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Principal’s Message 10/31

Dear Collins Community,

Happy Halloween!  We are so grateful to our amazing community for coming out to smile, wave and make our students feel special today during our Halloween parade. It was so wonderful to see the sun shining and the students beaming with pride.  Thank you to the many parent volunteers that made the classroom parties so fun and special.  We hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Hopping into Happiness at Collins School!
At the beginning of the school year, Collins families received a copy of The Orange Frog Family Reading Guide, which is a parable based on the foundations of The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  This year we will be bringing The Happiness Advantage to life at Collins School by focusing on the different happiness habits. You can refer to pages 77-79 in your Orange Frog Family Reading Guide to learn more about the Happiness Tactics & Habits.  November will be gratitude month!  Focusing our attention on things we are grateful for has numerous positive benefits.  We need to take time to reflect on things we are grateful for. Tomorrow, each student will bring home a calendar that will give you a space to record your gratitudes as a family. With the limited space available on the calendar, you can jot down a key word or short phrase that represents your gratitude. The discussion that takes place as a family is much more important.  Once the calendar is complete, please return it to school during the first week of December.  We would love to honor your family on our Collins Family Gratitude Wall.

Illinois Report Card
The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2018 report card information is expected to be posted on Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the state’s website at District 54 will also make it available on our website at

The website contains results from the PARCC assessment, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment, district-level financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 4 through 8, certified staff and parents last year.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6100. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Boleta de Calificaciones de Illinois
La Junta de Educación del Estado de Illinois publica anualmente los informes escolares que muestran cómo cada escuela, cada distrito y el estado se están desempeñando en una amplia gama de objetivos educativos. Se espera que la información de la boleta de calificaciones de 2018 se publique el miércoles 31 de octubre en el sitio web del estado El Distrito 54 también lo pondrá a disposición en nuestro sitio web en

El sitio web  contiene los resultados de la evaluación PARCC, así como información sobre datos demográficos de estudiantes y maestros, inscripciones e información financiera a nivel de distrito. La boleta de calificaciones también incluye los resultados de la encuesta 5Essentials, que se entregó a los estudiantes de los grados 4to a 8vo, el personal certificado y a los padres el año pasado.

Si usted no tiene acceso a Internet o prefiere recibir una copia impresa, puede llamar a la escuela al xxx-xxx-xxxx. Si desea copias de las boletas de calificaciones de más de una de las escuelas del Distrito 54, llame al Departamento de Relaciones Comunitarias del Distrito 54 al (847) 357-5027.

Important Dates
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 great afternoon!


Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal