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#ChurchillPride – January 7, 2020

Dear Churchill Community,

Happy New Year! We hope that your winter break was filled with family, fun and relaxation. It is however, great to have the students back in school eager to learn and ready to ROAR!

Our theme for the year is Rock your ROAR! This month we will be focusing on the O of ROAR which represents Optimism. Being Optimistic is essential to maintain a well balanced perspective which supports positivity. It would be great if as a community we focused on what Optimism is and strategies for how to maintain an Optimistic outlook on life!

Welcome back and have a great week!

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Windy City Bulls District 54 Takeover Night – January 10, 2020

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, January 10 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.

The CHURCHILL DANCE CLUB will be performing that night!!!

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.

Severe Weather Procedures

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow that we often get during winters in our community I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, however sometimes circumstances beyond our control dictate the need to close schools. Please click on this link to read more about our District 54 Severe Weather Response Plan.

Churchill Procedures during the Winter

Recess

Is your child dressed for the weather?  Sometimes kids like to scoot out of the door in the morning without gloves, hats and boots.  Given that the we have snowy and cold weather at this time of the year, please make sure that your child has a warm coat, gloves and hat on them when they leave for school.  Please remember that we go outside for recess whenever the temperature and/or wind chill is 0 degrees or above. Snow pants and boots are needed if your child wants to play in the snow.  Otherwise, students who do not have snow pants and boots will remain on the blacktop that is cleared of snow during recess.

Before School

Student safety is extremely important. Typically students enter the building at 7:30 in the morning. However, when the temperature or wind chill is below zero degrees we bring them in a little earlier. It is important that students do not come to school too early on cold days, so that we can minimize the amount of time they stay outside.

Remember that all students need to be in their classrooms by 8:40. If your son or daughter is being dropped off at 8:40 or later, a parent must come into the office to sign their child into school.

Parking lot protocol during winter

Our safety patrol members and staff do an amazing job of keeping the parking lot and driveway controlled so that our families arrive and leave school safely.

For the safety of ALL we do have parking lot and driveway guidelines that must be adhered to, even if it is too cold for me to post safety patrol students or teachers at the entrances. Please remember the following.

  • The parking lot will remain closed in the morning from 8:25 am until ALL of the buses have arrived, unloaded and have left. Please know that during snowy times of the year buses run late, which means that the front driveway will remain closed later that you might typically see.
  • The parking lot will remain closed from 2:55, or 2:25 on Wednesdays, and remain closed until all of the buses have left the parking lot.
  • Cars which might have come into the front driveway or parking lot prior the the parking lot being closed will have to remain in your parking spaces until ALL of the buses at safely exited. Please also remember that it is illegal to pass buses in the parking lot as they are loading or unloading.
  • We have started to see cars waiting across the street so that they can quickly drive into the front driveway to drop their children off. Many of these students are coming into school late after the bell has rung. Please try to drop students off early enough so that students who do not ride a school bus can walk around to the back and line up on the playground for entry into the building there.

Chromebook Reminders

It is amazing to see the high quality research being conducted, papers being written and projects being completed with the new Chromebooks and iPads!

As you know the iPads do not come home with Kindergarten through second grade students.

As we come back from Winter Vacation now is a good time for students and families of third through sixth grades to take time to review and possibly revise Chromebook expectations and usage at home. Please take time to review with your child your expectations for the following.

  • Students need to remember to bring their Chromebook with them to school every day! It is not possible for the school to have enough loaner computers for the 365 students who have a Chromebook issued to them.
  • Students need to plug their Chromebook in every night so that they come to school with a fully charged device.
  • ALL Chromebook chargers need to be left at home at all times. Our Chromebooks hold a charge long enough to last the whole day. It is not safe or practical to have students plugging computers in throughout the rooms. By plugging their Chromebook in overnight students ensure that they come to school with a fully charged device.
  • Although the Chromebook is checked out to your child, your home rules control how the device is being used at home. We have found many parents who set limits on screen time at home. Also parents often make a rule that the Chromebook doesn’t go into or stay in the child’s bedroom. By having the Chromebook stay in the kitchen overnight this removes the temptation for your child to sneak extra screen time when they should be either reading a book or going to bed.
  • We tell the students that Chromebooks are basically digital textbooks. We have issued Chromebooks to the students for the purpose of completing their schoolwork. If they do not have schoolwork to complete there really isn’t a reason that they should be on the computer. Likewise this is not being given to them to play non-school supported games or for the purpose of watching YouTube for personal entertainment, etc.

Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday Jan 9th- Hot Lunch
  • Tuesday Jan 14th- PTA Meeting 6:30p
  • Wednesday Jan 15th- Churchill’s 54th Birthday Party
  • Sunday Jan 19th – Skate Night
  • Monday Jan 20th- No School
  • Thursday Jan 23rd- Jason’s Deli
  • Wednesday Jan 29th- Half Day of School and Dine Out Night

5 Essentials Survey

Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

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

Vaping: New Trends and Impact on our Youth – January 30

According to the American Lung Association, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students have reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. This presentation will help parents learn more about the dangers of vaping/e-cigarettes and how to detect if your children are using them. Our presenters will also discuss how to talk to your children about drug use and how to help them quit these addictive products. For parents and their children (ages preteen and older). Presented in English and Spanish by the Elk Grove Village Police Dept. and Kenneth Young Center. This event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (Door C1). Vaping flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.