Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

September 15, 2022

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Important Dates

September 22-October 6: Campus Fundraiser Chocolate Sale

September 23: Early Release 11:45AM

September 29: La Lotería Night-Hispanic Heritage Month Family Event 5:30-7:00PM

October 3: Custodian Appreciation Day

October 4: PTA & Principal/Parent Title 1 Meeting 5:00PM

Specials Update: Art

We have had an amazing beginning to the school year in art class. Students have been learning and reviewing skills that artists use to express themselves in original art. Lower grades have been drawing and creating collages. The upper grades have been studying drawing techniques, learning collage and have had the opportunity to choose their own medium from the Collage Center or the Drawing Center for their art projects.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: La Lotería Night!

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About Hispanic Heritage Month...

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

“The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

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On the church steps in the town of Dolores Hidalgo, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla read the Gritto de Hidalgo (or "Call of Hidalgo") in 1810.

That day, September 16 (Diez y Seis de Septiembre), Father Hidalgo launched the Mexican War of Independence against Spain. After the declaration, Hidalgo and his followers set out to spread the word to nearby San Miguel de Allende. Hidalgo affixed an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to a staff, bringing the Virgin to symbolize the Mexican liberation movement.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Hand Soap Donations

We are working to "dress up" our staff and faculty restrooms and make them a bit nicer! Part of this project includes providing nice "fancy" hand soap. If you would like to help, please drop off new, unused hand soap to the front office.

From the PTA

Message from the PTA (Parent Teacher Association)

Hello NCES parents, families and teachers! Did you know NCES now has a PTA?! We are very excited to be here! And we need your help.

Our purpose is to help students have a great experience while they are in elementary school. This includes supporting teachers and staff members, supporting student experiences and connecting families with one another.

How can you get involved?


Why join the PTA?

There are so many reasons why you should the PTA: volunteer, build new student programs, connect with other parents, make your voice heard, be a super-parent, or stay informed. What is the one thing all these reasons have in common? They all make our school better.

Dues are $7 where $2.50 goes directly to NCES and $4.50 goes to the State & National PTA dues that extend PTA's support beyond the local level. Anyone can join: parents, teachers, staff, students, grandparents, or community members.

Visit www.joinpta.org to be a part of this growing support group!

VOLUNTEER: Want to help with the Fall Festival? Use your baking skills for teacher appreciation week? Send us an email at ncesfamily@gmail.com. Unsure how you want to help? Let us know that too and we can work with you to find a good fit.

ATTEND: Save the date for the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 in the morning. Connect with other families at NCES at this family filled event!

SUPPORT: Don’t have the time to help out in person or the talent in instagram worthy balloon arches? We accept donations via our Venmo at @NewtonCollinsPTA (look under the business section) or you can purchase a Newton Collins t-shirt. Reach out to Tessa Berry-Hathaway to get yours! They are $25 for adult sizes and $10 for children sizes. Her email is tillybean78@gmail.com.

If you have specific questions, please reach out to the general PTA email at ncesfamily@gmail.com or you can connect with the president directly, Holly Hazlett at hollybeuke@yahoo.com We also keep this website updated with dates and information.