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Collegium Newsletter January 13, 2020

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CCS Family Calendar

Monday, Jan. 13th, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-12: Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive Begins (Sponsored by High School Honor Society) (Ends Friday, January 24th)
  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball vs. Pottsgrove 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Pottsgrove Middle School
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Pottsgrove 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Pottsgrove Middle School
  • Girls MS V Basketball vs. Pottsgrove | Gym 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building
  • 500 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 126 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • Girls MS JV Basketball vs. Pottsgrove | Gym 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Bishop Shanahan 5:30pm - 6:30pm @ Bishop Shanahan High School Main Gym
  • Boys V Basketball vs. Bishop Shanahan 7:00pm - 9:30pm @ Bishop Shanahan High School Main Gym

Tues., Jan. 14th, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 9-12: Midterm Survival Kit Fundraiser Ends (Began Friday, January 10th) (Proceeds Benefit UNICEF/She's the First) | Cafeteria During Lunches 10:40am - 1:33pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 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)
  • Girls MS V Basketball vs. Penns Grove MS 3:15pm - 4:15 pm @ Penns Grove Middle School
  • Grades 7-8: Midterm Study Session | Designated Classrooms 3:20pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 Robotics Team Meeting | Innovation Lab Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • National Elementary Honor Society Monthly Student Meeting | Art Room 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
  • Girls MS JV Basketball vs. Penns Grove MS 4:15pm - 5:15pm @ Penns Grove Middle School
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Bristol Senior HS | Gym 5:30pm - 6:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys V Basketball vs. Bristol Senior HS |Gym 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls V Basketball vs. @ Phil-Mont Christian Academy 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Phil-Mont Christian Academy

Wed., Jan. 15th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Midterm Exams – AM) | Dismissal is at 11:30 AM; Parent Pickup Lines Begin at 11:00
  • Grades 7-12: Midterm Exams - AM
  • Girls MS V Basketball vs. Tinicum MS 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Tinicum Middle School
  • Girls MS JV Basketball vs. Tinicum MS 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ Tinicum Middle School
  • K-12 Science/STEM Fairs: Judges Training | Conference Room 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Building (Administrative Offices)

Thurs., Jan. 16th, Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-12 Only: Early Dismissal for Students (Midterm Exams – AM) | Dismissal is at 11:30 AM; Parent Pickup Lines Begin at 11:00
  • Grades 7-12: Midterm Exams - AM
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Girls V Basketball vs. New Hope-Solebury 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Fri., Jan. 17th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • Grades 7-12: Midterm Exams - AM
  • Grades 7-12: End of 2nd Marking Period/1st Semester
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • K-12: Early Dismissal for Students (Professional Development for Faculty/Staff - PM) | Grades 7-12 Dismiss at 11:30 AM; Grades K-6 Dismiss at 12:15 PM. Parent Pickup Lines Form at 11:00 AM (Grades 7-12) and 11:45 AM (Grades K-6).
  • After-School Care: Assembly | Gym 1:00pm @ 500 Building
  • 2020-2021 New Student Enrollment Period Ends 4:00pm (Began Mon., Dec. 7th 10:00)
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. Church Farm School 5:30pm - 6:30pm @ Church Farm Gym
  • Boys V Basketball vs. Church Farm School 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Church Farm Gym

Sat., Jan. 18th

  • High School Detention | Designated Classroom 8:00am - 11:00am @ 515 Building (HS)

A Message From Marita K. Barber, Collegium's CEO

Making An Important Legislative Stand In Support Of Educational Choice

At the start of this school year, I explained that when you select CCS for your children’s education, you also make an important legislative stand in support of educational choice. Unfortunately, many Pennsylvania families don’t understand school choice or even know that it exists. School choice challengers are taking advantage of this lack of knowledge to wage campaigns against education options like CCS.

Public charter schools, especially, are blamed by challengers for the financial and academic issues traditional school districts face. Some challengers even go so far as to equate families choosing charter schools for their children with charters attempting to “money grab” away from surrounding school districts.

Many of you have contacted me asking what can be done to respond to the untruths being spread about charter schools, in general, and about CCS, specifically. Please, read on to see several suggestions.

In two weeks, CCS will join schools and families across the United States to celebrate National School Choice Week (NSCW), a series of events highlighting the legal right families have to choose their children’s education options for Grades K-12. There is no better time than now to spread the word about CCS and the importance of charter schools! Here are some ways you can take impactful action:

  • All CCS families can contact their legislators. (To find out who your legislators are and how to contact them, use Pennsylvania’s “Find Your Legislator” tool at the button below.) Tell your legislators why you chose Collegium Charter School for your child’s education and that you support charter schools and school choice. If ALL of our parents/guardians send an email and/or call their legislators to let them know how important school choice is for them, it would go a long way to help us set the record straight on public charter school education.
  • All CCS families may join our school to celebrate NSCW between January 26th and February 1st. You can access the NSCW website using the button provided for events and ideas. Families can also share on social media why school choice and CCS are meaningful to them. Remember to include #NSCW in your posts!
  • Families residing in the Coatesville Area School District (CASD) may attend a special CASD School Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 6:00 PM at the Coatesville Area High School Auditorium (1445 Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320).

At CCS, we believe that all children deserve to be educated in environments where they’re most engaged, challenged, and encouraged to succeed according to their own strengths and talents. We also believe that YOU, their families, are most qualified to choose that environment for your children!

Please be assured that CCS is accustomed to the many challenges surrounding school choice. In spite of these challenges, our purpose remains unchanged and unwavering—to provide a first-rate academic experience for ALL students in a safe, nurturing environment. That focus will never change.

MS Midterm Study Session Available

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is hosting a study session on Tuesday, January 14th for Collegium Middle School (CMS) students (Grades 7-8). The Study Session will begin after school on January 14th and end at 4:30 PM.

All CMS students are encouraged to use this time to prepare for their upcoming midterms. Teachers and NJHS students will provide small group instruction and tutoring in the following subjects:

  • Math
  • English/Language Arts
  • Science
  • History
  • Spanish

If your child wants to participate in the CMS Midterm Study Session, they should sign up on Monday, January 13th at the Bulletin Board outside of Mr. Bryan Ford’s classroom. Participating students should bring their core subject binders and study guides to the Study Session.

For more information, please email Ms. Allison Fuhr, CMS English/Language Arts Teacher.

PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports

All students who completed the PSAT/NMSQT Testing in October will receive their score reports during the week of January 13, 2020.

If families have questions after reviewing the reports, please contact Collegium High School's Counseling Department.

500 Building Book Fair Volunteers Requested

The 500 Building’s Scholastic Book Fair is fast approaching. Please come help our students enjoy the excitement of the Book Fair by volunteering* to help them review and select their books! The 500 Building’s Book Fair will run from Wednesday, February 5th through Thursday, February 13th.

Although the main role Book Fair Volunteers play is to interact with our students, there are many other ways volunteers can help. To sign up to volunteer, access the 500 Building’s Book Fair webpage at the button provided.

Please email Mrs. Wallace, our 500 Building Librarian, for more information.

*Note that all CCS Parent/Guardian Volunteers must have required clearances on file in advance with CCS’s Human Resources Department. Visit CCS’s Volunteering page at the button below for details.

Obtaining Approval For Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because your family is taking a trip, visiting relatives, or scheduling college visits? Students may be excused from school for up to five (5) days for planned absences provided approval for the absences is obtained at least two weeks in advance from your building Principal.

To request approval, please submit a completed Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form to your building Principal at least ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence. Requests received after the absence has occurred will not be considered. The Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form is accessible at the button below.

If you have questions regarding this Form or the submission process, use the button provided to email CCS’s Attendance Office. Questions regarding decisions should be directed to your building Principal.

Messages From Our School Nurses

Mobile Dentist To Visit Collegium

The Mobile Dentist will visit Collegium on Monday, February 3, 2020, in our 150 Building. This service is very convenient for our families and, for families without insurance, is free of charge.

Families who would like their children to be seen by the Mobile Dentist at CCS must sign up for the service by completing “The Dentist Is Coming To School!” Mobile Dentist forms or by signing up on the MySchoolDentist website accessible at the button below. The deadline to sign up for the Mobile Dentist is Thursday, January 16, 2020. No late forms will be accepted.

"The Dentist Is Coming To School!" forms are available:

  • Grades K-6: On ClassDojo
  • Grades 7-12: From School Nurses (paper forms)
  • Grades K-12: In English or Spanish at the buttons below

Dental And Physical Exam Forms Due

Physical Exams

For students in Grades K, 6, and 11, Physical Exam forms are due no later than Thursday, January 30, 2020. Completed Physical Exam forms may be returned to your child’s School Nurse or uploaded into Magnus Health. A blank form is available for your use at the button below.

Students in Grades K, 6, and 11 for whom CCS does not have a Physical Exam form by Thursday, January 30th will not be permitted to attend school until the completed Physical Exam form is received.

Dental Exams

For students in Grades K, 3, and 7, proof of a Dental Exam is required by Thursday, January 30, 2020. Be sure to upload the Dental Exam form into MagnusHealth or return it to your child’s School Nurse by the deadline. A blank Dental Exam form is available at the button below.

After Thursday, January 30th, students in Grades K, 3, and 7 who have not yet provided CCS with a completed Dental Exam form will not be permitted to attend school until the form is received.

Questions About Required Physical and Dental Exams

Contact your child’s School Nurse using the contact information located on CCS’s School Health/School Nurses page.

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):

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

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.