Collegium Newsletter January 15, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Jan. 15th

  • School Closed - M.L. King, Jr. Day
  • M.L. King, Jr. Day Basketball Clinic sponsored by CCS HS Basketball Teams 10:00am - 12:00pm @ 535 Gym (See Article)

Tuesday, Jan. 16th - Day 5

  • K-6: Elementary Student Council Food Drive Begins @ All K-6 Buildings

Wednesday, Jan. 17th - Day 6

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Mid-Term Exams - AM)
  • 500 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:30pm - 3:30pm @ 500 Conference Room
  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts MS 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts 3:45pm @ Owen J. Roberts Middle School
  • 1st-12th Grade Science Fair 4:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J Roberts MS 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J. Roberts MS 4:45pm @ Owen J. Roberts Middle School

Thursday, Jan. 18th - Day 1

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Mid-Term Exams - AM)
  • 150 Building Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Jan. 19th - Day 2

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Mid-Term Exams - AM)
  • Grades 7-12: End of 2nd Marking Period/1st Semester
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Winter Keystone Exams End
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Boyertown West Jr. High 3:30pm @ Boyertown West Jr. High
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Boyertown West Jr. High 3:30pm @ Boyertown West Jr. High
  • 515 Building Rec Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Gym and Cafeteria (See Article)
  • 535 Building: HS Halfway There Dance sponsored by Student Council and the Black Student Union 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Gym

Saturday, Jan. 20th

  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Lower Moreland HS 1:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Garnet Valley 3:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Garnet Valley 4:30pm @ 535 Gym

Camp Collegium 2018: Upcoming Online Registration!

Camp Collegium will return this July for another exciting summer filled with fun activities and day trips! Registration details will be posted on the Summer Camps webpage at 9:00am on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Proud campers from the 2017 Camp Collegium Program.

Camp spaces fill quickly, so we encourage families to register on Monday, February 5th at 9:00am, or as soon as possible thereafter. Last year, we had over 100 families register on the first day of registration. Don't delay!

Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Basketball Clinic

Collegium students in Grades 1st-6th are invited to attend our Basketball Clinic on Monday, January 15, 2018, (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), in Collegium’s 535 Gym.

The cost is $10.00/child. Students in Grades 1-3 will participate from 10:00am until 11:00am, while students in Grades 4-6 will participate from 11:00am until 12:00pm.

Payment and permission slips will be accepted at the door. For additional information, check out the flyer or please email our Girls Head Basketball Coach, Mr. Revnell.

Students Create Solar Ovens

Students in Mrs. Tobin's English/Language Arts class recently completed a unit about the Sun. Their study included reading fiction and nonfiction texts, exploring the Sun through virtual reality using Google Expeditions, and learning about the benefits of solar energy.

With their new knowledge and vocabulary, students worked together to create solar ovens using pizza boxes, aluminum foil, black paper, and plastic wrap. Although the solar ovens weren’t strong enough to actually cook anything, they were able to melt cheese on nachos. This unit was definitely illuminating for Mrs. Tobin’s students!

LEGO Club Donations

We are pleased to announce that the 468/486 Building is starting a LEGO Club for Grades K-4.

To help make the LEGO Club a success, we need your donations of LEGOs, especially assorted LEGOs. If you have spare, gently used LEGOs at home, please send them in to the 468 Building, Attention Mrs. Thomas.

Email Mrs. Thomas with questions about the 468/486 Building LEGO Club. Thank you!

Mobile Dentist On Campus

The Mobile Dentist will visit Collegium on Monday, February 5, 2018. Sign-up forms for Grades K, 3, and 7 were sent home with students on January 3rd. Participation in this program is voluntary.

If you want your child to be seen by the Mobile Dentist, please return the sign-up form to Collegium no later than Friday, January 19, 2018. If you need a form, contact the School Nurse in your child's building, or sign-up online on the My School Dentist website.

Help Wanted: Middle School Girls' Lacrosse Coach

Do you know the fundamentals of Girls’ Lacrosse? Do you enjoy working with student-athletes to help them fulfill their potential and expand their horizons? Collegium's Middle School Girls' Lacrosse Coach position might be a great opportunity for you!

The Middle School Girls’ Lacrosse Coach is responsible for developing the Middle School Girls' Lacrosse Program. This includes planning and implementing student-athlete training under the Athletic Director's direction, and teaching student-athletes skills and strategies that correspond with their skill levels.

The candidates should possess:

  • Experience teaching or coaching lacrosse; previous competitive lacrosse experience is preferred.
  • Experience teaching lacrosse skills and strategies; previous experience is preferred.
  • Proven ability to exemplify the highest standards of leadership, sportsmanship, and respect.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety measures to ensure the well-being of student-athletes.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, along with the ability to effectively manage relationships with administrators, student-athletes, and parents.
  • Availability to attend all team practices and games.
  • Ability to meet criteria for employment in a PA Public School; PA Child Abuse History Certification, PA State Criminal Record Check, and FBI Fingerprints are required and must be less than one year old.

If you have questions or are interested in applying for this position, please email Mr. Allen, Collegium’s Director of Athletics and Extracurricular Programs.

515 Building Rec Night

The 515 Building Rec Night is scheduled on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 6:00pm–8:00pm in Collegium Charter School’s 515 Building. There will be dodgeball and basketball in the gym, and a movie room and craft room for student entertainment. Snacks and drinks will be provided for the students.

In order for your child to participate in the Rec Night, it is mandatory that you sign a Permission Form and return it, along with a $5.00 per student fee, by the night of the Rec Night, January 19, 2018. Students will not be permitted at the Rec Night if the completed Permission Form and payment are not received.

Questions? Please email Mr. Ford.

468/486 Jump Rope For Heart

Students in the 468/486 Buildings will participate in Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) events on Thursday and Friday, February 8th and 9th. These annual events help to increase awareness of heart-health education and community service. Through our participation, CCS also earns gift certificates from the American Heart Association for new Physical Education equipment.

Donation envelopes and a parent letter explaining the JRFH were sent home with students. If your child did not receive these items, please contact his/her homeroom teacher. Donations are encouraged, but are not mandatory. All students will participate in the JRFH regardless of donation status.

This year, students who raise the most donations may have an opportunity to “pie” their favorite teacher at the event!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: John Allen

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them even better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you will be better able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

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 Ted Sterious, 515 Building Principal.

Flipped Learning

What is Flipped Learning in the classroom? This is an interesting question. The simple answer is: Students watch a video at home related to classroom content, making more time available in the classroom for interactive learning and activities about the content.

A lot of thought and planning is required before a teacher decides to use the Flipped Learning approach. Research shows, though, that Flipped Learning has important benefits, like keeping students engaged and allowing students to work at their own speeds. Parent support is crucial for this concept to succeed, as work needs to be completed by students at home.

Collegium uses many different vehicles to communicate information to students and parents, like ClassDojo, Schoology, and Google Classroom. In Flipped Learning, you may see that your student is asked to watch a video or some other content at home, and not just to complete a paper-and-pencil assignment.

To flip a classroom, it’s not enough for a teacher to have students watch videos at home. The active learning piece must take place the next day in the classroom. Interaction with peers and the teacher is critical to achieving the rewards Flipped Learning can produce. The teacher needs to facilitate the students’ interaction with content from home, instead of just presenting it. Our mindset is to create a true student-centered classroom where in-depth learning occurs for each student through engagement, exploration activities, and collaboration.

Mr. Ford, a Collegium Middle School Social Studies teacher, has used Flipped Learning in his classroom, and is very knowledgeable on the topic. He is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out to him!

In addition, here are some links to learn more about this truly unique and worthwhile idea!

Career Day at the 150 Building

On Friday, March 9th, the 150 Building will host its annual Career Day for Grades K-4. We are looking for volunteers to come and speak with our students about their careers.

Mr. Ramsey and a few of our 150 Building students.

"Career Day is an opportunity for students to dream and imagine what their future lives could look like,” according to Mr. Ramsey, our 150 Building K & 1st Grade School Counselor. “At this stage in their career development, it is important for all students to be exposed to and aware of the different career opportunities available to them. The 150 Building is excited and looking forward to another great Career Day this year. With help from parents, teachers, and members of the community, students will be even more prepared for what lies ahead!"

Ready to participate? Please complete and submit the 150 Career Day Sign Up Form below. Questions? Feel free to email Mr. Ramsey for assistance.

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

Our thanks to all the teachers, staff, and administrators for their flexibility and determination to keep our students safe throughout all of the recent (crazy) winter weather!

1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the HSA will hold its first Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale. Please save the date, and add our exciting event to your family calendars.

This is a big event that requires a lot of help and support from our CCS family! We are holding our first planning meeting at 2:00pm on Sunday, January, 21, 2018, in the 435 Building Conference Room. The goal of the meeting is to solidify plans for the event.

If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, volunteering at the event, or having a vendor space, please complete the interest form below. The HSA will contact you with related details. Thank you!

Ongoing 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.

Elementary School Store Volunteers

The HSA School Stores in Buildings 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.)

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

The HSA’s Facebook Page is an important way the HSA communicates with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post its photos and content. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Upcoming HSA General Meetings

Our next HSA General Meeting is at 4:30pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, in the 535 Building Cafeteria. Participating families should enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

HSA Meetings are where families and staff learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, how they can get involved in the HSA, and what ideas they have for future fundraisers and events. CCS families and staff: We look forward to seeing you!

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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