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#ChurchillPride – November 19, 2018

Good  Morning Churchill Community,

As we go into this Thanksgiving week the Churchill staff would like take a moment to share with you how thankful we are for the Churchill community. Our students are successful due to the strong home / school partnership.  A partnership doesn’t just happen. We have a positive partnership because of the strong communication that takes place both ways.

Together we share in the goal of ensuring student success. Together we want each of our students to grow academically and socially emotionally. Together we know that our students benefit greatly from our combined efforts. Together, we build… strong students!

Thank you for being such a collaborative part of the team. We hope that you have a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern and Carol Novak

Concert Congratulations

Congratulations to Mrs. Steckling and the 4th grade students. Last week’s concert was truly inspiring! It is amazing to see how talented our students are. We knew that our students were talented academically, we see how our students perform on classroom assessments each week. Events like our concerts give us a chance to see the whole child and other areas of talent which help our children to live fulfilled lives.

MAP Testing

Winter MAP testing will begin on Tuesday, November 27 and conclude on Friday, December 7th. Please be sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast to help prepare them for a great testing session.

Spiritwear

If you ordered spiritwear it was delivered last week. The students should have brought it home by now. Please check with them if you have not received it yet..

PTA Notes

We have two volunteer opportunities coming up!
The first is we need help with winter craft night, on Wednesday, December 5th. Please use this Signup Genius link if you are able to help.

Second, our auction chair Shalon is looking for some donations.

What is the auction?

Our local PTA unit is part of the Schaumburg Township Council (STC), which includes all of  the D54 schools. STC provides college and camp scholarships for students. Their big fundraising event each year is the spring auction. All the local units have representation at Auction. People attending the auction bid on items within both a silent auction and a live auction. The local units are responsible for getting the items for the auctions, which are then sold to benefit the scholarship funds.

Please see the message below from Shalon, our Churchill PTA Auction Chair:
“It is that time of year to start thinking about our STC Auction.  There are ways that you can help support this event especially if you own or work for a business that is willing to make a donation!
Here is how you can help:
If you own a company, consider making a donation in the form of a gift basket that advertises your products and/or services.  The other option is to provide a $25 gift card.
If you work for a company and know they would be willing to donate in the form of a gift basket or $25 gift card, please let me know.
Please feel free to contact me via email at shalonily3@nullgmail.com
I look forward to working together to support and represent Churchill at the STC Auction.
Thanks!”

Important Dates:

Churchill Online Calendar of Events

Friday November 30th -Snack Day-Build Your Own Snack Pack

Report Cards Online Nov. 21

Parents/guardians will be able to view report cards online this semester on Nov. 21. I want to ensure that all of our parents have access to this early viewing of the report card, so I highly encourage you to sign up for the District 54 Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal. The portal is a website and app where parents and guardians can view their children’s grades, assignments, immunizations, test scores, demographic information and report cards. If you have not previously logged on to the portal, contact our front office for instructions on how to obtain a secure Campus Portal Activation Key.

5Essentials Survey Update

In last week’s email I included a letter asking you to take the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey for parents and sharing with you our plans to administer the student survey at school. Please note that since that time, Illinois has changed the date for the student survey, which won’t be available until Dec. 11. It is still our plan to complete the survey at school prior to winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me by Nov. 19. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.