Collins Coyotes Howler Newsletter

October 4, 2021

Collins Coyotes

Creating connected, capable, contributing learners who achieve their highest potential every day

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Interested in a part-time job working with some WONDERFUL Collins Coyotes? Consider becoming a guest-educator! You will have a flexible schedule and work when and where you choose. To be a guest classroom teacher, you need a bachelor’s degree in any subject. With that, you can apply for an Emergency Substitute teaching certificate--you do not need to have a current teaching certificate. We will provide some additional training.

To be a paraeducator, you must possess a high school diploma, plus 72 quarter college credits of 100 level or above, an AA or a BA or pass the Para Assessment exam. For more information, please go to > Get Involved > Careers > Current Job Openings > Job Openings and type sub in the position column to see specific information. We would love to have you join the Coyote pack!


October 4 - NO SCHOOL, teacher training

October 5-8 - Student-led conferences, 12:35 dismissal

October 11-15 - Nutrition Services Appreciation Week

October 13 - 2:35 dismissal

October 18-22 - Transportation Appreciation Week

October 20 - 2:35 dismissal

October 26 - Picture Day (more info coming soon!)

October 27 - 2:35 dismissal

Conference Week

Student-led conferences are right around the corner! Please be sure to sign up using to schedule a time with your student and their teacher!

Virtual Book fair

We have decided to do a virtual bookfair this fall during conference week instead of an in-person fair. The dates for the fair are Oct. 4-Oct. 17th and books ordered get sent directly to homes not the library.

Thank you!

Mrs. Sanderson, Librarian

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Nutrition Services Appreciation Week October 11-15

It’s hard to capture how hard our Nutrition Services staff has had to work during this pandemic. They have gone above and beyond to ensure hundreds of students get free breakfast and lunch every day despite increased workloads, supply chain shortages, and having to entirely change the way lunches are served in order to accommodate social distancing. We are grateful for their care and dedication to making sure our Coyotes are fed on time each and every day. Thank you, Mrs, Clark and Mrs. Clough for being our amazing kitchen staff.

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Notes from Nurse Marta!

Staying home when sick is essential to keeping infections out of schools and preventing the spread to others. Students and school employees who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu), COVID-19 or a cold, should stay home and seek medical evaluation, which may include testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Parents must notify the main office or nurse if a student has ANY symptoms. For questions, please call nurse Marta at 253.298.3408.

Is your child too sick to come to school?


Please monitor the following BEFORE sending your child to school each day. Does your child have ANY of these symptoms that are not attributable to another condition documented by a doctor?

One of the following symptoms

o Fever of 100.4 or higher

o Cough

o Loss of taste or smell

o Shortness of breath

· 2 or more of the following symptoms

o Fatigue

o Headache

o Muscle or body aches

o Sore throat

o Congestion or runny nose

o Nausea or vomiting

o Diarrhea

One of the following symptoms that last longer than 24 hours

o Fatigue

o Headache

o Muscle or body aches

o Sore throat

o Congestion or runny nose

o Nausea or vomiting

o Diarrhea

· Positive COVID case in the home

· Notified that your child has been deemed a close contact by the health department.

If so, DO NOT send them to school. Call Collins Elementary.

When a student has the symptoms listed above, they could be absent for 10 to 14 days. If the recommendation is for the student to be absent 10 or 14 days, they may be encouraged to be tested or seen by a medical provider. Under some circumstances, students can return earlier with a negative COVID PCR test (rapid test not accepted). Each case has multiple factors that determine how long a student will be absent for. Thank you for your help in keeping our Collins community healthy!!

If your child will be absent or has any symptoms, always call:

Collins Elementary Attendance, 253-298-3406

Nurse Marta, 253-298-3408

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Collins Cares

Collins stands in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

PTA Information

Collins Elementary PTA BOARD 2021-2022

Communications Chair-Lexani Johnson

Secretary - Jessica Collisides

Treasurer- Meaghan Brassey

Vice President- Chrissy Richardson

President-Shauna Orallo

We are always looking for new volunteers for the PTA. There are many more opportunities to help with PTA. Any help is always welcome. If you have any suggestions or skills that you think will help our PTA I encourage you to please reach out to us at

Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sanders, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000