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Principal’s Message 3/13

Dear Collins Community,

We have had another wonderful start to our week! It was great to see all of the 1st – 3rd grade students tonight at the PTA sponsored Magic Show. A lot of budding magicians left the gym tonight with smiles on their faces.

Spring Fling Classroom Parties – Friday, March 22nd 1:30-2:40 PM
Spring is finally in the air!  PTA Room Reps, please provide names of all volunteers to Collins office or classroom teacher no later than Friday, March 15.  Volunteer names not provided in advance cannot be permitted to participate in any classroom parties.

Volunteer Check In will be between 1:15 -1:30 in the GYM.

Questions, please email Shawna Lochner at

Parking Lot Drop-Off Procedure Reminders
Just a few things we would like to ask everyone using our parking lot drop-off in the morning to remember.  Our drop off procedures detailed below are designed with student safety being the priority. For the past two years we have worked with transportation to help ensure that no buses arrive prior to 8:25 to allow us to have the 10 minute parking lot drop-off window for your convenience. However, when the first bus arrives, we will close the lot at that time. Please do not pull into the lot behind a yellow bus.

  • The front loop of the parking lot will be open for car traffic/parent drop off from 8:15-8:25 each morning. Adult supervision in the front loop begins at 8:15.  At 8:25, barricades will go up at the entrance closing the lot to car traffic.
  • We ask that all traffic pull as far up to the end of the front loop, past the curve, to drop off students. Staff members will be posted along the front lane to assist with drop off and keep traffic moving.  Please be mindful of their requests to pull up as far as possible before allowing students out of your vehicle.  By pulling forward, this allow more cars into the loop and we will decrease the back-up on Summit.
  • Parents should stay in the car and the student(s) must exit through the passenger side of the car only with all of their belongings. Please note, in order to successfully keep the traffic moving, students should be ready to hop out quickly.
  • All vehicular traffic in the drop off lane needs to be in single file. Cars should not attempt to go around any stopped daycare busses and/or cars.

Collins Fun Fair – Friday, April 12th
Collins Annual Family Fun Night will be Friday, April 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm at the school.  There will be many games, prizes, face painting, a cake walk, and a food court to purchase dinner and snacks.  Collins students and younger siblings are all welcome to play games and win prizes!   Many parent and family volunteers are needed to make this a successful event.  Please consider volunteering for a 2 hour shift to help with games, face painting, prizes, food court, or ticket sales.  A Volunteer flyer will be coming home soon, or you can email Carolyn Taylor, , to let me know your availability to help.  Any time that you can volunteer to help is greatly appreciated!

Pennies for Patients 
Collins has signed up to raise funds in the fight against blood cancer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series. We will be collecting coins from Monday, March 18th to Friday, March 22nd. Thank you in advance for helping us understand how we are saving lives just by turning in spare change.

By collecting donations, LLS is able to fund more effective therapies. In the 1960’s the survival rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia was 3%. Today it’s approximately 90% thanks to many research advances funded by programs like Student Series.

Registration for 2019/2020 School Year
Registration for the 2019/2020 year will be available through the parent portal starting Monday, April 1, 2019.

If you do not have a parent portal account, you should receive an email on March 15 with instructions and a link to do so.

Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.

We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what

Families invited to Multicultural Event March 16
Schaumburg School District 54’s Department of Language and Culture is excited to be hosting our annual Multicultural Event in collaboration with the Schaumburg Park District on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Community Recreation Center (CRC). The purpose of the Multicultural Event is to celebrate the diverse cultures in District 54 and the surrounding communities. Students and their families have the opportunity to experience and showcase their cultures through performances, crafts, games, and food.

The event will take place at the Community Recreation Center from 11:30-2:30 p.m. The Community Recreation Center (CRC) is located at 505 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194. Parking is available at the Schaumburg Park District and Hoover Elementary School. During this free event, students and families can participate in games, crafts, and activities that represent countries around the world. There will also be food available to purchase. Food vendors will accept cash.

For more information, please see the Multicultural Event Flyer 2019.

We look forward to seeing you at the Multicultural Event on March 16th!

Important Dates
March 22nd – Spring Fling Classroom Parties 1:30-2:40 
March 22nd – Spring Break begins at 3:00 PM
April 1st – School Resumes
April 2nd – No School
April 3rd – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM


Nell Haack   and     Katie Kurtz

Principal                     Assistant Principal