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From the Head of School

Dear Friends,

Spring is on its way. We’ve seen a bit more sun and days are getting longer. While we are all still feeling the weight of the pandemic’s challenges, the arrival of spring can also bring feelings of optimism and renewal.

March also marks Women’s History Month, and there are some great things happening here at Churchill in recognition of the critical role women have played throughout history. 

On Monday, March 8th, we will hold an all-school assembly recognizing International Women’s Day where students will read poems, sing songs, or perform pieces related to women’s history that are relevant to them. And later in the month, the high school will host several Herstory panels featuring women in leadership positions from throughout the region who will share their stories. 

Our high school student council is also leading a Women to Women drive to support the Food Bank of New York City’s Women to Women Campaign. By soliciting donations of feminine hygiene and personal care products, they are working to help the over one million women and girls in our city who live in poverty have access to the essential products they need with dignity. 

These significant events demonstrate Churchill’s commitment to social justice and activism and are great learning opportunities for all ages.  I am so proud of Churchill.

There are so many wonderful things going on around campus! And don’t forget, this month’s Friday Family Coffee will be on a Thursday. Due to scheduling issues, this month only, our Family Coffee meetup will be on Thursday, March 18th, at 9:00 am. Hope to see you there!   

Please take some time and enjoy this week’s newsletter.  Remember, we are #OneChurchill.

Sincerely,
Tim

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
March is National Women’s History Month. This is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the great contributions that women have made to our nation. With #MeToo, #TimesUp, #SayHerName, #ToTheGirls, #HeForShe, and similar movements making daily headlines, this March promises to be an extra noticeable Women’s History Month. Having long been silenced, marginalized, and often ignored, women's voices are standing tall in both the media and the world.

Hashtags have tremendous power. As they’re an effective way to stand in solidarity and learn about women's lived experiences through their eyes and stories. They have become slogans that galvanize social movements and capture the attention of millions in a matter of hours!

Join Churchill as we celebrate International Women's Day on Monday, March 8th, with #ChooseToChallenge.

A challenging world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge. Use this template for your #ChooseToChallange tell us what your choosing to challenge and tag us @churchillschoolnyc on Instagram.

Philanthropy Office

The Churchill Squares Benefit is on April 22nd!

We are seeking items for the Churchill Squares silent auction by March 25th, and would love your help! Do you have a skill that you can share virtually with our community? Perhaps cooking/baking lessons, fine or performing arts lessons, speech writing, organizing tips and tricks, fitness classes, sewing or knitting demonstration, coding lessons, gardening discussions... the possibilities are endless! If you would like to offer your services, please contact us!

We are also looking for other auction items such as subscriptions to online classes or streaming services, vacation home stays, family activities, summer camps, and more. If you have any ideas to discuss, please contact Julia Moss at jmoss@churchillschoolnyc.org.

And this just in: VIP tickets come with a pre-show mixology class hosted by veteran bartender Leandro DiMonriva of The Educated Barfly. Leandro will walk you through mixing three signature drinks, and all of the ingredients will be mailed to your home before the event.

And last but certainly not least, we are thrilled to announce the first of our very special Churchill Squares guests - Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos! Stay tuned for further updates. We will release more names as we get closer to the big event.

Hope to see you all there!

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Churchill Summer Program
The Churchill School Summer Program is a three-week program where students entering grades one to four will participate in literacy activities based on the Wilson Fundations Program and a variety of camp activities. By helping your child retain academic skills they will avoid the “summer slide” and begin the school year as a confident learner. Every morning students will begin their day with a Fundations lesson led by a member of the Churchill faculty and will participate in a full day of summer fun including:
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sports
  • Mindfulness and Yoga
  • Games
  • Daily trips to the playground
  • And so much more!
The summer program is scheduled to be in-person.
 
Register for the Summer Program
Parents Association

Celebrate Read Across America Week with The Churchill Book Fair!

Shop the Book Fair!
The Churchill School and Center

SAVE-THE-DATES
 

Please join Dr. Wendy Nash, a senior child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at the Child Mind Institute, for a talk on parenting a child with ADHD. Topics covered in this talk include the nuances of being a parent to a child with ADHD, the landscape of treatment options, and information on how to make treatment decisions. This talk will be held via Zoom on March 11th at 9:30 am.

Click Here to Join on March 11, 9:30am. Passcode: 720935
Dr. Scott Poland will present on Parenting During the Time of Covid on April 13th at 9 am.  Dr. Poland is a licensed psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on school safety, youth suicide, self-injury, bullying, school crisis prevention/intervention, threat assessment, and parenting in challenging times.  Stay tuned for more information.
Mental Health Support Services

Zoom fatigue is a real thing. You have probably experienced this yourself if you are working from home, and a good deal of the socializing we are able to do these days also takes place on a screen. Some of our students have not been in a classroom for almost a full year, and even students who are learning in-person have to occasionally shift to remote learning for a quarantine period. I don’t have to give you reasons why virtual instruction is so difficult, especially for our students with learning challenges. You probably already know that. I would like to share some ideas about what we can do to ease the burden. This article from Understood.org highlights solutions that six students came up with on their own:
6 Remote Learning Solutions Kids Came Up With On Their Own.  

Common Sense Media is a great resource for all things digital. They offer suggestions and tools to help students stay focused and motivated during Distance Learning:
Tools to Help Kids Stay Focused During Distance Learning

Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning.

If you have questions, or concerns, or would like a referral to an outside mental health provider, please contact the clinician who works with your child at Churchill.

Be well, stay safe and stay connected,
Linda Price and the Mental Health Support Services Department

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