Message From The Principal

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Dear Collins Families, 

Thank you for being an important part of the Collins community. Our mission is to create connected, capable, contributing learners who achieve their highest potential every day. Even though we are teaching and learning at a distance so far this year, we are still dedicated to bringing our mission to life. We want our students to feel connected to their teachers and our school, have the skills they need to succeed and contribute to their own and others’ learning. We know that distance learning is extremely challenging for many students and families, and we appreciate your support and communication as we work together to make the best of our situation.   

Collins is a richly diverse school with almost 500 unique and valued students and around 57 talented and hard-working staff members. Twenty or more languages are spoken by families at our school. We celebrate what each student and staff member brings to our school.  

We are committed to using equitable, restorative and trauma-informed practices. Our School-Wide management program is called Safe and Civil Schools (a PBIS program) that is built on research-based practices to set students up for success. It is a positive, proactive program that uses data-based decision-making to create a safe and positive learning environment. In academics and behavior, we treat mistakes as an opportunity to learn and embrace a growth mindset. 

Our instruction and curriculum are designed to help all students meet the Common Core Standards and Next Gen Science Standards. Our goal is to actively engage students in meaningful and rigorous instruction. Some content, like math, may be different from what parents learned, but we are here to help!  it’s exciting to see how students are developing conceptual understanding and learning at a deeper level. In addition to our core instruction, students enjoy “live” Art, Spanish and Library/Media lessons as well as recorded fitness activities from the YMCA. 

We use multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to ensure students don’t fall through the cracks. Our skilled Learning Specialists, along with our Behavior Support Team, provide additional support for more than 100 students in our LAP program. We offer Special Education Services (academic, social/emotional, behavioral, speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy) to students who qualify. If you think your student needs more help, please contact us at 253-298-3400 or by email at  

This fall, we moved into our beautiful new school! Our new address is 1920 128th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98445. Our school is spacious, lovely and secure. We cannot wait to fill it with students. We know students do best when the school and family work together. Your input is important to us. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance or if you have any questions. In the meantime, stay safe and take good care! 



Dr. Barbara Mondloch 

Dr. Barbara Mondloch
Dr. Barb Mondloch
Principal, Collins Elementary
(253) 298-3400