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#ChurchillPride – November 25, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

Our theme for the school-year is “Rock your ROAR!”. We started the year digging deep into the first R of ROAR, which signifies Respect. As a school we have now been focusing with the students about how the O in ROAR reminds us that we have to always maintain an Optimistic outlook. Being Optimistic helps us to see the good allowing us to grow and learn from even challenging situations. Please take time as a family to talk about the benefits of maintaining an optimistic outlook.

It is hard to believe that Friday, November 8th marked the end of our first trimester. Report cards for Trimester 1 are now live on the parent portal. Please make sure that you have activated your Parent Portal account and review your child’s report card.

We hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Please remember that there is no school on Wednesday through Friday of this week. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

News from the School Nurse:

It is that time of year, the exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October.

CDC recommends three actions to fight the flu:

  1. The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccine each year.
  2. If you get sick with the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs. Early treatment is especially important in the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions and pregnant women. If your child is sick, talk to your doctor early, get plenty of rest and drink fluids.
  3. Take preventative actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat and lung) illnesses like the flu.

Spread:  Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning day 1 before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.

Flu Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

Preventative Actions:

  1. If your child gets sick with flu-like symptoms, CDC recommends that the child stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  2. When sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  3. Cover nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand rub.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  6. Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, keyboards and phones.
  7. Contact your school nurse with questions.
  8. Visitgov/flu/protect/children.htm for more information.

Social Emotional Learning (Lesson of the Month)

During the month of November our classroom SEL lessons focused on Self-Regulation and Calming Techniques. Attached you will find more information about SEL lessons which were taught.

SEL Self Regulation and Calming.pdf

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.

Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, November 25th – Winter MAP Testing begins
  • Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th – Thanksgiving Break no school
  • Wednesday, December 18th – PTA Winter Craft 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • December 23rd through January 3rd – Winter Break No School

Churchill Friday Snack Day Schedule

  • Tuesday Dec 10th- Dine Out Night
  • Thursday Dec 12th- Hot Lunch
  • Wednesday Dec 18th- Winterfest
  • Thursday Dec 19th- PTA Holiday Party @ Jen Litz’s House
  • Monday Dec 23rd until Fri Jan 3rd- No School for Winter Break
  • Monday Jan 6th- School Resumes
  • 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

6th Grade Parents: 

We are excited for our 6th grade parent night on December 11 .  This informational night is a great opportunity to find out some useful tips for a smooth transition into Eisenhower. This event will take place from 6 pm – 7 pm.  Our partnership is important for the success of your child. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Eisenhower and about the transition to junior high.

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.

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.

Performers needed for Multicultural Event 2020

Each year the District 54 Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event showcasing the diversity represented by students in District 54.  They are looking for groups and individuals who are interested in performing at this year’s event on Saturday, March 7. Applications for performances will be accepted from November 14-26. An informational meeting will be held at 3:30 on Tuesday, November 12 at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for those who would like to apply early. Click here to access the application. You can also apply by visiting the District 54 website or by requesting a form from our building secretaries.

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

Mad Isn’t Bad – December 5

Anger can interfere with your child’s academic performance. Dr. Felix Casados, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, will help you develop management skills, learn reduction techniques and rules for fair fighting. You will also learn strategies to reduce tension at home and at school and how to diffuse conflict and reduce anger expression in your children. This class will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the District 54 Early Learning Center’s Multi-Purpose Room, 520 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Adults only. Mad Isn’t Bad flyer

Family Caroling – December 10

Join other District 54 families in caroling around the Lakeview School neighborhood and enjoying hot chocolate afterward. This activity, led by Lakeview music teacher Kelsey Richardson, will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Meet at Lakeview, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates. Family Caroling 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.

Churchill Classrooms Achieve 1,000 Books!

Mrs. Johnson surrounded by students from her classroom and Board of Education Member Jim Pye.  Mrs. Johnson & Mrs. Peterson were showcased on the School District 54 Facebook post for achieving the milestone of have 1,000 books in their classroom library!

Below is the Facebook post:

The District 54 School Board is visiting 13 teachers across the district to praise them for filling their classroom libraries with more than 1,000 books! 📚📚

 

These teachers listed below join 290 other District 54 teachers who had previously been recognized for achieving this milestone – for a grand total of 303 teachers.

 

  • Christina Beck, Megan Larsen, Dawn Marshall and Kristin Peterson from District 54 Early Learning Center • Natasha Sharma from Blackwell Elementary School • Lauren Nicoll from Campanelli Elementary School • Kristin Johnson (pictured below) and Jill Peterson from Churchill Elementary School • Andrea Smith from Hoover Math and Science Academy • Courtney Battaglia and Megan Maize from Lakeview Elementary School • Jamie Logan from Link Elementary School • Jenna Carlson from Stevenson

 

A significant body of research states that the more children read the better readers they become. Our goal in District 54 is for every classroom to have 1,000 books in order to meet the wide range of abilities and interests of the children. With this in mind, we embarked on a campaign in 2006 to fill the bookshelves in each of our rooms. With new teachers joining our district every year, our commitment is ongoing.

 

Although District 54’s SuperKids: Powered by Books Committee raises funds to buy books for teachers, many of the teachers being recognized have assembled these large classroom libraries on their own – by purchasing the books themselves, scouring garage sales, placing Scholastic book orders, receiving some as gifts, etc.

Miss Natalino – District 54 Staff Spotlight

Churchill’s very own Miss Natalino was showcased at the School District 54 Staff Spotlight on Facebook today!

The Facebook post read:

Miss Natalino surround by students from her classroom.From an enthusiastic, welcoming greeting in the morning to a high-five Cheetah Paw at the end of the day, Churchill Elementary School third-grade teacher Nicolette Natalino loves being a champion for her students and rolling out the red carpet for them – literally! She and her third grade teammates kicked off the school year with a peak moment by spreading out a red carpet to welcome students and hanging up a movie star background proclaiming them the “stars of third grade.” Natalino, who attended Nerge Elementary School and Margaret Mead Junior High, said she always knew she wanted to be a District 54 teacher, and helping a student figure out how a clock worked for the first time as a student teacher validated her calling. “Every time I see that light-bulb moment is as rewarding as the first time,” she said. Natalino also loves celebrating successes with students she works with in the Targeted Assistance Program, which focuses on getting students to grade in writing. #Peopleof54

#ChurchillPride – November 15, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

Every day we encourage kindness, but this week especially!  We had a fun-filled week “mustache-ing” everyone to wear hats, fun socks, orange, and being extra kind to each other.  It was a great connection into our SockVember sock drive for the month of November. We will be accepting new socks to donate to the Schaumburg Community Closet to help our families in need.

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.

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

News from the School Nurse:

It is that time of year, the exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October.

CDC recommends three actions to fight the flu:

  1. The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccine each year.
  2. If you get sick with the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs. Early treatment is especially important in the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions and pregnant women. If your child is sick, talk to your doctor early, get plenty of rest and drink fluids.
  3. Take preventative actions that may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat and lung) illnesses like the flu.

Spread:  Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. People infected with the flu may be able to infect others beginning day 1 before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.

Flu Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

Preventative Actions:

  1. If your child gets sick with flu-like symptoms, CDC recommends that the child stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  2. When sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  3. Cover nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand rub.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  6. Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs, keyboards and phones.
  7. Contact your school nurse with questions.
  8. Visitgov/flu/protect/children.htm for more information.

Winter is here!

Is your child dressed for the weather?  Sometimes kids like to scoot out of the door in the morning without gloves, hats and boots.  With snowy and cold weather so quickly upon us, please make sure that your child has a warm coat, gloves and hat on them when they leave for school.  Snow pants and boots are needed if your child wants to play in the snow. Otherwise, students remain on the blacktop that is cleared of snow. When the wind chill index reaches below zero degrees, or when precipitation causes outdoor activities to be extremely uncomfortable, recess is held indoors.  So remember to help your child dress for the cold winter weather.

Trimester 1 Report Cards

It is hard to believe that Friday, November 8th marked the end of our first trimester. Report cards for Trimester 1 will be live on the parent portal on November 20th. Please make sure that you have activated your Parent Portal account prior to the 20th so that you can access your child’s report card.

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:

  • Monday, November 18th – Mom’s and Muffins
  • Wednesday, November 20th – 5th / 6th Grade Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm at Ike
  • Monday, November 25th – Winter MAP Testing begins
  • Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th – Thanksgiving Break no school

Churchill Friday Snack Day Schedule

November

  • Friday 22 – Nachos

December

  • Tuesday Dec 10th- Dine Out Night
  • Thursday Dec 12th- Hot Lunch
  • Wednesday Dec 18th- Winterfest
  • Thursday Dec 19th- PTA Holiday Party @ Jen Litz’s House
  • Monday Dec 23rd until Fri Jan 3rd- No School for Winter Break

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.

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.

Performers needed for Multicultural Event 2020

Each year the District 54 Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event showcasing the diversity represented by students in District 54.  They are looking for groups and individuals who are interested in performing at this year’s event on Saturday, March 7. Applications for performances will be accepted from November 14-26. An informational meeting will be held at 3:30 on Tuesday, November 12 at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for those who would like to apply early. Click here to access the application. You can also apply by visiting the District 54 website or by requesting a form from our building secretaries.

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.

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.

#ChurchillPride – November 10, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

Whole School Picture of Staff and Students in the shape of a five and a four.This year Churchill Elementary School is celebrating our 54th birthday! We took time this week to enjoy a special dance party on the 54th day of school, as well as taking the picture that you see above. Thank you to Mr. Johnson and his 6th grade math class for creating a plan and organizing the staff and students for the picture.

Don’t forget that tomorrow (Monday) we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day by wearing Red, White, and Blue Day.

Enjoy the week!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Winter is here!

Is your child dressed for the weather?  Sometimes kids like to scoot out of the door in the morning without gloves, hats and boots.  With snowy and cold weather so quickly upon us, please make sure that your child has a warm coat, gloves and hat on them when they leave for school.  Snow pants and boots are needed if your child wants to play in the snow. Otherwise, students remain on the blacktop that is cleared of snow. When the wind chill index reaches below zero degrees, or when precipitation causes outdoor activities to be extremely uncomfortable, recess is held indoors.  So remember to help your child dress for the cold winter weather.

Trimester 1 Report Cards

It is hard to believe that Friday, November 8th marked the end of our first trimester. Report cards for Trimester 1 will be live on the parent portal on November 20th. Please make sure that you have activated your Parent Portal account prior to the 20th so that you can access your child’s report card.

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.

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:

  • November 12: PTA Meeting

Churchill Friday Snack Day Schedule

November

  • Friday 15 – Snack Pack
  • Friday 22 – Nachos

December

  • Friday 13 – Snack Pack

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.

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.

Performers needed for Multicultural Event 2020

Each year the District 54 Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event showcasing the diversity represented by students in District 54.  They are looking for groups and individuals who are interested in performing at this year’s event on Saturday, March 7. Applications for performances will be accepted from November 14-26. An informational meeting will be held at 3:30 on Tuesday, November 12 at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for those who would like to apply early. Click here to access the application. You can also apply by visiting the District 54 website or by requesting a form from our building secretaries.

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.

Illinois Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2019 report card information posted on the state’s website at illinoisreportcard.com and on the District 54 website at sd54.org/schoolreportcards.

The illinoisreportcard.com website contains results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment and financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 through 8, certified staff and parents last year. If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6300.

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.

For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

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.

#ChurchillPride – November 6, 2019

Good evening Churchill,

Next week we will be celebrating Kindness week with a special Spirit Week. So that all of our students can participate we wanted to share the schedule with you ahead of time so that you can plan.

Have a great week!

Steve Kern and Carol Novak

 

Kindness Spirit Week

November 11-15

  • Monday – Veteran’s Day! Wear Red, White, and Blue!
  • Tuesday – I “mustache” you to be kind! Wear a mustache to school!
  • Wednesday – World Kindness Day Wear orange to remind us to all
  • to spark kindness
  • Thursday – Use your head, be kind! Wear your favorite hat to school

Friday – Kick off to Sockvember! Wear those crazy socks to kick off our Sock Drive for our Community Closet!

Halloween Fun at Churchill

Despite the snow, our Churchill students had fun at their Halloween parade and classroom party!

Students at Churchill celebrating Halloween. Students at Churchill celebrating Halloween. Students at Churchill celebrating Halloween.

#ChurchillPride – October 31, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

Happy Halloween!  Due to the weather, we will be having our parade indoors today.  We will ask that any parent that would like to watch, please sign in at the main office between 12:30-1:00.  Please note, that we will be asking parents/guardians to stand in the middle of the gym while the students parade around the perimeter.  We will not have any chairs set up, it will be standing room only. Thank you for being so flexible with this crazy Halloween weather!

Please remember that only the scheduled PTA room reps are able to attend the classroom parties to facilitate the festivities that take place after the parade.

Please note, this email is in place of my Friday email.  We will not be sending another update out this week. Have a wonderful time trick or treating and enjoy the first weekend in November.  Please remember that it is daylight savings and we fall back on Sunday!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

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.

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.

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:

  • November 5: PTA Dine Out Night
  • November 8: End of First Trimester
  • November 12: PTA Meeting

Churchill Friday Snack Day Schedule

November

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

December

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

Illinois Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2019 report card information posted on the state’s website at illinoisreportcard.com and on the District 54 website at sd54.org/schoolreportcards.

The illinoisreportcard.com website contains results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment and financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 through 8, certified staff and parents last year. If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6300.

 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.

For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

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.

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.

Halloween Guidelines

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!

Halloween Parade & Celebration Guidelines

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.

#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.