Collegium Newsletter April 3, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, April 3rd - Day 6

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, English Language Arts
  • 150 Building Principals' Coffee Chats 9:00am - 9:30am @ Room #827
  • 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

Tuesday, April 4th - Day 1

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, English Language Arts
  • Baseball vs. Perkiomen School 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. New Hope Solebury 4:00pm @ New Hope Solebury High School
  • Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony 6:30pm @ 535 Gym

Wednesday, April 5th - Day 2

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, English Language Arts
  • Golf vs. Woodlynde 3:00pm @ The Club at Shannondell
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531
  • Baseball vs. Community Academy of Philadelphia 3:45pm @ Scanlon Recreation Center
  • Board of Trustees Public Meeting 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, April 6th - Day 3

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, English Language Arts
  • 535 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 8:30am - 9:30am @ 535 Building
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room

Friday, April 7th - Day 4

  • Baseball vs. Lincoln Leadership 4:00 pm @ Lincoln Leadership

Girls' Lacrosse Milestone

Gillian Schlenner, Junior Center for the Collegium Girls' Lacrosse Team, achieved an amazing milestone during their game last week vs. Nazareth Academy at United Sports in Downingtown.

Gillian proudly posing with her team, coaches, and the 200-point game ball.

Gillian scored her 200th career goal in a 16-10 rout over Nazareth Academy as the Cougars improved their record to 2-0. At her level, it is a significant milestone to score 100 goals during a high school career. To make it to 200 goals - in just her junior year - is a very rare feat. To think, with almost a full junior and senior season remaining, it is possible for Gillian to hit 300 goals. That would be unbelievable!

Congratulations to a most deserving young lady on such a special accomplishment. Her hard work and dedication to the sport of lacrosse is truly apparent and we couldn't be more proud!

2017 PSSA Reminder

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for grades 3-8 begins Monday, April 3rd and will follow the schedule outlined below. It is important that students are well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time for their assessments.

English/LA (April 3rd-6th)

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am

Math (April 24th-26th)

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am

Science (May 1st and 2nd)

  • Grade 4: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grade 8: 7:48am-10:47am

Please take a moment to also review the parent/guardian information, linked below, outlining frequently asked questions and the policy related to electronic devices.

515 PRIDE Students of the Month

The 515 PRIDE team is pleased to acknowledge our first PRIDE Students of the Month! The 515 PRIDE team is recognizing these students for their exemplary behavior both in and outside of the classroom. The tenants of PRIDE are to respect yourself, the school, and others. The following students are stellar examples of PRIDE tenants for the month of March.

  • Kaylee Abel
  • Thomas Riley
  • Brandon Traut
  • Diavanna Martinez-Parker
  • Olive Odida
  • Angie Saad
  • Kaleah Tuttle
  • Maryah Otero
  • Grace Geers
  • Autumn DiSanto
  • Nathan Wholey

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:

  • Aneri Shah
  • Victoria Agatone
  • Savannah Johnson
  • Anthony DeJesus-Marcial
  • Ronak Harish
  • Mikaela (Mika) Vabre
  • Carnell Legree
  • Julia Enea
  • Raiden Mogel
  • Austin Brady
  • Carlos Garcia
  • Jazmin Bravo-Rodriguez

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!

Cougar Classic 5K

Volunteers: We are looking for parent volunteers who are not running in the race to help out with various jobs from 8:00am until 11:00am on race day. Check out our website below for more information.

Event Registration: 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 open! For more information, registration, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

*New* Specialty Summer Camps at CCS

Collegium recently developed new Specialty Summer Camp opportunities. During the week of June 19th, we are proud to offer a Basketball Camp and a Drama Camp. Camps will be run by Collegium employees and coaches.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Both Specialty Summer Camps are expected to fill up quickly, so please don't wait to register. For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Summer Camps Registration Form, below.

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

Camp Collegium 2017

Registration for Camp Collegium 2017 is at capacity. We are now accepting registration forms for waiting list placement only. Families are encouraged to submit their completed registration information quickly, as program waiting list placement is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for detailed information. If you're ready to submit registration information now, please access the link below. Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

Truck, Trunk, and Table Flea Market

Join the 515 PRIDE Committee for our Truck, Trunk, & Table Flea Market on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00am until 2:00pm in the 150 Building Parking Lot.

All proceeds support the CCS 515 PRIDE Fund! Our event will feature food, fun, music, and over 100 individual vendors selling gently used items! Everything from household goods, clothing, electronics, and much more!

Turn your treasures into cash! Spaces for individual vendors are only $15.00 each! Set up your table and sell your stuff! Get more details by accessing the website below.

Questions? Please email the 515 PRIDE Committee.

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

We would like to send a special "shout out" to Claire Hackett, our Parent Volunteer who has truly gone above and beyond this year with her planning efforts for HSA Comedy Night event and her overall support of the HSA. We also thank all of the families that supported HSA Comedy Night and we apologize again for the disappointment of the cancellation.

*NEW* Cougar Family Cookbook

The HSA is publishing the first Cougar Family Cookbook, featuring a wide variety of recipes directly from our students, staff, and families! We are extremely excited to offer this family-oriented opportunity and hope our cookbook becomes an annual celebration of Collegium’s unique diversity.

All recipes can be submitted online and recipes must be sent before April 21st. For additional information, please access our Cougar Family Cookbook Information and Order Form.

Questions about submitting recipes? Please email CCS parent and HSA volunteer, Sara Newman. Questions about the HSA? Please email us directly!

Save the Dates

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

  • April 12th – Urban Air Fundraiser
  • April 19th – CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A (Downingtown and Lionville)
  • April 21st – Cookbook Recipes Submission Deadline
  • May 1st-5th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6th – Cookbook Order Deadline
  • May 13th – Ladies' Night Out BINGO

Urban Air Fundraiser

Staying local for Spring Break and need a chance for the kids to jump around and run some energy? Head over to Urban Air in Downingtown on Wednesday, April 12th from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

At check-in, mention you are with Collegium Charter School the HSA will earn 20% of the total proceeds. There will be two packages to choose from:

  • $15.00 for two hours of jumping and a bottled water.
  • $19.00 for 2 hours jumping, a bottled water, and access to the Warrior Course.

Ladies' Night Out BINGO

Gather your friends, family, neighbors and join us for an evening of BINGO, Saturday, May 13th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm (doors open at 5:00pm)! Our event will consist of 10 regular BINGO games and four special games featuring high-value prizes. We'll also have raffles, door prizes, and snacks.

Only 300 tickets will be sold - reserve your space now and save money! Through April 21st you can purchase the following ticket options: tickets:

  • Table for Eight ($300) - Includes 10 regular games and four special game for each participant at the table.
  • Special Admission ($40) - Includes 10 regular games plus four special games.
  • Regular Admission ($30) - Includes 10 regular games.

Purchase your tickets using the link below.

Questions? Please email our HSA Officers.

Five Below Fundraiser

Are you going away for Spring Break and need to pick up some travel items? Shopping for spring holidays? Stop by Five Below from April 1st until April 30th, show the flyer below (printed or on your mobile device) and 10% of your purchase will be donated back to the HSA!

CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A

Don’t worry about making dinner on Wednesday, April 19th. The HSA is sponsoring a CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A! Tell your friends and family to come out between 4:30pm and 7:30pm and 10% of all sales will be donated back to the HSA!

We are excited to offer this great opportunity at two local Chick-fil-A locations.

  • Lionville (211 Eagleview Blvd)
  • Downingtown (845 E. Lancaster Ave)

For more details, see the flyer linked below.

April HSA Meeting

The April HSA Meeting date and time are still being determined. The meeting will still be held in the Conference Room of the 435 Building.

Once the April HSA Meeting details are decided, we will post a related update on our HSA Facebook page. Please like and follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all the latest HSA information and events.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? There are many opportunities still available. All volunteers must have clearances on file with Collegium (unless otherwise noted).

Pi Wars USA at Collegium

Collegium is proud to announce our participation in the first annual Pi Wars USA Raspberry Pi Robotics Competition, presented by Achievement House Cyber Charter School and hosted by Collegium Charter School.

Held in the 535 Gymnasium on Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00am until 5:00pm, Pi Wars USA is a 1-day event for students in grades 6-12, using Raspberry Pi controlled robots to compete in non-destructive challenges. Prizes will be awarded in each skill-level category for each challenge. All skill levels are welcome to compete in the following challenges:

  • Remote Control Challenges: Obstacle Challenge, Pi Noon
  • Autonomous Challenges: Straight Line Speed Test, Line Following Course
  • Static Competitions: Artistic/Creative, Coding Elegance

The cost to participate in Pi Wars USA is listed below.

  • Competing Students: $10.00 Each
  • Adult Team Leader: No Charge
  • Spectators: $5.00 Each

See highlights from the Pi Wars UK 2015 competition by viewing the video below.

Please visit the website below for additional details about the challenges, inspiration for creating your own Raspberry Pi robots, and registration information.

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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