Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

November 4th, 2021

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Important Dates

11/8: Collins Big Kahuna Fundraiser Kick Off

11/12: Pre-K & Kinder Field Trip

11/17: Fall Family Fest @ Collins 5:00-6:30PM

11/22-11/26: Thanksgiving Break

11/29: Big Kahuna Fundraiser Ends

Coats for Kids

Registration for Coats For Kids 2021 is now open on-line through November 12, 2021. Click the link: https://bit.ly/3FCwcmd to complete a form. Coats will be distributed on December 11,2021. Please see flyer for more information. For assistance with registration, please call Ms. McBeth, our Parent Community Liaison at (512) 386-3902.
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Our Big Kahuna Campus Fundraiser begins November 8th! For the next 3 weeks, our school is taking part in the Big Kahuna catalog and online sale fundraiser.

Our sale kicks off on Monday, November 8th. Students will receive a brochure and packet to share with friends and family. Students will collect payment at the time of sale for catalog items. Parent scan also share a link to an online catalog with friends and family. Online sales can be paid for online and delivered to the purchasers address.

Our sale ends on Monday, November 29th. All products and prizes will be delivered Wednesday, December 15th.


School ID: 3605

What is our school raising funds for?

  • The profits of our sale will help to pay for student field trips, recess equipment, student leadership program and student and staff enrichment.

*If you are inquiring about a donation to our school, please contact Araceli.Mcbeth@dvisd.net

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Accelerated Reader Challenge

Accessing Accelerated Reader (AR) from Home:

Our campus goal is for students to earn 5,000 Accelerated Reader (AR) points before we leave for the winter break in December. Help us reach this goal by encouraging your student to read at home and take AR quizzes once they finish reading their books. They earn points for every AR quiz they pass.

Here’s how to access AR from home.

  1. Log into Classlink (launchpad.classlink.com/dvisd). (Your child should know how to log into Classlink. If not, please contact your child’s teacher for Classlink login information.)

  2. Click on the Renaissance button.

  1. Click on the orange Accelerated Reader button.

  1. In the search bar, type the title of the book your child has read.

  1. Once you find the book, click on the “Take Quiz” button underneath the book title information to start the quiz.

  2. Your child will receive their quiz score after completing it.

Frequently asked questions about AR:

  1. Can my child look at the book while taking an AR quiz? Yes. We encourage students to go back and read texts multiple times in order to better understand a story.

  2. Can I take the quiz with my child? While you can read the book aloud to your child, your child should take the AR quiz independently. There are options for the quiz to be read aloud to your child if needed.

  3. When can my child take AR quizzes? Any time! They can take them at school, in the evening after school, and on weekends.

Please contact Newton Collins Librarian, Amy Gonzalez, at (512) 386-3914 or at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net if you have any questions.

Do you need more reading resources for your child? Click here for more information!

Update from the Collins Library

Tech Time:

Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade have the opportunity to take a Tech Time course where they learn about computer coding using Tynker, Jr. as well as other computer skills. For the last two weeks, students have been celebrating Digital Citizenship Week by learning about online safety and how to be good, digital citizens.

If your child is in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, be sure to review these online safety tips from Common Sense Education with them. Please contact our librarian, Amy Gonzalez, at (512) 386-3914 or at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net if you have any questions.

Reading Rock Stars:

Students LOVED meeting their Reading Rock Stars authors on Friday, October 30th! Students in Pre-K through 1st grade met Anne Wynter and received free copies of her book Everybody in the Red Brick Building. Students in 2nd and 3rd grade met Steven Weinberg and received free copies of his book The Middle Kid. Students in 4th and 5th grade met K.A. Holt and received free copies of her book Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine. It was an amazing day!

We would like to give a special thanks to the Texas Book Festival for sponsoring the Reading Rock Stars program and giving our students the chance to meet these authors and receive free books!

Literature Live! Performance:

On Tuesday, November 2nd, the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! puppet troupe performed Strega Nona to our kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students. Students had a blast singing along with the story and pointing Big Anthony in the direction of Strega Nona’s runaway pasta pot. Each student also received a free, Big Anthony finger puppet during the show.

The Literature Live! Puppeteers spent time after the performance showing students how the puppets work and how they can create their own puppets and puppet show. It was a wonderful experience!

Here is a link to the story, Strega Nona if you wish to view it with your child and talk about it together.

Library Update:

We have had a blast reading, singing, dancing, and making fun crafts during our library visits. In Pre-K, students read Go Away Big, Green Monster! by Ed Emberly and colored monster faces. In kindergarten, students read There’s a Monster in My Closet by Mercer Mayer and drew their own monsters in closets. Both grade levels enjoyed chanting along to Anne Wynter’s book, Everybody in the Red Brick Building in order to prepare to meet her for their Reading Rock Stars visit with her.

In 2nd grade, students read Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, and colored their own creepy carrots. Students in 3rd grade read the sequel to Creepy Carrots, Creepy Pair of Underwear, and they also colored their own, creepy underwear. Both grade levels read You Must Be This Tall by Steven Weinberg, in order to prepare to meet him for their Reading Rock Stars author visit.

Several students in 4th and 5th grade participated in a character pumpkin writing contest where they wrote about one of their favorite book characters and drew a picture of the character on a pumpkin-shaped paper. Congratulations to Rafael (The Cat in the Hat), Rumi (Elephant and Piggie), Liszeth (Un caso grave de rayas), Azul (Welcome to Alola-Pikachu), and Brandon (The Hungry Bunny) for having the top five pumpkin character projects! Each of these students will be able to spin the library prize wheel to win either a free book, a gift card to our book fair, or Roo bucks!

APL Cards:

Students’ Austin Public Library cards have finally arrived on campus! We will begin distributing their library cards next week. Students should be bringing them home in their take-home folders. 4th and 5th grade students will receive them during their library visits.

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.

Thankful for You!

As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude. Thank you Collins families for partnering with us and ensuring that our students are present, on time and ready to learn every day!

Due to current restrictions, we are unable to host our Annual Family Thanksgiving Luncheon but we want all of our Collins Families to know that we appreciate them very much. We also want to remind everyone that all Del Valle ISD schools and offices will be closed from November 22 - November 26 for the Thanksgiving Break.

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing all of our students back on Monday, November 29th when classes resume.

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!