Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our NCES families

May 10, 2021

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Please make sure that you have reviewed our campus plan for supporting STAAR testing on May 11th, 12th and 13th. This will impact all students at Collins.

Please make sure your 3-5th grader brings a water bottle with them on testing days!

Tuesday is wear green day for our STAAR testers. "Wear Green for Go-Show Them What You Know!"

Wednesday is wear purple day for our STAAR testers. "Purple Pride" for our Collins Kangaroos.

If you have any questions, please contact your student's teacher or the front office.

Ashley Fredo



5/11-5/13: STAAR Testing & At-Home Learning-SEE INFORMATION BELOW

5/24: 5th Grade End of Year Ceremony

5/25: Kindergarten Graduation

5/26: Last Day of School (Early Release)! End of Year Parade for all Collins Families @ 6PM

STAAR Testing in May at Collins

Over the next few weeks our school will be conducting statewide assessment tests. The Texas Education Agency requires that these assessments be offered in person only. In order to limit the number of students on campus during testing, only students participating in testing will attend school on campus during these days. All other students will learn remotely. This method of learning is permitted under an approved TEA waiver.

Please use the schedule below to determine which days your child should attend school on campus. For remote days, your child’s teacher will provide instructions for remote learning.

May 11th On campus: Students taking the STAAR test in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th

May 11th Remote learning: Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd

May 12th On campus: Students taking the STAAR test in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th

May 12th Remote learning: Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd

May 13th On campus: Students taking the STAAR test in 5th grade

May 13th Remote learning: Students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

May 14th All students return to normal schedule for on campus and remote learning.

If you have any questions about this schedule, please contact your child’s teacher or the office at 512-386-3900.

Thank you for working with us to ensure our campus safely conducts this year’s in-person statewide assessments.

Extend A Care Program Fall 2021

Extend A Care DVISD locations are open for registration for the 21-22 school year!
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Parent Article: Early Brain Development

Children’s brains are like sponges, absorbing everything going on around them. Every little thing they soak in builds connections in their brain. One of the most important ways you can build your child’s brain connections is to talk.

When you say a word, it enters through your child’s ear. His brain hears it and fires a connection for that word.The stronger your child’s brain connections grow, the easier time he’ll have thinking and talking, and the smarter he’ll become.

When a parent fills their child’s early years with rich talk and interaction, the child gets lots of practice understanding and using words and his vocabulary grows. As his vocabulary grows, so do his abilities to communicate, pay attention, control his behavior, and learn. This practice builds a strong, efficient brain.

Brain development is most rapid in the early years, but it’s never too late to talk and interact with your child.

TMW - Building Brain Connections

Teacher Appreciation Week, School Nurse Appreciation Day and Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

We are incredibly proud of our teachers and staff as they have embraced the challenges of this year!! Thank you for all you do!! A special thank you for the following business that made these celebrations possible.

  • Chick Fill-A-Slaughter Ln

  • Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers-2109 Riverside Dr.

  • Taqueria Morelos-3100 US 183 S

  • Crumbl Cookies-9600 S IH-35

  • Bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes-9600 S IH-35
  • Starbucks-2401 Cardinal Loop
  • Gold GYM-801 E William Cannon Dr.

  • Naturalnista-Hair Salon-1508 Lavaca

  • Auto Zone-1941 E William Cannon Dr.
  • HEB- 6607 SI-35 Frontage Rd.

  • Rosa Café- 509 W Slaughter Ln

  • Cabo Bob's Burritos-500 E Ben White

  • Target-9500 S Interstate 35

  • Einstein's Bagels

  • David Weekley (@DavidWeekley)
  • Perry Homes (@perryhomes)

  • Taylor Morrison (@AustinTM_Homes)

  • Newmark Homes (@NewmarkHomes)
  • Brookfield Residential
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Parent Input Forms

Parent Input Forms – Optional parent input forms can be emailed at your request. The deadline to turn the form into the office is Friday, May 14, 2021. This optional form provides parents a vehicle to share important information they feel the administration needs to know as we work to create balanced classrooms for next year. The current grade level staff creates class groupings based on their knowledge of our students. Administration then works to select the appropriate teacher who will best work to address the varied needs of all students in each class. Finally, the Parent Input Forms are reviewed by administration to match student learning styles, teacher teaching styles, and initial placement suggestions from the staff. We do welcome your thoughts regarding your child's learning style/needs, but we request that you NOT identify any preferred teacher, as we will not honor specific requests. If you would like to submit one for your child, please email ashley.aretakisf@dvisd.net.

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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/