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Collegium Newsletter January 27, 2020

CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Jan. 27th, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • 500 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 126 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Tues., Jan. 28th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Club Meeting | Cafeteria 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 Robotics Team Meeting | Innovation Lab Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Chester Charter Scholars Academy | Gym 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Chester Charter Scholars Academy
  • Girls MS V Basketball vs. Chester Charter Scholars Academy | Gym 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball vs. Chester Charter Scholars Academy | Gym 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ Chester Charter Scholars Academy
  • Girls MS JV Basketball vs. Chester Charter Scholars Academy | Gym 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Lower Moreland 5:30pm - 6:30pm @ Lower Moreland High School
  • Boys V Basketball vs. Lower Moreland 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Lower Moreland High School
  • Girls V Basketball vs. MaST Charter School 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ MaST Charter School Gym

Wed., Jan. 29th, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Girls MS V Basketball vs. Westtown 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Westtown School
  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball vs. Westtown | Gym 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Westtown | Gym 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls MS JV Basketball vs. Westtown 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ Westtown School
  • HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale Committee Meeting | Gym 5:00pm @ 150 Building

Thur., Jan. 30th, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Girls V Basketball vs. Jenkintown 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Jenkintown MS/HS Gymnasium

Fri., Jan. 31st, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades K-6 Student Council Spirit Day: Jersey Day | Wear A Jersey From Your Favorite Local Or Professional Sports Team With Uniform Bottoms Or Jeans

Sat., Feb. 1st

  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball vs. Delaware County Christian School 10:00am @ Delaware County Christian School
  • Girls MS V Basketball vs. Delaware County Christian School 10:00am @ Delaware County Christian School
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Delaware County Christian School 11:00am @ Delaware County Christian School
  • Girls MS JV Basketball vs. Delaware County Christian School 11:00am @ Delaware County Christian School
  • Girls V Basketball vs. Pottstown | Gym 12:30pm - 2:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Holy Ghost Prep 5:30pm - 6:30am @ Holy Ghost Prep School
  • Boys V Basketball vs. Holy Ghost Prep 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Holy Ghost Prep School

K-6 Spirit Day: Jersey Day

On Friday, January 31st, CCS's Elementary Student Council is hosting a Spirit DayJersey Day!

On Jersey Day, students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade may wear jerseys or t-shirts from their favorite sports teams with uniform bottoms or jeans.

Sports teams can range from professional and community teams to intramural, school, or travel teams on which students participate. This is a free dress-down day to show your spirit. Enjoy!

A Message From Marita K. Barber, Collegium's CEO

Revised Transportation Code of Conduct

At the November 21, 2019, public meeting of our Board of Trustees, a revised Transportation Code of Conduct was unanimously approved by our Board and is available below for your reference and use. The revised Transportation Code of Conduct will go into effect on Monday, February 3, 2020, and will be incorporated into our current Student Code of Conduct.

The purpose of this revised Transportation Code of Conduct is four-fold:

  1. To make the transportation experience for our students and families as safe and efficient as possible;
  2. To clearly outline expectations for students, for parents/guardians, and for Collegium employees regarding transportation;
  3. To clearly outline possible infractions and disciplinary responses; and
  4. To better align with our transporting districts and thus increase cooperation and reduce confusion.

We ask that you take some time to review the Transportation Code of Conduct with your children. If you should have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your building administrators for clarificationthey are happy to answer your questions.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important communication and for the invaluable role you play in upholding our school policies. Your ongoing support is valued and appreciated.

500 Building Reminder: Kids Heart Challenge

On Friday, February 7th, the 500 Building will hold its annual Kids Heart Challenge event.

Don't forget to turn in your donations to your child's homeroom teacher by Friday, February 7th. Kids Heart Challenge supports the American Heart Association. Thank you for your participation!

If you have questions, please email Ms. Winters using the button below.

Collegium Student Spotlight

Episode 4 | Manny

In our video series, “Collegium Student Spotlight," we feature students selected by their Principals and Teachers from among CCS’s 3,100-plus Kindergarten through 12th Graders. Watch the video below to learn about Manny's CCS experience, interests, activities, and more!

Collegium Basketball Camp Coming This Summer

Coach Markel Jones and CCS's Boys Basketball Team are excited to host their 2nd Annual Collegium Basketball Camp. Collegium Basketball Camp is designed for boys and girls of all skill levels who are entering 2nd through 7th Grades by August 2020.

Camp activities will emphasize skill development in fundamental areas of the game like passing, shooting, and dribbling, while also promoting a fun and open learning atmosphere.

Two sessions of Collegium Basketball Day Camp will be offered:

  • Session #1: Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19, 2020
  • Session #2: Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24, 2020

For details about this summer's Collegium Basketball Camp, visit our new Sports Camp page using the button below. Online registration will begin on Monday, February 3rd at 9:00 AM.

Questions? Email Coach Markel Jones, High School Varsity Head Basketball Coach, at the button below. Coach Jones will be happy to assist you.

From Our Home & School Association

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our Home & School Association (HSA) owes its success to the efforts of our many parent/guardian, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations. Questions? Email our HSA Officers using the button below.

Meeting Follow-up and Reminder

The HSA would like to give a big thank you to Collegium CEO Marita Barber, CCS Board of Trustees Treasurer Chris McHenry, and all those who came to our 2019-2020 HSA Kick-Off Meeting on Tuesday, January 21st. The meeting produced new ideas that will help the HSA continue moving in a positive direction.

All families, teachers, and staff are invited to the HSA's Outgrown & Vendor Sale Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 5:00 PM in the 150 Building Gymnasium.

Our next general HSA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00 PM in the 500 Building Gymnasium.

Earn Money For CCS Using Shoparoo

Shoparoo makes it easy to donate to CCS as you shop. Shoparoo is a free iOS and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into CCS donations.

Using the app is quick, easy, and convenient. Shop anywhere you want and buy whatever you normally buy, then snap a picture of your receipt and submit it to Shoparoo. Voila! You’ve made an instant cash donation to Collegium.

Shoparoo requires no personal information, and you can mark out anything on your receipts that you don’t want to submit. For more information on Shoparoo, visit Shoparoo's website using the button below.

Camp Collegium 2020: Upcoming Online Registration

Camp Collegium will return this year on Monday, June 22nd through Friday, July 17th. Our program will be filled with fun activities and day trips that will provide another exciting summer for your children!

Use the button below to access our Camp Collegium webpage for more information. Details about this year’s program will be posted to the webpage on Monday, January 27th. Online registration for Camp Collegium 2020 will begin on Monday, February 3rd at 9:00 AM.

Please be aware that Camp Collegium spaces fill quickly! We encourage interested families to sign up as soon as registration opens on Monday, February 3rd. Last year, we had over 100 families register on the first day of registration, so please, don't delay!

Questions? Email Ms. LaNae Horsey, CCS Director of Child Care Programs, at the button below. Ms. Horsey will be happy to assist you.

CHS College Planning Night 2020

Collegium High School’s (CHS) Counseling Department will host a College Planning Night for CCS Sophomores, Juniors, and their families on Thursday, February 6th, between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM (Snow date: Thursday, February 20th).

Our College Planning Night is designed as a series of information sessions provided by representatives from area colleges and universities. These representatives are attending just to speak with our 10th and 11th Grade students and their families. What a great opportunity!

In attendance will be:

  • Delaware County Community College
  • Drexel University
  • Immaculata University
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Neumann University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Widener University
  • Villanova University
  • …and more!

You’ll also have a chance at our College Planning Night to talk with representatives from Immaculata University and Delaware County Community College about Collegium’s Dual Enrollment partnership with their schools. Dual Enrollment Courses allow eligible students to earn college credit while still at CHS.

Please RSVP for College Planning Night by emailing CHS’s Counseling Department (see the button below) by Friday, January 31st. Start preparing your questions now. We hope to see you there!

Donations Needed For CCST Raffles

This year, CCST will present several performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat between Thursday, March 19th and Saturday, March 21st. At each performance, CCST’s Parent Fundraising Committee will offer gift basket raffles to help raise funds to defer production costs.

The Committee is asking for help to secure donations to fill the gift baskets. The more appealing the baskets, the higher raffle ticket sales will be!

Popular gift basket donations include:

  • Products or services you or someone you know provide;
  • Tickets to local theater productions or sporting events; and
  • Gift cards to local restaurants, businesses, or vendors.

Donations of any kind will be greatly appreciated, and all donors will be gratefully acknowledged in our production’s Playbill!

To help you approach businesses and vendors, feel free to use the donation letter we've prepared (see the button below). It contains information about CCST’s Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat production, how and what companies can donate, and tax information they’ll need to account for their donations.

CCST and the CCST Parent Fundraising Committee thank you for your support, help, and generosity. Using the buttons below, you can email Committee members Christy Mitchell or Susie Varner with questions or to arrange for donation pickups.

7th Grade Baltimore Field Trip Deadline

Collegium Middle School’s (CMS) 7th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore, Maryland’s National Aquarium is scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020. In addition to touring the Aquarium, participating students and staff will take a guided Inner Harbor cruise. The Field Trip is designed as an extension of our Life Sciences and Social Studies classes.

The cost of the trip is $50.00 per student. Completed/signed Permission Slips and payment in full must be received by Monday, January 27th at 3:00 PM for students to participate. Note, also, that participating students’ Magnus Health records must be completed by one week before the Field Trip (Friday, March 27, 2020) or they will not be able to join the Field Trip.

Please click on the button below for the Permission Slip and more detailed information about this Field Trip. Questions can be directed to your child's homeroom teacher.

It’s Book Fair Time For Grades 5 And 6

‘Tis once again the season for our 500 Building’s Scholastic Book Fair! The upcoming Fair will run from Wednesday, February 5th through Thursday, February 13th.

Book Fairs are fun and interesting for students, who will preview and purchase Book Fair materials with their classes. When they experience the hustle and bustle of our Book Fairs, students get excited about reading and exploring new subjects. It’s like being in a busy book store, but this one is just for kids!

We’ve carefully selected a wide range of affordable books and materials for this Book Fair that cover topics and characters students in Grades 5-8 want to read about. Even better, 50% of your Book Fair purchases will benefit CCS and our libraries!

For Parents/Guardians

  • Beginning Friday, January 31st, you can check out our Book Fair selections in advance of the Fair by accessing our Online Book Fair (see the button below).
  • We’re using eWallet through Scholastic again this year. This feature allows you to pre-load money to your child’s account for their use during the Book Fair at school. eWallet is available now.
  • All Book Fair details can be found on our Book Fair web page (accessible at the button below).
  • We’re holding an extra-special Book Fair Family Night on Friday, February 7th. Along with our book fair being open to families from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, there will be artwork displayed in the 2nd floor lobby from our 5th and 6th Grade classes.

This Book Fair is designed for students in Grades 5-8. We’ll announce the details of our K-4th Grade Book Fair in the near future.

Book Fair Volunteers

Of course, our fantastic volunteers help make our Book Fairs successful! Volunteers keep the Fair organized, assist students as they explore reading options (while helping them stay on budget), and other important tasks. Our Book Fair Volunteers also receive loads of thanks and appreciation from everyone in the 500 Building AND 10% off at the Book Fair!

Please use the Volunteer Signup button below to sign up for one or more times when you can help. Volunteers must have current clearances approved by CCS’s Human Resources Department in advance of volunteering. Access CCS's Volunteering page at the button provided to learn more about the required clearances.

Obtaining Approval For Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because your family is taking a trip, visiting relatives, or scheduling college visits? Students may be excused from school for up to five (5) days for planned absences provided approval for the absences is obtained at least two weeks in advance from your building Principal.

To request approval, please submit a completed Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form to your building Principal at least ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence. Requests received after the absence has occurred will not be considered. The Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form is accessible at the button below.

If you have questions regarding this form or the submission process, use the button provided to email CCS’s Attendance Office. Questions regarding decisions should be directed to your building Principal.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD Tip Line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, please also contact your Building Principal(s):

Collegium's Main Number

610-903-1300

Main Office Extensions

  • 150 Building: Ext. 6811
  • 435 Building: Ext. 6002
  • 468 Building: Ext. 6401
  • 486 Building: Ext. 6501
  • 500 Building: Ext. 6106
  • 515 Building (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.