Collins Cadence

2018-2019 School Year

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Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Sabrina Pomales, Assistant Principal

Emily Hosier, Counselor

From The Principal

We hope all of our Collins families had a great start to the new school year. We have already reached our first progress report snapshot. A printed progress report should come home on Thursday, September 13th.


Parent Access and CANVAS are critical tools to keep up to date on what is coming and how students performed. Attendance is another critical piece to students academic success. Thank you for your partnership as we grow and learn together this year.


That strong partnership is evident in our 2018 Accountability Summary. You will find the link to the report later in this newsletter. It is through our combined commitment to our children that make results like this possible. We are one of four other schools in Conroe Independent School district to earn all possible distinctions from the State of Texas.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, September 13

  • Student Individual Yearbook Pictures
  • Progress Reports Come Home

Wednesday, September 19

  • Read for A Better Life
Thursday, September 20
  • DI Parent Information Night 6:00 PM Collins Library
Monday, September 24
  • Parent Safety Meeting - Cyber Safety; keeping you kids safe online & practical applications 6:30 PM Collins Gym

Friday, October 5th

  • Early Release Day 12:45 PM
Monday, October 8th
  • Columbus Day - No School

Friday, October 19

  • Fall Frenzy 4-7 PM More info coming soon!

Bell Schedule:

8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Lunch Times

5th: 12:00—12:30 p.m.

6th: 12:30—1:00 p.m.

Front Office Times:

8:00 a.m.—4:15 p.m.

PTO

Collins Intermediate PTO Meeting Dates for 2018-2019 School Year- all begin at 1:15pm in the conference room at Collins. Most are on the second Monday of the month but not all so please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

September 10, 2018

October 9, 2018

November 12, 2018

December 10, 2018

January 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 18, 2019

April 8, 2019

May 13, 2019

Attendance

As we begin an exciting new school year, I want to remind everyone of the importance of school attendance and of arriving to school on time. In addition, children who arrive late to school miss the important groundwork that is laid by teachers at the beginning of the day. The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life.

N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy

Awarded to students each nine weeks who reported to each day of school and all classes on time. More detailed information soon to come.

Bad Weather Dismissal

Collins Dismissal Procedures During Inclement Weather:

· Collins will make a call by 3:45 p.m. to announce a “rainy day dismissal”

· Bike riders and walkers will NOT be allowed to bike or walk home during extremely severe rain or when lightning occurs within 5 miles of Collins.

· Families of bike riders and walkers should have a predetermined plan that when heavy rain/lightening is present, the student will ride the school bus or be picked up in the car line.

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2018 Accountability Summary

Orchestra

Collins Orchestra

We are off to a great start in orchestra!


Practice Reports are due every Tuesday. The form should be in each student’s binder. For this grading period it is bright orange to make it easy to find. Detailed information about practice requirements is on the form, in the Orchestra Handbook, and in Canvas.


Orchestra Handbooks are in student binders. Please sign and return the back page if you have not yet done so.

Our calendar is in Canvas, as well as course information. Please check to be sure that you can see your child’s Canvas account. You can add contact information for yourself under settings in Canvas and adjust how and when you want to be notified of assignments and information under notifications.


Honor Orchestra begins September 11. Details have been sent home and are also available in Canvas.


The order forms for the Fine Arts t-shirt have been sent home. Every orchestra student will need a shirt and should return a form. Please note that the shirts run small. If you already have a shirt from a previous year, please be sure it fits and then write on the form that you will be using it. Students in choir should write on their orchestra form that they already have ordered a shirt through choir. Additional order forms are in Canvas.


Library

A big thank you to all who helped with the Back to School Book Fair.

Books ordered online should arrive next week. They will be delivered to your student.

Classes come to the library weekly.Please check with your Language Arts teacher to know what day of the week your student has library. Students can have 2 books checked out at a time.

BLT (Books and Lunch Together) Book Club will kick off Wednesday, September 19 during lunch. Students bring their lunch to the library and we will choose our September/October book.


Nurse

Howdy from the Collins Clinic!


If you have not updated your child’s Student Health Information online through InfoSnap, please do so ASAP. This helps us provide the best care possible for your child while he/she is at school!


Please remember that eye drops, itch creams and cough drops are considered medications and a parent permission form must be filled out before these can be administered at school. Students may not carry any type of medications with them while at school, except asthma inhalers and Epipens as directed by their doctor.


We want all of our students to stay healthy and happy!


Thank you,

Nurse Kendall, R.N.

Counselor

Hi Cobra Parents,


This year, I am proud to continue the tradition of creating a culture of caring, respect, and personal responsibility from the students by incorporating nine positive character traits throughout the guidance curriculum.


Respect is our colossal cobra character trait of September. There are so many ways that children can show respect to adults, peers, and their environment.

Some examples are:

*Treat others the way you want to be treated

*Use good manners

*Accept others and their differences

*Handle conflicts peacefully

*Recycle, watch and reduce food waste


The teachers will be nominating two-four students each month for the Colossal Cobra Character Award. These students will be chosen based on the character trait of the month (showing respect), and will be invited to an award ceremony at the end of the month! This will be a grand celebration for students and their parents to attend with cookies, pictures, and an awesome Cobra pin to take home! We are looking forward to celebrating great character this year!


I am thrilled over the response that I have received from students interested in joining lunch bunch this year! The first round of lunch bunch is in full swing and is currently full, but in early November, I will begin a new round of lunch bunch groups for students who are interested in joining.


My goal is to rotate the lunch bunch groups every 9-10 weeks to give every student who is interested an opportunity to join! Please be on the lookout in the mid October newsletter for more information, or you can check the Collins web site under the counseling tab for info and a link to the lunch bunch permission form.

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Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Twice per week for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead 5th grade girls through interactive lessons and running activities. The season ends with a noncompetitive 5K event. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The gist:

  • 10-week program
  • Meets twice per week
  • 90 minute lessons
  • Team of 15 girls
  • Team will create and execute a community service project
  • Program concludes with a celebratory 5K event


How do I sign up?

Register August 20th-September 10th, 2018

online: www.gotrgreaterhouston.org


Season Starts: The week of September 17th

We will meet: Collins Intermediate Gym after school

Mondays & Tuesdays for 10 weeks


The cost is based on household income:

Ranging from $40-$165

5k Date is December 8th at 8am at

The University of Houston

Destination Imagination

Hi Collins Parents! My name is Stephanie Bogenrieder and I will be the coordinator for the Destination Imagination teams from Collins.Destination Imagination is an extra-curricular program that strives to teach creative problem-solving strategies, team work and life-long skills. Each year students are offered 7 new standards-based challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning. Teams choose one challenge and spend several months perfecting their solution. Teams then present their solutions at Regional, State and Global competitions. Last year Conroe ISD brought 178 teams (Kinder-12th grade) to Regional (hosted at ORHS & ORHS 9), 22 teams to State and 12 teams to Globals. At Globals, performing teams from all over the world gather to display their creative problem-solving abilities.


Parent Information Night: Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:00 PM Collins Library

If interested in DI - please complete the a form by clicking this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/X8hZPu6SsQOBKPiP2



In the coming weeks we will send out information about forming teams and setting practice times. Returning teams are welcome to join as a team!

Future Entrepreneurs Club

Calling all future entrepreneurs!


Join us for an exciting opportunity to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.


Collins is proud to announce that we will co-host an entrepreneur club with TWHS DECA students.


Our Club will include weekly meetings starting Tuesday September 11th through November 6th.

Meetings will take place every Tuesday after school from 4-5:30.


Students will brainstorm and create a showcase product to present at a culminating fair November 17th.

For more information please contact our Collins representatives Megan Martin (mlmartin@conroeisd.net) and Misty Rust (mrust@conroeisd.net).

Band

Art

Choir

Anytime Collins Reminders

Dress Code

· The District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that are any of the following: lewd, violent, suggestive, offensive, vulgar or obscene, or advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages drugs, or any other substance prohibited under FNCF(LEGAL).

· Halter-tops, muscle shirts, and spaghetti-straps tops are not permitted unless covered by another shirt.

· Midriff shirts, or shirts exposing the midsection of the body, are not permitted.

· Blue jean cutoffs or unhemmed shorts are not appropriate dress for elementary/intermediate school classes.

· Make-up/cosmetics may not be worn or applied at school.

· Hats are not to be worn inside a school.

· Hair and hairstyle should not be distractive.

· Spandex clothing, yoga pants and leggings are to be worn under other outerwear that are at least fingertip in length.

· Pants/shorts may not be worn lower than undergarments.

· Students who choose to wear shorts to school must wear them at fingertip length when the student rests his/her arms at his/her side.

· Flip flops may not be worn during P.E. classes.

· Girls may wish to wear shorts under their dresses.

Dresses and skirts should be of appropriate length (fingertip) and tights should accompany shorter dresses, skirts or shorts.

Cell Phones, Smart Watches, and Electronics

Students are allowed to bring cell phones and smart watches to school.

· Once a student enters the building in the morning the cell phone/smart watch/electronic device must be turned off.

· A classroom teacher may allow a student to use a cell phone/smart watch/electronic device as an instructional tool. Once the class is over the device should be turned off.

· Once a student has left the building the device may be turned back on.

Tardy

A student is tardy if they are not in the classroom by the 8:50 bell.

A student tardy to class will:

· Have a tardy marked in the computer

· A note placed in the student planner by the teacher

· After the 3rd, 4th and 5th tardy a warning email will be sent home

· On the 6th tardy the student will be assigned a before school detention

· The tardy counts starts new each nine weeks

Some things to remember:

· Dropping students off by 8:30 a.m. is the best way to ensure a student has time to:

· Put instruments away

· Visit Locker

· Participate in KCOL Broadcast, Pledges, and Moment of Silence

· Be in their classroom prior to the 8:50 bell

Morning Drop Off

Please remember students should not be dropped off before 8 a.m.

No adult supervision is present before 8 a.m. Only honor performance groups with scheduled practice are permitted early arrival.

Transportation Changes

Transportation changes should be communicated between the parent and the child prior to coming to school for the day. Should you feel your child needs a reminder you may contact the front office, prior to 3:15, for notice to be delivered to your child. We understand that an occasion may arise when it is necessary to make a last minute transportation change. These last minute changes should be reserved for emergency situations only. For the safety of our children, these changes should be made before 3:15 p.m.

Checking Out Early

Students leaving early for appointments at the end of the day must be signed out by 3:40 p.m.; we cannot call for students during dismissal.

Students will be called for dismissal upon parent's arrival in the front office. We cannot call for students prior to your arrival.

Afternoon—Students Walkers

We have a large number of students that have become walkers in the afternoon. We do not promote the practice of students meeting their parents in the Kroger shopping center, YMCA or community neighborhoods. Student safety is of upmost importance— it is imperative that students NEVER cross Showdowbend in the middle of the street. A cross walk should always be used when crossing the heavy traffic that exists on our main road.

Car-Line Rules and Procedures

· Cars are required to stop behind the stop sign and not proceed forward until the stop sign is moved approximately 3:55 p.m..

· Parents may not park in the small visitors parking lot and wait for your child.

· Be courteous to those waiting in the car line and not pull around those waiting and “cut” in line before we call for car riders.

· We do not want cars moving in the parking lot when we dismiss walkers and bikers for all students’ safety.

· Students leaving early due to appointments MUST be picked up by 3:40 p.m. so there is no interruption to the dismissal process.

· Walkers and bikers are dismissed at 4:00 p.m.

· For student safety—walkers and bikers should only cross the street using cross walks. · · Children should pause and watch traffic carefully to assure it is safe to cross.

· Car riders are dismissed at 4:05 p.m.

· For afternoon pickup process, please approach the driveway from Woodlands Parkway to Shadowbend turning right into driveway. NO LEFT Hand Turn in the PM. This will avoid traffic congestion from the Research direction.

· Parents may not park within the school zone on the sides of Shadowbend to pick up students. This disrupts traffic flow and it is unsafe for children and adults to be on the busy road.

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Bus Transportation

Registration for Bus Transportation

Students who were registered for bus service last year are automatically renewed each year, so only students who are new or have never registered for service will need to register for bus service. http://bus.conroeisd.net/RegisterTrans.aspx

In the coming days, CISD transportation will open the website to confirm and check all students bus information (pick up / drop off times and locations). https://routeinfo.conroeisd.net/infolocatorrc/info.aspx?OrgGuid=ORG-CONROE&profileguid=conroe_1718


Bus Rider Transportation Tags

Any student riding the bus will be issued a bus tag to be placed on the outside of their backpack. Student’s tag will be scanned as the board the bus to leave each afternoon. If a student loses their tag during the year the child should let his/her homeroom teacher know immediately so that we can provide a replacement.


Bus Dismissal At The End Of School

Students will be dismissed from class to report to their assigned bus. As buses arrive the bus number will appear on the screen in each homeroom. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the screen and leave class to load their bus.


Changing Buses

Students may NOT ride another bus except in emergencies and only with the permission of Collins Administration. Parents must submit a written request at least 24 hours in advance of the change. Administration must have time to verify the change with both sets of parents. Riding home with a friend on Friday to spend the night is not a change that will be approved. Once approved the school will notify transportation and the bus driver.

Lunch & Breakfast

Beginning on the first day of school, parents may send money (cash or check) for their child to set up a lunch account. My School Bucks in an online account that may continued to be used from year to year or a new account set up at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home A Parent Access Account allows parents to see the amount of money available to the child. Please visit: http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/ for menu options and more information. If a student’s account runs out of funds he/she will only be allowed to charge one meal. After the one charge a student will be provided an “alternate meal”. Students are given a reminder to take home to parents when their account is low or out of funds.

Breakfast Prices:

(meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily)

Full Price $ 1.35

Reduced Price $ .30

Non-student Price/2nd Meal $2.30

Lunch Prices:

(meals include an entree, vegetable, fruit, and 1% or skim milk daily)

Full Price $2.85

Reduced Price $ .40

Non-student Price/2nd Meal $3.55
Entree A la Carte $2.00

Fruit/ Vegetable/ Juice/ Bread A la Carte $1.00

Milk A la Carte $.90

Parents may join their child during their scheduled lunch. We have guest table set up on the back wall for our lunch guests.

Parent Access Center

Collins will send our newsletter and other communication home by e-mail and/or phone messages. In order to make sure that we have your e-mail address, please follow the directions below to either update or add your e-mail address.

Go to the CISD homepage at http://www.conroeisd.net.

Click the “Student/Parent” tab,

Click “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

You will see an application for parents to view their student’s information online. Read all of the instructions. Complete the top few lines of information, making sure you use the official name of the student. Continue reading the parent access registration. Just below this paragraph is “Parent/Guardian Information.” The first item is the e-mail address. If your e-mail information is different, you will be prompted to update your e-mail address. If you do not have an account, fill in that information at this time. The student identification number is their CISD number which also happens to be their lunch number. If you are not sure of this number, please look at a previous report card or call the front office. Don’t forget to click the “I Agree” button.

Visitors/Volunteers

· Parents and family are welcome in our building but must check in and out through the front office with a current driver’s license or other form of identification.

· A new security feature has been added to the front doors. After school begins visitors will use a call box to announce arrival then the front desk will buzz you in.

· All parents must complete a volunteer application on-line before volunteering at the school or chaperoning field trips. The application process must be completed every year.

· We encourage you to complete the volunteer application at the beginning of the year instead of prior to a field trip. The approval process could take up to a week to process ad we would not want any parent missing an opportunity to chaperone a field trip due to the application process not being completed.

· To complete an application please click:

http://www.conroeisd.net/parents/get-involved/

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.