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News from Collins

Posted August 19th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Good afternoon,

The classrooms, hallways and staff are ready for our students to return! We are all looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Collins Annual Back to School Picnic and Meet your Teacher event.  We wanted to send along important information regarding the first day line-up,  arrival and dismissal procedures along with upcoming events.  Please read below and the attached documents for specifics. 

Back to School Picnic – Thursday August 20th:
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!

Arrival and Dismissal:
We strive to provide a safe and efficient process for both arrival and dismissal.  We appreciate your cooperation and we thank you for helping out by doing your part in keeping our students safe on their way to and from school.  Please click the following link to read the letter for details. Arrival_and_Dismissal_Procedures 2015.2016

First Day of School for 1st-6th Grades – Monday, August 24th:
As in years past, for the first day only, students will line up outside between 8:25 AM and 8:35 AM with each of their teachers (click on the following link titled “Collins First Day Line Up 2015 1st through 6th”). 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. Collins First Day Line Up 2015 1st through 6th

First day of School for Kindergarten Students – Monday, August 31st:
Classroom teachers will greet the students outside starting at 8:25 AM every day during the first week of school only on the North side of the building (click on the following link titled “Collins First Day Line Up 2015 Kindergarten”).  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. Collins First Day Line Up 2015 Kindergarten

Curriculum Night:
We would like to invite you to attend our back to school Curriculum Night on Wednesday September 2nd  beginning at 6:00 PM in the Collins gym. This evening is a parent only event for all kindergarten through 6th grade parents and will include a short PTA meeting held in our gym.  During our classroom presentations, our teachers will be sharing valuable information about your child’s curriculum, classroom procedures, and our school wide behavioral program.  Each teacher will be presenting twice during the time frame in order to allow parents with more than one child to attend the presentation in both classrooms.  Each presentation will last approximately 30 minutes.  We will have a third session for students in 3rd through 6th grade who will be in the advanced math class. Specifics on the session times will be sent out closer to the date.

Run to Read:
District 54 will be hosting the 11th annual Run to Read Event on Sunday, September 27th.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  It would be great to see the Collins community well represented at this event!  Feel free to encourage friends and family to join in the fun as well. If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at www.sd54.org

Important Dates:
August 20th – Collins Annual Back to School Picnic and Meet your Teacher 5:30-6:30 PM classroom visits, 6:00-7:30 PM Picnic
August 24th  – First Day of School for Grades 1st -6th
August 31st  – First Day of School for Kindergarten students
Sept.  1st  – MAP Testing Begins
Sept. 2nd – Curriculum Night  6:00 – 7:30 PM  Accelerated Math Session 7:30-8:00 PM
Sept. 3rd  – Board of Education Meeting  7:00 PM
Sept. 7th  – Labor Day – No School
Sept. 27th – Run to Read

Nell Haack    and     Katie Kurtz
Principal                    Assistant Principal

News from Collins

Posted August 9th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Good Afternoon,

It is difficult to believe the summer is winding down and the excitement of school supply shopping and a brand new school year is already upon us.  We would like to extend a warm welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families. We hope you have been enjoying the slower pace of the summer months and have been spending time with family and friends.   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.  The excitement to have our students filling the hallways has already begun! Please see below for some information on upcoming events.

Welcome to our new staff:
As you know, the summer inevitably brings changes to our staff.  We are always sad to see members of the Collins family leave.  This summer we had to say goodbye to Mrs. Polk, Mrs. Gajewski, and Ms. Colao.  However, we are thrilled to introduce some new staff to Collins School!

  • Ms. Kelly Kerulis – Additional Art Teacher
  • Ms. Lynn Reynolds – Additional PE Teacher
  • Ms. Jeannine Miller – ½ multi –grade teacher
  • Ms. Morgan Blenderman – ½ multi –grade teacher
  • Ms. Sheila Gummerson – Literacy Coach
  • Ms. Gaby Realzola – Occupational Therapist

Information Day:
Please mark your calendars for Information Day which will take place on August 13th at Collins.  You are welcome to come to the gym between the hours 9:00 – 12:00 or 6:00 – 8:00 pm to pick up your child’s class placement for the 2015-16 school year. Please note, the staff has worked diligently to place every child in an environment which best suits his/her learning needs; therefore, placement changes will not be honored unless there is an extreme circumstance.   The PTA will also be on hand with a variety of opportunities for you to become an active participant in your child’s education and the many wonderful family events PTA hosts. Please be sure to stop by the PTA information table.  Our first PTA meeting will be held on September 2nd in the gym prior to the Curriculum Night classroom presentations.   If you are unable to attend on August 13th, we will mail your child’s placement to your home on August 14th.

Back to School Picnic – Thursday August 20th:
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!

Curriculum Night:
We would like to invite you to attend our back to school Curriculum Night on Wednesday September 2nd  beginning at 6:00 PM. This evening is a parent only event for all kindergarten through 6th grade parents and will include a short PTA meeting held in our gym.  During our classroom presentations, our teachers will be sharing valuable information about your child’s curriculum, classroom procedures, and our school wide behavioral program.  Each teacher will be presenting twice during the time frame in order to allow parents with more than one child to attend the presentation in both classrooms.  Each presentation will last approximately 30 minutes.  We will have a third session for students in 3rd through 6th grade who will be in the advanced math class. Specifics on the session times will be sent out closer to the date.

Run to Read:
As you may know, District 54 will be hosting the 11th annual Run to Read Event on Sunday, September 27th.  All profits from this event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries in District 54.  It would be great to see the Collins community well represented at this event!  Feel free to encourage friends and family to join in the fun as well. If you would like additional information regarding the race, please go to the district web site at www.sd54.org

Important Dates:
August 13th – School Information Day 9:00-12:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM
August 20th – Collins Annual Back to School Picnic and Meet your Teacher 5:30-6:30 PM classroom visits, 6:00-7:30 PM Picnic
August 24th  – First Day of School for Grades 1st -6th
August 31st  – First Day of School for Kindergarten students
Sept.  1st  – MAP Testing Begins
Sept. 2nd – Curriculum Night  6:00 – 8:30 PM
Sept. 3rd  – Board of Education Meeting  7:00 PM
Sept. 7th  – Labor Day – No School
Sept. 27th – 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     Katie Kurtz
Principal                      Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted July 2nd, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Hello Collins Community,

We hope this message finds you all well and enjoying the slower pace of summer.  Hopefully, the weather will begin to cooperate and allow us to enjoy a few more outdoor activities in the near future.  Please read below for some new information.

School Information Day – Thursday August 13th   9:00 – 12:00  &  6:00-8:00:
The doors will be open at 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 13th will be sent via US mail on  August 14th.

A Fond Farewell:
We are sadly saying good-bye to a number of amazing staff members who are off to other endeavors. Many of our staff members will be moving on whether it be retirement, a new school, a new district or even a new career and we wish them the very best.  They all have touched many lives at Collins and will certainly be missed by all:  Becky Rodriguez, Ariana Carbone, Lisa Bochat, Natalie Snow, Lisa Rysavy, Allison Noonan, Emily Turner, Kyle Terry, Faith Baran, Fred Blumenberg, Kris Beaudette, Jenny McDermott, Keiko Date, Michelle Gustafson, Linda Lettecci, Joanne Moorehouse, Aida Rene, Christopher Samp, Pam Sanchez, and Donna Jakala.

Staffing for Next Year:
Along with some staff members leaving, we have some changes and some new additions. Below  is the current staffing plan for 2015-16:

  • Assistant Principal- Katie Kurtz
  • Kindergarten – Amanda Trandel, Jennifer Mikolajczack, Allison Clucey, and Julianne Vicars
  • 1/2 multi-grade –  Cheryl Mills, Jenna Lejman, Shannon Hart, Nina Vlasvich (Colao), Kathryn Polk, Danielle DeSimone, Rachel Seymour, and Sara Salomonsson
  • 3/4 multi-grade – Matt Meyer, Rhonda Starr, Alyssa Melbourn, Kari Brennan, Lauren Locke, Jenene Serafini, Brianne McMahon, and Jennifer Micholson
  • 5/6 multi-grade  – Kim Savino, Brittany Herrera (Abruzzo), Jessica McCormack, Lauren Venlos, Janna Howard, Josh Higgins, and Emily Schuler
  • Gifted Teacher/Enrichment Coach –  Meagan Patterson
  • Literacy Coaches – Melissa Beuchel and Eleni Gajewski
  • Music – Becka Carvell and TBA
  • Art – Michael Rinchiuso and TBA
  • PE – Mike Cahoj and TBA
  • Band – Kelly Stanich
  • Orchestra – Mark Hamada
  • EL Teachers  – Jill Rasmussen, Agnes Chmielewski, and Indian McKearin
  • Learning Center Teacher – Michelle Rawleigh
  • Learning Center Assistant – Linda Keane
  • Social Worker – Dayna Prochaska
  • Special Services Teachers – Ashley Winstead, Mary Getty, and Nikki Winter
  • Psychologist – Zilda Blazina
  • Speech and Language Pathologists – Liz Oliverio and Marlene Smith
  • Instructional Assistants – Marie Bautista, Linda Chesney, Sue Graw, Mariann Hrycko, Patty Kazeos, Michelle Shanahan, and Marie Taraszka
  • Nurse – Teresa Sowa
  • Building Secretaries – Joan Pierce and Julie Quinn
  • Building Custodians – Tim DiVirgilio, Sonya Sejdini, and John Sullivan

Start Seeing Monarchs:
Many of our families have joined Mrs. Savino and her students in their quest to “Start Seeing Monarchs”.  A few weeks ago, Mr. Art Norman, from NBC News Channel 5,  and his crew came out to Collins to interview Mrs. Savino and Miss Abruzzo’s students about their work.  We are very excited to share with you that their story will be airing tonight on the 5:00 pm show as well as tomorrow morning on the 6:00 am show.  A longer version will also air over the weekend and posted on line.  Way to go 5/6 students and teachers. We couldn’t be more proud of you all!

Important Dates:

  • August 13th – School Information Day 9:00-12:00 and 6:00-8:00
  • August 20th – Collins Annual Back to School Picnic and Meet your Teacher 5:30-6:30 classroom visits, 6:00-7:30 Picnic
  • August 24th – First Day of School for Grades 1st -6th
  • August 31st – First Day of School for Kindergarten students

 

On behalf of the Collins staff, have a safe and happy summer.  It is truly a privilege to work with each of your families.  A great staff, wonderful children and very supportive parents make Collins the amazing place it is!

 

Sincerely,

 

Nell Haack
Principal