Collegium Newsletter February 24, 2020

CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Feb. 24th, Day 6

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle B
  • 500 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 126 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Tues., Feb. 25th, Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Club Meeting | Cafeteria 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News Meeting | Mac Lab 3:15pm - 4:15pm @ 515 Building (HS)

Wed., Feb. 26th, Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • 500 Building: All Cougars Succeed T-Shirt Sale Ends (Sale Began Mon., Feb. 17th)
  • Grades K-4: ROAR Review Day | Wear ROAR Shirts W/ Uniform Bottoms

Thur., Feb. 27th, Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • 486 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 563 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • 150 Building: Watch Dog Dads' Pizza Party | Room 804 (Large Gym) 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Fri., Feb. 28th, Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building: Cycle A
  • 500 Building: Family STEM Night | Gym, Library, Cafeteria, Various Classrooms 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Movie Night Sponsored By Tri-M (Grease, PG-13) | Library 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Sat., Feb. 29th

  • Grades 9-12: BSU Field Trip 9:30am - 5:30pm @ The African American Museum, Philadelphia

Save The Date: CCS Town Halls

Attention CCS Parents/Guardians

Let's come together to fight for your right to school choice and your children's CCS education. During our upcoming CCS Town Halls, we plan to discuss updates on:

  • Governor Wolf's proposed budget cuts and related threats to public school choice;
  • The recent disputes with the Coatesville Area School District; and
  • Contacting your State Legislators

Parents/Guardians will have two chances to join our CCS Town Halls:

  1. Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | CCS 535 (MS) Gym | 19341
  2. Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Courtyard by Marriott | 19320

More information will be shared later in the week. Until then, please save the date for one of our upcoming CCS Town Halls, and we look forward to talking with your family soon!

CCST Presents: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) has been working tirelessly on its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.* The musical follows the main character, Joseph, and his journey as a dreamer. Joseph is Jacob’s son and one of eleven brothers, all of whom are jealous of Joseph because he’s his father’s favorite. Joseph’s father gives him a coat of many colors that symbolizes his favoritism towards Joseph and also becomes the object of his siblings’ envy.

Often shortened to Joseph, the musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French Ballads (“Those Canaan Days”) to Country Western (“One More Angel in Heaven”), and Calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”) to the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Appropriate for all audiences and groups, Joseph is performed hundreds of times a year by schools across North America and around the world.

"This is a really fun show with a lot of flashing colors and music genres all combined in one show. My favorite parts about the show are the choreography and music." -CCS 10th Grader, Will L., Who Plays the Title Role of Joseph

In preparation for the show, our student-actors rehearse several times a week including Saturdays, for over twelve hours a week. Talk about dedication! The set dimensions are taped to the floor of the 515 (HS) Cafeteria to mimic the actual stage that will ultimately be built for performances in the 535 (HS) Building Gym.

Speaking of stages, our Stage Crews consist of groups like Props, Hair/Makeup, Costumes, and Sound/Lighting. These Student Production Assistants attend every rehearsal to set up the practice space, record actors’ movements, and take production notes. Our Props Crew is currently working to source and build set pieces, while Makeup has already completed skin testing for the actors.

"Each year, as a director, I am graced with the opportunity to awe at not only the amazing talent of CCST's student-actors, but also their tremendous dedication to the craft of acting, their ability to bring their passions together (in ways that are both fearless and selfless), and the way they support and care for each other throughout the production. As we unite to tell the story of Joseph and his family in our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, we honor the 'theatre family' we create on our journey to the stage." -Mrs. Kim Christman, Director

An astounding 42 students auditioned for Joseph. Happily, every student who tried out was offered a role this year.

"People should come see this show because it's so fun and upbeat. The songs are catchy and I always find myself whistling them after our rehearsals. Also? There's a goat." -CCS 11th Grader, Olivia J., Props Coordinator

Tickets for Joseph are on sale now! Performances will be at 7:00 PM in the 535 (HS) Building Gym on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 19th-21st, with a 1:00 PM matinee on Saturday, March 21st, as well. Tickets cost $12.00 and can be purchased through our ticket website accessible at the button below. Tickets will be available at the door until sold out.

"As a parent volunteer, I am always blown away by how much work is done by each student performer. Whether it's learning vocals, choreography, or their dialogue. They rehearse hard with their Directors and even harder at home on their own time. At the same time, most of these students are dedicated to academic excellence, and they find the time to keep their grades up to par. You owe it to yourself to come see and support these talented theatrical students at Collegium!" -Mr. David James, CCST Parent Volunteer

Please note: Seating for these performances will be on bleachers. Specific seating is not available. Seat cushions can be purchased at every performance. To make arrangements for accessible seating, email Ms. Sara Stell using the button below.

*JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Website: www.themusicalcompany.com; Phone: (212) 598-2204; Email: info@themusicalcompany.com.

Class Of 2020 Graduation Information

In just a few weeks, Miss Peg O’Neill, CCS’s Graduation Coordinator, will share details with the Collegium Community about Graduation for our Class of 2020. Watch for information by the first week of March regarding the ceremony, ticket numbers, and more.

Please direct all communications about 2020 Graduation to Miss O'Neill by email (using the button below) or by phone (610-903-1300 Ext. 7317). Thank you!

PMEA Chorus Fest

On Thursday, February 13th, four CCS 6th Graders—Serena B., Hailey C., Brogan F., and Emma P.—attended the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 12 Elementary Chorus Fest at Owen J. Roberts High School.

The four were selected from a group of CCS students who auditioned for the chance to participate in this exciting and prestigious event. Serena, Hailey, Brogan, and Emma were selected based on their musical skill, the choral quality of their voices, their stage presence, and other factors.

At the PMEA District 12 Elementary Chorus Fest, our students joined others from 33 schools in Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties. All of the students practiced together during the day and then performed an evening concert of eight songs (in five languages!) for family, friends, and community members. The students' voices blended amazingly well. Even the many choreographed movements they performed as they sang were beautifully coordinated.

This event was an incredible growth opportunity for Serena, Hailey, Brogan, and Emma and a milestone in their musical careers. We congratulate them on being selected to perform and for representing CCS so well.

To learn more about the PMEA and opportunities it provides for music educators and students, visit its website using the button provided.

From Our Home & School Association

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our Home & School Association (HSA) owes its success to the efforts of our many parent/guardian, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations. Questions? Email our HSA Officers using the button below.

HSA Executive Committee Nominations Open

It’s time to start the nomination process for vacancies on the HSA Executive Committee. The Nomination Committee is looking for nominations for the following positions:

  • President: The HSA President is the principal executive officer of the HSA. This individual supervises all of the HSA’s activities and attends all Executive Committee, general, and special HSA meetings.
  • Vice-President: A member of the HSA’s Executive Committee, the HSA Vice-President performs the President’s duties in his/her absence. This individual also performs additional duties assigned by the President or the Executive Committee.

Please nominate yourself for one or both positions if you’re interested and think you’d enjoy one of these roles. Or, if you know someone else who's a perfect match for the HSA President or Vice-President position, please nominate them! They'll appreciate your confidence in their abilities.

To submit a nomination, access the Google Form at the button below.

For more information, email our HSA Officers using the button provided.

500 Building T-Shirt Sale

Sales of the 500 Building's new All Cougars Succeed (ACS) program T-shirts are going on now through Wednesday, February 26th.

ACS is CCS's new positive behavior reinforcement program for 5th and 6th Grades. ACS builds upon the principles students learned from the ROAR program—Be Respectful, Be Outstanding, Be Accepting, Be Responsible—by encouraging students and staff to also be Accountable, Compassionate, and Safe.

500 Building students may wear their new ACS T-shirts on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with uniform bottoms. The T-shirts can be worn by all K-12 students on Cougar Pride Days.

ACS's T-shirt was designed by Charlotte D., a 6th Grader from Mrs. Brady's Homeroom.

Please help the All Cougars Succeed program by purchasing our new ACS T-shirt. Proceeds of the T-shirt sale will help the 500 Building defer ACS expenses for prizes and other incentives.

Questions? Email Mrs. Kahl using the button below.

Upcoming Family STEM Night

If you're looking for a fun family activity for Friday night, February 28th, come to the 500 Building from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for our second Family STEM Night of the year. It's guaranteed to be an entertaining and interesting evening!

Our Family STEM Night will include breakouts, coding, engineering design challenges, Dash and Cue Robot activities, plus much more. Our Snack Shack will be serving pizza, soft pretzels, and other goodies at an additional cost.

Participation in this awesome event is $10.00 per family. There aren't many activities families can attend at that cost that are so much fun! We hope to see you there.

To attend our Family STEM Night, please complete the Participation Form at the button below and send it and your family's $10.00 participation fee to school by Wednesday, February 26th.

Please use the button below to email Mrs. Eileen Kahl with questions about Family STEM Night.

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 Opportunities

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.

2nd Annual Teen Safe Driving ROADeo

The Chester County Highway Safety Project will host its 2nd Annual Teen Safe Driving ROADeo on Wednesday, May 6th, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the West Whiteland Township Police Department, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA.

The Teen Safe Driving ROADeo is a half-day event filled with interactive stations that teach students about police traffic stops, the driving permit test, driving “blind spots,” how to drive through roadway work zones, and other fun and engaging activities, including a service station that demonstrates how to change a tire, jump a battery, and check fluids. Watch the brief video below to see some of the activities from last year’s Teen Safe Driving ROADeo.

Registration is open now for this fun and valuable event. Access the Registration Form at the button below.

Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Association Registration

The Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Association will again hold Local Community Tennis Leagues this spring in Downingtown and West Chester (Saturdays) and Exton (Sundays). The programs begin on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, and will run for seven (7) weeks.

Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are eligible to participate. The fee per child is $87.00 and includes tennis instruction, court/playing time, a T-shirt, and an award! Visit the Philadelphia Area Team Tennis Association’s website at the button below to learn more about this nonprofit organization and its Local Community Tennis Leagues for area youth.

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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 (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

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