Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

October 7, 2021

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Important Dates

10/8: Early Dismissal at 11:45AM

10/11: No School, Staff Development Day

10/18: Picture Day

10/22: No School, COTA Day

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Picture Day!

Lifetouch Fall Individual Pictures are coming!

Our school picture day is Monday, October 18th.

To order photos online go to:


Picture Day ID: EVTN8NR2M

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Join the Collins Parent Committee!

Want to be part of a parent group for Collins to support community and parent events? We need your help! Our Collins Parent Committee will meet in October to plan the November Fall Festival.

If you are interested in joining, please contact our Parent Community Liaison, Araceli McBeth and araceli.mcbeth@dvisd.net

Arrival Safety Reminders

If you are dropping your child off at school in the morning, please make sure to wait until your vehicle is at one of our numbered drop off stations before letting your child out of the car. Please do NOT drop your child off before reaching the drop off stations where adults are stationed. Dropping your child off earlier in the line is unsafe for students and creates unsafe traffic patterns in our parking lot.

It is important that students exit their vehicle quickly to keep traffic flowing. Please help us with this so that we can make sure arrival happens quickly and most importantly, safely for everyone.

From the Specials Team: Library at Collins

We have had a great time exploring literacy in the Newton Collins Library!

Pre-K classes have practiced counting to 10 by reading The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe! by Christina Soontornvat. They have also learned about the benefits of sharing by reading Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin.

Kindergarten classes have learned the secret of the kissing hand by reading Audrey Penn’s classic picture book, The Kissing Hand. They have also learned all about being a good friend and classmate by reading Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along by Howard Binkow. Ms. Poppe’s class danced us into the fall season by reading and chanting to Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre.

First grade classes had fun learning how to identify the parts of a book by reading How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens, and Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter.

Second and third grade students learned how to search for books in our library by watching Ms. Amy’s interactive puppet show performance of The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle. Second grade students also learned how to identify text features (and how dangerous hippos can be) by reading Hippos Are HUGE! by Jonathan London. Third grade dual language students studied point of view by reading They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel.

Fourth and fifth grade students have discussed the importance of dreaming big by reading What Do You Do with an Idea? as well as What Do You Do with a Chance?, which are both by Kobi Yamada. They have also been preparing to meet the author, K.A. Holt, by reading the first book in her Kids Under the Stairs series, Ben Bee and the Teacher Griefer.

Reading Rock Stars:

This year is our final year in the Texas Book Festival's Reading Rock Stars program. For our final year, students in Pre-K through 1st grade will be meeting author Anne Wynter, and each student will receive a free copy of her book Everybody in the Red Brick Building.

Students in 2nd and 3rd grade will be meeting author and illustrator Steven Weinberg, and each student will receive a free copy of his latest book, The Middle Kid.

Students in 4th and 5th grade will be meeting author and poet, K.A. Holt, and each student will receive a free copy of her latest book, Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine.

Here are a few more important details about Reading Rock Stars:

  • All author visits will be virtual this year.

  • We will be passing out free books to students on campus after the virtual visits.

  • Students will be learning about their authors and reading their books when they come to the library for their library visits.

Please contact Librarian, Amy Gonzalez, at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net or at (512) 386-3914 if you have any questions or want to help with the RRS program.

Austin Public Library Updates:

  • All DVISD students have a free Austin Public Library card. This gives students access to thousands of books (print, ebook, and audiobook). They also have access to free, online tutoring.

  • You may have received an email from sirsi@aupl.sirsi.net. This email is from the Austin Public Library, and it includes your child’s APL card number and login information.

  • If needed, parents or guardians can get their child's APL card information by contacting Austin Public Library Customer Service via email at circ.link@austintexas.gov or by phone at (512) 974-7475.

  • APL cards should be printed in early October and then delivered to DVISD. Cards will be passed out to students once they arrive to the school

  • Click here to view a video that demonstrates how to use an APL student library card.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences for the fall have begun! Teachers are contacting parents to schedule conferences. These conferences will occur on October 8th after early release and after school throughout the month of October. It is our goal to conduct a conference for every student at our campus!

In person conferences on campus will be offered as well as virtual conferences. We are requesting that ONLY parents attend in person conference to reduce the amount of people are teachers are exposed to and to limit the number of visitors on campus. Please do not bring other members of the family. If you would like to request a virtual conference, let your child's teacher know.

Parent Resources for Reading at Home

Want to learn more about how to engage with your student while reading at home? Check out this resource from Region 13!


Thank you to all our parents for adjusting to our new dismissal line up for car riders. We appreciate you lining up along Apogee Road as Finnial Road and Moonbeam Road (behind the school) remain closed.

Please make sure you have your student's car tag displayed in your dashboard at pickup. If you need an additional car tag, please visit our front office and present your ID to be issued a new one.

  • If you are going to change how your child goes home, please communicate this with the front office by 2:00PM
  • If you are going to pick your child up from school before dismissal, please pick them up no later than 2:30PM. To ensure the safety of our students and that everyone gets home, we will not pull students from classrooms after 2:30PM.
  • Parents are prohibited from pulling a student off the bus at dismissal.
  • Students will be released during the school day only to persons listed in Skyward.

Substitute Teacher Opportunities at Collins!

Whether you are simply looking for a flexible, part-time job or are seeking teaching experience at the beginning of your full-time teaching career, substitute teaching is a rewarding job with many benefits.

Apply today to substitute on our campus!