Collegium Newsletter june 4, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Jun. 4th - Day 2

  • 468/486 Building: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Colonial PA Plantation
  • Instrument Rental Night* 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ 500 Building Lobby

Tuesday, Jun. 5th - Day 3

  • 150 Building: 1st Grade Field Trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theater
  • 150 Building: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Colonial PA Plantation
  • 468/486 Building: Field Day (Rescheduled from Thursday, May 31st) @ 468 Gym, 486 Gym, 468/486 Parking Lots
  • 535 Building: UNICEF/She's The First Flower Send-Off Sale During High School Lunches
  • 4th-6th Grade Choirs: American Young Voices Field Trip (Approved Students Only) 1:30pm - 9:45pm @ Liacouras Center, Philadelphia
  • High School Pops Concert 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Wednesday, Jun. 6th - Day 4

  • 150 Building: Kindergarten Field Trip to Please Touch Museum
  • 535 Building: UNICEF/She's The First Flower Send-Off Sale During High School Lunches
  • National Elementary Honor Society New Teacher Book Drive Ends
  • Final 2018-2019 HSA Meeting 4:30pm @ 535 Cafeteria
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • 2017-2018 Talent Show 6:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Thursday, Jun. 7th - Day 5

  • 535 Building: Popsicle Sale Fundraiser During Lunches (Sponsored by Spanish Honor Society)
  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Picnic 11:00am - 3:00pm @ Basin
  • K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) 5:30pm - 7:30pm @ 500 Field
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Jun. 8th - Day 6

  • 535 Building: Popsicle Sale Fundraiser During Lunches (Sponsored by Spanish Honor Society)
  • 535 Building: UNICEF/She's The First Flower Delivery
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand @ Outside Corners of 150, 468/486, and 500 Buildings (In Front of Buildings if Raining)
  • Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • 150 Building: Field Day (Rescheduled from Friday, June 1st) 12:00pm @ 150 Gym, Basin, Recess Parking Lot
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade Picnic 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 1:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Athletics Department Awards Ceremony 6:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Gym

Saturday, Jun. 9th

  • 535 Building: ACT Testing

*This event is for families of students who have been accepted into the Band and Orchestra programs for next school year, and wish to rent instruments from Taylor's Music.

Outstanding Safety Squad Award Winner

On Thursday May 24th, Collegium 6th Grader Evelyn Mercado-Sanchez received an Outstanding Safety Award from the AAA Mid-Atlantic Region at its annual Outstanding Safety Award Luncheon in Newark, Delaware. Joining Evelyn at the luncheon were her mother, 500 Building Assistant Principal Mrs. Rothermel, and 500 Building Safety Squad Coordinators, Ms. Rambo and Mrs. Tobin.

The AAA Mid-Atlantic Region has over 93,000 safeties, and of the thousands of applicants for the award, only 60 safeties were selected. At the luncheon, Evelyn and five other students from schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region were recognized for their hard work on their school safety squads.

Evelyn represents characteristics the AAA Mid-Atlantic Region Safety Patrols program promotes, including leadership, dependability, academics, and character. “Evelyn is an excellent team leader and patroller,” said Ms. Rambo. “As squad captain, Evelyn recognized that teamwork was needed. She put her heart and mind into her posts and working well with other patrollers.” Mrs. Tobin added, “Evelyn has a strong sense of purpose and direction. She knows and understands the roles of the patrollers, and takes our school safety mission seriously. Evelyn wears her safety belt with pride, and is an outstanding member of our squad.”

Evelyn is also an exceptional student. Mrs. Rothermel said that Evelyn earns high grades in all of her classes, and received High Honor Roll twice this year. “Evelyn’s behavior and attitudes make it clear that she wants to learn and work hard at everything she does. Her teachers tell me how Evelyn goes above and beyond to achieve goals, not just in completing assignments, but in asking teachers how she can improve and grow.”

We are very proud of Evelyn and all of her accomplishments! Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Collegium Welcomes Part-Time Safety Officer

Collegium is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Vogelgesang has joined our staff as a Part-Time Safety Officer. He will be attending Collegium’s evening end-of-year activities in his new role, and the Collegium Community may see him at those events.

Mr. Vogelgesang wears a Collegium ID badge and a grey polo shirt with “Collegium Campus Safety” written on the front and “SECURITY” written on the back. Mr. Vogelgesang is not armed; however, he has significant training in de-escalation techniques.

His professional experience includes working as an investigator in the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office and as a member of the Delaware County Park Police. Mr. Vogelgesang also holds a current First Aid and CPR Certification, and is an instructor in both.

Please introduce yourself to Mr. Vogelgesang if you see him on campus!

CCS Spanish Honor Society Visits Taller Puertorriqueño

On Wednesday, May 30th, members of Collegium's Spanish Honor Society (SHS) participated in a field trip to Philadelphia's Taller Puertorriqueño.

Also known as El Corazón Cultural del Barrio (The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia), Taller is a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop, and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture. Grounded in the conviction that embracing one’s cultural heritage is central to community empowerment, Taller Puertorriqueño has been elevating and preserving Puerto Rican and Latino culture through arts and cultural programming since 1974. Taller is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions.

The students attended a gallery exhibit, went on a mural walk of the Camino del Oro neighborhood, and took a Salsa dancing lesson. Sophomore Karl Romberger enjoyed the dance lesson, saying, "My favorite part was the Salsa workshop. The instructors were fun, and interacted with us a lot. I learned a lot and loved it. By the end of the lesson, I could do some Salsa dancing!"

The students also enjoyed lunch at Tierra Colombiana, a 28-year old restaurant that features traditional Latin American and Caribbean foods.

SHS President, senior Erika Calle, summed up the emotions she felt during the trip: "Growing up Hispanic, I was expected to just pick up the ability to dance from the people around me. Now that I’ve had someone actually teach me Salsa, I feel more in touch with my inner Latina. I loved this experience!"

Congratulations To Our High School Music Ensembles

Our High School Music Ensembles traveled to upstate New York over the Memorial Day weekend to participate in the Darien Lake Music Fest. The students performed phenomenally, and won a number of awards and honors!

Adjudicators awarded "Outstanding" ratings to each of our five ensembles—the highest possible! Our Chamber Choir placed second in its division, and our other four ensembles (Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra) placed first in their divisions.

In addition to these prestigious rankings, Collegium’s Orchestra students earned the Grand Judge’s Award for the highest performance scores of the instrumental ensembles that day. Together, all of our ensembles won the Sweepstakes Award for the highest combined scores of schools with multiple groups performing at the Fest.

We are in awe of the talent, character, and skill Collegium’s High School Music Ensemble members showed at this Music Fest, and could not encourage them more to continue to share their music with the world!

Collegium Announces New Varsity Soccer Coach

Collegium is pleased to announce that Mr. Jason Springer will assume the role of Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach for the 2018-2019 season.

Mr. Springer is well-known at Collegium. In addition to being a High School Art teacher for ten years, Mr. Springer is an involved student mentor, who currently is both Yearbook and National Art Honor Society Advisor, and helps support many other student extra-curricular activities.

Soccer is in a league of its own for Mr. Springer, however. He received awards for his high level of defensive play as a high school and college soccer player. Mr. Springer continued to be involved in soccer after college, including coaching travel teams for his two sons and playing in a men’s league in Berks County.

“I'm super excited for this fall's soccer season,” Coach Springer told us. “It's an honor to lead Collegium's Varsity Soccer Team as our school celebrates its 20th year. It's my plan to build a team that will be a legitimate force in our league. We will develop a high expectation for the players and begin working on foot skills shortly after school lets out. Let's go, Cougars!”

John Allen, Collegium’s Athletics Director, is also very happy that Mr. Springer will be the Head Soccer Coach for the 2018-2019 school year. “Coach Springer’s skill, knowledge, and love of the game will help take Collegium’s Boys’ Varsity Soccer to the next level of competitive play!”

High School Athletics Opportunities At Collegium

Attention Parents of Current 8th Grade Students

Since your children will be in High School next year, we want to tell you about athletic programs available for 9th-12th Grade students at Collegium.


Cross Country, Volleyball, Soccer, and Golf

  • Start Date: August 13, 2018
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date: August 13, 2018
  • Permission Slip Due Date: August 13, 2018


Basketball and Cheerleading

  • Start Date: November 16, 2018
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date: November 14, 2018
  • Permission Slip Due Date: November 26, 2018


Lacrosse and Baseball

  • Start Date: March 4, 2019
  • PIAA Physical Packet Due Date: March 1, 2019
  • Permission Slip Due Date: March 4, 2019

Please be aware of some requirements related to registering your children for our athletic programs:

  • School Physicals cannot replace PIAA Physicals.
  • All physicals must be dated on or after June 1, 2018.
  • Collegium provides uniforms and necessary equipment.

The CCS Athletics Department looks forward to working with you and your children as we continue to take Collegium Athletics to new heights.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. Allen.

CCS Curriculum Department Volunteer Sessions

This summer, the CCS Curriculum Department will be hard at work ensuring that all books and other essential curriculum materials are distributed to teachers, so they, in turn, are ready to teach your children on the first day of school.

We need and appreciate help from the Collegium Community to accomplish this enormous task. Several Curriculum volunteer sessions are scheduled in July and August, as follows:

  • Monday, July 23rd;
  • Thursday, July 26th;
  • Tuesday, August 7th; and
  • Thursday, August 9th.

High School Students: Curriculum volunteering is a great way to achieve your required volunteer hours for graduation. (Hint, hint!)

Please complete the Google Form below if you are interested and able to volunteer to help with Curriculum projects this summer. Questions? Email Mrs. Kim Christman.

Collegium 5th Grade Picnic Planned

On Monday, June 11th, students and teachers from Collegium’s 5th Grade Team will celebrate the end of the school year with a 5th Grade Picnic on our 500 Building Field. Pizza, juice boxes, and dessert will be provided. Students can bring a bagged lunch from home, if they prefer. We will eat lunch together, and then the students will participate in various games and activities.

It is suggested that students apply sunscreen before coming to school. They may bring a hat or sunglasses to school, as needed, and can also bring a beach towel or small blanket to sit on for the picnic. Note: Students are responsible for maintaining all personal items brought to school.

Our 5th Grade students have worked very hard all year. We are looking forward to having a fun afternoon as a team on June 11th! Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your child’s education.

Return Your Library Books!

It's that time of year again! All CCS Library books need to be returned to the Library!

Please remind your 5th to 8th Graders to look for any CCS Library books they might have that need to be returned. Good places to check include backpacks, rooms, your vehicles...anywhere a CCS Library book might inadvertently get tucked away.

Our 5th and 6th Grade students can return their books to the 500 Building Library. Middle School students can put their books in a bin we have placed in the 515 Building’s Main Office.

Families are responsible for paying for any books that are lost, damaged, or not returned. Questions? Please email Mrs. Wallace.

End of School Year Information

1. High School Graduation Ceremony

Our 2018 High School Graduation Ceremony is Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm in the 535 William D. Winters Gymnasium. Tickets are required for admittance.

A few proud members of the Collegium Charter School Class of 2018.

2. Obligations

To receive your child’s report card, all obligations must be met or paid in full.

3. Report Cards

Elementary School report cards will be provided to students on the final day of school. Middle and High School families will receive their children's report cards in the mail during the week of Monday, June 25th.

4. Home Address Updates

If you move during the summer, email Mrs. Novak so bussing adjustments can be made!

5. Summer Information Packet

Packets will be mailed to families in late July. Included in the packet will be important papers for your completion for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Your child's teacher(s) and room assignment(s) will also be included in the mailing.

6. Food Service Account Balances

Food Service account balances will carry over from 2017-2018 to the 2018-2019 school year. Families do not need to do anything for this to occur. If you would like a refund from your child's account, please email our Director of Food Service, Mr. Ely. Include your child's first and last names, grade level, and Food Service PIN in your email request. Also include the name and address to whom the refund check should be sent. Refund requests will take two to three weeks to process. Questions? Email Mr. Ely.

7. Summer Meals Program

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires all School Food Authorities (SFAs) to inform families about the availability and location of free student Summer Food Service Program meals during the summer months. This is required even if the SFA is not participating in the Summer Meals Program. Collegium is a SFA, but we are not providing summer meals on-site. Families can use any of the following methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer:

  • Call 1-866-3Hungry
  • Call 1-877-8Hambre
  • Text FOOD to 877877
  • Text COMIDA to 877877

8. 2018-2019 Student Enrollment

A few proud members of the Collegium Charter School Class of 2030..

If your 2018-2019 school year plans change and your child will not be attending CCS, please let Mrs. Novak know as soon as possible. Please do not rely upon your new school to advise CCS, as they often do not reach out for records until after the school year has begun. As you can imagine, late notice of student withdrawals can be very disruptive to Collegium's planning and budget, and to prospective families.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Darlene Rivera

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them even better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you will be better able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

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 Mr. Murphy, 500 Building Principal.

Learning Should Not Stop When Summer Starts

At Collegium, we view learning as a process that continues every day, year in and year out. Studies show, though, that students can regress in their learning during the summer months. Hardest hit areas include math, reading, and science.

Staying engaged in a few areas over the summer can help limit this regression. With some thought and planning, families can create fun, enjoyable activities to help keep students' brains stimulated and ready to absorb new knowledge and interests.

It is also important for children to have down time over the summer! Being physically active for 60 or more minutes a day is critical to young minds. To keep the "summer" in "summer vacation," try to incorporate both relaxing and active interests into each day. Swimming, playing sports, and visiting local museums, libraries, historic areas, monuments, local parks, beaches or lakes, and amusement parks are all ideas to help make summer days both fun and full of learning opportunities.

If you are looking for something more structured, or even more “school-like,” try some of the activities and projects suggested at the websites and links below. They are among our favorites to help keep students eager and excited to learn. Two of the links are to the Chester County Library Website’s event calendar and a page of programs developed specifically for kids and teens.

Efforts you make this summer, and the fun you have as a family, will help your students hit the ground running when it is time to return to the traditional classroom this fall. We look forward to hearing next year about your favorite learning experiences this summer!

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony This Week

Attention 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

You are cordially invited to the 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Friday, June 8th, at 1:15pm in the 515 Building Auditorium. Please arrive early. Parking is available in the 515 parking lot. Parents/guardians are permitted to take their student(s) home after the ceremony, as long as they have signed them out first.

Due to limited space, this invitation is for parents/guardians, only. To make room for dismissal traffic and buses, all parent/guardian vehicles must clear the 515 Building's parking lot by 2:40pm.

The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony will include various awards, an end-of-the-year video, and individual student recognition for successful completion of the 8th Grade.

Alex's Lemonade Stand At Collegium Friday, June 8th

On Friday, June 8th, Alex's Lemonade Stand (ALS) will return to CCS for the 14th year in a row. ALS will run from 9:00am until 3:00pm that day. The video below demonstrates how committed Collegium is to this wonderful community event.

CCS's ALS stands will be located at the 468/486, 150, and 500 Buildings on Friday, June 8th. Soft pretzels and cups of lemonade will be on sale for $1.00 each. The event is open to members of the community; everyone is encouraged to attend! All proceeds go to the ALS Foundation and benefit childhood cancer research.

Unable to attend? Access the link below to make online donations via Collegium's ALS fundraising webpage. We are confident that the Collegium Community will quickly surpass our online goal of $2,000!

Questions? Contact these Collegium ALS representatives:

Last Chance: NEHS Annual New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring its Annual New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help build classroom libraries for new teachers and teachers who are changing grade levels.

Collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building through Wednesday, June 6th. Please help classroom libraries blossom, and also broaden students’ reading selections by donating new and/or gently used books to the Drive. We appreciate your support to help every CCS student learn to read.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

CCS Nurse Offices Going Paperless

This summer, parents/guardians will be introduced to Collegium's new medical records database, Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record). Yes, the Nurse Offices are going paperless. Gone are the yellow paper emergency information cards! As you can tell from the pictures, our School Nurses are really excited.

Magnus Health SMR will make it much easier for families to submit important information to Collegium about students. When those records are also needed by appropriate Collegium employees, they will be quickly and easily accessible.

With Magnus Health SMR, parents/guardians will enter contact, health, and other information online for Collegium. In addition, the new system will make it easier for parents/guardians to submit dental and physical exam forms, update immunization records, view information on their students, and perform other tasks.

Watch for an email later this school year about Magnus Health SMR. Families will also receive a mailing in late June with more information and account access instructions.

Join Us Thursday, June 7th at Collegium's 3rd Annual Picnic

Collegium's 3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) is an excellent way to enjoy spending time with your family and the Collegium Community. Everyone is invited to come to the 500 Building Field on Thursday, June 7th, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm for the BYOP.

As a special treat, Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) Improv performers will be entertaining audiences during this year's BYOP. Just as families will be building their own fun, CCST will be creating hilarious characters and scenes based on audience suggestions. Be careful, or you might get pulled "on stage" to join in the fun. The performance is free and appropriate for fun-loving audiences of all ages.

Ready to attend and RSVP? Please complete our brief RSVP form via the link below.

To make the most of our BYOP event, please consider bringing the following items:

  • Picnic Blanket
  • Dinner and Drinks (Non-Alcoholic)
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Shade Coverings
  • Yard Games
  • Phones/Cameras for Pictures

Please note the following details:

  • Collegium provides the picnicking location. Families bring all other items.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on campus.
  • Parking will be available at the 500 Building and 515 Building.

Questions? Please email Mr. Lake.

2018-2019 Child Care and Bus Transportation Information

Will your child need transportation next school year to and/or from a day care center or babysitter within the Downingtown, West Chester, or Coatesville school districts? If so, new forms must be completed each year, as alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers and babysitters—do not carry over for new school years.

The Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts are available now (see the links below).

By June 15th, please complete your form and forward it to Mrs. Novak, 435 Building. The forms are also available on the CCS Transportation webpage. If you do not have an alternate transportation request, there is nothing you need to do.

Note that details about your child's 2018-2019 home bus stop will be mailed to you by your local district's transportation office about one week before school starts. Collegium receives student bus information at that same time.

Questions? Email our Transportation Liaison, Mrs. Novak.

2018 Collegium Graduation DVD Preorders

Collegium High School’s Morning News team is making preparations for this year’s Collegium Graduation DVD.

In addition to a custom menu, the DVDs will include a:

  • Full-length edit of the Graduation Ceremony, and
  • Full copy of the Senior Slideshow.

Each Collegium Graduation DVD costs $11.00. To preorder your family’s DVD, please complete and submit a Preorder Form (see link below) by Friday, June 8th.

Payment for DVDs is also due by June 8th. Send your cash or check/Money Order (made payable to “Collegium Charter School”) to the attention of Mrs. Maalouf, 535 Building. Indicate your student’s name and “Graduation DVD” on the envelope.

DVD orders can be picked up this summer at Collegium’s 435 Administration Building. You will receive a detailed email once your DVD order and payment are confirmed. Proceeds of DVD sales go to the CCS Morning News Team for programming and to purchase equipment and supplies.

Questions? Email Mrs. Maalouf.

West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources

Collegium is committed to maintaining a strong and trusting partnership with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). Together, we encourage all Collegium students, staff, and parents/guardians to contact the WWPD with any information they feel should be investigated.

The WWPD has a dedicated email address and phone number for the public to provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.

The email address and phone line are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact our Building Principals:

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

The CCS HSA serves in a capacity similiar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). We owe our success to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

HSA Co-President Needed for 2018-2019

Interested in joining the HSA, collaborating with HSA Officers, and helping to move the organization and its goals forward? The position of HSA Co-President will be available at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA School Store Coordinator Wanted

The Elementary Building School Stores are a real highlight for Collegium students and a great fundraiser for the school. The HSA is looking for someone willing to be responsible for the overall management of the School Stores. This includes ordering products and refilling store merchandise. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

Facebook is one way the HSA communicates with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post photos and content to the HSA's Facebook page. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Ongoing Fundraisers


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

Ongoing Fundraisers


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

Final 2017-2018 HSA Monthly Meeting

At 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 6th, the HSA will hold its final 2017-2018 General Meeting in the 535 Cafeteria.

To attend, please use the 535 Building's rear entrance furthest from the Gym entrance (see photo). Building access is not available after 4:45pm. We hope you will attend! Meetings are about one hour long.

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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