Collegium Newsletter January 9, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Jan. 9th - Day 5

  • Winter Keystone Exams: Biology & Literature
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • MS Boys' Basketball vs. Renaissance Academy 4:45pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 5:15pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy

Tuesday, Jan. 10th - Day 6

  • Winter Keystone Exams: Biology & Literature
  • Grades 9-12: Student Council Bake Sale
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Plumstead Christian 5:30pm @ Plumstead Christian

Wednesday, Jan. 11th - Day 1

  • Winter Keystone Exams: Algebra 1
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day (Wear your CCS ROAR T-shirt with CCS Uniform Bottoms)
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Perkiomen School 5:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Science Fair Judges' Training 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • HSA Public Meeting 6:30pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, Jan. 12th - Day 2

  • Winter Keystone Exams: Algebra 1
  • MS Girls' Basketball vs. Agnes Irwin 3:30pm @ The Agnes Irwin School
  • HS Boys' Basketball vs. Perkiomen School 4:00pm @ The Perkiomen School
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Jan. 13th - Day 3

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
  • Grades K-12: Pay $1.00 to Wear Your Favorite Jersey or Team Shirt (Proceeds Benefit the Athletics Department)
  • HS Girls' Basketball vs. Phil-Mont Christian 6:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium

K-12 Jersey Day

On Friday, January 13th, all students may pay $1.00 to dress in their favorite team or player jersey/t-shirt!

Uniform bottoms are not required. All clothing must be school-appropriate. Proceeds benefit the Collegium K-12 Athletics Department.

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

Collegium Video Wins in State Competition

After statewide voting on a national PSA contest entitled Lights, Camera, Save!, two of Collegium’s own won Third Place Overall in Pennsylvania.

The PSA video contest focused on the advantages of saving money, specifically focusing on college-bound students. Congratulations to Mrs. Maalouf’s technology students, Anthony Quarino and Will Newcomb - both seniors - on this tremendous accomplishment. Their video, Every Penny Counts, briefly follows a high school student managing his finances. View the video by accessing the link below.

Anthony and Will are enrolled in a CCS technology class, Toys as Tools, where they learn how to apply technology to real-life and creative applications using equipment such as phones, tablets, to desktops. Congratulations, gentleman, we are so proud of you!

FAFSA Completion Night

Collegium will host a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) Completion Night on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00pm in the 535 Library.

Financial Aid experts will attend to answer your questions and help you complete the FAFSA. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is necessary for students to be eligible for financial aid. Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend.

Questions? Ready to RSVP? Please email Mrs. Wolfe.

Breakfast for Dinner Benefiting CCST

The cast and crew of Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) production of The Music Man invite you to a delicious evening out at their Breakfast for Dinner fundraiser!

This event will take place in the 515 Building Cafeteria on Wednesday, January 18th - the same night as the CCS Science Fair! Meals will be served from 5:00pm-7:00pm and the cost for these tasty meals will be:

  • $8.00 per Adult Meal (3 pancakes, 4 sausage links, cheesy eggs, fruit, and a drink)
  • $5.00 per Child Meal (2 pancakes, 2 sausage links, cheesy eggs, fruit, and a drink)

Tickets for meals can be purchased inside the cafeteria when you arrive, with either cash or check. If you plan to participate, please complete the short form below to help with planning and preparation. Questions? Please email Ms. Stell.

We hope to see many of you at this fun (and delicious!) event and greatly appreciate your support of our CCST program! Kind regards from the cast, crew, and artistic team of The Music Man!

CCS Auto Magnets for Sale

Our CCS auto magnets continue to be extremely popular and we even needed to replenish our supply!

Now, you can buy auto magnets in any of our Main Offices. Magnets are just $5.00 each and can be purchased with either cash or check (payable to Collegium).

Purchase your auto magnets today and show your support for The Smart Choice in Public Education.

Donations Needed

The Operations and Technology Departments are requesting donations of lanyards for faculty and staff IDs. Please send lanyards (all colors and designs) to "Mrs. Leach, 435 Building". Thank you for your support and consideration! Questions? Please email Mrs. Leach.

Science Fair Judges Needed

Parent and community volunteers are needed to help with judging the 1st-12th Grade Science Fair, scheduled from 5:00pm-9:00pm on Wednesday, January 18th.

Clearances are not required to volunteer. There will also be a short informational judges' "training" offered on Wednesday, January 11th at 6:00pm in the 515 Auditorium. This training is not required, but recommended for first-time judges.

If you would like help or want to find out more details, please email Mrs. Tobin.

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:

  • Trevor Showalter
  • Colin Mullen
  • Juan Zuniga
  • Simran Sachdeva
  • Javier Barnett
  • Sloane Kulp
  • Jose Castillo-Marcial
  • Imani Gibson
  • Juan Zuniga Rivera
  • Addison Sahagian
  • Anish Dachepalli
  • Zachary Steinfeldt
  • Mady Schuibbeo
  • Akshita Saraswat
  • Cristina Sanchez Escobar

Collegium Employee Spotlight

This week, we feature one of our many student success stories. Danielle joined Collegium during our very first year - all the way back in 1999 - as a newly enrolled kindergarten student. She since graduated from CCS, obtained her degree and teaching certification, and is now a vibrant addition to our faculty/staff. Learn more about Danielle by watching her video below.

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

Welcome back students, teachers, staff, administrators, and families! We hope you enjoyed your Winter Break and are looking forward to an exciting second half of the 2016-2017 school year!

Earn Money for CCS with Shoparoo

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Shop: buy any item from any store.
  2. Snap: take a picture of the receipt.
  3. Earn: Shoparoo donates to Collegium.

For more information, visit the website below or download the Shoparoo mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store today!

Box Tops Contest Winners

Thanks to all students, teachers, and families who participated in our Box Tops Contest. All Box Tops were counted and the winners are below! The class in each building who collected the most Box Tops will win a prize! Congratulations to:

  • 468 Building - Ms. Morrison (1st Grade)
  • 150 Building - Mrs. Stevenson (2nd Grade)
  • 500 Building - Ms. O’Malley (4th Grade)

Again, thank you all for your participation; we collected over 15,000 Box Tops! Teachers, look for an email from the HSA about your prizes. Families, please don’t stop collecting those Box Tops…we will be announcing our spring contest soon!

HSA Family Bowling Night

Back by popular demand! We had so much fun in October...we planned another Family Bowling Night.

Save the date: Saturday, February 4th from 5:40pm-7:40pm.

We're looking forward to seeing many more Collegium families attend and spend time together! More details will be provided soon.

Uniform Resale Shop

Check out our Uniform Resale Shop for uniform pieces at greatly reduced prices.

Has your student outgrown their uniform? Please consider donating good-uniforms to the Uniform Resale Shop, located in the Main Office of the 500 Building.

All money raised from the Uniform Resale Shop goes directly to the CCS Uniform Scholarship Fund.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Store - Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime. Please access the link below to sign up.

Uniform Resale Shop - If you are interested in helping to sort, organize and shelve donations please sign up below.

January HSA Meeting

Please join us this Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room. Let us know you can make it by completing our interest form, below.

HSA on Facebook

Have you "Liked" us on Facebook? Everything you need to know about the HSA is now in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming event and fundraisers - even volunteer opportunities.

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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