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Principal’s Message 8/13

Dear Collins community,

We are looking forward to seeing you and your families this coming Thursday, August 15th,  for our Annual Back to School Picnic/Teacher Meet & Greet! We are all ready to welcome our students back from their summer adventures.  We wanted to send along important information regarding the first day line-up, arrival and dismissal procedures along with upcoming events.  Please read all the information below and the attached documents for more information.

New Collins Staff
Please help us welcome our new Collins staff members!  Sam Daly 3rd grade, Lily Phillips 5th grade, Jennifer Schiro 5th grade, Becca Weisz Art Itinerant, Kevin Hurt PE Itinerant, Laurey Benshish SLP, Sherry Magnuson long term sub for Ashley Winstead, Haneen Abbasi School Psychologist, Jennifer Gilligan Nurse, Jackie Romano EL Resource, and Christine Ruhl Paraprofessional, Jean LaPorte K-1 Acceleration teacher

Office Hours – Building Closed Thursday, August 15th  until 1:00 PM
Please remember our building will be closed from until 1:00 PM this coming Thursday, August 15th.  
Our entire staff will be attending a District 54 back to school event together.  Our office will be open Thursday, August 15th from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Friday August 16th 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 847-357-6100.

Annual Collins Back to School Picnic/Teacher Meet & Greet – Thursday, August 15th
This is my absolute favorite evening of the school year! Please join us this Thursday for our Back to School Picnic/Teacher Meet & Greet.  The picnic will take place behind Collins school on the black top and in Apollo Park.  Classroom open house visits and supply drop off will take place between 4:30-6:00 PM. The picnic will be from 5:00-7:00 PM.  There will be food and beverages available for purchase from a variety of vendors for your convenience.  Food sales will take place between 5:00-7:00.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to come meet the Collins staff, other Collins families, join PTA, and much more!

First Day of School for 1st-6th Grades – Monday, August 19th  
Our first day is less than one week away!  As in years past, for the first day only, students will line up outside between 8:15 AM and 8:40 AM with their classmates and teachers.  We have attached the map for your reference.   Staff will be available to direct students that may be getting off a bus or unsure of where to go for the first day. We ask that you say good-bye to your child in line or at the school doors. Only students will enter the building, even on the first day of school. Several staff members will be on hand to assist any children that are unsure of where to go.  The school day begins at 8:40 AM and will dismiss at our regular time of 3:00 PM.

Collins First Day Line Up 2019.pdf

*Information for kindergarteners first day will be coming soon.

Arrival and Dismissal
We strive to provide a safe and efficient process for both arrival and dismissal.  We appreciate your cooperation and we thank you for helping out by doing your part in keeping our students safe on their way to and from school.  Please speak to your child(ren) prior to the start of the school day about how they are getting home each day to avoid any confusion.  Please read the attached letter for details.

Arrival_and_Dismissal_Procedures 2019.2020.pdf

Curriculum Nights – Tuesday August 27th and Wednesday, August 28th 
Save the date(s)!  Our Curriculum Night(s) will be held on two separate evenings again this year in an attempt to limit the traffic.  Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade teachers will be prepared to welcome parents and talk through their curriculum and expectations for the year on Tuesday, on August 27th.   Teachers in grades 1st, 3rd and 5th will be presenting on Wednesday, August 28th.

Both evenings will begin at 6:00 PM in the Collins gym with a short presentation followed by classroom presentations.  On Tuesday, August 28th there will also be a brief PTA meeting in the gym prior to the classroom presentations. During the classroom presentations, our teachers will be sharing valuable information about your child’s curriculum, classroom procedures, and our school wide behavioral program.

Specifics on the session times will be sent as the dates get closer.

Important Dates
August 15th   – Annual Collins Back to School Picnic/Teacher Meet & Greet (4:30-6:00 classrooms 5:00-7:00 Picnic)
August 19th   – First Day of School Grades 1-6
August 26th   – First Day of School for Kindergarten
August 27th  – Curriculum Night (Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 6th)  & General PTA meeting 6:00 PM
August 28th  – Curriculum Night (grades 1st, 3rd and 5th)
Sept. 2nd – No School Labor Day
Sept. 9th  – Picture Day

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal