Collegium Newsletter October 23, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Oct. 23rd - Day 2

  • 515 Building: Spirit Week Begins (Sponsored by MS Student Council - See Article)
  • Original Works Fundraiser Begins
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418
  • HS Volleyball: TCISL Semifinal vs Perkiomen School 5:00pm @ Perkiomen

Tuesday, Oct. 24th - Day 3

  • 468/486 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip to Cherry Crest Farms (Yanoviak, Garsils, Miller, Dunn, and Llewellyn) - Postponed to November 1st
  • HS Soccer: TCISL Quarterfinal vs Phelps School 3:00pm @ Phelps School
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
  • 150 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
  • Middle School Soccer 3:45pm @ Woodlynde School
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, Rm. 425
  • CCS Athletics: Cross Country Team Celebration 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria

Wednesday, Oct. 25th - Day 4

  • 468/486 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip to Cherry Crest Farms (Zane, Moran, and Stauffer)
  • Grades 7-12: End of 1st Marking Period
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • High School Cross Country TCISL Championship 4:00pm @ Perkiomen School

Thursday, Oct. 26th - Day 5

  • 5th Grade Field Trip to the Da Vinci Science Center (Chandler, Naylis, Berry, Mullin [Maccario] and, Fowlkes)
  • 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228
  • 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
  • Elementary ESL Family Night 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ 486 Cafeteria

Friday, Oct. 27th - Day 6

  • CCS Flu Clinic on Campus
  • K-12 Fall Yearbook Dress Your Best Day (See Article)
  • High School Cross Country PIAA District I Championship 9:30am @ Lehigh University
  • 515 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ 515 Conference Room
  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Rec. Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 150 Cafeteria/Gym East (Room 804)
  • 535 Building: Movie Night Sponsored by Black Student Union (I Am Legend) 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • 515 Building Fall Harvest Dance 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria

Saturday, October 28th

  • ACT Testing
  • HS History Club: Trip to Eastern State Penitentiary for Historical Tour 11:30am - 6:30pm

K-12 Dress Your Best Day

This Friday, October 27th, the CCS Yearbook Committee celebrates Dress Your Best Day. All K-12 students are welcome to participate by paying $1.00 and dressing in fancy clothes. Examples include dresses, button-down shirts, blouses, ties, dress pants, and skirts. All proceeds benefit the CCS Yearbook Committee. All clothing must be school-appropriate. Jeans and sweat clothes/outfits are not permitted. If your child has PE, please make sure he/she brings sneakers to participate.

Middle school students participating in one of our 2016-2017 Dress Your Best Day fundraisers.

K-12 Yearbook On Sale

The CCS Anamnesis Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer, and his team of high school students are proud to announce the official start of their yearbook sales! Taken from the Greek word meaning recollection, the CCS Anamnesis is our K-12, full-color, hardback yearbook.

Our yearbook is a one-of-a-kind publication featuring K-12 students, CCS sports teams, music ensembles, and much more. It’s a limited edition collection of stories and events from the school year, and now is your opportunity to reserve a copy and make sure your child doesn’t miss out on remembering and sharing this special time in their lives with their classmates for years to come.

If purchased before November 23rd, the 2018 Anamnesis Yearbook can be yours for the low price of $39.00 (price increases after November 23rd). You also have the option of personalizing the yearbook for your child for a small additional fee. Act now and make your purchase by accessing the link below.

Questions? Please email our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer.

Picture Retake Day

Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Monday, November 13th. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on Picture Retake 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 Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for retakes.

For a student who was absent, please provide an order envelope (below) and payment if photos are being ordered.

English Learners (Formerly ESL) Family Night

All K-6 English Learner students (formerly ESL) and their families are invited to attend the EL Family Night on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in the 486 Building Cafeteria (486 Thomas Jones Way).

Throughout the night, we will discuss our program, share tips and strategies for building literacy in your home, provide community resources information (library memberships, health information, etc.), and enjoy food and beverages from different cultures!

For more information and to RSVP, please email your child's teacher.

Middle School Robotics and Technology Coding Program

Collegium is proud to announce our partnership with GetKidsToCode (GKTC), a local non-profit offering a robust after-school course exclusively to Collegium Middle School students. Their CCS Middle School course will be Mobile App Development.

Mobile App Development is a foundational course where students start with basic understanding in logic building, flowcharts, and core language constructs. As they progress through the course they will be introduced the world of app development using MIT App Inventor. MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that facilitates the creation of fully-functional apps for smartphones and tablets. By the end of this course, students will have skills to build their own basic apps.

To learn more about Mobile App Development and to see the session dates and related fee, please access the link below.

Questions? Please use the Contact Us feature on the GKTC website or send an email using the link below.

Standards-Based Grading Presentation

During the October 19th Public Work Session of our Board of Trustees, our elementary Principals, Dr. Wight-Mahoney, Mr. Lawler, and Mr. Murphy, shared a presentation describing their goals related to standards-based grading for grades K-6. Their current objective is to generate interest and support in developing an action plan for standards-based grading. Learn more about standards-based grading and their initiative by reviewing their presentation using the link below.

If you have questions or if you are interested in additional information, please email our Principals directly.

Help Wanted At Collegium

Receptionists Needed

Full-time and part-time/substitute opportunities available. Duties include: perform various front desk tasks, professionally answer phone calls, greet visitors and families, and maintain confidentiality. Experience in an office setting preferred. Ability to multitask and strong computer skills required.

Interested? Please complete and return a Collegium Application or email your resume via PDF email attachment to our Human Resources Department.

Parent University Video Series

Attention K-6th Grade Families

In the upcoming weeks, parents/guardians will be able to experience a new Parent University video series related to flexible grouping in the classroom, explaining PA Common Core, and assessments/grading in our K-6 buildings. Our first video in the series will debut next week in the Collegium Newsletter.

Obtaining Approval for Planned Absences

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

Education Explained

Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Mr. Lawler, 150 Building Principal.

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the learning process where children acquire the skills necessary to recognize and manage emotions, show empathy, set and achieve constructive goals, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Schools address these skills because students need to develop strong social and emotional skills, not just academic ones, for learning to occur.

A child’s education is built on relationships with and collaboration between their teachers and peers. Emotions play a part, too, as they can assist or impede a child’s engagement, work ethic, commitment, and school success. Unfortunately, students who lack these social and emotional competencies become less connected to school with each progressive grade.

Extensive research shows that students in schools who implement SEL curricula experience decreased emotional distress, improved self-awareness and management, improved attitudes about self, higher academic motivation, more positive attitudes about school, improved classroom behavior, decreased classroom aggression, and improved academic performance. When these skills are learned early, the effects can also be felt later in life by helping individuals to avoid unhealthy behaviors and achieve a better education and employment.

One of the SEL interventions we use at Collegium is a research-based program called Second Step. The curriculum provides materials to teach social-emotional skills through lessons designed to increase success, decrease problem behaviors, and promote social-emotional competence and self-regulation.

It is every school’s responsibility to develop students who are proficient in core academics, able to work with others from diverse backgrounds, practice healthy behaviors, and behave responsibly and respectfully. In other words, schools must foster not only our students’ cognitive development but also their social and emotional development if we are going to set them up for their best chance of success.

To learn more about Social-Emotional Learning, access the link below.

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!

2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Information

Attention Collegium families! Our Enrollment Department is so excited to work with you and help enroll your children's siblings for our 2018-2019 school year!

In accordance with PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled students get preferential enrollment ahead of non-sibling new enrollees. However, sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, as Collegium must review the returned enrollment materials to ensure completion and then determine space availability. Sibling enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students.

Our Sibling enrollment process begins Monday, November 6th at 9:00am when the 2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Online Form is activated on the Sibling Enrollment page of the Collegium website. In order for families to receive priority sibling enrollment, all sibling enrollment materials must be received by the deadline - Monday, November 20th at 12 noon. Exceptions to the deadline will not be considered. Families will be notified of each sibling's enrollment status after the sibling enrollment period ends on Monday, November 20th at 12 noon. Sibling enrollment/wait list notification will occur in December 2017.

Questions? Please email our Enrollment Department.

500 Building Career Day

On Friday, November 17th, Collegium will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th grade students. We are looking for parents/guardians and community members to give career presentations from 9:00am until 11:00am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations, sharing their careers and answering questions.

Questions or interested in participating? Please email Mrs. Hirst no later than Friday, November 10th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

News From Our Middle School

Spirit Week & Fall Harvest Dance

This week, the 515 Building’s Spirit Week begins on October 23rd and will follow the theme schedule below.

  • Monday, October 23rd: Pajama Day - Wear your favorites school-appropriate pajamas. No slippers.
  • Tuesday, October 24th: Teacher Day - Dress like your favorite CCS teacher.
  • Wednesday, October 25th: Character Day - Dress as your favorite school-appropriate character from television, movies, or books.
  • Thursday, October 26th: Sports Day - Wear your favorite sports jersey or T-shirt.
  • Friday, October 27th: Pay $1.00 and support the CCS Yearbook's Dress Your Best Day fundraiser.

The week will end with the 515 Building’s Annual Fall Harvest Dance on Friday, October 27th from 6:00-8:00pm in the 515 Cafeteria. The cost is $5.00 and permission slips were distributed. There will be a DJ and snacks provided. Students may wear a costume and prizes will be awarded for best costume, best DIY costume, and best group costume.

All costumes must be school-appropriate. Students are not permitted to wear masks or have violent/bloody costumes. No toy weapons will be permitted.

Principals' Coffee Chats

Coffee Chats offer parents/guardians the opportunity to join our Principals for coffee and informal conversation covering the school, events, and academic programming.

In his latest Coffee Chat Invitation video, Collegium Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, invites families to his building for his next Coffee Chat of the 2017-2018 school year.

Below you will see the upcoming Coffee Chats. The full list of Coffee Chat dates are available by searching the Collegium Calendar for "coffee".

  • 515 Building: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm @ 515 Conference Room
  • 535 Building: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, 8:30am @ 535 Conference Room
  • 468/486 Building: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 10:00am-11:00am @ 486 Conference Room
  • 150 Building: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 3:30pm @ 150 Conference Room (Room 825)
  • 500 Building: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 9:00am-10:00am @ 500 Conference Room

Fall K-4 Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our Fall Book Fairs in the 468/486 and 150 Buildings are approaching and we are in need of volunteers!

The Fall Book Fair for the 468/486 Building will be held during school hours in the 486 Building from Monday, October 30th through Friday, November 3rd. The Fall Book Fair for the 150 Building will be held during school hours in the 150 Building from Monday, November 6th through Friday, November 10th.

Volunteers are needed to assist students with wish lists, purchasing, and during our Family Nights on Thursday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 9th. If you are available and would like to help out, please access the links below for each building. All volunteers must have clearances on file.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Ms. Hollinshead.

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

Thank you to everyone who came out to Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, October 18th for our CCS Spirit Night fundraiser. The event was a huge success thanks to all of your support.

Save the Dates

  • Friday November 17th: Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser from 12:15pm until 8:00pm. Stay tuned for additional details soon.
  • Saturday December 2nd: CCS Family Bingo Night at 6:00pm. More details to follow. Interested in planning? Do you own a business and want to make a donation? Email the HSA Officers directly and use Family Bingo as your subject line.
  • Saturday, May 19th: Our 1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale! Interested in helping us plan the event? Email us and use the subject Outgrown & Vendor Sale.

School Store Volunteers Needed

The HSA School Stores in 150, 468, 486, and 500 are open every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. We need your help to ensure the stores are open for our students! Sign up today - clearances are required.

Ongoing HSA Fundraisers


Simply shop at AmazonSmile and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to CCS!


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

HSA General Meetings

Do you have questions about upcoming fundraisers or events? Want to be involved but not sure how? Or do you have a great idea for a fundraiser or event that you want to present to the HSA? Join us for our monthly HSA meetings!

HSA meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Media Center.

HSA Help Wanted


Responsible for the budget process; receives all funds of the HSA; keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pay out funds in accordance with the approved budget as authorized by the HSA organization.

Social Media Chair

Develops content and serves as our HSA Facebook Page Administrator.

School Store Coordinator

Manages overall operations of the school stores. Ordering merchandise, keeping track of inventory, and refilling as needed.

If you have an interest in any of the following please email the HSA Officers directly.

Collegium Main Number


Campus 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: ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: ext. 6602

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