Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our NCES families

April 5th, 2021

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Dear Parents,

Please scroll down for exciting news about Pre-K at Collins! We are now pre-registering for 21-22 for Pre-K and Kinder. We will offer free Pre-K to those who qualify and tuition-based option for our families next year too!

Students continue to join us for in-person learning! If your child has switched from remote to in-person please make sure to send them with a water bottle to school each day. It is also very helpful if you write their name and grade on a tag on their backpack for their first day in-person.

**Please note that if you have selected in-person learning, your student's daily attendance AT school is expected. We ask for families to make a commitment to in-person OR remote learning. Parents are not able to switch the method of learning from in-person to remote daily for their students.

Students in 4th grade will take the STAAR test on Tuesday, April 5th. Any 4th graders not joining us for the STAAR test can access their alternative classroom assignments through their Google Classroom.

We thank you for your involvement in your child's education. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns you may have. We are here to serve our community by providing the very best education for every student.

Warm regards,

Ashley Fredo

NCES Principal

Important Updates

  • April 6th: All Day STAAR Testing for 4th Graders

  • April 9th: Dental Services Consent Forms Due Date
  • April 13-15th: Pre-K & Kindergarten Pre-Registration
  • April 13th: Campus Lockdown Practice Drill
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Pre-K and Kindergarten PRE-Registration

DVISD Pre-K and Kindergarten pre-registration is now open!

Visit www.dvisd.net/kindergarten/ to learn more and to complete the pre-registration form.

Collins will have free PK for qualifying students AND tuition based option for non-qualifying students in 21-22!

Pre-registration can be completed online without visiting a DVISD campus. For families wishing to visit a campus or in need of pre-registration assistance, our school is available at the following dates and times. *Please note: All visitors must wear a mask and pass a temperature screening to visit any DVISD campus.

Pre-registration assistance and campus visit times

  • Tuesday, April 13: 8 – 10 a.m. and 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14: 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 15: 8 – 10 a.m. and 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Please note: this is PRE-REGISTRATION, not a complete enrollment process. At this time, we are only collecting basic information. More details will be provided when it is time to complete the registration process.

Parent Pick Up at Dismissal

Please make sure that you have your orange parent pickup sign visible at pickup. This helps campus staff know that you have been verified as a pickup for your student. We appreciate your partnership and understanding in order to keep our students safe and ensure they get home with the right people! If you do not have an orange sign or need an additional sign, please bring your ID to the front office.

IN-SCHOOL FREE Dental Services for Students

The St. David’s Foundation dental vans will be visiting our campus this Spring to provide free dental treatment to students in K to 5 grades. If you want your child/children to be seen by our dentists, you can complete a Dental Consent Paper Form and Patient Acknowledgment Form.

Form Information:

Your child is eligible to receive free dental care with the St. David’s Dental Program. If you sign “yes" on attached Form/Consent, your child will be seen on our dental vans. He/She will receive x-rays to determine the treatment that is needed. If a cavity is found, we will fix it for FREE!

Please see links below and check "YES" or "NO" for this free dental service. Both forms need to be signed and submitted before April 9th.


2-EN) Child Dental Tx Consent (ENGLISH)

2-SP) Child Dental Tx Consent (ESPANOL)


STAAR Testing for 4th Graders Tuesday, April 6th

Each year, all 3rd-5th grade students in Texas participate in the State of Texas Assessment for Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. These tests measure student proficiency and progress in math, reading, writing, and science. STAAR assessments are an important tool for evaluating how much our students have learned in a given year.

Students in 4th grade at Collins will take the STAAR Writing test on Tuesday, April 6th. Unlike benchmark tests we administered in March, STAAR tests cannot be administered virtually to our remote students. The Texas Education Agency requires us to administer these tests on campus.

All remote students are invited to participate in these tests on campus. Del Valle ISD will provide bus transportation and meals on campus for remote students on these days. All safety measures will be in place for the administration of the test including masks, social distancing, and easily available handwashing and sanitizing stations.

Remote students who do not participate in testing will not be penalized. If you decide that testing on campus is not a viable option for your child, we will continue to provide asynchronous instruction on these testing days for our remote students. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you with specific details regarding the STAAR Writing test administration and whether or not your child will be participating.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me. We appreciate your partnership with us this year!

Campus Lockdown Practice Drill

We will conduct a lock-down drill on April 13th at our campus. This will include the presence of law officials on the premises. This drill is in addition to our regularly scheduled fire drills throughout the year. Safety is our priority and we want our students and staff to be prepared to know what to do in the event of an emergency.

You or your child may have questions about this; therefore, we encourage you to partner with us in discussing student safety at home.

Attached is information that explains our different emergency procedures.

Please contact me with any questions.

Water Bottles Reminder

Please make sure your child brings a reusable water bottle to school each day. Due to COVID safety protocols, our water fountains are closed. Students can refill their water bottles at our water bottle refilling stations throughout the day.
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Here are the ways that we are communicating with our families at Newton Collins. If you are not receiving emails or need help with Dojo, please contact our front office or your child's teacher. We can help!

  • Collins Parent Newsletter-Weekly, via email
  • Our campus Twitter: Account: @DVISD_NCES
  • Class Dojo / Website Updates at http://nces.dvisd.net/