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Schools closed Thursday, Feb. 19

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The National Weather Service has issue a wind chill advisory until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -26.

Our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather. Thank you for your understanding and support.

All after-school and evening activities at schools on Feb. 19 are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 will be held.

The District 54 Choral Festival scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will still occur. The event is located at Frost Junior High School.

Child Care

The Hoffman Estates Park District, Schaumburg Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. For more information, visit the websites below.

  • The Campanelli YMCA will offer a drop-in program for any child in kindergarten through sixth grade at its facility at 300 W. Wise Road in Schaumburg. The cost is $38 per child. Children will be engaged in active games and activities throughout the day and will have the opportunity to use the gym and the pool.  Please send your child with a lunch and a drink.  Register at drop off or reserve your spot today.  Visit http://www.campanelliymca.org for more information.
  • The Schaumburg Park District will offer care at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. The program is available only to children currently registered in the KASPER or Kapers program and is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will enjoy crafts, games, gym activities, swimming and an afternoon snack. Please send a labeled swim suit, towel and sack lunch (reminder, we are peanut free). The cost is $38/child.  Fees will be collected at the time of sign in at the CRC. Visit www.parkfun.comfor more information.
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District will offer child care for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Students will take a field trip to Poplar Creek Bowl. The cost is $38 per child. Registration is available online using code #156415 (click here) or at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena service desk in the morning. You MUST show proof of registration if you registered online. Breakfast will not be served and children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please contact Jessica at jsenne@heparks.org with any questions. Open to residents and non-residents.

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Principal’s Message

Posted February 9th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community,

 

It has been another great week of learning at Collins.  Please ask your child about the fabulous interactive assembly we had on Tuesday with Mr. Steve Harpster. The students had fun drawing along with him using letters and numbers.  We hope that with the warmer temperatures in the forecast, the students can continue to enjoy the snow. Please read the attached Collins Clips for important information2-6-15 Collins Clips.

 

Kindergarten Registration:

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held this coming Thursday,  February 12th .  Registration will take place at Collins from 9:00 – 11:00, 1:00 – 2:30 and 6:00 -8:00.  Please check the district website at http://sd54.org/registration for the types of documentation needed for registration. We will also be having an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm for parents interested in knowing more about the structure of full day kindergarten. If you have friends and neighbors with preschool age children, please share these important dates with them.

 

Information on Measles:

In light of the recent news regarding measles at a Palatine child care facility, District 54 is sharing with all families this Measles Fact Sheet from the Cook County Department of Public Health. At this time there have been no reported cases of measles in District 54. Should there be a case of measles at your child’s school; parents/guardians would be notified.

 

Measles is a highly contagious disease. However, more than 99% of our students are vaccinated against this disease and the measles vaccine is highly effective.

 

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of measles, has been exposed to measles, or has been diagnosed with measles, please notify us. In addition, all students should remain at home anytime they have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater).

 

If you have specific questions about your child’s health, please contact your personal physician.

 

Valentine’s Day:

We will be having our classroom Valentine’s Day parties on Friday, February 13th from 1:30-2:30.  The PTA room representatives and party volunteers have been working very hard to plan fun activities for our students to enjoy during this time.  As a reminder, please do not send any treat bags or food items attached to cards in with your child to be passed out.  No food items will be going home with students.

 

5Essentials Survey: 

As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

 

If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.

 

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. Many thanks to our parents who have already completed the survey. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. We currently have a parent response rate of 9%.

 

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.

 

Important upcoming dates:

Feb.  11th  – Half-day for Teacher In-service; No Kindergarten,  1st – 6th grade student dismissal @ 11:40 AM

Feb.  12th  – Kindergarten Registration

Feb. 13th – Valentine’s Day classroom parties 1:30-2:30 PM

Feb.  16th  – No School – Presidents’ Day

Feb. 18th – Kindergarten Information Night @ 6:30 PM

Feb. 24th  – Collins Science Fair (see Clips for details)

Feb. 25th – ¾ Music Performance  @ 6:15 and 7:15 PM

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

 

Nell Haack     and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                       Assistant Principal

 

Schools closed Feb. 2

Posted February 1st, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

All District 54 schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, due to the weather. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as today’s blizzard) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Principal’s Message

Posted January 28th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Good evening,

We hope everyone is doing well and enjoyed the sunshine today. Please take a few minutes to read the following updates:

Kindergarten Registration:

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held on February 12th .  Registration will take place at Collins from 9:00 – 11:00, 1:00 – 2:30 and 6:00 -8:00.  Please check the district website at http://sd54.org/registration for the types of documentation needed for registration. We will also be having an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 pm for parents interested in knowing more about the structure of full day kindergarten. If you have friends and neighbors with preschool age children, please share with them these important dates.

 

PARCC Update:

Third- through eighth-grade students throughout Illinois will be taking the PARCC assessment for the first time this spring. The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).

 

Last week, District 54 requested and received approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to move to a traditional paper and pencil administration of the PARCC assessment for this school year. While District 54 has fully aligned our technology infrastructure to ISBE’s specifications, results from field testing conducted in mid-January have left District 54 with strong concerns regarding the reliability of the PARCC online assessment. We witnessed multiple errors during field testing including answers to assessment items changing without being prompted, drop-down menus failing to function and videos accompanying test items failing to load. These technology issues are not on District 54’s end. They can only remedied by PARCC.

 

District 54’s staff has worked diligently to prepare our students with rigorous instruction to provide them with the skills needed for success. We feel strongly that assessment of our student’s knowledge and skills must be done in the most reliable format possible.

 

The PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window will now be from March 9 to 20, 2015. As the testing window approaches, I will share more information regarding the logistics of the PARCC testing window. In the meantime, please contact me directly if you have any questions.

 

5Essentials Survey: 

As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

 

If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.

 

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. Many thanks to our parents who have already completed the survey. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

 

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/  between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.

 

Important upcoming dates:

Jan. 30th – Family Pasta and Bingo Night

Feb. 4th –  PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

Feb.  11th  – Half-day for Teacher In-service; No Kindergarten,  1st – 6th grade student dismissal @ 11:40 AM

Feb.  12th  – Kindergarten Registration

Feb.  16th  – No School – Presidents’ Day

Feb. 18th – Kindergarten Information Night @ 6:30 PM

Feb. 24th  – Collins Science Fair (see Clips for details)

Feb. 25th – ¾ Music Performance  @ 6:15 and 7:15 PM

 

Have a great evening,

 

Nell Haack     and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                       Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted January 20th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community,

 

It was wonderful to see so many families this week during conferences. Our students worked hard to prepare for these conferences and I am sure impressed all with how they were able to reflect on their goals and at times create new goals and action steps.  We truly value this time to connect with our families and discuss recent successes as well as future goals.

 

Science Fair Date Change:

We are very excited to see all the amazing proposals for this year’s Science Fair.  Please note that we have changed the date of the Science Fair to Tuesday, February 24th.  The proposals are now due on Friday, January 23rd.  All new packets and information have been updated to reflect this change.  We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this change has caused.

 

5Essentials Survey :

As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.  If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.  If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

 

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Please see the attached letters for more information.

 

Note from the PTA regarding spirit wear :

Thank you to those of you who ordered Spirit Wear this year.  Unfortunately, I know many of you were upset- myself included- about some of the sweatshirts being extremely small compared to what size they were supposed to be.  After several calls, e-mails and measurements, I’m happy to tell you the company will exchange them for anyone who wants to do so.  However, this is only for the small and medium sizes.  It turns out the ones we received are not up to the company’s specifications.  Both the hoodies and zip-ups should be about 2-3 inches longer in the sleeves and torsos. I’ve been told the replacements should be bigger at the same sizes we ordered, but- if you want to order up a size you can do so.  To be clear, this is only for anyone who ordered a small or medium sweatshirt.  If you want to exchange, please return it to the office in a bag, clearly marked with your child’s name, room number and what size you want- ideally on your order form or just a slip of paper.  I will be collecting them until next Wednesday, January 21st.    Thanks again to those of you who reached out and for your patience on getting the issues resolved!  Feel free to contact me with any questions.   Bridget Minogue    (847)924-9075  Biddy33@comcast.net

 

Drop-Off Concerns:

As the weather has gotten colder and we have gotten more snow, we have noticed many more parents dropping students off in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon.  Therefore, I wanted to remind everyone of the procedures we have put into place in order to keep our students safe.  The parking lot during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal is closed to all vehicles except our busses and day care vehicles.  This is in an effort to minimize moving traffic within the parking lot as children are walking up to school.   Thank you all of being mindful of the posted signs in our immediate area. During morning kindergarten dismissal at 11:10 AM we have noticed several people parking along the West parking lot curb closest to Summit.  This is a fire lane and therefore not a legal place to park.  Please do not park in this area when picking up your morning kindergarten student.  Thank you in advance for adhering to our procedures in an effort to keep every child safe.

 

 

Enjoy the three day weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and   Becky Rodriguez

Principal                    Assistant Principal

Jump Rope for Heart

Posted January 16th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Hello Collins Families,

 

We are really excited to take part in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart event again this year! This will be our 6th consecutive year and each year we have raised more money for people in need. Last year was our best year yet! Collins raised $1,800 which helps fund research, medicine, surgeries, and doctor visits for those who need them.

 

Please click on the link below for information on how you can help Collins fundraise for an amazing cause.2014-15 JRFH The money will be turned in the week of February 9th, which will be our Jump Rope For Heart event here at Collins.

 

There is also a link to some amazing inspirational stories on YouTube.

 

http://youtu.be/MGS7L2xqTxk

 

Thank you so much for your effort for an important cause,

 

Mr. Cahoj (P.E. Teacher)

Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade
The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey
All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

Science Fair

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Calling all scientists! Whether you are a kindergartner or a 6th grader, or any grade in between, please participate in the upcoming Collins Science Fair. Applications are available outside Mr. Meyer’s classroom (Room 205). Science Fair Proposals must be turned in by January 23rd to Mr. Meyer.

Date: February 24th in the Collins Gym

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Science Fair

Principal’s Message

Posted January 9th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Good morning Collins Community,

 

It was so exciting to have everyone back to school and wish them a Happy New Year on Monday and Tuesday!  We are looking forward to having all the warm smiling faces back again on Monday.   Please continue to encourage your children to bundle up in the cold weather. All too often, we see bare hands, cold heads and open coats. Please remind your students to not only bring their hats and gloves but to wear them as well.   Please see that latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.1-9-15 Collins Clips

 

Hot Lunch Reschedule:

Due to school no being in session, the Hot Lunch that was scheduled for today, Jan 9th,  has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan 13th .  We want to thank our hot lunch committee and volunteers for working hard to make this happen.

 

Student-led Conferences:

Student-led conferences will take place next week on  January 15th  and 16th. You should have received a notice from your child’s teacher with your conference date and time.  Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.  During these conferences, your child will share winter MAP scores and revisit the goals they shared with you at the fall goal-setting conference. Your child will be prepared to talk with you about his/her progress and action steps. Classroom teachers have been working with students to reset goals and create new action steps where needed. We are very proud of all the students and their commitment towards their learning.

 

Schaumburg Parent University – January 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 classes scheduled for January that both involve parents and children learning together. Both will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the District 554 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

 

  • Family Math Night on Jan. 13: The District 54 Math Team will lead parents and their children (early childhood through eighth grade) as they explore activities and games that support mathematical learning.
  • Family Literacy Night on Jan. 21: The District 54 Literacy Team and Schaumburg Township District Library are hosting this event for parents and students in early childhood through second grade. Families will engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing.

 

If you are interested in attending either event, 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.

 

Important upcoming dates:

Jan. 7th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

Jan.  15th – Student-led conferences-Early dismissal @ 11:40, No Kindergarten

Jan. 16th -  Student-led conferences-No School

Jan. 19th – No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 30th – Family Fun Night (details to come)

Feb. 4th –  PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

Feb.  11th  – Half-day for Teacher In-service; No Kindergarten,  1st – 6th grade student dismissal @ 11:40 AM

Feb.  12th  – Kindergarten Registration

Feb.  16th  – No School – Presidents’ Day

Feb. 19th – Collins Science Fair (see Clips for details)

 

Have a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing our students back on Monday!

 

Nell Haack      and       Becky Rodriguez

Principal                           Assistant Principal

 

Hot Lunch Rescheduled

Posted January 9th, 2015 by Mr. Meyer

Parents,

Hope you are all finding ways to stay warm in these freezing temperatures. Due to the recent school closures, we have rescheduled today’s hot lunch  (Friday 9th) to this upcoming Tuesday, January 13th. Please plan accordingly. Thanks!