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Senate Bill 16

Posted October 20th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community,

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.

I would also like to thank our PTA for the information they shared about Senate Bill 16 at our general meeting this past Tuesday.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nell Haack                 and                     Becky Rodriguez

Principal                                                 Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good Morning Collins Community –

It was great to see you all here for our fall parent-student-teacher conferences. We would like to thank our fabulous PTA Book Fair Committee and all of the parent volunteers for making it possible to have another successful Scholastic Book Fair this past week.  Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips that is attached to this email. 10-10-14 Collins Clips

 

Collins Special General PTA Meeting:

Please remember, on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:00 PM,the Collins PTA will be holding a general PTA meeting in the gym.  A representative from the STC will be in attendance to share an informational presentation on Senate Bill 16.  If you are interested in learning more about the bill, please attend this meeting.  I have included the link to Superintendent DuRoss’ monthly article again below about Senate Bill 16. As a reminder, if the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.  We will be starting promptly at 6:00 PM.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Oct. 13th  —Columbus Day – No School

Oct. 14th  – PTA General Meeting – Information on Senate Bill 16

Oct. 17th – Picture Retake Day 1:00-2:30 PM

Oct. 31st – Halloween Parade and Parties (see the Clips for details)

 

We hope you all enjoy the long weekend and beautiful fall weather that is predicted for today and tomorrow.

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                         Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good evening Collins Community –

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for our fall goal setting conferences on Thursday and Friday, October 9th  and 10th.

Scholastic Book Fair:

Please note that the book fair will begin on Tuesday October 7th and run through the evening of Thursday October 9th .  Classrooms have signed up for times to visit the book fair Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school day. Please check with your child’s teacher if you are not already aware of the date your student will be going to the book fair. You can also visit  the book fair while you are at conferences on Thursday.

 

Food Pantry Fundraiser at Mariano’s

On Friday, October 3rd, the Interact Clubs from Keller and Mead along with the Elk Grove and Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Clubs will be greeting guests at Mariano’s in Hoffman Estates to promote the District 54 Food Pantry.  Students and Rotarians will be sharing information about the District 54 Food Pantry with Mariano’s patrons from 9:30-1:00 p.m.  Come do your grocery shopping and support the District 54 Food Pantry by making a food or monetary donation.  All proceeds raised will be used to purchase items that are generally not donated for the Keller and Mead Pantries.  For more information about the District 54 Food Pantry, please visit http://sd54.org/food-pantry/.  We look forward to seeing the District 54 community at Mariano’s on 2575 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169!

 

Pizza Hut Book-It:

Please see the links below for information on the Pizza Hut Book-It reading incentive if you are interested.

http://www.bookitprogram.com/teachers/printables/parentletter.pdf

http://www.bookitprogram.com/wimpykid/printables/WKtrackingcalendars_combined.pdf

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Oct. 9th —Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal @ 11:40 AM  No Kindergarten Classes

Oct. 10th  —Parent Teacher Conferences – No School

Oct. 13th  —Columbus Day – No School

Oct. 17th – Picture Retake Day 1:00-2:30 PM

 

Stay warm and dry this weekend!

 

Nell Haack        Becky Rodriguez

Principal                   Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Hello Collins Community –

 

A huge thank you goes out to our fabulous PTA  who sponsored and ran our first outdoor family Movie Night last Friday along with our Summer Reading Recognition breakfast this past Wednesday morning. We had a great turn out at our family movie night and  over 200 students enjoyed a healthy breakfast to recognize their summer reading efforts.  Yesterday was our final day of MAP testing.  Teachers and students will begin goal setting this week.  Goals will focus on the students’ highest RIT score as they compare last spring with this year’s fall data. Students will share their goals and progress during conferences that will be held on October 9th and 10th.  Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.9-26-14 Collins Clips

 

Lunches:

We would like to remind everyone to send lunch to school with your child each morning.  While we understand that periodically children will forget their lunch or there is an occasion that you are recognizing with a special lunch, it is extremely busy in the office during the lunch hours and difficult to disperse lunches. We appreciate your assistance with this.

 

Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million

Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

 

Erin’s Law:

District 54 Executive Director of Special Education Cassandra Williams will discuss the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum during a Schaumburg Parent University parents-only presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. During this presentation, parents will learn about the lessons that District 54 adopted in response to Erin’s Law, which requires child sexual abuse education in school for all children. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

 

Run to Read:

The District 54 Run to Read race will take place this Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen Elementary School.  This event includes a 5K competitive race for those interested, as well as a 1 mile family walk and 100 and 400 yard dashes for our younger children.  It isn’t too late to register for the event!  Please visit our district website for more information (http://sd54.org/runtoread/).  All of the proceeds from the Run to Read are used to purchase books for classroom libraries.  Mrs. Rodriguez and I hope to see many familiar faces there!

 

Important Upcoming Dates

Sept. 28th   – Run to Read @ Dirksen Elementary School

Oct. 1st   – PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

Oct. 9th —Parent Teacher Conferences – Early Dismissal @ 11:40 AM  No Kindergarten Classes

Oct. 10th  —Parent Teacher Conferences – No School

Oct. 13th  —Columbus Day – No School

Oct. 17th – Picture Retake Day 1:00-2:30 PM

 

Nell Haack      Becky Rodriguez

Principal                 Assistant Principal

International Walk to School Day

Posted September 26th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

International Walk to School Month gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. Walkers from around the world walk to school together for various reasons — all hoping to create communities that are safe places to walk.

Michael Collins participated in the International Walk to School Day this morning and it was a huge success.  Teachers formed “walking” buses and picked up students in the community. It was great to see so many students and teachers participating in this great event. Huge thanks to Mr. Cahoj for organizing this fantastic opportunity.

 

 

Principal’s Message

Posted September 16th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good evening -

 

We hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the fabulous fall weather.  Last week we completed our first week of MAP testing and the students did a tremendous job.  Thank you for your continued support from home. Please find the latest edition of the 09-12-2014 Collins Clips attached.

 

Family Movie Night:

Please join us for our first outdoor Family Movie Night this Friday.  See that attached flyer for details.

 

MAP Testing

The Math MAP schedule is attached for your reference.  MAP testing will continue through September 26th. Please make sure that your children are getting plenty of sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast each morning.

 

Run to Read

It’s not too late to register!  Refer to District 54’s main website or follow this link for more information: http://sd54.org/runtoread/

 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

September 19th – Family Movie Night @ 7:00 PM

September 24th -   Half Day of school – dismissal @ 11:40  No School for Kindergarten

September 28th –    Run to Read

October 1st – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

 

 

 

 

               

We hope you have a terrific week!

 

Nell Haack                      Becky Rodriguez

Principal                                        Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted September 8th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community -

Thank you so much for your cooperation during dismissal today. The storm passed right at dismissal time so we were able to release the students right at 3:00.  With the additional traffic and weather conditions the buses were released slightly later than usual however they should have arrived close to their normal time. Thank you all for your flexibility and assistance today!

 

An Important Hot Lunch Program Update:

Your child can only receive hot lunches if YOU PAY FOR THE MEALS.  The YELLOW order forms were due by SEPT 3rd for lunches planned from 9/30-12/19/14.  Your child can only receive hot lunches if YOU PAY FOR THE MEALS and submit the BLUE order form by OCT 29th for lunches planned from Jan-May.  We ARE NOT able to accept late forms due to the amount of orders we manage and the time that goes into the order process.

As the school lunch schedule has changed this year, so has the volunteer time for distributions changed.  Previous documentation had last year’s volunteer times indicated.

2014-2015:  Volunteers will need to be on site from 10:50am – 12:30pm for Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Without 4-5 volunteers on site for each date we offer lunch, we cannot keep a program of this magnitude in operation.  So PLEASE consider serving even one or two times throughout the year to help make the program happen.  Please indicate which dates you are available on the Order Form, or drop us an email (hot.lunch@comcast.net).  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, & Toddlers are welcome!

We look forward to serving your children starting Sept 30th.

MAP Testing

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing will begin next week Wednesday, September 10th  and will be completed during the week of September 15th.  Please see the attached schedule for specific days your child will be taking the reading test.  The math schedule will come out next week.

 

Schaumburg Parent University

District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Please see the attached flyers for details regarding two upcoming classes.

 

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: September 8th – 26th  -  MAP testing window

September 9th -         Picture Day

September 24th -   Half Day of school – dismissal @ 11:40  No School for Kindergarten

September 28th –    Run to Read

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                          Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community -

We certainly had an amazing first week getting back into the routine of our school day.  We would like to thank all of the parents for the help that you gave your children to assist them in transitioning from a summer schedule back to the school routines. We are hopeful by now you’ve heard from your child about many of the great things that happened at school during our first week back. We’re looking forward to watching that continue in the weeks to come. Please find our first edition of the 8-29-14 Collins Clips attached.

 

Arrival and Dismissal:

Thank you all so much for your assistance in making our arrival and dismissal run smoothly and safely for our 600+ students.  Last week, I attached a letter which informed you of the new signage on the West side of Summit.  I have attached it again for your reference. The Schaumburg Police were out this week giving warnings and tickets so please be mindful of all posted signs.

Curriculum Night:

Please remember that our  Curriculum Night is on Wednesday, September 3rd  beginning at 6:00 PM in our gym.  This is an adult only evening.  It is an opportunity for you to hear all about what your child will be learning throughout the school year along with the classroom expectations from your child’s classroom teacher.  Please see the attached flyer for session details.

 

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 at the main entrance (Door 1)

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 at Door 4 (north side of the building)

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.

 

Letter from State Superintendent:

Please read the attached letter from the State Superintendent, Chris Koch.

 

Schaumburg Parent University

District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.

 

This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions)at  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.

 

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

 

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:

September 2nd  -    First Day of School for Kindergarten

September 3rd  -    Curriculum Night  and General PTA meeting

September 9th -     Picture Day

September 24th -   Half Day of school – dismissal @ 11:40  No School for Kindergarten

September 28th –    Run to Read

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you all enjoy the long weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                          Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted August 22nd, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon

It was so wonderful to see all of the smiling faces yesterday walking through the hallways at our Annual Back to School Picnic.  Our amazing PTA did a fabulous last minute switch to set everything up inside due to the weather. We would like to thank them for making the night a great success.  We wanted to send along a few reminders and updates.

 

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.

Curriculum Night:

We would like to invite you to attend our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 3rd  beginning at 6:00 PM.  This is an adult only evening.  It is an opportunity for you to hear all about what your child will be learning throughout the school year along with the classroom expectations from your child’s classroom teacher.  Please see the attached flyer for session details.

 

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 teacher and classmates Collins First Day Line Up 2014 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 at the main entrance (Door 1)

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 at Door 4 (north side of the building)

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.

 

 

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 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 an exciting first week with your children!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                          Assistant Principal

 

Back to School Information

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.

 

PTA :

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Nell Haack  and   Becky Rodriguez