CRS PTA Newsletter



PTA Event Calendar

In This Issue

After School Activities 
Holiday Toy Drive
Secret Snowman

Parent Education 
Reminders & Other News

ASA Priority Registration

Priority registration for the winter session of our After School Activities (ASA) classes and clubs opens THIS THURSDAY for PTA members - don't forget to take advantage of this member perk for the winter session! Priority registration will be open from 9 a.m. on 11/29 and close at midnight on Friday, 11/30! General registration will begin on 12/3. Classes will start the week of January 7th. (Check your email for your priority registration code on the morning of 11/29.)


Find all the details on ASA here - if this is your first time registering for ASA this year, you'll need to register with the Enrichment Matters portal. Reminder - for your student to participate in the 2nd session of Chess Club (begins in February) you need to register during THIS winter enrollment period.

For questions, please contact [email protected].

Holiday Toy Drive

Monday, December 3, kicks off our holiday gift drive for Dogwood Elementary, our Title 1 buddy school in Reston, VA. Dogwood. More than 80% of the 700 students at Dogwood qualify for the National Student Lunch Program, which is for families with incomes that are 130% or more below the poverty line (family income $20,000 or less). For the past 16 years, the CRS community has held a toy drive for Dogwood students. Each year nearly 400 students receive a gift from the holiday shop hosted by the Dogwood parent liaisons.

Collection bins will be placed in the front hall, MODs, and near the PTA room. Check our website for more information on the gift drive, as well as shopping guidelines and suggestions.

We also need help to collect and pack the gifts each morning (just a 15 minute or less commitment!) and to deliver the gifts to Dogwood on 12/7. Learn more and sign up on our SignUpGenius form. 

Secret Snowman

It's that time of year - our Secret Snowman is back! The Staff Appreciation Committee is collecting donations for Secret Snowman and will provide each and every member of the amazing Churchill Road staff with a holiday gift on behalf of CRS families. We also need help from students to make cards, plus parent volunteers to help deliver gifts (students are welcome to help if accompanying a parent volunteer). Contributions are due 12/4.

Parent Education - Homework Battles

The PTA Parent Education Committee has invited the parenting and education experts at a local organization, The StudyPro, to share their proven and straightforward techniques for building a growth mindset and executive function (EF) skills. These skills help your child overcome their struggles with homework, and prepare them for middle school, high school and beyond. Information will include specific strategies you can use to bolster EF skills, help your child push through their frustration, and encourage independence.

Friday, November 30 at 8:45 a.m. in the CRS Exploratory Arts Room

Reminders & Other News

  • Staff Appreciation: 3rd Grade Families - don't forget to drop off your contributions to the Soup & Salad Bar luncheon this Wednesday morning by 9:30 a.m. Learn more.
  • FCCPTA Advocacy Day: Next Monday 12/3, Fairfax County families are invited to meet with officials from the FCPS School Board and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors - learn about the school budget process & share what matters to you. Learn more.
  • FCCPTA Education Survey: Share your feedback about CRS, class sizes, technology, curriculum, AAP, and special education. The FCCPTA (Fairfax County Council PTA) survey will be used to guide planning & activities - all responses are anonymous. Take the survey here.
  • SCC Event - Fighting Youth Anxiety: Join the Safe Community Coalition on 12/6 for a free screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A led by mental health professionals. Learn more.

CRS PTA Calendar

11/28 - Staff Appreciation: Soup & Salad Bar (3rd Grade)

11/29-11/30 - ASA Priority Registration (PTA members only)

11/30 - Family Fitness (8:00-8:20 a.m.) & Spirit Day 

11/30 - Parent Education: Homework Battles (8:45 a.m., EA)

12/3 - FCCPTA Advocacy Day (7-9 p.m.)

12/3-12/7 - Holiday Toy Drive for Dogwood

12/3-12/10 - ASA General Registration

12/4 - Last Day for Secret Snowman Contributions

12/12 - Pizza Night: Dinner by Domino's

12/12 - December PTA Meeting (7 p.m., after Principal's Pizza)