Collins Cadence

2021-2022 - Sunday, August 22, 2021

Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Amanda Cucinotta, Assistant Principal

Ariel Aymond, Counselor 6th Grade

Krystal McCure, Counselor 5th Grade

From the Principal:

We are excited to host our 2021 Parent Information Night this Thursday. We have moved to a virtual format for this event. Your child's learning community will email you the zoom link by Wednesday. The event will begin at 6:00 PM and the presentation will be recorded for families with children in both 5th and 6th grade or families unable to attend.


On Friday afternoon Dr. Null provided an update for our Conroe ISD community. If you haven't had a chance to view his message please take just a moment to hear from our superintendent.


Wishing you a wonderful start to the week.


Stay safe and healthy,

Shelli LeBlanc

Conroe ISD Update - August 20, 2021

We are so excited to welcome students back for the 2021-2022 school year. With this excitement, however, comes concern about the rise of COVID-19 cases in our community. Conroe ISD is currently at a Safety Alert Level 4 (out of 5), and we ask you to give strong consideration to mask usage during this COVID-19 spike. We know how vital in-person instruction is for our students, and the coming days are critical. Our promise has been to keep our community safe, our schools open, and our UIL events in play. To keep this promise will require the entire Conroe ISD family to unite behind this important and worthy purpose – the education of our children in a safe environment so they can all reach their potentials and be productive citizens. Superintendent Dr. Curtis Null discusses this further in the video linked below.
Conroe ISD Update - August 20, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Opportunities

Conroe ISD offers COVID-19 testing for current employees and students on weekdays and some Saturdays. Learn more at bit.ly/CISDTEST.

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Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Self-Prescreening: To ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, all individuals should conduct self pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals waiting for COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or individuals currently experiencing any of the symptoms listed that are new and/or not normal for them, should stay home and consider seeking medical care and/or COVID-19 testing. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include:

  • fatigue
  • cough or shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • significant muscle pain or body aches
  • loss of taste or smell in the last 10 days
  • diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0F

Masks/Face Coverings

  • No employee, student, or visitor is required to wear a mask or face covering.
  • All employees, students, and visitors are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.
  • The CDC recommends all individuals wear a mask or face covering in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people during periods when there are high levels of community spread.
  • Conroe ISD expects all students, employees, and visitors to respect the choice of others regarding the wearing of masks or face coverings.

Times To Remember...

Bell Schedule:
  • 8:50 AM—4:00 PM
  • Students may enter the building by 7:45 AM (Please enter 5th grade side door)
  • Students are considered tardy if not in classroom seat by the 8:50 tardy bell
Lunch Times (Visitor Procedure Will be Shared in August)
  • 5th Lunch A: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
  • 5th Lunch B: 11:45 AM- 12:15 PM
  • 6th Lunch C: 12:25 PM. - 12:55 PM
  • 6th Lunch D: 12:55 PM - 1:25 PM
Front Office Times:
  • 8:00 AM—4:30 PM
End of Day:
  • 3:15 PM Calls to change transportation will end
  • 3:30 PM Early check out of students will end
  • 3:30 PM Cones for car rider dismissal will be set - cars for early pick up will not fit in front parking area
  • 3:35 PM First Flight (10 cars) will move forward to cones
  • 4:00 PM Flights 1 - 4 will be dismissed to wait at Car Cones
  • Dismissed after car dismissal begins; 1. Bikers 2. More Car Flights 3. Neighborhood walkers (parents should not be parked in neighborhoods to pick up children - please use YMCA parking lot) 4. YMCA walkers (crossing guard provided for students)

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, August 26th

  • Virtual Parent Information Night 6:00 - 6:45 PM

Thursday, September 2nd

  • Destination Imagination Information Meeting 6 PM - Via Zoom

Monday, September 6th

  • Labor Day - School Holiday

Thursday, September 9th

  • Collins Individual Student Pictures (for Yearbook)
  • College Park High School Homecoming Game

Wednesday, September 22nd

  • Read for a Better Life

Friday, October 1st

  • Fall Frenzy

Thursday, October 7th

  • End of First Grading Period

Friday, October 8th and Monday, October 11th

  • Student Holiday

Thursday, October 28th

  • Class Pictures & Yearbook Picture Make-Up/Re-Take

Monday, November 11th - Friday, November 26th

  • Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 17th

  • Student Early Dismissal
  • Last Day of Second Grading Period

Monday, December 20th - Tuesday, January 4th

  • Winter Break

Rainy Day Dismissal

We have had several opportunities to adjust our rainy day dismissal process in the past eight days. Lightening in the area has been the cause of two of our three rainy day dismissals. And our third rainy day dismissal was called by 3:30 but there was no lightening and the rain was not heavy.


We have had a natural occurrence of parents walking up to Collins to pick up their students by the bike rack closest to the YMCA. Even though we will not release students to walk or bike once a rainy day dismissal has been called we will release students directly to a parent to assume responsibility for the safety of the child. We have a staff member collecting student names (car rider signs not required - but are helpful) and a system for students to report to the area where a parent is waiting.


If there is extreme weather (wind, hail, lightning, extreme rain) at 4:00 PM we will not utilize the walk - up process - parents will be required to only use the car line to maximize efficiency of safely exiting students from our building. If a rainy day dismissal is called but there is not extreme weather (wind, hail, lightning, extreme rain) at 4:00 PM, the walk up process will be open for parents to pick up their child(ren). Parents should wait by the bike rack closest to the YMCA and not the front porch.


Every parent should have a car rider sign and it should be visible in the car rider line. Our scanner technology has proven unreliable, however we are using the ID number on each sign and our cell phone to relay the ID number to have it entered into the system that displays in the classroom. Families without the car rider signs and without the student ID slows the process down substantially.


We will keep you updated as we work to improve our dismissal process.

Pre Approved Absence Request clarification:

As the school year ramps up, please use this form for events/ family functions your child will attend that require missing school. Illness does not require this form to be submitted. If your child is out ill, please contact their LC teachers if you would like them to receive work while out of school.

Dress Code Reminder

Please make sure your child’s shorts and skirts are midthigh length. Students will be required to change into school appropriate clothing should they not meet dress code requirements. Oversized shirts must have shorts that are mid thigh length underneath them. If leggings/ outerwear are worn as bottoms, all students must have a shirt that approaches the mid-thigh.


Safety Update

Portable (roll out) STOP signs located on Gosling behind Collins will no longer be utilized effective Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Nurse Kendall Update

It is so great to see the students once again! I miss them in the summer. Please remember if your student requires medication it must be brought to school by a parent and a permission form has to be filled out. THIS INCLUDES COUGH DROPS


After Labor Day, we will begin vision and hearing screenings for all 5th graders and 6th graders new to the district . We will do this through PE so no classroom time is missed. You will not get a notification unless your student does not pass the vision/hearing screenings 2 times. We will practice physical distancing while screening students in the clinic.

Are you wanting to get the Covid-19 vaccine for yourself or your children ages 12 and up and don’t know where to go?


  • Text to find a vaccine. Text your zip code to 4-3-8-8-2-9 to get three locations near you with vaccines in stock. If you prefer your information in Spanish, text your zip code to 8-2-2-8-6-2.

  • Visit Vaccines.gov. Find locations, sort by specific vaccines, and get more information on how to make an appointment.

  • Call the hotline. The National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline can be reached at 1-800-232-0233 to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages. It also has a TTY line to support access by hearing.

The National Association of School Nurses website has a really useful interactive web page that can help you decide whether your child should go to school if exhibiting signs of Covid-19 or was in close contact with someone who tested positive. Please click on the link below:


Can I Send my Student to School? - COVID-19 Reference

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Art

We are looking forward to an exciting year of teaching art to your Collins child. We believe art education should be fun, empowering, but also relevant to our students’ lives both in and outside of the classroom. Our program is designed to develop and improve creative and technical skills in the beginner or experienced art student.


What will my child need for art? We ask that each art student provide their own sketchbook and pencil, but all other art materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own art supplies to supplement what is provided by Collins but it is in no way required. Happy drawing!

Library Updates

How many books can a student check out?

3 books. Overdue books will count in that number.

When can students come to the library?

Students come on a 6 day rotation during their PE time by homeroom. There is a small window in the morning before classes 8:15-8:35 am for quick check outs if needed.

What do I do with overdue books and is there a fine?

Overdue books can be returned if they are finished being read or renewed if they are still needed. Email Mrs. Willingham to let her know you want to renew the book. There are no late fees or fines if a book is overdue.

Where are books turned in when they are finished being read?

There are blue receptacles outside the library doors where books can be returned anytime.

Are E-books available?

Yes! They are found just like regular books in the Destiny Discover app or on the Sora app (in the SSO).

What do I do if my book gets damaged or lost?

Contact Mrs. Willingham and let her know what happened. You will most likely be asked to pay for the book. At this time we don't take replacement books.


Any other questions can be answered by emailing Mrs. Willingham at mwillingham@conroeisd.net

Happy Reading!

Technology Help

Looking for tech support? We have the help you want! Visit the Collins website https://collins.conroeisd.net/ and click the blue button that says “Technology Help Information.”

This is a one stop shop for documents, videos, phone numbers and email addresses to help you and your student have a successful year using technology as a learning tool!


Yearbook Cover Contest:

Yearbook Cover Contest:

The Collins PTO is inviting all Collins Cobras to enter their drawing in the 2021-2022 Collins Yearbook Cover Contest. Please see the attached flyer for details and entry rules.

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Calling all PTO Volunteers!

Calling all Volunteers! Fill out the google form using the link below to let the PTO know your availability and areas of interest.

https://forms.gle/CFF9eMKmXLC2AmDK8

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Collins Chorale

Collins Chorale meets twice a week. One morning rehearsal and one after school rehearsal. The whole choir will meet on Thursdays after-school from 4-5 PM kicking off on Thursday, August 26th

Each parent/student will also commit to one morning per week, either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, from 7:40 -8:25 A.M. The morning rehearsals will begin

Tuesday, August 31 / Wednesday, September 1. The building opens at 7:30. Students will proceed directly to Ms. Brill’s room.

Students should bring a personal snack with them on Thursdays to enjoy right after school, before rehearsal begins. All students should be picked up in the carpool lane PROMPTLY at 5 PM. Please consider carpooling with students from your neighborhood.

· Choir is a fun experience, not unlike a team sport. It is a disciplined activity that promotes working together to learn interesting and challenging music. Your child should enjoy singing!

· Choir and attending rehearsals is a year-long commitment. Children should arrive on time in the morning and be picked up in a timely manner on Thursday afternoons. Please email Ms. Brill if your child will miss rehearsal.

· Students must follow all school rules during rehearsals and performances.

· A choir uniform is required. You will need to provide khaki pants(or skirt, if preferred), a choir polo (provided with choir donation) and black closed toe dress shoes.

Destination Imagination 2021-2022

The Destination Imagination 2021-2022 challenge season opens soon. Join us for Parent Information Night Thursday, Sep 2, 2021 from 6-7 pm. We will introduce the new challenges and how to set up your teams!


Zoom Meeting Link: https://conroeisd.zoom.us/j/85085051517?pwd=aW93VVpkdVZGQ2JxQnpTcmJlRGRoQT09

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Spring Semester

Wednesday, January 5th

  • First Day of the Second Semester

Monday, January 17th

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Holiday

Thursday, January 28th

  • Club and Group Picture Day
Wednesday, February 16th
  • Spring Individual Picture Day

Friday, February 18th - Monday, February 21st

  • Student Holiday (President's Day 2/21/22)

Thursday, March 10th

  • End of Third Grading Period

Tuesday, April 5th

  • 5th STAAR Math

Wednesday, April 6th

  • 5th STAAR Reading

Thursday, April 7th - Friday, April 8th

  • 5th Grade STAAR Make-Up Testing Days

Friday, March 11th - Friday, March 18th

  • Spring Break

Friday, April 15th - Monday, April 18th

  • School Holiday

Tuesday, May 10th

  • 6th STAAR Math
  • 5th STAAR Math Retest

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 6th STAAR Reading
  • 5th STAAR Reading Retest

Thursday, May 12th

  • 5th STAAR Science
  • 6th STAAR Test Make-Up

Friday, May 13th

  • 5th and 6th STAAR Test Make-Up

Thursday, May 26th

  • Last Day of School - Student Early Dismissal
  • End of Fourth Grading Period
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Prior Newsletters 2021-2022

Are You Following Us?

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account you can follow Collins and see some of the great things our students and teachers are doing. You can also find quick and helpful reminders.

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.