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Principal’s Message 9/16

Dear Collins Community,

We hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend!  Our Happiness wall is filled with family summer memories.  Students and staff love to stop and check out the pictures and descriptions as they walk by.

Because of ever changing temperatures with sometimes cool mornings and warm afternoons, our lost and found is growing by the day.  Please remind your child to look for any missing sweaters and sweatshirts in our lost and found.  We have completed our fall MAP testing and the students are beginning to set their academic and personal goals with their teachers.  We are very proud of everyone’s hard work and flexibility during this MAP testing window. Students will be sharing their goals during conferences which will be held on October 10th and 11th.

Half Day – Wednesday, September 18th
Please remember that this coming Wednesday, September 18th is a half day for all students.  All student kindergarten through 6th grade will be dismissed at 11:40.  No students will have lunch at school that day

PTA
Have you joined the Collins PTA yet?  If not, please visit the website below and join today.  The PTA provides many great opportunities for our students throughout the year.  We would love for you to join us at 4:30 PM on October 2nd  in the library for our next PTA meeting.

https://michaelcollinspta.membershiptoolkit.com/

Clubs
We are excited to announce that we will be offering a variety of before and after school clubs again this school year.  Clubs are a great opportunity for your child to be involved in an extra-curricular activity. We are encouraging every student to join at least one club.

Erin’s Law
Five years ago, we began 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 21st.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be communicating with you about the specific day and time of the lesson in their classroom once they receive the finalized schedule.  Please feel free to contact me at 847-357-6100 if you need clarification or have any questions.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council
Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Consejo Asesor Multicultural de Padres
Únase a nosotros para nuestra primera reunión este próximo martes 17 de septiembre de 6: 30-7: 30 p.m. en el Centro Profesional de Aprendizaje ubicado en la siguiente dirección: 524 East Schaumburg Road.  El tema para la reunión de este mes es Las evaluaciones ACCESS y MAP: ¿Que me dicen sobre el aprendizaje de mi hijo?  Habrá cuido disponible solo para niños de 3 a 5 años.  Para confirmar su asistencia, complete el formulario en la parte inferior de la hoja volante del evento y envíelo de vuelta a la escuela de su hijo/a en o antes del 12 de septiembre. Si usted no recibió una copia de la hoja volante, haga clic en este enlace para obtener el documento en inglés, español, polaco y japonés.  También puede visitar nuestro sitio web para obtener más información.  Si no tiene acceso a una impresora puede comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo/a para obtener una copia del documento.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity
Lou Malnati’s – September 18

The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 18, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidad de apoyo – Lou Malnati’s – 18 de septiembre
La Fundación se ha asociado con Lou Malnati en Schaumburg para recaudar fondos para estudiantes. Coma en u ordene de Lou Malnati en Schaumburg o Lou Malnati Barrington Road el 18 de septiembre, y el 20 por ciento de las ventas totales serán donados a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54. Usted debe traer o mencionar la hoja volante de promoción en el momento de su orden; haga clic aquí para el folleto.

Gracias a todos los que apoyaron a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 el pasado fin de semana, Día del Trabajo, durante el Septemberfest al estacionarse en la Escuela Collins o al comprar comida de nuestro socio sin fines de lucro Riccardo’s.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30
This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents 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 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org

Important Dates
Sept. 18th – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 AM
Oct. 2nd – PTA meeting @ 4:30 PM Collins Library
Oct. 9th – School Spirit Day – Camo Day
Oct. 10th – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 – Student Goal Setting Conferences
Oct. 11th – No School – Student Goal Setting Conferences
Oct. 14th – No School – Columbus Day

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal

Principal’s Message 9/6

Dear Collins Community,

We had another fantastic week of learning. 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.

Picture Day – Monday, September 9th
Picture Day is here!  Each student should have received an order form sometime last week.  You can also order online my by visitng mylifetouch.com and use our Collins picture day ID: EVTS23PKJ

Dine to Donate – Village Tavern Wednesday, September 11th
Please join us for our first monthly Dine to Donate of the 2019-20 school year.  It’s a great opportunity to support the PTA while dining with family and friends.  Please see the attached flyer.  Each sheets includes two forms, so please feel free to keep one for yourself and share the other with a friend.  Please make sure that you bring the flyer with you as we are not allowed to hand them out at the restaurant to anyone that forgot them.  Let’s make this fundraiser a big success!

Dine to Donate Village Tavern 9-11-19.pdf

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council
Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Consejo Asesor Multicultural de Padres
Únase a nosotros para nuestra primera reunión este próximo martes 17 de septiembre de 6: 30-7: 30 p.m. en el Centro Profesional de Aprendizaje ubicado en la siguiente dirección: 524 East Schaumburg Road.  El tema para la reunión de este mes es Las evaluaciones ACCESS y MAP: ¿Que me dicen sobre el aprendizaje de mi hijo?  Habrá cuido disponible solo para niños de 3 a 5 años.  Para confirmar su asistencia, complete el formulario en la parte inferior de la hoja volante del evento y envíelo de vuelta a la escuela de su hijo/a en o antes del 12 de septiembre. Si usted no recibió una copia de la hoja volante, haga clic en este enlace para obtener el documento en inglés, español, polaco y japonés.  También puede visitar nuestro sitio web para obtener más información.  Si no tiene acceso a una impresora puede comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo/a para obtener una copia del documento.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity
Lou Malnati’s – September 18

The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 18, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidad de apoyo – Lou Malnati’s – 18 de septiembre
La Fundación se ha asociado con Lou Malnati en Schaumburg para recaudar fondos para estudiantes. Coma en u ordene de Lou Malnati en Schaumburg o Lou Malnati Barrington Road el 18 de septiembre, y el 20 por ciento de las ventas totales serán donados a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54. Usted debe traer o mencionar la hoja volante de promoción en el momento de su orden; haga clic aquí para el folleto.

Gracias a todos los que apoyaron a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 el pasado fin de semana, Día del Trabajo, durante el Septemberfest al estacionarse en la Escuela Collins o al comprar comida de nuestro socio sin fines de lucro Riccardo’s.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12
Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication:  5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30
This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents 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 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org


La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de septiembre
La idea de la Universidad para Padres está diseñada para involucrar más a los padres en 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 septiembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible y los intérpretes están disponibles, pero deberá solicitarlo de antemano.

Cómo Entender y Planificar con Tiempo para a Universidad– 12 de septiembre 6–7:30 p.m. 
Aprenda cómo planificar con suficiente tiempo para maximizar sus opciones sobre la universidad. Harper College discutirán los diversos tipos de universidades y programas para adquirir títulos, cómo planificar temprano, cómo hacer que la Universidad sea accesible y qué significa que su hijo tenga acceso a educación universitaria. Sólo para adultos.

Fomentando la comunicación saludable y productiva entre padres e hijos – 30 de septiembre 5:30–7 p.m.
Este seminario interactivo, dirigido por el Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, psicólogo clínico del Centro de Psicología de Schaumburg, enseñará a los padres y a los niños / adolescentes estrategias efectivas de comunicación entre padres e hijos. Están bienvenidos en edades 10-17 con sus padres.

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

Important Dates
Sept. 9th – Picture Day
Sept. 18th – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 AM
Oct. 2nd – PTA meeting @ 4:30 PM Collins Library
Oct. 10th – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 – Student Goal Setting Conferences
Oct. 11th – No School – Student Goal Setting Conferences
Oct. 14th – No School – Columbus Day

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                   Assistant Principal

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, we wanted to share with you the District 54 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.

School Closures Information

Dear District 54 community,

Due to the dangerously cold wind chill, District 54 is cancelling all after-school and evening activities today, January 29. This does not include the after-school childcare programs at our schools run by the park districts and YMCA.

In addition, District 54 schools and the Rafferty Center will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31. After-school and evening activities are also cancelled on January 30 and 31, including the Open Enrollment Fair. When schools are closed for a full day, the child care programs are also cancelled at our schools. People interested in open enrollment schools for their children, click here to view the list of school visitation dates and times.

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control, such as extreme weather, sometimes dictate that we close. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 15,000 students we serve and our employees can get to school safely whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -55.

Thank you for your understanding and support. For more information about our notification procedures and a link to our Severe Cold Weather Response Plan, you can visit https://sd54.org/schoolcancellations.

Childcare Options

  • The Campanelli YMCA, 300 W. Wise Road, Schaumburg, will offer a drop-in childcare program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade on THURSDAY ONLY. The YMCA will be closed on Wednesday. For Thursday – the cost is $40 per child for YMCA members and $45 for nonmembers. Send your child with a lunch and a drink. Registration occurs at the Y front desk, limited on a first-come/first-served basis. R
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District will offer childcare for children in kindergarten through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $50 per child. Registration is on a first-come/first-served basis. Register online at [heparks.org]heparks.org and use code 156415-AA for Wednesday or code 156415-AB for Thursday. You can also register at drop-off at the Triphahn Center front desk, 1685 W. Higgins Road.

Student Accident Insurance

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

Health Reminders Regarding Colds and the Flu

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cold and flu

As always, the safety and health of our students is a top priority. At this time of year, we would like to remind families of the importance of using frequent hand washing, proper nose blowing and covering your cough techniques to prevent the transmissions of germs.  Please click on the following link to view a letter for more information on signs and symptoms of colds and flu .