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Principal’s Message 4/1

Dear Collins Community,

We are having a fantastic first day back after what we hope was a restful break for everyone.  We loved seeing the students greet their classmates and teachers with excitement as they shared their spring break memories.

No School – Tomorrow April 2nd
As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2nd due to the local elections.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
Our third through sixth grade students will begin to take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness on April 8th. This test will be given to students throughout the state of Illinois.

Please see the schedule below and attached letter for more information about the assessment.

Monday, April 8th 3rd – 6th grades ELA 1
Tuesday, April 9th 3rd – 6th grades ELA2
Wednesday, April 10th 3rd – 6th grades Math1
Thursday, April 11th 3rd – 5th grades Math 2
Friday, April 12th 4th – 5th grades
6th grade
Math 3
Math 2
Monday, April 15th 3rd and 6th grades Math 3

IAR Parent letter 2018-2019.pdf

Collins Art Show
You are invited to the 2019 Collins Art Show on Monday, April 22nd from 4-5 PM. Every student will have an artwork displayed in the show fitting with the theme “Seasons”. Students who attend will receive a full stamp card and a certificate for their achievement in art! The show is an open-house style art show. Walk around, take photos in the photo booth, and write a fan letter to an artist you are impressed by!

Summer of 54 Camp Registration
What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirt.  Camp opportunities offer:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25th and closes on Friday, April 19th.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration.

Bernie’s Book Bank Drive
April 1st though April 12th, Collins will be sponsoring a book drive to support Bernie’s Book Bank.  Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes, and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.  The organization serves 300,000 children annually.  Check them out at, Facebook, or Instagram.  If possible, please check your bookshelves at home and collect any gently used books that your family could donate to the drive.  There will be bins near door 8 for your child to donate the books through April 12th.  There will also be a bin near the front entrance on the night of the Fun Fair.  They accept gently used books ranging from birth to sixth grade, but they do not accept any workbooks or activity books.  Thank you for supporting the book drive and the Chicagoland community!

Bernies Book Bank – Book Drive Flyer for Collins April 2019 (1).pdf

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 was sent home prior to break, 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!

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

Ask the Doc – April 10
Dr. Michael Feld, Child/Adolescent Board Certified Psychiatrist, will answer your questions on mental health issues, parenting strategies, current medical and non-medical trends in interventions, and/or effects of gaming, sleep and media on child development. This event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Ask the Doc flyer​​​​​​​

Summer Camp Expo – April 24
Visit tables to learn about the various summer camps and programs available for your child in Schaumburg and the surrounding area. This event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24, 2019, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Summer Camp Expo flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form 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.

STC Summer Scholarships 
Every year, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s offers summer scholarships to elementary students enrolled in grades K through 7 in District 54. Each scholarship is valued up to $125, and covers most summer camps, programs and workshops. We have attached the instruction sheet and application and both are also available in our main office or online by clicking the link below. The Google Docs link will allow you to fill out the information on line, however, you will still need to print everything and submit it to our office.  We will still accept scholarship applications through Wednesday, April 3rd. Applications must be in a sealed envelope marked STC Elementary Scholarship application. The Parent/Guardian must be a PTA member as of March 1, 2019.

STC Summer Scholarship Cover Letter 2019.pdf

STC Summer Scholarship Application 2019.pdf

Important Dates
April 2nd – No School

April 3rd – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM 

April 8th – 16th – IAR for 3rd – 6th grade students 

April 12th – Collins Fun Fair 6:00-9:00 PM

April 22nd – Collins Art Show Open House 4:00-5:00 PM

April 26th – Fun at Frost Night for 6th grade students attending Frost 

April 26th – Welcome to Mead Night for 6th grade students attending 
May 1st – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 AM


Nell Haack   and     Katie Kurtz

Principal                     Assistant Principal