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News from Collins

Posted April 25th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Dear Collins community,

We hope you enjoyed the gorgeous weekend.  We had such a wonderful turn out for our Annual Collins Fun Fair this past Friday night.  Mrs. Gagliardi, her committee and all the volunteers made it a tremendous evening for all!   Please see below for some updates and new information.

Student Enrollment Forms:

Student Enrollment Forms for the 2016-2017 school year were mailed to each family.  Forms need to be returned to the school office with any updated/corrected information.  This will allow our office to update your information for the upcoming school year.  If you have misplaced the form, please contact our main office to request another be mailed to you.  If the Student Enrollment Forms are not returned to the school office, students cannot be enrolled in for the 2016-2017 school year.

Pennies for Patients:

This week, April 25th -29th, Collins School is participating in Bring The Change: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society coin drive and spirit week.   Students have the opportunity to bring in coins and dollars throughout the week while also participating in spirit days corresponding to the daily coin collections.  The students do not have to donate in order to participate in the spirit days.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Pajama Penny Day

Put some pennies in the pockets of your favorite pajamas!

Neon Nickels

Day

Wear your brightest neon and bring in nickels!

Dazzling Dimes Day

Donate dimes and wear something shiny or unique!

Crazy Quarters Day

Wear crazy socks to school today and cash in your quarters!

Team Up For Leukemia

Wear your favorite team’s gear and collect coins and dollars.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenn Micholson or Sheila Gummerson.

Schaumburg Parent University – May Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two upcoming evening programs.

•             The Importance of Family Meetings: District 54 Psychologist Liz Perez will discuss how family meetings teach kids problem-solving communication, strengthen family bonds and much more. This discussion for adults only will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 4 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Childcare is available. This presentation will be in Spanish.

•             Keeping Your Kids (and You) from Going Crazy This Summer: Licensed Clinical Professional Therapist Meghan Reitz will highlight ways to bridge the transition from the school year to summer.  This discussion for adults only will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. May 18 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Childcare is available.

If you are interested in attending these events, please click on the links above or visit the Schaumburg Parent University website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Final Series of Community Engagement Sessions … Join the Discussion on the 211 of Tomorrow!

The final series of High School District 211 Community Engagement meetings will be held at Conant High School on Monday, May 2 and Fremd High School on Tuesday, May 3.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic – Finances & Facilities.  Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the district. Additional information, including materials from the first three rounds of meetings, is available online at: http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Communities for Positive Youth Development Town Hall Meeting – May 18

The Communities for Positive Youth Development Coalition, of which District 54 is a member, is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Positive Youth Development from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Trickster Native Art Gallery, 190 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. /Museum. Parents and students are invited to learn about the work the coalition is doing to address the prevention of underage drinking, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. For more information about the coalition visit www.cpydcoalition.org . To register for the town hall meeting, email cpyd.coalition@gmail.com.

5,000 Purse Collection for Mother’s Day:

Thank you all so much for the amazing donations and thank you to Mrs. Sowa for all the time she spent putting all of this together. The Collins Community has a long history of generosity and this new endeavor proved that once again.  Today ended the collection of gently used or new purses that will be filled with toiletries and items one often carries in her purse to be given as gifts to women in need for Mother’s Day.  The donations will be given to PHD, The Preservation of Human Dignity.  Their Baby Closet sees 25-30 women in need every week and they already expressed appreciation of our support.   Mrs. Sowa is able to deliver over 65 filled purses tomorrow, April 26th, to The Preservation of Human Dignity.

Collins Clips

Posted April 18th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

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News From Collins

Posted April 18th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Join D54 Foundation at Schaumburg Boomers game – May 20th:

Please join the District 54 Foundation for the Opening Night game at the Schaumburg Boomers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016. For each ticket sold, $5 will be donated to the Foundation to support students in School District 54. Some of the Foundation’s current initiatives include

  • Grants for students to participate in extracurricular activities,
  • Breakfast programs for children from low-income households, and
  • Educational enrichment opportunities through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after-school programs.

Tickets cost $11 and include free parking and post-game fireworks. In addition, children in attendance are invited to run the bases at the ballpark. To order tickets visit www.boomersbaseball.com/dist54 and enter promo code 2016d54; or click here to print out the District 54 Boomers Form and mail it to the Boomers with your payment.

Tie-Dyed T-Shirts For Field Day 2016:

We are excited to be offering Tie-Dying during art class for grades k-6. We will be making t-shirts for this year’s Field Day at Collins School.  If you would like your child to participate, you will need to complete 3 steps.

  • Please obtain an appropriately sized blank white t-shirt for your child. (One shirt per student). Your child’s first name should be written on the inside collar of the t-shirt.
  • The t-shirt should be placed within a gallon sized zip-lock type plastic bag. The student’s first and last name should be printed clearly on the bag.
  • Have your child bring in the t-shirt and zip-lock type bag to their homeroom teacher by Friday, April 22nd .

We will be tie-dying t-shirts in art class starting the week of April 25th.  Students will wear the shirts on Field Day!

If you would like to donate extra blank white shirts to students that are unable to bring in their own, please have your child bring the shirts to the art room (room 111).

Celebrate Reading and Writing:

Your student has been working hard on creating passion-driven projects throughout the year. Please consider coming to support your student on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6pm-8pm during our Celebrate Reading and Writing Open House. Click here to see the flyer for more information on this exciting evening.

PTA Nominees for 2016/2017 – We need your vote!

The voting for next year’s PTA board will take place prior to the start of our Celebrate Reading and Writing event on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:00 PM.

President – Kim Bending       or      Co-Presidents  – Melissa Revane and Prajakti Gupte

2nd Vice President – Genesia Ferris

Treasurer – Sylvie Salazar

Recording Secretary – Patricia Coyne

Welcome to Mead Night – for 6th graders attending Mead Junior High next year:

Welcome to Mead Night will be held on April 29th from 6-8pm @Mead Jr. High.  On this night, incoming seventh grade students will have an opportunity to meet students from other feeder schools, enjoy a soft drink, listen to music, sing karaoke, play basketball or ping pong, hear about Mead’s clubs and activities, and be given a guided tour by a staff member and one of the Mead Prep Club and/or Interact Club students.  There is no cost to attend this event.   This event will be well chaperoned.  No current Mead students will attend, with the exception of the Mead Prep, Interact Club members and club/sports representatives.  This night is only for incoming 7th graders.  All transportation arrangements must be made in advance.  Students are expected to be picked up promptly at 8:00 P.M.

Collins Clips

Posted April 4th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

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News from Collins

Posted April 4th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Dear Collins community,

Spring is definitely not being consistent with us!  We reminded students today to check the weather each morning so they are dressed appropriately each day, as we do like to get them outside for recess daily.

Collins Student Art Show – April 6

Don’t miss this exciting night of the arts! On Wednesday, April 6th Collins will be featuring the creative artwork of K-6 grade students. Each artwork will be framed and on sale for $20 The PTA will receive $1 for every artwork sold. Profits made by sold artwork will be donated to the PTA. The art show will be held in the gym from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

PTA Nominees for 2016/2017

The Collins PTA would like to announce the following nominees for the 2016-2017 school year.  The following nominees will be voted upon at the general PTA meeting that will take place prior to the start of our Celebrate Reading and Writing event on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:00 PM.  This roster is also posted on the PTA bulletin board located in the front hallway outside of the main office.

Co-Presidents – Kim Bending

Co-Presidents – Stephanie Klopack

Co-Presidents  – Melissa Revane

Co-Presidents –  Prajakti Gupte

2nd Vice President – Genesia Ferris

Treasurer – Sylvie Salazar

Recording Secretary – Patricia Coyne

Join D54 Foundation at Schaumburg Boomers game – May 20

Please join the District 54 Foundation for the Opening Night game at the Schaumburg Boomers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016. For each ticket sold, $5 will be donated to the Foundation to support students in School District 54. Some of the Foundation’s current initiatives include

  • Grants for students to participate in extracurricular activities,
  • Breakfast programs for children from low-income households, and
  • Educational enrichment opportunities through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after-school programs.

Tickets cost $11 and include free parking and post-game fireworks. In addition, children in attendance are invited to run the bases at the ballpark. To order tickets visit www.boomersbaseball.com/dist54 and enter promo code 2016d54; or click here to print out the District 54 Boomers Form and mail it to the Boomers with your payment.

PARCC Testing

PARCC testing will be taking place during the weeks of April 11th and April 18th for all 3rd through 6th grade students.  The PARCC test consists of 3 English Language Arts (ELA) sections and 4 Math sections (3 for 6th grade).  Each section will take between 60 and 110 minutes to complete, and will be spread out across the two week testing window. 3rd and 4th grades will test in the morning and 5th and 6th grades will test in the afternoon.  Please help your child by ensuring they get enough sleep and are eating a healthy breakfast each morning.  It is extremely helpful if you can refrain from scheduling appointments during the testing time.  We appreciate your continued support and know you will also help by encouraging them to put forth their best effort.

High School District 211 Community Meetings – April 4 and 5

The next series of High School District 211 Community Engagement meetings will be held at Hoffman Estates High School on Monday, April 4 and at Palatine High School on Tuesday, April 5.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic – Student Involvement & Wellness. The final round of meetings on Finances and Facilities will be May 2 at Conant High School and May 3 at Fremd High School. Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year strategic plan for the district. Additional information, including materials from the first two rounds of meetings, is available online at http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Multicultural Event—April 9

School District 54, the Schaumburg Park District, and the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) will be hosting our annual Multicultural Event from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Community Recreation Center (CRC—505 N. Springinsguth Rd. in Schaumburg). Please join us for cultural performances by students of School District 54, crafts and games, and food from around the world. Admission to the Multicultural Event is free, and food is available for purchase (cash only). Click here to access the informational flyer.

Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two upcoming evening programs.

  • Using Technology to Support Student Learning:  District 54 instructional coaches Hobbs Behrouzi and Becky Meyer will discuss how our teachers are integrating technology into the curriculum to support students, foster collaboration and differentiate learning.  This discussion for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available.
  • The Truth About Nutrition:  Registered Dietician Samantha Woulfe will explore common facts and myths about nutrition in an interactive workshop for children in third through eighth grade and their parents. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. April 20 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available for younger children.

If you are interested in attending these events, please click on the links above or visit the Schaumburg Parent University website at http://sd54.org/spu.

News from Collins

Posted March 18th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Changes for the 2016/17 School Year

Over the last several weeks, the Collins staff has been busy discussing plans for 2016/17 school year.  As we took a look at our current configuration, we found the recent growth in our student population has had an impact on our class size.  We do take several things into account when creating a staffing plan to meet the needs of our students.  In order to continue to best meet the needs of our students at this time, we have decided to go with a single grade configuration for the 2016/17 school year.  The staff and I are very excited about the change for next year and have no doubt we will continue to provide your child with an exceptional education.

Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Using Technology to Support Student Learning:  District 54 instructional coaches Hobbs Behrouzi and Becky Meyer will discuss how our teachers are integrating technology into the curriculum to support students, foster collaboration and differentiate learning.  This discussion for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available.
  • The Truth About Nutrition:  Registered Dietician Samantha Woulfe will explore common facts and myths about nutrition in an interactive workshop for children in third through eighth grade and their  parents. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. April 20 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available for younger children.

If you are interested in attending these events, please click on the links above or visit the Schaumburg Parent University website at http://sd54.org/spu.

PARCC Testing

PARCC testing will be taking place during the weeks of April 11th and April 18th for our 3rd through 6th grade students.  More specific testing information will be given closer to the testing dates.

Collins Clips

Posted March 14th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

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No School – March 15

Posted March 14th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

No School – March 15

District 54 schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 15, due to the primary election. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority in District 54. On most days our doors are locked; visitors must ring the doorbell and be admitted by staff; and then visitors must proceed to the office first to sign in. However, on election days, 24 of our 28 school sites serve as polling places and therefore the doors must be kept open. State law requires schools to serve as polling locations if asked and in Cook County about one-third of the polling places are in schools. In years with a presidential election, higher numbers than usual are expected to vote. Therefore, in order to put safety first, District 54 students and staff will not attend school on March 15.

News from Collins

Posted March 7th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

No School – March 15
District 54 schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 15, due to the primary election. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority in District 54. On most days our doors are locked; visitors must ring the doorbell and be admitted by staff; and then visitors must proceed to the office first to sign in. However, on election days, 24 of our 28 school sites serve as polling places and therefore the doors must be kept open. State law requires schools to serve as polling locations if asked and in Cook County about one-third of the polling places are in schools. In years with a presidential election, higher numbers than usual are expected to vote. Therefore, in order to put safety first, District 54 students and staff will not attend school on March 15.

Summer STEM Academy
What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.”   With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expands on the interests of students.

The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt.  Registration opens on Monday, March 7th and closes on Friday, March 18th.  Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address – payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning (524 E. Schaumburg Rd.).

STEM Parent Letter

D54 STEM Summer Academy Brochure 2016.pdf

D54 Summer STEM Academy 2016 – Registration.pdf

Note from High School District 211
Residents of High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas to help shape the future of District 211 schools at the next series of Community Engagement meetings on March 14 at Palatine High School and March 15 at Conant High School.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic — Academic Programming. Student Involvement & Wellness will be the featured topics at the April meetings on April 4 at Hoffman Estates High School and April 5 at Palatine High School. Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the district. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings and materials from the first meetings, is available online at: http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Schaumburg Parent University Classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Mindfulness: An Interactive Approach to Managing Your Child’s Anxiety or Depression. District 54 Social Worker Trisha Johnson will explain how to use mindfulness in your everyday life and activities you can do with your children to help them manage difficult emotions. This discussion for adults only will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 10 in the District 54 Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Painting Party. Join art teacher Lauren Tocmo in an interactive workshop for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and their parents. There is a $5 fee for the canvas, upon which you will create a spring-themed painting. The program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 14 at Stevenson School, 1414 Armstrong Lane, Elk Grove Village.

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Thank you to all our families who have already completed the survey! We currently have had 11% of our parents complete the survey.  Our goal is to have 20% of our families to participate in taking the survey.    If you still have yet to take the 5Essentials Survey, the window is open until March 11th.  To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/.

Collins Clips

Posted February 28th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

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