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6th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting 1/30

6th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting
The next 6th grade celebration meeting is:  Thursday 1/30/2020 6:30pm, in the Collins library.  Please join us and bring your ideas!!! We will finalize committees and food choices.  If you can’t join us but still want to help, just let us know!

Thank you for your support in planning this year’s 6th Grade Celebration,
Tina Abbott and Julie Stamper

Collins Happiness Shirts

Collins Happiness Shirts – Don’t miss out!
After many requests, we have opened a new order for our Collins Happiness Shirt! Order your shirt and join us in spreading happiness by wearing orange every Monday and on our upcoming school look-alike day on March 11th. You can order your child a shirt by going to the URL below. All you need to do is order and submit payment online; shirts will be distributed to students at school after the order closes.  Please make sure you put your child’s name and room number in the order notes. The order will close on Wednesday, February 12th. https://www.customink.com/g/dcg0-00c3-s9d3

Principal’s Message 1/21

Dear Collins Community,

As the winter weather continues, please remember to send your child dressed to play outside.  With more snow expected this week, please be sure to send boots, snowpants and warm mittens so students are able to play outside comfortably.

Collins Happiness Shirts – Don’t miss out!
After many requests, we have opened a new order for our Collins Happiness Shirt! Order your shirt and join us in spreading happiness by wearing orange every Monday and on our upcoming school look-alike day on March 11th. You can order your child a shirt by going to the URL below. All you need to do is order and submit payment online; shirts will be distributed to students at school after the order closes.  Please make sure you put your child’s name and room number in the order notes. The order will close on Wednesday, February 12th. https://www.customink.com/g/dcg0-00c3-s9d3

5 Essentials Survey
Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

Students in grades 4-6 will be taking the survey the week of January 13, 2020. For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí para leer la carta del Superintendente Andy DuRoss.

6th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting
The next 6th grade celebration meeting is:  Thursday 1/30/2020 6:30pm, in the Collins library.  Please join us and bring your ideas!!! We will finalize committees and food choices.  If you can’t join us but still want to help, just let us know!

Thank you for your support in planning this year’s 6th Grade Celebration,
Tina Abbott and Julie Stamper

Reproductive System Meetings
All families with a 4th– 6th grader received a letter with the following information last week.

We would like to invite you to attend an informational meeting regarding the Your Reproductive System (Sex Education) program for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students.  This will be an opportunity for parents to preview the materials presented to the students at the intermediate grade levels.  The presentations are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – all sessions will be held at the Rafferty Administration Center, in the Professional Learning Center (522 E. Schaumburg Rd., IL 60194).  Dates for the grade level specific presentations are outlined below:

Fourth Grade – Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fifth Grade – Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sixth Grade – Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Your Reproductive System unit for students will be taught through your child’s elementary school during the health unit. If you have any questions regarding the location or dates and times of the presentations please contact the Department of Student Learning at 847/357-5031.

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.

New Kindergarten Registration
Registration for all new kindergarteners, for the 2020-2021 school year, will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-7:00pm, at your neighborhood school. If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 please read below what you need to do to register for kindergarten.

  1. Current District 54 families, with new kindergarteners, need to register through your Parent Portal account. Print the confirmation you receive and bring it to your neighborhood school on February 5th.
  2. Along with the printed confirmation, you will need to bring your student’s original birth certificate (no copies) showing the student was born on or before September 1, 2015 (State of Illinois regulation).

Should you know of any families that will be new to District 54, please direct them to http://sd54.org/registration to begin the registration process and for further information on the necessary documents needed to complete the registration.

If you have registration questions, please call our office at 847-357-6100.

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

Free Sign Language Classes
District 54’s Deaf Education teacher is offering free sign language classes for parents within District 54 that are interested in learning! The six-week course will be held at Blackwell Elementary from 6:00-7:30PM on Thursdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13). There are no prerequisites to join and childcare will be offered for those who need it. If you would like to sign up, please contact Mary Jo Morley at 847-357-5123 or maryjomorley@nullsd54.org. If you need additional information, please contact Emily Kulacz at emilykulacz@nullsd54.org.

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.

Vaping: New Trends and Impact on our Youth – January 30
According to the American Lung Association, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students have reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. This presentation will help parents learn more about the dangers of vaping/e-cigarettes and how to detect if your children are using them. Our presenters will also discuss how to talk to your children about drug use and how to help them quit these addictive products. For parents and their children (ages preteen and older). Presented in English and Spanish by the Elk Grove Village Police Dept. and Kenneth Young Center. This event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (Door C1). Vaping flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Important Dates
Jan. 24th – Collins Variety Show @ Mead Jr. High Show 1: 6 to 7:15 pm  &  Show 2: 7:45 to 9 pm
Jan. 28th – 4th grade Music Program
Jan. 29th – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 AM
Jan. 30th – 6th Grade Celebration Planning Meeting @ 6:30 PM Collins Library
Feb. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM
Feb. 6th – Kindergarten Registration 9:00-11:00 AM and 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Feb. 13th – Half Day – Parent/Teacher/Conferences
Feb. 14th – No School – Parent/Teacher/Conferences
Feb. 17th – No School Presidents Day

Sincerely,

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

Free Sign Language Classes 1/9-2/13

Free Sign Language Classes
District 54’s Deaf Education teacher is offering free sign language classes for parents within District 54 that are interested in learning! The six-week course will be held at Blackwell Elementary from 6:00-7:30PM on Thursdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13). There are no prerequisites to join and childcare will be offered for those who need it. If you would like to sign up, please contact Mary Jo Morley at 847-357-5123 or maryjomorley@nullsd54.org. If you need additional information, please contact Emily Kulacz at emilykulacz@nullsd54.org.

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

New Kindergarten Registration

New Kindergarten Registration
Registration for all new kindergarteners, for the 2020-2021 school year, will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-7:00pm, at your neighborhood school. If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 please read below what you need to do to register for kindergarten.

  1. Current District 54 families, with new kindergarteners, need to register through your Parent Portal account. Print the confirmation you receive and bring it to your neighborhood school on February 5th.
  2. Along with the printed confirmation, you will need to bring your student’s original birth certificate (no copies) showing the student was born on or before September 1, 2015 (State of Illinois regulation).

Should you know of any families that will be new to District 54, please direct them to http://sd54.org/registration to begin the registration process and for further information on the necessary documents needed to complete the registration.

If you have registration questions, please call our office at 847-357-6100.

Schaumburg Parent University Classes – January

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.

Vaping: New Trends and Impact on our Youth – January 30

According to the American Lung Association, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students have reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. This presentation will help parents learn more about the dangers of vaping/e-cigarettes and how to detect if your children are using them. Our presenters will also discuss how to talk to your children about drug use and how to help them quit these addictive products. For parents and their children (ages preteen and older). Presented in English and Spanish by the Elk Grove Village Police Dept. and Kenneth Young Center. This event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (Door C1). Vaping flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Principal’s Message 1-10

Dear Collins Community,

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fun and relaxing break. We have had a wonderful first week of school in 2020.  We all enjoyed catching up with the students and hearing about their fun winter break activities. Looks like we will may be getting some snow this weekend.  Please remember to send snow pants and boots with your child so they are prepared to go outside for recess.

Dine to Donate at Panda Express (Golf/Roselle location)  – January 15th
Please help support our PTA this month through Dine to Donate at Panda Express on Wednesday, January 15th. 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.

Panda Express Dine to Donate Collins PTA.pdf

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

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

5 Essentials Survey
Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

Students in grades 4-6 will be taking the survey the week of January 13, 2020. For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí para leer la carta del Superintendente Andy DuRoss.

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.

New Kindergarten Registration
Registration for all new kindergarteners, for the 2020-2021 school year, will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am and 5:00-7:00pm, at your neighborhood school. If your child turns 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 please read below what you need to do to register for kindergarten.

  1. Current District 54 families, with new kindergarteners, need to register through your Parent Portal account. Print the confirmation you receive and bring it to your neighborhood school on February 5th.
  2. Along with the printed confirmation, you will need to bring your student’s original birth certificate (no copies) showing the student was born on or before September 1, 2015 (State of Illinois regulation).

Should you know of any families that will be new to District 54, please direct them to http://sd54.org/registration to begin the registration process and for further information on the necessary documents needed to complete the registration.

If you have registration questions, please call our office at 847-357-6100.

Free Sign Language Classes
District 54’s Deaf Education teacher is offering free sign language classes for parents within District 54 that are interested in learning! The six-week course will be held at Blackwell Elementary from 6:00-7:30PM on Thursdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13). There are no prerequisites to join and childcare will be offered for those who need it. If you would like to sign up, please contact Mary Jo Morley at 847-357-5123 or maryjomorley@nullsd54.org. If you need additional information, please contact Emily Kulacz at emilykulacz@nullsd54.org.

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.

Vaping: New Trends and Impact on our Youth – January 30

According to the American Lung Association, more than 3.6 million U.S. middle and high school students have reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. This presentation will help parents learn more about the dangers of vaping/e-cigarettes and how to detect if your children are using them. Our presenters will also discuss how to talk to your children about drug use and how to help them quit these addictive products. For parents and their children (ages preteen and older). Presented in English and Spanish by the Elk Grove Village Police Dept. and Kenneth Young Center. This event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (Door C1). Vaping flyer

To register please visit the SPU Online Form or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children needing childcare (free) and your child’s school.

Important Dates
Jan 20th – No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 24th – Collins Variety Show @ Mead Jr. High Show 1: 6 to 7:15 pm  &  Show 2: 7:45 to 9 pm
Jan. 28th – 4th grade Music Program
Jan. 29th – Half Day dismissal @ 11:40 AM
Feb. 5th – PTA Meeting @ 4:30 PM
Feb. 6th – Kindergarten Registration 9:00-11:00 AM and

Sincerely,​​​​​​​

Nell Haack   and   Katie Kurtz

Principal                  Assistant Principal

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.