Churchill Road Rise Against Hunger - Deadline Tomorrow

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Rise Against Hunger Update

Dear Churchill Road families,

Students have brought into school a total of $2,258.  We are $892 away from our goal of $3,050. 

Our last day to accept in-school donations is tomorrow - Wednesday, January 25. Online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27. You may make your tax-deductible donation at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023.

Thank you for your continued support in our collective effort to Rise Against Hunger.

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

Churchill Chatter School Newsletter - UPDATED

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 12, January 20, 2023

Dear Churchill Road Families,  

Just a reminder that next week we have an earlier dismissal on Wednesday and student holidays on Thursday and Friday.

Additionally, we are continuing to collect money for Rise Against Hunger.  We only need approximately $1200 more to reach our goal of $3050!  Thank you to those who have already supported this endeavor.

This week there have been a lot of creative learning opportunities for our students. 

  • Kindergarteners started their community helper Project Based Learning (PBL).  Students picked a helper and researched how the helpers contribute to our community. 
  • First graders learned about Jamestown colony.
  • Students in second grade learned about different genres of poetry and even wrote their own!
  • Third graders continued to craft their Ancient Egypt PBL.
  • Fourth graders continued working on realistic fiction papers, focusing on  character development.
  • Fifth graders used different mineral properties to conduct a lab and identify "mystery" samples. 
  • Sixth grade students prepared for group presentations about the weather conditions they researched  (temperature, wind speed, air pressure) including explaining safety precautions people should take.

Thank you to all who have participated in the grade level parent coffees!  We value your feedback and ideas as we work together to support the needs of each individual student here at Churchill Road Elementary!  Look for additional dates next week for the next round of grade level parent coffees!

Warmly,

Jen Niccolls and Cherith Pierson-Barr

In This Week's Issue
  • Kindergarten and New Student Registration is open for 2023-24 School Year and Kindergarten Orientation on April 13
  • Congratulations Reflections Winners
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
  • News from the Art Room
  • Youth Substance Use Presentations January 23 (in-person) and March 21 (virtual)
  • FCPS News
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates

Kindergarten and New Student Registrations for 2023-24 Now Underway

We are now accepting kindergarten registrations! Students must be 5 years old by September 30th, 2023. 

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 or sign up here to schedule an appointment!

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

 Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is April 13th 

When you register your student, you will be added to our email distribution list for rising kindergarten parents. We will contact you with information about a Kindergarten Orientation. Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Thursday, April 13 in the afternoon. A complete schedule/time for the orientation will be shared in the coming weeks.

Congratulations Reflections Winners!

Pictured with Mrs. Pierson-Barr are Refections winners attending reception.

On January 9, this year's Reflections winners were honored at a reception in the Churchill Road library.  Congratulations to the winners and all those who participated:

  • Natasha Nesterova: Dance Choreography - Primary - "Be Confident"
  • Sthavir Baliga: Literature - Primary - "My Voice"
  • Sophia Chang: Literature - Middle School - "Silence"
  • Krishnav Baliga: Music Composition - Primary - "The Astronaut and the Alien"
  • Lara Desai: Music Composition - Intermediate - "Kaleidoscope"
  • Grayson Sheers: Photography - Intermediate - "I am Grayson"
  • Aiden Zhang: Visual Arts - Primary - "The Sound of Peace"
  • Finley Sheers: Visual Arts - Intermediate - "Dare to be You, Never Give Up"
Rise Against Hunger Update

Thank you for your continued support of  Rise Against Hunger. Students have brought into school a total of $1,834.  We have three more days to go and are hoping to reach our goal of $3,050. 

We have extended our deadline to accept in-school donations until Wednesday, January 25. Students are encouraged to bring in any donations to reach our goal. Additionally, online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27. You may make your tax-deductible donation at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023.

Thank you for your support.

News From the Art Room

Thank you to Ms. Lauren Pierce for working with Mrs. Wallace this school year to teach art.  Ms. Pierce will be leaving this month to complete her degree in art education.  We are welcoming Mrs. Sarah Davis, who has been working alongside Ms. Pierce the last few weeks, as our new art specialist.

Mrs. Davis, we are very happy to have you on board!

Family Engagement - Tips from the FCPS Parent Resource Center

The new year is a great time to work on goal setting. Look for more family engagement resources and quick tips for parents on the FCPS website here.

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration  (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. 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 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at the dual language immersion school site. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Reminder: Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis.

The Langley Pyramid presentation will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm at Langley High School.   There will also be a virtual presentation in partnership with the Parent Resource Center on March 21.

FCPS News

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

    • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
    • Draft School Year Calendar Options
    • FAFSA Help

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.

Calendar Reminder: Quarter End

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Churchill Road students will be dismissed at 1:20 PM. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar 

Important Dates
  • Monday, January 23 - Youth Substance Abuse Presentation, Langley HS, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, January 25 - End of Quarter Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Thursday-Friday, January 26-27 - Student Holidays
  • Tuesday, February 7 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Friday, February 10 - Family Bingo Night
  • Monday, February 20 - President’s Day Holiday
  • Thursday, March 2 - Early Release @1:20 PM
  • Friday, March 3 - Student Holiday

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

Quick Links

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

Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 12, January 20, 2023

Dear Churchill Road Families,  

Our students have been busy learning over the past few weeks.

  • Kindergarteners started their community helper Project Based Learning (PBL).  Students picked a helper and researched how the helpers contribute to our community. 
  • First graders learned about John Smith and the Jamestown colony.
  • Students in second grade learned about different genres of poetry and even wrote their own!
  • Third graders continued to craft their Ancient Egypt PBL.
  • Fourth graders continued working on realistic fiction papers, focusing on character development.
  • Fifth graders used different mineral properties to conduct a lab and identify "mystery" samples. 
  • Sixth grade students prepared for group presentations about the weather conditions they researched  (temperature, wind speed, air pressure) including explaining safety precautions people should take.

Warmly,

Jen Niccolls and Cherith Pierson-Barr

In This Week's Issue
  • Kindergarten and New Student Registration is open for 2023-24 School Year and Kindergarten Orientation on April 13
  • Congratulations Reflections Winners
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Dual Language Immersion Program Registration
  • News from the Art Room
  • Youth Substance Use Presentations January 23 (in-person) and March 21 (virtual)
  • FCPS News
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates

Kindergarten and New Student Registrations for 2023-24 Now Underway

We are now accepting kindergarten registrations! Students must be 5 years old by September 30th, 2023. 

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 or sign up here to schedule an appointment!

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

 Save the Date!  Kindergarten Orientation is April 13th 

When you register your student, you will be added to our email distribution list for rising kindergarten parents. We will contact you with information about a Kindergarten Orientation. Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Thursday, April 13 in the afternoon. A complete schedule/time for the orientation will be shared in the coming weeks.

Congratulations Reflections Winners!

Pictured with Mrs. Pierson-Barr are Refections winners attending reception.

On January 9, this year's Reflections winners were honored at a reception in the Churchill Road library.  Congratulations to the winners and all those who participated:

  • Natasha Nesterova: Dance Choreography - Primary - "Be Confident"
  • Sthavir Baliga: Literature - Primary - "My Voice"
  • Sophia Chang: Literature - Middle School - "Silence"
  • Krishnav Baliga: Music Composition - Primary - "The Astronaut and the Alien"
  • Lara Desai: Music Composition - Intermediate - "Kaleidoscope"
  • Grayson Sheers: Photography - Intermediate - "I am Grayson"
  • Aiden Zhang: Visual Arts - Primary - "The Sound of Peace"
  • Finley Sheers: Visual Arts - Intermediate - "Dare to be You, Never Give Up"
Rise Against Hunger Update

Thank you for your continued support of  Rise Against Hunger. Students have brought into school a total of $1,834.  We have three more days to go and are hoping to reach our goal of $3,050. 

We have extended our deadline to accept in-school donations until Wednesday, January 25. Students are encouraged to bring in any donations to reach our goal. Additionally, online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27. You may make your tax-deductible donation at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023.

Thank you for your support.

News From the Art Room

Thank you to Ms. Lauren Pierce for working with Mrs. Wallace this school year to teach art.  Ms. Pierce will be leaving this month to complete her degree in art education.  We are welcoming Mrs. Sarah Davis, who has been working alongside Ms. Pierce the last few weeks, as our new art specialist.

Mrs. Davis, we are very happy to have you on board!

Family Engagement - Tips from the FCPS Parent Resource Center

The new year is a great time to work on goal setting. Look for more family engagement resources and quick tips for parents on the FCPS website here.

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration  (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. 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 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at the dual language immersion school site. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Reminder: Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis.

The Langley Pyramid presentation will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm at Langley High School.   There will also be a virtual presentation in partnership with the Parent Resource Center on March 21.

FCPS News

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

    • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
    • Draft School Year Calendar Options
    • FAFSA Help

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.

Calendar Reminder: Quarter End

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Churchill Road students will be dismissed at 1:20 PM. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar 

Important Dates
  • Monday, January 23 - Youth Substance Abuse Presentation, Langley HS, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, January 25 - End of Quarter Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Thursday-Friday, January 26-27 - Student Holidays
  • Tuesday, February 7 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Friday, February 10 - Family Bingo Night
  • Monday, February 20 - President’s Day Holiday
  • Thursday, March 2 - Early Release @1:20 PM
  • Friday, March 3 - Student Holiday

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

Quick Links

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

Churchill Road Rise Against Hunger - Deadline Extended

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Rise Against Hunger Update

Dear Churchill Road families,

Students have brought into school a total of $1,834.  We have three days to go and are hoping to reach our goal of $3,050. 

We have extended our deadline to accept in-school donations until Wednesday, January 25. Students are encouraged to bring in any donations to reach our goal. Additionally, online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27. You may make your tax-deductible donation at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023.

Thank you for your continued support in our collective effort to Rise Against Hunger.

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

Churchill Road Rise Against Hunger Update

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Rise Against Hunger Update

Dear Churchill Road families,

We are so proud of our students for all their work thus far raising money to help feed children throughout the world.  As of Monday, Churchill Road students raised a total of $732 out of our goal of $4000.  To help the Langley Pyramid reach their goal of 83,000 meals, we need your continued support. We will accept in school donations until Friday, January 20. Students may bring in any donations to their classroom teachers. Online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27 You may make your tax-deductible donation at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023.

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.

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

Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 11, January 6, 2023

Second grade students and families enjoyed time together prior to winter break with a cookie exchange at the Old Firehouse in McLean.

Dear Churchill Road Families,  

We are so happy to see all of our students after winter break.  Students are rested and eager to engage in learning. During the past week,

  • Kindergarteners developed goals for 2023.
  • First graders continued learning about vowel sounds.
  • Second graders studied analogies and created their own analogies about their families.
  • Third grade students learned about different economic concepts of Ancient Egypt such as resources and specialization, and engaged in activities to understand opportunity cost. 
  • Fourth graders have spent this last week creating an emergency weather broadcast warning for extreme weather and will record their own weather broadcasts.
  • Fifth graders continue their work on our Hammurabi Document Based Question (DBQ), “What is Justice?” 
  • Sixth graders practiced researching and determining reliable sources to stay safe online.

Warmly,

Jen Niccolls and Cherith Pierson-Barr

In This Week's Issue
  • Portrait of a Graduate - Collaboration and Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • SEL Screener Results Coming in January
  • FCPS Family Math Week
  • Reminder - No Dogs on School Grounds
  • From the PTA:  Register for Winter After School Activities
  • Youth Substance Use Presentations January 23 (in-person) and March 21 (virtual)
  • FCPS Webinars for Parents/Caregivers
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates
Portrait of a Graduate

This month’s theme is aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate attributes of being a Collaborator and a Creative and Critical Thinker. Being a collaborator involves skills such as working respectfully with others by honoring different viewpoints, ideas and perspectives to achieve common goals. Being a creative and critical thinker involves creating unique solutions to challenges that arise and making the world a better place by asking: “How Can I Make a Difference?”

Rise Against Hunger

We hope you will sign up to volunteer and donate for our annual Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger event on Saturday, February 4, 2023! This is a wonderful Langley pyramid tradition, and we want to make sure our families can participate in any manner they see fit. We will be collecting student donations through Friday, January 20.  Students may return donations to their classroom teacher or with students stationed in the lobby and at Kiss and Ride during morning arrival. Also you may donate online:  http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023

A few volunteer slots remain.  Register to volunteer for the event at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C45ABA62FA1FC1-churchill

Thank you for your support.

SEL Screener 

Parents/guardians of students in grades 3-6 who participated in the Fall 2022 SEL Screener will have the results mailed to their homes at the beginning of this month.  FCPS has created the SEL Screener Family Guide to support you in understanding your child’s scores. If you have any additional questions about your child’s SEL Screener results, please feel free to reach out to our school counselor, Samantha Zourelias.

FCPS Family Math Week

The Parent Resource Center will host Family Math Week January 9-13. Families can log in from home for stories, games, and math activities in English and Spanish. Math week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history and geography in a positive way. 

Dogs on School Grounds/Walker Arrival and Dismissal Locations

Just a reminder that sadly, we are going to need to tighten the policy that dogs are not allowed on school grounds and therefore not at the walker area, either at arrival or dismissal. We have had situations that have created safety concerns for our students and families. Thank you for adhering to this policy.

From the CRS PTA:  Register for Winter After School Activities!

We are excited to partner with Baroody Camps for the winter 2023 enrichment class session, providing a variety of Enrichment Programs for your children. 

  • Priority registration opens up at 9am on January 9 for active PTA members.
  • Regular registration opens up at 9 a.m. January 11 for non-member. All registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 13.

Full registration details, class descriptions, etc. are located on the CRS PTA website here.  

Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

The Langley Pyramid presentation will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm at Langley High School.   There will also be a virtual presentation in partnership with the Parent Resource Center on March 21.

Webinars in January for Parents/Caregivers

The Parent Resource Center will present the following webinars in January:

Click on the links above for more information or to register.

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.

Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, January 10 - PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7 PM
  • Monday, January 16 - MLK Jr. Birthday Holiday - School Closed
  • Monday, January 23 - Youth Substance Abuse Presentation, Langley HS, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, January 25 - End of Quarter Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Thursday-Friday, January 26-27 - Student Holidays

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

Quick Links

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

Rise Against Hunger Information

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Rise Against Hunger

Dear Churchill Road Elementary School families, 

We hope you will sign up to volunteer and donate for our annual Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger event! This is a wonderful Langley pyramid tradition, and we want to make sure our families can participate in any manner they see fit.

As many of you remember, we held our last Rise Against Hunger event in February 2020. This event was a huge success and provided a wonderful service learning opportunity for children and adults of all ages.  

On Saturday, February 4, 2023, families in the Langley Pyramid are joining together again this year to help children in need. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, the Langley pyramid elementary, middle, and high schools are coming together with a goal to prepare 83,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages around the world.  

Donate and help raise money for the event

Elementary and Middle School students may donate in school January 3 - 20. Each meal costs only 42 cents to make. For just $15, you can donate over 35 meals; $30 will make over 70 meals and $100 will make nearly 280 meals. You may make your tax-deductible donation today at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023. When rehydrated, each meal package feeds 5-6 people.  Throughout our efforts, our students will understand how their family’s contribution will help impact nearly 500,000 people. 

In order to reach our goal of 83,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $35,000 by January 27th.  If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at:  http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023 and help us Rise Against Hunger.  

Volunteer for the event: (Sign up opens today - January 3rd!!!) 

If you have children at multiple schools, please register your child with their current school   (e.g., Smith family has 2 children at Churchill Road, 1 at Cooper, and 1 at Langley).  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 Langley pyramid families. Being a popular Langley pyramid event, please sign up early 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.    

We package meals based on the amount of money raised and our Langley pyramid goal is $35,000 which provides 100,000 meals.  With each meal feeding 5-6 people, this is a wonderful event that impacts 500,000 individuals around the world and broadens the perspective of our students and families.  

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Pierson-Barr
Principal

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 10, December 16, 2022

Best wishes for a wonderful Winter Break from the entire CRS staff!

Dear Churchill Road Families,  

These past few weeks we have so enjoyed seeing students participate in musical concerts, spirit week, field trips, and today’s Winter parties!  There have been a lot of smiles and laughter in the hallway as students and staff have shown their creativity over and over again!

We especially want to thank our incredible PTA for their generosity for this week’s Secret Snowman!  The cookies and gifts are such a kind gesture to the staff during this time.

Before we begin our break, we are excited to recognize the following CRS teachers for the 2021-2022 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! 

  • Outstanding Teacher - Maryanne Hwang
  • Outstanding New Teacher - Catherine Skehan
  • Outstanding Operational Employee - Priscilla Chika
  • Outstanding Professional Employee - Nick Kilpatrick
  • Outstanding Leader - Jennifer Niccolls

We are so proud of their hard work and dedication they provide to our school and their students. Additionally, we had eight other teachers and staff receive nominations from the community and their colleagues. Please also congratulate the following individuals for their accomplishments: Sarah Aicher, Barbara Jackson, Jeff Kearns, Angie Kim, Sue Lackey, Megan Popelka, Tina Song and Sarah Williams.

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

We trust the break offers you the best gift of all, time with one another. 

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.    

Warmly,

Jen Niccolls and Cherith Pierson-Barr

In This Week's Issue
  • Musical Events
  • Covid Diagnostic Testing in January
  • Winter Recess Guidelines
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates
The Halls Are Alive with the Sounds of Music

Churchill Road chorus stuedents perform under the direction of Music Specialist Karen Judkins.

Churchill Road band students perform under the direction of Band Specialists Alex Singer and Jonathan Blank.

The Churchill Road orchestra under the direction of Strings Specialists Chris Fyhr and Elizabeth Leung.

Churchill Road families and students were treated to their first musical concerts since 2019!.  We thoroughly enjoyed hearing the chorus students perform under the direction of Ms. Karen Judkins; the orchestra concert under the direction of Mr. Chris Fyhr and Ms. Elizabeth Leung, and the band performance under the direction of Mrs. Alex Singer and Mr. Jonathan Blank.  Everyone was wowed by the performances.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Winter Recess Guidelines

During typical winter days, students will go outside during the winter months.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (coat, boots, gloves, and hats) for outdoor weather.  On PE days, students should have a pair of tennis shoes as well.  Students may go outside if it is snowing.

How Cold is Too Cold to Allow Students to Play Outdoors?

  • When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is 25 degrees or higher, teachers are advised to take their students outside for recess.  Teachers of younger grades may make adjustments to this temperature based on student attire and current weather conditions.
  • When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is between 20-25 degrees, teachers may use their professional judgment, based on students’ attire (jackets, snow pants, boots, gloves, and hats) and current weather conditions in determining if students will go outside for recess. 
  • When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is below 20 degrees, or there is any rain/sleet, teachers are advised to keep their students inside for recess. 
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 19- Monday, January 2 - Winter Break (No School for Students, Front Office Closed)
  • Tuesday, January 3 - Classes Resume after Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 10 - PTA Meeting, Virtual, 7 PM
  • Monday, January 16 - MLK Jr. Birthday Holiday - School Closed
  • Wednesday, January 25 - End of Quarter Early Release @ 1:20 PM
  • Thursday-Friday, January 26-27 - Student Holidays

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

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Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger Event is Back

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Rise Against Hunger

Dear Churchill Road Elementary School families, 

On Saturday, February 4, 2023, families in the Langley Pyramid are joining together again to help children in need. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, the Langley pyramid elementary, middle, and high schools are coming together with a goal to prepare 83,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages around the world.  

As many of you remember, we held our last Rise Against Hunger event in February 2020. This event was a huge success and provided a wonderful service learning opportunity for children and adults of all ages to actually make the meals. Each meal we make costs 42 cents. For just $15, one can donate over 35 meals; $30 will make over 70 meals and $100 will make nearly 280 meals. 

In order to reach our goal of 83,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid goal is to raise $35,000 by January 27th.  

Donate and help raise money for the event
  • Students: Tomorrow, Friday, December 16, students will bring home a small box in which to collect this money over the holiday break.  Each student is encouraged to contribute loose change or money they earn and wish to donate to Rise Against Hunger. Any money students wish to donate should be returned to their classroom teacher on January 3. We will continue to collect donations at school from January 3 -20.  
  • Families:  Consider an End of Year tax deductible donation. You may make your tax-deductible donation today at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023 
  •  Corporate Donations: If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/LangleyPyramid2023 and help us Rise Against Hunger.  
Volunteer for the event: (Sign up opens January 3rd):

On Tuesday, January 3rd, we will send out a Sign-up Genius for volunteers to register for the event and pick a time slot in which to volunteer.   Based on previous experience, we know volunteer slots will fill up quickly.  

  • 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 families. 
  • Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Thank you for your support for this Rise Against Hunger tradition!  If you have any specific questions regarding Rise Against Hunger, we have provided that information below for you. 

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Cherith  Pierson-Barr
Principal

About Rise Against Hunger 

Rise Against Hunger is a 4-star rated organization that sends nutrient-rich, dehydrated meal packages to developing countries around the world. These meal packages are delivered to families through the schools.  In developing countries, children may not attend school to receive a formal education, so in part as a result of this program, more children are being encouraged to attend school to receive a hot meal at school and additional meal packages for their families.  As an additional benefit, more children are also receiving a formal education.

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Churchill Road Update - Friday, December 9

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Show your Bobcat spirit and join in the fun the week before winter break.  Check out the weekly calendar (above) for the complete list of SGA spirit days from December 12 -16.

 

Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Level IV Referrals Due December 15

If you would like your child in grades 2-6 screened for full-time, AAP services to begin at the start of the 23-24 school year, this year’s parent referral deadline is December 15th.

The following information should be submitted by this deadline:

  • Level IV Referral Form (mandatory)
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended). 
  • 2 single-sided pages of student work samples that demonstrate critical, creative, and/or advanced reasoning and problem-solving (optional). Samples should include a few sentences explaining how the work demonstrates advanced thinking.
  • Private ability testing done through George Mason University or a licensed psychologist (optional). More information on outside testing can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056
  • Recommendation letters and awards are not permitted.

All items should be submitted together through one of the following methods:

  • Hard copy - . Deadline, must be turned into the front office by 4:00 p.m. on December 15th.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to our AART, Esther Lee, at [email protected].

Band & Strings Concert

Our band and strings students will perform a concert for families on December 12, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.  

Family Liaison Corner

The holidays are a fun time to take time off and enjoy family and friends. The holidays can also be overwhelming for some. Our school community wants you to know that we’re here to support you. If you need help, please reach out to Crisis Link

If you are looking for some fun family activities happening in the DMV, check out these suggestions: https://washington.org/visit-dc/cant-miss-holiday-displays-events-washington-dc

The FCPS Department of Family Engagement also has some wonderful resources for parents who want to be more engaged in their student’s education. Check out the Parent Resource Center here: Parent Resources

Please contact Charlotte Diorio, Churchill Road Family Liaison, [email protected], with any questions.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

A Community Conversation on ESSER will be hosted on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be hybrid, offered both on Zoom or in-person at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the café. All are welcome. Please register to attend. 

Learn more about the ESSER III grant.

Winter Break

 

 

Please be aware of the upcoming holidays. There will be no school for students on the following days:

  • December 19th- January 2nd - Winter Break
  • School will resume on Tuesday, January 3rd

 

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 9, December 2, 2022

Third graders learn about coding by programming robots with our technology specialist Mr. Kilpatrick.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

It is hard to believe that it is December and Winter Break is less than three weeks away! Our students have been busy learning. 

We have also been continuing to focus on modeling with students our expected behaviors (see PAWS image below.)  We would appreciate your help in reinforcing these PAWS behaviors at home as well. This week in the hallway we saw great evidence of students incorporating these routines and expectations into their daily actions and interactions.  

Over the past few weeks, 

  • Kindergarten students learned how to generate ideas about how to write stories that are fun to read. 
  • First graders explored Mount Vernon during a field trip.  
  • Second grade students worked on creating museum displays to showcase the life of the three Native American tribes we study (Lakota, Pueblo and Powhatan).
  • Third graders learned coding skills with Mr. Kilpatrick and Finch coding robots from the Fairfax County Public School STEAM office.  
  • Fourth graders began writing an opinion essay.
  • Fifth graders designed the book cover for their realistic short story. Some students used paper while others designed a digital cover. 
  • Sixth graders are starting their narrative nonfiction stories, choosing a topic that reflects their expertise.    

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Pierson-Barr and Ms. Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Advanced Academics Referral Deadline December 15
  • Portrait of a Graduate - Goal Setting for Success
  • Preparing for Winter Weather
  • Dogs on School Grounds

  • Family Engagement Tips - It's Never Too Late to Get Involved
  • Upcoming Events at the Alden Theater
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates
Advanced Academics Program (AAP)- Referrals for Full-Time Services for 22-23 School Year Due December 15

If you would like your child in grades 2-6 screened for full-time, AAP services to begin at the start of the 23-24 school year, this year’s parent referral deadline is December 15th.

The following information should be submitted by this deadline:

  • Level IV Referral Form (mandatory)
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended). Please make sure to include specific examples to support each rating on the questionnaire.
  • 2 single-sided pages of student work samples that demonstrate critical, creative, and/or advanced reasoning and problem-solving (optional). Samples should include a few sentences explaining how the work demonstrates advanced thinking.
  • Private ability testing done through George Mason University or a licensed psychologist (optional). More information on outside testing can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056
  • Recommendation letters and awards are not permitted.

All items should be submitted together through one of the following methods:

  • Digitally- Please email all items you would like included in the application to Esther Lee, [email protected]. All documents should be PDF files and labeled with the student’s name. Deadline December 15th, midnight.
  • Hard copy- If you would prefer to submit the application in hard copy, all items should be submitted together in an envelope or folder and clearly labeled with the student’s name and classroom teacher. Hard copy applications must be turned into the front office by 4:00 p.m. on December 15th.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to our AART, Esther Lee, at [email protected].

Portrait of a Graduate

 

This month’s theme is aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate attribute of being a Goal Directed and Resilient Individual. This involves skills such as making healthy choices when choosing friends, managing time, and setting goals to accomplish important tasks.

 Dogs on School Grounds/Walker Arrival and Dismissal Locations

Sadly, we are going to need to tighten the policy that dogs are not allowed on school grounds and therefore not at the walker area at arrival and dismissal. We have had situations that have created safety concerns for our students and families. Thank you for adhering to this policy.

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’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. 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 ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Family Engagement - Tips from the FCPS Parent Resource Center

FCPS offers many resources supporting family engagement.  Tip sheets on a variety of topics may be accessed from the Parent Resource Center here.

Upcoming Events at the Alden Theater, McLean Community Center

Virginia Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.

Tickets $15-$25

Northern Virginia’s own Virginia Chamber Orchestra has been called “one of the most interesting orchestras in the metropolitan area” by The Washington Post. Celebrate the holidays with festive orchestral sounds.

 

“Frosty” from The Barter Players

Monday, Dec. 19 at  4 p.m.

Tickets $ 10-$15

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 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 6 - Winter Chorus Concert for Community, 6 PM
  • Tuesday, December 6 - PTA Meeting (Virtual) @ 7 PM
  • Monday, December 12 - Winter Band & Strings Concert for Community, 6 PM
  • Monday, December 19- Monday, January 2 - Winter Break (No School for Students, Front Office Closed)
  • Tuesday, January 3 - Classes Resume after Winter Break

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving - beautiful flowers from our own Churchill Road gardens.

Dear Churchill Families,

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving break, we remain grateful for our Churchill Road family - students, staff and parents. We appreciate the sense of community and caring that is so much a part of the fabric of this school.  

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our community for its support and endless energy.  We especially want to thank all who supported our recent food packing event!  More than 250 meals were prepared for those in need. We are incredibly grateful to our PTA for organizing this event.

Our school would not be as successful as it is without the limitless efforts that are spent to support our staff and school programs. We are thankful for your generosity and encouragement!

We wish you a happy and restful Thanksgiving holiday.   

With thanks from the Churchill Road staff,

Mrs. Pierson-Barr and Ms. Niccolls

Advanced Academics Full Time Referral Deadline is December 15

AAP Referral and Parent Questionnaire links below:

Level IV Referral Form

Parent Questionnaire

Bobcat Meal Assembly Event a Huge Success!

Way to go, Bobcats! Last week, many of our 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders assembled meals for students in our area who need extra help to get food on the weekends. They made 250 meals! Thanks also to the SGA, which donated $100 toward providing food supplies, and to the PTA Community Service committee for putting together this great event. Bobcats Rock!! Next spring the 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders get to have their meal packing event, and we can’t wait to see what they can do.

Thank You for a Fabulous Mediterranean Luncheon!

Thank you so much to the families of 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders and the PTA staff appreciation committee for organizing a delicious Mediterranean luncheon for the entire Churchill Road staff.  We are very grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Parent Advocacy Handbook is for parents and guardians -- a child’s first teacher and advocate. The handbook contains answers to the many questions parents may have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student at the various stages of their school experience.

The Parent Advocacy Handbook was created by the Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC), a Fairfax County School Board advisory committee, and produced with the support of the Board. Interested families may access this handbook in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean at: https://www.fcps.edu/parentadvocacyhandbook

Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard! 

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Thanksgiving Holiday - November 23-25

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

FLE Community Review

Last year, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC), made several recommendations to the School Board.  These recommendations would change the content and how instruction of Human Growth and Development (HGD) is delivered in grades 4-8.  Information on the FLECAC recommendations are available on the FLE Community Review Website

Community members, staff, students, and parents are invited to share their input using the Feedback form on their website no later than December 1, 2022.  If you have any questions about the FLECAC recommendations you are welcome to reach out to the Health and Physical Education office at 571-423-4550 or [email protected]

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November is National Family Engagement Month

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Kindergarteners, family members and teachers enjoyed a special morning during their recent Donuts for Grownups event.

Dear Churchill Road families,

Thank you for the privilege of working with you and your child here at Churchill Road!  It is an incredible blessing to serve this community each and every day. Your partnership and voice is so important as we work together to make decisions about your child’s education.

During the first quarter, we have been focused on supporting each and every child by their individual needs. This means assignments and small groups are differentiated to meet these individual needs.  Additionally, we are striving to provide you with enough information concerning what you as parents can do at home to help your child improve both in the areas of academics and socio-emotional. On the last page of weekly agendas, you will find specific examples of things you can do at home.  If you need additional thoughts, please do ask! 

We are also committed to providing opportunities for you to connect with other families!  Hopefully, you will be able to attend one of the grade level coffees we have been having or participate on one of our amazing field trips.  We love having you in the building and participating in these activities alongside us.  A big thank you to our incredible PTA for all they are doing in this area as well! 

As parents, you have the greatest invested interest in your child. And we are here to support you!

Mrs. Pierson-Barr, Ms. Niccolls and the entire Churchill Road staff

National Family Engagement Month

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Please check out this calendar for some ideas about activities for families to support learning.

Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months. The families and caregivers of our current or prospective students can self-nominate or can be nominated using this form. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22.

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 8, November 11, 2022

Thank you to all the Veterans who shared their experiences with CRS students.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

What a great start to the month of November. In honor of Veteran's Day, many classrooms hosted Veterans and learned about their important contributions.  All classrooms honored the service of our country’s veterans. Thank you to all of our parents and family members who shared their experiences with students.  The students were engaged during these conversations and full of good questions.

In the past two weeks, 

  • Kindergartners learned about dia de los muertos, a Mexican holiday, and created colorful calaveras that are used as symbols during this celebration. 
  • First grade learned that when an object vibrates, it can create a sound.
  • Second grade students paid close attention to the tadpoles, toads, herons, and other creatures in the marshes during a field trip to Huntley Meadows.  
  • Third graders finished their read aloud, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, and discussed how it compared to Because of Winn Dixie.  
  • Fourth graders spent a day at Jamestown, learning why this site was chosen by settlers, and what life was like for those in the settlement.
  • In fifth grade, students traveled back in time to analyze the geography of the Fertile Crescent.
  • Sixth grade students learned that a plan to put a resort on Mars is not so far fetched during a visit from a CRS family who works in the aerospace industry. Students heard about current research in the industry learning there is even a partnership with a major hotel chain so people can have a place to stay when traveling in space!

Have a wonderful  weekend.

Sincerely,

Ms. Cherith Pierson and Ms. Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Churchill Road receives Bobcat Innovation grant from Educate Fairfax
  • FLE Virtual Parent Information Night November 17
  • Portrait of a Graduate - Promoting Empathy, Compassion, & Respect
  • Nominations Due November 14 for Outstanding Employee Awards

  • Schools Adopt Text and Translation Platform
  • Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season
  • FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates
Congratulations Mrs. Clark!

Congratulations to Churchill Road kindergarten teacher Asta-Dianne Clark. Mrs. Clark was awarded $1,985 for a new Bobcat Innovation Station from Educate Fairfax.  Students will get hands on experience using the Innovation Station cart to build, create, innovate, collaborate and problem solve.  

A full list of winners can be found on the Educate Fairfax  website

FLE Parent Information Night November 17

Churchill Road will also be hosting a virtual Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.  Parents will have the opportunity to talk with school staff about the program and learn how to preview FLE materials in Schoology. If interested, please register at:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwodu6uqzotH9x7T33qE7EIAdZN6UyohyiK#/registration

Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website.

Portrait of a Graduate

 

This month’s theme is aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate attributes of being a Global and Ethical Citizen and Communicator. This involves skills such as sharing thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perspectives so others can understand us and we can understand them. As well as recognizing similarities and differences among cultures, caring for our planet, acting responsibly and being a strong member of a community. 

What Have Churchill Road Students Been Doing?

Second graders took a field trip to Huntley Meadows Park to study wetlands.

Senora Hwang's kindergartern classes learned about dia de los muertos, a Mexican holiday, and created colorful calaveras that are used as symbols during this celebration.

Fourth graders enjoyed their field trip to Jamestown.

Ms. Kwon's third grade class enjoyed yoga with school social worker Mr. Smith.

Last Call for Outstanding Employee Awards

Is there a Churchill teacher, staff member, or administrator that you would like to recognize? We are accepting nominations for Outstanding Employees through this coming Monday, November 14. To learn more or nominate someone, click the link below.

 https://churchillroades.fcps.edu/nominations

Questions, please email Sara DeLuca, 6th Grade teacher ([email protected]),or Ashley Scott, Librarian, ([email protected]).

Schools Adopt Text and Translation Platform

FCPS has recently adopted TalkingPoints, a two-way messaging app that allows parents and caregivers to communicate with teachers and schools. For more information, visit the FCPS TalkingPoints webpage.

The app translates messages, so teachers can input messages in English and parents can respond in their preferred language. TalkingPoints supports 125 languages, making it easier and faster for our FCPS families to connect with their schools. If you need to update your preferred correspondence language, contact the front office at 703-288-8400 and ask for Ms. Kim.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. Let’s remember to please keep students home when they are sick with a fever.  Students may return to school 24 hours after they are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medication).

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week. 

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

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, November 17 - FLE Virtual Parent Information Night, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

Quick Links

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Churchill Road Update - Friday, November 4

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FLE Parent Information Night November 17

Churchill Road will also be hosting a virtual Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Information Night on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.  Parents will have the opportunity to talk with school staff about the program and learn how to preview FLE materials in Schoology. If interested, please register at:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwodu6uqzotH9x7T33qE7EIAdZN6UyohyiK#/registration

Additional information on the curricula, as well as  FLE Opt Out Forms are available on the Family Life Education (FLE) page on the FCPS website.

Upcoming Student Holidays

 

 

Please note there will be no school for students on the following days:

Tuesday, November 8th - Election Day

Friday, November 11th - Veterans Day

Nominate a Churchill Road Employee for An Outstanding Employee Award

Is there a Churchill teacher, staff member, or administrator that you would like to recognize? We are accepting nominations for Outstanding Employees from October 28 - November 14. To learn more or nominate someone, click the link below. If you have any questions, please email Sara DeLuca, 6th Grade Teacher ([email protected]) or Ashley Scott, Librarian, ([email protected]).

To nominate a staff member, please go to the following link: https://churchillroades.fcps.edu/nominations

Helping Hungry Kids Food Drive

Churchill Road PTA is helping fight food insecurity in our area. On November 14, interested 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders will have a chance to pack meals for HELPING HUNGRY KIDS. Helping Hungry Kids (HHK) provides more than 13,000 bagged weekend meals to northern Virginia children who rely on free and reduced lunches during the week.

To make this event a success, we need help from the whole school!

Can you contribute food items? We’re collecting donations from November 1- 11. Check here to see the specific items we need at the sign up genius here

Contributions may be placed in the gray collections bins around the school from November 1 – November 11.

We need adult volunteers to help make this event a success! Please sign up here if you can join us:

volunteer here

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 7, October 28, 2022

The Churchill Road annual Halloween parade returns!

Dear Churchill Road Families,

What a fantastic few weeks we have had!  Our Book Fair was a huge success, thanks to the planning and preparation by our PTA. The SGA organized our first Spirit Week of the school year, culminating with an all-school Halloween parade -- an event enjoyed by all. 

Thank you to the many parents who both attended, as well as participated in the Book Fair, Halloween parade, and class parties!  We love seeing you and having you in and around the school!  

Over the past weeks, students continue to learn and thrive.

  • Kindergartners  recently learned positional words (above, below, inside, outside, right, left) related to maps.  
  • First graders had a wonderful time learning about the life cycle of pumpkins at Cox Farms - their first field trip of the school year.
  • Second graders completed their first Project Based Learning.  The PBL focused on how we can help the monarch butterfly population thrive. 
  • Third grade students began working on a realistic fiction writing piece.
  • Fourth graders are learning about Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement, prior to their upcoming field trip.  
  • Fifth graders finished their book club books, and are comparing themes and characters in different realistic fiction books.
  • Sixth graders used persuasive skills to create and give a public service announcement about the cause they selected.

Next Monday, October 31, is a teacher work day.  

Have a wonderful three day weekend

Sincerely,

Ms. Cherith Pierson and Ms. Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards

  • Book Fair a Success
  • Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
  • Helping Hungry Kids Food Drive Starts November 1
  • TJ 10th Anniversary Science Fair
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates
Outstanding Employee Awards

Is there a Churchill teacher, staff member, or administrator that you would like to recognize? We are accepting nominations for Outstanding Employees from October 28 - November 14. To learn more or nominate someone, click the link below. If you have any questions, please email Sara DeLuca, 6th Grade Teacher ([email protected]) or Ashley Scott, Librarian, ([email protected]).

To nominate a staff member, please go to the following link: https://churchillroades.fcps.edu/nominations

Book Fair a Success

Wow!  Thank you to all the students, parents, and teachers for visiting our book fair last week.  The students were so excited to browse all the selections and to have a few slices of pizza at the SGA sponsored pizza sale during the evening event. Thank you to the PTA Book Fair committee, CRS librarian Ashley Scott, and our SGA for making this such a fun event.

Please Complete Your Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

All students were provided a survey in their VIP folders on October 19.  Thank you to all of the families who have already completed and returned the forms.  If you have not yet done so, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school, for each school-aged child in your household. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Video Explanation of the Survey

Helping Hungry Kids Food Drive

Churchill Road PTA is helping fight food insecurity in our area. On November 14, interested 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders will have a chance to pack meals for HELPING HUNGRY KIDS. Helping Hungry Kids (HHK) provides more than 13,000 bagged weekend meals to northern Virginia children who rely on free and reduced lunches during the week.

To make this event a success, we need help from the whole school!

Can you contribute food items? We’re collecting donations from November 1- 11. Check here to see what we need at the sign up genius here

Contributions may be placed in the gray collections bins around the school from November 1 – November 11.

 **Check your VIP folders this week for permission slips for 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders who wish to stay after school on November 14 to assemble meal bags. Permission slips MUST BE RECEIVED by Friday November 11h.

 **We need adult volunteers to help make this event a success! Please sign up here if you can join us:

volunteer here

For more information check out our CRS PTA website:

https://www.churchillroadpta.org/hhk#gsc.tab=0

Kindergarteners Study Pumpkins

Kindergarteners kicked off their unit on pumpkins by visiting Churchill Road's own pumpkin patch.  Classes harvested their pumpkins, teachers cut them up and students counted the seeds. Thank you to the kindergarten room parents for organizing this fun event.

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.

TJ 10th Anniversary Science Fair - Participants Wanted

TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is hosting their 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023 and would like to invite 5th-8th grade students to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free. Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. The group will help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc. Our first interest/brainstorming session is Friday November 4th, 2022 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. We will be holding this session both in-person and virtually and will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/kDHmtqUefP2WdFey5

Calendar Reminders

Monday, Oct. 31, schools are closed for students for a teacher workday.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, the day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers... Get out and Vote!

Friday, Nov. 11is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 

Important Dates
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 1 - Virtual PTA Meeting Link, 7 PM
  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day (No School)
  • Friday, November 11 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

Quick Links

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

Bobcat Spirit Week Starts Tomorrow!

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Show your Bobcat spirit and join in the first SGA Spirit week of the year, starting tomorrow, Tuesday October 25th.  

  • Tuesday October 25th: Cozy Day. Wear your coziest clothes. This can include PJs.
  • Wednesday October 26th: Wacky Day. Wear mismatching clothing and/or crazy hair to school.
  • Thursday October 27th: Jersey Day. Wear your favorite sport jersey to school.
  • Friday October 28th: Halloween Costume Day. Wear your Halloween costume to school and be ready for the parade at 9 a.m. (Must be school appropriate and no masks)

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Join Us Tonight at the CRS Book Fair Late Night!

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Book Fair Night Tonight!
October 19, 5-8 PM

Join us tonight for the Book Fair from 5-8 p.m.  Want a break from making dinner? Shop the book fair and stay for dinner and dessert!!  The CRS Student Government Association (SGA) will have pizza and drinks for sale during the event in the cafeteria. Then, grab dessert! Rocky Ice Cream will have its food truck offering ice cream, bubble tea, smoothies, and more outside the cafeteria doors.( Rocky Ice Cream accepts all forms of payment (cash, apple, cc) for everyone to self-pay for their treats.)

We hope to see you there!

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Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 6, October 14, 2022

Fourth graders enjoying the first field trip of the school year to listen to the NSO at the Kennedy Center.

Dear Churchill Road Families,

The school year is moving along. Our students continue to learn and grow. We are so impressed with the weekly activities!  You can see some of their learning below!

  • Kindergartners are utilizing their critical thinking skills to create structures to provide shade on the playground.
  • First graders are learning about the symbols (state bird, state tree) that represent the state of Virginia.  
  • Second graders completed their first big writing assignment, taking their Personal Narratives from brainstorming to final product.
  • Third graders are using their knowledge of animal and plant adaptations to invent a solution to a real world problem 
  • Fourth graders had a blast on their first field trip.  They learned about the four different sections of an orchestra during a performance at the Kennedy Center.
  • Fifth graders are looking forward to sharing their Family Cultural project with classmates.   
  • Sixth graders are working hard to create resorts that can safely operate on different planets.  This requires solutions to make places like Mars habitable for humans.

On Monday during our professional development day, our teachers spent time focused on continuing to grow in our learning related to supporting students by name and by need!  And a big, “Thank You”, to the PTA for a wonderful lunch!

Next week is the Book Fair. On the evening of October 19, students and families can browse for books and enjoy the SCA-sponsored pizza sale when they need a break. Look for specific grade level information from your child’s teacher about both the Book Fair and Spirit week!

Have a relaxing weekend!

Sincerely,

Ms. Cherith Pierson and Ms. Jennifer Niccolls

In This Week's Issue
  • Bobcat Spirit Week October 25-28
  • Student Kudos 
  • Portrait of CRS Graduates - Building Classroom & School Community
  • Dr. Reid to Host Q&A for Students on October 19 at 6 PM at the McLean Community Center

  • Superintendent Community Conversation at Langley HS October 26
  • Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
  • Math Website for Families
  • Lost and Found
  • FCPS Cares Program
  • Important Dates

Our first SGA Spirit week will start on Tuesday October 25th.  Show your Bobcat spirit and join in the fun!

  • Tuesday October 25th: Cozy Day. Wear your coziest clothes. This can include Pjs.
  • Wednesday October 26th: Wacky Day. Wear mismatching clothing and/or crazy hair to school.
  • Thursday October 27th: Jersey Day. Wear your favorite sport jersey to school.
  • Friday October 28th: Halloween Costume Day. Wear your Halloween Costume to school. (Must be school appropriate and no masks)
Student Kudos 2022-2023 SGA Officers

Congratulations to the Churchill Road SGA Officers for the 2022-2023 school year: President, Brady M.; Vice President, Reilly D.; Treasurer, Daniel G.; Secretary, Kevin K.; Historian, Luke H.; and Sergeant at Arms, Lyla S. Thank you to SCA sponsors Ms. Skehan, Ms. Vichness and Mr. Haden for organizing the elections and working with the students on the upcoming spirit week and book fair pizza sale.  It is going to be a great year!

Book Fair Poster Contest Winners

Pictured: Book Fair Poster Contest winners.

What a talented group of artists we had participate in the Book Fair Poster Contest.  It was a tough choice for our panel of judges. In addition to the poster winners, one lucky student in each grade was chosen at random to win a gift certificate to the book fair. Congratulations to all of the following students:

  • Kindergarten: Poster Winner- Leila A., Raffle Winner - Calvin Glenzer
  • First Grade: Poster Winner - Olivia K., Raffle Winner - Delina Dereje
  • Second Grade: Poster Winners - Nate and Theo K., Raffle Winner - Charlie Cumberland
  • Third Grade: Poster Winner - Rania A., Raffle Winner - Cecily Wilybank
  • Fourth Grade: Poster winner - Cameron K., Raffle Winners - Tala Abbud and Olivia Fegler
  • Fifth Grade: Poster Winner - Finley S., Raffle Winner - Zelda Grgeta
  • Sixth Grade: Poster Winner - Xin Ming W., Raffle Winner - Bella Capps
Churchill Students Excel in Lidl Art Challenge

Congratulations to Churchill Road fifth graders Claire F. and Finley S. for their outstanding acheivements in the Lidl Art Challenge.  Finley placed first and Claire was a contest finalist. They recently attended the presentation of a $1,632 check from Lidl to SHARE of McLean, which was the result of fundraising efforts from the store's grand opening weekend and its youth drawing contest. 

For more information, see: 

https://patch.com/virginia/mclean/lidl-donates-1-6k-mclean-food-bank-recognizes-10-year-old-artist

 

CRS Portrait of a Graduate

This month’s theme is aligned with the Portrait of a Graduate attribute of being a Global and Ethical Citizen. This involves skills such as recognizing similarities and differences among cultures, caring for our planet, acting responsibly and being a strong member of a community. 

Superintendent Community Conversation October 26

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Dr. Reid will be at Langley on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For additional information and to register click here. 

Dr. Reid to Host Q&A for Students on October 19 at 6 PM at the McLean Community Center

Students, is there something you’d like to ask new FCPS Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid? All students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade are encouraged to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids. 

Mark your calendars for Wed, Oct 19 at 6 p.m., when the McLean Citizens Association Education Committee will host an evening to meet with Dr. Reid. The event takes place at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Look for more information on this survey next week.

Math Website for Families

Here is a website Building on Math Strategies with Families that supports math work at home. The site offers routines, tasks and games by standard. They are engaging and reinforce students’ strengths and understanding by having math conversations (math talks) while building fact fluency. Here are also some things to remember about math:

The Six DO’s for Families and Their Math Students

  1. Be positive
  2. Link mathematics with daily life
  3. Make mathematics fun
  4. Learn about mathematics-related careers
  5. Have high expectations for your students
  6. Support homework/practice — don’t do it!
Lost and Found

Has your student lost a jacket, hat, sweatshirt, water bottle, lunchbox, or even glasses?

Please come take a look!

Items will be put out by the main entrance from 8:30 a.m. until dismissal on October 25, 26 and 27, 2022.  Please take the opportunity to look for any lost items during this time.  Any unclaimed items will be donated to local charities.

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 October 17 - Friday, October 21 - Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 19 - Book Fair Evening Hours,5-8 PM
  • Monday, October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • Tuesday, October 25 - Fall Makeup Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, register to attend
  • Friday, October 28 - 2-Hour Early Release (End of Quarter) at 1:20 PM
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day (No School)
  • Friday, November 11 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday (School Closed)

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information

2022-23 School Year:

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

Quick Links

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

Walk and Bike to School Day Tomorrow - October 12

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Walk and Bike to School Day - October 12

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 12, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools. Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so tomorrow, October 12. 

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