Collins Cadence

2020-2021 Start Of Year Update #3 August 14, 2020

Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Chris Barnhart, Assistant Principal

Ariel Aymond, Counselor 5th Grade

Krystal McCure, Counselor 6th Grade

From The Principal

First three days of the 2020-2021 are in the history book. The teachers loved seeing the children's smiles and hearing their voices and stories. Priority #1 was building connections and starting meaningful relationships.

There have been some questions regarding how Collins decided to have each teacher work with both remote and in person learners.

The decision was made to have each educator teach both remote and in person for several reasons. Each teacher's class will have a balanced number of both types of instruction, so when students return to the building their classes are reduced in size and can social distance better than a full classroom of in person learners. This is the safest approach for our kids and teachers. Due to the potential fluid nature of parents moving students from remote to in person, or vice versa, having the classes balanced with both instructional types provides a smooth transition eliminating the necessity of students having to change teachers/learning communities. This design also provides a smooth transition for possible quarantine of a class(es) or school closure caused by the lack of adults to teach students.

Our teachers are ready for the challenge of providing both instructional types in each class. They will have sufficient time to streamline processes/schedules for the official start of both instructional types on Tuesday, September 8th. Our PLCs at Collins are strong and productive and will work together with the recording of lessons and creating assignments and assessments. They also do a wonderful job of reviewing all the data and making necessary adjustments. Our Collins teachers through our building schedule have more than one time during each school day for planning/conference. This will allow for office hours and time to meet in small groups with students. As Dr. Null has shared, our main remote instructional model is asynchronous. This allows for a great deal of flexibility for families to access teachers’ lessons and assignments. Live direct instruction is an option not a requirement for remote learning. We want to provide time during school hours for teachers to meet with students in small groups, but even that will be based on family/student availability.

Through this process, communication and feedback will be critical from both home to school and school to home. We look forward to growing through communication and feedback.

Wishing all a wonderful and restful weekend!

With Warm Regards,

Shelli LeBlanc

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Upcoming Dates

August 12th - August 24th

  • All students online in remote instruction

Thursday, August 13th

  • Breakfast and lunch meals will be available curbside for students to purchase or free to students who qualify.

Wednesday, August 19th - Friday, September 4th

  • Parents/guardians of students with the most significant needs begin on campus (Campus will make personal contact for identified families)

Monday, August 31st

  • In-Person learners with Last name alphabetical group... Only A-C on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)

Tuesday, September 1st

  • In-Person learners Last name alphabetical group... Only D-J on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)

Wednesday, September 2nd

  • In-Person learners Last name alphabetical group... Only K-Q on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)

Thursday, September 3rd

  • In-Person learners Last name alphabetical group... Only R-Z on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)

Friday, September 4th

  • All students online in remote instruction

Monday, September 7th

  • Labor Day - Student/Staff Holiday

Tuesday, September 8th

  • All students enrolled in Traditional In-Person Instruction - On Campus (transportation/lunch/masks worn)
  • All students enrolled in Remote Instruction - continue Online/Remote Instruction

At Home Learning Calendar

This calendar is a quick reference guide of assignments and/or activities to help parents and students stay organized during virtual learning. Many find it helpful to print and post somewhere in the house so students can check off completed items and parents can see what is happening in classrooms and check student progress.

5th Grade

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6th Grade

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Fine Arts/PE

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Counselor Update

We know that your family’s needs may be changing rapidly, and we want to remind you that we are here to help. If you require any assistance, including food assistance, clothing assistance, counseling resources, or something else, please fill out our Google form. This will let your child’s counselor know that you need something, and we will assist in any way we can. You can access the link here. If you need food assistance, we are also including a list of Mobile Markets in August. You can access that link here.

Nurse Kendall Update

Please contact the clinic if you need to bring medication to the school for your student. We will set up a time for you to come and fill out the forms.

The following is from the Conroe ISD Roadmap to Reopening website regarding masks and medication:

Students in third through twelfth grade are required to wear a cloth mask/cloth face covering or non-medical grade mask while at school unless they provide a written medical exemption from a physician. The CDC has indicated that it is unknown if face shields provide any benefits as a source control and are not recommended as a substitute for cloth masks/face coverings or non-medical grade masks. However, TEA has indicated that students can wear full-face shields in lieu of masks. Students whose families do not want their child to wear a cloth face mask/cloth face covering, non-medical grade mask, or face shield for any reason other than a medical reason should select the Remote/Online Instruction option for their child.

Any medications used to treat symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, and body aches will not be administered without a current healthcare provider’s note. This would include metered dose inhalers, cough and cold medications, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. At this time, nebulized medications will not be administered during the school day.

Technology Update

Parents, a few reminders:

  • A Parent Access Center account must be made for each student, and you should use the same email address so that your PAC will have all your students info on your account.

  • Parent Canvas accounts are created using the same email as Parent Access Center accounts so the systems can connect, and you should wait 24 hours to give the systems time to connect.

  • Need assistance? Use the Collins Intermediate website to get help!

Videos for Beginning of the Year: get help with the basics of getting on our learning system called Canvas:

Conroe ISD Technology Help Desk

Conroe ISD will have a Technology Help Desk to assist teachers, students, parents, and guardians with Canvas, Seesaw, Parent Access, or Student Access. The Help Desk is available weekdays beginning Monday, August 10, from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM. You may reach the Help Desk by emailing or calling 936-709-7658. Canvas users can also click the 'Help' button prior to logging in for assistance.

Meal Distribution

Beginning Thursday, August 13, curbside meals will no longer be free for all students. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available curbside for students to purchase or free to students who qualify.

  • Families are asked to pick up/purchase meals for all of their children at the campus of their oldest child.
  • Meals will be available curbside at all campuses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM - 12 PM.
  • Multiple meals will be distributed at a time.
    • Tuesday: 2 breakfast meals/2 lunch meals
    • Thursday: 3 breakfast meals/3 lunch meals
  • A student meal card must be presented to scan and identify the student when meals are picked up.
    • This card is located in Parent Access and can be printed on paper or presented electronically on a phone.
  • Any change from a cash transaction will be applied to the student's meal account.
  • Pre-payments can be made at
  • Meal prices and the free and reduced meal application are available on the Child Nutrition website.

Questions? Please contact the Child Nutrition Department at (936) 709-8185.

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Campus Visitors

  • Conroe ISD campuses are closed to visitors with the exception of those needing to conduct essential school business.
  • All visitors are required to pre-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering a District facility.
  • All visitors entering a District facility will be required to wear a face covering. Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.
  • All visitors entering a District facility will be required to sign-in and are subject to a COVID-19 screening before accessing the building beyond the reception area.
  • All visitors will wash/sanitize hands upon entry to a District facility.
  • Only visitors essential to school operations will be permitted to enter CISD facilities.
  • Schools will utilize virtual meeting options when possible to reduce the number of campus visitors.
  • All individuals entering the building must wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose.
  • Visitors and staff will maintain appropriate social distancing for ARD and other meetings.
  • Parent organization meetings will be held virtually to minimize outside contact.

Additional Information will be provided regarding visitors in the building as school resumes Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Deliveries to students including lunches will be limited and on an emergency basis only. Students forgetting lunches will be allowed to charge a meal in the cafeteria.
  • Parents needing to drop items off for a student will contact the school to arrange a curbside pick-up.
  • Students arriving late to school - clarification provided soon
  • Student checked out of school early - clarification provided soon

Collins Chorale

Collins Chorale is open to all students and meets outside of the normal school day. There will be choir this year and Ms. Brill is working on those logistics. Because of Covid 19 we are delaying the beginning of choir until sometime later in the month of September. Ms. Brill cannot wait to hear Collins Chorale and will alert you by newsletter of the plans for choir.
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PTO Update

Welcome back to school! We hope you all had a great first day. Despite these unusual times and circumstances, the PTO continues to operate to support the students and staff.

We are busy behind the scenes continuing with several activities such as a back to school breakfast to show support for our wonderful staff at Collins Intermediate.

Spirit Shirts

  • We have also ordered Collins Spirit Shirts which are available on Membership Toolkit for purchase.
  • Shirts are $20 and will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Wednesday, September 9th, for those returning to in-person learning.
  • A pick up time will be arranged and communicated at a later date for those continuing with online learning after Labor Day.

Student Planners

  • Planners are also available for purchase and are $5.
  • If you bought school supplies through EPI, you DO NOT need to purchase a planner.
  • Planners will be delivered to your child at a later date.

Join PTO

  • Lastly, while on Toolkit, you can also join the PTO.
  • The funds from membership dues go directly to support our students and staff with items such as Chromebooks, software licensing, staff development, musical instruments, PE equipment, staff appreciation meals, and more.

Please see the link below to order items through Membership Toolkit. When you first get on toolkit, please remember to assign the homeroom teacher for your student(s). This will make delivery of items easier and faster. If you have any problems in Membership Toolkit, please contact the Membership Toolkit Chair at .

Stay tuned for more PTO information and updates to come!

First Day Photos

~Calling All Parents~

~We Need your Photos~

The Yearbook Committee is preparing for another awesome yearbook, but we need your help!! We know you will be snapping those Back to School/First Day of School Photos and we’d love to see them! Also, snap a pic of your child in their new work station or work environment, because while the start to school may look different this year, it is still a special time that we want to memorialize! *Please submit photos to:

~Thank you, Your Collins Yearbook Committee

*Please note, there is no guarantee that all pictures submitted will be published!

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