2019-2020 School Year Vol. 100
From The Principal
Welcome to Collins and the 2019-2020 school year! We are looking forward to an incredible year. The next week and a half will be filled with preparation, both in your home and at Collins, to ensure we have a successful school year. We look forward to serving your family as we focus on building thriving and strong young men and women.
I would also like to introduce our new Assistant Principal and Counselor.
Mr. Barnhart is excited to join the Collins family. He has eighteen years in education as both a math teacher and curriculum leader. He starts his first administrative position with us.
Mrs. McCure has come back home to the Woodlands community. She began her teaching career in Aldine ISD as an English teacher. Mrs. McCure has twenty-one years in education and fourteen years in school counseling. We are happy to welcome her back to our wonderful community.
Monday, August 12th
- AM Introduction Email from New Homeroom teacher sent to all families if returning families have completed InfoSnap returning student registration
- 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Meet the Teacher/Collins Express
Wednesday, August 14th
- First Day of School
Monday, August 26th
- Parent Information Night 6:00 PM (Start in Gym)
Monday, September 2nd
- Labor Day - School Holiday
Monday, September 9th
- PTO Meeting 1:15 PM
- College Park High School - Homecoming Parade Woodforest Stadium
- Fall Yearbook Pictures
- Read For A Better Life
- End of the first grading period
- Early Release 12:45 PM
- Fall Frenzy
Collins Express & Meet The Teacher
Monday, August 12th
Grades 5th and 6th
Come and Go Event for students/parents
If your family is unable to attend Collins Express, your child will receive his/her schedule, school supplies the first day of school.
Plan for Event:
- Parents / Students may go directly to Learning Community if InfoSnap for Returning Students is completed.
Receive a copy of schedule
School Supplies (ordered through EPI – placed in homeroom)
Sign up for Collins Clubs
School Shirt (if ordered on Membership Toolkit prior to August 11th)
- School Nurse – available in Clinic
- Fine Arts / PE – available for questions
- Child Nutrition
- InfoSnap, CANVAS, and Bus Registration (computers available)
- PTO – available to answer questions
Purchase extra school supplies (quantitates very low!)
Purchase Spirit Wear
Join PTO and contribute to “Friends of Collins”
Student Planners – for those that did not order through EPI – planners for sale for $5 (cash only)
Through the Membership Toolkit (former PTO Webstore) starting in AUGUST!
- Join PTO and contribute to “Friends of Collins”
- Order Spirit Wear
- Please email collinsPTOpresident@gmail.com with any questions for PTO.
We suggest you park in the back in the back of the school. The drive way is located off Gosling next to the fire station. Main entry to Collins Express will be the back of Collin.
Notification of Learning Community and Homeroom Placement
On Monday, August 12, 2019 families will receive an email from your child’s homeroom teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. InfoSnap (returning student registration) must be completed to receive the email.
When students arrive to Collins Express/Meet the Teacher the student should report directly to the learning community hallway and the homeroom shared with you via email. We will have individuals in the gym assisting families with InfoSnap registration and then with L-C/Homeroom assignment.
In order to receive your child’s homeroom and learning community information, you will need to complete your student's InfoSnap registration.
The district sent emails to all families with a direct link to your InfoSnap registration.
We will have computers located in our gym for parents to complete InfoSnap registration prior to going to the homeroom classroom.
Your student's InfoSnap code and website link was sent to you via email in July.
I didn't receive the email...
- Please check your spam/junk email for the district email.
- If your email address changed and you didn't share the change with the school you will have not received the email.
- Snapcodes are unique each year and are linked to each student's personal information. For reasons of privacy and security Conroe Independent School District has chosen to be the only ones to hand out snapcodes.
- The school included your student's snapcode (15 characters) on their original correspondence with you, giving directions on how to fill out your Verification of Student Registration.
- If you have misplaced or did not receive the student's snapcode, please contact your school directly to obtain it.
If you are purchasing supplies the list is below.
Other important numbers to know by heart include parent cell numbers. Thank you for also working to commit those numbers to memory as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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_1920
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.
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.
A message from Conroe ISD Transportation Department
If your child has been registered for bus transportation for this school year, you may access your child’s bus information online through our Transportation Portal application. The Portal can be accessed by typing routeinfo.conroeisd.net into your web browser. When the page opens, please select Student Eligibility at the bottom of the page. Please have your child’s student ID number and birthdate ready in order to access this information. Routes will continue to be updated as more students register for school. Please check back often to see if there are any changes to your child's route.
For more detailed information, please go to the Conroe ISD Transportation home page at http://www.conroeisd.net/transportation/
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.
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.
(meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily)
Full price student $1.35
Reduced price student $.30
Non student meal and second meal $2.30
(meals include an entree, vegetable, fruit, and 1% or skim milk daily)
Full Price $2.85
Reduced Price $ .40
Non-student Price/2nd Meal $3.60
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.
Eat Breakfast at School!
Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.
Breakfast at school is affordable at only $1.35. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.
Help your child start the day right with school breakfast!
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/parents/
Click “Register” or "Login"
- 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.
· 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:
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.
· 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.
Collins Intermediate could not exist and thrive without the investment of our amazing parents. The PTO is an outstanding way for you to volunteer and invest in our Collins students and teachers. We are so thankful to our PTO leadership for their guidance and dedication to Collins.
Collins Intermediate PTO Meeting Dates for 2019-2020 School Year- all begin at 1:15 pm 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 9, 2019
October 7, 2019
November 4, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 13, 2020
February 10, 2020
March 16, 2020
April 13, 2020
May 18, 2020
We are excited to announce that we will be using Membership Toolkit for our Directory, Online Sales, Volunteer Sign Ups and Communications starting with the 2019-2020 school year.
We invite you to visit Collins' Membership Toolkit to see everything your PTO has to offer this year.
- Click on the Register/Login button.
- If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
- Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information.
- Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
- Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.
- Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information.
- Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
- Once these forms are complete, you will be presented with forms for PTO Membership, Spirit Wear, and Planner. All of your Back-to-School needs in one convenient place!
Download the FREE Membership Toolkit App.Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can "invite" other email addresses to access his/her account. This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.
Shirts available in webstore until August 11th - Purchase in person at Collins Express
You can earn money for Collins Intermediate just by shopping at Amazon Smile, Randalls and Kroger!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our school.
1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com.
2. Sign in with your Amazon account email and password.
3. Locate the box “pick your own charitable organization” at the bottom of the page and type “Collins Intermediate” and then click “Search”.
4. Locate the name “Collins Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization”/The Woodlands, TX and click “Select”.
5. Check the box on the next question and click “Start Shopping”.
6. You have now linked our school to your AmazonSmile account.
7. Bookmark the AmazonSmile website and use it whenever you buy something from Amazon.
The Randalls Good Neighbor Program will donate 1% of your total grocery purchase to our school when you link your Remarkable card to our school’s Charity Account # 2826.
2. Click on the link at the top or bottom of the page to locate the Good Neighbor Program form.
3. Complete the form and return it to the Customer Service Desk at any of your local Randalls stores or you can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kroger Community Rewards Program will donate a percentage of your total grocery purchase to our school when you link your Kroger Plus card to our school’s Rewards Program Account # WD723. Important: You must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for our school.
1. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Click on the “View Details” link at the bottom of the page located under “Want to enroll in Community Rewards?”.
3. Sign in to your existing Kroger account or you can create a new account.
4. If you had to create a new account, you may have to click on the “Community Rewards” link located on the left side under “My Account” before completing step 5.
5. Once you are signed in, locate the box that says “Find an Organization” and type WD723.
6. Click “Search” and then click “Enroll”.
Show your College Park Feeder School Support!
Order from August 1st - August 23rd
Ordered shirts will be delivered to Collins and sent home with students after August 23rd.
A second round of orders may be available depending on demand.
Outdoor Classroom Dry Erase Board - Eagle Project
My Eagle Project of building two dry erase boards for the outdoor classroom was definitely a group and community effort! There was quite a bit of research and brainstorming with Lowe's and Mike Forenza, a Scoutmaster in our troop who is a carpenter to come up with a plan and products that would be weather resistant.
Lowe's and Home Depot were both very generous by assisting with funding. Lowe's donated all of the weather treated wood a $300 value and Home Depot gave us a $100 gift card to help with hardware. We were very fortunate to find a skin of porcelain that is mounted on galvanized steel to make the dry erase board both weather resistant and magnetic.
The remainder of the project was funded by our boy scout "Flags Across America" fundraiser. It also took a crew to put together the dry erase boards with Mike Forenza, his son, my Dad and myself doing all of the cutting and prep work. Scouts in my troop and Collins Alumni, Adam Murphy, Zac Guido, Alex Guido, Evan Roberts assisted my dad and myself in putting them all together.
We are proud of the work that we have accomplished and happy to be a part of the Collins Intermediate outdoor classroom.
Summer reading information is now available on the Collins website or by clicking the two links below.
We are playing reading bingo!
From the Tech Coach:
Here’s some help to keep your students safe online, whether using an online game, social media, or on web sites. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety/age/tweens
Students will share their interest in our club offerings during Meet The Teacher and first few days of school. Look to the newsletter for updates about all Collins Clubs.
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.