Collegium Newsletter February 6, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Feb. 6th - Day 6

  • Academic Team Varsity Semifinals @ CCIU 9:00am
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Phoenixville MS 3:45pm @ 500 Gymnasium
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Phoenixville MS 3:45pm @ Phoenixville Area High School Gym
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Avon Grove Girls Varsity 6:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Tuesday, Feb. 7th - Day 1

Wednesday, Feb. 8th - Day 2

  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day (Wear your CCS ROAR T-Shirt with CCS Uniform Bottoms)
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. The Christian Academy 6:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Thursday, Feb. 9th - Day 3

  • 150 Building: Jump Rope for Heart & Wear Red Day (See Link in Article Below) @ 150/515 Gymnasiums
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Chester Upland MS 3:30pm @ Chester Upland MS
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Chester Upland MS 4:30pm @ Chester Upland MS
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Feb. 10th - Day 4

  • 150 Building: Jump Rope for Heart & Wear Red Day (See Link in Article Below) @ 150/515 Gyms
  • 468 Building: Jump Rope for Heart & Wear Red Day @ 486 Cafeteria/Gym
  • 500 Building: Hoops for Heart & Wear Red Day @ 500 Gym
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Mr. and Mrs. Collegium Pageant Sponsored by Student Council 7:00 pm @ 535 Gym

Saturday, Feb. 11th

  • ACT Testing 7:45am @ 535 Building
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Bristol 10:30am @ 535 Gymnasium
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Bristol 12:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Parents Night Out (Sponsored by the HS Music Department) 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium and Cafeteria

468/486 Playground Update

We secured permission from the landlord of the 468/486 buildings to install a traditional playground on that campus this summer!

3D renderings of the 468/86 playground.

Many thanks to the HSA and the CCS Foundation for raising the necessary funds for our new playground! We already placed the order for the playground equipment items and construction will be complete by August 2017. Until then, we look forward to seeing even more creativity from the students while they put our "Blue Blocks" by Imagination Playground to good use.

Collegium also thanks the families of our 468/486 students, for demonstrating flexibility and understanding while we worked around our inability to install a traditional playground until now. We are truly grateful for your patience!

Educational Leadership Feature

Collegium proudly recognizes, Kathleen Harding, our K-6 Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, for her recent feature in Educational Leadership magazine.

Educational Leadership magazine is acknowledged throughout the world as an authoritative source of information about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices relevant to practicing educators, and the latest trends and issues affecting prekindergarten through higher education.

In each issue, their Tell Me About column publishes a collection of brief contributions from Educational Leadership readers describing their experiences related to a specific theme. February's column focused on teaching content-area literacy.

Below you will see the text of the feature, as well as photos from the actual event Kathleen described.

The story of "The Three Little Pigs" took on new meaning for our kindergarten students when they took part in a STEM activity. As students listened to the story, they learned how each of the three pigs attempted to build a house that could withstand the mighty huffs and puffs of the big bad wolf.

Afterward, the kindergartners designed and built their own houses. Students used iPads to sketch their designs. They worked with partners to construct their houses using simple building materials, including toothpicks, wooden craft sticks, and modeling clay. When construction was complete, a "big bad wolf" industrial fan tested the strength of each house.

The connection between "The Three Little Pigs" and the STEM activity provided a unique learning opportunity for our kindergartners to engage in meaningful discussion and learn about forces and the basic design process.

Collegium Students in Philadelphia Inquirer

Our students took part in an exciting opportunity made available to them through the Philadelphia Inquirer. In January, the Inquirer launched the Newspapers in Education (NIE) Student Opinion Page. The first topic was "What are Your Hopes for the Country in 2017?" Students had to answer the question in 150 words or less. Ms. Casey Smith, 2nd Grade Teacher, Ms. Anne Callis, 4th Grade Teacher, and Ms. Stephanie Lawrence, High School Teacher, each submitted samples of their students' responses.

We are proud to announce that several of our students were selected and their work was published in the January 28th column in section A on pages A3 and A6. Learn more about NIE by accessing the link below.

468 Building Principals' Coffee Chat

Dr. Wight-Mahoney and Mrs. Moore, Principals of the 468 Building, offer parents and guardians the opportunity to join them for conversation and coffee. Enjoy an informal chat with the Principals about the school, events, and academic programming.

The first Coffee Chat will be Wednesday, February 15th, at 10:00am in our 486 Cafeteria. Interested in attending? Just email Mrs. Fritzinger.

Dr. Wight-Mahoney and Mrs. Moore hope to see many parents/guardians, but they also understand not everyone will be available February 15th. Additional Coffee Chats will be held on the third Wednesday of each month!

2017-2018 School Year

Planning for the next school year is underway. Please see the headings below for important information regarding the 2017-2018 school year.

Campus Reconfiguration

Our CEO, Dr. Rath recently shared a letter with the Collegium Community, outlining our campus reconfiguration for 2017-2018 school year. She also addresses a few exciting future projects, including construction for a dedicated Performing Arts Center. Haven't read Dr. Rath's letter yet? Use the link below to access.

Concerns Regarding Your Child's Placement

Parents of elementary students who have concerns regarding their child’s placement for next year should send an email to their child's current Principal, Mrs. Mraz at (150 Building) or Dr. Wight-Mahoney at (468 & 500 Buildings). The email should indicate your concern(s) and share your child's strengths and weaknesses, along with an idea of the teaching style and learning environment that works best for your child. This is also the time to let us know if you want siblings in the same building or that all the children on your block carpool and one building for the four of them would make things very convenient, etc. Parent emails or letters must be received by April 1st. Requests for specific teachers will not be honored and requests received after the due date will not be considered.

Upcoming 2017-2018 MS/HS Events

Transitioning into middle school and high school can sometimes feel overwhelming for students and parents. Our MS/HS faculty and staff are actively working to make the process easier for Collegium families entering our 515 and 535 buildings for 2017-2018. Please take note of the following upcoming MS/HS events:

  • Grades 9-12: 2017-2018 Course Scheduling Night, Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 3:00pm-7:00pm at 535 Building
  • High School Open House for New HS Students and Current 8th Grade Students, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:00pm at 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: 2017-2018 Course Scheduling Night, Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 3:00pm-7:00pm at 535 Building
  • Middle School Orientation for Students & Families, Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at 515 Building

More details regarding each specific event will be shared as the events get closer.

Hoops for Heart in 500 Building

The 500 Building is celebrating our annual Hoops for Heart event this Friday, February 10th! There are still several days left to continue collecting donations, but don't forget - all donations are due Friday, February 10th.

Your child can also wear red to show awareness of heart health and the importance of living an active lifestyle. Students may wear a red shirt or previous year JRFH/HFH shirt with school appropriate bottoms. Student MUST wear sneakers.

Thank you all for your dedication in raising donations and we look forward to another fun and exciting event for our students!

Questions? Please email Mr. Schultz.

150 Building JRFH

The 150 Jump Rope for Heart events take place this Thursday 2/9 and Friday 2/10. Use the link below to access our class schedules.

The day your child participates is also "wear red day” to show awareness of heart health and the importance of living an active lifestyle. Students may wear a red shirt or previous year JRFH shirt with school appropriate bottoms. Student MUST wear sneakers. Donations, due the day of the event, are encouraged but are not required for your child to participate. The classes that raise the most money or have the most spirit get to pie a teacher!

Learn even more about the 150 JRFH event by accessing our website!

468 Building JRHF

Jump Rope for Heart is this Friday, February 10th! All students will participate and are invited to wear red on this day. They will be active, so please dress them in appropriate clothing and sneakers. If they choose not to wear red, please send them in their PE uniform with sneakers.

If your child raised money for Jump Rope for Heart, please send the completed Jump Rope for Heart envelope and money with them to school on Friday. We encourage all cash donation be converted to a check(s) payable to the American Heart Association.

2017 CCS 1st-12th Grade Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all 1st-12th grade students who participated in the 17th Annual CCS Science Fair! As always, the judges were amazed with the students' creativity, enthusiasm, knowledge, and overall love of science. The list of winners is below!

First Grade

  • 1st Place: Madeleine Lan
  • 2nd Place: Lauren Fields
  • 3rd Place Tie: Advik Kashyap and Dyuman Muvvala
  • Honorable Mentions: Dresden Hart, Lawrence Ayers II, Trisha Mukherjee, and Roman Zavacki

Second Grade

  • 1st Place: Saanvi Devabhakthuni
  • 2nd Place: Ryan Fareno
  • 3rd Place Tie: Nina Carver and Sophia Stoy
  • Honorable Mentions: Maya Davis, Aanya Desai, Saanvi Manapoti, and Heidi Potts

Third Grade

  • 1st Place: George Simeone
  • 2nd Place: Lillian Miller
  • 3rd Place Tie: Rishan Joseph and Maanya Moligi
  • Honorable Mentions: Carrington Taylor and the Team of Lily Copeland, Prisha Negi, and Misha Rao

Fourth Grade

  • 1st Place: Pooja Menon
  • 2nd Place: Sisira Noolu
  • 3rd Place: Saena Sarkari
  • Honorable Mention: Bennett Geibel

Fifth Grade

  • 1st Place: Rishab Jain
  • 2nd Place: Venkat Devabhakthuni
  • 3rd Place: Andrew Carver
  • Honorable Mention: Riya Desai

Sixth Grade

  • 1st Place: Kenny Miller
  • 2nd Place: Malavika Menon
  • 3rd Place: Mark Hinlo

Middle and High School

  • Choiyon Chakraborty: Eighth Grade 1st Place
  • Anusha Kalavacharla: Eleventh Grade 1st Place
  • Julianna Ohnjec: Twelfth Grade 1st Place

Cougar Classic 5K

Our 2nd Annual Cougar Classic 5K will take place Saturday, April 22nd, right here on campus. Activities include a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is now OPEN!

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

Camp Collegium 2017

Camp Collegium will return this July for another exciting summer! Registration details will be posted on the Summer Camps page of our website at 9:00am on Monday, February 6th. As spaces fill quickly, we encourage all families to register at 9:00am or shortly after. Questions? Email Ms. Horsey.

Character Counts

Grades K-6th Character Development Program: Fairness, Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, and Caring.

Here at Collegium, students are recognized by staff for their good character and their names and photos are added to the Good Character Walls. We have new additions to our Good Character Walls:

  • Isaiah Brown
  • Brady Van Note
  • Kyleigh Regino
  • Niqueya Alafita
  • Frances Ciliberti
  • Tanay Parripati
  • Aarna Vijay
  • Macie Hartman
  • Mikaela Vabre
  • Kian Towles
  • Julia Enea
  • Molly Taylor
  • Jalen Mack

Collegium Employee Spotlight

We decided to take a little break from featuring our two-legged faculty/staff and this week we feature the four-legged variety. Rylie is our Goose Control Specialist and Therapy Dog Trainee. It's very common to see her on our campus and in our hallways with our Director of Operations and School Safety, Mr. Duffy.

Now, when you see Rylie on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet her by name and tell her she's a "good girl"!

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!

PAWsitive Praise

Thank you to each volunteer who has signed up to work at the school store. The children look forward to shopping on Wednesdays and you make that possible!

Our Next HSA Meeting

The next general HSA meeting will be held Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the 435 Building Conference Room. Interested in attending? Let us know! Just complete our interest form.

We Need Your Help

Do you want to get involved with the HSA but don’t know how? We are in need of CCS parents and family members to help make all of our events successful. Currently, we are looking for individuals interested in helping to plan our upcoming Ladies Night Out Bingo event. We are also looking for a Social Media Chair to help run our Facebook page. Please let us know you are interested by accessing the link below and writing in "Bingo" or "Social Media" in the “Other” option.

School Stores

We are in need of volunteers to help run the school stores on Wednesdays in the morning and at lunchtime. All volunteers must have clearances on file with the school. There are many opportunities still available!! Sign-up today by accessing the link below.

Save the Dates

The HSA has a lot of fun events planned for the second half of the school year. Mark these dates on your calendar and keep an eye on our Facebook page and school Newsletter for more details:

  • March 3rd – Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser
  • March 18th – Pirate & Princess Pancake Party @ Lionville Applebee's 8:00am-10:00am
  • April 1st – Comedy Night: Tickets Now Available
  • April 12th – Urban Air Fundraiser
  • May 13th – Ladies Night Out Bingo

Uniform Resale Shop

Our Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 Building. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00am until 3:00pm and from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. The Uniform Resale Shop offers good-quality used uniform pieces at a fraction of the retail price. Stop by and stock up for spring!

If you are interested in helping to sort, organize, and shelve donations please sign up below.

HSA on Facebook

Have you liked us on Facebook? Everything you need to know about the HSA in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, even volunteer opportunities.

Reminder: Basketball Intramurals

Basketball intramurals for students in grades 2nd-6th begin in February. To register, complete and return the form below. Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, February 8th.

Participant rosters will be posted on the CCS Athletics webpage on February 15th. Individual notifications concerning participation will not be made. If necessary, participants will be selected via lottery.

Questions? Email Coach Handley.

Community Opportunities

While CCS is not endorsing these or any other programs that occur outside CCS, we pass along information on community opportunities that CCS families may want to explore.

Coatesville United Soccer for Success

Registration is now open for Coatesville United Soccer for Success. Children in grades K-6 will learn basic soccer skills, but more importantly, they will also receive nutrition education and positive character skills. The program uses soccer as its vehicle for positive youth development. Learn more by reviewing their information flyer, below.

Immaculata Symphony Youth Concert

On Sunday, February 12th, The Immaculata Symphony will present its annual Youth Concert with the theme "Heroes & Villains". The concert will feature music from The Incredibles, Harry Potter, Superman, Star Wars, and Mission Impossible. The conductor, Maestro Gehring, designed the program to be both fun and educational for our audience, and children are invited to come up on the stage at the end of the concert to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close!

Tickets are FREE for kids under 12 and only $10.00 for all other audience members. The concert will take place at 3:00pm in Alumnae Hall on Immaculata University's campus in Malvern. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time (and read more about the program) at the link below.

Collegium Main Number


Campus Main Office Extensions

  • 468/486 Building: ext. 6401
  • 150 Building: ext. 6811
  • 500 Building: ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: ext. 6602

All content for the Newsletter must be submitted by 7:00am on Thursday via email to Our Community Opportunities section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies. CCS reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if deemed inappropriate or if it is determined to be of little or no interest to CCS families.

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