Collegium Newsletter October 17, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Oct. 17th - Day 6

  • Grades K-12: CCS Athletics Department Sock-It-To-Us Collection Begins
  • Academic Team Meet @ Malvern Prep 9:30 am
  • MS Soccer vs. Coventry Christian 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Valley Forge Military Academy 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • ESL Parent Night Grades 7-12 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ Room #724

Tuesday, Oct. 18th - Day 1

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip: Dutch Apple Theater - James and the Giant Peach (Danenhower, Tull, Farry, and Mr. Gaurente)
  • Varsity Cross Country vs. Perkiomen (LM) 4:00 pm @ Perkiomen School
  • Parent University 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ 500 Building (See Article)

Wednesday, Oct. 19th - Day 2

  • PSAT - All 10th Grade Students and Other HS Students Who Registered
  • MS Volleyball vs. Woodlynde 3:45 pm @ Woodlynde School
  • MS Cross Country vs. Wyndcroft 4:00 pm @ The Wyndcroft School
  • Volleyball vs. Christopher Dock 5:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • ESL Parent Night Grades K-6 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm @ 150 Cafeteria/Gym (Room #804)
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30 pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, Oct. 20th - Day 3

  • Grades 9-12: UNICEF Club Around the World Bake Sale @ 535 Building
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • 12 Angry Men Performance 7:00 pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00 pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Oct. 21 - Day 4

  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip: Dutch Apple Theater - James and the Giant Peach (Endrey/Saba, Hannan, Smith, and Capolarello)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip: Landis Valley Farms (Grabowski, Beaudoin, Rege, Dardes, and Shappell)
  • Grades 9-12: UNICEF Club Around the World Bake Sale @ 535 Building
  • 12 Angry Men Performance 7:00 pm @ 515 Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 22nd

  • ACT Testing 7:45 am @ 535 Building
  • 12 Angry Men Performance 7:00 pm @ 515 Auditorium

Parent/Teacher Conferences (MS/HS)

Parent/Teacher Conferences for MS/HS students are rapidly approaching. To sign up for a day and time, please use the links provided below. If you have questions or need further assistance please email Ms. Pouncy (MS) or Mrs. Balsam (HS).

Elementary Art Clubs

Collegium’s Art Department is excited to offer student Elementary Art Clubs! Each elementary building will offer an art club level and multiple sessions will run throughout the school year.

  • 150 Building Little Artists Club (Grades K/1): Tuesdays (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6).
  • 486 Building Little Artists Club (Grades K/1) : Wednesdays (11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, and 12/14). Note: this club skips one Wednesday due to Thanksgiving Break.
  • 150 Building Junior Artists (Grades 2/3): Tuesdays (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6).
  • 500 Building Advancing Artists (Grades 4-6): Tuesdays (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6).

Students in the first session will be contacted for payment and students who are not in the first session will join a waitlist for future sessions. The fee is $25.00 per 6-week session. Permission forms are due by October 19th to "Mrs. Teodecki, 150 Building."

School Pictures

School pictures were distributed last week. If you ordered photos of your child and did not receive them, please first check with our child to see if the photos are in a backpack, a cubby, or locker. If the photos are still missing or there are problems with your picture packet, please do not call Collegium. Call the photography company, Tipping School Pictures, at 610-359-8846.

Class photos are composite photos and are not distributed until January/February after all make-up pictures have been taken and distributed. Picture retake day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on retake day and students who are unhappy with their original photos may have their photos retaken. For retakes, save the current set of photos and plan to return the packet to the photographer on the retake day. Order forms for retake day are available online or from the Main Office of your child's building.

CCST Presents: 12 Angry Jurors

On October 20th, 21st, and 22nd, Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) will perform 12 Angry Jurors, based on the critically acclaimed teleplay 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose.

Performances are at 7:00 PM in the 515 Auditorium. Come join us for this exciting and powerful production about the importance of standing up for what you believe is right. Content is appropriate for students in grades 6-12. Get your tickets now using the link below.

Curious to know which "juror" you are? Take this online quiz to find out!

CCST Pre-Audition Workshops

CCST is pleased to announce that they are holding an exciting day of workshops on Saturday, October 29th to prepare actors for the upcoming auditions for The Music Man. Wear comfortable clothes, bring your dancing shoes, lots of water, a lunch, and come ready to have a ton of fun. Workshops will start promptly at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm.

Participants will rotate through a series of dance, acting, and vocal workshops presented by seasoned performers and directors. Participation in the workshops is not a requirement for auditions, but CCST hopes all student performers will take advantage of this learning opportunity.

Please RSVP through the link below. For additional information, please email Ms. Whisler.

ESL Parent Nights

All K-6 ESL students and their families are invited to attend the ESL Parent Night on Wednesday, October 19th from 6:30-8:00pm in the 150 Building Cafeteria (Room #804). Throughout the night, we will discuss the Collegium ESL 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! Contact your child's ESL teacher for more details and to RSVP to this event!

ESL Parent Information Night for students in grades 7-12 and their families will be held Monday, October 17th from 5:00-7:00pm in the 535 Building (Room #724). During our information sessions, we will answer questions you may have regarding CCS and our ESL program. We will also share tips and strategies for working with your children at home and provide details related to community resources (library memberships, health information, etc). To RSVP or if you need additional information, please email your child's ESL teacher.


From October 17th through October 28th, our Athletics Department is hosting its 6th year of the Sock-It-To-Us campaign. We are asking that the CCS community donate new socks.

Collections boxes will be located in the Main Office of each building. All socks collected will be distributed to social agencies for people in Chester County, just in time for the winter season.

Support our community and help those in need!

PSAT Reminder

The PSATs will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 19th. All students in 10th grade will be testing. Pre-registered 9th and 11th grade students will also be testing.

Please try your best to get a good night’s sleep and be on time for school. Please also remember to bring #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are not permitted) and a calculator. Test prep materials have been distributed to students and are also be on the College Board website. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wolfe or Ms. Genzano.

Apple Crunch Day

On Monday, October 24th, students in grades K-3 will participate in Apple Crunch Day. Apple Crunch Day is organized by Penn State's Wellness Center to encourage youth and their families to eat healthy snacks.

We encourage all K-3 students to bring apples for their snacks or lunches on this day. Our Food Service Department will also serve apples with lunch. The students look forward to completing apple activities and eating healthy!

Help Wanted at CCS

Looking for work? Know someone looking for work? Part-Time and Substitute Food Service Assistants are needed. Approximately 20-25 hours/week on school days. Training provided. Experience in food service helpful, but not required.

Please apply following the instructions on the Employment page of the CCS website.

Character Counts

Grades K-6th Grade 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:

  • Connor Stevens
  • Bryce Beam
  • Ryan Carter
  • Julie Thankachan
  • Austin Hoffman
  • Michael Lent
  • Luke Bonnes
  • Antonio Steele

CCS 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!

Parent University

The first Parent University night, sponsored by the HSA, will be held October 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in our 500 Building. Parent University is for parents/guardians of students in grades K-5. This is an informative evening for adults - students are not permitted to attend.

CCS Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, and Classroom Teachers will offer information sessions highlighting new CCS curriculum programs and resources. After the final session at 8:00pm, the HSA encourages parents/guardians to stick around, enjoy light refreshments, and get to know other members of the Collegium Community.

Ready to attend? Please RSVP using the link below, then take time to watch the promotional videos created to explain more about our Parent University evening.

Parent University: Sponsored by the HSA

Parent University: The Many Benefits of Attending

Reader’s Workshop: From Conversations to Comprehension (Grades K-2 and 3-5)

Eureka Math: Number Bonds (Grades K-2)

Eureka Math: Using Tape Diagrams (Grades 3-5)

What is Waggle?

Family Bowling Fun

Saturday, October 29th, gather your friends and loved ones, pick a session, and join us for an afternoon of bowling fun for the whole family!

  • Session 1: 3:20-5:20pm
  • Session 2: 5:40-7:40pm (Featuring a DJ)

Tickets are $12 per person for 1 session (a $22 value) and includes 2-hour unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Food and beverages can be purchased for an additional cost. We hope to see you all there!

Family Bingo Night

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5th from 3:00-5:00pm. This event an annual HSA tradition not to be missed! Take part in an afternoon of bingo, prizes, raffles and fun with friends and family. There will even be a special appearance by the official Collegium mascot, Carl the Cougar. Family Bingo is for CCS students in grades K-6 and their parents/guardians. All children must be accompanied by a playing adult.

Doors will open at 2:00pm. Snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $12.00/person if purchased before October 22nd, $16.00/person when purchased after October 22nd, and will be $20.00 at the door (if available).

Tickets for Family Bowling and Family Bingo are purchased from the same link. To purchase Family Bingo tickets, please access the link and scroll past Family Bowling details.

HSA Facebook Page

The HSA is officially on Facebook! Everything you need to know about the HSA is in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, and even volunteer opportunities.

Save the Date

Our next full HSA meeting will be October 19th 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.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Store: Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime. Due to the overwhelming success of the school stores, we added additional slots for volunteers. Sign up today!

Uniform Resale Shop: Please sign up below If you are interested in helping sort, organize, and shelve uniform donations.

Community Opportunities

While CCS does not endorse programs occurring outside CCS or included in this Newsletter section, we pass along information on community opportunities CCS families may want to explore.

Chesco Pops FREE Concerts for Kids

The Chester Country Pops Orchestra will present their popular Halloween Concert series with three performances:

  • Sunday, October 23rd: Downingtown West High School
  • Saturday, October 29th: Rustin High School
  • Sunday, October 30th: Phoenixville Middle School

The concerts feature a wide selection of familiar (and spooky!) music, magic tricks performed by Maestro Joseph Gehring, and a costume parade with treats for all children in attendance. View the video below to see a sample performance.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and FREE for children and students! Tickets can be purchased at the door or by accessing the link below.

International Archaeology Day Celebration

To all aspiring archaeologists, Viva l'Italia! Italian archaeology and ancient Italian culture take the spotlight at So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist?—the Penn Museum's family-friendly celebration of International Archaeology Day, part of the Ciao Philadelphia 2016 month-long celebration of Italian culture.

Join us Saturday, October 15th from 11:00 am through 4:00 pm to interact with Museum educators at Cartifacts stations featuring touchable reproductions, hear from Penn Museum experts during “Ask an Archaeologist” sessions, and follow along on behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum's state-of-the-art archaeology labs. Craft workshops, games, and tours of the Rome and Etruscan Italy Galleries round out the day. The event is FREE with regular Museum admission.

K-1 Club Intramural Program

The K-1 Club Intramural Program is scheduled to begin in November. During the program, we will teach basic skills and play games to practice what is taught. We will emphasize team building and good sportsmanship traits - all while encouraging students to make new friends! To register, please complete and return a building-specific Registration Form below.

Registration and payment are due by the morning of Wednesday, October 26th. Participant rosters will be posted on the Athletics page on November 2, 2016. Individual notifications regarding participation will not be provided. If necessary, participants will be selected via lottery.

515 Building PRIDE Team Fundraiser

Come out to Boscov's at the Exton Mall on Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00-10:00pm to support the 515 Building PRIDE Team!

The 515 Building PRIDE Team promotes school-wide positive behavior, and is raising money to purchase incentive rewards for students showing consistently positive behavior. We will sell Boscov's coupons for $5.00 each, and those coupons can be used October 18th for up to 25% off any purchase of $25.00 or more.

Questions? Please email 515 Building Assistant Principal, Mr. Harkins.

Fall Book Fair Volunteers

Parent/guardian volunteers are needed during the upcoming Fall Book Fair, running October 31st through November 11th in our 500 Library.

Volunteers help students select books, create wish lists, and make purchases as needed. The Fall Book Fair is a fun way to earn your volunteer hours! Feel free to sign up for an hour, a morning, or an entire day! Remember, in order to volunteer, your clearances must be on file.

To offer your time, please sign up using the link provided . Please select a day and under "Preferred Time," indicate the times you can help! If you have questions, please email Ms. Hollinshead.

Access Fall Book Fair Volunteer Sign-Up

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 9:00-11:00am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations sharing their careers and answering questions.

Our main objective is to provide each of our students with a glimpse into a number of careers. Questions or interested in participating? Email Mrs. Hirst! Please respond no later than Friday, November 11th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

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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