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Thank you to everyone who joined our last PTSA meeting of the year!
Congratulations to our new board!

We would be remiss if we did not pause for a moment and say a gigantic, heartfelt thank you to both Principal Heckert and Ms. Gasaway, whom we just learned are both leaving the school for new opportunities this summer.  The past eighteen months has been extraordinary – tumultuous, stressful, arduous, sometimes isolating, almost constantly challenging to our emotional, mental and physical well-being.  Many of us lost cherished loved ones during this time.  Many of us know of families who did.  Many of us are still protecting younger children who are not yet eligible for vaccinations, although we can certainly keep hope alive that younger children and even infants may be able to receive a vaccine by the end of the summer.  During the trials and tribulations of working almost exclusively in an on-line, Zooming environment for most of the entire prior school year, under her leadership, Principal Heckert’s administrative team and staff have risen to the occasion with creativity, humor, flexibility, resilience and determination. It is important that we acknowledge the extraordinary efforts that went into pulling off a year and a half of academics unlike any other. And as the pandemic finally somewhat loosened its grip on us, Principal Heckert gave our seniors and our community a beautiful outdoors field graduation to remember.  We thank her, and we wish her and Ms. Gasaway every success in their future endeavors. The PTSA board has some surprises planned for them next week!  


Our New PTSA Board Members Starting July 1st:

  • President – Stacy Ganz Kahn
  • President Elect – Alexei Dmitriev
  • Vice President of Membership – Xinrong Chen 
  • Treasurer – Jing Wang
  • Corresponding Secretary – Cher Serhal
  • Recording Secretary – Yan Zeng 
  • MCCPTA Delegate – Goldie Shturman
  • MCCPTA Delegate – Sonia Verdu

Thank you to the many, many hard working volunteers who have organized and donated their time, energy, efforts and skills this extraordinary past year on behalf of our school community! Click here to see our special thanks!

To the outgoing members of our PTSA board, a GIANT THANK YOU for your last two years of service! To:
Eric Myers, our intrepid MCCPTA delegate, who graciously co-signed numerous checks with me, mostly outside with masks on, in all sorts of weather
Vanessa Scott, idea generator extraordinaire, who wrote up our meeting minutes and carefully helped re-craft our Bylaws and provided loads of important insights for two years
Lola Tobun, devoted to the WCHS community and students everywhere, always ready to organize and support, and our MCCPTA delegate
Heidi Wei, our phenomenal and dedicated treasurer, who faithfully prepared every budget and spreadsheet update and kept such careful track of our expenses
We thank the members of our board who will be continuing their service as well!
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A special thank you to Carla Rush, our NAACP rep, who kept track of numerous advocacy efforts on behalf of the NAACP and the Black and Brown coalition and offered us guidance 
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A giant thank you also to Heather Braswell and Rebecca Rutberg, for so carefully managing our Facebook community pages, and to Heather for also managing our PTSA web site!
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A special thank you to all of our parent/guardian committee chairs who stepped up to provide a semblance of normalcy, if not celebrations, throughout the past year of organizing back to school support, special education services, the Asian American Festival, staff appreciation events, holiday events, and Reflections.  We couldn’t operate some committees this past year, but we programmed where and when we could! In addition, thank you to our Nominating Committee for your hard work.
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An enormous thank you to the many, many parents and guardians who stepped up to the task of creating a memorable graduation set of experiences for their seniors – there are so many of you who stepped up to organize with Heather Epstein the Drive-In Movie Nights, the Car Parade, the Senior Picnic and the Senior Breakfast, including providing photography, prizes, gift cards, vendor donations, signage, etc., etc., etc., we don’t even know where to start, and we don’t want to make a mistake and leave anyone out, but you all know who you are, and for those of you who are graduating out of Churchill with your graduating seniors, GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES!!!!

Summer Art Opportunity

 The 2021-2022 Reflections Theme is: “I Will Change the World By…”  More resource guides are available on the National PTA Reflections website.  Parents and guardians, this wonderful program will need a new county chair!  Please consider volunteering for this important role.  Current acting chair Jim Modrick has offered to coach his replacement. 

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will be offering an online Architecture Career Discovery Program.

Find out more about the program, here!

Starting July 12 – July 23 9am- 4pm AND July 26-August 26 11am – 6pm – Course outline:  The core of this course is studio work. In studio, students are immersed in a rigorous creative process that starts with an idea, the development of abstract models, and ultimately leads to the design of an exciting and innovative architectural building proposal. Critique and evaluation of studio work is continuous, occurring in one-on-one discussions with the instructor and in larger group reviews with invited architectural critics. Studio work is complemented by a series of lectures and presentations, which explore the broader context of architectural practice, contemporary projects and practitioners, as well as more technical concerns such as drawing and model making. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Program cost: $1200. We look forward to introducing your students to a field that combines art, science and technology! If you have any questions, please contact the Rensselaer Summer Programs Office at soaps@rpi.edu

Montgomery County Public Libraries will be hosting a free 4-part virtual series by the Spark Business Academy.

Starting July 7, for four Wednesdays at 4:30pm – Montgomery County Public Libraries will be hosting a free 4-part virtual series Spark Business program for the summer, Career Launch for Teens (Employment Readiness): Career Launch for Teens: Employment Readiness (ages 13-18) with Spark Business Academy-Virtual Event. Wednesdays,  July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2021   4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Students will receive targeted training to get them ready for today’s modern and highly competitive job market. Topics include resume preparation, cover letters, interview prep, and other workforce tips and strategies. Register for free here. The Zoom Link will be sent to all registrants prior to the event’s start date.​​​ For additional assistance or inquiries about this program, contact the Chevy Chase Library at 240-773-9590.

Yearbooks are on sale now!

The 2021 yearbook distribution has been moved to late summer. This will allow the students to publish/document many events that were unable to happen until restrictions eased, such as in-class activities, group/club events, sports, and social events. Our yearbook is joining many other high schools with this single-year switch to a later-than-normal delivery to create a better representation of their entire school year.  Our yearbook should be delivered in August, based on the vendor’s production and delivery capabilities.  If you purchased “home delivery” at the time of purchase, your yearbook will be mailed to the address you provided.  For those who did not purchase home delivery, there will be opportunities to collect your book at Churchill.  Curbside distribution days will be scheduled and communicated once the yearbooks have been received.  

View a (fast) sneak preview from Mrs. Ratz, Yearbooks Advisor here!

Click here to get more information!

ALL THE THINGS! ALL IN THIS BOOK!

Masks. Elections. Virtual classes. This school year will be talked about forever. The yearbook is truly the most important keepsake from this remarkable time. Our yearbook team worked hard to put together a historic book that will be looked back upon to remember as one of the most unpredictable school years of all time. Order today so we make sure there are enough copies for everyone! –www.jostensyearbooks.com.

YEARBOOK ON A BUDGET:

Choose J-Pay™ to easily and affordably spread the cost of your purchase over three payments. No interest. No fees. No stress. You can purchase these books online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or through the QR code below while quantities last, or 5/28/21, whichever comes first.

Parking permit applications are now open!

 Please review the Expectation and Enforcement Policies in advance.  Parking is available to rising SENIORS ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be collected from June 1st though June 16th, or until the first 240 applications are received. Parking spaces will be assigned randomly using www.random.org.  Every student will have the same chance of being assigned to either the Churchill school lot or Churchill street parking.   Any applications over 240 will be placed on a waiting list.  If approved, instructions for payment and permit pick-up will be provided in an email by July 9th. Students will be charged a $75 non-refundable fee for a 2021-22 parking permit.  

Summer Art Opportunity!

The 2021-2022 Reflections Theme is: “I Will Change the World By…”  More resource guides are available on the National PTA Reflections website.  Parents and guardians, this wonderful program will need a new county chair!  Please consider volunteering for this important role.  Current acting chair Jim Modrick has offered to coach his replacement. 

Interested in shaping MCPS policy next school year, have skills in video editing or graphic design, or are you just curious about MCPS, please apply to the SMOB Advisory Council by June 30th

To learn more about this wonderful opportunity, click here.

Hana O’Looney was recently elected to be the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) and she wants to hear from our students. If you are interested in shaping MCPS policy next school year, have skills in video editing or graphic design that you are willing to lend, or are you just curious about MCPS, please apply to the SMOB Advisory Council by June 30th, open to all students grades 6-12.  SSL hours will be awarded for all participation and meetings you attend! The application link is http://bit.ly/44thSAC.  It must be accessed with a personal, not MCPS, email address.  If you have any questions, please email Hana O’Looney or DM @hanaolooney on Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter.