Collegium Newsletter May 15, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, May 15th - Day 6

  • K-6: Spring Book Fair Begins @ 500 Library
  • 10th Grade Literature Keystone Exam
  • Golf TCISL Championship 9:00am @ Butter Valley Golf Port
  • 150 Building: Grades 2 & 3 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #908
  • 150 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #802
  • Elementary Beginner Band Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) 6:00pm - 6:30pm @ 500 Gym
  • Elementary Concert Band and Jazz Lab Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) 7:30pm - 8:15pm @ 500 Gym

Tuesday, May 16th - Day 1

  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Colonial Plantation (Cortlessa, Egolf, Morganstern, Gubanich, and Perrino)
  • Literature Keystone Exam
  • MS Baseball vs.Odyssey Charter 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club A) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Art Room #531

Wednesday, May 17th - Day 2

  • Biology Keystone Exam
  • 468/486 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 10:00am @ 486 Cafeteria
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club B) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Art Room #531
  • MS Baseball vs. Barrack HA 3:45pm @ Sutcliffe Park (10th and Freedley)
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, May 18th - Day 3

  • 4th Grade: BVA Field Trip (Ryan AM)
  • Biology Keystone Exam
  • Middle School Band & Orchestra Dress Rehearsal 3:00pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Gym
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room
  • K-6: Spring Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:30pm @ 500 Library
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Middle School Orientation for Students & Families 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm

Friday, May 19th - Day 4

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair Ends (Proceeds Benefit CCS Libraries) @ Exton Barnes & Noble
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Make-Up Keystone Exams
  • 24 Challenge Competition @ CCIU 8:30 am
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Perkiomen School 3:00 pm @ United Sports (Field #1)
  • High School Music Ensembles Dress Rehearsals 3:00pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • Grades 3-6: Rec Night Sponsored by Elementary Student Council 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ 500 Gym
  • 8th Grade Formal Dance 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria

Saturday, May 20th

  • K-12 Art Show 12:00pm - 3:00pm @ 535 Caf & Gym

CCS Secures a $43.3 Million Bond Issuance

Proceeds of our recently secured and announced $43.3 million bond sale have been used to purchase two of our existing buildings – 150 Oaklands Boulevard and 515 James Hance Court.

Exterior views of 150 Oaklands Boulevard (left) and 515 James Hance Court (right).

By purchasing the two buildings, we will save tens of millions of dollars over the 30-year life of the bonds, as the bond payments will be stable and less than our annually escalating lease costs.

Also planned with the bond proceeds is the construction of a Performing Arts Center at our 515 Building. We are well regarded for our strong music and drama programs. With this new Performing Arts Center, our students and teachers will have a top-notch facility to match their talents and ambitions.

An exterior and interior view of our planned Performing Arts Center.

CCS Board President, Viktor Ohnjec, shared, “I’m pleased that this deal solidifies savings for years to come and will provide our accomplished students with an outstanding performance space."

If you have any future stars in your household and you think they'll one day perform in our new Performing Arts Center, please consider registering for our Specialty Drama Camp during the week of June 19th.

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is 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 Drama Camp Registration Form, below.

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

Attention Parents and Guardians

As you may or may not have heard, a recent Netflix drama entitled 13 Reasons Why has garnered national attention, both positive and negative. The fictional drama centers on a teenager and his quest to find out why one of his classmates completes suicide. While one of the intentions of the show’s design was to get teens talking about suicide and depression, it does so amid scenes of harsh bullying, sexual assault and - ultimately - the suicide of the main character. As with anything that has a potential impact on our students, we wanted to reach out to you.

While this series is what is currently in the spotlight, we‘re cognizant that our children have access and exposure to many other sources of a similar nature and content. We encourage you to use the attention that this series is generating as a reminder to be monitoring what your children are watching and exposed to via social media. We understand the challenge that this presents in our advanced digital age and we are here to support you in whatever way possible.

As a school community, we are taking this opportunity to refresh our staff on preventative measures as well as on the following suicide risk warning signs:

  • Suicide threats, both direct (I am going to kill myself. I need life to stop.) and indirect (I need it to stop. I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up.). Threats can be verbal or written, and they are often found in online postings.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Preoccupation with death in conversation, writing, drawing, and social media.
  • Changes in behavior, appearance/hygiene, thoughts, and/or feelings. This can include someone who is often sad who suddenly becomes extremely happy.
  • Emotional distress.
  • Isolating from family and friends.
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol.

The National Association of School Psychologists has compiled information about the series for both educators and parents, as well as resources for both school personnel and parents regarding preventing youth suicide. The information is available via the link below.

Be assured that the safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority and our School Counselors will continue to address any issues and concerns with students as they arise. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your building Administrators or School Counselors if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your ongoing cooperation and support.

2017 Heart of Learning Award

The Citadel Federal Credit Union Heart of Learning Award recognizes and thanks Chester County teachers while emphasizing the impact their hard work and dedication have on students and their families. Collegium is fortunate to have over 70 educators nominated for the award. Please congratulate:

Cara Brady, Anne Callis, Megan Capolarello, Jen Conroy, Alicia Cordova, Meghan Corey, Kathleen Cortlessa, Marie Covert, Robyn Crabb, Laura D'Annunzio, Lisa Danenhower, Melissa Dardes, Jackie Deegler, Rebecca DiCicco, Shannon Duffy, Erin Dunn, Kim Egolf, Meredith Ely, Shelley Endrey, Theresa Esposito, Kelly Euler, Kathleen Florkowski, Dan Fowlkes, Danielle Fragale, Kristen Frank, Amy Fuhrman, Steven Garsils, Alice Grant, Daniel Grayberg, Jessica Guarente, Jonathan Guarente, Brad Gubanich, Christine Haldeman, Sarah Halpin, Kassaundra High, Natalie Holdsworth, Tammy James, Sean Kelley, Elyse Kelsey, Colleen Kowalsky, Stephanie Lawrence, Melanie Lewis, Kathleen Lumsargis, Allison Makriniotis, Carly Manning-Smith, Kate McCain, Courtney McNeil, Rebecca Minchak, Rachel Morganstern, Emma Morrison, Timothy Murphy, Eric Nemic, Stephen Norris, Kristen O'Keefe, Peg O'Neil, Christine Perrino, Rachel Polgardy, Kelly Putt, Rebecca Rambo, Kathryn Reed, Dipali Rege, Abbey Roggio, Deirdre Shappell, Casey Smith, Bryn Speers, Jason Springer, Lara Stauffer, Caitlin Sullivan, Katrina Tull, Natalie Wallace, Lauren Yack, Megan Yanoviak, and Jennifer Zane.

Annual K-12 Art Show Update

Please join us Saturday, May 20th from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm in our 535 Building for our Annual K-12 Art Show!

An example of artwork to be displayed during our Annual K-12 Art Show.

Some of the highlights of our Annual K-12 Art Show include:

  • Maggie Moo's Ice Cream
  • A Bake Sale
  • High School Ceramics Sale
  • Student Artwork from Every Grade
  • Silent Auction Fundraiser for CCS Arts
  • National Art Honor Society Face Painting for Kids

Learn more about the event by reviewing the Annual K-12 Art Show website via the link below.

May Keystone Exams

The Pennsylvania State Keystone Exams will be held May 15th through May 26th at our 535 Building based on the following schedule.

10th Grade Literature Keystone Exam

  • May 15th
  • May 16th

Biology Keystone Exam

  • May 17th
  • May 18th

Algebra 1 Keystone Exam

  • May 22nd
  • May 23rd

All testing starts at 7:40am. If your student is absent during Keystone testing, they will participate in make-up testing on May 19th, 24th, and 25th (as needed).

Students should be sure to get a good night's rest and to eat a healthy breakfast before taking their Keystone Exams.

Please take a moment to review informative Keystone Exam resources below.

Questions? Please email our Curriculum Coordinator for Grades 7-12, Mrs. Ratti.

New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring their 9th Annual NEHS New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help new CCS teachers (and teachers changing grade levels) build classroom libraries.

Beginning Wednesday, May 24th, collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building through Wednesday, June 7th. Please help classroom libraries blossom and broaden students’ reading selection by donating new and/or gently used books. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

Upcoming Middle School Events

Middle School Orientation: Our Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, warmly welcomes the families of current 6th grade students to attend an Open House in our 515 Building.

Middle School Assistant Principal, Mr. Harkins (left) and Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious (right).

Join Mr. Sterious and his talented team of faculty/staff on Thursday, May 18th from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Families will enjoy the opportunity to ask questions, tour our Middle School building, and discuss new and exciting opportunities planned for 2017-2018. If you need additional information, please email our Middle School Assistant Principal, Mr. Harkins.

8th Grade Formal: The 8th Grade Formal will be held on May 19th from 7-9pm in our 515 Cafeteria. The cost of the event is $10.00 and Chick-fil-A will provide catered food. Permission slips were distributed to students and are due Tuesday, May 16th. Questions? Please email Mr. Ford.

8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony: Parent/guardians of our 8th grade students are cordially invited to the 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony on Friday, June 9th. The ceremony will begin at 1:20pm and take place in the 515 Cafeteria. Please arrive early. 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 sign them out first. Due to limited space, this invitation is for parents/guardians only. Vehicles must clear the 515 parking lot by 2:40pm to make room for dismissal traffic. Questions? Please email Ms. Halpin.

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:

  • Matthew Blakely
  • Malena Hoffman
  • Faith Hilton
  • Chantel Hatfield
  • Sedona Hogan
  • Aiden Shields

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

The HSA Officers sincerely thank all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly this year, planning events, volunteering their time to ensure a great year for our CCS Community. We would especially like to recognize those who Chaired our various committees: Monica O'Connor, Tara Kerrigan, Leah Soto, Sue Borden, Leslie Seifert, Jenn Fisher, Yvonne Sweeney, Hope Been, and Taj Nero-Taphorn.

HSA Events Reminder

If you purchased Hershey Park, HSA Comedy Night or HSA Ladies' Night Out BINGO tickets, please check your email for related information and instructions. If you did not receive an email from the HSA, please email us directly.

School Stores

The schedule for volunteers is posted through the end of the school year! The students are still excited to be able to shop on Wednesday mornings and at lunch time, but this is only possible if we have volunteers to work the stores. Sign up today!

Do You Shoparoo?

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to earn money for CCS is by snapping pictures of your receipts?

Shoparoo is a FREE mobile app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into cash for Collegium! Simply download the app to your mobile device, snap a picture of your receipts from your everyday shopping (grocery stores, gas stations, Target, etc.). Last year we earned over $1,200. Can we top that for this year?

For more information, access the link below.

Uniform Resale Shop

We are excited to say that our Uniform Resale Shop got wiped-out of our smaller sizes uniforms during the CCS Kindergarten Screening Day, last Saturday.

If you have any outgrown uniforms (particularly sizes 4-8), please consider donating to our Uniform Resale Shop. All donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go directly to the CCS Uniform Scholarship Fund. The Resale Shop is located in the 500 building and open 9:00am - 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 6:00pm during school days.

Final 2016-2017 HSA General Meeting

Do you have a great idea for a family event or a hugely successful fundraising idea? Was there something you wish we would have done differently this year? Here is your chance to have a say in next year's events and fundraisers!

Please join us for our final HSA general meeting of the school year will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the 435 Building Conference Room and all are welcome!


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Approval for Planned Absences Reminder

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for these days of absence to be excused.

Volunteers Needed

Our 150 Building Field Days are Thursday and Friday June 1st and 2nd. We are looking for Parent Volunteers. Click on the link below for information!

Collegium Main Number

  • 610-903-1300

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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