuds.)

Shop the store at https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/ and enter code CHU084 when prompted.

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Reminder: Yearbook Distribution until Noon Today!

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CRS teachers are distributing student yearbooks until noon today. If your student(s) ordered a yearbook, please drop by before noon to pick it up. If you have not yet ordered a yearbook and would like one, extra yearbooks will be available for purchase (credit cards or check only please) on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Please use the bus loop by the cafeteria. Remain in your car at all times.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.
  • Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to the staff (passenger side of car).  
  • Staff will place your yearbooks in your car trunk.  Thank you for understanding that the staff volunteers will need to keep the line moving and, as much as they would like to, will not have time to chat or answer questions at this time. 
  • You may ONLY pick-up your family’s yearbook order.  If you will not be able to pick-up your order at the scheduled pick-up times, please contact the Yearbook Committee (yearbook@churchillroadpta.org) to make alternative arrangements.

Thank you for your flexibility with the yearbook distribution process.

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

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