Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

October 20, 2022

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Important Dates

October 24: Return to School for Students!!

October 24-29: Red Ribbon Week!

October 26: Report Cards Go Home

October 29: Collins PTA Fall Festival 10AM-12PM

October 31: Pajama Day

November 7: Fall Picture Day

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Newton Collins students will be celebrate the National Red Ribbon Week as "Love Your Brain" Week! We will be sharing information about how to take care of your brain, dealing with stress and reviewing self-regulation strategies (five finger breathing, mountain breathing, etc) we use in classrooms with students.

Students are invited to dress up for our daily themes.

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Library Updates: From Ms. Amy

We had a great time in our library this past month! Ask your learner about the stories we have been reading together! Below are some photos of artwork from various library lessons.

APL Cards:

Austin Public Library’s Libraries for All program allows all students in Travis County to receive a free Austin Public Library card. Parents who opted into this program during registration should have received an email from sirsi@aupl.sirsi.net with login information for their student’s Austin Public Library account. Students also received this email in their DVISD email accounts. This email explains how to log into the account and use it. The Austin Public Library printed cards for students who haven’t received cards yet. The cards should be arriving at our school soon, and we will distribute them once we receive them.

Check out this Austin Public Library Card FAQ page for more information. Click here to view a video that demonstrates how to use an APL student library card.

Please contact Newton Collins Librarian, Amy Gonzalez, at (512) 386-3914 or at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net if you have any additional questions. You may call the Austin Public Library at 512-974-7475 with any account questions.

One School, One Book

We have decided to read the book Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate for our 2022 One School, One Book initiative. Teachers are reading the book aloud to their homeroom classes. Every few weeks classes are doing a small activity to celebrate the book. At the end of the book, we will have a school-wide celebration. Ask your learner to tell you all about it!

Please reach out to our librarian, Amy Gonzalez, at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net if you have any questions.

Specials Update: From Music Class

This month in music class, we have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage month by learning all about the different instruments and dances we can find in hispanic culture! We have learned that music in hispanic culture is very important because it is full of tradition and it brings our friends and families together by using fun rhythms that make you want to dance. These rhythms are created by many different percussion instruments, so we learned how to play some of our own! Take a look at some of the songs and dances we have been learning!



We are a week and a half away from the Newton Collins PTA Fall Festival. If you know Maria Delune, please tell her THANK YOU! She has put in so much to make this an amazing event. For those who have volunteered, we are going to host a virtual “run through” on Wednesday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Join the call so you can see how the event will be run and your role! Haven’t signed up yet? You can here. (Link for the call will be sent next week.)

We are still looking for bake sale and cake walk donations for the Fall Festival. The bake sale items are cookies/bread/snacks that we will sell individually, the Cake Walk is an entire cake for one of the booths at the festival. Email hollybeuke@yahoo.com if you’re interested in either or if you have a neighbor/friend/chef you’d like to recommend.

Do you want to see your family’s name on a pumpkin at the fall festival? Donate today to make that happen. Gifts of $50+ will be recognized.

Any other questions or concerns, please reach out to Holly Hazlett at (901) 490-8535

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Win a Christmas Tree for Perfect Attendance

Through a generous partnership with Circuit of the Americas, DVISD students are eligible to receive a free Christmas Tree for having perfect attendance between October 12 and December 2.

All students are automatically eligible just for showing up to school each day!

A drawing of names from all eligible students will be on December 2. Students will be awarded a coupon to pick up the free live Christmas Tree at Peppermint Parkway starting on December 3. **One voucher will be awarded per family.** Additional details for winners will be provided with the coupon.

Please join us in celebrating the holiday season by bringing your child to school every day between October 12 and December 2 for this chance to win a free tree for your family!


Reminder, this year our annual Book Character Parade will occur during Read Across America week in the spring.

Students are invited to wear their pajamas for our campus wide PJ Day on Monday, October 31st.

Volunteer Information

Parent and community volunteers are integral to our school’s success. There are many ways for you to get involved in our community. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

All on-campus volunteers and parent chaperones for field trips MUST complete a background check and volunteer application. This takes awhile to process so complete yours now!

Please complete the forms below and email to araceli.mcbeth@dvisd.net

English Volunteer Survey:


Spanish Volunteer Survey: