In honor of International Happiness Day, which is March 20th, we have dedicated the entire month of March to promoting happiness in ourselves and those around us. We kicked off the month with about 25 student ambassador volunteers cheering for our staff as they came through the doors into work, some as early as 7:00 AM, on Thursday, March 1st. The surprise on our staff members faces, was priceless! The students who participated truly enjoyed spreading happiness to our staff that morning and that happiness momentum has continued over this last week.
Did you know that 1 in 6 children face hunger in the United States? Collins Cares Club is collecting food for the Schaumburg Food Pantry and our District 54 Food Pantry. The club members chose to focus on food school age children would want in their lunches. Of course, any food item is appreciated. This food drive runs from March 5th to March 23rd. Thank you for your support.
Report cards will be available to view through the parent portal on March 13th. If you need assistance with the parent portal please call our main office 847-357-6100
PTA is in need of volunteers to assist with the distribution of butterbraids on Monday, March 19th. Any time you can help out between 2:30 and 5:30 is greatly appreciated. Please contact Heather Large at email@example.com if you are able to help out.
Our Fun Fair Committee is also in need of a volunteer to run and organize our annual cake walk during our Fun Fair on Friday, May 4th. Please contact our committee chairperson, Carolyn Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with this event.
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month has led to a number of planned student-led civic engagement efforts and protests, including school walkouts. We are currently aware of three nationwide dates for planned student walkouts.
- March 14: The Women’s March Youth Empower Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. and remain outside for 17 minutes to represent the 17 killed in Florida.
- March 24: March 4 Our Lives – This is taking place on a Saturday.
- April 20: National School Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out at 10 a.m. and not return to school that day.
We know that many of our students are aware of these protests, but we have no indication at this time that any of our students plan to participate. As was stated in the letter sent to parents in February, our priorities continue to be keeping students safe and remaining focused on teaching and learning.
With the large, peaceful protests at Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates High Schools in February, we anticipate that some younger students may be interested in following suit. We still do not encourage students leaving the school during the school day. However, we do support First Amendment rights for students and respect the students across the country who are speaking up for themselves. Should any of our students walk out, we will not be issuing consequences as long as they behave appropriately. We will also be prepared to respond with supervision to keep them safe. We will have staff members stationed in the hallways and other common areas during this time period to ensure that the students who wish to engage in this activity have the time, space and opportunity to do so, while also making sure that it does not create safety issues or disrupt the learning and instruction for those who choose not to participate.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for working with us to support our children.
We had a fun filled exciting week at Collins! We started the week with an amazing PBIS Paint-Along night, kindergartners went on a field trip to the Spring Valley Nature Center, our student Ambssadors greeted our staff as they arrived on Thursday morning with cheers and signs and our Rube Goldberg Machine club participants placed second in their competition over the weekend. What a fabulous week! The students in our Rube Goldberg Machine club, along with their club leader Ms. Rawleigh, worked together to achieve their goal of creating a machine that could pour a bowl of cereal with at least ten stops. Their machine design and Harry Potter theme earned them the title of the second best of all schools that competed. Our Collins team consisted of Julia K., Tirzah S., Aarya G., Kieran R. Keegan Z., Zak F., Aidan M. and Reese N. We are extremely proud of all their hard work and ingenuity!
Please take a moment to read the Collins Clips for additional information and a look ahead at all of our March school and PTA activities.
All students will have a half day of school this coming Wednesday, March 7th. Kindergarten through 6th grade students will be dismissed at 11:40 on Wednesday. No students will be eating lunch at school on this day.
Art, Science, and a Touch of Magic! Please join us for a night of fun as Ben’s Bubble Show will not disappoint! Flyers with additional information were sent home today with all 1st – 3rd grade students so check their backpacks. Due to limited space, this event is a first come, first served basis. Please return the bottom of the flyer no later than Friday, March 9th. Please call our main office if you did not receive a flyer.
Thank you to all of our Collins Families that attended the paint-along on the 26th. Students and parents enjoyed a paint-along lesson from our Art Teachers, Ms. Andrews and Ms. Baumann, while answering PBIS Trivia Questions from our PBIS coaches, Mrs. Patterson and Ms. Miller. All students that completed the Trivia questions earned a full stamp card to spend at our Creed Store. Generous families donated $150 towards the Creed Store. Thanks to your donations, students will enjoy “purchasing” exciting, new items at a future Creed Store.