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DISLECKSIA: THE MOVIE is a documentary opening on October 4th for a limited run at the Cinema Village. Harvey Hubbell, the director and someone who is dyslexic, "weaves vintage classroom footage, celebrity interviews," and highlights of examples of some current programs for students with dyslexia.
The press release describes the movie as an "engrossingly entertaining film on a serious subject." After viewing the film, I think it is an excellent film for those with misconceptions and a limited understanding of dyslexia.
 Follow this link for information about showtimes:



The Churchill Parent Educational Network presents: “Finding the Buried Treasure in ADHD” Presented by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.  

Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 PM
The Churchill School & Center
301 East 29th Street, NY, NY 10016

Seating is limited – reserve your free tickets now!

Registration fees have been waived for this workshop. We hope you will consider making a donation to The Churchill Center Reading Initiative, an after-school program for public school students in grades 1-3. This program is funded by grants and donations. Please see website for more information.

 For workshop & registration details, please visit:

Please click here for information on the Child Mind Institute's workshop series.

Educate Yourself:

Today, there is so much available information pertaining to learning disabilities, executive functioning, ADD/ADHD, social skills and many other topics related to students with disabilities.  It can be difficult to keep up with the latest and most accurate research, so we'll try to make it easier for you by posting a different article or website link each month...those we believe have something important to say!  We hope that the chosen topics will benefit parents, families and educational professionals alike.  Enjoy!  Please click here for this months article.

Please click here for information on the Child Mind Institutes Parent Workshop Series.


Nurses Office:

Please submit student's health forms, if you haven't already done so.  A camp health form is acceptable. Churchill school policy is that students are not allowed to carry medication, it should be brought to school by an adult or mailed. Your welcome to leave an emergency dose with me of medication taken at home.

Click here for student health form.


High School:

Our first high school parent breakfast will be on Wednesday, October 9th at 8:30am in the cafeteria.  

Parent conferences will be held between November 1 - November 15th.  You will be contacted by your student's advisor to set up a meeting.
The last day of the first quarter is Friday, November 8th.

 Service Learning:

Elementary and Middle School Parents: Save the date for Saturday Oct. 19th from 11-3!  There will be another It’s My Park Day at Albano Park across from Churchill.  If you and your child would like to sign up, please email Jennie Anglim ( by Wednesday Oct. 9th as there are limited volunteer spaces available due to the parks size. 

High School:

One of our high school students had the fortunate opportunity to travel to Costa Rica this summer and work to rehabilitate endangered animals.  He had this wonderful analogy about the parrots he helped rehabilitate and what the experience did for him.  When parrots are placed in small cages and not allowed space they become anxious and start pulling all of their feathers out.  After larger cages were built for them and they were provided the space need the anxiety stopped and they stopped pulling out their feathers and started chirping.  The reason for this story is that this is one of the many goals of the service learning program, to create a space that allows our students to grow and become their best self.

The students met with Ms. Anglim this week to start planning their service learning projects for this school year.  Many of the students have some innovative and exciting plans to help makes changes in their community.  A couple of times a month they will be using advisement time to discuss where they are in their projects and what they have been learning about the causes of problems within their communities.



Guidance Department:


The PSAT will be administered here at The Churchill School on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Registering for the PSAT is as simple as writing a check for $50 made payable to The Churchill School and getting that check to the High School Guidance Office NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 07, 2013. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deb McEntee at 212-722-0610 ext. 2604.
      *** FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS***       
  "What if 4-Year College is Not for You?"
           Presented by: Dr. Ernst VanBergeijk, Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Pace University, Main Student Union
One Pace Plaza
RSVP to Crystal Stewart by 9/27: 212-867-9594

Middle School:

Thanks for such a great turnout at Meet the Faculty.  As we have said before, we are thrilled with the beginning to our school year and anticipate that this will continue.

Upcoming Events:

Student Council - We will be meeting with students who are interested in running for Student Council on Thursday, October 4th and the election will be on Thursday, October 10th.  For students running, this is the process:        

  • Fill out the Letter of Intent
  • Get Recommendation Letter signed by two teachers
  • Make campaign posters (limit 10)
  • Write speech (6th and 7th grade students present speeches to their grade level peers; 8th grade students present speeches to entire middle school)

The students will bring a packet home with all of the above information. There will be 4 representatives elected in both the 6th and 7th grade. The 8th grade students will run for the 4 officer positions.

Parent Forum facilitated by Janah Boccio and Orit Goldhamer - Wednesday, October 9th from 8:15 to 9:15 AM.  Transitioning Back to School is the general topic for this first forum.

Middle School Parent Breakfast - Wednesday, October 16th from 8:15 to 9:15 AM.  Come hear about the first few months of school and upcoming events for the year. 

First Parent Conference - The first parent conference will be set up at a time that is convenient for parents and teachers between the dates of October 15th to October 25th.  There is flexibility if this time frame does not work for some families.

Frost Valley Trip for 7th Grade - October 23rd, 24th, and 25th

Plymouth Trip for 6th Grade - November 6th, 7th and 8th


Elementary School:

Homework Club starts on Monday September 30th from 2:45-4pm.  For more information contact Grace Welsh or Sara Cohen.

Upcoming Events:

Meet the FacultyMonday, September 30th. The evening begins with refreshments at 5:45. The meetings will begin immediately after refreshments.

Parent Conferences will be from Monday, October 21st to Friday, October 25th. More information will be forthcoming.


Parents Association:

The PA would like to remind everyone that the first meeting will be held on Thursday,October 10th at 8:30 in the cafeteria. Topics to be discussed will include the Green Initiative, Ronald McDonald House Fun Run, "Clean the Park" day, and the Book Fair. The Parents Association can be contacted at

If you have not paid your PA Dues, please click here.




Our Library has always been a “happening” place in Churchill -- but now you can check out what has been going on here almost every day by looking at our new electronic bulletin board.  

Kindergarten and Clusters A and B have been steadily building healthy book borrowing habits by personalizing canvas Book Bags with characters from their favorite books and decorating Library Day reminder fridge magnets. Stop by the library to check out 219’s Tips for Borrowing Books, including our favorite, “Read It, Don’t Eat It!”

Banned Books Week has been a great success throughout all of the grades in the school. Cluster D has been having some very interesting conversations about the Freedom to Read and in celebration of this, students have created a virtual read-out of one of the most challenged books in the nation, And Tango Makes Three. The video is viewable on the ES Library webpage; we hope you'll check it out! A big thank you to Wendy S. who was instrumental in helping to facilitate the discussions and making the video!

Also, our Upper School students are literally checking out many of our library books which have been subject to book challenges or other schools, of course. One of our twelfth graders commented “I can’t believe The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged!”

Next week we will tell you about the Library’s Visiting Authors and Illustrators Series and let you know when our first author will be here.

Yours in Words,

Rachel and Paula



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© 2009 The Churchill School and Center    301 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016    Tel 212 722 0610    Fax 212 722 1387