Collegium Newsletter October 2, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Oct. 2nd - Day 5

  • High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ St. Basil Academy
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd - Day 6

  • 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
  • 150 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
  • High School Soccer vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ USTC
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, Rm. 425
  • High School Cross Country TCISL League Meet 4:00pm @ Perkiomen School
  • High School Volleyball 4:00pm @ Perkiomen
  • 468/486 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 486 Conference Room
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30pm - 7:30pm @ 435 Conference Room

Wednesday, Oct. 4th - Day 1

  • NHS Fall Bake Sale
  • 500 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:30pm - 3:30pm @ 500 Conference Room
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • Middle School Cross Country 4:00pm @ Odyssey Charter
  • Middle School Soccer 4:00pm @ Odyssey Charter

Thursday, Oct. 5th - Day 2

  • 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room
  • High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy
  • 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228
  • 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
  • High School Soccer 7:00pm @ Faith Christian Academy

Friday, Oct. 6th - Day 3

  • High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ Phoenixville
  • 6th Grade Rec Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Gym and Classrooms

Saturday, Oct. 7th

  • High School Cross Country William Tennent Invitational 1:00pm @ William Tennent High School

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 Dr. Antoinette Rath, Collegium CEO.

Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck, Ph.D., an educational researcher from Stanford University, tells us that a "fixed-mindset" is the belief that intelligence is fixed ... it simply is what it is. A "growth-mindset" is the belief that intelligence is malleable and can develop over time ... simply, we are never too old to learn new things. Having a growth-mindset coupled with an ability to persevere over a long-term goal or persevere through challenges and obstacles is the separating factor for student success. This ability to persevere through challenging tasks is called grit. Researchers have found that grit has a more significant correlation to high school graduation rates than factors such as family income or social status.

Middle school students focusing on their classwork.

As partners in our students' success, what can you do at home to promote grit and a growth-mindset for your child's aspirations? Encourage your child to look forward to the next challenge. Help them see mistakes as temporary setbacks. Allow them space and time to enjoy the process of practicing so that they see practicing as part of the process of becoming good at something. Show them the importance of working until tasks are complete. Give them specific instructions so that they can begin each task confidently. Reinforce a growth-mindset by letting your children know that they can learn ... they can advance ... and, they can keep mastering new things.

Watch Dr. Dweck's Developing a Growth Mindset video below.

Flu Clinic on Campus

In cooperation with the Chester County Health Dept. our annual campus flu clinic will be Friday, October 27th during the school day. Please note, the flu mist is not available this year. Only the injection will be offered.

If you are interested in having your child receive a flu vaccine, please complete a consent form (below) and return to your child's School Nurse by Friday, October, 20th. Forms received after October 20th will not be processed.

Questions? Email email your child's School Nurse.

Elementary Intramural Programs

Registration is currently open for our Soccer and Cougar F.I.T. Club intramural programs.

Cougar F.I.T. Club is a new program this year, incorporating a series of activities designed to promote an active lifestyle and encouraging students to have fun while making new friends. The age-appropriate activities include games and challenges often found in the elementary physical education classroom.

To register, complete and return the appropriate registration form with payment by Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Participant rosters will be posted on the CCS Intramurals webpage. Soccer will be posted on October 6, 2017. Cougar F.I.T. Club rosters will be posted on October 11, 2017. Participating families will also be notified via email message.

Questions? Please email our Intramural Program Coordinator, Mr. Handley.

Giant A+ Rewards Fundraising Returns

Beginning October 6, 2017, Collegium has the opportunity to participate in and earn cash from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant!

To participate, visit the link below and follow the prompts to create your online account. You’ll need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number and Collegium's ID #23968. You do not need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.

If you don't know your BONUSCARD® number, call 1-888-814-4268, option #1.

Collect points by using your registered BONUSCARD® each time you shop at Giant, and you will earn cash for Collegium. You can track the number of points you are earning by checking your grocery receipt. At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to cash rewards. These cash rewards for Collegium are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.

Collegium will receive one cash awards check at the end of the program and can use this money for any of our educational needs. Please encourage your family members and friends to support our school. This could result in more cash rewards!

Fall K-4 Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our Fall Book Fairs in the 468/486 and 150 Buildings are approaching and we are in need of volunteers!

The Fall Book Fair for the 468/486 Building will be held during school hours in the 486 Building from Monday, October 30th through Friday, November 3rd. The Fall Book Fair for the 150 Building will be held during school hours in the 150 Building from Monday, November 6th through Friday, November 10th.

Volunteers are needed to assist students with wish lists, purchasing, and during our Family Nights on Thursday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 9th. If you are available and would like to help out, please access the links below for each building. All volunteers must have clearances on file.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Ms. Hollinshead.

News From Our Middle School

8th Grade Field Trip-Washington, DC

On Tuesday, September 26th, the 8th grade field trip permission forms were distributed to students. The 8th grade field trip will take place on May 24 and 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

For detailed information regarding this exciting opportunity, please review the permission form. Extra permission forms are in the Main Office of the 515 Building. The first payment is due Friday, October 20th.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wallace.

News From Our High School

High School Homecoming

This year's Homecoming Dance and Spirit Week are shaping up to be a celebration for the ages!

Incorporating two sporting events into Spirit Week, the Cougars' Varsity Volleyball team will battle it out at home in front of a raucous crowd in the 535 William D. Winters gym on October 10th at 4:00pm.

A couple days later, the Varsity Soccer team squares off against AIM Academy at USTC on October 12th at 3:00pm.

These festivities culminate in this year's Homecoming Dance on October 14th from 7:00-10:00pm in our 535 gym. Tickets will be sold for $10.00/each the week before the dance and at the door. Non-CCS guests may attend with a signed permission slip, available where tickets are sold. Our Homecoming Dance theme is Vegas Nights, and we're sure luck will be on our side!

All Collegium students and families are welcome to attend our volleyball and soccer matches; however, the Homecoming Dance is only for our current 9th-12th grade students and their guests.

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 her Coffee Chat Invitation video, Collegium 468/486 Building Principal, Dr. Wight-Mahoney, invites families to her building for her first scheduled Coffee Chat of the 2017-2018 school year.

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

  • 468/486 Building: Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017, 5:00-6:00pm @ 486 Conference Room
  • 500 Building: Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 2:30-3:30pm @ 500 Conference Room
  • 535 Building: Thursday, Oct 5, 2017, 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room
  • 150 Building: Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017, 7:30am @ 150 Conference Room, Rm. 825

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!

Pawsitive Praise

Thank you to all of the students, staff, and families that participated in our 2017 Cougar Challenge!

KidStuff Coupon Books

Last call! If you have not purchased or returned your KidStuff Coupon Book, please do so immediately. Payment is $25.00/book, cash or check (payable to CCSHSA). Please be sure to include your student’s name, homeroom teacher, and building number and send to ATTN: HSA Kidstuff.

Box Tops Clipping Drive

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for Collegium. Each Box Top is worth 10¢! Just look for the Box Tops coupon on hundreds of products that you probably already own. To participate in our clipping drive, simply clip, collect, and send your Box Tops to Collegium. Our clipping drive will end on October 6th.

To make the clipping drive even more exciting, we will have a friendly little competition between classrooms in each K-6th grade building. Learn more by accessing our Fall Box Tops Clipping Drive Info Packet.

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! HSA meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month in the 435 Conference Room, times will alternate month to month. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

HSA on Facebook

Like and Follow our page to get the most up-to-date information on events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities.

HSA Uniform Resale Shop

The HSA Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 Building and is open on school days from 9:00am until 3:00pm and again from 4:00pm until 6:00pm.

The Resale Shop is stocked with gently used uniforms for purchase at greatly reduced prices. Please review the procedures for shopping at The Resale Shop. Our procedures are for the safety of our students, staff, and parents.

School Store Volunteers Needed

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

HSA Help Wanted

1. Treasurer

Responsible for the budget process; receives all monies of the CCSHSA; keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pay out funds in accordance with the approved budget as authorized by the CCSHSA organization.

2. Social Media Chair

Develops content and serves as our HSA Facebook Page Administrator.

3. School Store Coordinator

Manages overall operations of the school stores. Ordering merchandise, keeping track of inventory, and refilling as needed.

If you have an interest in any of the following please email the HSA Officers directly.

Save the Dates

  • October 3rd: HSA General Meeting, 6:30pm
  • October 6th: Last Day to Submit Box Tops
  • October 18th: CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A (Downingtown and Lionville, 4:30pm—7:30pm

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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