Collins Elementary School

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  • TECHNOLOGY UPDATE, 12/6/19

    Dear LPS Community:

    I wanted to connect with our Livingston Public Schools Community as we continue our recovery efforts and district-wide response to the encrypting of our technology systems.

    It has now been two weeks since we confirmed that our system was compromised. School has been in session for seven days since then.  During this time, our technology issue has been our top priority. We have learned that, even with our technology staff working nights and weekends, recovery has many moving parts and restoring a technology system from the “ground up” on a large scale takes a significant amount of time.  We are attempting to accomplish months of work in a matter of weeks. We have made some meaningful progress over the past two weeks, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We know more, but are still seeking information and answers.

    We are in the midst of our full investigation and we are working through our recovery plan.  We have made meaningful strides in our efforts to restore our capacity to utilize technology throughout the district.  Our internet and phone systems are up, running, and functioning well. Additionally, this week, we began the difficult process of getting each of our PC-based computer devices cleaned to ensure that they are virus-free.  As we systematically address each of the 4,000 potentially impacted devices, our amazing educators continue to provide excellent instruction for our students at all levels. I am pleased to report that technology is being used productively in classrooms throughout the district.

    I have been so impressed with the flexibility, creativity, and professionalism our teachers have shown since this occurred.  They are clearly determined to move our students forward academically despite the setback. We are working to restore all aspects of our Genesis system. We know that everyone wants to be able to see grades online again as soon as possible.  At the moment, we remain unable to provide broad access to Genesis or to create report cards. Students are currently receiving academic feedback through graded and reviewed assignments and assessments from teachers. For now, these assignments and assessments will be their primary source of academic feedback.  We ask that you communicate with your children about how they are doing in their classes. Teachers will not be able to respond to individual grade requests from parents.

    Like you, we are anxious to have all of our systems back in use.  This will remain a daily focus for us, and resources will continue to be deployed to enhance our efforts to move us forward.  We are utilizing the assistance of professional consultants in addition to a technology firm that partnered with the City of Baltimore when their systems were recently infected by a similar virus.  As this situation has unfolded, we have learned about similar occurrences in other school districts, colleges, businesses, and government entities throughout the country. Unfortunately, there have been others even more recent than ours.  

    I ask for your continued patience.  In the letter I sent to the community on November 22nd, I stated that the district was informed by our consultants that it could take “weeks” for us to begin to feel technologically back to “normal” after our cyber attack.  In my meeting with staff and parents, both held on November 25th, I expressed that we would most likely not be on solid footing with technology until December break. Another New Jersey School district, whose systems were compromised at the end of September, informed us that, two months after their cyber-incident, they were still addressing some issues with their systems.  While data recovery efforts are ongoing, our consultants and other professionals continue to advise us not to share specifics about our data recovery efforts since this is an ongoing investigation. Consequently, we remain unable to communicate at all about that aspect of our work.  

    While, in the digital age, we have become accustomed to quicker fixes, everyone we speak with who is familiar with these crimes, reminds us that we have weeks, not days, of rebuilding ahead of us.  Again, considering how far we have already come, I believe we will know more, and become much more functional between now and winter break.

    Thank you, as always, for your partnership and understanding as we navigate this challenge together.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew J. Block, Superintendent of Schools

     

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Principal's Messages

  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week 11.15.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 11/15/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 11/15/19

     

    Highlights and Important Information:

     

    • Please join us at our next PTO Meeting, Tuesday November 19th at 1:30pm.
    • THANKSGIVING PIE SALE: The Collins PTO is selling pies from Alstede Farms. Delicious farm-fresh pies in 9 varieties including blueberry, apple, and strawberry rhubarb. Pies are $20 each or 2 for $35 and are perfect for your table or to bring to your Thanksgiving celebration. Pies will be distributed after school at Collins on the black top on Tuesday, November 26th.  Click HERE to place your order. Deadline to order is Monday, November 18th. Contact Lisa Brodsky, lisa_brodsky1@yahoo.com or Melanie Wurtele, melaniewurtele@gmail.com.
    • Planning for COLLINS MULTICULTURAL NIGHT is under way! The event will be held on January 30th from 6:30-8:00pm at Collins.If you are interested in representing your culture at a table and/or as part of a performance, please contact The PTO.
    • Grade 6 students in the Mount Pleasant Middle School STEMbassadors club will host an exciting evening of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Students in grades 2-5* and their families can take part in hands-on activities presented by the STEMbassadors throughout the evening. Entrance to the event will be through the MPM Cafeteria entrance doors.  Registration is required by 11/13.   REGISTER ONLINE!
    • Retakes and Club photos are on November 20th. Please send back the original photos if you wish to have a retake. 

    Upcoming Events:

    • Tuesday, November 19 - PTO Meeting 1:30pm
    • Wednesday, November 20 - Photo Retake Day
    • Wednesday, November 27 - ½ DAy 12:15pm Dismissal
    • Thursday, November 28 and 29 - NO SCHOOL
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  • Mrs. Cebula Plays of the Week 11.6.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 11/6/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 11-6-2019

    Enjoy the long weekend!!!!

    Highlights and Important Information:

     

    • There is no school Thursday and Friday November 7th and 8th.

     

    • I wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to come and visit with your child’s teacher to discuss the growth and achievement they have made thus far. What a joy it is to have such partnership and collaboration with each of you! 

     

    • Planning for COLLINS MULTICULTURAL NIGHT is under way! The event will be held on January 30th from 6:30-8:00pm at Collins.If you are interested in representing your culture at a table and/or as part of a performance, please contact the HSA.

     

    • Grade 6 students in the Mount Pleasant Middle School STEMbassadors club will host an exciting evening of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Students in grades 2-5* and their families can take part in hands-on activities presented by the STEMbassadors throughout the evening. Entrance to the event will be through the MPM Cafeteria entrance doors.  Registration is required by 11/13.   REGISTER ONLINE!

     

    • Pictures are in backpacks today. Be sure to check and see your smiling kiddo. Retakes and Club photos are on November 20th. Please send back the original photos if you wish to have a retake. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Thursday - Friday November 7-8 NO SCHOOL
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  • Mrs. Cebula Plays of the Week

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 11/1/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 11-1-2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

     

    • Next week we have Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will be dismissed at 12:15. 
    • There is no school Thursday and Friday November 7th and 8th
    • Planning for COLLINS MULTICULTURAL NIGHT is under way! The event will be held on January 30th from 6:30-8:00pm at Collins. It’s always a highlight of the year! If you are interested in representing your culture at a table and/or as part of a performance, please contact the PTO.
    • Grade 6 students in the Mount Pleasant Middle School STEMbassadors club will host an exciting evening of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Students in grades 2-5* and their families can take part in hands-on activities presented by the STEMbassadors throughout the evening. Entrance to the event will be through the MPM Cafeteria entrance doors.  Registration is required by 11/13.   REGISTER ONLINE!
    • Thank you for your cooperation and patience while planning for Halloween. Thrilled the rain stopped just in time for our parade!!! 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday - Wednesday November 4-6 - 12:15pm Dismissal
    • Thursday - Friday November 7-8 NO SCHOOL
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  • Plays of the Week 10.25.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 10/25/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 10/25/2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

     

    • Mrs. Carter continues to plan activities to support kindness and respect. Check out the blacktop to see the chalk messages from our TEAM!
    • Please make sure to reference the Halloween letter that was sent out last week and is posted on the school website. 
    • Make sure your child wears lots of green on Friday, November 1st. We look forward to our first Collins Pep Rally. 
    • Lost and Found is overflowing. Please label all clothing with your child’s first and last name. 
    • Next Week is Red Ribbon Week. Please see the Dress Up Days Listed Below.
    • Please remember to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences at https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Collins_Elementary_School_1

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, October 28th - Garden Day
    • Monday, October 28th - Red Ribbon Week - Peace out to Drugs wear Neon or Tie Dye
    • Tuesday, October 29th - Red Ribbon Week - Team Up Against Drugs - Wear you Team Jersey
    • Wednesday, October 30th - Red Ribbon Week - Wear Red
    • Tuesday, October 29th - Garden Day
    • Thursday, October 31st Halloween Parade 2:15pm
    • Friday, November All School Pep Rally at 1:30  - Wear Green and white or Collins apparel
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  • Plays of the Week 10.11.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 10/11/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 10/11/2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • It is expected that all parents and guardians drive safely and slowly near our school. The safety of our students is of utmost importance and we all must be extra cautious and patient when driving near our school. Your cooperation is appreciated. Additionally, the drop off line is to DROP OFF children only. If you need to get out of the car then you must park and not use the drop off line. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    • We had a wonderful assembly sponsored by the PTO. It was called Number Drummer. He worked with the grades as they performed music acts using different types of percussion sounds.
    • We had wonderful garden lessons this week as children picked carrots from our garden.
    • Picture day is October 17th. Flyers need to be returned or online orders must be placed prior to the 17th.
    • The 5th graders participated in a wonderful team building activity run by Mr. Purdue and Mrs. Carter. They learned to work together and problem solve.
    • Please follow us on Twitter ‎@collinsprincip1 and @CollinsElemSch.  Here you can find exciting pictures and events that happen here at Collins! 
    • There is no school on Monday, October 14th as there is an in-service PD Day 
    • Please make sure you sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences via the link that was sent home yesterday.  https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Collins_Elementary_School_1

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, October 14th - NO SCHOOL
    • Tuesday, October 15th - PTO Meeting 1:30pm 
    • Stuff the Bus Collections  through October 23rd.
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  • Plays of the Week 10.4.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 10/4/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 10/4/2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • It is expected that all parents and guardians drive safely and slowly near our school. The safety of our students is of utmost importance and we all must be extra cautious and patient when driving near our school. Your cooperation is appreciated. Additionally, the drop off line is to DROP OFF children only. If you need to get out of the car then you must park and not use the drop off line. Your cooperation is appreciated.
    • This was our first week of the Golden Spatula. The students were excited to see which class followed the rules and won for the day. The winners this week were; Shalom, Fiore, Ried, Van Laar (2x), Greenwald (2x), Dunleavy, Dorfman, Mitchell, Miller, Baird, Berrios, Pannia (2x), Cataldo (2x) and Minniti. Remember the class with the most wins at the end of each month wins a special prize.
    • We had an excellent turnout for BTSN.  Students were excited to see letters from their parents/guardians the next day. 
    • Picture day is October 17th. Flyers will be going home next week. 
    • Please follow us on Twitter ‎@collinsprincip1 and @CollinsElemSch.  Here you can find exciting pictures and events that happen here at Collins! 
    • There is no school on Wednesday, October 9th. 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, October 7th - Garden Day
    • Tuesday, October 8th - Garden Day
    • Wednesday, October 9th - NO SCHOOL
    • Friday, October 11th - Number Drummer Assembly 
    • Friday, October 11th - 12:15 - 2:15 - 5th Grade Team Building Day
    • NO ASE NEXT WEEK
    • Monday, October 14th - NO SCHOOL
    • Tuesday, October 15th - PTO Meeting 1:30pm
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  • Plays of the Week 9.27.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 9/27/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 9/27/2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • It is expected that all parents and guardians drive safely and slowly near our school. The safety of our students is of utmost importance and we all must be extra cautious and patient when driving near our school. Your cooperation is appreciated. 
    • Back to School Night is on October 2nd. The schedule was emailed and it also located on the website. This event is for parents only. Please make arrangements for childcare. 
    • October is a busy month. Please be aware that information on Week of Respect, School Violence  Awareness, and Red Ribbon Week will be coming your way soon. 
    • PIcture day is October 17th. Flyers will be going home next week. 
    • Please follow us on Twitter ‎@collinsprincip1 and @CollinsElemSch.  Here you can find exciting pictures and events that happen here at Collins! 
    • Wishing everyone a nice four day weekend and to those who celebrate a Happy New Year!

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, September 30 - No School
    • Tuesday, October 1 - No School
    • Wednesday, October 2 - Back to School Night
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  • Plays of the Week 9.20.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 9/20/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 9/20/2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Fall Family Festival was a huge hit last night.  It was a pleasure to see so many of our families come out and celebrate the new school year. 
    • The Garden lessons continue to be a big hit!
    • PTO Membership gives you access to the Buzz Book (school directory), PTO activities, and helps support all the wonderful things PTO does for the school, students, faculty and staff.
    • PTO Volunteer Sheets are on the PTO website.  This is your chance to sign up to help out with all the different activities offered by the PTO, from helping once (or twice) with your child’s media lesson, garden, multicultural night and book fair. We still need some chairs. Please be a TEAM PLAYER!
    • A gentle reminder, as previously discussed, after 8:05am the front doors will be closed and the children will be marked tardy. Parents need to come sign in their children after 8:05 (and when the front doors are closed).

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, September 23 - Garden Lessons
    • Monday, September 30 - No School
    • Tuesday, October 1 - No School
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  • Plays of the Week 9.13.19

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 9/13/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 9/13/2019

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Thanks to the PTO for a well attended Welcome new Families meeting and PTO meeting.
    • Thanks to the PTO for a successful Garden Lesson on Monday, September 8th
    • PTO Membership gives you access to the Buzz Book (school directory), PTO activities, and helps support all the wonderful things PTO does for the school, students, faculty and staff.
    • PTO Volunteer Sheets are on the PTO website.  This is your chance to sign up to help out with all the different activities offered by the PTO, from helping once (or twice) with your child’s media lesson, garden, multicultural night and book fair. We still need some chairs. Please be a TEAM PLAYER!
    • A gentle reminder, as previously discussed, after 8:05am the front doors will be closed and the children will be marked tardy. Parents need to come sign in their children after 8:05 (and when the front doors are closed).
    • Please see the attached flyer for the PTO Family Fall Festival on September 19th from 5;00 - 6:30.  Student Council will be holding their fundraiser during this year’s Fall Festival! Students will be able to guess how much candy is in our candy jar! The student with the closest guess wins the jar of candy and will be able to choose morning announcement music every day for a week! Each guess costs $1. Exact change only, please :)

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, September 16 - Garden Lessons
    • Tuesday, September 17 - Garden Lessons
    • Tuesday, September 17 - ASE Begins
    • Thursday, September 19 - Fall Fest 5 - 6:30pm

     

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  • Call for Safety In order to ensure the safety of our students, parents should use the Call For Safety phone line and report the student’s name, day or dates the student is absent or tardy, and the reason for the absence or tardy.

    973-535-8000, x7102

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