Collins Cadence

2019-2020 School Year Vol. 102

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Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Chris Barnhart, Assistant Principal

Krystal McCure, Counselor

Conroe ISD Bond Updates

The November 5th CISD Bond Referendum includes a total of 5 new campuses throughout the Caney Creek, Conroe, and Grand Oaks Feeders. Classroom additions and capacity upgrades are

also included in The Woodlands, TW College Park and Oak Ridge Feeders.

To learn more about the November 2019 Bond Election, please visit www.conroeisd.net/bond or visit our Facebook page at @CISDBond2019.

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CISD Bond Information Night - Sponsored by Collins PTO Including Collins Feeder Elementary Schools

Monday, Sep. 30th, 6:30-7:30pm

6020 Shadowbend Place

The Woodlands, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 17th

  • Spirit Night at Torchys 4 - 8 PM (must bring flyer for Torchys to attach to receipt to earn credit)

Wednesday, September 18th

  • Read For A Better Life

Monday, September 23 - Friday, September 27th

  • Collins Book Fair

Monday, September 30th

  • 6th Colossal Cobra (Respect) Location: Gym, Time: 10:30 AM (Parents will receive an invitation if student was nominated)
  • PTO Bond Informational Meeting Collins Cafeteria 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 1st

  • 5th Colossal Cobra (Respect) Location: Library, Time: 12:50 PM (Parents will receive an invitation if student was nominated)
  • Friends Of Collins PTO Fundraising Deadline

Wednesday, October 2nd

  • School Custodian Appreciation Day
  • GT Parent Meeting 6 PM Collins Gym

Monday, October 7th

  • Last Day to Register to Vote
  • Collins Chorale Concert w/College Park Feeder

Friday, October 11th

  • End of the first grading period
  • Early Release 12:45 PM
Friday, October 18th
  • Fall Frenzy

Monday, October 21st

Friday, November 1st

  • Early Voting Ends

Tuesday, November 5th

  • Election Day

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.

Attendance

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%.

First Grading Period

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Hours of Missed Instruction (Early Checkout) as of August 30th = 661 Hours

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Progress Reports

Collins will now send home all progress reports electronically through your Parent Access Account (PAC). Please use the following link to log in to PAC https://pac.conroeisd.net/

An email was sent to parents on Friday 9-13-19 as a helpful reminder to parents that progress reports were available to view. The email incorrectly stated that paper copies would be going home. Parent Access will be the only delivery method for those families with a PAC account.

Thank You

Are you getting texts from Collins?

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Nell Kendall, Nurse

Please remember, if your child needs medication at school, please do not send that medication with your student. School policy states the parents must drop off medications and fill out a permission form. THIS INCLUDES COUGH DROPS.


We have started vision and hearing screenings for all 5th graders. If your child passes, we do not send out a notification, however, if he/she fails vision or hearing, we retest in a couple of weeks. If he/she fails again, we will send home a notification with your student recommending further evaluation.

Information from Mrs. McCure, Counselor

Guidance Lessons

5th Grade - Wednesday, September 25 through science

6th Grade - Thursday, September 27 through science


This month’s topic is about defining character and respect. Please ask your child about the lesson.


Workshop

The Parent Resource Center is offering workshops for parents.

October 17, 2019

Sensory Regulation

Join us as we learn how all of the sensory systems work. Join us as we learn how all of the sensory systems work. We will also discuss strategies and activities which help the body regulate sensory response.

TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Conroe Independent School District

Walter P. Jett Continuing Education Center

601 W. Lewis St.

Conroe, TX 77301

Room 111

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Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

  • MeetMe: A dating social media app that connects people based on location. Users are encouraged to meet in person.
  • WhatsApp: A messaging app that allows texts, video calls, photo sharing and voicemails with users worldwide.
  • Bumble: Similar to Tinder, but requires women to make the first contact. Law enforcement says kids and teens can create fake accounts and falsify their age.
  • Live.Me: A live-streaming app that uses geolocation to share videos. The sheriff's office said users can earn "coins" to "pay" minors for photos.
  • Ask.FM: The sheriff's office said this app lets users ask anonymous questions and is known for cyberbullying.
  • Grindr: A dating app geared toward the LGBTQ community based on user location.
  • TikTok: A new app popular with kids lets users create and share short videos. Law enforcement said the app has "very limited privacy controls" and users can be exposed to cyberbullying and explicit content.
  • Snapchat: One of the most popular social media apps in the world, Snapchat lets users take and share photos and videos. The app also lets people see your location.
  • Holla: This self-proclaimed "addicting" video chat app lets users meet people in seconds. Law enforcement said users have seen racial slurs and explicit content.
  • Calculator+: Police say this is one of several apps that are used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.
  • Skout: A location-based dating app that is supposed to prohibit people under 17 from sharing private photos. However, police say kids can easily create an account with a different age.
  • Badoo: A dating and social media app where users can chat and share photos and videos based on location. Police say the app is supposed to be for adults only, but they've seen teens create accounts.
  • Kik: Police say kids can bypass traditional text messaging features using this app. Kik "gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime," the sheriff's office said.
  • Whisper: An anonymous social network that lets users share secrets with strangers. Police say it also shows users' location so people can meet up.
  • Hot or Not: The app lets users rate profiles, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. Police say the goal of the app is to hook up.

Information from the Mr. Barnhart, Assistant Principal

I’d like to provide an update and a quick reminder regarding the status of our attendance at Collins Intermediate. Right now, although our attendance percentages are at an acceptable level, they are a little lower than we’d like to see. Attendance at school is the number 1 predictor of success. We encourage everyone to have your student at school every day! We want to have all students here so we have the best chance to help them be successful. We realize that appointments are necessary and at times it is unavoidable to miss class. However, please be mindful of the impact even a few hours away from class can have on your student. We want all of our Collins Cobras to be as successful as possible, so if there is an issue that we need to be aware of, please contact your child's LC teachers, counselor, or assistant principal so we are aware. Thank you for your help in this important matter.


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Orchestra

We are off to a great start in orchestra! 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. Please sign into Canvas Canvas to view assignments and important dates.


Cello and bass players have received information about paying the maintenance fee for using the school instruments in class. Thank you making the payment online, and for returning the form for scheduling which day to bring the home instrument to school for tuning. Please check Canvas for additional copies and for the link to make the payment if you have not done so.


Honor Orchestra Begins Friday, Sept. 13



Honor Orchestra is open to all students who have been playing for at least a full year in a school orchestra program that has daily instruction. Students must commit to learning challenging music, and to practicing it at home. Practicing at home is essential to the group’s success. Students must attend rehearsals and come prepared to play in order to stay in Honor Orchestra. Students need to maintain a passing average in their core classes to be in the group. If you are interested in rising to the challenge then please join us at rehearsals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:40-8:30a.m. The door will be unlocked only for Honor Orchestra students by 7:35a.m. Please use the door to the building that is across from the orchestra room.

Band

We are super excited to get started!!


Please remember, practice records are due every Tuesday. All tests and assignments will be uploaded to our Canvas calendar for you to view. Please make sure your student has a binder, sheet protectors, dividers, pencil pouch (with 2 pencils and a highlighter), and their band book for their specific instrument. “Accent on Achievement”--(book 1 for 5th grade, book 2 for 6th grade)


Students have been doing a fantastic job of taking their instruments home everyday, Let's keep up the great work!!


Private Lessons - Please help your child remember their date and time. This will help us out tremendously with not having to disturb others class.

Choir

Collins Chorale had a wonderful beginning on September 5. I’m looking forward to small group rehearsals on Tuesday, September 10 or Wednesday, September 11. The students have hopefully selected the day that work for each family. It will be important to stay with the selected day as each day will learn different parts of the music. In other words, Tuesday students learn one part and Wednesday learns another.


All rehearsals are important! Our first concert is October 7 and is the feeder concert for College Park. That is only one month to learn a wonderful piece of music.


Look for an email explaining how to join Remind. It is the most effective way that Ms. Brill has to communicate with parents.

Art

Rodeo Art season is here! We are all working away at our western style art using the grid method of artist Chuck Close.


If a student does not yet have their sketchbook please try and pick one up as soon as possible as we work in it every day. These can be purchased at Walmart, Target, or any arts and crafts store.


We are looking forward to a great year in art!


Congratulations to our 6th grade art students Adelyn Whitlow, Emily Newcomb, and Jaylen Brennan who were showcased in the Conroe ISD District Art Show on Saturday September 7th! Their fantastic artwork will be on display at the Conroe ISD central administration building for the 2019-20 school year. We are so proud of our young artists!

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PE

All students will participate in P.E. for 45 minutes a day, except on their library day. It is highly important that students wear sneakers and clothing that will allow for safe physical activity. We are currently in our volleyball unit and students are now practicing their skills while participating in a Round Robin Volleyball Tournament.

Library


Book Fair is coming September 23-27. Watch for information in the coming weeks if you would like to help.


Congratulations to the following students who participated in Summer Reading Bingo! Way to Go!


Abbie Lincoln, Emilia Fabijanic, Cathy Camacho, Adel Arafat, Nate Pickett, Ariana Ney, Jack Swan, Mia Abouelhoda, Sadie Kendrick, Ella Wagner, Abby Ross, Alyssa DeGruy, Katie Carter, Carter Peterson, Cody Martin, Amber DeLaTorre, Adam Rathgeb, Lilith Chapman, Gabriel Gonzalez

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From the Tech Coach:

Canvas Support: You must first have a Parent Access Center account to be able to sign in to Canvas, and you use the same email/password combo to access Canvas. Please view the videos at this link for help in navigating your student’s Canvas courses: http://bit.ly/canvasvideohelp Also, please remember to use your Chrome browser, since the Canvas system no longer supports the use of Internet Explorer.


Digital Wellness: See how you can use tools to improve the digital wellness in your family at this website: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/use-your-phone-less-with-tools-from-apple-google-snapchat-and-more

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2019 Accountability Summary

Full 2019 Accountability Summary can be located:

https://www.conroeisd.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Collins.pdf

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Collins Clubs and Organizations Info

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

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All Things PTO

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

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Processes and Procedures for Collins 2019-2020

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

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.