Collins Cadence

2020-2021 September 20, 2020

Collins Cobras

Shelli LeBlanc, Principal

Chris Barnhart, Assistant Principal

Ariel Aymond, Counselor 5th Grade

Krystal McCure, Counselor 6th Grade

From The Principal

Collins has set the date for our Parent Information Night for the 2020-2021 school year. In an effort to adjust our sails with this new school year's voyage, we had placed Parent Information Night in a holding pattern.

Teachers have communicated many important pieces of information prior to this event, but our teachers are excited to share additional details about classroom structure, processes, expectations and how we support students and families. This process is particularly important to our families attending Collins for the very first time.

The event will be virtual and set up in a webinar format. Teachers will host two sessions.

One session will be for our in person learners' families. (Families that will become in person learners for the second grading period would attend this session.)

The other session will be for our remote learners families.

Our Parent Information Night Date: Monday, October 5th

Times are being finalized and will be shared in next week's Collins Cadence, through Learning Community emails, and posted on CANVAS pages.

Wishing you a healthy and great upcoming week,

Shelli LeBlanc

Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 21st

  • PTO Yearbook Sales begin - through Jostens website

Monday, October 5th

  • Virtual Parent Information Night
  • One Session for In Person Families (including families joining at second grading period)
  • Second Session for Remote Families

Tuesday, October 6th

  • Collins Spirit Night Grub Burger (Research Forest)

Thursday, October 8th

  • End of the First Grading Period

Friday, October 9th

  • Teacher Staff Development Day - Student Holiday

Monday, October 12th

  • Student/Staff Holiday

Tuesday, October 13th

  • First Day of Second Grading Period

Friday, October 16th

  • First Grading Period Report Cards available in Parent Access

Thursday, October 22nd

  • Tentative Date for Student Yearbook pictures for Remote and Virtual (date subject to change)

Tuesday, November 3rd

  • Teacher Staff Development Day - Student Holiday

Times To Remember...

Bell Schedule:
  • 8:50 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
  • Students may enter the building by 7:35 AM (Please enter 5th grade side door)
Lunch Times (No visitors at lunch at this time)
  • 5th Lunch A: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
  • 5th Lunch B: 11:45 AM- 12:15 PM
  • 6th Lunch C: 12:25 PM. - 12:55 PM
  • 6th Lunch D: 12:55 PM - 1:25 PM
Front Office Times:
  • 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
End of Day:
  • 3:15 PM Calls to change transportation will end
  • 3:20 PM Early check out of students will end
  • 3:20 PM Cones for car rider dismissal will be set - cars for early pick up will not fit in front parking area
  • 3:30 PM First Flight (10 cars) will move forward to cones
  • 4:00 PM Flights 1 - 4 will be dismissed to wait at Car Cones
  • Dismissed after car dismissal begins; 1. Bikers 2. More Car Flights 3. Neighborhood walkers (parents should not be parked in neighborhoods to pick up children - please use YMCA parking lot) 4. YMCA walkers (crossing guard provided for students)

Collins Intermediate Celebrates

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Counselor Update

Colossal Cobra

The trait we are working on for the month of September is respect. Please check out the counseling canvas page for the guidance lesson on Respect. The teachers have been nominating students this month for us to award the students who stand out for Respect. The Colossal Cobra ceremony will be a virtual/student in person only ceremony as of right now. We will honor the nominated students in person during lunch at the end of this month, and we will have a Zoom meeting for the virtual students at the end of the month.

PTO Update

Please see prior newsletter for details for:

Spirit Shirts

Student Planners

Join PTO

Please see the link below to order items through Membership Toolkit. When you first get on toolkit, please remember to assign the homeroom teacher for your student(s). This will make delivery of items easier and faster. If you have any problems in Membership Toolkit, please contact the Membership Toolkit Chair at .

PTO Meetings will be on Mondays at 1:15 p.m. on Zoom until further notice. Most meetings are on the second Monday of the month but not all, please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

  • October 5, 2020
  • November 9, 2020
  • December 14, 2020
  • January 11, 2021
  • February 8, 2021
  • March 8, 2021
  • April 12, 2021
  • May 10, 2021

Yearbook Sale

This year looks different from any other year. Grab a piece of history and buy your yearbook now for $40 (payment plans available). Order before October 23 to get 4 free icons with personalization.

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Continued thanks for all parents of car riders, bikers, and walkers. Things continue to improve, and the timeline for the car line is impressive considering the large number of car riders we have added this school year.

Car Riders

Starting at 3:40 PM we have two staff members who begin to scan all cars waiting in the car line. By 3:59 PM almost 80 to 90 cars have been scanned. Students leave their classrooms to report to their car cones and meet their parents based on the cars scanned in order.

If any cars make a u-turn or uses a neighborhood to break the line of scanned cars, their child will not be at the car cone for pick up. If that occurs, we will ask the car to exit and circle around to the back of the line so that the car sign can be scanned and the child dismissed using the car rider system displayed in the classroom.

Bikers/Neighborhood Walkers

For safety reasons, please have your child walk their bike across Shadowbend crosswalks. The children have been reminded, not only to walk their bike, but for all to approach the road slowly and watch for traffic. We have neither a stop sign or crossing guard at two of our neighborhoods between Collins and Lake Woodlands. It is so very important for students to be mindful in those locations.

Mr. Barnhart Update

First, I want to say thank you for all the support from the parents. Our students have been incredible! Everyone is wearing masks, sanitizing, and social distancing whenever possible. There is no way that happens without the amazing parental support we get at Collins so thank you!

GT Update - Referral Requests for Gifted and Talented Testing

Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests 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 referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 18. You may request a referral form from the front office or from myself, Mr. Barnhart. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

Everyone stay safe and healthy!!!

Mr. Barnhart

In Person Protocol

How will the Classroom, Lunch, Bathroom, BAMO/PE, Library, Recess areas work when we return to school... Click Here!

In Person - Need To Know Items

Items to bring, Clinic, Screening, Masks, Visitors, Checking In/Out, Deliveries, and Dismissal (Biker, Car, Walker, Bus)

Nurse Kendall Update


Please remind your children of the proper way to wear a mask including covering the nose. We will all stay safe and healthy with proper mask wear!

Medication at School

Remember if your student needs medication at school, the parent must bring the medication and check it into the clinic and fill out the proper permission forms.

Vision and Hearing Testing

We have begun vision and hearing testing for all the in-person 5th grade students. It will take us a little longer to finish, due to trying to maintain social distancing. If your student fails vision or hearing, we will recheck in a couple of weeks and if he/she fails again, we will send home a referral letter.

Please continue to monitor your child for Covid symptoms every day before sending to school.

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At Home Learning Calendar

This calendar is a quick reference guide of assignments and/or activities to help parents and students stay organized. Many find it helpful to print so students can check off completed items.

5th Grade

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6th Grade

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Fine Arts/PE

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Technology Update

Ways to get help:

Please bookmark the Tech Coach’s website: so that when your student has a problem with using technology, you or your student can visit the Parent/Student Resources page to find help.

Conroe ISD Technology Help Desk

Conroe ISD will have a Technology Help Desk to assist teachers, students, parents, and guardians with Canvas, Seesaw, Parent Access, or Student Access. The Help Desk is available weekdays beginning Monday, August 10, from 7:30 AM until 9:00 PM. You may reach the Help Desk by emailing Canvas users can also click the 'Help' button prior to logging in for assistance.
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Prior Newsletters 2020-2021

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