Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

August 18th, 2022

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Important Dates

September 5: No School

September 7: Progress Reports

September 13: Open House 5:30-7:30

Coffee with the Principal

We are scheduling a Parent Coffee for Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 8:00 am. DVISD Police Chief Reyes Hernandez will join us. Our topics for the morning are Collins Beginning of Year Overview for Parents and School Safety.

  • School safety drills
  • Volunteers and guests on campus
  • Safety checks

We hope to see you then.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Arrival Procedures

Please help us keep our students safe in the mornings!

Car drop off at Drop-Off Zones 3 & 4 ONLY.

Do not drop off students BEFORE Drop-Off Zones 3 & 4. There are no adults to monitor your child before Drop-Off Zones 3 & 4.

Please stop before the large crosswalk.

Please keep the line moving! If your child needs additional time to exit your vehicle, please park in our parking lot.

Please use the crosswalk when walking in our parking lot.

As a reminder, parents and guardians will not be allowed into the building during drop-off and pick-up.

  • The front doors will open at 7:00 am.
  • Students can eat breakfast when they arrive at school in the cafeteria.
  • All doors will close at 7:30 am.
  • Breakfast will be served until 7:40 am.

Dismissal Procedures

For dismissal, 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.

Campus Lockdown Drill

During the week of August 22nd, Newton Collins will conduct a lockdown drill. The purpose of this drill is for students and staff to practice processes and procedures should an emergency on campus occur. Several police officers will be present to lead our campus in the drill. Teachers will review the processes and procedures for a lockdown drill with your students prior to the drill.

Please assist us in reminding your student that a drill will take place this week, however; we will not announce an exact day or time for the drill. Also, please note that no one will be allowed on or off the campus during the drill. There will be signs posted to notify anyone who might be attempting to visit the campus. If you have any questions, please contact any campus administrator.

Parent information about our Standard Response Protocol is available below.

Teachers will also be provided with a social story to share with students prior to the drill in order to prepare students and have consistent and non-threatening language around what to expect. The social story is available in English and Spanish below for you to review.

SMART Tag for Bus Riders

SMART tag monitors student loading and unloading, providing real-time information to the Transportation Department, and you, the parent.

SMART tag Parent Portal

  • SMART Alerts - sign up for SMART Alerts and receive emails or text messages when your child is approximately 10-15 minutes from their stop.
  • SMART Locate - allows parents to view a map showing the bus as their child is being


Transportation Administration When bus activity begins, rider info is immediately available for the transportation administrators, so they can oversee all school bus activity.

Make sure to register! Go to parent.smart-tag.net and register to take advantage of the SMART tag Parent Features. If you are using a smart phone, you will be prompted to save the web app to your home screen. This will place the Parent App tile on your mobile device for easy access.

Campus Advisory Team: Parents Wanted!

Campus Advisory Teams are committees of parents, students, business and community representatives, teachers, principals, and other campus staff.

Specific functions of Campus Advisory Team include providing, review and comment on:

Campus Educational Program

Campus Performance

Campus Improvement Plan

Campus Staff Development Plan

Campus-Level Waiver Requests to the State

Campus Budget

Please email ashley.aretakisf@dvisd.net if you are interested in serving on the CAT at Collins!

Our meetings will occur in the Collins Library:
September 26th, 2022 3:30PM

November 28th, 2022 3:30PM

March 27th, 2023 3:30PM

May 22nd, 2023 3:30PM


Reminder to parents: Del Valle ISD's LEAD afterschool program registration is open through August 22.
Cardinal Care registration remains open and available for families.

To register your child for LEAD, please click here.

What is LEAD?

LEAD Enrichment Afterschool in Del Valle (LEAD) is a free program that is offered to all Del Valle ISD students from Pre-K to 12th grade. This afterschool enrichment program provides a variety of opportunities including, but not limited to: Chess, Robotics, Athletics, Fine Arts, and Homework Help. Students participating in LEAD get dinner and the option for district transportation home. LEAD has limited space per campus. If a campus has more students registered than there is space, a lottery will be held. Parents will receive a notification letter by August 26.

LEAD Schedule: LEAD is offered Monday-Thursday from September 6th-May 18th. LEAD operates at Elementary campuses until 5:30 p.m. and it is available for students in Middle and High School until 6 p.m.
Families of elementary students in LEAD who need Friday afterschool care can opt for a Friday-only option in Cardinal Care. Details are below.

To register your child for LEAD, please click here.

What is Cardinal Care?

Cardinal Care is a fee-based afterschool program similar to Extend-A-Care. Cardinal Care is available for Pre-K through 5th grade. Unlike LEAD, students in Cardinal Care do not participate in different classes and are able to work on homework with activities that include crafts, games, cooking, and more. Students in Cardinal Care receive dinner. District transportation is not provided for students in Cardinal Care.

Cardinal Care Schedule: Cardinal Care is offered Monday - Friday or on Fridays only from August 9th through May 25th. Cardinal Care operates until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with parent pickup at any time during Cardinal Care hours. On the 4 district half days (September 23, November 4, March 31, May 25) Cardinal Care pickup time is 4:30 p.m.

Cardinal Care Fees: Cardinal Care fees are on a sliding scale listed below. Fees are for each student.

  • Regular Rate: $250 monthly

  • DVISD Staff Rate: $200 monthly

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: $150 monthly

  • Friday Only Rate: $50 monthly

To register your child for Cardinal Care, please click here.