2020-2021 August 21, 2020
From The Principal
Our Collins newsletter will now provide three sections to assist parents with the different learning configurations. You will being to see a section designated for "All Learners", another for "In-Person Learners", and starting September 8th a third sections for "Remote Learners." Our goal is to help focus you to the area of the newsletter that will be most informative for your needs.
At the very end of the Collins Cadence is an area titled "Oldies But Goodies." All prior family newsletters for the school year will be available via a link. We know the information coming home can be lengthy and many times sections, like the PTO, have important information that could remain for several weeks in the current newsletter. But to conserve space, we will direct you to an older newsletter to find the important and relevant details.
"Ramp Up" Reminder
Students/Families participating as In Person learners will have a separate email sent home on Wednesday, August 26th, sharing a complete explanation of the "Ramp Up" days that will be held August 31st - September 3rd. We will outline our daily routines for the children as well as arrival and dismissal procedures.
Wishing all a wonderful and restful weekend!
With Warm Regards,
August 12th - August 24th
- All students online in remote instruction
Every Tuesday & Thursday
- Curbside Meal Distribution - back of Collins (see newsletter 8//14/2020 for details)
Wednesday, August 19th - Friday, September 4th
- Parents/guardians of students with the most significant needs begin on campus (Campus will make personal contact for identified families)
Monday, August 31st
- In-Person learners with Last name alphabetical group... Only A-C on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)
Tuesday, September 1st
- In-Person learners Last name alphabetical group... Only D-J on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)
- Collins Spirit Night: Chipotle 4PM - 8PM See flyer in PTO Section
Wednesday, September 2nd
- In-Person learners Last name alphabetical group... Only K-Q on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)
Thursday, September 3rd
- In-Person learners Last name alphabetical group... Only R-Z on campus with regular school hours (transportation/lunch/masks worn)
Friday, September 4th
- All students online in remote instruction
Monday, September 7th
- Labor Day - Student/Staff Holiday
Tuesday, September 8th
- All students enrolled in Traditional In-Person Instruction - On Campus (transportation/lunch/masks worn)
- All students enrolled in Remote Instruction - continue Online/Remote Instruction
Monday, September 14th
- PTO Meeting 1:15 via Zoom
At Home Learning Calendar
We hope you have had a great start to the beginning of school! Wonderful things have been happening, and some great learning has been taking place these first few days.
Don’t forget: Mrs. McCure (6th grade) and Ms. Aymond (5th grade) are here to assist virtually! If your student would like to contact his or her counselor, please have them fill out a counselor contact form and we will be sure to get in touch.
Mobile Markets for August - Food Assistance
Interfaith of the Woodlands - Clothing Assistance
Collins Counselor Assistance Form - Collins Assistance
Nurse Kendall Update
The following guidelines are from the CISD Roadmap to Reopening:
Any student with a temperature greater than or equal to 100°F and/or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be masked as developmentally appropriate, isolated, and the parent/guardian notified for pick up.
Students who are ill will be isolated, masked when developmentally appropriate, and cared for by school personnel until the parent/guardian retrieves them.
Parents/guardians are asked to pick up ill students within one hour of notification by school personnel.
Parents/guardians should have alternative arrangements if they are unable to pick up their student within one hour
A message from the PE teachers:
Please have your student log on to CANVAS and double check to make sure they have access to their Physical Education course. The CANVAS tile below should appear on your student’s dashboard. If your student does not have this tile on their dashboard, please have them email Mrs. Joblin with their name and student ID number.
Mrs. Joblin - email@example.com
In order to better serve students at Collins Intermediate, PE has changed their ZOOM schedule. Each learning committee (LC) will have a designated ZOOM day for PE. ZOOM meetings are optional and will be utilized to answer student questions. All PE assignments are posted in CANVAS and students should continue to log on daily to complete them. ZOOM meetings are not an alternative to posted assignments. ZOOM links are posted on PE’s Homepage in CANVAS.
The new ZOOM schedule for PE starts Monday, August 24, 2020
5th Grade Zoom 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Links found in Canvas Page
Monday LC 5-1
Tuesday LC 5-2
Wednesday LC 5-3
Thursday LC 5-4
Friday LC 5-5
6th Grade Zoom 1:05 PM - 1:35 PM
Links found in Canvas Page
Monday LC 6-1
Tuesday LC 6-2
Wednesday LC 6-3
Thursday LC 6-4
Friday LC 6-5
Parents, a few reminders:
A Parent Access Center account must be made for each student, and you should use the same email address so that your PAC will have all your students info on your account.
Parent Canvas accounts are created using the same email as Parent Access Center accounts so the systems can connect, and you should wait 24 hours to give the systems time to connect.
Need assistance? Use the Collins Intermediate website to get help! https://collins.conroeisd.net/
Conroe ISD Technology Help Desk
Eagle Scout Project
While I was looking for Eagle Scout project ideas, I reached out to Collins Intermediate as the school is very close to where I live in Cochran's Crossing. I was directed to the Collins PTO. We met together and brainstormed various ideas and the idea for raised garden beds came up. I was excited about the idea of raised garden beds because I knew it would help the kids learn about biology, which is my mom's background.
I did some research on google on how to build raised bed gardens and I worked with my dad to create the design and determine what materials we would need. I presented the project to my Troop leadership as well as the Scouting District, who both agreed that the project was worthwhile.
I did further project planning, more detailed design work and built a prototype with my father (see attached). I then presented the detailed plan to my Troop leadership for approval. After some procrastination on my part, I bought all the materials and scheduled two events for Scouts to assist me in building and painting the three additional garden beds.
Earlier in August, my father and I brought the raised garden beds to the school, put them in place and filled them with raised garden bed soil. Somehow, we managed to pick the hottest day of the summer to do the install. It was HOT, but I am very happy with the resulting set of garden beds (in the shape of a "C" for Collins) and hope they will be very useful to the teachers and kids.
A Special Thanks to Joshua Lunde and the Lunde Family for the generous donation to Collins Intermediate and the Outdoor Classroom. Joshua is a Junior at TWHS and is a member of Troop 772. Our students and staff will benefit from and enjoy the raised flower beds for years to come.
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 CollinsPTOToolkit@gmail.com .
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.
- September 14, 2020
- October 5, 2020
- November 9, 2020
- December 14, 2020
- January 11, 2021
- February 8, 2021
- March 8, 2021
- April 12, 2021
- May 10, 2021
Cobra Spirit Night and Community Partnerships 2020-2021
We are excited to announce opportunities for you to support Collins Intermediate PTO in your everyday purchases.
1. Save the Date! Cobra Spirit Night at Chipotle
- 3085 College Park Dr, Conroe, TX 77384-8022
- Order in person or online (for take-out only)
You can order online and pick-up your order. When checking out use our Promo Code 33PK26G on the Chipotle app or website. 33% of proceeds from use of our code will be donated to Collins PTO!! Please note that fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during the scheduled date, time, at Chipotle located on College Park Dr. (242) restaurant. Ordering delivery for this fundraiser is not permitted.
2. Give to Collins through Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app! If you make purchases through AmazonSmile designating Collins Intermediate School PTO, they will donate a portion of the sale directly to the school at no cost to you!
How to turn on in the app:
Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
For info on how to join click here: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage?orig=Lw==
3. Scan or drop off Box Tops!
For digital BOX TOPS all you need is your phone. Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Collins Intermediate Box Tops earnings online.
You can still clip them and send them to school.
Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to
be found on many products throughout the store. Send your clipped Box Tops,
along with any unexpired clips you may have at home, to Collins Intermediate.
We have a receptacle in the front lobby!
4. Participate in Kroger Community Rewards
Kroger will donate to Collins Intermediate PTO every time you use your Kroger Loyalty Card. To participate you must link your Loyalty Card to Collins Intermediate PTO. Our code is: WD723. Once you link your card to Collins Intermediate PTO (code WD723), all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card.
Here’s how it works:
1. Create a digital account. A digital account is needed to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward the organization you choose.
2. Link your Card to an organization. Enter the name or NPO number Collins Intermediate PTO (NPO number WD723). Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”. Your selected organization will also display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always do so under your Account details.
4. Collins Intermediate earns! Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.
If you have any questions about Cobra Spirit Nights or the Community Partnerships please contact the PTO Spirit Coordinator, Sonya Dias at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832.729.1766.
Collins Transportation Notification/Survey
Collins Intermediate is asking all parents, both In Person and Remote families, to complete the following form. This information will help us identify the four different methods a student could access to get home each afternoon.
Thank you in advance for assisting Collins in the planning of a safe and efficient dismissal process.
Important Conroe ISD Bus Transportation Information
Thank you for all the patience and support that you have given the CISD Transportation Team over the years. Driving a school bus takes dedicated and caring employees that love their students and are thrilled to be making a positive difference in student's lives. Our school bus drivers and monitors have been conducting practice runs in order to make the start of school as safe and smooth as possible, and we thank those of you who have contacted us with kind words about seeing buses rolling again.
We are seeing a number of students that have signed up for remote learning and we are adjusting routes when and where possible.
The current environment is creating a shortage of school bus drivers for this upcoming school year so we are asking for your help and consideration in a couple of ways:
- If your child is scheduled to attend campus instruction in person and you plan on driving them, we are asking you to please visit our website at https://www.conroeisd.net/transportation/ and select the Register for Transportation link:
- This link will take you to https://apps.conroeisd.net/AlternativeTransportation/
- Please select "No" for transportation.
- This will make your child inactive for transportation services.
- Parent/Guardians can always go back in and change it to "Yes" at any time if your child needs to start riding the bus again.
- Making your child inactive for transportation services helps us better identify which students will be using buses thus allowing us to be even more efficient with our routes, keeping numbers as small as possible per run, and assists in managing our current driver shortage.
- This will also enable us to be more responsive to calls since we have to rely on certified office staff to drive when faced with bus driver shortages.
- Please note in advance to complete any of these online requests please have your child's C.I.S.D. student I.D. number and birth date available before starting the process.
- Should your child be attending in-person instruction and you plan for them to ride the bus, we are asking you to please visit Register for Transportation and check Yes again to ensure we have your child selected for a route.
For complete information on bus transportation, including bus numbers and stop times, please visit https://www.conroeisd.net/transportation/ .
If you are new to C.I.S.D. this fall it is required to sign your child up for transportation. This can be done by accessing https://apps.conroeisd.net/AlternativeTransportation/ .
Process for Dismissal
Our car rider dismissal is being redesigned to address the increased numbers of parents picking up children in the afternoon at Collins.
Call to change transportation will end 3:15 PM
Early Check out of students will end 3:20 PM
Cones for car rider dismissal will be set 3:25 PM
First Flight (10 cars ) will be pull up at 3:30 PM
Through this redesign we have made adjustments to our dismissal order.
We believe the car rider line is the fastest and safest process for students and parents during dismissal.
Bikers will be released at 4:00.
Car Rider dismissal will begin once bikers have started to clear.
Cars leaving Collins will only be allowed to make a right hand turn to exit towards Research Forest.
After several flights of cars have left campus students walking to their home in nearby neighborhoods will be released.
After two to three more flights of cars have been dismissed any students walking to the YMCA will be dismissed.
Car dismissal will continue until process is completed.
Bus students dismiss from the back of the school. More information regarding their process will be included in the Wednesday, August 26th information.
Car Rider Tags
Collins car dismissal will be adjusted this year to account for a larger amount of families picking up students and the requirement to socially distance students.
Each family will receive a car rider tag with a student barcode. For those families that carpool a combination tag will also be provided. Collins staff will use your car rider tag (with barcode) to scan in student(s) and identify the student to car. We will load 10 cars at a time. So the student will be linked to a specific car. Students will be seated in their classroom and monitor a screen in the classroom to watch for notification of their flight (a series of 10 cars) and the car number (1 - 10). Once notified the student will report quickly to their identified cone to meet the waiting car.
A video explanation will be sent home on Wednesday, August 26th to help parents understand the full Collins dismissal plan.
Each family will receive a car rider tag with student barcodes (regardless of mode of regular transportation).
Car rider tags will be passed out during the four days of ramp up prior to the afternoon dismissal process beginning. Our students safety is our #1 priority so thank you for being patient with this process.
Items To Bring To school
Please have students bring the following to school:
- Chromebook - if your family checked out a chromebook from Collins please have your child bring it with them their Alpha Ramp Up Day. This item will return home with the child at the end of the day.
- Personal Technology - if your child has a personal chromebook or laptop they may bring the device their Alpha Ramp Up Day.
- A water bottle or water bottles to school. Please make sure to put their name on it in case it is misplaced. This will keep them from having to touch our water fountains many times throughout the day to stay hydrated. If you do bring a water bottle we ask that it be plastic, one that does not have a permanent opening on the top like a Yeti, or one where you would have to unscrew the top to drink from it.
- We also recommend that students bring their own personal hand sanitizer with them. Each classroom will have hand sanitizer in it but if they have a personal preference. Bath and Body works or other heavily perfumed sanitizer is not recommended.
- A bag with a few extra masks in it. Please place the child's name on the zip lock bag. If a mask is damaged or lost during the day they will have a replacement readily available.
Families are encouraged to pack a lunch for their child. In the event the child will purchase meals from the school cafeteria, please make sure there are funds in the My School Bucks account. Families are encouraged to use My School Bucks as a method of payment to keep account balances full. The cafeteria is not collecting money/payments during food service times. Students will be able to bring checks or cash to the cafeteria after 9 AM to to have funds applied to their account.
- Conroe ISD campuses are closed to visitors with the exception of those needing to conduct essential school business.
- All visitors are required to pre-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering a District facility.
- All visitors entering a District facility will be required to wear a face covering. Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow specific guidelines for visitors.
- All visitors entering a District facility will be required to sign-in and are subject to a COVID-19 screening before accessing the building beyond the reception area.
- All visitors will wash/sanitize hands upon entry to a District facility.
- Only visitors essential to school operations will be permitted to enter CISD facilities.
- Schools will utilize virtual meeting options when possible to reduce the number of campus visitors.
- All individuals entering the building must wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose.
- Visitors and staff will maintain appropriate social distancing for ARD and other meetings.
- Parent organization meetings will be held virtually to minimize outside contact.
Additional Information will be provided regarding visitors in the building as school resumes Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- Deliveries to students including lunches will be limited and on an emergency basis only. Students forgetting lunches will be allowed to charge a meal in the cafeteria.
- Parents needing to drop items off for a student will contact the school to arrange a curbside pick-up.
- Students arriving late to school - clarification provided soon
- Student checked out of school early - clarification provided soon
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