Posted September 20th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart
Good afternoon Collins Community,
We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather both yesterday and today. We had a terrific week of learning and an exciting visitor last week. Jarrett Payton came to Collins this past Tuesday to share his positive message with our students. The students and staff really enjoyed listening to his stories and taking on his challenge to “Be Great”! Please see the first edition of the Collins Clips attached (Collins Clips 9.18.15).
Arrival and Dismissal:
Please remember that we close our parking lot in the morning (8:20-8:40) and the afternoon (2:55-3:10) to limit that amount of moving vehicles in our lot to just the buses. With 650+ students arriving and dismissing at the same time, we want to put every precaution possible in place to ensure we are getting students where they need to be safely. In an attempt to limit the amount of congestion near the front doors at dismissal, we would like to ask those of you that pick up in the afternoon to limit your use of the front main entrance as the meeting point for your students. Just taking a few steps to either side of the building will help immensely with the amount of congestion we have right at the front doors at 3:00. Our goal is to start and end smoothly, and for everyone to be safe when arriving and leaving school. Please help us by following all posted signs and safety procedures we have in place.
We are finishing up our fall Map testing with some make-up tests and are extremely proud of the effort all our students put forth. We are looking forward to sharing the results with you during Parent/Teacher Conferences in October.
Your child’s safety and well-being are of utmost importance to District 54. Collins participates in a variety of safety drills throughout the school year, including fire, severe weather, bus evacuation and emergency response drills, to ensure our students and staff know what to do should an emergency situation occur. Our students will participate in bus evacuation drills this week on Thursday September 24th, and we will be practicing a fire drill in the coming weeks. Letters will come home this week further explaining the crisis drills that all District 54 schools participate in.
Run to Read:
District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. You can register at any time, even the morning of the race. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit http://sd54.org/runtoread.
State Superintendent Webinar:
Please see the attached letter (State Superintendent Welcome Back to School Webinar – Sept. 23) from State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith regarding his Back to School webinar on September 23rd.
Schaumburg Parent University – September Class:
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 is one more evening program scheduled for September:
- Youth Suicide: A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention. The chairs of the District 54 Crisis Team will explore the warning signs, risk factors and steps individuals can take to prevent youth suicide in our community. This class for adults only will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
If you are interested in attending this event, please see the attached flyer (Schaumburg Parent University presents Youth Suicide A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention – Sept. 23). Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
Sept. 27th Run to Read
Sept. 25th Collins Summer Fun Breakfast 8:15 AM
Oct. 8th Half Day (11:40 AM dismissal) – Parent-teacher conferences
Oct. 9th No school all day – Parent-teacher conferences
Oct. 12th No school – Columbus Day
Oct. 14th PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
Have a great week!
Nell Haack and Katie Kurtz
Principal Assistant Principal