Collegium Newsletter January 20, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. CCS Family Calendar
  2. Mitten And Hat Collection For CYWA
  3. Camp Collegium 2020: Upcoming Online Registration
  4. From Our High School's Counseling Department
  5. Donations Needed For CCST Raffles
  6. 7th Grade Baltimore Field Trip Deadline Approaching
  7. It’s Book Fair Time For Grades 5 And 6
  8. Obtaining Approval For Planned Absences
  9. Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department
  10. Community Opportunity: Town Hall on Public School Funding
  11. Collegium's Main Number
  12. Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Jan. 20th

  • Grades K-12: School Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | All Buildings
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Lionville MS 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Lionville MS Gym

Tues., Jan. 21st, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News Meeting | Mac Lab 3:15pm - 4:15pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Grades 3-4 Robotics Team Meeting | Innovation Lab Room 971 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Lionville MS 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Lionville MS Gym
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball vs. Lionville MS 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ Lionville MS Gym
  • Board of Trustees Meeting | Conference Room 5:00pm @ 435 Building (Administrative Offices)
  • HSA Meeting | Gym 5:30pm @ 500 Building
  • Girls V Basketball vs. Delaware County Christian 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ Delaware County Christian
  • Grades 7-8: Annual Junior Tri-M Induction Ceremony | Library 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Wed., Jan. 22nd, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Review Day | Wear ROAR Shirts W/ Uniform Bottoms
  • Kindergarten Science/STEM Fair | Library 3:45pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building
  • 1st-12th Grade Science/STEM Fair | Gym 4:30pm - 8:30pm @ 500 Building

Thur., Jan. 23rd, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 2) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 915 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 563 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball vs. Showalter Junior High |Gym 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball vs. Showalter Junior High | Gym 4:45pm - 5:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Fri., Jan. 24th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • K-12: 100th Day of School 2019-2020
  • 150 Building: Students May Wear 100th Day Shirts With Jeans
  • Grades 9-12: MS/HS Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive Ends (Sponsored by High School Honor Society) (Began Monday, January 13th)
  • K-12 Science/STEM Fair Awards Ceremony | Gym 9:00am - 10:00am @ 500 Building
  • Girls V Basketball vs. The Christian Academy HS 5:00pm - 6:30pm @ The Christian Academy
  • Boys JV Basketball vs. New Hope-Solebury 5:30pm - 6:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 468/486 Building: K-4th Grade Winter Dance | Room 429 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Boys V Basketball vs. New Hope-Solebury 7:00pm - 8:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Sat., Jan. 25th

  • Girls V Basketball vs. Springfield HS (MontCo) | Gym 12:30pm - 2:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Mitten And Hat Collection For CYWA

Collegium Middle School’s (CMS) Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society (Junior Tri-M) is sponsoring a Mitten and Hat Collection to benefit the Coatesville Community Youth and Women’s Alliance (CYWA). The Collection began on Monday, January 13th and will continue through Friday, January 24th. Donations must be new items with tags and can be dropped off in collection boxes in any of CCS’s buildings.

“The Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society wants to help the community by collecting new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves to give to all the families who are struggling this winter.” - Lindsey C., CCS 8th Grader, and Secretary, CMS Junior Tri-M

CYWA is a wonderful community resource. It serves as a “gateway shelter” that makes temporary housing available to homeless women and their children. CYWA also offers support and guidance for poverty, abandonment, abuse, mental health, and addiction challenges women face. Its goal is to move women toward self-sufficiency and independence.

“The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a great opportunity for our Middle School band, choir, and orchestra students to share their talents and give back to their community. And they love giving back!" - Mrs. Dawn Jones, CMS Music Teacher, and Junior Tri-M Advisor

"Junior Tri-M is in its third year at CCS. In a few weeks, we’ll induct our newest members,” said Mrs. Dawn Jones, CMS Music Teacher, and Junior Tri-M Advisor. “Junior Tri-M members are very community-focused. Last year, we partnered with the Chester County Intermediate Unit to collect and distribute winter coats to local students and on February 7th, our students will visit two nursing homes to perform for their residents. They’re very excited!”

"By joining Tri-M, we have become better people. Tri-M allows us to help those in need by doing what we are good at. The musicians that are selected for Tri-M are amazingly talented students who want to give back, play music, and help others. I am glad to be a member of Tri-M and to help others by spreading the positivity of music.” - Ian H., CCS 8th Grader, and Junior Tri-M President

Please join CMS’s Junior Tri-M to make a real difference to women and children in our area. Donate new mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats this week to its Hat and Mitten Collection. Thank you.

Camp Collegium 2020: Upcoming Online Registration

Camp Collegium will return this year on Monday, June 22nd through Friday, July 17th. Our program will be filled with fun activities and day trips for another exciting summer for your children!

Use the button below to access our Summer Camps webpage for more information about Camp Collegium. Details about this year’s program will be posted to the webpage on Monday, January 27th. Online registration for Camp Collegium 2020 will begin on Monday, February 3rd at 9:00 AM.

Please be aware that Camp Collegium spaces fill quickly! We encourage interested families to sign up as soon as registration opens on Monday, February 3rd. Last year, we had over 100 families register on the first day of registration, so please, don't delay!

Questions? Email Ms. LaNae Horsey, CCS Director of Child Care Programs, at the button below. Ms. Horsey will be happy to assist you.

From Our High School's Counseling Department

CHS College Planning Night 2020

Collegium High School’s (CHS) Counseling Department will host a College Planning Night for CCS Sophomores, Juniors, and their families on Thursday, February 6th, between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM (Snow date: Thursday, February 20th).

Our College Planning Night is designed as a series of information sessions provided by representatives from area colleges and universities. These representatives are attending just to speak with our 10th and 11th Grade students and their families. What a great opportunity!

In attendance will be:

  • Delaware County Community College
  • Drexel University
  • Immaculata University
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Neumann University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Widener University
  • Villanova University
  • …and more!

You’ll also have a chance at our College Planning Night to talk with representatives from Immaculata University and Delaware County Community College about Collegium’s Dual Enrollment partnership with their schools. Dual Enrollment Courses allow eligible students to earn college credit while still at CHS.

Please RSVP for College Planning Night by emailing CHS’s Counseling Department (see the button below) by Friday, January 31st. Start preparing your questions now. We hope to see you there!

PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports

All students who completed the PSAT/NMSQT Testing in October received their score reports last week.

If families have questions after reviewing the reports, please contact Collegium High School's Counseling Department.

Donations Needed For CCST Raffles

This year, CCST will present several performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat between Thursday, March 19th and Saturday, March 21st. At each performance, CCST’s Parent Fundraising Committee will offer gift basket raffles to help raise funds to defer production costs.

The Committee is asking for help to secure donations to fill the gift baskets. The more appealing the baskets, the higher raffle ticket sales will be!

Popular gift basket donations include:

  • Products or services you or someone you know provide;
  • Tickets to local theater productions or sporting events; and
  • Gift cards to local restaurants, businesses, or vendors.

Donations of any kind will be greatly appreciated, and all donors will be gratefully acknowledged in our production’s Playbill!

To help you approach businesses and vendors, feel free to use the donation letter we've prepared (see the button below). It contains information about CCST’s Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat production, how and what companies can donate, and tax information they’ll need to account for their donations.

CCST and the CCST Parent Fundraising Committee thank you for your support, help, and generosity. Using the buttons below, you can email Committee members Christy Mitchell or Susie Varner with questions or to arrange for donation pickups.

7th Grade Baltimore Field Trip Deadline Approaching

Collegium Middle School’s (CMS) 7th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore, Maryland’s National Aquarium is scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020. In addition to touring the Aquarium, participating students and staff will take a guided Inner Harbor cruise. The Field Trip is designed as an extension of our Life Sciences and Social Studies classes.

The cost of the trip is $50.00 per student. Completed/signed Permission Slips and payment in full must be received by Monday, January 27th at 3:00 PM for students to participate. Note, also, that participating students’ Magnus Health records must be completed by one week before the Field Trip (Friday, March 27, 2020) or they will not be able to join the Field Trip.

Please click on the button below for the Permission Slip and more detailed information about this Field Trip. Questions can be directed to your child's homeroom teacher.

It’s Book Fair Time For Grades 5 And 6

‘Tis once again the season for our 500 Building’s Scholastic Book Fair! The upcoming Fair will run from Wednesday, February 5th through Thursday, February 13th.

Book Fairs are fun and interesting for students, who will preview and purchase Book Fair materials with their classes. When they experience the hustle and bustle of our Book Fairs, students get excited about reading and exploring new subjects. It’s like being in a busy book store, but this one is just for kids!

We’ve carefully selected a wide range of affordable books and materials for this Book Fair that cover topics and characters students in Grades 5-8 want to read about. Even better, 50% of your Book Fair purchases will benefit CCS and our libraries!

For Parents/Guardians

  • Beginning Friday, January 31st, you can check out our Book Fair selections in advance of the Fair by accessing our Online Book Fair (see the button below).
  • We’ll use eWallet through Scholastic again this year. This feature allows you to pre-load money to your child’s account for their use during the Book Fair at school. eWallet will be available beginning Wednesday, January 22nd.
  • All Book Fair details can be found on our Book Fair web page (accessible at the button below).
  • We’re holding an extra-special Book Fair Family Night on Friday, February 7th. Details will be coming soon!

This Book Fair is designed for students in Grades 5-8. We’ll announce the details of our K-4th Grade Book Fair in the near future.

Book Fair Volunteers

Of course, our fantastic volunteers help make our Book Fairs successful! Volunteers keep the Fair organized, assist students as they explore reading options (while helping them stay on budget), and other important tasks. Our Book Fair Volunteers also receive loads of thanks and appreciation from everyone in the 500 Building AND 10% off at the Book Fair!

Please use the Volunteer Signup button below to sign up for one or more times when you can help. Volunteers must have current clearances approved by CCS’s Human Resources Department in advance of volunteering. Access CCS's Volunteering page at the button provided to learn more about the required clearances.

Obtaining Approval For Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because your family is taking a trip, visiting relatives, or scheduling college visits? Students may be excused from school for up to five (5) days for planned absences provided approval for the absences is obtained at least two weeks in advance from your building Principal.

To request approval, please submit a completed Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form to your building Principal at least ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence. Requests received after the absence has occurred will not be considered. The Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form is accessible at the button below.

If you have questions regarding this Form or the submission process, use the button provided to email CCS’s Attendance Office. Questions regarding decisions should be directed to your building Principal.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD Tip Line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, please also contact your Building Principal(s):

Community Opportunity

In this section, Collegium passes along information on local events and activities our families may want to explore. We will not include information about activities that compete with Collegium programs, non-Collegium fundraisers, or information from for-profit companies.

Town Hall on Public School Funding

Join Representative Danielle Friel Otten and Pennsylvania State Senator Katie Muth on Thursday, January 23rd as they host a joint Town Hall to discuss public school funding. The event will take place from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM in the Auditorium of North Brandywine Middle School (256 Reeceville Road, Coatesville, PA 19320).

Collegium's Main Number


Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 150 Building: Ext. 6811
  • 435 Building: Ext. 6002
  • 468 Building: Ext. 6401
  • 486 Building: Ext. 6501
  • 500 Building: Ext. 6106
  • 515 Building (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

Collegium reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of little or no interest to CCS families.