February 26, 2021

Dear Churchill community,

We hope that you have had a wonderful week. Thank you to all of the parents of our virtual students for coming to school to pick up your child’s third trimester materials.

In the student materials you should have found an envelope that said do not open until Tuesday March 2nd.  These envelopes are one per family and were sent with the youngest student in the family. Attached to the envelope was information about our related spirit week starting on Monday. We will send another communication on Tuesday revealing our whole-school community event that we are very excited to share with you and our students.  Until then, our spirit days are as follows: 

Monday: Many Colored Candy Monday – wear bright colors inspired by your favorite candies

Tuesday: Top Hat Tuesday – wear any hat

Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday – wear mismatched outfits and crazy hair

Thursday: Golden Ticket Thursday – wear gold

Friday: Favorite Character Day – dress as your favorite book character

Have a fabulous weekend!


Steve Kern and Christi Sosin

Virtual Field Trip

Today our students participated in our 2nd virtual field trip. This time students visited the Hidden Worlds of the National Parks. Together students visited the Kenai Fjords of Alaska. They then had time to explore four more National Parks, including; Hawai’i Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Caverns, and Dry Tortugas. What was your child’s favorite national park that they visited?


Student Safety (Arrival and Dismissal)

As we have started to bring back students to school 5 days a week it is important that we review some safety procedures

  • No Dogs on Property: Although we love dogs, they can sometimes get scared and act in an unanticipated way. For the safety of our community, dogs (small or large) are not allowed on school property.  Thank you for your support!
  • Cars Parked on Side Streets: Please make sure that you are only parking in legal parking places. Many parents and neighbors have complained about cars blocking driveways and parking in marked “No Parking / Stopping” sections. We know that there is still a large amount of snow impacting parking in some areas. Please remember that it is critical for cars to be parked such that school buses and ambulances can easily pass down the street.
  • Arrival: For the safety of our students children may not arrive at school prior to 8:30 a.m. Students may not arrive on the playground area until 8:30. 

Parent Resource Video for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade

Thank you again to all of our parents for your partnership as we work together to support our students who are at home learning via Zoom. Our primary grade teachers put together a video that we hope will be helpful for you as you are looking at systems that we use to encourage our children’s independence. Please know that at times it is important for children to “productively struggle.” Simply put this means that at times it is ok for a child to not immediately have the answer. Through strategic prompting we are able to scaffold our instruction so that students feel successful. We build their confidence by helping them to figure out the answers on their own. 

We hope that you find this video helpful. Please reach out to any of us if you have questions that we might be able to answer. Link to Video


The time has finally come to purchase your 20-21 Churchill yearbook. This year’s yearbook will be a little different than years prior! A special book for a special year! This year’s book will be a 8×8, 40 page, soft cover book featuring a special section for our 6th graders!

PRICE: Order now and pay $20 *plus processing fee* **Price increases to $23 *plus processing fee*  in April**

PICK UP: Yearbooks will need to be picked up from the school. Pick up dates will be set once all orders are received.

LAST DAY TO ORDER: April 15th. No orders will be accepted after this date.

HOW TO PAY: Due to COVID, no cash or checks will be accepted. Order your yearbook from the link below!


SUPPORT YOUR PTA TODAY!: Do you want to join the PTA or donate to help with future events for your child? If you responded yes to either question, there is a section attached to the link above to do both!

Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this yearbook possible! Continue to send any pictures you may want included to [email protected]. Please remember parents cannot take pictures or videos of zoom classrooms and maskless non family group pictures will not be able to be used.

*By emailing pictures to the above address, it is implied consent for your child to be in the yearbook. * *Only pictures submitted to above email will be considered for the yearbook*

Families must begin the process by completing an online registration (starting January 25th) prior to securing an appointment.

If you have a student currently enrolled in District 54, you can register your incoming kindergartener through your Parent Portal account.  Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website ( 

Once your online registration is complete, you will be contacted to schedule your in person appointment to complete your student’s registration. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

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 April 2, 2021, at

For more information, click here to read the letter from District 54.