Collegium Newsletter November 7, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Nov. 7th - Day 3

  • 150 Building: Pet Supply Drive for Philadoptables Begins (Sponsored by 2nd Grade Classes)

Tuesday, Nov. 8th - Day 4

  • School Picture Re-Take Day
  • Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:30pm @ 500 Library

Wednesday, Nov. 9th - Day 5

  • 6th Grade Field Trip: Landis Valley Farms (Reed, Nemic, and D'Annunzio)
  • Grades 9-12: NHS Autumn Treat Sale

Thursday, Nov. 10th - Day 6

  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Nov. 11th - Day 1

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-5: Scholastic Book Fair Ends
  • Academic Team Meet @ Kennett HS 9:30am
  • NHS Sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive 12:00pm - 5:00pm @ 535 Library
  • Tri-M Field Trip - Annual Stocking Stuffing 5:00pm - 8:00pm

150 Building Red Ribbon Week

At the end of October, students and parents/guardians in our 150 Building celebrated the Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by National Family Partnership, and returned signed family pledges to help children grow up safe, healthy, and drug-free.

Principal of the 150 Building, Mrs. Mraz, and some of her students proudly hold family pledges returned to the 150 Building and displayed in the Main Lobby.

Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. Angered by the senseless death of DEA agent, Enrique Camarena, parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction cause by drugs in America.

This annual Collegium initiative is a reminder for all adults and children to be safe and responsible with regard to all types of drugs. Signed pledges were returned to the 150 Building with parents/guardians making a commitment to:

  • Talking to children about the dangers of drug use and abuse and setting clear rules about not using drugs.
  • Working together with the parents of other children to set common boundaries and monitor so that the rules are respected and enforced.
  • Setting a good example for children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.

Learn more about Red Ribbon Week by accessing the link below and on behalf of the students and faculty/staff of the 150 Building, we thank all participating parents/guardians for their strong support!

2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment

Our 2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment process begins Monday, November 7th. The link to access the online Sibling Enrollment Form will be posted on the Sibling Enrollment page of our website by 9:00am.

The Sibling Enrollment deadline is Monday, November 21st at 12 noon. Sibling Enrollment requirements are listed below. Exceptions to the requirements below will not be considered.

1. All students must reside in Pennsylvania.

2. Siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students include: siblings by birth, stepsiblings, adopted siblings, and foster siblings. Also included are wards subject to legal guardianship or other children related by blood or marriage living with the currently enrolled CCS student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent(s) for support. A court order or a completed and notarized guardianship form is required to document guardianship status.

3. Kindergarten students must be five (5) years of age by August 31st of their kindergarten year.

4. First grade students must be six (6) years of age by August 31st of their 1st grade year and must have successfully completed an accredited kindergarten program.

Learn more about the 2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment process by accessing the video below.

NHS Red Cross Blood Drive

It is time for us to do our part to help supply the continual need for blood in our communities. The CCS National Honor Society (NHS) is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on November 11th from 12:00pm-5:00 pm.

This year, the Red Cross is streamlining the process and not only can you now signup online, you can also complete all of the preliminary paperwork online within 24 hours of your appointment. Please sign up online by accessing the link below.

We are hoping to far exceed the total number of donors compared to numbers for previous CCS Blood Drive events. Our goal is to have so many people sign up for this Blood Drive and allow the Red Cross to schedule a full-day Blood Drive at Collegium in March 2017. Please help us reach our goal and tell your friends and family to join us in participating! Questions? Please email Ms. Whisler.

School Picture Re-Take Day

Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on Re-Take Day and students who are unhappy with their original photos may have their photos retaken.

For retakes, return the picture packet to the photographer on the retake day. No payment is required for retakes. For a student who was absent, please provide an order envelope and payment if photos are being ordered. The order form link is provided below.

School pictures and proofs for seniors were distributed in mid-October. If you ordered photos of your child and did not receive them, please first check with your child to see if the photos are in a backpack, a cubby, or locker. If the photos are still missing or there are problems with your picture packet, please do not call Collegium. Call the photography company, Tipping School Pictures, at 610-359-8846.

Class photos are a composite photo and are not distributed until February, after all make-up pictures have been taken and distributed.

Financial Aid Night

On Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm in the 535 Library, CCS will host a Financial Aid Night for Juniors, Seniors, and their parents/guardians. Michael Burke, from Pennsylvania's Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), will present helpful information and answer family questions. If you have questions about this event, please email Ms. Genzano.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminder

During arrival and dismissal, always have your building-specific vehicle placard(s) displayed while on campus. Displaying your placards help our faculty/staff to appropriately direct the flow of traffic and minimize congestion. Forgot your placard(s)? Be prepared to present photo ID to CCS staff.

Approval for Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, scheduling college visits, or for religious holidays or instruction? Ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. View the form now by accessing the link below. Principal approval is required for the absences to be excused.

CCS Science Fair

Do you love doing experiments to figure out the answer to a scientific question? If so, the CCS Science Fair is for you!

Our 1st-12th Grade Science Fair will be Wednesday, January 18th and our Kindergarten Science Fair will be Wednesday, February 1st. See the CCS Science Fair website for more information and sign up using our online Registration Form. Parents/guardians, you can even sign up to help with judging!

Questions? Email Mrs. Tobin (1st-12th Grade) or Ms. Yanoviak (Kindergarten).

2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Principal of our 535 Building, Dr. Pat O'Brien, proudly announces CCS 12th grade student, Alyssa Greenstein, was recently honored as a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alyssa placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

Congratulations, Alyssa!

Report Cards

Report cards for middle school and high school students were provided during conferences last week. Families who did not attend conferences will receive report cards via student backpack, as they will be sent home Monday, November 7th.

Elementary report cards will be sent home with students Tuesday, November 22nd. As a reminder, elementary grades are reported in trimesters - not quarterly. The current trimester ends November 16th.

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:

  • Addison Hadley
  • Joseph Durham
  • Madelynn Norris
  • Carter Bean
  • Aadhav Jawahar
  • Gianna Jackson
  • Clarissa Moorhead
  • Sebastian Chin
  • Avery Kenworthy
  • Emma Kenworthy
  • Nayda Bookman
  • Vianca Otero
  • Asiah Watson
  • Izayah Eucker
  • Michael Lent
  • Jawad Madanat
  • Isabella Ortiz
  • Madeline Yeingst
  • Kylie Borden
  • Juelz Sweeney
  • Alexander Bochnowicz

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

1. Thank you to all the families came out to Chuck E. Cheese for some food, fun and fundraising!

2. Our Annual Family Bingo event occurred Saturday and we sincerely thank everyone who came to play! Congratulations to all of the winners, we hope you enjoy your prizes! A special "Thanks!" to the volunteers who made the day possible and those who donated food, drinks, and prizes!

Box Tops Competition

It’s here! A friendly little competition for CCS students. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our Collegium. Each one is worth 10¢! To participate, keep clipping and sending in your Box Tops. To make it even easier, check out all of the products participating in the Box Tops campaign.


Collegium’s Home & School Association is officially on Facebook. Everything you need to know about the HSA in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming event and fundraisers, even volunteer opportunities. Visit us today!

Volunteer Opportunities

School Store: Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime. Due to the overwhelming success of the school stores we have added additional slots for volunteers! Please sign up by accessing the link below.

Uniform Resale Shop: If you are interested in helping to sort, organize and shelve donations please sign up below.

Save the Date

Our next HSA Public Meeting will be November 16th at 6:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room. Not sure you can attend, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our interest form below.

Community Opportunities

While CCS does not endorse programs occurring outside CCS or included in this Newsletter section, we pass along information on community opportunities CCS families may want to explore.

Attention DASD Families

A group of concerned Downingtown Area School District (DASD) families are starting the process of investigating bus ride durations for students who reside in DASD, but attend Collegium Charter School or local parochial schools within the district. Interested in getting involved with other parents? Contact DASD resident, Robert Armstrong, by using his contact information below.

CCIU Family Science Fair Workshop

The CCIU is offering a workshop for current and potential Science Fair student participants and the adults helping them at home. The workshop features two sections - one for students and one for adult helpers. The workshop will take place Wednesday, November 9th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335).

Experts will guide students through selecting a project topic, beginning their research plan, and identifying next steps. They will also help adults by reviewing the steps of the scientific method and show adults how to complete the competition forms. Space is limited to 50 adults, 50 students, and registration is required. Please register now by accessing the link below.

Reminder: 500 Building Career Day

On Friday, November 18th, Collegium will host a Career Day for our 4th-6th grade students. We are looking for parents/guardians and community members to give career presentations from 9:00-11:00am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations sharing their careers and answering questions.

A student from our 500 Building.

Our main objective is to provide each of our students with a glimpse into a number of careers. Questions or interested in participating? Email Mrs. Hirst! Please respond no later than Friday, November 11th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

Reminder: 2nd Grade Pet Supply Drive

Do you love helping animals? The CCS 2nd grade does, too! All 2nd grade classes will collect pet items from November 7th-18th. Donations will be given to Philadoptables, which is a local non-profit organization that helps save lives and provide assistance for foster and shelter animals. This pet supply drive will be in the 150 Building only.

Students in 2nd grade showing some of the items needed for their pet supply donation drive.

In 2nd grade classes, we are learning about how to be active community members. What better way to learn how to be active in our community, than to give back to animals in need? All 2nd grade classes will be collecting the following items:

  • Canned and Dry Dog/Puppy Food
  • New and Unopened Cat/Kitten Food
  • Dog and Cat Toys
  • Dog and Cat Treats
  • Gift Cards to Pet Stores
  • Gently Used Leashes, Collars, Food Bowls, etc.

150 Building families, please send your donations in with your children to school. Students will be able to add their donations to a box at the front of all 2nd grade classrooms in the 150 Building. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Guarente. Thank you from the entire 2nd Grade and from all of the animals you will be helping!

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

All content for the Newsletter must be submitted by 7:00am on Thursday via email to Our Community Opportunities section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies. CCS reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if deemed inappropriate or if it is determined to be of little or no interest to CCS families.

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