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#ChurchillPride – August 23, 2019

Dear Families of Churchill,

We have had a great first week of school! Our students have demonstrated how eager they are to jump back into school routines. We have spent time this week learning about how to appropriately use our instructional technology, reviewing our PBIS expectations, and establishing classroom routines. Throughout each of these activities we could see a high level of engagement from our students!

Thank you families for helping our children each day as they come to school eager to learn!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Attention 3rd through 6th Grade Parents

Our students have been doing so well with their Chromebook lessons. They are demonstrating that they understand how important it is to use these devices appropriately. Because they are demonstrating that they are ready for the responsibility, we will be sending the Chromebooks home with our students starting this afternoon. Students should plug the Chromebook in and bring it back with them on Monday. Many classes haven’t gotten through all of the Google training. Therefore, some students might not be able to log into the Chromebook yet. We will definitely complete all of the lessons next week.  Please also remember that the charger stays home and that students need to plug their Chromebook in every night.

Welcome Kindergarteners! – August 26

We are excited to welcome our Kindergarteners! You can look forward to making new friends, learning new skills, and developing a love for school. The first day of school for kindergarten students is Monday, August 26.

MAP Testing

Fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) will begin Monday, 8/26 through 9/6. Each student at Churchill will take one MAP reading session and one MAP math session.  This data will be used to better know your child as a learner, as well as inform our teachers on how to best instruct your child.

Crisis Drill

As a school we practice a variety of emergency drills with our students.  Please read the District letter regarding these practices.

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – English

Attendance

Please remember to call our attendance line at 847-357-6300 by 9:00am each day your student will be absent.  Be sure to include your child’s name, teacher, classroom number, and reason for the absence. Students who are not called in absent will be marked as unexcused.  Please make every effort to schedule vacations and medical appointments around the school calendar.

Drop Off / Pick Up Reminders

  • School supervision doesn’t begin until 8:25 a.m.  We begin allowing students to enter the building at 8:30 a.m.
  • School is dismissed at 3:00 p.m. daily, except on Wednesdays when students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. for Staff Development. On Half-Day Inservice days, students are dismissed at 11:40 a.m.
  • It is expected that all students will be in their classrooms by 8:40. If your son or daughter arrives at 8:40 or later, parents must come into the office and sign their child into school.
  • For safety purposes, the front parking lot is for buses only from 8:20-8:40 am and 2:50-3:10 pm (M,T, Th and Fr) and from 2:20-2:40 pm on Wednesdays. If you choose to drive your child, please use one of the side streets to drop him/her off. There will be staff at the entrances to greet students every day.

Dogs on Property

As a reminder, we are continuing our practice from previous years. Dogs, of any size, are not allowed on school property. We have students who are afraid of dogs, while some have allergies to dogs as well. We also know that sometimes dogs can be unpredictable in how they respond to other dogs and large groups of students. For all of these reasons we do not allow any dogs to be present on school property during arrival and dismissal time.  Thank you for helping us to create a safe and healthy environment for all of our students!

Stay up to date

Make sure that you bookmark these links so that you can stay up to date with all that is going on at Churchill!

Dates to Remember:

  • August 19 – First day of school for 1st through 6th grade students.
  • August 21 & 22 – Digital Device presentation for parents of Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students.
  • August 27 – PTA Meeting
  • September 2 – Labor Day No School
  • September 3 – Curriculum Night for Kindergarten, First, Third, and Four grades
  • September 4 – Curriculum Night for Second, Fifth, and Sixth grades

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday August 30. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit sd54.org/runtoread.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 scheduled for September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12

Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30

This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Fees Reminder

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk.

If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.

The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15th, $25 if not received by February 1st, and $35 if not received by April 1st.

If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance.  Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.