Monday, May 17 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 38, May 17, 2021 In This Week's Issue 
  • Playground Visits for our Virtual Students
  • COVID Vaccine now available for 12-15 Year-Olds
  • Counseling Corner
  • Update on Parking and Driving Concerns
  • Registration for Returning Students
  • New Student Registration
  • Cooper Prep for Rising 7th Grade Students
  • PTA News: PTA Meeting on 5/19
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Playground Visits for our Virtual Students

Some of our virtual classes had an opportunity to "meet" and play on our new playground.  We can see that they enjoyed both the playground and seeing their classmates.  Thank you to PTA President Christie Buschmann for organizing these events.

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for People Ages 12 and Up

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for people ages 12 and up. This means just about every middle and high school student in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) may now be vaccinated.

FCPS is encouraging student vaccinations because this is one more way to ensure the safest school environment for everyone and for students to avoid quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department have issued a joint statement on the vaccine recommendation.  Please read the complete text of this statement here.

Additional information on the “teen vaccine” may be found on the FCPS website.

Counseling Corner

During this time of year and throughout virtual learning, it can be challenging for adults and children to regulate emotions. A great tool is identifying feelings and choosing a coping strategy. Check out the coping strategies tool box below as well as the Churchill Road Virtual Calm Down Room here:

https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/churchill-road-calmdown/home?authuser=0 

  1. Identify your emotion and how your body is feeling.
  2. Remind yourself it is OKAY to feel your emotions.
  3. Choose a coping tool to calm your mind and body.
Update on Parking and Driving Concerns

We have received some complaints from our neighbors about unsafe parking and driving practices around our school. Some of the most common complaints occurring in the community surrounding our school are listed below. All these offenses are subject to ticketing as well.

  • U-turns at any point on Churchill Road.
  • Driving over a solid yellow line in the roadway
  • Parking within 10 feet of driveways – Parking is not allowed within 10’ of any driveway
  • Parking at intersections – Parking is not allowed in or within 20’ of an intersection
  • Parking within 20’ of a designated crosswalk

Most importantly, supporting good driving and parking practices helps to ensure the safety of our students.  We are all encouraged to be mindful of traffic laws and supporting our neighbors living close to our school as well.

Student Registration for Returning Students

If you were not enrolled this school year and plan to return, please contact our registrar, Chris Spencer-Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu, or 703-288-8400.  

New Student Registrations

We need your help to spread the word to any families that are new to Churchill Road. Please share this information with families who have just moved in to our area.

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, schedule an appointment with our registrar, and bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Chris Spencer-Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu, or 703-288-8400 with registration questions. 

Walk/Bike to School Day a Success

The weather cooperated and we had many students walk or ride their bikes to school.  Thank you to PE teachers Molly Gift and Bryn Varhol for organizing this fun and healthy event.

Cooper Prep Information for Rising 7th Grade Students!

Cooper Prep sessions will take place on August 11th and 12th. Morning sessions will take place from 8:00-10:30 am and afternoon sessions will take place from 12:00-2:30 pm. Each session is identical, students should attend one day and one session only.

Who: All rising 7th grade students enrolling at Cooper Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. 

What: Cooper Prep is a program intended to ease the transition from elementary to middle school for rising 7th graders. Students will become familiar with Cooper and learn about expectations for students by familiarizing themselves with the building, understanding our schedule, meeting our staff and students, and learning more about “life at Cooper”. Students will also learn about organization, time management, and cooperative learning strategies that will help them have a successful school year. 

Where: In addition to the face-to-face Cooper Prep orientation, all students will have access to virtual learning opportunities during the summer to help them prepare for the transition to middle school. The virtual Cooper Prep program will be posted on Cooper’s website. Synchronous, face-to-face sessions will occur at Cooper Middle School on August 11th & 12th. Each day will have two sessions, one offered in morning, and another in the afternoon. The morning and afternoon sessions will be identical. Students should attend one session only. 

When: Registration links to sign your child up for a Cooper Prep session will be posted on the Cooper Website on May 24th, space is limited. Transportation will not be provided- parents are responsible for pickup/drop off.  Carpooling is encouraged.

How: Once you have successfully registered your child, you will receive an email confirming their registration for the program. Please reach out to Emily Knupp (eaknupp1@fcps.edu) or Sarah Hartman (sahartman2@fcps.edu)  with any questions you may have.  

We look forward to welcoming your child to Cooper Prep this summer!

Get a Head Start on Your Cooper Spirit!

Help your student get ready for Cooper next year by purchasing some of our most popular spirit wear items now. Hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants and more are available for purchase via the Cooper PTO on-line store, and would make a great 6th grade graduation gift!

You will be asked to log-in or create a Parent Account at check-out which you will be able to use in this fall to join the Cooper PTO, purchase additional spirit wear items, and register for PTO-sponsored activities. Orders must be submitted by Wednesday, May 26, and will be available for pick-up at Cooper approximately June 3rd.  An email with additional pick up instructions will be sent to those who place an order.

Questions? Please email membership@cooperpto.org or fundraising@cooperpto.org.  We look forward to welcoming your student to Cooper!

Important Dates
  • May 17 - May 27 - Remaining SOL Testing Window

Spring 2021 SOL Remaining Testing Dates 

Virtual Students

In-Person Students

Monday, May 17: 3rd/4th Math

Thursday, May 20: 3rd/4th Math

Monday, May 17: 5th Science

Thursday, May 20: 5th Science 

Monday, May 24: 5th/6th Math

Wednesday, May 26: 5th/6th Math

 

  • Wednesday, May 19 - PTA Meeting (Virtual), 7 PM
  • Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, June 8 - Virtual Synchronous Day for All Students
  • Friday, June 11 - Last Day of School, 2-Hour Early Dismissal at 1:30 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting is Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to join us for the latest updates, to ask questions, and share feedback. Some of the highlights of our upcoming meeting include:

Special Guest Speaker!  Our School Board Representative for the Dranesville District, Elaine Tholen, will be joining us for the meeting to answer questions submitted by the CRS community.  

Voting!  Make your voice heard by casting your vote on next year's CRS PTA Board and proposed revisions to this year's PTA Budget.

New CRS Garden Program! Learn more about how your family can get involved in helping prepare the garden beds for planting and maintaining the gardens this summer.  Produce grown will be donated to SHARE of McLean.  We are so excited to share the details of this program with everyone! 

We hope everyone can join us as we prepare to close out the 2020-21 school year and look ahead to next year!  

To attend online go to: 

Quick Links

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

Sunday, May 9 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 37, May 9, 2021

Dear Churchill Families,

We hope everyone had a good week. Thank you to our entire community for showering our teachers and staff with treats and appreciation this week.  Teachers had a wonderful week and felt the love!

We would also like to wish every one of our amazing mothers a very Happy Mother's Day this Sunday.  We appreciate all that you do as you partner with us to support our students…especially this year!

This week FCPS shared plans for the fall. We are excited to have all staff and students return in the fall to five days of in-person instruction!

We do realize that some students may have a documented health or medical need for virtual instruction. Enrollment in FCPS’ Virtual Program for the 2021-22 school year will be VERY limited. Eligibility will be based on a health/medical certification of need completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical psychologist. Families will need to apply. Enrollment will be based on the health needs of the student only and not on the health of their family members. All currently enrolled virtual families should have received communication about next year and the steps to take this month.

We are so looking forward to next school year!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cherith Pierson and Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Staff Appreciation Thank You
  • Walk or Bike to School Day Rescheduled for May 11
  • Ways to Ask your Child About Their Day
  • Summer Learning Programs at Churchill Road
  • 2021 Special Needs Summer Camp Guide
  • PTA News: 6th Grade Party
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links

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Thank You!

Thank you to all for making this such a special staff appreciation week. The week started off with a boxed lunch for staff, and gift bags with surprises to open each of the remaining days of the week. A very special thank you to Shelli Bushman, PTA President-Elect, for coordinating these very much appreciated treats. The notes, flowers and goodies that students have been sending in mean more than you will ever know, especially given all the events of the past year.

With our most sincere appreciation,

The Entire CRS Staff

RESCHEDULED: Walk or Bike to School Day is Now May 11th

Let's encourage one another to get active and show our Churchill Road community spirit. Wear your Bobcat blue gear and Walk & Bike to School. 

Remember to wear your mask and maintain your 3-foot bubble!

Some of your favorite Churchill Road faculty and staff will be around the school to greet our walkers/bike riders!

How Was Your Day?

It is a question we often ask our children; “How was your day?” We want to check in on what they did, show interest in their progress and support them. Often the answer is ‘fine’.

So how do you get a more meaningful and complete picture of how your loved one’s day went?

Here are 20 open-ended questions you can ask to elicit a more meaningful response.

  1. Tell me about today’s “thorn” (not-great thing that happened) at school.
  2. Now tell me about the “rose” (the best thing that happened).
  3. Did anyone say something funny or tell a good joke?
  4. Was it a play with your friends at recess kind of day or a chill by yourself on the swing kind of day?
  5. You had art/music/computer today, right? What kind of project are you working on?
  6. Tell me something that you learned today that I don’t know. If you can stump me, I’ll do a goofy dance, read to you for an extra 10 minutes, watch an entire Minecraft YouTube video with you (insert whatever works here).
  7. Tell me something kind that you did for someone today.
  8. Tell me something kind that someone else did for you today.
  9. How many stars would you give the cafeteria food today?
  10. Did your friends get along really well today?
  11. Tell me two things you learned today and one thing you didn’t I’ll try to guess which one is the imposter.
  12. If you could have one subject all day what would it be?
  13. If you and your teacher were body swapped what’s the first thing you would do?
  14. If you could switch classroom jobs with someone this week who would it be?
  15. If you could pick what you learned in social studies/math/ science/reading what would you pick?
  16. If you could interview your principal what would you ask her?
  17. If we had a time machine that went back one day, would you change anything about today?
  18. If the librarian said you could keep one book forever which one would it be?

Helpful information:

Edwards, Theresa. (2017, June 30). 20 Ingenious Tricks to Get Your Kids to Open Up About Their School Day. Sheknows.

https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1110017/questions-to-ask-kids/

Questions?  Contact Tammy Berick, tsberick@fcps.edu, or Christine Meehan, cmmeehan@fcps.edu, CRS school counselors.

Summer Learning Programs at Churchill Road

In the next week or so, we will be reaching out to parents of students we have identified for our summer learning programs. This identification is being done through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) team. We will contact you if your child will be invited to attend summer school here at Churchill Road so that we can start solidifying our numbers. More information will be coming soon.

2021 Special Needs Summer Camp Guide

Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center, has put together a list of special needs summer camps (see below).

https://padlet.com/prc9/SNsummercamp

Please note that the summer camps listed here are provided for informational purposes only and do not reflect recommendations or endorsements by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) or The FCPS Parent Resource Center. Please contact the camps directly for fees and availability. 

Important Dates
  • May 10 - May 27 - Remaining SOL Testing Window

Spring 2021 SOL Remaining Testing Dates 

Virtual Students

In-Person Students

Monday, May 17: 3rd/4th Math

Thursday, May 20: 3rd/4th Math

Monday, May 17: 5th Science

Thursday, May 20: 5th Science 

Monday, May 24: 5th/6th Math

Wednesday, May 26: 5th/6th Math

 

  • Tuesday, May 11 - Walk or Bike to School Day
  • Wednesday, May 19 - PTA Meeting (Virtual), 6 PM
  • Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

6th Grade Party Coming Soon

One of the most beloved traditions at Churchill Road School is the 6th grade party.  Details of this fun event as well as those for the 6th grade memory book may be found on the CRS PTA website: https://churchillroadpta.membershiptoolkit.com/6th-grade-party

Please note that  tickets for the 6th grade party must be purchased by Friday, May 14.

Questions? Please contact the 6th Grade Celebration Chair, Jenna Yellen, at 6thgradeparty@churchillroadpta.org.

Quick Links

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

Sunday, May 2 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 36, May 2, 2021 In This Week's Issue 
  • Walk or Bike to School Day May 5
  • Virtual Synchronous Day for all Students on June 8
  • Technology Tips and Tricks
  • Class Placements for 2021-2022
  • PTA News: Yearbook Photo Submissions due 5/7
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Walk or Bike to School Day May 5th

Please join the thousands of schools in the country and area in walking/biking to school on Wednesday, May 5th.  The benefits of choosing to walk or bike to school include additional physical activity, reducing traffic and congestion, sharing time with parents and friends, and getting familiar with your neighborhood and safe routes to take. Some of your favorite Churchill Road faculty and staff will be around the school to greet our walkers/bike riders and give a little gift for participating!

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

Get more information about the primary elections.

Second Graders Learn about How Things Grow

Dranesville School Board Member Elaine Tholen teaching CRS second graders about how plants grow.

A very special thank you is extended to School Board Member Elaine Tholen for taking time out of her busy schedule to work with some of our second graders.  Ms. Tholen measured some of the plants and showed the students how to track the growth for the next few weeks.  The students enjoyed this hands-on demonstration.

Technology Tips & Tricks

Tips for a healthy laptop

  1. Keep the laptop plugged in to the electric outlet when working.
  2. Every day restart your laptop. Restarting feeds your laptop with updates it needs to stay healthy. Shutting down and powering back on is NOT the same as restarting.
  3. Every week or so, go to an FCPS school building & restart a couple of times on the FCPS network. You can come to Churchill Road and sit on the bench near the front walk or you can go to Cooper MS or Langley HS and stay in your car (their network is much stronger than ours).
Autism Awareness Week

Third grade teachers celebrated being an individual during Autism Awareness Week by sporting their most creative and unique hairstyles.

Class Placements for 2021-2022

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

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

Please provide your input by submitting this form  as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 10, 2021. Thank you for your input.

Important Dates
  • May 3 - May 27 - Remaining SOL Testing Window

Spring 2021 SOL Remaining Testing Dates 

Virtual Students

In-Person Students

Monday, May 3: 3rd/4th Reading

Thursday, May 6: 3rd/4th Reading

Monday, May 17: 3rd/4th Math

Thursday, May 20: 3rd/4th Math

Monday, May 17: 5th Science

Thursday, May 20: 5th Science 

Monday, May 24: 5th/6th Math

Wednesday, May 26: 5th/6th Math

 

  • Wednesday, May 5 - Walk or Bike to School Day
  • Wednesday, May 19 - PTA Meeting (Virtual), 6 PM
  • Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

PTA  Yearbook Photo Submission

For those students who did not attend a picture day you may send a digital picture.  If you choose to send a picture, please email it to crsyearbook@churchillroadpta.org with the subject YEARBOOK PICTURE SUBMISSION. You must include the student's name and teacher or it will not be included in the yearbook. NOTE - the picture MUST be a headshot against a SOLID background. All headshots must be submitted by 5/7. 

Quick Links

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

Sunday, April 25 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 35, April 25, 2021 In This Week's Issue 
  • Autism Awareness Week, April 27-30
  • Class Placements for the 2021-2022 School Year
  • Kindergarten Orientation on April 26
  • Substitute for FCPS
  • PTA News:  Yearbook Photo Submission
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links

The month of April is a time dedicated to Autism Awareness. During the week of April 27 - 30, we will be celebrating Autism Awareness! Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s relationships, self-regulation, communication, and social skills. We celebrate Autism Awareness Week to spread awareness about and show our acceptance of autism. We will be celebrating with different spirit days, but also engaging in important learning opportunities via informative morning news segments and lessons. 

Class Placements for 2021-2022

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

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

Please provide your input by submitting this form  as it will ensure we have your request.  Please do not email us additional information.  Completion of the form is optional: however, the deadline for any correspondence is May 10, 2021. Thank you for your input.

Kindergarten Orientation Monday, April 26

Parents  of 2021-2022 rising kindergarteners are invited to attend a virtual Kindergarten Orientation Meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 3:30 -  4:30 p.m. to learn more about kindergarten.  Parents who have already contacted our registrar with information about their kindergarten child will receive a link for the meeting on the day of. If you have not already contacted CRS registrar, Mrs. Spencer Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu, and would like to attend, please do so before 2 PM on April 26, so that you can receive the meeting link.

Registrations for the 2021-2022 school year are already being accepted, and we encourage parents to contact the school to register their kindergartener as early as possible.

Substitute for FCPS

Are you currently an eligible substitute in FCPS? Have you ever thought about becoming a substitute teacher or substitute Instructional Assistant? Please check out the information posted on our FCPS website to learn more about this opportunity.  As we look forward to next year, we would love to have individuals with a caring heart for children with a desire to help them grow, all while supporting our wonderful Churchill Road staff.

Important Dates
  • Monday, April 26 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 3:30 PM
  • April 26 - May 27 - SOL Testing Window

Spring 2021 SOL Testing Dates 

Virtual Students

In-Person Students

Monday, April 26: 5th/6th Reading

Thursday, April 29: 5th/6th Reading

Monday, May 3: 3rd/4th Reading

Thursday, May 6: 3rd/4th Reading

Monday, May 17: 3rd/4th Math

Thursday, May 20: 3rd/4th Math

Monday, May 17: 5th Science

Thursday, May 20: 5th Science 

Monday, May 24: 5th/6th Math

Wednesday, May 26: 5th/6th Math

 

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

PTA  Yearbook Photo Submission

For those students who did not attend a picture day you may send a digital picture.  If you choose to send a picture, please email it to crsyearbook@churchillroadpta.org with the subject YEARBOOK PICTURE SUBMISSION. You must include the student's name and teacher or it will not be included in the yearbook. NOTE - the picture MUST be a headshot against a SOLID background. All headshots must be submitted by 5/7. 

Quick Links

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

2021 Military Kids Day!

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"Purple Up"

As today is “Purple Up” for our military kids – we want to take a second and say thank you again to all of our military personnel and their families for their great sacrifice and all that they do for our country!

To all of our Churchill Road military students – Happy “Purple Up” Day!

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

Sunday, April 18 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 34, April 18, 2021 In This Week's Issue 
  • Spring 2021 SOL Testing Dates
  • FLE Parent Preview Night Rescheduled for April 19
  • Kindergarten Orientation on April 26
  • Register for Being Au-Some Virtual Seminar, April 20
  • Churchill Road Playground Dedication
  • FCPS Summer Arts Camps Registration Information
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Spring 2021 SOL Testing Dates

Churchill Road students in Grades 3-6 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests from April 26 - May 27, 2021 onsite at Churchill Road Elementary.

Spring 2021 SOL Testing Dates 

Virtual Students

In-Person Students

Monday, April 26: 5th/6th Reading

Thursday, April 29: 5th/6th Reading

Monday, May 3: 3rd/4th Reading

Thursday, May 6: 3rd/4th Reading

Monday, May 17: 3rd/4th Math

Thursday, May 20: 3rd/4th Math

Monday, May 17: 5th Science

Thursday, May 20: 5th Science 

Monday, May 24: 5th/6th Math

Wednesday, May 26: 5th/6th Math

 

It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period. Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude.

FLE Parent Information Night Rescheduled for Monday, April 19 @ 5 PM

As a reminder, parents will have a virtual opportunity to preview the Family Life Education Human Growth and Development media and lessons. Ms. Niccolls, CRS Assistant Principal, and teachers from various grade levels, will be available to answer your questions. The FLE parent information night is tomorrow, Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m.  Please use this form to sign up. A meeting link will be sent to you the day of the event.

More information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, including detailed grade-level program descriptions, is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

To preview Family Life Education (FLE) materials, each parent will have to have access to SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard). Once you gain access to your Parent FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account, click on the “Curriculum” tab at the top of the page.   All FLE Lessons are arranged by grade-level.

Program questions may be addressed to Ms. Niccolls, jniccolls@fcps.edu 

Kindergarten Orientation Monday, April 26

Parents  of 2021-2022 rising kindergarteners are invited to attend a virtual Kindergarten Orientation Meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 3:30 -  4:30 p.m. to learn more about kindergarten.  Parents who have already contacted our registrar Mrs. Spencer Redding with information about their kindergarten child, will receive a link closer to the date, so that they can attend the virtual Kindergarten Orientation. If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Spencer Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu, and provide your contact information.

Registrations for the 2021-2022 school year are already being accepted, and we encourage parents to contact the school to register their kindergartener as early as possible.

Please share the kindergarten orientation information with any neighbors who may have kindergarten-aged children.

Autism Awareness Month: "Being Au-some" Virtual Mini-Conference on April 20

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, share this invitation with parents and members of the community to participate in the Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s free "Being Au-some" Virtual Mini-Conference. The conference will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 20, from 7-9 p.m. Participants will celebrate the autism journey together with short and engaging sessions. Featured speakers include self-advocates, family members, and educators. Register in advance for this virtual event.

Churchill Road Playground Dedication

The playground dedication ceremony was enjoyed by all.

Our playground dedication ceremony was a great success. Current PTA President Christie Buschmann presided over the festivities.  The guests of honor included Region 1 Superintendent Douglas Tyson, Dranesville District School Board Member Elaine Tholen, and retired principal, Don Hutzel.  Winston even made a guest appearance, cheering on the students as they had the opportunity to test out the new playground!

 Summer E-IFTA and IFTA Enrichment Program Registration Information

Registration begins April 19, at 8 a.m.  All students are eligible for these opportunities. Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will both be held July 6-30 at Robinson Secondary from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students take part in classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees, with waivers for students eligible for free and reduced meals. For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Does the new FCPS school calendar mean that students get more days off? The 2021-22 standard school year calendar was developed to respect, accept, and honor the plurality of religious and cultural observances in Fairfax County. It includes 15 Religious and Cultural Observance Days based on major religions where staff and/or student absences were above average at least once over the past five years. The 15 observance dates are not Student Holidays but staff are not permitted to schedule graded assignments, tests or quizzes on those dates so that students who do observe those days do not have to choose between school work and participating in a religious or cultural observance day.  

Important Dates
  • Monday, April 19 - FLE Parent Preview Night, 5:00 PM
  • Monday, April 26 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 3:30 PM
  • April 26 - May 27 - SOL Testing Window

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

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Sunday, April 11 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 33, April 11, 2021 In This Week's Issue 
  • Churchill Road Playground Update
  • Allergy Season and COVID-19 Protocols
  • Safe Community Coalition Seminar, April 13
  • PTA News - SHARE Picture Day Food Dive on April 12 and Restaurant Night on April 14
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Churchill Road Playground Update

At the end of spring break, our playground is nearly complete.

Good news Bobcat Families, our beautiful playground is complete and ready for play starting this coming week.  

The new design has brought new life to climbing, sliding and swinging on our playground!  

FCPS now permits the use of playground apparatuses during the school day contingent upon the implementation of the required mitigation strategies.  Churchill Road has created a schedule to ensure our new playground is not crowded, reinforcing the expectation of students to socially distance. Teachers will continue to bring a bottle of hand sanitizer outside, so students can comply with county mitigation strategies.

A playground video has also been created in order for you to see the different parts of the playground, along with guidance for how students can safely use the different areas. Click here for this video.

Most importantly, we want to thank all who made this new playground possible.  Thank you to our PTA, led by Christie Buschmann, the PTA Playground Committee, led by Jenny Gillespie, Marci Love Thomas’ grant writing efforts, our retired principal, Mr. Hutzel, and last year’s PTA President, Laurine Maimone.  Additionally, we want to extend a sincere thank you to the FCPS community, The McLean Community Foundation, and Mr. Pete Dailey of FCPS' Facilities team. To our Churchill Road Elementary School Family of students, parents, and staff, thank you for your support of the PTA so things like this are possible for our children. Without so many of you joining the PTA or donating to our Bobcat fund projects like this would not have happened without you. We celebrate this exciting new playground with you! 

Allergy Season and COVID-19 Protocols

Allergy season has arrived.  If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, parents must provide/update their child’s Health Information Form and send to Mrs. Breddy in the health room, labreddy1@fcps.edu. Several of the COVID-19 symptoms are also seasonal allergy symptoms and identifying your child’s known seasonal allergy symptoms will help us as we evaluate your child’s health to ensure the continued health and wellness of our students and staff. If your child displays any unexplained or unidentified symptoms listed here, your child will be sent to the Care Room and will be sent home. It will be your responsibility to contact your pediatrician to complete a Sick Student Notification form prior to their reentry to CRES.

Thank you for your diligence screening your child each morning to ensure they are 100% well before sending them to school.  If they are not well, please keep them virtual for the safety of their classmates and staff members.  They will be able to log in and receive the same instruction as they would have in-person. 

A Brighter 2021: Ending the School Year Strong, Featuring Ana Homayoun Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at noon  

We know this past year has been filled with so much change and uncertainty for all of us. As we head look to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, what are ways we can make this time brighter for students and families? 

The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is excited to host noted author Ana Homayoun as she discusses how we set students up socially, emotionally and academically in the midst of remote and hybrid schooling. Ana will address ways to be organized during hybrid and remote learning and discuss how to support healthy socialization and a sense of curiosity and discovery as we head into summer break. Many parents are feeling a sense of underlying anxiety about learning gaps and "feeling behind," and Ana will look at how to address and reframe some of these concerns. Above all, Ana will offer practical, implementable strategies to support student, parent and caregiver well-being.

Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, LLC, an internationally recognized organization that works with parents, students, educators, and employers. She works with schools, universities and corporations consulting with parents, students, educators and employers about promoting intrinsic motivation, authentic engagement, and overall wellness.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Registrants will be able to access the video for two weeks following the live event. Register today at www.mcleanscc.org

Important Dates
  • Monday, April 12 - Make-up Picture Day, 12 Noon - 5 PM
                                    SHARE Food Drive, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday, April 14 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM and
                                           Restaurant Night at Dal Grano's
  • Monday, April 26 - Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 3:30 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

Restaurant Night with Dal Grano

This Wednesday, April 14, is our next Restaurant Night! Enjoy delicious homemade pasta and more from Dal Grano! To avoid long waits, please pre-order your meal by phone from Monday 4/12 to noon on Wednesday, then pick up your order on Wednesday. (Note: Online ordering is okay on Wednesday.) Orders scheduled for pickup on Wednesday from 12-9 p.m. will benefit Churchill Road, so don't forget to mention "CRS" or "Churchill Road" when ordering! More information

Food Drive for SHARE on April 12

SHARE of McLean supports members of our community who are facing economic hardship. You can help them meet the needs of the more than 1,500 families they serve by participating in the Picture Day Food Drive this Monday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SHARE is in need of "kid-friendly" food:

  • Snack items (granola bars, crackers, fun-sized chips, etc.)
  • Canned or cupped fruit and vegetables
  • Shelf-stable meals (macaroni and cheese, canned soup, cereal, etc.)
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FLE Preview Night To Be Rescheduled

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We are so sorry that FLE Preview Night, originally scheduled for April 12, is also the fist day of Ramadan.  We are working to find an alternative date for this event and will publicize it in the coming weeks.  Please note that the picture make up day scheduled at noon on Apri1 12 will continue as planned.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Make Up Picture Day and FLE Preview Night on April 12

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FLE Parent Information Night
Monday, April 12 @ 6 PM

As a reminder, parents will have a virtual opportunity to preview the Family Life Education Human Growth and Development media and lessons. Ms. Niccolls, CRS Assistant Principal, and teachers from various grade levels, will be available to answer your questions. The FLE parent information night is this coming Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m.  Please use this form to sign up. A meeting link will be sent to you the day of the event.

More information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, including detailed grade-level program descriptions, is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

To preview Family Life Education (FLE) materials, each parent will have to have access to SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard). Once you gain access to your Parent FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account, click on the “Curriculum” tab at the top of the page.   All FLE Lessons are arranged by grade-level.

Program questions may be addressed to Ms. Niccolls, jniccolls@fcps.edu, CRS Assistant Principal.

Picture Make-up Day - April 12

Yearbook make up picture day is this coming Monday, April 12. Please sign up for a time to come to the school for your child to take their yearbook picture.

This will be a very quick process - students enter through the side cafeteria doors between the cafeteria and the front office, have a photo taken (quickly take their mask off) and be done.  Children will exit through the main cafeteria doors in the parking lot. All faculty and photographers are compliant with social distancing guidelines. 

This will be THE LAST OPPORTUNITY for your student to have a yearbook pictures that conforms to the rest of the class pages and yearbook format. 

** If you want to send a headshot of your student instead you may. However we CAN NOT GUARANTEE that your student will be on the same yearbook page with the rest of his/her class and teacher due to formatting issues. 

If you choose to send a picture, please send it to crsyearbook@churchillroadpta.org with the subject YEARBOOK PICTURE SUBMISSION. You must include the student’s name and teacher or it will not be included in the yearbook. The picture has to be a headshot against a solid background

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Spring Break and Student Registration for 2021-2022

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Spring Break No School March 29th - April 2nd School Office will be Closed Monday, April 5 - Student Holiday No School

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, April 6th!

Spring Break Travel Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.

FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.

Per the Student Health and Safety Guidance Document, a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire will be required for all students attending in-person instruction. These daily health screening questionnaires will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. Updates and information is here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/

Save the Date!

Parents of rising kindergarteners are invited to join the Churchill Road kindergarten teachers for our annual kindergarten orientation on Monday, April 26th at 3:30 p.m. Details to follow after spring break.

Please share the kindergarten orientation information with any neighbors who may have kindergarten aged children. 

Kindergarten and New Student Registration

Registrations for the 2021-2022 school year are now being accepted for students of all ages, and we encourage parents to register their child for the new school year before June 5th. For more information on student registration, please visit the Churchill Road registration page.

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Sunday, March 21 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 31, March 21, 2021

Dear Churchill Road Families,

This week we welcomed back half of our third-sixth graders who have chosen the two day return to school option!  It was awesome!  Teachers have spent time getting to know their new technology setups, the new logistics of the building as well as their new students- in the cases where classroom teachers switched.:

We look forward to maintaining a strong sense of belonging for your child  whether in-person or virtual as we head into the final stretch of this (unbelievable) school year. As always, please reach out with any questions or celebrations you may have.

Sincerely,

Ms. Pierson and Ms. Niccolls

Students and teachers get into the routine as in person learning gets underway.

In This Week's Issue 
  • FCPS Response to Increased Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
  • PTA Volunteer Information Night March 22
  • Spring Break Calendar Reminders
  • Spring Break Travel
  • FLE Virtual Parent Information Night on April 12
  • Forgotten Items
  • Playground installation Update
  • PTA News - Reflections Update
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
FCPS Response to Increased Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

In the light of this week's events, we stand alongside our Asian community in denouncing violence and racism. Fairfax County Public Schools grieves with the families of the victims and the impact on our students, colleagues, families and community.  Below is the FCPS statement and School Board resolution and commit to action this week.

Read the full statement

Watch the Board present their resolution to condemn anti-Asian racism and commit to action.

PTA Volunteer Information Night
for 2021-2022

Ms. Pierson and our PTA will be having a 2021-2022 PTA volunteer information session tomorrow, Monday, March 22.  We are excited about the 2021-2022 school year as we anticipate returning to a 5 day school week!  And we really want and need your help as we transition into the 2021-2022 school year.

Join us for the info session on 3/22 to find out what roles are available or contact Shelli Bushman at president-elect@churchillroadpta.org  There is something that will work for every individual’s schedule!  You can even recruit a friend or two to do it with you.

Help us support our students and CRS! To raise your hand and learn more, complete the short Google form through this link.

Calendar Reminders
  • Friday, March 26, is the last day of the third quarter. It is also the last day for students to change to in-person based on space and social distance availability. Students will be dismissed two hours early at 1:30 p.m.
  • March 29-April 2 is spring break. The Churchill Road front office will be closed, and teachers will not be available for office hours. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.
  • Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments.
Spring Break Travel

Spring break is just around the corner. Here are some tips to be aware of as families and FCPS staff make plans:

FLE Parent Information Night
Monday, April 12 @ 6 PM

Parents will have a virtual opportunity to preview the Family Life Education Human Growth and Development media and lessons. Ms. Niccolls, CRS Assistant Principal, and teachers from various grade levels, will be available to answer your questions. The FLE parent information night is on Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m.  Please use this form to sign up. A meeting link will be sent to you the day of the event.

More information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, including detailed grade-level program descriptions, is available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

To preview Family Life Education (FLE) materials, each parent will have to have access to SIS and FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard). Once you gain access to your Parent FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account, click on the “Curriculum” tab at the top of the page.   All FLE Lessons are arranged by grade-level.

Program questions may be addressed to Ms. Niccolls, jniccolls@fcps.edu, CRS Assistant Principal.

Forgotten Items

If your child has forgotten an item, please bring it to the front office window at Door 1 and email the teacher so your student can pick the item up from the front office.   

Playground Progress - End of Week 2

With only two weeks of work, our new playground is taking shape.  It won't be long before our students are able to use it at recess.

Important Dates
  • Monday, March 22 - Volunteer Information Session, 7 PM
  • Friday, March 26 - 2-Hour Early Dismissal @ 1:30 PM
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2, Spring Break, Front Office Closed
  • Monday, April 5 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students
  • Monday, April 12 - Make-up Picture Day, 12 Noon - 5 PM
                                    FLE Parent Preview Information Night, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, April 14 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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


PTA Reflections Contest Update -- VA State Winner!

Virginia PTA Outstaning Interpretation Winner in Photography (Intermediate Division) - taken by CRS 5th grader Emily Paschkewitz.

On March 15th, the Virginia PTA held a virtual award ceremony to announce the results at the state level for the Reflections competition. Reflections is the National PTA's program to encourage and recognize student creativity - over 300,000 students participate each year with entries in dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. This year's theme is I Matter Because.

Congratulations to 5th grader Emily Paschkewitz! Her entry, Hope, won the Outstanding Interpretation award (first place) in the Photography category -  Intermediate division. In her artist statement, Emily wrote, "I matter because I can change the world with my ideas and happiness. By sharing a little happiness I can give others hope. Every time I give someone a little hope and happiness, they can help change the world too."

Good luck to Emily as she moves on to compete nationally in the final round with the National PTA!

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Sunday, March 14 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 30, March 14, 2021

Dear Churchill Families,

We welcomed back many of our first and second grade Bobcats this week! There are no words to describe our excitement.  Our teachers are doing an amazing job learning new technology and a completely different way of teaching two groups concurrently. Thank you for your continued patience and grace as we learn and improve every day. We’re looking forward to grades 3-6 in-school learners joining us this coming week on Tuesday, March 16!

Although much of the information we have shared over the past few weeks has been about the in person return to the building, our students remaining virtual are part of our Churchill family. We are continuing to incorporate ways we can make all of our students included and important in the days ahead.

On Thursday, we learned we have been given the go ahead for students to use the playground apparatus during recess.  This is wonderful news!  We will share updates around the playground, once it is completed.

With appreciation for your continued partnership and support,

Ms. Pierson and Ms. Niccolls

Ms. Finger welcomes some of her second graders back to school.

In This Week's Issue 
  • Dismissal Procedures
  • Reminder: Bring Masks and Water Bottles Daily
  • School Social Worker Week  Thank You Wes Smith
  • Survey of Preschool Children
  • Playground installation underway
  • Principal Evaluation Survey - Last Day to Complete is March 19
  • Save the Date for Make Up Picture Day on April 12
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Notes on Student Dismissal

With three full weeks in the books, we'd like to make sure that families are up-to-date on dismissal procedures.

  • Dismissal is 3:30 PM for all in-person students. 
  • Kiss & Ride: For those of you picking-up your children at Kiss & Ride,  please make sure you have your dismissal cards with your family number clearly displayed. The cards must be in the window the entire time you are waiting in line, and not removed until after the student is picked up.
Student Items

Please help us keep our students and staff safe as we return to school. 

  • Please have your student bring a water bottle to school each day. Due to Covid restrictions, our water fountains are not operational. 
  • Students need to wear a face make when in school.  Please be sure that your child brings one to school each day.
Celebrating School Social Worker Week

Churchill Road social worker Wes Smith during a student yoga session last year.

We'd like to recognize Churchill Road social worker Wes Smith for all that he does for our students, families and staff.  He has provided much needed support over the past year.  We especially loves that Mr. Smith keeps us mindful with yoga.

Survey of Preschool Children

A survey of preschool children is conducted annually to help our school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the following school year. 

Virginia law, Section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2021, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

Please click and complete the following Survey of Preschool Children for the child you intend to:

  • Register for Kindergarten at Churchill Road ES in the fall
  • For any child currently attending private school and will enroll in first grade at Churchill Road ES in the fall. 

Please complete the survey by March 30, 2021.

This survey is not a kindergarten registration.  All forms necessary to register your child for the 2021-22 school year are available at www.fcps.edu.

Questions?  Please contact Churchill Road Registrar, Chris Redding, cbspencerred@fcps.edu.

Playground Progress - End of Week 1

What a difference a few days make.  Our old playground is almost entirely dismantled.  We can't wait until the new one is finished.

As a reminder, we anticipate that the construction will take about a month.  For everyone's safety, please avoid the playground until the work is completed.

Thank you for your understanding.

Principal Evaluation Survey - Ends March 19!

Last week, all Churchill Road Elementary parents/guardians were contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online.  The questionnaire will be collected online until March 19. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.

If you have not received a survey link and wish to provide feedback, please email FCPSSurvey@fcps.edu and Shelli Wayland will send you a link

Thank you for your time and support.

Important Dates
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 (Group 7) Return to School
  • Friday, March 26 - 2-Hour Early Dismissal @ 1:30 PM
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2, Spring Break
  • Monday, April 5 - Teach Workday, No School for Students
  • Monday, April 12 - Make-up Picture Day, 12 Noon - 5 PM

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

Make Up Yearbook Picture Day on April 12

THANK YOU to the more than 400 students and faculty who came for picture day despite the rainy weather!!

If you missed it, we will have a make-up day on April 12. Please sign up for a time to come to the school for your child to take their yearbook picture.

This will be a very quick process - students enter through the side cafeteria doors between the cafeteria and the front office, have a photo taken (quickly take their mask off) and be done.  Children will exit through the main cafeteria doors in the parking lot. 

This will be THE LAST OPPORTUNITY for your student to have a yearbook pictures that conforms to the rest of the class pages and yearbook format. 

Yearbooks will be going on sale shortly so please keep an eye out for forthcoming information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Christie Stute at cstute@mac.com.

Thank you!

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Welcome Back Students -- Photo Ops

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Welcome Back Churchill Road Students!

We are so excited to welcome our first and second graders back this week and our third through sixth graders back next week.  In celebration of this long-awaited event, the PTA has graciously provided a Welcome Back sign for the incoming grade levels, for their first day back.  This is a great photo opportunity for the students.  If you would like to take your student's picture with the sign, the sign will be in place on the following dates only, from approximately 8 AM - 4 PM:

  • Thursday, March 11 - Welcome Back for Grades 1 & 2
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Welcome Back for Grades 3-6
  • Thursday, March 18 - Welcome Back for Grades 3-6  

We hope that you are able to take advantage of this fun opportunity.  We do ask that when taking photographs, the students stand near the sign and don't touch or move it.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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Sunday, March 7 Churchill Chatter School Newsletter

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 29, March 7, 2021

Dear Churchill Families,

We have had a wonderful two weeks with our in-person kindergartners!  We continue to learn lessons and refine our practices when needed. We also are so impressed with how our virtual learners are adapting to concurrent instruction. Most importantly, our teachers are working hard to ensure the voices of all students (whether hybrid or 100% virtual) are included. The established relationships the class community has built will be key to our continued success going forward!

This coming week, we are very excited to welcome some of our first and second graders back in the building.  As more groups of students come back to the building, we will continue to review and revise our logistical and instructional strategies, as needed.  Please contact your child’s teacher, the front office, Ms. Niccolls, or myself with any lingering questions.  We want to support you in this transition as well.

Lastly, as I sit here today looking outside my window, I am reminded of the beautiful weather we are having right now.  We hope you and your family are able to spend time outdoors now that the weather is getting nicer. We love watching our community take walks together each day. Fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for the mind and spirit.

Wishing you a wonderful week.

Ms. Pierson and Ms. Niccolls

Kindergarteners are already enjoying some reading time in the library.

In This Week's Issue 
  • Calendar Reminder - Teacher Workday Monday, March 8
  • Playground installation underway
  • Principal Evaluation Survey
  • PTA Meeting March 10 at 7 PM with guest speaker Robyne Davis
  • Save the Date for Make Up Picture Day on April 12
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Calendar Reminder for Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Monday, March 8, is a staff development day and student holiday. 

  • Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments on the March 8 student holiday.
  • Teachers will be participating in a variety of professional development and planning activities and will not be available for office hours. 
  • The front office will be closed from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for staff training.  Please plan accordingly if you need to visit the school.
  • There is no scheduled library book pickup on March 8.
New Playground Installation Underway

Just a reminder that our brand new playground installation is scheduled to take place this month. For your safety, our playground and blacktop area will be inaccessible for community use while the playground is being installed. This work is slated to last approximately one month.

Principal Evaluation Survey - Begins this Week!

This spring all Churchill Road Elementary parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism. Understanding that this has been an unusual year, the impacts of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration when reviewing the feedback.

The questionnaire will be collected online between March 8 and March 19. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

Thank you for your feedback!

Ms. Pierson

Important Dates
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, March 9 - Grades 1-2 (Group 6) Return to School
  • Wednesday, March 10 - Virtual PTA Meeting with Guest Speaker Robyne Davis, 7 PM,
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 (Group 7) Return to School
  • Friday, March 26 -
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2, Spring Break
  • Monday, April 5 - Spring Break

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

March PTA Meeting and Speaker

The next CRS PTA Meeting is Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Get the latest updates, ask questions, and share your thoughts. The brief meeting will be followed by a Parent Education event, where Robyne Davis, a Counseling Professional and Special Education Teacher, will be discussing strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as how families can cope with transitions as some students return in-person and others remain virtual.  For more details about Robyne Davis and her presentation, visit the PTA website

To attend the virtual meeting, you can join online or via phone - online go to https://www.gotomeet.me/ChurchillRoadPTAPresident (via computer, tablet, or smartphone) or via phone: 1-224-501-3412, access code 464-393-181. 

Make Up Yearbook Picture Day on April 12

THANK YOU to the more than 400 students and faculty who came for picture day despite the rainy weather!!

If you missed it, we will have a make-up day on April 12. Please sign up for a time to come to the school for your child to take their yearbook picture.

This will be a very quick process - students enter through the side cafeteria doors between the cafeteria and the front office, have a photo taken (quickly take their mask off) and be done.  Children will exit through the main cafeteria doors in the parking lot. 

This will be THE LAST OPPORTUNITY for your student to have a yearbook pictures that conforms to the rest of the class pages and yearbook format. 

Yearbooks will be going on sale shortly so please keep an eye out for forthcoming information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Christie Stute at cstute@mac.com.

Thank you!

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New Playground Coming Soon

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Churchill Road's New Playground Installation

Please be advised that our brand new playground installation is scheduled to begin this week. For your safety, our playground and blacktop area will be inaccessible for community use while the playground is being installed. This work is slated to last approximately one month.

We want to take a moment to thank all of those in our Churchill Road community who made this new playground possible.

We are grateful for the collaboration and support of our PTA, led by Christie Buschmann, for making this a reality. A big thank you to the PTA Playground Committee, led by Jenny Gillespie, for the many hours of planning. Thank you Marci Love Thomas for your grant writing efforts. To our retired Principal, Mr. Hutzel, and last year’s PTA President, Laurine Maimone, we thank you for your leadership as this exciting project began. Additionally, we want to extend a sincere thank you to the FCPS community, The McLean Community Foundation, and Mr. Pete Dailey of FCPS' Facilities team. 

To our Churchill Road Elementary School Family of students, parents, and staff, this would not have happened without any of you, and we celebrate this exciting new playground with you! 

Take one last look at our old playground below, and we look forward to sharing updates on our playground installation soon. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Pierson and Ms. Niccolls

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 28, March 1, 2021

Churchill Families,

This past week we welcomed some of our kindergarten students into the building! There was tremendous excitement among students and staff alike.  We appreciate your kindness and consideration as we fine tune all the logistical details.  As we welcome more groups into the building over the coming weeks, we will continue to fine tune our strategies and instruction for in-person students, as well as ensure our students who are remaining virtual stay energized, excited and connected “next to” their peers who may be coming to the school building. 

As always, we are grateful for your support and please reach out if you need anything.

Sincerely,

Ms. Pierson and Ms. Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Read Across America Week - March 2-5
  • School Grounds Usage During the Day
  • 2-Hour Early Release on Friday, March 5
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Read Across America Week is March 2-5, 2021

Read Across America Day is Tuesday, March 2nd.  In celebration of the occasion, we will be promoting a week’s worth of simple, reading-related activities to encourage students to read and get excited about books!  Take a look at the graphic for simple ideas each day to encourage your children to read.

The daily reading activity will be promoted each day on the Bobcat News.  Happy Reading!

School Grounds Usage During School Day

Now that students have returned to the building, no visitors or students learning from home are permitted on school property during school hours from 8:30 AM - 4 PM. The use of the playground and fields will be available after 4 PM. Our school grounds will be used throughout the day for our recess breaks and other school activities.

Thank you for your understanding as we make this transition.

Friday, March 5 - Early Release at 1:30 PM

Friday, March 5th is a two hour early release day for all students in FCPS.  Students will be released from in-person and virtual classes at 1:30 p.m.  Students who are walkers or use Kiss and Ride will need to be picked up at 1:30 p.m.  Please expect bus riders to arrive at their stops about 2 hours earlier than usual.

Important Dates
  • Friday, March 5 - 2-Hour Early Release @ 1:30 PM for both hybrid and virtual students
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, March 9 - Grades 1-2 (Group 6) Return to School
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 (Group 7) Return to School
  • Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2, Spring Break
  • Monday, April 5 - Spring Break

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 27, February 21, 2021

Churchill Families,

We are eagerly awaiting the return of our kindergarten students this week and our first through sixth graders in a few short weeks! We have been working hard to make sure that everything is ready for these exciting days.

Please note that we can no longer able to accept parent requests for intent changes as we are nearly at capacity across many grade levels. We will be focusing our efforts on supporting teachers with concurrent instruction and ensuring the safety of every student and staff member in our building. This means revisiting protocols and transitions we need to monitor throughout the day. We will be spending time meeting with our custodial and cafeteria staff, as well as office staff, to ensure we are meeting all expectations for the required mitigation strategies. Any grace you can provide us during these next few weeks is much appreciated!

Sincerely,

Ms. Pierson and Ms. Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • Picture Day February 22 and PTA Food Drive
  • Library Book Curbside Pickup Date Changed to 2/24
  • Lunch Helper Needed
  • TJ Techstravaganza - Registration Open
  • Important Dates
  • CRS PTA -  CRS Spelling Bee Champion Crowned
  • Quick Links
Picture Day  Monday, February 22

Picture Day is tomorrow, Monday, February 22, between 12 noon and 7 p.m. All of the information about Picture Day is available on the CRS PTA website. There is a possibility of inclement weather Sunday evening February 21 into Monday morning, February 22.  Please know that if FCPS closes the buildings on Monday, Picture Day will be cancelled.  Individuals who have signed up will received notification of the cancellation through Sign Up Genius (SUG).

Picture Day Food Drive -- Tomorrow!

In a time of unprecedented uncertainty, many families are faced with the additional challenge of determining how they will put food on their tables. It’s estimated that up to one in four children experienced food insecurity in 2020. Going to class hungry only adds to the challenges many students are facing this year. SHARE of McLean supports members of our community who are facing economic hardship. You can help them meet the needs of the more than 1,500 families they serve by participating in the Picture Day Food Drive. 

SHARE is in need of “kid-friendly” food. This includes:

  • Snack items (granola bars, crackers, fun-sized chips, etc.)
  • Canned or cupped fruit and vegetables 
  • Shelf-stable meals (macaroni and cheese, canned soup, cereal, etc.)

Items will be collected at CRS on Picture Day – February 22nd, 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.

Library Book Curbside Pickup
Changed to Wednesday February 24

Library book curbside pickup this week will be on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at the front entrance of the school, for students who received an email that their books are available.

There will be NO CURBSIDE PICKUP ON MONDAY, February 22 due to Picture Day.  However,  bins will be available to return overdue library books on Monday when you come for your pictures.  Thank you. Questions?  Email Mrs. Warren – sewarren@fcps.edu.

Lunch Helper Wanted

Churchill Road is looking for a friendly, energetic, individual who loves working with children to deliver meals and help supervise lunch in classrooms. Please contact Assistant Principal Jennifer Niccolls, jniccolls@fcps.edu, if interested.

TJ’s Techstravaganza

Tomorrow’s Women in Science and Technology (TWIST), a student organization at Thomas Jefferson (TJ) HS,  promotes STEM through our annual flagship outreach event, Techstravaganza, and we would love for your students to attend! 

Techstravaganza is a free, public STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in the DC Metropolitan area where many TJ students and corporate exhibitors interact with bright, young students through various engaging STEM activities ranging from live demonstrations to hands-on activities. This year, Techstravaganza will be from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15th, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Techstravaganza will be hosted synchronously online. Attendees will be able to navigate through our website to watch different demonstrations and interact with the exhibitors.  To register, students and parents can visit the following link: https://tinyurl.com/8tdruh1y

Important Dates
  • Monday, February 22 - Picture Day 12 Noon - 7 PM, by appointment, and PTA Canned Food Drive, 12 Noon - 7 PM, Bus Loop
  • Tuesday, February 23 - Kindergarten (Group 5) Return to School
  • Wednesday, February 24 - Library Book Pickup, 1-3 PM, Front Entrance
  • Friday, March 5 - 2-Hour Early Release @ 1:30 PM
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, March 9 - Grades 1-2 (Group 6) Return to School
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 (Group 7) Return to School

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

Churchill Road Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

We had record sign-ups for the CRS Spelling Bee this year with 77 students! Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year's Bee, which was held virtually through Scripp's new online testing platform. This year's challenging words included viridescent, bitumen, and parabolize - we are so impressed by the talented spellers at CRS! The competition was intense and incredibly close, with our top 5 finishers all scoring within a point of each other! This year's top spellers are...

  1. Tom Moran, 6th Grade
  2. Sophie Cao, 6th Grade
  3. Robert Barnes, 6th Grade
  4. Esther Choi, 5th Grade
  5. Zeeshan Huang, 6th Grade

Good luck to this year's champion, Tom, who will next compete in the Fairfax County Spelling Bee! A special congratulations and thank you to the fifteen 6th graders who participated in their last Bee at CRS, and we hope to see our other aspiring spellers at next year's Bee!

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 26, February 14, 2021

Churchill Families,

We are excited to phase-in our first group of students who have elected to receive in-person instruction next week. We know that many of you waited patiently for this transition to occur, while equally as many of you will remain virtual for the remainder of the year. Regardless of your decision, Churchill Road staff are ready and committed to offering instruction in a wholly virtual or concurrent manner.

For those of you who have opted for in-person instruction, we want to assure you that we have the health and safety mitigation strategies in place that the CDC says will help to keep school transmission rates low. Part of a successful mitigation strategy is adhering to capacity restrictions to keep children and staff socially distanced and safe. As nearly all of our classes have reached the capacity threshold, for those families who have requested a change in learning preference, we will add your child's name to a waitlist should we not be able to accommodate your request. 

We are grateful for your partnership over the past year to help students stay connected.  We can't wait to see some of our students in person. 

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jen Niccolls

In This Week's Issue 
  • New Bell Schedule Begins February 16
  • Kindness Matters Week, February 16-19
  • Virtual Learning Do's and Dont's
  • Picture Day February 22
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links
Bell Schedule Changes 2/16
9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Based on this Return to School Timeline, our new Bell Schedule will begin this Tuesday, February 16. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. The bell schedule change will apply to both in-person instruction as well as students who are participating in full-time virtual instruction. 

Celebrate Kindness Matters Week

This week Churchill Road ES celebrates Virginia Kindness Week! Teaching & recognizing kindness fosters empathy, builds community, reduces bullying and nurtures a safe and welcoming environment. As part of Churchill's Kindness Matters Week, members of the 6th grade Kindness Club will teach a kindness- themed morning meeting to some K-2 classes. Below are some activities students may do on their own:

  • Fill out the Kindness Padlet with writing, drawings, or pictures of something kind you have done to show kindness to each other(Tuesday)  and kindness in our community (Friday): https://padlet.com/1650543/shjp5qntztsup5jc
  • Make a card with an encouraging note to another student and upload here. Everyone who writes a card will receive a card:  https://forms.gle/heisv9eaizVqEqui9
  • Play Kindness bingo, sheet and these links will be on the All Students page on schoology and  agendas.

Thanks for spreading kindness!

Virtual Learning Dos and Don'ts

Having crossed the midpoint of the school year, we thought it would be a good time to share some best practices and a few things to avoid while supporting your child in virtual learning.

Picture Day - Sign up Now!

Picture Day is Monday, February 22nd, between 12 noon and 7 p.m. To have your student(s) photo taken, you'll need to sign up and reserve a time slot on the CRS PTA website.

Important Dates
  • Monday, February 15 - President's Day Holiday, School Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - New Bell Schedule Begins, 9 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Monday, February 22 - Picture Day
  • Tuesday, February 23 - Kindergarten (Group 5) Return to School
  • Friday, March 5 - 2-Hour Early Release @ 1:30 PM
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, March 9 - Grades 1-2 (Group 6) Return to School
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 (Group 7) Return to School

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

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Attendance: 703.288.8484 | Web

New Date: Community Conversation for Parents Now 6 PM Thursday, February 11

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New Date: Thursday, February 11 @ 6 PM Churchill Community Conversation on Return to School for Parents

We are rescheduling our Return to School Community Conversation from Wednesday, February 10 to Thursday, February 11 so that our families may tune into Dr. Brabrand's Town Hall on Wednesday, February 10. The Town Hall will be aired on FCPS Cable Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) and the FCPS website. Dr. Brabrand's meeting may answer some of the questions you have about the return to school process.

Our Community Conversation, where we will present information and answer questions related to those students who are returning to school, will now take place from 6-7 PM on Thursday, February 11.  If you have already registered for this event, your registration will be valid for the new date and time.  

If you have not yet registered, please register here by 3:30 p.m. February 11 to receive a link the day of the meeting.

Thank you for your flexibility as we make sure that you have the most up-to-date information on the return to school

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Churchill Chatter - Issue 25, February 7, 2021 In This Week's Issue 
  • Return to School Dates/Details for Churchill Families - PLEASE READ
  • Heart Health Week, February 8-12
  • Black History Month
  • Picture Day February 22
  • CRS PTA - Trivia Night, February 12 and Reflections Winners
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links

Churchill Families,

On Tuesday February 2, Dr. Brabrand shared an updated Return to School timeline. We want to assure you we have clear plans to adhere to the health and safety mitigation strategies the CDC says will help to keep school transmission rates low. We have included some specific information below to support you and your children in the weeks to come.

Thank you for being our partners throughout the past year. We are thankful for the routines you have set to ensure students are connected daily and the collaboration between home and school as we transform a challenging year into the best it can be for every one of our children. 

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson and Jen Niccolls

 

Return to School Timeline

 

New Bell Schedule 

Based on this Return to School Timeline, our new Bell Schedule will begin for all students on February 16th. Classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

Churchill Community Conversation on Return to School for Parents

We will be having a Return to School Community Conversation on Wednesday, February 10 from 6 - 7 p.m. to present information and answer questions related to those students who are returning to school. 

Please register here by 3:30 p.m. February 10 to receive a link the day of the meeting.

Class Changes and Days of Week

Kindergarten classes were adjusted to reflect families' virtual/in-person preferences in November. Thus, those classes will remain as they are when Kindergarten (Group 5) returns for in-person learning. We will be communicating the remaining class changes/days of week by group beginning with grades 1 and 2 the week of February 8th.

Join in the fun and keep your heart healthy during Heart Health Week.  We hope to see you then!

Black History Month

Black History Month began to be celebrated in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodson and others began researching and promoting the achievements of Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Since 1976 all presidents have designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Classroom Activities 

Our teachers will celebrate African American accomplishments, milestones, and contributions to our nation’s history through special read-alouds, quotes of the day and assignments focusing on contributions of Black Americans.

28 Days of Equity Awareness

This month the Churchill Road PTA, Cooper PTO, and Langley PTSA Diversity and Equity Committees are commemorating Black History Month with the 28 Days of Equity Awareness Project. We invite you to check out our list of 28 short readings, videos, and podcasts and complete as many as possible. Each Friday this month, we'll hold virtual Friday Reflections lunch discussions, providing a safe place for reflection. Lunch RSVP

And save the date for our Book Club meeting on February 16 (at 7:30 p.m.), where we'll discuss the first 7 chapters of the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. Book Club Signup

Picture Day - Sign up Now!

Picture Day is Monday, February 22nd, between 12 noon and 7 p.m. To have your student(s) photo taken, you'll need to sign up and reserve a time slot on the CRS PTA website.

Important Dates
  • Wednesday, February 10 - Community Conversation on Return to School for Parents, 6-7 PM
  • Wednesday, February 10 - Virtual PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • Friday, February 12 - PTA Trivia Night, 7-8 PM
  • Monday, February 15 - President's Day Holiday, School Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - Bell Schedule Change
  • Monday, February 22 - Picture Day
  • Tuesday, February 23 - Kindergarten (Group 5) Return to School
  • Monday, March 8 - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday
  • Tuesday, March 9 - Grades 1-2 (Group 6) Return to School
  • Tuesday, March 16 - Grades 3-6 (Group 7) Return to School

Please visit the FCPS School Year Calendar for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2020-21-standard-school-year-calendar

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

Trivia Night Is Friday

Sign up for this fun and FREE family event! Our first Trivia Night was so much fun, we've asked the Trivia Brothers back for a repeat engagement this Friday 2/12 from 7 to 8 p.m. This time we'll have questions about Chinese New Year, the musical Hamilton, and Valentine's Day. The deadline to RSVP is 2/11. Learn more and sign up

Congratulations NOVA PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to our CRS students who earned NOVA PTA Reflections Awards! We're so proud of our artists!

  • Emily Paschkewitz - Digital Photography - Outstanding Interpretation
  • Lara Desai - Music Composition - Award of Excellence

Good luck to Emily who proceeds on to the next round with the Virginia PTA!

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