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STC Summer Scholarships

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 Tuesday, March 31st.  Applications must be in a sealed envelope marked STC Elementary Scholarship application. The Parent/Guardian must be a PTA member as of March 1, 2020. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9PcdQY7lNEmREAAnNAssnYKiDTgW40WOj7CIzhhm0EiUmZw/viewform

ScholarshipApplication2020.pdf
ScholarshipCoverLetter2020.pdf

Field Day Shirts

Field Day Shirts
In the past, we have requested Collins families donate plain, white T-shirts for students to create tie-dye shirts for Field Day however this year we are requesting monetary donations so that we can purchase a specialized shirt for each student! Your donation, along with help from the Collins PTA, will provide each student with a unique shirt for Field Day that can also be used on Spirit Wear days throughout the year! The form and any donations are due back to classroom teachers by Friday, February 28th.  Look for the form to come home with your child on Tuesday, February 18th.

Dine to Donate – 2/26

Dine to Donate at Portillo’s – February 26th
Please help support our PTA this month through Dine to Donate at Portillo’s on Wednesday, February 26th. It’s a great opportunity to support the PTA while dining with family and friends.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  You must give a copy of this flyer or show it electronically at the time of purchase to receive credit for the donation.  Look for a paper copy to come home with your child as well.

Portillo’s Michael Collins Elementary PTA 2.26.20.pdf

Principal’s Message 2/19

Dear Collins Community,

We truly enjoyed seeing all the smiling faces on our students and parents last week.  Conferences are always a wonderful way to celebrate our students accomplishments.  The time spent together is an invaluable opportunity for our children to feel how very proud of them we all are.  We would like to send a huge thank you to Mrs. Viso, Mrs. Arndt and the many volunteers that brought the book fair back for this round of conferences.  We truly appreciate the countless hours they spent organizing and helping our students shop.  Our book fair, selfie station and brag wall were visited by many.  We love working with your children every day and feel fortunate to be able to partner with you to ensure their success.

Dine to Donate at Portillo’s – February 26th
Please help support our PTA this month through Dine to Donate at Portillo’s on Wednesday, February 26th. It’s a great opportunity to support the PTA while dining with family and friends.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  You must give a copy of this flyer or show it electronically at the time of purchase to receive credit for the donation.  Look for a paper copy to come home with your child as well.

Portillo’s Michael Collins Elementary PTA 2.26.20.pdf

Field Day Shirts
In the past, we have requested Collins families donate plain, white T-shirts for students to create tie-dye shirts for Field Day however this year we are requesting monetary donations so that we can purchase a specialized shirt for each student! Your donation, along with help from the Collins PTA, will provide each student with a unique shirt for Field Day that can also be used on Spirit Wear days throughout the year! The form and any donations are due back to classroom teachers by Friday, February 28th.  Look for the form to come home with your child on Tuesday, February 18th.

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 Tuesday, March 31st.  Applications must be in a sealed envelope marked STC Elementary Scholarship application. The Parent/Guardian must be a PTA member as of March 1, 2020. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9PcdQY7lNEmREAAnNAssnYKiDTgW40WOj7CIzhhm0EiUmZw/viewform

ScholarshipApplication2020.pdf
ScholarshipCoverLetter2020.pdf

Important Dates
March 4th – PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM
March 11th – School Spirit Day – ORANGE
March 12th – 1st  – 6th Grade PTA Event – more information to come
March 17th – No School – Election Day
March 20th – Spring Fling Classroom Parties 1:30 – 2:40 PM
​​​​​​​March 23rd – 27th – Spring Break

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

PTA Updates

Updates from the PTA…
Are you curious to learn more about the PTA meetings?   Stay informed by reading the monthly meeting notes on Collins website.  https://collins.sd54.org/pta/

Questions about the PTA?  Please contact Shawna Lochner at shawnalochner@nullgmail.com

Nurse’s Message

Message from our nurse
We often wonder, is my child too sick to go to school? Flu and cold season is upon us and often symptoms may look similar. Attached you will find more information to help determine when your child is healthy enough to return to school.

Message from our Nurse.pdf

Parking Lot Drop-Off Procedure Reminders

Parking Lot Drop-Off Procedure Reminders
With the colder weather we have seen an increase in traffic during our morning drop off.  We would like to remind everyone of the procedures we have in place.  Please remember that the drop off procedures detailed below are designed with student safety being the priority. We do plan to close the lot at 8:25, however should a bus arrive prior to that time, we will close the lot upon its arrival.

  • The front loop of the parking lot will be open for car traffic/parent drop off from 8:15-8:25 each morning. At 8:25, or when the first bus arrives,  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, 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 traffic exiting the parking lot during morning drop off will be asked to make a right turn only onto Summit between 8:15 and 8:40.
  • 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.
  • All traffic will use the lane closest to the school to drop off students.  All other parking lot lanes will be closed from 8:15-8:40 to eliminate cars pulling in and out of parking spots during this time.  Should parents park in the parking spot prior to 8:15, we ask that they remain parked there until 8:40 after all busses have unloaded and departed.

Winter Weather & Drop-Off Information

Winter Weather and Drop-Off Information
As we all know, the snow and cold weather is upon us.  With that said, please be sure that your children dress for the weather.  As long as the wind chill is above 0, we do spend time outside each day.  Coats, mittens/gloves, boots and hat/hood are necessary for children to enjoy time playing in the snow.  If you are having a hard time getting these items, please reach out to one of our social workers to see how we can support you.  Snow is fun for all, and we want all children to be able to participate. Please see the link for information about our SD54 Weather Response Plan.  https://sd54.org/resources/district-54-cold-weather-response-plan/.

Also, if you utilize the drop off zone when snow is on the ground, please note our staff will have you pull up in front of the entrance to the lot. This will allow two cars to unload children in an area that has been cleared of snow and ice.  Also, it is imperative the children exit the vehicle on the sidewalk side of the car.  Boxwood Drive is very busy in the morning and it is dangerous to have children exit the car into Boxwood Drive.

Illinois Report Card

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 2019 report card information posted on the state’s website at illinoisreportcard.com and on the District 54 website at sd54.org/schoolreportcards.

The illinoisreportcard.com website contains results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment and financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 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.

Exciting News!

We wanted to share some exciting news! Collins was recognized in the September issue of Chicago Magazine, ranking number 16 in the Top Elementary & Middle Schools category for Suburban Cook County.  We are so proud of the hard work of our staff and students and the support of our parent community.  Thank you for helping to make Collins such an amazing place.

Check out the news here!