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#ChurchillPride – January 7, 2020

Dear Churchill Community,

It was great to have so many families join us as we celebrated Churchill Elementary School’s 54th birthday! Listening to the laughter and seeing parents and children playing the games was definitely a PEAK moment for the Churchill faculty.

Thank you to our faculty planners and PTA volunteers for ensuring that the Birthday Party was a fun  celebration for all!.

There is no school on Monday. Enjoy your three day weekend!

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Winter Clothing

We have been seeing many students coming to school on these cold weather days without the proper attire. Please remind your child that they need to bring their winter coat, hats, and gloves every day during the winter time. We go outside for recess and want to make sure that our children are dressed for the weather. When we have snow on the ground students also need to bring snow pants and boots if they want to play in the snow.

Variety Show

All Variety Show permission slips were due today (Friday, January 17th). We will be extending the deadline until Tuesday, January 21st. All forms MUST be turned in by the end of school on the 21st. No late form submissions will be accepted. Thank you.

Your Reproductive System

We would like to invite you to attend an informational meeting regarding the Your Reproductive System (Sex Education) program for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students.  This will be an opportunity for parents to preview the materials presented to the students at the intermediate grade levels. The presentations are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – all sessions will be held at the Rafferty Administration Center, in the Professional Learning Center (522 E. Schaumburg Rd., IL 60194).  Dates for the grade level specific presentations are outlined below:

Fourth Grade – Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fifth Grade – Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sixth Grade – Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Your Reproductive System unit for students will be taught through your child’s elementary school during the health unit.

If you have any questions regarding the location or dates and times of the presentations please contact the Department of Student Learning at 847/357-5031.

New Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Registration for all incoming kindergarteners for the 2020-2021 school year will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-7:00pm, at Churchill School. If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 please read below.

  1. Current District 54 families, with new kindergarteners, need to register through your Parent Portal account. Print the confirmation you receive and bring it to your neighborhood school on February 5th during the above listed times.
  2. Along with the printed confirmation, you will need to bring your student’s original birth certificate (no copies) showing the student was born on or before September 1, 2015 (This is a State of Illinois regulation).

Should you know of any families that will be new to District 54, please direct them to http://sd54.org/registration to begin the registration process and for further information on the necessary documents needed to complete the registration.

If you have registration questions, please call our office at 847-357-6300.

PTA Reflections

Congratulations to the Churchill students who are advancing to the next level in the PTA Reflections program. Please click this link to find a complete listing of students whose projects have advanced and the categories that their projects are in.

Unique as a Snowflake

A snowflake is unique-just like you! Which means that no two will ever be the same! Churchill wants each family to create their unique snowflake. There are no rules, make it how you’d like—all we ask is that you put your name and room number on the back! Please return your snowflake to school no later than Friday, January 24.

Attachment Snowflake.pdf

School Nurse Notes

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.

Save the Date Feed My Starving Children

On Tuesday, March 3rd you are invited to go to Feed My Starving Children with the Churchill community.

WHO: CHURCHILL FAMILIES & STAFF

WHEN: Tuesday March 3, 2020 – – – 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

WHERE: FMSC – 740 Wiley Farm Ct.  Schaumburg, IL 60173

(NEAR: intersection of Plum Grove road & National Parkway)

WHAT: Help pack food for children around the world

HOW to SIGN UP:  Link to the session sign up. Session Code:  7GX91L

As you are registering to volunteer please follow the student-to-adult ratios provided to us from FMSC.

For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed in our packing area (Sorry, no exceptions)

Adult to child ratio:

Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult

Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult

Link for FMSC packing guidelines:

Dates to Remember:

January

  • 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

February

  • Wednesday Feb 5th- Kinder Registration
  • Thursday Feb 6th- Hot Lunch and PTA Tea Party for Room Parents @ 3:15p
  • Tuesday Feb 11th- PTA Meeting @ 6:30p
  • Wednesday Feb 12th- Birthday Book Club (Bday in Jan, Feb and March)
  • Thursday Feb 13th- Half Day of School, Teacher Conferences, Bookfair and Dine Out Night
  • Friday Feb 14th- No School and Teacher Conferences
  • Monday Feb 17th- No School
  • Friday Feb 21st- Family Fun Fair
  • Thursday Feb 27th- Hot Lunch

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

#ChurchillPride – January 11, 2020

Dear Churchill Community,

Our students did a great job of transitioning back to school from their winter vacation. We were able to see how quickly they jumped back into learning, picking up from where they left off.

Thank you for your support in helping to get our students prepared to return to school ready to learn!

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Churchill School is turning 54

This year marks Churchill’s 54th school year. In celebration of turning 54 we will be hosting a school birthday celebration on January 15. We have many fun activities planned for the event and hope to see you there.

Please see the attached invitation for more information about our Birthday Celebration event.

54th Birthday invite.pdf

News from the School Nurse

Causes for sore throats include viruses, bacteria and allergens. Viruses are the most frequent cause. Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by A Streptococcus bacteria.

Symptoms

* Sore throat

* Fever that begins suddenly

* Red throat, sometimes with white patches

* Tender, swollen glands in neck

* Vomiting

Diagnosis

* Throat culture performed by medical professional

* Rapid strep test is quicker but is not as reliable

Transmission

* Spread by person-to-person contact

* Spread indirectly through articles soiled with nasal secretions or saliva

* Symptoms begin 1-3 days after exposure to illness

Treatment

* Antibiotics are prescribed and taken as directed by physician

* Student should remain home from school for 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotics

* Student should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication)

* Follow the course of treatment to prevent complications such as rheumatic fever

If your child develops symptoms similar to those of strep infection, please contact your physician. Inform the school nurse of a confirmed case. Remember that good hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of communicable disease.

Save the Date Feed My Starving Children

On Tuesday, March 3rd you are invited to go to Feed My Starving Children with the Churchill community.

WHO: CHURCHILL FAMILIES & STAFF

WHEN: Tuesday March 3, 2020 – – – 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

WHERE: FMSC – 740 Wiley Farm Ct.  Schaumburg, IL 60173

(NEAR: intersection of Plum Grove road & National Parkway)

WHAT:  Help pack food for children around the world

HOW to SIGN UP:  Link to the session sign up. Session Code:  7GX91L

As you are registering to volunteer please follow the student-to-adult ratios provided to us from FMSC.

For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 are not allowed in our packing area (Sorry, no exceptions)

Adult to child ratio:

Grades K-2: 1 student to 1 adult

Grades 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult

Link for FMSC packing guidelines:

Attendance

Remember to call our attendance line at 847-357-6302 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.

American Sign Language Classes for Parents

District 54’s Deaf Education teacher is offering free sign language classes for parents within District 54 that are interested in learning! The six-week course will be held at Blackwell Elementary from 6:00-7:30PM on Thursdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13). There are no prerequisites to join and childcare will be offered for those who need it. If you would like to sign up, please contact Mary Jo Morley at 847-357-5123 or maryjomorley@nullsd54.org. If you need additional information, please contact Emily Kulacz at emilykulacz@nullsd54.org.

Parent MAP Reports

You should have received an email on Friday with a link to your child’s Winter MAP reports. Please let us know if you did not receive the email.

Dates to Remember:

  • 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.

#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.

#ChurchillPride – December 20, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through the school year!  With only a couple weeks left before the new year, we hope you find time to reflect on the years events and cherish those fond memories with friends and family.  We look forward to seeing you in the New Year and wish you all a wonderful winter break!

Please remember that we do not have school for the next two weeks. School will resume on Monday, January 6th, Have a wonderful winter vacation!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Social Emotional Learning Lesson of the Month

During the month of December our classroom SEL lessons focused on the Feelings of Others. Attached you will find more information about SEL lessons which were taught.

SEL Feelings of Others.pdf

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.

Dates to Remember:

  • 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

#ChurchillPride – December 15, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

The excitement in the school is definitely building. Don’t forget that this week we are having a special spirit week.

Monday, December 16th Merry Monday Morning – Roll out of bed and wear your pajamas to school

Tuesday, December 17th Tinsel Tuesday – Wear your festive holiday sweaters.

Wednesday, December 18th Winter Wonderland Wednesday – Wear white for a wintery white out.

Thursday, December 19th Winter Character Thursday – Dress as your favorite character. Penguin? Frosty? Grinch? Be creative and make us guess!

Friday, December 20th Fleecy, Flannel Friday – Stay warm in your fleece, flannel, hats or mittens today.

At the end of the email you will find more information about how to purchase tickets our District 54 Windy City Bulls event. The Churchill Dance club will be performing at this special event.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Notes from the Nurse

Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?

A common dilemma that parents face is “when should I keep my child home from school?”  It is not easy as parents, more and more today are juggling the responsibilities of family and work.   Here are some guidelines to follow.

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

  • Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.  With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is advised to contact the doctor if these symptoms are present. An antiviral medication may be prescribed.
  • Symptoms of a common cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough.  Often, cold symptoms come on gradually., Although the common cold is usually not serious, if symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Keep your child home from school if:

  • He has a fever. This means a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
  • She has vomited.   Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods
  • He has diarrhea.  Encourage good hand washing to prevent the spread to other family members. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods.
  • She is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble.
  • He has a rash that is spreading.  Check with your child’s doctor to see if it is contagious before sending your child back to school.

In order to help prevent the spread of illness in school, students with a fever of 100 degrees or more may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs. without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. GOOD HANDWASHING IS THE NUMBER ONE PREVENTION.

Your child’s School Nurse is available every day and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  They are committed to working in partnership with parents to promote student health.

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.

Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, December 18th – PTA Winter Craft 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday Dec 23rd until Fri Jan 3rd- No School for Winter Break
  • Monday Jan 6th- School Resumes
  • 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
  • Wednesday Jan 29th- Half Day of School and Dine Out Night

Churchill Friday Snack Day Schedule

  • Thursday Jan 9th- Hot Lunch
  • Thursday Jan 23rd- Jason’s Deli

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.

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.

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.

Churchill Spirit Days

Dear Churchill community,

We want to add a little fun to our days before Winter Break. We hope that our students will be able to join us in the festivities!

Friday, December 13 In honor of the upcoming Packers / Bears game support your favorite team by wearing their colors. 

Holiday Spirit Friday December 13.pdf 

 

Monday, December 16th Merry Monday Morning – Roll out of bed and wear your pajamas to school

Tuesday, December 17th Tinsel Tuesday – Wear your festive holiday sweaters.

Wednesday, December 18th Winter Wonderland Wednesday – Wear white for a wintery white out.

Thursday, December 19th Winter Character Thursday – Dress as your favorite character. Penguin? Frosty? Grinch? Be creative and make us guess!

Friday, December 20th Fleecy, Flannel Friday – Stay warn in your fleece, flannel, hats or mittens today.

Holiday Spirit Week of Dec 16.pdf 

 

Have a great week!

Steve Kern and Carol Novak

#ChurchillPride – December 6, 2019

Dear Churchill Community,

We hope that you had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving break. Here are a few notes for you as we go into the weekend.

Sincerely,

Steve Kern, Principal Carol Novak, Assistant Principal

Notes from the Nurse

Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?

A common dilemma that parents face is “when should I keep my child home from school?”  It is not easy as parents, more and more today are juggling the responsibilities of family and work.   Here are some guidelines to follow.

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

  • Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.  With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is advised to contact the doctor if these symptoms are present. An antiviral medication may be prescribed.
  • Symptoms of a common cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough.  Often, cold symptoms come on gradually., Although the common cold is usually not serious, if symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Keep your child home from school if:

  • He has a fever. This means a temperature 100 degrees or higher.
  • She has vomited.   Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods
  • He has diarrhea.  Encourage good hand washing to prevent the spread to other family members. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods.
  • She is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble.
  • He has a rash that is spreading.  Check with your child’s doctor to see if it is contagious before sending your child back to school.

In order to help prevent the spread of illness in school, students with a fever of 100 degrees or more may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs. without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. GOOD HANDWASHING IS THE NUMBER ONE PREVENTION.

Your child’s School Nurse is available every day and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  They are committed to working in partnership with parents to promote student health.

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.

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:

  • December 2nd through December 18th – MAP Testing
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

#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