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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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