Collegium Newsletter October 3, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Oct. 3rd - Day 4

  • MS/HS Music Yankee Candle Fundraiser Begins
  • Tri-M Annual Military Stocking Collection Begins

Tuesday, Oct. 4th - Day 5

  • Varsity Soccer vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45 pm @ Renaissance Academy
  • MS Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy 4:00 pm @ Renaissance Academy
  • Varsity Cross Country vs. Perkiomen (LM) 4:00 pm @ Perkiomen School
  • Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy 5:15 pm @ Renaissance Academy

Wednesday, Oct. 5th - Day 6

  • 468 Kindergarten Field Trip to Cherry Crest Farms
  • MS Cross Country vs. Kimberton/Swain 3:45 pm @ Kimberton Waldorf School
  • MS Volleyball vs. Odyssey Charter School (DE) 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Thursday, Oct. 6th - Day 1

  • 10th-12th Grade Students: Mock Crash Event 9:00 am - 10:30 am @ 515 Parking Lots
  • 9th-12th Grade Students: Mock Crash Assembly 10:30 am - 11:30 am @ 535 Gymnasium
  • MS Soccer vs. Kimberton 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Mercy CTE 3:45 pm @ Mercy Career & Technical High School
  • Volleyball vs. West-Mont Christian 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Friday, Oct. 7th

  • School Closed for Students: Employee Professional Development Day
  • Volleyball vs. Avon Grove HS 3:30 pm @ Avon Grove HS

Virtual Field Trip

Mrs. Stevenson’s 2nd grade class completed a Science unit studying the moon and she knew it was the perfect time for a field trip. Where did the class visit? The moon!

Students in Mrs. Stevenson's class taking a virtual field trip to the moon.

Using the innovative technology of our new Google Expeditions kit, Mrs. Stevenson's students experienced a virtual field trip to the moon right from the comfort of their own classroom. Mrs. Stevenson first partnered with our Technology Coach, Mrs. Hagerty, to facilitate the activity. The excitement was so contagious, their Principal, Mrs. Mraz, joined in on the fun!

A 2nd grade student genuinely amazed by the Google Expeditions virtual field trip experience.

Utilizing viewfinders, phones, and a tablet, CCS teachers can now magically transport our students almost anywhere on Earth, and even beyond. Some of the many scenes included in Mrs. Stevenson's virtual field trip to the moon included:

  • First Humans on the Moon (Apollo 11)
  • Exploring the Moon (Apollo 17)
  • The New Global Space Race

Google Expeditions is an exciting and engaging instructional tool for our students that both enhances and extends student learning. Learn more about Google Expeditions by viewing the video below.

Mock Crash Event and Assembly

In conjunction with Paoli Hospital and the Cruisin' Smart program, our 10th-12th grade students will observe a mock vehicle crash. This event will take place on Thursday, October 6th. The mock crash will be followed by an assembly for all high school students.

This program is designed to impress upon our students the power of positive decision-making and discourage distracted driving and driving while impaired. If you have questions about the event, please email HS Assistant Principal, Mr. Dryburgh.

Dismissal Line Reminder

Please take time to ensure your children are properly secured in your vehicles before leaving our dismissal lines. Make sure they are buckled, seated in age-appropriate booster seats if necessary, and are not hanging out of windows or sunroofs.

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:

  • Nicholas D'Alessandro
  • Rowan Caruso
  • Kylie Purse
  • Henry Krueger
  • Mariah Sweeney
  • Mahith Bomma
  • Layleeana Soto
  • Colton Broderick
  • Anna Robinson
  • Carl "CJ" Miller
  • Austin Verlinghieri
  • Terry Wiggins
  • Molly Taylor
  • Alice Newlin
  • Keith "KJ" Cochran
  • Odote Ondiek
  • Mustafa Gilani
  • Taran Cotto
  • Tanner Kramer
  • Matthew Lis
  • Andrew Lis

CCS 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!

Parent Volunteer Opportunity

Our IST Coordinators in 150 are looking for a parent volunteer to file, laminate, copy, and complete other clerical tasks. The time commitment may vary, but they are hoping to start by receiving support once a week. This volunteer opportunity does not include working directly with students, but clearances are required. Interested? Please email Mrs. Kearney.

Community Opportunity

While CCS does not endorse programs occurring outside CCS or included in this Newsletter section, we pass along information on community opportunities CCS families may want to explore.

Society of Women Engineers Presents: Invent It. Build It.

Registration is now open for the Invent It. Build It. event, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Get ready to learn what engineers do, the positive impact they have on people everywhere, and how they make a world of difference by attending their October 29th event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. View the video below to learn more about this groundbreaking SWE event.

Operation Military Stocking Drive

This week, our Music Honor Society - Tri-M - is holding their annual Operation Military Stocking Drive. Donation boxes will be located in the Main Offices of each CCS building through Friday, October 14th.

Donated items will benefit soldiers overseas and veterans in Chester County at the Coatesville Veterans Hospital. Requested donations include:

  • Handwritten "Thank You" cards (no holiday cards, please)
  • Small games, puzzles, and playing cards
  • Socks and travel-size personal care items
  • Small paperback books (no romance novels, please)
  • Snacks and candy bars
  • Individual powdered drink mixes

Other small items that can fit inside a stocking are appreciated, but please note - glass and aerosol items are not accepted. If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mrs. Tozer. Thank you for helping Tri-M support our troops!

500 Building Career Day

On Friday, November 18th, Collegium will host a Career Day for our 4th-6th grade students. We are looking for parents/guardians and community members to give career presentations from 9-11am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations sharing their careers and answering questions.

Our main objective is to provide each of our students with a glimpse into a number of careers. Questions or interested in participating? Please email Mrs. Hirst or call her at 610-903-1300 ext. 6111. Please respond no later than Friday, November 11th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

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!

*NEW* Event for Parents/Guardians

The first Parent University night, sponsored by the HSA, will be held October 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in our 500 Building.

Parent University is for parents/guardians of students in grades K-5. This is an informative evening for adults - students are not permitted to attend. CCS Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, and Classroom Teachers will be offering the following information sessions:

Reader’s Workshop Grades K- 2: From Conversations to Comprehension

Tools for conversation before, during, and after reading will be explored, using the strategies aligned with Reader’s Workshop. Parents will examine how a culture of reading in the home helps to build confident, motivated readers.

Reader’s Workshop Grades 3-5: From Conversations to Comprehension

Tools for conversation before, during, and after reading will be explored, using the strategies aligned with Reader’s Workshop. Parents will examine how a culture of reading in the home helps to build confident, motivated readers.

Eureka Math: What is it?

Eureka Math is a complete, carefully-sequenced standards-based curriculum. It is intentionally designed to follow both the content and practice standards outlined in the Common Core State Standards. In this session we will explore the routines and methods of instruction that take our students beyond procedural mathematics to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.

Eureka Math Grades K-2: Number Bonds K-2

In grades K-2, students work with number bonds to model how numbers up to 10 are made up of different number combinations. They then employ number bonds to work with larger numbers. In this session we will demonstrate this concept, and also explore how number bonds are used to model addition and subtraction problems in 1st and 2nd grade.

Eureka Math Grades 3-5: Using Tape Diagrams

The tape diagram is a versatile tool in the math classroom and our students begin to use the tape diagram (or bar model) in 1st and 2nd grade as a way to model addition and subtraction problems. In this session we will explore how tape diagrams help our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to model and solve problems involving multiplication, division, and fractions.

As hosts and sponsors of the event, the HSA will provide light refreshments and encourages parents/guardians to stay and mingle after the final session ends at 8:00pm.

More details will be provided soon!

PAWsitive Praise

Thank you to the students and families who participated in this year’s Cougar Challenge, even though the rain dampened the day. We sincerely appreciate your generous donations.

HSA Facebook Page

The HSA is officially on Facebook! Everything you need to know about the HSA is in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, and even volunteer opportunities.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Stores: Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime.

Uniform Resale Shop: Help us sort, organize, and shelve uniform donations.

Save the Date

The HSA's second meeting of the year will be Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30pm in the Conference Room of the 435 Building. We can’t wait to meet you there! Not sure you can make it, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our interest form.

KidStuff Coupon Books

If you have not returned your book or submitted your $25.00 payment to purchase the book, please do so immediately. We expect to distribute additional orders by the end of the week.

HSA Help Wanted

The HSA Board has a few Committee Chair positions open. We are looking for motivated individuals who are committed to making 2016-2017 a remarkable success. Help is still needed in the following areas:

  • Volunteer Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating volunteers for different events, maintaining the Sign-up Genius postings, verifying clearances, and communicating with volunteers.
  • Fundraising Chair: Responsible for fundraising efforts of the HSA, soliciting donations for specific fundraisers, and support the individual fundraising events.

Ready to help? Let us know by emailing the HSA Officers directly.

Flu Clinic on Campus

In cooperation with the Chester County Health Department, our annual campus flu clinic will be Friday, October 14th during the school day.

If you are interested in having your child receive a flu vaccine, please complete the consent form and return to your child's School Nurse by October 7th. Forms received after October 7th will not be processed. Please note — the flu mist is not available this year; only the injection will be offered.


Donations Needed

Acorn tops are needed so Mrs. Steines and her students can complete a community art project.

All acorn top donations will be appreciated!

Please send acorn tops to "535 Building, Attn: Mrs. Steines".

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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