2018-2019 School Year Vol. 90
From The Principal
November is a great time to be reminded that an Attitude of Gratitude makes life better!
Do you have a moment to send a quick thank you note or email to a staff member at Collins Intermediate?
Expressing gratitude can fill your cup and other’s cup. Positive connections between home and school foster mutual respect, in turn creating a rich learning environment. You can send a TAE (Teachers Achieving Excellence) or use this link to find a staff member’s email http://collins.conroeisd.net/department/faculty-staff/ . Thank you for taking a moment to share a quick thank you with someone that has a positive impact on your child.
Thank You Parents!
We are truly thankful to partner with such supportive, kind, and caring parents. Thank you for providing a safe and nurturing environment at home that values education provides a solid foundation for us to build on. Our work together nurtures a team of support for your child that allows great learning to happen academically, socially, and emotionally. Thank you for your commitment, dedication, and support for the work we do at Collins.
Thursday, November 8th
- Class Pictures
- CISD Community Input for Attendance Boundary Committee for New Suchma school - Irons 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, November 9th
- CISD Community Input for Attendance Boundary Committee for New Suchma school - Irons 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
- Conroe ISD Salute to Our Veterans 10 AM Woodforest Bank Stadium
- PTO Meeting 1:15 PM
- Spirit Night Black Walnut
- Turkey Trot - During PE classes throughout the day
- CISD Community Input for Attendance Boundary Committee for New Suchma school - Knox 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Progress Reports Sent Home
- Full & Normal Day of School
- Thanksgiving Break
- 5th Field Trip George W. Bush Library LC 1 and LC 3
- 5th Field Trip George W. Bush Library LC 2
- 5th Field Trip George W. Bush Library LC 5
- Parent Presentation - Flipping the Switch on Anxiety - CPHS 6:30 PM
- 5th Field Trip George W. Bush Library LC 4
School Wide Magazine Drive Fundraiser
Collins is participating in a Magazine Drive Fundraiser November 5-9 and it ends this Friday! This fundraiser will raise much needed funds for technology and other school needs. Students will get all the info in an assembly on November 5. Packets with directions will go home that day.
This fundraiser is not connected with our wonderful PTO - it is a Collins student/staff fundraiser.
Collins Online Code 1222462
Flipping the Switch on Anxiety
Thursday, Nov. 29th, 6:30pm
3701 College Park Drive
The Woodlands, TX
Pinpointing the area of the brain producing anxiety
Giving parents simple, easy to implement interventions
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
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 98.4%.
Our current yearly average 98.19%
Second Grading Period
Hours of Missed Instruction (Early Checkout) as of November 4th =2105 Hours
N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy
As we get ready to begin our second nine weeks of the school year, we want to remind everyone of the Never, Ever, Absent or Tardy (NEAT) program. This program is designed to encourage and offer incentives for perfect school attendance and no tardies. Students arriving 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.
5th Grade Field Trip
Collins Intermediate PTO Meeting Dates for 2018-2019 School Year- all begin at 1:15pm in the conference room at Collins. Most are on the second Monday of the month but not all so please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
January 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 18, 2019
April 8, 2019
May 13, 2019
PTO Fundraising Info
Collins Intermediate PTO
Who is ready to go door to door selling items to raise money? We didn’t think so! In lieu of that we offer a ONE-TIME donation to the PTO. As a result, we rely on your donations as our “fundraiser” to provide things like field, trips, Chrome carts, tutoring, and many other educational supplements for the classrooms. If we do not meet our goal then those things may be in jeopardy of not happening…OR we will all have to start going door to door!
_____$85 I do not want a freezer full of cookie dough or to bug my friends and neighbors to buy it, collect their money, and then deliver the products. Here is the money instead. (Friend of Collins Maroon Tier- our goal for every student so that we meet budget).
_____$150 I do not want to walk, run, swim, or bike anything that ends in “thon.” Here is the money I would have helped my child raise for a “free” t-shirt. (Silver Tier)
_____$200 I really would not have been able to help in any other way, so here is my $200 to not email me about it again. (Platinum Tier)
_____$Write in your donation amount to express your appreciation for having nothing to sell, buy, or do except fill out this form or donate online.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR DONATION!
You can go online using My School Anywhere right now to donate. If you do not have a My School Anywhere account yet, you will need one for many things throughout the year so go to join.myschoolanywhere.com and use “joincollins” as your invitation code.
Seriously, go now!
*Collins PTO is an IRS 501c3 Organization.
Upcoming Spirit Nights for Collins
Tues. Nov. 13th 5-9 pm @ Black Walnut
Tues Dec. 4th 5-8 pm @ Freebirds
You can earn money for Collins Intermediate just by shopping at Amazon Smile, Randalls and Kroger!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our school.
1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com.
2. Sign in with your Amazon account email and password.
3. Locate the box “pick your own charitable organization” at the bottom of the page and type “Collins Intermediate” and then click “Search”.
4. Locate the name “Collins Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization”/The Woodlands, TX and click “Select”.
5. Check the box on the next question and click “Start Shopping”.
6. You have now linked our school to your AmazonSmile account.
7. Bookmark the AmazonSmile website and use it whenever you buy something from Amazon.
The Randalls Good Neighbor Program will donate 1% of your total grocery purchase to our school when you link your Remarkable card to our school’s Charity Account # 2826.
2. Click on the link at the top or bottom of the page to locate the Good Neighbor Program form.
3. Complete the form and return it to the Customer Service Desk at any of your local Randalls stores or you can email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kroger Community Rewards Program will donate a percentage of your total grocery purchase to our school when you link your Kroger Plus card to our school’s Rewards Program Account # WD723. Important: You must re-enroll each year to continue earning rewards for our school.
1. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Click on the “View Details” link at the bottom of the page located under “Want to enroll in Community Rewards?”.
3. Sign in to your existing Kroger account or you can create a new account.
4. If you had to create a new account, you may have to click on the “Community Rewards” link located on the left side under “My Account” before completing step 5.
5. Once you are signed in, locate the box that says “Find an Organization” and type WD723.
6. Click “Search” and then click “Enroll”.
Yearbook - Order Now
The Yearbook can be purchased at www.Jostens.com for $40 until January 1st. After January 1st, the price will increase to $45. The deadline for ordering yearbooks is February 22nd.
Using the replayit app, parents can share and upload photos that can be included in the Yearbook. It’s your chance to get your photos in the yearbook! Download the free app today at Replayit.com. Photos can be sent through the app straight from your phone or from your computer to the website. Try it! The password is cobras15.
Replayit will be turned off at the end of February, so get your photos in by February 22nd.
If you have any questions please contact Susan Dupuis at email@example.com
TURKEY TROT FOOD DRIVE
Hello, Collins Parents! As we prepare for our 3rd Annual Turkey Trot, we are beginning a food drive to donate to the Montgomery County Food Bank. If your student brings in a non-perishable food item, they will receive a button to wear the day of the Turkey Trot! If they bring in items on multiple days, they will receive a button for each day they bring an item(s). Please consider sending canned/boxed food items to help our community this Thanksgiving season!
Where to deliver items:
Any of the Coaches during PE or mornings!
When to deliver items:
Anytime between now and the day of the Turkey Trot!
Remember: Turkey Trot is Nov. 14th!
Assistant Principal Prose
Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing
Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing
Nominations are open starting October 1st for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program.
Although the testing will not take place until late January, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by the parents and/or teachers. If you are interested in nominating your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences.
Nominations will be accepted through December 19. You may request a nomination form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the nomination form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.
If you need more information please contact Mrs. Pomales for questions. 281-298-3807
The next round of lunch bunch groups will be starting in mid November. Lunch bunch groups meet once a week in the counseling office. During lunch bunch, students are provided with an opportunity to make new friends, play games, and work on self-esteem and character-building activities in a fun and safe environment. If your child is interested in joining lunch bunch, he/she can stop by the counseling office to pick up a permission form, or parents can print out a permission form from the main Collins web page under the counseling tab. Parents can also email permission forms directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howdy from the Collins Clinic!
As cold and flu season approaches, please remember that cough drops have to be treated as medication. Please do not send cough drops with your student to school. Please bring them to the clinic and fill out the medication permission form and then we would be happy to dispense them to your child as needed.
The State of Texas has changed the rules for scoliosis screening to include 5th grade girls on our campus. The 6th grade girls will be screened next year as 7th graders and the boys will be screened in 8th grade. The screening must take place in the fall, therefore we will be conducting spinal screening in November for all 5th grade girls. We will send home a letter when we finalize the dates.
Nurse Kendall, R.N.
From the Tech Coach:
Here’s some help to keep your students safe online, whether using an online game, social media, or on web sites. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety/age/tweens
The audition for 6th grade orchestra students who are trying out for CISD Honor Orchestra is this Friday, Nov. 9, at Mitchell Intermediate. A reminder letter will be posted in Canvas and also sent home with the students who are trying out.
Our Collins students who were selected for Region Orchestra have their re-chair and first rehearsal this Friday, Nov. 9 at Kleb Intermediate in Klein.
Practice Reports are due every Tuesday. Students did a great job with this in the first grading period. For this grading period it is bright purple to make it easy to find. Detailed information about practice requirements is on the form, in the Orchestra Handbook, and in Canvas.
Our calendar is in Canvas, as well as course information. Please add our performance dates and information to your family calendar. Please check to be sure that you can see your child’s Canvas account. Did you know that you can add contact information for yourself under settings in Canvas and adjust how and when you want to be notified of assignments and information? It’s in Canvas under notifications.
Fine arts tee shirts that were ordered by the original deadline have been sent home with your student. If you ordered later they will be coming next week.
Honor Orchestra rehearsals begin at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Honor Orchestra members, please be in your seat ready to play by then. Please send a note or email if you have an excused absence from Honor Orchestra.
During the past few weeks the students have been learning how to play flag football. Student learned proper passing, punting, and kicking skills for the upcoming Fall Frenzy on October 19th from 4:30-7:30. Along with learning the football skills, the students have been able to utilize these skills with a lead up flag football game. During the week of October 15th-18th the students will be able to make their own team and create a unique team name for our round robin flag football game. The students have had a great time learning about football as well as improving on their passing, punting, and kicking skills.
TURKEY TROT SNACKS
Conroe ISD 6th Grade Honor Band Auditions
Saturday, November 10th
Winter Concert 5th Grade
Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 pm
Attire: Please check your child’s band handbook for a detailed description of our formal concert attire.
Winter Concert 6th Grade
Thursday, December 13th at 7:15 pm
Attire: Please check your child’s band handbook for a detailed description of our formal concert attire.
Hi Collins Parents!
Thank you so much to those parents who have paid for their child's art fee for art class. If you have not had a chance the easiest way to pay your child's art fee is through school cash online:
Step 1: Register Online: http://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/
Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.
Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, select the “click here” option, login, and add each of your children to your household account.
If your child is in music right now, please wait until after December to pay your art fee.
These art fees are used towards purchasing all the art materials we will be using in class. We are looking forward to an exciting year of art!
And if you have any of these items you could donate to art for a toy still life project we will be working on, it would be much appreciated!
Marbles and Jacks
Wooden ABC blocks
ABC Plastic Magnets
Small Sized Playing Cards
Solid Colored Bouncy Balls 1” - 2” diameter sized
A huge congratulations to the following students who received a superior rating at this year's Solo and Ensemble competition:
These students worked incredibly hard to prepare for this contest by attending extra before school rehearsals as well as countless hours practicing at home.
Our 6 students represented Collins with incredible poise and determination, which is shown by every student receiving the highest rating possible in this competition.
Through the students hard work, they were able to accomplish a task that is very difficult to achieve! Every Intermediate school in Conroe ISD attended, and I couldn't be more proud of our students and the way that they performed and represented Collins Intermediate!
The next Book Club meeting is on October 31, during lunch.
We are currently stocking our Makerspace area for the year. If your family would like to donate any of the following items, please send them to the library at your convenience.Please only send items in good shape with minor wear and tear.
Items Needed for Makerspace:
Full sets of playing cards
Full sets of dominoes
Plain and multi sided dice
Screwdrivers (all sizes and types except the BIG ones)
Out of date electronics (these will be used in our “BreakerSpace” activities and will not be powered on)(Please remove batteries before sending)
Collins Dance Club
We had a fun first meeting on Friday, Oct. 26th. Our next meeting will be on Nov. 9th. The club voted to order dance club shirts. I will be sending each club member a form where they can pick their size. Shirts are $10. Future meeting dates will be Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25.
C-Cubed is for Rubik’s Cube fanatics!
Who: Club leaders- Ms. Powell & Mrs. Hall
What: C-Cubed Club
When: The 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 8:00am – 8:30am
Where: Collins Intermediate- room 609
Our first meeting was Oct. 26, 2018. We can’t wait to see our club members at our next meeting on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8am!
Anytime Collins Reminders
Students Walking to Kroger at End of School Day
We have also been told that students are running in the very crowded parking lot and we are concerned that our children could be hurt by motorists moving in and out of the area.
Please do not move to the neighborhoods - parents parking on lawns of homeowners and blocking traffic in and out of neighborhoods is not an alternate solution for avoiding the car line.
Thank you so much for your help!
Bad Weather Dismissal
Collins Dismissal Procedures During Inclement Weather:
· Collins will make a call by 3:45 p.m. to announce a “rainy day dismissal”
· Bike riders and walkers will NOT be allowed to bike or walk home during extremely severe rain or when lightning occurs within 5 miles of Collins.
· Families of bike riders and walkers should have a predetermined plan that when heavy rain/lightening is present, the student will ride the school bus or be picked up in the car line.
As we begin an exciting new school year, I want to remind everyone of the importance of school attendance and of 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.
N.E.A.T. Kids—Never Ever Absent or Tardy
Awarded to students each nine weeks who reported to each day of school and all classes on time. More detailed information soon to come.
· The District prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that are any of the following: lewd, violent, suggestive, offensive, vulgar or obscene, or advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages drugs, or any other substance prohibited under FNCF(LEGAL).
· Halter-tops, muscle shirts, and spaghetti-straps tops are not permitted unless covered by another shirt.
· Midriff shirts, or shirts exposing the midsection of the body, are not permitted.
· Blue jean cutoffs or unhemmed shorts are not appropriate dress for elementary/intermediate school classes.
· Make-up/cosmetics may not be worn or applied at school.
· Hats are not to be worn inside a school.
· Hair and hairstyle should not be distractive.
· Spandex clothing, yoga pants and leggings are to be worn under other outerwear that are at least fingertip in length.
· Pants/shorts may not be worn lower than undergarments.
· Students who choose to wear shorts to school must wear them at fingertip length when the student rests his/her arms at his/her side.
· Flip flops may not be worn during P.E. classes.
· Girls may wish to wear shorts under their dresses.
Dresses and skirts should be of appropriate length (fingertip) and tights should accompany shorter dresses, skirts or shorts.
Cell Phones, Smart Watches, and Electronics
Students are allowed to bring cell phones and smart watches to school.
· Once a student enters the building in the morning the cell phone/smart watch/electronic device must be turned off.
· A classroom teacher may allow a student to use a cell phone/smart watch/electronic device as an instructional tool. Once the class is over the device should be turned off.
· Once a student has left the building the device may be turned back on.
A student is tardy if they are not in the classroom by the 8:50 bell.
A student tardy to class will:
· Have a tardy marked in the computer
· A note placed in the student planner by the teacher
· After the 3rd, 4th and 5th tardy a warning email will be sent home
· On the 6th tardy the student will be assigned a before school detention
· The tardy counts starts new each nine weeks
Some things to remember:
· Dropping students off by 8:30 a.m. is the best way to ensure a student has time to:
· Put instruments away
· Visit Locker
· Participate in KCOL Broadcast, Pledges, and Moment of Silence
· Be in their classroom prior to the 8:50 bell
Morning Drop Off
Please remember students should not be dropped off before 8 a.m.
No adult supervision is present before 8 a.m. Only honor performance groups with scheduled practice are permitted early arrival.
Transportation changes should be communicated between the parent and the child prior to coming to school for the day. Should you feel your child needs a reminder you may contact the front office, prior to 3:15, for notice to be delivered to your child. We understand that an occasion may arise when it is necessary to make a last minute transportation change. These last minute changes should be reserved for emergency situations only. For the safety of our children, these changes should be made before 3:15 p.m.
Checking Out Early
Students leaving early for appointments at the end of the day must be signed out by 3:40 p.m.; we cannot call for students during dismissal.
Students will be called for dismissal upon parent's arrival in the front office. We cannot call for students prior to your arrival.
We have a large number of students that have become walkers in the afternoon. We do not promote the practice of students meeting their parents in the Kroger shopping center, YMCA or community neighborhoods. Student safety is of upmost importance— it is imperative that students NEVER cross Showdowbend in the middle of the street. A cross walk should always be used when crossing the heavy traffic that exists on our main road.
Car-Line Rules and Procedures
· Cars are required to stop behind the stop sign and not proceed forward until the stop sign is moved approximately 3:55 p.m..
· Parents may not park in the small visitors parking lot and wait for your child.
· Be courteous to those waiting in the car line and not pull around those waiting and “cut” in line before we call for car riders.
· We do not want cars moving in the parking lot when we dismiss walkers and bikers for all students’ safety.
· Students leaving early due to appointments MUST be picked up by 3:40 p.m. so there is no interruption to the dismissal process.
· Walkers and bikers are dismissed at 4:00 p.m.
· For student safety—walkers and bikers should only cross the street using cross walks. · · Children should pause and watch traffic carefully to assure it is safe to cross.
· Car riders are dismissed at 4:05 p.m.
· For afternoon pickup process, please approach the driveway from Woodlands Parkway to Shadowbend turning right into driveway. NO LEFT Hand Turn in the PM. This will avoid traffic congestion from the Research direction.
· Parents may not park within the school zone on the sides of Shadowbend to pick up students. This disrupts traffic flow and it is unsafe for children and adults to be on the busy road.
Registration for Bus Transportation
Students who were registered for bus service last year are automatically renewed each year, so only students who are new or have never registered for service will need to register for bus service. http://bus.conroeisd.net/RegisterTrans.aspx
In the coming days, CISD transportation will open the website to confirm and check all students bus information (pick up / drop off times and locations). https://routeinfo.conroeisd.net/infolocatorrc/info.aspx?OrgGuid=ORG-CONROE&profileguid=conroe_1718
Bus Rider Transportation Tags
Any student riding the bus will be issued a bus tag to be placed on the outside of their backpack. Student’s tag will be scanned as the board the bus to leave each afternoon. If a student loses their tag during the year the child should let his/her homeroom teacher know immediately so that we can provide a replacement.
Bus Dismissal At The End Of School
Students will be dismissed from class to report to their assigned bus. As buses arrive the bus number will appear on the screen in each homeroom. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the screen and leave class to load their bus.
Students may NOT ride another bus except in emergencies and only with the permission of Collins Administration. Parents must submit a written request at least 24 hours in advance of the change. Administration must have time to verify the change with both sets of parents. Riding home with a friend on Friday to spend the night is not a change that will be approved. Once approved the school will notify transportation and the bus driver.
Lunch & Breakfast
Beginning on the first day of school, parents may send money (cash or check) for their child to set up a lunch account. My School Bucks in an online account that may continued to be used from year to year or a new account set up at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home A Parent Access Account allows parents to see the amount of money available to the child. Please visit: http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/ for menu options and more information. If a student’s account runs out of funds he/she will only be allowed to charge one meal. After the one charge a student will be provided an “alternate meal”. Students are given a reminder to take home to parents when their account is low or out of funds.
(meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily)
Full Price $ 1.35
Reduced Price $ .30
Non-student Price/2nd Meal $2.30
(meals include an entree, vegetable, fruit, and 1% or skim milk daily)
Full Price $2.85
Reduced Price $ .40
Non-student Price/2nd Meal $3.55
Entree A la Carte $2.00
Fruit/ Vegetable/ Juice/ Bread A la Carte $1.00
Milk A la Carte $.90
Parents may join their child during their scheduled lunch. We have guest table set up on the back wall for our lunch guests.
Parent Access Center
Collins will send our newsletter and other communication home by e-mail and/or phone messages. In order to make sure that we have your e-mail address, please follow the directions below to either update or add your e-mail address.
Go to the CISD homepage at http://www.conroeisd.net.
Click the “Student/Parent” tab,
Click “Parent Access Center”
You will see an application for parents to view their student’s information online. Read all of the instructions. Complete the top few lines of information, making sure you use the official name of the student. Continue reading the parent access registration. Just below this paragraph is “Parent/Guardian Information.” The first item is the e-mail address. If your e-mail information is different, you will be prompted to update your e-mail address. If you do not have an account, fill in that information at this time. The student identification number is their CISD number which also happens to be their lunch number. If you are not sure of this number, please look at a previous report card or call the front office. Don’t forget to click the “I Agree” button.
· Parents and family are welcome in our building but must check in and out through the front office with a current driver’s license or other form of identification.
· A new security feature has been added to the front doors. After school begins visitors will use a call box to announce arrival then the front desk will buzz you in.
· All parents must complete a volunteer application on-line before volunteering at the school or chaperoning field trips. The application process must be completed every year.
· We encourage you to complete the volunteer application at the beginning of the year instead of prior to a field trip. The approval process could take up to a week to process ad we would not want any parent missing an opportunity to chaperone a field trip due to the application process not being completed.
· To complete an application please click:
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.