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Churchill News 3-20-15

Posted March 20th, 2015 by rmeyer
We have had a great two weeks! Our students have been practicing their dance moves in a combined Music and PE classes. Ask them to show you some of their steps! Our whole building also participated in another community celebration. We had popcorn parties throughout the day today. Lastly we celebrated with students who have been safe, respectful and responsible over the second trimester with a chocolate lava party at lunch. Two students from each class were randomly chosen to participate in this celebration if they did not receive a Home Communication Form over the trimester. It has certainly been a busy week!
 
It is hard to believe that we are already at spring break.  Hopefully each of you has a chance to spend some quality time together during the week off and that we are not seeing any more snow!
 
Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs in April in the Rafferty Administration Center Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Both of these events are free and free child care is also available.
 
•             Ask the Child Psychiatrist: Getting a handle on your parenting – 6:30 p.m. April 1.  Dr. Michael Feld will incorporate real-life experiences and humor into his discussion of life, mental and behavioral health. This discussion is for parents only.
•             Origami 101 – 6 p.m. April 9. Students in grades three through six are invited to learn how to create basic origami with their parents.
 
For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
 
Celebrate Reading and Writing
All Churchill students and families are invited to attend a fun-filled night of reading, writing, games, crafts, a Scholastic Book Fair.   Reading with the Stars 2015
 
PTA News- STC Elementary Summer Scholarships
The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs offers summer scholarships for students of District 54 who are currently in 1st through 7th grades.  Scholarships will be awarded for the full cost of the program/camp up to $125. The deadline for submitting an application is Wednesday April 1st.   PTA Summer scholarship
 
District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra
Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram.  If you have questions, please call 847-357-5138.
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
March 20             Last day before Spring Break
April 3                   No School (Corrected Date-Thanks for letting me know!)
April 9                   Celebrate Reading and Writing (“Reading with the Stars”) 6:00-7:30
April 15                 Spring Picture Day
May 19                   Variety Show
May 28                   1/2 Performance (6:00 and 7:00)
 
Spring Break begins at the end of the day on Friday, March 20th.  School resumes on Monday, March 30th.
Whether you are traveling or staying close to home, have a safe, restful, fun week ahead!
 
Mrs. Hopkins and Ms. Gluff

Churchill News 3-13-2015

Posted March 15th, 2015 by rmeyer
This week our 3-6th graders took part in the state-wide PARCC assessment. We know that the students’ scores will reflect the hard work and dedication that they’ve exhibited throughout the year.  We are so proud of all of their hard work as well as the support given to them from the rest of our students!  Everyone was dedicated to maintain a quiet testing environment and encouraging all to do their best. We celebrated at the end of the today with some much needed time outside.
 
If your child was absent any day this week and missed a session, we will have them complete their testing next week.
 
Summer Tech Camp
Please below for information on a summer tech camp.
2015 Tech Camp
 
Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs in April in the Rafferty Administration Center Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Both of these events are free and free child care is also available.
 
  • Ask the Child Psychiatrist: Getting a handle on your parenting – 6:30 p.m. April 1.  Dr. Michael Feld will incorporate real-life experiences and humor into his discussion of life, mental and behavioral health. This discussion is for parents only.
  • Origami 101 – 6 p.m. April 9. Students in grades three through six are invited to learn how to create basic origami with their parents.

  • For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
 
The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:
What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.”   With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expands on the interests of students.
 
Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt.  Registration opens on Monday, March 2nd and closes on Friday, March 20th.  Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address – payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning (524 E. Schaumburg Rd.).

District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra
Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram.  If you have questions, please call 847-357-5138.
 
PTA News- STC Elementary Summer Scholarships
The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs offers summer scholarships for students of District 54 who are currently in 1st through 7th grades.  Scholarships will be awarded for the full cost of the program/camp up to $125. The parent/guardian must be a member of the PTA at the school attended by the child applying for the scholarship by March 1, 2015. See below for more information.
PTA Summer scholarship Application
 
We only have 60 left! You are running out of time to order your Yearbook at a low price!
Order your 2014-15 year book with memories that last a lifetime! You will receive 44 pages of fun times, memories, and friendships. If you order before March 20 you will get it at the low price of $18.00 and then after spring break it will go up to $20.00.
Yearbook order form 14-15
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
March 16-20       PARCC Make-up Testing grades 3-6
March 20             Last day before Spring Break
April 9                   Celebrate Reading and Writing (“Reading with the Stars”) 6:00-7:30 
April 15                Spring Picture Day
 
Have a wonderful weekend with your families!
 
Mrs. Hopkins and Ms. Gluff

Churchill News 3-8-2015

Posted March 8th, 2015 by rmeyer
We had an energizing assembly Friday morning celebrating all of our amazing students. They have earned another all school celebration which will be a popcorn party right before Spring Break. They were all excited to know they have earned over 25,000 Lion’s Roar tickets for Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible! Our first and second grade students surprised our third through sixth graders by presenting them with posters encouraging them to do their best on the PARCC test this coming week.  This Monday we will begin taking the state-wide PARCC assessment for students in grades 3-6. . We know that the students’ scores will reflect the hard work and dedication that they’ve exhibited throughout the year. Please encourage your child to get to school on time.  Students who arrive to school late will not be able to join their class in testing once the teacher begins giving test directions.
 
You can help your student do his/her best on the test by:
 
o   making sure, if possible, that your student attends school on the days of testing;
o   making sure your student gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
o   providing a nutritional breakfast on the mornings of testing;
o   reminding your student to ask the teacher questions if he/she does not understand the test direction;
o   letting your student know that you are confident in his/her ability to do his/her best;
o   advising your student not to worry about the test — just to do the best he/she can.
 
PARCC Schedule
March 9th, 10th, and 11th – Literacy (third-sixth)
March 12th, 13th – Math (third-sixth)
 
Schaumburg Parent University – March Class
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We will host one evening program for parents in March:  School Related Anxiety at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
 
District 54 social worker Tricia Johnson will assist parents in understanding the difference between common stress and anxiety disorders and will provide helpful strategies to help children manage stress.  If you are interested in attending this event, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
 
Summer STEM Academy
What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.”   With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expands on the interests of students.
 
The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:
·        A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
·        Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
·        STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students
·        Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment
·        An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world
 
Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt.  Registration opens on Monday, March 2nd and closes on Friday, March 20th.  Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address – payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning (524 E. Schaumburg Rd.).
 
District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra
Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram.  If you have questions, please call 847-357-5138.
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
March 9-20        PARCC Testing grades 3-6
March 10             PTA meeting 7:00
March 13             STC PTA Auction
March 20             Last day before Spring Break
March 30             School resumes
April 3                 No School
April 9                 Celebrate Reading and Writing (“Reading with the Stars”) 6:00-7:30
April 15               Spring Picture Day
 
Enjoy your week. Warm weather is on the way-hopefully!

Pride Aroareds 2/26/12

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by rmeyer

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Churchill News 2-20-2015

Posted February 22nd, 2015 by rmeyer
Congratulations to all our students who earned their reading incentive with the Hoffman Hawks! Our students are always excited to see the Hawks in action!
 
Hot Lunch
Due to Thursday’s cold day off we have rescheduled hot lunch for Wednesday February 25th.
 
Family Fun Night
Join the Churchill PTA for BINGO night, February 26, 2015! This event will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Kindergarten Information Night for the 15-16 school year
We will be having a meeting at Churchill on Tuesday February 24 at 6:00 for incoming kindergarten parents. The meeting will give parents an overview of the full-day program.
 
Change of Date
The Your Reproductive System informational parent meeting scheduled on Monday, February 2nd (canceled due to inclement weather) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 24th.  This is an opportunity for parents to preview the content and materials presented to 6th grade students.  The presentation is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be held at the Rafferty Administration Center, in the Professional Learning Center (522 E. Schaumburg Rd., IL 60194).
 
Community Readiness Survey
The Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development wants to hear from you. District 54 is a member of this coalition and is therefore supporting its efforts to reach out to our community. We are looking for all community members, whether you live and/or work in the community, to give you input on what issues you think the community faces, and what the community’s priorities should be in addressing these issues.  Please take our brief online survey at http://goo.gl/forms/MHu1Xetyii.
 
PARCC testing
We are beginning to prepare for the PARCC assessment for grades 3-6.  The assessment window is from March 9th – 20th.  It is essential that students are present at school during this time.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.  We will send home grade level specific schedules when it gets closer to testing.
 
5Essentials Survey 
Please take some time to complete the 5 Essentials Survey. This provides our school with ways to continuously improve. The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish. If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.
 
As of right now our parent response rate is 11% for the 2015 Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. Our goal is 20.0%, we are over halfway there!
 
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between January 12 and March 13, 2015.
 
You are running out of time to order your Yearbook at a low price!
Order your 2014-15 year book with memories that last a lifetime! You will receive 44 pages of fun times, memories, and friendships. If you order before March 20 you will get it at the low price of $18.00 and then after spring break it will go up to $20.00.
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
February 24         Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night (6:00)
February 26         BINGO Family Fun Night
February 26         Second trimester complete
March 3               Report Cards come home
March 5               Club pictures taken during lunch itme
March 9-20         PARCC Testing grades 3-6
March 10             PTA meeting 7:00
March 13             STC PTA Auction
March 20             Last day before Spring Break
April 15                 Spring Picture Day
 
Have a great weekend! Keep wishing for that heat wave!
 
Mrs. Hopkins and Ms. Gluff

All District 54 Schools are closed February 19, 2015

Posted February 18th, 2015 by rmeyer

All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -26.

Our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather. Thank you for your understanding and support.

All after-school and evening activities at schools on Feb. 19 are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 will be held.

The District 54 Choral Festival scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will still occur. The event is located at Frost Junior High School.

Child Care

The Hoffman Estates Park District, Schaumburg Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. For more information, visit the websites below.

  • The Campanelli YMCA will offer a drop-in program for any child in kindergarten through sixth grade at its facility at 300 W. Wise Road in Schaumburg. The cost is $38 per child. Children will be engaged in active games and activities throughout the day and will have the opportunity to use the gym and the pool.  Please send your child with a lunch and a drink.  Register at drop off or reserve your spot today.  Visit http://www.campanelliymca.org for more information.
  • The Schaumburg Park District will offer care at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. The program is available only to children currently registered in the KASPER or Kapers program and is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will enjoy crafts, games, gym activities, swimming and an afternoon snack. Please send a labeled swim suit, towel and sack lunch (reminder, we are peanut free). The cost is $38/child.  Fees will be collected at the time of sign in at the CRC. Visit www.parkfun.comfor more information.
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District will offer child care for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Students will take a field trip to Poplar Creek Bowl. The cost is $38 per child. Registration is available online using code #156415 (click here) or at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena service desk in the morning. You MUST show proof of registration if you registered online. Breakfast will not be served and children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please contact Jessica at jsenne@heparks.org with any questions. Open to residents and non-residents.

Pride Aroarded Winners 2-12

Posted February 13th, 2015 by rmeyer

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Churchill News 2-13-15

Posted February 13th, 2015 by rmeyer
Hello Churchill Families,
 
Our students really celebrated their goals this week with a Wacky Hair day Wednesday! Ms. Gluff and I saw some very creative hair from morning messy hair (as one student shared), colorful hair, lots of pony tails, fun headbands, and even a bird’s nest. We were glad to see so many students join in their well-deserved reward.
 
No School Monday, February 16
Please remember that students do not have school on Monday, February 16th in honor of Presidents’ Day
 
Family Fun Night
Join the Churchill PTA for BINGO night, February 26, 2015! This event will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
BINGO Family Fun Night
 
Change of Date
The Your Reproductive System informational parent meeting scheduled on Monday, February 2nd (canceled due to inclement weather) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 24th.  This is an opportunity for parents to preview the content and materials presented to 6th grade students.  The presentation is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will be held at the Rafferty Administration Center, in the Professional Learning Center (522 E. Schaumburg Rd., IL 60194).
 
Community Readiness Survey
The Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development wants to hear from you. District 54 is a member of this coalition and is therefore supporting its efforts to reach out to our community. We are looking for all community members, whether you live and/or work in the community, to give you input on what issues you think the community faces, and what the community’s priorities should be in addressing these issues.  Please take our brief online survey at http://goo.gl/forms/MHu1Xetyii.
 
PARCC testing
We are beginning to prepare for the PARCC assessment for grades 3-6.  The assessment window is from March 9th – 20th.  It is essential that students are present at school during this time.  Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.  We will send home grade level specific schedules when it gets closer to testing.
 
Kindergarten Information Night
We will be having a meeting at Churchill on Tuesday February 24 at 6:00 for incoming kindergarten parents. The meeting will give parents an overview of the full-day program.
 
5Essentials Survey 
Please take some time to complete the 5 Essentials Survey. This provides our school with ways to continuously improve. The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish. If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.
 
As of right now our parent response rate is 10% for the 2015 Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. Our goal is 20.0%, we are halfway there!
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between January 12 and March 13, 2015.
 
You are running out of time to order your Yearbook at a low price!
Order your 2014-15 year book with memories that last a lifetime! You will receive 44 pages of fun times, memories, and friendships. If you order before March 20 you will get it at the low price of $18.00 and then after spring break it will go up to $20.00.
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
February 16         No School; Presidents’ Day observed
February 20         Booking with the Hawks reading incentive game
February 24         Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night (6:00)
February 26         BINGO Family Fun Night
February 26         Second trimester complete
March 3               Report Cards come home
March 10             PTA meeting 7:00
March 13             STC PTA Auction
March 20             Last day before Spring Break
 
Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Mrs. Hopkins and Ms. Gluff

Pizza with the Principal

Posted February 10th, 2015 by rmeyer

The students who were selected for pizza with the principal for the month of January had lunch with Mrs. Hopkins on Monday.  Everyone had a great time, enjoyed pizza, and played several games.   Keep up the hard work students and hopefully you will be picked for a lunch soon.

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Churchill News 2-6-15

Posted February 6th, 2015 by rmeyer
Well it seems the groundhog has given us more winter! Please remind your students to bundle up and be prepared for the snow with hats, gloves, scarves, and boots.
 
Measles
In light of the recent news regarding measles at a Palatine child care facility, District 54 is sharing with all families this Measles Fact Sheet from the Cook County Department of Public Health. At this time there have been no reported cases of measles in District 54. Should there be a case of measles at your child’s school; parents/guardians would be notified.
 
Measles is a highly contagious disease. However, more than 99% of our students are vaccinated against this disease and the measles vaccine is highly effective.
 
If your child is exhibiting symptoms of measles, has been exposed to measles, or has been diagnosed with measles, please notify us. In addition, all students should remain at home anytime they have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater).
 
If you have specific questions about your child’s health, please contact your personal physician. CCDPH Measles Fact Sheet
 
Kindergarten Registration
The Board of Education voted to implement full-day kindergarten in all District 54 elementary schools starting with the 2015-16 school year! This is great news for our students and families, and our staff is very excited about having our youngest learners in the building all day! Kindergarten registration will be held on February 12 from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1-2:30p.m., and 6-8:00p.m. If you have neighbors with kindergartners who may not be aware that registration is coming up soon, please let them know! We will also hold an informational meeting on February 24 at 6:00p.m. for the families of incoming kindergartners.
 
5Essentials Survey
As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
 
If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.  If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
 
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Our current parent response rate is 7% we are only 13% away from meeting our 20% goal!
 
Still time to get your Yearbook!
Order your 2014-15 year book with memories that last a lifetime! You will receive 44 pages of fun times, memories, and friendships. If you order before March 20 you will get it at the low price of $18.00 and then after spring break it will go up to $20.00.
 
Hurry and act quickly for the lowest price. Students can pick up an order form in the office.
 
Important Upcoming Dates:
February 10         7:00 PTA meeting
February 11 – Half-day for Teacher In-service; students will be released at 11:40a.m. (NO kindergarten)
February 12 – Kindergarten Registration (9:00-11:00a.m., 1-2:30p.m., and 6-8:00p.m)
February 16 – No School; Presidents’ Day observed
February 20th -Booking with the Hawks reading incentive game
 
Mrs. Hopkins and Ms. Gluff