Kangaroo Connection

Weekly updates for our Collins families.

September 9, 2022

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Important Dates

September 13: Open House 5:30-7:30PM

September 22-October 6: Campus Fundraiser Chocolate Sale

September 23: Early Release 11:45AM

September 29: La Lotería Night-Hispanic Heritage Month Family Event 5:30-7:00PM

Open House September 13th: 5:30-7:30PM

Student's families will have an opportunity to meet their child's teacher and tour the campus at our Open House next Tuesday.

Each student will receive a "passport" to help them take their family on a tour of the school. Parents will be able to meet their child's teachers and visit the campus. Grade level teachers will also share a 10 minute presentation with parents at 5:40, 6:00 and 6:30 to provide additional information about their classroom systems and policies. This is a come and go event and is designed to last about 30-45 minutes for each family. Parents will also be able to sign up for fall Parent Conferences.

Students can turn their completed passports in as they leave to be entered in a raffle the following day.

Library Visits Update

We have had a great time in our library these past few weeks!

  • In Pre-K classes, we read the story The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe by Christina Soontornvat and helped the Blunder children count to ten.

  • In ECSC classes, we learned about our emotions and read My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, and we also practiced showing our emotions when reading Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions.

  • In Structured Learning we celebrated the start of the school year by reading School’s First Day of School.

  • In Kindergarten students enjoyed their very first library visits. We talked about how we treat books like they are babies (very delicately). We also read Curious George Visits the Library by Margaret H.A. Rey and then (like Curious George in the story) students made and received their very own library cards so that they could check out books from our library.

  • In 1st-4th grades we focused on taking great care of our new library books. We read A Perfectly Messed-up Story by Patrick McDonnell and then played a game to determine how different library books were damaged in the past. Students each received a bookmark to color, and they also committed to doing the following to care for their library books:

    • Use a bookmark to mark their place in a book.

    • Never write or draw in library books.

    • Turn pages gently so that they will not get ripped.

    • Keep books away from pets, food, drinks, and little ones who may chew on the books or color on the pages.

    • Let Ms. Amy know right away if a book gets damaged so that she can try to repair it.

  • In 5th grade we explored inventors and their various inventions. We talked about how a great deal of experimenting goes into the creation of every invention. We enjoyed reading 11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill.

I’m excited for all the stories we will share together next month! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact librarian, Amy Gonzalez, at amy.gonzalez@dvisd.net.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: La Lotería Night!

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Teacher Communication

Parent Square provides direct messaging to teachers and campus staff for parents.

Classroom teacher's first priority during the school day is instruction in the classroom. They check direct messages throughout the day and at their planning time, but may not be able to respond immediately.

I've asked teachers to return parent communication within 24 hours. If you have urgent information to share with the teacher, please communicate through the front office.

Title 1 Parent Information

As a parent of a student at Collins Elementary, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and teacher assistants who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teaching staff:

  • Whether the State of Texas has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.

  • Whether the State of Texas has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.

  • The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.

  • Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child, and if they do, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please contact Ashley Fredo, Principal at 512-386-3900 or ashley.aretakisf@dvisd.net

Como padre de un estudiante de la escuela Primaria Escuela Collins, usted tiene derecho de saber acerca de las credenciales profesionales de los maestros y asistentes de maestros que instruyen a su hijo(a). La ley federal le permite solicitar cierta información acerca de los maestros de su hijo(a), y requiere que nosotros le proporcionaremos dicha información en un tiempo razonable, si usted la solicita. Específicamente, usted tiene derecho de solicitar la siguiente información acerca del personal docente en el salón de clases de su hijo(a):

  • Si el estado de Texas ha otorgado una licencia o calificado a un maestro(a) para los grados y materias que imparte

  • Si el estado de Texas ha decidido que el maestro(a) puede enseñar en un salón de clases sin haber obtenido una licencia o haber sido calificado según las regulaciones estatales debido a circunstancias especiales

  • La especialidad universitaria del maestro(a); si el maestro(a) tiene estudios superiores, de ser así, la materia de los títulos

  • Sí asistentes de maestro(a) o paraprofesionales similares proporcionan servicios a su hijo(a), y de ser así, conocer sus credenciales profesionales

Si desea recibir alguna de esta información, por favor llame al director(a) Ashley Fredo a 512-386-6900 o ashley.aretakisf@dvisd.net