Collegium Newsletter November 13, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Nov. 13th - Day 5

  • 468/486 Building: Pet Food Collection for Philadoptables Begins - Sponsored by the 2nd Grade
  • Picture Re-Take Day
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418

Tuesday, Nov. 14th - Day 6

  • 515 Building: Internet Safety and Sexting Assembly 8:30am - 10:00am @ 515 Auditorium
  • 150 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 150 Conference Room, 825
  • CCST Hairspray Vocal Auditions 3:30pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria and Auditorium
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • 500 Building: NEHS Student Meeting 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 118
  • NHS Induction Ceremony 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ 535 Gym

Wednesday, Nov. 15th - Day 1

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair Begins @ Main Street Exton
  • 500 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 9:00am - 10:00am @ 500 Conference Room
  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
  • 150 Building: Grades K-1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K-1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, 425
  • 500 Building: Grades 5-6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building, Room 228
  • In-Store HS Chamber Choir Concert During Barnes & Noble Book Fair 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Main Street Exton
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • FAFSA Completion Night 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Tech Lab

Thursday, Nov. 16th - Day 2

  • High School Academic Team Meet 9:30am - 11:30am @ Bishop Shanahan
  • CCST Hairspray Dance Auditions & Callbacks 3:30pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria and Auditorium
  • 150 Building: 3rd-4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Nov. 17th - Day 3

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Conference Prep for Faculty/Staff) - Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm
  • 500 Building: Career Day
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • Grades K-6: End of 1st Trimester
  • MS/HS Music Students: Chick-fil-A Calendar Sales End
  • CCS at Chuck E. Cheese's Sponsored by the HSA 12:15pm - 8:00pm @ Downingtown Chuck E. Cheese's
  • 515 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 1:00pm - 2:00pm @ 515 Conference Room

Parent University Video Series

Eureka Math

In our newest Parent University video, we share the history behind the PA Math Standards, and hear from teachers describing how standards have changed and evolved. We also take a look at 5th and 6th grade Math classes and see the Eureka Math program in action.

Education Explained

Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Graham Dryburgh, High School Assistant Principal.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Each November, Collegium Charter School holds its Parent/Teacher Conferences to provide families and teachers with the opportunity to meet and discuss student progress. Collegium firmly believes that the most successful education for students is possible when a strong partnership between Collegium and students’ families exists.

What should you expect from your Parent/Teacher Conference? This is a time dedicated for parents and teachers to talk about each student's progress and potential. However, it can be far more. Conferences can help parents and guardians understand that Collegium teachers know and care about their children. Through discussion about students, classroom activities, and the Collegium Community, families/guardians can feel more confident and comfortable with Collegium as a whole, and their children's buildings and classroom environments, in particular. We hope parents/guardians will then want to further engage in educational opportunities and activities for their children.

Our teachers will take time over the next few weeks to plan for each Parent/Teacher Conference, preparing data, examples, and observations to demonstrate student progress. Teachers will also formulate questions for parents/guardians to help them better understand and instruct each student.

To maximize Parent/Teacher Conference productivity, please bring information and questions for your child's teachers with you. We hope you talk regularly with your children to find out what’s happening in their classrooms. You can ask students if they have questions or concerns about the school, classrooms, curriculum, and education, or interactions with other students, faculty, and staff. This and other information can build a foundation for parent/teacher communication in Conferences, and lead to creative planning for student success.

Parents/guardians are also encouraged to bring their own questions to Conferences. These can revolve around your children's learning, behavior, social interactions, strengths, areas of need, and more.

There are numerous websites, articles, and online forums designed to provide guidance on how to prepare for, and what to expect from, Parent/Teacher Conferences. The Kidshealth.org article below is one good resource.

Collegium Parent/Teacher Conferences for grades K-12 are scheduled for Monday, November 20th and, Tuesday, November 21st.

Watch for communications from your children's buildings regarding available Conference time slots. If you are not available during the times provided, we recommend that you reach out to your student’s teacher to schedule an alternate time. Phone conferences can also be arranged.

Parent/Teacher Conference season is a great time for educators! We look forward to meeting with our students’ families, talking about the many great things happening every day at Collegium, and further strengthening our school-family partnership!

Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences

Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st. Please use the link below to sign up for a day and time that works best for you to meet with our teachers. If the provided days do not work for your schedule, please contact your children's teachers directly via email.

Ms. Pouncy reminding all Middle School families about our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences.

If you have any questions about conferences, please email Ms. Pouncy.

High School Parent/Teacher Conferences

High School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from 12:30pm until 6:00pm on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st. Families have the opportunity to meet with their children's teachers to discuss progress and gain valuable information on their children's education. We highly encourage all families to make time for this important event.

Families interested in scheduling a Conference can use the link below to find a list of High School teachers. Clicking on a teacher's name will direct you to a SignUpGenius website where you can schedule a time/date to meet with that specific teacher. If you wish to meet with multiple teachers, be sure to schedule a Conference with each teacher.

CCS Science Fair

Were you unable to attend the Science Fair Open House? No problem! You can still review the registration form, dates, rules/regulations, project ideas, and more from our website via the link below.

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Tobin.

Middle & High School UNICEF Fundraiser Update

The High School UNICEF Club's first Halloween fundraiser was successful, raising over $150 for UNICEF's mission to provide for underprivileged children throughout the world. We thank Middle and High School students and their families for participating this year.

PowerSchool Mobile App

Experience real-time student performance updates on any device, wherever you are.

Designed to better engage parents and students and enhance student achievement, the free PowerSchool Mobile App creates awareness of student performance and opportunities for improvement. Students can hold themselves accountable, and parents can stay apprised of grades, scores, performance, and attendance with real-time notifications.

Users can access PowerSchool Mobile from any iOS or Android device, including Apple Watch. Parents and students will enjoy the same clean, consistent design and interface across all devices. Learn more about the PowerSchool Mobile App by viewing the video below.

Ready to get started? Access additional PowerSchool Mobile parent information via the link below.

Questions? Send an email using the link below. A member of the Collegium IT Department will reply as quickly as possible.

Lost & Found Clean Out

Lost & Found items in the 515 Building and 535 Building will be cleaned out during the week of November 20th. Please remind your children to check for their belongings.

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!

High School Counseling Department News

DCCC Dual Enrollment

All Collegium students enrolled at Delaware County Community College who want to take Spring 2018 courses must make an appointment to register. Use the link below to sign up for an appointment.

After completing the registration form, you will be scheduled for a registration appointment during the school day on Thursday, November 16th. Registration appointments are only for students who are already enrolled at DCCC.

Please email Ms. Whisler or your School Counselor if want to enroll in a course but cannot attend the meeting on November 16th or if you have other questions.

FAFSA Completion Night

Collegium will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm in the 535 Tech Lab.

Financial Aid experts will be on site to answer your questions and help you complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is necessary for students to be eligible for financial aid. Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by sending an email message to our HS Counseling Department.

Before attending the event, please access the link below and create an FSA ID for both the parent and the student. Please also bring tax information from the previous year (necessary to complete the FAFSA application).

High School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving Q1 Honor Roll!

High School High Honors

GPA 93% or above, with no grade below 85%.

12th Grade: Hayley Beale, Erika Calle, Frances Carlson, Julia Christman, Amy Contreras, Elizabeth Cross, Emily Dalessandro, Kelly Horgan, Skyler James, Brendan Kane, Frederick Newlin, Rebecca Oliver, Safoora Siddiqui, Jonne Washington, and Susana Zavaleta.

11th Grade: Samantha Acello, Alexis Armstrong, Mina Bourquin, Erin Colahan, Kendra Ebke, Brooklyn Green, Taylor Gustafson, Marshall Lentz, Katherine Naranjo, Lydia Newlin, Cheney Ni, James Panyasiri, Sebastian Ross, Cristopher Story, Matthew Wachter, Daniel Wagner, and Lauren Wallace.

10th Grade: Kristina Archie, Keegan Barr, Atley Cooper, Tyler Correll, Corinne Estrella, Kayla Floyd, Diana Galan-Galan, Rose Garzon, Brynn Henry, Marissa Hillworth, Nicholas Hogg, Chloe Holman, Austin James, Georgia Laughlin, Morgan Linkins, Cornelius McClanahan, Alicia Mettinger, Shayna Miele, Krish Nair, Josh Ogalesco, Armi Patel, Christina Pham, Ria Philip, Madison Reeder, Cheyenne Rivas, Tayah Rogers, Karl Romberger, Laiba Tariq, Mika Tuttle, Hannah Washington, Brin Whiteman, Jonathan Xaysena, and Cole Zolomij.

9th Grade: Belle Burnett, Dylan Burrows, Lizbeth Calle, Timothy Carlson, Christopher Correll, John Darnall, Autumn DiSanto, Grace Geers, Hannah Graham, Paige Henry, Olivia Jones, Hannah Luong, Anna Newlin, Rachel Ocran, Brandon Olivarez, Ryk Polintan, Jacob Smith, Albert Sommar, Emma Trego, and Nathan Wholey.

High School Honors

GPA 85% or above, with no grade below 85%.

12th Grade: Isabel Pimentel, Ulices Sotelo-Guadarrama, and Yaritza Zavaleta.

11th Grade: Fernando Libo-on.

10th Grade: Karina Garcia Lopez, Aliyah Green, Rachel Gualtieri, Nathan Gustafson, Emmanuel Hernandez, Zachary McFiggins, and Ryan Rowe.

9th Grade: Rachel Bromley, Thuvarakaa Johnson, and Thomas Wright.

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hard-working students for achieving Q1 Honor Roll!

Middle School High Honors

GPA 93% or above, with no grade below 85%.

8th Grade: Sophia Baionno, Autumn Dean, Yarrick Dillard, Taylor Douglas, Malia Ford, Michael Gallimore III, Lucia Garzon, Karly Gyuris, Mina Hinton, Mikhael Joseph, Angel Juarez-Paramo, Jordan Kelly, Thomas McHugh, Alexandra Muravyev, Cecelia Newman, Thi Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Olive Odida, Alexander Pham, Maia Rissi, Ainsley Robinson, Autumn Robinson, Sloane Robinson, Alexa Sanchez, Natasha Scott, Zagara Sims, Margaret Tresselt, Kaleah Tuttle, and Brooks Woolfolk.

7th Grade: Lilyanna Alvarez, Hannah Au, Anand Bohm, Olivia Brusco, Michelle Canel, Nicholas Carabio, Teilo Castro, Ava Colon, Makaylah Dale, Joshua Franck, Patrick Gallagher, Marlana Gramo, Zoe Greene, Caroline Hackett, Mark Hinlo, Kylie Hogg, Abigail Holton, Aditi Inamdar, Kristina Kaiser, Sarah Kerrigan, Melanie Luong, Nile Mahmood, Addison Mann, Hailey March, Tamlynn Margolin, Brian McCoy, Malavika Menon, Ryan Miller, Delaney Mitchell, Alexandra Morris, Angela Morris, Sophia Morrison, Chabari Murungi, Jordan Nagle, Grace O'Brien, Madison Ott, Aaron Pitt, Lyndsey Reef, Gabriel Reeves, Elizabeth Riehl, Kolby Ronan, Timothy Salmon, Brandon Story, Iman Tariq, and Skye Zolomij.

Middle School Honors

GPA 85% or above, with no grade below 85%.

8th Grade: Elijah Green and Braden Sieck.

7th Grade: Abran Astudillo and Mariah Colon.

7th Grade Field Trip Reminder

Students in 7th grade will visit the Baltimore Aquarium and experience a guided boat tour in Baltimore, MD. Permission slips have been distributed, and payment is due on Friday, January 26th. If you need more information about the trip, please email Ms. Pouncy.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Support literacy and shop Collegium's Barnes & Noble Book Fair!

Mention that you’re shopping for Collegium at the start of your transaction any time from Wednesday, November 15th through Sunday, November 19th at the Main Street Exton location. Better yet, join us for our kick-off event featuring the CCS Chamber Choir performing live in-store at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 15th.

If you prefer, you can shop online until Friday, November 24th. Use the link below, and make sure to enter the Collegium Charter School Book Fair Event ID Number, 11235503, in the designated field at the bottom of the payment page during checkout.

A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases* will benefit our school libraries! Questions? Feel free to email Mrs. Ferry.

*The following products and services are not eligible for inclusion in online totals: Barnes & Noble Memberships, Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, used and out-of-print books, textbooks, ebooks, digital hardware and accessories and other select products. NOOK and NOOK accessories are eligible items but not included in the online totals.

Principals' Coffee Chats

Coffee Chats offer parents/guardians the opportunity to join our Principals for coffee and informal conversation covering the school, events, and academic programming.

In his latest Coffee Chat Invitation video, Collegium Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, invites families to his building for his next Coffee Chat of the 2017-2018 school year.

Below you will see upcoming Coffee Chats. Our full list of Coffee Chat dates is available by searching the Collegium Calendar for "coffee."

  • 150 Building: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 3:30pm @ 150 Conference
  • 500 Building: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 9:00am @ 500 Conference Room
  • 515 Building: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 1:00pm @ 515 Conference Room
  • 468/486 Building: Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017, 5:00pm @ 486 Conference Room
  • 535 Building: Thursday, Dec 7, 2017, 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room

Campus Traffic Reminder

Our Parent Pick Up lines are only permitted to form at specific times for specific grade-level groups. The appropriate times are as follows:

  • Grades 7-12 Regular Dismissal Pick-Up Line Formation - 2:30pm
  • Grades K-6 Regular Dismissal Pick-Up Line Formation - 3:15pm
  • Grades 7-12 Early Dismissal Pick-Up Line Formation - 11:00am
  • Grades K-6 Early Dismissal Pick-Up Line Formation - 11:45am

The need for our lines to form at different times specifically relates to campus safety and the potential needs of emergency personnel and equipment, who would need to quickly reach our buildings, students, and employees in the event of an emergency. Additionally, all Middle and High School parent traffic must be able to properly depart campus before our Elementary parent traffic forms.

If you arrive at campus before the designated Parent Pick-Up time, please do not park in our corporate center neighbors' parking lots. Instead, please consider visiting the adjoining Festival Shopping Center.

If you have questions, please email our Operations Department.

Donations Needed

500 Building STEAM Activities

At the end of November, students in our 500 Building will start their STEAM activities. While we would love to share what we are doing, we want to keep it a secret from the students. In order to make these activities a success, we are asking for your help to gather supplies. We would greatly appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Soda cans
  • Tin cans
  • Small corrugated cardboard boxes
  • School-appropriate magazines
  • Packages of cotton balls
  • Packages of mini marshmallows
  • Rolls of masking tape
  • Packages of assorted sizes of rubber bands
  • Boxes of plastic spoons
  • Boxes of rigatoni pasta
  • Mini hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue guns
  • Standard hot glue sticks
  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • Regular size craft sticks

Donations can be left in the 500 Building, Attn: Mrs. Kahl. All donations will be accepted until November 17th. Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to sharing this fun project with you!

Donations Needed

Pet Food Drive in our 486 Building

Do you love helping animals? The 2nd grade students in our 486 Building do, too! All 486 2nd grade classes will be collecting pet items from November 13th through November 22nd. Donations will be given to Philadoptables, a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization that helps save lives and provide assistance for foster and shelter animals. We will be collecting the following items:

  • Canned and dry dog/puppy food
  • Cat/kitten food (unopened)
  • Dog and cat toys
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Gift cards to pet stores
  • Gently used leashes
  • Collars
  • Food bowls

Your children can drop your donation into a box in front of any 2nd grade classroom in the 486 Building. Questions? Please email Mrs. Guarente.

Obtaining Approval for Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for absences to be excused.

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

The HSA shares a very special "Thank You!" to Melina Hart for her dedication and countless hours of volunteer service as our HSA Treasurer. We wish you all the best going forward, Melina. Thank you!

Save the Dates

  • Friday November 17th: Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser from 12:15pm until 8:00pm.
  • Saturday, December 2nd: CCS Family Bingo Night at 6:00pm. More details to follow. Interested in helping us plan the event? Do you own a business and want to donate? Email the HSA Officers directly and use "Family Bingo" as your subject line.
  • Saturday, May 19th: Our 1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale! Interested in helping us plan the event? Email us and use the subject "Outgrown & Vendor Sale."

HSA Presents Family Bingo

Join us on Saturday, December 2nd in the 515 Building Cafeteria for Family Bingo! Doors will open at 5:00pm and games will be played from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Students in grades K-6 and their accompanying adults are invited to attend and enjoy our raffles, door prizes, snacks and drinks, and a special appearance by Carl the Cougar!

The cost is $12.00 per person if purchased by November 22nd and will increase after November 22nd. Limited tickets are available. Purchase yours today!

Bingo Volunteers and Donations Needed

Are you looking for a fun way to earn your volunteer hours? We need volunteers on December 2nd at Family Bingo! If you aren’t available to volunteer, consider sending a donation.

Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser

Chuck E. Cheese's puts the FUN in fundraiser! Gather your friends, classmates, and family, and head out to the Downingtown Chuck E. Cheese's on Friday, November 17th between 12:15pm and 8:00pm.

Please be sure to tell the cashier that you are a Collegium family. Please make all purchases (including purchases for additional tokens) at the counter and not at the kiosk, so the HSA receives proper fundraising credit.

On-Going Fundraisers


Simply shop at AmazonSmile and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to CCS!

On-Going Fundraisers


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

Volunteer Opportunities

Social Media Chair

Develops content and serves as our HSA Facebook Page Administrator.

School Store Volunteers Needed

The HSA School Stores in 150, 468, 486, and 500 are open every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. We need your help to ensure the stores are open for our students! Sign up today - clearances are required.

Upcoming HSA General Meetings

Do you have questions about upcoming fundraisers or events? Want to be involved but not sure how? Or do you have a great idea for a fundraiser or event that you want to present to the HSA? Join us for our monthly HSA meetings!

Our next HSA General Meeting will take place Tuesday, January 9th at 4:30pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. Our December meeting is canceled. Participating families should enter the building using the rear 535 entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

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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