Collegium Newsletter March 20, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Mar. 20th - Day 2

  • 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. 21st - Day 3

  • Golf vs. AIM Academy 3:30pm @ Whitemarsh Country Club

Wednesday, Mar. 22nd - Day 4

  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building, Art Room #531
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Coatesville 4:00pm @ Coatesville High School
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30pm @ 435 Conference Room (Originally March 15th, Rescheduled)

Thursday, Mar. 23rd - Day 5

  • Golf vs. the Phelps School 3:15pm @ Pickering Valley Golf Club
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room
  • Panera Bread Fundraiser (Sponsored by National Honor Society) 4:00pm - 8:00pm @ Panera Bread Exton

Friday, Mar. 24th - Day 6

  • Grades K-12: Pay $1.00 to Dress your Best (Proceeds Benefit K-12 Yearbook)
  • 515 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 8:30am - 9:30am @ 515 Conference Room
  • Baseball vs. Phil-Mont Christian Academy 3:45pm @ Phil-Mont Christian Academy
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Chichester 3:45pm @ Chichester Senior High School
  • Grades 7 & 8: Rec Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Building

Pi Wars USA at Collegium

Collegium is proud to announce our participation in the first annual Pi Wars USA Raspberry Pi Robotics Competition, presented by Achievement House Cyber Charter School and hosted by Collegium Charter School.

Held in the 535 Gymnasium on Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00am until 5:00pm, Pi Wars USA is a 1-day event for students in grades 6-12, using Raspberry Pi controlled robots to compete in non-destructive challenges. Prizes will be awarded in each skill-level category for each challenge. All skill levels are welcome to compete in the following challenges:

  • Remote Control Challenges: Obstacle Challenge, Pi Noon
  • Autonomous Challenges: Straight Line Speed Test, Line Following Course
  • Static Competitions: Artistic/Creative, Coding Elegance

The cost to participate in Pi Wars USA is listed below.

  • Competing Students: $10.00 Each
  • Adult Team Leader: No Charge
  • Spectators: $5.00 Each

See highlights from the Pi Wars UK 2015 competition by viewing the video below.

Please visit the website below for additional details about the challenges, inspiration for creating your own Raspberry Pi robots, and registration information.

CCS High School Online Fundraiser

So far, our 2017-2018 Broadcasting/Video Production equipment fundraiser, via DonorsChoose.org, raised $580 of our $2,380 goal!

Our goal is to purchase equipment for Broadcasting/Video Production courses at the high school and outfit a modest Broadcasting Studio for broader campus use. For additional information and to make your much appreciated donation, please access the link below.

Any amount helps! Thank you and please consider sharing this information with your friends and family!

Promoted to Principals

Collegium is proud to announce that Mr. Gavin Lawler, currently serving as a 150 Building Assistant Principal, has been promoted to 150 Building Principal. Additionally, Mr. Shaun Murphy, our 500 Building Assistant Principal, has also been promoted. Mr. Murphy will become our new 500 Building Principal. Mr. Murphy and Mr. Lawler will begin serving as Principals for the 2017-2018 school year.

Mr. Gavin Lawler (left) and Mr. Shaun Murphy (right).

Mr. Lawler is stepping into his new role as our longtime 150 Building Principal, Mrs. Mraz, will retire at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Mrs. Mraz joined Collegium in 1999 as our Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator and in 2002, Mrs. Mraz became the Principal of Collegium. Since then, she continued to serve in a variety of Principal roles across our campus. Thank you for your immense service and dedication, Mrs. Mraz, you will be missed and we hope you enjoy a much-deserved retirement!

Due to our campus growth and effective for 2017-2018, Dr. Wight-Mahoney will serve solely as the 468/486 Building Principal instead of serving a dual role that includes being the 500 Building Principal.

Please meet with and congratulate Mr. Murphy and Mr. Lawler during their upcoming Principals' Coffee Chats.

  • 150 Building Principals' Coffee Chat: Monday, April 3, 2017 | 9:00am - 9:30am in Room #827.
  • 500 Building Principals' Coffee Chat: Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 9:00am - 10:00am in the 500 Conference Room.

NHS Fundraiser At Panera Bread

Our National Honor Society (NHS) will hold a fundraiser at Panera Bread in Exton on Thursday, March 23rd from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

The goal is to raise funds and support Heifer International, an organization that sends livestock to communities in the developing world to help end world hunger. If you bring the flyer (below) to the register, a portion of your purchase will go towards Heifer International.

Learn more about Heifer International by accessing their link below.

Elementary Report Cards

Due to the recent winter weather and our two snow days, Collegium revised the elementary report card distribution date. Now, instead of receiving report cards last Friday, March 17th, students will bring home their second trimester grades Wednesday, March 22nd.

Questions? Please email your child's homeroom teacher.

CCS K-12 Talent Show

K-12 students are invited to try out for our June 7th Performing Arts Talent Show. Try out information and the permission slip are available below. Sign-up forms and music are all due by April 20th.

Questions? Please email Ms. Grandizio.

Middle School Rec Night

Our Middle School Student Council will be hosting a Rec Night on March 24th from 6:00om until 8:00pm. The 515 Gym will be open for dodge ball and there will also be a movie and game room for additional entertainment. The cost to attend is $5.00/student and snacks and drinks will be provided.

Questions? Please email Mr. Ford

Basketball Intramural Update

The Tuesday Basketball Intramural Program for 2nd and 3rd grades has been extended one week due to last week's winter weather. The final session will be held on Tuesday, March 21st. All families involved in the program should have received notification of the change via email messages this last week.

Please email Mr. Handley with any questions or concerns.

CCS at the Chester County Science Research Competition

Based on their outstanding performance at Collegium's Science Fair, the following students represented CCS at the Chester County Science Research Competition:

  • Pooja Menon (4th)
  • Sisira Noolu (4th)
  • Saena Sarkari (4th)
  • Andrew Carver (5th)
  • Riya Desai (5th)
  • Venkat Devabhakthuni (5th)
  • Rishab Jain (5th)
  • Malavika Menon (6th)
  • Kenneth Miller (6th)
  • Anusha Kalavacharla (11th)
  • Julianna Ohnjec (12th)

Congratulations to Andrew Carver, who won Distinguished Honors and the Excellence in Environmental Science Award!

Malavika Menon, Anusha Kalavacharla, and Julianna Ohnjec were also invited to attend the 6th-12th Grade Awards Assembly on March 20th. Look for an update with their specific awards in the next Newsletter!

2nd Annual Cougar Classic 5K

Please Note: The price to register for our 5K will increase on Thursday, March 23rd!

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 more information, registration, 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 sponsors. 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!

Camp Collegium 2017

Registration for Camp Collegium 2017 is at capacity. We are now accepting registration forms for waiting list placement only. Families are encouraged to submit their completed registration information quickly, as program waiting list placement is on a first-come, first-serve 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? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

*New* Specialty Summer Camps at CCS

Collegium recently developed new Specialty Summer Camp opportunities. During the week of June 19th, we are proud to offer a Basketball Camp and a Drama Camp. Camps will be run by Collegium employees and coaches.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Both Specialty Summer Camps are expected to fill up quickly, so please don't wait to register. For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Summer Camps Registration Form, below.

Questions? Please email our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. McCain.

K-12 Spring Dress Your Best Day

This Friday, March 24th, the CCS Yearbook Committee will celebrate their Spring Dress Your Best Day. All K-12 students are welcome to participate by paying $1.00. All proceeds benefit the CCS Yearbook Committee.

Please note: Jeans and sweat clothes/outfits are not permitted. If your child has PE, please make sure he/she brings sneakers to participate. Also, the Yearbook photographers will be around campus to snap pictures of students dressed in their fanciest outfits!

All K-12 students are encouraged to dress in their snazziest outfits!

Still need to purchase a copy of the 2016-2017 K-12 CCS Yearbook? Just access the link below and note that copies of the book are sold for $65.00 each.

Questions? Please email our Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer.

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:

  • Nora Murphy
  • Trinity Pluck
  • Hedrick Bitegeko
  • Geo Yoshitomi
  • Sophia Nichol
  • Shreya Atukuri
  • Michael Lent

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 all of the pirates, princesses and families who came our to our Pancake Party on Saturday. We had a great time and hope you did too!

*NEW* Cougar Family Cookbook

We're compiling a cookbook full of delicious Collegium family recipes! Keep an eye on your students' backpacks - more information will be sent home March 22nd! We're extremely excited to offer this new family-oriented opportunity and hope our cookbook becomes an annual celebration of Collegium's unique diversity.

Comedy Night Sponsored by the HSA

Comedy Night tickets will be on sale until March 31st; however, we are only selling accompanying Child Care spots online until 11:59am on Sunday, March 19th. Don't get stuck paying even more for a sitter!

The HSA partnered with parents of our music students traveling to Iceland to make Child Care available for Comedy Night, April 1st, in the 500 Building from 6:00pm-9:15pm. All children must be picked up by 9:15pm without exception.

For each family, Comedy Night Child Care is $20.00 (first child) and $15.00 (each additional child). All children must be potty trained. Pizza, juice, and snack will be provided! Purchase Comedy Night tickets (including Comedy Night Child Care) by accessing the link below.

Questions? Email CCS parent, Claire Hackett, or call her at 215-285-3381.

Discounted Hershey Park Tickets For Sale

Heading to Hershey Park this year? Order your tickets at a discount courtesy of the HSA! To order discounted Hershey Park tickets, complete the order form (below) and return with payment by Friday, March 31st. You save while the HSA earns, it's a true win-win.

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 the HSA Facebook page for more details!

  • April 12th - Urban Air Fundraiser
  • April 19th - CCS Spirit Night Sponsored by the HSA @ Chick-fil-A Downingtown and Chick-fil-A Lionville
  • May 13th - Ladies' Night Out Bingo

Rescheduled HSA Meeting

Due to the recent winter weather, our March 15th general HSA meeting was rescheduled. Now, our next general HSA meeting will be Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room.

Interested in attending? Let us know! Just complete our interest form, below.

If you arrive after 6:30pm, that's not a problem! 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 provide building access so you can quickly join our meeting!

HSA on Facebook

Have you "Liked" the HSA Facebook page? Everything you need to know about the HSA is there, including information on our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities. Head to our Facebook page now by accessing the link below.

Community Opportunities

While CCS does not endorse this or any other program outside CCS, we pass along information on community opportunities that CCS families may want to explore.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story - Chris Herren is a former NBA basketball player, motivational speaker, author, and sobriety advocate who struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Free of alcohol and drugs since August 1, 2008, he refocused his life, to put his sobriety and family above all else. With the hope of reaching just one person and making an impact in his/her life, Chris Herren travels the United States sharing his story with colleges, high schools, community groups, and organizations. Learn more about Chris Herren's April 4th appearance at Downingtown West High School by accessing the link below.

Collegium Main Number

610-903-1300

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

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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