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Principal’s Message 9/13

Dear Collins Community,

We hope that you all have been able to enjoy the wonderful weather we have been having this week.  Because of the cool mornings and warm afternoons, our lost and found is growing by the day.  Please help us remind your child to look for any missing sweaters and sweatshirts in our lost and found.  We are finishing our MAP testing and the students are beginning to set their academic and personal goals with their teachers.  We are very proud of everyone’s hard work and flexibility during this MAP testing window. MAP scores and students’ individual growth goals will be shared with you during our October conferences.

Half Day – Wednesday, September 19th 
Please remember that this coming Wednesday, September 19th is a half day for all students.  All student kindergarten through 6th grade will be dismissed at 11:40.  No students will have lunch at school that day.  

Summer Learning Log Celebration
Each student that turned in a summer learning log indicating they completed the suggested learning minutes, received a goodie bag filled with the sweet surprises (all items are nonedible) and a ticket to participate in our 2nd annual “Pie Face” celebration tomorrow afternoon.  What is this you ask? All ticket-holding participants will have a chance to throw a whipped cream pie at Mrs. Haack, Mrs. Kurtz or other volunteer Collins staff members. Every student will have the opportunity to watch and cheer his or her classmates on.  Last year was super fun, for the students, and super fun, yet sticky for the staff.  We all are looking forward to celebrating our students’ summer learning!

Social Emotional Learning
As you know, in support of one of our District 54 goals, we are emphasizing social emotional learning in our classrooms.  I apologize that the link I sent out last week did not work.  Please explore the Home School Connection attachment below 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.

SEL Home-School Connection Elem Unit 1.pdf

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Erin’s Law 
Four years ago, we began implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  Our school psychologist and social worker will present these lessons to individual classrooms throughout the week of October 22nd.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be communicating with you about the specific day and time of the lesson in their classroom.  Please feel free to contact me at 847-357-6100 if you need clarification or have any questions.

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.

Collins Food Drive and Crusader Madness Shootout
Did you know that 1 in 6 children face hunger in the United States? We will be collecting food for our District 54 Food Pantry September 24th – September 28th.  If you wish to donate items, you can send items to school with your child or bring a canned good with you to our 8thAnnual Crusader Madness Shootout.  The Shootout will take place on Wednesday, September 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Collins gym.  See the attached flyers below for additional details.

Collins Food Drive Flyer 2018.pdf
Crusader Madness Shootout 2018.pdf

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 http://sd54.org/runtoread.

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 athttp://www.scholastic.com/bf/collinselementaryschoolOur 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.

Important Dates
Sept 19th – Half Day Institute day – dismissal @ 11:40 for all students
Sept. 23rd – Run to Read
Sept. 26th – Collins Crusader Madness Shootout 4:00-6:00
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

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal