Evacuation – October 16th

I wanted to keep you informed, and let you know that this morning we evacuated Collins School and called the fire department due to a gas odor in the building. Our maintenance department responded to the school, shut down the gas and pumped fresh air from outside into the building. They were able to determine the source of the leak and fix it; and the fire department said it was safe to return to the building.

We are so proud of your children for doing an excellent job evacuating the building quickly.

Principal’s Message for October 13th, 2017

Thank you all for taking the time to attend our student goal setting conferences last week. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to a wonderful year ahead.  As you know, this school year we are focusing on the 8 Keys of Excellence to build character, confidence, and leadership at Collins.  We are highlighting the key of Ownership in the month of October.  We are teaching our students that taking ownership means being responsible for your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions.  During their community time, teachers and students will explore the key through books, scenarios and discussions.  We teach students that the keys of excellence are not exclusive to Collins.  Be on the lookout for students exemplifying Ownership at home too.

Report Cards

District 54 launched an online report card at the end of last school year.  Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to see their children’s report cards online by November 21, 2017. 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 during the first week of October with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you did 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.


Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner! Please click on the link to view the letter regarding Halloween that includes specific details about our afternoon festivities.  As a reminder, please do not send in any edible treats with your child for their class party. No food items will be served at parties this year.  Room representatives have also arranged for volunteers to help run the parties.  Only those who have been previously arranged will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in at the front door and receive a visitor sticker.  We thank you in advance for your patience as we check everyone in and for helping to ensure our students’ safety.  Please see below for timeline of the afternoon:

11:45-12:45     Lunch for all students

1:00-1:30         All school Halloween parade (Parade will be outside weather permitting)

1:30-2:40         Classroom Parties

We ask that you be especially thoughtful in creating costumes which will be worn at Collins.   The District 54 School Board has a policy which prohibits weapons or look-alike weapons at school.  In choosing an appropriate costume for your child to wear at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • No fake blood, gore, scary costumes or costumes depicting violence
  • No weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, chains, whips, plastic swords, etc.)
  • Ensure that costumes are appropriate and inoffensive to all ages at our school
  • Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to change into costume)
  • No one may wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering

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Holiday Vendor Fair

Do you craft? Sell a product, or service? We need you! Our upcoming holiday shop and vendor fair will be Saturday, December 2nd. 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 if you aren’t already. Please contact  for more info.

Bernie’s Book Bank Book Drive

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 the Chicagoland area.  Two out of three low income children have no books of their own.  Their mission is to move children from poverty to gaining knowledge through reading, which enables a legitimate pursuit of happiness.  They believe that books and reading are both the vehicle and the road to a better life.

Collin’s goal is to collect 1,500 gently used books for ages birth through 6th grade to support their cause and get books in the hands of kids. Our drive begins on Monday, October 16th and ends on Friday, October 27th.  Please consider donating any books your family has outgrown.

Erin’s Law Reminder

Just a reminder that we will be implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  Our school psychologist and social worker will present these lessons to individual classrooms throughout the week of October 16th.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be communicating with you about the day of the lesson in their classroom.  Please click on the following link for the Erin’s Law Parent Letter for more information and feel free to contact Mrs. Haack or Mrs. Kurtz at 847-357-5300 if you need clarification or have any questions.

Principal’s Message for October 2nd, 2017

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week has started off well. We are looking forward to seeing you this week for our fall goal setting conferences.  Please remember that students will be dismissed at 11:40 on Thursday, October 5th, have no school on Friday, October 6th and no school Monday, October 9th.

Collins Clips for October 2nd


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