Collegium Newsletter February 5, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Feb. 5th - Day 1

  • Mobile Dentist @ CCS
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School 3:30pm @ Owen J Roberts MS
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Mercy Vocational High School 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 827
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Owen J. Roberts Middle School 4:30pm @ Owen J Roberts MS
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Mercy Vocational High School 5:15pm @ 535 Gym

Tuesday, Feb. 6th - Day 2

  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 228

Wednesday, Feb. 7th - Day 3

  • Athletic Department Apparel Sales End (See Article)
  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Room 337
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 908
  • 468 Building: Little Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 425
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Room 532
  • HSA Public Meeting 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Cafeteria (See Article)

Thursday, Feb. 8th - Day 4

  • 150 Building (Grades K-1): Jump Rope for Heart and Wear Red Day @ 150 Gym (See Article)
  • 468/486 Building (Grades K-1): Jump Rope For Heart and Wear Red Day @ 486 Gym (See Article)
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Grades 10 and 11 College Planning Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Library (See Article)

Friday, Feb. 9th - Day 5

  • 150 Building (Grades 2-4): Jump Rope for Heart and Wear Red Day @ 150 Gym (See Article)
  • 468/486 Building (Grades 2-4): Jump Rope For Heart and Wear Red Day @ 486 Gym (See Article)
  • 500 Building: Hoops for Heart and Wear Red Day @ 500 Gym (See Article)
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Morrisville High School 4:00pm @ Morrisville HS
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Morrisville High School 5:30pm @ Morrisville HS
  • MS Valentine's Dance 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria (See Article)
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Morrisville High School 7:00pm @ Morrisville HS

Saturday, Feb. 10th

  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Bristol Senior High School 1:00pm @ Bristol Senior HS
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Bristol Senior High School 2:30pm @ Bristol Senior HS
  • Parents' Night Out Sponsored by the MS/HS Music Department 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium, Cafeteria, and Gym

CCS Students Attend PMEA Band Fest

On January 25th, CCS students Andrew Carver, Mustafa Gilani, Gabby Green, Maddy Solt, and Tre Wheeler attended the District 12 ChesCo Band Fest held at Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School by the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association.

The students spent the day rehearsing with over one hundred 5th and 6th Grade musicians from participating Chester County schools. The event culminated with a concert for the students' families and friends.

Congratulations to the band students who participated in the ChesCo Band Fest! They exemplified the high standards and achievements for which CCS's elementary music programs are known. The ChesCo Band Fest was an experience the students who attended will always remember. Hopefully, it will also be the first of many festivals and competitions they will enjoy in their musical journeys.

Elementary Placement Requests for 2018-2019

Elementary student parents who have requests regarding their child’s placement for the 2018-2019 school year should send an email to the Administrative Assistant to the Principal in their child's current building.

The email should share your child's strengths and weaknesses, along with an idea of the teaching style and learning environment that work best for your child.

This is also the time to let Collegium know things like whether you would like siblings to be in the same building, or that it would be convenient for all children on your block to be in one building since they carpool together. Parent emails or letters must be received by Friday, March 30th.

Requests for specific teachers will not be honored, and requests received after Friday, March 30th will not be considered.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

The 2018-2019 School Year Calendar will be presented to the CCS Board of Trustees this month. The Board will consider the Calendar in draft form at its Work Session on Thursday, February 8th. The final Calendar will be recommended for approval during the Board of Trustees' Regular Public Meeting on Thursday, February 15th.

When the school year calendar is approved, it will be posted on the Calendars page of our website and shared with all Collegium families via our weekly Newsletter.

Elementary Lost & Found Clean-Out

On Friday, February 9th, all Lost & Found items in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings will be donated to the CCS Uniform Resale Shop or a local charity.

Please remind your children to check for their belongings before then!

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Information

150 Building Jump Rope for Heart

The 150 Building Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) days are Thursday, February 8th for Grades K-1, and Friday, February 9th for Grades 2-4!

PE Teacher, Mr. Falcone, with two of his 150 Building PE students.

Everyone participates in JRFH! Students must wear sneakers the day of their event, along with sweatpants or other clothing suitable for activity. Since JRFH day is also an approved Wear Red Day, students may also wear something red. Donations will be accepted up to the day of the event, but are not required.

All classes have a chance to whip-cream-pie a favorite staff member if their class raises the most money or shows the most school spirit for the event! Thank you for all of your support educating our students on their heart health!

Learn more by accessing the 150 Building Health and Physical Education Website via the link below.

468/486 Building Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is this Thursday, February 8th for all Kindergarten and 1st Grade students, and Friday, February 9th for students in 2nd through 4th Grades!

All students will participate and are invited to wear red on the day of their JRFH event. Students will be active, so please dress them in appropriate clothing and sneakers. If students choose not to wear red, they should wear their PE uniforms with sneakers.

If your child raised money for Jump Rope for Heart, please send the completed JRFH envelope and money with them to school on the day they participate in the event. All cash donations should be converted to checks made payable to the American Heart Association. All students will receive thank-you gifts after the event.

Thank you for your support of this wonderful event.

500 Building Hoops for Heart

This is the final week to collect donations for the 500 Building's annual Hoops for Heart event. Our event takes place on Friday, February 9th.

This year, the 500 Building's students will participate in a mini-basketball tournament that will allow students with a variety of skill levels to compete for a good cause. Students are encouraged to wear red with pants and sneakers that will permit them to fully participate in our tournament. All donations collected will help support the American Heart Association!

Parent Pick-Up Reminders

Please do not arrive on campus until the designated time for each Parent Pick-Up Line.

Grades K-6

  • Regular Dismissal: 3:45pm
  • Regular Parent Pick-Up Line: 3:15pm
  • Early Dismissal: 12:15pm
  • Early Dismissal Parent Pick-Up Line: 11:45am

Grades 7-12

  • Regular Dismissal: 3:00pm
  • Regular Parent Pick-Up Line: 2:30pm
  • Early Dismissal: 11:30am
  • Early Dismissal Parent Pick-Up Line: 11:00am

We ask that all families recognize the need for Parent Pick-Up Lines to form at different times. This requirement specifically relates to campus security and the potential needs of emergency personnel and equipment to quickly reach our buildings, students, and employees. Additionally, all Middle and High School parent traffic must be able to properly depart campus before our Elementary parent traffic forms.

If you have questions, please email our Operations Department using the link below.

Food Service Department Updates

1. Nutrition & Allergen Information Available in K-12 Menus

You asked, and Collegium’s Food Service Department delivered! Beginning this month, nutrition and allergen details were shared via links in CCS’s K-12 Menus. Check out the information for February’s Menus below!

2. Vegetarian Salad Now a Daily Meal-of-the-Day Option

Looking for another healthy choice for your child’s school lunches? The Food Service Department has added a Vegetarian Salad to its daily K-12 Meal-of-the-Day options for all students, including Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program participants. Ingredients: A Romaine/Iceberg Lettuce blend topped with cooked egg, cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and croutons. Enjoy!

3. Believe It: Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal

Did you know that Collegium’s Food Service Department serves nearly 10,000 breakfasts and, on average, 30,000 lunches each month? Wow!

Studies confirm that students who eat a good breakfast show improved moods, test scores, memory, and attention in their classrooms. For just $2.00*, CCS’s K-12 students can purchase hot or cold breakfasts, or a Grab-and-Go Breakfast if they’re running late. All breakfast items comply with National School Breakfast Program requirements.

Questions? Want more information? Email Mr. Ely, Director of Food Service.

*Breakfasts are $0.30 for Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Program participants.

535 Valentine's Day Flower Sale

Students in our High School's She's the First Club will be selling flowers for Valentine's Day. The flowers available for sale will be chosen from a variety of seasonal blooms.

Orders will be taken during lunches in the 535 Building on February 8th and 9th. Flowers and messages will be delivered to homerooms on February 14th. The cost: $1.00 for each flower and attached message.

She's the First is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides high school scholarships to underprivileged girls to help them fight gender inequality through education. CCS's High School She's the First Club raises money and awareness for this organization. All proceeds from the Club's fundraisers go directly to She's the First's scholarship program.

NEHS Pajama Read-a-Thon Party

On Friday, March 2nd, from 6:30pm until 9:15pm, our National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) will host its 9th annual Pajama Read-a-Thon Party for 3rd-6th Grade students.

Reading activities will include Reader's Theater, Book Blitz, Read Alouds, Partner Reads, and lots of D.E.A.R. time. Permission Slips are available below and are due, along with the participation fee, by Friday, February 23rd. First-come, first-serve, as there are limited spaces available.

Middle School Valentine's Dance

On Friday, February 9th, the 515 Student Council will host a Valentine's Dance from 6:00pm until 8:00pm for all 7th and 8th Grade students.

The cost to attend is $5.00. There will be a DJ for dancing and snacks will be provided. Students are encouraged to dress their best and are not permitted to wear sweatshirts or sweatpants.

Questions? Please email Mr. Ford.

Volunteers and Donations Needed

On Thursday, February 15th, the 500 Building will hold its STEAM Catapult Challenge. We need 10-15 parents to assist with judging. Clearances are preferred, but not required.

If you are interested in helping to judge at the event, please use the link below to sign up before Friday, February 9th.

Also, the 500 Building is gearing up for a second round of STEAM activities and is in need of the following supplies:

  • Newspapers
  • School-Appropriate Magazines
  • Masking Tape

Please send your donations to the 500 Main Office, Attention: Mrs. Kahl. Thank you for all of your support! We look forward to sharing this fun project with you!

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 Connie Struebing, Instructional Coach.

Formative Assessment

Wondering what all the buzz about formative assessment is? How does this type of assessment differ from the tests and quizzes that typically come to mind when we think about assessment?

Summative assessments—those tests and quizzes—occur after learning. Formative assessments happen during learning, while learning is forming, giving teachers real-time feedback they can use to adjust their instruction and help grow student learning.

Let’s look at two examples of how the formative assessment process is used here at CCS. Mrs. Guarente, a 2nd Grade teacher in the 486 building, meets with students one-on-one to gauge their reading comprehension. She asks the students to read a short section aloud from their independent reading books, and then records details on phrasing, the number of sight words recognized, and responses to questions about a character. The information Mrs. Guarente gathers from the formative assessments during student meetings helps her to group the students flexibly in upcoming lessons. For instance, some of the students will need instruction on “scooping,” or reading several words in a breath, others on recognizing sight (or “snap”) words, and still others on questions to ask to determine how the main character’s feelings change over time.

In the second scenario, Mr. Sherk, an 8th Grade Math Teacher, delivers a quick assessmentan “Entrance Ticket”to his students as soon as they arrive. The assessment is designed to determine whether the students understand linear and non-linear expressions. The Entrance Ticket data guides Mr. Sherk on how to best use the class time that follows because it indicates which students need direct re-teaching, additional practice, or are ready for a more difficult challenge.

In these scenarios, both Mrs. Guarente and Mr. Sherk use data gathered from formative assessments to plan their next steps for instruction and to provide feedback to students. At times, formative assessment tells teachers to slow down the instruction by breaking it into differentiated groups. At other times, it encourages teachers to move more quickly through material.

What makes the formative assessment process effective is that it happens during instruction and guides the teacher on what to do next. Its ultimate value is that it increases student learning by helping to fill gaps, correct misconceptions, or push them to excel to the next level of understanding. So, what about grades? Save that discussion for summative assessment–assessment that happens after learning. Formative assessment is all about feedback and growing student learning during the learning process.

Interested in learning more about formative assessment? Check out the resources below.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Christine Koberg

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!

Collegium Athletic Department Reminders

1. Athletic Apparel Sale Ends Soon

Now through Wednesday, February 7th, all Collegium students, families, and employees can purchase new Collegium Athletics gear!

The current selection includes a long-sleeved tee starting at $14.00, a hoodie starting at $22.00, and an adjustable hat for $18.00. Make your purchases today using the link below.

Questions? Email Ms. Pannabecker, Athletic Trainer and Assistant CCS Athletic Director.

2. Basketball Intramural Program Registration

Registration is currently open for Collegium’s 5th and 6th Grade Basketball Intramural Program. The Program is designed for both novice and experienced players. Time will be spent teaching students the fundamentals of the sport, while providing a non-competitive environment for them to learn new skills, experience sportsmanship, have fun, and make new friends.

To register, complete and return the Registration Form (below) by Wednesday, February 14th, along with your payment. Registration Forms are also available on Collegium's Intramurals webpage. Students selected for the Program will be notified via email.

Questions? Email Mr. Handley, Intramural Programs Coordinator.

3. Baseball Skating Party Fundraiser

The CCS Varsity Baseball Team will host a Skating Party at Chester County Sports Arena on Saturday, February 24th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.

The cost of tickets is $10.00 per person. The event is open to CCS students and guests in Grades K-12. Parents with participating children in 3rd Grade and below must stay for the event. Permission Slips are required, and can be accessed via the link below. Coach Slusser will send confirmation emails when completed Permission Slips and payments are received.

Questions? Email Coach Slusser.

SAT School Day Program

CCS Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to take the SAT during the school day on Tuesday, April 24th. Learn more about the benefits of the SAT School Day Program by watching the video below.

The SAT is one of two standardized college entrance exams that analyze students' critical reading skills and math problem­-solving skills. The SAT also offers an optional writing section. College­-bound students are encouraged to take this exam two to three times, beginning in their Junior years. More informationincluding exam options, exam fees, and deadline detailsis included on the SAT Registration Form.

Please submit your payment and the completed SAT Registration Form no later than Friday, February 9th. Cash or checks are accepted; make checks payable to “CCS.”

Please contact your child’s School Counselor with questions.

Camp Collegium 2018 Online Registration

To register children for our Camp Collegium 2018 program, please complete the following steps:

1. Access and submit our online Camp Collegium 2018 Registration Form (link will be activated at 9:00am on Monday, February 5th).

2. Submit applicable 2018 Camp Collegium fees in full (including the $60.00 non-refundable registration fee) to the attention of Ms. Horsey, 435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA, 19341.

3. Fees must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the camper's first and last names indicated on the front. Fees MUST be paid in full by Friday, May 25th.

4. Registration fees must be received within 14 days after submission of a completed Registration Form. Failure to submit your registration fee within 14 days forfeits your camper’s spot in the program. Exceptions will not be considered.

5. Registered campers will receive camp confirmation via email within 5-7 business days after their families submit their registration fees.

Learn more about Camp Collegium 2018 by accessing the Summer Camps page of our website.

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

Help Wanted at Collegium

Instructional Assistant Positions Available

Collegium Charter School has full-time, school-year Instructional Assistant positions available. Experience working with students is required. Preference will be given to applicants possessing a PA Teacher Certification. Interested? Email your resume via PDF email attachment to our Human Resources Department.

3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic

Our 3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic will take place Saturday, April 21st, right here on Collegium’s campus. Activities include a competitive 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 5K Cougar Classic website via the link below.

150 Building Career Day

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.

Career Day is an opportunity for students to dream and imagine what their future lives could look like. At this stage in their career development, it is important for all students to be exposed to and aware of all 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 Building 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

Thank you to all of the volunteers who keep our school stores running every Wednesday! The kids love it! We could not make it happen without your help.

Share Your Ideas With The HSA!

The HSA is always looking for new ideas and for volunteers to help make them happen! We invite you to share your suggestions with us now via email, complete our HSA Interest Form, or attend our monthly HSA meetings.

HSA Meetings are where families and employees share ideas for future HSA activities, learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, and find out how they can get involved. Our HSA General Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of each month for the rest of the school year due to schedule changes and feedback we received.

Our next General Meeting will be Wednesday, February 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. To attend, enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance (shown in photo) furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

Please arrive before 4:30pm, as building access will not be provided after 4:45pm. Thank you!

Save the Dates

1. Hershey Park Ticket Sale: Discount ticket sales will begin in March.

2. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (Date TBA)

3. Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7th - May 11th

4. HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale: Saturday, May 19th

1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale

On Saturday, May 19th, the HSA will hold its first Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale. Please add this exciting event to your family calendars.

Interested in helping to plan the event? Please join us for our next planning meeting, Sunday, February 11th at 2:00pm in the 435 Building Conference Room.

Can't make it, but want to be a part of planning? Please complete the 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!

Ongoing Fundraisers


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

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.

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.

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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