November/December 2014

Happy Fall and Winter to our Forest Hills/Collins Families:

Thank you for your attendance at our Family Teacher Conferences nights.  We enjoy sharing all the wonderful growth that your child has made so far this year.  Just like the progress report, the report cards that will be coming out in January 2015, will have feedback from staff on how your child is progressing toward year-end grade level expectations.

Staff have been working extremely hard to collaborate to create a successful learning environment for all student to succeed.  We are fortunate to have additional funds through our free and reduced lunch numbers.  We use the additional funds to hire additional staff to provide support in academic areas.

Also, this year, we are looking to focus on a specific character education trait  -October – Kindness and November – Gratitude.   Staff discuss the trait and have students learn about each of the monthly traits.  This all ties in with our Kindness Counts and Expect Respect school themes.  Look for more details to follow in the following months.

Open, clear, positive two-way communication is a key goal of any successful school. You are invited to communicate with us in person, via email or over the phone whenever you have questions or concerns. Our most important communication tools are our teacher newsletter/updates, our website, where our quarterly newsletters are found, and our Listserv. Listserv provides weekly updates on current events and other important notifications. Please make sure that you are signed up for our Listserv communication. Check out the calendar on the website for some important dates that we have so far.

Drop-off/Pick-up: If your child is NOT riding the bus, you can drop him/her off in front of Collins no earlier than 8:25 a.m. Please follow drop-off procedure signs. Your child may wait in the lobby until the school bell rings. If your child rides the bus, they will wait at the designated spot for their grade/classroom until the school bell rings. There are teachers assigned to assist bus riders all year long. Pick-ups will be escorted out the main entrance and picked up in the car line. We ask that you remain in your car in the car line to keep the line moving smoothly; your child will be brought to your car when you pull up. Child care students go directly to the cafeteria. IF YOU EVER HAVE A CHANGE TO YOUR CHILD’S TRANSPORTATION ROUTINE, YOU MUST SEND A NOTE IN YOUR CHILD’S FOLDER OR CONTACT THE OFFICE AS TEACHERS OFTEN DON’T HAVE TIME TO CHECK E-MAIL THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

Lunch Routines: Your child may either bring a lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. The menu choices are available at There are financial opportunities to assist with the cost of lunch as well, applications on the website. School lunch is purchased through a debit card that can be pre-loaded through cash/check or electronically through the website. Please make sure that any money sent into school is clearly marked with your child’s name and purpose. Make sure that your child knows what his/her lunch choice is each day. Following lunch, they will go out for a recess. You are welcome to join your child for lunch, make sure you sign in at the front office; please call ahead if you will be eating a school lunch.

Here are a few key phone numbers and our web address:

  • Collins main office number:  616-493-8900
  • Collins fax number:  616-493-8909
  • Attendance line (available 24 hrs):  616-493-8906
  • Website address:


Mitchell Balingit, Principal

Collins PTO website at

Suggested School supply list for 2014-2015
logo_PDFSchool Supply list
logo_PDF2014-2015 District Calendar 


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As a reminder the Forest Hills Northern Sports Golf outing is back for its 4th annual year. Time is running out to register for this great event that supports Northern Athletics. We’re hoping as you prepare your summer plans you can once again join us for  another great day on Monday, August 18th at Watermark Country Club (shotgun start @ 12:30p). Registration will end Thursday evening August 14th.


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