December MCPS School Calendar
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December PTSA Meeting – 7 – 9 pm – Discussion and presentation from WCHS Counselors on the program of the Signs of Suicide, with breakout discussions
SOS Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students. The goals of this program are:
- Decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression
- Encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend
- Reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment
- Engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through “gatekeeper” education
- Encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health
Through a video and guided discussion, students learn to identify warning signs of suicide and depression in a single class period. At the end of the session, students complete a seven-question screening for depression (anonymous or signed – the school can decide) to further encourage help-seeking and connect students at risk with trusted adults. The curriculum raises awareness about behavioral health and encourages students to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when worried about themselves or their peers.
November MCPS School Calendar
OUR NEXT PTSA MEETING WILL INCLUDE A DEBRIEF AND DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS FROM OUR RECENT SCHOOL SURVEY November 17, 7-9 pm. Join us for whole-group and break-out discussions on action items Churchill will take to enhance and help our students navigate school this fall. Spanish and Mandarin to be offered via live Zoom interpreter channels. Link to follow.
Make Your Voice Heard! Parents and students, please fill out the school survey! Available in English and Spanish. See below for the links. We will be discussing survey results at our next board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17!
The Winston Churchill administration is partnering with the PTSA to check in on our students and families now that we are nearing the end of the first marking period. The data we collect from students and parents will influence actions for the school and the community to ensure we are supporting our learners and their families during these challenging times.
Please click the link below accordingly. This email will also be posted in Canvas for students.
Student Survey (students must log in from their gmail accounts, however the survey is anonymous)
Parent Survey – Spanish (NEW) Thank you to Ms. Goldie Shturman for her translation work!
Thank you and take care.
MoCo is holding a virtual meeting on whether to fund a pedestrian sidewalk/bikeway on Tuckerman Lane on November 12 at 6:30 PM. If you feel strongly about supporting this expenditure, plan to attend! Click for details.
MCPS is hosting a virtual conversation on Thursday, Nov. 12 for the community on the framework for the return of students to in-person learning beginning January 2021. The virtual conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be streamed live on the MCPS website, MCPS TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36 and RCN 89) and YouTube. Submit questions in advance by visiting www.mcpssubmitquestion.org.
MCPS presented a proposed framework to the Board of Education on Nov. 6. Learn more about the framework here: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/community-update-20201106.html
MCPS organizará una conversación virtual para la comunidad el jueves, 12 de noviembre sobre la estructura para el regreso de los estudiantes al aprendizaje en persona a partir de enero del 2021. La conversación virtual comenzará a las 6:30 p.m. y se transmitirá en vivo en el sitio web de MCPS, MCPS TV (Comcast 34, Verizon 36 y RCN 89) y YouTube. Envíe sus preguntas con anticipación visitando www.mcpssubmitquestion.org.
MCPS presentó una propuesta de estructura al Consejo de Educación el 6 de noviembre. Obtenga más información sobre la estructura aquí: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2020-2021/community-update-20201106-sp.html
Join the new MCCPTA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Listserv!
10th Annual Historically Black College and University Virtual Fair Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. Click for more information.
MCPS and the National Hispanic College Fairs, Inc. will be hosting a Virtual Fall College Fair on November 17th. It will be held from 2:00-6:00 PM. All students in grades 9-12 and their families are welcome to participate. Registration is required. The registration link can be found in the included flyers.
Additionally, there will be a Virtual Families’ Night as a follow-up to the Virtual Fall College Fair. It is scheduled for November 18th from 6:00-8:30 PM. Students and their families are welcome to participate. Our Families’ Night sessions will be held in English and Spanish. The sessions will include information on the College Application Process; a College Admissions Panel with various colleges and universities; an MCPS Alumni Panel; and information on Financial Aid. To participate, please use the registration link provided in flyers. A zoom link will be provided after registration.
If you have any questions, please contact your College and Career Information Coordinator.
Estimados estudiantes y familias,
MCPS y National Hispanic College Fairs, Inc. organizará una Feria Universitaria Virtual de Otoño el 17 de noviembre, desde las 2:00 a 6:00 p.m. Todos los estudiantes de los grados 9-12 y sus familias son bienvenidos a participar. Es necesario registrarse. El enlace de registro se puede encontrar en los folletos incluidos.
Además, habrá una Noche de Familias Virtuales como seguimiento de la Feria Universitaria Virtual de Otoño. Está programado para el 18 de noviembre de 6:00 a 8:30 p.m. Los estudiantes y sus familias pueden participar. Nuestras sesiones de Noche de Familias se presentarán en inglés y español. Las sesiones incluirán información sobre el proceso de solicitud de ingreso a la universidad; un Panel de Admisiones Universitarias con varias universidades; un Panel de Exalumnos de MCPS; y información sobre ayudas financiera. Para participar, utilice el enlace de registro que se proporciona en los folletos. Se proporcionará un enlace de zoom después del registro.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con su coordinadora de universidades y carreras.
In case you want to showcase the actual links –
Virtual Fall College Fair – English Flyer: https://bit.ly/mcpsfallcollegefairEnglish
Virtual Fall College Fair – Spanish Flyer: https://bit.ly/mcpsfallcollegefairspanish
Virtual Fall College Fair Families’ Night: https://bit.ly/FallCollegeFairFamiliesNight
Navigating the Twists and Turns of Paying for College
Presented by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & The College Funding Coach, November 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Register at https://www.thecollegefundingcoach.org/specialty-webinar/ Please click the link below to join the webinar:
The College Search and Building a College List
Wednesday, November 18, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Click for Zoom information.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 4949 7401
From the Literacy Council of Montgomery County: Caste: Isabel Wilkerson
Thursday, November 19, 2020
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
During a time in which we are seeing huge public protests for racial justice, we want to start this live series of discussions with a deep dive into Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste. Drs. Rhea Nedd and Kameron Van Patterson will be taking us on a deep dive into the book and using the book’s ideas to give us all more clarity around what is going on here in the country and in our region. Registration is free.
Class of 2022 Parent Meeting
Navigating the College Process
Thursday, December 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link TBD
REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST ART WORK SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1 – “I Matter Because…” is this year’s theme – see below for details!
Submit your 2020-2021 yearbook photos to Jostens by November 30! Ads may be placed until January 29.
Students, we welcome you on our Churchill Safe Tech Committee! To join, submit a one paragraph essay to email@example.com.
The Churchill Safe Tech Committee invites students to join the Committee. Interested students can submit a one paragraph essay on why they would like to join the committee to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee is also seeking a chair. Please reach out if you would like to get involved!
The Safe Tech Committee was created by a group of parents interested in “the smart and safe use of technology at our schools, its impact on students’ physical and mental health, digital privacy and evolving safety guidelines. We read the latest science and studies and relay trends and concerns to MCPS and our Board of Education.” See http://www.mccpta.org/safe-tech-about-us.html for more. There is also a subcommittee formed from the online Churchill parents forum. Last year, the committee brought in speakers to PTSA meeting on the challenges and dangers of over-use of screen time, safe use of applications and platforms. During the pandemic, our teens are online more than ever. The Safe Tech committee has formed many cautionary guidelines around the use of technology.