2018-2019 School Year Vol. 87
From The Principal
Welcome October! Can you believe we are finishing our first grading period? Though we have lots of road to travel this school year, a word that keeps coming to my mind is perseverance. No one promised us that it would be easy being parents and teachers. We were never promised that we would never fail or be let down or that we would always be right. But isn’t it during the times of difficulties that we learn and grow more. We learn that we must never give up. Children at every age are faced with this challenge. It is through our love, support and encouragement that they will learn to persevere.
Thursday, October 4th
- iPod Day - see information below
- Collins Choir Students - College Park HS Feeder Concert @ The Woodlands Church 7:00 PM
Friday, October 5th
- Final Day for Box Tops Contest
- Early Release Day 12:45 PM
- End of the first grading period
- Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday, October 9th
- PTO Meeting 1:15 PM
Monday, October 15th
- Report Cards Sent Home with Students
Tuesday, October 16th
- Spirit Day - Grub Burger
Friday, October 19
- Fall Frenzy 4-7 PM More info coming soon!
October 22 - October 26
- Red Ribbon Week
OCTOBER 5, 2018 HALF DAY
Please do not plan joining your child for lunch on this day due to an adjusted lunch schedule.
Please make all necessary arrangements for transportation on the 1/2 day.
Busses will run at 12:45 and car riders and biker/walker students will be released at 12:45.
COLLINS FALL FRENZY
FRIDAY, October 19
4:15 PM - 7:00 PM
$25 PER STUDENT WITH EARLY REGISTRATION
$30 THE WEEK OF and $35 THE DAY OF
Open to all current Collins Students
All payments are non-refundable
Raffle during Lunch, October 15 – 19
Collins PTO would like to invite all current Collins students to attend our annual Fall Frenzy. It will be held on Friday, October 19th from 4:15 to 7pm.
Students will stay after school and meet up in the gym for a fun filled evening; Pizza and drinks will be served, along with popcorn and sno-cones. There will be games to play, a DJ, plus much more!
Students can also register to participate in PUNT, PASS, KICK. Get a team of 3 together and sign up in PE - if you don’t have a team, don’t worry – just sign up and we will put teams together! You will not be able to register a team until all members have purchased a ticket.
The week of the event during the students Lunch Period we will be holding a raffle. Raffle tickets are $.50 each. Past Prizes have included items from Vera Bradley, Beats as well as other items such as Principal for the Day.
The early bird cost is only $25 per student if pre-paid online on or before October 14th. The cost will increase to $30 from 10/15 through 10/18. To register and pay, please use your new Collins PTO My School Anywhere account. The day of the event you will have to register your student in person at the school and the cost will increase to $35. All payments are non-refundable.
Donation Request for Fall Frenzy
Please send in your donations to the Collins front office by Friday, October 12th
Thank you so much for supporting Collins PTO!!!
As we progress through the school year, please continue to remember the importance of school attendance and arriving to school on time. In addition, children who arrive late to school miss the important groundwork that is laid by teachers at the beginning of the day.
The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life.
As we work to increase Collins Intermediate’s daily attendance – please continue to support your child’s educational process by limiting the amount of school missed except for illness. Collins Intermediate daily goal is 98.4%.
Our current yearly average 98.3%
Hours of Missed Instruction (Early Checkout) as of September 28th=1115 hours
N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy
As we get ready to begin our second nine weeks of the school year, we want to remind everyone of the Never, Ever, Absent or Tardy (NEAT) program. This program is designed to encourage and offer incentives for perfect school attendance and no tardies. Students arriving late to school miss the important groundwork that is laid by teachers at the beginning of the day. The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life.
Collins Intermediate PTO Meeting Dates for 2018-2019 School Year- all begin at 1:15pm in the conference room at Collins. Most are on the second Monday of the month but not all so please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
October 9, 2018
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 18, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 13, 2019
PTO Fundraising Info
Collins Intermediate PTO
Who is ready to go door to door selling items to raise money? We didn’t think so! In lieu of that we offer a ONE-TIME donation to the PTO. As a result, we rely on your donations as our “fundraiser” to provide things like field, trips, Chrome carts, tutoring, and many other educational supplements for the classrooms. If we do not meet our goal then those things may be in jeopardy of not happening…OR we will all have to start going door to door!
_____$85 I do not want a freezer full of cookie dough or to bug my friends and neighbors to buy it, collect their money, and then deliver the products. Here is the money instead. (Friend of Collins Maroon Tier- our goal for every student so that we meet budget).
_____$150 I do not want to walk, run, swim, or bike anything that ends in “thon.” Here is the money I would have helped my child raise for a “free” t-shirt. (Silver Tier)
_____$200 I really would not have been able to help in any other way, so here is my $200 to not email me about it again. (Platinum Tier)
_____$Write in your donation amount to express your appreciation for having nothing to sell, buy, or do except fill out this form or donate online.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR DONATION!
You can go online using My School Anywhere right now to donate. If you do not have a My School Anywhere account yet, you will need one for many things throughout the year so go to join.myschoolanywhere.com and use “joincollins” as your invitation code.
Seriously, go now!
*Collins PTO is an IRS 501c3 Organization.
Upcoming Spirit Nights for Collins
Tues. Oct. 16th ALL DAY @ Grub Burger
Tues. Nov. 13th 5-9 pm @ Blackwalnut
Tues Dec. 4th 5-8 pm @ Freebirds
BOX TOP Info
Hello Cobra Parents!
It's that time again - time to start collecting Box Tops for Education™ and earn cash for our school. My name is Karen Christman and I am excited to be your Box Tops Coordinator this year. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school purchase anything it needs to help our students succeed. Box Tops are each worth 10¢, and they quickly add up when we all work together. With your help, we can make a difference for our school.
It's easy to participate in the Box Tops program. Just look for the pink Box Tops logo on a variety of products, clip them, and send them to school. There is a collection box located in the front office area next to the sixth grade hallway doors. Simply place your Box Tops in a bag with your teacher's name written on the outside and drop them in the collection box.
For more information on the Box Tops for Education™ program and to see a list of participating products, visit www.BTFE.com. While you’re there, register to become a member (it’s free!) to track our school’s earnings, get exclusive coupons and offers and to enter contests for chances to win Bonus Box Tops for our school.
I hope you’re excited for everything we can do this year with Box Tops! Together we can make our school’s Box Tops for Education™ program a huge success.
Thank you in advance for your support!
BOX TOPS FALL CONTEST
Harvest Your Box Tops and You Could Win!!!
The class that collects the most Box Tops for
each grade will be given 5 raffle tickets per student
to be used at the Fall Frenzy raffle
Be sure to include your Teacher’s name
with the Box Tops to receive proper credit
Note: The Box Tops collection box is located in the
front office area next to the sixth grade hallway doors
Deadline - Friday, October 5
Yearbook - Order Now
The Yearbook can be purchased at www.Jostens.com for $40 until January 1st. After January 1st, the price will increase to $45. The deadline for ordering yearbooks is February 22nd.
Using the replayit app, parents can share and upload photos that can be included in the Yearbook. It’s your chance to get your photos in the yearbook! Download the free app today at Replayit.com. Photos can be sent through the app straight from your phone or from your computer to the website. Try it! The password is cobras15.
Replayit will be turned off at the end of February, so get your photos in by February 22nd.
If you have any questions please contact Susan Dupuis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Ribbon Week
Monday (Oct. 22)
Wear Red- Show your support for red ribbon week and a drug-free life!
Tuesday (Oct. 23)
Dress like a friend- Friends help friends make good choices!
Wednesday (Oct. 24)
Wear sunglasses and bright colors/tie dye-Your future is bright! Don’t get tied up with drugs!
Thursday (Oct. 25)
Wear your favorite team jersey-Team up against drugs!Friday (Oct. 26)
Wear pajamas to school (must follow school dress code and proper footwear; no slippers)-Follow your dreams with a drug-free life!
Food Drive for Interfaith of The Woodlands Monday - Friday
5th v. 6th contest
Winning grade level gets extra recess!
Students Walking to Kroger at End of School Day
We have also been told that students are running in the very crowded parking lot and we are concerned that our children could be hurt by motorists moving in and out of the area.
Please do not move to the neighborhoods - parents parking on lawns of homeowners and blocking traffic in and out of neighborhoods is not an alternate solution for avoiding the car line.
Thank you so much for your help!
We will have our first Ipod Day on October 4th. Students are allowed to listen to their Ipods in all classrooms, if they bring $5 at the beginning of the day. Money is given to their homeroom teacher. The $5 goes toward Collins Alumni Scholarship Fund that we give to high school seniors during the College Park High School Senior Scholarship Night in May.
Students do not listen to Ipods during PE, Band or Orchestra and Music
Students are encouraged to download any music (school appropriate) to their devices because they will not be able to stream with our wifi system.
If students are using cell phones to listen to their downloaded digital music they may not take pictures or videos with the cell phones. The phone is to only be used as a way to listen to school appropriate music.
PowerPoint from the Monday, September 24th parent meeting presented by : CISD Sgt. Julie Thompson
Assistant Principal Prose
Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing
Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing
Nominations are open starting October 1st for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program.
Although the testing will not take place until late January, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by the parents and/or teachers. If you are interested in nominating your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences.
Nominations will be accepted through December 19. You may request a nomination form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the nomination form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.
Parent Informational meeting, Wednesday, October 3, 6-7 pm, Collins Cafeteria
Howdy from the Collins Clinic!
If you have not updated your child’s Student Health Information online through InfoSnap, please do so ASAP. This helps us provide the best care possible for your child while he/she is at school!
Please remember that eye drops, itch creams and cough drops are considered medications and a parent permission form must be filled out before these can be administered at school. Students may not carry any type of medications with them while at school, except asthma inhalers and Epipens as directed by their doctor.
We want all of our students to stay healthy and happy!
Nurse Kendall, R.N.
We are off to a great start in orchestra!
Practice Reports are due every Tuesday. The form should be in each student’s binder. For this grading period it is bright orange to make it easy to find. Detailed information about practice requirements is on the form, in the Orchestra Handbook, and in Canvas.
Our calendar is in Canvas, as well as course information. Please check to be sure that you can see your child’s Canvas account. You can add contact information for yourself under settings in Canvas and adjust how and when you want to be notified of assignments and information under notifications.
Hi Cobra Parents,
Counselor Corner - Hosier
Congratulations to all of our Colossal Cobra students who earned the RESPECT award for September! We are so proud of the wonderful example that these students have shown in our campus! The October Colossal Cobra charter trait of the month is RESPONSIBILITY. Some of the characteristics of responsibility that we will be focusing on include:
*Do what you are supposed to do
*Think before you act
*Be accountable for your actions
*Always do your best
Book Club kicked off Wednesday, September 19 during lunch. Students can still join. We will meet October 3 and every other week after that. Students bring their lunch to the library and we will discuss our current book and choose the next one.
We are currently stocking our Makerspace area for the year. If your family would like to donate any of the following items, please send them to the library at your convenience.Please only send items in good shape with minor wear and tear.
Items Needed for Makerspace:
Full sets of playing cards
Full sets of dominoes
Plain and multi sided dice
Screwdrivers (all sizes and types except the BIG ones)
Out of date electronics (these will be used in our “BreakerSpace” activities and will not be powered on)(Please remove batteries before sending)
No Place for Hate Club
College Park Cheer Clinic K- 6th Grade
The clinic will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Woodlands College Park High School.
All pre-registered clinic participants will receive a clinic t-shirt and be invited to cheer on the sidelines with Varsity cheerleaders October 26 at Woodforest Stadium for the College Park vs. Klein Oak pre-game.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. the morning of the clinic and a parent show will be performed at 10:45 a.m. Please visit cpspirit.com for more information and to register online. Awww, CP!
Anytime Collins Reminders
Bad Weather Dismissal
Collins Dismissal Procedures During Inclement Weather:
· Collins will make a call by 3:45 p.m. to announce a “rainy day dismissal”
· Bike riders and walkers will NOT be allowed to bike or walk home during extremely severe rain or when lightning occurs within 5 miles of Collins.
· Families of bike riders and walkers should have a predetermined plan that when heavy rain/lightening is present, the student will ride the school bus or be picked up in the car line.
As we begin an exciting new school year, I want to remind everyone of the importance of school attendance and of arriving to school on time. In addition, children who arrive late to school miss the important groundwork that is laid by teachers at the beginning of the day. The instruction and learning that occur on a daily basis in the classroom is our central mission. Parents who make regular school attendance and punctuality a high priority are helping their children learn to accept responsibility, which is an important lesson for a successful life.
N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy
Awarded to students each nine weeks who reported to each day of school and all classes on time. More detailed information soon to come.
· The District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that are any of the following: lewd, violent, suggestive, offensive, vulgar or obscene, or advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages drugs, or any other substance prohibited under FNCF(LEGAL).
· Halter-tops, muscle shirts, and spaghetti-straps tops are not permitted unless covered by another shirt.
· Midriff shirts, or shirts exposing the midsection of the body, are not permitted.
· Blue jean cutoffs or unhemmed shorts are not appropriate dress for elementary/intermediate school classes.
· Make-up/cosmetics may not be worn or applied at school.
· Hats are not to be worn inside a school.
· Hair and hairstyle should not be distractive.
· Spandex clothing, yoga pants and leggings are to be worn under other outerwear that are at least fingertip in length.
· Pants/shorts may not be worn lower than undergarments.
· Students who choose to wear shorts to school must wear them at fingertip length when the student rests his/her arms at his/her side.
· Flip flops may not be worn during P.E. classes.
· Girls may wish to wear shorts under their dresses.
Dresses and skirts should be of appropriate length (fingertip) and tights should accompany shorter dresses, skirts or shorts.
Cell Phones, Smart Watches, and Electronics
Students are allowed to bring cell phones and smart watches to school.
· Once a student enters the building in the morning the cell phone/smart watch/electronic device must be turned off.
· A classroom teacher may allow a student to use a cell phone/smart watch/electronic device as an instructional tool. Once the class is over the device should be turned off.
· Once a student has left the building the device may be turned back on.
A student is tardy if they are not in the classroom by the 8:50 bell.
A student tardy to class will:
· Have a tardy marked in the computer
· A note placed in the student planner by the teacher
· After the 3rd, 4th and 5th tardy a warning email will be sent home
· On the 6th tardy the student will be assigned a before school detention
· The tardy counts starts new each nine weeks
Some things to remember:
· Dropping students off by 8:30 a.m. is the best way to ensure a student has time to:
· Put instruments away
· Visit Locker
· Participate in KCOL Broadcast, Pledges, and Moment of Silence
· Be in their classroom prior to the 8:50 bell
Morning Drop Off
Please remember students should not be dropped off before 8 a.m.
No adult supervision is present before 8 a.m. Only honor performance groups with scheduled practice are permitted early arrival.
Transportation changes should be communicated between the parent and the child prior to coming to school for the day. Should you feel your child needs a reminder you may contact the front office, prior to 3:15, for notice to be delivered to your child. We understand that an occasion may arise when it is necessary to make a last minute transportation change. These last minute changes should be reserved for emergency situations only. For the safety of our children, these changes should be made before 3:15 p.m.
Checking Out Early
Students leaving early for appointments at the end of the day must be signed out by 3:40 p.m.; we cannot call for students during dismissal.
Students will be called for dismissal upon parent's arrival in the front office. We cannot call for students prior to your arrival.
We have a large number of students that have become walkers in the afternoon. We do not promote the practice of students meeting their parents in the Kroger shopping center, YMCA or community neighborhoods. Student safety is of upmost importance— it is imperative that students NEVER cross Showdowbend in the middle of the street. A cross walk should always be used when crossing the heavy traffic that exists on our main road.
Car-Line Rules and Procedures
· Cars are required to stop behind the stop sign and not proceed forward until the stop sign is moved approximately 3:55 p.m..
· Parents may not park in the small visitors parking lot and wait for your child.
· Be courteous to those waiting in the car line and not pull around those waiting and “cut” in line before we call for car riders.
· We do not want cars moving in the parking lot when we dismiss walkers and bikers for all students’ safety.
· Students leaving early due to appointments MUST be picked up by 3:40 p.m. so there is no interruption to the dismissal process.
· Walkers and bikers are dismissed at 4:00 p.m.
· For student safety—walkers and bikers should only cross the street using cross walks. · · Children should pause and watch traffic carefully to assure it is safe to cross.
· Car riders are dismissed at 4:05 p.m.
· For afternoon pickup process, please approach the driveway from Woodlands Parkway to Shadowbend turning right into driveway. NO LEFT Hand Turn in the PM. This will avoid traffic congestion from the Research direction.
· Parents may not park within the school zone on the sides of Shadowbend to pick up students. This disrupts traffic flow and it is unsafe for children and adults to be on the busy road.
Registration for Bus Transportation
Students who were registered for bus service last year are automatically renewed each year, so only students who are new or have never registered for service will need to register for bus service. http://bus.conroeisd.net/RegisterTrans.aspx
In the coming days, CISD transportation will open the website to confirm and check all students bus information (pick up / drop off times and locations). https://routeinfo.conroeisd.net/infolocatorrc/info.aspx?OrgGuid=ORG-CONROE&profileguid=conroe_1718
Bus Rider Transportation Tags
Any student riding the bus will be issued a bus tag to be placed on the outside of their backpack. Student’s tag will be scanned as the board the bus to leave each afternoon. If a student loses their tag during the year the child should let his/her homeroom teacher know immediately so that we can provide a replacement.
Bus Dismissal At The End Of School
Students will be dismissed from class to report to their assigned bus. As buses arrive the bus number will appear on the screen in each homeroom. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the screen and leave class to load their bus.
Students may NOT ride another bus except in emergencies and only with the permission of Collins Administration. Parents must submit a written request at least 24 hours in advance of the change. Administration must have time to verify the change with both sets of parents. Riding home with a friend on Friday to spend the night is not a change that will be approved. Once approved the school will notify transportation and the bus driver.
Lunch & Breakfast
Beginning on the first day of school, parents may send money (cash or check) for their child to set up a lunch account. My School Bucks in an online account that may continued to be used from year to year or a new account set up at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home A Parent Access Account allows parents to see the amount of money available to the child. Please visit: http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/ for menu options and more information. If a student’s account runs out of funds he/she will only be allowed to charge one meal. After the one charge a student will be provided an “alternate meal”. Students are given a reminder to take home to parents when their account is low or out of funds.
(meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily)
Full Price $ 1.35
Reduced Price $ .30
Non-student Price/2nd Meal $2.30
(meals include an entree, vegetable, fruit, and 1% or skim milk daily)
Full Price $2.85
Reduced Price $ .40
Non-student Price/2nd Meal $3.55
Entree A la Carte $2.00
Fruit/ Vegetable/ Juice/ Bread A la Carte $1.00
Milk A la Carte $.90
Parents may join their child during their scheduled lunch. We have guest table set up on the back wall for our lunch guests.
Parent Access Center
Collins will send our newsletter and other communication home by e-mail and/or phone messages. In order to make sure that we have your e-mail address, please follow the directions below to either update or add your e-mail address.
Go to the CISD homepage at http://www.conroeisd.net.
Click the “Student/Parent” tab,
Click “Parent Access Center”
You will see an application for parents to view their student’s information online. Read all of the instructions. Complete the top few lines of information, making sure you use the official name of the student. Continue reading the parent access registration. Just below this paragraph is “Parent/Guardian Information.” The first item is the e-mail address. If your e-mail information is different, you will be prompted to update your e-mail address. If you do not have an account, fill in that information at this time. The student identification number is their CISD number which also happens to be their lunch number. If you are not sure of this number, please look at a previous report card or call the front office. Don’t forget to click the “I Agree” button.
· Parents and family are welcome in our building but must check in and out through the front office with a current driver’s license or other form of identification.
· A new security feature has been added to the front doors. After school begins visitors will use a call box to announce arrival then the front desk will buzz you in.
· All parents must complete a volunteer application on-line before volunteering at the school or chaperoning field trips. The application process must be completed every year.
· We encourage you to complete the volunteer application at the beginning of the year instead of prior to a field trip. The approval process could take up to a week to process ad we would not want any parent missing an opportunity to chaperone a field trip due to the application process not being completed.
· To complete an application please click:
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.