News

Principal’s Message

Posted April 7th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon –

 

We have had a wonderful week back! The students came back looking well rested and ready to learn.  Our Collins Variety Show is tonight starting at 6:30 PM in the Mead gymnasium. Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached along with some important information below.4-4-14 Collins Clips

 

Last Day of School:

Since the last day of school will be a full day this year (8:40-3:00 PM), all kindergarten and PPP students will attend their regularly scheduled sessions as well. The School Board approved the amended calendar last night so June 5th will be the last day of school this year.

 

Spring MAP Testing:

The window for spring MAP testing will be April 21st – May 9th. Once we have finalized our MAP testing schedule, we will send it out so you are aware of specific days your student(s) will be testing.

 

5Essentials Parent Survey:

As a reminder,  parents can log on to http://Illinois.5-essentials.org and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. When searching for your school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for Michael Collins Elementary). We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school.  Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

 

Village of Schaumburg Information:

The Village of Schaumburg is hiring for a Crossing Guard – Reserve position. If interested in applying, please visit www.VillageofSchaumburg.com and click on the Employment tab in the right hand corner of the webpage. The deadline to apply is 4/13/2014.

 

Multicultural Event:

The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity:  A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th, from 11:30 until 2:30 PM.  Please see the attached form for more information.

 

Important upcoming dates:

  • April 4th -  Collins Variety Show @ Mead Junior High beginning at 6:30 PM
  • April 11th – Collins Fun Fair 6:00-9:00 PM
  • April 18th – No School
  • April 21st – May 9th – MAP Testing
  • April 24th  – Celebrate Reading & Writing/General PTA meeting/Ice Cream Social/Book Fair
  • April 25th  – Fun at Frost for current 6th grade students 6:15 to 8:00 PM (invitations go home today)
  • April 25th – Welcome to Mead Night for current 6th grade students from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.

 

Enjoy the hopefully warmer temperatures and sunshine this weekend!

 

Nell Haack      and     Becky Rodriguez

Principal                      Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon -

 

Happy Spring Break!

We hope you all are able to enjoy time with your families during the upcoming week.  The latest edition of the Collins Clips is attached. 3-21-14 Collins Clips

 

Multicultural Event:

The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity:  A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th from 11:30 until 2:30.  Please see the attached form for more information.

 

5Essentials Survey:

I have included the information about the 5Essentials survey again for your reference.

Attached to this email is a letter including an explanation of the 5Essentials Survey. Starting this week, teachers, parents, guardians and students (6th-8th grades) across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. The survey was designed to offer individuals an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement. To take the parent survey, please visit http://Illinois.5-essentials.org  between now and April 25, 2014. When searching for our school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under M for Michael Collins Elementary)

 

We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible, if we can assist you in any way please let us know. Our 6th grade students will have the opportunity to take the survey here at school sometime during the week of April 14th.

 

Important upcoming dates:

March 24th -28th  – Spring Break (No School)

March 31st  – School Resumes

April 4th – Collins Variety Show @ Mead 6:30 PM

April 11th  – Fun Fair  6:00-9:00 PM

April 18th – No School

April 21st – May 9th – MAP Testing

April 24th – Celebrate Reading & Writing/General PTA meeting/Ice Cream Social/Book Fair

April 25th – Fun at Frost for incoming 6th grade students 6:15 to 8:00 PM

 

Have a great spring break.  We look forward to seeing all the well-rested faces on March 31st!

 

Nell Haack  and     Becky Rodriguez

Principal                      Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted March 10th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good morning –

Aside from the snow showers this morning, I believe warmer spring like weather is in our near future.  Our students are definitely ready to have some regular outdoor recess time.  Thank you all so much for your assistance this past week with creating a positive testing environment for our students. Everyone came well rested, fed and ready to give it their all!! Tuesday is our final day of regular testing for our 3rd-6th grade students and we will finish up the week with those students that need to make up tests.  Sunday is Daylight Saving’s so it is important to remember to reset your clocks and spring forward an hour. Thank you again for the team effort in ensuring your students success. Please see the most recent edition of our Collins Clips.3-7-2014 Collins Clips

 

Cyberbullying:

The District 54 PBIS team will be hosting a parent event to learn more about Cyberbullying.  Sadly, with all the advancements in technology, society has opened a scary window for our youth when it comes to a new level of bullying.  Please consider attending this event that will be hosted in the District 54 Board room on March 13 at 6:00 p.m.  We want to team with you to make sure our children are safe and secure inside and outside their homes.  This is one way to learn more about how to make this happen.  The flyer for this event is attached.

 

Light it Up Blue:

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

Summer Tech Camp:

Please see the attached flyer for details regarding this summer’s tech camp.

 

Schaumburg Parent University:

Please see the attached flyers from the Schaumburg Parent University.

 

Important upcoming dates:

  • March 3rd-March 14th- ISAT  Testing
  • March 12th- PTA meeting at 7:00 PM
  • March 24th-28th– Spring Break (No School)
  • March 31st – School Resumes
  • April 4th – Collins Variety Show
  • April 11th – Collins Fun Fair

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack       Becky Rodriguez

Principal          Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted February 21st, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon,

 

We hope you enjoyed the extended weekend and had a chance to have some fun in the snow before the rain hit and now the crazy winds.  Please see the latest edition of our Collins Clips attached. 2-21-14 Collins Clips

 

Family Movie Night

Please join us TONIGHT for a FREE showing of Monsters University.  The movie will start at 7:00 PM in our gym. We will have popcorn for your to enjoy during the show so all you need to do is come ready to enjoy some family time!

 

Hard Lockdown Drill

Yesterday your children participated in a hard lockdown drill hosted by two officers from the Schaumburg Police Department.  Our students and staff did a wonderful job of quickly and quietly getting in our lockdown position!  Staff and students have a set location in each room so  when lights are turned off they are completely invisible to anyone on the outside of the locked classroom door.

 

State Assessment

The ISAT window is scheduled for March 3rd – 14th for all students in Grades 3-6.

  • Third and Fourth grade students will take the Reading tests on March 4th, 5th and 7th  and the Math tests on March 4th, 6th and 11th .
  • Fourth grade students only will take the Science tests on March 7th and 13th.
  • Fifth and Sixth  grade students will take the Reading tests on March 4th, 6th, and 11th and the Math tests on March 4th, 5th and 7th

It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments.

 

PTA

Although we are in February, it still isn’t too late to join the PTA.  PTA is a parent teacher organization whose primary purpose is to advocate for children.  The Collins PTA provides many fun and educational activities for your children.  Collins PTA sponsors our Back to School Picnic, purchases books for the children on their birthdays, provides an assignment notebook (1st-6th), a school folder for every student at the beginning of the year, provides interesting assemblies, numerous family nights and much more. Your membership helps us make these beneficial programs and events possible.  Please follow this link for information on joining our PTA and volunteer opportunities: http://collins.sd54.org/pta/

 

We hope to see many of your this evening!

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Nell Haack                 Becky Rodriguez

Principal                      Assistant Principal

 

Jump Rope for Heart

Posted February 21st, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Hello Collins families,

 

Next week from February 24th-February 28th Collins students will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart unit in physical education. The students were sent home with envelopes to collect donations for the American Heart Association with your permission. The envelopes will be due starting Monday, February 24th and the final day to turn them in will be Friday, February 28th.

 

If you have lost the original envelope you can bring any donations in a plain white envelope marked Jump Rope For Heart. All checks can be made payable to the American Heart Association. Our goal at Collins this year is to raise $1,500 for children in need around the country.

 

Thank you in advance for you contributions and we will have a great week jumping rope and making our hearts stronger!

 

Mr. Cahoj

Principal’s Message

Posted February 10th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Hello Collins Community,

It is already February!  Although Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of winter, the good news is he is usually wrong, so I am still hopeful for warmer temperatures very soon.  The next few months are busy ones as we gear up for ISATs in March and MAP in April. Please continue to have conversations with your children around the goals they set at the January conferences and their progress on the action steps they created with their teachers. The more they reflect on their progress over the next few months, the more success they will see at the end of the school year!

 

Please open the latest edition of the attached Collins Clips.2-7-14 Collins Clips

 

Last Day of School

As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore, the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5th. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education, they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6th. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. If we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school for the remainder of this school year and that June 5th will be our last day.

 

The NED Show

The NED Show

We were thrilled to have The NED Show, a motivational assembly come to our school on Wednesday morning. Perhaps your child shared with you, the lovable character NED, and his message to promote positive attitudes and encourage students and staff to do their best every day. We are excited to tell you that we will be selling NED Yo-Yo’s at school during lunch next week on Tuesday 2/11, Thursday 2/13, and Friday 2/14. You can also purchase a Yo-Yo by filling out the attached form and enclose with payment in an envelope, labeled The NED Show, to send to school with your child. Checks should be made payable to Collins School.

 

Kindergarten Registration

It is hard to believe that kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is right around the corner. This event will happen in all District 54 schools on February 13th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. , 1:00-2:30 p.m. and again at 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2014, we look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Please help us spread the word to our neighbors so we can begin planning for the upcoming school year.

 

Schaumburg Parent University

Flyers are attached for some upcoming Schaumburg Parent University Classes. Take a look!

 

PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process, our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer, Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.

 

State Assessment

We are beginning to prepare for the Illinois Standard Achievement Test. The assessment window is from March 3rd – 14th. It is essential that students are present at school during this time. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments or vacations.

 

Feb. 11th – Schaumburg School District Office Blood Drive 2:30-7:00 PM (information in the Clips)

Feb. 12th - Half-Day In-Service - Students are dismissed at 11:40 AM-  No Kindergarten and PreSchool

Feb. 13th – Kindergarten Registration 9:00-11:00 AM, 1:00-2:30 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM

Feb. 17th - President’s Day – No School

Feb. 21st- End of 2nd Trimester

Feb. 23rd – Collins Roller Skating Party at Orbit Roller Rink 4:30-6:30 PM

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack                            Becky Rodriguez

Principal                                  Assistant Principal

Feb. 7 fire alarm at Collins School

Posted February 7th, 2014 by Terri McHugh

Dear Collins Parents and Guardians,

At about 10:15 a.m. today the fire alarm went off at Collins School. Because this was not a drill, we evacuated everyone from the building. I am proud of our staff and students, who did an excellent job exiting the building quickly.

Your children’s safety is of utmost importance to us. Despite the cold weather, we needed to wait outside for the Schaumburg Fire Department to arrive and let us know it was safe to enter to the building. We were outside for about six minutes. Had we not been able to return to the building, schools buses would have arrived to serve as a warm shelter or to evacuate our students to an alternative location, depending on the scope of the incident.

In this case, we determined that the alarm was set off by the dust from a sander being used by a contractor at our school. For safety reasons, we needed to sand down the concrete by door 2, which has been rising due to the cold weather.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me at school (847) 357-6100.

Sincerely,

Nell Haack, Collins Principal

Collins Campfire Night

Posted February 5th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Families:

Tonight is Collins Campfire Night beginning at 6 and ending at 7 p.m.

Campfire Night will take place in the Gym this evening. Due to the inclement weather, an indoor scavenger hunt will be held in place of the nature walk portion of the event.

We look forward to seeing you this evening!

District 54 schools will be closed Jan. 27 and 28

Posted January 27th, 2014 by Mrs. Hart

All District 54 schools will be closed Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28 because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school 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 extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

District 54 schools will be closed Jan. 27

Posted January 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Hart

All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow – Monday, January 27 – because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school 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 extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.