Collegium Newsletter January 30, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Jan. 30th - Day 1

  • Board of Trustees Public Meeting 12:15pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • HS Boys' JV Basketball vs. Delaware Valley Friends 3:45pm @ Valley Forge Ed. Center
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Montgomery School 3:45pm @ 500 Gymnasium
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Montgomery School 4:45pm @ 500 Gymnasium
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 5:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Tuesday, Jan. 31st - Day 2

  • Mobile Dentist @ CCS
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Perkiomen School 3:45pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Renaissance Academy 4:00pm @ Renaissance Academy Charter School

Wednesday, Feb. 1st - Day 3

  • MS/HS Music Students Rita's Fundraiser Begins
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Odyssey Charter (DE) 3:45pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Perkiomen School 4:00pm @ The Perkiomen School
  • Kindergarten Science Fair 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 468 Classrooms
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Odyssey Charter (DE) 4:45pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Thursday, Feb. 2nd - Day 4

Friday, Feb. 3rd - Day 5

  • 5th Grade Spice Market Sale (During Lunches) Ends @ 500 1st Floor Foyer
  • Kindergarten Science Fair Awards Assembly @ 486 Cafeteria/Gym
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Shue-Medill MS (DE) 3:15pm @ Shue-Medill MS (DE)
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Shue-Medill MS (DE) 4:15pm @ Shue-Medill MS (DE)

Saturday, Feb. 4th

  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Devon Prep 12:00pm @ Devon Preparatory School
  • HSA Presents: CCS Family Bowling at The Palace 5:30pm - 7:30pm @ The Palace Bowling and Entertainment Center

Building Professional Friendships

Last week during National School Choice Week, our Chief Operating Officer, Beth Jones, had the exciting opportunity to host leaders of Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School.

Urban Academy is currently looking to enhance their programs and offerings within their local community. Shown from left to right, Beth Jones met with Urban Academy's Treasurer for the Board of Directors, Brandon Coney, Urban Academy Board Member, Marita Bradley, and Urban Academy Interim CEO, K. Chase Patterson.

Collegium wishes Urban Academy nothing but upcoming success and hope this is the start of a longstanding professional friendship.

Campus Parking Spaces

When parking on campus, please make sure you follow the posted signs regarding parking and vehicle access for specific reasons.

Fire Lanes Are Clearly Marked.

Parking is prohibited in Fire Lanes to ensure the access of safety equipment to our buildings in the event of an emergency. Fire Lanes are defined as passageways that allow fire apparatuses to pass through, since fire trucks and other apparatuses are so large and related accommodations must be made for them. Fire Lanes also provide clear space for egress during emergency situations.

Handicap Parking spaces are marked with the universal symbol.

Reserved Handicapped Parking spaces are mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. The availability of specially reserved parking spaces is regulated by both federal and state laws. Anyone parking in such reserved spaces must have their plate or mirror placard displayed, or else the car can be ticketed for illegal parking.

Visitor Parking is reserved for our families and guests.

To make it easier for our families and building guest to access our buildings, Collegium also reserves several spaces for campus visitors. Collegium personnel are prohibited from parking in these marked spaces during normal hours of operation.

Questions? Please email our Director of Operations, Mr. Duffy.

Cougar Classic 5K

Our 2nd Annual Cougar Classic 5K will take place Saturday, April 22nd, right here on campus. Activities include a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is now OPEN!

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

Camp Collegium 2017

Camp Collegium will return this July for another exciting summer! Look for Camp Collegium information to be posted on the Summer Camps page of our website on February 6th. Questions? Please email our Director of Camp Collegium, Ms. LaNae Horsey. Also, to get to know Ms. Horsey even better, check out her Collegium Employee Spotlight Video (below)!

150 Building Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) is underway! JRFH will be held on February 9th and 10th for 150 Building students.

Envelopes, parent letters, and schedules were distributed to students during the last two weeks. All students will participate and while fundraising is encouraged, it is not mandatory. All “instant gifts" will be distributed after the event when other “thank you gifts" are distributed. If a student does fundraise, an “instant gift" will not be received.

Check out our website (below) for more details and pictures from previous events.

468 Building Jump Rope for Heart

The objective of our annual Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) event is heart-health education and community service. CCS also earns gift certificates from the American Heart Association for new PE equipment.

Donation envelopes and a parent letter explaining the event were sent home already. If your child did not receive these items, please contact their homeroom teacher. Donations are encouraged, but are not mandatory.

Students in the 468 Building will participate in JRFH on Friday, February 10th! All students will participate in the event regardless of donation status. The students that raise the most money may have an opportunity to “pie” their favorite teacher on the day of the event!

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!

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:

  • Finnegan Chaney
  • Tanner Smith
  • Allen Spencer
  • Dayana Aguilar-Martinez
  • Rowena DeTurck
  • Angel Jacobs
  • Brian Carter
  • Michael Collins

Reminder: Basketball Intramurals

Basketball intramurals for students in grades 2nd-6th begin in February. To register, complete and return the form below. Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, February 8th.

Participant rosters will be posted on the CCS Athletics webpage on February 15th. Individual notifications concerning participation will not be made. If necessary, participants will be selected via lottery.

Questions? Email Coach Handley.

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 parent volunteer, Nancy Phillips for the hard work at our Uniform Resale Shop this week. It looks great and is awaiting new customers!

A special "Thank You" to, Katrina Parnacott, for your service as our first Social Media Chairperson. Without your hard work and dedication, we would not have been able to launch our Facebook page as successfully as we did. We wish you all the best in your new adventures!

HSA Family Bowling Night

Back by popular demand! We had so much fun in October...we planned another Family Bowling Night.

Gather your friends, classmates, and family members and join fellow CCS families Saturday, February 4th from 5:30pm-7:30pm, for a fun night of bowling. Oh, and if we forgot to mention before...there will be a DJ!

Tickets are $12.00 per person (a $22.00 value) and include two-hour unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Food and beverages can be purchased at an additional cost. Tickets are on sale now! Use the link below to make your purchase.

Save the Dates

The HSA has a lot of fun events planned for the second half of the school year. Mark these dates on your calendar and keep an eye on our Facebook page and school Newsletter for more details:

  • March 3rd – Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser
  • March 18th – Pirate & Princess Pancake Party @ Lionville Applebee's 8:00am-10:00am
  • April 1st – Comedy Night: Tickets Now Available (Scroll past bowling details.)
  • April 12th – Urban Air Fundraiser
  • May 13th – Ladies Night Out Bingo

Have you liked us on Facebook? Everything you need to know about the HSA in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, even volunteer opportunities.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? We will begin posting the volunteer opportunities available for specific spring events. Follow our Facebook page to keep up with the latest opportunities!

Uniform Resale Shop —Our Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 Building. Hours are M-F 9-3 and 4-6. The Resale Shop offers good used condition uniform pieces at a fraction of the retail price. Stop by and stock up for spring!

If you are interested in helping to sort, organize, and shelve donations please sign-up below.

School Stores

With the help of our parent volunteers, our School Stores have been very popular with the students in 468, 150, and 500. We are in need of volunteers to help run the school stores on Wednesdays in the morning and at lunchtime.

All volunteers must have clearances on file with the school. There are many opportunities still available. Sign-up today!

HSA Meeting Update

The next general meeting will be held Wednesday February 15th at 6:30PM. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the 435 building. Let us know! Just complete our interest form (below).

Community Opportunities

While CCS is not endorsing these or any other programs that occur outside CCS, we pass along information on community opportunities that CCS families may want to explore.

Coatesville United Soccer for Success

Registration is now open for Coatesville United Soccer for Success. Children in grades K-6 will learn basic soccer skills, but more importantly, they will also receive nutrition education and positive character skills. The program uses soccer as its vehicle for positive youth development. Learn more by reviewing their information flyer, below.

Immaculata Symphony Youth Concert

On Sunday, February 12th, The Immaculata Symphony will present its annual Youth Concert with the theme "Heroes & Villains". The concert will feature music from The Incredibles, Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars, and Mission Impossible. The conductor, Maestro Gehring, designed the program to be both fun and educational for our audience, and children are invited to come up on the stage at the end of the concert to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close!

Tickets are FREE for kids under 12 and only $10.00 for all other audience members. The concert will take place at 3:00pm in Alumnae Hall on Immaculata University's campus in Malvern. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time (and read more about the program) at the link below.

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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