Collegium Newsletter November 14, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Nov. 14th - Day 2

  • MS/HS Chick-fil-A Calendar Sales Begin

Tuesday. Nov. 15th - Day 3

  • Financial Aid Night for High School Students and Families 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Lecture Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 16th - Day 4

  • Grades K-6: End of Trimester 1
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, Nov. 17th - Day 5

  • Grades 7-12: She's the First Fall Bake Sale
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm

Friday, Nov. 18th - Day 6

  • 150 Building: Pet Food Drive for Philadoptables Ends (Sponsored by 2nd Grade Classes)
  • Grades 4-6: Career Day
  • Grades 7-12: She's the First Fall Bake Sale
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 7-8: Movie Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Our First-Ever NCAA Division I Commitment

Congratulations to Portia Wiggins, Collegium's first-ever student to secure an NCAA Division 1 commitment!

Left: Portia Wiggins signing her National Letter of Intent for Delaware State University. Right: Portia is surrounded by her family and (back row L-R) Collegium CEO, Dr. Rath, Assistant Principal, Mr. Dryburgh, Principal, Dr. O'Brien, Coach Pryor, and Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Programs, Mr. McCain.

This week, Portia signed her National Letter of Intent with Delaware State University, where she'll be a goalie for the Hornets' women's lacrosse team. As the current Tri-County Independent School League leader in goals and saves, Portia continues to be a key driver in the growth and success of Collegium's girls' lacrosse team.

We are so proud of you, Portia! Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and inspiration.

2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment

The 2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment process is now underway online. The deadline is November 21st at 12 noon! Feedback from current families about the new online-only Sibling Enrollment process is overwhelmingly positive. They report that it is efficient, user friendly, and genuinely easy to complete.

Before you begin the process, we recommend digitizing (by scanning or taking digital pictures) the additional documents required for enrolling your child(ren). Those documents include:

  • Two (2) Proofs of Residency for Your Family
  • Your Child's Immunization Record
  • Your Child's Birth Certificate

Once the files are digitized and stored on your computer, access the 2017-2018 Online Sibling Enrollment Form (URL below) to begin the process.

If you need help scanning documents or don't have internet access, Collegium can assist you. Just come to our 435 Building (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300) on school days between 8:00am and 3:30pm.

For additional information, including Sibling Enrollment requirements and deadline information, please access the Sibling Enrollment page of our website.

Questions? Email our Enrollment Department.

Holiday Drop and Shop

Need some time for child-free holiday shopping? The CCS Elementary Band Program is holding a Holiday Drop and Shop on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in the 515 Building. We will entertain your children while you enjoy some child-free time. Click on the link below for the registration form and additional information. Proceeds will help the CCS Elementary Band Program purchase their percussion instruments.

Lost and Found Bins

The Lost and Found bins in all buildings will be emptied on Friday, November 18th. If your child is missing anything, please ask them to check the Lost and Found bins.

Anything not claimed by the end of the day on Friday, November 18th, will be donated to the CCS Uniform Resale Shop or a local charity.

468 Building Community Helper Day

Watch this video, presented by a few members of our First Grade Teaching Team, to learn more about their fun and exciting Community Helper Day, Monday, November 21st, at our 468 Building.

Head Lice Reminders

From our Health Office

Head lice do not hop or fly. Instead, they crawl. Direct head-to-head contact with someone who has lice poses the greatest risk of getting lice. Lice can be a nuisance, but they do not spread diseases. Cleanliness or personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.

If your child has head lice or has been treated for head lice, in the interest of others, please share that information with school nurses and your children's teachers.

Donations Needed

Collegium's Autism Support Program is seeking donations of the following items:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Toddler* Toys
  • Cardstock
  • Velcro

Donations can be submitted to the attention of "Mrs. Maureen Wilkins, 435 Building." If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wilkins. Thank you for your support and consideration!

*Toys that spin or light up, cause/effect toys, toys that require putting objects in or on another object.

CCS Science Fair Reminder

Are you starting to think about your project for this year's Science Fair? Please remember, projects involving the following topics are not permitted:

  • Mold - including food-related mold
  • Bacteria - including "cleanliness" tests
  • Animals - including your family pets
  • People - including asking your friends about their favorite candy

Please remember to register via the CCS Science Fair website! Questions? Email Ms. Yanoviak (Kindergarten) or Mrs. Tobin (1st-12th grades).

Financial Aid Night

On Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00pm 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 Mrs. Wolfe.

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:

  • Mark Nelson
  • Sayse Boddy

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!

High School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hardworking students who achieved Honor Roll!

High School High Honors

GPA of 93%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

Jada Acevedo, Sabrina Aguila, Kristina N. Archie, Mitchell Balint, Diana K. Galan-Galan, Aliyah Green, Nicholas Hogg, Austin D. James, D’Angelo Jones-Cole, Georgia Laughlin, Morgan Linkins, Josh Ogalesco, Armi Patel, Christina Pham, Madison Reeder, Cheyenne Rivas, Tayah S. Rodgers, Karl Romberger, Laiba Tariq, Loryn Walker, Alexis R. Armstrong, Mina Joy Bourquin, Abigail Dean, Kendra Ebke, Zachary Essick, Carla Gagliardi, Brooklyn R. Green, Zyad R. Helali, Abigail B. Herman, Elizabeth, Kearns, Marshall A. Lentz, Serena Matos, Lydia M. Newlin, Cheney Ni, Wiltricia G. Snoh, Daniel W. Wagner, Lauren S. Wallace, Sydney N. Bastian, Kiara Brown, Averlyn M. Browne, Erika N. Calle, Frances Carlson, Amy Contreras, Emily Dalessandro, Bradley Durnall, Kelly Horgan, Anusha Kalavacharla, Brendan J. Kane, Lacy L. MacLachlin, Allison Mezger, Frederick E. Newlin, Hannah Odoom, Rebecca Oliver, Shreyaa Raja, Devrin Robinson, Safoora Siddiqui, Kenneth Steele, Jonne L. Washington, Tayler R. Washington, Hannah Baer, Lydia Carlson, Madelyn S. Drager, Lauren A Druger, Joshua Egleberger, Alyssa Greenstein, Shania I. Guzman-Murrey, Lia K. Herman, Samantha Holmes, Tara Laughlin, Mariah Mast, Julianna Ohnjec, Teresa Provence, Henry Schreiber, Juliana Toman, Jordan Traut, Jenna Wisler, and Akina Wollie.

High School Honors

GPA of 85%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

Atley Cooper, Kayla Floyd, Nathan Gustafson, Brynn Henry, Samantha Leach, Cornelius O. McClanahan, Bintu Sarnor, Colin Savino, Mika Tuttle, Leagan S. Wallace, Melinda K. WIlliams, Victoria J. Rosado Mack, Olivia I. Sager, Joshua V. Skerrett, Gillian Schlenner, Jordan M. Shiel, Margarita Colon, Vinnea Flowers, Stacey M. George, Paola D. Lis Ramirez, Victoria Madonna, Ian McHenry, and Jonathan Perry.

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hardworking students who achieved Honor Roll!

Middle School High Honors

GPA of 93%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

Grade 8: Timothy Carlson, Christopher Correll, John Darnall, Ani Goldman, Paige Henry, Grace Hitchens, Shyan Hunt, Aidan Jackson, Elizabeth Kiley, Molay Kollie, Hannah Luong, Mykala March, Raven McCoy, Taylor Nagel, Anna Newlin, Brandon Olivarez, Thomas Riley, Belle Sethachutkul, Jacob Smith, Albert Sommar, Emma Trego, Evan Trego, Sam Van Pelt, and Nathan Wholey.

Grade 7: William Addison, Sophia Baionno, Sage Bauer, Charles Becnel, Izeah Bennett, Julie Bogle, Melanie Bohs, Christopher Bookman, Josie Boyer, Jurius Coleman, Autumn Dean, Taylor Douglas, William Essick, Elijah Ford, Michael Gallimore III, Lucia Garzon, Amarri Glasco, Karly Gyuris, Mina Hinton, Lily Iding, Mikhael Joseph, Jordan Kelly, Emma Kim, Emily Libo-on, Noelle Mast, Thomas McHugh, Alexandra Muravyev, Thi Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Olive Odida, Alexander Ohrn, Aidan Oliver, Alexander Pham, Maia Rissi, Zahra Siddiqui, Zagara Sims, Dallas Smith, Magnolia Sommar, Margaret Tresselt, Kaleah Tuttle, and Madison Wachter.

Middle School Honors

GPA of 85%+, with no major subject grade of less than 85%, and no grade below 70%.

Grade 8: Kaylee Abel, Savannah Anderson, Michael Ewing, Mark Norris, Luis Sanchez, and Brandon Traut.

Grade 7: Justin Brajkovich, Alexandria Gallagher, Thomas Linkins, Kevin Nguyen, Connor Pearson, Ainsley Robinson, and Megan Wallace.

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!

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 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 that are part of the Box Tops campaign.

HSA Now on Facebook

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, even volunteer opportunities. Visit us today!

Volunteer Opportunities

School Store: Stores are open every Wednesday morning and at lunchtime. Due to the overwhelming success of the school stores, we added more 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. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.

Save the Date

Our next HSA Public Meeting will be Wednesday, 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.

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 until Friday, November 18th. Donations will be given to Philadoptables, a local non-profit organization that helps save lives and provide assistance to foster and shelter animals. This pet supply drive is 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're learning 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 to school with your children. Students will add their donations to the boxes at the front of all 2nd grade classrooms. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Guarente. Thank you from the entire 2nd grade and from all of the animals you will help!

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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