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Collegium Newsletter October 7, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Monday, Oct. 7th - Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Boys MS Soccer vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45pm @ Phoenixville Soccer Club
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 150 Building Intramurals: 2nd-4th Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: 2nd-4th Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Plumstead Christian | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Tuesday, Oct. 8th - Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 5-6: Book Fair Ends (Began Monday, September 30th) | Library @ 500 Building
  • POSTPONED to Mon., Oct. 21--150 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip (Frank, D’Ambra, and Roggio) | 8:45am - 2:45pm @ Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Leadership Meeting | Room 329 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Tavern Competition Interest Meeting | Mac Lab 3:15pm - 4:15pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Boys V Soccer vs. Holy Ghost Prep 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. New Hope-Solebury | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Upper Merion 3:45pm @ Upper Merion Middle School
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building Intramurals: K-1 Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: K-1 Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 468/486 Building
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 207 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building Intramurals: 5th-6th Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • NEHS Monthly Student Meeting | Art Room 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. New Hope-Solebury | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Wednesday, Oct. 9th - Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Review Day | Wear ROAR Shirts W/ Uniform Bottoms
  • 468/486 Building: Pink Out Day (Optional) | Wear Pink to honor those affected by Breast Cancer
  • 150 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip (Keller, Covert, Thomas, and Ryder) 8:45am - 2:45pm @ Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
  • Boys V Soccer vs. MaST 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • 150 Building Intramurals: 2nd-4th Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: 2nd-4th Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 468/486 Building
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Chester Charter Academy for the Arts | Gym 4:00pm @ 500 Building

Thursday, Oct. 10th - Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • 500 Building: Apple Crunch Day | Bring an apple or another healthy snack to school
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • CougarTek EsportsTeam Meeting | Technology Lab (Room 705) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • MS Cross Country vs. Kimberton Waldorf 3:45pm @ Kimberton Waldorf School-Upper Field
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 932 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building Intramurals: K-1 Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 486 Building Intramurals: K-1 Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 500 Building Intramurals: 5th-6th Grade Running Club | Parking Lot 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • CougarTek EsportsTeam Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Level13 eSports Gaming Center
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Fri., Oct. 11th - Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades 7-12: Yankee Candle Fundraiser Ends (Benefits the MS/HS Music Dept.) (Began Monday, September 30th)
  • CCS Flu Clinic for Students and Employees | Nurse's Office 8:15am - 12:30pm @ 150 Building
  • 486 Building: 4th Grade Field Trip 8:20am - 2:00pm @ Philadelphia Zoo
  • 468 Building: 1st Grade Field Trip 8:30am - 2:00pm @ Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Plumstead Christian 3:45pm @ Plumstead Christian School
  • 500 Building: Grade 5 Rec Night | Gym 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Sat., Oct. 12th

  • Boys V Soccer vs. Plumstead Christian 5:00pm @ Palisades High School

Community Helper Day In Our 468 Building

On Friday, October 4th, 1st Graders in our 468 Building had the honor of hearing from several members of our community during Community Helper Day.

Community Helper Day is an annual event that teaches our students the importance of safety and security both inside and outside of our school. The visitors included local Firefighters, Police Officers, SWAT Team Members, and EMTs.

"My favorite part was hearing the police sirens!" -Mariah S., CCS 1st Grader
"On Community Helper Day, the kids get to meet the different community members we’ve been learning about in Social Studies." -Ms. Morrison, 1st Grade Teacher
"My favorite part of today was the SWAT truck." -Mason H., CCS 1st Grader

In addition to First Responders, a Nurse, Farmer, Realtor, and several other professionals from our local community came by to describe their careers to our students during 15-minute sessions.

"It was fun to open the event up to parents who could share their professions with us and their roles in the community." -Mrs. Kowalsky, 1st Grade Teacher

CCS Student Wins Girls Living STEM Award

Collegium is very pleased to announce that 8th Grader Carley B. has won the prestigious 2019 Girls Living STEM Award! The Award is part of a program called “Women Living STEM” that’s offered through the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice organization (STEM Learning Ecosystems). Carley was nominated by Mr. Harvey Scribner, her Technology Teacher.

Carley learned about the Award from a letter she received from Dr. Alyssa Briggs, Director of STEM Learning Ecosystems. Dr. Briggs wrote:

“On behalf of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, we would like to inform you that you are a 2019 recipient of the Girls Living STEM Award. Your nomination by Harvey Scribner used these words to describe you: Passion, Leadership, Cooperative, Kind, Empathetic, and Thoughtful. You exemplify a young woman who demonstrates leadership qualities and inspires those around you through your passion for STEM. You look for opportunities to build your STEM skills and engage in leading and mentoring exchanges. We are honored to recognize you.”

Carley with our Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious.

“Carley was an outstanding member of my Computer Skills & Applications class last year and is already a leader in my STEAM-Enrichment (Engineering & Architectural Introduction) class this year,” said Mr. Scribner. “She excels at providing positive leadership to her peers and at creating and presenting interesting projects in multiple fields of STEM-related study. Carley has a quiet maturity about her that allows her to grasp difficult concepts. I am grateful that she enjoys learning in my class. Her presence is a benefit to the other students she works with here, as well.”

"I love science because it’s the easiest [subject] to put in my mind. I can ‘click’ onto any science fact more than I could in any other subject. It's enjoyable to tell others what they don't know about the subject and help them out.” -Carley B., CCS 8th Grader and Winner of the 2019 Girls Living STEM Award

Mr. Ted Sterious, our Middle School Principal, is also extremely proud of Carley. “To be successful in life takes determination, grit, and a positive attitude. Carley epitomizes all three of these characteristics and will be successful in life,” he observed. “I am very proud of her attitude and her willingness to learn. Keep up the good work!”

On Monday, October 21, 2019, STEM Learning Ecosystems will host a Women Living STEM recognition event in Cleveland, OH where Carley will further be recognized in event materials and via STEM Learning Ecosystems’ social media and website.

To learn more about STEM Learning Ecosystems and the Girls Living STEM Award, access the organization’s website using the button below.

HS Transition Support Lab Benefits From Local Donations

CCS is very fortunate to be located in an area surrounded by thriving businesses. As Mrs. Meghan Corey and her colleague, Ms. Kassie Simpson, recently discovered, many of those businesses also give back to the community by supporting important initiatives, including education.

Mrs. Corey is a Learning Support Teacher in our High School. One of her classes is a Transition Support Lab, where students learn independent living skills such as how to cook and clean. “We have lessons with photos,” Mrs. Corey said, “but the students learn best when they can actually do the activities themselves.”

To help fund the “doing” in CCS’s Transition Support Lab, Mrs. Corey and Ms. Simpson completed online forms to ask for donations from several local businesses. They were thrilled to receive $200 from Wegmans and $100 from Giant in response. Mrs. Corey said that her students have already put the donations to good use, recently making tacos and milkshakes! Below, she explains some of the skills students learned during those lessons:

“As a class, we find a recipe and come up with an ingredients list. I do the shopping and bring the receipt back to class. We have a budgeting packet for the gift card where the students list the ingredients and calculate the total cost for that recipe. They then subtract it from the gift card total so we know how much we have left on the card.” The learning doesn’t stop there!

“Before the lesson,” Mrs. Corey said, “we studied different tasks and skills needed to complete the recipe, like measuring ingredients. We read through the lesson together, and then we assign various steps and tasks to students to complete during the cooking lesson.”

According to Giant’s Request a Donation page, its “main missions are improving the lives of children and feeding those in need in our community.” Similarly, two of Wegmans’ five giving priorities are to help young people succeed and encourage healthy eating and activity.

The donations Wegmans and Giant made to CCS have fulfilled those mission goals. “We are so grateful for their kindness and generosity!” exclaimed Mrs. Corey.

Great News Regarding 2019-2020 Yearbooks

Our CCS “Anamnesis” Yearbook Committee has some great news for you regarding yearbooks for 2019-2020:

  • Families will have TWO yearbook selections this year, one for Grades K-6 and a second for Grades 7-12.
  • With the help of an online yearbook production company called TreeRing, CCS yearbooks will be produced and printed digitally in 2019-2020. That means that the production and printing process will be more creative, flexible, and efficient.
  • Since our production and printing costs will be lower, CCS can make the yearbooks available at a much-reduced cost.
  • Families won’t see any yearbook price increases as the printing deadlines approach.
  • Each yearbook will have two free customizable pages where families can include photos and personal messages in the yearbooks they purchase.
  • Families can order yearbooks online using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other device.
  • All orders placed before October 31, 2019, will be discounted by 10%!
Members of the CCS “Anamnesis” Yearbook Committee.

The Anamnesis, Grades K-6 edition will be an 80-page softback book that will cost just $20. The Anamnesis, Grades 7-12 yearbook will be a 120-page hardback book that will include photos of all of the Middle and High Schools’ activities, events, and fun. The cost will only be $40.

The Yearbook Committee is looking forward to capturing a year full of fun and memories for both yearbook editions! Check out the flyers below for more information on our 2019-2020 yearbooks and TreeRing.

Examples of the TreeRing flyers showing information for K-6th Grade families (left) and 7th-12th Grade families (right).

Questions? Contact Mr. Jason Springer, High School Art Teacher and Faculty Advisor for the Yearbook Committee, using the button provided.

Apple Crunch Day In The 500 Building

The 500 Building will celebrate Apple Crunch Day on Thursday, October 10th. Apple Crunch Day is part of National Apple Month and promotes healthy snacking.

Please send an apple (or another healthy snack) with your child to school on Thursday, October 10th.

The 500 Building will take a quick break from its regular schedule that day to enjoy healthy snacks together and promote healthy eating habits!

CCST Presents: Clue On Stage (HS Edition)

It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Please join the talented students of our Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) program as they present this year's fall production, "Clue On Stage (High School Edition)". Performances will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 17th, Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th. An additional matinee performance will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 19th.

Tickets cost $10.00 and can be purchased online or at the door. It is strongly encouraged that audience members purchase their tickets ahead of time to ensure that they secure a seat for this popular show!

To purchase* your “Clue On Stage (High School Edition)” tickets online, use the button below.

*Considering the subject matter of this production, it’s recommended that children attending be in 7th Grade or higher.

Science/STEM Fair Committee Needs Volunteers

Can you believe that CCS’s first Science Fair was 18 years ago in February 2001? We’ve got the original event program to prove it. (See the picture below.)

A scan of the program used during Collegium's first annual Science Fair in 2001.

The Fair’s name has changed since then (“STEM” was added to better reflect the Fair’s scope), but the event’s purpose has remained the same: To encourage K-12 students to ask questions about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics that interest them, and to help them find those answers through actual experiments they design.

“I have been a part of the Science Fair Committee for the last 10 years, and every year it gets better!” said Mrs. Kate Tobin, an Elementary ESL Teacher who's helping to coordinate this year’s event. “Our Committee includes teachers and parents who all bring different ideas and backgrounds to our planning. We work together to be sure that our young scientists have a wonderful experience!”

Student award recipients from our 2019 Science/STEM Fair ceremony.

The Science/STEM Fair Committee is looking for volunteers who want to help plan this year's event. If you enjoy Science and other STEM-related projects and would like to help students explore their STEM interests, the Committee would love to hear your fresh, new ideas! Meetings are held about every third Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the 435 Building’s Large Conference Room.

To join CCS’s Science/STEM Fair Committee or learn more about it, please reach out to Mrs. Tobin using the button below. Thank you!

150 Building STEM Design Clubs

Ms. Cortlessa, 150 Building STEM Teacher, working with students in her class.

This week, our 150 Building's first 2019-2020 STEM Design Club meetings begin. The first session is for students in 3rd and 4th Grades. If your child is interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), we encourage them to register for STEM Design Club!

“This is the third year for the 150 Building STEM Clubs!” shared Ms. Kathleen Cortlessa, STEM Teacher in the 150 Building. “We run multiple Clubs throughout the year for different grade levels. In the Clubs, we cover a variety of topics, including computer game design, robotic Legos, 3D printing, toy and game design, and more.”

Club meetings give students opportunities to participate in hands-on technology and engineering-oriented activities, projects, and problems that help them develop a design-thinking mindset. In this year’s first STEM Club session, students will learn about 3D printing and Tinkercad, a 3D design computer program.

“Among the concepts we'll be working with during our first Club session are three-dimensional solids and holes,” Ms. Cortlessa continued. “This reinforces geometry concepts students learn about in class and will show them the relevance of math in the real world.”

STEM Club meets after school from 3:45 PM until 5:00 PM in Room 971 of the 150 Building. Each session lasts five (5) weeks. The fee for each session is $25.00. The first session, “3rd and 4th Grade STEM Design Club,” will meet on Mondays beginning on October 14th.

Pictured is a 3D printer 150 Building STEM Club students will use.
“Student interest in 3D printing is high, and they are quite curious about how it all works. By attending STEM Club, students have extended time to work on projects with like-minded peers and the opportunity to explore STEM activities at a deeper level.” -Ms. Cortlessa, 150 Building STEM Teacher

Registration for STEM Club is required! Permission Slips were sent home last week with students and are also available from Ms. Cortlessa. Permission Slips and Participation Fees for this session are due to Ms. Cortlessa by Wednesday, October 9th. Club enrollment confirmations will be sent by email after the lottery.

Interest in the STEM Design Club is high, and students must sometimes be put on a waiting list. Don’t be concerned, because several additional STEM clubs will be offered this school year! Keep an eye out for information on Session 2 for 1st and 2nd Graders in November.

Email Ms. Cortlessa with questions.

The Hazards Of Cyber Communications

Collegium’s Middle School Principal, Ted Sterious, arranged a student assembly last week addressing the hazards of communicating using today’s technology.

“The internet, social media, phones, technology, and anything dealing with electronics is a world that we all live in now,” Mr. Sterious said. “There are dangers to this technological age that we all are a part of.”

“I thought it was really important to keep your password secure and not do inappropriate things on the internet.” -Julia W., CCS 7th Grader

Mr. Sterious believes that we can educate our students about internet safety and help them avoid the pitfalls of social media and other technologies. He invited Chester County Deputy District Attorney, Renee Merion, to speak first to our 7th Graders and then our 8th Graders about the impact of working and communicating online.

Chester County Deputy District Attorney, Renee Merion, speaking to our Middle School students about communicating online.
“I think it was cool because I got to learn about cyber stuff and how to stay safe on the internet.” -Lucas G., CCS 7th Grader

One area of focus for Deputy District Attorney Merion was problems that can arise from texting messages and/or pictures and how those issues can be avoided. She pointed out that everything we do online is permanent and cannot be erased. That means that our online activities and communications become part of who we are and how we are perceived. If technology tools are used inappropriately, our actions may have serious and negative consequences for ourselves and for others.

Chester County Deputy District Attorney, Renee Merion, speaking to our Middle School students about communicating online.
“My favorite part was learning that a criminal went to jail for 40 years. I learned that having a password is good.” -Carmine C., CCS 7th Grader

Our Middle School students all listened closely to District Attorney Merion and were very much engaged in the Assembly. Mr. Sterious urges parents and guardians to speak with their children about what they learned at the assembly. “Ask your children what they heard about potential dangers of being on the internet and what thoughts they took away from the assembly,” suggested Mr. Sterious. “Communication is key to effective relationships with middle-schoolers. They need us to listen to them and help them navigate our world in 2019!”

From Our Home & School Association

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our Home & School Association (HSA) owes its success to the efforts of our many parent/guardian, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations. Questions? Email our HSA Officers using the button below.

BoxTop$ For Education

Our HSA’s BoxTop$ For Education contest is going on now! Please send your child’s Box Tops to school by Friday, October 18th.

Please cut out the whole Box Top and make sure its Expiration Date is current.

Every Box Top collected is worth 10¢ for CCS. Don’t forget to scan your receipts and to check Box Top expiration dates.

HSA Officers will announce the class who wins our BoxTop$ For Education contest in November. To help the HSA give credit for Box Tops to the correct class, please clearly write the name of your child’s teacher on your child’s sealed bag of Box Tops!

Please contact the HSA with questions!

Update Available: PowerSchool Mobile For Android

The PowerSchool team has been working hard to bring parents and guardians a fully redesigned mobile app experience on Android! PowerSchool Mobile for Android Version 2.0 is now available for download in the Google Play Store.

This update is designed to improve and enhance families’ PowerSchool experiences and includes a new dashboard that allows families to gather their important information in one central location.

If you don’t have automatic updates enabled on your Android device, you'll want to download this new PowerSchool Mobile App now. You’ll need Collegium’s District Code, CCCX, for the update.

Questions? Email CCS PowerSchool personnel using the button below.

500 Building Career Day

CCS will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th Grade students on Monday, November 25th between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

One of the most important aspects of Career Day is when parents/guardians and community members volunteer to talk to our students about their careers. We can share all sorts of information with students about different careers, but hearing first-hand from adults in varied, real-life professions is especially meaningful.

On Career Day, CCS students are encouraged to dress like their future professional selves.

Volunteers are asked to make three or four 25-minute presentations on Career Day, including a brief Question and Answer session with students after each presentation. “Career Day is a wonderful opportunity to increase our students’ awareness of the many possibilities their futures hold,” commented Mrs. Corinne Hirst, School Counselor in the 500 Building. “In this age of technology and rapid change, we’re especially interested in helping our 6th Grade students learn about entrepreneurial opportunities.”

If you’d like to volunteer at the 500 Building’s Career Day, please use the button below to email Mrs. Hirst.

Reminder: 468 Building K-1 Rec Night Payment Due

CCS’s 468 Building is planning a Rec Night for their Kindergarten and 1st Grade students. The event will take place on Friday, October 25th between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM in the 468 Building.

Rec Night will be filled with games, crafts, and team-building activities created to encourage bonding between Kindergarteners and 1st Graders. The $5.00 per-student cost will be used to purchase equipment for the 468/486 Building’s playgrounds.

Permission Slips for the 468 Building's K-1 Rec Night were sent home last week with students. If your child is going to participate, please be sure to return their completed Permission Slip and $5.00 payment to Miss Stauffer (468 Building) by Friday, October 4th. Payments must be in cash; no coins, please!

Questions? Email Miss Stauffer using the button below.

Important Information From Our School Nurses

CCS’s Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic

CCS’s Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic for students is scheduled for Friday, October 11th. If you’d like your children to be vaccinated at the Clinic, please complete and submit an Influenza Vaccine Consent Form to your child’s School Nurse no later than Monday, October 7th. No late forms will be accepted.

The Consent Form is available as a “Resource” on the School Health/School Nurses page of Collegium’s website (see the link below). For Elementary students, you may also find the Consent Form on your child’s ClassDojo.

Magnus Health Reminder

Please be sure to review, update, and sign the pages on your child's Magnus Health account as soon as possible. Without this important information, students may not go on CCS Field Trips or receive treatments or over-the-counter medications at school.

Questions? Please contact your child’s School Nurse.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you 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, please also contact your Building Principal(s):

Attendance Reminder

If your child is absent, please let us know by calling 610-903-1300, choosing Option #1, and following the instructions for your child's building. You must also send a signed excuse note with your child on the day they return to school.

Collegium's Main Number

610-903-1300

Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 150 Building: Ext. 6811
  • 435 Building: Ext. 6002
  • 468 Building: Ext. 6401
  • 486 Building: Ext. 6501
  • 500 Building: Ext. 6106
  • 515 Building (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

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