August 6, 2020

Subject:  Yearbook Delivery Update from Lifetouch


Dear Churchwell Elementary Families,

Lifetouch is working hard to produce your yearbook and we can’t wait to get the finished product in your hands.  We wanted to get in touch with you about the current status of your yearbooks and wanted to provide some updates.

The Impact of Covid-19 On Yearbook Production

Due to COVID-19, Lifetouch has had government and state-mandated shutdowns in our production facilities which has significantly reduced our capacity for printing yearbooks.  To date, we are experiencing on average, a two to three-month delay of order fulfillment.

When Will the Yearbooks Be Delivered?

Currently, we do not have a definitive timeline for delivery as the impact from Covid-19 continues to be very fluid.  While Churchwell Elementary yearbooks are typically delivered before the end of the school year, we estimate that the 2019-2020 yearbook will ship sometime in August or September.  Lifetouch will communicate with Churchwell Elementary as soon as the yearbooks are ready to ship.

How Will My Student Receive Their Yearbook?

Lifetouch and Churchwell Elementary are working closely together on the 2019-2020 yearbook distribution plan.  As soon as Churchwell Elementary is notified that the yearbooks have shipped, each family will be notified about next steps including yearbook pick-up and distribution.

Lifetouch’s Commitment to You

Our staff is working very hard to get yearbooks to your school and students as fast as possible. It is always our intention to provide you with the very best service and products and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We value the trust you place in Lifetouch to capture and preserve your important school memories.


Thank you,


Mary Powers

Yearbook Representative



T-Shirts, Hoodies and Car Tags pickup schedule


Churchwell Technology Return
When: Thursday, August 6 & Monday, August 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Churchwell car loop
Now that Summer Learning has come to an end please return all devices, charging cables or headphones to Churchwell on the above mentioned dates.
Any student not returning their device will receive a note of obligation.
Contact Churchwell if you have any questions.



Last night the Polk County School Board presented the options that students will have for returning to school. Please click on the link below to select your student’s option for the 2020-2021 school year. You will have until July 27.

Reopening Updates


Summer Learning is off to a great start! There are fun videos to support the Scholastic Summer Weekly Readers. Videos highlight skills being learned for each grade and help explain key concepts to both parents and students. Videos will be available every two weeks on the district’s summer learning website.

Below are the links:

Elementary Summer Learning Site housing all videos:

Parents can select the Summer Learning link from the main district website and then select their child’s grade level to view videos. Transcripts will be available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Grade Specific video links for Week 1 & 2:

Upcoming Kindergarten

Upcoming First Grade

Upcoming Second Grade

Upcoming Third Grade

Upcoming Fourth Grade

Upcoming Fifth Grade



for the awards they received recently at the 28th annual Polk County video award ceremony held virtually and was lived streamed on the ITV You Tube channel.

We placed in all eight categories entered and WON category seven which was for “Oil” which was the technical category. We also scored an excellent for daily news show as well as WON most improved. Something we achieved last night which we have never done before was be a finalist in the Best of Show due to the high  points we earned. Even our anchors scored high as well as our original music video, “We’re Churchwell Stars”.  I am extremely proud of our students and so blessed to be working with such talented students and Mr. Gilmore as my creative genius. Thank you all for your support for our students. Hopefully we can repeat for next  year.

Category Placement Points
News Show Excellent 6
Commercial Finalist 3
Music Video Judges Award 4
Male Announcer 0
Female Announcer Finalist 3
Announcing Team Finalist 3
Technical Mastery Best 5
Documentary 0
Instructional Academic Video Judges Award 4
Short Film Finalist 3
Total 31


Yearbooks are$20.00 cash only. Once yearbooks arrive at Churchwell I will contact parents with a pick up date. If parents need to talk to me you can give them my phone number as well 8635461510.

Victoria Friel

Clem Churchwell’s Summer Learning 2020

This year’s Elementary Summer Learning program has been changed to a distance-learning model for all incoming kindergarten students and currently enrolled kindergarten through 4th grade students. Please click on the link to see a list or resources available.


Each student will receive a Scholastic Weekly Reading: Summer Express booklet and a Family Guide to Literacy. The Scholastic Weekly Reading: Summer Express booklets include math, reading, writing, phonics, and vocabulary lessons that use science and social studies concepts applicable for each grade level. These booklets are designed to provide bridge activities between grade levels.


  • Incoming kindergarten students will receive a Scholastic Weekly Reading: Summer Express booklet and electronic access to Smarty Ants provided by our partners at Achieve 3000. As in previous summers, incoming kindergarten students must create an account directly in the Smarty Ants platform. A hardcopy of the directions has and will be given to parents/guardians when enrolling a new student.


  • Currently enrolled kindergarten through 4th grade students will receive a Scholastic Weekly Reading: Summer Express booklet and maintain access to all elementary electronic resources through July 17. Below are the links to the flyers listing each of the electronic resources:

Electronic resources flyer in English

Electronic resources flyer in Spanish

Electronic resources flyer in Haitian Creole


  • Current 5th graders will not receive a Scholastic Weekly Reading: Summer Express booklet as they are transitioning to middle school. However, currently enrolled fifth graders will still maintain access to all elementary electronic resources through July 17.


  • The district will release grade level videos every two weeks, 5 videos, per grade level, to accompany the booklets. The videos preview the types of activities the students will experience and provided examples. More information about the video previews will be available soon. Please stay tuned for specific details about the release and location of the videos.
  • Information on booklet return will be shared later.





Walking students to class: In order to maximize instruction and continue with our safety precautions, ONLY Kindergarten parents will be able to walk their children to class on the first day of school if needed. You will need to park and walk with your child to building 2 and wait with your child.  Once the bell rings for instruction, you will be expected to let your child go into class and start learning.  We know these first days can be challenging, but starting with the “normal” routine as soon as possible is the BEST way to help your child adjust.

Birthday Celebrations: According to the PCSB Local Wellness Policy 8.012, Section 3.a.1, “Any activity during the school day, involving food and/or beverages that do not meet the District Nutrition Standards, will be limited to once per month per classroom.”  As a school we designate the last Friday of the month, at the end of the day for this celebration.  If parents want to send in a store prepared snack for the class, then they need to coordinate with the teacher prior to that day.

Eating Lunch with Students:  We love for parents to come eat lunch with our students.  Please remember to bring your picture ID with you each time and you need to be on the student’s emergency card.  We have designated the outside eating area for a “private lunch” with your child; in case of bad weather, we will designate a table inside the cafeteria. Due to safety you are not allowed to take other students out there to eat with you.  Also, in keeping with the PCSB Local Wellness Policy, we ask that you not bring “fast food” unless it is a healthy option.

Snacks: In order to maintain academic focus and momentum, students will not bring snacks, unless it is medically necessary.  Please make sure your child gets in the habit of eating a good breakfast either at home or at school. We will also help encourage our younger children to eat their lunch.


To view child’s grades and lunch account. Parents can now access their student’s information from any computer with an internet connection. The MyPolkSchools Parent Portal allows parents to check current grades, obtain immunization status, learn if their child had any recorded discipline or attendance issues throughout the day, check their child’s current lunch account balance, and even see what their child purchased in the lunchroom – all before their child comes home from school. Click here for more information on this exciting new service!

Apply Now


Visit the Student Nutrition page on the district website for meal prices, nutrition information, and our monthly breakfast, lunch and snack menus. Click here for Churchwell Elementary monthly lunch menu.

See Menu


You can pay for your students lunch online. Simply click on the button below and follow the onscreen instructions.

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Churchwell Elementary has continuous fundraisers. Remember to save your labels and turn them in. Contact us to learn more ways to support our school!

Box Tops for EducationCampbell's SoupMidFlorida Federal Credit Union


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