Collins Elementary School

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    During the month of October, there are many activities programmed across all schools that support the Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness Week and Red Ribbon Week.  Check it out!

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Messages from the Principal

  • Weekly Message Mr. Hart 10.15.18

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 10/15/2018

    October 14, 2018



    Dear Families,

    We had a fantastic week at Collins School!      

     

    Each homeroom class has a buddy class that they work with throughout the year.  Teachers are starting to find opportunities for buddy classes to work on a variety of different project together.  Be sure to ask your student what kind of activities they have been working on with their buddy!

     

    A big thank you to all of the families who donated shoes for our shoe collection.  Collins School collected over 300 pairs of shoes during the two weeks of our collection.  All shoes collected will be donated to Soles4Souls. This organization refurbishes gently used shoes and donates them to people in need around the world.  This collection coincides with our activities recognizing the Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness Week and Red Ribbon Week. Throughout the month of October, during these special weeks, students will be asked to walk in someone else’s shoes to better understand the experiences of other people.  Thank you to Mrs. Carter for organizing these activities for our students.

     

    Please be aware that dismissal changes should all be in to the office before 2:15 each day.  Parents should send in a written note each day their child’s regular dismissal changes. In the event that there is a change during the school day, you may call the office.  Office staff updates dismissal changes for teachers and passes out the information for teachers around 2:15. The end of the day can be very busy in the main office, so it can be difficult for office staff to get the information to teachers the closer it gets to dismissal.  Please attempt to get all changes to the office by 2:15, so that we can send students home appropriately.

     

    Also, just a reminder that during arrival and dismissal there are designated drop off areas.  Please do not exit your cars in the areas in front of Collins and do not block or park in crosswalks when dropping students.         

     

    Information about our Halloween Parade will be sent home Monday or Tuesday.  Please stay tuned!

     

    A reminder to please continue to call our “Call for Safety” when a student is out sick or not in school for another reason.  After the student’s return, please send in a note from the parent or guardian indicating why the student was out. The note can come in after a student returns and can be brief.  Something like, “___________ was out yesterday because she was sick. She is feeling better today;” or “________ was out yesterday because he was on a family trip.” These notes will be kept in the main office and will help provide documentation if a student begins to accumulate absences.  Thank you for your assistance in this procedure.

     

    Thank you to all of the parents who have been following procedures for pick up and drop off.  Take a look at our safety video  detailing arrival and dismissal for our students.  Arrival and pick-up reminders:

    • Parents should not pull in, or park, in the staff lot when dropping off or picking up students, unless they are using the handicap parking spot.
    • Students should get out of the passenger side door on their own and parents should not get out of the car.  If you need to get out of your car to walk your child in or help them out, please find parking on the street (that does not block our driveway, a neighbor's driveway, drop off area, or a crosswalk).   
    • Parents should pull all the way up during drop off.  Do not stop right after the crosswalk as this creates extra traffic and a safety concerns.  Pull all the way up to the next available drop off spot.
    • Please do follow traffic safety rules when dropping students off at school.  Please drive with caution and do not make any u-turns or turn around in driveways.   
    • Students should use designated sidewalks and should not walk through parking lots.
    • School drop off begins at 7:35.  Please do not drop students off before that time, as there is not supervision.  My tip to parents is that the closer to 7:35 that you drop your students off, the less crowded the drop off area.  If you do not want to wait, drop your student off earlier (usually between 7:35-7:50 is smooth sailing).
    • Please exercise caution when dropping off and picking up students.  I know it can be a busy time because many parents are trying to get to work during drop off, but all of these procedures are to keep our students safe.  

    Thank you for your assistance in keeping all of our students safe each and every day.  

    Please spend time reviewing our school website  for updates and information.  Important parent information is always posted on our website and on the district website.  

     

    Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

    • October 16--  PTO Meeting, 7PM
    • October 26 - Spirit Day Dress in Black and Orange

     

    To find out more about the fantastic things happening at Collins each day, follow us on Twitter at:   @CollinsElemSch or https://twitter.com/CollinsElemSch.

    Warm regards,

     

    Tim Hart

    Principal

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  • October 8: Weekly Message

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 10/8/2018

    October 8, 2018

     

    Dear Families,

    Fall is inching its way in...remember to dress students in layers, as the weather can be unpredictable.    

    Thank you to all of our families who came out to our Back-to-School Night presentation and our first ever Special Education Back-to-School Night.  We appreciate you taking the time to hear about our instructional program here at Collins.  We are proud of the work we do with our students and it is always nice to be able to share it with parents and guardians.  

    Recently our fifth grade students participated in the Fifth Grade Team Building Day.  Students worked on collaborative activities to learn more about working as a team.  They made a human knot and tried to free themselves from it, worked together to cross a “river,” and tried to get through a “minefield” while blindfolded with the help of a friend.    It was an awesome day thanks to our amazing fifth grade teachers and Mr. Purdue.  A big thank you to the PTO for helping to fund the special Fifth grade Spirit Shirts.   

    Last week students were treated to a fantastic hands-on assembly program that was brought to Collins by our PTO.  One teacher described it as, “bringing Liberty Science Center to Collins.”  Our STEAM Museum consisted of a variety of different activities to help students learn STEAM (Science- Technology- Engineering- Art- Math) concepts in a fun and interactive way.  Students did some coding with a robot, built an archway using large foam blocks, and built using different gears.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped at the assembly.  Without our volunteers, this event could not have happened.  Thank you for taking the time out of your schedules to be there to support our students.  

    Last week we had picture day.  Photos will be coming home soon and retakes will also be available to anyone who would like one.  

    Information about our Halloween Parade will be coming out soon.  Please stay tuned!  

    A reminder to please continue to call our “Call for Safety” when a student is out sick or not in school for another reason.  After the student’s return, please send in a note from the parent or guardian indicating why the student was out.  The note can come in after a student returns and can be brief.  Something like, “___________ was out yesterday because she was sick.  She is feeling better today;” or “________ was out yesterday because he was on a family trip.”  These notes will be kept in the main office and will help provide documentation if a student begins to accumulate absences.  Thank you for your assistance in this procedure.        

    Thank you to all of the parents who have been following procedures for pick up and drop off.  Take a look at our safety video  detailing arrival and dismissal for our students.  Arrival and pick-up reminders:  

    • Parents should not pull in, or park, in the staff lot when dropping off or picking up students, unless they are using the handicap parking spot.
    • Students should get out of the passenger side door on their own and parents should not get out of the car.  If you need to get out of your car to walk your child in or help them out, please find parking on the street (that does not block our driveway, a neighbor's driveway, drop off area, or a crosswalk).   
    • Parents should pull all the way up during drop off.  Do not stop right after the crosswalk as this creates extra traffic and a safety concerns.  Pull all the way up to the next available drop off spot.
    • Please do follow traffic safety rules when dropping students off at school.  Please drive with caution and do not make any u-turns or turn around in driveways.   
    • Students should use designated sidewalks and should not walk through parking lots.
    • School drop off begins at 7:35.  Please do not drop students off before that time, as there is not supervision.  My tip to parents is that the closer to 7:35 that you drop your students off, the less crowded the drop off area.  If you do not want to wait, drop your student off earlier (usually between 7:35-7:50 is smooth sailing).    
    • Please exercise caution when dropping off and picking up students.  I know it can be a busy time because many parents are trying to get to work during drop off, but all of these procedures are to keep our students safe.  

    Thank you for your assistance in keeping all of our students safe each and every day.  

    Please spend time reviewing our school website  for updates and information.  Important parent information is always posted on our website and on the district website.  

    Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

    • October 16--  PTO Meeting, 7PM
    • October 26 - Spirit Day Dress in Black and Orange

    To find out more about the fantastic things happening at Collins each day, follow us on Twitter at:   @CollinsElemSch or https://twitter.com/CollinsElemSch.

     

     

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  • Week of 9.12.18

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 9/12/2018

    September 12, 2018

     

    Dear Families,

    What an amazing first week of school! I am so proud of our students and all of their efforts in getting back to school mode after a long summer vacation.  It was so nice seeing all of the smiling faces as they arrived each morning last week.  We are off to a great start!  

    We held our first community meeting last week.  A community meeting is when our whole school comes together to discuss something important or to celebrate.  At our meeting students celebrated the start of school and we did our first whole school greeting with a “Stadium Greeting” (think of a stadium wave with a “Good Morning” going along with the wave).  Students were asked to start thinking about the name for our cougar and staff members explained that we were going to be voting for the cougar’s name this fall.  Students also learned our school wide quiet signals for when we are inside and outside during recess.  Students also learned our simplified rules for recess: “Play Nice, Play Fair, Play Safe, and Go Play.”  We will continue to unpack these rules and expectations for each during classroom time and future community meetings.    

    Please continue to call our “Call for Safety” when a student is out sick or not in school for another reason.  After the student’s return, please send in a note from the parent or guardian indicating why the student was out.  The note can come in after a student returns and can be brief.  Something like, “___________ was out yesterday because she was sick.  She is feeling better today;” or “________ was out yesterday because he was on a family trip.”  These notes will be kept in the main office and will help provide documentation if a student begins to accumulate absences.  Thank you for your assistance in this procedure.        

    Collins will start a parent book club this fall and more information will be shared shortly.  Keep an eye out for our invitation; it will be coming to you soon!  

    To keep all of our bus riders safe, students who ride the bus will be given assigned seats soon.  Students will be asked to share some students who they would prefer to sit with and where on the bus they prefer to sit.  After that information is collected, I will work with our Safety Patrol Advisors, Miss Widzinski and Mr. Torres, to assign seats to students.  We will try our best to place students with their preferred seatmates and in a preferred location.  Seats may change when needed.  I appreciate your support in keeping our students safe.    

    If your child still has postcards sharing what they read over the summer, we would still love to take them!  Please send them in, with their name on them, to Ms. Widzinski.

    Thank you to all of the parents who have been following procedures for pick up and drop off.  Take a look at our safety video  detailing arrival and dismissal for our students.  Arrival and pick-up reminders:  

    • Parents should not pull in, or park, in the staff lot when dropping off or picking up students, unless they are using the handicap parking spot.
    • Students should get out of the passenger side door on their own and parents should not get out of the car.  If you need to get out of your car to walk your child in or help them out, please find parking on the street (that does not block our driveway, a neighbor's driveway, drop off area, or a crosswalk).   
    • Parents should pull all the way up during drop off.  Do not stop right after the crosswalk as this creates extra traffic and a safety concerns.  Pull all the way up to the next available drop off spot.
    • Please do follow traffic safety rules when dropping students off at school.  Please drive with caution and do not make any u-turns or turn around in driveways.   
    • Students should use designated sidewalks and should not walk through parking lots.
    • School drop off begins at 7:35.  Please do not drop students off before that time, as there is not supervision.  My tip to parents is that the closer to 7:35 that you drop your students off, the less crowded the drop off area.  If you do not want to wait, drop your student off earlier (usually between 7:35-7:50 is smooth sailing).    
    • Please exercise caution when dropping off and picking up students.  I know it can be a busy time because many parents are trying to get to work during drop off, but all of these procedures are to keep our students safe.  

    Thank you for your assistance in keeping all of our students safe each and every day.  

    Please spend time reviewing our school website  for updates and information.  Important parent information is always posted on our website and on the district website.  If you are a new family to Collins, please consider joining us for our Welcome New Families event at 6:00 tonight.  Thank you!     

    Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

    • Wednesday, September 12th Welcome New Families 6:00pm
    • Wednesday, September 12th Chairs and Class Parent Meeting 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 20th - Back to School Picnic 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, September 27th - Back to School Night 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, October 4th - Picture Day

     

    To find out more about the fantastic things happening at Collins each day, follow us on Twitter at:   @CollinsElemSch or https://twitter.com/CollinsElemSch.

     

    Best,

     

    Tim Hart

    Principal

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  • Welcome Back From Mr. Hart

    Posted by Stefanie Lichtstein on 8/31/2018

    August 31, 2018

     

    Dear Families,

    The Collins staff is so excited to welcome all of our students back to school on Tuesday.  We have been working hard the past few weeks preparing for their arrival!

     

    Thank you again to Mr. Duarte and the custodial team for their hard work in preparing our school for the first day with students.  We have sparkly, freshly waxed floors and everything is nice and clean and ready for our students. This summer Mr. Duarte and his team painted some rooms and parts of our hallway, there is fresh mulch on our playgrounds, and they worked on some other odds and ends around the building.  We are so lucky to have them at Collins and they do great work keeping our building safe and clean.

     

    One of the things our teachers have been preparing for this summer is our implementation of Responsive Classroom.  Some staff members joined me for a week long institute this summer learning more about Responsive Classroom and this approach to teaching and learning.  Responsive Classroom is a set of teaching practices and a philosophy that addresses social-emotional learning in tandem with academic learning. We are excited about this initiative and getting started with Morning Meeting and our first Community Meeting on the first day of school.  For more information you can go to the following link: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/.  More information will also be shared at our Back-to-School Night.  

     

    We are also excited about our new school logo and our school mascot.  Students will be going through the process of naming our mascot this fall and our PTO kindly purchased a mascot costume.  Our mascot will be joining us sometimes for special events and spirit days. Thank you to Miss Stein for creating our new school logos.  They look awesome!

     

    Just a note to parents that our mascot is likely to make an appearance on the first day of school.  Our friends who are not a fan of costumed characters will be able to avoid our special guest if necessary.  

     

    This school year we will also be finding new ways to enhance the recess experience for our students. Mr. Purdue, the Livingston Health and PE Supervisor Ms. LoBionco, and I have been working together with Collins teachers to find new activities and choices for our students.  There will be changes to some of the activities kids will doing. The goal is to find fun alternatives for students that focus on fitness, fun and collaboration. This will be a work in progress and recess will continue to evolve as the school year progresses.

     

    Here at Collins we’d like to know where all of our students went this summer...with their reading!  At the close of school students received a postcard that asked them to share: “Where does your reading take you?”  Students can share a great book that they have read this summer by drawing a picture on the front of the postcard to represent the setting and on the other side they were asked to write about their “trip” (or their favorite part of the story).  Students can bring their postcards in on the first two days of school and send them to Miss Widzinski’s attention. If you need another copy, you can find the template attached to this email.

     

    Class placement information was released on the parent portal on Friday, 8/24.  Please be sure to check and fill our the required forms online. Just a reminder about class placements:  I respectfully advise you that all class placements, as reflected in the Genesis Parent Portal, are final.  I worked very closely with classroom teachers and specialists to create classes after careful consideration of individual student needs, strengths, and personalities, student programming and behavioral needs, the input of teachers,  as well as teachers' own strengths and personalities. I thank you, in advance, for your understanding, cooperation, and trust. I know this is going to be a fantastic school year!

     

    On the first three days of school (weather permitting) students will line up on the lower blacktop.  Teachers will have signs with their names on them and will be standing by their line. Please be sure to remind students of their homeroom teacher and class room number.  If students are lost or confused we will have plenty of teachers available to help. Just a reminder that due to safety reasons, all of our goodbyes need to occur on the blacktop that day.  Parents will not be able to escort their child into school. Starting Friday students will line up in the gym (grades 3-5) and cafeteria (grades K-2). If we need to make adjustments to arrival due to weather during the first few days, we will send out a message to parents.     

     

    I would also like to welcome Melissa Mondanaro back to Collins Elementary School.  Yesterday, Mrs. Bacher contacted us to let us know that she will not be returning to Livingston after her childcare leave.  Ms. Mondanaro served as the leave replacement for Mrs. Bacher last spring and will be returning to teach Art here at Collins.    

     

    Please spend time reviewing our school website  for updates and information.  Important parent information is always posted on our website and on the district website.  Take a look at our safety video  detailing arrival and dismissal for our students.  Arrival and pick-up reminders:

    • Parents should not pull in, or park, in the staff lot when dropping off or picking up students, unless they are using the handicap parking spot.
    • Students should get out of the passenger side door on their own and parents should not get out of the car.  If you need to get out of your car to walk your child in or help them out, please find parking on the street (that does not block our driveway, a neighbor's driveway, drop off area, or a crosswalk).   
    • Parents should pull all the way up during drop off.  Do not stop right after the crosswalk as this creates extra traffic and a safety concerns.  Pull all the way up to the next available drop off spot.
    • Please do follow traffic safety rules when dropping students off at school.  Please drive with caution and do not make any u-turns or turn around in driveways.   
    • Students should use designated sidewalks and should not walk through parking lots.
    • School drop off begins at 7:35.  Please do not drop students off before that time, as there is not supervision.  My tip to parents is that the closer to 7:35 that you drop your students off, the less crowded the drop off area.  If you do not want to wait, drop your student off earlier (usually between 7:35-7:50 is smooth sailing).
    • Please exercise caution when dropping off and picking up students.  I know it can be a busy time because many parents are trying to get to work during drop off, but all of these procedures are to keep our students safe.  

    Thank you for your assistance in keeping all of our students safe each and every day.  

     

    Here is a note from our awesome PTO:  

    AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (ASE) CLASSES FALL 2018:  CLASSES ARE NOW POSTED. ASE classes will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this fall. The first class starts on Tuesday, Sept 25th!  Registration OPENS Wednesday, Sept 5 at 8AM until Friday, Sept 21. New and returning favorite classes will fill up, so act fast!  Click https://collinspta.membershiptoolkit.com/ASE for the ASE registration and information page.

    Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember:

     

    • Tuesday, September 4th First Day of School

     

    • Wednesday, September 12th Welcome New Families 6:00pm
    • Wednesday, September 12th Chairs and Class Parent Meeting 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, September 20th - Back to School Picnic 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    • Thursday, September 27th - Back to School Night 7:00 pm
    • Thursday, October 4th - Picture Day



    We are excited to get started with our school year.   To find out more about the fantastic things happening at Collins each day, follow us on Twitter at:   @CollinsElemSch or https://twitter.com/CollinsElemSch.

     

    Thank you for your partnership in your child’s education.  

    Best,

     

    Tim Hart

    Principal

     

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Call for Safety

  • 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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