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Principal’s Message 10-19

Dear Collins Community,

We hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoyed the fall temperatures and sunshine.  We had such an amazing turn out for our Collins/Dirksen Annual Turkey Trot this past Wednesday. Mr. Cahoj and Mr. Pappas reported we collected over 500 food items filling 25 boxes! Thank you to all the participants for your generous donations to support our District 54 food pantry.  It certainly was a terrific afternoon for a run.

Picture Retake Day
Students who already had their pictures taken but do not wish to keep them, should bring in their original picture package as payment for retakes.   If students have not yet had their picture taken they will need to purchase a picture package online using the information provided below or may request a payment form from the office.

Michael Collins Elementary School Retake Day is: Monday, October 22

Picture Day ID: RN038017Q0

Veteran’s Day Tribute
To honor the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces, we asking you to send in a photo of your veteran. Photos can include parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. One photo per veteran please. As in previous years, the photos will be displayed in the hallway for all the students to see. Students will also be asked to participate in a tribute video introducing their veteran. Email photos to Zilda Blazina at  no later than Wednesday, October 31 if you would like to honor a veteran.

Halloween is just a week and a half away. Your child should have brought home the letter with further details about our afternoon festivities.  Please see the attachment below if you did not receive one. Please see below for timeline of the afternoon:

11:15-12:15   Lunch for all students

12:30-1:00     All school Halloween parade (Parade will be outside weather permitting)

1:00-2:10      Classroom Parties.

2:30              Dismissal

We ask that you be especially thoughtful in creating costumes which will be worn at Collins.   The District 54 School Board has a policy which prohibits weapons or look-alike weapons at school.  In choosing an appropriate costume for your child to wear at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No fake blood, gore, scary costumes or costumes depicting violence
  • No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, chains, whips, plastic swords, etc.)
  • Ensure that costumes are appropriate and inoffensive to all ages at our school
  • Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to change into costume)
  • No one may wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering

Halloween Letter 2018.pdf

Math Night: Escape Room – October 24
Parents, guardians and students in kindergarten through sixth grade will use math, collaboration and creative thinking to unlock clues and solve problems. This event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on October 24, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Math Night Flyer

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

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

2018/2019 PTA Reflections
The deadline to submit a project for The Reflections Program is October 31st  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

Important Dates
Oct. 22nd – Picture Retake Day 1:00 PM
Oct. 31st – Halloween
Nov. 6th – No School
Nov. 7th – PTA Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Nov. 9th – End of First Trimester
Nov. 12th – 2nd Grade Music Program @ 6:15
Nov. 15th – Harvest Dance grades 4th, 5th and 6th
Nov. 21st – 23rd – No School Thanksgiving

Have a fabulous weekend!


Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal