Collegium Newsletter December 12, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Dec. 12th - Day 2

  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Wyndcroft 3:45pm @ The Wyndcroft School
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Wyndcroft 3:45pm @ 500 Gym

Tuesday, Dec. 13th - Day 3

  • NEHS Field Trip: Operation Lifting Spirits
  • Academic Team Meet @ Phoenixville HS 9:30am
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Downingtown East 6:00pm @ 535 Gym

Wednesday, Dec. 14th - Day 4

  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day (Wear your CCS ROAR T-shirt with CCS Uniform Bottoms)
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Kimberton Waldorf 4:30pm @ 535 Gym
  • MS Music Winter Concert 6:30pm @ 515 Auditorium - Ticketed Event

Thursday, Dec. 15th - Day 5

  • 3rd Grade Field Trip: Franklin Institute (Morriset, K. Stevenson, Moore, Grandizio, and Krueger)
  • Grades 7-8: MS Student Council Winter Bake Sale
  • Grades 9-12: Tri-M Hot Cocoa Sale
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Odyssey Charter (DE) 3:45pm @ Odyssey Charter (DE)
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Odyssey Charter (DE) 4:45pm @ Odyssey Charter (DE)
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Hellen Thackston Charter 5:30pm @ 535 Gym
  • HS Music Winter Concert 6:30pm @ 515 Auditorium - Ticketed Event

Friday, Dec. 16th - Day 6

  • 3rd Grade Field Trip: Franklin Institute (Cortlessa, Egolf, Morganstern, Gubanich, and Perrino)
  • Grades 9-12: Ugly Sweater Day - Wear Ugly Sweaters with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans @ 535 Building
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • HS Music Field Trip @ St. Martha Villa for Independent & Retirement Living
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Plumstead Christian 5:00pm @ 535 Gym

Chester County Library Employee Donation

Each year, employees of the Chester County Library select a community organization to be the beneficiaries of an employee collection. This year, Collegium is fortunate to be the recipient of their donation.

Why Collegium? We were told, "there is lots of support for what you're doing as a charter school." Thanks to the Chester County Library employees for thinking of us and for their generous donation!

Uniform Policy Revision

Revision to the Uniform Policy from the CCS Student Code of Conduct:

Current: "For safety reasons, students may not wear open-toed shoes, open-backed shoes, slippers, sandals or flip-flops. Tights or socks that are showing must be either the student’s shirt color, white, or black.”

Revision: “For safety reasons, students may not wear open-toed shoes, open-backed shoes, slippers, sandals or flip-flops. Tights, leggings, or socks that are showing must be either the student’s shirt color, white, or black. Leggings that are showing under a uniform must extend to the ankles; no other length is acceptable. Leggings that are showing must conform to the ankles and may not be flared. Items showing must be pattern-free."

Attention Basketball Spectators

All home games, starting after 5:00pm in the 535 William D. Winters Gymnasium, will have an admittance fee:

  • Adults - $5.00
  • Students With ID - $3.00

Questions? Please email our Director of Athletics & Extra-Curricular Programs, Mr. McCain.

Time Is Running Out!

If you would like to participate in our Science Fair, please make sure to submit your online registration by December 16th.

Even if you aren't 100% sure you're going to participate or not, sign up so we have your information in our database as a "placeholder". Our long Winter Break is the perfect time to decide, do a few experiments, and learn something new!

Questions? Contact Ms. Yanoviak (Kindergarten) or Mrs. Tobin (1st-12th Grades).

Mobile Dentist Forms

Mobile Dentist Forms will be sent home before Winter break to students in grades K-3, 7, and to any other student whose family requests a form.

The Mobile Dentist will be at CCS Tuesday, January 31st. This is not a mandatory program, but a service provided for those who wish to use it. If you want your child to see the Dentist, please complete the form and return it to the nurse no later than Friday, January 6th. Late forms will not be accepted.

If your child does not bring a form home or if you want to request a form for your child, please email the School Nurse in your child's building.

CCS Art Show at the Mall

Collegium student artwork will be on exhibit at the Exton Mall on the second floor (near Boscov's) from Saturday, December 3rd through Sunday, January 1st. Stop by, check out the display, and you're sure to be impressed!

7th Grade Field Trip

Attention parents of 7th graders students - permission slips were distributed weeks ago and payments are due by Friday, January 27, 2017. Questions? Please email Ms. Pouncy.

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:

  • Arjun Balany
  • Bendu Dorley
  • Jason Moore
  • Aidan Palloni
  • Isabelle "Izzy" Newman
  • Curtis Kallon
  • Lillian Miller
  • Aidan Rieder
  • Benjamin Johnson
  • Aliya Long
  • Keegan Brady
  • Nicholas Christino
  • Ashleigh Batdorf
  • Grace Koberg
  • Annamarie Arcaro
  • Abigail Webb

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!

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!


Don't forget to raise money for the HSA just by shopping on Amazon while completing your online shopping this holiday season!

Use the link below to shop AmazonSmile and select Collegium Charter School as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Collegium.

Direct HSA Donations

Are you looking to give a less-traditional gift this holiday season? Consider a direct donation to the HSA in your student's name or your family's name.

All donations are tax-deductible and all funds raised by the HSA benefit Collegium programs including field trip scholarships, uniform scholarships, and even the 468 playground fund. There are two ways to donate:

1. Print the form below and return to school with cash or check in an envelope marked "ATTN: HSA".

2. Visit to make your donation online using the link below.

CCS Night at Urban Air

Looking for something fun to do during Winter Break? The HSA is sponsoring CCS Night at Urban Air Trampoline Park in Downingtown, Wednesday, December 21st from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Mention that you are with Collegium when you check-in and the HSA will earn 20% of the proceeds.

Collegium families can choose between two packages*:

  • $15.00 for 2 hours of trampolines, Dodgeball, Battle Beam and Basketball Dunk.
  • $19.00 for 2 hours of trampolines, Dodgeball, Battle Beam, Basketball Dunk, and the Warrior Obstacle Course.

*Urban Air jump socks ($2.00/pair) required. Taxes not included. All jumpers need waivers.

HSA Meeting Update

Our next meeting, originally scheduled for December, has been canceled. Now, please plan to join us Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room. Not sure you can attend, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our interest form below.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Store — Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime. Due to the overwhelming success of the school stores we have added additional slots for volunteers! Please sign up by using the link below.

Uniform Resale Shop — Our children are growing and the weather is changing. Check out our Uniform Resale Shop for good-condition uniforms at greatly reduced prices. Have your students outgrown their uniforms? Please consider donating good-condition uniforms to our Uniform Resale Shop. All Uniform Resale Shop sales go directly into the Uniform Scholarship Fund, benefiting CCS families in need. If you are interested in helping to sort, organize and shelve uniform donations, please sign up below.

HSA on Facebook

Collegium’s Home & School Association is officially 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. Visit us today!

Community Opportunities

While CCS does not endorse programs occurring outside CCS or included in this Newsletter section, we pass along information on community opportunities CCS families may want to explore.

Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT)

Registration for the 17th annual GETT event begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, February 14th. This program will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at West Chester East High School from 12:30pm until 5:00pm. This is a free event for girls in 5th-10th grade and is designed to be an hands-on, interactive, and fun event which will give girls the opportunity to meet successful women role models with careers based on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Parents and Educators are also urged to attend by registering for this event. Parents will be charged a fee of $10.00. Questions? Want to learn more? View the video below and visit the GETT website.

CCS Winter Tree at Longwood Gardens

CCS was once again accepted into the juried Children's Tree show. This year we are excited for the inclusion of our high school students' contributions to the tree. The exhibition will be available for viewing now through January 8th. Please check Longwood Gardens' website for ticketing information. Some days require timed-tickets.

Chesco Pops Holiday Concert

Under the direction of Music Director Joseph Gehring, the Chesco Pops will be performing their Holiday series Friday, December 16, 7:00PM at Unionville High School.

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors, and FREE for all children and students! Tickets are available at the door or online via the link below.

The Chesco Pops will be joined by soprano Lyndsay Varsaci, alto Georgia LaRue, tenor Daniel K. Williams, and bass Michael Spaziani, members of the Brandywine Singers, singing classics like "I’ll Be Home for Christmas" as well as the popular song "Believe" from “Polar Express.” There will be plenty of fun and great music, all for “kids from one to ninety-two.”

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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