Collegium Newsletter March 6, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Mar. 6th - Day 6

  • 150 Building: Grades 2 & 3 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #908
  • 150 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #802

Tuesday, Mar. 7th - Day 1

  • High School Open House for New HS Students and Current 8th Grade Students and Their Parents/Guardians 6:00pm @ 535 Building

Wednesday, Mar. 8th - Day 2

  • Grades K-6: End of 2nd Trimester
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day (Wear your CCS ROAR T-shirt with CCS Uniform Bottoms)
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531

Thursday, Mar. 9th - Day 3

  • Grades 9-12: 2017-2018 Course Scheduling Night 3:00pm - 7:00pm @ 535 Building
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Mar. 10th - Day 4

  • 150 Building: 1st Grade Field Trip to Dutch Apple Theater (Rapunzel)
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-6: Character Counts Dress Down Day for the Character Trait of Responsibility - Green Shirt w/Uniform Bottoms

Nominate Your Favorite CCS Music Teachers

March is Music in Our Schools Month and what better way to celebrate than by honoring the people who help bring music into your children's lives? Nominate your favorite CCS music teachers for one of the following awards:

  • Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Ovation Award
  • Grammy Music Educator Award

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Ovation Award honors an outstanding music teacher in the Delaware Valley Region who - while imparting musical knowledge - builds character, self-confidence, and capabilities that position students for success in every aspect of their lives. The Ovation Award highlights the significance of music education and applauds the positive impact of music teachers on the greater community. Nominate your favorite CCS music teachers for the Ovation Award by accessing the link below.

The deadline to nominate CCS music teachers for this award is Friday, March 31, 2017.

For every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there, and that's the reason for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Maybe your music teacher introduced you to your first instrument or they showed you how to get over your stage fright. Perhaps they just inspired you to have the confidence to go for it when you were ready to give up. It's time to say "Thank You" to the teachers who put in those hours and made us see the many benefits of music in our lives. Nominate your favorite CCS music teachers for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award by accessing the link below.

The deadline to nominate CCS music teachers for this award is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

150 Career Day Volunteers Needed

Career Day for student in our 150 Building is Friday, March 31st. Volunteers are needed to provide presentations from 9:00am-10:40am.

Presenters will make four 20-minute classroom presentations. Want to volunteer, but unable to attend?Volunteers can also present via Skype or video submission. Everyone interested in presenting should provide their information by accessing the link below.

Please reply no later than Friday, March 10th. Your support and encouragement for our students’ career education and development is greatly appreciated! Questions? Please email Ms. Edwards.

Delaware County Community College Dual Enrollment Night

Attention Sophomores, Juniors, and Parents/Guardians

CCS will host a Dual Enrollment Night on Tuesday, March 14th in the 535 Lecture Hall from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The Dual Enrollment program is a partnership program with Delaware County Community College that allows students to take college courses for credit while still in high school.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email your RSVP to Mrs. Wolfe by Friday, March 10th.

Chester County Spelling Bee Results

On Wednesday, February 22nd, Zoe Greene - our CCS Spelling Bee Champion and shown in the photo with her father - competed against 50 other students at the Chester County Spelling Bee.

Confidently spelling words like "humble," "geode," and "trauma," Zoe made it to the first round of the championship. Congratulations to Zoe on her exceptional performance!

468 Building Jump Rope for Heart Update

Our Jump Rope for Heart event was a huge success! The students worked hard, had fun, and got their hearts pumping! We are so proud of them for their enthusiastic participation!

A special "Thank You" to all families that helped with fundraising efforts. The 468 Building was able to raise $11,870.00 for the American Heart Association! Students who raised money will receive their "Thank You" gifts in about four weeks.

Thanks again for your strong support of such a wonderful event!

Cougar Classic 5K

Event Registration: 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 open! For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

Event Sponsors: Collegium is seeking sponsors for our Cougar Classic 5K. Businesses, families, or individuals are welcome to become a sponsor. Over 500 people registered for the race last year, so it's especially great exposure for small businesses! Click on the link below for more information. Thank you!

New Summer Camp Options

Collegium will be offering new summer camp opportunities to students during the week of June 19, 2017. New offerings will include a Drama Camp and Sports Camp run by Collegium employees and students. More details about each one of the programs will be provided in late-March. Stay tuned!

Camp Collegium 2017

Camp Collegium is registered to capacity and completed registration forms are now only being accepted for program waiting list placement. Families are encouraged to submit their completed registration information quickly, as program waiting list placement is occurring on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for detailed information. If you're ready to submit registration information now, please access the link below. Questions? Email Ms. Horsey.

Music Man Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) production of The Music Man are now on sale! This classic Tony-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story for all ages.

Evening shows will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 16th, Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th. There will also be two matinee performances at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. Tickets are $12.00 each.

Use the link below to order your tickets online now and guarantee your spot in the audience for what promises to be a wonderful show!

National School Breakfast Week

This week is National School Breakfast Week and to celebrate, our Food Service Director, Mr. Ely, created a video series highlighting the importance of eating breakfast. Each morning during the week of March 6th, our CCS mascot - Carl the Cougar - will post a new video on our Facebook page featuring Mr. Ely and one of our students discussing breakfast food options.

Did you know that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of achievement and are more likely to be alert and more focused in the classroom? School breakfast is also associated with better school attendance and even higher grades!

K-12 breakfast at Collegium is just $2.00. If you are approved for the Free & Reduced Program, we have you covered for breakfast, too! Questions about breakfast options? Please email Mr. Ely.

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:

  • Bryan Bravo-Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth Daniels
  • Aidan Been
  • Samuel Hong
  • Cole Isaacs
  • Adamaris Maldanado-Gomez
  • La'Nyah Parker
  • Adrian Naranjo
  • Sherron McKim
  • Nashan Walker
  • Jack Sherman
  • Ali'Nasir Butler
  • Yash Savalia
  • Ashika Sateesh
  • Nelson "Ryan" Perez
  • Amishi Sharma
  • Elijah Brown
  • Dylan Butts
  • Sohum Gautam
  • Brady Sharp
  • Kori Beasley
  • Meikaylah Molyneaux
  • Aysha Washington
  • Lanorde Wheeler III
  • Austin Brady
  • Matthew Mullin
  • Nikki McGill
  • Sydney Scherrer
  • Ethan Lambert
  • Isabella Geibel
  • Mackenzie Stype
  • Marquece Gallimore
  • Kiera Brady
  • Breyanna Heidler
  • Rosamaria Zavaleta
  • Beckett Linzey
  • Samuel Wallace
  • Jazmin Bravo-Rodriguez
  • Jennifer Silvano
  • Zack Sudberg
  • Michelle Velazquez

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!

Spring K-1 Club Intramurals

The Spring K-1 Club Intramural Program is scheduled to begin in March. During the program, students will learn basic skills and play games to practice each lesson. We will emphasize team building and good sportsmanship traits - all while encouraging students to make new friends! To register, please complete and return a building-specific registration form (below).

Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, March 15th. Participant rosters will be posted on the Athletics webpage on Friday, March 24th. Individual notifications regarding participation will not be provided. If necessary, participants will be selected via lottery.

Questions? Email Coach Handley.

DCCC Application Session

Attention Seniors

A Delaware County Community College (DCCC) representative will be on site to meet with students Wednesday, March 8th during the school day. The representative will discuss their application process and college programs available to our graduating seniors. All students interested in this post-secondary opportunity should RSVP via the link below. Please note, this meeting will not include Dual Enrollment information.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wolfe or Ms. Tracey.

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

  1. Thank you to everyone who came to Chuck E. Cheese's last Friday for another great HSA FUNdraiser!
  2. Thank you to all the families who participated in our 1st Zumbathon last Saturday. The 500 Gym was really boppin’ and shakin’ to the music!

Pirate and Princess Pancake Party

Bring your hungry pirates and princesses to a pancake party for the whole family! Tickets are $8/Adults and $5/Kids (2 and under are free). Price includes all you can eat pancakes and sausage links, plus unlimited drinks (coffee, orange juice, soda, or tea).

Dress up as your favorite princess or fearsome pirate for extra fun (encouraged but not required)! Free face painting will also be provided by Paintings On People!

Buy your tickets online using the link below (seating is limited) and don't delay!

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? All volunteers must have clearances on file with the school (unless otherwise noted). There are many opportunities still available.

Save the Dates

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

  • March 18th - Pirate & Princess Pancake Party @ Lionville Applebees 8am-10am
  • April 1st - Comedy Night: Buy Tickets Now
  • April 12th - Urban Air Fundraiser
  • April 19th - CCS Spirit Night Sponsored by the HSA @ Chick-fil-A
  • May 13th - Ladies Night Out Bingo

Our Next HSA Meeting

The next general HSA meeting will be held Wednesday, March 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.

If you arrive after 6:30pm, that's no problem whatsoever. Just use the 435 Building Main Entrance (shown in the photo with the Collegium graphic on the window) and use the doorbell (press and hold). Someone will then provide building access so you can quickly join our meeting!

HSA on Facebook

Have you liked us on Facebook? Collegium’s Home & School Association is on Facebook. Everything you need to know about the HSA in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming event and fundraisers, even volunteer opportunities.

Community Opportunities

DASH Summer Basketball League: Boys and girls Grades 3rd-12th (graduating seniors permitted) are invited to register for the DASH Summer Basketball League! Games run from late May until early August. Learn more about the programs, fees, and registration deadlines by accessing the link below.

Summer Opportunity for Local Teenagers: Young adults ages 14-18 living in the Coatesville Area School District are encouraged to gain valuable work experience, leadership skills, and a summer income by participating in ServiceCorps. The eight-week summer service and leadership development program is offered by Coatesville Youth Initiative and benefits both participants and the community. Applications are due by Friday, March 10th at 4:00pm. Access the link below for more information, including the application and details about information sessions for applicants and their parents or guardians.

Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Association (PATTA): Programs will run this spring at Downingtown East High School in Exton on Sunday early afternoons, East Goshen Park in West Chester on Saturday afternoons, and Broad Run Park in Downingtown on Saturday afternoons. These programs are affordable and a great way for kids to play and learn in a team environment. All leagues start the weekend of April 22nd and run until June 11th. For more information, access 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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