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Happy Autumn! 


Important Dates

Mark your calendars with these upcoming Chesterbrook events:

November 7-14: Fall Book Fair
November 11: Veterans Day/Thanksgiving Lunch
November 18: 
PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm; Workshop with Ann Dolin, 7 pm
November 26: 2-Hour Early Release
November 27 & 28: Thanksgiving Holiday

Fall Book Fair 

Join us for the Fall Book Fair!

As always, there will be hundreds of books for all ages covering all genres and will include classics, favorite series, award winners and new releases. There will also be a wide assortment of games and other items. It's the perfect place to do some holiday shopping!  
Students will complete wish lists during their class preview times which will have taken place on November 6th and 7th. The lists will include each book's cost (there's no tax) so parents can send their child in with a check payable to Chesterbrook PTA. Children can also come any time during the school hours to shop for books on their own, or they can come by with a parent.  

The Book Fair is not possible without all of the awesome volunteers and we need your help. If you are interested in helping, please sign up today!  

Pajama Night
Monday (November 10th)  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  
All students may wear PJs and enjoy milk and cookies while local middle school students read bedtime stories in the POD.
Pizza and Raffle Night
Thursday (November 13th) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pizza, drinks and dessert will be offered for sale in the cafeteria. Order forms for Pizza Night are here. Also, a raffle drawing will take place at the end of the evening for two separate baskets of books, games and other goodies. One basket will be geared toward K-3rd grades and the other towards grades 4th-6th. Raffle tickets will cost $1 each and can be purchased anytime during the book fair up until the drawing. You do not need to be present to win.

Book Fair Hours
Friday, November 7th - 8:15 am - 4:00 pm
Monday, November 10th -  8:15 am - 2:00 pm & 6pm-8:00 pm (Pajama Night)
Tuesday - Friday, November 11th-14th - 8:15 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 13th - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Pizza and Raffle Night)
If you have any questions about the Book Fair please contact the co-chairs:
Julie Schwan -
Robin Birchfield -


Thanksgiving Lunch

Save the date for Chesterbrook's Thanksgiving Lunch on Tuesday, November 11th in the cafeteria. This is a great tradition where parents, grandparents, and family friends join their child for a traditional turkey lunch at school. The cafeteria will be decorated with student artwork making for a fun and memorable experience for everyone.

Thank you to all who have already volunteered for the Thanksgiving Lunch!  We are still in need of many more hands to make November 11th a successful day.  Our greatest need is for later in the lunch.    

Please see the Sign Up Genius today! 



Help Those in Need


The PTA School Outreach Committee works with neighboring schools in Fairfax County to provide items for students and families in need. We are collecting the following items:

  • New or gently used winter clothing (pants, sweaters, coats, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves, hats, shoes, and boots) infant to size 12;
  • There is a specific need for new or gently used size 5-6 and size 7-8 boys and girls winter coats; and
  • Grocery store gift cards (Safeway, Giant, or Shoppers Food Warehouse) in $10 denominations.

Please leave your donations in the plastic bin outside the library marked "PTA School Outreach Collection" or send your gift cards via backpack mail to "PTA School Outreach." If you have any questions, please email Emily Ludwikowski at



Dress for Success


The PTA is partnering with xScion Solutions, a company run by Chesterbrook mom, Alison Banziger, to collect men's and women's clothing to benefit the DC Chapter of Dress for Success and Career Gear. Both organizations help disadvantaged women and men find employment, while also providing them with professional attire. We're asking people to donate new or gently used men's and women's professional clothing. For a full list of acceptable items, check out the flyer. A collection bin will be located at the school across from the media center until November 14. Please be sure to clean all items and leave them folded neatly and on hangers.



Get Your Chesterbrook Spirit Wear!

Soft and warm Champion grey hoodie sweatshirts are perfect for cool Fall weather. Size Medium might fit K - 4th and Large will fit 5th- 6th. Adult sizes as well. Sports fabric tees in royal blue and hot pink are great for sports practice. Size Small should fit Kindergarten/1st, Medium 2nd - 3rd, Large 4th - 5th and XL 6th grade. Water bottles, car magnets, flannel PJ pants, and cute stuffed Chesterbrook Chipmunks are also available.

Order online HERE or Forms are also online or on the rack near the front door.
Get in the Spirit!

PS - These make great gifts!



Don't Forget to Sign Up or Renew Your PTA Membership

Did you know you can join or renew your membership to the PTA online? Click the button below to pay your dues. Why? By joining our PTA you are investing in our children and making a difference at Chesterbrook. PTA dues provide or subsidize a host of education enrichment activities including cultural events, computer lab, science appreciation, field trips, family fun events, staff appreciation, staff development, discovery gardens, classroom materials, equipment, and so much more! Members get a free family directory (non-member price is $8) and exclusive access to our online directory app. This is an essential tool for every household! Join today!



PTA Directory Information

The PTA has partnered with AtoZ School Directories to produce our directory. PTA members not only receive a free copy of the printed directory, but also access to a secure/password-protected directory app from AtoZ via a smart phone or any web-enabled device - so you can view the directory data where and when you need it!



Our goal is to have the printed directory available in October, but we need your help!

Returning Chesterbrook Families: If you are a returning Chesterbrook family and your family's information was in last year's directory, you will receive a "verification" email from by the first day of school, September 2. The verification email will contain your user name, password, and instructions on how to access and verify your directory information, as well as access the AtoZ School Directory App. Please follow the directions outlined in this email to update your family data by Monday, September 8th. If you do not receive a verification email, please contact us at and we'll make sure that it is forwarded to you.

New Chesterbrook Families: If your family is new to Chesterbrook this year (or your family's information did not appear in last year's directory), please email us at as soon as   possible (please include your full name, your children's full names, and their grades this fall). We will then enter that information into the system so that you can receive a verification request email from our system on the first day of school (including your own login and password information).

This year's printed directory will be spiral bound with larger print for easy reading and will include a resource guide in the back of the directory listing sponsorships from local businesses that have defrayed the cost to the PTA of this new and improved directory. Anyone interested in promoting their business in the directory  can email AtoZ Directories at or click here for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact the directory team at either Thank you for continued help with the directory!



Thanks for your support of the PTA with your purchase of a school kit from Innisbrook.  Look for our sale of school supplies once again in the spring of 2015.  If you need school supplies during the year, please call Innisbrook directly at 1-800-334-8461.  You can have a school kit shipped to your home.  Please have the school code handy when ordering— 107939.  Assignment notebooks ($5), Quick Word Books ($2) and recorders ($5 each) can be purchased from the school store for the first few days of school.  After that, they can be purchased from the front office.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Hale.


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