Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

November 4, 2022

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Important Dates

November 7: Fall Picture Day

November 9: Fall Math District Assessment 3rd-5th grade

November 11: Veterans Day

November 14: Campus Fire Drill

November 14-18: Campus Book Fair

November 15: Fall Reading District Assessment 3rd-5th grade

November 16: Progress Reports sent home

November 16: Principal and Parent Chat at 7:45AM in Library (new date!)

November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break


Fall individual picture day is Monday, November 7th!

Order your school pictures today on mylifetouch.com

1. Visit mylifetouch.com

2. Enter your Picture Day ID: EVTB2DWB2

3. Order your perfect package-and don't worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

*Teachers also sent home paper flyers and envelopes with students that can be returned on picture day for picture orders.

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Last week we celebrated the end of the 1st 9 weeks with our Roo Rockstars Parade! One student form each homeroom class was nominated by his or her teacher as the Student of the 9 Weeks for being a Kind, Safe, Leader. These students were honored with a t-shirt, certificate and parade through the school!

A huge congratulations to Carlos C. in 5th grade! He was awarded the FIRST Newton Collins Award. This award is selected by the campus principal and is given to a student who demonstrate's the Collins family values: perseverance, commitment to education

and future thinking. This award was presented by Newton Collins great, great Grandson, Mr. Ernest Collins.


Our Chocolate Sale Fundraiser was a huge success! Thank you to all the families who supported us by helping your student sell chocolates. We raised almost $12,000!

This money will directly support our grade level field trips, family events, positive behavior parties, and student programs such as our Student Leadership Program!

We have received the student prizes from the sale! Teachers will be sending these home with students next week. We will host the pizza party for students who earned this prize before Thanksgiving Break.


Ms. Fredo will host a Principal and Parent Chat Wednesday November 16th at 7:45AM in the library. This meeting will be during the campus book fair, so you can stay after and shop for your child!

Do you have any questions or would you like to learn about specific programs at Newton Collins? We would like to tailor the agenda of this meeting to answer any questions you may have! Please submit these to ashley.aretakisf@dvisd.net so we can add then to the topics for this meeting!

Fall Fest Thank You!!!

Thank you to our fabulous PTA for a wonderful Fall Festival! Thanks to all the families and friends who supported and came out to have fun with us last Saturday! It was a great event and we are grateful for our PTA partnership!


A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped with the Fall Festival! What a fun event. We’d love to see your photos, so please send to ncesfamily@gmail.com and we can add those to our website.

We are taking a look at what went well and what we can improve. Please share your feedback about the event here.

Our next PTA event will be a family dance on February 9, 2023. We’d love to have your help! Let us know how you’d like to be involved. (Photographer? Backdrop? Know a DJ? Have an idea for snacks?!)

Also, elections are around the corner! Have interest in being on the board? Send me a message at hollybeuke@yahoo.com or (901) 490-8535. I can help answer any questions you may have about time commitment and duties.

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday, November 16- Coffee with the Principal (not a PTA meeting)

  • Thursday, December 8, 2022 - PTA Membership Meeting

  • Thursday, February 9 - PTA Family Dance

  • Tuesday, February 28 - PTA Membership Meeting and Elections


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will take the DVISD Math District Assessment on November 9th. This test will be on the computer and is designed to be completed within 2 hours. Students will only be tested on content that has been taught this school year.

We need your assistance with a few important things.

 It is important for your child to get a good night’s sleep each night. Being completely rested will help your child do their best.

 Eating nutritious meals has also been shown to help students perform under stress.

Eating a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner and limiting sugar intake will help keep

students alert for longer periods of time.

 Encouraging students to do their best will help them feel more confident on the day of

the test. Giving your child positive words of encouragement on a daily basis will let

them know you are supporting them on test day.

The teachers at Collins appreciate all you do to help your child succeed academically! Feel free to contact your child’s teacher with additional questions about test day.


Fall Book Fair:

Our fall book fair is just around the corner! Our Literati book fair will be in our library November 11th-18th. All proceeds from the book fair will benefit the Newton Collins Library.

You can shop our book fair in person or online by visiting our online book fair website.

Want to buy a book for a student in need? Purchase a book fair gift card and send it to our librarian, Ms. Amy at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net. She will share it with a student in need so that they can buy a book.

Interested in purchasing a Literati Book Clubs subscription? When you subscribe to Literati Book Clubs, you will receive a box of books tailored to your children's needs each month. In addition, 10% of your monthly subscription fee will benefit the Newton Collins Library! This is a great way to get new books for your children each month and to support our library!

One School, One Book Update:

For our One School, One Book initiative, we are reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. To celebrate reading the book together, we are making a beautiful, hand-made wishtree for our library. We are collecting green, light green, orange, yellow, and red tissue paper so that we can make leaves for the tree. If you have any tissue paper in these colors on hand that you can donate, please drop it by the front office. Thank you so much!

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Visitors & Volunteer Guidelines

  • Pre-approved volunteers will be permitted at campuses, specific to campus needs
    • Volunteers must complete the district volunteer application and DPS background check form available in every Collins Parent Newsletter (see below)
    • The form can be dropped off at your child’s school.
    • A background check is required for all volunteers.
    • Volunteers will follow the direction of campus administration while on campus
    • A “hug zone” will be established at elementary campuses in order for parents to say goodbye and send students to their classrooms.
  • Parents will not be permitted to attend lunch at school with their students
  • Campuses will host in-person on-campus events outside of school hours

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: