Collegium Newsletter April 17, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, April 17th

  • School Closed - Spring Break

Tuesday, April 18th - Day 5

  • School Resumes
  • Grades K-12: Soles for Souls Begins (Sponsored by NHS)
  • K-6: HSA Sponsored Box Tops Flash Competition
  • Baseball vs. Lincoln Leadership 3:15 pm @ Boot Road Park
  • MS Baseball vs. West-Mont Christian 3:45 pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy

Wednesday, April 19th - Day 6

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Longwood Gardens (Hannan, Mrs. Guarante, and Mr. Guarante)
  • Grades 9-12: Fruit Smoothie Fundraiser Sponsored By Student Council
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day (Wear CCS ROAR T-shirt with CCS Uniform Bottoms)
  • 468 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 10:00am @ 486 Cafeteria
  • CCS Music Students Depart for Iceland 2:00pm @ 435 Building Conference Room
  • Golf vs. Renaissance Academy 3:00pm @ Kimberton Golf Club
  • Baseball vs. Phil-Mont Christian Academy 3:45pm @ Phil-Mont Christian Academy
  • HSA Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A 4:30pm - 7:30pm @ Lionville and Downingtown Chick-fil-A Locations
  • HSA Public Meeting 5:30pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, April 20th - Day 1

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Longwood Gardens (Lewis, Farry, and Smith)
  • 500 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 9:00 am - 10:00 am @ 500 Conference Room
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Perkiomen School 4:00 pm @ Perkiomen School
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00 pm

Friday, April 21st - Day 2

  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-6: St. Jude's Mathathon Ends
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Lower Moreland 3:00pm @ United Sports
  • Baseball vs. West-Mont Christian 3:45pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy
  • Cougar Classic 5K Early Packet Pick-Up 4:30pm - 6:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Spring Carnival sponsored by Student Council and Spanish Honor Society 7:00pm @ 535 Gym

Saturday, April 22nd

  • Cougar Classic 5K 8:00am @ 150 Building

Middle School Video Contest Winners

A team of our Middle School students competed in the Dream It Do It PA What's So Cool About Manufacturing video contest, sponsored by the ​Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).

With 13 schools participating, over 27,000 votes were cast. The awards ceremony was Tuesday, April 4th at Penn State Great Valley and the competition was fierce! Collegium's team of Middle School students won "Outstanding Creativity" - one of only seven awards presented. Congratulations to our dedicated, talented, and clearly creative Middle School student participants!

The following Middle School students participated in the project:

  • Mark Norris (Video Production Team Leader)
  • Ronald Lavender (Videographer)
  • Jacob Iseminger (Video Production Editor)
  • Madison Stewart (Team Leader/Interviewer)
  • Rachel Bromley (Audio Engineer)
  • Nathan Wholey (Videographer)
  • Zion Stephens (Videographer)

Members of the team visited CNC Manufacturing / MTI Dental, Inc. in Coatesville in November. During the visit, the students used GoPro video equipment to capture the manufacturing facility in action and conducted interviews with employees. Students then edited and produced their video for the competition.

Annual K-12 Art Show

The CCS Annual K-12 Art Show is right around the corner! Join us April 27th from 5:30pm until 8:00pm in the 535 Gym and Cafeteria.

The Annual K-12 Show features artwork from CCS students in grades K-12. Attend the event and enjoy musical performances from Elementary Jazz Band, Middle School Bucket Drums, Middle School Jazz Band, String ensembles, and more. With food, auctions, and items for sale, the event is sure to please all members of your family!

Learn more about the event by viewing Mrs. Teodecki's Video Invitation below and accessing the Annual K-12 Art Show website.

From Our Nurse's Office

Important Changes in Immunization Regulations

The PA Department of Health has released new school immunization regulations effective August 2017. The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in the Commonwealth are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. The updated guidelines are as follows:

  1. A child must have at least one dose of the following vaccines by the first day of school or risk exclusion (DTaP, Polio, Hep B, MMR, Varicella). This is true for all grades.
  2. If medically appropriate, the final dose of the series must be completed by the end of the first week of school or have the next dose scheduled and provide a medical certificate with the schedule of remaining doses.
  3. If additional doses are necessary, but not medically appropriate during the first school week, a medical certificate is required showing the schedule of remaining doses.
  4. For 7th Grade, the TDaP and Menactra vaccines are required by the first 2017-2018 school day.
  5. For 12th Grade, a second Menactra vaccine is required by the first 2017-2018 school day.
  6. For all grades: A 4th dose of Polio is required by the first 2017-2018 school day and must be after the 4th birthday. If dose #3 was given after the 4th birthday, the child is considered “covered”.
  7. Proof of all immunizations must originate from your healthcare provider.

As a reminder, the only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:

  • Medical reasons;
  • Religious beliefs; or
  • Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.

For more information, please access the link below or contact your healthcare provider.

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Mellone or Mrs. K. Wilkins.

Grades 9-12 Spring Carnaval

Student Council and Spanish Honor Society are back with their second annual High School Spring Carnaval on April 21st from 7:00pm until 10:00pm!

Tickets are $10.00/each and will be sold outside of the 535 Cafeteria during the week of April 18th. There will be games, a DJ, Rita's, henna, tacos, and much more! The attire is casual, so don't feel the need to dress up, but that certainly doesn't mean you can't.

On behalf of Student Council and Spanish Honor Society, we look forward to this illuminating event and hope to see many 9th-12th grade students attend!

Soles4Souls Shoe Collection Drive

Have some shoes lying around that you don’t use anymore? The National Honor Society will hold their Soles4souls Shoe Collection Drive from Tuesday, April 18th through Friday, April 28th. Please donate your new or gently used shoes to be donated to those in need around the world. Collection bins will be in the Main Offices of each building.

For more information on the Soles4Souls organization, access their website via the link below. If you have questions, please email Ms. Whisler.

CCS at Delaware Valley Science Fair

Malavika Menon (6th), Anusha Kalavacharla (11th), and Julianna Ohnjec (12th) participated in the Delaware Valley Science Fair with over 700 other students from the tri-state area.

Malavika Menon

Malavika was awarded a gold medal for winning 1st Place of all 6th-8th grade Environmental Science projects. She also won a Future Scientist Award from the Eastern Regional Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Along with her awards, she was invited to present her research and experiment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture later this month.

Anusha Kalavacharla

Anusha was awarded a silver medal for winning 2nd Place of all 11th grade Medicine and Health projects. She was also given a $48,000 scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia!

Julianna Ohnjec

We also want to congratulate Julianna for competing in Science Fair Competitions (at CCS and higher levels) for 13 years! This is quite an accomplishment and a testament to her hard word, dedication, and love of science!

Congratulations, ladies!

515 Auditorium Improvements Needed

At the end of March, West Whiteland Township alerted us to a concern about our use of the 515 Auditorium. Once notified, Collegium worked with employees and student groups on an as needed, case-by-case basis, to make adjustments to their plans if needed. Originally, we were told we could continue to use the space for daily activities (rehearsals, etc.) if we made slight alterations.

However, shortly before Spring Break, the township advised us of additional and necessary modifications required immediately. Unfortunately, it appears we will be without the use of our 515 Auditorium for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year.

Our Director of Operations, Mr. Duffy, is now working directly with employees and student groups that originally requested to use our 515 Auditorium to find alternative locations for their events. Mr. Duffy spoke with our architect and plans are being drafted to start the modification process. Please be assured that we will resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

Student group advisors/directors will be in touch with families after their group activity relocation plans are finalized.

Rec Night for 3rd-6th Grades

On Friday, May 19th, the Elementary Student Council is hosting a Rec Night for 3rd-6th grade CCS students.

The Rec Night will take place in the 500 Building from 4:30pm until 6:30pm. During Rec Night, students will join in various activities, such as dodgeball, arts/crafts, a PG movie, and more!

Parent permission forms (below) are due Friday, April 28th along with the $5.00 participation fee. Please see the permission form for additional information and email Ms. Perrino if you have questions.

CCST Improv Club and Performance

Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) is excited to announce its Second Annual Improv Club and Improv Performance this Spring.

Just like last year, we will be rehearsing and presenting a comedic performance made up right on the spot, similar to the hit show, Whose Line Is It Anyway. CCST is asking all interested middle and high students to complete the CCST Improv Club Interest Form (below). After April 18th, a rehearsal and performance schedule - along with permission forms - will be shared with those who have completed the form.

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Christman.

Character Counts

Grades K-6th Character Development Program: Fairness, Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, and Caring.

Here at Collegium, students are recognized by staff for their good character and their names and photos are added to the Good Character Walls. We have new additions to our Good Character Walls:

  • Jade Jarmon
  • Jazmine Alpizar
  • Mehki Dixon
  • Freddy Santiago
  • Evann Warrington
  • Jakob Maloney
  • Silvia Butler

Collegium Employee Spotlight

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week and allows families and students to get to know them even more. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our HSA owes its success to the efforts of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

PAWsitive Praise

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who keep our school stores running throughout the year!

Cougar Family Cookbook

Recipes are "pouring" in for our first Cougar Family Cookbook, featuring a wide variety of recipes directly from our students, staff, and families. Even the CCS mascot, Carl the Cougar (shown here with whisk, hairnet, and apron) is getting in on the action!

All recipes can be submitted online and must be sent before April 21st. Submitting your recipes is completely free. To submit recipes now, simply:

  1. Access:
  2. Username: CougarCookbook
  3. Password: HSA2017
  4. Follow: The provided instructions to enter your recipes.

Questions about submitting recipes? Please email CCS parent and HSA volunteer, Sara Newman. Questions about the HSA? Please email us directly!

Ladies' Night Out BINGO

Gather your friends, family, neighbors and join us for an evening of BINGO, Saturday, May 13th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm (doors open at 5:00pm) in the 500 Building! Our event will consist of 10 regular BINGO games and four special games featuring high-value prizes. We'll also have raffles, door prizes, and snacks.

Only 300 tickets will be sold - reserve your space now and save money! Through April 21st you can purchase the following ticket options:

  • Table for Eight ($300) - Includes 10 regular games and four special games for each participant at the table.
  • Special Admission ($40) - Includes 10 regular games plus four special games.
  • Regular Admission ($30) - Includes 10 regular games.

Purchase your tickets using the link below.

Do you own a business? Would you like to get you name out to the CCS Community? Please consider making a donation to our Ladies' Night Out BINGO event and we will include your business in our program! For more information, please email the HSA Officers.

Spring Box Tops Flash Contest

April Box Tops bring May freeze pops! Collect your Box Tops (use collection sheet below or clip and place in a baggie) and send to your children's homeroom teachers between April 18th and May 1st.

Please make sure you are submitting only current Box Tops as expired Box Tops are not accepted.

The K-6 classrooms that collect the most Box Tops will receive freeze pops during a recess in May! See the attached letter and collection sheet for additional information.

Five Below Fundraiser

Shopping for spring holidays? Stop by Five Below until April 30th, show the flyer below (printed or on your mobile device) and 10% of your purchase will be donated back to the HSA!

CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A

Don’t worry about making dinner on Wednesday, April 19th. The HSA is sponsoring a CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A! Tell your friends and family to come out between 4:30pm and 7:30pm and 10% of all sales will be donated back to the HSA!

We are excited to offer this great opportunity at two local Chick-fil-A locations.

  • Lionville (211 Eagleview Blvd.)
  • Downingtown (845 E. Lancaster Ave.)

For more details, see the flyer linked below.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? There are many opportunities still available. All volunteers must have clearances on file with Collegium (unless otherwise noted).

Save the Dates

The HSA has a lot of fun events planned for the remainder of the school year. Mark these dates in your calendar and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

  • April 19th - CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A from 4:30pm until 7:30pm (Downingtown and Lionville)
  • April 19th - HSA General Meeting 5:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room
  • April 21st - Last Day to Submit Cougar Family Cookbook Recipes
  • May 1st-5th - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6th - Last Day to Order the Cougar Family Cookbook
  • May 13th - Ladies Night Out Bingo

Specialty Summer Camps at CCS

Collegium recently developed new Specialty Summer Camp opportunities. During the week of June 19th, we are proud to offer a Basketball Camp and a Drama Camp. Camps will be run by Collegium employees and coaches.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Both Specialty Summer Camps are expected to fill up quickly, so please don't wait to register. For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Summer Camps Registration Form, below.

Questions? Please email our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. McCain.

Camp Collegium 2017

Registration for Camp Collegium 2017 is at capacity. We are now accepting registration forms for waiting list placement only. Families are encouraged to submit their completed registration information quickly, as program waiting list placement is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for detailed information. If you're ready to submit registration information now, please access the link below. Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

Cougar Classic 5K

Volunteers: We are looking for parent volunteers who are not running in the race to help out with various jobs from 8:00am until 11:00am on race day. Check out our website below for more information.

Event Registration: Our 2nd Annual Cougar Classic 5K will take place Saturday, April 22nd, right here on campus. Activities include a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is open! For more information, registration, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

Collegium Main Number


Campus Main Office Extensions

  • 468/486 Building: ext. 6401
  • 150 Building: ext. 6811
  • 500 Building: ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: ext. 6602

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