Collegium Newsletter May 29, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, May 29th

  • School Closed: Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th - Day 4

  • 4th Grade: BVA Field Trip (Putt AM and Callis PM)
  • Spanish Honor Society Pulsera Sales Begins During 515 and 535 Lunches
  • Grades 7-8: Field Day 8:00am - 3:00pm @ 515 Gym, Fields
  • 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
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club A) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531

Wednesday, May 31st - Day 5

  • 11th and 12th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg, VA​
  • 4th Grade: BVA Field Trip (Koerber/Jaskson AM and DiCicco PM)
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club B) 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531

Thursday, June 1st - Day 6

  • 11th and 12th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg, VA​
  • 150 Field Day (Specific Class Schedules Sent Home with Students)
  • 468 Building: Field Day @ 500 Field
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room

Friday, June 2nd - Day 1

  • 11th and 12th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg, VA​
  • 150 Field Day (Specific Class Schedules Sent Home with Students)
  • 500 Building: Field Day
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC
  • 9th & 10th Grade Field Trip to Woodloch Lodge
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand @ CCS

CCS at the 24 Challenge Competition

On Friday, May 19th - and for the first time ever - four CCS students in grades 4th-7th competed in the 24 Challenge Competition Tournament held at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).

Our students performed admirably and adjusted quickly to the pace of the competition. Brian McCoy (6th grade) even honored himself and CCS by winning a bronze medal in the variables round. Join us in congratulating the four students for a job well done!

Brian McCoy (top left), Eesha Jadhav (top right), Maia Rissi (bottom left), and Adarsh Kabekkodu (bottom right).

The object of the original single digits card game is to make the number 24 from the four numbers listed on each game card. Players can add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Players can use all four numbers on the card, but each number can only be used once. Learn more about how to play the 24 Game by watching the tutorial video below.

Playing the 24 Game provides children with an opportunity to develop pattern sensing, problem-solving, and mental math skills. In addition, the CCIU's 24 Challenge Competition Tournament also offers a common ground for learning, communicating, and embracing the spirit of competition.

Alex's Lemonade Stand at CCS

On Friday, June 2nd, for our 13th year in a row, Alex’s Lemonade Stand (ALS) is back at CCS from 9:00am until 3:00pm. This year’s event is held in honor of CCS student, Jaxon Ford, who battled Retinoblastoma (now in remission). Learn more about Jaxon's battle by viewing the video below.

The CCS ALS stands will be located at both the 150 and 500 buildings. We will be selling soft pretzels and cups of lemonade for $1.00 each and all members of the surrounding community are invited to attend the CCS ALS stands.

Students in the 468 Building are able to participate, too, as pretzels and lemonade will be sold during their lunch periods. All proceeds are donated to the ALS Foundation and benefit childhood cancer research.

Can’t attend the event? Access the link below to make online donations from our ALS fundraising webpage. The current online goal is $2,000 and we are confident the CCS Community will quickly surpass that total.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Morganstern.

Truck, Trunk, and Table Flea Market

Join us and over 40 individual vendors for our Truck, Trunk, and Table Flea Market in the Parking Lot of the 150 Building on Saturday, June 3rd!

Highlights include Rita's Water Ice, food, fun, and a DJ! All proceeds will support the 515 Building PRIDE Fund! For more information, please review our Truck, Trunk, and Table Flea Market webpage, below.

Questions? Please email Mr. Scribner.

Law Day Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 11th grade students for placing 1st and 2nd in the Law Day 2017 Essay and Art Contests!

  • Saforra Siddiqui (center-left) won First Place in the Essay Contest and Second Place in the Art Contest!
  • Skylar James (center-right) won First Place in the Art Contest!

The awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony held at the West Chester Country Club on May 5th. Way to go, ladies, you are both such talented artists and you make CCS so proud!

Pulsera Project

From May 30th until June 9th, the Spanish Honor Society will be hosting the Pulsera Project. The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that helps support struggling communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the people who created the pulseras. All pulseras will be sold for $5.00 each.

Spanish Honor Society will be selling pulseras in the 500, 515, and 535 Buildings on the following days during lunch periods:

  • 500 Building: May 30th - June 1st
  • 515 Building: June 5th - June 7th
  • 535 Building: June 8th - June 9th

If you have questions or if you are interested in purchasing but cannot make it to the lunch sales, please contact Mr. Rudolph via email.

PSAT Registration

The 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The registration deadline is June 14, 2017.

Collegium is offering the PSAT to our Sophomores free-of-charge, because it is critical in fostering the college-bound mindset and a pre-requisite for taking AP classes. Freshman and Juniors for the 2017-2018 school year may take the test for a fee of $25.00. Registration information and paperwork will be sent home with students.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email one of our High School Counselors, Ms. Tracey or Mrs. Wolfe.

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:

  • Cohen Davis
  • Sergio Romero-Urbina
  • Simone Kinkade
  • Azaira Bunch
  • Victoria Pascarella

Approval for Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for these days of absence to be excused.

2017-2018 Child Care and Bussing

If your child needs alternative bussing (within your home school district) for child care arrangements during the 2017-2018 school year, please review the following information.

If your home school district is Coatesville, Downingtown, or West Chester and you wish to use an alternative bus to a daycare, babysitter or bus stop besides your home bus stop, complete the DASD, CASD, or WCASD forms below and return via email it to Mrs. Novak by June 16th.

Alternative bus assignments do not carry over from a previous year. A new form must be completed each school year.

If your plans change after June 16th, please forward your bus request as soon as possible. Requests received by Collegium after July 31st may not be processed by the home school district in time for the start of school.

If your home school district is not mentioned and you have questions regarding bus assignments, please email Mrs. Novak.

2017 Graduation DVDs for Sale

DVDs of our 2017 Graduation Ceremony are now on sale through CCS Morning News*! Graduation DVDs are being sold for $10.00 each and will include the Graduation Ceremony and the Senior Slideshow.

Orders can be submitted via the Preorder Form (below) by June 5th, with cash payments due June 9th. High school students can purchase DVDs during select lunch periods.

DVDs will be available for pick up during our Summer Break at the 435 Building. Families will be notified of the pick-up date once it is determined. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Maalouf.

*To learn more about CCS Morning News, visit their website via the link below.

Specialty Drama Camp

Collegium is proudly offering a new Specialty Drama Camp opportunity during the week of June 19th.

For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Drama Camp Registration Form, below.

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

New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring their 9th Annual NEHS New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help new CCS teachers (and teachers changing grade levels) build classroom libraries.

Collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building through Wednesday, June 7th. Please help classroom libraries blossom and broaden students’ reading selection by donating new and/or gently used books. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

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 the students, teachers and families who sent in Box Tops for our April FLASH Contest. In just two weeks, we collected ever 14,000 Box Tops! Great job, CCS!

April Box Tops Bring May Ice Pops

The HSA is proud to announce the winners of the April Box Tops FLASH contest!

  • 468 Building: Ms. Kowalsky's 1st Grade Class
  • 150 Building: Ms. Cordova's 1st Grade Class
  • 500 Building: Ms. O'Malley's 4th Grade Class

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted Box Tops to support the HSA!

Summer Read-A-Thon

Back for another summer! Details on our Summer Read-A-Thon will be coming soon. Keep an eye on our HSA Facebook page and your email inboxes for more information. K-6th grade students will also bring home information via their backpacks. Lets make this year even more successful than last year!

School Stores

The schedule for volunteers is posted through the end of the school year! The students are still excited to be able to shop on Wednesday mornings and at lunch time, but this is only possible if we have volunteers to work the stores. Sign up today!

Do You Shoparoo?

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to earn money for CCS is just snapping pictures of your receipts?

Shoparoo is a FREE mobile app that turns picutes of your shopping reciepts into cash for our school! Simply download the app to your mobile device, snap a picture of your receipts from your everyday shopping: grocery stores, gas stations, Target, Wal-mart. Last year we earned over $1,200. Can we top that this year?

For more information, access the link below.

Uniform Resale Shop

Our Uniform Resale Shop is in need of girls uniform pieces:

  • Skirts
  • Skorts
  • Jumpers
  • White Peter Pan Shirts

If you have any outgrown uniforms, please consider donating to the Uniform Resale Shop. All dontations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go directly to the CCS Uniform Scholaship Fund.

The Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 Building and is open 9:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm on school days. View our pricing list via the link below.


So many of us shop on Amazon regularly. If you use AmazonSmile and select Collegium Charter School as your charity, a percentage of your everyday purchases is donated back to CCS during checkout.

Community Opportunity

Our Community Opportunity section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies.

Football and Cheerleading Registration

Coatesville Kid Raiders Football and Cheerleading Walk-On Registration will be every Saturday in June from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Abdala Park in Coatesville. Online registration and additional information is available via 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

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