Collegium Newsletter September 19, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Sept. 19th - Day 6

  • MS Volleyball vs. Woodlynde 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Mercy VT 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • Volleyball vs. MaST Charter 3:45 pm @ MaST Community Charter School

Tuesday, Sept. 20th - Day 1

  • Volleyball vs. CAP 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • MS Soccer vs. Perkiomen 4:00 pm @ Perkiomen School
  • Varsity Cross Country vs. Perkiomen (LM) 4:00 pm @ Perkiomen School

Wednesday, Sept. 21st - Day 2

  • MS Cross Country vs. Kimberton 3:45 pm @ Kimberton Waldorf School
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30 pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, Sept. 22nd - Day 3

  • Grades 7-12: Bake Sale During Lunches (Benefits HS Volleyball Team)
  • MS Cross Country vs. Phoenixville 3:30 pm @ Phoenixville Area Middle School
  • Varsity Cross Country vs. Church Farm School 4:00 pm @ Church Farm School
  • NEHS Induction Ceremony and Reception 6:30 pm @ 515 Auditorium & Cafeteria

Friday, Sept. 23rd - Day 4

  • Grades K-12: NHS School Supply Drive Ends
  • Varsity Soccer vs. AIM Academy 3:45 pm @ AIM Academy
  • Volleyball vs. Faith Christian 3:45 pm @ Faith Christian
  • 5th Grade Rec Night 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ 500 Gym

Saturday, Sept. 24th

  • Basketball Skills Clinic 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ 535 Gym
  • Parents Night Out 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ 515 Building

468 Building Playground

The playground area for our 468 Building was recently updated! Students are now enjoying the soft tile mats that create a safer and more comfortable play surface. In addition to the play equipment, our students are now able to experience the innovative "Blue Blocks" by Imagination Playground. Learn more about Imagination Playground by viewing the video below.

Each day, our new playground items are safely stored after recess.

What's the long-term plan for the playground? Since we do not have access to all spaces within the 486 Building yet, this means we have to remain creative with our playground space. During the summer, and in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, a permanent and more "traditional" playground is scheduled for construction. Our HSA raised $40,000 for the permanent 468 playground and from two years of Cougar Gear fundraising we've raised $10,000! The project is on track and we are immensely grateful for the support of our families and community members.

Flu Clinic on Campus

In cooperation with the Chester County Health Department, our annual campus flu clinic will be Friday, October 14th during the school day.

If you are interested in having your child receive a flu vaccine, please complete the consent form and return to your child's School Nurse by October 7th. Forms received after October 7th will not be processed.

Please note — the flu mist is not available this year; only the injection will be offered.


CCS Employee Spotlight

With so many employees working to improve Collegium and maximize the daily experiences of our students, it can be challenging to match names to faces and know everyone involved in helping CCS operate smoothly.

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

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:

  • Lukas Bako
  • Alexandra Rigo
  • Kole Trumble
  • Braydon Spahr
  • Breanna McGovern
  • Hazel McKeon
  • Lexie Mosley
  • McKenzie Vail
  • Mrs. Danenhower's Class
  • Mrs. Stevenson's Class
  • Reese Steimel
  • Jalen Mack
  • John "JJ" Anderson
  • Theresa Conroy

Help Wanted at CCS

  • Food Service Assistants (Part-Time and Subs)
  • Substitute Receptionists (School Year Only)
  • Substitute School Nurses (Valid PA Nursing License Required)

Interested in the positions above? Send your resume to or complete our application and submit to

Final Week - NHS School Supply Drive

Our National Honor Society (NHS) is hosting a Back to School Supply Drive until September 23rd. NHS will accept new school supplies to be donated to the Community Youth and Women's Alliance (CYWA) in Coatesville.

Requested donations include backpacks, pencils, folders, notebooks, note cards, dry erase markers, individual tissue packs, binders, scissors, glue, and coloring supplies.

All supplies can be dropped off in the designated collection box in each building. From all of us in the NHS, we thank you for your support!


Parents' Night Out

Need a few hours to yourself? Who doesn’t?! Our High School Music Department has just the solution...Saturday evening childcare!

On Saturday, September 24th from 5:00-9:00 pm, we invite K-6 students and their fully toilet-trained younger siblings to the 515 Building for fun, games, and movies while you get a relaxing evening to yourself. The fee even includes dinner for your children!

For more information, please see the Parents' Night Out (PNO) Registration Form. Registration and payment are due by Tuesday, September 20th at 3:00pm.


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

  • To everyone who volunteered to work the School Stores this week. The students were so excited and you made that possible!
  • To the students and families that participated in our 1st Summer Read-a-Thon. We are still tallying the results and can’t wait to announce our prize winners.
  • To all the families who helped with our KidStuff Book Fundraiser!

HSA Facebook Page

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 events and fundraisers, and even volunteer opportunities. Visit us today!

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

  • School Stores: Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime.
  • Uniform Resale Shop: Help us sort, organize, and shelve uniform donations.

Save the Date

The HSA's first meeting of the year will be this Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 pm in the Conference Room of the 435 Building. We can’t wait to meet you there! Not sure you will be able to make it, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our interest form.

HSA Help Wanted

The HSA Board has a few Committee Chair positions open. We are looking for motivated individuals who are committed to making 2016-2017 a remarkable success. Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Family Bingo Chair
  • Fundraising Chair

Ready to help? Let us know by emailing the HSA Officers directly.

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 9-11am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations sharing their careers and answering questions.

Our main objective is to give each of our students a glimpse of a number of careers and career opportunities. Questions or interested in participating? Please email Mrs. Hirst or call her at 610-903-1300 ext. 7111. Please respond no later than Friday, November 11th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

Donations Needed

Acorns are needed so Mrs. Steines and her students can complete a community art project. All acorn donations will be appreciated! Please send to "535 Building, Attn: Mrs. Steines".

Soccer Intramurals Registration

Soccer intramurals for students in grades 2nd-6th begin in October. To register, complete and return the registration form with payment by Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Participant rosters will be posted on the CCS Athletics webpage on September 30, 2016. Family-specific notifications regarding student participation will not be issued.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mr. Handley.

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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