Collins Cadence

2019-2020 School Year Vol. 106

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Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Chris Barnhart, Assistant Principal

Krystal McCure, Counselor

From The Principal:

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remind us all of the importance of being grateful and giving thanks. We are often so busy with all our responsibilities and tasks that we overlook the significance of the little things that occur in our daily life that are blessings. I challenge all of us this holiday season to acknowledge and thank our loved ones, friends, co-workers for the little and big things they do for us every day.

Please know how grateful I am to serve you and your children at Collins Intermediate. You share your precious children with us and always provide generous and unfailing support. I am thankful for the teachers and support staff at Collins who work so hard to reach, teach and love your children. Wishing you a restful and peaceful upcoming Thanksgiving break!

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Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 2nd

  • LC 5-1 Field Trip

Tuesday, December 3rd

  • LC 5-3 Field Trip

Wednesday, December 4th

  • LC 5-2 Field Trip
  • 5th Science Beginning of the Year Benchmark

Thursday, December 5th

  • LC 5-4 Field Trip
  • Spirit Night - Freebirds 5 - 8 PM

Friday, December 6th

  • LC 5-5 Field Tip
  • Knox Band Concert 10 - 11 AM
  • Knox Orchestra 1:30 PM /Choir Concert 2:00 PM

Monday, December 9th

  • 9:30 AM Choir School Performance
  • PTO Meeting 1:15 PM
  • 7:00 PM Choir Parent Performance @ Collins

Tuesday, December 10th

  • Author Visit - during PE classes

Wednesday, December 11th

  • Full Band and Orchestra rehearsals during the school day
  • 6:30 PM 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Parent Performance @ Collins

Thursday, December 12th

  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Orchestra School Performance
  • 6:00 PM 5th Grade Band Parent Performance @ Collins
  • 7:15 PM 6th Grade Band Parent Performance @ Collins

Friday, December 13th

  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM Band School Performance

Choir, Band, and Orchestra performance during the school day will have limited guest seating due to student and teacher seating and the size of the venue.

Tuesday, December 17th

  • 6th Colossal Cobra (Generosity) Location: Library, Time: 10:30 AM (Parents will receive an invitation if student was nominated)

Wednesday, December 18th

  • 5th Colossal Cobra (Generosity) Location: Library, Time: 12:50 PM (Parents will receive an invitation if student was nominated)

Thursday, December 19th

  • Student 1/2 day - Dismissal 12:45

5th Grade

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Lunch

  • 11:30 – 12:00 Recess
  • 12:00 – 12:35 Winter Party

6th Grade

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Recess
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 – 12:35 Winter Party

Tuesday, December 31st

Last Day for to order Yearbooks at $40 price

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.


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%.

Second Grading Period

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Hours of Missed Instruction (Early Checkout) as of November 19th = 2631 Hours

5th Grade Field Trip

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George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station

Monday, December 2nd: Learning Community 5-1

Tuesday, December 3rd: Learning Community 5-3

Wednesday, December 4th: Learning Community 5-2

Thursday, December 5th: Learning Community 5-4

Friday, December 6th: Learning Community 5-5

Arrival Time: Please arrive at school no later than 7:30 AM. Drop child off at back of the school (Gosling entrance). Charter buses will leave promptly at 7:45 AM.

Return to school: Please pick up your student at 4:15 PM in the parking lot at the back of the school (Gosling entrance).

Remember: No CISD bus transportation will be available to take the students to or from school for this event. Please make arrangements to drop off and pick up your child from Collins.

What to Bring:

  • Wear a Collins shirt
  • A disposable lunch in a Ziploc bag labeled with child's name.
  • Clear drinks only.
  • Jacket, if necessary, as we will be eating lunch outside.
  • No backpacks, gum or candy will be allowed.
  • No purchases will be allowed in the gift ship.
  • Students will be allowed to use their cell phones to communicate pick up times as the bus nears the Woodlands.

Chaperoning Field Trips

  • 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.
  • 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:

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Voting Begins Monday, November 25th

Jo Lynne Marlin

Jo Lynne Marlin just started her 21st year as a crossing guard. She crosses students for David Elementary followed by Collins Intermediate at a very busy intersection. Jo Lynne’s priority is the safety of all students. Between crossing students, Jo Lynne has made minor bike repairs, patched up skinned knees, and lends an ear to students. Jo Lynne greets every student by their name and puts a smile on their face as they make their way to school. She has built a special rapport with students and parents as evidenced by the kind words and gifts she receives at throughout the school year.

David Elementary/Collins Intermediate

The Woodlands


America's Favorite Crossing Guard

Click here to vote for Jo Lynne

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Student Safety

Collins received information that a number of students are walking to meet their cars in surrounding neighborhoods in the afternoons. Because of the increased traffic on the neighborhood streets it may make it difficult to see the children as they walk to meet the car. One of our students was nearly hit by a car a few days ago. Though that is but one report - it would only take one child being struck by a car to devastate our school community.

We do not promote student pick up in our local neighborhoods, at Kroger, and we do not allow cars to park in the school zone for pick up. The car line is the only safe and encouraged way to pick up students that are not walking or riding a bike directly home.

Locking up Bikes

A bike that was left over night at Collins was taken from the school last week. Though this is not a common occurrence at Collins - please remember the importance of locking the bike each day and not leaving the bike over night or over the weekend. Thank you

Collins Yearbook

Time to order your Collins Yearbook!

Yearbook orders will ONLY be taken online at

Yearbooks are $40 from now until December 31st. The cost will go up to $45 after December 31st.

Go to and search for Collins Intermediate to place your order. The final deadline for yearbook sales is February 28th, 2019.

Information from Mrs. McCure, Counselor


This month’s guidance lesson was about responsibility. Students thought about taking initiative, having responsibility and taking ownership of their actions. Students listed in their science/social studies journals things they did this month that showed responsibility. Ask your child about the lesson.

Nell Kendall, Nurse

Please do not send medication to school with your student. A parent must bring the medicine and fill out an official permission slip. THIS INCLUDES COUGH DROPS AND TYLENOL/ADVIL.

Our school will do FIFTH GRADE GIRLS spinal screening starting the week of December 2, 2019.

Please reassure your daughter that the spinal screening takes place in a private area - not in front of other students. Yes, we conduct the screening during PE, but we use a room that is not visible to the others. It is very simple. I (the nurse) and my assistant (female) have the student take off her shirt and we look at her shoulders and back to make sure they are even and straight. If the student does not have on a sports bra or swimsuit top, we will not have her take off her shirt. The whole process takes 30 seconds. Last year, when they were finished, the girls commented “that wasn’t so bad” or “that’s it?” We do not touch the students. This is an important screening for this age group because rapid growth takes place in girls at this time and if scoliosis is caught early, it is treatable with a better outcome. If we detect an abnormality, we will notify parents with a letter recommending a visit to a physician. Thank you!

State law requires that schools must screen students for abnormal spinal curvatures in accordance with the following schedule:

  • Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 (or fall semester of grade 5) and again at age 12 (or fall semester of grade 7)
  • Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (or fall semester of grade 8)

Trained screeners (female - the nurse and assistant) will check your child for signs of spinal problems like scoliosis.

Catching a spinal problem early can make the treatment much easier. Not treating spinal problems can lead to serious health problems.

The screening is simple. Screeners will look at your child’s back while he or she stands and bends forward.

  • GIRLS should wear a sports bra or two piece swimsuit top underneath their shirt
  • Girls will be screened individually in private screened areas.

The school will send you a letter if your child does not pass the screening with recommendations to follow up with the doctor. This screening is not a medical exam. Your child still needs to see a doctor for checkups.

According to state law, all girls in 5th and 7th grade and boys in 8th grade must receive the spinal screening. If your child has had the exam done by the doctor this school year or for religious reasons you do not wish to have your child screened, you are to submit a doctor’s note with the results of the exam or an affidavit of religious exemption to the clinic no later than Friday, November 22, 2019.

Nominations for Gifted and Talented Testing

Nominations are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until February, nominations are accepted at this time. Nominations can be made by the parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. 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 18. 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.


Important dates:

  • Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.--Collins Orchestras formal concert at Collins Intermediate.

  • Dec. 12--Collins Orchestras concert for students and staff at Collins.

  • Dec. 17--last day to bring instrument for orchestra class until after the winter break.

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. Students should be asking you to sign the practice report each week. Please sign into Canvas Canvas to view assignments and important dates. Detailed information about what to practice can be found in Canvas.

Honor Orchestra is every Tuesday and Friday from 7:40-8:30 in the Orchestra Room. The door will be unlocked only for Honor Orchestra students by 7:35 a.m. Please use the door to the building that is across from the orchestra room.

Last Friday 29 Collins Orchestra students auditioned to be selected for CISD Honor Orchestra. Collins competed with every intermediate orchestra in the district and had 10 students who were placed out of 62 available spots.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected.

Violin 1: Andrew Haynes, Cathy Camacho, and Grace Hardham.

Violin 2: Elena Martinez and Alysn Dean

Viola: Cassidy McKenna (First chair), Carolyn Tang (Second chair), Kaitlyn Thibodeaux, Emma Wu, and Emilia Fabijanic

Congratulations to all of our orchestra students who worked hard and participated in the audition.


Practice records are due every Tuesday.


  • December 12th, 2019 (Thursday) 5th Grade Concert, 6:00 p.m. Collins Intermediate Cafetorium (Formal Uniform)

  • December 12th, 2019 (Thursday) 6th Grade Concert, 7:15 p.m. Collins Intermediate Cafetorium (Formal Uniform)

  • December 13th, 2019 (Friday) 5th & 6th Grade School Assembly Concert 9:30 a.m., Collins Cafetorium (Informal Uniform)

December 17th, 2019 (Tuesday) SK8TOWN Holiday Party for all Band Members 6:00- 8:30 p.m., SK8TOWN

Congratulation to the 2019-2020 CISD Honor Band Members

Hunain Amjad-Trombone

Sai Balaji-Flute

Marco Beltran-Percussion

Jackson Bennett-Trumpet

Sydney Carter-Flute

Maddy Chan-Euphonium

Gleb Dudochkin-Flute

Isabella Dzialo-Alto Saxophone

Emily Fernandez-Flute

Isabella Frieze-Clarinet

Andrew Gault-Trumpet

Kailyn Head-Flute

Dylan Henasey-Trumpet

Holly Henshaw-Oboe

Brooke Kramer-Caamano-Clarinet

Carolina Krosnyak-Trumpet

Megan Larson-Clarinet

Charlotte Leijnse-Clarinet

Avery Leslie-Clarinet

Peyton Lloyd-Trombone

Tessa Lord-Clarinet

Rylie Marutzky-Clarinet

Katie Meredith-Clarinet

Ellie Moss-Flute

Liam O'Toole-Trumpet

Alayna Patel-Oboe

Shawnee Pohlmeyer-Clarinet

Monroe Robey-Flute

Ava Rodriguez-Bassoon

Matilde Schnicer-Clarinet

Brian Shaw-Percussion

Kayla Sickles-Flute

Livi Skank-Clarinet

Owen Stevens-Bass

Ashley Torruella-French Horn

Ella VandeSande-Trumpet

Aarushi Vatts-Clarinet

Derek Walker-Flute

Leah Welsh-Euphonium

Katherine Westwood-Clarinet



Collins Chorale Winter concert has been rescheduled for Monday, December 9th at 7 P.M. The school performance will be at 9:30 A.M.

Choir should wear concert uniform of black pants/skirt, black shoes and choir t -shirt for both performances. All rehearsals are important.

There will be no choir rehearsals after the concert until we return from the Winter Holidays.

All rehearsals are important.

My favorite communication tool for parents is Remind. I know that some of you have been able to sign on to Collins Chorale, and that is great.

If not, this is an attempt to remedy that situation. You will need the code - it is @2a77fk


In Mr. Hunt’s art class, our friendly cobras are learning all about perspective, vanishing points, and horizon lines! We are showing what we’ve learned by drawing our names in 3-D using one-point perspective. With Mrs. Ferguson, students are getting their hands dirty making clay figures using our art-fee-funded brand new slab roller! Look for these incredible creations to make their way home once they are fired and painted at the end of the semester!


Wondering about the content of some of the YouTube channels your students is watching? Check out Common Sense Media’s new YouTube guide to get the gist of what’s on some of the most popular shows- from pre-school to high school age!


Collins Intermediate 5th and 6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement on Friday, January 31, 2020

For those of you not familiar with Junior Achievement, it is the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the business of life.

The curriculum is interactive and fun, but it depends on volunteers like you to teach the lessons during the regular school day of Friday, January 31, 2020. The adult volunteers can be a parent, grandparent, friend, community leader, etc. We need two volunteers per classroom to teach two lessons each. The materials, lesson plans, and activities will be provided. This is a great opportunity to go into a child’s classroom and volunteer for a part of the day. You do not have to be a business person or work to present the lessons, the teaching manual makes it easy to understand the concepts. The homeroom teacher will be present in the classroom to assist with management of the classroom.

A brief training class and materials will be distributed to all volunteers on

Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Collins Intermediate:

5th Grade: 8:30 AM

6th Grade: 2:30 PM

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please email our Collins PTO JA Volunteer, Cathy Bleakley. Kindly include: your name, student’s name, homeroom teacher, mobile number, email, and preferred time (morning, afternoon or both).

The Collins PTO enjoys bringing Junior Achievement into the classrooms,

but we cannot do it without you.

Please volunteer and make a difference to our students.

Thank you,

Cathy Bleakley, Collins PTO JA Coordinator


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Join the College Park Band and Color Guard for an afternoon of fun! There will be "snow", Santa, a life-sized snow globe, performances, tons of games and activities, inflatables, concessions and more! We will also have 40+ vendors at our craft fair. It will be a great event for all ages! This event is sponsored by the College Park Band Booster Club and benefits the band and color guard programs at CP.

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Clubs and Organizations: Click Link Below

Collins Clubs and Organizations Info

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

PTO Reminders: Click Link Below

All Things PTO

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

Collins Anytime Reminders: Click Link Below

Processes and Procedures for Collins 2019-2020

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

Prior 2019-2020 School Newsletters

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