Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

October 21, 2021

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Important Dates

10/22: No School, COTA Day

10/25: Red Ribbon Week

10/25: Report Cards sent home

10/26: 1st 9 weeks award assemblies in classrooms for students

10/29: Book Character Parade

Red Ribbon Week

In honor of Red Ribbon Week we will be having a Love Your Brain Spirit Week Oct. 25-29. Love your brain week will highlight how healthy habits and decision making is important for our student's future.

On Friday, we will have our Book Character Parade. Students can come dressed as one of their favorite book characters. Costumes should directly reflect a character in a book and students need to have the book with them for the parade. No masks (except face masks for Covid) or face paint are permitted. Costumes should be appropriate for all students as our parade will include all ages of students.

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Accelerated Reader Campus Challenge

Ms. Fredo, Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Cano have challenged our students to earn 5000 Accelerated Reader points by 2022!

You can help your child earn Accelerated Reading points by reading with them at home or making reading time for your child at home!

Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) Accelerated Reader quizzes can also be taken for books that have been read to students in class and in the library. Accelerated Reader gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

You can learn more about Accelerated Reader program here.

A large number of books have Accelerated Reader quizzes connected to them. If your child reads a book from home, they can bring it to school to take a quiz too.

You can ask your child's teacher for more information.

If the campus earns 5000 points collectively, Ms. Fredo, Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Cano will dye their hair purple!


Interested in helping your child's teacher or helping out our campus? While we are not permitted to have volunteers on campus due to Covid and APH guidelines, we are still looking to partner with our parents and grandparents to work together!

Complete the form below if you are interested in helping our classroom teachers and campus by taking home materials to prepare for students including, cutting, stapling, creating booklets, etc. There is plenty of work to share with everyone!

You can also email our Parent Community Liaison Araceli.McBeth@dvisd.net for more information.


Art Update


Collins artists have been working with shapes to create original art. Kinder through first grade has had a focus on using geometric shapes such as rectangles, squares, triangles and such to create fun drawings like robots. Second grade has investigated organic shapes such made with wavy lines or are found in nature such as leaves. Third through fifth grade has studied shapes through drawing animals and nature for creating art inspired by Amate Paintings from Puebla, Mexico.

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Free Breakfast & Lunch Clarification

One School Breakfast and Lunch Meal is free to all students daily this school year.

Any money on a student's account will carry over to next year or it can be used to purchase extras or ala carte items.

Student refund requests can be found on the district website. On the main district page click the Parent Page, click on School Meals, click on Student Refund Request , print the document, fill out requested information and deliver it to the cafeteria manager or the CNS office.

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Join the Collins Parent Committee!

Want to be part of a parent group for Collins to support community and parent events? We need your help! Our Collins Parent Committee will meet in October to plan the November Fall Festival.

If you are interested in joining, please contact our Parent Community Liaison, Araceli McBeth and araceli.mcbeth@dvisd.net

Arrival Safety Reminders

If you are dropping your child off at school in the morning, please make sure to wait until your vehicle is at one of our numbered drop off stations before letting your child out of the car. Please do NOT drop your child off before reaching the drop off stations where adults are stationed. Dropping your child off earlier in the line is unsafe for students and creates unsafe traffic patterns in our parking lot.

It is important that students exit their vehicle quickly to keep traffic flowing. Please help us with this so that we can make sure arrival happens quickly and most importantly, safely for everyone.


Thank you to all our parents for adjusting to our new dismissal line up for car riders. We appreciate you lining up along Apogee Road as Finnial Road and Moonbeam Road (behind the school) remain closed.

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.

Substitute Teacher Opportunities at Collins!

Whether you are simply looking for a flexible, part-time job or are seeking teaching experience at the beginning of your full-time teaching career, substitute teaching is a rewarding job with many benefits.

Apply today to substitute on our campus!