Collegium Newsletter november 5, 2018

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Nov. 5th - Day 6

  • Grades 7-8: Canned Food Drive Begins (Ends November 16th) 7:30am - 3:30pm @ 515 Building
  • CCS 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment Period Begins 9:00am (Online Only) (Ends Monday, November 19th)
  • Grades 7-12: "Les Misérables School Edition" Vocal Auditions | Auditorium 3:30pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building

Tue., Nov. 6th - Day 1

  • 150 Building: Grades K-4 Book Fair Ends (Began Monday, October 29th)
  • Grades 10-12: Girls In Engineering Conference @ Villanova University
  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed., Nov. 7th - Day 2

  • Grades 9-12: Techies Day Field Trip 8:30am - 1:45pm @ Evolve IP, LLC.
  • 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Grades 7-12: "Les Misérables" Dance Auditions/Callbacks | Auditorium 3:30pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K-4 Lego STEM/Coding Club | 486 Building Music and Art Rooms 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 468/486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | 486 Building Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • HSA Meeting | Cafeteria 4:30pm @ 535 Building

Thu., Nov. 8th - Day 3

  • Grades 9-12: Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: STEM Mentoring Club K-4 | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices

Fri., Nov. 9th - Day 4

  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-12: Dress Your Best Day for $1.00 (Sponsored by CCS Yearbook Committee) | Students are encouraged to wear their best outfits (suits, ties, dresses, etc.), but no jeans or sweat outfits. If students have P.E., they should bring a change of clothes and/or sneakers.
  • Grades K-6: End of 1st Trimester
  • Red Cross Blood Drive (Sponsored by the National Honor Society) | Gym 6:00am - 5:00pm @ 535 Building

Saturday, Nov. 10th

  • Grades 1-6: Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic | Gym 9:00am - 1:00pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: UNICEF/She's the First Club Field Trip 9:00am - 12:30pm @ Chester County Historical Society

5th Grade Poetry Reading Party

On Tuesday, October 30th, 5th Grade students in Mrs. Abbey Roggio's English Language Arts class participated in a Fall Poetry Contest. Students, teachers, administrators, and several parents gathered at the party to celebrate the contest and hear the wonderful poetry. Some parents also shared poems that they wrote. Mrs. Roggio said, “We had the idea of challenging the parents and students to write a fall poem. I am so impressed by their determination and the quality of their writing.”

“The event was beautiful. Everyone did well, and I appreciate all that the teachers did to put this together.” -Mr. Mongi Borni, Collegium Parent

The parents attending the Poetry Contest had nothing but kind words to say about the students' works. Ms. Michele Hamilton, whose son shared a poem, also recited one of her own. Ms. Hamilton commented, "I think the students did an amazing job on their poems. I enjoyed sharing my poems with the entire class." Another parent, Mr. Mongi Borni, whose daughter also performed, stated, “The event was beautiful. Everyone did well, and I appreciate all that the teachers did to put this together.”

“We all enjoyed this activity. We really had fun. All of us did a really amazing job, and I think we should definitely do this again.” -Charlise K., 5th Grade Student

After all of the students read their poems aloud, Marina A. was named the contest's winner. Finalists included Jesus H., Connor B., and Charlise K. Finalist, Charlise K. had a lot to say about the event. “We all enjoyed this activity. We really had fun. All of us did a really amazing job, and I think we should definitely do this again.”

Marina, Jesus, Connor, and Charlise received a special certificate, and every student who recited their poems got to hang them on Mrs. Roggio's Poem Board for all to read and enjoy. After seeing how well the Fall Poetry Contest went, maybe Mrs. Roggio will have a Winter Contest!

Athletics Updates

CCS Will Join The Bicentennial Athletic League

Collegium is pleased to announce that we will join the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) for all sports at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The BAL was established in 1975-1976 to create competition among schools of comparable size and determine a champion. The BAL consists of 17 schools—almost double the number in Collegium's previous athletic league—and competes in District 1 of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association).

Pursuing membership in the BAL was a year-long process that included a letter of request, an application, and presentations to BAL member school Principals and Coaches by Mr. John Allen, CCS's Director of Athletics, and Mr. Graham Dryburgh, CCS High School Assistant Principal. BAL members then voted on whether to induct Collegium into the league. Their decision was unanimously positive!

“This is a major step forward for Collegium Charter School (CCS) Athletics and a time for our Athletics Program to enhance its competition level. We are very proud to be a part of a thriving sports league like the BAL!” -Mr. John Allen, Director of Athletics for CCS.

Mr. Allen foresees BAL membership changing CCS Athletics’ profile considerably, and for the better. “Membership in the BAL will raise our level of competition and provide a barometer to gauge where our sports and teams are throughout their different seasons.” Another advantage to BAL membership is that it creates natural rivals with local schools in the BAL. Collegium will be able to play against teams on an annual basis—meaning our games and playoff appearances now hold greater value.

Mr. Allen is confident that CCS Athletics will be a major asset to the BAL, as well. “They believe we will help the BAL’s profile with Girls and Junior Varsity sports. We definitely plan to achieve that goal!”

“We are excited about the future for CCS Athletics,” exclaimed Mr. Allen. “Watch for even greater things in the future from our talented student-athletes!”

CCS Cross Country Runner Qualifies For PIAA State Championships

Tough runs do not last, but tough people do. Collegium has some of the most tenacious and resilient Cross Country runners within the TCISL League. These boys and girls trained hard, worked harder, and continued to accomplish their goals throughout every race this fall season. Not only did our Collegium Cross Country Team earn the TCISL District I Championship Title, but one specific runner also qualified for the PIAA State Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Jacob I. has been ferocious on each course and continues to exceed all expectations of a Sophomore runner. He qualified at the PIAA District I Championships by running a 17:35 at Lehigh University.

Now, Jacob's focus is on his next event, his next competition, and continuing his phenomenal season by earning a medal in the PIAA State Championships. Jacob will compete for the position of Pennsylvania's top boys runner with other top runners from across our state. We wish Jacob the best of luck, and truly believe he will accomplish his goal! Go Collegium Cougars!

Volleyball Girls Make TCISL All-League Team

Our Girls Varsity Volleyball Team fought against top competitors through the fall TCISL season. Along with tough rivalries come phenomenal athletes who deserve to be recognized for their exceptional athleticism. Ellie A. and Kayla L. were recognized by the league and added to the prominent TCISL All-League Volleyball Team. This is a monumental accomplishment for our student-athletes, our Girls Volleyball Team, and Collegium Athletics.

Please join us in congratulating Ellie and Kayla. Come out to support their game against the Penn-Jersey All League Team at 6:00pm at New Foundations Charter School this Wednesday, November 7th. This game will display the most talented Girls Volleyball student-athletes in both leagues. Ellie and Kayla continue to strive for greatness on and off the court. Let's bring the Collegium family together and praise their hard work!

Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic

Collegium students in Grades 1-6 are invited to attend our Skills & Drills Basketball Clinic on Saturday, November 10th in the 535 Gym.

The cost is $10.00/child. Students in Grades 1-3 will participate from 10:00am until 11:00am, while our 4th-6th Grade students will participate from 11:00am until 12:00pm. Payment and Permission Slips (below) are due by Saturday, November 10th.

Questions? Email Coach Markel Jones.

Fire Chief Visits the 150 Firsties

Downingtown Battalion Chief, Jeff Trego, visited eight classes of First Grade students on Monday, October 29th. Chief Trego arrived to his presentation, dressed in a CCS tee shirt, jeans, and sneakers. He stressed to the children that he is a CCS dad and husband first (son, Evan, is a 10th grader and wife, Jena is an IA in the 150 building) and firefighter second. The children learned that firefighters are, not only community helpers, but citizens of their community who live, work, and play, just like everyone else. As he transformed himself from citizen to community helper, the children received clear descriptions of what each piece of gear does to ensure safety to the wearer and those who are being rescued. In addition, they learned that firefighters are helpers and are not to be feared.

The Firsties were mesmerized with the weight of his jacket, as well as the idea that, as a volunteer, firefighters in this area are not paid for their service. They were commended for their focus and informed that they will make great fire fighters someday (minimum age to join is 16).

Children in all eight classes had great questions to ask of their local hero. They also shared much of their previously-learned knowledge about where smoke detectors should be, that fire extinguishers have dials that need to be checked for safety, and what to do if you are on fire.

All eight First Grade Teachers and their children are very grateful to Chief Trego for taking time out of his work day to visit with our students and share his love for firefighting!

News From Our High School

HS Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Monday, November 19th, and Tuesday, November 20th, Collegium's High School families are invited to take part in our Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be scheduled in 15 minute increments from 12:30pm until 6:00pm both days.

Conferences provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with their children's teachers to discuss questions or concerns, class progress, and students' strengths and needs. All conferences must be scheduled by Sunday, November 18th. Any conference requests after this date must be arranged through direct email communication with the teacher.

Using the link below, click on the teacher with whom you'd like to conference and follow the instructions on the teacher's sign-up website. Conferences are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to sign up early to help secure your preferred conference time.

Questions? Email our High School Assistant Principal, Mr. Graham Dryburgh.

Mock Crash Event Photo Essay

On Friday, October 26th, Collegium's 10th-12th Grade students experienced a Mock Crash Event coordinated with State Farm, Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, and other local and state emergency services personnel. After the Mock Crash Event, 9th-12th Grade students participated in a related assembly called "Cruisin', Not Boozin'" in the High School's Gym.

The images below show scenes from the Mock Crash Event and the assembly that followed. We'll share a highlights video in a future Newsletter that will give viewers a better understanding of the impact and learning opportunities this powerful event provided.

FAFSA Completion Night

Collegium will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00pm in the 535 Library.

Financial Aid experts will be on-site to answer your questions and to help you complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Completion and submission of the FAFSA is necessary for students to be eligible for financial aid. Seniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP using the email address below.

Planning to attend? Prior to the event, parents/guardians and students should visit the website below and create FSA IDs (for both parents/guardians and students). Please also bring prior-year tax information to complete the FAFSA application.

Quarter 1 Report Cards For 7th-12th Grade Students

We are pleased to announce the rollout of digital report cards for students, parents, and guardians. In addition to the paper copies distributed to Middle and High School students on Friday, November 2nd, Quarter 1 Report Cards are now also available in your PowerSchool account.

Sign into the online CCS Student & Parent PowerSchool portal (below) and click the Report Card link in the navigation menu to view your child’s report. If you haven’t already done so, this would be a good time to become familiar with your online account.

Questions pertaining to report card content should be directed to the applicable teacher. PowerSchool support is available by emailing PowerSchool@ccs.us.

Elementary Lost & Found Clean-Out

On Friday, November 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 Friday!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Dan Karstetter

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you can greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Watch this video to learn more about, Dan Karstetter, Elementary Technology Teacher in the 468/486 Building.

Education Explained: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Each week, CCS employees highlight common terms and philosophies in education and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Natalie Corcimiglia, Social Worker/Mental Health Therapist.

November is National Homeless Awareness Month (NHAM). Unfortunately, all of Pennsylvania's school communities include homeless students and families. Collegium is not an exception. NHAM gives us the chance to reach out to these families to connect them with resources that meet their needs, especially those related to a child’s right to free and appropriate education.

The federal government has enacted several laws and programs that benefit the homeless. The 2001 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (the Act) specifically focuses on removing barriers to education that homeless children encounter. Under the Act, students are considered homeless if they have been displaced from their homes and are living in a place that is not fixed, regular, or adequate, such as:

  • Sharing housing with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • In a place not designated as a regular sleeping accommodation, such as a vehicle, park, hotel, or campground
  • In a homeless or domestic violence shelter, or in a transitional housing placement
  • Outside of his/her home as an unaccompanied youth
  • As the child of a migrant family in any of the situations listed above.

Please access the links below for more information and resources related to education and homelessness.

Email Mrs. Corcimiglia if you believe you may be eligible for benefits and to find out what services and supports may be available to your family.

Planned Absences: How To Obtain CCS Approval

Will your child be absent from school because you're 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.

Nominate CCS Teachers For Citadel's Heart Of Learning Award

Citadel Federal Credit Union has announced the opening of nominations for its 2019 Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Use the link below to nominate Collegium teachers for this, the 18th Annual Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Citadel will accept nominations through December 31, 2018.

Together with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), Citadel created its Heart of Learning Award in 2001. Any person who teaches at a public or private Chester County school is eligible to win. Every year, Citadel receives thousands of heartfelt nominations from Chester County students, parents/guardians, and community members for teachers who are making a true difference in students’ lives. Last year, more than 2,300 teachers were nominated.

After the nomination period ends, 15 finalists are selected from the nominations: One from each of the 13 public school districts in Chester County, one from the CCIU, and one from a Chester County non-public school. All finalists receive $500 to use in their classrooms and are honored at the Citadel Heart of Learning Awards Banquet in early May. Three winners (one each from a High School, Middle School, and Elementary School) are selected from the 15 finalists to receive an additional $1,500 to use in their classrooms.

In addition to the teaching excellence award, the three schools that submit the most nominations are designated “Schools with Heart." Citadel awards these schools cash prizes to be used for assemblies or events: $1,500 to the school in first place, $750 for the second-place school, and $500 for third place.

Please Donate Hand Warmers!

You've probably noticed the fresh chill in the air! Our K-12 employees who assist with morning arrival duties are hoping for donations of hand warmers.

Please drop off hand warmer donations at your child's building or send them to Mrs. McMichael's attention in the 150 Building.

Notice: 7th Grade Field Trip Planned

The 7th Grade Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, May 24, 2019.

Students and 21 faculty/staff members will visit Baltimore, Maryland’s National Aquarium and will also take a 45-minute guided, climate-controlled Inner Harbor cruise through Waterworks on the Bay. Our Field Trip is designed to enrich and reinforce concepts discussed in our Life Science and Social Studies classes.

The cost of this trip is $50.00 per student. Please return payment and the Permission Slip (below) to Ms. Pouncy in an envelope labeled with the student’s name. Checks should be made payable to Collegium Charter School.

Questions? Need to arrange a payment plan? Email Ms. Pouncy for assistance.

NHS Blood Drive

The National Honor Society is sponsoring the biannual Red Cross Blood Drive this year. The Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, November 9th from 7:00am to 5:00pm in the 535 Building's Gym.

Students 16 years of age and older may participate in the Blood Drive as long as their parents/guardians sign Parental Consent Forms and the students meet the Red Cross' donation height and weight requirements. These can be found on the Red Cross website (linked below) or at the NHS table outside of the 535 Building Cafeteria during the week of November 4th.

Blood donations save lives! Please consider signing up!

Upcoming Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Here's an opportunity to grab some coffee and look for great reads for you and your children! Collegium's annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair begins Wednesday, November 14th at the Main Street Exton location and continues in-store through Sunday, November 18th. This event supports literacy, Collegium library purchases, and family fun!

When you visit Barnes & Noble Exton between Wednesday, November 14th and Sunday, November 18th, be sure to mention that your purchases are for Collegium. That way, we will be sure to receive a percentage of the purchases. Even better, join us for our Kick-Off Event at 3:30pm on Wednesday, November 14th, which will feature a live, in-store performance by the CCS High School Chamber Choir.

If you prefer, you can shop Barnes & Noble online until November 23rd (Black Friday), using the link below. During checkout, be sure to enter the Collegium's Book Fair Event ID Number—12392007—in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page.

We hope to see you at Barnes & Noble during the Book Fair! Questions? Please email Mrs. Ferry.

2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment at Collegium

General Information

According to PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students are considered for enrollment ahead of new, non-sibling enrollees. Sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, however. CCS must first ensure that the Sibling Enrollment materials families submit are complete. Then CCS determines if space is available for the sibling.

Sibling Enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students. Siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students include:

  • Siblings by birth,
  • Step-siblings,
  • Adopted siblings, and
  • Foster siblings.

Also included in Sibling Enrollment are wards subject to legal guardianship, or other children related by blood or marriage who live with the currently enrolled CCS student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent(s) for support. A Court Order or a completed and notarized Guardianship Form is required to document guardianship status.

One Collegium family representing three different grade levels and CCS buildings.

Prepare Your Documents Now

Collegium's 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment process begins Monday, November 5th at 9:00am and ends Monday, November 19th at 12:00pm. Exceptions to enrollment deadlines are not considered.

The process is completed online*, only and families must upload certain required information (outlined below). To "digitize"** the documents for uploading, you can scan them with a dedicated scanner or take clear photos using a smartphone or tablet. The documents are:

  • Copy of the child's Birth Certificate
  • Copy of the child's current Immunization Record
  • Two (2) Proofs of Residency for the family
  • Student ID (Food Service PIN) of the child's oldest sibling attending Collegium

If you do not have a copy of your child's Immunization Record, please obtain it from your child's health care provider. Do not ask the health care provider to send the Immunization Record to Collegium; instead, please personally receive the Immunization Record so you can control when Collegium receives it.

Proofs of Residency (two are required) are limited to: A deed, lease, mortgage statement, current utility bill, current credit card bill, property tax bill, vehicle registration, driver’s license, or PennDOT identification card. Proofs of Residency documents may not be expired.

Student IDs (Food Service PINs) are five-digit numbers assigned to each Collegium student. Families receive their children's Student IDs in their Summer Information Packets. If you need help finding your child's Student ID, please ask your child for it or contact the Main Office of your child's building.

Email our Enrollment Department with questions about the documents required for Collegium's 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment process. Thank you!

*If you don't have internet access or if you need help scanning your child's documents, we can assist you at our 435 Building (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA 19341) in November between 8:30am and 3:30pm on days when school is in session.

**Digitizing documents means converting them into electronic files like photos or scanned images. Families can upload photos or scanned images of Birth Certificates, Immunization Records, and Proofs of Residency. Digitized items must be clear, readable, and include all four corners of each document. Please remove documents from their envelopes before taking their pictures or scanning them. If you wish, you may keep dollar amounts confidential by covering them with marker or ink.

School Picture Retake Days For Grades K-11

Our Grades K-11 Picture Retake Days are scheduled as follows:

  • Grades K-6: Monday, December 3rd
  • Grades 7-11: Friday, December 7th

Students who were absent on their original Picture Day or who are not happy with their original photos can have their pictures taken again on Picture Retake Day.

Students who are having their pictures retaken should return the picture packet to the photographer on their Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for Picture Retakes. If your child was absent on their Picture Day and you wish to order photos, please provide a completed Order Form (linked below) and payment on the designated Picture Retake Day.

Senior Portrait Retakes

Senior Portrait Retakes require an appointment. Any Senior who missed the summer and fall portrait dates must respond to the Google Classroom announcement to schedule an appointment. Questions? Please email Miss O'Neill.

Reporting Health Screening Results With Magnus

CCS School Nurses will report students' annual vision and hearing screening results differently this year. In the past, the results were sent home on paper. After our School Nurses enter results into Magnus this year, the Magnus system will send families an email telling them to check their child's Magnus account for a new treatment note. This is where your child's screening results will be located.

Two of our School Nurses: Mrs. Mellone (left) and Mrs. Wilkins (right).

If you don't have email access or if you have questions, please contact your child's School Nurse for assistance.

If you have not yet completed the required Magnus information, please refer to our July 2018 Magnus Introductory Letter (below), and complete the information as soon as possible.

CCS Decorating Winter Tree At Longwood Gardens

The CCS K-12 Art Department is happy to announce that we have once again been selected to participate in Longwood Gardens' Winter Children's Trees program. The theme Art Teachers selected for this year's tree is "Candy Land." The teachers have been working with their students to create some adorable ornaments. Our tree is sure to be delectable!

Collegium students' tree will be on display at Longwood Gardens from November 22nd through January 6th. For details and ticketing information, see the Longwood Gardens website, linked below.

Home & School Association (HSA) Updates

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! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.

The HSA Presents Family Bingo

K-6th Grade students and their families are invited to join the HSA on Saturday, December 1st for an evening of Family Bingo! Doors of the 515 Building Cafeteria will open at 4:00pm. Games will be played from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. In addition to Bingo, families can enjoy raffles, door prizes, snacks and drinks, and a special appearance by Carl the Cougar!

Buy your tickets today @ $12.00 per person using the link below. Ticket prices will increase after November 16th.

CCS Spirit Night At Chick-fil-A

The CCS HSA has arranged a CCS Spirit Night at both the Downingtown and Lionville Chick-fil-A locations on Tuesday, November 27th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Delicious food, great company, and a percentage of the sales will go to Collegium! We hope to see you there.

Shoparoo and AmazonSmile

Shoparoo and AmazonSmile are two ways you can easily donate to Collegium when you shop, especially during the upcoming holidays.

Shoparoo is a free iOS and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into CCS donations. Using the app is quick, easy, and convenient. Shop anywhere you want and buy whatever you normally buy, then snap a picture of your receipt and submit it to Shoparoo. Voila! You’ve made an instant cash donation to Collegium.

Shoparoo requires no personal information, and you can mark out anything on your receipts that you don’t want to submit. For more information on Shoparoo, visit Shoparoo's website (linked below).

AmazonSmile offers the same products, prices, services, and benefits (including Amazon Prime) as Amazon.com. The extra benefit with AmazonSmile is that you can effortlessly donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Collegium!

Simply log into smile.amazon.com (link below) using your existing Amazon account login and password, select Collegium as your charity, and start shopping!

HSA Five Below Fundraiser

Shop at Five Below between Saturday, November 10th and Monday, December 10th to donate a portion of your purchases to our HSA. As with all HSA fundraisers, the proceeds go to the HSA, which uses them to support CCS activities and classrooms.

Just print the flyer (below) and present it at checkout to contribute to this HSA fundraiser. Thank you!

Volunteer At Family Bingo

The HSA is looking for volunteers and donations for our Family Bingo on Saturday, December 1st. Please see the link below to sign up. This should be a lot of fun for everyone who volunteers, attends, and plays! Adult volunteers require clearances.

Uniform Resale Shop Donations Needed

Our Uniform Resale Shop needs donations! Our gym pants, sweatshirts, and skorts inventories are very low. Please consider donating your outgrown uniforms. All proceeds directly benefit the Uniform Scholarship Fund for CCS students and families in need.

November HSA Meeting

The next HSA General Meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria. We have many different events to plan and volunteer opportunities to discuss. Bring a CCS staff member along to be entered into a prize raffle!

Please enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance. Building access is not available after 4:45pm. If you have questions or need additional information, email our HSA Officers directly.

Volunteer At Our School Stores

CCS students in the 150, 468/486, and 500 Buildings love their School Stores! We need volunteers to keep them open for students before school and during lunch periods. If you can offer a few hours to work a School Store, please sign up using the link below. Note that clearances are required for School Store volunteers.

Winter Coat Collection

The CCS HSA is collecting gently used winter coats, hats, and gloves in adult and children’s sizes. Donations can be dropped off to the Uniform Resale Shop in CCS’s 500 Building. These donations are for CCS students in need who may be without winter coats. All infant and toddler donations will benefit the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Head Start Program.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium is committed to maintaining a strong and trusting partnership with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). Together, we encourage all Collegium students, staff, and parents/guardians to contact the WWPD with any information they feel should be investigated.

The WWPD has a dedicated email address and phone number for the public to use to provide information quickly and directly to them.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD Tip Line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact your Building Principal(s):

Important Collegium Telephone Numbers

Collegium's Main Number


Building 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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