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  • Daily Messages

    View Mrs. Cebula's daily messages...subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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  • Remote Learning Information

    View daily messages and find all the information you need to know about the Collins Remote Learning Experience by clicking on the headline title.

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  • Storytime with LPS!

    Reading aloud with children is such a personal, special, and warm way to invite them into books. Each day, we will post a new read aloud from either Assistant Superintendent Lisa Capone-Steiger or a guest reader. Stay strong, stay connected, keep reading!

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  • Summer Academy 2020

    Livingston Public Schools is committed to providing students with excellent educational experiences. Check out what our Summer Academy has to offer!

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  • Kindergarten Online Pre-Registration

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Important Note: You need to complete the entire kindergarten registration process by May 15th in order to be notified of your child’s school placement by June 1st. For detailed information, please visit our New Student Registration webpage.

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Principal's Messages

  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week 3.20.2020

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 3/20/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week Ending  3/20/2020

     

    Highlights and Important Information:

     

    Well, this has been quite a year. Ironically, several months ago we lost all technology and now our kiddos are making history as they virtually learn from home. It is a challenging time for all of us, but we are a TEAM and I am confident we will get through this together. Below are a few important notes. 

     

    • Dr. Block sent a letter to the community regarding conferences today at 11:30.  As Dr. Block stated, “With the understanding that these are unusual times, that the need for consistency in daily routine is important, and knowing that our teachers are working tirelessly each day to deliver instruction through a new paradigm, we have decided to postpone all Parent-Teacher Conferences originally scheduled for next week.  Our focus needs to be fully directed to the success of remote learning.” I will send out more information when it becomes available. 

     

    • Please continue to help your children with their daily tasks, activites, and learning objectives. The teachers continue to tirelessly work on sending meaningful agendas with relevant information. Please encourage your children to READ the entire message before sending a clarifying question. Oftentimes, the information needed is stated in the agenda. 

     

    • Mrs. Lichtstein and I are having lots of fun creating a virtual announcement each day. We have a YouTube channel set up so please visit to see them daily.  CLICK HERE Please continue to send me images and videos that show how your children are participating in remote learning and passing the time at home. You can email them directly to collinselementarylivingston@gmail.com  

     

     

     

    Thank you for your continued partnership.I will be in touch next week! 

     

    Best, 

    Michelle Cebula



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  • Remote Learning Information from Mrs. Cebula

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 3/13/2020
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  • Mrs Cebula's Plays of the Week 2.28.2020

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 2/28/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week Ending  2-28-2020


    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Next week is our official Read Across America Celebration Week. Our Reading Specialists, Ms. Widzinksi and Ms. Feeney, have planned an eventful week.  Each day we will have a different theme and activity. 

     

    • Please visit for a complete list

     

    https://www.livingston.org/cms/lib/NJ01000562/Centricity/Domain/135/Dress%20Up%20Days%20for%20Read%20Across%20America%202020.pdf 

    • Mark your calendars! TREP$ marketplace is going to be here soon, so get ready to shop, shop, shop! Please support our Collins 4th and 5th grade entrepreneurs at the TREP$ Marketplace on Wednesday, March 11 from 6-7:30.
    • Conferences are March 25th, 26th, and 27th. Please be sure to sign up! 

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Monday, March 2- Friday, March 6: Read Across America
    • Tuesday, March 10th- Delayed Opening PD Workshop
    •  Wednesday, March 11 - TREP$ Marketplace



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  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week 2.7.2020

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 2/7/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week Ending  2-7-2020


    Highlights and Important Information:

    • The children and teachers had a blast at the Honeybee workshop/assembly this past week. Students made their own candles and learned all about the bees. Thank you PTO for this wonderful assembly.
    • Kindergarten grades will be posted on the Genesis Portal starting at 3:00pm today.
    • Please note the parking lot is for staff only. There is no parking in this lot during pick up or drop off.  
    • Please make sure when you are parking or drop off or pick up your students you are not blocking any of our driveways or entrances. 
    • Parent Workshop: February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School! Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Tuesday, February 11  - PTO Meeting 1:30pm 
    • Friday, February 14 - 100th Day of School
    • Monday, February 17 - Friday February 21 - School Closed 
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  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week 1.31.2020

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 1/31/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 1-31-2020


    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Wow! Multicultural Night was most impressive!. A special thanks to Houdi Kiareldeen and Khyati Chhawa for leading this event. 
    • A special thanks to our 3rd Grade teachers,Instructional Aides, students, PTO, staff and Joanna Atkins for a wonderful Dance Residency Program. The students worked so hard and the program was a huge success.
    • Please note the parking lot is for staff only. There is no parking in this lot during pick up or drop off.  
    • Please make sure when you are parking or drop off or pick up your students you are not blocking any of our driveways or entrances. 
    • We are looking forward to our 2 day Honeybee workshop and assembly with the PTO on February 4th and 5th.
    • On Wednesday, February 5th Collins School will participate in Global Play Day. The students will enjoy 45 minutes of unstructured play during our Drop Everything and Play session.
    • Parent Workshop: February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School! Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Tuesday, February 4th - Honeybee Workshop and Assembly Grades K-2
    • Wednesday, February 5th - Honeybee Workshop and Assembly Grades 3-5
    • Friday, February 7th - Kindergarten Grades on Portal 3:00pm
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  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week 1.24.2020

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 1/24/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 1-24-2020


    Highlights and Important Information:

    • We are looking forward to our Multicultural Night on Thursday, January 30th from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Collins School.
    • The 3rd graders have been working very hard on their Dance Residency Program. 3rd grade parents are invited on Thursday, January 30th at 9:00am. 
    • Please note the parking lot is for staff only. There is no parking in this lot during pick up or drop off. 
    • Please note that we promptly start school at 8:05. School opens at 7:35. This allows for a 30 minute drop off window.  As previously stated, any child that arrives at 8:06 or later must be signed in by an adult. When children are late, they sometimes miss important announcements and can disrupt the already established morning routine. This leads to a variety of concerns including students feeling uneasy or embarrassed. 
    • Please note school ends at 2:40 and any child not picked up is reported to the main office. I understand that we all run late once in a while, but habitual late pick ups are not acceptable. 
    • Parent Workshop: February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School! Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   
    • Kindergarten Pre-Registration will open on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Please note that you need to complete the entire kindergarten registration process by May 15th in order to be notified of your child’s school placement by June 1st. This includes families with older siblings already attending a school within the District. Click here for details on the three-step pre-registration process.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • Third Grade Dance Residency Performance - Thursday, January 30th 9:00am
    • Multicultural Night @ Collins School  - Thursday, January 30th 6:30 - 8:00pm
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  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 1/17/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 1-17-2020

     

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Kindergarten Pre-Registration will open on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Please note that you need to complete the entire kindergarten registration process by May 15th in order to be notified of your child’s school placement by June 1st. This includes families with older siblings already attending a school within the District. Click here for details on the three-step pre-registration process.
    • Everyone is expected to follow the morning drop off expectations. This video serves as a reminder and outlines the morning routine.  Please help keep our children safe and adhere to these guidelines. You must pull all the way up on both Martin and Arlington. Remember it is a DROP and GO line
    • Parent Workshop: February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School! Sinead Crews, Director of School Counseling, and the elementary school counselors will present an informative program devoted to exploring social emotional learning with K-5 parents! During the program, parents will have the option of attending two break-out sessions on specific topics relates to students' social and emotional development as well as learn about resources and strategies. Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   



    Upcoming Events:

    • No School Monday, January 20th
    • Delayed Open for PD Tuesday, January 21st 
    • Winter Concert Wednesday, January 22nd at MPM 7:00pm
    • Third Grade Dance Residency Performance - Thursday, January 30th 9:00am
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  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week 1.10.20

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 1/10/2020

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 1-10-2020

     

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Everyone is expected to follow the morning drop off expectations. This video serves as a reminder and outlines the morning routine.  Please help keep our children safe and adhere to these guidelines. You must pull all the way up on both Martin and Arlington. Remember it is a DROP and GO line. 
    • Please label all coats, hats, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc. The Lost and Found was once again overflowing. We had a “fashion show” during the lunch periods. Many items were returned to students! 
    • Parent Workshop: February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School! Sinead Crews, Director of School Counseling, and the elementary school counselors will present an informative program devoted to exploring social emotional learning with K-5 parents! During the program, parents will have the option of attending two break-out sessions on specific topics relates to students' social and emotional development as well as learn about resources and strategies. Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   
    • Report Cards will be posted today at 3:00pm for Grades 1-5

     

    Upcoming Events:

    • PTO meeting January 14th at 7:00 - Superintendent Dr. Block will be joining us
    • Coat Drive until January 17th 
    • MLK Service Donations due by January 17th 
    • No School Monday, January 20th
    • Delayed Open for PD Tuesday, January 21st
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  • Mrs. Cebula's Plays of the Week

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 12/20/2019

    PLAYS OF THE WEEK

    Collins Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Cebula
    Week of 12/20/19

    Highlights and Important Information:

    • Wishing everyone a happy and healthy break. Enjoy time with your loved ones. Happy New Year. See you in 2020! 
    • Please be sure to arrange for your children to be picked up promptly @ 2:40pm.  Recently, there have been many students who are not picked up on time and are housed in the main office. In the future habitual late pickups will result in a meeting with Mrs. Cebula.
    • Everyone is expected to follow the morning drop off expectations. This video serves as a reminder and outlines the morning routine.  Please help keep our children safe and adhere to these guidelines.
    • Thank you to the PTO for recognizing that Collins has the best staff. The  luncheon was most impressive- delicious food, cruise-themed decor, desserts galore, and so many small touches! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Go TEAM!

    Upcoming Events:

    • School Re-opens Thursday, January 2 - 2020
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  • 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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  • 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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