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#ChurchillPride – October 25, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

Our PTA Fall Family Fun Night was an amazing success! Thank you to the PTA volunteers for organizing this festive and family centered activity. It was great to see our student’s creativity on full display as they proudly took their painted pumpkin creations home with them that night!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Halloween Class Party

We have two classroom parties each year, planned for and run by our PTA room representatives. I would like to take this moment to thank the parents who have volunteered to be room parents. Thank you for dedicating this time to support our teachers and students! Our first party will be held on Thursday, October 31 for Halloween!

Below are the guidelines for our Halloween parade and celebration to ensure that we all have a good time:

  • Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes on, over the top of their clothes, by themselves within a relatively short time.
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.
  • Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.
  • Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.
  • Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with the student.

Dismissal will be at the regular time.  October 31st is a Thursday so students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. Students will not have time to change back into their clothing prior to dismissal.

If the weather permits, the costume parade will be outdoors starting at approximately 1:00.  Family members can stand in the middle of the blacktop to take pictures, while the students parade around the perimeter of the blacktop. If the weather is inclement, then all grade levels will parade through the gym. Parents will be able to stand in the middle of the gym, while the students parade around the perimeter.

Class parties will be held from 1:30-2:30. Due to limited space, the only adults who can attend the classroom party are the room parents who have signed up through the PTA. Room Parents may begin signing into the school through the main office at 12:40 to begin setting up.

Picture Re-take Day

On November 1st Lifetouch will be at Churchill for picture retake day.

Students joining Churchill after our original picture day on Friday, September 27th can have their picture taken.

Parents and students can also have the original picture retaken. If you want a re-take send your picture package back to school with your student.  Picture package forms are also available in the office.

Arrival to and Dismissal From School Reminders

Now that we are in the swing of things we would like to share a few reminders of practices that we have in place which help make arrival to school and dismissal from school run smoothly for all.

  • Thank you to parents for remembering that the parking lot is closed during our arrival/dismissal time period. Your patience in not driving in/out of the parking lot during these times helps us to ensure the safety of students and staff.
  • Please remember that school supervision doesn’t begin until 8:25. Students cannot be dropped off earlier, unless they have a morning club that day. Students will begin entering the building at 8:30 a.m. All walkers and students being dropped off in the morning by parents need to go around to the back of the building to line up with their class.
  • Students arriving late to school need to be brought into the office and signed into school by their parent / guardian.
  • School is dismissed at 3:00 p.m., except on Wednesday when dismissal is at 2:30 p.m. Students not riding the bus need to be picked up at this time.

Yearbook

It’s time to order your 2019-20 yearbook! Save now by going to balfour.com and reserving your copy for $17.00. Prices go up to $20 December 21. Please note that at this point you can only reserve your yearbook online with a credit card.

SEL Survey Parents 3rd through 6th reminder

As a school we set goals at the beginning of the year. One of our goals specifically focuses on the wellness of the Whole Child. By focusing on our students’ social emotional health we help prepare them for the challenges, academic and other, that they might experience.

To help us better know our students we have an electronic survey that we are using this year. Teachers and students have already taken the survey. Recently you also received an email from me asking you to complete the social emotional survey for your child(ren) in grades 3rd through 6th as well. During conferences teachers also gave parents, who hadn’t yet completed the survey yet, a letter with your access codes so that you can still log in and take the survey. Our goal is to have 100% of the parents of students in grade 3 through 6 take the survey. We hope that you take a moment to complete this survey so that your perspective can be included as well. Later this year we will be generating an SEL report for parents. Note that the survey window closes on November 8th.

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!

News from the nurse

This is a reminder to periodically examine your child’s head for lice. It is especially important to look behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits.  While the transmission of lice in school is not likely, it is good to get in the habit of checking your child’s head regularly. Please feel free to call the school nurse, Stephanie Koscik, RN, BSN at (847)357-6318, if you have questions about how to make this practice part of your routine at home.

PTA Reflections

The Reflections art program is seeking entries for this year’s theme Look Within.  A flier has been sent home with every student. Those who wish to participate can pick up the entry packet from the school office.  Entries are due to the school by 11/1/19.

Spiritwear

You too can purchase spiritwear from our amazing vendor Waist Up Imprinted Sportswear. For the next two weeks you can order online by going to Www.waistup.com/winston_churchill_lions. Orders will be fulfilled after the two week sales window closes. The window for online orders will close at midnight on October 27th. You will also receive an order confirmation via email. Orders made will be sent home with the children.

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:

  • October 31: Halloween Parade & PTA Room Parties
  • November 1: Picture ReTake Day
  • November 5: PTA Dine Out Night
  • November 8: End of First Trimester
  • November 12: PTA Meeting

Churchill Friday Snack Day Schedule

November

  • Friday 1 – Nachos
  • Friday 8 – Ice Cream
  • Friday 15 – Snack Pack
  • Friday 22 – Nachos

December

  • Friday 6 – Ice Cream
  • Friday 13 – Snack Pack

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 November. Please note that child care is always available.

Steps to Changing a Child’s Behavior – November 11

Greta Nielsen, LCPC, NCC, Clinical Director and Psychotherapist at Clinical Care Consultants, will share tips, techniques and tools to build parenting skills and positive relationships with your children. Learn ways to encourage and empower your child to independently problem-solve and feel good about themselves. Minimize power struggles and tantrums, while improving communication. You will walk away with strategies for encouraging positive behaviors and stopping the negative ones by developing both natural and logical consequences. Be the effective parent you want to be by bringing calm, joy and respect to your home. This class will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (enter through Door C1). Adults only. Child Behavior Flyer

ABCs of Family Fitness – November 21

Most of us think about ABCs in terms of reading and writing. This class, guided by Melt Pilates and Yoga owner, personal trainer and yoga instructor Shannon Tampa, will focus on Abs, Biceps and Core. Support your child’s social emotional success by ensuring they stay healthy, challenged and engaged during this quality family time! This class will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (enter through Door C1). ABCs of Fitness flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.