Collegium Newsletter October 16, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Oct. 16th - Day 3

  • High School Spirit Week: Disney Character Day (No Masks or Weapons)
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • Middle School Soccer 3:30pm @ Faith Christian Academy
  • High School Volleyball 3:45pm @ Chester Charter
  • 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418

Tuesday, Oct. 17th - Day 4

  • Grades 5-8 Book Fair Ends @ 500 Building
  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • 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. Renaissance Academy 3:45pm @ United Sports
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, Rm. 425
  • High School Cross Country 4:00pm @ Perkiomen School

Wednesday, Oct. 18th - Day 5

  • Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
  • Middle School Soccer 3:45pm @ United Sports
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • Middle School Cross Country 4:15pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Collegium Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A Sponsored by the HSA 4:30pm - 7:30pm @ Downingtown and Lionville Locations
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Financial Aid Night for 11th and 12th Grade Students and Parents/Guardians 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Library

Thursday, Oct. 19th - Day 6

  • 150 Building 4th Grade: Field Trip Philadelphia Zoo
  • 515 & 535 Buildings: CCST Field Trip to WCU Performance of Romeo & Juliet
  • High School Soccer 3:30pm @ Community Academy of Philadelphia
  • 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
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session (Standards-Based Grading Principals' Presentation: See Article) 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Oct. 20th - Day 1

  • 5th Grade Spice Market Sale Ends
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • High School Cross Country 3:45pm @ Avon Grove Charter School
  • Middle School Cross Country 3:45pm @ Avon Grove Charter
  • CCST Fall Production Performance 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 21st

  • CCST Fall Production Performance 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Information

Attention Collegium families! Our Enrollment Department is so excited to work with you and help enroll your children's siblings for our 2018-2019 school year!

In accordance with PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled students get preferential enrollment ahead of non-sibling new enrollees. However, sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, as Collegium must review the returned enrollment materials to ensure completion and then determine space availability. Sibling enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students.

One Collegium family representing our elementary, middle school, and high school grade levels.

Sibling Enrollment Schedule

Our Sibling enrollment process begins Monday, November 6th at 9:00am when the 2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Online Form is activated on the Sibling Enrollment page of the Collegium website. In order for families to receive priority sibling enrollment, all sibling enrollment materials must be received by the deadline - Monday, November 20th at 12 noon. Exceptions to the deadline will not be considered. Families will be notified of each sibling's enrollment status after the sibling enrollment period ends on Monday, November 20th at 12 noon. Sibling enrollment/wait list notification will occur in December 2017.

Questions? Please email our Enrollment Department.

5th Grade Spice Market Sale

The 5th grade students in our 500 Building studied the Spice Islands and learned how the historical desire for spices led to the early exploration of our world.

Each student received a spice to research and were assigned the task of developing a thorough spice report. They were also given the opportunity to bake items using their spices and sell their baked goods during their Spice Market activity.

Proceeds from their Spice Market sale will be used to reduce the cost of the next 5th grade field trip.

An Evening of Shakespearean Shenanigans

Please join Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) for a hilarious night of comedy inspired by the timeless comic works of Shakespeare. Enjoy our favorite scenes from Much Ado About Nothing, the side-splitting play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a super-charged 15-minute version of Hamlet, along with other fantastic selections! Learn more about the production by viewing the video below, featuring the Director, Ms. Kim Christman.

CCST performs the show at 7:00pm on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st in our newly reopened 515 Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 and seating is general admission. You can purchase your tickets at the door or ahead of time using the link below.

On Saturday, October 21st, our Middle School Music ensembles will be performing Renaissance music between 5:30pm and 6:30pm in the 515 Cafeteria and there will be food available for purchase, provided by Something Grilled. If you plan on coming to our Shakespeare show that evening, please consider coming early to enjoy our mini CCS "Ren Faire"!

K-12 Yearbook Now On Sale

The CCS Anamnesis Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer, and his team of high school students are proud to announce the official start of their yearbook sales! Taken from the Greek word meaning Recollection, the CCS Anamnesis is our K-12, full-color, hardback yearbook.

Our yearbook is a one-of-a-kind publication featuring K-12 students, CCS sports teams, music ensembles, and much more. It’s a limited edition collection of stories and events from the school year, and now is your opportunity to reserve a copy and make sure your child doesn’t miss out on remembering and sharing this special time in their lives with their classmates for years to come.

If purchased before November 23rd, the 2018 Anamnesis Yearbook can be yours for the low price of $39.00 (price increases after November 23rd). You also have the option of personalizing the yearbook for your child for a small additional fee.

Act now and make your purchase by accessing the link below. Families with children in grades 9-12 can follow the listed instructions. Families with children in grades K-8 should initially select one of the 9th-12th grade options, then indicate their children's correct grades, building numbers, and homeroom teachers' names in the Homeroom box.

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

Middle School Spirit Week & Fall Harvest Dance

Next week, the 515 Building’s Spirit Week begins on October 23rd and will follow the theme schedule below.

  • Monday, October 23rd: Pajama Day - Wear your favorites school-appropriate pajamas. No slippers.
  • Tuesday, October 24th: Teacher Day - Dress like your favorite CCS teacher.
  • Wednesday, October 25th: Character Day - Dress as your favorite school-appropriate character from television, movies, or books.
  • Thursday, October 26th: Sports Day - Wear your favorite sports jersey or T-shirt.
  • Friday, October 27th: Pay $1.00 and support the CCS Yearbook's Dress Your Best Day fundraiser.

The week will end with the 515 Building’s Annual Fall Harvest Dance on Friday, October 27th from 6:00-8:00pm in the 515 Cafeteria. The cost is $5.00 and permission slips will be distributed on Monday, October 16th. There will be a DJ and snacks provided. Students may wear a costume and prizes will be awarded for best costume, best DIY costume, and best group costume. All costumes must be school-appropriate. Students are not permitted to wear masks or have violent/bloody costumes. No toy weapons will be permitted.

School Pictures Update

K-11 School Pictures

School pictures for students in grades K-11 were sent home with your children on Thursday, October 12th. If you have any questions about your child's school picture or your order, please call Tipping School Pictures at 610-359-8846.

Class photos are a composite photo and are not distributed until February, after all retake pictures have been distributed.

Picture Retake Day will be scheduled for mid-November. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on Retake Day and students who are unhappy with their original photos may have their photos retaken. Once decided, the date for Picture Retake Day will be announced in an upcoming Newsletter.

For retakes, return the picture packet to the photographer on the Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for retakes. For a student who was absent, please provide an order envelope and payment if photos are being ordered.

Senior Portraits

Collegium Seniors already received their Senior Portrait proof sheets with ordering information included. If you have questions about Senior Portraits, please email our Senior Class Advisor, Ms. O'Neill.

500 Building Career Day

On Friday, November 17th, Collegium will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th grade students. We are looking for parents/guardians and community members to give career presentations from 9:00am until 11:00am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations, sharing their careers and answering questions.

Questions or interested in participating? Please email Mrs. Hirst no later than Friday, November 10th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

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 Mrs. Amber Ammon, CCS K-6 Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator.

Reading Fluency

A child’s ability to read and understand plays a critical role in their learning and development. The ability to learn to read is multifaceted. Many moving parts have to come together to create a reader, and one of those parts is reading fluency.

Fluency is “reading like you speak”. Fluency is a reader’s flow...that is, reading with accuracy, and the appropriate expression and rate. Common fluency errors such as misreading, reading too slowly, or not reading with an appropriate expression or phrasing can all affect a child’s ability to be a successful reader.

Here at Collegium, we monitor students’ reading levels throughout the school year and work with students on their individual reading level to help them connect to curriculum and grasp grade level concepts. Students can “move” many reading levels in the course of a year, so progress monitoring plays a key role in ensuring students are right where they should be in regards to the reading materials they have.

For most children, becoming a successful reader takes lots of time and practice. Children gain confidence the more frequently they read. Building fluency often means revisiting a favorite book; as the child is already familiar with the story, they can simply read the words and do not have to think about comprehending what’s happening. This allows them to focus on just reading, building speed and accuracy along the way.

Reading Partners shares five easy ways parents can help at home to increase a child’s reading fluency.

Standards-Based Grading Presentation Invitation

Parents/guardians of our K-6th grade students are invited to attend our upcoming Standards-Based Grading Presentation, offered by our elementary Principals on Thursday, October 19th at 6:00pm in our 435 Conference Room. The presentation will discuss proposed grading changes for K-6th grade students for the 2018-2019 school year. Proposed changes will not impact grades 7-12. The Principals' presentation is only for parents/guardians, please make child care arrangements for your children.

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!

Financial Aid Night

CCS will host a Financial Aid Night for Juniors, Seniors, and their parents/guardians on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in the 535 Library at 7:00pm.

Michael Burke, from Pennsylvania's Higher Education Assistance Agency, will present helpful information and answer family questions regarding financial aid.

Please RSVP by sending an email message to the address below.

Elementary Intramural Programs

Registration is currently open for the Kindergarten Cougar F.I.T. Club program.

Cougar F.I.T. Club is a new program this year. It will incorporate a series of games and activities designed to encourage students to have fun while making new friends. The age-appropriate activities will 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 25, 2017. Registration forms are available on Collegium's Intramural webpage. Individuals will also be notified via email of their selection for the program.

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

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.

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 our parent volunteers who are diligently counting the thousands of Box Tops that were submitted during National Box Top Week.

CCS Spirit Night

Don’t worry about dinner next Wednesday, October 18th. Instead, just join us at Chick-Fil-A in Downingtown or Lionville for CCS Spirit Night from 4:30pm until 7:30pm. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to visit either location and 10% of all sales during this time will be donated to Collegium HSA!

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 store are open for our students! Sign up today - clearances are required.

Save The Dates

Saturday, December 2nd

HSA Family Bingo! Our event will start at 6:00pm and will be held in the 515 Cafeteria. Interested in planning? Do you own a business and want to make a donation? Email the HSA Officers directly and use the subject HSA Family Bingo.

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 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 November 7th at 4:30pm.

HSA Help Wanted


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

Social Media Chair

Develops content and serves as our HSA Facebook Page Administrator.

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.

On-Going HSA Fundraisers


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


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

Community Opportunity

This section of our Newsletter lists information from local groups and upcoming community activities Collegium families may want to explore. This section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies.

Girls In Science And Technology

For girls in grades 3-12 who’ve got—and want more—STEM in their lives! The Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) program is offered jointly by the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center and the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. GIST is designed to provide girls with fun, in-depth, interactive, and hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math areas. In its 10th year, GIST Program classes are mentored by local female university students majoring in STEM studies who are, in turn, interns mentored by regional STEM companies.

GIST is scheduled almost every-other Saturday afternoon between November 4, 2017 and April 14, 2018. To learn more and register for GIST, use the link below.

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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