Collegium Newsletter September 16, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Sept. 16th - Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle B
  • Boys and Girls V Golf vs. Delaware County Christian 3:00pm @ Applebrook Golf Club
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Phoenixville 3:45pm @ Phoenixville Middle School
  • 500 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 126 4:15pm-5:15pm

Tue., Sept. 17th - Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle B
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Boys V Soccer vs. Lower Moreland 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Boys MS Soccer vs Chester Charter School for the Arts 3:45pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Faith Christian | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 207 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • NEHS Student Meeting (Current Members Only) | Art Room 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Faith Christian | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Wed., Sept. 18th - Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle B
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Day, "Be RESPECTFUL" | Wear Class Color or ROAR Shirt W/ Uniform Bottoms
  • Boys and Girls V Golf vs. Christopher Dock Mennonite 3:00pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
  • Boys MS Soccer vs. AIM Academy 3:45pm @ AIM Academy
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys V Cross Country vs. Church Farm 4:00pm @ Church Farm School

Thu., Sept. 19th - Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle B
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News Meeting | Mac Lab 3:15pm - 4:15pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Boys V Soccer vs. Delaware County Christian 3:30pm @ Delaware County Christian School
  • Boys MS Cross Country vs. Phoenixville 3:45pm @ Technical College High School-Pickering Campus
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. New Hope-Solebury 3:45pm @ New Hope-Solebury HS Gym
  • Girls MS Cross Country vs. Phoenixville 3:45pm @ Technical College High School-Pickering Campus
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. New Hope-Solebury 4:45pm @ New Hope-Solebury HS Gym
  • Grades K-12: "Little Known Secrets of Paying for College" Workshop (Free/R.S.V.P. Required-See Event Description) | Cafeteria 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Fri., Sept. 20th - Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle B
  • Grades K-6: HSA KidStuff Coupon Book Fundraiser Ends (Began Monday, September 9th)
  • Grades K-12: 20th Anniversary September Celebration | Dress Like the 90s (Fashion trends in the 90s included denim-on-denim, vests, flannel shirts, and bandanas. See what your research shows! Note: Dress-down clothing must be school appropriate.)
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School 3:45pm @ Chester Charter School for the Arts
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Lionville MS | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School 4:45pm @ Chester Charter School for the Arts
  • 486 Building: 4th Grade Rec Night | 486 Building Gym and Classrooms 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sat., Sept. 21st

  • High School Detention | Designated Classroom 8:00am - 11:00am @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Girls V Cross Country vs. PIAA Foundation Invitational 9:00am @ Parkview Cross Country Course
  • Boys V Cross Country vs. PIAA Foundation Invitational 12:00pm @ Parkview Cross Country Course

Elementary Back-To-School Nights

From Mr. Murphy, 500 Building Principal

"Back-to-School Night in the 500 Building is always an enjoyable evening. This year's event was no different. Our parents and guardians showed up in great numbers to support their children in their academics."
"With a line that wrapped around the building, it was clear that our students' parents and guardians were excited to get into our building and learn about 5th and 6th Grade. The positive energy and enthusiasm could be felt throughout the building.”
"Our teachers and staff enjoyed sharing their goals and expectations for the year and the parent/guardian support was incredible. With Back-to-School Night now in our rearview mirror, I am truly excited about the direction we are headed as a school community to help ensure ALL COUGARS SUCCEED!" - Mr. Murphy

From Mr. Glennon, 468/486 Building Principal

“We had a great turnout for our Back-to-School Night! Teachers shared information about our curriculum and all of the fun and exciting learning that will take place this school year. They also discussed our new ROAR expectations and how we can all use ClassDojo as a simple and effective communication tool.”
“It was wonderful to see so many families visiting with our special area teachers and learning about so many of the awesome opportunities our students have in the 468 and 486 Buildings."
"Thank you to our entire school community for making Back-to-School Night such a huge success!" - Mr. Glennon

From Mrs. Camburn, 150 Building Assistant Principal

“The smiles seen across our 150 Building during Back-to-School Night were contagious! The evening was a huge success. We are so thankful for all of the parents/guardians who took time out of their busy schedules to show their commitment to their children’s education!”
“In the 150 Building, CCS staff enjoyed watching our Kindergarten students take the lead to show their parents/guardians around the building and share what they’re learning in their classrooms each day! Parents/guardians had great fun taking pictures holding our ‘Start With Hello’ signs. We’ll be using the pictures in a fun new activity soon.”
“Our teachers worked tirelessly to prepare for Back-to-School Night. Their dedication was especially evident to me as I watched the interactions between them and our parents/guardians.” - Mrs. Camburn

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.

KidStuff & SaveAround® Coupon Book Fundraiser

The HSA’s KidStuff & SaveAround® Coupon Book Fundraiser began last week and ends on Friday, September 20th.

All K-12 CCS families are invited to purchase these popular books, which are better than ever. In addition to even more local and national coupons, families can save on-the-go by downloading the KidStuff™ & SaveAround® Mobile App to access online coupons. A Savings Pass Code for the App is provided in each Coupon Book.

The Coupon Books are $25.00 each. CCS receives a whopping 50% of that cost ($12.50) for every Coupon Book purchased! There’s also a great program incentive: Students who sell three (3) KidStuff Coupon Books will receive a free T-shirt that they can wear on Cougar Pride Days.

To see sample coupons from the Chester and Delaware County KidStuff Coupon Books, use the button below.

To purchase your Coupon Books, email our HSA Officers using the button below.

Note that KidStuff Coupon & SaveAround Book samples were sent home last week with all CCS Kindergarten students. Simply return the Coupon Book if you're not interested in making a purchase. Please email HSA Officers if your Kindergartener did not bring home a Coupon Book!

Proceeds from our HSA’s activities and fundraisers raise substantial funds that help pay for students’ educational needs and school operations. Thank you for your support!

Shout-Out: 468/486 Building Animal Rescue Team

Each week Mr. Thomas Glennon, Principal of our 468/486 Building, distributes a weekly “Game Plan” to his Faculty and Staff. The Game Plan is fun and informative, and includes Mr. Glennon’s vision for the coming week, meeting and event reminders, inspirational messages, and special “Shout-Outs” to employees.

One of the recent Shout-Outs involved an after-school animal rescue outside of the 468/486 Building. Here’s that Shout-Out in Mr. Glennon’s own words:

“The CCS Animal Rescue Team, Led by President & Founder, Denise Webb, and Chief Animal Trapper, Ivana Potts, successfully rescued its first injured animal on Friday afternoon! After initially dodging cars and escaping certain death during dismissal, the young Fish Crow with a broken wing was later successfully tracked down and captured by our fearless team."
"Also contributing to the successful rescue were team members: Megaen Allen, Alexis Mandell, and Chris Hojnacki. I was honored to drive our little feathered friend to the Tri-State Bird Rescue where he is hopefully receiving the care he needs.” - Mr. Glennon

Good citizenship continues for CCS employees even after the school day ends! Congratulations to the 468/486 Building contingent of CCS’s Animal Rescue Team.

Performing Arts Center Construction To Impact Campus Traffic

In May 2017, CCS announced plans to construct a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (PAC) alongside our 515 High School Building. Our Operations Department is very happy to share that the PAC’s construction plans are now moving forward. The construction will impact some of CCS’s traffic patterns, as described below.

A map showing upcoming adjustments to campus traffic patterns.

Construction Steps Beginning Friday, September 20th

  • The area behind our 515 High School (HS) Building will be shut down and will not be accessible until further notice.
  • A fence will be installed that will completely block the back of our 515 (HS) Building (see map).

Impact on CCS Traffic Patterns

  • Beginning Friday, September 20th, the entryway/driveway for the 515 (HS) Building will become a single lane (see map).
  • The building/lane split will move to the west side of the 515 (HS) Building (see map).
  • Each school day, the entryway/driveway will be completely closed/blocked off between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
  • HS Parent/Guardian Pickup can begin no earlier than 2:30 PM. Vehicles cannot arrive before 2:30 PM as there is no room on campus for them to wait for Parent/Guardian Pickup to begin.
  • Elementary Parent/Guardian Pickup can begin no earlier than 3:15 PM. Vehicles cannot arrive before 3:15 PM because there is no place on our campus for vehicles to wait.

We thank you in advance for your patience. As a reminder, please do not use our corporate center neighbors’ parking lots.

Questions? Use the button provided to email our Operations Department.

K-12 School Picture Days Scheduled

Collegium's K-11th Grade School Picture and Photo Retake Days will be:

  • Grades K-6: Mon., Sept. 23rd (School Picture Day)
  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Sept. 30th (School Picture Day)
  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Nov. 11th (Photo Retake Day)
  • Grades K-6: Mon., Nov. 18th (Photo Retake Day)

Students will bring home paper order forms from Barksdale School Portraits (Barksdale). Each order form contains picture pricing and package information, Barksdale Customer Service contact details, and a unique access code for online ordering and payment.

Examples of the paper order forms from Barksdale School Portraits for Grades K-6 (left) and Grades 7-11 (right).

Parents/guardians can prepay online using the button below and their unique Barksdale access code (located on the order form). Orders can also be submitted using the envelope portion of the order form.

Please return either your payment envelope or your online receipt from Barksdale on your child's scheduled Picture Day.

All questions about picture orders can be answered directly by Barksdale Customer Service Representatives. Don't hesitate to call them at 1-800-220-7667.

Todas las preguntas relacionadas con el Día de Fotografías, deben ser dirigidas al Departamento de Atención al Cliente de Barksdale School Portraits: 1-800-220-7667.

SchoolMessenger Text Notifications Update

On Monday, September 23rd, CCS will make some changes to our SchoolMessenger system that will allow families to continue to receive text message notifications from our school.*

After the changes are made, you may receive a text message from CCS’s “short code,” 67587, inviting you to opt-in or opt-out of text message notifications from CCS. The text message will read something like this:

“Collegium Charter School. Reply Y to subscribe or STOP to cancel. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. Visit schoolmessenger.com/txt for info.”

This text message may also generate whenever you change your cell phone number with CCS.

Please be sure to respond with a “Y” or “Yes” if you want to continue to receive our SchoolMessenger text notifications. You can decide to opt-out of the text messages at any time by texting “STOP” to 67587. If you don’t respond to the opt-in/opt-out text message, the messages will automatically stop.

To review your SchoolMessenger preferences, access your PowerSchool Parent Account and select the SchoolMessenger link in the navigation menu. Questions? Our SchoolMessenger staff will be happy to assist you. Email them using the button provided.

*You may want to check with your wireless carrier to see if you will be charged for the text messages. CCS does not reimburse charges associated with text messages sent by SchoolMessenger.

News From Our Athletics Department

Elementary Fall Intramural Programs

Collegium’s Elementary Intramural Programs offer a variety of opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade to participate in activities designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Our programs focus on athletic fundamentals and social interactions with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Programs this fall include running, soccer, basketball, and Cougar Olympic Games.

Our Elementary Intramural Programs are scheduled after school from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Each program will be four sessions long.

To register your child for a program, complete and submit the required registration form and fee by the designated due date. Links to the Registration Forms are shared below and will also be posted on the CCS Intramurals page a few weeks in advance of each program.

Running Intramurals are up first, beginning on Monday, September 30th. This program is for students with a passion for running as well as first-time runners. Students enrolled in the running intramural program will learn appropriate techniques for running. Coaches will motivate students to set goals, accomplish them, and set new ones. In addition, there will be meaningful lessons centered on team building, developing relationships, and making new friends.

Please feel free to email our Intramurals Program Coordinator, Mr. Revnell, with questions.

CCS Athletics Gear Available Now

Show your school pride by wearing gear specially designed for your fall CCS athletics team! To view and purchase team gear, check out our CCS Athletics Online Store now using the link provided below.

The CCS Athletics Online Store will close on Sunday, September 29th, so don’t delay!

HS Artists Need Your Used Baby Food Jars

CCS’s High School (HS) Art Department wants to repurpose your used baby food jars and lids!

Our more advanced HS Art students will be exploring oil painting again this year, and they’ll need about 20 jars to mix painting medium and walnut oil with their oil paints.

Please send your cleaned jars and lids to our 515 (HS) Building, attention Mrs. Beth Steines. Thank you!

From Our Food Service Department

Application Expiration

The meal applications for the school year 2018-19 expire on October 1, 2019. If you are in the Free or Reduced-Price Meal program, you must reapply by this deadline or your benefits will expire.

Letters and emails have gone out to all of the families who need to reapply. You can apply online using the link below or fill out a paper application and send it in with your child. If you have already reapplied, thank you!

If you have questions, please email our Food Service Assistant, Mrs. Francine McGrath.

Collegium's 20th Anniversary: September Celebrations

This September marks Collegium Charter School’s 20th Anniversary, a milestone for CCS as a charter school in Pennsylvania.

To celebrate CCS’s epic anniversary, we’ve planned many activities and events for the entire CCS community. September’s events include:

Kick-Off Dress-Down Day, Friday, September 20th

Families arriving to Collegium's very first day of school in September 1999.

On Friday, September 20th, students and staff are encouraged to dress like the 1990s, that important decade when CCS first opened its doors. Fashion trends in the 90s included denim-on-denim, vests, flannel shirts, and bandanas. See what your research shows! (Note that dress-down clothing must be school appropriate.)

Anniversary Spirit Week, Monday, September 23rd to Friday, September 27th

For students in Grades K-12, there'll be an Anniversary Spirit Week from Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27 with special dress-down attire for each day.

  • Monday, September 23rd, “Marvel Monday”: Students will write letters to their personal heroes, like someone in their family or from the community. The heroes will actually receive the letters!
  • Tuesday, September 24th, “Twin Day”: Students are invited to dress like someone else in their building. They’ll have great fun seeing if their “twins” recognize themselves.
  • Wednesday, September 25th, “Wish Upon A Star Day”: Students can dress as their favorite Disney character, from a princess to a stormtrooper. Props are not allowed, however.
  • Thursday, September 26th, “Monster University”: College shirts and jeans are the dress of the day today!
  • Friday, September 27th, “Show Your Cougar Pride”: Students may wear a Collegium shirt (e.g., ROAR, Cougar Pride) with jeans.

We’ll share activities for October and future months in our weekly Newsletter and via the CCS Family Calendar. We hope that all families will join us to celebrate Collegium, our 20th Anniversary, and school choice in Pennsylvania!

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this 20th Anniversary possible!

Little-Known Secrets Of Paying For College

Attention families of students in Grades K-12! CCS has arranged for The College Funding Coach® to come to CCS on Thursday, September 19th to present a workshop titled, "Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College." The workshop will take place in the 515 Building (HS) Cafeteria between 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

According to Collegium High School Counselor Mrs. Tracy Wolfe, “The College Funding Coach organization is well known for providing helpful information to families about how to pay for college and save for retirement simultaneously. When families understand the college financing process and payment strategies available to them, they can better plan for college costs and the future of all family members.”

The “Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College” workshop is free to all CCS families. We hope you’ll join us! Please R.S.V.P. using the link below.

It’s Book Fair Time for Grades 5 And 6!

‘Tis the season for the 500 Building’s Scholastic Book Fair!

Our Grades 5-6 Scholastic Book Fair will run from Monday, September 30th through Tuesday, October 8th. Students will visit the Book Fair with their classes to preview and buy Book Fair materials.

Book Fairs are fun and interesting events for students. The hustling and bustling environment is similar to an active book store and generates student excitement about reading and finding new books.

At the 500 Building Book Fair, your children will be able to explore a wide range of affordable books and materials about topics and characters that interest them. Book Fair purchases also help to support our Library, as 50% of students' purchases go to CCS!

For Parents/Guardians

  • Beginning Sunday, September 22nd, you can check out the Book Fair selections in advance through our Online Book Fair (see link below).
  • We will again use eWallet through Scholastic, which lets you pre-load money to your child’s account for them to use during the Book Fair at school. eWallet will be available beginning Friday, September 13th.
  • All Book Fair details can be found on our Book Fair web page (linked below).
  • There won’t be a Family Night for this Book Fair, so please utilize the Online Book Fair and eWallet for your children!
  • Note that the new Dog Man book, “Fetch-22,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball” aren’t available yet. Advance purchase forms for both books are located in the 500 Building Library and will also be sent home soon.

This is a Book Fair designed for students in Grades 5-8. Watch for information about our K-4th Grade Book Fair soon!

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, as well as 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 in advance by CCS’s Human Resources Department. Use the Volunteering page link below to learn more about the clearances and volunteering with CCS!

Attendance Reminder

If your child is absent, please let us know by calling 610-903-1300, choosing Option #1, and following the instructions for your child's building. You must also send a signed excuse note with your child on the day they return to school.

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):

Community Opportunity

In this section, Collegium passes along information on local events and activities our families may want to explore. We will not include information about activities that compete with Collegium programs, non-Collegium fundraisers, or information from for-profit companies.

Girl Scouts Open House

Interested in joining the next generation of female leaders? Join us at the Girl Scouts Open House on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The Open House will be held in the 500 Building’s Cafeteria (500 James Hance Court, Exton, PA 19341).

There will be fun Girl Scout-led activities, snacks, and information on how you can join 2.6 million Girl Scouts in building the power of G.I.R.L!

Register up until September 25th, the day of the Open House, to receive FREE membership for new leaders and girls! Please email Taj Nero using the button below for additional information.

Collegium's Main Number


Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 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

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