April 21, 2023
You are a masterpiece. Make your mark. 🎨
It is hard to believe that we are in that final stretch of the school year! The remaining weeks of school are going to be full of celebrations, special events, and transitional activities. We would appreciate you keeping a close eye on communications being sent by your child's teacher and the school. We do not want you and your child to miss out on important information and special activities.
Trimester 3 Midterm: Your child's performance on assignments and their current grades in ALL classes will be up to date on Wednesday, April 26th. Log-in to Parent Portal to view their Trimester 3 midterm grades.
Attendance: Additional communication regarding chronic absences will be sent to specific families. Please make sure you are making every effort to have your child in attendance and ready to learn each day of school.
Summer School: Students who have been chronically absent or need additional intervention and support in reading and math will be recommended for our summer school programming. Summer school will be June 12th-June 29th, Monday-Thursday (No School on 6/19) from 8:30-11:30am. If your child is recommended, more details will be shared the week of May 15th. If you have questions, please contact Amy Edwards, Summer School Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long-Range Planning Committee: A shout-out to all of our families and staff that are participating in our upcoming long-range strategic planning. We will be discussing the future of Homewood 153, our vision and next steps in achieving our goals.
Student Information Form - Class Placement
It is so important to us that every student finds a home and a real sense of belonging while they are here with us at Churchill. We will be working very hard over the next few months to gather important information from students, parents, teachers, and administrators in order to find the best fit teacher and classroom at Churchill. Many things are considered when making decisions about class placement including social emotional competencies, academic interests and achievement, and learning styles. Final decisions about class placement take place over the summer.
It is so important that we hear from you about your child. You know your child best and the information you provide will surely help us make an ideal class placement. There is a short form you may complete to help us get to know your child better. A hard copy of the form can be requested at Willow or Churchill offices, but we would encourage you to complete the form by clicking on the button below. You will need your child’s personal ID number to complete the form - do not complete without the correct number. The Person ID has been sent in an earlier email communication, but please contact the main office if you do not have the Person ID. We ask that you complete the form online or turn in a hard copy of the form to the Churchill office as soon as possible and no later than May 31st.
We are so excited to partner with you in this work. Unfortunately, we are not able to honor specific
teacher or friend requests. There are a number of factors that go into building classes and for that reason we ask that you complete the form without naming a specific teacher. We value your input and ask that you trust our process for providing the ideal learning environment for your child.
This upcoming week we wanted to share our appreciation for our administrative professionals. Please join me in thanking our front office secretaries for their hard work each and every day.
Our Churchill staff appreciation week is the week of May 8th. I would like to thank you in advance for taking a few moments to express your thanks and appreciation to all of the educators and staff members who work with your child. Click the shout-out button below to recognize a Churchill staff member.
Illinois Science Assessment (Fifth Grade)
Our 5th grade students will be taking their Illinois Science Assessment next week. Please make sure they are rested, have a good breakfast, and attend each day with a charged laptop.
- Monday, April 24 - ISA Section 1
- Tuesday, April 25 – ISA Section 2
- Thursday, April 27 – ISA Section 3
- Friday, April 28 – Make Up ISA tests
Total School Enrichment Model at Churchill
At Churchill, all students have access to enrichment learning and activities. Please see our guide for more details about our schoolwide programming. If we offered additional enrichment activities open to all students during the school day, what would you like to see? Fill out this survey to share your ideas.
Coming Soon - Dia de los ninos!
Save the Date
Message from Dr. McAlister 🚌
We are aware of ongoing bus problems that all of our families have experienced since the return from the pandemic. (See my email of 01-31-23) Our buses frequently run late, and there have even been times when we've been told that there is no driver available at all. Please know that we are truly sorry for all of the frustration and inconvenience this causes for you. We understand that you entrust the district to get your child to school safely each day. So that you can better understand how our bus process works, here is how we arrange transportation for our students.
1. Like most districts in our area, we contract with an outside company (Kickert) for bus service. Kickert owns the buses and employs the drivers.
2. Each year, our Transportation Coordinator (Alma Gonzalez) works collaboratively with Kickert personnel to establish routes that are efficient and safe.
3. Each morning at 6:30 AM, Ms. Gonzalez calls Kickert Dispatch to find out what routes, if any, are running late. She then sends out notifications to our families.
This system works well, but only if we receive the information from Kickert in a timely fashion. We share information with families as soon as we receive it, but sometimes we do not recieve the information we need in order to notify our families. This has been a point of ongoing concern and frustration for us as we work with Kickert to provide you with the best service possible.
So why don't we get a different bus company if Kickert is unable to provide the level of service we deserve? First, Kickert is suffering from a severe driver shortage, and they are not alone. ALL bus companies are facing the same problem, so to a degree they are a victim of a more universal problem.
That said, when our contract expired with Kickert last year, we sent out Bid Proposals to see what service and prices other bus companies could offer in place of Kickert. Not one other bus company attempted to bid on our contract. Kickert was the only one . So we renewed our contract with Kickert.
I do not want to badmouth our colleagues at Kickert. They are good and hardworking people, and I cannot imagine the anxiety their staff experience each morning trying to navigate the myriad of issues they face. We have worked with them for several years and have strong relationships with many of their staff. While I know you, as parents, are frustrated, please do not take it out on the drivers who actually come to work. They are doing their part to help; they are coming to work each day.
Despite our ongoing relationship with Kickert, however, we will continue to express concern and demand they do better to provide us with the information we need to provide accurate and timely information to you, our families. Until we get it right every day, we will not be satisfied.
At the Homewood PTA Winter General Meeting, we had the pleasure of hosting speakers from several organizations that partner with the Southland Juvenile Justice Council of Cook County to provide resources to schools and families.
The Midwest Family and Community Resources is a grant supported program to provide support to children with at-risk behaviors.
Hit It Straight Golf Academy is a program at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood that uses golf to help kids gain new confidence in themselves and help them explore new techniques and feel comfortable learning. Hit It Straight Golf Academy provides mentoring and enhances athletic skills for youth through golf participation. Dion Madkins, Founder & Owner, Hit It Straight Golf Academy