Posted August 6th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer
Good afternoon –
August has arrived along with the excitement of school supply shopping and the start of a brand new school year just weeks away. Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families. We hope you are having a wonderful summer spending time with family and friends.
Preparation continues as we look forward to an incredible 2014-2015 school year with you. Our amazing staff members have devoted a significant amount of time this summer attending training, planning meetings, setting up their classrooms and reading professional materials. We wanted to send along important information on some upcoming events.
School Information Day – Thursday August 14th 9:00 – 12:00 & 6:00-8:00:
Come to Collins during the hours listed above to find out your student(s) classroom assignment, join the PTA, find out about volunteer opportunities and have your questions answered by our office staff. Medical forms for our school nurse may also be dropped off on this day or any day after August 12th. Any classroom assignment that is not picked up on August 14th will be sent via US mail on August 15th.
Back to School Picnic – Thursday August 21st:
One of my favorite evenings of the year! Please join us for the Collins Annual Back to School Picnic. The picnic will take place behind Collins school on the black top and in Apollo Park. Start out the evening with a visit to your child’s classroom and drop off their school supplies if you wish. Classroom visits and supply drop off will take place from 5:30-6:30 PM. The picnic will be from 6:00-7:30 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to come meet the Collins staff, other Collins families, join PTA, and much more!
First Day of School for 1st-6th Grades – Tuesday, August 26th:
For the first day only, students will line up outside between 8:25 AM and 8:35 AM with each of their teachers (map attached). Staff will be available to direct students that may be getting off a bus or unsure of where to go for the first day. We ask that you say good bye to your child in line or at the school doors. Only students will enter the building – even on the first day of school. Several staff members will be on hand at each of the doors to escort any children that are unsure of where to go. The school day begins at 8:40 AM and will dismiss at our regular time of 3:00 PM.
First day of School for Kindergarten Students – September 2nd:
Our AM Kindergarten students will be greeted by their classroom teacher outside and line up near the main entrance (Door 1) between 8:25 AM and 8:35 AM, and will be dismissed at 11:10 AM.
Our PM Kindergarten students will be greeted by their classroom teacher outside and line up near the main entrance (Door 1) between 12:20 PM and 12:25 PM, and will be dismissed at 3:00 PM.
Lining up outside will provide you the opportunity to see you child’s teacher, snap a photo and wish them a great day. Students will enter the building together with their teacher. We ask that you say good bye to your child at the school doors. Only students will enter the building – even on the first day of school.
Please be sure to stop by the PTA Information Table on Thursday, August 14th during Information Day. PTA board members will be available to answer questions related to joining our Collins PTA and explain any opportunities to volunteer or further support our efforts. Our first PTA meeting will be held on September 3rd in the gym prior to the Curriculum Night classroom presentations. The Collins PTA is one of the many reasons Collins Elementary is able to do so much for our students, families and staff. We encourage you to find out more information, make a donation or get involved by volunteering.
RUN TO READ:
The annual School District 54 Run to Read will be hosted by Dirksen School on Sunday, September 28th. All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54. It would be wonderful to see some of our Collins families out that morning! If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at www.sd54.org.
|Important Dates to Remember:
August 14th - School Information Day 9:00 – 12:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 PM
August 21st - Collins Annual Back to School Picnic 5:30-7:30
August 26th - First Day of School for 1st – 6th grade students
September 2nd - First Day of School for Kindergarten
September 3rd - Curriculum Night and General PTA meeting
September 9th - Picture Day
September 28th – Run to Read
We are looking forward to seeing you and your children soon. We are certain to have another terrific school year! Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer with your families. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Nell Haack and Becky Rodriguez