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Posted February 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Schaumburg Parent University 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 three upcoming evening programs.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Ehlert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, please click on the above links. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

District 211 – Join the Discussion
Residents of Township High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas about the future of District 211 schools at upcoming monthly Community Engagement meetings from February through May. The information gathered will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the District. There will be two meetings each month, both on the same topic, to make it convenient for people to attend.  The first two meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 1 at Fremd High School, and February 2 at Schaumburg High School. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings, is available online at http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Read To Succeed
It is that time of year for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program.  Recording forms were sent home with students January 4th.   If students read 6 hours between January 4th and February 24th, they will earn a free ticket to Six Flags Great America. The process is simple. Record the minutes your child reads until February 24th.  Once six hours have been read, sign the form and return it to your child’s teacher.  All forms need to be returned by Wednesday, February 24th. Please note the due date as it was inadvertently left off the recording form. Tickets will be distributed toward the end of May.

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 (for example Michael Collins would be listed under M, not C for Collins). Currently 5% of our parent community has completed the survey.

Collins Clips

Posted February 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Click on the following link for the most recent edition of the Collins Clips.

Zoology Club Cancelled 1.26.16

Posted January 26th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Group 3 Zoology Club is cancelled today. If your student is in Group 3 Zoology club they will not be staying after school today and should be taking their regular way home from school at 3:00.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the main office.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Collins Clips

Posted January 19th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

Please click on the following link for the latest edition of our Collins Clips. There is a lot of information on upcoming events included in the Clips, so please take a few minutes and check it out.

News from Collins

Posted January 13th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

We hope your new year is off to a great start!  Our students and staff picked up right where they left off and are working to accomplish their goals in 2016.  We are looking forward to sharing your child’s progress and goals at our parent/teacher conferences.  Conferences are scheduled tomorrow, Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15.  Please remember that due to conferences, all students will have a half-day of school tomorrow, with dismissal at 11:40, and no school on Friday, January 15.  We also have no school on Monday, January 18th in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Lost and Found:
Has your child come home missing their snow pants, sweatshirt, boots, etc.?  We may have them in our lost and found! Our lost and found bins are over flowing at this time.  We will have everything on tables in the main hallway outside the main office during conferences.  Please come by and take a look.

Illinois Report Card and 5Essentials Survey:
Beginning January 11, teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.  All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional 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 at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our school.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at one of our local libraries. We will also make computers available to parents here at Collins during parent teacher conferences in our LMC. We can make one available at an alternate time as well. Just call the office at 847-357-6100 if you are interested in taking the survey here.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between January 11 and March 11, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for Michael Collins Elementary School, not C for Collins).  Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual.  Please click on the links below to read a letter for more information.
Parent Survey letter 1-16.pdf
Parent Survey letter 1-16- Spanish.pdf

Notification of School Closings Due to Weather:
Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive parent permission to call your phones when school will be closed due to extreme cold or snow. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather unless you sign up online. For instructions on how to sign up, please refer to the letter you received this fall, or visit our website at http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations.  The website also shares our Cold Weather Response Plan and other sources of information when we have to close school.

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 is one more evening program scheduled for January.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending this event, please click on the links below to read the attached flyers. Childcare will be available.

Schaumburg Parent University presents Staying Connected to Your Children – Jan. 27
Mantener una conexión con sus hijos – Schaumburg Parent University – 27 de enero

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

Multicultural Event – A Garden of Diversity:
District 54 and Schaumburg Park District are co-sponsoring the Multicultural Event, A Garden of Diversity on April 9, 2016. If your pre-K through 8th grade child(ren) is interested in presenting a culturally-significant performance, please click here to read the flyer for more information.

Adult ESL classes in District 54:
This winter, Adult ESL classes for District 54 parents will be held on Monday nights at Churchill School beginning January 25th and at the District Professional Learning Center beginning on February 29, 2016. For more information and to register, visit the Department of Language and Culture on the District 54 website It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to practice their English skills, meet other parents in the community and learn about the culture in US schools.

Clases de inglés para adultos en el Distrito 54
Este invierno, las clases de inglés como segundo idioma se realizarán el lunes por la noche en la escuela  Churchill a partir del 25 de enero y en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito (PLC) el 29 de febrero de 2016. Para más información y para registrarse, visite el sitio web del Departamento de Lenguaje y Cultura del Distrito 54.  Es una estupenda oportunidad para que los padres practicaran sus habilidades de inglés, conocieran a otros padres en la comunidad y aprendieran sobre la cultura en las escuelas estadounidenses.

PTA Meeting Rescheduled

Posted January 6th, 2016 by Mrs. Hart

We have rescheduled the PTA meeting that was supposed to be held this evening to next Wednesday, January 13th.  The meeting will take place at the regular time, 7:00 PM in the LMC.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

News from Collins

Posted December 18th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

It is hard to believe that 2015 is already coming to an end!  We are all grateful for the continued support from all of our families this holiday season and all throughout the year.  We are very thankful to work with such a wonderful community!  Click here for the most recent edition of the Collins Clips.

Spirit Wear :
Thanks to everyone who ordered spirit wear this year! All backorders have been delivered, so please let me know right away if you are missing any items.

If you missed ordering, there are several items right now from extras & mistakes sent by the distributor. $10 t-shirts, $15 pink & blue jersey shirts, youth flannel pants & a few adult size hooded sweatshirts. ($20) Please contact Bridget Minogue if you’re interested in what sizes are available at biddy33@comcast.net

Coupon Books

Posted December 14th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Thank you so much for participating in the coupon book fundraiser. All of the books have been distributed except for those that ordered out of state books. Those will get to you ASAP. If you have any questions with your order please contact Domenica Iannotti at baybai3@gmail.com.   The remainder of the books will be sent back to the company early this week. Thanks again!

News from Collins

Posted December 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Dear Collins community,

We hope you are all having a terrific week. Please see below for some important updates and information.

Report Bullying/Safety Concerns – new online tool:
District 54 is dedicated to the social-emotional development and safety of all students. This includes doing all we can to prevent the bullying of students in our schools. To that end, District 54 has developed an online method to report harassment, bullying and any other safety concerns. Although it is always best to speak directly to an administrator or teacher, we recognize that some people may be uncomfortable doing so. The main page of the district website and each school website will now have a link called Report Bullying/Safety Concerns for parents, students or community members to report concerns. This may be done anonymously. Our goal is to provide one more way to enhance communication and ensure the safety of our school community. Click here to access the site.

PARCC Assessment Results:
Last night the Daily Herald published results from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. I apologize that we didn’t share that information with you first, but the Illinois State Board of Education had said that information was embargoed until Friday. The results are not even published on the state website yet. They should be posted by tomorrow at http://illinoisreportcard.com. On this site, you will be able to look up scores for schools and districts. This week, we are mailing home individual results to the parents/guardians of students who took the test in the spring. The PARCC score reports are different from previous state tests. We are including a letter with each student report explaining the score reports. You can also find more information at http://understandthescore.org. Student scores, as well as the school and district averages, may appear lower than what you typically saw on previous state assessments. This difference does not mean our students know less or are less capable. Rather, the PARCC exam set higher expectations for what it means for students to truly master content and grade-level standards.

The results in District 54 are almost double the state average. This demonstrates the great work our staff is doing to prepare our students for the demands of college and careers. However, we also know that there is room for growth. The PARCC results are one of many tools our staff will use to measure progress and improve teaching and learning. Our ultimate goal is to provide a balanced learning environment rich with academic and social-emotional experiences for our students in order to ensure student success. As always, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher should you have any specific questions.

Illinois Report Card and 5Essentials Survey:
I apologize for my error when I originally sent the information out regarding the 5Essentials Survey.

If you haven’t had a chance to review our Michael Collins Report Card, there is a lot of beneficial information you can find at illinoisreportcard.com. Please note that after entering the name of our school, one of the features you can review is the School Environment. After you’ve clicked on this tab, you can review our 5Essentials survey results. The 5Essentials Survey is designed to inform school improvement by measuring change and providing individualized information for each school. We use this information yearly to action plan and continue to improve our school.

Next month we will communicate details about how you can participate in the next 5Essentials Survey. We hope you will be able to participate as we use the feedback to help use grow. More information will be added to the Illinois Report Card website once PARCC results are finalized. We will send more information at that time.

Important Dates:
Dec. 14th – Dec. 18th – Holiday Spirit Week (click here for the attachment)
Dec. 21st – Jan. 1st – Winter Break – No School
Jan. 7th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM
Jan. 14th –   Half-day of school Parent/Teacher conferences
Jan. 15th – No School – Parent/Teacher conferences
Jan. 18th – No School   – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Have a wonderful end to your week!

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz
Principal                 Assistant Principal

News from Collins

Posted December 6th, 2015 by Mrs. Hart

Dear Collins community,

We have just completed our first week of winter MAP testing and our students have been showing amazing growth!   We are all so proud of the effort they have put forth to show us what they know.   We hope to see you all tomorrow at our Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shoppe. Our Holiday Shoppe committee will be providing free gift wrapping tomorrow. They would truly appreciate any gift wrap/bag donations at any time tomorrow. Please see the attached Collins Clips for information on upcoming events.

Illinois Report Card and 5Essentials Survey:
If you haven’t had a chance to review our Report Card, there is a lot of beneficial information you can find at illinoisreportcard.com. Please note that after entering the name of our school, one of the features you can review is the School Environment. After you’ve clicked on this tab, you can review our 5Essentials survey results. The 5Essentials Survey is designed to inform school improvement by measuring change and providing individualized information for each school. We use this information yearly to action plan and continue to improve our school.

Next month we will communicate details about how you can participate in the next 5Essentials Survey. We hope you will be able to participate as we use the feedback to help use grow. More information will be added to the Illinois Report Card website once PARCC results are finalized. We will send more information at that time.

PBIS:
We are so proud of our Crusaders! The past five weeks, our school-wide behavior goal was to have 94% of our students referral free in the area of defiance and disrespect. We spent time discussing specific behaviors with our students through the use of our cool tools to help reinforce positive behaviors. They did it! As a reward and following our football theme, each class earned a “teacher time-out”. Ask your children to tell you all about their classroom’s “teacher time-out”.

Foundation Tree Sale:
Support the Foundation that supports District 54. Purchase your holiday décor from John’s Evergreens and when you mention D54 Foundation, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation. John’s Evergreens is located at the northeast corner of Meacham and Nerge roads in Elk Grove Village and at 2500 W. Golf Road in Hoffman Estates. You can shop at either location through December 23, 2015. Click here for more information.

Schaumburg Parent University – December Caroling:
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.

Join SPU in December as we present Fa La La La … Holiday Caroling for children in early childhood through eighth grade and their families. Meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Stevenson Elementary School, 1414 Armstrong Lane in Elk Grove Village, and then head into the neighborhood together to sing a variety of holiday carols. After all is said and sung, return to Stevenson School for hot chocolate and camaraderie. The evening will end at 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending this event or for more information about Schaumburg Parent University, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Winter Weather and School Closings:
In order to ensure that I have reached every family, I am going to continue to include announcements about the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan in my emails. While District 54 prefers to keep schools open, if the National Weather Service issues a wind chill warning (where the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F), schools will be closed. I also wanted to once again remind you that we are no longer legally allowed to call you on snow/cold days unless you have signed up to receive those calls (a new FCC regulation). If you have not signed up, please visit http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations for instructions. You can read more about our response plan by visiting District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan.

Important Dates:
Nov. 30th – Dec. 11th   – MAP testing
Dec. 5th – Holiday Shop and Holiday Breakfast 8:30-12:00
Dec. 21st – Jan. 1st – Winter Break – No School
Jan. 7th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM
Jan. 14th –   Half-day of school Parent/Teacher conferences
Jan. 15th – No School – Parent/Teacher conferences
Jan. 18th – No School   – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz
Principal                 Assistant Principal