Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Jun. 11th - Day 1
- 468/486 Building: First Grade Field Trip to Linvilla Orchards
- 500 Building: 5th Grade Picnic @ 500 Field
- 500 Building: 6th Grade Field Trip to Paradise Farm Camps (Brady, D'Annunzio, Nemic, Martin, and Grabowski)
- Grades 7-12 Only: 11:30am Early Dismissal for Students (Final Exams - AM)
Tuesday, Jun. 12th - Day 2
- 500 Building: 5th Grade Team 1 Field Trip to the Reading Public Museum
- 500 Building: 6th Grade Field Trip to Paradise Farm Camps (Rege, Jackson, Harakal, and Maccario)
- Grades 7-12 Only: 11:30am Early Dismissal for Students (Final Exams - AM)
- 500 Building: National Elementary Honor Society Student Meeting 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 118
Wednesday, Jun. 13th - Day 3
- 500 Building: 5th Grade Team 2 Field Trip to the Reading Public Museum
- Grades 7-12 Only: 11:30am Early Dismissal for Students (Final Exams - AM)
- Grades 7-12: End of 4th Marking Period/2nd Semester
- Grades K-6: End of 3rd Trimester
- Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day with Uniform Bottoms
- 500 Building: 6th Grade Picnic 9:30am - 2:30pm @ Miller Park
Thursday, Jun. 14th - Day 4
- Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-12: 11:30am/Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
- 500 Building: 6th Grade Team A Moving Up Ceremony 9:00am - 10:00am @ 515 Auditorium (Mrs. Brady, Ms. D’Annunzio, Mr. Nemic, Ms. Grabowski, and Ms. Martin)
- 535 Building: High School Academic Awards Ceremony 9:45am - 11:30am @ 535 Gym
- Seniors' Last Day
- High School Graduation Ceremony (Ticketed Event) 6:00pm @ 535 Gym
Friday, Jun. 15th - Day 5
- 535 Building: Crayola Color Cycle Ends (Used Marker Recycling Sponsored by Spanish Honor Society and UNICEF)
- 535 Building: Field Day @ Gym, Fields, Cafeteria, Classrooms
- Last Day of School - Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-11: 11:30am/Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
- Elementary 3rd Trimester Report Cards Distributed
- Grades K-11: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- 500 Building: 6th Grade Team B Moving Up Ceremony 9:00am - 10:00am @ 515 Auditorium (Mrs. Rege, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Maccario, and Mrs. Harakal)
4th-6th Grade Choir Students Participate in American Young Voices 2018
On June 6th, nearly 75 adventurous 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Choir members joined over 1,500 Philadelphia-area students in a special American Young Voices concert at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center. The students worked hard for months to prepare for the concert with their Choir Directors, Ms. Urbas (5th and 6th Grade Choirs) and Mrs. Mulllen (4th Grade Choir), and Elementary Music teacher Mrs. Kistler.
“It was a really good experience. We sang great songs that touched people's hearts in many ways.”—Noah K. and Bella M. (5th Grade Choir)
Everyone involved had only good things to say about the entire effort. “Our participating students were so excited to perform with such a large group of area students in a huge venue," shared Ms. Urbas. "They were accompanied by a live band during the concert, and the lighting and sound were both professionally done.” The students performed with Molly Kate Kestner, an American Singer-Songwriter who wrote two songs on Kelly Clarkson's new album, and Lightship Beatbox, a group of beatbox champions.
“I liked seeing other talented people who really inspired me.”—Sienna M. (6th Grade Choir)
Mrs. Mullen was also very excited about the program and concert. “Music is a powerful force in the world, and can have a profound effect on children,” she shared. “We watched the students grow, learn, and transform before our eyes as they prepared for and performed in the concert. They were awed by many new aspects of music and performance, and made a lot of new friends along the way.”
“Not only was it the best experience in Philadelphia, it was the best experience I ever had!”—Malin N. (4th Grade Choir)
Most important, of course, is how the students felt about their experience. Their quotes are a representative sample of the reactions students shared with Ms. Urbas, Mrs. Mullen, and Mrs. Kistler after the event. This was many students' first exposure to the greater world of music performance, and they were thrilled to have it in front of an audience filled with their families, friends, and teachers.
“I liked the ending when Molly and the beatboxers came on together and performed with us.”—Hailey C. and Hailey R. (4th Grade Choir)
The American Young Voices (AYV) program coordinates with The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to offer this experience to area schools. Ms. Urbas, Mrs. Mullen, and Mrs. Kistler used the program’s materials to supplement music instruction at Collegium. The program’s pieces were specifically selected to be fun for the performers and audiences, and accessible to students of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
500 Building Field Day 2018 Recap
The 500 Building’s Field Day is one of its students’ favorite Collegium events. Each year, the Building’s Physical Education teachers work hard to combine cooperative, competitive, and leisure activities that make the event enjoyable for students of all skill levels.
“Our 500 Field Day is ALL ABOUT FUN,” said PE teacher Ms. Winters. “This is a day to relax with your friends while being active and trying some new activities.” This year’s favorites included dodgeball, tug of war, two oversized moon bounce obstacle courses, and Alaskan Pipeline—a STEAM activity where students planned, coordinated, and implemented pipelines with the goal of being the first to transfer water from one area to another. Some teachers joined in the activities, which added to the fun for students.
As you will see in the video above, the weather held on Friday, June 1st, and everyone had a great time. According to 5th Grader Sean I.,“It’s cool that we get to have a whole day of fun. It’s also neat that the PE Department put all of this together for us.” Another student, Mackenzie A., said, “It’s a time to...just have fun with friends. It’s even better when you play with or against your teachers.”
“It shows how hard we worked all year, because Field Day is a privilege and a reward.”
Although Field Day is an annual event, students understand that the day is not just given to them. “It is a privilege for the students,” said Penelope L. “It shows how hard we worked all year, because Field Day is a privilege and a reward,” shared Delaney S. Juan Pablo C-B. seconded that emotion: “After all of our hard work this year, we got a chance to hang out with our friends and have fun.”
Ms. Winters said that “This was by far one of our favorite field days at Collegium. Planning is already in the works for 2019!”
Sixth Grade Moving Up Ceremony
You are cordially invited to attend our 6th Grade Moving Up Ceremony in the 515 Auditorium, from 9:00am until 10:00am on the following mornings:
Thursday, June 14th
Team A: Mrs. Brady, Ms. D’Annunzio, Mr. Nemic, Ms. Grabowski, and Ms. Martin
Friday, June 15th
Team B: Mrs. Rege, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Maccario, and Mrs. Harakal
Due to limited space, this invitation is for parents/guardians only.
Please do not arrive before 8:50am. Parking is available in the 515 parking lot. Parents/guardians are permitted to take their student(s) home after the ceremony, as long as they have sent a note to school with the student in the morning, and have signed students out in the 500 Main Office after the ceremony.
To make room for dismissal traffic and buses, all parent/guardian vehicles must clear the 515 Building’s parking lot by 10:15am.
We look forward to celebrating with you and your children!
2018-2019 Physical and Dental Exams
Yes, Collegium’s Nurse Offices are going paperless for the 2018-2019 school year!
However, since our new paperless system launches this summer, we are sending home paper forms now with certain students who will need 2018-2019 school year physical or dental exams:
- Grades 6 and 11: 2018-2019 Physical Exam
- Grades 3 and 7: 2018-2019 Dental Exam
If you have children who will be in Grades 3, 6, 7, or 11 next year, please check with them for these reminder forms. The forms are also included below.
Questions? Feel free to contact the School Nurse in your child’s building.
Final Arrival And Dismissal Reminders
1. Follow Early Dismissal Schedules
Please do not arrive on campus until the designated times:
- Students in Grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 11:30am. The Early Dismissal Line for Grades 7-12 can form at 11:00am.
- Students in Grades K-6 will be dismissed at 12:15pm. The Early Dismissal Line for Grades K-6 can form at 11:45am.
If you arrive early, do not park in CCS parking lots or the parking lots of our corporate center neighbors (like Neutronics or Sartomer). Instead, please consider visiting the adjoining Festival Shopping Center until the appropriate Early Dismissal Line opens.
2. Share Route Information
Maps and videos of our arrival and dismissal routes are on the Transportation page of our website. Please share this information, and review your route(s) ahead of time with anyone who will be driving on our campus for the first time.
3. Show Vehicle Placard(s)
During arrival and dismissal, always have your building-specific vehicle placard(s) displayed when on campus. Forgot your placard(s)? Be prepared to present photo ID to CCS staff.
4. Remain In Vehicles
To ensure the safety of our students, parents must stay in their vehicles during arrival and dismissal. Do not enter the school buildings during arrival and dismissal.
5. Pay Attention
While driving on our campus, do not use your cell phones or other devices. Instead, please remain alert, courteous, and follow the instructions of Collegium personnel.
Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Mr. Murphy, 500 Building Principal.
If you read last week’s Education Explained column, you saw that we covered different strategies to help your children continue the learning process over the summer months. We briefly touched on reading in that article, but are highlighting Summer Reading in this segment.
Spoiler alert: Your children’s reading progression will increase when they read, read, and then read some more! It’s relatively easy to set aside time each day for some form of reading, and doing so can yield outstanding results in terms of summer learning progression. Graphic novels, comic books, chapter books, newspapers, and even magazines are great options to help students stay interested in what they are reading. Sustained summer reading will allow your children to transfer skills learned during the school year to their regular reading habits. Younger readers will also benefit from having a story read aloud by a more experienced reader. This will help develop their fluency and ability to read with expression. It will also help them learn that reading is a fun, relaxing activity.
Summer reading benefits do not stop there! Sustained reading during the long vacation also helps:
- Keep the school year’s “learning momentum” alive
- Prepare students for college-level work and other real-world experiences where reading every day is essential
- Give students the chance to identify genres and authors that interest them most
- Provide families with the opportunity to read and discuss reading together, and
- Contribute to a smoother transition back to school in August.
Using your local library system is a great place to start your summer reading. Try scheduling weekly visits to your library so your children get a sense of how important reading is within their community. Collegium's wonderful librarians have developed also recommended summer readings lists, which are referenced below, along with some other terrific Summer Reading resources you and your children can explore.
Here’s hoping your summer is a real page-turner!
End of School Year Information
1. High School Graduation Ceremony
Our 2018 High School Graduation Ceremony is Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm in the 535 William D. Winters Gymnasium. Tickets are required for admittance.
To receive your child’s report card, all obligations must be met or paid in full.
3. Report Cards
Elementary School report cards will be provided to students on the final day of school. Middle and High School families will receive their children's report cards in the mail during the week of Monday, June 25th.
4. Home Address Updates
If you move during the summer, email Mrs. Novak so bussing adjustments can be made for your children!
5. Summer Information Packet
Packets will be mailed to families in late July. Included in the packet will be important papers for your completion for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Your child's teacher(s) and room assignment(s) will also be included in the mailing.
6. Food Service Account Balances
Food Service account balances will carry over from 2017-2018 to the 2018-2019 school year. Families do not need to do anything for this to occur. If you would like a refund from your child's account, please email our Director of Food Service, Mr. Ely. Include your child's first and last names, grade level, and Food Service PIN in your email request. Also include the name and address to whom the refund check should be sent. Refund requests will take two to three weeks to process. Questions? Email Mr. Ely.
7. Summer Meals Program
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) to inform families about the availability and location of free student Summer Food Service Program meals during the summer months. This is required even if the SFA is not participating in the Summer Meals Program. Collegium is an SFA, but we are not providing summer meals on-site. Families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:
- Call 1-866-3Hungry
- Call 1-877-8Hambre
- Text FOOD to 877877
- Text COMIDA to 877877
8. Summer Hours
Beginning Monday, June 18th, the 435 Building will be open from 8:00am until 4:00pm, Monday-Thursday. All other buildings and offices will be closed during the summer. Collegium will be closed Wednesday, July 4th; Thursday, July 5th; and Friday, July 6th. Collegium will reopen on Monday, July 9th.
9. 2018-2019 Student Enrollment
If your 2018-2019 school year plans change and your child will not be attending CCS, please let Mrs. Novak know as soon as possible. Please do not rely upon your new school to advise CCS, as they often do not reach out for records until after the school year has begun. As you can imagine, late notice of student withdrawals can be very disruptive to Collegium's planning and budget, and to prospective families.
Collegium 5th Grade Picnic Planned
On Monday, June 11th, students and teachers from Collegium’s 5th Grade Team will celebrate the end of the school year with a 5th Grade Picnic on our 500 Building Field. Pizza, juice boxes, and dessert will be provided. Students can bring a bagged lunch from home, if they prefer. We will eat lunch together, and then the students will participate in various games and activities.
It is suggested that students apply sunscreen before coming to school. They may bring a hat or sunglasses to school, as needed, and can also bring a beach towel or small blanket to sit on for the picnic. Note: Students are responsible for maintaining all personal items brought to school.
Our 5th Grade students have worked very hard all year. We are looking forward to having a fun afternoon as a team on June 11th! Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your child’s education.
West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources
Collegium is committed to maintaining a strong and trusting partnership with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). Together, we encourage all Collegium students, staff, and parents/guardians to contact the WWPD with any information they feel should be investigated.
The WWPD has a dedicated email address and phone number for the public to provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.
The email address and phone line are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.
If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact our Building Principals:
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