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Principal’s Message 9/7

Dear Collins Community,

We hope you all have had a wonderful week. It has been a very busy week here getting back into our routines and learning new ones.  We have many exciting things happening in the coming weeks.  Please see below for more information.

Picture Day – Monday, September 10th
Picture Day is here!  Please see the attached flyer for additional information on our school picture day which will take place this coming Monday, September 10.

Michael Collins Elementary Email Flyer 9-10-18.pdf

PTA Hot Lunch 1st Half Deadline Reminder
Hot Lunch orders for the 1st half of the year (Sept 18th to Dec 21st) are due on Saturday, September 8th.  Payments will be accepted before noon on Monday Sept 10th in the office.  Please place your order online here    If you have questions, please contact Carrie and Randi at

Run to Read
District 54 is hosting its 14th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. All participants who register by August 31, 2018 will be guaranteed to receive a short-sleeve T-shirt. Registration fees will increase by $5 after August 31. All participants are also encouraged to donate new or gently used children’s books as this event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit

Safety Drills
Your child’s safety and well-being is extremely important to District 54.  It is essential for all students and staff members to be aware of the necessary procedures that need to be followed in the event of an emergency.  The Illinois School Code directs that all schools participate in Fire, Severe Weather, Bus Evacuation, and Emergency Response Drills throughout the school year.

Periodically, the required drills are practiced by all students and staff members.  We are confident, through practice and discussion, your child will be better prepared should a challenging situation arise.

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter 2018.doc

Social Emotional Learning
As you know, in support of one of our District 54 goals, we are emphasizing social emotional learning in our classrooms.  As we know this work extends beyond the classroom and we would like to provide families with the Home-School Connections. Please explore this link with your child to learn more about the work done at school.  You will find helpful questions that will assist in meaningful discussions with your child.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council
Please join us for our first meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Our topic is “ACCESS, MAP and PARCC: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form on the event flyer and send it to your child’s school by Sept. 13. Click here to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also ask your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Adult ESL Classes
The Department of Language and Culture is excited to host Free Adult English as a Second Language classes at Nerge, Armstrong and Hanover Highlands this fall. These classes are designed for parents of District 54 students who are interested in learning or practicing their English. During these classes, participants will engage in communicative activities centered around a broad range of topics.  The class will meet 8 times.

  • Classes at Nerge will be on Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Classes at Armstrong will be on Wednesdays, Oct. 10-Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Classes at Hanover Highlands will be on Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

The Adult ESL flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish can be found on theLanguage and Culture Website. Please return completed registration forms to your child’s school. We look forward to having you join us!

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity at Lou Malnati’s September 19
The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 19, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidad de apoyo – Lou Malnati’s – 19 de septiembre
La Fundación se ha asociado con Lou Malnati en Schaumburg para recaudar fondos para estudiantes. Coma en u ordene de Lou Malnati en Schaumburg o Lou Malnati Barrington Road el 19 de septiembre, y el 20 por ciento de las ventas totales serán donados a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54. Usted debe traer o mencionar la hoja volante de promoción en el momento de su orden; haga clic aquí para el folleto.

Gracias a todos los que apoyaron a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 el pasado fin de semana, Día del Trabajo, durante el Septemberfest al estacionarse en la Escuela Collins o al comprar comida de nuestro socio sin fines de lucro Riccardo’s.

Scholastic Book Fair
Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.  Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please plan to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during the school day with their classrooms.

Book Fair dates: October 2nd – 4th
Shopping hours: Oct 2nd 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Oct 3rd 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM,
Oct 4th 8:30AM – 8:00 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Online Fair is available from September 27th to Oct 10th.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 evening programs scheduled for September. Please note that child care is always available.

  • The Happiness Advantage – Happiness is not something that happens to you but rather a choice you can make to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life.  Research shows that choosing happiness has an advantage beyond simply feeling good. Come learn about the benefits of positive psychology and experience it firsthand through fun and interactive activities. Parents, guardians and students in third through eighth grade are welcome to attend. This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on September 27, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Important Dates
August 27th – Sept. 14th – MAP Assessment Window
Sept. 10th – Picture Day
Sept 19th – Half Day Institute day – dismissal @ 11:40 for all students
Sept. 23rd – Run to Read
Oct. 4th – Parent/Teacher/Student Goal Setting Conferences
Oct. 4th – Half Day Institute day – dismissal @ 11:40
Oct. 5th – No School  – Parent/Teacher/Student Goal Setting Conferences
Oct. 8th  – No School – Columbus Day


Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal