Collins Cadence

2019-2020 School Year Vol. 105

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Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Chris Barnhart, Assistant Principal

Krystal McCure, Counselor

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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.

November 5 is Election Day. Watch the video to learn more!

Election Day Novemeber 5, 2019

Upcoming Dates

Holiday Food Drive November 4th - November 19th

Monday, November 4th

  • PTO Meeting 1:15 PM

Tuesday, November 5th

  • Election Day
  • 5th Grade Math Beginning of the Year Benchmark

Thursday, November 7th

  • Class Pictures (order forms sent home)
  • Spirit Night Grub 10 AM - 9 PM (see flyer below)

Monday, November 11th

  • Student Holiday
  • Progress Report - found electronically in Parent Access (parents will receive email as a reminder the progress report is ready)

Tuesday, November 12th

  • 5th Field Trip Permission Forms Go Home through Homeroom

Friday, November 15th

  • Friday Fun Choir Evening: After school - 7 PM

Monday, November 18th

  • 5th Colossal Cobra (Gratitude) Location: Library, Time: 12:50 PM (Parents will receive an invitation if student was nominated)

Tuesday, November 19th

  • 5th Grade Reading Beginning of the Year Benchmark

Wednesday, November 20th

  • 6th Colossal Cobra (Gratitude) Location: Library, Time: 10:30 AM (Parents will receive an invitation if student was nominated)

Thursday, November 21st

  • 6th Reading Beginning of the Year Benchmark
  • 5th Field Trip Permission DUE

Monday November 25th - Friday November 29th - Thanksgiving Break

Bell Schedule:

8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Lunch Times

5th: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

6th: 12:25 —12:55 p.m.

Front Office Times:

8:00 a.m.—4:15 p.m.

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Developing a school calendar involves many considerations. Some of these considerations are in conflict with one another. Please help the calendar committee prioritize its decisions by providing some feedback regarding the development of the 2020-21 school calendar.

Details to note:
  • The calendar must meet a minimum of 75,600 minutes for all students.
  • High schools currently have 435 minutes a day.
  • Elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools have a 430 minute day.
  • Early Release counts for 420 minutes of instruction, and no waiver is needed if meeting the minimum 240 minutes of instruction.
  • Currently, each grade span (elementary, intermediate, junior high, or high school) has the equivalent of 940 to 1,050 minutes of additional time built into the day and available to use to prevent the need to make-up two missed instructional days for students.
  • For the 19-20 school year, the approved waiver for staff development days is for November 11 and January 7.
  • Conroe ISD has an approved District of Innovation application which allows the District to start school before the fourth Monday in August (8/24/20).


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 98.5%.

Second Grading Period

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Hours of Missed Instruction (Early Checkout) as of November 1st = 2102 Hours

Bus Transportation

Changing Buses

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.

See "Collins Anytime Reminders" for this and other important process/procedures for our school.

Report Cards

Collins will now send home report cards electronically through your Parent Access Account (PAC). Please use the following link to log in to PAC

An email will be sent to parents Friday 10-18-19 as a helpful reminder to parents that report cards are available to view. Parent Access will be the only delivery method for those families with a PAC account.

Thank You

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Collins Yearbook

Time to order your Collins Yearbook!

Yearbook orders will ONLY be taken online at

Yearbooks are $40 from now until December 31st. The cost will go up to $45 after December 31st.

Go to and search for Collins Intermediate to place your order. The final deadline for yearbook sales is February 28th, 2019.

Information from Mrs. McCure, Counselor


This month’s guidance lesson was about responsibility. Students thought about taking initiative, having responsibility and taking ownership of their actions. Students listed in their science/social studies journals things they did this month that showed responsibility. Ask your child about the lesson.


Please see the attached flyer for Hidden in Plain Sight. A presentation for parents only on November 12 at Conroe High School Auditorium or November 13 Oak Ridge High School Auditorium at 6:30.

GENERATION TEXAS WEEK - November 18-22, 2019

  • Monday: “What’s next on the road to college?” - Wear feeder zone school shirt - a Knox Shirt, green shirt, College Park shirt, or navy or silver shirt
  • Tuesday: “Back to your future day” - Wear your favorite college t-shirt.
  • Wednesday: “Your Future is Bright!”- College Alternatives - We will explore jobs that require special training (technical schools, art institutes, schools for hairdressers, etc.). Wear bright colors as we celebrate “highlighting your future.”
  • Thursday: “Be the Best YOU Can Be!” - Another option that can help pay for college is the Military. Wear camo or military shirts as your teachers talk about options to pay for college (work study, grants, loans, scholarships) and the different service branches of military.
  • Friday: Career Day! - We will explore different careers. Students and teachers can dress up as their career choice, wear a tie or a scarf. Parents will also be getting a Sign-Up Genius from your child’s teacher regarding career day opportunities for a parent to come speak about their career.
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Nell Kendall, Nurse

Please do not send medication to school with your student. A parent must bring the medicine and fill out an official permission slip. THIS INCLUDES COUGH DROPS AND TYLENOL/ADVIL.

Our school will do FIFTH GRADE GIRLS spinal screening starting the week of December 2, 2019.

State law requires that schools must screen students for abnormal spinal curvatures in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7)
  • Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8)

Trained screeners (female - the nurse and assistant) will check your child for signs of spinal problems like scoliosis.

Catching a spinal problem early can make the treatment much easier. Not treating spinal problems can lead to serious health problems.

The screening is simple. Screeners will look at your child’s back while he or she stands and bends forward.

  • GIRLS should wear a sports bra or two piece swimsuit top underneath their shirt
  • Girls will be screened individually in private screened areas.

The school will send you a letter if your child does not pass the screening with recommendations to follow up with the doctor. This screening is not a medical exam. Your child still needs to see a doctor for checkups.

According to state law, all girls in 5th and 7th grade and boys in 8th grade must receive the spinal screening. If your child has had the exam done by the doctor this school year or for religious reasons you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit a doctor’s note with the results of the exam or an affidavit of religious exemption to the clinic no later than Friday, November 22, 2019.

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Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing

Nominations are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until February, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by the parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. 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 18. 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.


Important dates:

  • Nov. 8--CISD Honor Orchestra audition for 6th graders who have signed up to participate will be at Mitchell Intermediate. See Canvas for detailed information.

  • Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.--Collins Orchestras formal concert at Collins Intermediate.

  • Dec. 12--Collins Orchestras concert for students and staff at Collins.

  • Dec. 17--last day to bring instrument for orchestra class until after the winter break.

All students should have a binder, sheet protectors, dividers, pencil pouch, pencils and orchestra books in class every day so they can participate in class. Every student should be bringing the binder and instrument home to practice daily.

Practice reports are due from students every Tuesday. Students should be asking you to sign the practice report each week. Please sign into Canvas Canvas to view assignments and important dates. Detailed information about what to practice can be found in Canvas.

Honor Orchestra is every Tuesday and Friday from 7:40-8:30 in the Orchestra Room. The door will be unlocked only for Honor Orchestra students by 7:35 a.m. Please use the door to the building that is across from the orchestra room.


Practice records are due every Tuesday.


  • November 9th, 2019 (Saturday) 6th Grade CISD Intermediate Honor Band Auditions, @ Mitchell Intermediate

  • December 12th, 2019 (Thursday) 5th Grade Concert, 6:00 p.m. Collins Intermediate Cafetorium (Formal Uniform)

  • December 12th, 2019 (Thursday) 6th Grade Concert, 7:15 p.m. Collins Intermediate Cafetorium (Formal Uniform)

  • December 13th, 2019 (Friday) 5th & 6th Grade School Assembly Concert 9:30 a.m., Collins Cafetorium (Informal Uniform)

December 17th, 2019 (Tuesday) SK8TOWN Holiday Party for all Band Members 6:00- 8:30 p.m., SK8TOWN



November 15 - Friday Fun Choir Evening - choir kids stay after school until 7 PM for pizza, games and some rehearsal.

December 5 - Winter Concert - choir uniform - Performance in Collins Gym at 6:30 PM

All rehearsals are important.

12 Students earned First Divisions medals for their Solo Performance and CISD Vocal Solo and Ensemble on Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ola Akande

Alyson Dean

Chloe Garrett

Tristin Green

Krystal Guerra

Payton Hensley

Vidyut Krishmanurthy

Olivia Labonski

Sanvhi Nair

Reba Pena

Kelechi Wittick

Adelyn Whitlow

Mrs. Brill is very proud of your preparation, dedication and hard work.

My favorite communication tool for parents is Remind. I know that some of you have been able to sign on to Collins Chorale, and that is great.

If not, this is an attempt to remedy that situation. You will need the code - it is @2a77fk


We are currently working on Galaxy Paintings with Mrs. Ferguson and Mosaics with Mr Hunt. Students are learning about watercolor and acrylic paint as well as collage and abstract art through these projects. We continue to work in our sketchbook daily to keep our imagination fresh and active. Stay creative Cobras!


P.E. is currently participating in field games. Our next unit will be bowling. Please remember to send your student to school with appropriate footwear. We will take advantage of every good weather day by doing P.E. outside.


Personal security online is a big topic these days. Many people click on “Save” when they see this window appear after signing in to a web site:

If you have saved this information accidentally, click the link below. The short video will explain how to remove usernames and passwords you do not want automatically populated in your Chrome browser. Doing this makes the account more secure.

5th Grade Field Trip

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George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station

Monday, December 2nd: Learning Community 5-1

Tuesday, December 3rd: Learning Community 5-3

Wednesday, December 4th: Learning Community 5-2

Thursday, December 5th: Learning Community 5-4

Friday, December 6th: Learning Community 5-5

Permission Forms Sent Home Tuesday, November 12th

Permission Forms Due to HR teacher Friday, Thursday, November 21st


Collins Intermediate 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement on Friday, January 31, 2020

For those of you not familiar with Junior Achievement, it is the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the business of life.

The curriculum is interactive and fun, but it depends on volunteers like you to teach the lessons during the regular school day of Friday, January 31, 2020. The adult volunteers can be a parent, grandparent, friend, community leader, etc. We need two volunteers per classroom to teach two lessons each. The materials, lesson plans, and activities will be provided. This is a great opportunity to go into a child’s classroom and volunteer for a part of the day. You do not have to be a business person or work to present the lessons, the teaching manual makes it easy to understand the concepts. The homeroom teacher will be present in the classroom to assist with management of the classroom.

A brief training class and materials will be distributed to all volunteers on

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Collins Intermediate:

5th Grade: 8:30 AM

6th Grade: 2:30 PM

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please email our Collins PTO JA Volunteer, Cathy Bleakley. Kindly include: your name, student’s name, homeroom teacher, mobile number, email, and preferred time (morning, afternoon or both).

The Collins PTO enjoys bringing Junior Achievement into the classrooms,

but we cannot do it without you.

Please volunteer and make a difference to our students.

Thank you,

Cathy Bleakley, Collins PTO JA Coordinator


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Clubs and Organizations: Click Link Below

Collins Clubs and Organizations Info

Club offerings, description, meeting times and dates, how to join, general reminders

PTO Reminders: Click Link Below

All Things PTO

Meetings, Membership Toolkit, Spirit Wear, Spirit Nights, etc...

Collins Anytime Reminders: Click Link Below

Processes and Procedures for Collins 2019-2020

Attendance, Tardy, Car Line, Bus Info, Lunch Info, Checking out early, Transportation Changes, PAC, Visitors/Volunteers

Prior 2019-2020 School Newsletters

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.