Collegium Newsletter September 4, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Collegium follows a 6-day rotating schedule for all students. This type of schedule reduces the effects of scheduling changes on classes that do not meet daily.

For example, instead of your child's schedule going from Monday to Friday, he/she will have a schedule for each of the following: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6. The “Days” are published here in our weekly Newsletter and on the homepage of our website.

Monday, Sept. 4th

  • School Closed - Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 5th - Day 5

  • Grades K-6: HSA Kidstuff Coupon Book Fundraiser Begins
  • Middle School Girls' Volleyball 3:45pm @ Calvary Baptist
  • HSA Public Meeting 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • High School Volleyball 5:00pm @ Calvary Baptist

Wednesday, Sept. 6th - Day 6

  • 535 Building: UNICEF and She's the First Bake Sale Fundraiser @ 535 Cafeteria
  • School Picture Day: 535 & 500 Building
  • 535 Building: Back-to-School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NHS School Supply Drive During Back-to-School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Honor Society's Fundraiser During Back to School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ Campus Cafeterias

Thursday, Sept. 7th - Day 1

  • School Picture Day: 515 & 468/486 Buildings
  • High School Soccer 4:00pm @ Morrisville (PA)
  • High School Cross Country 4:15pm @ Phil-Mont Christian Acad.
  • High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ William D. Winters Gym (edit)
  • 515 Building: Back-to-School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Honor Society's Fundraiser During Back to School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ Campus Cafeterias
  • NHS School Supply Drive During Back-to-School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, Sept. 8th - Day 2

  • School Picture Day: 150 Building
  • High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ William D. Winters Gym (edit)
  • Middle School Soccer 3:45pm @ United Sports

Parent Pick-Up Reminders

While moving through our lines, please remain in your cars and do not exit your vehicles to retrieve your children. This is to ensure the safety of all of our students as well as keep our lines moving efficiently.

Do not arrive on campus until the designated times for each Parent Pick-Up Line.

Grades K-6

  • Regular Dismissal: 3:45pm
  • Regular Parent Pick-Up Line: 3:15pm
  • Early Dismissal: 12:15pm
  • Early Dismissal Parent Pick-Up Line: 11:45am

Grades 7-12

  • Regular Dismissal: 3:00pm
  • Regular Parent Pick-Up Line: 2:30pm
  • Early Dismissal: 11:30am
  • Early Dismissal Parent Pick-Up Line: 11:00am

If you arrive to the corporate center early, do not park in CCS parking lots or the parking lots of our corporate center neighbors. Instead, please consider visiting the adjoining Festival Shopping Center until the appropriate Parent Pick-Up Line opens.

During arrival and dismissal, always have your building-specific vehicle placard(s) displayed when on campus. Forgot your placard(s)? Be prepared to present photo ID to CCS staff.

Back to School Nights

Please plan to attend your child’s Back to School Night. Attending is a great way for you to learn more about your child’s teacher and the education planned for this school year.

  • 535 Building: Wednesday, September 6th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 515 Building: Thursday, September 7th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 500 Building: Tuesday, September 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Grades K and 1: Wednesday, September 13th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Grades 2-4: Thursday, September 14th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

During your child's Back to School Night, please report to your child's building and you will be greeted and provided with additional instructions. Please plan to stay for the entire time. These events are for parents/guardians only.

The Spanish Honor Society will be selling fresh pretzels, cold soft drinks, baked goods, and sponsoring a raffle! Be sure to bring a few dollars to support our students!

Also, our National Honor Society will be collecting school supply donations to benefit The Community Youth and Women's Alliance of Coatesville.

Education Explained

Education Explained is a new section in our Newsletter, written by Amanda Lake - our Director of Educational Services. Each week Ms. Lake will highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium.


Homework is a complicated topic that often comes with strong opinions. At Collegium we take our mission to prepare students for “the rigors of college life” very seriously. In order for students to be successful in college, we believe they need to develop high levels of responsibility and scholarship as they progress from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Developing these skills is a process, so we have different expectations for homework as students advance through our grade levels.

At the elementary level, homework is designed to be a risk-free way for students to practice concepts they learn in class and develop the ability to learn from their mistakes. So, at the elementary level homework is not graded. Homework also serves as a bridge between home and school, providing parents the opportunity to reinforce the concepts students are learning at school and practical applications at home. Discussing fractions as you share a family pizza, working through the process of doubling a baking recipe for a party, and discussing the characters and the plot of a movie watched together are a few examples of excellent ways to reinforce concepts that students are learning in school.

When students progress into our middle school, we work to develop positive homework habits so students are prepared for later success in high school. Homework assignments can be graded at the middle school level, but the homework grade is only a minor portion of a student’s overall grade.

At Collegium's high school, greater focus is placed on homework, as building independent study skills is an essential component of college success. Homework assignments are graded and homework is calculated as 2% of a student's quarterly grade. In addition to regular homework assignments, students in high school are also given more significant independent assignments such as research projects, presentations, and term papers. These assignments carry more weight in a student's quarterly grade.

For tips and strategies on supporting and reinforcing learning at home - at all grade levels - take a look at this practical guide from PBS Parents.

Elementary Intramural Programs

Collegium's elementary intramural programs offer a variety of opportunities for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to participate in activities designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Our programs focus on athletic fundamentals and social interactions with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Programs this year will consist of a variety of activities including running, soccer, Cougar F.I.T. Club, basketball, flag football, and kickball.

Programs are scheduled after school from 4:15pm until 5:30pm. The number of sessions will vary depending upon the program. Registration is completed by submitting the required registration form and fee by the designated due date. Registration form links are shared in the weekly Newsletter and are posted on the CCS Athletics webpage a few weeks prior to the start of each program.

Running intramurals will begin in October. This program is for students with a passion for running as well as first time runners. Students registered in the running program will learn appropriate techniques for running. Coaches will motivate students to set goals, accomplish their goals, and set new ones. In addition there will be meaningful lessons centered around team building, developing relationships, and making new friends.

Questions? Please email our Intramural Program Coordinator, Mr. Handley.

NJHS Mesh Backpack and Tote Sales

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is selling backpacks and tote bags for the students in the 515 Building. Mesh backpacks and totes can be worn throughout the school day and are an excellent way to help students stay organized. All proceeds go toward 2017-2018 NJHS activities.

Blue mesh backpacks are $10.00 and white totes (with blue accents) are only $8.00. Order forms will be distributed in homeroom and can be given to Mr. Kelley in the 515 Building. Sales end September 15th. Order yours today!

Questions? Email Mr. Kelley.

UNICEF Around the World Bake Sale

On Tuesday,September 5th, the 535 UNICEF Club will be having an Around the World Bake Sale during lunch periods for grades 9-12.

Bring some extra snack money and try something new, all while supporting UNICEF's mission to help children!

Questions? Email Ms. Cianci.

Collegium Employee Spotlight

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week and allows families and students to get to know them even more. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Help Wanted at CCS

  • Custodian - Full-time, school year position. Duties include sweeping, mopping, empty trash, cafeteria set-up, and other duties as assigned.
  • Food Service Positions - Part-time, approximately 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday on days when school is open.

To apply, submit your application or resume via email to our Human Resources (HR) Department.

The New and Improved Collegium Website

Over the summer, Collegium transitioned to a new website. Over the next several weeks, we will highlight several "bells and whistles," allowing everyone to understand just how powerful and resourceful our new website is for the entire Collegium Community. This week, we're focusing on Resources.

There are two ways to find documents on our website. Access Resources > Documents. You can sort by date, sort alphabetically by title, sort by category, or complete a keyword search.

Most pages of the website also have a Resources toggle option that allows you to click on the + and see a list of page-specific documents. As an example, on the Food Service page, clicking on the + will allow you to access monthly menu calendars and payment forms.

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our HSA owes its success to the efforts of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

What is the HSA?

The HSA promotes communication, cooperation, understanding, and active participation between parents/guardians and Collegium. We are responsible for planning fundraisers and events throughout the year. The funds that we raise help support many programs at Collegium including Uniform Scholarships, Teacher and Principal Funds, Field Trip Scholarships, and many others.

Want to join us? Complete our interest form and we will reach out to you! You can also connect directly with the HSA via our HSA Facebook Page and get the most up to date information on events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities.

PAWsitive Praise

Thanks to all the students and families who participated in the 2nd Annual Summer Read-a-Thon! We are tallying the results and will announce winners soon!

Kidstuff Coupon Books

Kidstuff books will be coming home Tuesday, September 5th with the oldest K-6 student per family. If you do not receive a Kidstuff book for your family, please email the HSA Officers directly.

If your children are in grades 7-12 and you are interested in purchasing Kidstuff books, send your payment of $25.00/book to school with your child marked ATTN: HSA, KIDSTUFF. Please include your child's name, building number, and homeroom teacher. The HSA will process your order.

To see sample coupons, please use the link below.

On-Going HSA Fundraisers

Amazon Smile: Simply shop at and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity. A percentage of your purchases will be donated back to CCS!

Shoparoo: Download the free app, shop as you normally do and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium. The new fundraising year has started. Let's surpass last year's total!

HSA Uniform Resale Shop

The HSA runs the Uniform Resale Shop located in the 500 Building. The Resale Shop is stocked with gently used uniform pieces that have been donated by families.

Uniforms can be purchased at a fraction of the regular retail price. The Resale Shop is open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and 4pm-6pm. All proceeds from The Resale Shop go directly to the Uniform Scholarship Program.

Please take a minute to watch the video below for the proper shopping procedures at the Uniform Resale Shop.

HSA Volunteers Needed

The HSA has several open volunteer positions. If you have an interest in any of the following please email the HSA Officers directly.

  • Social Media Chair: Developing content and administering our HSA Facebook Page.
  • Family Bingo Chair: Planning and execution of one of our larger family events/fundraisers.
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Coordination of Teacher Appreciation Week in May.
  • Co-President: For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA General Meeting

Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month in the 435 Conference Room (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300). Times will alternate from month to month between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5th at 4:30pm. We encourage all families to attend.

Community Opportunity

This section of our Newsletter lists information from local groups and upcoming community activities Collegium families may want to explore. Our Community Opportunities section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies.

Girl Scouts Information Session

Girls scouts will be holding a girl scout information night Monday, Sept 18, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8pm in the 535 cafeteria. Girls in grades K-12 and their parents are welcome to attend. Questions? Email Jenna Robertson.

Collegium Main Number


Campus 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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