Collegium Newsletter May 27, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., May 27th

  • School Closed, Memorial Day

Tue., May 28th - Day 4

  • 7th Grade: Field Day | 515 Building Gym and Parking Lots, 500 Building Field, Basin
  • 535 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | 535 Building Conference Room 8:30am - 9:30am
  • 468/486 Building: 1st Grade Field Trip 8:45am - 2:00pm @ Linvilla Orchards
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 7-12: CCST Staged Play Reading Rehearsal | Library 3:15pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building
  • 150 Building: K-4 STEM Mentoring Club | Room 961 3:45pm - 5:00pm
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 4) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Spring Concert: 150 Building Choirs and 150 & 486 Buildings' 3rd Grade Combined Orchestra | Gym 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Spring Concert: 150 and 486 Buildings' 4th Grade Band and Orchestra | Gym 7:30pm - 8:30pm @ 500 Building

Wed., May 29th - Day 5

  • 8th Grade: Field Day | 515 Gym and Parking Lots, 500 Field, and Basin
  • Grades K-6: "R" is for "Be Responsible/Responsible For It" - Green Shirts With Uniform Bottoms
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 4) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Spring Concert: 500 Building's 5th & 6th Grade Choir and Orchestra Spring Concert | Gym 5:30pm - 6:45pm @ 500 Building
  • Grades 8-12: 2019-2020 High School Cross Country Parent Information Meeting | Cafeteria @ 515 Building
  • Spring Concert: 500 Building's 5th & 6th Grade Band & Jazz Lab Spring Concert | Gym 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Thu., May 30th - Day 6

  • 150 Building: 1st Grade Field Trip @ Linvilla Orchards
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • CougarTek Team/Club Meeting | Room 352 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Building
  • 500 Building: 2019-2020 Orientation | Incoming 5th Grade and New 6th Grade Students 6:00pm - 7:30pm @ 500 Building
  • 515 Building: STEAM-A-Palooza | Cafeteria 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Building

Fri., May 31st - Day 1

  • 468/486 Building: Field Day | Gym and Fields
  • 500 Building: Field Day | Gym, Field, and Playground
  • Elementary Lost & Found Clean-Out
  • 515 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 7:00am
  • 150 Building: Cougar Carnival | East Parking Lot 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • CCS Spirit Night (Sponsored by National Honor Society) 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ Texas Roadhouse Exton
  • K-6 Family STEAM Night (Session C) | Gym 5:00pm - 9:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Grades 7-12: CCST Staged Play Reading Performance | Library 7:00pm @ 535 Building

Saturday, June 1st

  • 4th Annual 5K Cougar Classic, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash 9:00am @ 150 Building

Elementary Student Council Rec Night A Crowd Pleaser

Talk about a crowd! About 225 students in Grades 3-6 attended the May 17th Student Council Rec Night at the 500 Building. From 4:30pm to 6:30pm, students had great fun playing all sorts of games, participating in different activities, and enjoying pizza, snacks, and beverages. Words students used a lot that evening included awesome, amazing, great, and cool!

"I liked the hairstyling station the best. It was fun to hang out with friends that are in my grade. It was also fun to hang out with people from different grades." -Logan Y., 3rd Grader

At the Rec Night, students were able to choose from activities ranging from hair styling, dancing, watching Hotel Transylvania 3, using computers, doing arts and crafts, going to the snack area, playing dodgeball in the “big gym,” and having fun outside on the playground and other areas. There was also a “chillaxing” room set aside for those students who just wanted to hang out and take it easy.

"Well, I liked that it had a computer room and a bunch of different activities and that we had access to the playground. That was pretty cool. I liked how we had dodge ball at different times because it kept us safe being with our same grade. I like how the snack bar was set up in a line to get what you wanted to eat or drink." -Isabella H., 3rd Grader

Grades 3-6 Rec Night wouldn’t have been possible without the 20 or more staff volunteers who came out to support the evening’s fun. “For me, it was the opportunity to meet the incoming 5th Graders as well as 3rd Graders. It was extremely humbling to know that some of those students knew who I was and were excited about coming to 5th Grade,” said Mr. Dan Fowlkes, a 5th Grade teacher in our 500 Building. “Another thing that put a smile on my face was seeing younger siblings of students who I’ve either taught or had the pleasure to encounter through my eight years at CCS. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something that truly embraces the word ‘community’.”

Ms. Amanda Shortridge, a 468/486 Building Art teacher, also thoroughly enjoyed this year's Rec Night. "I was excited to see the kids. I always attend because the event provides a great opportunity to create meaningful artwork with my current students, and to see how students from last year have grown as amazing artists." She added, "Creating a space with Grades 3-6 allows older students to peer teach others and builds the confidence of the younger students learning new skills. These are great dynamics for them all!"

Thank you to our Elementary Student Council Advisors for organizing this wonderful event. They are: Mrs. Christine Davis (150 Building), Ms. Laura Martin (500 Building), and Ms. Renee Campbell (468/486 Building). Proceeds of Rec Night will all go to a fund the Elementary Student Council has established. Then, our civic-minded and generous Elementary Student Council members will vote on how the money will be spent. It’s always used to fund a project that benefits CCS or the community.

Camp Collegium 2019 Registration Update

Are you a new CCS Kindergarten family looking for a great summer camp for your child? If so, Camp Collegium 2019 may be the answer! Our camp is a fun, safe option CCS students enjoy year after year.

Although Camp Collegium 2019 is at capacity for most grade levels, there are still several spots available for incoming 2019-2020 Kindergarten students. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage you to register soon.

To learn more about Camp Collegium 2019, contact Ms. LaNae Horsey, our Director of Child Care Programs, using the button below. There’s also a link below to our Summer Camps webpage where the Camp Collegium 2019 Registration Form is located.

If you know of other families with incoming CCS Kindergarteners who may need a terrific summer camp option, please share the news with them that Camp Collegium 2019 has Kindergartener spaces available. Thank you!

Background Image Caption: Ms. LaNae Horsey, Director of Child Care Programs, shown with a few 2018-2019 Kindergarten students.

2019 Collegium Graduation DVD Preorders

Preorder your 2019 Collegium Charter School Graduation Ceremony DVDs now! The DVDs will be ready for pickup later this summer.

To preorder your 2019 Collegium Charter School Graduation Ceremony DVD, complete our Preorder Form (available at the link below) or grab a paper form from our High School’s Main Office (535 James Hance Court, Exton, PA 19341). We’re accepting DVD preorders through Monday, June 3rd.

Payment for the DVDs—$12.00/each—is due by Friday, June 7th. Send your payment (in cash or by check payable to “Collegium Charter School”) to the High School’s Main Office, Attention: Mrs. Laura Maalouf, Room 755. Students can also drop off Preorder Forms and payments to Mrs. Maalouf directly.

Be sure to place your payment (and your Preorder Form, if you completed a paper form) in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and “2019 Graduation DVD.” We’ll let you know when your DVDs are ready for pickup this summer. Notification will be by phone or email, depending on the method you choose on your Preorder Form.

Questions about your 2019 Collegium Charter School Graduation Ceremony DVD preorder? Contact Mrs. Maalouf using the button provided.

College Application Essay Review Session

CCS’s High School English Department wants to help CCS Juniors (11th Graders) develop and fine-tune their very best possible college application essays! That’s why they’re holding a College Essay Review Session on Monday, June 3rd, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm in the 535 Building, Room 702.

The application essay can be the deciding factor on whether a student gains admission to the college or university of their choice. At the College Essay Review Session, Juniors will receive support and feedback on their essays, regardless of where they are in the essay writing process. High School teachers will be prepared to help with:

  • Understanding and choosing an essay question
  • Brainstorming
  • Drafting
  • Proofreading/editing

Students should bring any completed components of their essays with them to the College Essay Review Session, along with questions they might have. Computers will be available for all students who wish to attend.

The College Essay Review Session will end promptly at 4:30pm. Please be sure that your student is picked up at that time.

Questions? Email Mrs. Candace Haines using the button below.

Lost & Found Clean-Out For Elementary Buildings

On Friday, May 31st, all Lost & Found items in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings will be donated to the CCS Uniform Resale Shop or a local charity. Please remind your children to check for their belongings before Friday!

Parent Meeting: High School Cross Country 2019-2020

Attention Parents/Guardians of 8th-11th Grade Students

Please join us on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00pm in the 515 Cafeteria for a short information meeting on the upcoming High School Cross Country (XC) season.

Coach Harkins (Left) and Coach Ramsey (right) with their High School XC team.

Coaches Ramsey and Harkins will explain all about the sport and will highlight team expectations and new league information. Required paperwork will be provided for your child to participate in summer conditioning workouts as well as the regular season. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Please email Coach Ramsey or Coach Harkins.

Elementary Student Council Presents: Class Color Day

On Monday, June 3rd, the Elementary Student Council is sponsoring "Class Color Day" for students in Grades K-6. Students may dress in their class colors (see below) with uniform bottoms. June 3rd's "Class Color Day" is also a Spirit Day, which means it's a free Dress Down Day for our K-6th Grade students.

  • Kindergarten: Yellow
  • 1st Grade: Orange
  • 2nd Grade: Red
  • 3rd Grade: Blue
  • 4th Grade: Pink
  • 5th Grade: Purple
  • 6th Grade: Teal/Turquoise

If you have questions, feel free to email the Elementary Student Council Chair in your child's building using the buttons below.

Education Explained: High School Ready

Each week, CCS employees highlight common terms and philosophies in education and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Dr. Pat O’Brien, Collegium's High School Principal.

Every parent wants to make sure that their children are ready to face the challenges of High School so they can continue to build on their foundations for the future. What are the qualities of a confident and successful High School student? What can parents and students do to prepare?

In collaboration with Mr. Graham Dryburgh (High School Assistant Principal), the High School Counseling Staff (Mrs. Tracy Wolfe, Mrs. Jocelyn White, and Ms. Vicki Whisler), and Mrs. Jennifer Juarez (Curriculum Supervisor, 9-12), Dr. O’Brien has collected a number of resources to support parents/guardians and students.

Parents/guardians are essential to the process of preparing children for High School. Beginning at an early age, they can help to instill time management and organization skills, concentration, and commitment in their children—all hallmarks of successful High School students. Below, families will see a number of resources that offer suggestions and hints for success.

Once students get to High School, we’ll support their readiness by providing all 9th Grade students with the opportunity to receive instruction in executive functioning skills in our Freshman World Literature and Composition courses. These skills will create a foundation for students in cognitive processes like organization, study skills, and emotional regulation. All of the skills are essential to students’ preparedness for the rigors of High School academics. All students will also participate in Introduction to Technology and Digital Citizenship. They’ll learn the skills needed to successfully navigate Google Apps for Education, as well as vital skills in areas of STEAM and Research.

CCS also offers many resources to help families in our High School. We’ve listed a couple below:

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Natasha Miller

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you can greet them by name and strike up conversations! Watch this video to learn more about Natasha Miller, Assistant Director of Child Care Programs.

5K Cougar Classic Saturday, June 1st

It's Not Too Late To Sign Up For The Cougar Classic This Saturday!

Early registration and packet pickup are strongly recommended! Use the link below to register for the 5K Cougar Classic competitive race, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and/or Kids' Dash. You'll find additional event details on the 5K Cougar Classic website, including registration instructions and information on how to become a sponsor.

Walk-up registration is available on Saturday, June 1st, the day of the event. The Registration Table will close promptly at 8:50am.

Early packet pickup (with your race bib and more) is this Friday, May 31st, from 4:30pm - 6:00pm at the 515 Building's Auditorium entrance (the door to the left of the Main Entrance, 515 James Hance Court, Exton, PA 19341).

Questions? Email our event organizers using the link below.

CCS Uniform Policy Change

Attention Families of Incoming 7th and 9th Grade Students

During its Thursday, May 16th, Regular Public Meeting, the CCS Board of Trustees (the Board) voted in favor of changing the CCS Uniform Policy at our Middle and High (MS/HS) Schools.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, students in 7th and 9th Grades will no longer be allowed to wear a hooded CCS sweatshirt. Instead, these students will be permitted to wear the new A+ Unisex Sweatshirt option in "Performance Wine" (7th Grade) or "Performance Navy" (9th Grade). The A+ Unisex Sweatshirt examples are pictured below.

Examples of the new A+ Unisex Sweatshirt in "Performance Wine" (left) and "Performance Navy" (right).

This change to the CCS Uniform Policy will save families money and enhance the safety of our MS/HS Schools by allowing CCS personnel to identify students more quickly. Also, the new A+ Unisex Sweatshirt better prepares our students for the workforce by providing a more professional uniform option.

The Board’s decision is specific to all 2019-2020 7th Grade and 9th Grade students; however, all MS/HS families are advised that the hooded CCS sweatshirt will be eliminated from the CCS Uniform Policy for all MS/HS students in 2020-2021.

If you have questions or concerns about how this change will impact your Middle School child, please email Mr. Sterious. Dr. O’Brien can help families with questions or concerns related to High School children.

Upcoming 500 Building Orientation

Attention Parents/Guardians of 2019-2020 5th and 6th Grade Students

Your family is invited to our 500 Building Orientation on Thursday, May 30th from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. During this event, you'll have the opportunity to meet the following from our 500 Building:

  • Mr. Shaun Murphy, Principal
  • Mr. Brian Booher, Assistant Principal
  • Our 5th and 6th Grade Team of teachers and special area teachers
  • Mrs. Corinne Hirst and Mr. Josiah Ramsey, School Counselors

It will be our pleasure to share some of the 500 Building's features and activities we feel make it a great place to learn and work. In addition, we'll offer resources to assist with your child’s transition to our building. Finally, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

If you're interested in joining us for our 500 Building Orientation, please use the button below to email Mrs. Hirst by Tuesday, May 28th. We look forward to meeting you!

8th Grade Students' Baby Pictures Needed

In preparation for the 8th Grade's Moving Up Ceremony on Friday, June 7th, we're collecting baby pictures of our 8th Grade students to use in the end-of-year video.

By Friday, May 31st, please send your child's baby picture—just ONE favorite!—to Ms. Megan Shields. You can email an electronic photo file using the link below or send the photo itself to school with your 8th Grade child in an envelope labeled "Ms. Shields." Hard copies of photos will be scanned and returned.

Whether you email your photo or deliver it by hand, be sure to include your child's name so Ms. Shields can properly identify each photo. Ms. Shields is available by email (use the link below) to answer your questions. Thank you!

NEHS And NJHS Sponsoring Two Important Book Drives

​The CCS National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) have partnered this year to sponsor two CCS book drives:

  • The Annual New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings: This drive helps to build classroom libraries for new teachers and teachers who are changing grade levels.
  • Middle School Library Book Drive: This drive will help grow the ​new ​Middle School Library, which is in need of many books!

We welcome donations of your new and/or gently used books to help our New Teacher and ​Middle School Libraries blossom! Each donation will broaden our students' reading selections and encourage their love of reading.

Book Drive collection boxes will be placed in all buildings near their main entrances between Wednesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, June 5th. We appreciate your dedication to helping every CCS student learn to read!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst (NEHS) or Mrs. Wallace (NJHS) using the buttons provided below.

Information On 2019-2020 Child Care And Bus Transportation

Will your child need transportation next school year to and/or from a day care center or babysitter within the Downingtown, West Chester, or Coatesville School Districts? Families who need alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers, babysitters, or bus stops other than your home—must complete a new Child Care Form each year. Current school year arrangements will not carry over to new school years.

You can find the Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts at the buttons below. The Child Care Forms are also posted in the Resource section of our Transportation webpage linked below.

By Friday, June 14th, please complete your 2019-2020 school year Child Care Form and email it to Collegium's Transportation Department using the button provided. If your family doesn't need alternate bus transportation for the 2019-2020 school year, there's nothing that you need to do.

Note: Your local school district's transportation office will mail details about your child's 2019-2020 home bus stop. Expect that mailing about one week before school starts. This is also when CCS receives students' bus information from our transporting districts.

Questions? Email CCS's Transportation Department via the link below.

News From Our Athletics Department

Collegium Soccer Camp

Collegium is excited to offer our Girls & Boys Soccer Clinic to students in Grades 2-6. Come out and learn from Collegium’s Varsity Soccer Coaches and student-athletes as they teach the fundamentals of soccer and share their love of the game!

The Clinic is scheduled from Saturday, July 8th until Thursday, July 11th on the 500 Building Field. Each day of the camp will be for students in Grades 2-6 from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The cost is $100.00/child. Payment and Registration Forms (accessible at the button below) are due by Thursday, June 27th.

If you have questions about Collegium’s Soccer Clinic, email Coach Steve Norris using the button below.

Collegium Lacrosse Clinic

Collegium is happy to offer a Girls & Boys Lacrosse Clinic to our students in Grades 3-7. Come out and learn from Collegium’s Varsity Lacrosse Coaches and student-athletes as they teach lacrosse skills and share why the sport is so fun and rewarding.

The Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th, 9:00am until 12:00pm, on the 500 Building Field. The cost is $50.00/child. Payment and Permission Slips (available at the button below) are due by Monday, June 3rd.

If you have questions about Collegium’s Lacrosse Clinic, email Coach Sherry Pryor.

CCS Basketball Day Camp Coming This Summer

Coach Markel Jones and CCS's Boys Basketball Team are excited for their 1st Annual Collegium Basketball Day Camp. The Day Camp is designed for 2nd through 8th Grade boys and girls of all skill levels. Activities will emphasize skill development in fundamental areas of the game like passing, shooting, and dribbling, while also promoting a fun and open learning atmosphere.

All participants will receive a free Collegium Basketball Day Camp T-shirt. Email Coach Jones using the link below for information and answers to your questions.

Coaching Positions Available

Our Athletics Department is looking for candidates for the following coaching position(s):

  • High School Soccer Head Coach
  • High School Volleyball Assistant Coach

All interested coaching candidates should email a resume and cover letter to John Allen, CCS Director of Athletics & Extracurricular Activities.

Your Family's 2019-2020 Enrollment Plans

If your 201​9​-20​20​ school year plans change and your child will not be attending CCS, please let ​our Student Records Department know as soon as possible.

Please don't rely upon your new school to advise CCS if your plans change, as schools often don't reach out for records until after the start of the new school year. As you can imagine, late notice of student withdrawals can be very disruptive to CCS's planning and budget, as well as to prospective families. Thank you!

CCS HSA Updates & Events

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, teacher, and staff volunteers! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.

Elementary Building School Stores

Volunteers are needed to open the School Stores in our 150, 468, 486, and 500 Buildings before school and during lunch. The School Stores are a real treat for CCS’s students, and volunteering is very rewarding! Please sign up for a few hours (or more!) using the SignUpGenius link below. We appreciate your support!

500 Building Resale Shop

Volunteers are needed to spend time each week organizing our Uniform Resale Shop. The Resale Shop is a tremendous CCS fundraiser, as well as a valuable resource for CCS families. Volunteers help keep donations in order and available for sale.

Please use the SignUpGenius link below to donate your time to the Resale Shop! Thank you.

WWPD Tip Resources

Collegium is committed to maintaining 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 use to provide information quickly and directly to them.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity 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, we ask that you also contact your Building Principal(s):

Important Collegium Telephone Numbers

Collegium's Main Number


Building 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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