Principal Pierson's Messages to Families

Churchill Chatter - Issue 7, September 13, 2020

Welcome Back!

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

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

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

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

With gratitude,

Cherith Pierson

In This Week's Issue

  • Welcome Back to School
  • Thank You to the PTA! 

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

Churchill Road Appreciates our PTA!

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

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

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Beginning of Year Forms 

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

Click HERE for step by step directions to complete this process

 

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

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

Opt Out Forms

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

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

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

SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

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

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

Monday Morning Optional Specials Schedule

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

Back to School Nights - September 14 and 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

Churchill Chatter - Issue 6, September 6, 2020

In This Week's Issue

  • First Day of School
  • Required Student Forms 

  • Technology Assistance
  • Action Item: Consent for Digital Resources
  • Back to School Nights September 14 and 15
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links

First Day of School

  • Tuesday, September 8 is the first day of school. Student login begins at 8:35 a.m.  Attendance is taken at 8:40 a.m.
  • On Thursday (9/3), you should have received next week's agenda from your child's classroom teacher. This agenda highlights the learning activities for the first week of school. Going forward, these weekly agendas will be sent out on Friday afternoons for the upcoming week.

Required Student Forms

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

Click HERE for step by step directions to complete this process

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

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

Technology Assistance

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

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

Action Item: Consent for Digital Resources

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

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

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

Back to School Nights - September 14 and 15

Save the dates:

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

Churchill Chatter - Issue 5, August 30, 2020

One Team, One Community, Stronger Together

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In This Week's Issue

  • Registration Ongoing for Fall 2020
  • Virtual School Orientation - September 1
  • PTA Pre-ordered School Supply, Band/Strings and Square 1 Art Pickup
  • Attendance
  • Tech Support for Parents and Students
  • Student Passwords
  • Important Dates
  • Quick Links

Registration Ongoing

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

Virtual School Orientation 

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

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

Jumping for Joy to Start School

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

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

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

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

Attendance

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

Tech Support for Parents and Students

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

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

Student Passwords

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

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

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

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Ms. Antonio pictured at right.

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

Important Dates

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

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

Churchill Chatter - Issue 4, August 24, 2020

Dear Churchill Road Elementary Families,

Welcome Back to the 2020-2021 School Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson Principal

In This Week's Issue

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

Community Conversation

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

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

Class Placement Information

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

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

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

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

Virtual School Orientation 

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

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

2020-2021 Virtual Instructional Schedule

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

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

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

Technology Distribution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supply Lists and Virtual Toolkits

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

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

Join the PTA

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

Registration Ongoing

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

Important Dates

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

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

Churchill Chatter - Issue 3, August 16, 2020

Community Conversation

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

 

Register Students Now for the Fall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Technology Pick-up

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

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

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

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

Laptop Insurance

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

Families with FCPS Laptops

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

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

Class Placement

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

FCPS Parent Center Resources and Supports

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

Churchill Chatter - Issue 2, July 26, 2020

Dear Churchill Road Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please continue to reach out with any questions!

Sincerely,

Cherith Pierson Principal

Registration is Underway for the Fall

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