THE PTSA NOMINATING COMMITTEE IS SEEKING NEW BOARD CANDIDATES FOR NEXT YEAR!

WE HOPE TO FIND NEW CANDIDATES AMONG OUR NEW PARENTS STARTING NEXT YEAR, AS WELL AS CURRENT WCHS PARENTS.  EVERY BOARD ROLE IS OPEN. 

WCHS PTSA 2021-2021 OPEN POSITIONS INCLUDE (click here):

Delegates Assembly – WCHS PTSA votes for TWO MCCPTA DELEGATES to represent Churchill interests at these meetings each school year

The Delegates Assembly is the body that bridges the council and local PT(S)As. Each local unit president and up to two (2) delegates represent their PTA or PTSA at these monthly meetings. 

The privileges of introducing motions and voting are limited to the voting body, consisting of the president or alternate and two accredited delegates or their alternates from member PTAs/PTSAs as well as the MCCPTA officers, the immediate past president, area vice presidents, cluster coordinators, and all MCCPTA committee chairs. The monthly meetings provide an opportunity for delegates to present ideas, debate issues, become better informed, make personal contacts with other PTA leaders, and vote on MCCPTA actions.  The conduct of business is governed by Standing Rules adopted by the delegates, MCCPTA bylaws, and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th ed. (Da Capo Press, 2011).

A number of school-related groups have designated representatives to MCCPTA.  These liaisons may attend meetings—and participate in discussions if approved by the MCCPTA President—but have no vote. 

MEETINGS: The Delegates Assembly generally is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month during the school year at 7pm (locations will be announced). Meetings are open to all PTA members. 

Important Information from the PTSA Seniors Celebration Planning Committee – Click on the sections below, to view details.

Seniors, don’t forget to pickup your celebration magnets from the school main office

These car magnets are for ALL seniors regardless of whether you are returning to in-person learning!

SENIORS, SAVE THE DATE for a special outdoor movie in your honor

There will be multiple showings of possibly two different outdoor movies on April 27 and 28.  More details to come!

Volunteers Needed

Please reach out to Heather Epstein (hrepstein@yahoo.com), Cheryl Katz (cherylrk2010@aol.com), Carla Rush (camprush97@gmail.com) or Vanessa Scott (vscott@scottfour.com). 

Right now we need help organizing a senior picnic. There will be additional opportunities to help for other events as well.  Please get involved and lend a hand!

Keep In Touch About All Things Celebrating Our Seniors

A committee was recently launched to find creative ways to salute and celebrate this graduating class that has obviously not had the Senior year they have hoped for.

If you are not subscribers to either, please join the community to get involved: 

Click here to join the Senior Planning Committee Facebook group.   You can also subscribe here to the parent/guardian online discussion board at:  Or search for the group on https://groups.io/groups. The group name is WCHSparents. Join the senior page.

Please join us to discuss ideas, volunteer to help out, and be a part of honoring the WCHS senior class of 2021! Want more information about how to be involved? Reach out to the PTSA senior celebration committee members: Carla Rush, Vanessa Scott, Cheryl Katz or Heather Epstein

Churchill parents and guardians have begun organizing to discuss graduation events and festivities, and they are actively soliciting ideas to celebrate the seniors this spring.

Caps and Gowns

Please note that the Board of Education has confirmed that MCPS will be paying for caps and gowns this year – if you have not ordered yet, the Counseling Office will be following up. 

In search of donations

Do you own a local business?  Have something new at home that you are looking to get rid of?  Have any free time to go to a local or national business to ask for a donation?  The Senior Celebrations Committee needs your help!  The committee is trying to obtain donations to raffle off to the graduating class.  We would love to give each senior something. Ideally we would like to receive gift cards, but would also take any new item that a graduating senior could use after high school, such as a Keurig, TV, computer, Airpods, etc.  Contact Jill Trone (jilltrone@comcast.net).  The committee has already received some amazing donations, so talk to Jill before you go knocking on doors, but we could use more!!!! We can provide assistance to the donation committee on best practices on how to track donation requests and donations. We can offer a letter to businesses with the PTA 501(c)(3) tax ID number for your solicitation use.  

Later Bell Times – Testimony Requested

For those interested, write to your County Council members before their meeting the evening of Thursday April 8th, and ask that the county budget money for additional buses and drivers to support later bell times for high school students.  Later School Start Times affect healthy adolescent sleep times.  Talking points are below.  For more information, contact Start School Later (https://www.startschoollater.net/) or Sandra Landis at: StartSchoolLaterMontgomery@gmail.com.  

FROM THE COUNSELING OFFICE:


Scholarships

Scholarships can be very helpful in reaching college dreams but it takes research to find them and apply.  Start looking now, opportunities are constantly becoming available!

These links may be helpful in your search Specific Scholarships and Scholarship Search Engines. The list of specific scholarships has been updated with new opportunities.

FROM THE WCHS ART DEPARTMENT

The Winston Churchill High School Visual Arts Department encourages you to take a look at our amazing student artwork in the MCPS 2021 all-county art show celebrating a year of creativity.  Our students have done an outstanding job continuing to grow as artists during virtual learning with supply pickups, unusual materials, zoom demonstrations, virtual check in conferences, conversations in emails, feedback comments on canvas, and so much more.

We are so proud to share some of our students’ work from visual art virtual learning with you. To see more of our wonderful student artwork, click here.

FROM MRS. RATZ AND THE YEARBOOK DESIGN TEAM

Yearbook Sales: Many parents and students have asked if there is going to be a yearbook this year. YES! Yearbook is happening.  I am so proud of our local yearbook staffs and advisers. They are working around the clock – covering VIRTUAL LEARNING, HYRBID SCHEDULE, SPORTS, ZOOM CLASSES, NEW HOBBIES, PETS, MUSIC, CLUBS, PORTRAITS, OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES and more! There is NO CERTAINTY that we will order extra books to sell at the end of the year. Order at Jostens.com or by clicking HERE.

Senior Yearbook Ads: Honor your senior with an ad in the yearbook. Senior ads are a great way for parents, family, and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Place your senior congratulatory ad by April 25th at Jostens.com or by clicking HERE.

Payment plans are available at checkout for yearbooks and yearbook ads.

April 13th – 7 pm – Back by popular demand – College essay presentation from Amy Smith, Power Hour

Join Churchill alum Amy Smith on Tuesday April 13th at 7pm for a presentation on “How to Find and Communicate your WOW Factor in your College Essays.” 

*PLUS – How has the pandemic affected college writing requirements? – what’s new, what isn’t.

Amy, a former Churchill mom, journalist, publicist, and college essay coach, owns Power Hour Editing and helps college-bound students jumpstart their process, stand out, amplify their voices, and power to the finish line.

She’ll share her “Top Do’s and Don’ts” for college essays based on years of experience identifying trends & roadblocks many students face in the writing sections of their applications. 

And, she’ll share excerpts from “rockstar essays” to demonstrate how to be authentic, creative, and communicate WOW in YOUR writing! 

Amy will identify steps you can take NOW to avoid the summer/fall crunch.

(Perfect for Juniors – Also appropriate for 9 th & 10 th grade students interested in understanding the writing process). www.PowerHourEditing.com

Register here, and you’ll receive an email follow-up with additional tips after the presentation -> https://forms.gle/NrPjE7BKDUHsYMEw9

xMINDS presents Navigating Special Education for Autistic Students in Maryland with special education advocate Monica Martinez – April 24 – 10-11:30 am in English and 11:30 am-1:30 pm in Spanish

Click here to learn more

Join Xminds for an overview of federal special education law and a practical introduction for parents on how to successfully navigate special education in Maryland, and specifically Montgomery County Public Schools. 

For more information or to register for the April 24th 10-11:30 English presentation, find out details here.

For more information or to register for the April 24th 11:30 – 1:30 Spanish presentation, find out details here.

 Both English and Spanish-language sessions will be recorded and posted on the xMinds website and the new xMinds YouTube channel