Collegium Newsletter October 30, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Oct. 30th - Day 1

  • 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Begins @ 468 Music Room
  • 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, Oct. 31st - Day 2

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Professional Development for Faculty/Staff) - Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm
  • Original Works Fundraiser Ends

Wednesday, Nov. 1st - Day 3

  • 468/486 Building: Kdg. Field Trip to Cherry Crest Farms (Yanoviak, Garsils, Miller, Dunn, and Llewellyn)
  • 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
  • Science Fair Open House 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Thursday, Nov. 2nd - Day 4

  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Da Vinci Science Center (Woodward, Cassner, Scott, Leone, and Dardes)
  • MS/HS Music Ensembles Field Trip to Kimmel Center
  • 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 8:30am @ 535 Conference Room
  • 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
  • 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 468 Music Room

Friday, Nov. 3rd - Day 5

  • 468/486 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Ends
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
  • MS/HS 1st Marking Period Report Cards Distributed
  • MS/HS Music Students Chick-fil-A Calendar Sales Begin
  • CCST Acting Workshop 3:30pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • CCST Acting Workshop Performance 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Showcasing Our Vibrant Community

Collegium is known for its diverse student population. The Art Teachers in our 150 Building recently showcased our vibrant community in a big way. Ms. Galie and Mrs. Teodecki worked with their students to create a colorful fish mural that represents the students and symbolizes CCS diversity. The idea came from two books by, Linda Kranz, You Be You and Only One You. Both picture books teach important life lessons on inclusion.

Students were given a simple cutout of a fish, along with the freedom to use glitter, paint, markers and more to create their beautiful designs. As the grades increased, the fish designs grew in size. The mural decorates the first floor hallways in the 150 Building. Learn more about the 150 Building mural by watching the video below.

New High School Counseling Resource

Mrs. Wolfe (right), Ms. Tracey (center), and Ms. Whisler (left) are pleased to announce the launch of their new High School Counseling website. Families are encouraged to bookmark the website, accessible via the link below.

The new site includes announcements of upcoming events, a college planning timeline for juniors and seniors, ACT/SAT/PSAT testing information and resources, information on community service requirements, scheduling, graduation requirements, scholarship and financial aid, and much more! Students and families are encouraged to visit the Naviance page together to explore this college planning tool.

We will continue to add information to this site throughout the year, so please check back often!

Parent University Video Series

Flexible Grouping

In this first video of our 2017 Parent University video series, two 3rd grade teachers demonstrate how flexible grouping is implemented during their Math and English Language Arts (ELA) classes. The link below provides additional information about flexible grouping. Look for information in next week's Newsletter related to the current ELA and Mathematics curriculum.

Middle & High School UNICEF Fundraiser

UNICEF Halloween boxes are here! Middle or High School students who want to raise money for UNICEF while trick-or-treating may participate in our optional fundraiser.

Middle School students may pick up boxes in the 515 office. High School students can pick up boxes from Ms. Cianci (Room 634). Students who wish to participate in this fundraiser will bring the boxes with them when they are trick-or-treating and ask families for donations. Students should bring the boxes back to school on November 1st with their collected donations.

High School students may return boxes to Ms. Cianci, and Middle School students should return their boxes to the homeroom teachers.

Learn more about UNICEF by accessing its website via the link below.

Standards-Based Grading Committees

From Our Elementary Principals

At the October Board Meeting, we shared a presentation about standards-based grading.

We recognize the importance of parent, teacher, and student involvement in the early stages of this process. Therefore, we are eliciting parent volunteer stakeholders to represent each of our elementary buildings and their respective needs. Committee meetings will begin in early December and will continue until the end of the school year. Meetings will take place outside of school hours with times determined by the members of each committee.

If you are interested in participating, please email your respective building Principal.

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.

Science Fair Open House

All K-12 parents and students are invited to attend Collegium's Science Fair Open House on Wednesday, November 1st from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in the 515 Auditorium.

During the Science Fair Open House, families can ask questions, get project ideas, see previous Science Fair displays, and register for our Science Fair. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mrs. Tobin.

Upcoming CCS Blood Drive

On Friday, November 10th, our National Honor Society will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 7:00am until 5:00pm on our campus. Donations are greatly needed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose.

Donors must be at least 16 years-old and meet specific height and weight requirements. Even if you don't meet the requirements, please spread the word about our Blood Drive. Our event is not just for students! We ask all members of the Collegium Community to encourage friends and family to support our Blood Drive.

To schedule and make a difference, access the link below and search by using our sponsor code, CollegiumCS.

If you have questions or if you need additional information, please email our NHS Advisor, Mrs. Fronheiser.

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.

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 Nikki Radway, Math/Instructional​ Coach.

Standards for Mathematical Practices

“Why does my child need to explain how they got the answer if they already solved the problem?" This is a common question from many parents of math students in America today. The answer comes from the learning standards. In mathematics education, there are two kinds of learning standards: Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Content standards are something that most people are familiar with; they describe the skills and understandings that students should acquire through the varying grade levels. For instance, a student in 3rd grade is learning to multiply and divide using arrays, while a student in 4th grade is learning to use place value concepts to develop the skill of long division. Content standards are specific to each grade level and build upon each other.

In contrast, The Standards for Mathematical Practice characterize the habits of mind that mathematicians engage in when solving problems. The habits are consistently present from grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Basically, just as children grow physically and mature emotionally, students who practice math will increase in mathematical maturity and expertise as they progress from Elementary through High School. Their habits of mind will deepen as they mature and their abilities expand.

There are eight Mathematical Practice Standards:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (MP1)
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MP2)
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. (MP3)
  4. Model with mathematics. (MP4)
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically. (MP5)
  6. Attend to precision. (MP6)
  7. Look for and make use of structure. (MP7)
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. (MP8)
CCS 6th grade student, Colin, demonstrates four Mathematical Practice Standards (MP). He is making sense of and persevering in solving a problem (MP1); reasoning abstractly and quantitatively (MP2); constructing a viable argument to his classmates (MP3) by modeling his solution through the use of tape diagrams (MP4). In the meantime, Colin's classmates are critiquing his reasoning (MP3) by comparing their own solutions to his as he goes through his explanation. Way to go, Colin!

Both the Content and Mathematical Practice Standards are mandated and evaluated by the State of Pennsylvania. Collegium teachers meet those standards through a rich and rigorous, logically sequenced curriculum of content standards that emphasize the habits of mathematically literate students.

CCS students are engaged in problematic tasks, recognizing patterns and relationships while making conjectures through the use of models and diagrams, explaining why their solution works.

For more detailed information about mathematical practice standards, access the link below.

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!

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.

Our sibling enrollment process begins Monday, November 6th at 9:00am. At that time, the 2018-2019 Sibling Enrollment Online Form will be activated on the Sibling Enrollment page of the Collegium website. 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 in December 2017.

Questions? Please email our Enrollment Department.

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!

Picture Retake Day

Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Monday, November 13th. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on Picture Retake Day and students who are unhappy with their original photos may have their photos retaken.

For retakes, return the picture packet to the photographer on Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for retakes.

For a student who was absent, please provide an order envelope (below) and payment if photos are being ordered.

Help Wanted At Collegium

Receptionists Needed

Full-time and part-time/substitute opportunities available. Duties include: perform various front desk tasks, professionally answer phone calls, greet visitors and families, and maintain confidentiality. Experience in an office setting preferred. Ability to multitask and strong computer skills required.

Interested? Please complete and return a Collegium Application or email your resume via PDF email attachment to our Human Resources Department.

Middle School Robotics and Technology Coding Program

Collegium is proud to announce our partnership with GetKidsToCode (GKTC), a local non-profit offering a robust after-school course exclusively to Collegium Middle School students. Their CCS Middle School course will be Mobile App Development.

Mobile App Development is a foundational course where students start with basic understanding in logic building, flowcharts, and core language constructs. As they progress through the course they will be introduced to the world of app development using MIT App Inventor. MIT App Inventor is an intuitive, visual programming environment that facilitates the creation of fully-functional apps for smartphones and tablets. By the end of this course, students will have skills to build their own basic apps.

To learn more about Mobile App Development and to see the session dates and related fee, please access the link below.

Questions? Please use the Contact Us feature on the GKTC website or send an email using the link below.

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

The HSA thanks all Collegium families and employees for their remarkable dedication and support of our recent fundraising efforts. From KidStuff Books, to the Cougar Challenge, and our recent CCS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, we are so grateful for the participation of the Collegium Community.

Save the Dates

  • Friday November 17th: Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser from 12:15pm until 8:00pm. Stay tuned for additional details soon.
  • Saturday December 2nd: CCS Family Bingo Night at 6:00pm. More details to follow. Interested in planning? Do you own a business and want to make a donation? 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.

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.

Ongoing 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.

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. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Media Center.

HSA Help Wanted


Responsible for the budget process; receives all funds of the HSA; keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pays 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.

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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