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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

 

Summer Principal’s Message

Posted June 30th, 2014 by Mr. Meyer

Good afternoon Collins Community –

We hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the summer so far! We wanted to give you all some information on a few important dates for the upcoming school year.

School Information Day – August 14th   9:00 – 12:00  &  6:00-8:00:

As many of you know, we are currently busy making plans for next year.  We wanted to let you know that class placements for your child will be finalized by August 14th.  It is on this day you will be able to come to the building to pick up the name of your child’s teacher for the 2014/15 school year.  You will receive information about Accelerated Math placement on this day as well. There will also be opportunities to sign up for PTA and volunteer for PTA committees.  Any placement letter that is not picked up in person on that day will go out in US mail first thing on August 15th.  We know this is exciting information, but please understand for confidentiality purposes, we will not give placement letters to anyone but you or your child.

 

Teaching Placements for 2014-15:

Some of our staff members will be moving on to new endeavors next year. Whether it be retirement, a new school, a new district or even a new career, we wish them all well. We thank them for ALL that they have done for the children of and families of Collins School.  They have made a huge difference in the life of many children and personally I will miss each of them.

 

We are excited to share the teaching placements for the 2014-15 school year:

Kindergarten – Mrs. Trandel and Mrs. Snow

 

1st/2nd  – Mrs. Mills, Ms. Lejman, Ms. Colao, Mrs.  Hart,  Mrs. Locke, Ms. Wilkens (soon to be Mrs. Seymour), Mrs. Polk and Ms. DeSimone

 

3rd/4th  – Mr. Meyer, Ms. McMahon, Mrs. Cluchey, Mrs. Melbourn, Mrs. Bochat, Ms. Serafini,  and Ms. Starr

 

5th/6th  – Mr. Higgins, Ms. Carbone, Mrs. Howard, Ms. Venlos, Ms. Golden (soon to be Mrs. McCormack), Ms. Abruzzo and Mrs. Savino

 

Summer Registration Hours:

If you are in need of registering your child or providing any additional paperwork for registration, summer registration will be held at Collins July 8th-August 7th .  The hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays- 10:00 AM -7:00 PM &  Thursdays- 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

 

Important Dates:

8/14       School Information Day – 9:00 – 12:00 &  6:00-8:00 PM

8/21       Back to School Picnic and Supply Drop 5:30-7:30 PM

8/26       First Day of School for Grades 1st – 6th  grades

9/1         No School – Labor Day

9/2         First Day of School for Kindergarten students

9/3         Curriculum Night and General PTA meeting 6:00 PM

 

We hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and exciting summer vacation!

 

Nell Haack   &    Becky Rodriguez

Principal                    Assistant Principal

Back to School Picnic

Posted June 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Hart

Please click to the link to find information about the Back to School Picnic that will be held in August: Collins Annual Picnic 2014