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Principal’s Message 10/29

Dear Collins Community,

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that the rain will stay away for our Halloween festivities on Wednesday afternoon. 

Veteran’s Day Tribute
We would like to have all photos of your veteran sent in to Mrs. Blazina by the end of the day Wednesday, October 31st. 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 if you would like to honor a veteran.

We are so excited to see all the creative costumes and Halloween excitement on Wednesday afternoon! Any student that is planning to go home during the lunch hour will need a signed permission slip. If students are getting dressed here at school they should bring their costume with them in the morning and plan to change during lunch.  We will have plenty of adults on hand to help students with their costumes.

Kindergarten students that are going home during lunch will be released by an adult through Doors 5 & 6.

Kindergarten students from room 114 will exit through Door 5.
Kindergarten students from rooms 101, 102 and 115 will exit Door 6.

Any siblings of kindergarten students may also go out Doors 5 and 6 to meet their parent/guardian.

All other students will be released through Door 1.  All students will re-enter the building through Door 1 upon their return after lunch.  Students need to be back in their classrooms by 12:15.  Please see below for timeline for 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

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

Schaumburg Parent University – November 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 November. Please note that child care is always available.

Secret Service Internet Safety Class – November 5
The U.S. Secret Service will educate parents on how they can keep their children safe online. Topics will include inappropriate content, privacy, sexting, cyberbullying and digital citizenship. This event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on November 5 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Secret Service Internet Safety Class Flyer

Mindful Meditation – November 14
As part of our ongoing focus on student wellness, we invite parents and their children to join us in learning how to use the power of something super simple – your breath – to improve concentration, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep and help you handle your response (both emotional and physical) to outside circumstances and situations. Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel to sit on during meditation. This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Mindful Meditation 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.

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de noviembre
La idea de la Universidad para Padres es envolver más a los padres in la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. Hay dos programas nocturnos para noviembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.

Clase de seguridad de internet del Servicio Secreto de los Estados Unidos – 5 de noviembre
El Servicio Secreto de EE. UU. educará a los padres sobre cómo pueden mantener seguros a sus hijos en línea. Los temas incluirán contenido inapropiado, privacidad, sexting, cyberbullying y ciudadanía digital. Sólo para adultos. Este evento tendrá lugar a las 6 p.m. el 5 de noviembre en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194. Clase de seguridad de internet del Servicio Secreto de los Estados Unidos

Meditación de Plenitud Mental – 14 de noviembre
Como parte de nuestro enfoque continuo en el bienestar de los estudiantes, invitamos a los padres y sus hijos a unirse a nosotros para aprender a usar el poder de algo súper simple: su respiración – para mejorar la concentración, reducir el estrés, mejorar la calidad del sueño y ayudarlo a manejar su respuesta (tanto emocional como física) a circunstancias y situaciones externas. Por favor traiga su propia estera de yoga o una toalla para sentarse durante la meditación.  Este evento tendrá lugar de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. el 14 de noviembre de 2018, en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.Meditación de Plenitud Mental 

Regístrese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o Por favor, dejar su nombre, información de contacto, número de participantes, número de niños necesitando cuidado de niños (gratis) y la escuela de su hijo/a. Los intérpretes están disponibles por solicitud.

Important Dates
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


Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal