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Principal’s Message

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community,

 

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already next week.  Just a reminder that we do have school on Monday and Tuesday, but the rest of the week there is no school for the holiday.  We hope that you all will be able to enjoy some quality time with your families. We would like to say thank you to Mrs. Husnick, Mrs. Bradley and all the volunteers that made this past Monday’s Math Night a success.  Students and their families truly enjoyed the evening.  We had a successful first week of MAP testing and will continue testing after the holiday break.  Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.11- 21 -14 Collins Clips

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov. 25th -  Report cards sent home

Nov. 26th – 28th -  No School, Thanksgiving

Dec. 3rd – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM in the library

Dec. 6th – Holiday Breakfast and Holiday Shop

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                     Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted November 17th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon Collins Community,

 

It certainly seemed like a winter day today! We will continue to get the students outside during lunch recess so please help them to choose appropriate winter attire each morning.  Today was the end of the first trimester.  Report cards that reflect the first trimester’s progress will be sent home on Tuesday, November 25th with your child.

 

MAP Testing November 17th-December 16th :

I have attached the schedule for the winter MAP Reading testing.Collins Winter Reading MAP Test Schedule

 

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Updated Report Cards:

This year District 54 is implementing a new standards-based report card for all students Early Childhood through eighth grade. The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:

•     Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes

•     Overall academic achievement in each content area

•     Social and emotional development

•     Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)

  • Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade

The cover page of the new report card contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.

 

 

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov. 17th – Math Night 6:00-8:00 PM

Nov. 17th – Dec. 16th – MAP testing window

Nov. 25th -  Report cards sent home

Nov. 26th – 28th -  No School, Thanksgiving

Dec. 3rd – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM in the library

Dec. 6th – Holiday Breakfast and Holiday Shop

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Dear Collins Community -

 

We ended last week with amazing Halloween parties! A huge thank you to all the help of our PTA volunteers. Thank you so much for your efforts in creating exciting activities for our students, along with providing healthy and delicious treats. It was such fun to see all the creative costumes during our indoor parade.  Please find the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.11-10 -14 Collins Clips

 

From our PTA Presidents:

We will be holding a general meeting for the PTA on Tuesday at 3:10 directly following school pick up to vote to approve the Nominating committee and amend the budget for the 2014 – 2015 budget.  We will meet in the library.  This general meeting will take the place of the general meeting that was to be held on December 6th.  A PTA meeting is now scheduled for December 3rd at 7:00 PM in the library.

 

MAP Testing November 17th-December 16th :

The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year.  Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

 

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

 

We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We will send out the classroom testing schedule next week.

 

Illinois School Report Cards:

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org/schoolreportcards/. An interactive report card is available online at http://www.illinoisreportcard.com.

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-5700. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Schaumburg Parent University:

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 November.

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.

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 athttp://sd54.org/spu.

Important Dates to Remember:

Nov. 10th – General PTA meeting @ 3:10 PM in the library

Nov. 17th – Math Night 6:00-8:00 PM

Nov. 17th – Dec. 16th – MAP testing window

Nov. 25th -  Report cards sent home

Nov. 26th – 28th -  No School, Thanksgiving

Dec. 3rd – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM in the library

 

 

Nell Haack    and    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                     Assistant Principal

 

Principal’s Message

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon Collins Community,

 

We hope that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather.  We had a fabulous week of learning here at Collins and celebrated meeting our school PBIS goal this morning at an all school assembly.  Ask your student for details. Please see the latest edition of the Collins Clips attached.10-24-14 Collins Clips

 

Halloween:

Halloween is quickly approaching and we want to make sure you are aware of the guidelines we follow to ensure that Halloween is fun and safe for all students.  Please read the Clips for our specific Halloween expectations.  We hope to parade outdoors this year, weather permitting.  Please remember that no goodie bags containing food items should be sent to school.  Our PTA and Room Representatives have wonderful parties planned for your children.

 

Emergency Closings:

Please see the attachments for information about how school closing will be communicated with families.

 

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 November.

 

  • Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
  • How to Build a Better Plate on Nov. 19 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.

 

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.

 

Parking Reminder:

Please be mindful of the posted signs in our parking lot.  The curb along the outer edge of the parking lot, closest to Summit, is marked as a fire lane with No Parking.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

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

Nov. 4th – NO SCHOOL  - Election Day

Nov. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Nov. 17th – Math Night 6:00-8:00 PM

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Nell Haack      and      Becky Rodriguez

Principal                      Assistant Principal

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