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A “Churchill Shout Out” to our partners the Schaumburg AM Rotary!

Posted April 15th, 2014 by rmeyer
Our Celebrate Reading and Writing night was certainly a great event here at Churchill with so many families coming out to enjoy their students ‘hard work! That evening I had the opportunity to walk around with our partners from the Schaumburg AM Rotary. They were truly impressed with our students’ writing, technology skills, poetry, puppet performance, and artistic abilities. Sharon Perry and Jeff Winkenwerder, two of our partners from the Schaumburg AM Rotary, were also able to enjoy seeing the excitement in our students whose names were called to receive the stacks of books they donated to our school. The building was filled with excitement and enthusiasm from both students and families! We are fortunate to have their support not only for providing literacy materials for staff and students but they also support the efforts of the Garden Club. Through their generous donations we were able to get our very first garden planted last year. This year they supported our club by funding a “grow cart” which our Churchill gardeners are using to start seeds for our garden this year.
 
So we thank the Schaumburg AM Rotary for their continued support, enthusiasm, and valued partnership!
 

 

3-4 Field Trip

Posted April 15th, 2014 by rmeyer

The 3/4 graders went on a field trip to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra last week.  They said and I quote, “We had a wonderful time”.  The third and fourth graders got to see all the instruments used in the orchestra and see how they sound.  Everyone loved when they played Star Wars and the Nutcracker.

By: Khatija

PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!

Posted April 11th, 2014 by rmeyer

Complete the 5Essentials Survey

We need 30% of our parents to respond to the 5Essentials Survey in order to get the results. Right now we have only 3%. Please take just a few minutes to take the survey at:

https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

Your response does make a difference!

Churchill Chatter

Posted April 11th, 2014 by rmeyer

Dear Churchill Families,

It was certainly an exciting week at Churchill with so many families coming out last night to enjoy their students ‘hard work! As I walked around with our partners from the Schaumburg Rotary they were truly impressed with our students’ writing, technology skills, poetry, puppet performance, and artistic abilities. Sharon Perry and Jeff Winkenwerder, our Rotarian Partners, were also able to enjoy seeing the excitement in our students whose names were called to receive the stack of books they donated to our school. The building was filled with excitement and enthusiasm from both students and families!

The students also had a great time participating in our Minute-to-Win it rewards. Ask your students what challenges they might have had! They are all doing a great job following Leo’s Laws and earning those Lion’s Roar tickets. 

Important message from PTA!
Our nominating committee is still looking for people interested in being elected to the 2014-15 PTA Executive Board. So far, we still have no one for President, 1st VP, and Treasurer. It’s important that we fill these positions before our election on May 13th. Without these officers in place, the PTA will not be able to operate next school year. What this means is that we will have to cancel: Hot Food, Snack Days, Free T-Shirts, Book Fairs, Family Fun Nights, Fun Fair, Market Day and more. If you would like to learn more about any of the available positions, please contact Jenn Sklena at winstonchurchillpta@gmail.com or call 847-490-8110. 

Spring MAP Testing
We are looking forward to seeing the growth our students have made this year! The Spring MAP testing window will be April 21st – May 9th. The testing window was moved back one week due to the snow days. Please make sure your child has a good night sleep, and nutritious breakfast to help them do well on their MAP tests. 

Last Day of School
The School Board approved the amended calendar with June 5th as the last day of school this year. On June 5th, the hours for students in grades 1-6 will be 8:40am-3:00pm. Because the last day of school will be a full day this year, all kindergarten and early childhood students will attend on June 5th as well. 

Spring Pictures
Come ready to smile for spring pictures next Wednesday April 16th. 

5Essentials Survey
We need 30% of our parents to respond to the 5Essentials Survey in order to get the results. Right now we have only 3%. Please take just a few minutes to take the survey at:
https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

Arrival and Dismissal
With the return of warmer weather, more students seem to be enjoying their walk to school. We ask that you remember the following:
· Students should arrive close to 8:25 each morning, there is not supervision outside until this time.
· Likewise there is no supervision after school and we ask that our students leave the campus once school is over.
· Thank you for continuing to help your students arrive to school in a safe way by walking to their outside lines, and using the crossing guard to cross the street.

  • To insure the safety of our students, cars may not enter the driveways or parking lot between 8:20 a.m. and 8:40 a.m., nor between 3:00 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. Cars may not exit the parking lot until all children have been crossed through the parking lot, buses have departed, and barricades removed.
  • Our first bell, the line up bell, rings at 8:25, our walkers are expected to be in their class lines at this time. Students are let in the building at 8:30 to get prepared to start their day, which starts at 8:40. Students arriving to school after 8:40 are considered tardy.
  • When dropping children off, or picking them up, please use Knightsbridge Lane, Downing Road, Evergreen Road, or Churchill Road.
  • When approaching the stop signs at Jones, Evergreen, and any other stop sign that borders school walkways, all vehicles must stop at least 20 feet in front of the crosswalk.
  • Please do not use the front drive.
  • Please do not bring dogs on to the school property. There are students with allergies and/or fears of animals present.
  • Remember the school zone speed limit is 20 mph.
  • Be courteous to residents. Please do not block their driveways.
  • No Cell Phone use, even if you’re using hands-free. 

Registration Forms
Registrations forms were recently sent home to all families. It is very important that you read through your forms to ensure all of your information is current, including the numbers for your emergency contacts. You will also need to ensure that an updated lease is on file. In order to maintain your enrollment for the next school year families will need to provide an updated lease.

Have a wonderful weekend! It looks like spring has finally sprung. Let’s hope it stays awhile!
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs

 Chatter 4.11.14
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Minute to Win It!

Posted April 10th, 2014 by rmeyer

Ask your kids what they did this week that was super fun. They may say recess, or gym, or art, but you know what they should say? “This week we won the privilege to do a minute to win it!” And when they say this tell them good job because they earned this by following Leo’s laws and racking up those tickets! We played games that we had one minute to do, and don’t worry, we did it all week so we all had a chance to play! Everyone had so much fun and everyone really enjoyed it! We all shared laughs and cheers. So when your child(ren) says that they got to play minute to win it, tell them good job and give them a high five or a pat on the back, because you know that they were following Leos laws in acting safe responsible and respectful!

Brianna V.

Chatter

Posted March 22nd, 2014 by rmeyer
Hello Churchill Families and HAPPY SPRING!
 
Well the official first day of spring is finally here, at least according to the calendar but maybe not the weather man! I hope you and your family enjoys your week off and finds some time to play a game, read a book, maybe go for a walk, and with any luck a bike ride! Please read below for important information and reminders.
 
Field Day and 6th Grade Celebration Dates
Due to the four snow/cold days we had this winter, we have rescheduled Field Day and the Sixth Grade Celebration. Please mark your calendars with the new dates: Field Day- Monday June 2nd, rain or shine; Sixth Grade Celebration- Wednesday, June 4th . Details regarding both events will be sent as the dates get closer.
 
Parent 5Essentials Survey
Please read the attached letter regarding the 5Essentials Survey. Parents can begin taking the survey today. You can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. We want to promote this because we won’t receive results unless at least 30 percent of our parents take the survey. We will make computers available if you would like to take the survey at school. We thank you in advance for your feedback.
 
Multicultural Event
 The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity: A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th from 11:30 until 2:30. Please see the attached form for more information.
MultiCultural Flyer-2014
 
Dropping Off & Picking Up Children Reminders:
 ·To insure the safety of our students, cars may not enter the driveways or parking lot between 8:20 a.m. and 8:40 a.m., nor between 3:00 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. Cars may not exit the parking lot until all children have been crossed through the parking lot, buses have departed, and barricades removed.
·Our first bell, the line up bell, rings at 8:25, our walkers are expected to be in their class lines at this time. Students are let in the building at 8:30 to get prepared to start their day, which is at 8:40.
·Students arriving to school after 8:40 are considered tardy.
·We ask students, who are dropped off on Jones, in front of school, to walk down to one of the patrol stations to be crossed and not to cut across the driveway in front of the school. Please model this practice when you walk your child to the school as well.
·Please do not use the front drive.
 
Important Dates
March 24-28 – Spring Break (No School)
March 31 – School Resumes
April 10- Celebrate Reading and Writing Night CRW Invite
April 18- No School
 
We hope you have a great spring break. Hopefully the weather will improve and the students will be able to get out and enjoy some fresh air and sun! We will see you on March 31st.
 
Enjoy the week!
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs
 

Churchill Chatter

Posted March 11th, 2014 by rmeyer
Hello Churchill Families!
 
Finally a day without gloves and a hat! What a wonderful start to our week. We are enjoying the first touch of spring! We have had a great start to ISAT testing and appreciate the support and encouragement you have given your children. We also want to thank you for getting your students here and on time each day. The students are trying their best and working hard. We are so proud of them!
 
ISAT Testing:
We will be finishing up our ISAT testing and make-ups this week.
 
Schaumburg Parent University:
Please see the attached flyers from the Schaumburg Parent University.
Parent University: Stress
Parent University: Bollywood
 
Cyber Bullying:
The District 54 PBIS team will be hosting a parent event to learn more about Cyber bullying. Please consider attending this event that will be hosted in the District 54 Board room on March 13, at 6:00 p.m. We want to team with you to make sure our children are safe and secure inside and outside their homes. This is one way to learn more about how to make this happen. The flyer for this event is attached. 

 Community Cyber Bullying Flyer

 
Summer Tech Camp:
Please see the attached flyer for details regarding this summer’s tech camp which is available for students in Grades 4-8. This summer our Tech Camp, “Invention Hunters” will take place at Mead Junior High School. We will be accepting registrations beginning on April 7th….this gives students and parents some time to figure out if the tech camp fits into their summer schedule.
 
Important Dates
March 3-14 – ISAT Testing (Grades 3-6)
March 11 – PTA meeting 7:00
March 24-28 – Spring Break (No School-enjoy!)
March 31 – School Resumes
 
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs

Churchill Chatter

Posted February 22nd, 2014 by rmeyer

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. 

State Assessment
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.

PTA
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

Churchill Chatter Feb. 21

Booking with the Hawks

Posted February 12th, 2014 by rmeyer

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

Churchill Chatter: February 7th

Posted February 7th, 2014 by rmeyer

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. 

State Assessment
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

Kindergarten Registration
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. 

Updates
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

Stay Warm!
Mrs. Hopkins and Mr. Gibbs

Churchill Chatter 2-7-2014