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Principal’s Message 1/18

Dear Collins Community,

We have filled our happiness wall with the marvelous snowflakes of pictures/photos depicting a happy moment from your two week break.  All the snowflakes look amazing and definitely have brought smiles to everyone that passes.  We have definitely enjoyed the first couple of weeks back after winter break. We spent some time reviewing expectations and getting back into our daily routines.  Thanks to our wonderful PTA, we were able to bring The Pro-Kids Show by Tim Hannig back this past Monday.  Mr. Hannig’s show is full of magic, music, comedy, audience participation, and even funny puppet sidekicks.  The students were truly engaged while he shared messages about respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, and many other character qualities.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the show!

No School Monday
Please remember there will be no school on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Day.

Our School, Our Story
Thanks to our generous PTA, every Collins family is receiving 1 complimentary copy of the book, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser. Be looking for this book to come home today!  The entire Collins community will be reading this book as part of our new program, Our School, Our Story.

We will all be reading The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street at home over the next six weeks A suggested reading schedule along with more information about a special visit from the author of this book can be found on the handout that will come home with the book today.

From our Nurse
Welcome to 2019! While we are all settling back into our school routine, some wonder if it is safe or even wise to let children play outside during the cold winter months. Contrary to what many people believe, medical experts agree that outdoor play for children is healthy and essential, even in winter.  We will go out daily for some fresh air for recess when the temperature is above zero degrees with the wind chill.  When the wind chill index and/or air temperature reaches below zero degrees or when precipitation causes outdoor activities to be extremely uncomfortable and/or dangerous, recess is held indoors.  Please know that we do monitor the weather up to the last minute and make the decision about recess as close to lunch time as possible.  Please be on the look-out for a handout with more information to come home in your child’s backpack.

Hot Lunch Help
Are you able to volunteer for an hour or two? Our students need you!  We are in need of volunteers to help sort and deliver hot lunches to classrooms for our students. Please consider donating a little of your time.  You can use the link to the hot lunch volunteer sign up page below.

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2382639/false#/invitation

Social Emotional Learning
During the month of January, our teachers will be working through two units in our social emotional learning curriculum.  We are excited for our lessons in January as the units focus on Culture & Perspective and the other unit focusing on Empathy and Bullying.  We have attached the Home School Connection about each unit

Culture and Perspectives Home School Connection.pdf

Empathy and Bullying Home School Connection.pdf

PTA Auction Donation Request
Thank you so much to those of you that have already donated! We are still in need of items to fill baskets for the Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s auction which will be held March 8th.  The proceeds of the auction allow the STC to offer college scholarships to former SD54 students as well as summer camp scholarships for current students.  Each grade level is being asked to provide items to fill one basket.  Please find the details on the attached flyer below.

STC Auction Baskets.pdf

5Essentials Survey
District 54 will again be participating in the 5Essentials Survey.  We value this information as a tool to help us continue to improve. We will only receive the results from the parent survey if at least 20 percent of our parents take the survey. The 5Essentials survey now includes fourth- through eighth-grade students.  It is our plan to complete the survey at school prior to winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

Kindergarten Registration
Registration for incoming Kindergarten students will be held on Wednesday, February 6 for the 2019-20 school year. Registration for students will be from 9:00-11:00AM and 5:00-7:00PM at Collins. If you have neighbors with a child who will be five years old before September 1, please let them know about Kindergarten Registration.Visit https://sd54.org/resources/registration/ for more information.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

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

Literacy Night – 6-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23
Come join us for a night of interactive writing where your family’s creativity is in control of the story line. Clues will lead you to special treats as well as a keepsake. Parents and students, aged preschool – eighth grade, are welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de enero
La idea de la Universidad para Padres es envolver más a los padres in la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.

Noche de Alfabetización – 23 de enero 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Únase a nosotros para una noche de escritura interactiva donde La creatividad de tu familia está en control de la historia. Las pistas que cada familia recopila en el camino les llevaran a encontrar una pequeña sorpresa que les servirá como un recuerdo de este memorable momento juntos. Padres y estudiantes (preescolar – octavo grado) son bienvenidos.

Estos eventos se llevarán a cabo en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Regístrese visitandohttps://goo.gl/TB49x7. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o spu@nullsd54.org.

Important Dates
Jan. 21st – No School  – Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 23rd – Open Enrollment Fair at 6:00-7:30 at District 54 Professional Learning Center
Jan. 30th – Half Day-Student Dismissed at 11:40 AM
Feb. 6th –  PTA Meeing at 4:30 
Feb. 6th   – Kindergarten Registration 9:00-11:00 AM and 5:00-7:00 PM

Feb. 14th – Half-day –  Student-led Conferences; dismissal at 11:40 AM

Feb. 15th  – No school  – Student-led Conferences

Feb. 18th  – No school  – Presidents Day observed

Stay safe this weekend!

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and     Katie Kurtz

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Coming Soon

We are proud to announce two BRAND NEW events coming to Michael Collins Elementary School in the next few months. The Michael Collins Engineering Fair and the Our School, Our Story Literacy Night. Be sure to mark these nights on your calendar as you will not want to miss all the fun!

Principal’s Message 12/21

Dear Collins Community,

Wishing you all a wonderful winter break and a happy and healthy New YearWe hope you will find time to enjoy your family and friends. We have had a super busy and fun week at Collins!  Yesterday our Collins Choir stood outside and sang winter carols to all the students as they arrived, we played an all school game of Name that Holiday Tune and today we are enjoying the comforts of an all school holiday pajama day and afternoon Holiday Sing Along.  

Our winter break will begin at 3:00 today, Friday, December 21st.  We will resume school on Monday, January 7th.  

Social Investment and Happiness
Winter break is here! We are hoping that these two weeks are a relaxing and stress free time for you and your families.  Page 70 of The Orange Frog Family Reading Guide highlights the importance of social investment.  It states, “The greatest predictor of long-term happiness is social support.” Therefore we are hopeful that many of you are able to take advantage of this time to connect with family and friends.

With this in mind, when we return from break, each student will be sent home with a snowflake template.  Our hope is to fill our happiness wall with pictures/photos depicting a happy time they spent with friends or family over the two week break.  All the snowflakes will be hung on our happiness wall to bring a smile to everyone that passes by.  Please be on the lookout for the snowflake on January 7th.

5Essentials Survey
District 54 will again be participating in the 5Essentials Survey.  We value this information as a tool to help us continue to improve. We will only receive the results from the parent survey if at least 20 percent of our parents take the survey. The 5Essentials survey now includes fourth- through eighth-grade students.  It is our plan to complete the survey at school prior to winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

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

Learning how good outcomes in adulthood are connected to strong emotional regulation and resiliency skills in childhood – 5:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 14
This educational seminar will focus on teaching parents of children and adolescents concrete skills towards improving emotional regulation, problem-solving skills, and nurturing resiliency for optimal functioning in school, extracurricular activities, and social life. Adults only.

Literacy Night – 6-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23
Come join us for a night of interactive writing where your family’s creativity is in control of the story line. Clues will lead you to special treats as well as a keepsake. Parents and students, aged preschool – eighth grade, are welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de enero
La idea de la Universidad para Padres es envolver más a los padres in la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. Hay dos programas nocturnos para enero. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.

Aprenda cómo los buenos resultados en la edad adulta están conectados a una fuerte regulación emocional y habilidades de adaptación adquiridas durante la infancia – 14 de enero 5:30-7 p.m.

Este seminario educativo se enfocará en enseñarles a los padres de niños y adolescentes habilidades concretas para mejorar la regulación emocional, habilidades para resolver problemas y fomentar la capacidad de recuperación para un funcionamiento óptimo en la escuela, actividades extracurriculares y socialmente. Sólo para adultos.

Noche de Alfabetización – 23 de enero 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Únase a nosotros para una noche de escritura interactiva donde La creatividad de tu familia está en control de la historia. Las pistas que cada familia recopila en el camino les llevaran a encontrar una pequeña sorpresa que les servirá como un recuerdo de este memorable momento juntos. Padres y estudiantes (preescolar – octavo grado) son bienvenidos.

Estos eventos se llevarán a cabo en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Regístrese visitandohttps://goo.gl/TB49x7. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o spu@nullsd54.org.

Important Dates
Dec. 22nd – Jan. 6th – Winter Break – No School

Jan. 7th – School resumes

Jan. 9th – PTA meeting @ 7:00 PM

​​​​​​​Jan. 21st – No School  – Martin Luther King Day

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and     Katie Kurtz

Principal                     Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 12/14

Dear Collins Community,

It is hard to believe that next week is our final week of school in 2018!  The students are doing a wonderful job of staying focused on their learning despite the excitement of the season. We are so proud of them.

We would like to thank our PTA volunteers for organizing and helping out at our Holiday Shop both yesterday and today.  The students that shopped truly enjoyed the independence of choosing the perfect little something for his/her loved ones.  To celebrate the final week before winter break, we will again be having Holiday Spirit Days.  Participating in these spirit days is completely optional. Please see the list below if your child is interested in participating.

Monday, December 17th:  Holiday hat/headband/hair day!

Tuesday, December 18th:  Holiday sock day!

Wednesday, December 19th:  Holiday shirt, sweater or sweatshirt day!

Thursday, December 20th:  Holiday Name that Tune!  ​​​​​​​

Friday, December 21st:  Holiday pajama day!

Please remember, all students will go out for some fresh air for recess when the temperature is above zero degrees with the wind chill.  We do monitor the weather up to the last minute and make the decision about recess as close to lunch time as possible.  Snow pants and boots are needed if your child wants to play in the snow.

Parking Lot Drop-Off Procedure Reminders
With the winter temperatures 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, 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.
  • Students will walk on the sidewalk and will be able to enter the building at the closest entrance (Door 1 or Door 2).
  • 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.
  • Doors (1, 2 and 8) will be open for students to stand in the foyer from 8:20-8:25 every morning.  At the 8:25 bell, students will go to their classrooms.

5Essentials Survey
Just a reminder that the parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15, 2019, athttps://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

2019 Multicultural Event Performance Information and Interest Form 
District 54 is once again excited to host our annual Multicultural Event in collaboration with the Schaumburg Park District. Our event will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in Schaumburg. During the event, student groups have the opportunity to give performances that reflect various cultures.

If you are interested in performing, please complete and submit the online Performance Interest Form no later than Monday, December 17. More information can be found on the Performance Information Flyer.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the performances, as well as how you might be able to help with the event.

If you have questions about the Performance Interest Form or the informational meeting, please contact Nancy Hellstrom at (847) 357-5068 or Nicole Lumpp at (847) 357-5072.

Evento Multicultural 2019 Formulario de Información e Interés para Actuaciones
Una vez más el Distrito 54 está entusiasmado de poder presentar una vez mas nuestro evento multicultural anual en colaboración con el Distrito de Parques de Schaumburg.  Este evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 16 de marzo de 2019 en el Community Recreation Center (CRC) en Schaumburg. Durante el evento, los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de presentar actos grupales que reflejen diversas culturas.

Si usted está interesado en presentar un acto, complete y someta el Formulario de Información e Interés para Actuaciones en línea a más tardar el lunes 17 de diciembre. Puede encontrar más información en el folleto de información sobre actuaciones.

Habrá una reunión informativa el jueves 6 de diciembre a las 3:30 p.m. en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional (524 E. Schaumburg Road). Durante esta reunión, usted tendrá la oportunidad aprender más sobre los requisitos para someter actuaciones y también como usted puede ayudarnos con el evento.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el formulario de interés para presentar actuaciones y/o la reunión informativa, por favor, siéntase en la libertad de ponerse en contacto con Nancy Hellstrom (847) 357-5068 o Nicole Lumpp (847) 357-5072.

Important Dates
Dec. 21st – Winter break begins at 3:00 PM
Jan. 7th – School Resumes
Jan. 9th – PTA meeting @ 6:00 PM

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 12/10

Dear Collins Community,

The busy holiday season has begun!  This week we will wrap up our winter MAP testing.  We are exceptionally proud of our students for putting forth their very best effort.   A week ago Saturday we had our Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Sing and vendor fair.  We had such a wonderful turnout!  Students, parents, grandparents and staff truly enjoyed this festive day.  Thank you to our fabulous PTA for hosting this amazing event. Specifically, Mr. Nelson and the countless number of volunteers who helped to make our breakfast so successful. We would like to also thank Mrs. Carvell, Mrs. Ross, and Mrs. Stegall for organizing and preparing our students to entertain us throughout the morning with their voices and musical instruments.

Fit for Kids and Fitness Brain Power – Cancelled Thursday, December 13th 
Due to the use of the gym for our holiday shop, both Fitness Brain Power and Fit for Kids will be cancelled this week Thursday, December 13th.

Holiday Shop
The student Holiday Shop will be held during the school day this week on Thursday, December 13th and Friday, December 14th.  Students will visit the shop during the school day.  Please see the schedule below.

The items range in price from $.50 to $11.00 with most items at the $5.00 price point. A budget envelope to fill out and send in money for the shop was sent home with each student.  If you did not receive one, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. PTA parent helpers will be present to assist the students with their shopping needs.   Please email mregilio@nullhotmail.com  if you would like to volunteer to help with the Holiday Shop or have any questions.

Holiday Shop Schedule 2018 – Holiday Shop Schedule (2).pdf

5Essentials Survey
District 54 will again be participating in the 5Essentials Survey.  We value this information as a tool to help us continue to improve. We will only receive the results from the parent survey if at least 20 percent of our parents take the survey. The 5Essentials survey now includes fourth- through eighth-grade students.  It is our plan to complete the survey at school prior to winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

5Essentials Parent Survey letter 2018.pdf

2019 Multicultural Event Performance Information and Interest Form 
District 54 is once again excited to host our annual Multicultural Event in collaboration with the Schaumburg Park District. Our event will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in Schaumburg. During the event, student groups have the opportunity to give performances that reflect various cultures.

If you are interested in performing, please complete and submit the online Performance Interest Form no later than Monday, December 17. More information can be found on the Performance Information Flyer.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the performances, as well as how you might be able to help with the event.

If you have questions about the Performance Interest Form or the informational meeting, please contact Nancy Hellstrom at (847) 357-5068 or Nicole Lumpp at (847) 357-5072.

Evento Multicultural 2019 Formulario de Información e Interés para Actuaciones
Una vez más el Distrito 54 está entusiasmado de poder presentar una vez mas nuestro evento multicultural anual en colaboración con el Distrito de Parques de Schaumburg.  Este evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 16 de marzo de 2019 en el Community Recreation Center (CRC) en Schaumburg. Durante el evento, los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de presentar actos grupales que reflejen diversas culturas.

Si usted está interesado en presentar un acto, complete y someta el Formulario de Información e Interés para Actuaciones en línea a más tardar el lunes 17 de diciembre. Puede encontrar más información en el folleto de información sobre actuaciones.

Habrá una reunión informativa el jueves 6 de diciembre a las 3:30 p.m. en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional (524 E. Schaumburg Road). Durante esta reunión, usted tendrá la oportunidad aprender más sobre los requisitos para someter actuaciones y también como usted puede ayudarnos con el evento.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el formulario de interés para presentar actuaciones y/o la reunión informativa, por favor, siéntase en la libertad de ponerse en contacto con Nancy Hellstrom (847) 357-5068 o Nicole Lumpp (847) 357-5072.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedesel Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo  a la  Fundación educativa del Distrito 54
Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el viernes 14 de diciembre en el Sears Center Arena de Hoffman Estates, y una parte de los ingresos de cada boleto comprado se donará a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54.

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o para comprar boletos! 

La noche de adquisición de boletos a beneficio del Distrito 54 contará con estudiantes del Distrito 54 que participaran en presentaciones y otras experiencias en la cancha antes y durante el juego, y un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo.

Los Windy City Bulls participaran en una asamblea en la escuela que venda la mayor cantidad de boletos.

Important Dates
Dec. 13th and 14th – Student Holiday Shop
Dec. 21st – Winter break begins at 3:00 PM
Jan. 7th – School Resumes
Jan. 9th – PTA meeting @ 6:00 PM

Stay warm!

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 11/30

Dear Collins Community,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families.  Although the snow shortened our week, we had a fun filled, learning packed four days in school. Our MAP testing is underway and our students are working hard to show us what they know.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Holiday Sing and Vendor fair tomorrow.  See below for more details on this event and much more!

Gratitude Calendars
The gratitude calendars that were sent home with students in the beginning of November can be turned in on December 3rd.  Students who completed their calendar will turn these into their classroom teachers and then be given a pennant to decorate. All the directions of what they have to do with their pennant will be on the sheet.  We can’t wait to see how many students’ pennants will be added to our Collins Happiness wall. We hope that you enjoyed doing this as a family and that the students were able to scan the world for appreciation and gratitudes all around them.

Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Vendor Fair and Holiday Sing – Saturday, December 1st
We look forward to seeing everyone come and enjoy our annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Vendor Fair and Holiday Sing tomorrow. 

The vendors will be ready at 8:00 and the doors for the breakfast will open at 8:30.  We have several vendors for your shopping pleasure, such as Lip STAYne by Lisa, Young Living Essential Oils, ISAGENIX, H2O at Home, MichELF’S Holiday Signs, Slimetasticmagic14, Drab to Fab, Holiday Wreaths and the Scholastic Book Fair.

Please remember that the student Holiday Shop will be taking place during the school day on December 13th and 14th.  More information regarding the student Holiday Shop will be shared closer to those dates.

Below are the times that each grade level is scheduled to sing if your child chooses to participate.  Please pay close attention to your child’s room assignment, as we have split some grade levels this year.  The sing will take place upstairs in both the library and the music room, 218.

8:35-8:45: kinder 101 + 114 (music room)

8:35-8:45: kinder 102 + 115 (library)

8:55-9:05: 1st 106 + 107 (music room)

8:55-9:05: 1st 103 + 104 + 105 (library)

9:15-9:25: 2nd grade 108+109 (library)

9:35-9:45: 2nd grade 110 + 112 (library)

9:55-10:05: 3rd grade 113 + 215 (library)

10:15-10:25: 3rd grade 216 + 217 (library)

10:35-10:45: 4th grade (library)

10:35-10:45 : Orchestra (music room)

10:55-11:05 Collins choir (library)

11:15-11:25: 5/6th grade (library)

Collins Community Giving
If you would like to make a gift donation or provide a gift card to a community family, please have your child bring the donation to the office by December 14th. Attached, you will find more information and suggested donation items. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

CollinsCommunityGiving Updated 11.7.pdf

5Essentials Survey
District 54 will again be participating in the 5Essentials Survey.  We value this information as a tool to help us continue to improve. We will only receive the results from the parent survey if at least 20 percent of our parents take the survey. The 5Essentials survey now includes fourth- through eighth-grade students.  It is our plan to complete the survey at school prior to winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

5Essentials Parent Survey letter 2018.pdf

Hot Lunch 2nd Half Deadline Reminder
Hot Lunch orders for the 2nd half of the year (Jan 8th to May 28th, 2019) are due on Saturday December 1st, 2018.  Checks should be sent in prior to the deadline, but will also be accepted before noon on Monday Dec 3rd in the office.  Please place your order online herehttps://collinselementary.h1.hotlunchonline.net/

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Hamm and Randi Arndt athotlunchcollins@nullgmail.co

2019 Multicultural Event Performance Information and Interest Form 
District 54 is once again excited to host our annual Multicultural Event in collaboration with the Schaumburg Park District. Our event will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in Schaumburg. During the event, student groups have the opportunity to give performances that reflect various cultures.

If you are interested in performing, please complete and submit the online Performance Interest Form no later than Monday, December 17. More information can be found on the Performance Information Flyer.

There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the performances, as well as how you might be able to help with the event.

If you have questions about the Performance Interest Form or the informational meeting, please contact Nancy Hellstrom at (847) 357-5068 or Nicole Lumpp at (847) 357-5072.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedesel Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

Si usted está interesado en presentar un acto, complete y someta el Formulario de Información e Interés para Actuaciones en línea a más tardar el lunes 17 de diciembre. Puede encontrar más información en el folleto de información sobre actuaciones.

Habrá una reunión informativa el jueves 6 de diciembre a las 3:30 p.m. en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional (524 E. Schaumburg Road). Durante esta reunión, usted tendrá la oportunidad aprender más sobre los requisitos para someter actuaciones y también como usted puede ayudarnos con el evento.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el formulario de interés para presentar actuaciones y/o la reunión informativa, por favor, siéntase en la libertad de ponerse en contacto con Nancy Hellstrom (847) 357-5068 o Nicole Lumpp (847) 357-5072.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedesel Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo  a la  Fundación educativa del Distrito 54
Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el viernes 14 de diciembre en el Sears Center Arena de Hoffman Estates, y una parte de los ingresos de cada boleto comprado se donará a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54.

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o para comprar boletos!
La noche de adquisición de boletos a beneficio del Distrito 54 contará con estudiantes del Distrito 54 que participaran en presentaciones y otras experiencias en la cancha antes y durante el juego, y un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo.

Los Windy City Bulls participaran en una asamblea en la escuela que venda la mayor cantidad de boletos.

Important Dates
Dec. 1st – Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Sing and Vendor Fair
Dec. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM
Dec. 13th and 14th – Student Holiday Shop  (more information soon)
Dec. 21st – Winter break begins at 3:00 PM
Jan. 7th – School Resumes
Jan. 9th – PTA meeting @ 6:00 PM

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 11/20

Dear Collins Community,

On behalf of the entire Collins staff, we would like to share how grateful we are to work with such an amazing community.  Thank you for all that you do to support our efforts in ensuring student happiness and success. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  We hope that you have been enjoying the conversations surrounding your November family gratitude calendar.  More information will come out next week regarding turning them in at the conclusion of this month.

If you do not already follow us on Twitter or Facebook, check us out! You can look on our school website for our links. We have several staff members sharing through these social media outlets as well.

No School – November 21st – November 23rd 
There is no school tomorrow, Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Report Cards Online Nov. 21
As a reminder, parents/guardians are able to view report cards online for this trimester today,  Nov. 21 on the District 54 Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal. The portal is a website and app where parents and guardians can view their children’s grades, assignments, immunizations, test scores, demographic information and report cards. If you have not previously logged on to the portal, contact our front office for instructions on how to obtain a secure access.

MAP Testing
The next round of MAP testing begins Monday, November 26, 2018.  We are excited to see the growth that our students have made since the fall. Each student will take both a reading and math assessment.  Please see the attached schedule for specific dates.  It is always helpful to ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep, is here on time and eats a healthy breakfast.

Collins Winter MAP schedule 2018.docx.pdf

5Essentials Survey
District 54 will again be participating in the 5Essentials Survey.  We value this information as a tool to help us continue to improve. We will only receive the results from the parent survey if at least 20 percent of our parents take the survey. The 5Essentials survey now includes fourth- through eighth-grade students.  It is our plan to complete the survey at school prior to winter break. If you do not want your child to participate, please contact me. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

5Essentials Parent Survey letter 2018.pdf

Collins Holiday Breakfast and Vendor Fair
Our Annual Collins Holiday Breakfast is right around the corner.  The date on the pre-order form that was previously sent home was incorrect.  The date of our breakfast and vendor fair is Saturday, December 12018.  Please see the correct form attached below. Pre-orders are due by Tuesday, November 27.

Collins Holiday Breakfast Pre-order.pdf

Collins community!! Do you craft? Sell a product, or service? We need you! Our upcoming holiday shop and vendor fair will be Saturday, December 1st 8am-12pm.

Cost is $25 per vendor and all sales are yours. Please note, we will not have two or more of the same product, so the first person to contact me will have the space. This is open to all, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors.

It is never too late to join PTA if you are not already a PTA member at this time.  Each vendor must be a PTA member. Please contact mregilio@nullhotmail.com for more info.

Hot Lunch 2nd Half Deadline Reminder
Hot Lunch orders for the 2nd half of the year (Jan 8th to May 28th, 2019) are due on Saturday December 1st, 2018.  Checks should be sent in prior to the deadline, but will also be accepted before noon on Monday Dec 3rd in the office.  Please place your order online herehttps://collinselementary.h1.hotlunchonline.net/

If you have questions, please contact Carrie Hamm and Randi Arndt at hotlunchcollins@nullgmail.com

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedesel Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo  a la  Fundación educativa del Distrito 54
Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el viernes 14 de diciembre en el Sears Center Arena de Hoffman Estates, y una parte de los ingresos de cada boleto comprado se donará a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54.

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o para comprar boletos!
La noche de adquisición de boletos a beneficio del Distrito 54 contará con estudiantes del Distrito 54 que participaran en presentaciones y otras experiencias en la cancha antes y durante el juego, y un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo.

Los Windy City Bulls participaran en una asamblea en la escuela que venda la mayor cantidad de boletos.

Important Dates

Nov. 21st – 23rd – No School Thanksgiving
Nov. 26th – Dec. 7th – Winter MAP Window
Dec. 1st – Annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast, Sing and Vendor Fair
Dec. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM
Dec. 13th and 14th – Student Holiday Shop (during the school day, more information to come)

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 11/12

Dear Collins Community,

We hope you all had an amazing weekend.  It was so wonderful to see so many families painting together at our PBIS Paint Along Event last week.  Seeing the creativity and smiles throughout the gym was a great reminder of just how important it is to slow down and spend quality time with one another.  Thank you for your participation.

Spiritwear
Our Collins Spiritwear is available for one more day!  Please see the attached flyer for more information on ordering online

Spiritwear Flyer.pdf

Collins Holiday Breakfast and Vendor Fair
Our Annual Collins Holiday Breakfast is right around the corner.  The date on the pre-order form that was previously sent home was incorrect.  The date of our breakfast and vendor fair is Saturday, December 12018.  Please see the correct form attached below.

Collins Holiday Breakfast Pre-order.pdf

Collins community!! Do you craft? Sell a product, or service? We need you! Our upcoming holiday shop and vendor fair will be Saturday, December 1st 8am-12pm.

Cost is $25 per vendor and all sales are yours. Please note, we will not have two or more of the same product, so the first person to contact me will have the space. This is open to all, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors.

It is never too late to join PTA if you are not already a PTA member at this time.  Each vendor must be a PTA member. Please contact mregilio@nullhotmail.com for more info.

Hot Lunch 2nd Half Deadline Reminder
Hot Lunch orders for the 2nd half of the year (Jan 8th to May 28th, 2019) are due on Saturday December 1st, 2018.  Checks should be sent in prior to the deadline, but will also be accepted before noon on Monday Dec 3rd in the office.  Please place your order online here https://collinselementary.h1.hotlunchonline.net/.    If you have questions, please contact Carrie Hamm and Randi Arndt at hotlunchcollins@nullgmail.com.

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

Mindful Meditation – November 14

As part of our ongoing focus on student wellness, we invite parents and their children to join us in learning how to use the power of something super simple – your breath – to improve concentration, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep and help you handle your response (both emotional and physical) to outside circumstances and situations. Please bring your own yoga mat or a towel to sit on during meditation. This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on November 14, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Mindful Meditation Flyer

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de noviembre
La idea de la Universidad para Padres es envolver más a los padres in la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. Hay dos programas nocturnos para noviembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.

Meditación de Plenitud Mental – 14 de noviembre

Como parte de nuestro enfoque continuo en el bienestar de los estudiantes, invitamos a los padres y sus hijos a unirse a nosotros para aprender a usar el poder de algo súper simple: su respiración – para mejorar la concentración, reducir el estrés, mejorar la calidad del sueño y ayudarlo a manejar su respuesta (tanto emocional como física) a circunstancias y situaciones externas. Por favor traiga su propia estera de yoga o una toalla para sentarse durante la meditación.  Este evento tendrá lugar de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. el 14 de noviembre de 2018, en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.Meditación de Plenitud Mental 

Regístrese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o spu@nullsd54.org. Por favor, dejar su nombre, información de contacto, número de participantes, número de niños necesitando cuidado de niños (gratis) y la escuela de su hijo/a. Los intérpretes están disponibles por solicitud.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo  a la  Fundación educativa del Distrito 54
Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el viernes 14 de diciembre en el Sears Center Arena de Hoffman Estates, y una parte de los ingresos de cada boleto comprado se donará a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54.

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o para comprar boletos!

La noche de adquisición de boletos a beneficio del Distrito 54 contará con estudiantes del Distrito 54 que participaran en presentaciones y otras experiencias en la cancha antes y durante el juego, y un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo.

Los Windy City Bulls participaran en una asamblea en la escuela que venda la mayor cantidad de boletos.

Important Dates

Nov. 12th – 2nd Grade Music Program @ 6:15
Nov. 15th – Harvest Dance grades 4th, 5th and 6th @ 6:00-7:00 PM (parent must be present)
Nov. 21st – 23rd – No School Thanksgiving
Nov. 26th – Dec. 7th – Winter MAP Window
Dec. 1st – Collins Holiday Breakfast, Vendor Fair and Holiday Sing
Dec. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 11/5

Dear Collins Community,

We hope you enjoyed your weekend and your week is off to a great start!

This afternoon our school practiced a Hard Lock Down Drill under the guidance of the Schaumburg Police Department.  This is the drill that students and staff would use if there ever was a safety risk in the school.  Our students and staff did an amazing job!  This drill was an unannounced drill so that we could test our systems and evaluate how we respond.  District 54’s School Resource Officer Detective Scarpa was impressed with our students and staff and how well they did during the drill.

We will be talking as a staff about the drill while looking to identify additional ways to keep everyone safe.  We obviously hope never to need to use these procedures, but it helps all involved to know that they have the skills needed to respond if an emergency should arise.

No School Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6th 
Due to election day, we will have no school tomorrow.

Collins Holiday Breakfast and Vendor Fair
Our Annual Collins Holiday Breakfast is right around the corner.  The date on the pre-order form that was previously sent home was incorrect.  The date of our breakfast and vendor fair is Saturday, December 12018.  Please see the correct form attached below.

Collins Holiday Breakfast Pre-order.pdf

Collins community!! Do you craft? Sell a product, or service? We need you! Our upcoming holiday shop and vendor fair will be Saturday, December 1st 8am-12pm.

Cost is $25 per vendor and all sales are yours. Please note, we will not have two or more of the same product, so the first person to contact me will have the space. This is open to all, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors.

Each vendor must be a PTA member. Please contact mregilio@nullhotmail.com for more info.

Agenda for PTA meeting 11/7 at 6:00 PM 
– Principal’s Message
– Treasurer’s Report
– STC News
– Harvest Dance
– Holiday Breakfast/Vendor Fair
– Kids’ holiday Shop
– Community Giving

Social Emotional Learning
Each month our teachers focus on one or two new themes for social emotional learning.  The theme for November will be Self-Regulation and Calming Techniques.  I have attached the Home School Connection newsletter that will provide more information and ways you can continue this learning at home.

SEL Home School Connection.pdf

From our Collins Cares Club Members
Dear Families, Our club is currently starting an animal shelter drive. We will be collecting food and items for the Helping Paws Animal Shelter and Almost Home Animal Shelter. On November 1st a flyer was sent home with all the items we will be collecting and the dates we start and end. We hope you find this as something you are willing to support!

Sincerely,

Zak F. and Mia W.
Collins Cares members​​​​​​​

End of Trimester and Report Cards
The first trimester ends on November 9, 2018. Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to view his or her child’s report card online by November 21, 2018. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you do not receive an email but would like to create a portal account, please contact our office.  If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

Important Dates
Nov. 6 – No School
Nov. 7  – PTA Meeting @ 6:00 PM
Nov. 9  – End of First Trimester
Nov. 12  – 2nd Grade Music Program @ 6:15
Nov. 15  – Harvest Dance grades 4th, 5th and 6th
Nov. 21 – 23 – No School Thanksgiving

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal

Student Accident Insurance

Please see the attached form if you are interested in purchasing Student Accident Insurance for the 2018-2019 school year.