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#ChurchillPride – March 31, 2019

Good afternoon Churchill community,

What was your favorite memory from over the Vacation? We can’t wait to see our excited student faces as they return to school tomorrow! Don’t forget students have school on Monday, April 1st but do not have school on Tuesday, April 2nd.

Below you will find a calendar to celebrate Earth Day. Our Churchill Make a Difference Club has brainstormed several activities for you and your family to participate in throughout the month of April. We encourage you to do as many activities as possible to promote positive thinking and togetherness.

We want to see the wonderful ways that you and your family are making a difference during April. If you post on social media please tag your post with #ChurchillMakesADifference.

Have a great week

Steve Kern and Carol Novak

Spring Break Reading Incentive

Over Spring Break, Churchill students had the opportunity to participate in a Spring Break reading incentive program.  Your child was asked to complete a reading log that was sent home by your child’s teacher the week before Spring Break.. Those that complete the reading log will need to return the completed log to their classroom teacher by Friday, April 5th. Those that show they read over break will receive one FREE Kids Meal coupon from Chili’s Grill, a local restaurant.

Classlist Parent Input

The planning process for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. We will soon be creating the class lists for next year. As a staff we strive to create the most balanced classes that we can, which will support academic and social emotional growth of all of our students. Our team makes placement decisions with great care and thought. We consider a wide variety of factors including individual learning styles, personalities, behaviors, peer relations, and any special needs that students may have. Classroom teachers and our support staff will be working closely to ensure that we have not overlooked any information for appropriate placements.

In addition, we would like to offer you the opportunity to provide input in this process. You can either email me, or send a letter in which you provide your perceptions of any unique characteristics your child may have. If you would like to provide information about your child as a learner to be included in this consideration process, please return it to me by April 30th. In addition, please remember that any feedback received which is requesting or excluding specific teachers will be discarded. While it would be wonderful if every child and parent were able to request next year’s teacher, it is impossible to honor almost 600 requests.

Attention 6th grade parents!  

This year’s 6th grade celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 31st at 12:45 pm.  More information about the event and information for parents who are interested in volunteering will be coming home after spring break.  The annual 6th grade vs. teacher kickball game is scheduled Tuesday June 4th, at 1:00 pm, weather permitting.

For 6th grade students only, remember that your baby picture is due to your homeroom teacher by April 12th.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

Our third through sixth grade students will begin to take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness on April 8th. This test will be given to students throughout the state of Illinois.

Please see the attached letter for more information about the assessment.


IAR Parent letter 2018-2019.pdf

April 2019 IAR Testing Churchill Calendar

Important Dates

Please click here for a complete listing of the upcoming events here at Churchill. Churchill Online Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 4 – Pizza
Friday, April 5 – Snack Day-Ice Cream
Thursday, April 11 – Hot Food-Culvers
Friday, April 12 – Snack Day-Nachos; 6-8pm Spring Fling Dance
Tuesday, April 16 – 6:30pm PTA Meeting & Dine Out (Chipotle)
Thursday, April 18 – Pizza
Thursday, April 25 – Hot Food-Jason’s Deli
Friday, April 26 – Snack Day-Ice Cream
Monday, April 29 – 7:45-8:30am Dads and Donuts
Tuesday, April 30 – 5:30-7pm Book Fair at Celebrate Reading and Writing Night

Summer of 54 Camp Opportunities

What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirit. Camp opportunities offer:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25th and closes on Friday, April 19th.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration

Summer of 54 – 2019 Camp Brochure

Registration for 2019-20

Registration for the 2019/2020 school year will be available through the parent portal starting Monday, April 1, 2019.

If you do not have a parent portal account, you received an email on March 15 with instructions and a link to do so.

Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.

We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what additional information you will need to provide in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.

Spanish Speech Contest

MacArthur School will host the annual District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 2. District 54 students in third through eighth grade are eligible to participate in this event. Contestants will be divided into two categories: Native speakers and Spanish as a second language. The application deadline is April 12. Click here to access the online application. If you have questions, contact Lucrecia Temoczuk at or (847) 357-6666.