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Principal’s Message 10/1

Dear Collins Community,

It is hard to believe but October has arrived!  We are excited to see all of our families later this week for Parent/Teacher/Student Goal Setting Conferences.  Last week Mr. Cahoj and Mr. Pappas, along with the help of several staff volunteers, hosted our 8th Annual Crusader Madness Shootout.  It was a huge success!  We asked families to consider bringing a food item to donate upon entering the shootout.  Today, we were so excited to share with our students over the morning announcements that we were able to pack 38 boxes, with a total of 1,123 food items, to send to the District 54 Food pantry!  WOW! The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me.

Reminder – Half Day Thursday, October 4th 
Please remember that this coming Thursday, October 4th is a half day for all students.  All students, kindergarten through 6th grade will be dismissed at 11:40.  No students will have lunch at school that day

Parent/Teacher/Student Goal Setting Conferences
Just a reminder, this Thursday and Friday we will be hosting our annual goal setting conferences. During this conference, your child will share with you the goals they have set for themselves. We are looking forward to seeing you at Collins with your child(ren) at the time you have scheduled.  Be sure to stop by the gym on Thursday evening to check out the Scholastic Book Fair too. If you have questions about your child’s conference time, please call our office at 847-357-6100.

PTA Announcements
The PTA would like to remind you of our upcoming PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd at 4:30!   We invite everyone to attend to learn more about the PTA or to ask questions about upcoming events.

Also, a friendly reminder to send in your child’s $5.00 donation to his/her classroom for the upcoming Halloween party and this year’s Spring Fling!

For up to date information, please join us on Michael Collins PTA page. ​​​​​​​

Dates to remember
Picture retake – October 22nd
Harvest Dance – November 15th

PTA Meeting Agenda

October 3, 2018

  •  Principal’s message
  • Treasurer’s report
  • STC news
  • Classroom Reps
  • Harvest Dance
  • Scholastic Donation
  • Community Giving Program
  • Holiday Shop

MAP Reports
On Thursday, October 4th, you will receive an email containing your child’s most recent MAP testing results. Our staff is looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s academic and social emotional progress thus far.

PARCC Reports and ISA Results
Last spring, all of our third through sixth grade students took the state assessment called PARCC and our 5th graders also took the ISA (Illinois Science Assessment).  We are excited to announce our students continue to show amazing growth in reading, math and science as measured by these assessments. You will receive the results of the assessments your child took during conferences.

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.  Last week, the Schaumburg Fire Department conducted an unannounced fire drill.  The students and staff did a fantastic job practicing the procedures we have in place.

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter 8-18.pdf

From Our Nurse
As a reminder, all  Kindergarteners, 6th graders and new students must turn in proof of physicals and immunizations.  Please send those into school as soon as possible.  Those students who do not provide this health information must remain home after October 15th until we receive the necessary information.  Should you have any questions, please call our office at 847-357-6100.

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.

2018/2019 PTA Reflections
The Reflections Program is here for the 2018-2019 school year!  Reflections is the National PTA Arts Program that asks students to get creative. The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me”. Students can enter as many projects as they like, in as many categories as they like. The categories are Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition and Film Production. So draw, paint, make a collage, write something, take a photo, compose a song, choreograph a dance or produce a movie. All projects must reflect this year’s theme.

Reflections 2018.pdf

Anti-Bullying Presentation for Parents – Oct. 9
As you know, District 54 is committed to ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well-being of all students. This fall we introduced a new social-emotional learning curriculum at all grade levels focused on the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged.

We value our relationships with our students’ parents as we work together to support the children in this community. Therefore, District 54 will host a presentation for parents and other adults in our community about the negative effects of bullying and what we can do as a community to create a culture of kindness and respect.

Humanity Rising is partnering with Kirk Smalley of Stand for the Silent to deliver this powerful message in October, National Bullying Prevention Month. Mr. Smalley will talk about how his own son committed suicide after being bullied.

The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at our Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Click here to access the flyer for the event.

We hope you will make plans to join us. And please reach out to us if there is ever anything we can do to better support your child.

Schaumburg Parent University – Happiness Advantage Class Sept. 27
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 kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to attend at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 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.

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.

Important Dates
Oct. 3rd – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 Collins Library
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
Oct. 9th – Walk and Bike to School Day
Oct. 17th – Collins Annual Turkey Trot @ 4:00 PM (information coming home in backpacks)


Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal