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Collins-Maxwell Elementary

April 2022

Now is the Time to Get Involved!

We have a fantastic parent group, Partners in Education (PIE) who has provided so many awesome opportunities for our students and staff at Collins-Maxwell Elementary. We truly wouldn't be able to do what we do without their support. Some of the ways they have helped our school are:

  • New playground structures and equipment
  • Rock wall
  • Music instruments
  • Kimber's monthly food costs
  • Staff meals during PT conferences
  • Field trips
  • Outdoor classroom and Addy's Garden
  • Many more!

Along with purchasing items, PIE also takes the lead on great events like the upcoming Family Game Night and our Family Dance.

We would love for more parents to be involved with this group who meets only a few times a year. Although we are starting to wind down the 2021-2022 school year, now is a great time to plan to be active in this group for the upcoming school year!

22-23 Preschool/Kindergarten

We are excited for you to have a new group of young learners join the Collins-Maxwell family as part of our Preschool or Kindergarten program this fall! Our Preschool & Kindergarten meeting will be May 10th at 6pm. Parents will meet in the lunchroom with our staff members to go over important Preschool & Kindergarten information. Please bring a copy of your student’s birth certificate & copies of your student’s immunization record, and vision & dental screening. This meeting will be informational only, students will get to meet their teacher in August at our back to school Open House.

Things to keep in mind regarding preschool:

There are 3 options:

  • 3-Year-Old Preschool

  • Must turn 4 years old on or before January 1, 2023

  • $200/month

  • ½ day

  • 4-Year-Old Preschool ½ Day

    • Must turn 4 years old on or before September 15, 2022 (Birthdate of on or before September 15, 2018)

    • No Cost

    • ½ day

  • 4-Year-Old Preschool Full Day

    • Must turn 4 years old on or before September 15, 2022 (Birthdate of on or before September 15, 2018)

    • $100/Month

    • Full Day

    • Transportation provided only for full day students.

Preschool session assignments (AM/PM) will be made in August. Kindergarten class lists will be released in May.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Grandon ( or Mandy Wierson (

Take Care,



  • Thursday, April 14-Monday, April 18 - No School

April Lunch and Breakfast Menus

March Students of the Month

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Grandparents Day

Friday, April 22nd, 1pm

416 4th Avenue

Collins, IA

We would like to invite your child’s grandparents to visit our school on Grandparent’s Day that will be held on Friday, April 22. Activities will begin at 1:00 in the individual classrooms. After approximately 45 minutes we’ll adjourn to the gym for a program presented by our students under the direction of our music teacher. The program begins at 2:00.

We ask that grandparents arrive at the school no earlier than 12:50. Greeters will help direct them when they arrive.

Students whose grandparents are unable to attend may invite another relative or special friend.

Anyone who has more than one grandchild in the elementary should feel free to split their time between their grandchildren’s classrooms.

We all are looking forward to this special day and hope the Grandparents will enjoy their visit.

Respect Week

Students participated in activities to practice inclusion. They worked together to complete activities. The activities included: using shapes to create a picture; using legos to build a specific shape; used marshmallows and toothpicks to create buildings; and used GraviTrax to create a maze for their marble. The students had a lot of fun and did great working together and including everyone!

Kindergarten Classroom Receives 100 Free Books!

Miss Storm's class won 100 books from RIF! Thank you @ReadingIsFundamental! #RallyToRead100!
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Coin Raffle Winners!

March 1st we drew winners for our coin raffle baskets. Abig thank you to PIE for providing us with the reading baskets. Winner of the PreK - 2nd grade level basket was preschooler Scout Maxwell. Winner of the 3rd grade - 6th grade level basket was 5th grader Brooklyn Bell

Mr. Darland's class won for having the most coins turned in ($48.43 in all coins) and Ms. Cauthron's class won overall with a total of $62.69!

We appreciate everyone's help with this event. We were able to fulfill all of the teachers' classroom book fair wish lists!!

Students Participate in Real World Learning

Students in Mrs. Allen's class participated in several real world learning events over the last month. Here are a few places and activities they got to participate in!

The students in Mrs. Allen’s class created a shopping list for their snacks for the month! Then they went to Hy-Vee to shop to find the items in the store. They scanned all their items at the register, and bagged the items to take back to school.

The students went to the movie theater in Newton to see Clifford the Big Red Dog. They practiced ordering their ticket and ordering their snack for the movie!

The students had the opportunity to participate in some games and activities at a Play Day sponsored by Special Olympics. They invited a friend to tag along! They had a great time & were wore out by the end!

It is the policy of the Collins-Maxwell Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its education programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Lori Fricke, MS/HS Principal, 400 Metcalf St. Maxwell IA 50161, 515-387-1115,