Join xMinds, for the final online speaker event of this school year

xMinds is hosting a moderated discussion by four autistic self-advocates looking back on what support might have helped them in the areas of social life, education, and transition to work.  

Date/Time:   Wednesday, May 19, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Host Organization:  Partnership for Extraordinary Minds (xMinds) 
Register here:

Moderator and panelists:  Scott Robertson Ph.D (Moderator), Ben McGann, Zosia Zaks, Allie Sayre, and Tiffany Modeste

A message from the MCCPTA Special Education Committee

There were nearly 100 participants at the MCCPTA Special Education Committee webinar that discussed options for parents of students with IEPs who have regressed or experienced learning loss and may have missed IEP services during virtual learning. It is an important topic that has been discussed throughout the pandemic with many parents wanting answers. We hosted Nicole Joseph, an education attorney to speak on what parents can do to help their children with disabilities with recovery at this time. 

There have been many requests for the recording of the webinar so we are providing it to you share with your school communities. 

Click here for a link to the webinar recording. Additionally, click here for a helpful resource that Nicole Joseph, Esq. has provided parents.

MCPS parents are invited to apply to be a part of the MCPS Family Engagement Advisory Team

The purpose of the Family Engagement Advisory Team is to provide opportunities for MCPS families to learn about and provide input and feedback on the district’s programs and initiatives.

Learn more here, about Family Engagement Advisory Team Opportunities!

MCPS is committed to improving students’ school experience and academic success and ensuring equitable learning opportunities by engaging families in decision-making and program review. The Family Engagement Advisory Team will meet a number of times during the school year and members will be required to serve a two-year term. Applications are due by May 21.

Team responsibilities include:

  • Provide input and feedback to MCPS Central Office staff, school staff and workgroups on programs, activities, services, resources, and materials, including communication to families, and Parent Academy;
  • Solicit feedback from other parents in the community;
  • Participate in efforts to promote a welcoming environment in all schools;
  • Assist staff with training to strengthen family advocacy skills;
  • Develop a plan for collaborative learning opportunities for school administrators and teachers to equitably engage with all students and families.

Learn more here:

Applications Forms:

English | Amharic | Chinese | French | Korean | Portuguese | Spanish | Vietnamese

The Period Club is having a Menstrual Pad Drive and is looking for products or monetary donations for all WCHS bathrooms. May 10 is the extended deadline.

Students are supporting other students by providing donated sanitary pads or money for the purchase of these supplies, since the bathrooms do not offer supplies.  No tampons please!  Not all students can afford to purchase these supplies to bring them from home.  Please see the flyer below, and please be generous!  The PTSA will also make a contribution.  Contact @ela.jalil to ask for home drop-off information, or how to make a donation.

April 20th PTSA meeting

Our April 20th PTSA meeting, focused on the AP Exam process this spring. In addition, the Montgomery County Chapter lead of Start School Later, presented and addressed questions on the science and health of starting school later for teens.

To Learn More or to View the PTSA April 20th Meeting Recording, Click Here

Many of our parents have expressed concern this spring that their teenagers are getting good sleep with school starting at 9:00, but that next fall, that could look very different.  Start School Later is a Nationwide coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.  Sandra Landis is the lead for the Montgomery County Chapter, and will offer us a short presentation on “Building Back Better -–Reasons for Changing MCPS High School Start Times” that is relevant to our entire Churchill population.  Reach out to—montgomery-county.html to learn more about the Montgomery County Chapter of Start School Later. Talking ponts for the county council member and BOE letters, to request funding for the additional school buses to start at 8:30 am next fall: Gmail – Need for IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION of Omitted FY 2022 BUDGET ITEM.pdf

April 20th PTSA Slide Presentation: Landis Presentation to Churchill HS, April 20 2021.pptx

PTSA April 20th meeting recording: Recording Link

The PTSA senior celebration committee is asking (ok pleading!) for your donation of new items or gift cards to raffle off to each Churchill senior! Items are needed by May 15th!

The raffle will take place at their Senior Picnic at the end of May. We are also asking for help in reaching out to retailers for donations. A donation of any new item or gift card will be greatly appreciated! We are happy to pick them up from you or from the retailer.

Contact Felice Weinbaum at 301-873-0047 (or
Contact Jill Trone at 240-418-3188 (or

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.