Collins Incoming 5th Grade
Collins Welcome and Electronic Packet Information
From The Principal
We are so very excited to welcome our incoming 4th grade Dolphins, Challengers, Panthers, and Bears to Collins Intermediate. The transition from elementary to intermediate is an important time. We want to ensure that your child and family have all the information and tools you need. For many families this transition may be a return trip that older siblings have already experienced. For others, this is a new frontier. Please be assured that, at Collins, we will work to make the next two years positive ones for your child. The transition process for fourth graders and their parents can be filled with questions and concerns. The administration, counselor and teachers at Collins will be communicating with the fourth grade teachers and counselors from each of the feeder schools to learn more about our new “Collins Cobras.”
We were unable to host our 4th grader's annual visit and tour of the Collins campus or the parent informational meetings. To provide our parents and students with the most helpful information for your transition to intermediate we have adapted some of our traditional methods of delivery.
- This newsletter will give you electronic pdf documents for all information sheets traditionally found in the packet that is sent home in April.
- Fine Arts missed the opportunity to provide a concert for the fourth graders along with an introduction to instruments in two of our performing ensembles. Please make sure to watch the video in the newsletter for a wonderful description of art/music, orchestra, band and choir.
- Fine Arts Selection Form - all families will compete the 5th Grade Fine Arts Interest Survey by May 22nd.
- Instrument evaluation and selection process and dates will be updated in the coming weeks. Based on your completed survey, band and orchestra directors will keep families updated immediately.
- Incoming Parent Information Meeting - By Wednesday, May 13th you will receive an email with a link to a recorded presentation. This presentation will help new and returning Collins families with all needed information about the transition.
- Student Virtual Tour and Student Visit To Collins - By Wednesday, May 13th your child, through the parent's email, will receive a link to view a video with a virtual tour of Collins as well as a recorded presentation about their own transition to Collins.
“Collins Express Day and Teacher Meet and Greet” will be held Monday, August 10, 2020 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.. This is a “Come and Go” event. When you and your child arrive at Collins Express you will be given your child’s Learning Community and Homeroom teacher assignment. Students will meet their teacher, school supplies (if ordered on-line) will be in the homeroom class, and a schedule. PTO will be available to answer questions about PTO membership, Friends of Collins, and on-line Spirit Wear sales for the upcoming school year. Fine Arts and PE teachers will be present to answer any questions. If you are unable to attend, your child will receive everything he or she needs on the first day of school. We are very excited about the new school year and looking forward to meeting you and your child.
Shelli LeBlanc, Principal
Collins Questions and Answers
How are the students placed in classrooms?
Students are assigned to a Learning Community (LC) typically consisting of three teachers responsible for each of the content areas: reading/writing, math, science and social studies. Each LC is balanced with children needing a variety of instructional services, which include gifted/talented, special education, and Section 504. Also, we make every attempt to evenly distribute students from each of our feeder elementary schools.
Do the teachers coordinate assignments and test dates?
Every PLC and LC is required to conduct weekly meetings to review integrated activities, test dates, campus activities, homework, and to discuss the progress of their students. Assignments and test dates will be posted on CANVAS.
How can students make a fine arts decision if they are unfamiliar with the program?
Students and their parent's should watch the Fine Arts video found in this newsletter. After watching the video parents should read the Fine Arts brochure for specific information about the programs offered. All families should complete the "Fine Arts Selection Form" by May 22nd. Additional follow up by the orchestra and band directors are based on this survey.
If a student enrolls in Band or Orchestra, will they have an opportunity to take Art?
No, they will not have the opportunity to take Art. Band/Orchestra is taken for the entire year. There will be an opportunity for Band and Orchestra student to join the Art Club that meets outside of school throughout the year.
Can a sixth grader enroll in band or orchestra if they took art/music in the fifth grade?
No. The next opportunity to start Band or Orchestra as a beginner is in 7th grade.
Do the children have Physical Education every day?
Students attend P.E. five days and every 6th day students will rotate in to the Library for a lesson that support their core curriculum class. Students also have 20 minutes of recess before or after lunch each day.
What are the school hours?
Classes begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The student daily news broadcast, KCOL, begins at 8:40 AM. We suggest that students need to be in the building no later than 8:30 a.m. to prepare for the day.
Supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. for students attending before school activities or tutorials. We ask that student not be dropped off in the front of the school until 8:00 a.m.
5th Grade @ 11:45 - 12:15
6th Grade @ 12:25 - 12:55
Lunch times are subject to adjustment
How do I find information about my child’s bus number and the bus arrival and departure time?
Visit the Conroe ISD Website at http://www.conroeisd.net/ and click on “What Bus Do I Ride?”. 2019-2020 bus route information will not be loaded until the beginning of August.
How do I make sure Collins has the most current contact information for my child?
At the end of July you will receive an email with your INFOSNAP log-in information. It is very important to take time to review and submit this information prior to school starting. This is a critical process that must be completed every year. A help document can be found in the incoming 5th grade packet.
June 14th - Deadline for Ordering School Supplies
Completed By All Incoming 5th Grade Families
Fine Arts Selection Form Due Date
Friday, May 22nd, 9am
This is an online event.
Please read the Fine Arts brochure for specific information.
Additional follow up by the orchestra and band directors are based on this survey.
Our annual fundraising efforts include “Friends of Collins” (a monetary donation to PTO), Fall Frenzy (a fun event for the students after school one Friday in September/October), Box Tops, spirit nights and grocery store rewards programs. If you would like more information about the Collins PTO, please email email@example.com.
PTO Welcome & Membership Toolkit
PTO Positions and Openings as of 4-26-2020
Cool Collins Facts
- Dr. Donald R. Collins was a graduate of Texas A&M University with many degrees in veterinary medicine. He became better known to the children in CISD as the “Snake Man”, taking his collection of snakes from school to school explaining the safety and dangers of the snake world. His presence was strongly felt in our school system as a member of the CISD Board of Education from 1979 to 1988 and as its President from 1986 to 1988.
- Collins opened in 1990
- Collins mascot is a Cobra
- The school colors are Maroon, Blue and Silver
- Announcements are broadcast live every morning at 8:40 a.m.
Collins Twitter Account
Collins Facebook Account
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.