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Hello Churchill Families!
Well the stopping of the snow led to rain and heavy wind gusts, so we were inside again for most of the week. Although, I have to admit the snow fall this past Monday was really beautiful. We always enjoyed going to a sled hill, skiing, or tubing during the winter. I hope you had a chance to have some fun in the snow. Please see the latest edition of Churchill Chatter attached.
I wanted to give a Churchill “shout out” to our wonderful PTA. As I am writing this e-mail there is an amazing crew here cleaning up after a great family fun evening. Thank you to so many parents, who volunteered their time, helped to organize, sold food and helped to set up and take down our very first Fun Fair in my tenure here at Churchill. We had an overwhelming turn out and many happy faces enjoying an evening of fun and games. Thank you for providing this for our community!
Here are a few announcements for the week:
End of Trimester 2
This Friday, February 21st, marks the end of the second trimester of the school year. It is amazing how quickly the year has gone. Your child’s report card will be sent home with him/her on Tuesday, March 4.
The ISAT window is scheduled for March 3rd – 14th for all students in Grades 3-6. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments. A more specific schedule can be found in the Chatter.
Although we are in February, it still isn’t too late to join the PTA. PTA is a parent teacher organization whose primary purpose is to advocate for children. The Churchill PTA provides many fun and educational activities for your children. Churchill PTA sponsors many family fun evenings, book fairs, snack days, hot food, yearbooks, Field Day, so much more. Your membership helps us make these beneficial programs and events possible. Please complete the membership form included in the Chatter attached.
Superintendent’s Monthly Message
Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published in print this week. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/. Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content. The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is http://sd54.org/board/mission/.
Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs 2014 Summer Scholarships: As part of its commitment to life-long learning, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) offers scholarships for summer programs/camps to District 54 students who wish to broaden their education, talents and experiences. The program is being offered to students currently in 1st through 7th grades. Scholarships will be awarded for the FULL cost of the program/camp UP TO $200.00. A parent of the applicant must be a PTA member by the application deadline. More details including the application deadline and a complete list of the guidelines, along with the full application, can be obtained on the District 54website: http://pta.sd54.org/elementaryscholarship Please note: This is not a needs-based scholarship.
Enjoy the weekend!
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs
In February, Hoffman Estates High School had their annual “Booking with the Hawks”. It was held at Hoffman Estates High School during the Varsity basketball game. Hoffman Estates High school coaches went to all the feeder schools and had a fun assembly. At the assembly some of the cheerleaders, dancers, band members, and basketball players came along. They told all of the kids that if they read at least 500 minutes they would get a free ticket to the game! At the game there were fun raffles and prizes. There was also food. It was a very fun and successful program!
By: Molly and Avery
Good afternoon Churchill Families,
Well the groundhog seems to think we are in store for more winter weather. I don’t know about you, but I was really hoping he would have made a different choice. We are doing our best to getting some fresh air when the weather allows and I know all you are doing your best to send your students prepared for the weather. I know there will soon be a day that we will be saying, boy I wish is wasn’t so hot!
Please take some time to open the Churchill Chatter attached. It is filled with dates, events, reminders, and all sorts of happenings here at your child’s school.
Last Day of School
As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather, and Churchill was closed an additional day due to a broken gas line. Whenever we cancel school districtwide, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. We do not add a day when one school is closed for one day. Therefore the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. However, if we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school any more this school year and that June 5 will be our last day.
PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter
Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.
We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test. The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.
Schaumburg Parent University
Flyers are attached for some upcoming Schaumburg Parent University Classes. Take a look!
Schaumburg Parent University: Origami March 3
Schaumburg Parent University: Stress March 12
Schaumburg Parent University: This is giving me a headache- March 5
It is hard to believe that kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is right around the corner. This event will happen in all District 54 schools on February 13th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. , 1:00-2:30 p.m. and again at 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you, or a neighbor, has a child who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2014, we look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Please help us spread the word to our neighbors so we can begin planning for the upcoming school year.
February 11–PTA meeting in the library at 7:00 PM
February 12—No School in PM for students in grades 1-6 and NO SCHOOL for kindergarteners
February 13—Kindergarten registration
February 14—Happy Valentine’s Day!
February 17—President’s Day, No School
February 21—Fun Fair
February 21—End second trimester
February 28– Foundation Mardi Gras
March 3—ISAT Testing begins
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs
The PTA recently had a movie night in which students and their families came and watched Monsters University. The movie night was a great opportunity to have a good time with friends and family. Even the parents had fun watching Monsters University. It was a great way for everyone to unwind and relax on a Friday evening.
All District 54 schools will be closed today Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th – because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school activities are canceled as well.
The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).
District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.
Hello Churchill Families!
I am most impressed with how well prepared our students are for the chilly weather. I see hats, boot, gloves, and scarves on almost everyone. Please keep reminding your children to dress for the weather each morning and we will continue to remind them to get the gloves out of their backpacks and to zip up those coats. Throughout this week I made my way around to classrooms during lunch and indoor recess. I just want to give a Churchill “shout out” to our lunch supervisors who keep bringing in board games, puzzles, coloring books, and teaching the kids new games to play indoors. Thanks for being so thoughtful and proactive. The kids were excited to show me a new game they learned or challenge me to a game of Connect 4!
On Jan. 1, the State of Illinois implemented the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (Public Act 98-0063) which allows citizens in Illinois to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm with them into certain public places. The law also makes provisions for locations where firearms are not allowed, even by citizens who have a license. Schools are such a prohibited area. Specifically the law states that “a licensee under this act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into: any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school.”
As a part of this new law, school districts are required to post signs stating that the carrying of firearms on our property or into our schools is prohibited. These signs shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at the entrance of a building. Students, parents and visitors will see these new signs as they enter the schools and we wanted everyone to be aware of the purpose of these signs and the requirement to post them.
Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published today. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/. Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content. The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is http://sd54.org/board/mission/. (Watch this video closely; you may see some familiar faces!)
The District 54 Department of Learning Technologies is seeking parent and community input regarding the use of technology in our schools for our district technology plan. Please follow this link to access this five minute survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1482502/2014-Technology-Plan-Parent-Community-Survey . The survey will take will be available until January 31st and is the same one we had out at parent conferences. So if you completed this during conferences thank you! Your feedback is appreciated.
Booking with the Hawks:
The Hoffman Estates High School basketball game is on Friday, February 7th. Students must complete a reading log and turn it in to classroom teachers by Wednesday, February 5th. As students turn in their completed reading logs they will be receiving a completion certificates and entry tickets (one per family) to the game. We hope to see lots of staff and students at the upcoming game dressed in Churchill gear.
Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation:
On behalf of the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation, we extend to you a most cordial invitation to Mardi Gras 2014. This annual signature event not only provides a delightfully delicious evening filled with gourmet food, fun and games, but the proceeds directly support the grants we are pleased to distribute to District 54 staff and students. Please visit the website at: http://d54foundation.com/ .
Important upcoming dates:
· Feb 12-Half-Day In-Service.
· Feb 17-President’s Day(No School)
· Feb. 21st- End of 2nd Trimester
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs
First I want to thank all of you for your understanding and support today! As you know this was a very unexpected and unavoidable situation. The decision to close a school is made with the safety of your students being our top priority. The repairs to the gas line are now complete and we are clear to be open tomorrow! Please send your students! We look forward to getting our week started!
Churchill School is closed today – Tuesday, Jan. 21 – due to a broken gas line. All other District 54 schools are open.
When we came back from winter break Churchill had their first assembly of 2014. We had special prizes, discussed our Map scores, and the 3/4 and 5/6 teams presented what was going on in their rooms for all to see. Leo stopped by to congratulate our school on having the second highest map growth in the district. Nice job Churchill Lions. Keep it up!
By: Molly and Bri