Collegium Newsletter June 5, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, June 5th - Day 2

  • Grades K-6: School Spirit Class Color Day (K-Yellow, 1st-Orange, 2nd-Red, 3rd-Blue, 4th-Pink, 5th-Purple, 6th-Teal/Turquoise. All w/ School-Appropriate Bottoms.)
  • 150 Building: Grades 2 & 3 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #908
  • 150 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #802
  • Grades 2-4: Instrument Rental Night 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ 500 1st Floor Foyer

Tuesday, June 6th - Day 3

  • Safeties Squad End-of-Year Lunch/Bowling Trip @ The Palace, Downingtown 11:45am - 2:00pm
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club A) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531

Wednesday, June 7th - Day 4

  • 4th Grade: BVA Field Trip (Tripp AM and O'Malley PM)
  • HS Student Council Smoothie Fundraiser During Lunches @ 535 Building
  • NEHS New Teacher Book Drive Ends
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club B) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531
  • Annual Talent Show 6:00pm @ 535 Gym

Thursday, June 8th - Day 5

  • 4th Grade: BVA Field Trip (Deegler AM and Wolfe PM)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Paradise Farm (Reed, Nemic, Dardes, and Shappell)
  • 468 Building K Field Trip: Camden Aquarium (Zane, Beinke, Garsils, Dunn, and James)
  • 500 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 9:00am - 10:00am @ 500 Conference Room
  • 7th Grade Awards Ceremony 1:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, June 9th - Day 6

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Paradise Farm (Rege, D’Annunzio, Grabowski, and Beaudoin)
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day: Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 9-12: End-of-the-Year BBQ & Block Party @ 535 Building
  • 468 Building K Field Trip: Camden Aquarium (Yanoviak, Kelsey, Stauffer, and Llewellyn)
  • Spanish Honor Society Pulsera Sales Ends (During 515 and 535 Lunches)
  • 4th Grade End of Year Picnic 11:00am - 3:00pm @ 500 Field
  • 8th Grade Awards & Moving Up Ceremony 1:20pm - 2:30pm @ 515 Cafeteria
  • Athletics Awards Ceremony 6:00pm @ 535 Gym

Saturday, June 10th

  • ACT Testing 7:45 pm @ 535 Building

Thank You, Mrs. Mraz!

Labeled as a ROAR Assembly on May 31st, the 150 Building actually held a SURPRISE retirement celebration for our 150 Building Principal, Mrs. Mraz.

The 150 Building came together to offer words of support and encouragement, organized games for entertainment, and even a flash mob dance incorporating all 150 Building employees and grade levels. The entire event even brought tears of joy and gratitude to Mrs. Mraz on several occasions.

Mrs. Mraz will retire at the end of this school year after serving Collegium since November 1999. Mrs. Mraz joined Collegium as our Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator and in 2002, Mrs. Mraz became the Principal of Collegium. Since then, she continued to serve in a variety of Principal roles across our campus.

Thank you for your immense service and dedication, Mrs. Mraz, you will be missed and we hope you enjoy a much-deserved retirement!

New 468 Playground Opens

Originally scheduled to open in August 2017, we are pleased to announce the new playground at our 468/486 Building is now OPEN...early!

We recognize and thank the Home & School Association and the CCS Foundation for funding the new playground in its entirety.

In the photos, Dr. Wight-Mahoney (Principal) and Mrs. Moore (Assistant Principal) celebrate the opening of the playground with Ms. Yanoviak's kindergarten class.

Final K-6 Spirit Day

Elementary Student Council invites students in grades K-6 to participate in our final 2016-2017 Spirit Day on Monday, June 5th. Students can participate in Class Color Day and each grade level will wear a different shirt color with school appropriate bottoms.

Class shirt colors are as follows:

  • K - Yellow
  • 1st - Orange
  • 2nd - Red
  • 3rd - Blue
  • 4th - Pink
  • 5th - Purple
  • 6th - Teal/Turquoise

Questions? Please email Ms. Perrino.

End of School Year Information

Obligations - To receive your child’s report card, all obligations must be met or paid-in-full.

4th Grade Orientation: Historically offered to current 3rd grade students moving from the 150 Building to the 500 Building, our 4th Grade Orientation will not be offered due to construction in the 486 Building and our 4th grade classes being assigned to either the 150 Building or the 486 Building. If families have questions about 4th grade, they should plan to attend Meet the Teacher Night (Thursday, August 17th from 4:00pm until 6:30pm).

MS/HS Orientations: Our MS/HS Orientations already occurred, but if families have related or additional questions, please email our MS Principal, Mr. Sterious or our HS Principal, Dr. O'Brien.

Report Cards - Elementary report cards will be provided to students on the final day of school. MS/HS report cards will be mailed to parents/guardians during the week of June 26th.

HS Graduation - Graduation is Thursday, June 15th at 6:00pm in the 535 William D. Winters Gymnasium. Tickets are required for admittance and all available tickets were distributed.

Summer Hours - Beginning Monday, June 17th, the 500 Building and 435 Building offices will be open from 8:00am until 4:00pm, Monday-Thursday. All other offices will be closed during the summer. Collegium will be closed Monday and Tuesday (July 3rd and July 4th), but will be open from 8:00am until 4:00pm on Wednesday through Friday (July 5th-7th).

Home Address - If you move during the summer, email Mrs. Novak so bussing can be adjusted.

Summer Information Packet - Packets be mailed to families in late July. Included in the packet will be important papers to be completed for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Also included will be your child’s teacher(s) and room assignment(s).

Food Service Account Balances - Food service account balances will carry over from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018. Families do not need to do anything for this to occur. If you would like a refund from your child's account, please email our Director of Food Service, Mr. Ely. When you email your request, include your child's first and last name, their grade level, and their Food Service PIN.

2017-2018 Building Configurations - The information below was previously announced, but is being offered again as a reminder for our families:

  • 150 Building: K-4th Grade (1/2 of our Students)
  • 468/486 Buildings: K-4th Grade (1/2 of our Students)
  • 500 Building: 5th and 6th Grade
  • 515 Building: 7th and 8th Grade
  • 535 Building: 9th-12th Grade

Pulsera Project

Until June 9th, the Spanish Honor Society is hosting the Pulsera Project. The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that helps support struggling communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the people who created the pulseras. All pulseras will be sold for $5.00 each.

Spanish Honor Society will be selling pulseras in the 515 and 535 Buildings on the following days during lunch periods:

  • 515 Building: June 5th - June 7th
  • 535 Building: June 8th - June 9th

If you have questions or if you are interested in purchasing but cannot make it to the lunch sales, please contact Mr. Rudolph via email.

Elementary Dismissal Line Reminders

1. Always have your building-specific vehicle placard(s) displayed when on campus. Often, additional faculty/staff report to assist with traffic volume and they are unable to identify families by driver or vehicle make/model. Forgot your placard(s)? Be prepared to present photo ID to CCS staff.

2. Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to the start of our dismissal times:

  • Regular Dismissal: 3:45pm
  • Early Dismissal: 12:15pm

3. Do not use cell phones or tablets while driving in line, especially when “at the curb” for loading and unloading. Phone and tablet use interferes with safe driving and limits your ability to promptly move your vehicle as the line progresses.

8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

Faculty/staff in our 515 Building cordially invites parent/guardians of our current 8th grade students to attend our 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, June 9th at 1:20pm in the 515 Cafeteria.

Please arrive early and park in the 515 Parking Lot. Parents/guardians are permitted to take their student(s) home after the ceremony, as long as they have signed them out first. Vehicles must clear the 515 parking lot by 2:40pm to make room for buses and dismissal traffic.

Questions? Please email Ms. Halpin.

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:

  • Mrs. Sherman's Class
  • Ahnest Robinson
  • Zachary Steinfeldt
  • Adrian Kearney
  • Gabrielle Patterson

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

Thank you to the entire CCS Community - students, families, teachers, staff, and administrators for your support of the HSA and all of our efforts throughout the year! Thank you for being open to new ideas, events, and fundraisers and for making this another successful year!

Annual HSA Read-A-Thon

Our 2nd Annual Summer Read-a-thon is here! We love that the Summer Read-A-Thon continues the academics we are so proud of here at Collegium. The best part of the Read-A-Thon is that 100% of the money collected will be used to benefit great CCS programs for our children.

Simply collect sponsors to support your summer reading, log the minutes you read over the summer, and then return the Read-A-Thon materials (including sponsors' donations) at the beginning on the 2017-2018 school year!

All of the details are found in the Read-A-Thon Info Packet, below.

2017 Cougar Family Cookbook

Did you miss out on ordering our 2017 Cougar Family Cookbook? They arrived and we have a limited number of extra copies available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $20.00 each.

Please email us directly to place an order.

School Stores

The schedule for volunteers is posted through the end of the school year! The students are still excited to be able to shop on Wednesday mornings and at lunch time, but this is only possible if we have volunteers to work the stores. Sign up today!

Uniform Resale Shop

Our Uniform Resale Shop is in need of girls uniform pieces:

  • Skirts
  • Skorts
  • Jumpers
  • White Peter Pan Shirts

If you have any outgrown uniforms, please consider donating to the Uniform Resale Shop. All dontations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go directly to the CCS Uniform Scholaship Fund.

The Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 Building and is open 9:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm on school days. View our pricing list via the link below.

Do You Shoparoo?

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to earn money for CCS is just by snapping pictures of your receipts?

Shoparoo is a FREE mobile app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into cash for Collegium! Simply download the app to your mobile device and snap a pictures of your receipts from your everyday shopping (grocery stores, gas stations, Target, Wal-mart, etc.). Last year we earned over $1200. Can we top that this year?

For more information, access the link below.


So many of us shop on Amazon regularly. If you use AmazonSmile and select Collegium Charter School as your charity, a percentage of your everyday purchases is donated back to CCS during checkout.

New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring their 9th Annual NEHS New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help new CCS teachers (and teachers changing grade levels) build classroom libraries.

Collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building through Wednesday, June 7th. Please help classroom libraries blossom and broaden students’ reading selection by donating new and/or gently used books. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

PowerSchool Mobile App

Experience real-time updates of student performance on any device, wherever you are.

Designed to better engage parents and students to increase student achievement, the free PowerSchool Mobile App creates awareness of student performance and opportunities for improvement. Students can hold themselves accountable and parents can stay apprised of grades, scores, performance, and attendance with real-time notifications.

Users can access PowerSchool mobile from any iOS or Android device, including Apple Watch. Parents and students enjoy the same clean design and interface for consistency across all devices. Learn more about the PowerSchool Mobile App by viewing the video below.

Ready to get started? Access additional PowerSchool Mobile parent information via the link below.

Questions? Send an email using the link below and a member of the Collegium IT Department will reply as quickly as possible.

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 (10) days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for these days of absence to be excused.

2017-2018 Child Care and Bussing

If your child needs alternative bussing (within your home school district) for child care arrangements during the 2017-2018 school year, please review the following information.

If your home school district is Coatesville, Downingtown, or West Chester and you wish to use an alternative bus to a daycare, babysitter or bus stop besides your home bus stop, complete the DASD, CASD, or WCASD forms below and return via email it to Mrs. Novak by June 16th.

Alternative bus assignments do not carry over from a previous year. A new form must be completed each school year.

If your plans change after June 16th, please forward your bus request as soon as possible. Requests received by Collegium after July 31st may not be processed by the home school district in time for the start of school.

If your home school district is not mentioned and you have questions regarding bus assignments, please email Mrs. Novak.

Specialty Drama Camp

Collegium is proudly offering a new Specialty Drama Camp opportunity during the week of June 19th.

For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Drama Camp Registration Form, below.

Questions? Please email our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. McCain.

Community Opportunity

Our Community Opportunity section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies.

Downingtown Young Whippets Football and Cheer

The Downingtown Young Whippets Football and Cheer organization is now open for online registration. Programs include Tackle Football, Cheerleading, Instructional Flag Football, and Flag Cheer programs. Visit their website to learn more.

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

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